Anthony Norman - Basic Card Technique
This book was a recommended purchase by other magicians that I know.
A useful book to refer to while practicing magic on my pad.
This wonderfully illustrated book has twenty chapters filled with card moves, forcing, palming, false cuts, etc. Here are just some of the sleights taught: The Pass, False Cuts, False Counts, The Double Lift, Top Change, Forcing, Bottom Change, Glimpses, Flourishing, Palming, etc. Learn the right way to do these sleights. Anthony Norman also covers subjects such as color changes, mentalism effects, presentation and how to get the most out of your magic. There are literally hundreds of moves, tricks, sleights, flourishes, and methods of forcing within the pages of this book. Available from Amazon here.
First Year of Copyright: 1964 and then 1984
David Blaine - Mysterious Stranger
I managed to get a copy of this book second hand. A first edition print run from 2002. Generally in excellent condition, hard back with dust cover. Illustrated throughout and part history and part autobiographical.
From the first profound illusions on the pages of the book, through the history of magic and the secrets of the legendary masters, to ways in which we can play with reality (mind-reading, bar tricks, card game tips, hoaxes, pranks and bets you can't lose), David Blaine draws the reader into his world of curiosities. Learn the power of your own mind and see the world differently. This is the man who has such control over his body that he survived being buried alive for 6 days on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and encased in ice for 3 days in Good Morning America's Times Square studio, watched by the world on television. Available here.
Year Published: 2002
Dynamo - The Book Of Secrets
This book was a Christmas present for 2020. Not yet read or browsed through but as soon as I do, I will update this write up with my thoughts.
Available on Amazon here. In this fully illustrated guide to modern magic, Dynamo shows you how you can perform magic yourself. Learn how to make water freeze instantly, read your friends' minds, make chewing gum float 360 degrees around your head, slice a banana without even touching it, discover superhuman strength and many more mind-blowing illusions.
The Book of Secrets will be the first step on an exciting journey for budding magicians, providing hours of breathtaking fun for all the family.
Year Published: 2017
Ian Frisch - Magic Is Dead
This is my current read as I work through updating this page in January 2021.
"Magic Is Dead" is the mantra of a secret society of magicians, of which Ramsay is a member. They call themselves the52. A family of misfits bonded by troubled pasts and a passion for illusion, mystery, and casting aside the tired clichés of magic that are so prevalent, the52 has two goals--to keep their qualifications for membership in the shadows, and to transform the art form that the members revere. With Ramsay as his guide, Ian attends private gatherings; meets the masters in the field like Penn Jillette, Dynamo, and David Blaine; and is invited into the inner sanctum of a world he never knew existed. Forming close bonds with the founders, Laura London and Daniel Madison, he is welcomed into the group, if puzzled as to why. And when he is invited to become the most unlikely member, his initial goal of writing a great story is replaced by something far more personal. On Amazon here.
Jake Banfield - Magic Tricks With Coins, Cards And Everyday Objects
A useful book that I used to start learning tricks with coins. Having purchased some palming coins, this book is handy for coin basics such as vanishing methods and reproduction of coins. Also details a number of routines.
The book is also handy for an introduction into card magic, mentalism and magic with everyday objects.
The book is nicely illustrated with lots of pictures to follow routines. While aimed at a younger audience, it is of course great for beginners and amateur magicians. Buy from Amazon here.
Year Published: 2016 (UK)
Joshua Jay - Magic The Complete Course
This book is aimed at beginners. Nicely illustrated with many photos.
Joshua Jay's "Magic" is a complete course, jam-packed with over a hundred amazing but easy-to-learn effects. Much more than a collection of tricks, this book teaches both the mechanics and presentation necessary to perform each trick - since only a mastery of both (plus a lot of practice) makes a real magician. In "Magic", the performance scripts are topical (so you can transition seamlessly from a real conversation into a trick), the props are familiar (often right in front of you), and the magic is unbelievable (leaving your audience perfectly flabbergasted). Chapters cover a wide-range of scenarios in which you will learn to make money appear, predict thoughts and phone numbers, control a participant's decision, and demonstrate superhuman memory. On Amazon here.
Year Published: 2008 (UK)
Karl Fulves - Self-Working Card Tricks
This book was recommended to me. Another book that is handy to have nearby when I practice with my cards.
Official book write up describes the book as follows:
72 spectacular and entertaining tricks: card locations, coincidence tricks, mental magic with cards, tricks with double endings, tricks with two decks, predictions, tricks with borrowed decks, trick poker deals. Easy-to-learn, clearly illustrated, these tricks produce spectacular effects with a minimum of practice. 42 illustrations.
On Amazon here.
Year Published: 1977 (UK)
Karl Fulves - Self-Working Coin Magic
This is the latest purchase as of January 2021. The Karl Fulves books are handy to reach and quick for gaining information.
Clearly worded instructions and 251 illustrations show beginning as well as veteran conjurers how to pluck a seemingly endless number of coins from the air, make a coin penetrate a tabletop, and perform psychic tricks with coins and bills.
No previous experience is necessary to perform these tricks and apart from the required currency, most call for nothing more than a few easy-to-find items (tabletop, cup, handkerchief, playing cards, etc.). Almost all can be mastered in a short time. On Amazon here.
Year Published: 2012 (UK)
Karl Fulves - Self-Working Rope Magic
I bought this book to support a workshop that I was attending, along with the rope necessary to practice.
The workshop that I attended was run by the Leicester Magicians Network founding member Ian Gamage.
After a brief introduction and a section devoted to acquiring and preparing the proper ropes, Karl Fulves begins the book by introducing rope tricks based on simple overhand knots, slip knots and square knots. These are followed by such tricks as the "Vishnu Rope Mystery" and the "Hindu Turban Mystery" in the chapter entitled "Cut-and-Restored Rope." In "Ropes That Think" he demonstrates such fascinating maneuvers as "Liar's Ropes" and "Séance." You'll also learn how to do a one-hand figure eight, perform a "double-ring ceremony" and make an endless chain. On Amazon here.
Year Published: 1990 (UK)