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Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards

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by Lewis Ganson
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Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards by Lewis Ganson

Lewis Ganson, mostly known as author of magic books, was also himself an expert stage card manipulator. This ebook is a complete course in the art of manipulating playing cards, from back palms, to catching cards, card fans, flourishes, gimmicks and holders, and how to put it all together into a routine.


    Manipulation of Playing Cards

  • The type of cards to use
  • Preparation of the cards
  • The back and front palm
  • Showing the hands empty when cards are palmed
  • To show the backs of the hands with fingers apart
  • To steal the cards from one hand to the other
  • Combination of "steal" and back and front palm
  • Continuous production of single cards
  • Cards vanished singly from the hands
  • Continuous production of fans of cards
  • The silk through the fingers
  • Manipulation in gloves
  • The type of gloves to wear
  • To "steal" the load from the glove
  • The load outside the glove
  • To remove the gloves and still produce cards
  • Obtaining a load by putting on gloves

    The Art of Card Fanning

  • The type of cards to use
  • Quality
  • Design
  • Preparation and care of cards
  • Requirements
  • Arrangement
  • Methods of Fanning
  • Thumb Fans
  • To close the Thumb Fan
  • The Fan Separation
  • The Visible Changing Fan
  • The Fan "steal" and production
  • The Giant Fan
  • Endings for the Giant Fan
  • The Second Fan
  • The "Rip"
  • The single-handed Waterfall Shuffle
  • The two-handed Waterfall shuffle
  • The"Spring" Fan (blank)
  • The "Spring" Fan (to show the indices)
  • The single-handed Fan
  • The Fan False Shuffle
  • The "Ace" Diminishing Cards


  • The "Spring"
  • The Arm Spreads
  • The Single Spread
  • Endings for the Arm Spreads
  • The two-handed Catch
  • The Hat Catch
  • To change the pack by the Hat Catch
  • The "Turnover"
  • The "Turnover" Catch
  • The Back Arm Throw and Catch
  • The Double Arm Throw and Catch
  • The Upper Arm Catch
  • The "Mulholland" Catch
  • The Upright Spread
  • The Walking Stick Catch
  • The Handkerchief Balance and Catch
  • Two Catches
  • The Drop Catch
  • The "Ribbon" Catch

    Suggestions for Routines

1st digital edition 2015, 90 pages.
word count: 22693 which is equivalent to 90 standard pages of text

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