The Royal Road to Card Magic
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The Royal Road to Card Magic

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Would you like to confound your friends, amaze your acquaintances, amuse and dazzle crowds at parties and gatherings? Mastering a few card tricks will allow you to do all that and more. With the help of this book, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first-rate card tricks. In fact, mastery of just the first chapter will enable you to perform a half-dozen astounding and entertaining sleights of hand. 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486408434
  • 9780486408439
  • 50,749

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Would you like to confound your friends, amaze your acquaintances, amuse and dazzle crowds at parties and gatherings? Mastering a few card tricks will allow you to do all that and more. With the help of this book, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first-rate card tricks. In fact, mastery of just the first chapter will enable you to perform a half-dozen astounding and entertaining sleights of hand. 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).show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION by Paul Flemming PREFACE PART ONE I. "THE OVERHAND SHUFFLE, I"     Position of the Pack     Execution of the Overhand Shuffle. Using the Overhand Shuffle: Controlling the Top Card     Controlling the Bottom Card     Retaining the Top and Bottom Cards     Top Card to Next to Bottom and Back     The Run     The Injog     The Undercut. Overhand Shuffle Control: Retaining Top Stock     Overhand False Shuffle     Overhand Shuffle Practice Routine. Tricks with the Overhand Shuffle: Topsy turvy Cards     Poker's Player's Picnic     A Pocket Discovery     Telepathy Plus     Thought Stealer     Pinkie Does It     A Card and a Number II. THE RIFFLE SHUFFLE     Riffle Shuffle Control: Retaining Card at Top     Retaining at the Bottom     Riffle Shuffle in the Air. Tricks with the Riffle Shuffle: An Instinct for Cards     Mirror of the Mind     Ultra Card Divination III. FLOURISHES     Displaying the Top Card:     (a) For intimate performances     (b) For intimate performances     (c) For platform performances     The Ruffle:     (a) With both hands     (c) With a Single Card     The Click-Spread and Turnover:     (a) On a Cloth-Covered Table     (b) On a Bare Table. Gathering the Ribbon-Spread Pack     Springing the Cards     A Flourish Count     Throwing a Card     Waterfall Shuffle     The Fan     One-Hand Fan     Thumb Fan     Pressure Fan IV. THE GLIDE     Tricks with the Glide: Design for Laughter     Observation Test V. THE GLIMPSE     Bottom-Card Glimpse     I Bottom-Card Glimpse     II Bottom-Card Glimpse     III Top-Card Glimpse     Fan Peek     Tricks with the Glimpse: Gray's Spelling Trick     Round and Round VI. THE KEY CARD     Key Undercut     Key Undercut Shuffle. Tricks with the Key Card: Do as I Do     The Three Piles     The 26th Card     A Meeting of the Minds     The Non-Poker Voice     Intuition with Cards     Sliding Key Card VII. THE PALM     Top Palm:     (1) A Single Card     (2) Several Cards     Palm Glimpse     Replacing Palmed Cards: First Method     Second Method     Tricks with the Palm: Card in the Pocket     Now You See It!     Grag-Bag Card     Good-Luck Card     Do It and Fail     Gathering of the Clan     A Vested Interest     Piano Trick VIII. THE BACKSLIP     Backslip Force     Backslip Control. Tricks with the Backslip: Lightning Card     The Tanalizer     Under Your Hat IX. "THE OVERHAND SHUFFLE, II"     Injog and Break     Overhand Break Control     Overhand Lift Shuffle     Lift Shuffle Force     Spread and Break     Holding a Break     Spread and Break Control     Tricks with the Overhand Shuffles: The Sevens     Obliging Aces     Leapfrog     Spectator's Card Trick     A Poker Puzzle X. FALSE SHUFFLES AND CUTS     Optical Shuffle     Charlier Shuffle     The Cut: First Method     Second Method     Third Method     Fourth Method     Palm Cut. Tricks with the Shuffles and Cuts: An Incomprehensible Divination     Circus Card Trick     "Black Jack, Detective" XI. THE DOUBLE LIFT AND TURNOVER     Double-Lift Glimpse     Double-Lift Card Reverse:     (a) Top-Card Reversal     (b) Second-Card Reversal     (c) Second-Card Reversal     Tricks with the Double Lift: Rapid Transit     The Trey     Ambitious Card     Throughth and Consequences     Insidious Dr. Fu Liu Tu XII. THE PASS     The Grip     Left-Hand Action     Right-Hand Action     Riffle Pass     Spread Pass     Spring Pass     "Tricks with the Pass: Off Again, On Again, Finnegin"     Kangaroo Card     Righting a Wrong     Blindfolded Pack     Double Speller XIII. MISCELLANEOUS FLOURISHES     Color Change     Double Color Change     The Changing Card     Self-Cutting Deck     A Pretty Cut     Pop-up Card     A Bit of Byplay     Charlier Cut     Acrobatic Aces XIV. THE REVERSES     First Method     Second Method     Third Method     Fourth Method     Reversed Location. Tricks with the Reverses: Spellbound     A Tipsy Trick     Double Reverse     Mentalivity     Mountebank     Miracle XV. THE HINDU SHUFFLE AND OTHER CONTROLS     Hindu Shuffle Control: Single Card     Several Cards. Hindu Shuffle Force     Hindu Shuffle Glimpse     The Step     Natural Jog     Twelve-Down Riffle. Tricks with the Hindu Shuffle: All Change Here     Ewephindit XVI. THE CLASSIC FORCE     One-Hand Force     Bottom Force     Slide-Out Force     Two Card Force     Riffle-Break Force     Sliding-Key Force     Double-Lift Force     Cut Force. Tricks with the Force: Justice Card Trick     Four of a Kind     Pulse Trick XVII. TOP AND BOTTOM CHANGES     Top Change     The Changing Card     Top-Change Byplay     Bottom Change     Top and Bottom Changes XVIII. ARRANGEMENTS     Tricks with Arrangements: The Selective Touch     A Future in Cards     Jacks Wild     Think Stop     Deal Away     The Educated Cards     Reds and Blacks XIX. ROUTINES     Routining Card Tricks     A Table Routine     A Rollicking Routine     Card-Discovery Routine     Razzle-Dazzle Routine PART THREE XX. PLATFORM TRICKS     Conus Ace Trick     Ladies' Looking Glass     Everywhere and Nowhere     Cards up the Sleeve     Cards to the Pocket     Enlarging and Diminishing Cards     Three Cards Across     "Everybody's Card, I"     "Everybody's Card, II" INDEXshow more

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