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I recently stumbled across one of those books I purchased years ago. Sadly, it took a spot on my bookshelf never to be truly appreciated in the context of me reading it.

Last night I convinced myself to refrain from purchasing a new magic book and learn something from a book I have yet to explore. It was Steve Beam's Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, Vol. 2.

Jumping Catfish! Why didn't I read this back in 1998 when I purchased it? Better late than never as they say!

Anyone else dabble with Mr. Beam's material? Fun stuff for sure!!
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Thanks Blathermist!

I performed two effects for the wife last night from Volume 2...devilishly clever...had her guessing several methods until she had to admit defeat.
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Huge fan of Steve Beam here!
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I too have had volume 1 and volume 8 on my bookshelf for a few years now, and I've only dipped into them here and there. I should really take them down and read them properly. 

Out of the 10 volumes, do you have a favourite? 

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I just received the set a few days ago...so I'm going through them in numerical order. Volume 1 has some keepers for sure. It's hard to resist randomly grabbing one of the other volumes and going through them.

Pretty sure it will be tough selecting a favorite!
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Treat yourself to randomly picking a page out of one of the other books and then go back to book 1!
Be strict, you can read one random trick from any of the other books but then you must go back to book one ;-)
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Hmmm...I like that plan!
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I've got some things published in those, but I forgot which volumes and what effects...
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Steven,

Vol II, Gaffus Maximus and Dribble Peek
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Vol II, Gaffus Maximus and Dribble Peek

There's more...

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I am just starting to collect them [smile], I missed this serie almost completely and now they are hard to find I just have Vol. I, II and since yesterday...Vol.III
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In Steve Beam´s Trapdoor Magazine I can find "The $1000000 Test", "Bikes Peek" and "Perfect Stopper"...
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Hmmmm... that sounds right. Maybe it was the magazine... are you sure Bikes Peek is attributed to me?
I don't remember anything by that name...

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Yeah, I am always right[biggrin], it is attributed to you!

I found it in Denis Behr´s database (that is really (!) always right!). It seems to be a key card placement during a peek handling (a hidden slip cut onto the chosen card?!), similar to a handling of Stewart Smith in the Pallbearers Review and a Marlo handling out of Kabbala, but I can look them up tomorrow.

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Sorry waterman for somewhat hitchhiking your thread...

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No problem...it's actually enriching the original post with the information being shared!
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Looking into buying a few more of Steve Beams early books, like volume three and four. But wanted to know how good is the material. I have volumes one and two, and like volume one better then two. So if anyone can give some insight on these it would be a big help.

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I  always get something out of his books, no matter the volume. I would just go in order. I haven't read them in a while but you really can't go wrong with any of them. These books and Harry's Apocalypse and Best Of Friends books are my all time favorites. 
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Along with Steve Beam, do you have any of Nick Trost books?
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I have every SACT and Nick Trost books. Amazing material in all of them. You might also want to check-out the works of Warren Wiersbe.
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The Card Magic of Nick Trost is excellent.
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Another vote for The Card Magic of Nick Trost and also the Subtle Card Creations series. Nick's material is excellent.

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The Card Magic of Nick Trost is excellent.


I agree, and L&L ePub has it as an eBook... can get it pretty cheap when they do their sales twice a year.

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Warren Wiersbe...Blimey. There's a blast from the past.


Yep! We’re all standing on the shoulders of giants. I’m a huge fan of his work.
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Yep! We’re all standing on the shoulders of giants. I’m a huge fan of his work.
I do have this book The Card Magic of Nick Trost some great material.
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Waterman, Robin, SJR, and Steve Beam Fans - Steve Beam has some very impressive and clever ideas and I must confess that I also am guilty of overlooking many of his incredible effects.   His routines are even more impressive when you see Beam perform them!  I'm sure many of you have seen Steve Beam in action - although he doesn't initially appear to be, he is one of the funniest and most entertaining performers of magic ever, and that really adds to his already great effects.  He closely follows his suggested scripts, and the way he delivers those lines is textbook perfect!  Needless to say, he has some real "magician foolers" in his publications, for sure!  Waterman, thanks for reminding me of all of this - in fact, I'm reviewing his most recent lecture notes as I post this! - johnny
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Waterman, Robin, SJR, and Steve Beam Fans - Steve Beam has some very impressive and clever ideas and I must confess that I also am guilty of overlooking many of his incredible effects.   His routines are even more impressive when you see Beam perform them!  I'm sure many of you have seen Steve Beam in action - although he doesn't initially appear to be, he is one of the funniest and most entertaining performers of magic ever, and that really adds to his already great effects.  He closely follows his suggested scripts, and the way he delivers those lines is textbook perfect!  Needless to say, he has some real "magician foolers" in his publications, for sure!  Waterman, thanks for reminding me of all of this - in fact, I'm reviewing his most recent lecture notes as I post this! - johnny



Thanks Johnny...I'm glad my original post was well-received and that it could be a catalyst for positive discussions regarding Steve's work (along with shout-outs to Steven Youell and Nick Trost). 

Speaking of Nick Trost, I was able to purchase his entire set of Subtle Card Creations for 60% off as Part of Dave's Killer Magic Shops going out of business sale (bittersweet experience) with the exception of Volume 1...which I fortunately already own and from the word on the street I hear it's a bear to find this volume for sale anywhere.

I too am guilty of overlooking a lot of good magic in what seems to be a magic book collection that continues to grow past the amount of shelf space I have to accommodate it no matter how hard I resist the temptation to purchase new material! 
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Yeah Nick Trost Volume one is tough. I bought it as a download several years ago. Still looking for an original, even a used copy. I wish I would had known about Dave's Killer Magic Shop could have grabbed some deals..
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You might also want to check-out the works of Warren Wiersbe.

Wait... Wiersbe has published on magic?

I've only known Warren Wiersbe as a theologian, because he's published a huge amount of commentaries on the Bible, and I've read a lot of his stuff over the years.  I never knew until now that he was a magician as well. 

Is it really the same guy? Fact check: Yep!

That's mind-blowing!

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There are now 11 volumes.
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I know that is a lot of material. One thing I would like to ask, how are his methods been in the later volumes. Are they still geared toward the semi-automatic card tricks as in his earlier books. I read somewhere last year that these newer books are different.
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Yes, the tricks in the newer volumes are still the same type as the earlier volumes. ie I have a routine published in volume 9, and if a spectator could do an Elmsley count, the magician wouldn’t even be needed. Hahaha.
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I have the first 10 volumes ,but still hopscotching around Volumes 1 and 2 (as well as at least 50 other books I randomly pull off my shelves...including, "The Good Stuff"). I'll take Ryan's word that the latter volumes contain the same style of effects as the earlier ones...even though at this rate I'll be in my late seventies by the time I get to cracking them open. 

As I go through many effects in Steve's SACT series I sometimes find myself becoming more engaged in his writing style than I am in the actual effect that I'm attempting to learn. He is a very funny guy. That being said, there are a plethora of interesting tricks and techniques in the volumes that I have focused on so far that will get the juices flowing for most card magicians, regardless of skill level.

I'm enjoying the Nick Trost series (Subtle Card Creations) as well, but the volumes I've focused on so far are 1 and 6 (simply because I have owned Volume 1 since it was originally released and Volume 6 was the only copy not shrink wrapped when I purchased the rest of the series). I never expected that every effect would be worth the price of the book type as many of the tricks are kind of just, "meh". However, when patience is my sidekick and I continue to turn the pages and read through the effects, there is definitely gold in them thar hills! 

Once again...I need to clarify that I am also spending a good deal of time reading,"The Good Stuff"...mostly effects from the set of Apocalypse Books that I can now say I am the proud owner of all 4 volumes. I don't need to tell you what kind of material you can find in those beauties, just ask Harry...
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This was one of my favorite tricks in SACT vol. 11



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Double Dealer from Vol. 1



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