In this definitive work on card technique, step-by-step instructions teach you the correct methods for the basic manipulations and the more advanced flourishes, and only then allow you to learn tricks.
Offering the most foolproof methods available, Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue explain such basic manipulation as the palm, the shuffle, the lift, the side slip, the pass, the glimpse, the jog and the reverse. They detail various false deals, crimps and changes and the more advanced execution needed for forces, fans and the use of the prearranged deck. Also presented is a wide variety of tricks, including discoveries, self-working tricks, one-handed tricks, stranger cards, and such individually famous tricks as The Four Aces, The Rising Cards, and the Zingone spread. In addition, the authors include a complete compendium of shakedown sleights-to warn the card player and aid the entertainer-and a performer's guide to misdirection and patter.
Many of the methods explained were revealed here for the first time, while many previously known tricks are presented in improved version. In every case the aim is simplicity of technique for the purpose of mystifying an audience, not technique for sake of technique. An unsurprpassed collection of methods and manipulations, this classic work will help any aspriring magician to achieve expert card technique.
Woah! how many techniques can be put into a book?
This is one to really learn some great manipulations of the cards, a very heavy read, and i've found myself testing moves, re-reading, practicing and re-reading the detailed text time and time again... and if you follow what they explain to the letter, you will learn and learn well. even a four card pick up can be pulled off if you try long and hard and digest what is being explained.
This is frustrating to read cause you know you CAN do it, you just have to sit there and do it. Fortunatelly, that kind of frustrations the best cause it's all released one you can pull out each move.
If you can follow the step by step instructions and practise till your blue in the face this book has a lot to teach you, but you have to be dedicated, not a book for those looking for a quick card trick fix! Still well worth the money and the results are well worth the hours of practise... I guess its the age old saying yet again practise does make perfect!
(Posted on 26/09/2015)
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