With this easy-to-understand and much-illustrated book you'll learn the classic repertoire of first-rate card tricks. Whether you're a beginner or professional, this is a must-read. Before long, you'll be doing card magic that will astound everyone.
This is without a doubt the best introduction on card magic on planet earth. Period. The only one that might rank close is the Card College by swiss card conjurer Roberto Giobbi, which is however somewhat a dry read. And much too expensive since he takes the material of "A royal road to Card magic" and "Expert Card Techniques" and turns it into five volumes which are selling at 35 bucks each (I am not accusing him of a rehash but he also didnt re-invent card magic) . These ones have been written in the fourties...and have an incredible charm to them. I wouldnt even call the writing dated, I am from Germany and my English is pretty good, but not perfect, but I find it extremely easy to follow the instructions. 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. I mean, the more one deals with the subject, the more one tends to me focusing on real crazy stuff, like card so saltshaker, tear and restore a card....routines like that, which make you forget there are "normal" tricks out there. DVDs on the subject are floading the market and there is some great stuff. Here, however, a solid foundation is laid, that you will benefit from for the rest of your life. I could write on forever. I think this is just IT. Some teaching DVDs are great, but NONE offer the array of slights and the encouraging style and tone of this book (Except maybe for "Daryls Encyclopedia of Card slights", which will however confuse the beginner). "Some of the finest tricks", as they say, will be at your fingertips soon. They keep it as simple as possible. One more thing, there are no knuckle busters here. Just the basics. But ALL of them. 1. The Overhand Shuffle 2. The Riffle Shuffle 3. Flourishes 4. The Glide 5. The Glimpse 6. The key card 7. The palm 8. The back slip 9. Overhand Shuffle Part Two 10. False Shuffles and Cuts 11. Double Lift and Turnover 12. The Pass 13. Miscalleneous Flourishes 14. The Reverses 15. Hindu Shuffles and other Controls 16. The classic Force 17. Top and bottom changes 18. Arrangements 19. Routines 20. Platform Tricks Again, the introduce the slights in an order tha
My boys and I are just having plain old fun
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
Since I bought this book, my boys and I are spending time each night figuring out how to do these cards tricks. My sons are 9 and 13 and I feel childlike too in learning with them. The book is a virtual gold mine, a bit difficult to read, but quite complete for the beginner. We are all having such fun! You will too. Whatever your reason for considering this book, just get it. It is such a worthwhile investment and pays great dividends! You won't be sorry!
A must have
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
I'm ashamed to admit that this wasn't the first card trick book I ever bought. This book walks you through every amateur sleight of hand any card-magician-to-be could ever hope to learn with a bounty of helpful illustrations, along with very deep text. While some of it is a little difficult to wade through, it is well worth the effort. The tricks, with rare exception, are excellent, and the way in which they are taught is very user-friendly. Instead of teaching seven or eight sleights of hand at once, this book teaches you one, then a few tricks using that sleight. Then it teaches you another, and then some more tricks.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 book is eternal
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
I found this book back in 1976, when I was becoming intrested in card/parlour tricks. I wasn't amazed to see that this book was still in circulation - because it provides excellent instructions on the basics of card tricks, while it offers detailed drawings and it also provides moves that the experienced person can you to improve their skills.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.
Best Book for Beginner Card Tricksters
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 22 years ago
Royal Road to Card Magic is a reprint of a classic card conjuring text. The great thing about this book is the ingenious way Hugard and Braue teach you a card sleight and then teach you a card effect using that sleight. An excellent old card conjuring book that will stand the test of time. Highly recommended.
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