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Eddie's Dumbfounders with Cards

by Eddie Joseph
#2 Balls, Eggs, Dice & Cups author
#3 Gambling author
$4

(3 reviews, 5 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Eddie's Dumbfounders with Cards by Eddie Joseph

No skill - no sleights - no moves

  • Introduction
  • The "Tobba" Mystery
  • Who Knows the Card?
  • Incredulously True
  • Two Secret Thoughts
  • Memory Phenomenal
  • Over the Wire
  • The Mystic Queen
  • One-Eye Joe
  • The Expert Cuts
  • Can You See Your Card?

From the introduction:

Now comes the question — Why bring all this in here? Merely to stress a point. ANY TRICK WILL BE CONSIDERED AN APPARENT MIRACLE WHEN THE CAUSE EVADES US. Pages and pages have been written in an attempt to define Magic. I will give it to you in FIVE words, "THE ART OF CONCEALING THE CAUSE". The better you are able to conceal the CAUSE, the greater the EFFECT on the onlookers. But when I say CONCEALING THE CAUSE, I certainly don’t mean to imply concealing from sight alone, but from the senses as well.

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word count: 8426 which is equivalent to 33 standard pages of text

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Reviewed by Christopher Reynolds (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 21 September, 2022

Eddie Joseph was a night-club magician who lived in Calcutta, India. He authored almost seventy books on magic in his lifetime, cementing his international legacy as a respected inventor and sleight-of-hand master. His pet trick was the cups & balls.

He is the type of writer I admire; he doesn't let silly things like talent get in the way of being prolific. Sometimes, to be prolific, one has to sacrifice perfection.

A few of Eddie's books, like Eddie's Dumbfounders With Cards, are of dubious quality.

The cover boasts:

No Sleights! No Skill! No Moves!

NO FUN!

Reading Eddie's Dumbfounders With Cards by Eddie Joseph made me feel like I time-traveled back to my high-school remedial math class.

Here's how I solve a math equation: 1. Read the problem 2. Cry

Mathematical card tricks are supposed to be fun to learn, not dull. Many of Eddie's dumbfounders are long and tedious, with endless dealing and counting cards.

Joseph's old-timey prose was challenging to understand. At best, his writing is confusing and monotonous. Much of the time, the instructions made no sense, leaving me puzzled.

Reading a novel about paint drying would have been more interesting.

I understand that writing the methods for card tricks isn't the same as writing literature. But, at minimum, the instructions must make things clear to the reader. This point is where the book fails.

Joseph was a more technically accomplished magician than many of his peers. His profound influence as a magic creator suggests that he was a better performer than a writer in the acute sense of expressing and communicating his ideas.

I enjoyed the principles behind a couple of tricks, but regulations don't make lively entertainment:

Memory Phenomenal: Immediately naming the location of a mentally chosen card in an entire deck of fifty-two while blindfolded.

Over the wire: a mental effect performed over the phone.

Maybe, with some imagination and style, you can create a repertoire of card tricks using Eddie Joseph's methods. But, overall, I found the book boring, impractical, and devoid of any actual content.

I can't recommend it to any magician looking for their first trick or advanced performers interested in expanding their magic repertoire. The only people I can recommend this to are people like me: Book collectors. If that describes you, Eddie Joseph is a classic author to add to your digital shelf.

I give it three stars strictly due to its obscure collector's value.


Reviewed by Sarin Suriyakoon (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 30 August, 2020

These are the fooler and innovative. Some of them can be done over the phone, blindfolded, and all of them (except one you need a bit of work) can be done with borrowed deck. Most of them can be presented as mentalism.

Reviewed by Loki Jedi (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 10 January, 2017

Overall I learnt some new things and is good value for money. Some pros n cons -

Pros - All self working, no slights, borrowed deck and some interesting principles.

Cons - Tricks have 'longish' process. A lot of dealing n counting involved.

But once I understood the basic principle, I could structure the tricks to suit my style.

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