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By Forces Unseen by Stephen Minch (Hardcover Book)

The innovative card magic of Ernest Earick is studied by pros because it's powerful, and worth the time it takes to master. Back in print by popular demand. IN STOCK NOW.
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"Ernest Earick was one of my favorite magic innovators. I think 'By Forces Unseen' should be read from cover to cover because almost every effect introduces a unique technique. If readers were to skip over a trick due to the skill level or angles, they will be missing out on a tool they can use for the rest of their time in magic. A lot of Ernest's magic is now lost. I am grateful for what survives in 'By Forces Unseen'."Ray Kosby

"Ernest Earick's masterpiece 'By Forces Unseen' rocked the magic world when it was published. The innovative sleight of hand of this reclusive master captured the imagination of card magicians worldwide. Make no mistake -- the material is not easy. But this is a book of miracles. It's got my highest recommendation for the serious student of card magic."Matthew Field

"I had the great pleasure of attending two of Ernest Earick's lectures. Ernest was quiet and unassuming, very friendly, and very open. His book, By Forces Unseen is a wonderful collection of new plots and new and original sleights that, while challengingly difficult, Ernest performed flawlessly."Paul Cummins

"It's useful, enriching, and inspiring for any student, in any field, to witness excellence beyond one's personal abilities, to know where the cutting edge is, to see where the bar is and perhaps to eventually meet and even raise it. In my years of service in the Magic Castle Library I had many requests for Ernest Earick's "By Forces Unseen" - from magicians of all skill levels and with a variety of goals. There was never anyone who considered it wasted time or effort to familiarize themselves with Ernie's unique approach to card magic. Although it is indeed "off the beaten path," that's exactly where true innovation occurs - and exactly where Ernest Earick's well-deserved legacy lies."Lisa Cousins

Rarely does card magic come along as strikingly original as that found in this book. When it first appeared in 1993, Ernest Earick's name was little known, and some questioned if the ground-breaking sleight-of-hand described could be done deceptively. The answer, of course, was YES, and By Forces Unseen became an underground classic. Out of print for years, copies have been snapped up, fetching prices of hundreds of dollars.

Among the effects taught in this truly remarkable volume you will find chosen cards that fly from the deck when you clap your hands, cards that materialize at your fingertips when someone concentrates on them, selections that pop from the middle of the pack with a flick of your wrist...and 17 other extraordinary events.

Behind the shimmering veil of magic you will discover a rich body of innovative sleight-of-hand that includes motionless one-handed bottom palms, slow-motion fingertip card steals, indetectable palm-to-palm transfers, refined riffle-shuffle work and more.

Seldom does one find a work of such determined invention and artistry. If you delight in baffling card magic and exquisite sleight-of-hand-in magic that puts you a running cut ahead of your competition-you'll want By Forces Unseen.

Pages 216 - Hardbound, Illustrated

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
Yes, I said it. This book contains some of the hardest material available in card magic. Even the most hardcore of card magicians probably shudder to think of the difficult sleight of hand found within these pages. This is one of those books where you're going to read the first few pages, put it down for a few years, and come back to it with three more years of experience before you're able to tackle anything in it. Although Mr. Earick does have a pretty much self-working poker deal routine in here that may interest some of you, stay away unless you are ready to dedicate at least a few months (or years) to studying this book thoroughly. The techniques in it are great, but I wouldn't say you would want to use the routines found within for a laymen audience. If you're into commercial magic that you can use in a real-world setting for lay audiences, this isn't the book for you. If you're into hardcore sleight of hand and you've got the chops to dish it out, you've found your bible.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 31st, 2018
Reprint this book!!!! Trust me. People will buy it. At my local college, the cardistry kids are reading pdfs of this. There is a copy of it on Amazon for like 3k.Ridiculous! Please reprint this. It will sell out.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 2nd, 2018
This is a gem of a book. THe stuff in here is pretty difficult but what I found helpful was the small teqniques and slights that were immediately added to my act.favorite effect from this book is claptrap. Penguin magic, please please please reprint this book. My copy is all worn out and dog eared. Kids from the college I go to are reading the ebook version and they would buy the hardcover in a heartbeat.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2021
I received this book today on the 2nd of April and oh my, the material is so incredibly tough. Get this book because they will go out of stock 👏
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 3rd, 2021
As an avid reader of card magic, this book undoubtedly contains the most mind-blowing card tricks I've seen thus far. It gives the impression that you're doing IMPOSSIBLE magic, rather than technical skills (there's a big difference).

However, because these tricks don't use gaffs, they are very advanced and take tremendous patience to master. Thus, just pick a couple of your favorite tricks from the book and practice hard! (I'm currently practicing 'Claptrap'). If you can nail just one trick, the reactions you'll get will be rewarded ten-fold. Buy it before it sells out again!!!
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This is a wonderful book it challenging and has great routines . Would recommend this book for the card worker who wants a challenge. Thanks folks for the great service
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