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Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler by Stephen Minch

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This masterwork encapsulates not only some of world champion Daryl's finest work, but also some of the most influential material of the 1980s. Here we see Daryl's now legendary Cutting Display for Triumph, his stunning, perfect "Mysterious Cross of India" Coins Across, and "The Boomerang Card of Mystery." There are also some forgotten gems, waiting to be resurrected from the early 80s and introduced to a new audience. "In the Pinch" allows you to snatch a selection from a cascading pack of cards. You will also find Daryl's touches on Twisting the Aces, an impossible card location, and more.

Secrets of a "Puerto Rican Gambler" is Daryl's rarest and most acclaimed work, and we're thrilled to present this updated reprint to fans worldwide. In addition to a sparkling new edit and layout, there are more than double the original photographs. Also included is a bonus routine not found in the original book but created during the same time period: Daryl's astounding "Double Dazzling Triumph."

Table of Contents:
The Boomerang Card of Mystery -
Catch a selection from a falling waterfall of cards.
The Chicago Conspiracy - Trap two selections by causing them to come together.
Quick Silver - Two selected cards are attracted to a half dollar, as if by magic.
Holding On - Alex Elmsley's "Between Your Palms" is a modern classic, and this is Daryl's terrific take.
The Puerto Rican Triumph - This is it! This is where Daryl's now-famous Cutting Display debuted.
The Mysterious Cross of India - A Coins Across of the Finest Order. No hand-to-hand transfers. A modern classic!
In the Pinch - You trap a selection as a spectator dribbles the cards to the table!
Just Tweezing - A variation of the above.
Conditional Assembly - A beautiful, thoughtful take on the classic four-Ace Assembly.
Twisted Aces Redivivus - If you love Vernon's Twisting the Aces, you'll love these fine finesses.
Double Dazzling Triumph - A show-stopping closer in the key of Triumph.

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This review applies to Secrets of a Puerto Rican Gambler and it’s sister book, For Your Entertainment Pleasure:

What an excellent reimagining of 2 classic manuscripts. I never had the originals, but I can assure you that these new editions are top notch in every way. As I read magic books, I always take notes on which effects I want to add to my repertoire; with these 2 books, I struggled to find effects that I did not want to perform!

Daryl was—and, regrettably, I must use the past tense—a masterful magician who created an aura of pure entertainment around him. Stephen Minch did a wonderful job of conveying this aura to us all, and Daryl’s legacy lives on through these works. Every nuance of performance is described, allowing the reader to see the “One Degree Improvements,” to borrow a Guastaferro phrase, that made Daryl’s magic so special. These routines are professional caliber and well worth studying. If nothing else, they will serve as a model for how the magic you already do can be improved.

Finally, everything has been reformatted to Vanishing Inc. standards and the added quality and quantity of pictures has made learning the routines a breeze. Thank you to Andi and Josh for having an eye for classic, quality magic, and giving these books a new life.
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....book title....EVER lol
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