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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby Magicadz » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:45 am



I realise that searching through books is seldom page after page of usable mind-blowing material but more of a treasure hunt. I love that feeling of chills up the spine when you read a routine and realise the strength of what you've found and also that you are in a position to obtain the materials pronto. Found such a routine in a series of mentalism booklets called Sensational Mentalism. I was sat in bed with my hot chocolate and felt like rubbing my hands together like a schoolboy.

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby DaveWise » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:46 pm

Magicadz wrote:I realise that searching through books is seldom page after page of usable mind-blowing material but more of a treasure hunt. I love that feeling of chills up the spine when you read a routine and realise the strength of what you've found and also that you are in a position to obtain the materials pronto. Found such a routine in a series of mentalism booklets called Sensational Mentalism. I was sat in bed with my hot chocolate and felt like rubbing my hands together like a schoolboy.


Wholeheartedly agree. And there's a lot of wading through antiquated language... but every now and then you find a gem. And then discover it's been repackaged as a video download on some website. Wamp wamp!

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby tommymcc84 » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:27 am

This is an awesome thread for someone who pretty new to magic and loves going through old magic books! A great fillup. Keep all the great book ideas coming then I can start my hunt for them... Thanks!!

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby Mandrake » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:24 am

Just in case anyone needs a nudge, also don't forget The Learned Pig Project which hosts hundreds of magic books, vids and articles online. At one time a closely guarded secret resource, it's now open to anyone who takes the trouble to go find and register. Newcomers should go to http://www.lybrary.com, register then log in to their account, scroll down to the bottom left hand side and click The Learned Pig Project.

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby EndersGame » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:49 am

Mandrake wrote:Just in case anyone needs a nudge, also don't forget The Learned Pig Project which hosts hundreds of magic books, vids and articles online. At one time a closely guarded secret resource, it's now open to anyone who takes the trouble to go find and register. Newcomers should go to http://www.lybrary.com, register then log in to their account, scroll down to the bottom left hand side and click The Learned Pig Project.

The Learned Pig Project was a fantastic resource.

I don't have an account at lybrary.com, but didn't Marko from Panama finish The Learned Pig Project in 2011?
http://themagicwiki.com/magos/www.thele ... index.html

There is still an active page here:
http://thelearnedpig.freeservers.com

But the applying for membership link brings you to a dead link for the original site:
http://www.thelearnedpig.com.pa

I remember being a member of The Learned Pig many years ago (after passing the requisite "let me check that you're actually a magician" entrance test), and it was an excellent repository of classic magic texts.

Presumably the lybrary.com collection is just a static archive?

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby Mandrake » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:38 am

Lybrary bought TLP when Marko had to retire from maintaining it, Lybrary is a very active site devoted to selling books in various formats , well worth checking out.

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby magicofthemind » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:20 pm

There's a useful listing of free public domain magic books here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Magic/comments ... _old_book/

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby Mandrake » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:35 pm

An excellent resource Barry, thank you!

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby Lady of Mystery » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:01 am

That is a cracking page Barry, how have I never known about that until now?! :)

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby magicofthemind » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:43 pm

Thanks, both. I'm surprised it found me so long to find it, too. I just Googled for "public domain magic books"!

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Re: Don't over look the basic books

Postby EndersGame » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:08 pm

Yes thanks Barry, that's a great link, some terrific resources there!

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