Best Card Tricks - Book by Ellis Stanyon
Appealing equally to amateurs and experts and all levels in between!
Early in the 20th century, the venerable British magician Ellis Stanyon set himself the formidable task of recording 'every trick yet published in any book or magical magazine.' He called this compendium A Dictionary of Magical Effects, and published it in monthly installments in his Magic newsletter, which billed itself as 'the Oldest paper in the World devoted solely to the interests of Magicians, Jugglers, Hand Shadowists, Ventriloquists, Lightning Cartoonists and Speciality Entertainers.' Karl Fulves, the prolific and accomplished scholar of magic, has culled the issues of this rare periodical to bring to the reader over 600 of the very best of Ellis Stanyon's card tricks and techniques, as fresh and pertinent today as they were at their inception.
Appealing equally to amateurs and experts and all levels in between, Mr. Stanyon begins with clear and concise variations on simple methods of discovering and revealing a chosen card; he moves on to the more challenging and brilliantly conceived card tricks utilizing mathematical calculation, as well as card tricks via arrangement, confederates, card reading, and special prepared cards; he also covers forcing cards; false shuffles and cuts; and finally, the book's finale details ornamental sleights and flourishes.