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Anthology of Card Magic
by Gordon Miller


(2 reviews, 7 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:

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

Reviewed by Christopher Reynolds (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 15 July, 2023

If you like Jean Hugard's Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, you'll love The Anthology of Card Magic by Gordon Miller.

As a reader, I love card trick anthologies because they provide an inexpensive way to experiment with many different styles of tricks, techniques, and presentations. Additionally, they introduce you to a wide range of talent.

And the talent on display in The Anthology of Card Magic is impressive. It's a smorgasbord of vintage card tricks from classic names like John Scarne and Ted Annemann to lesser-known contributors such as Bob Hummer and Joe Karson.

Gordon Miller, a 30-year staff member at Abbott Magic, compiled a collection of over 300 effects from the archives. Each was featured in one of Abbott Magic Company's retail catalogs, including titles previously out-of-print or forgotten, such as Amazing Card Miracles, Card System Deluxe, and Klever Kard Kodes.

In his introduction, he writes, "No apology should be afforded for the quantity or quality of the material provided."

Regarding quality in some magic compilations, there is a redundant amount of B- level tricks. However, in this case, Miller has collected abundant A-plus material covering everything from sleight-of-hand to pre-arranged packs, short cards, and more.

One trick I found especially interesting was the Fortune Telling Card Trick, a mind-boggling effect combining fortune telling, mind reading, and "pick-a-card" type magic.

Using two packs of cards, the magician demonstrates their fortune-telling skills, revealing to the spectator their age, how many siblings they have, whom they are expecting a letter from, the month of their birth, the year something important happened in their lives, and other interesting facts.

Klever Kard Kodes was the highlight of the anthology. It is a twenty-page treatise on two-person telepathy using playing cards, highlighting dozens of sneaky silent and verbal codes mentalists and confederates can use.

Whether you're a professional performer looking for new material or an amateur like me who enjoys browsing compilations and trying new tricks, this eBook is a goldmine.

At the low price of $12.95, it's more than a bargain. It's a steal. If you love card magic, buy this now.

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