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29 Magic Books: For the Beginner J-L




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This article is from the Magic FAQ, by Paul Nielsen nielsen@vulture.eecs.umich.edu with numerous contributions by others.

29 Magic Books: For the Beginner J-L

Jay, Ricky Cards as Weapons
(?, ?)

[MK] Interesting reading. Jay shows you his techniques for
throwing cards. It's done VERY tongue-in-cheek and filled with some
strange photos.


Kaufman, Richard Secrets of Brother John Hamman
(1989, Kaufman & Greenberg)

[SD] As creator of one of the basic card count sleights, Hamman's name
pops up all over in many magic books. A nice collection of card
magic.

[RD] Favourite trick: The Locked Room. Favourite sleight: his double
lift. It's my default choice now.


Lorayne, Harry Close-Up Card Magic
(1976, Tannen)

[SD] Another in Lorayne's series of books on (mostly) card effects.
(Every book claims he's "giving away the farm.")


Lorayne, Harry Best of Friends Vol 1 & Vol 2
(1982 & 1985, Lorayne)

[SD] Two inch-thick volumes of (mostly) card effects from a variety of
folks who contributed to this collection, including Lorayne himself.


Lorayne, Harry Deck-Sterity
(1967, D. Robbins & Co.)

[SD] When you're starting to seriously expand your card magic, i.e.,
you have basic sleights down, Lorayne's books are a good extension of
what you have learned from more basic books. (But they are all
relatively expensive books except The Magic Book.)


Lorayne, Harry Afterthoughts
(1975, Lorayne)

[SD] Features the Ultra Move and several effects based on it as well
as a few other "moves" Lorayne likes. Difficult stuff, generally.


Lorayne, Harry Personal Secrets
(1964, Tannen)

[SD] Some fairly neat stuff once you get other basic card stuff down.


Lorayne, Harry My Favorite Card Tricks
(1965, Tannen)

[SD] Not my favorite Lorayne book, but good for folks who like card
effects and are beyond the basic stuff.

[RD] Favourite trick: Impromptu Out of This World. It kills some people
who know the working of the original, since you let the spectator shuffle
the deck.


Lorayne, Harry Reputation-Makers
(1990, Lorayne)

[SD] More neat stuff from Harry Lorayne for the intermediate to
advanced card worker.


Lorayne, Harry Rim Shots
(?, Lorayne)

[SD] More neat stuff from Harry Lorayne for the intermediate to
advanced card worker.


Lorayne, Harry Trend-Setters
(?, Lorayne)

[SD] More neat stuff from Harry Lorayne for the intermediate to
advanced card worker.


Lorayne, Harry Quantum Leaps
(?, Lorayne)

[SD] More neat stuff from Harry Lorayne for the intermediate to
advanced card worker. What I liked about this book was that is
contained material he does on video, so, after having seen it
performed a few times through the video, I had a reference to go to at
some point.


 

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