Chris Cross - "The Geordie Book Of Magic"
I became aware of Chris due to his online presence and magic shop. I discovered this book after browsing the store of Chris' website. Options to order signed copies which are dedicated also exist.
While the book is aimed at a younger audience, it seemed ideal for a hobbyiest learning magic, you need to start some where. It's illustrated by Davey Jones off The VIZ Comic and boasts a foreword by Debbie McGee. The Book comes complete with an Instructional DVD and some specially printed Cards.
Chris Dugdale - "XYA"
Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Chris Dugdale. A talented magician who is a magic creator, motivational speak and author to name just a few of his many talents. Famed for his TV and theatre work.
The interview has opened up other opportunities which in this case, was the chance to carry out a book review of "XYA".
Chris kindly sent a review copy for Magic Seats that I received late January 2021. A thoroughly enjoyable book that is a hybrid of content that mixes essays and effects.
Not only has this book been signed to me by Chris, it is a truly unique book to have in my collection. Excluding review editions, Chris is only publishing 250 copies of this limited edition book. The review was published in February 2021 which you can read here.
Darcy Oake - "Behind The Illusion" Signed Book
Prior to Darcy's online Zoom show on the 19th of December 2020, you could buy a copy of his signed book.
The cost was reasonable and you could buy along with a ticket for the show.
This took absolutely ages to arrive and I believe was shipped from Canada in November 2020 and eventually arrived in March 2021.
I had pretty much given up on receiving this so it was a nice surprise when it eventually arrived.
Available on Amazon as a hardback book and kindle download here.
Acquired: March 2021
Mark Evans - "Illusory"
I was aware of Mark, a mentalist who creates his own effects and who also has his own web shop.
In April 2021 I had the opportunity to interview Mark for the site and part of the research was attending his lecture. His site sells this book and also bundles which include the book and effects. Just too tempting not to buy.
The book is a lovely softback with nice cover, good quality print and about A5 in size. Check out www.MEMagic.co.uk
Acquired: April 2021
Harapan Ong - "The Four Treasures" Signed Book
In March 2021, I had the opportunity to join Harapan for an online pro-lecture.
He talked through various effects that included some that were part of his "The Four Treasures" book.
The lecture was excellent and took place on a Sunday afternoon in April 2021 as Harapan is based in Singapore.
The book and signed editions are available on harapanmagic.com here.
Acquired: May 2021
Michael Ammar - Signed Effect "Cups and Lemmon"
This is a really nice pamphlet that I sourced from ebay.
SIgned "Best wiahes always, Michael Ammar. Also signed by his wife who does the photography/art.
The pamphlet details the cups and lemon routine.
Acquired: March 2021
Paul Daniels - "Adult Magic" - Barry Murray
I had wanted to buy a copy of the Paul Daniels "Adult Magic" book by Barry Murray.
This edition was advertised on e-bay by a seller assuring that all his signatures were genuine and gained in person.
As I wanted this book, I felt that I had nothing to lose as the price was reasonable. In my opinion, the signature appears genuine.
While I source most signatures direct or at least with a COA, this was worth the chance.
Purchased: May 2021
Romany Romany - "The Secret Life Of A Female Magician - Spun Into Gold"
I was aware of Romany as I had seen her perform on Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
A recent edition of Magic Seen Magazine alerted me to the fact that Romany had a new book out. Immediately ordered a signed copy dedicated to me.
Billed as a story of showbiz dreams, addictions and finding real magic. The book being for anyone who has ever had a dream. For anyone who wants to remember how magic work. Buy at www.romanymagic.com for a signed copy or Amazon here. Read my review here.
Scot Jerram - "Scot Free"
Scot is a founding member of the Leicester Magician's Network. Author of "Scot Free - A Journey Into Classically Inspired Card Magic".
A book that documents Scot's passion for cardistry and Edward Marlo, also detailing lots of effects.
My copy is a signed first edition hardback edition that is beautifully presented. Copies can be bought by visited Scot's FaceBook page here.
For a sample of the book, download the pdf here. Shared with permission.