Hands down, one of our favorite books on card magic is Effective Card Magic by Bill Simon (republished as Card Magic For Amateurs and Professionals by Dover). The book is full of wonderful card magic tricks and sleights. And like the title suggest, it’s perfect for anyone interested in the subject.
It will prove to be a great start if you’re just getting into card magic.
$9.95A cost-effective and proven book for beginners, Royal Road to Card Magic will teach a variety of techniques, flourishes, and effects, while setting up the beginner with a thorough grounding in the theory of the art.
In this definitive work on card technique, step-by-step instructions teach you the correct methods for the basic manipulations and the more advanced flourishes, and only then allow you to learn tricks.
Offering the most foolproof methods available, Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue explain such basic manipulation as the palm, the shuffle, the lift, the side slip, the pass, the glimpse, the jog and the reverse. They detail various false deals, crimps and changes and the more advanced execution needed for forces, fans and the use of the prearranged deck.
$8.95Card expert, Arthur Buckley, demonstrates tricks that have left theater audiences amazed, and that card-playing professionals have used profitably. It is not a book for beginners. But these shifts, palms, glides, false shuffles, cuts, fans, steals, and spectacular deceptions will help those with basic card expertise reach new levels of performance.
Larry Jennings remarked that Aaron Fisher was the most promising young card magician he had seen in the past twenty years.
Johnny Thompson says, "The material in this book is top notch, and I guarantee it will enhance the repertoire of any serious student of card magic immensely."