Some of you with perilously long memories may recall that I wrote and illustrated the first two Symposium books. Perhaps we can post them on this forum as e-books in the near future, but don't know when we'll have the time to convert and scan everything!
However, I always thought that Vol.5 was far and away the best of all the books because of the material. While American magicians always tended to give second-rate material, the Japanese gave first-rate material. I had the good fortune to attend the Symposium in Tokyo that took place when the book was released and saw most of the Japanese effects that are in the book in person. Excellent stuff.