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Scarne On Card Tricks Review
One book, 300 pages, 155 card tricks, $13 bucks and one Scarne On Card Tricks Review. Is it gem or is it rubble? Stay tuned to find out.
Scarne On Card Tricks Review: Effect
Effect? Really? You want me to tell you what the effect(s) is/are? Holy crap! Where do I begin. This book has everything from A to Z. There are 155 effects. Everything from card to pocket routines, mind-reading effects, packet tricks, ace tricks, in the spectator's hands, do as I do, vanishing cards, coincidence effects, and on and on and on, and on. The shorter list is "what's not in this book?"
Bottom Line: If you have even the remotest interest in card tricks, I'm sure that you'll find something your interested in. With 155 tricks, even if you hated 90% of then, that still leaves 15 effects that you don't hate. Trust me. There's a card trick or two in here for you.
Scarne On Card Tricks Review: Method
The beauty of this is that all of the effects are done with no sleight of hand. The methods range from gimmicks to key cards, set ups, glimpses, clever subtlety to the occasional mathematical sneakiness and much more. The methods, suprisingly, however are light in the procedural presentations. Though some effects require some dealing and counting, most do not.
You'll also find a section on Si Stebbins work as well. There are no methods here that have not stood the test of time. These methods are tried and true, and even the somewhat "dated" methods still work in today's world. The phone wizard comes to mind.
Not a single method is outside of the grasp of anyone reading this review. The barrier to entry is very low, yet the effects/methods are solid enough for full-time working pros as well. You want solid card methods, you got it.
Scarne On Card Tricks Review: Ad Copy Integrity
The ad copy scores an A plus with me. It's very accurate and honest. As stated therein, the effects are free of slieght of hand; they are presented well with excellent illustrations, etc. Read the ad copy. It's all there folks.
Scarne On Card Tricks Review: Product Quality
The product quality doesn't get much better than this. Each effect is so simple in concept that it is explained (on average) in about 2 pages at the most. Some require a mere paragraph and nothing more to explain. The writing is simple, thoughtful and clear. The illustration add even more clarity and understanding. For only $13 bucks, it's hard to say anything negative about the bang for buck.
Even at the worst case scenario of hating 90% of the book, you're still getting 15 effects for only $13 bucks. That's less than a buck a trick, and when you consider that these days, people pay has much as $20 or $30 bucks for one trick, this is a whole heck of a lot of bang for your buck!
Scarne On Card Tricks Review: Final Thoughts
With the full count of 155 effects, you're only paying 8 cents per trick. That's ridiculous. Not to mention, if you use the Magic Reviewed discount code (WYAL) at checkout, you'll save another 25%, it's hard to not recommend this book.
If you're looking to get started with card tricks, look no further. If you're a card expert, then you're still in the right place. This book is an invaluable resource of card tricks and methods from some of the greatest minds in the history of magic, namely John Scarne, Harry Lorayne, Charles Jordan, Al Baker, Al Flosso, Dunninger, Francis Carlyle, Bill Simon, Cardini, Dr. Daly, Marting Gardner, Bob Hummer, Harry Houdini, Bert Allerton, Hentry Christ, Frank Garcia, Vernon, and on and on and on and on . . .
Just stop what you're doing and get this book.
5 Stars with a Stone Status of GEM!
Available at Dover Magic
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