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Topic: Self-Working Card Book Library
Message: Posted by: tgplano (Jan 25, 2007 07:39PM)
What books should be included in a library of self-working, semi-automatic, efforless, etc. card books? I've got a pretty good library and am looking for ideas on what I've missed.
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Jan 26, 2007 12:01AM)
The Card Magic of Nick Trost..
Effortless Card Magic by Peter Duffie..
Card books by Karl Fulves..
To name a few.
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jan 26, 2007 02:09AM)
Card College Lite by Roberto Giobbi
Bob Longe's books include quite a few self workers.
Message: Posted by: airship (Jan 26, 2007 10:53AM)
John Scarne's 'Scarne on Card Tricks'.

The specific Karl Fulves books you should get are:
'Self-Working Card Tricks'
'More Self-Working Card Tricks'
'My Best Self-Working Card Tricks'
'Self-Working Close-Up Card Magic'
There's some duplication, but each has lots of original gems.

'The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks' also has many good self-workers.
Message: Posted by: warren (Jan 26, 2007 03:47PM)
Easy to do impromptu card magic by Aldo Colombini.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Jan 26, 2007 07:31PM)
Any volume (or all volumes) of Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks series.
Message: Posted by: MagicT (Jan 26, 2007 09:54PM)
All the Marlo books.
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Jan 27, 2007 12:43AM)
On 2007-01-26 22:54, MagicT wrote:
All the Marlo books.

I don't think I would include these with any "self working" card effect books...
Message: Posted by: the fritz (Jan 28, 2007 09:57PM)
Right on, Magic T. Marlo's stuff is definitely child's play (said with tongue planted firmly in cheek). I second the Fulves "Self-Working" series and Card College Light.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Jan 29, 2007 07:44AM)
Yep...all great suggestions.

If you get the books mentioned above (except by Marlo (must really be a card worker for his stuff)), you'll have a nice section to your magic library and loads of effects to work with and study.

Have fun gathering your books and entertaining your family and friends. After all, to me, that's what magic is all about. FUN.

Mark. :)
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Jan 29, 2007 07:08PM)
Funny that no one has mentioned two of the classics:
"The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks" - Hugard
"Scarne on Card Tricks" - Scarne
Both are available in paperback, easy to find and yet contain some of the best self working card magic found anywhere.

PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: airship (Jan 30, 2007 10:47AM)
Paul, you must be tired. I've got them both in my list, way up there. :)
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Jan 30, 2007 06:18PM)
I wish these books had some kind of easy/hard-to-read rating system. I have Roberto Giobbi's card college light and it is very easy to read and understand what he is trying to teach. Also have Expert Card Technique: Close-up table magic by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue, this book is hard to read and I rather put it back on the shelf to read something else.

Card College = Very easy to read
Expert Card Technique = Very hard to read

For many people it might not matter what book they are reading, but I am on a tight budget and only want to focus on easy-to-read books.

Many thanks
Message: Posted by: DStachowiak (Jan 31, 2007 08:24AM)
I have seen this criticism of a lot of Jean Hugard's books. Although I don't agree with it personally, I am beginning to get the sense that there's something in his style that makes his books off-putting to a lot of people.
I can only say that if you can get used to his style, there's gold in them there hills.
RRTCM, ECT, and the "Card Manipulations" and "More Card Manipulations", as well as "Greater Magic" (which Hugard completed after the death of J N Hilliard) are chock full of great stuff.
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Jan 31, 2007 09:36AM)
Thanks DStachowiak for the positive input on Jean Hugard books. After reading your message I went and picked up the book and started reading one of the tricks and got the message, but it was not easy. One thing I noticed about the book is that it is Jammed pack with information, a gold mine of tricks that I need to start paying attention. Lots of words and very few photos, that makes for tedious reading. Some of the words require me to look up in a dictionary, for example the word "Fulcrum." I have two dictionaries next to me just in case.

I think I have become used to reading easy-to-read books such as Card College series that I expect all books to be easy. That means I am gonna have to force myself to pick up books such as Jean Hugard's.

The real bad news is that there is so much information out there that I start to feel that there is less time available to learn and then apply the tricks. We live in a society where we want things done quickly, so is this a good thing or a bad thing. I guess it all depends.

Right now I need to "Shut-up" and start reading.

Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Jan 31, 2007 09:46AM)
Just want to add one more thing.

Just from reading what everyone is saying here in this form. I am tempted to just go out and buy as many books as possible, just in case they ever go out of print. I can see that many of you already have a big library of Magic books.

If I do build my Magic library books, will I ever read them? Taking the time to read them will only decrease the time to go out and perform them. Also have a lot of catching up to do, I see many of you have extensive knowlegde on card tricks alone.

Right now I am going on line to order some books.

Time to spend money
Message: Posted by: seraph127 (Jan 31, 2007 10:43AM)
I love buying books.

Once in a great while, I like to read them.

Seriously, there's so much interesting literature that it's hardly feasible to devote a single, big block of time to reading, so you may wind up skimming for stuff that immediately grabs your attention, then going back at some later time to have a closer look at what you've got.

I'll second DStachowiak's sentiments on Hugard. ECT in particular will well reward your efforts.

Have fun!
Message: Posted by: Juble (Feb 1, 2007 04:23PM)
There's also some great easy effects in the "Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields". This is an absolutely fantastic book, with some hard-hitting effects from people like Bob Sheets and Paul Cummins, in addition to Fields' contributions - get it while you can!

Message: Posted by: airship (Feb 2, 2007 12:15PM)
On my 'to buy' list is 'Card College Light' by Roberto Giobbi, which is supposed to be all self-workers. While I'd love to own the whole 'Card College' series (and will if I ever hit the lottery), I suspect 'Card College Light' will better meet my needs.
Message: Posted by: Rennie (Feb 2, 2007 05:52PM)
The Card Magic of Nick Trost is the best card book, trust me..
Message: Posted by: Larry Davidson (Feb 2, 2007 06:07PM)
I second Rennie's recommendation.
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (Feb 2, 2007 11:41PM)
The Magic World of Stewart Judah has some "almost" self-working stuff.

The Marlo suggestion whether made tongue in cheek or not actually contains a nugget of truth. Most every Marlo book I have contains some self-working or nearly self-working material; you just have to find it. The Unexpected Card Book actually begins as I recall with a section (Marlo was being sarcastic himself) containing tricks that take no skill so Magicians could give their "all" to "presentation." (I don't think he thought their "all" was very much.) Anyway a lot of easy stuff in the Marlo books.
Message: Posted by: Mick Ayres (Feb 23, 2007 07:36PM)
In addition to the seven volumes in Steve Beam's SACT series, you really just need two other books...and they are both by Lewis Jones.

First, locate and purchase SEVENTH HEAVEN for the incredible magic and mentalism. Second, get Lewis's book ENCYCLOPEDIA OF IMPROMPTU CARD FORCES for the foundational material you'll need to create your own self-working effects in the future.

Trust me on this.

Message: Posted by: Pavloter (Feb 24, 2007 04:02AM)
Further Impuzzibilities - Jim Steinmeyer
Message: Posted by: Chris (Mar 1, 2007 06:18PM)
Giobbi's Card College Light http://www.lybrary.com/card-college-light-p-452.html is now also available as ebook for $26 - an immediate PDF download.

As a reminder you can also get this on paper for $35 plus s&h either directly from Hermetic Press or from your preferred dealer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roberto Giobbi and Stephen Minch publicly for their forward thinking attitude to make this joint production possible. I am proud to be able to work with Roberto and Stephen to provide you with a variety of options to enjoy this fantastic material.

This is one of the few books I really really love. I read the original German edition in the late 80s when it first appeared and have ever since referred back to it. The important part with this ebook is that Roberto not just teaches you a number of the best self-working or sleightless card tricks, but he teaches you presentation, routining and a number of other important points and subtleties to make these effects absolute miracles.

Although I am not such a bad card handler myself I have time and time again fooled the pants off of my spectators and even magic friends with some of the most clever self-working tricks. For a performer these tricks are even more valuable than a knuckle buster because you can put so much more work into the presentation, timing, script, spectator handling etc., than if you have to master a sequence of difficult moves. Some consider this a beginners ebook. I consider this one of the most advanced works on card magic, because the cleverness in the tricks and presentation is at least on par with a riffle-pass or a centre deal. Of course, it is material that is also suitable for a beginner, but I think it needs an old and advanced hand to appreciate these effects and get the most out of it.

On my website you can read the full list of effects with effect description.

Message: Posted by: Hansen (Mar 28, 2007 05:12AM)
Simon Aronson has some brilliant self-working effects. Check out his wonderful DVD series as a starting point, then venture forward to his fantastic books!

Yes, I'm a big fan of Simon Aronson!!

Message: Posted by: Feral Chorus (Mar 29, 2007 12:00PM)
A couple of books not yet mentioned with a good percentage of self-workers are Annemann's Card Magic and Garcia and Schindler's Magic with Cards. One rarely sees the Annemann book mentioned on the MC and it is an overlooked classic in my estimation.

Message: Posted by: airship (Apr 14, 2007 07:17PM)
I did end up buying Giobbi's 'Card College Light' and I've got to say it's a must-have. His routining and presentation are flawless.

My favorite self-working trick used to be 'Gemini Twins'. After reading this book it's now 'T.N.T.' followed by 'Intuition'. You wouldn't believe the reactions I get!
Message: Posted by: EricClark (May 14, 2007 07:27PM)
Aldo Colombini has (had?) a booklet out called "Impromptu Card Magic". I haven't read it myself, but if it has the same caliber of trick that his DVD series ("Impromptu Card Magic" - 3 dvd set) has, it is very good.

I've seen the booklet for sale at magic conventions, but had a hard time finding a lot of online stores that carried it (I saw tannens.com had it).
Message: Posted by: the fritz (May 14, 2007 10:02PM)
Feral Chorus,

I'll have to check my Annemann's Card Magic again because I don't remember there being a lot of self-working stuff in it. Thanks for that suggestion.
Message: Posted by: MagiClyde (May 17, 2007 02:08AM)
EricClark, thanks for the information. I've been looking for that Colombini book ever since I bought his [i]Simply Impromp2[/i] book, which also contains quite a few gems. In fact, it has become my "bible" for picking up some really great card tricks.
Message: Posted by: closeupcardician (Jun 5, 2007 11:49PM)
Aldo Colombini's Self-working Books. Both of them. Great magic from great minds.
Message: Posted by: motown (Jun 18, 2007 08:37AM)
"What's Up Deck" by Aldo Colombini has a lot of material.
Message: Posted by: Bob_Hummer (Jun 22, 2007 12:50PM)
I would reccomend the 'Collected Tricks of Bob Hummer' by Karl Fulves (which is quite hard to get hold of). I would also reccomend 'Charles Jordan's Best Card Tricks' also by Karl Fulves. This is published by Dover books and, happily, it is quite easy to get hold of...
Message: Posted by: jbk2006 (Jul 6, 2007 04:32PM)
Isn't there a book out by max maven(phil goldstein) on just packet tricks/selfworking tricks? I believe it was called "focus". I go through my books with the correct title unless someone beats me to it.
Message: Posted by: closeupcardician (Jul 26, 2007 02:20PM)
Yes, FOCUS is the correct title. This is a wonderful book. However, I don't recall it having particularly self-working tricks in it. Better know your packet sleights!
Message: Posted by: trickytrav (Feb 18, 2008 03:19PM)
Any books by Aldo Colombini,Peter Duffie and the Anneman Card book is full of self-workers.
Message: Posted by: alondon (Feb 21, 2008 05:40PM)
Karl Fulves self working books have some stong and easy magic
Message: Posted by: sean_mh (Feb 22, 2008 07:40AM)
Also check out [i]Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks[/i] and [i]Charles Jordan's Best Card Tricks[/i] (as compiled and edited by Karl Fulves).

Message: Posted by: Danny Borneo (Feb 24, 2008 06:16PM)
I second the recommendations for Card College Light, it's an amazing book that I find myself going back to often.
Message: Posted by: Bande (Feb 25, 2008 08:15AM)
I third the recommendation. Just for the first two tricks alone -- not only great but the way they flow together makes an absolute amateur like me look very polished.
Message: Posted by: J.Warrens (Jul 24, 2008 09:15AM)
I don't seem to see these anywhere in here: Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic card tricks (all volumes).
Also, you really can't go wrong with any of Simon Aronson's books either.

Message: Posted by: EdgarWilde (Nov 9, 2008 05:50PM)
"Verbal Magic" by Navarro & Tamariz recently published by Hermetic Press should be added to the list as well as the soon to be published "Card College Lighter"
Message: Posted by: rowdymagi5 (Nov 10, 2008 07:53AM)
Verbal Magic is a good book. Some real foolers in there!
Message: Posted by: mellanp (Nov 14, 2008 09:36PM)
One of my favorite books is George Schindler's Magic with Cards book. It is full of easy-to-do card effects.
Message: Posted by: drd00m (Sep 19, 2011 02:52PM)
"Cartomagia Semiautomatica" by Dani Daortiz, but it's in spanish.
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Sep 19, 2011 05:04PM)
And through all of this not ONE mention of Stewart James!

Message: Posted by: magicfish (Sep 19, 2011 06:14PM)
On 2011-09-19 18:04, Vlad_77 wrote:
And through all of this not ONE mention of Stewart James!

...nor Rufus Steele... shhhhhh
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Sep 19, 2011 07:37PM)
On 2011-09-19 19:14, magicfish wrote:
On 2011-09-19 18:04, Vlad_77 wrote:
And through all of this not ONE mention of Stewart James!

...nor Rufus Steele... shhhhhh

LOL mum's da woid my friend!!
Message: Posted by: Julie (Sep 19, 2011 11:47PM)
On 2007-02-24 05:02, Pavloter wrote:
Further Impuzzibilities - Jim Steinmeyer

...and now we can add SUBSEQUENT IMPUZZIBILITIES for even more super really self-working card tricks!

Message: Posted by: panlives (Sep 20, 2011 05:54AM)
There are some strong self-workers in Woody Aragon's new book, "A Book in English."

It is being discussed here:

Message: Posted by: panlives (Sep 20, 2011 05:58AM)
One for the near future: “Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas that Animate Great Magic Tricks,” by Persi Diaconis & Ron Graham.

The amazon product description:

<<Magical Mathematics reveals the secrets of amazing, fun-to-perform card tricks--and the profound mathematical ideas behind them--that will astound even the most accomplished magician. Persi Diaconis and Ron Graham provide easy, step-by-step instructions for each trick, explaining how to set up the effect and offering tips on what to say and do while performing it. Each card trick introduces a new mathematical idea, and varying the tricks in turn takes readers to the very threshold of today's mathematical knowledge. For example, the Gilbreath Principle--a fantastic effect where the cards remain in control despite being shuffled--is found to share an intimate connection with the Mandelbrot set. Other card tricks link to the mathematical secrets of combinatorics, graph theory, number theory, topology, the Riemann hypothesis, and even Fermat's last theorem.

Diaconis and Graham are mathematicians as well as skilled performers with decades of professional experience between them. In this book they share a wealth of conjuring lore, including some closely guarded secrets of legendary magicians. Magical Mathematics covers the mathematics of juggling and shows how the I Ching connects to the history of probability and magic tricks both old and new. It tells the stories--and reveals the best tricks--of the eccentric and brilliant inventors of mathematical magic. Magical Mathematics exposes old gambling secrets through the mathematics of shuffling cards, explains the classic street-gambling scam of three-card monte, traces the history of mathematical magic back to the thirteenth century and the oldest mathematical trick--and much more.>>

Available on October 23, 2011 !!!
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Oct 3, 2011 09:12AM)
Don't forget Paul Clive's excellent Card Tricks Without Skill.
Message: Posted by: Nikodemus Siivola (Oct 6, 2011 10:15AM)
Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, parts 1-N.
Message: Posted by: rjthomp (Nov 4, 2011 04:39PM)
QUite a few amazing self-workers in Bannon's Dear Mr. Fantasy...

Message: Posted by: rjthomp (Nov 4, 2011 04:39PM)
QUite a few amazing self-workers in Bannon's Dear Mr. Fantasy...

Message: Posted by: apple123 (Dec 15, 2011 04:59AM)
Bob Longe is another name to add to the list.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Dec 29, 2011 07:01AM)
Card Magic by Bill Okal.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Dec 29, 2011 07:27PM)
Tours de Carts Automatique- Richard Vollmer
Message: Posted by: jmvives (Jan 2, 2012 10:34AM)
A Book in English by Woody Aragon is absolutely amazing. I strongly recommend it to you.

Message: Posted by: squando (May 31, 2012 05:17AM)
I agree that the Woody Aragon book is a delight. There are two no/low sleight tricks that I have incorporated immediately.
Message: Posted by: panlives (May 31, 2012 05:52AM)
On 2011-09-19 15:52, drd00m wrote:
"Cartomagia Semiautomatica" by Dani Daortiz, but it's in spanish.

This is now available in English, from Tannen's:

Message: Posted by: magojose| (Oct 25, 2015 08:23AM)
No one remenber the lot of Vernon semiautomatic gems hidden among his (Ganson, Cervon) books.
Message: Posted by: Terrible Wizard (Oct 30, 2015 11:38AM)
If you like DVDs then there's the big blind media collection of ultimate self workers, and awesoem self workers, and Ryan schluz's two DVDs. I've got a couple from that lot and they are quite good.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Nov 18, 2015 12:47PM)
My new book will contain mostly automatic or semi-automatic material, well within the reach of anyone with basic card handling skills.
Message: Posted by: RSchlutz (Nov 18, 2015 02:26PM)
I been lucky to get a sneak preview of some of the items going into Ben's new book. Absolute killers... Conditions so fair it makes you laugh.

Message: Posted by: LoveKey1988 (Nov 25, 2015 05:43AM)
[quote]On Nov 18, 2015, Ben Blau wrote:
My new book will contain mostly automatic or semi-automatic material, well within the reach of anyone with basic card handling skills. [/quote]

When is this book going to be released?
Message: Posted by: stickmondoo (Jan 17, 2016 09:29AM)
Just finished my first run through of the two new Semi-Automatic card tricks by Steve Beam. They are brilliant. Lots and lots of new principles in both volumes 9 and 10 and some great updates of old effects too. There is a wonderful chapter on completely impossible locations. I love stuff like that. Also a great little three card monte that works in super slow motion. The best thing about them though is the humour and amazing presentations for nearly all of the routines. A bucket load of great self working card magic.
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Jan 17, 2016 03:40PM)
[quote]On Nov 18, 2015, RSchlutz wrote:
I been lucky to get a sneak preview of some of the items going into Ben's new book. Absolute killers... Conditions so fair it makes you laugh.

Ryan [/quote]

Thank you, Ryan. I feel the same way about your work, my friend!
Message: Posted by: Ben Blau (Jan 17, 2016 03:42PM)
[quote]On Nov 25, 2015, LoveKey1988 wrote:
[quote]On Nov 18, 2015, Ben Blau wrote:
My new book will contain mostly automatic or semi-automatic material, well within the reach of anyone with basic card handling skills. [/quote]

When is this book going to be released? [/quote]

All I can say for sure is that it will be sometime in 2016. It's a big book, most likely at least 300 pages of material. I'll try to keep everyone posted when it's closer to being finished.
Message: Posted by: ferryascanio (May 9, 2016 04:02AM)
The card magic of nick trost and scarne on card tricks