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Expert Card Technique by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue


In this definitive work on card technique, step-by-step instructions teach you the correct methods for the basic manipulations and the more advanced flourishes, and only then allow you to learn tricks.

Often touted as one of the top 5 'Desert Island Books' for magicians, it's a combination encyclopedia of both simple and knuckle-busting card moves, and a treasure trove of effects inspiring the world's greatest card magicians - Juan Tamariz, Dai Vernon and Jack Merlin to name just three.

This is not a book for those 'wanting to learn a few tricks' - though it certainly over-delivers on that aspect. It's a reference for the dedicated card mechanic, inspiration for the cardician and bedtime reading for the move-monkey.

Offering the most foolproof methods available, Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue explain such basic manipulation as the palm, the shuffle, the lift, the side slip, the pass, the glimpse, the jog and the reverse. They detail various false deals, crimps and changes and the more advanced execution needed for forces, fans and the use of the prearranged deck.

Also presented is a wide variety of tricks, including discoveries, self-working tricks, one-handed tricks, stranger cards, and such individually famous tricks as The Four Aces, The Rising Cards, and the Zingone spread. In addition, the authors include a complete compendium of shakedown sleights-to warn the card player and aid the entertainer - and a performer’s guide to misdirection and patter.

Many of the methods explained were revealed here for the first time, while many previously known tricks are presented in improved version. In every case the aim is simplicity of technique for the purpose of mystifying an audience, not technique for sake of technique. An unsurpassed collection of methods and manipulations, this classic work will help any aspiring magician to achieve expert card technique.

Pages 448 – Softbound, Illustrated