Among all the books on your shelf, which is the first "go-to" volume when you are trying to answer a question, recall a fact or figure something out?
I thought about this recently after purchasing a copy of T.A. Waters Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians
for my godson, who is fascinated with all things magical. T.A. Waters book is probably the most dog-eared volume in my library, since I usually reach for it first when confronted with an effect, technique or performer with whom I am unfamiliar. It would be a great service if, one day, someone worked out all the rights issues and released a second edition of the Encyclopedia.
When looking for something more obscure -- particularly lesser-known performers -- I usually reach for Magic - A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater
. Penned by David Price -- a kind and generous gentleman with whom I had the distinct pleasure of corresponding for several years -- Pictorial History
is a truly encyclopedic work, contains a vast trove of information. While I recognize that the book is often an uncritical compilation of information (including the questionable claims by many performers), the amazing breadth of the book more than compensates for its limitations. And David's first hand observations of many performs adds color and texture. It gets a fair amount of use.
So, which books do you use most frequently?
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