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Penguin Magic is proud to welcome Paul Draper to the Penguin Team. Paul is a world-class mentalist and magic historian. The items in the Magic History and Performance Theory store at Penguin are hand-picked by Paul to give you strong doses of theory, inspiration, and historical understanding that will help you imagine and reach your highest goals in magic.

"Following are what I feel are the best 15 general / wide spectrum books in the wide area of Magic History, Theory and Performance. These are valuable texts." - Paul

Magic History and Performance Theory:
  • Magic and Meaning By Eugene Burger and Robert E Neale
  • Mastering the Art of Magic by Eugene Burger
  • Magic Matters by Robert E Neale
  • Strong Magic by Darwin Ortiz
  • Designing Miracles by Darwin Ortiz
  • Books of Wonder by Tommy Wonder
  • Maximum Entertainment by Ken Weber
  • Shattering Illusions by Jamy Ian Swiss
  • Devious Standards by Jamy Ian Swiss
  • Neo magic Artistry by S.H. Sharpe
  • Art and Magic by S.H. Sharpe
  • Our Magic by Nevil Maskelyne & David Devant
  • Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
  • Sleights of Mind Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde
  • Beyond Deception by Tobias Beckwith
  • Foundations by Eberhard Riese
  • Find the Stuff That's You by Chris Carey
  • Performing Magic by Tony Middleton
  • The Five Points in Magic by Juan Tamariz
  • The Magic Way by Juan Tamariz
  • Showmanship for Magicians by Dariel Fitzkee
  • The Trick Brain by Dariel Fitzkee
  • Magic by Misdirection by Dariel Fitzkee
  • Transformations by Lawrence Hass
  • The Show Doctor by Jeff McBride
Non magic books I feel magicians should read:
  • How to Argue & Win Every Time by Gerry Spence
  • The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • An Actor Behaves by Tom Markus

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