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What are the best magic books for beginners?
by Chris WasshuberThis is actually a very hard question to answer, because there are all kinds of beginners with all kinds of interests. I will limit myself to the performance of close-up where I gathered my own experience doing magic, and there I will focuson magic with cards, coins, and mentalism. If you want to take a short cut andnot read through the rest of my opinion check out my beginner CDROMTripleClassic: Cards - Coins - Mental, which gives you three all time classics on oneaffordable disc.
If I would have to suggest one book or one series of books I would pick RobertoGiobbi's"Card College", which comes in five volumes. This is a modern classic which will guide you from the first time you hold a pack of cards in your hands tothe heights of card magic. It teaches you much more than sleights and tricks. Itcovers a lot of theory, misdirection, audience management, routining - all thethings which make a trick a miracle, or a guy doing magic a performer andentertainer. Most likely you wouldn't need all the moves explained in "CardCollege" and you can find other great routines in other great books. But havingeverything compact in one place, written and explained thoroughly andconsistently by one professional, makes a difference. I use "Card College" as my desk reference. Whenever I need to look up the mechanics of a move, or whenever I feel like brushing up on my pass, I read it. Roberto goes into lots of details when it comes to teaching. He tells you all kinds of little tips, hints andcheckpoints to master a technique. And the effects he teaches together with eachtechnique are fantastic. Some are classics others are gems you will treasure forthe rest of your life.Sure, all five volumes is an investment of about $170, not particularly cheap. My suggestion, if money is an issue, is to buy only volume 1. Study it, absorb it and when you think there is nothing left to learn, buy volume 2, a.s.o. A word to paper versus electronic version. The electronic version has one big advantage for beginners - the video clips. Being able to see how Roberto, an accomplishedmaster of the pasteboards, performs each move is invaluable. Also you will findout some years down the road in your pursuit of magic, that an electronicresearch library is a sweet thing to have. If you stay long enough with magic, you will inevitably accumulate a sizeable library. You will forget where you have read