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The Royal Road to Card Magic Paperback – May 27, 1999
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The authors, both noted authorities on magic, present complete, easy-to-understand explanations of shuffles, flourishes, the glide, the glimpse, false shuffles and cuts, the pass, the classic force, and many other techniques. These will enable card handlers to perform over 100 mind-boggling feats of card magic, including Thought Stealer, Gray's Spelling Trick, Do as I Do, Now You See It, Obliging Aces, Rapid Transit, Kangaroo Card, A Tipsy Trick, and dozens of others. Illustrated with more than 120 clear line cuts that make the explanations easy to follow, this exciting introduction to card conjuring will enable even beginners to develop professional-level skill and the ability to perform tricks guaranteed to astound family and friends.
Unabridged Dover (1999) republication of the work published by World Publishing Company, Cleveland, Ohio, 1951 (first edition, Harper & Brothers, 1948).
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What I love about the book. I have been interested in card magic since I was a boy and have only recently picked up this hobby again, and even though I am probably already familiar with every slight dealt with in this book, it kind of fills in the gaps. For example, even though I know of course how to control a card using a simple overhand shuffle, I was never really able - or even aware of - a false overhand shuffle. I mean a shuffle that looks genuine (not just "running" the cards one by one) and 100 percent deceptive. I am kind of an indermediate, you see. And then this book made me think: well, maybe not even just yet.
Didactically the book is brilliant. For starters, it does not torture you with slights only, but every chapter will already introduce three or four tricks that go with the slight in question, and Hugard and Braue have made sure that they are worth -while. I have found some real gems here. Which really surprised me.Read more ›
If you're just looking into card magic for the very first time, or are an advanced magician, this book will prove to be both fun and informative - a must have.
This review is about the incredibly poor quality edition produced by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Their's is a very low quality, print-on-demand, version of the book which has two inch black margins, pixelated illustrations, and lacks substantial portions of the text. Presumably, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform is one of those companies that exploits the easy availability of free texts to sell print-on-demand versions with no quality control. Also, their edition is almost twice as expensive as the much higher quality Dover one. As far as I can tell, their's is listed first because they lie about the publication date and exploit some sort of searching bug in Amazon. This is a dishonest and opportunistic way to sell overpriced, lower quality, goods online.
Don't waste your money on the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform edition, buy the Dover Edition instead: The Royal Road to Card Magic
If your intrested in card magic - this is the first book you should buy. There are several great books - but this is one that should be on every magician's book shelf.
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Have owned several times and learn something new every time I open it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was purchased for my son. It has not left his back pack- I believe he has been through it several times and is always showing us new card tricks he has learned.Published 3 months ago by kent shelton
The Kindle version was many misspelled words and it is a waste of time to try and make sense of it. Otherwise it is a great book, but stay away from the kindle version.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to learn card magic sleight of hand, this is the place to start. This isn't self-working card magic. It's more advanced stuff. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jonathan Fesmire