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The Royal Road to Card Magic

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This classic book outlines the fundamental principles and shows how to master card magic.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Foulsham (first published May 27th 1981)
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Brandon Baggett
I cannot begin to explain all of the things that I learned from this beginners book on Card Magic. This book definitely is a must read for all of those looking to further their ability with cards. There are many great tricks hidden in the pages too. My only complaint is that the book isn't caught up with times and at times it takes a lot of effort to figure out what the author is trying to say. But it is the sleights that make this book golden. This book is chalk full of the fundamentals that ev ...more
This is a great book of card tricks and sleights. The book is very old and it's been in print for over a century so a lot of the patter is really dated and embarrassing. The author advises you to do your tricks while saying things like:
"Good day there young fellow! This evening we shall embark upon a confounding sequence of extraordinary illusions that will confound the senses! If you would be so kind as to select a card from this well-trained pack you will soon find yourself delighted by my fe
This is THE definitive work on card magic.
Peter Salva
A great, though at some times dated, resource for learning sleight of hand with cards. The great thing about this book, as well as the later published Card College series, is that each chapter breaks down one specific sleight to show the many uses it has. This is a great way to start learning magic. The tricks included are far too often overlooked and the advice found is far too often undervalued by magicians today.
Fabian  Yiu
This book teaches you how magicians do their magic and it also teaches you how to do the easiest tricks
A good introduction. I've read it, and now to read it again. And again. And...
Dec 24, 2009 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring card magicians
Shelves: magic
A solid introduction to card magic.
Card magic 101.
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