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New Era Card Tricks

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by August Roterberg
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New Era Card Tricks by August Roterberg

New Era Card Tricks is the masterpiece of Roterberg's publishing efforts. Scholars are pretty sure that the elusive Erdnase must have known and read this book. It is still today an extremely good and important work on cards. It is a book any serious card man should read. This is to a large part the foundation on which a lot of the later card work has been built. A good part of this book is essentially a translation of the German work Der Moderne Kartenkünstler by Friedrich W. Conradi. Richard Hatch wrote a wonderful introduction that by itself is worth reading. He starts:

August Roterberg is chiefly remembered today as a pioneering early twentieth century American magic dealer and as the author of the books featured here in digital form. Magic collectors seek out his palming coins, catalogs, apparatus, ephemera and variant copies of his books. But perhaps Roterberg’s more significant legacy is that he inaugurated the modern age of magic publishing, for his books are the first substantial ones on conjuring in English written expressly for magicians. Those conjuring books that preceded Roterberg were either exposures rather than teaching texts or were - like the excellent works by Robert-Houdin, Hoffmann and Sachs - issued by mainstream publishers targeting a general (and often juvenile) audience. Roterberg’s books were published by a magic dealer specifically for sale in magical depots, rather than for wide distribution to the general public. When one considers that most serious magic books today are issued by specialty publishers to be distributed primarily through magic dealers, one recognizes in Roterberg the source of this publishing model in the English speaking marketplace....

1st edition, 1897, Roterberg, London; 279 pages.

Table of Contents

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    SLEIGHTS.
  1. The Double Handed Pass
  2. The Herrmann Pass
  3. The Charlier Pass
  4. The Force
  5. Changes
  6. The Top Change
  7. The Bottom Change
  8. The New Top Change
  9. The Mexican Turn Over
  10. The Excelsior Change
  11. The Color Change
  12. First Method
  13. Second Method
  14. Third Method
  15. Fourth Method
  16. The Card Palm
  17. The Regular Palm
  18. The Buatier Palm
  19. The Back Hand Palm
  20. New Thought Card Sleights
  21. First Method
  22. Second Method
  23. Third Method
  24. The New Glimpse
  25. First Method
  26. Second Method
  27. Third Method
  28. The Bridge
  29. The Prearranged Pack
  30. The Glide
  31. The Revolution
  32. False Shuffles
  33. The Cut
  34. Shuffling the Entire Pack
  35. For One Card

    TRICKS WITH CARDS.

  36. Ne Plus Ultra
  37. First Method
  38. Second Method
  39. Penetration of Matter
  40. First Method
  41. Second Method
  42. Magic Versus Mnemonics
  43. The Card Receptacle
  44. The Appearance of Desired Cards
  45. The Mysterious Production
  46. The Improved Mysterious Production
  47. The Improved Cards Read Behind the Back
  48. The Hypnotised Card
  49. The Queen of the Air
  50. The Lost Found
  51. The Card Caught on the Plate
  52. The Lantern of Diogenes
  53. Extraordinary Restoration
  54. Apparent Second Sight
  55. The Attached Card
  56. Cards Shot Against a Hat
  57. War in Peace
  58. The New Card Table
  59. Thought Reading Extraordinary
  60. A Mysterious Change
  61. The Card and Handkerchief
  62. The Itinerant Card
  63. The Terpsichorean Card
  64. The Card in the Pocket
  65. The Spectator as Conjurer
  66. Gravity Defied
  67. The Demon Envelope
  68. The Ubiquitous Card
  69. Four Cards Caught at the Fingertips
  70. The Card, Ribbon and Envelope
  71. Facilis Descensus Averno
  72. The Obedient Card
  73. The Card Appearing on the Bottle
  74. First Method
  75. Second Method
  76. The Card on the Table Edge
  77. The Mysteries of the Zodiac
  78. The Cards, Coins and Glass
  79. First Method
  80. Second Method
  81. Third Method
  82. The Halved Card
  83. The Phoenix
  84. The Lost Ace
  85. Thought Foretold
  86. The Pierced Card
  1. The Card Box
  2. The Mechanical Card Box
  3. The Brass Card Box
  4. The New Brass Card Box
  5. The Vanishing of Thought Cards
  6. X Rays
  7. First Method
  8. Second Method
  9. The Balanced Card
  10. The Lightning Change
  11. The Card Servante
  12. Rapid Transit
  13. The Cards and the Orange Tree
  14. Card, Ring and Ribbon
  15. The Conjurer's Prediction
  16. Handkerchief and Card
  17. Marvellous Coincidence
  18. Grand Card Maneuvre
  19. The New General Card
  20. The Small Card Frame
  21. First Method
  22. Second Method
  23. Grande Clairvoyance Mysterieuse
  24. First Method
  25. Second Method
  26. Third Method
  27. The Bridge of Cards
  28. The Cards and Mirror
  29. The Spirit Envelope
  30. The Divination of Thought
  31. Mnemonics Applied to Cards
  32. The Acrobatic Cards
  33. Singular Transposition
  34. First Method
  35. Second Method
  36. Vice Versa
  37. A Hypnotic Experiment
  38. The Mysterious Hat
  39. Mystic Divination
  40. Predestination
  41. The Flying and Obedient Card
  42. The New Multiplication of Cards
  43. Card and Egg Balance
  44. The Fountain of Cards
  45. The New Rising Cards from the Hand
  46. Second Method
  47. The Cards Rising Through the Air
  48. The Excelsior Rising Cards
  49. The Rising Cards and Tumbler
  50. A Comedy of Errors
  51. First Method
  52. Second Method
  53. Third Method
  54. The Hand of Cagliostro

    PREPARED AND MECHANICAL CARDS.

  55. The Changing Card
  56. The Unique Changing Card
  57. The Diminishing Card
  58. The Latest Diminishing Card
  59. The Changing and Diminishing Card
  60. The Changing and Enlarging Card
  61. New Quadruple Changing Card
  62. The Card and Rose
  63. The Floral Card
  64. The Penetrative Card
  65. The Torn Corner Card
  66. The Improved Torn Corner Card
  67. The Flap Card
  68. The Nonpareil Changing Card
  69. Improved Nonpareil Changing Card
  70. The Bottle Card
  71. The Conjurer as Marksman
  72. Moving Pip Card
  73. A Mysterious Transformation
  74. The New Ink Card
  75. The Envelope Card
  76. The Vanishing Pips
  77. The Turning Card
  78. The Reunited Card
  79. The Card and Broken Mirror
  80. The Coin Card
  81. Eclipsed Pack of Cards
  82. The Diminishing Cards
  83. First Method
  84. Second Method
  85. Third Method
  86. Fourth Method

word count: 67652 which is equivalent to 270 standard pages of text
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11/19/2017
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