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My Favourite Magic Books: Matt Baker


By Matt Baker – Thursday, April 21, 2022

We requested a few of magic's biggest minds to share with us their favourite Magic Books. This week is the flip of Matt Baker. You could know him from his personal superb e-book The Buena Vista Shuffle Membership. Over to Matt:


My Three Favourite Magic Books
Matt Baker (with a particular visitor look by the Buena Vista Shuffle Membership)

It was a troublesome alternative, however I made a decision on the next as my three favourite magic books:

  1. The Books of Marvel by Tommy Marvel and Stephen Minch. Tommy Marvel was probably the most progressive magicians of all time, and his insistence on perfecting each element by no means fails to encourage. All of this consideration to element shines
    via within the “Books of Marvel”. Nonetheless, what units this two-volume work other than every little thing else are the penetrating essays sprinkled liberally all through each volumes. Tommy Marvel thought deeply about magic, and along with Stephen Minch was capable of put various invaluable ideas and observations into print.

  2. Dai Vernon’s Inside Card Trilogy by Lewis Ganson
    Twisting the Aces. Emotional Response. Matching the Playing cards. Out of Sight, Out of Thoughts.
    Oil & Water. The Trick That Can't be Defined. Revolutionary work on crimps, forces,
    shade modifications, palming, the second deal, and the highest change. Do you actually need me to

  3. Attempt the Inconceivable by Simon Aronson
    It’s no secret that I’m an enormous Simon Aronson fan. Each his strategies and plots are
    extraordinary, and his writing is a mannequin of readability. I believe ALL of his books are
    phenomenal, however “Attempt the Inconceivable” might be my favourite. The primary a part of the e-book
    is an in-depth exploration of Simon’s “Undo Affect” precept, maybe the best
    innovation in mathematical card magic for the reason that Gilbreath Precept. The remainder of the
    e-book incorporates terrific memorized deck routines corresponding to “The Invisible Card” and “Two
    Beginnings” in addition to neoclassic results like “O’Aronson Aces” and “Decipher”.
    Honorable point out: “Merely Simon”, which incorporates Simon’s greatest memorized deck

With Vanishing Inc’s permission, I’ve additionally requested every of the three members of “The Buena Vista
Shuffle Membership”
to inform us briefly about THEIR favourite magic e-book.

Bernie: I already know far more methods than I’ll ever use, so for me essentially the most useful books are
those which affect the way in which I take into consideration magic typically. And for my cash, the perfect
e-book on magic idea ever written is Darwin Ortiz’s Sturdy Magic.

Ray: It’s actually an excellent e-book. However I may need gotten much more out of Designing Miracles.

Bernie: Additionally nice, however I’m sticking with my first alternative.

Dev: My high decide can also be a idea e-book: Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe. I by no means used to put in writing out scripts earlier than studying that e-book, and now that I’ve seen the sunshine I’ll by no means return.

Bernie: Good. I can nonetheless bear in mind you prattling on endlessly again within the previous days.

Ray: The methods in Scripting Magic are actually nice, too! Even when it weren’t such a treasure trove
of fine recommendation, I’d advocate it only for the routines themselves.

Dev: Sure, completely.

Ray: Why did you decide Scripting Magic over Scripting Magic 2?

Dev: Effectively, lots of people suppose the Godfather, Half 2 is healthier than the unique, however I’m not one
of them. I simply discover that sequels inevitably lack the freshness that comes with going first. Or maybe it’s simply more durable for me to really feel excited the older I get.

Bernie: There’s somewhat blue tablet for that, you already know.

Dev [ignoring Bernie]: What about you, Ray?

Ray: I’d should go together with Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz. All of us on this group love memorized
deck magic, and there’s merely no query that Mnemonica is the bible of the topic.

Bernie: “Mnemonica” is simply too mild on presentational particulars to be thought-about a very nice e-book. I
suppose Juan’s greatest e-book is The Magic Manner. His concepts there are recreation changers. The Magic Rainbow has quite a few profound observations as nicely, however from an organizational level of
view it’s a whole mess.

Dev: That is nice, we’re trashing the world’s biggest dwelling magician! Maintain on, I must go get
some popcorn.

Bernie: I’m not trashing Juan, I’m simply trashing his writing.

Ray: We’d higher wrap this up, fellas, earlier than the magic police come after us. It’s been a
pleasure, as all the time.

Dev: That’s precisely what I mentioned to your girl-

Ray: Sadly Vanishing Inc. says we’ve now hit the phrase depend restrict for his or her weblog. Maintain
that thought till subsequent time, Dev…

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