I remember reading a sample of this book online to see if it truly was an "amazing" book of cards. I pulled out a deck of cards, started reading, and within minutes made up my mind to buy the book. Author and magician Joshua Jay has packed this book with some top-notch material that goes well beyond a collection of intriguing card tricks.
In addition to a number of card tricks (something we all surely expect), the book includes instructions for card shuffles, stunts, and hustles. So far, I've actually enjoyed learning the shuffles more than the tricks themselves. I'm not learning just how to perform card tricks--I'm learning how to handle cards with precision and grace.
I've also enjoyed the book's full-color images and companion DVD. Besides the book's gorgeous layout, the DVD brings the tricks to life--and facilitates learning--by showing not only how to execute the tricks but also how to perform the tricks. In case you haven't heard, there's a big difference between being able to do a trick and perform a trick. Performance is half the trick, if not more.
Notably, Joshua Jay's "Amazing Book of Cards" is an introductory book. While the book does contain some tricks or techniques that might be considered advanced, this book only scratches the surface of what's possible. If you're serious about card magic, you'll soon want to pick up some more books to expand your knowledge.
Overall, I'm highly pleased with this book and look forward to many happy hours perfecting the perfect Faro shuffle, which is the most precise shuffle in the world. There's even a one-handed Faro shuffle variation that apparently fewer than 100 people worldwide can perform.