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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486212521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486212524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book in magic.
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The cardtricks book is well written and PACKED with card tricks - more than you could deal with in a lifetime.
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Jean Hugard's "Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" is a very good, comprehensive book on card tricks.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By "xadmin" on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a great book in magic. If you ever wanted to learn about magic from the beginer level to advance, then you got to buy this. However, beware; it is hard to understand because the book LACKS picture! Yes, instead of using that time to learn new tricks, you have to spend it trying to figure out what the author means. That is why I gave it 4 stars. If you are a beginner in magic, I recommend you to read "Now You See It, Now You Don't". Afterwhich, the material in this book will be easier to understand
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David Dathe on October 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
Jean Hugard's "Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" remains one of the most comprehensive and exhaustive texts on card effects even after 60 years of being in publication. A brief summary of the table of contents shows the variety of effects covered: impromptu card tricks, spelling effects, "you do as I do", special cards, special decks (Svengali, Mene-Tekel, Stripper), calculation effects, and miscellaneous card tricks. Hugard describes the effects clearly and accurately, attributes the originator of the effect (if known), and occasionally offers an editorial comment or suggestion. The book is quite literally a gold mine of information, awaiting an interested and motivated magician to mine its contents. I continue to amaze audiences with Stewart James' original handling of "Miraskill" (p. 330). And Kli Ban's "The Spectator Finds Your Card" (p. 348), in which the spectator finds the card I chose, has been in my routine for years. Virtually all effects require no difficult sleight-of-hand. However, Hugard does devote a chapter describing important card sleights. This Dover reprint is one of the best values in magic. With this volume, and possibly the addition of John Scarne's "Scarne on Card Tricks", any magician can develop an entertaining card routine that audiences will enjoy. "Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" belongs in every magician's library.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Cooper on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent source of card tricks. Many new and old tricks are explained. But what is not explained are some of the "normal" hand momements and techniques that are required for new magicians. This book is made for the medium and expert skilled magicians.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Papa Ski on November 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is great in its completeness and organization. It walks you through most of the card tricks. This book is not geared toward beginners or younger audiences. If you are a visual learner this book is not for you. There are very few pictures and diagrams so you will have to use your imagination at times to visualize what the trick is supposed to look like based on the descriptions.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christian A. Fisanick on December 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Jean Hugard was one of the greatest writers on magic. This book collects hundreds of his tricks and contributions from other cardicians. It is splendid--there is no doubt about that. Sure, a lot of the writing has that naive, antiquated quality simply because of the manuscript's age. But still, for the serious card magic student, this book is a must-have. Beginners will have their eyes opened, and experts will smile and nod their heads in approval with Hugard's outstanding trick compilation. The Dover reprint is superb and a great value--quite a few of the concepts here are worth the price of the book by themselves. I have to go now, as I need to learn the amazing Nikola card system at the end of the book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
Excellent book for principles on card tricks. Jean goes through the tricks step-by-step so that they are easy to understand. Once you have done some of the tricks you will be able to use those tricks to perform your own tricks. I have learned tricks that I have never thought were possible.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is great! It has so many tricks that can be worked with various decks. The only bad thing, is that sometimes it is difficult to comprehend. I bought this book for $40 in a magic shop, and that is the price in most magic retailers (of course mine is hardcover, which increses the price) but I thought it was well worth it. Now that I see the Amazon price, I think I got ripped off, but it's still worth it. (I guess I'll check Amazon's price from now on, and maybe shop here.) Overall, it is an excellent book, and I used some great tricks from here for magic auditions. That's how great it is!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philip Evans on August 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
Honestly - you would be hard pushed to find a single card trick which isn't in this book. They're all here, and they're all clearly described and explained. I use this book mainly as a reference source, so if you are a beginner to card magic, I would recommend something more detailed. Literally hundreds of tricks, but no pictures (which is why I only gave it 4 stars).
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