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I found this in my local bookshop and had to buy it to save it falling into the wrong hands!!!

There is some fantastic stuff in there and I have already added a couple of things to my repertoire...

I was amazed that I found this in a normal bookshop where any 'muggle' could have picked it up...
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These old classics are dirt cheap and have great little gems in them, yet get overlooked in favor of the latest over-hyped "Great Silkus" 3 DVD set or the $500 "exclusive effect."

There's a move in there I do every night in my ambitious card routine. It kills, and yet I've never seen anyone else use it.
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Which move is it? Not wanting to steal your move of course!! Smile
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I have the book in front of me now. It was one of the first "real" magic books I bought. That book, along with Fitzkee's "Trilogy" is part of a select few that I'll never part with.

Oh, it also resides in my "permanent collection" alongside Buckley's other book, Principles and Deceptions.

Darrin,
It looks like your secret is safe. There's so much good material in there that there's no way I could find the one that you use.

Care to give us a hint?
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I thought I posted the move. The move is by John Cook, I believe.(no relation)

There's a location in there by D'Amico that is really devious. It would be very valuable in a challenge situation.
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I was thinking about buying the book but some guys said it was really tough.
Should I think it is at the level expert at the card table is? Or even higher?
Deal cards, not drugs!
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There is 3 books

Card Control
Principles and Deceptions
Gems of Mental Magic

All are wonderful. Principles and Deceptions have a great Card Productions, Miser dream and Billard Ball routine and some transitions from coins to cards that are unique.

There is also card magic included.
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Darrin,
I'll have to look for it again tonight. I found a good "Ambitious" move listed under Experiment 40

Yes, Tiele the stuff is more advanced than your average book, but it's really not that bad. It's worth it for the insight and history alone.

The first half strangely enough isn't about cards. It covers a multitude of sleights and flourishes that all magicians should know, or at least know about. It's packed full of photographic illustrations, not just line drawings found in other books.

It's well worth the price.
*correction*
The first half *is* about cards, just not about card *tricks* per se. It focuses on sleights, false shuffles, peeks, locations, all the technical stuff to accomplish the tricks on the second half.
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Personally, I don't think the photos are very clear and I prefer line drawings in books.

Appart from that, I love this book. Buckley's stacking demo 'a cold deck warmed up' is great-he uses the milk build shuffle effectively. Buckley must have been in the cogniscenti in the early days. He gives the impression that he knows all the greats like Ed 'Marlow', Carmen 'Domico' and Paul Lepaul. These three are all from the Chicago area-was Buckley permanently based in Illinois or did he go back to Australia?

Interestingly, Marlo criticises Buckley in RCT:

'The D'amico One Hand Second Deal and One Hand Double Lift are closely allied, one stemming as a result of the other. When Carmen met Arthur Buckley he demonstrated both moves for him. Needless to say, he was impressed to the point of asking permission to include the moves in his book Card Control. D'amico then said he could have several things of his but he did not want his One Hand Second published. Buckley must have wanted the move pretty bad because in the 1st edition he put in the One Hand Second, then to justify its inclusion without permission he claimed it was an old Black-jack, or 21, method of Second Dealing. This was, of course, not true and when D'amico saw his pet sleight in print, with no credit to boot, there was quite a scene at the Magic Round Table in Chicago.
At any rate with Buckley's second edition of Card Control he mentioned D'amico's name in connection with the Deal but actually gave him no more credit than in his first edition by stating that D'amico claims to have invented it.' (Revolutionary Card Technique page 284, published 2003-consolidated version)

The D'amico One Hand Second Deal that Marlo claimed Buckley stole is on page 192 of the Dover paperback of Card Control under the title 'Second Dealing (Black Jack Method)'. The Dover edition is a reprint of the first edition-it says so on the inside cover.

All this makes me wonder how original and credited the rest of the contents are. Was Card Control like Expert Card Technique(Hugard and Braue)? Did Buckley just steal moves he had seen people perform and attempt to explain them?
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You made me dig out my book once again. I thought mine was a first edition, and it took me a while to find the second edition designation. (hard bound, printed 1946).

On page 119 is exactly what you said I'd find. "Second Dealing(Black Jack Method)" with the inclusion of one line at the very end of the text stating "Damico claims to have originated it several years ago."

I never would have noticed it and I'm sure that was Buckley's intention. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Check it out, John Brown Cook, page 80.

Details on the Throw Change, used to great effect by Bill Malone, page 76.

The Domico (D'Amico) Location, page 51.

All this motivates me to go back through this book. Like the Royal Road to Card Magic, Bobo's, or Expert Card Technique, these are texts that you can go over and over again, continually finding something "new."
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Thanks for the reference MageofMeadows.

The 'experiments' at the end are interesting. Buckley wasn't afraid of including alot of sleights in his routines. My favourite section of the book is the gambling or 'conjuring at the card table' bit. There are alot of good ideas there.
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