• FR
  • Stand-up & general magic

    Easy starts

    Anything by Bruce Elliott
    (various publishers)
    Some excellent, commercial, and easy magic. Highly recommended for beginners and old-timers alike.

    The Amateur Magician’s Handbook
    Henry Hay (Signet)
    One of the most popular beginner’s books. Excellent value. Highly recommended for newcomers.

    Solid foundations

    Greater Magic
    J.N. Hilliard (Kaufman & Greenberg)
    One of the classics. Belongs on every magician’s bookshelf.

    Tarbell Course in Magic
    Harlan Tarbell (Tannen)
    8 volumes. Encyclopedic; you don’t actually need any other books for material. Excellent value.

    The Dai Vernon Book of Magic
    Lewis Ganson (Harry Stanley)
    Classic Vernon: cards, coins, close-up, stand-up, cups and balls, linking rings, and much more.

    Going further

    John Carney’s Carneycopia
    Stephen Minch (L&L Publishers)
    Excellent close-up and stand-up material from a Vernon protégé. Very fine handlings; a lot of card material.

    Gary Kurtz: Unexplainable Acts
    Richard Kaufman (Kaufman & Greenberg)
    Top-notch material by one of the most highly respected sleight-of-hand experts in contemporary magic. Difficult but rewarding.

    Sawa’s Library of Magic
    Richard Kaufman (Kaufman & Greenberg)
    Offbeat ideas by a Japanese master. Stimulating for its unusual props and presentations.

    The Books of Wonder (2 vols.)
    Tommy Wonder & Stephen Minch (Hermetic Press)
    This was the most talked about book of 1996. Excellent material, insightful essays, strong magic.






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