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The Best Magic Books for Beginners

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The Best Magic Books for Beginners

Visit your local bookstore or library, and chances are, you'll find lots of books on magic. While most magic books explain lots of tricks, few provide a foundation in magic for the serious beginner who wants to learn fundamentals and move beyond mental puzzles. With this in mind, here are several beginning magic books that I highly recommend.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Magic Tricks
Tom Ogden’s The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Magic Tricks offers an excellent introduction to magic and a solid foundation to those who want to seriously learn and pursue magic. It's loaded with good beginning tricks, offers clear instructions and illustrations and is written in a light and entertaining style. Most notably, for a mainstream book, it takes the time in its early chapters to provide history; and magic basics on patter, character, clothing, handling problems, picking volunteers and more.

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Now You See It, Now You Don't
Bill Tarr's well illustrated books offer step-by-step instructions to learn and perform sleight-of-hand with coins, cards, balls, and other objects. This classic comes in two volumes and both are worth buying and studying. While the books feature some routines, they're mostly dedicated to moves. This book provided me my early magic foundation.

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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic
Numerous magicians began their education in magic with Mark Wilson's excellent book that covers close-up, stage magic and even large illusions. This one is definitely worth the look and is widely available.

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The Amateur Magicians Handbook
Not for kids, this magic classic offers an astounding amount of information, but it's a harder read. It's an excellent book to add to your magic library. When I want to kick back and relax, this is one of the books that I like to pull off the shelf, open up and see where it takes me.

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Magic for Dummies
In the battle between the "idiots" (see above) and dummies, Tom Ogden and the idiots clearly win. Generally, "Dummies" provides a first rate assortment of easy tricks that require no sleight of hand and use common objects that are found in homes and offices that include food, matches, cards, ropes and more, and serves some good suggestions for presentation. The book also has a who’s who of magic that contributed tricks that include such notables as Gregory Wilson, Billy McComb, Johnny Thompson, Jeff McBride and others.

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-Wayne N. Kawamoto

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