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The Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue (book) This book will walk you through every sleight of hand a beginning card magician could hope to learn. You'll find plenty of helpful illustrations and thorough, informative text. Highly Recommended!!!
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Would you like to confound your friends, amaze your acquaintances, amuse and dazzle crowds at parties and gatherings? Mastering a few card tricks will allow you to do all that and more. With the help of this book, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first-rate card tricks.

In fact, mastery of just the first chapter will enable you to perform a half-dozen astounding and entertaining sleights of hand.

The authors, both noted authorities on magic, present complete, easy-to-understand explanations of shuffles, flourishes, the glide, the glimpse, false shuffles and cuts, the pass, the classic force and many other techniques.

These will enable card handlers to perform over 100 mind-boggling feats of card magic, including Thought Stealer, Gray's Spelling Trick, Do As I Do, Now You See It, Obliging Aces, Rapid Transit, Kangaroo Card, A Tipsy Trick and dozens of others.

Illustrated with more than 120 clear line drawings that make the explanations easy to follow, this exciting introduction to card conjuring will enable even beginners to develop professional-level skill and the ability to perform tricks guaranteed to astound family and friends.

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Paperbound, 310 5 3/8" by 8 1/2" pages, 121 illustrations.

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2012
This book is brilliant! and although the title says it needs better tricks it does have some brilliant ones but it would be nice if they had a few more modern tricks many of them are a little out dated with people like Blaine and Dynamo people expect you to be able to put a house in a bottle.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 13th, 2013
Okay really ask your self something.

Do I... Want to be... A good card magician.

If the answer is YES then buy this book it's that simple. There are so many GREAT effects in here that I still do from self working to sleight heavy. All are WORKERS and guess what... Work with a SHUFFLED deck that I borrowed.

So many people look for the next best thing or fanciest eye candy but overlook the basics that make those things REALLY work.

If you like card magic... You don't just want to pick this up... You need to.
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The classic treatise Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 27th, 2013
If you're reading reviews you must be considering purchasing this book. Stop, and just buy it. At any price it is a steal, but it is downright criminal to not have a copy of this in your library. Reading even only the first chapter, the novice will learn a lot, the expert a little, both will find the basis of many tricks you've seen and might even perform yourself. Some have added on or even turned them into convoluted over-produced versions, but the origins of many tricks are here! And Messrs. Hugard and Braue provide ample explanation and performance advice that I can't imagine straying from it as much as some do. Why are you still reading? Buy it.
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AWESOME Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 23rd, 2012
The cover was different on mine, but this is proboly the same stuff(it has the same title). Its great.
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A must have Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 17th, 2011
Get this and Paul Wilson's companion DVD's and you have all you need to get started not only in card magic, but magic period! This is not just a 'card' book, but a great book on the general magic skills of misdirection, presentation, arranging a routine, and just about everything a new magician needs to know. A must, must have for everyone.
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Good value but hard to follow Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 7th, 2010
The Royal Road to Card Magic is considered by many the place to start your card magic education. Personally, I like the book. It's cheap, there is a lot of material in the book and therefore a great value. However I don't think it is the best place for beginners to begin. The text is difficult to read and understand. It is meticulously written but hard to follow the description of finger placements. I would recommend a good instructional DVD and then supplement your learning with this inexpensive book.
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Great for Beginners Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 6th, 2010
If you are first starting out with magic and are looking for a good book to read, pick this one up. This will teach you everything you need to know to get your career started. You'll probably be tempted to buy more complicated book but I recommend you start with this. Having said this, this book isn't just for beginners. There is a lot of really good stuff in this book that you will continue to use. Mostly it is just techniques but it's always good to pull out old routines that you haven't done in a while. You'll be surprised on how good this book actually is.
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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.


This book I feel is darn-near essential for any aspiring card worker. It's a staple and would be almost blasphemous NOT to have this in your library as a card magician. The book is fantastic.

It's a cumulatively-designed book, so you learn basics and compound on that. The sleights that you learn are staples in the magic field and things every card worker should learn, and the way the book is designed is genius. You learn effects using the sleights you just learned in each chapter. Many of the effects are quite good, in fact, many of them I still do (with various tweaks and additions added over the years).

You absolutely must get this book. IT'S A MORAL IMPERATIVE! LOL

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
Personally, I felt that this book lacked something and I don't really recommend it for a beginner. Here's why. When we get into Magic, most experienced Magicians point us to one place. The classics. Some of which don't even need to be classics. I noticed with this book that it was written with a very seasoned attitude in mind. What I mean is it's hard sometimes to break free from that state of mind. It's not exactly the case here, but it DID get in the way

Like many other introductory books on Magic, this has it's mutual elements. THe double lift section, the pass section, the manipulation, tricks etc. I did learn a lot from this, I'll be completely honest with you, but I feel there are more resourceful places to begin win.

If you are a beginner in general, and don't know a load of Magic tricks yet, I would suggest you go check out Joshua Jay or Mark Wilson's books on Magic. They are direct and have a lot of good stuff, a lot of which is in here too. There are so many classic tricks, that you shouldn't be forced to start in one solid place. Start with something that has a wide variety of different tricks in it. Then if you like Card Magic, go for this.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
As I have said in other reviews, people often discount things like this because they are old or apply to beginners. I can honestly say that this is not the case here. This book has SO much material in it, 11 dollars is literally PENNIES per trick.

That should convince you to buy it right now. If you are still not convinced, read the other reviews on here!

I know, me personally (and I will probably get beaten by a magician for saying this) did card magic for a good 6 years before ever picking up this book. I finally got it and it helped my card technique DRASTICALLY. I learned things in this book that they don't tell you online, in other books or in DVDs. Jean Hugard and Fredrick Braue are truly amazing and had a gift for coming up with good, practical effects and writing them down in an easy to understand format.

Let me just say that if you don't have this book, I recommend it more than ANY other card item in the shop.
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