My collection consists of over 3,103 magic books, photographs of magicians, magic tokens, wooden nickels, magician business cards, throw out cards, vintage magic gimmicks and tricks, magic memorabilia and ephemera. Many of my books are first editions, and a fair number of my books and photographs are autographed. My magic DVD and video collection has over 765 items and many of these are autographed as well. If you click on the thumbnail pictures you will find out when the item was published, the author, if it's a first edition as well as any other information I have about that item. The magic book web pages are sorted by authors last name, the DVD and video by title.
I hope you find something of interest on my site.
Magic book table of content
information courtesy of http://magicref.tripod.com/
" Mundus vult decipi, ergo
"The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived."
magic, today as always, the effect is what counts. The
method or methods used are always purely
"...any effect to be successful must first be
founded upon a simple method and then be performed with
a direct to-the-point
"The fact that a trick fooled you is not
enough reason to perform it."
"The secret of showmanship consists not of
what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public
thinks you do."
"You can fool the eyes and minds of the
audience, but you cannot fool their
"It is presentation which lifts the card
trick from the level of the commonplace puzzle to the
status of an unforgettable and inexplicable
"A magician is an actor playing the part of a
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
"My brain is the key that sets me
"A fundamental understanding of the human
psyche is the essential key to successful
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
"Someone creates a trick,many people perfect
it, but its final success in front of an audience
depends on the person who presents
"No matter how smart or well-educated you
are, you can be deceived."
"My only fear is the
"If I could climax as many times as a Derek
Dingle routine I would be a happy man."
"Misdirect all the time."
"The Illusion of magic is a idealistic
fantasy; it exists only in the imagination of the
"Magicians are the most honest people in the
world; they tell you they're gonna fool you and then
they do it."
"You don't get into magic....magic get into
"As wonderful as it is, not everyone likes
magic. Try to only share your magic with people who
"The real secret of magic lies in the
"I have not drawn a very rosey picture of the
magician. I did not intend to do so. To the novice
entering the life and promising himself ease, indolence
and wealth, I should say, Don't!"
"The more they pay you the more they will
respect you and enjoy your show."
Thomas Nelson Downs
"The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let
it be known that at a given time and a given place
someone is going to attempt something that in the event
of failure will mean sudden death."
"The personality must be bigger than the
Harry Blackstone, Sr.
"The hard must become habit. The habit must
become easy. The easy must become
"What the eyes see and the ears hear... the