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Card Control by Arthur Buckley

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This is not a book for beginners. But it is a book that will lift up the devoted student by two or three levels of proviciency in card handling. Buckley, born in Australia, was one of the masters and innovators of card magic. He studied the card gamblers as well as the top magic performers. This book with over 300 photos, of which most have been enhanced by drawing lines over them to increase contrast, and 40 outstanding routines, is a gold mine and challenge for any card worker.

1st edition, 1946, Arthur Buckley; reprint, 1993, Dover Publications, New York; 219 pages.

Table of Contents


  1. The Strip
  2. A Blind Riffle Shuffle
  3. "The Force That Couldn't Be"
  4. Domico Double Lift
  5. The Exchange
  6. Greek Shift
  7. Greek Shift - Buckley's Method
  8. Hindu Shift
  9. Vernon's Multiple Shift
  10. Multiple Shift - Buckley's Method
  11. Buckley's Slap Shift
  12. Buckley's Single Card Shift
  13. Shifting a Card from the Bottom of the Pack
  14. Improved Dovetail Stock Shuffle to Keep the Top Stock
  15. Improved Dovetail Stock Shuffle to Keep the Bottom Stock
  16. Buckley's Method of Secretly Placing a Bridge
  17. Buckley's Out of This World False Shuffle and Cut
  18. Sighting or Glimpsing the Top Card
  19. Sighting the Top Card - Second Method
  20. Sighting the Top Card - Third Method
  21. Sighting the Top Card - Fourth Method
  22. Improved Peek
  23. Sighting After the Peek
  24. Other Locations AFter the Peek
  25. Turnover Sight Location
  26. Stepping After the Peek
  27. The Slide
  28. The Invisible Location
  29. Buckley's Reverse
  30. Sighting While Cutting the Pack
  31. The Glide
  32. The Glide - Second Method
  33. The Glide Location
  34. Buckley's Method of Sighting While Fanning the Cards
  35. Glimpsing the Bottom Card
  36. Buckley's Diagonal Location
  37. The Break Shuffle
  38. Buckley's Method for Dealing Seconds
  39. Domico Location
  40. Cardini's Location
  41. The Count
  42. False Count for More
  43. False Count for Less
  44. The Side Steal Palm
  45. The Side Steal Palm - Buckley's Method
  46. Original Methods of Palming Cards from the Bottom of the Pack
  47. Palming from the Bottom After the Riffle Shuffle
  48. The Perfect Card Palm
  49. The Replacement
  50. Buckley's Multiple Card Palm Steal
  51. Overhand Shuffle and Multiple Shift
  52. Buckley's Double Peek Location Shuffle and Palm
  53. Buckley's Top Palm Slide Off
  54. Berg's Top Palm
  55. The Allerton Top Palm
  56. One Hand Top Palm - Judson Cole
  57. Palm Off the Second Top Card While Top Card Is Visibly Drawn Onto the Pack
  58. To Palm Off the Top of the Pack an Exact Number of Cards Up to Ten
  59. To Palm One or Several Cards
  60. The Fan Location
  61. The Fan Location Amplified
  62. A Novel Palm
  63. Changing a Card in the Act of Turning the Card Over
  64. The Throw Change
  65. Hindu Shuffle and Cut Location
  66. Buckley's Method of Double Cutting Cards to the Top of the Pack
  67. John Brown Cook's Transfer of a Card
  68. The "Pass"
  69. False Shuffle Par Excellence
  70. Another Method of Reversing a Card
  71. Extraordinary Queens
  72. A Different Top Change (mass hypnotism)
  73. An Amazing Location
  74. One Hand Crimp
  75. The Count (Second Method)
  76. The Palm Unsurpassed (Original)
  77. Bottom Palm of a Single Card (Original)
  78. The Top Palm (Improved Method)
  79. The Glide Shift
    Conjuring at the Card Table
  80. Foreword
  81. False Table Riffle Shuffle
  82. False Table Riffle Shuffle and Cut
  83. The Shift and Shuffle
  84. The Push Through Simplified
  1. Cut, Riffle Shuffle and Retain the Top Stock
  2. Bottom Stock Blind Riffle
  3. Retaining the Stock
  4. The Switch at Draw Poker
  5. Dealing from the Bottom
  6. The Cut and Use of the Bridge
  7. Restoring the Cut
  8.   Second Method - The Drop
  9.   Third Method
  10.   Bottom Stock Shift
  11. Restoring the Cut (My Pet Method)
  12. A Cute False Cut
  13. Running Up Two Hands
  14. The Hold Out and Pick Up Builds
  15. Demonstration Build of Four Aces Using the Buckley Double Cuts
  16. A Cold Deck Warmed Up
  17. The Practical Sharpers
  18. Knowing Your Opponent's Hole Card
  19. The Spread
  20. A Strike (Method of Dealing Seconds)
  21. Second Dealing (Black Jack Method)
  22. Dealing Seconds (Double Push-Off One Hand)
  23. An Original Method of Restoring the Cut (Fourth Method)
  24. Lighting
  25. Music
  26. A Vanish of a Card from the Top of the Pack
  27. A Back Palm with Open Fingers
  28. The Bent Fingers Back Palm and Recovery
  29. Production from the Palm
  30. A Card Vanishes
  31. Push Down Vanish
  32. The Thumb Palm Move
  33. The Slide Up Vanish
  34. A Card Vanishes and Reappears at the Very Tips of the First and Second Fingers
  35. Reverse Palming Without Swinging the Arm and Also Without Using the Thumb
  36. Fan Vanish
  37. A Fan of Cards Disappears
  38. Paul le Paul Reversal
  39. The Change Over
  40. A Very Pretty and Deceptive Piece of Card Manipulation
  41. The Steal
  42. "Back Palm" a Pack of Fifty-Two Cards and Produce Them in a Series of Fans at the Fingertips
    Experiments with Cards
  43. Experiment No. 1 Transposition
  44. Experiment No. 2 Confusion
  45. Experiment No. 3 Do You See Red?
  46. Experiment No. 4 Matching Pairs
  47. Experiment No. 5 The Lost Aces
  48. Experiment No. 6 The Convexed Aces
  49. Experiment No. 7 Charlier Location and Speller Effect
  50. Experiment No. 8 Card Through the Case
  51. Experiment No. 9 Unexpected Ending
  52. Experiment No. 10 Birds of a Feather
  53. Experiment No. 11 Simplicity
  54. Experiment No. 12 Next to Yours
  55. Experiment No. 13 Four Chances - A Novel Card Location
  56. Experiment No. 14 Naming the Top Card
  57. Experiment No. 15 A Gambler's Aid
  58. Experiment No. 16 A Card Gets Out of Hand
  59. Experiment No. 17 Difficult Routine
  60. Experiment No. 18 Lost and Found
  61. Experiment No. 19 Mysterious Marker
  62. Experiment No. 20 Black Jacks
  63. Experiment No. 21 The Ladies and the Deuces
  64. Experiment No. 22 Another Transposition
  65. Experiment No. 23 The Ambitious Card
  66. Experiment No. 24 The Mix-Up
  67. Experiment No. 25 Wishful Thinking
  68. Experiment No. 26 Color Memory
  69. Experiment No. 27 Think of a Number
  70. Experiment No. 28 A Brilliant Climax
  71. Experiment No. 29 An Ace Introduction
  72. Experiment No. 30 The Aces and the Chosen Card
  73. Experiment No. 31 Quintuplets
  74. Experiment No. 32 The Slop Over Card Location
  75. Experiment No. 33 Card and Pocket Mystery
  76. Experiment No. 34 Your Favorit Ace
  77. Experiment No. 35 The Double Surprise
  78. Experiment No. 36 Chivalrous Kings and the Four Ladies
  79. Experiment No. 37 A Quickie
  80. Experiment No. 38 Four Aces Par Excellence
  81. Experiment No. 39 The Obtrusive Queens
  82. Experiment No. 40 The Illusive Transfer
  83. Experiment No. 41 Card in Pocket Book
  84. Experiment No. 42 The Hindu Aces
  85. Experiment No. 43 The Four Bandits

word count: 79668 which is equivalent to 318 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Feras A. Alkharboush (confirmed purchase)
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Monday 02 October, 2006

The book is PURE GOLD.

You know when they say: old gems? you got them all in here. These are the controls you will use!

Very advanced moves in here though. You got to have to experiance with a deck of cards. I finished Royal Road, and I can uderstand Arthur's explinations easily! I didn'n think I'm a book learner!

Altough explinations are good, some moves are hard, REALLY hard. Needs a practice.

For 5 Bucks? You cant beat that. Highly recommended

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