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This profusely illustrated book demonstrates, step-by-step, the astonishing card magic cultivated by one of the premier sleight-of-hand artists of the 20th century. It presents maneuvers that have left theater audiences amazed and that card-playing professionals have used to great advantage.

Card Control is not a book for beginners, but it will help those with basic card expertise reach new levels of performance in their art. Among the moves included are shifts, palms, glides, false shuffles, cuts, fans and steals. You'll learn how to do the false table riffle shuffle, how to deal from the bottom, how to know an opponent's hole card, how to "warm up a cold deck" and much more. In addition, the author presents 40 dazzling deceptions guaranteed to amaze your audience: Confusion, Birds of a Feather, The Ambitoous Card, A Brilliant Climax, Your Favorite Ace, A Quickie, The Obtrusive Queens and many more. Over 300 photographs show the practitioner's exact hand positions during each critical move.

Australian-born Arthur H. Buckley became well known in America for the magic he worked with cards on the major vaudeville ciruits of the 1920s. Schooled by the great sleight-of-hand artists he met in the entertainment business and by professional gamblers he met in his early years touring Australia, his absolute mastery of the most artful and demanding card-handling routines was legendary. In 1946, he wrote this practical guide revealing in detailed the secrets of his art. Any magician or card conjurer who aspires to the utmost proficiency in card manipulation will want to have this indispensable reference in his or her library.

Pages 219 - Softbound, Illustrated

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2010
So what I found that I didn't like the most was how misleading this book is. THe title is called "CARD CONTROL" when you really don't learn much card control. It's about "practical methods and forty original card expriments", but I agree with THAT. The material presented in this little book is very practical and you can perform a lot of this a bunch of different ways.

The teaching wasn't very long winded, and it kept my attention for most of it. I enjoyed the historical notes in some of the effects and sleights. He keeps things simple and to the point, but some things aggrivated me. The layout was insanely good. It's something I have never seen before. SImple text, and the paragraphs were separated easier. The pictures were also good too. He has borders on his bee cards drawn on, even his fingers are outlined in black and it looks REALLY nice to see.

Over all, I would say if you are into interesting ideas and want to read some neat card magic, go for it. If you planned to buy this because you wanted to learn a ton of controls, don't go for it. If you like gambling magic and sleights related to gambling, go for it!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
Well, as the first reviewing this book, I must say that it is one of the best books I own on card magic. Especially with older books, the instruction is usually hit and miss, with vague illustrations and descriptions. This book, however, has clear illustrations of the key positions needed to understand the sleights, and goes through every move step by step.

As for the content, while the tricks themselves are pretty good, none of them are spectacular. (One of my favorites is one where you take 5 blue cards and 1 red card and change them into 5 red cards and 1 blue card and is virtually self working). The real reason this book is great in my opinion are the tons of great moves it teaches you. You can learn tons of steals, controls, and my personal favorite move that I now use regularly, the turnover pass.

Overall, if you want to improve the mechanics of ALL your tricks, buy this book
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 23rd, 2015
i have the first edition it is a awesome book for learning card sleights. I recommend this book to any card magician.
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