MAGIC BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS GUIDE
BY DARIN MARTINEAU
Some of the Very Best Magic Books for Magicians;
THIS IS BY NO MEANS AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF EVERY MAGIC BOOK EVER WRITTEN
IN HISTORY BUT IT IS A VERY GOOD LIST FOR MAGICIANS!
Studying Magic books are very important for many reasons:
1. Learn Magic
2. Create New Magic
3. Get new Ideas & Inspiration for Presentations, Effects, Methods, Props and more!
4. Learn the Principles of Magic
5. Because you are force to use your imagination and not copy other magician's styles!
As an experienced Magician for over 35 years I have found out several gems about:
Studying the Classics of Magic:
1. The Classic have the principles of magic in them!
2. The old saying that the best way to hide a good trick is to put it in print is so
3. The older the book many times the better ideas you can discover!
Card Magic books:
Allan Ackerman – my mentor! & The world's greatest Card Expert
Card College Volumes 1 -4 by Roberto Giobbi
Expert at the Card Table S.W. Erdnase
(This is known as the bible of card magic)
Expert Card technique by Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue
The Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard & Frederick Braue
Dai Vernon Inner Secrets series Lewis Ganson
The Revolutionary Card Technique Ed Marlo
The Complete Works of Derek Dingle by Richard Kaufman
Effective Card Magic by Bill Simon
Professional Card Magic by Cliff Green
The Card Expert Entertains by Dariel Fitzkee
Card Control by Arthur Buckley
Peter Kane books - He is the creator of the wild card plot -find list of all his books!
Alternative Card magic Peter Duffie 1983
Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Coin Magic books:
The New Modern Coin Magic J.B. Bobo
(revised and Greatly Enlarged edition) Hardcover – January 1, 1966
Coin Magic by Richard Kaufman
David Roth’s Expert Coin Magic by Richard Kaufman
An Introduction to Coin Magic by Shigeo Futagawa
Simply Harkey David Harkey
Close-Up Magic books:
The Complete Encyclopedia of Close-Up Magic Book by Walter B. Gibson
Stars of Magic
by S. Starke, George, Ed. Re: Dai Vernon, John Scarne, Jacob Daley, Francis Carlyle
The Workers Series by Michael Close
Revelation by Dai Vernon, published by Mike Caveney’s Magic Words,
The Ramsay Classics; The Ramsay Legend; and Ramsay Finale
Andrew Galloway videos on John Ramsay
Paul Harris Art of Astonishment books - 3 volumes
Chris Kenner Totally Out of Control book
John Racherbaumer books (he is also an Ed Marlo student)
John Carney books & videos
Allan Ackerman books & videos!
Best Magic Theory books:
Neo-Magic Artistry by S.H. Sharpe
Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz
Strong Magic by Darin Ortiz
The Five Points in Magic by Juan Tamariz
The Magic Way by Juan Tamariz
Mastering the Art of Magic by Eugene Burger
The Books of Wonder by Stephen Minch and Tommy Wonder
The Fitkee Trilogy by Dariel Fitzkee
Showmanship for Magicians by Henning Nelms
Principles & Deceptions Arthur Buckley
Our Magic by David Devant
Rope Magic books & videos:
Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks for Magicians - 1975 by Stewart James
Self-working Rope Magic by Karl Fulves
Aldo Colombini has some excellent material on ropes as well in his dvds
Rope Eternal Dariel Fitzkee
Daryl's three DVD set Expert Rope Magic Made Easy
Tabary - Won FISM with rope routine!
Ropes with a different twist Ron Dayton 1979
General Magic Books:
Tarbell Course in Magic Volumes 1 – 8
Amateur Magician's Handbook by Henry Hay
Cyclopedia of magic Henry Hay 1949
Learn Magic Henry Hay 1975
The Encyclopedia of Magic Edwin Dawes – (A Magic Historian) - 1986
Greater Magic John Northern Hillard - 1945
The Art of Magic by T Nelson Downs – 1921 -The Master of Coin Magic & The Miser's Dream!
Modern Magic Prof. Hoffman
More Magic Prof. Hoffman
J. N. Hofzinser's Card Conjuring – 1973 - by S.H. Sharpe
Some Modern Conjuring by Donald Holmes - 1909
Classic Secrets of Magic by Bruce Elliott
Books on Mentalism:
13 steps to Mentalism Corinda
Books by Bascom Jones
T.A. Waters books
Gems of Mental Magic by Arthur Buckley
Tarbell Course of Magic
Richard Osterlind books & videos
Books on Impromptu Magic:
Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic by Martin Gardner 1978
Lifesavers by Michael Weber
Impromptu Magic with patter George DeLawrence 1929
50 tricks with a thumb tip Milbourne Christopher
Gary Darwin Thumb Tip Miracles and many more books & videos on the thumb tip!
Impromptu Magic book by Darin Martineau
Books on Cigarette Magic:
Encyclopedia of cigarette tricks by Keith Clark 304 p
2nd edition enlarged 1952
Expert Cigarette Magic D. Deveen 1932 london
Totally Out of Control by Chris Kenner has a good trick with a cigar from purse!
Other miscellaneous Magic books:
Sam Berland thimble act
The Nite Club Act by Keith Clark
Books on Card Manipulations:
Card Manipulations series 1-5 Jean Hugard
More Card Manipulations Jean Hugard
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks Jean Hugard
The last word on cups and balls eddie joseph
Jeff McBride videos
Secrets of my Magic David Devant 288 p
Dorny on Magic 1954
Popular Magic by prof Dunninger Volumes 1 - 3 1926-29
Dunninger's Complete Encyclopedia of magic 1970s 288 p
The Illustrated History of Magic - Melbourne Christopher
5X5 Scotland book by Peter Duffie
The Collected Almanac by Richard Kufman
Bruce Elliot books:
Magic as a hobby 1948
Professional Magic made Easy 1959
The Magic Handbook by Peter Eldin
The Handbook of Magic - Marvin Kaye
Harry Lorayne - get a list of all his books
Books on Street Magic:
Street Magic Jeff Sheridan 1977
The Art of Street Magic Stephen Forrester 1989
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Street Magic by Tom Ogden
Street Magic: Street Tricks, Sleight of Hand and Illusion by Paul Zenon
Gazzo – one of the world's greatest street magicians - see his videos
Chris Randall - see his videos
More Magic Books:
Kornidentally Yours! Karrell Fox 1954
Clever... like a fox by Karrell Fox
Another book by... by Karrell Fox
The Magic of Slydini 2 volumes 1976
Million dollar card secrets Frank Garcia 1972 - 128 pages
The worlds best book of magic Walter Gibson 1928
Forging ahead in magic john booth
Professional magic for amateurs Walter Gibson 1953
Stage Illusions Goldston 1920s
Illusion books by Rand Woodbury
Jap Box tricks Glenn Gravatt 1937
Pure Magic! 1978 by Henry Gross
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Lessons in Sleight Of Hand - Bill Tarr – 2 volumes
Books on Flourishes:
The Encyclopedia of Playing Card Flourishes - Gerald P. Cestkowski
Silk Magic books:
Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic volumes 1-4
First published by Harold Rice in 1948
thousands of pages of Francis Martineau's (my relative) hand-lettered text;
& thousands of beautiful Illustrations!
13 books by Allan Ackerman:
(all are lecture notes except for one's with a *)
Magic Mafia Effects 1970
The Esoterist Gems of Magic Book No. 2 - 1971
*Here's My Card (paperback book) 1978
Magic Castle Lecture NotesDecember 8, 1991 1991
*Las Vegas Kardma (hardbound book) 1994
Wednesday Nights 1994/1999
How to Tame a Moose Canadian Lecture Tour 1995/2005
Al Cardpone The Las Vegas Blues Lecture 1996
I Can't Believe it's Not All Cards 1997
Classic Handlings 1999/2002
Ackerman 2004 2005
The Cardjurer 2012 Lecture Notes 2012
Card Theater 2019 Lecture Notes 2019
more info on this site:
Connect with me here:
Join Master Magic University here:
Join the SAM (Society of American Magicians)
Join the I.B.M. (Iternational Brotherhood of Magicians)
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO MY MAGIC ADVICE?
I Mentor magicians from all over the world.
Many of my students have won first places in Magic contests!
I have created magic that many world class magicians use in their professional acts!
Allan Ackerman, Shin Lim, Dan & Dave Buck, Dan Harlan, Lee Asher,
Joe Rindfleisch, Apollo Robbins, Chappy Brazil and many more...
Read my full Magic Bio here:
I AM A BEST-SELLING AUTHOR!
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MEANS A MINIMUM OF 60,000 BOOKS SOLD!
I AM AUTHOR OF OVER 100 MAGIC BOOKS, VIDEOS & MAGIC PRODUCTS!
HERE ARE SOME OF MY BOOKS THAT I WROTE
THAT ARE SOLD IN MAGIC SHOPS WORLWIDE:
SCOTCH & SODA BOOK
3 ACE MONTE
DOUBLE-SIDED COIN BOOK
BALL & VASE BOOK
Magic Tricks with a folding quarter
& ABOUT 12 MAGIC BOOKS....
Magic is a subject that I am very familiar with. I have been a magician my whole life.
I got started at a very young age- 9. I remember how eager I was to learn every magic trick that I
could. Magic tricks for beginners is something completely different than advanced magic.
Here is a list of several good tips & things to help you progress:
All the Best to you in your exciting Magic journey!
1. check out free magic trick books from your local library- ( 793.8 section of the library )
2. Learn easy effects and basics for a foundation of your magic knowledge and skills.
SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO GET FREE MAGIC TRICKS!
3. Practice in front of a mirror before showing the audience magic trick. Study your Magic for
many different Angles!
*** REMEMBER THAT THE MIRROR DOUBLES THE DISTANCE WHEN VIEWING FOR
PRACTICING YOUR MAGIC!
4. Practice in front of a video camera and then watch tape for mistakes, etc.
5. Get a magic friend so you can practice together. Not just someone like a family member
because they will tell you it is good when it might not be yet.
6. Join a magic club or start your own. SAM or IBM - Society of American Magicians or
International Brotherhood of Magicians
7. Ask expert magicians to recommend the best books and dvds, etc.
This is one of our best book that we recommend to all of our beginner magic students:
Master Magic University book
Here are some more good resources for studying and researching Magic:
You can also get several free magic books online that are in the public domain! Bobo' Modern
Coin Magic, Expert at the card table, Expert Card Technique, etc.
8. Focus on mastering 3-6 magic tricks that you will use on a regular basis. Not only practice but
rehearse you magic routines byb video taping and reviewing them!
9. Find your niche in magic, stage magic or close-up magic, etc. by studying the champions of
magic- you can study many here:
10. Learn the fundamental building blocks of creating magic.
read my book The Surreallusion System: Creating Fine Art Magic:
11. Be yourself. Do not try to be someone you are not.
Example: Lance Burton is not Mac King and vice-versa. Take a personality test online.
Take the Magic test in the book find the stuff that's you
12. Find a mentor in magic. Join Master Magic Mentors facebook group!
13. Decide what is your favorite kind of magic by observing the very best magicians
and/or magic tricks that you can find and decide what kind of magic you want to develop into
your own unique style.
14. Subscribe to a magic magazine and stay updated on the latest in magic tricks.
We have our New Magic Magazine here:
Global Magic University Journal Volume #1 ebook Kindle Edition
by Darin Martineau
15. Don’t copy magic tricks word for word, create your own original scripts.
We have a book on Magic Scripts:
Pro Magic Tricks Scripts: Improve your Magic with Patter, Jokes and One-Liners!
16. Focus on building up the drama and mystery of your magic tricks.
17. Don’t rush through your performances, Slow down a bit! & enjoy the moment and let
Get the books:
Neo-Magic Artistry by S.H. Sharpe and
Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber
18. Avoid all suspicious moves and gestures. Be natural.
19. Use a variety and balance of magic tricks in your magic show.
Also a balance of the 7 plots in magic routines!
20. Learn how to cover your mistakes by studying how the pro’s do. Study Dai Vernon and
Master Magicians performances to see how they cover their mistakes, etc.
21. Learn how to use proper misdirection in your magic tricks.
Get the book Magic by Misdirection book by fitzkee (you can find it on Amazon)
22. Remember to look at the audience in their eyes and not stare at your hands and/or props so
much! & use of the eyes and proper timing and use of pauses for dramatic effects!
23. Carry coins in your palm positions through out the day without letting others notice. This
way you have more time practicing.
Get Master Coin Magic book by Darin Martineau
24. Don’t worry about trying to learn every magic trick at once, master a few first. Learn the
basic principles of magic.
25. Study acting and good actors to watch how they bring their character to life.
Read acting books and learn the acting techniques to apply to your Magic! Learn the acting-
Staninslavsky techniques and much more.
read this article on list of acting techniques:
26. Develop your own magic tricks and don’t copy other magician’s magic tricks but
copy the best qualities of the greatest magicians and performers. I hope this was
helpful if you have any questions please comment below.
I mentor magicians! contact me with your questions about Magic.
Get my Free Magic book Pro Card Magic for beginners Volume #1 here:
27. Study the Science of Magic
28. Study Allan Ackerman (my mentor) www.allanackerman.com
SUBSCRIBE TO ALLAN ACKERMAN'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL NOW!
29. Start your own Magic club with your friends.
You can perform together and create local charities to give to your community!
Perform free magic shows for Elderly & Retirement homes. (some have a budget to pay you)
Some ideas of places to network and do some local magic shows:
Boys & Girls Club
Local Chamber of Commerce
Schools (create an after school program)
Colleges - David Copperfield used to teach magic at a college!
and many more places!
30. Research magic online:
Genii Magazine website
Online Magic Magazines
Get my New Exclusive Magic Video Downloads here:
Get Over 70 New Exclusive Magic books here:
Get my New deck of cards here:
Connect with me here:
SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO GET MY LATEST FREE MAGIC
One of my best magic books is:
DIABOLICAL DECEPTIONS book by Darin Martineau
IN MY BOOK THE SURREALLUSION SYSTEM I TEACH THE PRINCIPLES OF
CREATING FINE ART MAGIC –
Pro Magic Tricks: The Surreallusion System: Creating Fine Art Magic
"Darin constantly amazes me with his ingenuity and skill"
- Allan Ackerman - Las Vegas Card Expert
PROOF THAT THIS Amazing MAGIC WORKS:
World Class Magicians that use Darin's Magic Professionally:
Shin Lim - used Darin's Eclipse Color Change on his Spanish TV Special and wowed them!
Kevin James - Darin has an original trick with a ring on his Floating Rose video!
Morgan Streibler - Creator of Liquid Metal trick
(& Darin taught him many Card & Close-Up Magic)
Dan Harlan – used Darin's Jumper Stumper Rubber band trick on
Magic with rubberband's Volume #3
Joe Rindfleisch - used Darin's Jumper Stumper Rubber band trick on
his rubber band video!
Dan & Dave Buck - The Co-Creators of THEORY 11 - MAGIC Website!
Chappy Brazil (Darin developed a really cool spoon bending routine for
him that he used on his Watch Steal Video)
and many more magicians use Darin's Magic Professionally!
Darin Martineau also teaches private magic lessons and has many students that
have won first place in many magic contests!
Darin Martineau is also a First place Award-Winning Impromptu Magician-
I B M - International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 257 in Las Vegas
The Martineau Collection Volume 1 by Darin Martineau
Sentimental Surreallusion book by Darin Martineau
Super Visual Color Changes book by Darin Martineau
Includes my Original Color changes-
Shin Lim used my Eclipse color change on his Spanish TV Special!
DIABOLICAL DECEPTIONS BY Darin Martineau
Pro Magic Tricks: The Surreallusion System Creating Fine Art Magic
Master Magic University book by Darin Martineau & Brian Smedley
Master Coin Magic book by Darin Martineau
Master Jumbo Coin Magic book by Darin Martineau
Mentalism & Magic Routines book by Darin Martineau
Pro Magic Tricks Scripts: Improve your Magic with Patter, Jokes and One-Liners!
Revolutionary Close-Up Magic By Darin Martineau
Master Card Manipulations Volume 1 book
Featuring my New Visual Exploding Card Productions!
Master Card Manipulations Volume 2 book
Get New Sponge Ball Miracles
book by Darin Martineau & Brian Smedley here:
Global Magic University Journal Volume #1 - ebook Kindle Edition
by Darin Martineau
Card Tricks The Extreme Transposition- New Book
Card Magic 4 Aces Miracle Routines - book by Darin Martineau
Learn all of these Amazing New Ace Routines:
New Vanishing Collectors
The Martineau Twist
Ungaffed Sidewalk Shuffle
Phoenix & Dragon Aces
Jazz with Rhythm
New Invisible Travellers
Angel Aces & New Backfire Aces
Get Over 70 New Exclusive Magic books!
My New Instructional Magic Videos in Digital Downloads:
Get my New deck of cards here!
SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO GET FREE MAGIC TUTORIALS!
CONNECT WITH ME HERE:
ALL THE BEST TO YOU ON YOUR MAGICAL JOURNEY! PRACTICE HARD TO BE
GOOD IN THE ARTS!