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saturnin
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Hi everyone,

I would really appreciate if some of you could please give a review of Paul LePaul's book "The Card magic of Le Paul".

Please explain why you give it a good or bad review, and could you also please tell me if the explanations are clear in this book.

Thanks for you help, I appreciate it!

Ronnie Lemieux
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Paul Le Paul was one of the great card magicians of the last century. He embodied the finesse and style of the great masters of the golden age of magic. For this reason alone, his ideas and approach to sleight of hand magic with playing cards are well worth considering.

In "The Card Magic of Le Paul," you will find Le Paul's takes and ideas on the important sleights of card magic (the pass, slip slip (steal), double lift, false dovetail shuffle, etc.) as well as a fine selection of his card magic. Of interest is his version of the Card in Envelope, a trick for which he is most recognized.

IMO, this is an important book any serious card magician should own.

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This is a great book. I found the explanations quite clear and there are many illustrations to back up the text. He has some very excellent effect. His impromptu torn and restored card is very beautiful and unique. Darwin Ortiz has done some work on it, which can be found in Cardshark.

As for the sleights, his spread pass is explained here, and his natural jog control is something I use quite frequently. I'm leaving a lot of stuff out, but it's a classic for a reason. Enough said.
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Ronnie,

Search the magictalk reviews for "LePaul" and you will find a nice review of the book.

http://www.magictalk.com/cgi-bin/reviews.cgi
Mark Ennis
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It is a great book. There are some fun routines in here and you will find the LePaul material in alot of people's repertoires.
ME
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Ronnie,

There are several people on ths forum that are continually asking for reviews on books and videos, giving no reason for the request - Are you just curious? Do you have a chance to buy the book? Did you just buy the book?

Of course this book has been a critical success from the moment it came out in 1959 The whole book has wonderful magic that can be done with enough practice. Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile

Dave
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Lepaul's book is a must if you're serious about good technique. The pictures are clear, and the explanations are well written. I love this book!
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HI Dave,

Yes, I have intentions of buying this book.

But before I buy it (or any other books), I want to know if the material in this book is outdated or not, as it is not a very recent book!

And since some older books do not have a lot of pictures or drawing, this makes it more difficult for me to learn from a book because I am left-handed (which means all the explanations are reversed for me, which can be a pain in the a&& sometimes!).

Can any of you name their favorite routine(s) from this book???

Thanks again for you help!

Ronnie Lemieux
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Dave Egleston
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OK Ronnie!!

Watch how easy this is, once you state what it is you want - I have a first edition - so I won't be able to comment on subsequent editions

The pictures are made with you in mind - Being wrong handed won't be much of a problem - Use a mirror - The pictures are crystal clear and should show up very well in a well lighted mirror - This book is intended for advanced card magic - with lots of original sleights and routines

Of particular interest - Gymnastic Aces toward the end of the book

If you've been around awhile - You'll love this book - Even if you're fairly new to magic - There is some great foundation moves for you to build from

I hope you realize what I was saying about the kids on this board just sitting around and thinking up "topics" just to see what type of response they'll get, something like;

"Important!!! What is David Blaine's favorite color? Please respond"

If I can help you any further - Please don't hesitate.

Dave
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great book!

Halcon
JChristensen
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Try the Substitution Card Trick on laymen. It's not hard to do, but packs a wallop. As others have stated, it's an excellent source for sleights.
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Let's not forget that this book is also very inexpensive. For your small investment, it's tough to go wrong.
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Before making your buying decision you may want to know that this is not an easy book. Expect to find reasonably good explanations of some rather difficult card moves. LePaul typically chooses sleight-of-hand in favor of subtlety.

You may want to start with some other classics: Royal Road to Card Magic, Expert Card Technique ("The New Testament") and The Expert at the Card Table ("The Old Testament"). Giobbi's Card College is of course also a safe bet for the budding card magician.
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