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Publisher's description:


Welcome to Effortless Card Magic. As the title suggests, there is not one difficult trick in this book. There are some that are entirely automatic in their handling, while others use a few basic moves. The title, "Self-Working," is a misleading one, and I threw that out before I had even started work on the book. For example, does that mean that we can put the deck on the table, leave and have a cup of coffee, while the deck entertains the audience? The audience cannot be entertained unless we present the effect to them. So, even the most automatic of card tricks, requires you to work on its presentation. As my friend Gordon Bruce once told me, "There is no such thing as a self-working card trick." I think he was right.


In my introduction to Duffie's Card Compulsions, I said, "During the planning of this book, avoided any segmentation of the tricks into chapters.../ personally find it rather arduous plowing through whole chapter of four ace tricks, followed by a chapter of sandwich tricks." However, I found it difficult to apply that approach to this book. Therefore, I slotted each effect loosely into a category. I think most chapters contain a fairly wide variety of effects and methods.

I have added a small chapter at the beginning describing some fundamental moves. This may help readers who are not familiar with full deck retention shuffles and cuts. Any other simple moves are explained within the trick. Most of the routines are appearing here for the first time, with only a few having been in print before. So, I hope you are able to find something of interest. At least you will not break your fingers as you work your way through!


Condition: Very good, a few minor marks and minor creases to dust jacket, top and bottom of spine slightly bumped.


Binding: Hardback

Year: 1997

Publisher: Kaufman and Company

Pages: 164

Dimensions (to nearest cm): 29 X 22cm

Effortless Card Magic - Peter Duffie

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