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DETAILS OF DECEPTION
A NEW BOOK of killer card material – by Greg Chapman
Hard cover book, 211 pages, 110 illustrations

A book for ALL card workers. Learn hard-hitting routines from a shuffled deck, discover the secrets of using stacks & arrangements, and add powerful tools and techniques to your repertoire.

AVAILABLE JUNE 24TH

There is a small clip here about the project: http://www.thedevilsstaircase.com/

“Very simply, if you do card magic, get this book! If you don't, you will be fooled by someone that did. Highly recommended.”
- Steve Ehlers

"Details of Deception is a great read for advanced card workers. Highly recommended.”
- Paul Gertner

"If you enjoyed Greg's "The Devil's Staircase" - I loved it! - then you should get his new masterpiece "Details of Deception". What a modest title! Apart that you will learn some very original twists of sleights you do or will use for sure from now on, it is the wealth of practical applications within the pages that might overwhelm you.
- Jan Forster

“WOW what a book. Chapman has done it again! The illustrations and instructions are fantastic. The chapters on the second deal, peeks and the shiner are unequalled. These chapters should be worth the price of the book alone”
- Sal Piacente

"This is a must-have book if you like gambling routines and very subtle principles. Greg describes among other things his incredibly natural second deal which is really different. You have a feeling of naturalness which is incomparable when you watch it. I am sure you will like it if you are a serious card worker. I highly recommend this book."
- Jean Jacques Sanvert

Please feel free to add to the conversation, and ask any questions. I’ll be happy to answer anything I can.
Best wishes,
Greg
DETAILS OF DECEPTION at www.thedevilsstaircase.com
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Greg - can we expect an electronic copy to be available? I know most don't have an appetite for this kind of thing, but I wanted to ask anyway.
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I would really like an electronic version too.
Watching those electrons dance on the adiabat, from Franck-Condon to the Asymptote.
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Possibly. On the 24th (tomorrow) it's the hard copy that's available.
Best,
Greg
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Here is a detailed breakdown of the contents:

Introduction
Tools
Two Card Switch
Rubaway Switch
Five Card Switch
OHSD Switch
The Accomplice
PUnDoM
PUnDoM- variation
Any Pair
Card At Number
Stack Work
Estimation
On a Table Surface
Viewing Angle
Bevel
Estimating in a Spread
Using Ribbon-spread Estimation in Performance
An Uneven Spread
Estimation Demonstrations
Cuts
Different Scenarios
Confirming the Cut Amount
Marks, Peeks and Stacks
Key Cards
Faro Check
Counts
Visual Gauge and Count
Key Card Count
False Count
Changing the Target
Cutting the Same Amount as a Spectator
Bold Switch - mem-deck
Lapping Adjustment
Ribbon Spread Addition
Ribbon Spread Removal
Pick-up Addition
Estimation Exercises
Adjustment Exercises
Visual Markers
Back Design
Marked Box
Die
Other Objects
Faro Notes
More on Fixed Floating Key Cards
High Card
Other Positions
Faro Fooler's 1 & 2
Anytime Sandwich
Ribbon-spread Turnover Flourish
Ribbon-spread Locator Subtlety
Ribbon-spread Turnover Count
Ribbon-spread Nail Nick
Ribbon-spread Pattern Count
Ribbon-spread to Transfer a Card
Bubble Peek
Gesture peek
Table Peek
Palm Peek
Heel Peek
Turnover Peek
Bend Peek 1
Bend Peek 2
Gambler's Peek
Side-jogged Peek
Reversed Peek
Friction Peek
One Ahead Peeking
Shiner - 7 methods
Deck Switch
ACAAN
MD Poker
OCM v2
That Old Trick
The Stranger
Stranger's Roll - variant
A strange way to re-set your stack
Hands-off Stranger
Strange Deck Switch
Fine Print
Sneaky Three
Second Thoughts
Second No. 1
Second No. 2
A Detail
Other Thoughts on the Second Deal
Stacked To Win
Hold'em Demo
Encore - Three Cards
Acknowledgements
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If it's anything like the first book it will be one not to be missed and will contain some fantastic material. Good luck with the sales and please keep us notified for an e-version.
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Thanks SmilingMule. Will do.
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Available from today. Visit the link below for info.

There are sections that should appeal to a few different groups.

GAMBLING MATERIAL:
"Great section on the second deal. Highly recommended." - PAUL GERTNER

"...one of the most natural and disarming 2nds I have seen in a very long time. Very deceptive, and I highly recommend this book." - JEAN JACQUES SANVERT

"...the chapters on the second deal, peeks and the shiner are unequalled. Those chapters should be worth the price of the book." - SAL PIACENTE

MEM-DECK ROUTINES
"...if you are like me an aficionado of memorized deck magic this book is a must read. With Greg's "A.C.A.A.N.", "Sneaky Three" and "The Stranger" (all are devilishly clever) I fell in love straight away." - JAN FORSTER

"Very simply, if you do card magic, get this book! If you don't, you will be fooled by someone that did." - STEVE EHLERS

And if you're a move monkey there are a handful of things in here you should enjoy. Here is a sleight from the book called the OHSD SWitch.
https://vimeo.com/170281247

Best,
Greg
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Bump. This should be getting WAY more attention. Looking forward to the reviews, Greg.
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Greg's first book got on my radar after I had seen some videos of his work. Wow!! This guy is a real expert.

I picked up the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am currently working my way through Details of Deception and can tell you that there's a wealth of great information, sleights, gambling stuff and memorized deck items that kill.

Greg was kind enough to contribute his "ACAAN" to my Card Corner column in the Linking Ring in September 2016. I generally write up the contributions to the column. But Greg is such an excellent writer that I just used it as is. The routine appears in the new book as "Card At Number." It's an impromptu ACAAN that's extremely practical. Greg also has a mem deck version in the book called "ACAAN."

If you're itching for some fresh thinking, new sleights and strong magic, you should check out "Details of Deception."

Mike
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Thanks Mike!
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Has the orders hit the mail yet?
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Hi clars, orders have begun shipping over the past 24 hours and you'll get a notification the moment yours hits the post. Shouldn't be long now. Best, Greg.
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Some dealers orders have already gone, and more expected to ship soon.
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I received a review copy of this and what follows is my unbiased review:

I have to say: I spent 2 hours writing up an in-depth review of this book on the café earlier tonight when suddenly, my computer went back a page and I lost everything I had spent two hours typing. To say I was disappointed is a massive understatement. Because of that, this review may be a little shorter than usual. I'll only hit my favorites and least favorites and spend less time explaining what the routine looks like.

The first section of the book is supposed to be for effects that can be done from an “unsorted” (Aka: shuffled) deck. I found this strange because most of the effects in this section require a set up and/or gimmicked cards. Granted, many of them are a two card set or something similar, however, the two cards must be set at very precise positions, therefore, the deck becomes “sorted” in my mind. Anyway! I really enjoyed the Card At Number from this section. It appears very clean. My only complaint with it is that it is too hand-on for my liking and the magician must do a move in a moment in the ACAAN when I feel it is immensely important for the magician to NOT do anything. It’s nice, but it won’t replace my current method. There’s a two card switch in this section which I find quite pointless. It works exactly as you’d think and involves making 4 cards look like 2 and I think that is darn near impossible in almost any performance environment where spectators are even remotely close to the performer. Not a fan of that one at all. There’s two nice moves to switch a card, and a nice and clean 5 card switch using 2 gimmicked cards. There’s a demonstration where 4 kings are lost in the deck, the deck shuffled, and a spectator deals the four kings in a round of poker. This routine requires floating key cards to be in place as well as perfect faros. Next is a sandwich effect which requires two kings to be in precise locations in the deck as well as a perfect faro. There’s a routine in this section with a strange betting theme where the spectator always loses as finding a pair of red or black cards from various pairs. I was not a fan of this routine at all. It was very illogical and only mildly impressive.

Next is a section on estimation. This section has some FABULOUS and in-depth thoughts and tips on estimating packets and spreads of cards including visual tips, using other objects, and a host of other ideas. This section even includes the bare bones of some routines using estimation. The routines aren’t entirely fleshed out, but I guess that’s part of the fun. This section also discusses using floating key cards in conjunction with estimation.

The next section covers some ideas to use with a table ribbon spread. Some of the ideas sound a bit more like theories than actual, practical applications, but I do love the tabled ribbon-spread transfer. I don’t know where I’d use it, but it is a very deceptive move which is actually quite simple to do and feels very natural.

Next is a section on peeks. The peeks in this section are mostly well-known gambling peeks. None of them are really exclusive or original to the author, however, this is a great resource for a myriad of ways to peek the top or bottom card of a deck (and a couple peeks for a center card.) This section ends with a routine that allows the magician to put the deck behind his back, name a card, and remove it from the deck over and over and over again. It is really just a routine strung together from the various peeks in the section and I don’t think it’s meant to actually be performed as it is an extremely boring routine. But the way the peeks work together to neat to see.

Then next section focuses on shiners. As someone who has never used a shiner, this section was very interesting. The author covers many techniques and I can say, I definitely would have been fooled by some of them (especially the last one which I think is the most cunning.)

Next is a deck switch which feels like the basic gambler’s deck switch. I’m not sure what the author has added here at all.

The next section covers memorized deck routines. “One Card Missing” is a very fooling routine in this section allowing the performer to name a card removed from a deck in a very fair way. One of my favorites in this section is “That Old Trick.” This is a great way to learn someone’s card from a memorized deck in a super fair way. I must be honest, if I saw someone perform this, I would have been fooled badly, as there’s so much smoke and mirrors here hiding the evidence which allows the performer to know the card with one spread through. While I like the way the card is discovered, I’m not a fan of the routine itself. It’s a little dull to me. But the method is fantastic. “The Stranger” is another favorite of mine. The deck is separated in four piles. The performer turns around. The spectator selects any pile, thinks of any card from that pile, shuffled that pile, and collects the deck in any order. Only now does the magician turn around and give the deck two shuffles. He now instantly knows the selected card without any fishing and without having to look through the deck at all. This is another one which would have fooled me badly. It seems totally impossible for the performer to know anything about the card, much less PRECISELY what card they chose without any questions. This is a very clever combination of thoughts. There’s another version which allows the magician to know where the chosen card is in the deck rather than what it is—which is nice as well.

Next there is a whole section devoted to second deals. The author teaches two second deal techniques in extreme detail including many tips to make the second deal as imperceptible as possible. This is truly a master class in second dealing stuck in the middle of a book. It’s very impressive. The subtle tips are really where it’s at here—that is what separates the amateur from the pro. There are two routines included using the second deal in a covert way. One is a deck stacking routine and the other is a hold em demonstration.

The book ends with a cards to pocket routine using a gimmicked card and another gimmick in your pants.


All in all, this book has a lot of nice thoughts in it. The thoughts on the memorized deck are particularly intriguing. The second dealing and shiner sections are very nice and cover a lot of ground in very little time. In hopes of keeping my reviews entirely honest I must admit: I will never perform any of these effects. They don’t fit my style at all. Many of the routines feel bland in my opinion or require a lot of work for very little effect. Don’t get me wrong, I will put in a TON of work if the output generated by it is worth it. I feel in a lot of cases here, it isn’t worth the effort. HOWEVER, I believe there are people out there who will fit these routines beautifully, and if that’s the case, they will get a lot of mileage out of this book. It simply doesn’t mess with my performance style. But it’s still easy to see that the author is a great card technician and has some really great thoughts from a methodical stand point.
If you like the sound of the routines and think they sound like they’d fit your persona, then I say get the book and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll at least walk away with more knowledge on some gambling moves which aren’t seen as often in magic these days.

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Thanks Madison. Good to hear a few of your favorites (and the parts that bored you!:)). Everyone is going to find their own favorites in this material, which no doubt has a particular audience (gambling folks and stack workers), and I suspect that audience knows what they'll find in this book.

I'll be posting some info on a competition for anyone interested here in a couple of days, so keep an eye on this thread.

Best,
Greg
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You can now pick this up from H&R (magicbookshop), and Magic Apple. Also shortly at Vanishing Inc.
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I posted this in the he memdeck forum, thought it would
be appropriate to also post it here:

Greg's new book is a goldmine of serviceable concepts,
techniques and effects.

Of particular note are his thoughts and treatments on
estimation, seconds, memorised deck work and perhaps
more importantly devising routines where subtle methods
are further disguised by natural actions.

Memdeck workers will find much to chew on. Most
importantly a sense of play and attention to what's
happens to the deck state before, during and after
an effect. He explores and exploits clever ideas and
principles. Not only will you see these principles at
play, you'll also come to understand how they can
be used in ways that minimally impact the order of
the deck without sacrificing effect.

This book focuses on at the very least three core
concepts in card magic. Everyone invested or
interested in cards will find much to consider here.
Highly recommended.
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Thanks for the review! Goldmine, I like it! Plenty of nuggets to go around for everyone.
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Hi folks
Now also available over at Vanishing Inc.
https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/......ception/
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