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Jeff
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I'm just throwing this question out to take a poll but I've been thinking about this for awhile.

Would there be any interest in a book devoted to effects solely using the Si Stebbins stack and do you have a effect or routine using this stack you would like published?

LMK what your thoughts are.

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Dave Egleston
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There is a book devoted exclusively to Si Stebbins
It's called Si Stebbins Card Tricks And The Way He Performs Them, published in 1898
There are thirteen tricks in it and a short history of Si Stebbins, also known as the Rube.
It's a great little book. With the introduction, Mr Stebbins extols the virtue of Bicycle playing cards. He emphasizes the statement, "That this is the best card trick book ever published, Bar None"

and

"My reason for writing this book is the money I expect to obtain from it's sale."

After the statements made by Si, how could you possibly have the nerve to try to follow up???

Seriously, I love this little book by and about Si Stebbins. I'm very lucky to have it in my collection.

Dave
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Check-out some of the Dover books by Jean Hugard. There's some great stuff there.

Gene Anderson self-publishes his routine. It's the best stacked deck routine I've seen!
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I think Learned Pig have a Si Stebbins book.
Jewls
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Published in 1898....can you still buy it today?
I have just started playing with Si Stebbin's card stack... I have also seen Gene Anderson's wonderful routine with the stack.
I want something unique though as we belong to the same magic ring and live in the same town.
I also want to have a comedic approach.
Vinnie Anderson
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I like the Si Stebbins setup and wish there were more tricks utilized. There are a few good ones in encyclopedia, and some others, but I'd like a book on the Si Stebbins setup.

vinnie
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Faroshuffle
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Am I to understand that the original Stebbins book is in the Dover line? Smile
Koenraad
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I'm interested in the book called Si Stebbins Card Tricks And The Way He Performs Them, first published in 1898. Since the copyright of the book is long time expired, I wonder if there is a PDF of the booklet available some where?

-Koenraad
Roger Kelly
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Trickshop have an immediately downloadable pdf format 'booklet' on Si Stebbins at an amazing prce of $3.95. It's here:

http://trickshop.com/stebbins.html
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I'm very interested in this myself. It would be really good if it includes principles behind the methods, like the math in Si Stebbens, the faros done ... etc. To make the student develop an understanding of the stack and its special features.

Of course, a bit a history is always great too!

~ Feras
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Casey Magic
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I have 10 words for you, that you will not regret.

Steve Beam
Steve Beam
Steve Beam
Steve Beam
Steeeeeeeve Beeeeeeeeam

The man is amazing with this stack and he has volumes of effects published using it, from Mentalism to very impossible card locations. You'd be hard pressed to find better and more current material than his.
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I'd like to second Casey's recommendation.

For example, see Stebbin Out by Allan Slaight and Steve Beam in Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, Volume 3. Simple, diabolical, and magical.
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Yea, I'm going to go with Casey on this one. I've been beaten over the head with some of Steve's routines and they're phenomenal. Much worth looking up.
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Andru:
Wow...thanks for the reference to the pamphlet. If my avatar is still up, you'll recognize the picture immediately! Amazing how much stuff you can learn from stuff that's 100 years old.
Cheers,
Steve

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I have a reprint of another early edition of this booklet.
Here is the cover
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r124/......over.jpg
and title page
http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r124/......0001.jpg
It contains the same tricks, in a slightly different order, it has no photo illustrations, just line drawings. It also contains a section of Si Stebbins anecdotes.
Woke up.
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Koenraad
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Thank you Roger and Luvisi for the information!

-Koenraad
Mick Ayres
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Quote:
On 2008-05-30 10:14, BarryFernelius wrote:
I'd like to second Casey's recommendation.

For example, see Stebbin Out by Allan Slaight and Steve Beam in Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, Volume 3. Simple, diabolical, and magical.



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Yes, I am a big fan of Si Stebbins method and a book devoted to it, if done up right, can be a big winner. I also agree that Steve Beam's books, especially his Semi-Automatic Card Tricks are outstanding.
I have not run across a book that is just Si Stebbins...go for it. And yes, do incluse some history.
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I am looking at my last post (typo and all), over two half years ago, when I responded positively to a potential Si Stebbins book.
Since then,I see not more info on the subject , at least not here at the Café. Too bad.
Seems like on Any card any number and OOTW are now on the market. A Si Stebbins one would sell I think.
If anybody has more info about an existing book on the topic, please PM me.
Thanks,
Dano
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