Here are the books that were recommended in the last article
- Mark Wilson, Complete Course in Magic
- Nicholas Einhorn, Practical Encyclopedia of Magic
- Joshua Jay, Magic – The Complete Course
- Jon Tremaine, The Amazing Book of Magic
- Paul Zenon, Street Magic
- Harlan Tarbell, Course in Magic
Why are the books above recommended?
All of these books teach you a host of magic routines in crystal clear ways with excellent illustrations. Therefore, they are suitable for beginners – and will take you well beyond the beginner stage as well if you wish to go further which is why experienced magicians often go back to them (myself included!)
I wrote last time that any ONE of these fine books will do but if asked now to pick out one to a beginner, it would likely be the Mark Wilson book. I’ll explain why in a moment, but first, let’s take a quick peek at the cover:
When they say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, this is particularly true of many magic books. The Mark Wilson book looks like you would need to possess a tux, top hat, white gloves, and probably have some live doves hidden about your person. You might think the skills levels are way beyond you, and that you would have to buy expensive magic props.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The book takes the reader by the hand with some very ‘easy’ magic tricks (there are ‘hard’ ones too!) Moreover, it is packed full of routines with things that you find around the house; playing cards, small balls, tissue paper, elastic bands and other every-day objects (like money for example) so that you can soon perform to family, friends, and work colleagues.
It’s perfect for beginners (as are all the others). If you like how you are getting on you can then move onto some of the harder tricks which this massive tome contains; only the Tarbell book (actually a series of volumes) takes you this far from beginner to advanced. The Tarbell is actually my favourite of all (more on this next week), but the Mark Wilson book as a single volume instead of a series of eight is the best in terms of ‘bang for your buck’, with the Nicholas Einhorn book a VERY close second. That book is an amazing resource that is under the radar in the magic community compared to the Wilson book, but in many ways, it is arguably equal to the Mark Wilson book or at least very close to being so. It’s also lavishly illustrated with excellent colour photographs.
There’s more information on the rest of the books in part 3 next time, stay tuned and make sure you check-in next time!