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The Royal Road to Card Magic

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by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue
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The Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard & Fred Braue

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The younger generation of card magicians probably knows or has heard of Card College by Roberto Giobbi. The Royal Road to Card Magic is very similar but of older vintage and doesn't cover as much ground. It introduces the novice into the art of card magic one move and principle at a time, always with tricks accompanying the moves. It is therefore not a mindless list of moves but a well prepared and thought out textbook. It will take the beginner to an intermediate level. Once The Royal Road to Card Magic has been mastered one can move on to Expert Card Technique which requires a higher skill level.

Actually because Expert Card Technique did not sell well when it was originally published in the 40s, Hugard and Braue wrote The Royal Road to Card Magic to provide a stepping stone to the much harder and less accessible Expert Card Technique.

first published in 1951 by World Publishing Company in Cleveland; several reprints, ex. Dover 1999; 292 pages

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction by Paul Fleming
  2. Preface

    Part One

  3. I. The Overhand Shuffle, I
  4. Position of the Pack in the Hands
  5. Execution of the Overhand Shuffle
  6. Using the Overhand Shuffle
  7. Controlling the Top Card
  8. Controlling the Bottom Card
  9. Retaining the Top and Bottom Cards in Position
  10. Top Card to Next to Bottom and Back to the Top
  11. The Run
  12. The Injog
  13. The Undercut
  14. Overhand Shuffle Control
  15. Retaining Top Stock
  16. Overhand False Shuffle
  17. Overhand Shuffle Practive Routine
  18. Tricks with the Overhand Shuffle
  19. Topsy-Turvy Cards
  20. A Poker Player's Picnic
  21. A Pocket Discovery
  22. Telepathy Plus
  23. Thought Stealer
  24. Pinkie Does It
  25. A Card and a Number

  26. II. The Riffle Shuffle
  27. Riffle Shuffle Control
  28. Retaining a Card at the Top of the Deck
  29. Retaining the Bottom Card or Cards
  30. Riffle Shuffle in the Air
  31. Tricks with the Riffle Shuffle
  32. An Instinct for Cards
  33. Mirror of the Mind
  34. Ultra Card Divination

  35. III. Flourishes
  36. Displaying the Top Card
  37. The Ruffle
  38. The Click
  39. Spread and Turnover
  40. Gathering the Ribbon-Spread Pack
  41. Springing the Cards
  42. A Flourish Count
  43. Throwing a Card
  44. Waterfall Shuffle
  45. The Fan
  46. One-Hand Fan
  47. Thumb Fan
  48. Pressure Fan

  49. IV. The Glide
  50. Design for Laughter
  51. The Observation Test

  52. V. The Glimpse
  53. Bottom-Card Glimpse I
  54. Bottom-Card Glimpse II
  55. Bottom-Card Glimpse III
  56. Top-Card Glimpse I
  57. Fan Peek
  58. Tricks with the Glimpse
  59. Gray's Spelling Trick
  60. Round and Round

  61. VI. The Key Card
  62. The Key Undercut
  63. Key Undercut Shuffle
  64. Tricks with the Key Card
  65. Do as I Do
  66. The Three Piles
  67. The Twenty-Sixth Card
  68. A Meeting of the Minds
  69. The Non-Poker Voice
  70. Intuition with Cards
  71. Sliding Key Card

  72. VII. The Palm
  73. Top Palm I (Single Card)
  74. Top Palm II (Several Cards)
  75. Palm Glimpse
  76. Replacing Palmed Cards
  77. Tricks with the Palm
  78. Card in the Pocket
  79. Now You See It!
  80. Grab-Bag Card
  81. Good-Luck Card
  82. Do It and Fail
  83. Gathering of the Clan
  84. Spring Catch
  85. A Vested Interest
  86. Piano Trick

  87. VIII. The Backslip
  88. Backslip Force
  89. Backslip Control
  90. Tricks with the Backslip
  91. Lightning Card
  92. The Tantalizer
  93. Under Your Hat

  94. IX. The Overhand Shuffle, II
  95. Injog and Break
  96. Overhand Break Control
  97. Overhand Lift Shuffle
  98. Lift Shuffle Force
  99. Spread and Break
  100. Holding a Break
  101. Spread and Break Control
  102. Tricks with the Overhand Shuffles
  103. The Sevens
  104. Obliging Aces
  105. Leapfrog
  106. Spectator's Card Trick
  107. A Poker Puzzle

  1. X. False Shuffles and Cuts
  2. Optical Shuffle
  3. Charlier Shuffle
  4. The Cut
  5. Palm Cut
  6. Tricks with the Shuffles and Cuts
  7. An Incomprehensible Divination
  8. Circus Card Trick
  9. Black Jack, Detective

  10. XI. The Double Lift and Turnover
  11. Double-Lift Glimpse
  12. Double-Lift Card Reverses
  13. Rapid Transit
  14. The Trey
  15. Ambitious Card
  16. Throughth and Consequences
  17. Insidious Dr. Fu Liu Tu

  18. XII. The Pass
  19. Riffle Pass
  20. Spread Pass
  21. Spring Pass
  22. Tricks with the Pass
  23. Off Agin, On Agin, Finnegin!
  24. Kangaroo Card
  25. Righting a Wrong
  26. Blindfolded Pack
  27. Double Speller

  28. XIII. Miscellaneous Flourishes
  29. Color Change
  30. Double Color Change
  31. The Changing Card
  32. Self-Cutting Deck
  33. A Pretty Cut
  34. Pop-Up Card
  35. A Bit of Byplay
  36. Charlier Cut
  37. Acrobatic Aces

    Part Two

  38. XIV. The Reverses
  39. First Method
  40. Second Method
  41. Third Method
  42. Fourth Method
  43. Reversed Location
  44. Tricks with the Reverses
  45. Spellbound
  46. A Tipsy Trick
  47. Double Reverse
  48. Mentalivity
  49. Mountebank Miracle

  50. XV. The Hindu Shufle and other Controls
  51. Hindu Shuffle Control
  52. Hindu Shuffle Force
  53. Hindu Shuffle Glimpse
  54. The Step
  55. Natural Jog
  56. Twelve-Down Riffle
  57. Tricks with the Hindu Shuffle
  58. All Change Here
  59. Ewephindit

  60. XVI. The Classic Force
  61. One-Hand Force
  62. Bottom Force
  63. Slide-Out Force
  64. Two-Card Force
  65. Riffle-Break Force
  66. Sliding-Key Force
  67. Double-Lift Force
  68. Cut Force
  69. Tricks with the Force
  70. Justice Card Trick
  71. Fours of a Kind
  72. Pulse Trick

  73. XVII. Top and Bottom Changes
  74. Top Change
  75. The Changing Card
  76. Top-Change Byplay
  77. Bottom Change
  78. Top and Bottom Changes

  79. XVIII. Arrangements
  80. Tricks with Arrangements
  81. The Selective Touch
  82. A Future in Cards
  83. Jacks Wild
  84. Think Stop
  85. Deal Away
  86. The Educated Cards
  87. Reds and Blacks

  88. XIX. Routines
  89. Routining Card Tricks
  90. A Table Routine
  91. Card-Discovery Routine
  92. Razzle-Dazzle Routine

    Part Three

  93. XX. Platform Tricks
  94. Conus Ace Trick
  95. Ladies' Looking Glass
  96. Everywhere and Nowhere
  97. Egyptian Pocket
  98. Cards to the Pocket
  99. Enlarging and Diminishing Cards
  100. Three Cards Across
  101. Everybody's Card I
  102. Everybody's Card II
  103. Index

word count: 94588 which is equivalent to 378 standard pages of text
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Reviewed by Robin Z
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]   Date Added: Sunday 20 January, 2008

A classic in magic!

I can't accurately express how important this book is for a card magician. This book will teach all of the basic techniques for cards. This includes False Shuffles, Double Lifts, Hindu Shuffles, The Pass and many more. Along with the techniques you will find tricks that use the handling you have just learned.

If you really take the time to learn all of the techniques, as well as some of the tricks you will be better than most amateur card magicians.

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