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Modern Card Tricks Without Apparatus
by Will Goldston

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Modern Card Tricks Without Apparatus by Will Goldston

Here you will find more than 50 card tricks including easy as well as difficult ones. The book includes a number of tricks from other prominent books. For example, we find tricks borrowed from Erdnase's Expert at the Card Table, and the last section is a partial translation of Kartenk√ľnste by Ottokar Fischer.

From the introduction:

An interesting little story is told by one of the old French kings. He asked a courtier to join in a game of cards. "Sire," replied the courtier, "I do not play cards." The king shrugged his shoulders, and said, "Then you are preparing for yourself a sad old age."

There is truth in this dictum even at the present day. Card games form a consolation and a source of enjoyment during the years of life when physical infirmities render more active pursuits impossible. But in old age one does not learn - one only remembers. Therefore, as the French king suggested, it is in the earlier years of life that one should acquire a knowledge of, and a liking for, card games.

With that knowledge and liking there comes, quite naturally, a similar knowledge of and liking for card tricks. Almost as long as games have been played with cards, tricks have been performed with them. It is quite possible that the man (or was it a woman?) who invented the first card game also invented the first card trick. Doubtless it was a very simple little trick. But it was the pioneer of thousands more elaborate. In this book will be found the best and the newest of these thousands.

  • Introduction
  • Cut the Cards
  • Where Will You Have It?
  • The Card that does a Turn
  • Tricks with a Pre-arranged Pack
  • Telling the Number of Cards in the Hand by the Weight
  • Thought Reading with a Medium
  • Odd or Even?
  • Blindfolding the Cards
  • The Magnetic Aces
  • The Jumping Card
  • In the Dark
  • "Flight"
  • The Sympathetic Couple
  • The Giddy Card
  • The Twelve Card Trick
  • The Mysterious Pair
  • Change Over!
  • The Aviator's Cards
  • The Invisible Flight
  • Cards and Cigar Box
  • Thought Reading with Eight Cards
  • The Card and Pocket Mystery
  • The Three Card Trick
  • The Mexican Turn Over
  • A Thought-Reading Trick with the Whole Pack
  • Another Thought-Reading Trick with One Card
  • "Find it Yourself"
  • Tearing a Pack in Half
  • The Boomerang Card
  • How to Throw a Card
  • To Cause Five Cards to Vanish and Reappear
  • Red or Black?
  • A Novel Discovery
  • Cards Caught in the Air
  • To Make a Card Travel Invisibly from One Hand to the Other
  • The Three Heaps
  • The Four Aces
  • "Esscee" Four Aces Experiment
  • The Tables Turned
  • The Disc of Cards
  • The "Stanley Collins" Card Slip
  • The Concertina Pack
  • The Vanishing and Appearing Pip
  • A Safe Force
  • The "A.P." Force
  • Whistle
  • A Quick Card Finding Trick
  • New Playing Cards
  • The Balancing Card
  • Gravity Defied
  • A Good Deception
  • The Hofzinser Section
    • Instructions for Presenting
    • The Sympathetic Numbers
    • Like Thoughts
    • Thought Transmission
    • The Four Eights
    • Everywhere and Nowhere!

PDF 70 pages.
word count: 22161 which is equivalent to 88 standard pages of text

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