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Topic: Topic: CardMagic by Richard Kaufman
Message: Posted by: maxrod88 (Jun 10, 2005 06:22PM)
CardMagic, I would like to know more about this book.I won this book at Magicauction.com. I have looked on this forum and themagiccafe. I could only find this book at only one site and only one magic shop. I am very surprised that there is no info on this book anywhere. All I know is this:

184 pages with 727 clear illustrations.
The Book has several dozen effects by some of the legendary creators like Ed Marlo, Bill Simon, Gene Maze, Ken Krenzel, Derek Dingle, Darwin Ortiz, Harry Lorayne, Phil Goldstein, Russel Barnhart, Vincent Sabatino and John Racherbaumer.
Message: Posted by: Robert M (Jun 10, 2005 06:25PM)
I am very surprised that there is no info on this book anywhere.

I think that's because it's out of print. You're lucky to have won it.
Message: Posted by: nostrings (Jun 3, 2009 10:48AM)
Whats your favortie effect from Cardmagic by Richard Kaufman? I'm working on the proverbal hole routine, and its really kicking my butt but I feel it will be worth the work.

Adam
Message: Posted by: Medifro (Jun 3, 2009 10:58AM)
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On 2005-06-10 19:25, Robert M wrote:
I think that's because it's out of print. You're lucky to have won it.
[/quote]
Its available though. Last time I checked Dennymagic site it had 2 copies 50$ each.

Its the book that got me into tabled palm work. I loved many items there and re-worked some stuff from it. I recommend it if you find it for a good price.

There is a really underrated Marlo load I used a lot in casual performances. I use the handling of Quick 3 Way while concealing cards. A very climax for HaLo aces. The standup material is really cool. All Gene Maze's material in there are very good too.

Loads of stuff, its been 2 years since I opened the book, I might go back again ...

~Feras
Message: Posted by: motown (Jun 3, 2009 12:43PM)
One reason you can't find info here is because the book came out so many years before the Café ever started. You'd have to go back to some older sources to find any reviews.
Message: Posted by: Rimbaud (Jun 4, 2009 10:50AM)
This was the book that got me into cards when it first came out.

I very much liked Number 9 Blue, (a color changing deck routine) Ham and Cheese is a nice sandwich effect, Strange Harmony, by Harry Lorayne is also very nice.

Plus, I like the tongue in cheek writing style (one that Kaufman never revisited, and I think is little embarrassed by today.)

I always thought it was one of the best books of that era. It should be a nice addition to your collection.
Message: Posted by: PapaG (Jun 4, 2009 11:10AM)
Richard Kaufman once mentioned the idea of combining CardMagic and CardWorks into one new volume. Maybe he can be persuaded to go ahead with the idea.
Message: Posted by: Cardician99 (Jun 4, 2009 04:45PM)
A very nice mix of card work. If you can get your hands on one, by all means do so.
This is just a brief contents description:

"Here is a wonderful book on card magic, not for the beginner, but for the serious student of the art. It is divided into two parts. Part one deals with close-up card magic and includes great routines and sleights by Racherbaumer, Levy, Krenzel, Kaufman, Maze, Simon, Marlo, Goldstein, Ortiz, Dingle and more. Over 50 sleights, moves, and effects. Part two of the book deals with an often neglected phase of card magic, Stand-Up Card Magic. In these pages you will find classic routines for platform and stage with a deck of cards including Kaufman's version of Phoenix Aces. 11 Stand up card routines that can play big for larger crowds. Leipzig and Cliff Green are but two famous magicians who did card magic on stage. Here is some great material."

(At Denny's today, Feras and others. Sold out.)
Message: Posted by: Richard Kaufman (Jun 7, 2009 11:20AM)
I have been toying with the idea of reprinting the book, and combining it with both the better material from CardWorks and also including the material in my lecture notes "Abstract."

But I'm *** busy and books are selling pretty poorly right now.
Message: Posted by: AngeloR (Jun 7, 2009 11:40PM)
Richard,
When things calm down (and sales pick up :) ), I would encourage you to pursue such a reprint. I expect that it would be very well received.
Angelo
Message: Posted by: motown (Jun 8, 2009 09:59PM)
It's a shame to hear books are selling poorly. I get so much more out of books than DVDs and feel they offer better value.
Message: Posted by: JanForster (Jun 9, 2009 03:30AM)
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On 2009-06-08 22:59, motown wrote:
It's a shame to hear books are selling poorly. I get so much more out of books than DVDs and feel they offer better value.
[/quote] ... totally true! Jan
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Jun 3, 2015 04:53PM)
I'm pretty sure I learned this trick from Kaufman's Card Magic.
As every Kaufman book, is Wonderful !

https://youtu.be/XbbvJx183iQ
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Jun 3, 2015 04:57PM)
AND this color change too!
Both on my professional repertoire actually.

MAGO HANSEL Magia @ Caribe Hilton Lobby...: https://youtu.be/IhBoBlMRBeQ
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jun 4, 2015 04:53PM)
[quote]On Jun 7, 2009, Richard Kaufman wrote:
I have been toying with the idea of reprinting the book, and combining it with both the better material from CardWorks and also including the material in my lecture notes "Abstract."

But I'm *** busy and books are selling pretty poorly right now. [/quote]

Hard to believe books are selling poorly as I continue to buy expensive OOP books today to add to my collection of 35 years now. Just got your awesome copy of Greater Magic as well. But I am from the old school of magic where we read books all day and night, and collected thousands of them and still do. I love DVDS as well for seeing others perform, presentation styles, patter, and timing of sleights. But I started out with huge magic tomes and they are still very special to me. But I guess today's generation wants everything "instantly" and for free, or as cheap as possible which is why there are so many idiotic exposure videos on YouTube, they do not respect the art because they did not have to put in the work like we did back then and we had to earn our way.

All we had were old black and white magic catalogs with vague descriptions, line drawings, and we had to wait 10-12 weeks for out magic to arrive. These days people are mad if they don't get it in 2-3 days. They are too lazy to read books, which for me is a good thing as all the great stuff will remain hidden in them, and I can keep them to myself. :) I still buy and read those catalogs as well.

Here is a TOC for Cardmagic courtesy of Magicbooks.be

Cardmagic
First Edition
By Richard Kaufman
Copyright © 1979
Pages 183
Richard Kaufman & Alan Greenberg

Contents:

BOOK ONE : CLOSE - UP

Page 002 PREFACE
Page 003 FORETHOUGHTS

SECTION ONE

Page 005 Ham and Cheese
Page 007 Karate Card
Page 009 Stange Harmony
Page 011 Triumph Handling
Page 012 Number Nine Blue
Page 014 Make Mine Dunbury Well
Page 015 A Maze Ing

A CONVERSATION : PART ONE

SECTION TWO

Page 020 A Card In Bill Switch : Standing
Page 022 Another Card In Bill Switch : Still Standing
Page 024 One More : This Time Sitting

SECTION THREE

Page 026 A Dream Deck Switch, Too
Page 028 Swivelleroo Plus
Page 030 Fantasy Cull
Page 035 The World´s Fastest Reverse
Page 035 Sitting
Page 038 Standing

A CONVERSATION : PART TWO

SECTION FOUR

Page 041 The W. S. Card Switch
Page 042 Packet Switch
Page 044 Cover Switch
Page 046 Flourish False Cut
Page 048 A Double And Triple Lift
Page 049 The Semi - Circular Switch
Page 050 The S. D. L. Change
Page 052 Taps
Page 053 Shooting Star
Page 055 Fifty - One Below
Page 056 The Sideswipe Shift
Page 058 One - Hand Mechanical Change

SECTION FIVE

Page 059 An Illustrated Explication Of The Chapters On Card Magic In Reginald Scot`s

A CONVERSATION : PART THREE

SECTION SIX

Page 067 Look Ma, Just One Hand !
Page 070 4 - 5 - 6 Aces
Page 072 Progress Report
Page 074 Inertial Load
Page 076 The Real Gone Aces Take Cover
Page 078 Halo Changes Color Again

A CONVERSATION : PART FOUR

SECTION SEVEN

Page 080 A Radical Change
Page 082 The Arcadio Collectors
Page 084 The Secondfromthetop Change
Page 086 Pickin ` Up The Pieces
Page 092 Mass Transit
Page 092 S. P. L. I. T.
Page 096 Turnover Coverpass
Page 097 Predicted Collectors
Page 100 Hofzinser Predicts The Collectors
Page 101 Mackintosh
Page 101 On The BMT - An Advanced Packet Handling
Page 103 Quick : Which Way ?
Page 106 Monte For The Maladjusted

SECTION EIGHT

Page 109 Cassette ( Side A )
Page 111 Cassette ( Side B )

A CONVERSATION : PART FIVE

Page 113 Flotation Stab
Page 115 Through Thick And Thin
Page 117 Palms For The Poor
Page 121 Envelope
Page 125 Cutting Remarks
Page 128 In Case You ´re Passing Through
Page 132 Snapshot
Page 136 A Vanishing Deck

A CONVERSATION : PART SIX

BOOK TWO : STAND - UP

Page 142 INTRODUCTION
Page 142 Phönix Reborn
Page 147 A Phönix Of A Different Color
Page 151 Blues Caught On A Windy Day
Page 155 " It Shrinks "
Page 161 Travel
Page 164 The Proverbial Hole
Page 169 Slot Machine
Page 174 The Polaroid Change
Page 178 The Crystal Ball
Page 179 Fantastamazing Aces
Page 181 Salamander
Page 183 INDEX OF SLEIGHTS DESCRIBED WITHIN EFFECTS

Submitted by Wolfgang Lohfink ( cybercardmagic )
Message: Posted by: Kabbalah (Jun 4, 2015 06:58PM)
[quote]On Jun 4, 2015, sirbrad wrote:


Hard to believe books are selling poorly as I continue to buy expensive OOP books today to add to my collection of 35 years now. [/quote]

You do realize that this thread is ten years old?

And, Kaufman's post was added six years ago.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Jun 4, 2015 09:30PM)
No I did not bump it someone else did, I just responded. But so what, not much has changed since then. Just because a thread is old does not make it less valuable and does not mean no one should respond to it. Yet if someone makes a new one they are told to "do a search". I don't care though either way. I don't have time to look at every date nor do I care when it was posted. But it was bumped so I responded and the TOC is useful for future searches.
Message: Posted by: Hansel (Jun 6, 2015 03:10PM)
[quote]On Jun 4, 2015, sirbrad wrote:
Page 009 Stange Harmony

that's a Nice One !
Message: Posted by: Richard Kaufman (Jun 25, 2015 10:00PM)
Book sales have recovered somewhat from when this thread originally started, which is why I reprinted CardMagic. I'll have several new books out this year, and several more in 2016! :)