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Arthur Buckley' Card Control was one of my first ever card books. A lot of the material was too tough for my skillset at the time, but I enjoyed reading it over and over. It is still one of my favourite books. There are some great little methods and techniques within. Luckily there was no internet to distract us back in the day, so I just read it over and over... I remember reading the names of the magicians within the pages and wondering who there were, and what they loooked like. In some ways those days were much cooler, we got to use our imagination much more so than the current crop of beginning magicians.

Daniel young metioned the edge-marking principle that he discoverd in Buckley's book, I love all those simple little ideas that are often overlooked by the modern magicians. I've worked entire gigs with nothing more than simple magic learned from beginners books. Simple yet strong, focusing on the presentation, learning to involve the audience and selling the effects like they are going out of fashion.

Simple yet strong, take the key card principle and think of how many different ways you can sell the effect. Read a few books on sales and you'll soon realise these are just as important as the magic books you read.

Keep it simple, and make it strong!
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We've talked a bunch here about how there's gold in old books and the one you mention certainly has a lot of gold in it.  Nothing in it is a pipe dream or impractical.  There are sleights in it that you can probably find better alternatives for, but that doesn't mean they are passe'.

One example is the teaching on the Strike Second Deal.  The description is solid and if studied, one could master it just fine with sufficient practice.  I've seen the book on sale for less than $6.00 too!  Unbelievable.

Regarding books, we've discussed their value here on the forum many times.  I love being able to read and envision how something is done instead of watching someone do it.  Maybe it is because I was "raised" that way and I didn't have a choice?  But I still find many novels better than their big screen counterparts.  Anybody that read the Jack Reacher books could never have pictured Tom Cruise in the lead role.  He was over a foot too short.

The phrase simple yet strong brings me back to my high school years.  I often performed during my lunch hour for my friends.  One of the tricks they asked me to do repeatedly was cutting the aces.  I used a few methods, but mostly relied on crimps.  I'd let them shuffle to their heart's content and still find them all.  The response was always incredulity.  They had no clue whatsoever.  Simple, yet very, very strong.
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Speaking of "Card Control" by Buckley, Conjuring Arts is giving it away free. Today's the last day:

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Originally Posted by Mike Powers
Speaking of "Card Control" by Buckley, Conjuring Arts is giving it away free. Today's the last day:

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Thanks for the tip!  Even though I have the book, it never hurts to have a .pdf.
You may also download T. Nelson Downs Art of Magic and Edwin Sachs Sleight of Hand for free today.
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In that book was published for the first time the Vernon multiple card control. A very useful card technique I have been using all my amateur card magic life.
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Speaking of "Card Control" by Buckley, Conjuring Arts is giving it away free. Today's the last day:

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Thanks Mike!!!
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I've always thought that Keep It Strong (and) Simple is a better use of the KISS concept.
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