Can you recommend some good, general books on magic?
Presto has quite a library of magic tomes. Some of his favorites are:
- Card Collage. A tapestry of divergent magic techniques all thrown together in an attractive way.
- The Barbell Course in Magic. A huge, multivolume overview of the entire magic profession, bound in sheets of lead so that you can build up your arms while you build up your knowledge.
- Ant Man’s Complete One Ant Mental and Psychic Routine. A complete routine, absolutely timeless, and as classic as the super hero who wrote it.
- The Expert with a Card Table. A classic treatise on magic that can be done anywhere, any time, with just a deck of cards and a folding table.
- The Royale Road to Magic: Another classic, this one named after what they call a hamburger in France.
- A Magician Among Spirits. How you, too, can see magical things if you just drink enough.
- Art of Astonishment. Three volumes of innovative (and, sometimes, weirdly rambling) magic by some guy named Art who seems to think that everything in his house is a magic prop.
- 101 Tricks with a Stripper. A treatise on effects that are particularly appropriate for stag parties.
- The Encyclopedia of Cards for Tricks. An exhaustive discussion of all aspects of each card in a deck, starting with the ace of spades and working its way through the king of diamonds in just under 700 pages.
- 13 Steps to a Migraine. The #1 book on mentalism, with a focus on heavy, brain-numbing memorization.