While the method is complex, it is also progressing well. I should be ready to run this illusion with music and lighting very soon.
An exception here in New York City is the famous Strand bookstore on 14th street. Downstairs they will often have at least a dozen copies of very good used magic books, usually Dover titles. Last week, I saw the spine of this beauty, "Secrets of Magic" by Walter B. Gibson (famous writer of The Shadow radio series). The cover is fantastic, and when I opened it I saw that it was a first edition, published in the year of my birth, 1967.
It's such a fun book to leaf through, containing fantastical dream-like illustrations and wonderful prose from Gibson. And I am happy to have found it serendipitously, the best way to discover a magic book in my opinion.