Card 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.
The book is divided into four chapters, which are Sleights, Conjuring at the Card Table, Manipulations and Experiments with cards.
Sleights- This chapter is filled with all kinds of sleights to build up your act, including shifts forces, peeking, locations,palming false shuffles, false counts, etc, etc. There are also some little details that make the spectators believe that you have no control on your cards whatsoever, for example, springing the cards whilst holding a break. He credits other magicians for their moves and sleights like the Vernon shift and the Cardini location are there. Of course, the whole book comes with some black and white pictures of the sleights in action. But the gem in this chapter is the Buckley's method for dealing seconds. He gives you an extremely detailed explanation on how to deal and practice the second deal after learning the skill from the likes of Carlyle and D'amico. Very good explanation to say the least.
Conjuring at the Card Table- This chapter is about the sleights and cheating methods that can be used in a card game. False shuffles, strike bottom deal, push through shuffle, restoring the cut are included in the chapter. Some moves need a partner, but it is a very good explanation none the less.
Manipulations- A relatively quick chapter on back palming, vanishes and the like. Also includes tips on the music and the lighting of your performance.
Experiments with Cards- A very fine collection of 40 tricks, each explained beautifully and state the required sleights before the explanation. Includes the ambitious card, Difficult Routine, Poker demonstrations etc.
Overall, a very good book with lots of pictures, and a must must buy for card magicians.
This is a valuable book that swiftly gives the structure and foundation upon which countless pieces of magic are built. Mastering this material will lead you, and led me, to be able to construct my own magic, and move forward from performing others' magic to my own.
A great, little book with a wonderful price.
I have a feeling that this guy's mystery and skill probably gained him significant success with girls his age. The mysterious effects of these difficult to execute sleights are priceless and dazzling beyond belief. If a 3 columns card trick can make girls believe in magic.. then Buckley's stuff probably knocked their socks off... literally! Believe me, this guy would be able to blow David Blaine out of the water and make him look like Bob Longe.
That being said and out of the way, the book itself is amazing. There are very clearcut photos of Buckley's hands and very impressive card tricks, or as he calls them in the fourth section, "Card Experiments". Best of all, this book isn't like most others where the authors seem to purposely be vague (S.W. Erdnase) and not give the best descriptions. Mr. Buckley gives you every detail and is your friend throughout the book, showing you exactly how everything is done without any confusion.
And there is so much different good stuff in here, that you'll probably never need another book for advanced materials.
It is a great book and a great reference to help you on your way to card excellence and showmanship. You will not be disappointed with this purchase.