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Expert Card Technique (Book) Take your card magic to the next level with SUPERIOR TECHNIQUE taught by the experts.
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If you have ever tried to do a card trick and failed, you know what it is to be embarrassed. The way out of these awkward situations is not immediate, but it is reliable: a surer mastery of technique. This means the proper instruction book, and practice.

In this definitive work on card technique, step-by-step instructions teach you the correct methods for the basic manipulations and the more advanced flourishes, and only then allow you to learn tricks. Offering the most foolproof methods available, Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue explain such basic manipulations as the palm, the shuffle, the lift, the side slip, the pass, the glimpse, the jog, and the reverse. They detail various false deals, crimps, and changes and the most advanced execution needed for forces, fans, and the use of the prearranged deck.

Also presented is a wide variety of tricks including discoveries, self-working tricks, one-handed tricks, stranger cards, and such individually famous tricks as the four aces, the rising cards, and the Zingone spread.

Many of the methods explained were revealed here for the first time, while many previously known tricks are presented in improved versions. In every case the aim is simplicity of technique for the purpose of mystifying an audience, not technique for the sake of technique.

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Paperbound, 5 3/8" by 8 1/2", 318 illustrations, 448 pages.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
I usually try to stay away from reviewing classic texts of magic, but this is a MUST. It doesn't matter how long you've been into magic for. You need this book. I think this is the BEST book on card magic. The instruction is WAAAY easier than Royal Road to Card Magic. I feel that royal road is very overrated and this is pretty underrated. The instruction on this book is so much better
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 12th, 2005
This is my first book purchase from Penguin. I found it a little hard to follow at first, but it's just getting used to learning from a book, and getting used to the 1940's language that it's written in. Still, there are a lot of good things about this book. There is TONS of material in this book; it's incredible. Although the scope of the material is vast, it fails to detail such sleights as the Elmsley Count. There are some great tricks in it too. The “Expert” part of it I’m not so sure about. It ranges from all skill levels. It’s so dense, you're bound to find something you can use. It details not only technique with a regular deck of cards, but also double-faced cards, and the stranger card (a card with a back pattern different from the rest of the pack). Be ready to go through it with a fine-tooth comb. All in all a great collection. If you like books get it. If you want to increase your repertoire get it.

If you do end up purchasing it, please contribute to the forum. I need help. Thanks.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
Expert Card Technique by Hugard and Braue is often thought of as the follow up to The Royal Road to Card Magic (RRTCM) however I believe it was actually published several years before. This misnomer is likely because Expert Card Technique (ECT) is more advanced material than RRTCM, while RRTCM is the beginner to intermediate card skills.

Expert Card Technique is a treasure trove of card material. If you are a cardician stranded on a desert island, this might be the book to bring. The book starts with Secret Lifts; providing more detail on the DL than most other texts. The second chapter is false deals, seconds, bottom deals and even the almost mythical middle deal that Dai Vernon spend years searching for.

The third chapter covers the side slip and it's various forms. Chapter four explores the pass including my favorite, the turnover pass. Then comes chapters on palming, false shuffles, false cuts, changes, crimps, peeps, more on the glimpse, and the jog. And that's only through chapter 12!

If you haven't figured out yet, this book touches almost every advanced area of card magic. Finally, you get to the trick section! You'll even learn the Mercury card fold. Believe it or not, there is even 12 self-working card tricks. My favorite tricks so far are the Vernon Psychological Force and the visual change of the Rub-a-dub-dub trick.

Last but not least, there are amazing essays in Part 6 on misdirection and presentation that are worth the price of the book alone.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
Hi! This is your official PenguinMagic reviewer, B_Magic.

Like Bobo's Coin Magic book, this book is a MUST BUY for anyone pursuing card magic. It's essential, and you should add it to your cart now before I personally head-butt you through your computer screen (j/k, you know that's impossible...or is it???)


This book is a critical tool in learning card magic and can take your magic to a whole other level! I wouldn't say it is "quite" as essential to card magic as Bobo's book is to coin magic, but it's darn-near close. The techniques learned in this book will benefit you for life. There is a reason why this book is a classic and a staple for thousands up thousands of magicians around the world. Buy it, and love it!

B_Magic
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 22nd, 2005
I bought this book before I went on holiday and wasn't sure what it would be like. I read it on holiday and think this book is great, it covers the areas that Royal Road to Card Magic does and a few extras. It also teaches you some great tricks as well.

Must Buy!!!!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 7th, 2007
Expert card technique is a classic book in card magic and I believe that all card magicians should read this book for it has some great sleights. I am quite young and have only been doing magic for around a year but I am quite advanced and this book teaches fundamental techniques and many different varieties and you kind of find the one that suits you. All in all I think this is a great book.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 9th, 2007
This is a nice book, but not a must have for everyone, I feel there are others out there than are needed in every magicians book collection. (Which is why it’s down one star) That said, I personally enjoy reading all I can on magic, and this does have some interesting ideas and some better explanations than other books I’ve read. If you have RR to card magic add to cart, if you do not buy it AND add this to cart!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 14th, 2008
I purchased this book right around the time that David Blaine had his first TV special Street Magic. And after all these years, this book is still a classic when it comes to teaching you not just the expert card technique's, but it was also a refresher course on some of the sleight's that I had forgotten, and then some that I thought I'd never be able to do. Secret Lifts, False Deals, Side Slip, The Pass, Palming, False Shuffles, Changes, Crimps, Spectator Peeks, Glimpse, the Jog, Reverse, Sunday Sleights, Rear Palms, Flourishes, Techniques, and not to mention near endless Tricks, like Rising Cards, Selected Tricks, Birds of a Feather, One Hand Routines, Ambitious Card, Discoveries and Mental discoveries are just a few of what makes this a must buy for any Magician who wants to get serious, and further their own repertoire. Purchase this book, and you wont be disappointed with the potential you unlock in yourself from learning from this book.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
This book has been around for a while but there is a reason for it. Unlike DVD which will only teach you certain things, this book has a ton. It goes into pretty good detail on a lot of moves and different handlings of the move. There is a lot of stuff in there you might not use but it's good to know. You'll never know when you'll need to use this stuff.
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Not for beginners! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2012
It says use this as a follow up to RRTCM but I would happily bet all of my money about 95% of people that have read only RRTCM will not be ready for this!
Some of the sleights are very, very difficult and it can be hard to understand the routines/sleights I would suggest creating your own routines/tricks with the sleights you know and then moving onto this once you are more advanced and have gone through several books/DVD's.
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