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My Favourite Magic Books: Matt Baker

By Matt Baker – Thursday, April 21, 2022

We requested a few of magic’s best minds to share with us their favourite Magic Books. This week is the flip of Matt Baker. You could know him from his personal wonderful ebook 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 tricky 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 revolutionary magicians of all time, and his insistence on perfecting each element by no means fails to encourage. All of this consideration to element shines
    by within the “Books of Marvel”. Nonetheless, what units this two-volume work aside from every 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 a variety of invaluable ideas and observations into print.

  2. Dai Vernon’s Interior 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 adjustments, palming, the second deal, and the highest change. Do you really need me to

  3. Strive the Unattainable 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 “Strive the Unattainable” might be my favourite. The primary a part of the ebook
    is an in-depth exploration of Simon’s “Undo Affect” precept, maybe the best
    innovation in mathematical card magic because the Gilbreath Precept. The remainder of the
    ebook comprises terrific memorized deck routines resembling “The Invisible Card” and “Two
    Beginnings” in addition to neoclassic results like “O’Aronson Aces” and “Decipher”.
    Honorable point out: “Merely Simon”, which comprises 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 ebook.

Bernie: I already know far more tips than I’ll ever use, so for me essentially the most priceless books are
those which affect the best way I take into consideration magic normally. And for my cash, the perfect
ebook on magic concept ever written is Darwin Ortiz’s Robust Magic.

Ray: It’s actually an important ebook. 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 be a concept ebook: Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe. I by no means used to write down out scripts earlier than studying that ebook, and now that I’ve seen the sunshine I’ll by no means return.

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 I can nonetheless keep in mind you prattling on endlessly again within the outdated days.

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

Dev: Sure, completely.

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

Dev: Nicely, 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 tougher for me to really feel excited the older I get.

Bernie: There’s somewhat blue capsule for that, you recognize.

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

Ray: I’d must 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 of a very nice ebook. I
suppose Juan’s greatest ebook is The Magic Approach. His concepts there are sport changers. The Magic Rainbow has quite a few profound observations as properly, however from an organizational level of
view it’s a whole mess.

Dev: That is nice, we’re trashing the world’s best 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 at all times.

Dev: That’s precisely what I stated 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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