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FatherWilliam57
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Thanks, Kabbalah! Found one... Smile
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Happy to help!
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After reading about this book here, I orded me a copy of it, so now I just sitt and wait for it Smile
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So glad this book is getting the love it deserves. It is my favorite all time card book because there is so much variety. With the addition of a few easy false shuffles, forces, etc., many of the effects could easily find a place in any professional's repertoire. I go through this book at least once every year.
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The main problem with the book is that there are too many great tricks to choose from.
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I like Reverso the best. Easy to do and fools people.
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Reverso is worth the price of the whole book, in my opinion.
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Lorayne's Mind Reading Card Trick. It's also in CCV1. I scared my daughters with this one! Smile
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So, it's a year later, and I have another one that you should at least read: it is "It's a Natural" on page 23. It is a prediction effect using a deck of cards and a box or book of matches -- very appealing, particularly in the aspect that the spectator gets to select the cards used and the number of matches.
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Cheers Joe - will check that out. One I have used now and again is automatic pencil writing (trick 151). If you don't mind a bit of small prep it's brill!
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I do love this book! it was the first book I've read, along with Royal Road! I stumbled in this post as I'm doing a little research for my website, for a post about this book. Every now and then I open it and find little gems. I do agree that's a beginner book, but once you can put some more experience on the tricks, those are killers!

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On Aug 30, 2007, Steve Haynes wrote:
Drunken poker deal is a hard hitting scam that is very nice and quite diferent than any other gambling routine out there.
If there was an award for sucker tricks, this would be in the running.



Does he explain the !@#$* shuffle in how to do this trick?
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On Sep 14, 2007, the fritz wrote:
Picard,

I respect your opinion, however I still believe the book is aimed at beginners.

One reason I believe this book is for beginner's comes from Scarne's introduction to the book. In my opinion, advice like "Never reveal how a trick is done" or "never repeat a trick for the same audience" is clearly directed toward someone new to performing card tricks. Scarne knew, as well as the rest of us who have performed before, that the temptation to reveal a secret or repeat a trick because people are dying to know how you did it can be overwhelming. Seasoned performers know why Scarne gives this advice.

Another reason I believe this book was originally intended for beginners is because Scarne mentions in his introduction, that he deliberately placed the simpler tricks at the beginning of the book and the more advanced ones near the end. Hugard and Braue also use this technique in their "Royal Road to Card Magic" because they know it is the most efficient way for a beginner to progress toward becoming an expert technician in card magic. This tells me Scarne had beginning card magicians or just someone interested in performing card tricks in mind when he wrote the book. He even quotes a statistic about people who've played card games before attempting a trick with cards.


Finally, as far as performing the tricks competently goes, Scarne talks about including "stories" to go along with the tricks, urging the performer to present the patter as written. In my mind, this book is definitely aimed at beginners.


How could a magic book, that has no sleights in it, be a book for beginners? You'd need to know basic handling and card sleights before learning a lot of these tricks.
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On Sep 14, 2007, the fritz wrote:
Picard,

I respect your opinion, however I still believe the book is aimed at beginners.

One reason I believe this book is for beginner's comes from Scarne's introduction to the book. In my opinion, advice like "Never reveal how a trick is done" or "never repeat a trick for the same audience" is clearly directed toward someone new to performing card tricks. Scarne knew, as well as the rest of us who have performed before, that the temptation to reveal a secret or repeat a trick because people are dying to know how you did it can be overwhelming. Seasoned performers know why Scarne gives this advice.

Another reason I believe this book was originally intended for beginners is because Scarne mentions in his introduction, that he deliberately placed the simpler tricks at the beginning of the book and the more advanced ones near the end. Hugard and Braue also use this technique in their "Royal Road to Card Magic" because they know it is the most efficient way for a beginner to progress toward becoming an expert technician in card magic. This tells me Scarne had beginning card magicians or just someone interested in performing card tricks in mind when he wrote the book. He even quotes a statistic about people who've played card games before attempting a trick with cards.


Finally, as far as performing the tricks competently goes, Scarne talks about including "stories" to go along with the tricks, urging the performer to present the patter as written. In my mind, this book is definitely aimed at beginners.


How could a magic book, that has no sleights in it, be a book for beginners?

You'd need to know basic handling and card sleights before learning a lot of these tricks.


"that he deliberately placed the simpler tricks at the beginning of the book and the more advanced ones near the end.". However I do not own the book. Just sayin'.
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