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Anthology of Card Magic

by Gordon Miller

(1 review, 4 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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Anthology of Card Magic by Gordon Miller

Originally sold in three printed volumes, now combined in one gigantic PDF.

Ever since the Abbott Magic Company started business in 1934, hundreds of card tricks have been offered for sale in their catalogs. As each new catalog was published, many of these tricks were omitted to make room for newer ones ... but like good books, great music and fine art, these effects of card magic still remain classics. Gordon Miller, who has been a member of the Abbott staff for over thirty years, delved into the archives and compiled over three hundred of these effects into this huge collection. Almost all of these effects were priced from one dollar and up in the old catalogs. If purchased separately they would have cost hundreds of dollars.

Abbott's Anthology of Card Magic contains the complete text of the following current Abbott Catalog titles: Advanced Card Magic, 49 Easy Card Tricks, Deceptions With a Short Card, Hit the Deck, How It's Done, Impromptu Card Routine, Jumbo Card Tricks, Magic Card System and Tricks With a One-Way Deck.

Plus... the complete text of these out-of-print and otherwise unobtainable titles: Amazing Card Miracles, Card System Deluxe and Klever Kard Kodes.

Plus... the complete text of the following current Abbott Catalog effects: Abbott's Ten, Astral Diviner, Blankety-Blank Routine, Cardtration, Color I-Do-As-U, Gambler's Expose Act, Ingenio, It's A Pip, Lesson in Card Magic, Quadruple Poker Deal, Simplex Four Aces, Straight Gambler, Think-It, Tricky Deal, Zen's Card Miracle and Zen's Fifteen Card Trick.

The contributors to this anthology are:

  • Percy Abbott
  • Howard P. Albright
  • Ted Annemann
  • Don C. Bay
  • George Boston
  • George E. Casaubon
  • George Coon
  • Dr. Jacob Daley
  • J. Dobrovolski
  • Richard Durham
  • Caryl S. Fleming
  • Charles W. Fricke
  • U.F. "Gen" Grant
  • Billy Hamilton
  • Tom Hamilton
  • Bob Hummer
  • Stewart James
  • Hugh Johnston
  • Charles T. Jordan
  • Eddie Joseph
  • Joe Karson
  • W. W. Larsen
  • Lesta
  • Edward A. Litzau
  • M.S. Mahendra
  • Ed Marlo
  • Howard Melson
  • William Meyers
  • Alvin R. Plough
  • Ravelle and Andree
  • Laszlo Rothbart
  • Herb Rungie
  • John Scarne
  • F. V. Schonek
  • Paul W. Schnette
  • Lynn Searles
  • Frank Shepherd
  • Jack Shepherd
  • Stephen G. Simpson
  • H. Adrian Smith
  • Phil Smith
  • Si Stebbins
  • Mel Stover
  • W. Van Zandt
  • Jack Vosburgh
  • Robert Wedertz
  • George Wright
  • Jack Yates
  • M.F. Zens

Abbott's Anthology of Card Magic is separated into seven chapters:

  • Unique Card Magic
  • Tricks With Special Cards
  • Gambling With Magic
  • Clever Card Conjuring
  • Tricks With Pre-Arranged Decks
  • Novel Card Magic
  • Mental Card Magic
This is a must have reference book for anyone who is serious about card magic. Here is a chance to get unobtainable effects that have been long forgotten, but are new to today's audiences.

1st edition 1989; PDF 325 pages
word count: 171029 which is equivalent to 684 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Devin Knight
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 27 May, 2015

The out of print Klever Kard Kodes is worth the price of the book by itself. One of the biggest bargains in magic. Devin Knight