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  • Series: Dover Magic Books
  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486277577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486277578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I definitely recommend it however to the serious card magic enthusiast.
Jose Berlin
Pretty good book with a variety of unique card sleights (palming, manipulating cards in the deck, etc.).
M. P. Schiesl
When you read this material you'll forgive Buckley's self-congratulatory tone.
Christian A. Fisanick

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
I've been a serious student of sleight-of-hand card magic for several years. Buckley's book contains more original and practical material than a hundred lesser books combined. Other authors have shied away from many of Buckley's techniques because of their difficulty, yet THEY ARE ALL WORKABLE AND OF GREAT UTILITY!!! Also, Buckley's detailed analyses of existing, standard sleights suggest dozens of new applications. The book is divided into 4 sections, which I'll comment on individually.
1. SLEIGHTS An outstanding compendium of card sleights. Features dozens of top/bottom palms, many fascinating false shuffles(Hindu, overhand, dovetail), a one-handed double lift, and (my favourite!) a multiple strip-out palm steal.
2. CONJURING AT THE CARD TABLE A number of techniques and routines based on gambling artifices. This section features several excellent second deals (one of them one-handed!), methods of restoring the cut, culling and stacking methods.
3. MANIPULATIONS Difficult back-palm routines and sleights in the Cardini style. Many of these principles, most suitable for stage or platform, are rarely used today. Nevertheless, I have used some of them successfully in a close-up context, primarily as flourishes. NOTE: Buckley back-palms a full pack of 52!!
4. 40 EXPERIMENTS An excellent collection of intermediate and advanced card effects. NO PROPS, NO FAKES, NO DUPLICATES! Each effect features enough fine ideas to suggest several new directions to the careful reader.
ENJOY THIS BOOK - it is highly underrated, even among magicians. THANKYOU!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jose Berlin on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've yet to see a bad review for this book, and there's a reason. This book is terrific. There is however one issue to be addressed. This book is hard!!! Definitely not for beginners, it has some of what I believe are the greatest but hardest card manipulations out there. I definitely recommend it however to the serious card magic enthusiast. There are enough valuable ideas in here to last you a lifetime.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Originally published in the 1930's,this reprint should be on the shelf of every serious card worker.Slight of hand and manipulations (many original,many very challenging) explained (with many explanatory photographs showing the hands of both Buckley and Paul LePaul) in the first part of the book followed by 40 performance pieces using what has been learned. Note - this superb book is very advanced - it is definitely NOT for beginners.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark Thomas on April 28, 2002
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When I unexpectedly came across a picture of Buckley on the first page of the book, and after hearing the other reviews of how difficult and advanced the techniques in the book were, I couldn't believe my eyes. I was surprised to see the face of a handsome teenager, of which my previous impression was COMPLETELY the opposite to the one I held in my hands. And this guy was a professional card magician at the age of 18, and able to do tricks infront of hundreds of people on-stage in 1908!
I have a feeling that this guy's mystery and skill probably gained him significant success with girls his age. The mysterious effects of these difficult to execute sleights are priceless and dazzling beyond belief. If a 3 columns card trick can make girls believe in magic.. then Buckley's stuff probably knocked their socks off... literally! Believe me, this guy would be able to blow David Blaine out of the water and make him look like Bob Longe.
That being said and out of the way, the book itself is amazing. There are very clearcut photos of Buckley's hands and very impressive card tricks, or as he calls them in the fourth section, "Card Experiments". Best of all, this book isn't like most others where the authors seem to purposely be vague (S.W. Erdnase) and not give the best descriptions. Mr. Buckley gives you every detail and is your friend throughout the book, showing you exactly how everything is done without any confusion.
And there is SO much different good stuff in here, that you'll probably never need another book for advanced materials.
It is a great book and a great reference to help you on your way to card excellence and showmanship. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book by Arthur Buckley is amazing.
It has loads of fantastic card sleights, whilst they do need a lot of practice it is worthwhile, as once you have them in your fingers they will never be forgotten.
All of these slieghts are extremely useful. The book is divided into different sections of tricks.
There are tricks for close up and for stage although some may need some imagination to update them, also there is a special section on crooked gambling.
All in all a good book with lots of photographs of Buckleys hands, he was a great card worker.
Buy it if you already know all the basics of card magic well.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christian A. Fisanick on August 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you've mastered Hugard and Braue's stuff, if you can do 60 classic passes per minute, if you have all the time in the world to devote to card sleight of hand, then this is the book for you! Seriously, this is a truly excellent book. Buckley's sleights, though not for the faint of heart, are superb. (He must've been one heckuva cardician!) This is a serious, serious card magic book. But if you are serious yourself, you'll get it. Of course, you'll overlook the antiquated prose and Buckley's tremendous ego throughout. (When you read this material you'll forgive Buckley's self-congratulatory tone.) This is a splendid work for those who want to be the best...
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