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the sean
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Hello everyone I am about to buy a book on card magic but I'm not sure which one to buy

see I have read Jean Hugards card manipulation 1,2,3,4 and 5 but I find they are not written very well and I have a hard time following the instructions, I like doing close up magic and apearing and disapearing cards.
here is a list of the card magic I allready know

the ambitius card
Pulling a card from air
Card warp
Card thru window
Selected card ends up inside a lemon
A spec. cuts the deck into four piles the top card on each pile are found to be the four aces.
8 card brain wave
card on ceiling
3 color monte (with 3 card from a normal deck)
the snap change
doc dailys last trick
card in spectaores pocket
the tent vanish
throw vanish
tenkai palm
back palm classic palm
thumb palm
spin change
snap change
and quite a few more

now I need to know of a good book with detailed instructions and a lot of tricks and sleights to learn

also I guess this doesn't have to be a book it could be a video or dvd
I was thinking maybe one of the card college books but which one? and also are they written very well?

please help me with this one guys
thanks for all the responses
Regards: Sean

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Do a search. Good luck.

Luis Sirgado
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Sean there´s a lot of good books on cards, here are some:

1-Royal road to card magic(beginner)

2- card college( all the set)

3-Revolutionary Card Technique by Ed Marlo

4-Expert Card Technique by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue

this are some of my suggestions

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Reasonably priced and a classic is Harry Lorayne's "Close-Up Card Magic."

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You should get the Card College series. While Royal Road and Expert Card Technique were good in their time, there are a lot of commonly used moves and sleights that were invented since then that are in the Card College books. If you have any intention of getting Card College (and you should) then don't bother with Royal Road and ECT. Once you have a good arsenal of sleights and moves you can start making up your own tricks and handlings.
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Looks like you do more card effects than I know, yet I can do a good solid 20-minute act. Smile
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I agree. You have enough knowledge of cards to do a close-up show for two houres. But do you want that? When I come into magic I did for 90% cards. Now I know that cards are not the only things I can do magic with. And I love to do magic with all the props I can find on a table or in the room I am.

But, Card College is all you need. Smile
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Well, that's very good tricks you know. mix them with maybe some coin and other objecttricks. choose your tricks with care and set them up in a good order with a fast but astonishing start and a very very good end trick. maybe not everybody agree with me but that's what I think you should go for.
good luck
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If you are low on cash, I would actually recommend Royal Road and Expert card Technique. Although they are old, or "good for their time", but if you think about what we do, for example, the cup and ball act, it's been around for hundreds of years.

If you have a lot of money to spare, then the CC series would be great.
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Books :
1. Expert Card Techinique
2. All the Card Colleges

Videos :
1. All the Easy To Master Series at the very least. Smile Smile Smile
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Since you are asking for card books specifically, I'll restrict the list to them, but may include one or two items that are mixed material...

1.) Anything by Ron Bauer
2.) Royal Road to Card Magic
3.) Expert Card Technique
4.) Stars of Magic
5.) The Card Magic of LePaul
6.) Marlo in Spades
7.) The Card Magic of Brother John Hamman
8.) Greater Magic - the first 600 pages of this are
devoted to card magic...

If you owned all the books above, you would have about the best working library available on card magic. Though certainly not complete, it would keep you busy for years, and if you mastered even one quarter of the material, you would be as good as almost anyone working today.

In addition, there is enough diversity in Stars of Magic alone to let you do several complete 30 minute sets of varied material, non-cards. Greater Magic covers small props, stand-up, and stage material, and again, gives you all you need for several complete performances in each venue...

Best, PSC
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The Self-Working Card Tricks by Karl Fulves are fantastic. I hope that you are not one of these dolts who think that "self-working" equals "no skill/no talent". Also, Close-Up Card Magic by Harry Lorayne is probably one of the best card books available. Smile
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All of Darwin Ortiz' books.
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