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New Era Card Tricks
by August Roterberg


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New Era Card Tricks by August Roterberg

New Era Card Tricks is the masterpiece of Roterberg's publishing efforts. Scholars are pretty sure that the elusive Erdnase must have known and read this book. It is still today an extremely good and important work on cards. It is a book any serious card man should read. This is to a large part the foundation on which a lot of the later card work has been built. A good part of this book is essentially a translation of the German work Der Moderne Kartenkünstler by Friedrich W. Conradi. Richard Hatch wrote a wonderful introduction that by itself is worth reading. He starts:

August Roterberg is chiefly remembered today as a pioneering early twentieth century American magic dealer and as the author of the books featured here in digital form. Magic collectors seek out his palming coins, catalogs, apparatus, ephemera and variant copies of his books. But perhaps Roterberg’s more significant legacy is that he inaugurated the modern age of magic publishing, for his books are the first substantial ones on conjuring in English written expressly for magicians. Those conjuring books that preceded Roterberg were either exposures rather than teaching texts or were - like the excellent works by Robert-Houdin, Hoffmann and Sachs - issued by mainstream publishers targeting a general (and often juvenile) audience. Roterberg’s books were published by a magic dealer specifically for sale in magical depots, rather than for wide distribution to the general public. When one considers that most serious magic books today are issued by specialty publishers to be distributed primarily through magic dealers, one recognizes in Roterberg the source of this publishing model in the English speaking marketplace....

Table of Contents

  1. The Double Handed Pass
  2. The Herrmann Pass
  3. The Charlier Pass
  4. The Force
  5. Changes
  6. The Top Change
  7. The Bottom Change
  8. The New Top Change
  9. The Mexican Turn Over
  10. The Excelsior Change
  11. The Color Change
  12. First Method
  13. Second Method
  14. Third Method
  15. Fourth Method
  16. The Card Palm
  17. The Regular Palm
  18. The Buatier Palm
  19. The Back Hand Palm
  20. New Thought Card Sleights
  21. First Method
  22. Second Method
  23. Third Method
  24. The New Glimpse
  25. First Method
  26. Second Method
  27. Third Method
  28. The Bridge
  29. The Prearranged Pack
  30. The Glide
  31. The Revolution
  32. False Shuffles
  33. The Cut
  34. Shuffling the Entire Pack
  35. For One Card


  36. Ne Plus Ultra
  37. First Method
  38. Second Method
  39. Penetration of Matter
  40. First Method
  41. Second Method
  42. Magic Versus Mnemonics
  43. The Card Receptacle
  44. The Appearance of Desired Cards
  45. The Mysterious Production
  46. The Improved Mysterious Production
  47. The Improved Cards Read Behind the Back
  48. The Hypnotised Card
  49. The Queen of the Air
  50. The Lost Found
  51. The Card Caught on the Plate
  52. The Lantern of Diogenes
  53. Extraordinary Restoration
  54. Apparent Second Sight
  55. The Attached Card
  56. Cards Shot Against a Hat
  57. War in Peace
  58. The New Card Table
  59. Thought Reading Extraordinary
  60. A Mysterious Change
  61. The Card and Handkerchief
  62. The Itinerant Card
  63. The Terpsichorean Card
  64. The Card in the Pocket
  65. The Spectator as Conjurer
  66. Gravity Defied
  67. The Demon Envelope
  68. The Ubiquitous Card
  69. Four Cards Caught at the Fingertips
  70. The Card, Ribbon and Envelope
  71. Facilis Descensus Averno
  72. The Obedient Card
  73. The Card Appearing on the Bottle
  74. First Method
  75. Second Method
  76. The Card on the Table Edge
  77. The Mysteries of the Zodiac
  78. The Cards, Coins and Glass
  79. First Method
  80. Second Method
  81. Third Method
  82. The Halved Card
  83. The Phoenix
  84. The Lost Ace
  85. Thought Foretold
  86. The Pierced Card
  87. The Card Box
  88. The Mechanical Card Box
  89. The Brass Card Box
  90. The New Brass Card Box
  91. The Vanishing of Thought Cards
  92. X Rays
  93. First Method
  94. Second Method
  95. The Balanced Card
  96. The Lightning Change
  97. The Card Servante
  98. Rapid Transit
  99. The Cards and the Orange Tree
  100. Card, Ring and Ribbon
  101. The Conjurer's Prediction
  102. Handkerchief and Card
  103. Marvellous Coincidence
  104. Grand Card Maneuvre
  105. The New General Card
  106. The Small Card Frame
  107. First Method
  108. Second Method
  109. Grande Clairvoyance Mysterieuse
  110. First Method
  111. Second Method
  112. Third Method
  113. The Bridge of Cards
  114. The Cards and Mirror
  115. The Spirit Envelope
  116. The Divination of Thought
  117. Mnemonics Applied to Cards
  118. The Acrobatic Cards
  119. Singular Transposition
  120. First Method
  121. Second Method
  122. Vice Versa
  123. A Hypnotic Experiment
  124. The Mysterious Hat
  125. Mystic Divination
  126. Predestination
  127. The Flying and Obedient Card
  128. The New Multiplication of Cards
  129. Card and Egg Balance
  130. The Fountain of Cards
  131. The New Rising Cards from the Hand
  132. Second Method
  133. The Cards Rising Through the Air
  134. The Excelsior Rising Cards
  135. The Rising Cards and Tumbler
  136. A Comedy of Errors
  137. First Method
  138. Second Method
  139. Third Method
  140. The Hand of Cagliostro


  141. The Changing Card
  142. The Unique Changing Card
  143. The Diminishing Card
  144. The Latest Diminishing Card
  145. The Changing and Diminishing Card
  146. The Changing and Enlarging Card
  147. New Quadruple Changing Card
  148. The Card and Rose
  149. The Floral Card
  150. The Penetrative Card
  151. The Torn Corner Card
  152. The Improved Torn Corner Card
  153. The Flap Card
  154. The Nonpareil Changing Card
  155. Improved Nonpareil Changing Card
  156. The Bottle Card
  157. The Conjurer as Marksman
  158. Moving Pip Card
  159. A Mysterious Transformation
  160. The New Ink Card
  161. The Envelope Card
  162. The Vanishing Pips
  163. The Turning Card
  164. The Reunited Card
  165. The Card and Broken Mirror
  166. The Coin Card
  167. Eclipsed Pack of Cards
  168. The Diminishing Cards
  169. First Method
  170. Second Method
  171. Third Method
  172. Fourth Method

1st edition, 1897, Roterberg, London; 279 pages.
word count: 67652 which is equivalent to 270 standard pages of text

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