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Card Control: Practical Methods and Forty Original Card Experiments

Card Control: Practical Methods and Forty Original Card Experiments (Dover Magic Books)

A famous card expert demonstrates tricks that have left theater audiences amazed, and that card-playing professionals have used profitably. It is not a book for beginners. But these shifts, palms, glides, false shuffles, cuts, fans, steals, and spectacular deceptions will help those with basic card expertise reach new levels of performance. Over 300 photos.

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World's Best Card Tricks

These are 36 of the greatest impromptu card tricks ever invented. Longe shows you not only how each one works, but also how to put them over, with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations. A special chapter in the back even explains how to bluff your way through a trick if it goes wrong. Great for kids from eight to eighty. 128 pages, 17 b/w illus., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4.

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5 Responses to “Card Control: Practical Methods and Forty Original Card Experiments”

  • Mark Thomas:
    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An excellent, but very advanced book of card magic., December 5, 1998
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Card Control: Practical Methods and Forty Original Card Experiments (Paperback)

    I’ve been a serious student of sleight-of-hand card magic for several years. Buckley’s book contains more original and practical material than a hundred lesser books combined. Other authors have shied away from many of Buckley’s techniques because of their difficulty, yet THEY ARE ALL WORKABLE AND OF GREAT UTILITY!!! Also, Buckley’s detailed analyses of existing, standard sleights suggest dozens of new applications. The book is divided into 4 sections, which I’ll comment on individually.

    1. SLEIGHTS An outstanding compendium of card sleights. Features dozens of top/bottom palms, many fascinating false shuffles(Hindu, overhand, dovetail), a one-handed double lift, and (my favourite!) a multiple strip-out palm steal.

    2. CONJURING AT THE CARD TABLE A number of techniques and routines based on gambling artifices. This section features several excellent second deals (one of them one-handed!), methods of restoring the cut, culling and stacking methods.

    3. MANIPULATIONS Difficult back-palm routines and sleights in the Cardini style. Many of these principles, most suitable for stage or platform, are rarely used today. Nevertheless, I have used some of them successfully in a close-up context, primarily as flourishes. NOTE: Buckley back-palms a full pack of 52!!

    4. 40 EXPERIMENTS An excellent collection of intermediate and advanced card effects. NO PROPS, NO FAKES, NO DUPLICATES! Each effect features enough fine ideas to suggest several new directions to the careful reader.

    ENJOY THIS BOOK – it is highly underrated, even among magicians. THANKYOU!

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  • Anonymous:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Buckley was a card mommer, April 28, 2002
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    Mark Thomas (Canada) –
    This review is from: Card Control: Practical Methods and Forty Original Card Experiments (Paperback)

    When I unexpectedly came across a picture of Buckley on the first page of the book, and after hearing the other reviews of how difficult and advanced the techniques in the book were, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was surprised to see the face of a handsome teenager, of which my previous impression was COMPLETELY the opposite to the one I held in my hands. And this guy was a professional card magician at the age of 18, and able to do tricks infront of hundreds of people on-stage in 1908!

    I have a feeling that this guy’s mystery and skill probably gained him significant success with girls his age. The mysterious effects of these difficult to execute sleights are priceless and dazzling beyond belief. If a 3 columns card trick can make girls believe in magic.. then Buckley’s stuff probably knocked their socks off… literally! Believe me, this guy would be able to blow David Blaine out of the water and make him look like Bob Longe.

    That being said and out of the way, the book itself is amazing. There are very clearcut photos of Buckley’s hands and very impressive card tricks, or as he calls them in the fourth section, “Card Experiments”. Best of all, this book isn’t like most others where the authors seem to purposely be vague (S.W. Erdnase) and not give the best descriptions. Mr. Buckley gives you every detail and is your friend throughout the book, showing you exactly how everything is done without any confusion.

    And there is SO much different good stuff in here, that you’ll probably never need another book for advanced materials.

    It is a great book and a great reference to help you on your way to card excellence and showmanship. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.

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  • Anonymous:
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Superb but very advanced – definitely NOT for beginners, February 21, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Card Control: Practical Methods and Forty Original Card Experiments (Paperback)

    Originally published in the 1930′s,this reprint should be on the shelf of every serious card worker.Slight of hand and manipulations (many original,many very challenging) explained (with many explanatory photographs showing the hands of both Buckley and Paul LePaul) in the first part of the book followed by 40 performance pieces using what has been learned. Note – this superb book is very advanced – it is definitely NOT for beginners.

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  • R. Hummel III "capthummel":
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fabulous for the beginning Magician!, December 2, 2001
    By 
    R. Hummel III “capthummel” (Los Angeles, CA (USA)) –
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    I’m a magician member of the Magic Castle now, but in my early forays into card magic this book helped wean me away from trick Svengali and stripper decks, so that I could be handed a deck of cards from anyone and perform a nice trick. They’re not all home runs. But I still get great responses from several of the tricks contained within here.
    …and yes, I now own Card College, have read Royal Road to Card Magic several times, but those books should come after this one. This one will help you decide if you’re serious about persuing more card magic or not.
    A fabulous starter book, but make sure you practice!!

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  • Mark Thomas:
    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    The title is BS!, May 2, 2002
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    Mark Thomas (Canada) –

    I have been doing card tricks for a while, and I have to say that anything of Bob Longe’s is a waste of money.

    The tricks in this book are terrible. These are certainly NOT the “World’s Best Card Tricks”. I can’t believe some of this [stuff] is even in here.

    I highly recommend the reader to learn card magic from great authors such as Jean Hugard, S.W. Erdnase, and Arthur H. Buckley.

    If you are a beginner, get the “Royal Road to Card Magic” By Hugard and Braue. It is of MUCH higher value and the tricks in this book will be 100x better than the stuff that’s in Bob Longe’s books. There is absolutely no way you can be the life of the party with these tricks, as the author claims.

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