On the Slant-book recommendations

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Postby Larry Horowitz » 07/01/11 02:58 PM

Oft times in his column Jon will recommend books. Some are directly related to magic. Others can be connected to our field when they are analyzed and the information put to good use.

I regularly read these recommendations. (I have just finished "Moonwalking with Einstein"). I don't know how many of you follow these recommendations but I would like to say that Jon gives an excellent review. He picks good material and shows us that everything about magic is not in books of how to do the latest trick.

So, Thank YOU Jon....

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Postby Joe Pecore » 07/01/11 03:17 PM

I too like checking out his recommendations each month!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/01/11 08:28 PM

I know that in the past H&R Books made a point of carrying the books Jon wrote about.
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Postby Tom Frame » 07/01/11 09:49 PM

I cherish Al Seckel's Masters of Deception , which I bought based on Jon's recommendation. It's a gorgeous collection of illusionary art.
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Postby MManchester » 12/04/12 10:27 PM

Jon's column is wonderfully intimidating at times. It's important to be challenged. I wish I could read as much and as widely as he does. His insights are greatly appreciated. I am still trying to catch up on last year's digital issues. His December 2011 column concludes with the URL


A year later and the Web site still hasn't been completed. It would be great to have a resource for all of his book recommendations and other thoughts.

If I can be of assistance Jon, let me know.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/04/12 10:35 PM

Sometimes Jon gets a little behind because he's juggling so many projects. I'm still waiting for the book Letters to Hofzinser, which he first mentioned in the Heirophant in 1969 or 1970?
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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » 12/05/12 04:27 PM

Thanks for the uplifting, encouraging feedback. Although I don't think I've ever matched Max Maven's pace of reading, I try to read (books) three hours daily (mostly at night). I just bought three books last night and currently have 21 at my bedside...all are non-magic books. I'm 98% finished with Richard Turner's bio and have three e-books in the works. My Website has been dormant for too long, but my son keeps figuring out ways to enhance it. It will be up in January. I will put out a really esoteric pub (electronic) called DUSTBIN DOSSIER. I still plan to resume LETTERS TO HOFZINSER, even though Richard doesn't believe me. Stay tune for BRAINY ACTS. So many projects. So little time. Dare I say, "Please bare (bear?) with me?"

Thanks again for the support.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 12/05/12 09:06 PM

Make it 22! I received Milt Larsen's My Magical Journey yesterday, a colorful trip down memory lane. Fun reading so far.
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