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Created: 10/06/2020
Updated: 01/23/2022

John Carney's Recommended Reading List

In John Carney's The Book of Secrets he shares a list of 36 books he can highly recommend - books he would bring to the proverbial desert island. Many of these books are out-of-print. Luckily a good number of them are available as ebooks from

Memoirs of Robert-Houdin

Biographies of Magicians

Magic Craft

The Magic of Slydini by Lewis Ganson

Misdirection and Timing

Stage Illusion

Tarbell Course by Harlan Tarbell

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