Self working card tricks resources

Feb 8, 2019
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I am looking for suggestions on resources (preferably books) for powerful self-working card tricks. Anything from simple effects to stack work. Any advice is much appreciated.
 

RealityOne

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I don't have them, but I've heard good things of Scarne on Card Tricks and the Card College Light series.

You've heard correctly.

My list:

Scarne on Card Tricks (has the best tricks for the least price)
Card College Light, Lighter and Lightest (Most powerful and already routined)
Encyclopedia of Card Tricks (has some really good self-working material but its best use is a resource on gaffed cards and decks)
Any Karl Fulves Self Working Card Tricks books (Have to work through a lot to find the gems)
John Bannon's Destination Zero (which I don't think is worth $50)
 
Feb 8, 2019
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Aiken, SC
Thanks, I ordered Scarne on Card Tricks and the Encyclopedia of card tricks. I am planning on getting the card college light series later on. I have also been interested in stack work. Does anyone have resources on stacks specifically. Thanks again.
 
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Upham

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That is cruel :).... Sonata is long out of print.

I've read that there's a reprint in the pipeline for a decade or so?
Maybe now that The Magic Way is finally out they'll be focusing on the reprint of Sonata?
At least, I'm hoping they're working on it, I would love to get it :)
 

RealityOne

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I've read that there's a reprint in the pipeline for a decade or so?
Maybe now that The Magic Way is finally out they'll be focusing on the reprint of Sonata?
At least, I'm hoping they're working on it, I would love to get it :)

The plan was to get Magic Way translated then work on doing an update of Sonata. I haven't heard anything definite or if that is even still the plan.

What about Mnemonica by Juan Tamariz, I heard it great.

Mnemonica is solely devoted to memorized deck work.
 
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I'm a big fan of self-working card tricks. I've written an article that covers some of the best books and videos on the subject:

Why You Should Try Self-Working Card Tricks and Where To Learn Them

I think you'll also find these two articles helpful in figuring out which are some of the strongest self-workers out there:
10 of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World
10 More of the Best Self-Working Card Tricks in the World

In my opinion, these would be ten of the best self-working tricks of all time (in no particular order)
● Out of This World (Paul Curry)
● Gemini Twins (Karl Fulves)
● Con Cam Coincidencia (R. Paul Wilson)
● Shuffle-Bored (Simon Aronson)
● Overkill (Paul Harris)
● Devastation (Geoff Williams)
● Play It Straight Triumph (John Bannon)
● Untouched (Daryl)
● Emotional Reaction (Dai Vernon)
● Lazy Man's Card Trick (Koran/Lorayne)
 
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