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.
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  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486408434
  • 9780486408439
  • 18,327

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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).
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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"
INDEX
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