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Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue


Possibly the most ubiquitous book in all of magic, 'Royal Road' is by far the most recommended launching point for any beginner's journey in card magic. It covers the basic sleights required to dazzle with a deck of cards, without requiring an extra thumb on each hand.

From self-working card tricks through sleights taught then utilized in real performance by means of a progressive accumulation of learning, Royal Road to Card Magic lays the groundwork for a lifetime obsession with magic.

"Over the years I have taught magic to a lot of beginners and the first thing I ask them do is go out and get a copy of Royal Road to Card Magic... the information you studied here will be a solid foundation for future growth in the art."
-Bill Malone

Would you like to confound your friends, amaze your acquaintances, amuse and dazzle crowds at parties and gatherings? Mastering a few card tricks will allow you to do all that and more. With the help of this book, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first-rate card tricks.

In fact, mastery of just the first chapter will enable you to perform a half-dozen astounding and entertaining sleights of hand.

The authors, both noted authorities on magic, present complete, easy-to-understand explanations of shuffles, flourishes, the glide, the glimpse, false shuffles and cuts, the pass, the classic force and many other techniques. These will enable card handlers to perform over 100 mind-boggling feats of card magic, including Thought Stealer, Gray’s Spelling Trick, Do As I Do, Now You See It, Obliging Aces, Rapid Transit, Kangaroo Card, A Tipsy Trick and dozens of others.

Illustrated with more than 120 clear line drawings that make the explanations easy to follow, this exciting introduction to card conjuring will enable even beginners to develop professional-level skill and the ability to perform tricks guaranteed to astound family and friends.

"There is perhaps no better method of training than that used in Royal Road. By offering up effects one can do with each newly-acquired skill it becomes a system of rewards, and the book becomes, literally, a pleasure. There are tricks in this book I've performed for over twenty years ... This book continues to be a profoundly positive force in card magic."
-David Regal

"I have always loved the title. The image of a road succinctly conveys the valuable idea that the study of card magic is a journey, not a quick fix. And by defining that journey as being royal, the issue of worthy respect is immediately established."
-Max Maven

"The Royal Road to Card Magic remains as one of the great books on card magic for both the beginner and well seasoned card magician. It is an absolute must read for anybody who is serious about card magic."
-Simon Lovell