Interestng. For years, whenever I mentioned a sleight of my own, like I'd write, "Check out my Status Quo Shuffle." I'd get irate readers chastising me for not MENTIONING THE BOOK IN WHICH THAT SLEIGHT APPEARED!! Yells and screams about wasting time searching for the sleight,and so on. So, I realized that they were right. You know why, because I got pretty annoyed when a writer mentioned a sleight or subtlety and didn't tell me where the hell to find it.
So, I started to say which of my books you'd find the mentioned sleight. And, then, started the "backstabbers." "Oh, he just plugs his books; just wants to sell his books," and so on.
So, the cliches are right - You can't please all the people all the time, and No good deed goes unpunished.
Fortunately the backstabbers are in the tiny minority, so I will continue to mention the name of the book that contains a sleight I mention whenever I feel it's apropos. I'm in the throes of writing BEST OF FRIENDS, VOL. III right now, and the same problem rears its head. Even more so, because - it is now 21 years after Volume 2!! I've written a number of books in the interim, including twenty years of APOCALYPSE. So, there are more sleights and effects mentioned, more references to be noted.
And I wrote only ONE "The Magic Book." The line in parentheses (The Beginner's Guide, etc.) should be on the dustjacket of each and every printing. If it isn't, it's the publisher's fault. But no matter what, IT'S THE SAME DAMN BOOK.
Oh, and the effects/routines in the Close-Up Card Magic section of LORAYNE: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION (hah, good opportunity for a darn plug!) may be "outdated" but I fool all and sundry, including magicians with most of them, and many tell me that much of those items are in their basic repertoires. So... Regards to all. HARRY LORAYNE.