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JenniferG

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Regarding Versatile Card Magic by Frank Simon: 

I was wondering if this book is worth picking up for other things than the Pirandello False Cut.  I really like that false cut and was wondering if he had more brilliant stuff in it.

Should I pick up the new "Revisited" version with new (and more) photos and corrections.. $40 for the new one. Or should I spend $15 more for a used copy of the original one?
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Regarding Versatile Card Magic by Frank Simon: 

I was wondering if this book is worth picking up for other things than the Pirandello False Cut.  I really like that false cut and was wondering if he had more brilliant stuff in it.

Should I pick up the new "Revisited" version with new (and more) photos and corrections.. $40 for the new one. Or should I spend $15 more for a used copy of the original one?


That is one book I never purchased, but it is one that would be among the "short list" of books to have.  I'm familiar with the contents, having read through the entire list and it is chock-full of sleights and effects.  Always best to get the most up-to-date version if possible, but the original is great.

Since you are studying the Pirandello False Cut, you might like to study the undercut variation which follows it in the book.

There is an explanation of the Altman Trap, a simple but in my opinion devestating and much overlooked move.  The original Piet Forton "Pop-Out" move is described correctly.
Sandwich sleights and effects are in there amongst a lot of other stuff.

Oh, and we had that discussion about Hamman's Gemini Count recently and Simon offers up a variation on that you might want to check out.

In the end, you have to stop somewhere, but if you are still in the buying mode and considering this one, I'd recommend adding it to the collection.  New or used is up to you.
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Jamy Ian Swiss has a very good review that will probably answer the question of whether the book is worthwhile for you. 

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-book-reviews/versatile-card-magic-revisited
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Jamy Ian Swiss has a very good review that will probably answer the question of whether the book is worthwhile for you. 

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-book-reviews/versatile-card-magic-revisited


Good review and good summary of what has become known as 'The Convincing Control'.

Obviously the book contains a ton of stuff in addition to the work on TCC.
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Versatile Card Magic changed the way that I think about culling.  It also teaches us how to overcome problems in a move and exploit its advantages, naturally, these lessons are not explicitly stated, rather one learns from the examples.  As Ray pointed out, there are many other items as well, but the focus is on the controls, and in my opinion the main reason to venture into Simon's work.  The story told about Frank Simon in the book is fascinating and sad all at once.  An important book to the serious card student.
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