Your Favorite Limited Edition Magic Book?

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Postby magicam » 08/02/10 04:04 PM

So, whats your favorite limited edition or deluxe edition magic book, and more importantly, why is it your favorite?

The only rule for a nomination is that it has to be a book that was issued in at least two distinct versions, one a lower-priced regular edition, and the other a higher-priced edition. Now, for those bibliographical sticklers out there, yes its true, 99% of the so-called limited edition magic books arent really different editions, no matter what the publishers or collectors say they are actually different issues of the same edition. But well ignore that bibliographical point and use the term limited edition as its most commonly used in publishing and collecting circles.

[second time I've posted this.]
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Postby Smurf » 08/02/10 04:14 PM

I saw the first one and two responses to it, but now they are gone. I keep having things show up as unread that I've read before and I was logged in both times.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/02/10 04:32 PM

It appears that some things were lost at the moment we switched servers yesterday.
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Postby J Bright » 08/03/10 12:19 PM

A previous post (that's gone missing) mentioned the deluxe ed of REVELATION. I'll second that. Excellent content and production.

The DE of REVELATIONS is also a fave, for the tipped in photo of DV and his signature.

A close second would be CARTER THE GREAT for it's vintage ephemera.

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Postby Joe Hanosek » 08/03/10 12:24 PM

I enjoyed the extra material that came with the Roy Benson book -- audio lecture, video clips etc.
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Postby AJM » 08/03/10 02:14 PM

My presentation edition of Teller's and Todd Karr's 'House of Mystery'.
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Postby Magic Randy » 08/04/10 09:37 PM

J Bright wrote:A previous post (that's gone missing) mentioned the deluxe ed of REVELATION. I'll second that. Excellent content and production.

The DE of REVELATIONS is also a fave, for the tipped in photo of DV and his signature.

A close second would be CARTER THE GREAT for it's vintage ephemera.

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I agree on both of these, for the same reasons.

BTW: My Carter the Great The Great was originally owned by Richard.
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Postby Chas Nigh » 08/04/10 10:23 PM

My DE of The Cardwright by Larry Jennings.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/04/10 10:52 PM

I'm finding it very hard to answer Clay's question. I can name a few "deluxe edition magic books" that are my favorites, but there is no "regular less-than-deluxe" edition so they don't count.

As a cardman, the original Gaffed to the Hilt is my favorite, and not because I published it.

As a magician, the two sets on Robert-Houdin by Christian Fechner are probably near the top of the list.
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Postby PickaCard » 08/05/10 10:34 AM

The Castle Notebooks.

These were never meant to be released. They were talked about for more than 30 years and contain information from the Golden age of close-up magic.

This collection is very unique.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 08/05/10 11:04 AM

I'm trying this post again (for the third time):

I think I have to go with the DE of Revelations because of the autograph of Vernon and knowing the story behind Mike Caveney and the Professor working on those pages in the Castle old Library. (Plus, my copy was Les Smiths, which I think is pretty cool.)

I have a trade and DE of Showtime at the Tom Foolery. Its just a plain-old great book. I got the DE because its signed by one of my favorite performers.

I also like the DE of Germain the Wizard because of the CD with Germain speaking at a lecture. That was the deal-maker for me getting it.

I wish I had a DE of the Carter book. To me, thats the gold standard of what a Deluxe Edition should be.

Of course I have a rather biased affection for the DE of Catching up with Milo and Roger (sold out, but regular editions can still be had at http://www.miloandroger.com/ ).

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Postby Tom Frame » 08/05/10 01:01 PM

I cherish my signed collectors edition of Stewart James in Print: The First 50 Years with all the extra goodies!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/05/10 01:27 PM

Yes, Tom, that is a really beautiful set.
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Postby magicam » 08/07/10 03:27 AM

PickaCard wrote:The Castle Notebooks. ...

Gong! This title doesn't meet the criteria.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 08/07/10 04:12 AM

Although I don't own it, the special edition of Beating a Dead Horse must be great if only because it had a DVD with early video of Jay doing the bagpipe routine.

I was one of the handful of people who saw Sandy's lecture in Blackpool where he showed it, and it was just wonderful. I imagine more people have seen it in other lectures he have given, but if you get a chance, have a look.

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Postby Harry Lorayne » 08/07/10 10:12 AM

There are limited "Deluxe collector's Editions" of my four APOCALYPSE volumes, The Himber Wallet Book and The Magic Book. And they are "deluxe" editions - special binding, numbered, signed, in slipcases, and so on. Don't know if they fall into the category being discussed here. HL.
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Postby James Cotton » 08/07/10 03:02 PM

Probably not.
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Postby magicam » 08/07/10 03:21 PM

Harry Lorayne wrote: ... Don't know if they fall into the category being discussed here. HL.
If you read the criteria that were posted, then you'll know. ;)

Of the many "deluxe editions" that have been issued in the past decade, I wonder what percentage has been bound in leather.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/07/10 03:40 PM

All of my deluxe editions, starting in 1991 with Card Craft, were bound in bonded leather (and the slipcase, too).
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Postby David Byron » 08/07/10 07:44 PM

Maybe one of you can fill in the gaps of a faded memory for me.

I had the pleasure of visiting David Price in Brentwood, and after we had spent time in his display room, he wanted to show me some of his collectible books. He kept some of them in a walk-in closet, and in the course of conversation he raised and answered the question posed at the top of this thread.

The book he singled out as his favorite limited edition magic book was a slipcased hardback and the volume, not the case, was also secured by an elegant flat padlock.

I believe he said it was by Robert Harbin, but this is the part of the memory that has faded! Harbin doesn't make sense to me as the author, and I can't think what it could've been.

What was that book?
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Postby magicam » 08/07/10 08:40 PM

^^^^ You may be thinking of The Collected Mental Secrets of C.A. George Newmann.
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Postby Richard Perrin » 08/11/10 01:00 AM

I don't know if I own one or two but all books that I owned are my favorite. Limited edition or not... those are books. Lecture note book counts?
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