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This book, a contemporary of Erdnase, is filled with fun little gems.
In Revelations, Vernon says "Unquestionably, the finest descriptions of the two-handed pass yet given are by Lang Neil and Erdnase." Charles Bertram's pass, described in The Modern Conjuror, also bears strong similarities to the handlings given by Henry Hay in Learn Magic and The Amateur Magician's Handbook. There's a false shuffle that's related to the optical shuffle, with the interesting property of allowing you to make the last throw to the top of the pack. There's a left handed top card peak on page 68 for the lefties out there. I love the photographs of old time magicians, and there is a huge collection of parlour tricks. "A Rather Dangerous Trick" on page 300 is by far my favorite. I have been performing this stunt for decades and have had great fun with it over the years. As far as I know, I may be the only one currently performing it! If you do attempt this stunt, please do not blame me if you hurt yourself. Notice that the word "dangerous" is in the title! It also has chapters on plate spinning, chapeaugraphy, paper folding, and shadowgraphy, all of which are fun to read and have entertaining pictures even if you aren't trying to learn how to perform them. Overall, this book is a fun and thought provoking read.
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My copy is definitely a highlight of my library.
I read through it often.
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If I remember correctly, Conjuring Arts gave away a free pdf version as part of their summer reading program last year. Well worth being on their mailing list.
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I just read the introduction tonight. Lots of advice on the naturalness of your actions. Quite a nice read, and yes, it's great to see those photographs. I read the description of the interlace and thought he was describing a push through shuffle. Is that correct (I'm not super into the push through mechanics yet)?
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I agree, this is a good book
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Glad this post came up again. I have the Conjuring Arts freebie. I'll have to load it onto my iPhone and give it a look. It's 419 pages, though!