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Tom Craven

Tom Craven

(1934 - 4th November, 2023)

Tom (Thomas Eugene) Craven has been doing magic since 1962. His main interest has been close-up magic, but he performs from platform and stage as well. Married, 3 children, 13 grandchildren, none of which are likely to become magicians!

Tom Craven is one of only four persons that have attended all of the FFFF conventions. He did trade shows full-time for seven years.

He wrote The 16th Card Book (1982), The Card Magic of John Quine (1988), B.S.-Timations (1991), T.I.P.S. (Tom In Print Somewhere) (1992), The Second 16th Card Book, Vol. 1 (with Paul Gordon) (2005), The Keeper Card Book (with Paul Gordon) (2008), My (Almost) Fifty Years in Magic (2011) Second printing 2017 via Palmer Magic.

(The photo is copyright Robin W. Dawes, and is used with permission.)

Coauthors: Paul Gordon

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Tom Craven & Paul Gordon
The Keeper Card Book by Tom Craven & Paul Gordon

This ebook is all about John Quine's startlingly good "keeper" concept. The Keeper is a Straddle Faro that shuffles the entire deck but retains the second from top card in situ. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg...

This ebook is a reprint of the "keeper" material from both The Card Magic of John Quine (which was mostly Tom's material) and BS timations. The rest of the ebook is made up of "keeper" material from Precursor, The Minotaur and a whole bunch of exciting new stuff! If you can do a Straddle Faro Shuffle, you can do The Keeper. To be frank, as Harry Lorayne pointed out, Mr. Quine's original handling...

★★★★★ $10
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Tom Craven & Paul Gordon
The Second 16th Card Book: Volume 1 by Tom Craven & Paul Gordon

Back in 1982, Tom Craven wrote a charming little booklet entitled The 16th Card Book. This ebook is a reproduction of this booklet and additionally a collection of contributions by a list of eclectic performers who contributed their routines on the same topic.

Tom Craven's original 16th Card Book - 1982

  • What's In A Name
  • Preface
  • Top Ten (Craven)
  • Suite Sixteen (Goldstein)
  • Suite Sixteen Variant (Goldstein)
  • A Perfect Mis-Match (Craven)
  • Cut N' Count Double (Craven)
  • My Card Is (Craven)
  • Conjuring With Cards (Trost)
  • Siamese Suite (Goldstein)
  • Which Card's Company? (Craven)
  • Three's Company...
★★★★★ $15
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