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I have just started doing card magic and I am trying to make myself a "Card training plan" which will be full of the basic techniques. I have looked around on the web and so many different people tell you so many things I don't know what techniques are basic vital techniques and which are ones I will need but not at first. I am currently polishing my double lift and classic palm techniques but don't know what other basic skills I need. This forum is my only contact with other magicians but I feel everytime I read this forum I am becoming more and more of a beginner than a proper magician. I need a mentor.
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Double Lift - They see the card face but you don't.
Double Turnover - Everyone sees the face on top of the deck.

Some that I consider somewhat easy and should get you started.

  • Forces - Criss Cross/Cross Cut Force, Hindu Force and Slip Force.
  • Controls - Jog shuffle, Double Undercut, Turnover Pass, Slip Shuffle, Vernon Glide.
  • Secretly reverse a card - Braue Reversal.
  • False Counts- Elmsley Count, Biddle Count.
  • False Riffle Shuffle - Zarrow, Strip-Out Shuffle, Push Through.
  • False Overhand Shuffle - Bob King's False Overhand Shuffle, G.W. Hunter.
  • False Cuts - Himber False Cut, Under-Cut False Cut.
  • Color Change - Erdnase.
  • Palm - Gambler's Cop, One Hand Top Palm.

Searches here at the Café and Google should help you find souces.
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If money resource is a problem I suggest you purchase "The Royal Road To Card Magic" by Hugard/Braue. If money is no problem, get "Card College" Volumes I thru IV by Roberto Giobbi. A mentor is nice, but if you can't find one, then the next best thing is the above resources. These books will provide you with a progressive learning plan that will start you at the beginning and take you thru to the more advanced sleights required to do any kind of card magic.

We don't stop playing when we grow old...we grow old when we stop playing.

God is enough, let go, let God. Gal 2:20

"Anything of value is not easily attained and those things which are easily attained are not of lasting value."

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Excellent list Jaz !
The Royal Road to card magic was the book I started with as well.
it was only after a few years that I purchased Card college. the card college books are FULL of sleights and grea effects.
if you were to choose between them I would recommend the card college course.
if you can ,of course get both as they are a must for any cardician.
you're gonna be busy for quite a while Smile
good luck on your journey in magic !

The masters make the rules, for the wise men and the fools
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