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MMS Card Control by Arthur H Buckley - Book

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A famous card expert demonstrates tricks that have left theater audiences amazed and that card-playing professionals have used profitably. It is not a book for beginners. But these shifts, palms, glides, false shuffles, cuts, fans, steals and spectacular deceptions will help those with basic card expertise reach new levels of performance. Over 300 photos.
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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.2 inches
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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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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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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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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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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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Pretty good book with a variety of unique card sleights (palming, manipulating cards in the deck, etc.). These sleights are the 'real work', so it will take a little perseverance. Many of these utility sleights are ones that you ought to know if you want to be a card sleight-of-hand worker.
The instructions are generally clear, but sometimes a detail here and there gets a little confusing. There's a fair number of photos showing how to do many of the sleights.
Sometimes a sleight is a little more complicated than it needs to be. My recommendation is to follow the author's steps in slow-motion with a deck of cards in hand. After you are familiar with the overall effect, you can make adjustments based on what your comfortable with. There may also be other newer methods for learning these sleights if you want to invest in newer card sleight instruction (such as the Daryl Encyclopedia of Card Sleights videos, etc.).
Right now, I'm working on the side steal sleight. He gives a T. Nelson Downs version which has some merit, but it is much more complicated than necessary. The author's own version is a little more do-able. But even the author's method becomes a little too fidgety, so I've made minor modifications to make it work well for me. I start in slow-motion, counting through the substeps to keep pace while I do the move (1..2..3..4). Then I repeat it until I can bring it up to full speed.
If you want to learn sleights for cheap, try this book. You may have to pick and choose through the sleights, and there may be better methods to perform some of these sleights now, but it's not bad for under $10.
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