Another book that, I think, falls under the "best kept secret" category is Peter Samelson's Theatrical Close-up, an excellent book that's somewhat difficult to find (though not impossible). I think it's safe to say it's my favorite book on magic.Originally posted by Dustin Stinett:
I don't know if it's fair to call it "underrated," but Steve Bryant's Little Egypt Card Tricks is certainly one of my favorite books that rarely gets spoken of. Perhaps it's a "best kept secret."
Richard and I have discussed this many, many times. Our lists agree. I would add the Ibidem reprint (now published by Hermetic Press, with Vols 2 and 3 plus Aziz as well), "The Book, or Don't Forget to Point" by the Flicking Fingers and "Secrets Draun from Underground," a phenominal book.Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
As far as my own publishing efforts go, I would have to agree that "Jennings '67" is the most underrated. I rank it right up there with the books on Roth, Dingle, and Hamman. Also, "The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser"--what a load of great great material!
Actually, I haven't read Hard Boiled, but I quite like "Ultra Cervon" after having it for a few years. There are quite a few excellent routines in it.Originally posted by Harley Race:
Ultra Cervon is better than Hard Boiled. Why is everyone so down on Cervon? He's a heck of a performer (from what I've seen on those L&L videos). Why do so many magicians seem to hate the guy?
Not some of the Paul Harris material out there. Did you ever try out Flapjacks after reading it? Or the Uncut version?Originally posted by John Pezzullo:
Here are my three nominations for the "underrated books" category:
"Korem Without Limits"
"The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser"
"Everything reads 'cold' in print."
Oh, I must have passed over Simon Lovell's book. He is so funny, I just assumed when I read it that most of his magic was a joke.Underrated: Simon Lovell's first book from L&L. It's full of practical magic that many I've spoke to have dismissed because it's too easy. The tricks are very direct and powerful. I'm surprised that so few perform the material from Lovell's book.
"Simply Harkey" was one of the first magic books I ever bought and I seriously almost gave up completly after reading it. Even now, it lurks in the farthest corner of my shelf, gathering dust and emiting a high pitched frequency that drives away vermin. I suggest giving it to all beginners, if they make it through and still want to do magic, you know they are serious."Simply Harkey" is under rated because no one thinks it's any good. I agree. It's crap.
After reading about the Acer Nipple Writer concept in Josh Jay's December MAGIC column, I wish David's reply had been in an overtly sexual manner, as opposed to gentle and loving.Originally posted by David Acer:
I second Matt's nomination in a gentle, loving manner.
And Jer's unforgettable patter line, "LAY-dee!!!"Originally posted by John Pezzullo:
Let's not forget "The Jerry Lewis Book of Tricks and Magic" (1962).
One book that comes to mind is "The Charlatans Handbook" by Sid Fleischman. Ever since it was released I was selfishly hesitant mentioning it to others because I liked it so much. There. Now my conscience is molified.Originally posted by Jeffyz:
In another post Matthew Field wrote that he felt Bruce Cervon's book"Hard Boild Card Magic" was underrated in his honest opinion. That leads me to wonder what others think is an underrated book or books. Any opinions???
That's true: margins are big, space between the lines is wider than ever... but the contents are gorgeous! I like the book; devious methods, great patter and fascinating effects. I hope it continues to stay a secret...[...] to increase the size of the type and add more space between lines and of course the big margins are the most obvious change from the other books L&L was producing at the time...