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I've soaked up pretty much all of the information that I possibly could from The Royal Road to Card Magic and Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic for card magic... my question is what book(s) should I move onto next, in the Café's opinion, to further my abilities? In other words, what would be a good step to learn more card handling skills? Thanks in advance.

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It's hard to beat the above three recommendations, so I second them. I would add that, if you're feeling flush (i.e. with cash) and want to learn some devastating material, get Paul Harris's 3-volume "Art of Astonishment" series, too.
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I depends on what your goal is. Do you want to learn tricks or moves?
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On 2005-09-28 11:18, Xiero wrote:
In other words, what would be a good step to learn more card handling skills?

As you mentioned 'Card Handling Skills', I would like to recommend you to watch performances of excellent cardicians. In the books, you can't see any good handling. You only can read good ways of doing them.

To me, Lee Asher is the most beautiful handler of a deck of cards. His handling is very smooth. I believe you can witness how Card Magic can be beautiful.

Of course, Mike Skinner was No.1 in card handling before he left us.

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All good recommendations. But is seems like you are a SERIOUS student, if you've really worked through both books, so I'd have to say that you are an ideal student for the Card Collage series volumes 1 though 4. Volume 5 is great but, in my opinion, optional as an educational tool (I do own and enjoy it!)

Giobbi has done an amazing job creating an almost complete course for serious cardd workers. I've been doing hard core sleight of hand with cards and coins for almost a quarter of a century and I found them a valuable resource and even learned a few new touches and moves.

I say "almost" complete because Giobbi's criteria for inclusion in the series is that every single item be something he actually uses in his professional work. So there are a few "classic" things missing, like "Out Of This World".

Buy the books, one at a time so you don't get tempted to skip around, and study them in order, and by the time you are done you'll know more about card magic (and probably be a better magician) than 90% of the guys you'll meet.
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It's worthwhile to learn Lee Asher's Diving Board DL to add to your arsenal.
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I would suggest Buckley's "Card Control".
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On 2005-09-28 21:08, Hideo Kato wrote:
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On 2005-09-28 11:18, Xiero wrote:
In other words, what would be a good step to learn more card handling skills?

As you mentioned 'Card Handling Skills', I would like to recommend you to watch performances of excellent cardicians. In the books, you can't see any good handling. You only can read good ways of doing them.

To me, Lee Asher is the most beautiful handler of a deck of cards. His handling is very smooth. I believe you can witness how Card Magic can be beautiful.

Of course, Mike Skinner was No.1 in card handling before he left us.

Hideo Kato
I definitely have to agree with Hideosan but balance your visual enlightenment with good old book knowledge and watch out because too much video watching can produce clones if you catch my drift. Don't lose your identity and sense of style by aping or copying others. Balance is the key. Be yourself. I myself have the Giobbi series I-V and I highly recommend it if you can afford it. There is a wealth of information in those books and the effects are top notch. It is a great reference encyclopedia that you'll always be referring to no matter where you are in your quest of knowledge of card magic! Good luck! Smile

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On 2005-09-28 21:24, wsduncan wrote:
All good recommendations. But is seems like you are a SERIOUS student, if you've really worked through both books, so I'd have to say that you are an ideal student for the Card Collage series volumes 1 though 4.


Thanks for all of the great ideas, everyone. I was checking out quite a few of those resources and didn't know what would be the best to move on to. I definitely am a serious student, wsduncan, thanks for noticing. I've always had a passion for magic, just didn't have the resources to get into it. I appreciate all of your help, everyone, and know what I need to study next.

Eric
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