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A Call To Palms
by Wesley James

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A Call To Palms by Wesley James

When Wesley James publishes a new book, you know you've got to have it, especially when it focuses on the single most powerful weapon in the arsenal of card magic, Palming. Whether you've always wanted to Palm cards, only Palm occasionally or are experienced and looking for exciting new applications, this volume will fill you with joy. If you're a novice, it will make developing Palming skill easier than ever. If you already Palm frequently, you'll think you've found heaven.

Dr. James has packed these 245+ pages, a masterwork on Palming, a gold mine for those experienced in card technique. It is, as its title states, "A Call to Palms." Rarely does a book offer so much sophisticated thought and analysis. This is a book you'll return to repeatedly, destined to become an invaluable reference you'll consult when seeking new techniques to sharpen your Palming skills. It's a book you'll look to when you want to explore the history of standard and not so standard Palming related techniques, and effects.

In addition to the wealth of technique these pages contain, you'll find new magic from Wesley's repertoire, plus an extensive examination of the insightful yet practical work of Rick Silberman, the most complete revelation of the creations of Carl Albright and Wesley's exceptional refinements of the innovative "Four Fly" routine of Tobias Dostal, exploiting a brand new Palming position.

This is Wesley's largest book since his highly praised 2004 classic, Enchantments, and reveals the same deeply considered detail and accurate description he always delivers. In addition, it reveals new plots and the insightful thought he gives every effect and routine. Those who have read Wesley's works know he examines card magic at an unprecedented depth. Linking Ring Magazine's reviewer called a previous book, The Complete MOJO "a Ph.D. course in magic."

No book can exhaust the subject of Palming but what A Call to Palms covers is examined at a depth no previous work has approached. Take it from Matt Field - former Editor of Magic Circular - Wesley is "One of the great minds and two of the great hands in magic," you need to own A Call to Palms.

Get your order in today. The Table of Contents below will give you some idea of the material covered and the breadth and scope of this volume.

Table of Contents

  • Palm-a-phobia
  • Managing Vulnerability
  • Developing a Rule Base
  • Palming Revisited
  • Palm Positions
    • Full Palm
    • Gamblers' Flat Palm
    • Front Palm
    • Thumb Palm
    • Spider Palm
    • Clip Steal
    • Bold Steal
    • Lateral Palm
    • Low Lateral Palm
    • High Lateral Palm
    • Tenkai Palm - Slydini Palm - Marlo Palm - Unit Control Grip
    • Rotated Tenkai
    • Deep Tenkai
    • Longitudinal Tenkai
    • Rear Palm
    • Gamblers' Cop - Longitudinal Gamblers' Cop
    • Misc (Back Palm, Deep Back Palm, Edge Grip, Corner Grip, etc.)
  • Palming Techniques
    • Single Card Palming techniques - Top/Bottom
      • Single Card Top Palm - Two hands (Vernon's Topping the Deck)
      • Single Card Top Palm - One hand (One Hand Top Palm, Lowey Palm, Single Card Top Palm - Small Packet Small Packet One Hand Top (SPOT) Palm)
      • Single Card Bottom Palm - Two hands
      • Single Card Bottom Palm - One hand (The Curry Palm?)
      • Single Card Bottom Palm - Small Packet
    • Multiple Card Palming techniques - Top/Bottom
      • Multiple Card Top Palm - Two hands
      • Multiple Card Top Palm - One hand
      • Multiple Card Top Palm - Small Packet
      • Erdnase Bottom Palm - First Method
      • WJ Bottom Palm
      • Multiple Card Bottom Palm - One hand
      • Multiple Card Bottom Palm - Small Packet
      • Gamblers' Cop
      • Insertion Steals
      • Diagonal Palm Shift (Modernizing Erdnase)
      • Direct Insertion Steal into Tenkai
      • The Thumb Slide
      • The Clip Steal
      • Palm Steal from a Spread
      • Palm Steal from a Divided Deck
      • From a Squared Deck (Side Steal, The WJ Side Steal, WJ Immediate Peek Steal)
  • Palm Conversions
    • Palm Conversion Chain
  • Add Backs - Top/Bottom/Middle
    • Top
      • Tabled Add-ons
      • In-the-hands Add-ons
      • Small Packet Add-ons
      • Large Group Add-ons
    • Bottom
      • Tabled Add-ons
      • In-the-hands Add-ons
      • Small Packet Add-ons
      • Large Group Add-ons
    • Middle
      • Tabled Add-ons
      • In-the-hands Add-ons
      • Small Packet Add-ons
      • Large Group Add-ons
    • Elsewhere
      • Large Objects (Card Box Load, Right Hand Load, Left Hand Load, Card Withdrawal)
      • Small Openings and Enclosing Objects (Card in Cigarette)
      • Enclosing Objects (Half Fold, Quarter Fold, Lengthwise, Rectangular, Eighth Fold, Sixths Fold)
    • Loading Strategies
  • Palm Transfers
    • Why Transfer?
    • How to Transfer (Dai Vernon's Time to Change)
    • Movement Patterns
    • Transfer Sequences
    • Table Transfers
  • Loads
    • Cuffs, Shelve Clips, Holdouts, and Bugs
    • Magicians' Loads (Hung Cards, Bugs, The Pocket Index)
    • Clips and Droppers (The Nanny Dropper)
    • Hold-Outs
  • Unloads
    • The Jack London Deck Vanish
    • The Kick-off Change
    • The Swing Vanisher
  • Effects/Routines
    • Card to Wallet
    • Card to Wallet II
    • Gone Here-There
    • Another Shaggy Dog Story (Script)
    • My Visitor I
    • My Visitor II (Patter for the Visitor, The Swing Slip Cut, Refinement of the One-handed Slip Cut, Off the Table One-handed Slip Cut(s))
    • Discolored Visitor (Four-as-Four Counts, The FAF-Two C Count, Splay Grip)
    • Jack in the Box
    • The James Revelation (Marlo Jog)
    • Tabled No Palm Aces
    • Face up No Palm Aces (The Charlier Tent Vanish)
    • King's Passage (King 1, King 2, King 3, King 4)
    • Cards to Pocket - Reconnoiter and Abduct (Reconnoiter and Abduct)
    • Crandallers' Prediction (Card in Matchbox, Etude for Matchbox and Aces)
    • The Hofzinser Therapy
  • The Card Magic of Rick Silberman
    • The Card Magic of Rick Silberman
    • Table Cloth Servante - Belly Hold-out - Knee Shelf
    • Selections, Steals and Palms (Spread Selections, Force)
    • Philosophy
    • Discoveries, Revelations and Changes (The Silberman Tebe Change)
    • Body Loading Applications and Techniques
    • The Silberman Rule Base
    • Some Picky some Less Picky Magic
    • Card in Cigarette Box
    • Scrambled Queens
    • Backfire Assembly (Flustration/Gemini Display, The Virgo Display)
    • The Lean Assembly
    • The Hotel 4 for 1 Mystery
    • Wide Open Travelers
    • Bareface Off-color Card Flite
  • The Card Magic of Carl Albright
    • Longitudinal Tenkai Palm (LTP) Palming
    • Producing a card from LTP
    • Applying LTP
    • LTP Sandwich
    • Maybe It's In the Box (LTP Insertion Steal)
    • Jack Palmer (Preliminary Display, The 1st Jack, Reshow, Invisible Palming the 1st Jack, The 2nd Jack Appears, Reshow, Invisible Palming the 2nd Jack, The 3rd Jack Appears, Reshow, Invisible Palming the 4th Jack)
    • Non-Dominant One hand Gamblers' Cop
    • Spread Action Cop
  • The Card Magic of Tobias Dostal
    • Four Fly
  • Index

1st edition 2016, 250 pages.
word count: 133652 which is equivalent to 534 standard pages of text