I’ve included a representative sampling of those modern works that I predict will be called “classics” by future generations.
The most important books to me, of course, are the ones I pored over and studied in the sixties and seventies.
They provided me, after all, with the knowledge that enabled me to develop my own style and approach to the art.
Many consider this ebook the best Bob has ever written.
It lists Bob's 39 most important magic books to study to achieve mastery in mentalism.
It would be another five years before I heard of a guy named Corinda.
Note: The distinction most of today’s mentalists make between “mentalism” and “mental magic” was rarely, if ever, observed until the 1970’s, over twenty years after The Amateur Magician’s Handbook was written.
And all of them, I believe, are still worthy of serious attention.
But succeeding generations of authors, building upon the foundations laid by their predecessors, have made valuable, and important, contributions to the literature.
Why would they want to buy a book obviously intended for amateurs?
I honestly believe that if Hay’s book had been given a different title - Hay’s Handbook of Magic, for example - it would today be ranked among the top twenty magic books ever written.
The unique feature of this list is that Bob explains for each title why it is in his list. While all of the respondents mentioned valuable works, I agree with only one of the answers - the fourth.