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Card Magic by Richard Kaufman - Book

Card Magic by Richard Kaufman - Book


Lying in a dark undisturbed drawer for decades lay Harry Houdini's copy of THE DISCOVERIE OF WITCHCRAFT, a book written by Reginald Scot in 1584. It is the first book in the English language to describe sleight of hand tricks, and Houdini's copy was very special because it held the key to a mystery which fascinated magicians for centuries. Just who did Reginald Scot obtain all his information from - who was the magician who gave away some of the greatest and most closely guarded secrets of conjuring? The answer lay in the barely legible notes Houdini had scribbled in the margins. 'Shakespeare's copy, see in rear cover,' read Houdini's less than cryptic message. Inside the back of the book were William Shakespeare's handwritten notes of about fifty tricks and sleights, some of which appeared in THE DISCOVERIE OF WITCHCRAFT.

The secret is now fully revealed for the very first time: the young Will Shakespeare, while having just fathered a child, needed money, so he took the job.

In a story as exciting as any detective novel, author Richard Kaufman deciphered Shakespeare's ridiculous scribbling...and has written this book, which includes forty-five effects by Shakespeare (some lousy ones, too - he wasn't always clever), and another twenty contributions from some of the world's greatest cardmen, including: Derek Dingle, Edward Marlo, Jon Racherbaumer, Harry Lorayne, Gene Maze, Darwin Ortiz, Ken Krenzel, Bill Simon, Phil Goldstein, and Russell Barnhart....

Even while Shakespeare is spinning in his grave, over seven-hundred animated illustrations that seem to move combined with Richard Kaufman's superb text will clearly teach you many fine card routines you will be proud to add to your repertoire.

Approximatley: 184 pages with 727 black and white illustrations



Ham and Cheese

Karate Card

Strange Harmony

Triumph Handling

Number Nine Blue

Make Mine Dunbury Well

A Maze ing

A Card in Bill Switch: Standing

Another Card in Bill Switch: Still Standing

One More: This Time Sitting

A Dream Deck Switch, too

Swivelleroo Plus

Fantasy Cull

The World's Fastest Reverse

The W.S. Card Switch

Packet Switch

Cover Switch

Flourish False Cut

A Double and Triple Lift

The Semi-Circular Switch

The S.D.L. Change


Shooting Star

Fifty One Below

The Sideswipe Shift

One-Hand Mechanical Change

How to deliver out four aces, and convert them into four knaves.

Another way to do the same, having yourself indeed never seen the card.

How to tell what card he sees on the bottom, when the same card is shuffled into the stock.

How to make one draw the same or any card you like

How to tell what card any man thinks of, how to convey it into the kernel of a nut or cherrystone, and the same again into another's pocket

To tell one without confederacy what card he thinks of.

Of private confederacy.

Look Ma, Just One Hand!

4-5-6 Aces

Progress Report

Inertial Load

The Real Gone Aces Take Cover

HaLo Changes Color Again

A Radical Change

The Arcadio Collectors

The SecondFromTheTop Change

Pickin' Up The Pieces

Mass Transit


Turnover Coverpass

Predicted Collectors

Hofzinser Predicts the Collectors


On The BMT - An Advanced Packet Handling

Quick: Which Way?

Monte for the Maladjusted

Cassette (Side A)

Cassette (Side B)

Flotation Stab

Through Thick And Thin

Palms For The Poor


Cutting Remarks

In Case You're Passing Through


A Vanishing Deck

Phoenix Reborn

A Phoenix of a Different Color

Blues Caught on a Windy Day

"It Shrinks!"


The Proverbial Hole

Slot Machine

The Polaroid Change

The Crystal Ball

Fantastamazing Aces


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