A 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.
This book will teach you valuable lessons in a straight forward manner that will be beneficial and prove valuable throughout your studies, even at the highest levels of understanding. It is a bit antiquated in some aspects, like writing style, but the study will contribute greatly towards your ability to comprehend other books further on in your career.
- The Overhand Shuffle, I
- The Riffle Shuffle
- Card Flourishes
- The Glide
- The Glimpse
- The Key Card
- The Palm
- The Backslip
- The Overhand Shuffle, II
- False Shuffles and Cuts
- The Double Lift and Turnover
- The Pass
- Miscellaneousness Card Flourishes
- The Reverses
- The Hindu Shuffle and Other Controls
- The Classic Force
- Top and Bottom Changes
- Platform Tricks
With every sleight or flourish explained above, are several methods and variations as well as a few tricks to go along with each.
The teaching is relativley easy to follow, especially with the drawings, however sometimes you may get a little confused if you read too quickly, having said that, as long as you take your time to understand what the book is saying you will be fine.
Over all, this book is perfect for beginner, not only does it have a superb collection of slights, but it also has some top notch routines. This is a book that every budding magician should have.
If you're interested in card magic - this is the first book you should buy. There are several great books - but this is one that should be on every magician's book shelf.