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Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 12th, 2017, 9:38 am
by AJM
What do folks think have been the 'must have' magic books published so far in 2017?


Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 12th, 2017, 10:10 am
by Ted M
Less Is More by Ben Earl is an elegant, thoughtful study of cutting four aces.

Henry Christ's Fabulous Four Ace trick is his starting point. From there he incrementally modifies the trick to remove weaknesses, to enhance the revelations, to allow the spectator to shuffle... until the effect becomes cutting four aces from a freely shuffled deck. The book is a work of theory, practically applied all the way through to develop a good effect into a piece of amazement. ... s-is-more/

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 12th, 2017, 4:38 pm
by Richard Tremblay
Ted M wrote:Less Is More by Ben Earl...

I second.


Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 14th, 2017, 3:43 pm
by Joe Mckay
It feels like it has been a quiet year for books.

The highlight of my year has been getting JAMM ( in my inbox each month.

As for books - the stand out one for me is Bob Farmer's The Bammo Tarotdiction Toolbox.

I took awhile before ordering it. And that worked out well for me since the supplements that Bob emailed out after the book was published were included with the book. And the supplements are my favourite part of the book. I prefer seeing this principle applied to a full deck of cards rather than a packet. And that is what the supplements focus on.

The book has a lot going for it. A new principle. And easy to do. And my favourite trick - which ends with a shuffled deck in new deck order - allows you to do something that cannot be done by sleight-of-hand or gaffs. It is rare a new principle achieves an effect that cannot really be achieved any other way. I really love playing around with the system that Bob has uncovered. And all this despite the fact I was on a break from card tricks.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: November 14th, 2017, 5:22 pm
by Ted M
Another fruit of this year's publishing harvest is this gorgeous 248-page book of magic posters and supporting essays:

Illusions: The Art of Magic: Posters from the Golden Age of Magic ... 874397585/

I'm very pleased with mine, and the price can't be beat.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 4th, 2017, 11:53 am
by erdnasephile
With the Piedrahita and McCabe books on the horizon, 2017 looks decidedly stronger for books.

I own Less is More, and I greatly respect it for what it is: a chronicle of one man's dedication, skill, thought, scholarship, and dare I say, obsession with a single plot. (I view this much like Valentine's remarkable C2P project) However, for me personally, sadly, I don't think I'll ever do any of the versions Mr. Earl describes because that's generally not the type of magic I favor. (I'm in the conceal skill--no possible explanation school). That's not to say it's not a great book for the right person--just not me at this point in time.

One 2017 book that didn't seem to get a lot of run (probably due to it's limited access) is Paul Vigil's outstanding "The Doors of Deception". I love reading deep thinking and detail oriented writers--Mr. Vigil has worked out everything about these real-world routines. The downside of the material is the strength--everything is so worked out, it's so tempting to just adopt it as is.

If anything, all of these books have inspired me to emulate their process--to be diligent enough to do my own research on a plot and learn as many versions of a plot I can get my hands on before trying to develop my own routine. I want to experience the growth and depth these books express instead of just personalizing other people's intact material. Nothing wrong with that, but I want to stretch more in the new year.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 5th, 2017, 12:36 am
by Ted M
Derek DelGaudio also has a book coming out in December. ... -two-faces

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 5th, 2017, 6:33 am
by erdnasephile
Thanks for posting that Ted M--I'll be interested in the reviews. It's hard to tell what the book specifically contains from the ad.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 5th, 2017, 11:41 am
by Richard Kaufman
It appears to contain essays and/or art of some sort.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 12th, 2017, 8:10 pm
by davidsaltman
Here's publicity for a book that just came out. Makes a great stocking-stuffer!



HOUDINI UNBOUND is getting rave reviews:

"David Saltman brings magic to the page in Houdini Unbound -- both the world of stage magic that he knows so well, and the magic of his own unbounded imagination. How could one not admire a book whose characters, in addition to Houdini himself, include Teddy Roosevelt, Anton Chekhov, and Rasputin?”

—DANIEL OKRENT, author, Last Call, Great Fortune, Nine Innings; Pulitzer Prize finalist; Public Editor, The New York Times

"Who could do better in this day and age than Russia and espionage? David Saltman can, and has, in Houdini Unbound, his new novel that adds Houdini to that already roiling stew to masterful effect! A page turner deluxe!"

—LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV, author, Dress Gray; feature writer, Salon

“What an exciting romp through history Saltman has conjured. Houdini Unbound is a very personal introduction to history's A-list (heads of state — elected and otherwise, authors and artists and aficionados) that is packed with fine and accurate details of international intrigue, the sensual pleasures of food and travel and a pleasing hint of occult mystery. Best of all this gripping yarn is teeming with the tradecraft of spies and politicians and, of course, magicians.” 

— MANNY HOWARD, author, My Empire of Dirt; Executive Editor, Salon

“True events, beautifully dramatized. Extremely entertaining!”

— JOHN COX, Houdini historian,

"Triumphant! Houdini’s adventures from a century ago make him and the historical figures of his time come alive."

— ARTHUR MOSES, historian, collector, author, Houdini Speaks Out

ORDER NOW:  via AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE or Fine Bookstores Worldwide.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 13th, 2017, 1:07 pm
by Andres Reynoso
For me, great acquisitions this year were Secrets of So Sato and Super Sized Silly at bargain price at Genii Convention, Thanks Richard. (ok, these aren't 2017 books)

Illusions: The Art of Magic is a great and luxury book. I would like to visit the exhibition, but I will conform with the book. As Ted M says The price can't be beaten.

And the great purchase was Johnny Thompson book

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 13th, 2017, 2:51 pm
by Dustin Stinett
I'm going to put Ryan Matney's Spoiler Alert, Bob Farmer's Gaffus Maximus, and Jim Steinmeyer's latest in his Impuzzibilities series on this list. If you like good card magic, these books fall into the "must have" category.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 13th, 2017, 7:50 pm
by F.Amílcar
I second too the Ben Earl book.

Leave a lot of inspiration for your own construction in the tricks depending your knowledge of technique about cheating.

Best wishes.

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 13th, 2017, 8:10 pm
by Jack Shalom
Just got Scripting Magic 2. It looks great!

Re: Magic Books 2017

Posted: December 13th, 2017, 8:46 pm
by Bill Mullins
I just today received Luis Piedrahita's new book on coin magic, but I haven't read enough of it to say how good it is.