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From the Foreword:
It has always been my aim to perform close-up magic impromptu, and with unprepared cards. This I do most of the time. Occasionally I find it is better to use the odd special card to enhance a particular routine, and as a commercial performer I have no qualms about this. In my view, the performer's personality should override all else, the props being the tools of his trade. When the blend of personality and props is exactly correct, the performance becomes an entertainment ... this is the aim.
The routines in this book are designed to appeal to those using card magic as a vehicle for entertainment. All are audience tested and a large number of these routines are in my regular act, having been in my repertoire for many years.
Within the pages of this volume are new routines, along with improved twists and handling of existing routines, for the novice and expert alike. Each item is clearly described in meticulous detail, and the text is accompanied with numerous photographs and illustrations. Most of the effects are within the scope of the card worker, and with practise the novice will improve his technique by careful study of the photographs and illustrations.
1st edition 1994, 126 pages; 1st digital edition 2017, 160 pages.word count: 46090 which is equivalent to 184 standard pages of text