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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Dover Magic Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (June 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486233340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486233345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Wes on August 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for negative comments, read the first paragraph. If you're looking for positive comments, read the second. If you're looking for an all around opinion, read the whole thing.
This book is for the VERY amateur magician. I used to consider myself a VERY amateur magician until I bought this book. Very few of these tricks are very good, and almost all of the descriptions and illustrations could be described as nothing less than clouded and unclear. While a limited number of "self-working" tricks are acceptable in a magician's repetoire, ALL of them being "self-working" is, at the very least, unprofessional. In my opinion, it sort of subtracts from the actual "magic."
If, conversely, you're looking for a book with which to just have a little fun, this is the book for you. Again, while I must reiterate that some of the explanations and illustrations are unclear, it seems to be written for someone who has never tried any magic before, and would be good for just getting used to pulling a few stunts here and there.
So if you're just trying card magic for the very first time, you might want to give this one a shot, but there are some others which might prove to be more beneficial in the long run.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have finally found a card trick book that actually presented entertaining illusions without hours of practice trying to master multiple sleight of hand techniques. In fact, I picked up a half-dozen card tricks in about a half hour.
Three ingredients would have made this book a ten: 1) More ideas on presentation and patter. 2) Better illustrations. 3) Some of the explanations could have been a bit clearer.
All an a good book for amateur magicians of all ages looking to add quality card feats to their bag of tricks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
The "main" trick in this book (the one "advertised" on the cover) is absolutely mind-boggling. The first time I saw this routine it was done to me by a "resident magician" in this magic store I was shopping at. I thought I had to get some kind of elaborate card deck. This book is all the magician said I needed. Any books by this author is great. I also recommend his rope book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jochen Riehm on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Got this book for my 11 years old son and figured out that descriptions for the tricks a little to complicated and not illustrated enough. The Klutz would be a better recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By agold7964 on September 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
THIS IS THE MAGIC CARD TRICK BOOK TO GET!!! I have had this book for a couple weeks now, and I LOVE the tricks! All the tricks are easy to do, you just have to follow the directions in the trick you are doing and it works out great! There are tons of different types of tricks, including a few tricks to do on two people at one time which I love. If you are a beginner this is DEFIANTLY the book I recommend for you.

On the other hand, if you are looking to build up your skill with sly cuts, shuffles, ect. This is not the book for you. But, If you want to learn fun, easy, card tricks this is the book to get!!

I have been doing the card tricks I have gotten out of this book along with tricks from "THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MAGIC ( which is a great book, has great instructions, photos and coin, rope, card, string magic ) and the tricks are great. I do tricks to my whole family, my cousins, my aunt, my friends, everybody and everybody loves them and are amazed!!

THIS IS DEFIANTLY THE BOOK TO GET!!! 10 OUT OF 10!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you see a book written by Karl Fulves on magic that has the words Self-Working in the title then buy it. There is a wealth of knowledge in each of these books. -Diamond Jim Tyler
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian A. Fisanick on December 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Karl Fulves is a wonderful writer. He has a concise, clear, and laconic style that I find refreshing. If you need a break from struggling with the serious, heavy tomes of card magic, this book will be an easy read. I must admit to a bias: I don't really like the majority of self-working card tricks. Unless they are abetted with some rudimentary sleights such as false shuffles, they come off as exactly what they are--self-working card tricks. That said, the serious card worker will easily be able to add sleights to the slick tricks presented here and make them really outstanding. For that Fulves deserves his four stars. It's a great book and value for the beginner and expert.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Jean-Louis on August 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
Everyone who is interested in card magic, MUST get a copy of this book. This book contains AMAZING & OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD card tricks. You won't bekieve how good these tricks are until you actually read them for yourself. You will totally mystify your friends and family.
THE BOOK IS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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