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The 10 Best Magic Trick Books Every Magician Should Have

Magic is an art form that thrives on innovation and tradition, and these books serve as a bridge between the past and the future of magic.

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10 best magic book to have

For centuries, the art of magic has fascinated and enchanted audiences around the world. Behind every mesmerizing performance is a magician who has honed their skills and amassed a collection of secret techniques and tricks. While many magicians protect their secrets, the world of magic is also rich with literature that shares the knowledge and techniques of the trade. In this article, we'll explore the 10 best magic trick books that every aspiring magician or seasoned pro should have in their library.

1. "The Royal Road to Card Magic" by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue

"The Royal Road to Card Magic" is a classic in the world of card magic. This book provides a comprehensive guide to card manipulation, teaching everything from basic card handling to more advanced sleights and routines. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced magician, this book is an essential reference for mastering the art of card magic.

2. "Beyond Limits" by Vinny Sagoo

Beyond Limits is the second booklet from the fertile mind of Vinny Sagoo and showcases some of the BEST Magic and Mentalism in the galaxy! Standing at almost 5,000 Words, 126 Colour Photographs, 5 Brand New effects, 1 Advanced routine, Love and Hate Deck Normal Handling and a hidden BONUS, you’ll be sorry if you don’t have this in your repertoire. This can be purchased directly from Neo Magic HERE.

3. "The Expert at the Card Table" by S.W. Erdnase

"The Expert at the Card Table" is a timeless classic that focuses on card cheating techniques but also contains valuable insights into card magic. Erdnase's detailed descriptions and illustrations make this book a treasure trove of card manipulation techniques that have influenced countless magicians.

4. "Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic" by Mark Wilson

For those looking for a comprehensive introduction to the world of magic, "Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic" is an excellent choice. This book covers a wide range of magic tricks, from card and coin magic to mentalism and stage illusions. It's an ideal resource for beginners who want to explore various branches of magic. This was one of the first magic books that I purchased when I was starting off many year ago.

5. "Strong Magic" by Darwin Ortiz

"Strong Magic" by Darwin Ortiz is not a book of tricks but a treatise on the theory and psychology of magic. Ortiz delves into the intricacies of making magic more impactful and memorable. It's a must-read for magicians looking to elevate their performances and understand the psychology behind the art.

6. "Mind The Maths Magic" by Vinny Sagoo

Vinny Sagoo, a seasoned mathematician and magic enthusiast, takes readers on an extraordinary journey where numbers come alive. Mind The Maths Magic, is a captivating book that seamlessly weaves together the realms of magic and mathematics, creating an engaging experience for beginners. This can be purchased directly from Neo Magic HERE.

7. "The Tarbell Course in Magic" by Harlan Tarbell

"The Tarbell Course in Magic" is a multi-volume series that covers nearly every aspect of magic. It's often referred to as one of the most comprehensive magic courses ever created. Each volume provides in-depth instruction on various magic tricks and principles, making it an invaluable resource for magicians at all levels.

8. "Expert Card Technique" by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue

If you're serious about card magic, "Expert Card Technique" is an essential addition to your library. This book focuses on advanced card handling and sleights, providing magicians with a deeper understanding of card manipulation. It's a book that will challenge and expand your card magic skills.

9. "Sky's The Limit" by Vinny Sagoo

This booklet features some of Vinny's all time FAVOURITES, which he uses to lecture around the globe. It includes a mixture of mentalism, magic, close-up, parlour, stage and best of all, everything is SUPER easy! Brand NEW methods never taught before and creative thinking that will make you feel like that you're on the TOP of your game! This can be purchased directly from Neo Magic HERE!

10. "The Art of Astonishment" by Paul Harris

Paul Harris is known for his innovative approach to magic, and "The Art of Astonishment" is a three-volume series that showcases his creative genius. These books contain a wealth of unique and mind-bending magic effects and routines, making them a favorite among magicians seeking to surprise and amaze their audiences.

These 10 magic books are essential resources for magicians of all levels. They cover a wide range of magic, from card and coin tricks to mentalism, theory, and creativity. Whether you're just starting your journey in magic or looking to refine your skills, these books will provide you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to become a master of the art of magic.

They are not just instructional guides but also a source of inspiration, offering a glimpse into the creative minds of some of the most influential magicians in history. So, whether you're practicing your first card trick or preparing for a grand stage illusion, make sure to have these magic trick books on your shelf—they are your keys to unlocking the mysteries of magic.

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