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Card Fictions by Pit Hartling - Book
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Imagine....

You sense the colors of playing cards through a solid table.

You stack four Poker hands in less than ten seconds.

You kick any named number of cards off a tabled deck.

You put chaos to order.

You magically move cards to any positions in the pack at will.

You transpose a card from between a spectator's hands to under his watch.

You instantly memorize the order of a shuffled deck.

This booklet will not enable you to any of those things. Most of them are, after all, impossible. Fortunately, however, we can make our spectators experience these impossibilities anyway. We do that by creating fictions, In this case Card Fictions.

It may sound obvious, but it is this simple realization that makes magic as a performing art possible in the first place: Evoking the feeling of impossibility does not require actually doing the impossible. However, it will always require a team-effort. A fiction is created in somebody's mind. Equipped with those marvels called human perception and the human mind our spectators play a necessary and active part in the process. All that we performers do is to provide adequate input. Then we lean back and relax as the spectators themselves spontaneously and effortlessly complete the job and create fascinating, impossible - magical - fictions.

What People Are Saying:

"A triumph of brevity, creativity and quality from beginning to end."
-  Eric Mead -  (Genii magazine)  

"High-caliber thinking at its best. Highly recommended"
-  Michael Close -  (MAGIC magazine)    

"This stuff is beyond clever"
-Max Maven-  

"Somebody like Pit Hartling comes along only once in twenty years - at best"
- Roberto Giobbi -

"Quite simply one of the best card books I've read in years"
- Simon Aronson -

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3 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
The tricks in here are good, but not great. While there are only a few items in here, I agree with most people by saying that the majority of it is stuff I use. However, I really wish that Pit would have put more tricks in his book to keep people occupied

The essays that he included were too short, vague, and general to get a sufficient amount of his theory across.

In short, there are several other books that are of higher priority to buy before this one.
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2 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
One of the best books on card magic Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
This is one of my favorite books on card magic. The number of tricks to price ratio is low, but the tricks themselves are gold. Each and every trick is worth the price of the book, and the book also includes 2 essays that are worth noting. The magic and methodology is clever and you can tell that these are workers that Pit has spent many, many years honing. I would encourage anyone serious about their card magic to pick up anything written by Pit Hartling (he also has a set of lecture notes out, also available from Penguin).
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Very cool book. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
I tend to buy magic books just for the sake of having them on my shelf, but this one (as well as looking good on my shelf) is packed with some decent magic. All of the tricks can be done with a regular deck and all of the effects are thoroughly taught. If you've ever seen the flicking fingers DVD then you know the sort of quality to expect from Pit Hartling.
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