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Scarne on Card Tricks (Book) Not into sleight-of-hand? Don't worry -- John Scarne teaches 155 professional card tricks that require absolutely NO SLEIGHT-OF-HAND!
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An authority on gaming and card tricks, John Scarne is renown for teaching professional gamblers how to sharpen their skills to avoid being fleeced. For this collection of mystifying and effective maneuvers, he assembled an exciting series of original effects and classic card tricks, reworked to eliminate the need for sleight-of-hand.
Paperbound, 5 3/8" by 8 1/2", 308 pages.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 16th, 2012
Hi. I have to respectfully disagree with some of my fellow magi. While the effects are sleightless, I would not recommend it to beginners at all. This tricks in the book are a bit outdated. That doesn't mean that the book doesn't serve a purpose. As Oz explains, Mr. Scarne is a legend and it's good to have anything written by him on your book shelf. However, this book is a selection of tricks that have been modified by Scarne. He has removed the sleights and replaced them with subtleties. If you are not an experienced performer, the subtleties will not fly by your audience. It's better for beginners to focus on skill and sleight-of-hand. There is some other material on self-working card magic that's good for beginners, but this is not one of them. It's more of a reference book to me. I skim through the pages and see if there are ways that I can apply some of the tricks and subtleties into my act. Again, if you are a beginner, do not expect to get much mileage out of this book. By all means, buy it. After all, the price is awesome. However, I advise you to focus on learning the basics from works like Royal Road to Card Magic, Expert Card Technique, Card College, etc...2 of 2 magicians found this helpful.
When you have a firm grasp of the basics of card magic, and experience in performing in general; then this is something you should take a look at. You are sure to find some gems and other material that suits you.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 1st, 2005
I had my doubts about this book, no sleight of hand? These must be stupid tricks then! Boy was I wrong! Many of the tricks in here are good as well as some not as good, AND it teaches the Do as I do so I think its a way better investment, especially since it's 155 tricks. Theres stuff for everyone in this book, like 4 ace tricks, poker tricks, counting and spelling tricks, mentalism with cards, and some math tricks. I highly recommend this book to someone whose looking for a break from their knuckle busting sleights.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 26th, 2005
Don't be fooled by this book: sure, many of the tricks are lame or outdated. Some are weird counting tricks, some spelling tricks (which I don't care for), but there are a surprising number of wonderful gems throughout this book. Work through all the tricks, as I have, and you'll find several that will work for you.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
great book! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 9th, 2005
This book is perfect for the beginner and the professional. If you need a break in your act from sweating like a pig monkey from all that sleight of hand, this tricks are perfect for you. Even if you don't sweat and just want to learn some good tricks that are super simple to do, buy this. And even if your want something tottaly different, buy this book!!! Some tricks are good, some are great and some are amazing! Only about six tricks are terrible. I recomend this to anybody who works with cards in their act.1 of 1 magicians found this helpful.
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