Once you are getting into intermediate and advanced card magic there really is no single source to send you to. That is where things start to diversify and you have to start making decisions. Styles definitely influence different card magicians which in turn should lead you in different directions. The one single book that will probably appeal to any move monkey, regardless of style, is Earnest Earick's "By Forces Unseen"(written by Steven Minch) If you are into cool card productions, clever modifications off of DPS and side steals, an insanely difficult(for me at least) one handed bottom palm, or some serious riffle stacking and gambling demos, this book will have something for you. In the words of Lee Asher(paraphrased) "Earick's work is unnecessarily difficult....and yet so cool!" That pretty much sums it up. If you are a move monkey, regardless of style, get this book.
'Unnecessarily difficult', well that sounds a little negative but i'll be sure to check it out! Sounds promising.
If you are thinking about doing some gambling and table magic look into Jason Englands "Fundamentals" and then move on to Richard Turner and Darwin Ortiz.
I got my gambling and table magic basics from simon lovell and few books but I have been hearing a lot about Darwin Ortiz. Which of the two would you say is best?
If you like that "flashy" style of magic then you should probably check out Lee Asher.
I know the asher twist ( as most card magicians ) , and I have been drooling over his Five Card Stud Dvd, which looks very good. But I can't find a lot of other releases except for a few collaborations. Are these also worth the effort?
His philosophy is, "I'm not trying to look natural...I want to look supernatural." I think that is a great philosophy for the current era. I know many Vernon devotees will disagree with me here but I honestly think the modern audience is aware that when you are doing card magic you are demonstrating a skill...not magic. Thus, it is no harm to demonstrate extra ordinary skill with the cards when you perform.
That's a nice philosophy/motto indeed, that's what I'm aiming at.
I always start my routine by stating, ' What you will see now is not magic, even if it may seem so at times. I don't wear a pointy hat and I don't have a beard, therefore I was not admitted to hogwarts. What you will now see is merely skill, sleight of hand and a lot of wasted time.'
Some people state that this ruins or devalues my showcase. But I feel as though it shows that I am in control
and that what I do is professional, takes a lot of effort and isn't your uncle's 'lookwhatsbehindyourear' trick. For me, Skill>Magic. Slightly.
That being said, I have seen a lot of more magic focused magicians who deliver a great show, but it isn't something i'd feel natural, if you will, implementing in my routine(s).
OH!!! Almost forgot! Don't forget the Spanish! Ascanio and Tamariz. Indeed if you do want your magic to be completely baffling then they are a must!
I am not familiar with Ascanio , but I absolutely love Tamariz! I do not own a whole lot of him but I am currently expanding.