Im not trying to start a war here, all I am saying is I recommended what works for me. Is that not what we all do? I am not saying I do not read books, nor am I saying that they do not provide a lot of information. Yes, I know books have a lot more material then DVD's, im completely aware of that. I just prefer DVD's, because I found it much easier to learn from than reading through books. On top of that, I want to be able to see an example (demo) of the move I am going to learn, and books do not provide that. Example- Learn the Diagonal Palm Shift: I would like to see the demo of a move first. I just find it confusing and overall boring. I really have no interest in trying to read a move for a long period of time. Rather, I would like a voice over and visual instructional as that helps me. Please do not mis-understand, I am not bashing on books, I am simply saying I do not like them as much as I like video.
Classics I do believe are great and some are better than modern approaches I agree! But you can't just jump to the conclusion that triumph and ootw are the best card tricks in the world. Let's take a look at triumph. The original classic is based on a zarrow shuffle and you really cant spread through all the cards ( KEY WORD- SPREAD) and show that they are mixed up, you can only cut and show. This is not exposure, Im sure everyone knows this. So now, there is a gaffed deck that allows you to show them mixed up that looks even better than the classic! There is even an impromptu one like Asi Wind's Double Exposure! I think that is much better than the classic Triumph we all know yes?
These are all my opinions, I am not stating anything like saying MODERN IS BETTER THAN CLASSIC PERIOD! Or VIDEOS>BOOKS! DONE!