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Card Manipulations: Illustrated Directions on How to Do Over 165 Card Tricks and Stunts (Dover Magic Books) Paperback – 2 Jan 2000

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  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; Reprint edition (2 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486205398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486205397
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To the magician and to most audiences, card manipulations are the most fascinating type of card trick. Since the manipulator's skill is the only determining factor, once a degree of card dexterity is acquired the performer can go on to learn tricks sure to entertain, at any time, with no further preparation, using any available deck of cards for the performance.In this five-book series, Jean Hugard, master performer on stage and with small groups, teaches the passes, palming methods, shuffles, arm spreads, color reverses, sleights, flourishes, set-ups, and tricks in the best professional versions. After showing the basic manipulations, he develops a number of exceptional tricks where the manipulations are used. A number of illustrations and step-by-step explanations teach each detail as the trick would be given in a performance. By working through these tricks, from the simple to the complex, the magician learns his skills in a professional manner and also gains a wide repertoire of specific tricks. Throughout the book a great number of manipulations and over a hundred tricks are explained.
The keys to these tricks are not well known outside professional magicians' groups. But to the advanced beginner or semiprofessional who has some degree of card skill, the manipulations and tricks developed in this book will add to the dexterity of the performance, give hours of rigorous skill-developing practice, and help build a professional, well-rounded repertoire with cards.
Unabridged, slightly altered, republication of the original (1934-36) series.


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This was the first magic book i ever bought and i learnt and adapted my first card tricks from it. However, i the bought the Royal Road to Card Magic and instantly this went back to my shelf.
Now this is not say that this is a bad book, quite the contrary, but it is not really for the beginner. I managed to get through the first couple of chapters before getting lost underneath a myriad of forces, dovetails, glides, and flourishes. After reading Royal Road though, i managed to understand a lot more of the book and some of the more advanced tricks i could think through, if not work through.
This is by no means a book for the advanced magician but, beginners beware, a little knowledge of magic will be needed before handling this.
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This is an excellent collection of card sleights and a few tricks. My only complaint is that some of its methods require every ounce of your attention to comprehend them. Not real clear in some areas but other than that it is excellent!
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I have only recently (at a mature age) started to learn card tricks. After getting a few basic tips online decided to look at written text. I have now purchased a few and have to say this is my favourite to date. Everyone says read Royal Road to Card Magic first (which I have also bought) however I found this book more enjoyable. Shows some of the same slieghts as Royal Road, although in some cases takes it further. Better variety of tricks to learn in my opinion as well. All the other books focus on "pick a card, any card" type tricks whereas I found the variety in this book better. This is now my prefered read out of them all and the one I am picking up first. That is not to say Royal Road is no good, I am just saying this is my prefered. Even though written a good few years ago, writing is still fresh, easy to read and (as long as ensure have a pack of cards in hand at same time) easy to follow. If you are interesed in learning card magic (and have watched some basics on good old internet first) then I would say go for this book, well worth anyones money with an interest in this subject.
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If you study this book enough, you can build a powerful repertoire on this. It is a good book especially for beginners.
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