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Topic: Review: Card Fictions
Message: Posted by: Peo Olsson (Nov 15, 2003 04:23PM)
Card Fictions: Seven performance pices with an ordinary deck. Written and conceived by Pit Hartling.

Price: $35.00
Author: Pit Hartling
Illustrator: Photographs by Michelle Spillner
Publisher: ??
Pages: 94 pp
Published: 2003
Difficulty: Medium - Advanced

The Author - At the age of seventeen, Pit won second prize in the category of cardmagic at FISM in Tokio. Since then he has become a member of the legendary Spanish, "Escuela Magica de Madrid" and lecturing and performing all over Europe (in Sweden october 2002), the US, Japan and Australia. Together with nine of his best friends, he forms the German magic and comedy team known as "The Flicking Fingers" where he performes under the alias Heinz. Pit Hartling makes a happy living from magic at his home in Frankfurt/Germany.

Only one finger is used for one of the coolest demonstrations of precision and skill with a deck of cards. Easy to perform with any deck, anywhere, anytime. Finger Flicker may easily become a modern classic.

A lesson in routining: Complete face-up/face-down chaos magically returns to order. While not easy to perform, Master Of The Mess is one of the most emotionally convincing and memorable handlings of "Triumph" to date.

Method And Style And The Performing Mode
This essay describes a psychological strategy that allows you to do all sorts of secret, method-related business quite openly without the need for directing attention elsewhere. Your spectators will see what you are doing, but, done correctly, crucial actions will be edited out by the spectator's perception making their memory of your performance "impossible".

This unusual phenomenon of feeling colours through a table has never faild to fascinate everybody who has seen it. Color Sense effectively replaces sleight-of-hand with memory work and psychology to achieve a seemingly impossible effect.

Providing what many consider the perfect climax to Paul Harris' wonderful "Reflex", High Noon is a real reputation maker. Done in the right situation, this is the pice they will remember for years to come.

From a shuffled deck, the performer stacks four perfect poker hands in less than ten seconds. Solid dramatic structure and simplicity of plot makes Cincinnati Pit one of the most powerful demonstrations of card control for the professional performer.

Inducing Challenges
This essay tries to indentify some of the mechanisms that causes challenges. It allows you not only to avoid beign challenged, but more importantly to induce challenges you are well prepared to meet. Spectators spontaneous challenges can lead to some of the strongest moments possible in the performance of Close-up magic. This essay shows how this can be made to work for you.

The most impossible pice in the book. Three selected cards are found at three named positions under impossible conditions. The performer never touches the deck after the numbers are named, the spectators can change their numbers up to the last moment. Triple Countdown can be performed with a borrowed shuffled deck.

A true performance piece in three phases. Demonstrating the amazing effect a certain drink has on the performers memory, he instantly and repeatedly recalls the order of a thoroughly shuffled deck. The playful presentation and dramatic structure truly makes this routine "unforgettable"
Message: Posted by: Stefan S. (Nov 16, 2003 07:57AM)

you could have simply posted the link to the site!????


Greetings Frankfurt Germany,

Message: Posted by: Nir Dahan (Nov 16, 2003 10:57AM)
Each day I wish that less people get to know this wondeful book.
I have told it personally to Pit in an email. this is one of the finest publications around.
Pit has a way of screening for you the real powerful stuff and serve it on a hot plate.
I don't like doing card tricks anymore, but after reading this book I had to do some of the ones described again.

moreover, this is not your average self publication book - i.e. comb binding with photocopied pages. this is a beautiful publication on glossy high quality paper with a hard back.
I just wish more books will be published like this, in contents and appearance.

nuff said...


I guess I should add, that I am not a friend of Pit or biased in any way. the only common thing we have is that we both live in Germany (I am originally from Israel)
I felt the need to say this, as many "reviews" on the Café are very biased and are usually done by either the author himself, a friend of the author or the magic shop/dealer that sells them...

Message: Posted by: Stefan S. (Nov 17, 2003 06:34AM)
Hi Nir,

have we ever met?? I on the other hand am a realy close friend of Pit!

So mayby we did meet somewhere!

Just curious

Message: Posted by: Nir Dahan (Nov 17, 2003 02:25PM)
I never met pit as well...
do you know what went through his mind that he decided to publish this book???
he is crazy... some things are too powerful to publish - and for that price... man...
Message: Posted by: Stefan S. (Nov 18, 2003 05:40PM)
Hi Nir,

well Pit is a really generous person and there is still enough left in his arsenal to blow you away :)

Some of the stuff is really old like unforgetable which went through many changes, others like master of the mess is realytivly new! Finger Flicker was acktually something Pit showed me like around '94 but then it was just the first phase! The last two phases just came in the last 6 month! :)


Message: Posted by: david_a_whitehead (Jan 5, 2004 12:58PM)
How many of his 7 tricks require a faro?
Message: Posted by: DaveS (Jan 5, 2004 05:20PM)
Thanks for the info about Pit's book. Since this is posted as a "review," what are your views about its contents and format? :thanx:
Message: Posted by: Stefan S. (Jan 5, 2004 06:19PM)
Hi David,

actually just two of the routines require a faro ( well that's not really true since these routines require more the one! :))


Message: Posted by: david_a_whitehead (Jan 5, 2004 06:45PM)
Tis ok. I ordered the book today from H&R magic books. I'm looking forward to its arrival!
Message: Posted by: Jeff (Jan 6, 2004 07:55AM)
Hands down, the best card book of 2003!!!

Color Sense is Brilliant...

Message: Posted by: LeConte (Jan 6, 2004 07:25PM)
I'm getting this very soon also. I can't wait. :nod:
Message: Posted by: discjockey (Mar 20, 2005 03:35PM)
Faro shuffles, like perfect faros, because I cant do them.
Message: Posted by: Ctgalex (Mar 21, 2005 11:43PM)
Pit is a great performer. I ordered his book as soon as I knew it was going to come out. The ideas are clever, the tricks are great, the two essays are valuable, the printing is in high quality, the cover looks really cool, the credits are in details....... what else you want?
Message: Posted by: KevinKM99 (Mar 22, 2005 01:57PM)
Any word on whether Pit will ever release his "Ultimate Coincidence" effect? My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw it in The Little Green Lecture.
Message: Posted by: Close.Up.Dave (Mar 22, 2005 05:18PM)
On 2005-03-22 14:57, KevinKM99 wrote:
Any word on whether Pit will ever release his "Ultimate Coincidence" effect? My jaw dropped to the ground when I saw it in The Little Green Lecture.

Actually if you read Mnemonica you can get a rough idea of how it's done. I have part of it figured out but I am still fooled by most of it. This is the type of trick that I want figure out but would be disappointed if I ever really did figure it out. It fools me every time I watch it.
Message: Posted by: discjockey (Apr 3, 2005 12:43PM)
What is the ultimate coincidence?
Message: Posted by: joeKing (Apr 3, 2005 07:35PM)
An amazing 3 card revelation!! Bold and magicial!
Message: Posted by: Stefan S. (Apr 4, 2005 06:45AM)
Hi guys,

and by now it is new and improved! :)

Pit laid of the effect for a while but recently we had some real clever ideas and Pit just started to perform it again! I doubt he will release it, at least for a while!

Greetings from Frankfurt

Message: Posted by: Elias P (Apr 5, 2005 08:41AM)
Ok you've convinced me, I've only heard great things about this book. I'm getting it.
Message: Posted by: ImpromptuBoy (Apr 6, 2005 09:33PM)
Thanks for the review.
Message: Posted by: Nick23 (Apr 8, 2005 11:28AM)
Slightly off topic. Im seeing Pit perform in the close-up shows soon at a magic convention. I just wondered if anyone knows what he does? Is it anything from the book?
Message: Posted by: Stefan S. (Apr 9, 2005 04:09AM)
Hi There, where are you going to see him!? England, Isreal?

And yes he might do one or two routines from the book! If it is a formal show if you catch him in a session you never know what he is goint to pull from his sleeve!? :)


Message: Posted by: Nick23 (Apr 9, 2005 11:23AM)
Its at the Weston-Super-Mare Magic convention in Bristol - UK on May 8th. He is performing in the formal close-up shows.
Message: Posted by: Cesar Munoz (Aug 17, 2007 12:25AM)
Great book--can anyone confirm that photo number 3 on page 45 is upside down?
Message: Posted by: Mints (Aug 25, 2007 12:57AM)
Do any of the 7 tricks need a pass?