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Smile Hello all, ok here’s my first question, I am a budding card manipulator and have recently got my hands on a copy of Expert at the Card Table (in E-Book format... bought and paid for) and I am having trouble getting anything out of this book as the drawings are pretty lame and the instructions are quite advanced.

Does anyone else have any suggestions on what books or videos I should be looking at? (I am new to cards but not new to sleights, keeping in mind I have long fingers and kinda thin hands)

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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The most complete, most comprehensive, most useful and almost perfect source for card sleights at the table is - IN MY EYES Smile - Daryl’s Encyclopedia of Card Sleights. The series comprises eight video tapes (or DVDs), at 35 USD each and can be ordered at Daryl’s homepage.

This is my very private advice and not an official ad ... although it may look like one)

Alan Ackerman (Advanced Card Control) is an alternative but - like David Roth on coins - he’s extremely boring and not as talented a teacher as Daryl.

As for books you could try finding Roberto Giobbi’s "Große Kartenschule" in English (should sound like "Great School of Card Magic" or something like this).

Concerning card magic on stage/ card manipulation, without a doubt, Jeff McBride’s three video tapes are the very best choice.

Hope this helps,

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Cristof’s recommendations are good (The Giobbi books are called "Card College"), but also a little expensive for the person just getting into card magic, especially if you’re not sure you’ll like it or want to pursue it yet. I would start with "Royal Road to Card Magic" available from most dealers or "Expert Card Technique," in paperback from Dover publishing and available through your local bookstore for around $10 each. Then, if you decide card magic is for you, move on to the other sources Cristof mentioned.
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Cool thanx for the tips guys, I will look into all the suggestions Smile
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I might also recommend for manipulations (though you will have to work on them quite a bit) the Jeff McBride Video series on them.

Hope you find what you are searching for!

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The McBride videos were some of the first I ever got and in my humble opinion are waaaaaaayyyy to advanced for a beginner. Check out Ammar's Easy to Master series.
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I suggest "Close-up card magic" of Lorayne.

It’s a good book and Lorayne is a good teacher.

I agree with "Card College" of Giobbi and the video course of Daryl.

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Kaufman’s "Basic, Basic Card Techniques" covers all the basic card moves and it’s interesting to watch as well.
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I have to agree with Yak, Ammars’ would be great for you. I also like the John Bannon videos for some great card effects that are not too difficult to learn.
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Be sure to check the "Recommended Books for Beginner's" thread in this section as well. Most of the above books have been mentioned as well as some other good starting points.

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I still rate The Royal Road to Card Magic and also "165 card tricks and Stunts" both by Jean Hugard.
Good drawings, great tricks.

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For anyone starting with Card books, I would certainly suggest The Royal Road to Card Magic.

It really is one of the best,

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