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Alex W.
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I just bought this book, hoping to start card slight of hand. I don't really like it. I'm just looking for other people's opinions of it.
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Carrot:
If you're just now seeking to start learning slight of hand, you've bought a book that's beyond you, at least for right now. It's a classic text, but you really need something more elementary, IMHO.

I'd recommend a couple of books like Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book," or Card College #1 from Roberto Giobbi. Both books start you at the beginning.

Best of luck.
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I would like to add two more to Steve'a list.
1. Now You See It Now You Don't by Bill Tar
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2. Mark Wilson'a Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson.

Harry Lorayne's book "The Magic Book" has one of my favorite tricks in it. It is called "Prediction". I ve modified it, but it is the basis for it.

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This book is indeed a classic. It's a very dry read however and is not the place where you should start your learning. It's called EXPERT card technique for a reason. The suggestions given above are great, but I'll throw in Harry Lorayne's Close-up Card Magic as a recommendation.

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Yeah, I went into the shop hoping to buy Royal Road to Card Magic, but the person there told me that Royal Road isn't for beginners, but Expert Card Technique is Smile. I guess she got them backwards.
Russ
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carrot,
I sometimes wonder if some dealers just sell what they have on hand. In fact I had one dealer sell me "Kabbala". There was very little in that book that I could do at that time. It may be a good book, but it isn't what I would call a beginner book.

Expert Card Technique is a good book and you will eventually utillize the material. So all is not lost.

If you are just starting out I would recomend going to your public library and checkout a magic book. Our library has "The Magic Book" by Harry Lorayne among others. And it doesn't cost anything. Just a little time.

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I agree with the previous posts. Harry Lorayne's "The Magic Book" is an excellent introduction to card magic and magic (without props) in general. He teaches very few sleights in enormous detail: it's almost impossible not to master them with Harry's instructions.
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On 2002-10-20 22:51, Russ wrote:
I sometimes wonder if some dealers just sell what they have on hand.


I don't think this was the case, since they had Royal Road also, and it was more expensive. Oh well.
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If you want the basics, check out ps.superb.com/cardtric and look in the slieghts index. The basic slieghts you'll need to know are the glide, double lift and POSSIBLY a palm. once you get those out of the way, try learning the different types of shuffles and cuts. from there, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Dancing carrot,
you are not the only one. Bought Erdnase when I was starting out only to find it way beyond my abilities. To add to Tropical Penguin's post, the following online resources might be helpful:
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http://www.cardflourishes.com
http://www.members.rogers.com/knucklebusters/frames.htm

Save the low morales for another day and have fun with the
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thanks y'all
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Eugene Burger said that all one needs is to know how to force a card, control it to the to and be able to palm it off.

Harry Lorayne said all one needs to know is a good control and a double lift to perform miracles. He may have include a palm to. It's been many years since I ve read "The Magic Book".

I am sure these two are capable of more. But there point was that you don't have to know every control to do good magic.

Russ
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The Royal Road or Card College are both good sets. I began with Royal Road, and I really enjoyed it.

Try Amazon or B&N for Royal Road.
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I'll chime in and agree that ECT might be a little out of your leage early on (well at least some of it anyway).

but don't discard it, check out Royal Road and Card College and then give it another look. It'll be worth it.
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I have Card College #1 and am a beginner.

It's a great book to start with. I'm now on the look out for #2 at my local used book store.

Are there any videos out there that can show me what all the sleights that I've learned in Card College should look like?
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Apprentice, try http://www.magicvideodepot.com for some help, or the Daryl Encyclopedia DVD set(not cheap)
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Apprentice, Daryl's Encyclopedia of Card Sleights will show you more sleights than you will ever need. The only drawback is that the series is 8 volumes. If that is too much money to spend all at once, then get them one at a time. It's the best video reference for sleights that I know of.
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