We’re usually requested for the easiest way to study magic tips and our reply is at all times the identical: in magic books. Our cofounders, Andi Gladwin and Joshua Jay, are outstanding writers of sleight-of-hand books, and so you’ve got come to the proper place to seek out out the preferred books on the topic.
We now have listed a number of of our favourite magic books on the topic under:
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1. Card Faculty by Roberto Giobbi
In case you are severe a couple of examine of sleight of hand card magic, then Card Faculty should be your first alternative. It was written by Swiss card magic professional, Roberto Giobbi and he takes you thru the very fundamentals (together with easy methods to maintain a deck of playing cards) after which teaches some easy introductory strikes (corresponding to a false shuffle and a palm) and card tips utilizing these strikes.
When you study a transfer, you will instantly study a magic trick with it in an effort to then exit and follow that sleight of hand transfer within the context of a trick.
There are 5 volumes in Card Faculty, however we advocate studying them so as. Even in case you are skilled with sleight of hand magic, begin with the primary quantity and you will be amazed in any respect the small print Roberto provides to sleights that you simply already know. It is our favourite useful resource to learn-card-tricks
Lots of the books (particularly for card magic) which can be usually really useful for novices had been written a number of a long time in the past and generally is a little outdated. Card Faculty isn’t that; it is a trendy collection of books that can assist any sleight of hand performer.
2. Skilled Card Method by Hugard and Braue
Because it was revealed within the Forties, you would possibly marvel what this ebook can add to the dialog of recent sleight of hand. The reply is loads! This ebook is taken into account by many as one of many first detailed books on the topic, containing sections on false offers, the cross, palming, false shuffle and cuts, glimpses, reverses, and lots of extra. It additionally comprises the work of lots of the best magicians of that period together with Dai Vernon, Luis Zingone, and Charlie Miller.
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If that does not persuade you to take a look at the ebook, maybe you will be curious about what the writer needed to say after they first marketed the ebook within the 40s: “That is the cardboard ebook that’s now commonplace follow with the magicians who’re getting the dates. From New York to San Francisco, look them over. The large pictures are all utilizing the Hugard and Braue approach. If they’re pulling a brand new one on you, it is 10 to 1 they received it in Skilled Card Method!”
Apparently, the ebook additionally has a little bit of a difficult historical past. It seems that lots of the tips and sleights within the ebook are uncredited Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller objects. Dai Vernon reported in his “Vernon Contact” column in Genii journal that Charlie Miller would inform the creator, Fred Braue, about how the tips seemed (however by no means how they labored) and he would then secretly work on a technique and publish it within the ebook. Vernon believed that over twenty tips within the ebook had been really his creation.
3. Much less is Extra by Ben Earl
Ben Earl’s philosophy on sleight of hand is sort of easy: that much less approach is best. It is an concept that intrigued us a lot that we requested him to write down a ebook on the very topic and it acquired consideration and reward from a few of the greatest sleight of hand magicians within the business.
Once we first revealed this ebook, world-famous playing and sleight of hand researcher Steve Forte claimed that “Benjamin Earl is without doubt one of the greatest cardmen round immediately. Much less is Extra, is a bona fide winner! It will get my highest advice.”
One of many highlights of the ebook is Ben’s Actual Optical Shuffle, which is a false shuffle the place it seems that the playing cards are overhand shuffled, however the precise order of the playing cards is maintained. It really works with any variety of playing cards, and in contrast to some slights, works whether or not you shuffle into your left hand or proper hand.
Much less is Extra is a beautiful hardback ebook, filled with high-quality pictures. Of all of the books that we’ve revealed on sleight of hand, that is a kind of that we obtain fixed reward about. It teaches a mode of sleight of hand card magic that’s clear, environment friendly and really efficient.
4. Skilled on the Card Desk by S.W. Erdnase
This ebook is maybe probably the most fettishised ebook on sleight of hand. It was apparently written by a card cheat who wanted the cash, however the nameless nature of the ebook has began a century of debate on who he really was.
Some imagine that Erdnase’s identify was E.S. Andrews (the astute amongst you’ll discover that is S.W. Erdnase backwards), some suppose it was a card cheat known as Milton Andrews, latest analysis suggests he is likely to be a author known as Edward Gallaway, and others imagine that he was really a widely known sleight of hand magician. Playing professional, Steve Forte has not too long ago commented that Erdnase was nearly definitely not a very good card cheat, which brings about additional queries of the person’s id.
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However whereas we could by no means know the true id of S.W. Erdnase, it is clear that magicians and sleight of hand specialists have studied this ebook greater than some other.
Plainly the obsession began with sleight of hand professional Dai Vernon (The Professor) who was gifted the ebook as a seven yr previous boy. By the point he was 13 years previous, he had already memorized its contents and will carry out lots of the objects in it. That is particularly spectacular given the technical nature of the objects within the ebook.
Vernon spent a lifetime finding out the work of gamblers and traveled the nation looking for card cheats who may carry out the sleight of hand within the ebook.
Those that wish to make a severe examine of the ebook must also think about studying the annotated variations: Annotated Erdnase by Darwin Ortiz and Revelation by Dai Vernon.
5. Skilled Coin Magic by Richard Kaufman and David Roth
Up to now, the entire books we’ve really useful cowl card magic, however this one is solely devoted to coin magic. David Roth is taken into account by many as the daddy of recent coin magic. Earlier than him, coin tips had been usually fast “watch the coin … it has vanished!” affairs.
David Roth modernized the coin trick and added construction, presentation and routining to it. Skilled Coin Magic is the tip results of that lifetime of examine, experimentation and fervour.
In case you are new to coin magic, Roth’s materials provides the proper place to begin. His Shuttle Cross is a requirement for a lot of sleight of hand coin routines, and his work on the Retention Vanish remains to be very important examine for each single magician. Even in the event you by no means plan on performing a coin routine, we advocate that you simply learn to vanish a coin completely as it should mean you can carry out an impromptu impact with a borrowed coin.
Sadly, the ebook is now fairly arduous to pay money for outdoors of the second-hand market. However, fortunately for us, David Roth additionally made his coin magic sleight of hand accessible in different retailers, together with a complete collection of coin magic lectures on the New York Magic Seminar and thru video tutorials corresponding to Skilled Coin Magic Made Simple.
Nonetheless on the lookout for different sleight of hand magic books? We now have a complete part of the location on them!
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