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... and a Pack of Cards by Jack Merlin

This publication is in my opinion among the best books on cards ever written, but it is rarely mentioned or recommended. I am not sure why this is. Perhaps one reason is that Jack Merlin himself has not left a large footprint in the magic literature besides this one publication. He has a published trick in Expert Card Technique and if you read Card College 1 you will have learned the Jack Merlin's Riffle Shuffle. Farelli mentions in his Farell's Card Magic: "I agree with Mr. Jack Merlin that the custom of continually practicing in front of a glass is the cause of the unfortunate habit many magicians have of blinking at the precise moment of performing some secret manoeuvre." Nevertheless to his contemporaries he was an icon, an accomplished master of card magic second to none.

The effects you will find in this ebook are all solid, all routines from the working repertoir of one of the best performers with a deck of cards.

1st edition 1927; PDF 79 pages.

Table of Contents

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  1. PREFACE
  2. CONTENTS
  3. FOREWORD

    SECTION ONE

    MERLIN'S MASTER MANIPULATIONS

  4. THEORY
  5. PRACTICE

    CHAPTER II PASSES

  6. IMPROVED HERRMANN PASS
  7. OUTJOG PASS
  8. THE SIDE SLIP PALM AND FLESH GRIP
  9. USING THE SIDE SLIP AS A TRICK

    CHAPTER III DEALING SECONDS AND BOTTOMS

  10. SECONDS
  11. BOTTOMS
  12. THE GLIDE
  13. TRICKS BASED ON SECOND AND BOTTOM DEALING

    CHAPTER IV FALSE SHUFFLES AND CUTS

  14. THE MERLIN TRUE SHUFFLE
  15. FALSE SHUFFLE AND CUTS
  16. THE PUSH THROUGH FALSE SHUFFLE
  17. FALSE CUT
  18. TRICKS BASED ON FALSE SHUFFLES AND CUTS REDS AND BLACKS
  19. ANOTHER RED AND BLACK EFFECT

    CHAPTER V THUMB COUNTING

  20. First Method — THE THUMB COUNT
  21. Second Method — THUMB COUNTING
  22. TRICKS BASED ON THUMB COUNTING
  23. DIVINING THE NUMBER OF CARDS CUT BY A SPECTATOR

    CHAPTER VI COLOR CHANGES

  24. THE SLIP-SLIDE CHANGE
  25. THE CHANGE-OVER PALM CHANGE
  26. A DOUBLE CHANGE
  27. CHANGE BY THE ERDNASE BOTTOM PALM
  28. IMPROVED CHANGE
  29. UNDER THE THUMB CHANGE
  30. FACE TO FACE COLOR CHANGE
  31. COLOR CHANGE MAKING PALMED CARDS VANISH

    CHAPTER VII CRIMPS

  32. FINGER CRIMP FROM THE END
  33. TRICKS BASED ON THE CRIMP

    CHAPTER VIII FORCING

  34. A SURE-FIRE FORCE
  35. MECHANICAL FORCING DECKS

    SECTION TWO

    MERLIN AT THE CARD TABLE

  36. A ROUTINE OF SLEIGHTS TO BE PERFORMED AT THE CARD TABLE
  37. THE RIFFLE STACK
  38. FALSE CUTS ON THE TABLE
  39. A BAREFACED METHOD
  40. THE HERRMANN PASS FOR SLIPPING THE CUT
  41. A FAKED RUN UP
  42. THE AUDACITY RUN UP
  43. USING THE SPREAD AS A TRICK
  44. THE HOP OFF THE BOTTOM
  45. TOPPING THE PACK
  46. A BOTTOM RUN UP
  47. THE OVERHAND FALSE SHUFFLE AND JOG
  48. FALSE SHUFFLE RETAINING A NUMBER OF CARDS ON THE TOP
  49. NAMING THE HOLE CARDS IN STUD POKER
  50. THE PEEK, WITH SECOND OR BOTTOM DEALING IN STUD POKER
  51. THE BOTTOM DEAL AS USED IN A GAME
  52. THE STORY OF THE COLD DECK
  53. DEALING FOUR ACES FROM ANYONE'S PACK
  54. THE SHOOTING OF PETE McGUFF
  55. MASTER POKER DEALING
  56. EXHIBITION POKER FEAT
  57. PINOCHLE
  58. A SIMPLE RUN UP FOR PINOCHLE
  59. BRIDGE-WHIST
  60. CHALLENGE BRIDGE DEMONSTRATION
  61. GLOSSARY

    SECTION THREE

    SELECTIONS FROM MY REPERTOIRE

  62. COMBINING THE PASSING OF CARDS WITH THE POCKET TRICK
  63. A FOUR ACE ASSEMBLY
  64. PRODUCTION OF A CHOSEN CARD BY MEANS OF THE SPRING FLOURISH
  65. THE TIP-UP DISCOVERY
  66. CAUSING A SPECTATOR TO MAKE A CHANGE
  67. RUBBING OFF A SPOT AND SHOWING WHERE IT GOES
  68. THE PACK THAT CUTS ITSELF
  69. TO SNAP CHANGE
  70. THE TRIPLE FORCE AND FLOOR CHANGE
  71. MY FAVORITE FOUR ACE TRICK
  72. AN IMPROMPTU LAUGH
  73. THE UBIQUITOUS CARD
  74. SUPER MENTAL CARD EFFECT
  75. TELEPATHY CARD TRICK
  76. THE SPREAD
  77. THE PULSE OF THE PUBLIC

  78. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  79. MAGAZINES

word count: 37009 which is equivalent to 148 standard pages of text
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