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Alan Jackson
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I don't particularly like the last chapter, but the rest is superb. I don't think it has been out of print for any length of time. But don't take the risk, get it now. You won't be disappointed.
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The ambitious card routine is very good.I've been doing it for 20 years. Standard and solid moves .

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Wow! Looks like I'm going to have to go out and pick up a copy too - being a beginner.

What is the description for the effect of "Out of This World"?

I've heard and seen the name alot but don't know anything about it.
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Out of This World is the original Paul Curry routine, in which the spectator apparently decides by looking at the face down playing cards, whether to place them in a pile of black cards or red. When the cards are turned over, everyone is amazed to discover that the spectator successfully separated and divined the red and black cards from the pack. There are several sources for this, including Paul Curry's book on card magic (which I have seen in my local library), and the recent book that's out on Paul Curry.

Harry Lorayne's "Out of This Universe" has a variation in handling, and continues to be a favorite with many card workers. Hope this helps.

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Wow! cool effect!!

Thanks Victor.
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There's a version of Apex Aces that is good.

Bill Malone does an updated version of this called Apex Aces 2002 in his On The Loose series that is really good.

I picked up Close Up Card Magic at a used book store for $5.00!!!
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Best 5 bucks you ever spent.
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The credit to Jack Miller that you're all looking for in CLOSE UP CARD MAGIC! By the way, you'd have to do it snail mail, but you can get the book directly from HaLo. It would be worth it to have him autograph it to you. Lorayne certainly has his good points and bad points, and he certainly has his good books and not so good books. But in my opinion, CLOSE UP CARD MAGIC is his finest work. A must have. By the way, the book was actually published in 1962, Lorayne wrote it in 1958. The 1976 date you see is wrong. this means the book is even more amazing because it truly stands the test of time. If you send Harry $25, that should get it to you. You can't go wrong my friends.
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In relation to this book, it's very practical cardmagic what it's inside. I think this book from Lorrayne, his first one, it's the best he has written.
.-The Apex ace it's one I did a lot.
.-Ambitious routine it's based loosely on Vernon's routine described in Stars of magic, I think Vernon routine it's the best of all.
.-Lazy man card trick it's a variation from Jack Miller's trick according to Scarne book on cards.
.-Little fella big fella it's included in Daley notebooks it's an elaboration of one idea from Stewar judah-Vernon-Daley. A very commercial poker deal. If you saw Tamariz presentation you'll smile forever.
.-Challenge aces was a past favourite with master Ascanio.
.-This is mindreading it's a favourite of me for teasing magicians.
It's a pity Lorrayne doesn't give credit in many tricks. But that it's a minor drawback.
I agree with Matt Sedal, I know of books which has more miracle material. But it's a must book.
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You've beaten me to it, I was going to mention it was actually published in early 1960's but at the question and answer session at IMS convention a couple of years ago he said he actually wrote the book in 1958. Incidentally at that convention he had a stall selling his books and he was the complete 'pitcher' performing routines from the various books with continous '100 mph' chatter and selling loads of books by the 'if you want to find out how thats done its in this book'. One amazing thing was how he was asking spectators their names and then rattling them off a few minutes later word perfect - his memory was remarkable. I also sat through his 4 hour lecture which has become known as the 'cardathon'. I later bought the video of it and still frequently play it. oh and his poker routine from CUCM using a borowed shuffled deck is one of my favourite routines.

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