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"Fantastic book. It will influence a new generation of artists." - Jeff McBride, Las Vegas Headliner
The Encyclopedia of Playing Card Flourishes is the first of its kind. This current, comprehensive treatment of fancy card manipulation (XCM - extreme card manipulation, contact juggling with cards, card flourishes and cardistry) will teach you everything from the Charlier Pass to juggling cards. This encyclopedia has already become a modern classic, the bible for anybody interested to manipulate playing cards in astounding and artistic manner. With 2,800 photographs and a wealth of informative accompanying instructions, this massive book will keep you busy for years.
For the digital version Jerry has added commentary to each chapter a total of about 10 pages of information. He primarily comments on new moves and other developments that have emerged since the publication of this work.
Robert (Ned) Nedbalski writes in his foreword:
In a dream, you could be walking along a mountain road, turn a corner and fall into a deep cave. When you look up to see where you are, you realize that you are inside a mountain of solid gold. WOW!
That’s the way I felt the day I met Jerry Cestkowski. I was out running some errands, and the next thing I know, I’m watching Jerry juggle two cards in one hand while shuffling the rest of the deck in the other. During the next hour, I was amazed to see hundreds of card flourishes, most of which I had never seen before. I saw him spring the deck over his head in a perfect arc, with every card visible. I saw him do Houdini’s “impossible” Double Arm-Spread. I saw flourishes I never would have imagined. It was pure gold - I was in the presence of a master of his craft.
I talked him into giving a demonstration at the local magic club. You know you are seeing something incredible when a room full of magicians is completely stunned into silence. It only takes you about ten seconds to realize that, in the world of extreme playing card flourishes, Jerry is obviously without peer. I have been a professional magician for forty years. I have an extensive collection of magic books and films. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of performers. Jerry does more flourishes, and does them better, than anybody.
In this comprehensive manual, the first of its kind, Jerry describes all the good flourishes he has found from every source available. And then he gives you dozens and dozens of his own inventions, many of which are more spectacular than anything ever before published. Jerry has gone out of his way to avoid describing minor variations, silly trifles, and time-wasting finger exercises. The flourishes in this book are practical, eye-pleasing gems that will add impact to any smart magician’s card work. If you need to wow your audience, this book is a dream come true. It is a gold mine of beautiful and effective material you can use every time you pick up a deck of cards.
Don't forget that Jerry has also created four performance DVDs where he exhibits all the flourishes, moves and more.
[If you prefer the printed book, all 5 pounds of it, then order directly from Jerry's website.]
1st edition 2002; original 545 pages; PDF 630 pages.
Table of Contents
word count: 104136 which is equivalent to 416 standard pages of text