If you're new to magic, the best place to start, like with any hobby, is at the very bottom.
In terms of magic in general, a good starting point is Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic
. For card magic, there are more specialist books like the Royal Road to Card Magic
and the Card College
series (link to volume 1
) For coin magic there's Modern Coin Magic
and for mentalism there's 13 steps to Mentalism
(not available from Penguin).
Something else that will help you greatly is to pick up a book on magic theory. I have Strong Magic
and it contains so much useful information on routining and getting the most out of your tricks by making the performance engaging. Another book I don't have but I'm told is on a par with Strong Magic is Maximum Entertainment
For beginners, books are a better resource because they are cheaper than their DVD counterparts and contain a lot more information. For example, Born to Perform
, may be a great DVD but it only teaches a few sleights and even fewer tricks.
I know it might be a little disconcerting to say this but you can't expect to turn into David Blaine or Criss Angel overnight just buy buying a few tricks; but hopefully these books in particular will help you gain a greater appreciation for magic and help you on your way.