I'm new to magic and definitely a beginner in my handling of cards etc. However, I'm really interested in cards, mentalism, etc. however, I want to be able to use the tricks I perform on the street so I'm going to be learning some coin and impromptu stuff as well.
I was wondering if there are any good beginner guides on magic, namely for street magic as it seems to be what I plan on doing. I'm getting Wilson's Complete Guide and then 13 steps to mentalism, but I'm just wondering if there are any other guides I should be looking into for street magic.
Well "street magic" can be anything, card, sponges, cutting your skin and pulling out coins whatever. The Wilson book is great and was more introductory course in magic. If you have the money anyone who has bought the Tarbell volumes in magic will attest to their greatness.
Also sankeymagic.com sells some pretty easy, AWESOME tricks. Go to the beginner section and you will find a lot of neat ideas to play around with.
And if you like cards get Royal Road to card magic, great book. And if your not scared off after all that, buy some of the Card College books, it's more or less an encyclopedia set of card slights and there applications. For gambling slights and table work with cards try Expert at the Card table (the bottom deal has served me well).
Search Banachek and you will find TONS of mentalism stuff, that from my understanding is fairly easy to do. Sankey also sells some mentalism stuff but a lot of it uses cards.
I suggest learning coins and such because of how useful knowledge of coin mechanics are. get Modern Coin Magic and work your way through the sea of coin DVDs after that.
There are so many great books and DVDs out there and I can't list them all. Do a little searching on your own and check your local library (chances are they have some books on magic).
Welcome to magic,