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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/14/09 04:12 PM

This is the new SEVENTEEN pound book on magic history from Taschen of Germany, written by Jim Steinmeyer, Mike Caveney, and with a Foreword by Ricky Jay.

Just had a note from Magic Circular editor Matt Field today that he's already received his copy in London, so the book is on its way.

Save BIG BUCKS by buying the book at $126 instead of $200 from amazon.com (and pay only $4 for shipping!):

http://www.amazon.com/Magic-1400s-1950s ... 419&sr=8-5
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/14/09 05:21 PM

If you sign up fir the Amazon card, they give you another $30.00 off on the book. I see there is a minimum finance charge of $1.00. I wonder if it could be more. Is that charge every month?
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Postby mai-ling » 10/14/09 07:25 PM

Kevin, its a Chase card.
They own a lot of cards since
taking over first USA.

The finance charge is only to
protect them incase you don't
pay the bill. You have be careful
with that because even if you pay
the bill they will charge the $1 again.

You can rant and they (will/might)
take the stupid finance charge off.
(personal experience).
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/14/09 09:10 PM

Thanks! Do you mean that even if I pay it off right away, they bill me a $1.00 a month for as long as I keep the account?

I just tried the Amazon deal, buy 4 books, get one free, on this book. It didn't work for me. It might not apply to this book.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/14/09 11:51 PM

The book is so large and heavy, that free Super Saver Shipping, normally available on any order over $25, doesn't apply. But I couldn't complain because the shipping is only $4, which means they are eating most of it.
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Postby Magic Randy » 10/15/09 12:29 AM

My preorder from Amazon had free shipping. Maybe it is because I ordered early and they changed the rule.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/15/09 12:29 AM

I just gave it shot. I bought it for $99.99 with the CC promotion. I used the above link, so I hope Amazon remembers you. ;)
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Postby Furneaux » 10/15/09 02:22 AM

My problem with the circus book?

It was the way it smelled! The glue or something made me unable to buy it. I am very serious. The stink was way too much!

We sell a lot of Taschen books through my three bookstores. Smell is usually not the main consideration.

I hope the magic one doesn't present a problem. I really want this one.. If the production doesn't stink!
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/15/09 08:57 AM

When I want to remove a musty smell or smoke from a book or magazine, I use used fabric softner sheets to remove the smell.
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Postby Dale Shrimpton » 10/15/09 09:13 AM

Make sure that the sheets are used sheets, because the oils in a new one will eat away the paper.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/15/09 09:20 AM

And they must be seperated from the book. ;)
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Postby DrDanny » 10/15/09 09:49 AM

Kevin Connolly wrote:And they must be seperated from the book. ;)


Well, that can't work: I have a closet full of those sheets downstairs in the laundry room and my bookcases are in my study. Any more separated and they'd be in different zipcodes. Yet STILL my copy of Greater Magic smells like a dirty ashtray!
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/15/09 10:21 AM

Yes, Danny it works.

1) Take crappy Greater Magic and place in plastic bag.

2) Take the used sheets and place in smaller plastic. Leave bag open. The more, the merrier. Put this bag inside the bag with book.

3) Wait for new edition of Greater Magic to be published. ...Kidding

4) Seal the bag with the book and wait. The longer the better. You can check it in two weeks.

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Postby Dick Koornwinder » 10/15/09 06:05 PM

This afternoon the postman has handed me the massive copy of Magic 1400s 1950s. Before ordering the book test your coffee-table first. According to the packing slip the book is weighing 6.77 kilos. The book is stunning! I dont know where to start. It is overwhelming! Leaf through the book already: http://www.taschen.com/lookinside/00378/index.htm

BTW The book isnt smelling!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/15/09 06:39 PM

If you click on the link Dick put up in the last post, you will find the ENTIRE book up on Taschen's website.
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Postby Dick Koornwinder » 10/15/09 09:07 PM

Well it is not the ENTIRE book but it will give a good impression. The book has 650 pages and the size is 11,4 X 17,3 inches. It is the only book in my library I cannot pick up from the table with one hand.
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Postby Matthew Field » 10/16/09 04:55 AM

It smells bee-yoo-tee-ful. The text is in English, French and German. The book is so heavy that the carton in comes in has a plastic handle so it can be carried!

The illustrations are magnificent, reproduced with typical Taschen care.

Christmas is a-coming. If you've got a bookshelf that's big enough (and strong enough) to take it, this book is a magic lover's dream.

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Postby Mike Carr » 10/16/09 11:10 AM

This is the new SEVENTEEN pound book...



Richard, I am getting ready to go for the bench press world record. Would you please add four more Steinmeyer's to the bar and spot for me? :D
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Postby mai-ling » 10/16/09 02:12 PM

Kevin Connolly wrote:Thanks! Do you mean that even if I pay it off right away, they bill me a $1.00 a month for as long as I keep the account?

Kevin



As far as I know at least the two cycles.
So if you only used it for the book and not plan to use
it for nothing else. you'll end up with a statement
with a $1.00 on it.

Chase did that with my Borders card before they parted
ways with Borders for a screw up I had at Chase.

It got corrected and I got all the fees reversed between
Chase bank and Chase CC services.

I ranted and raved on the phone with the CC and demanded
to speak to a supervisor.

It got resolved.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/16/09 04:12 PM

Thanks. I took the shot. I'll cancel it when I get the bill.
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Postby Brad Henderson » 10/16/09 04:26 PM

According to Amazon, Magic has yet to ship to their customers (or at least, to me). Did those that received it buy from Amazon or Taschen directly?
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Postby garciadini » 10/16/09 05:40 PM

It looks like it hasn't shipped to anyone in the states yet.
I ordered my copy july 1st and it says not shipping till Nov. 5th
Anyone else?
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Postby Brad Henderson » 10/16/09 05:58 PM

same
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Postby P.T. Murphy » 10/16/09 07:20 PM

Paid a visit to the Taschen booth while at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week. Book looks great! HUGE, HEAVY and chock full o' wonderful images and great essays. The Amazon price is a steal!
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Postby Lee Almond » 10/16/09 10:25 PM

Ordered mine today.Shipping Nov. 5th. Can't wait, should be an excellent read during the winter.
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Postby Matthew Field » 10/17/09 11:53 AM

I'm in England and received it directly from Taschen.

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Postby Dick Koornwinder » 10/17/09 01:32 PM

The sites of Amazon (USA & UK) are quite clear about the delivery date of the item. I have received my copy via the Taschen importer in the Netherlands.

After two days of amazement I realize I like the book so much because there are so many pictures I have never seen before anywhere.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/17/09 04:07 PM

I'm also waiting for the Culliton Houdini book, so November will be a good month for big magic books. :)
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Postby Marco Pusterla » 10/21/09 03:50 PM

Received the book today from Amazon UK... it's AMAZING! The quality of the pictures is unbelievable... very clear! And many of them are really unusual, never seen before.

The only drawback? I will have to buy a tea-table for the book! :D lol
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/27/09 09:36 AM

I just receuved an enmail from Amazon. The book is in early and will ship in a week.
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Postby Richard Hatch » 10/27/09 10:22 AM

Ingram, the exclusive distributor of Taschen books in the USA, received the books yesterday, so the amazon email sounds about right. Mike Caveney told me yesterday that the official release of the book will be at the LA Conference on Magic History and he'll have copies on hand to be signed by the authors, including the editor, Noel Daniel. A book signing at the Magic Castle is also planned.
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Postby JLong » 10/29/09 12:40 PM

UPS just delivered my copy, pre-ordered at Amazon, this AM.

Looks terrific.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/29/09 01:35 PM

I just got an e-mail from Amazon about five minutes ago saying my copy had shipped with an expected delivery date of Monday.
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Postby mai-ling » 10/29/09 02:18 PM

i just read the article in MAGIC magazine,
the examples look fantastic.

i think i will have to have this book
for myself.

although, it will probably take me until i'm
50 to read through from beginning to end.
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Postby David Linsell » 10/29/09 02:47 PM

Amazon says mine is estimated for Sat delivery! Now that's a Happy Halloween!
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/29/09 02:56 PM

Same here. Monday delivery.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/29/09 02:57 PM

Joe,

How was it packed? All is OK? Any dings, bumps, etc.?

I didn't know UPS works on Saturday.

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Postby Baph » 10/29/09 03:47 PM

Had mine in the UK for two weeks now - well packaged and has it's own card outer carrycase - it's heavy you'll need it.

My postman now officially hates me, and was amused when he found out it was a book!

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/29/09 03:53 PM

UPS only delivers on Saturday if you pay extra.

Ditto for Fedex.

I think we've only got another five years or so of Saturday USPS normal mail delivery left before they cut that out.
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Postby Marco Pusterla » 10/29/09 04:15 PM

mai-ling wrote:although, it will probably take me until i'm
50 to read through from beginning to end.


No, it won't :) : the book is written in three languages (English, French and German) and you could simply read the English pages :grin:

But you may still be looking at the pictures by the time you're 70... they're great! ;)
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