I hear there is this dude who has a book called expert at the card table..
Has anyone here read it?
I heard it was worth picking up.
I havent been able to obtain a copy yet though..
I prefer DVDs though since i can copy them and then sell them on ebay.
So far my list is as follows:
Expert Card Technique
Expert at the Card Table
Royal Road to Card Magic
Modern Coin Magic
Card Magic for Amateurs and Professionals
Any more would be great.
Good list. I've got all of them except Card Magic for Amateurs and Professionals. Royal Road and Modern Coin Magic are classics. Expert Card Technique is one of the best books I have. Erdnase is, well... Erdnase. Not the easiest read but worth it. Card Control also is good.
If you want to give your knuckles a rest:
- Jean Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks ($12) - Tricks using regular cards, key cards, double back cards, double faced cards, short cards, reversed cards, Svengali decks, Stripper Decks, prearranged decks and 24 variations of Do as I Do.
- Scarne on Card Tricks ($10) - 150 self-working card tricks
- Kirck Charles - Hidden in Plain Sight ($11) - You will never think the same about using marked cards after reading this book.
Now, I learned from the "classics" and then I got Card College. I wished I did it in reverse. The teaching in Card College is much better. Think about getting a couple volumes of Card College instead of the library of the classics.
Also, if you are just starting out in magic, consider getting Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. It is a great introduction the the basics in all areas of magic (cards, coins, bills, rope, cups & balls, sponge balls, mentalism, stage). There is nothing in there that will leave people screaming, but it will give you a good foundation to build on.
Not investing in coin magic will hurt you in the long run... just sayin'.
It's essential as a magician to have a good 5 min routine with some borrowed change. After all, when someone asks you to show them something, you can't say "I don't have my cards with me" because that's kind of weak.
Get AOA, you will have everything you need, from inspiring essays to incredible effects, some gimmicked, some impromptu, most are practical, some dares, some games. You will also have an arsenal of effect that could very well get you jobs if you mastered them and used them.
I'm not quite sure what you mean by your question. Would you mind rephrasing for me?
I personally really enjoyed Book 3. It's the thickest. I wouldn't go out and say it's the best. You will find a gold-mine of material in each volume, that you will use. If it's not the effect, it's a sleight, it's an idea. I've been known to mix and match as well. What you get here that you don't get in most dvds is not only the effect. You get Paul Harris' thoughts on the effect, what led him to creating the effect. Ideas as far as what you can do with the effect other than the effect itself. This is knowledge that you shouldn't hesitate invest in. The effects are often much better than how they are described. Paul Harris' effects are also very versatile. Some might get turned off by an effect due to how he presents it, (Yes, he does go into detail on his presentation, patter and all, sometimes), if they don't share his presentational style. But you'll learn, hopefully, to dissect the effect into something different.