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Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards

Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards
by Lewis Ganson

Also includes "Exhibition Card Fans" This work is one of the very best on the subject of classic card manipulation, including as it does a comprehensive section on card fans, techniques and methods rarely seen or used today.

Here are a few extracts from Paul Fleming's Review:
"We have no hesitancy in pronouncing it one of the very best discussions of back-hand card manipulation we have ever seen. If one's knowledge of back-hand work and its possibilities were to be limited to a single source, we should be disposed to vote for Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards.

The student is carried smoothly along from the simplest to the more complicated moves of this intricate sleight. To magicians who experience difficulty in building manipulative sleights into finished routines, the half-dozen pages of Section IV will be of much assistance. The author gives three complete series of manipulations, which are followed by several other suggestions for working one's sleights into an effective "act".

So far as the material itself is concerned - and especially the section on back-palming - it is of so high an order that we can scarcely conceive of any card manipulator, whether expert or beginner, denying himself the pleasure and profit that a study of this book is sure to provide. Regarding the Card Fan sections. The instructions are so complete and so well illustrated that they should enable the would-be card-fanner, springer, spreader, and catcher to practice to his heartŐs content with every assurance of acquiring the desired skill."

Hard Bound with gold foil lettering, large format A4 size on quality paper, 121 pages and 269 illustrations.

Foreword - Fergus Roy
Preface - Lewis Ganson

Section One - The Manipulation of Playing Cards
1 The type of cards to use
2 Preparation of the cards
3 The back and front palm
5 Showing the hands empty when cards are palmed
5 - Sleight 1
6 - Sleight 2
7- Sleight 3
9 To show the backs of the hands with fingers apart
9 To steal the cards from one hand to the other
9 - Sleight 1
10 - Sleight 2
11 Combination of steal and back & front palm for showing hands empty
11 Continuous production of single cards
13 Cards vanished singly from the hands
15 Continous production of fans of cards
19 The silk through the fingers
21 Manipulation in gloves
21 - The type of gloves to wear
22 - To steal the load from the glove
23 - The load outside the glove
24 - To remove the gloves & still produce cards
24 -- Method 1
26 -- Method 2
27 - Obtaining a load by putting on the gloves

Section Two - The Art of Card Fanning
28 The type of cards to use
28 - Quality
29 - Design
30 Preparation and care of cards
30 Requirements
31 Arrangement
31 Methods of fanning
31 Thumb fans
35 To close the thumb fan
37 The fan separation
38 The Visible Changing Fan
40 Fan steal and production
42 The Giant Fan
45 Endings for The Giant Fan
45 - The Second Fan
45 - The Rip
46 - The single-handed Waterfall Shuffle
46 -- Method 1
46 -- Method 2
47 - The two-handed Waterfall Shuffle
47 The Spring Fan (Blank)
48 The Spring Fan (To show indices)
49 The Single-Handed Fan
49 - Method 1
51 - Method 2
52 The Fan False Shuffle
54 The Ace Diminishing Cards

Section Three - Flourishes
58 The Spring
60 The arm spreads
60 The Single Spread
61 Endings for the arm spreads
61 - The Two-handed Catch
61 - The Hat Catch
62 - To Change the Pack by the Hat Catch
62 - The Turnover
63 - The Turnover Catch
63 - The Back Arm Throw and Catch
64 - The Double Arm Throw and Catch
64 - The Upper Arm Catch
65 - The Mulholland Grab
66 - The Upright Spread
66 - The Walking Stick Catch
67 - The Handkerchief Balance and Catch
68 Two Catches
68 - The Drop Catch
69 - The "Ribbon" Catch

Section Four - Suggestions for Routines
71 Suggestion 1
72 Suggestion 2
73 Suggestion 3
74 Suggestion 4
74 Suggestion 5
74 Suggestion 6
75 Suggestion 7

Exhibition Card Fans

Chapter One
78 Methods to ensure perfect fans
78 Beauty and Colour in fans
78 Perfect fans without "Springing"
79 Setup for effective fans
79 Use of the mixed deck

Chapter Two
81 The Two Handed Fan

Chapter Three
85 Two fans in one hand

Chapter Four
90 The "Buzzsaw" Fan

Chapter Five
93 The Spotless Spot Fan with the Travelling King

Chapter Six
97 The Rosette

Chapter Seven
100 Triple Transposition

Chapter Eight
104 Two fans in one hand - one large, one small

Chapter Nine
107 Rosette and Fan

Chapter Ten
110 The Rising Sun

Chapter Eleven
114 Complete Circle with Faces of Cards

Chapter Twelve
116 Blank Fan - Spot Fan

Chapter Thirteen
118 The Blank Fan
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