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Richard Lucas
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There can never be enough said about the virtues of Royal Road, especially for a beginner. It is easy to understand and not convoluted.

I can only say one thing:.............FABULOUS!!
"The only difference between a Card Cheat and a Magician is that the Magician shows off.".......... Jay Ose 1965

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I still got a long way to go before I finish RRTCM..
The impossible things are often the untried.

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It's about what you make others see.
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Although the RRTCM explains the essential sleights very well, I wasn't really impressed with the tricks. It is still a great reference guide.

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This book is the bible in card magic.. Smile
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I have been learning card magic for over 10 yrs, on my own just learning from diffrent sources, I never picked up a book before, I have learned more from TRRTCM then I did working on my own, this is the real deal..... all bow to the Royal Road.

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By Opie Houston


1. Read the Preface and skim through the contents and whole book to get an idea of what a wonderful text this book is.....It is not just a beginner's primer; it is an advanced text.

NOTE: You should spend the first two weeks learning simply to handle a deck of cards, e.g., how to shuffle a deck of cards in a smooth manner.

2. Chapter I - Read all the instructions, with cards in hand, on how to do and use the Overhand Shuffle, through the false shuffles. DO NOT EVEN BOTHER about the "Tricks with the Overhand Shuffle" until you can smoothly execute the Overhand Shuffle and the Riffle Shuffle in Chapter II.

3. Chapter II - Read all the instructions, with cards in hand, on how to do and use the Riffle Shuffle, through the false shuffles. DO NOT EVEN BOTHER about the "Tricks with the Riffle Shuffle" until you can smoothly execute both the Overhand and Riffle Shuffles.

4. Learn and practice the tricks in Chapters I and II, only after you can handle a deck of cards.



NOTE: If you have not mastered Chapters I and II, you might want to continue practicing material in them until you have done so....Also notice that the following assignments skip many of the chapters.

1. Read Chapter XV, The Hindu Shuffle and Other Controls. Master this shuffle and its uses.

2. Read Chapter XVI, The Classic Force. Master this technique and its uses.


At the end of four weeks, you should have a working knowledge of and be able to do the following items with at least some skill:

1. Chapter I - Demonstrate a mastery of the Overhand Shuffle, as follows:

a. Top card from top to bottom and back.
b. A rapid smooth run of 10 to 12 cards.
c. An injog shuffle control.
d. Overhand False Shuffle.
e. Two tricks from the chapter.

2. Chapter II - Demonstrate a mastery of the Riffle Shuffle, as follows:

a. Control top and bottom stocks of cards.
b. Smooth shuffles at a table and in the air.
c. Two tricks from the chapter.

3.Chapter XV - Demonstrate a mastery of the Hindu Shuffle and its related controls, as follows:

a. Control of single and stock of cards.
b. Hindu Force.
c. Glimpse.
d. The Step.
e. Jog.
f. "All Change Here

4. Chapter XVI - Demonstrate a mastery of the Classic Force, as follows:

a. One-Hand Force.
b. Bottom Force.
c. Slide-Out Force.
d. Double-Life Force.
e. Cut Force.
f. A couple of force tricks.

NOTE: If you have mastered the items in the exercise above, you are among a very small minority of card magicians, because therein lies the basics of almost all the remaining card tricks you will ever do. Proceed to Weeks 5 and 6 lesson plan when you are ready....

1. Spend week 5 on Chapters III and XVII...Do not become frustrated with or hung up on the flourishes. Just play with them every day and they will come...But do work on the changes in Chapter XVII...The top change is deadly and its mastery will place you in the Card Man/Woman category faster than the cutesy flourishes...
2. Spend week 6 on Chapters IX, X, and XI...
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Thanks for that ninjaduffy!

I've been jumping around trying different things in RRTCM for quite a while now, and dipping into card college V1 too. Must read one thing at a time!! Smile

Now I think I will re-read it following that approach.


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I have been pleased with Robert Giobbi's Card College volume 1. It is very clearly written and illustrated hard cover book. First volume will keep any beginner like me occupied for a long time.

And on the price side: 30EUR (CC1) or 10EUR (RRTCM) gives a price difference of 20EUR. That's really nothing when you compare it to the hours you will spend learning. In the end you count cents per hour...

Think of your purchases as invesments to your hobby.
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You may want to check out Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic from the local library first (most libraries carry this title or can order it for you if they don't). Although it is not as in depth as RR, it is definitely a great place to start.
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I don't agree with Hans,I think RRTCM has many excellent effects and routines in.Lightning Card,Design for Laughter and Everywhere and Nowhere are brilliant.I still use them.Even CC has variations of these effects.
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I got Royal Road first, as suggested by another member of this forum. Indispensable.
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I would recommend getting Royal road, although ive never seen Card Colledge, Royal Road has may nice tricks
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Actually, it`s easyer to learn from the video first, but this book is great, this is full of effects and sleights Smile

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I am fairly new to card magic(18 mos.) I have to say that Royal Road is the book to get for learning and coming up to speed on card slieghts/moves. I also go back and re-read it from time to time. Card Colleage was recommended to me by a fellow cardician and is on my list of books to get. Maybe when my tax refund comes in I can afford to get all the vols.
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No. Royal road to card magic is only a good book if you can be bothered to try and decifer the poorly explained effects and sleights... if you want to learn you need clarity and if you want clarity you need Card College by Roberto Giobbi. Buy it. -- for info, booking or queries on Liam Gilbert
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Oh my, Liam has, if nothing else, a TON of guts! That's the first time that I've heard a complaint about RRTCM in this forum. Personally I disagree with you, Sir, but I'll do so in a gentlemanly fashion and bear in mind that, judging from your name and location, perhaps English isn't your first language? The book is a little old and the style a little different than modern English so I can see how it might seem a little perplexing.

Let me assure you that I've had no more than momentary difficulties following it - but then again, I'm older than the book.
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You should get bolth RRTCM an CC. You'll only miss something if you don't have the other. Plus only you know what you like.
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It would be wise to go with RRTCM or Expert Card Technique before venturing into a 5 volumn set on card magic. The initial cheap purchase of one of RRTCM will help you guage whether or not you'd like to invest in Card College.
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Here's my breakdown of some of the best effects in the book. It's not going to for everyone's style but these are the effects I have used the most over the course of my career in magic:
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