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Sxpert {Manipulative zMagic

Chas. C. Eastman


FOREWORD In the following pages of this—my first printed book—I have tried to fulfill the promise I made to the readers of my various manuscript. In answer to their numerous requests for the latest sleights, tips and "dodges" used by the up-to-date card manipulator, I'm giving them a selection of forty items to choose from. All of them have been used by the writer, so therefore will be found practical. Every reader, be he "an expert" or a young enthusiast, should find something that will suit his style and personality well enough to be added to his repertoire. Other items, while not new, have never appeared in print before (to the best of my memory). While others, such as the "Continuous production of fans of cards at the finger-tips, Expert fans," etc., are inserted at the many requests of correspondents and brother magicians. The few old "Chestnuts" (without which it seems impossible to issue a book without inserting a few) have been so altered and improved that they can be relied upon to throw the spectator "who knows how all those tricks are done" off the scent. If any of these instructions are not clear, write me and I will be glad to help you clear up any little point that is troubling you. And so my kind reader I will leave you to a perusal of the following pages with best wishes for more and better manipulation.

CHAS. C. EASTMAN. Copyrighted 1933.


INDEX T h e C o n t i n u o u s P r o d u c t i o n of F a n s of C a r d s A t T h e Old B a c k - P a l m Again . . . S o m e V e r y Effective M o v e s W i t h Six Cards P a s s i n g a F a n of C a r d s f r o m H a n d to H a n d N o T h u m b B a c k P a l m . . . . Expert C a r d F a n . . . . . Reverse F a n — A l l W h i t e . . . . Cover for the Pass . . . . . T h e Front-Palm Single Card Production D o u b l e C a r d Lift . . . Sucker Card C h a n g e . . . T h e Easy C a r d Shift . . . . T h e Perfect Shift . . . . . T h e Deliberate Shift . . . . T h e N e w False Count Principle . . . G u e s s i n g the N u m b e r of C a r d s b y W e i g h t A 26 Card M y s t e r y . . . . A N e w Wrinkle on the Five Card Trick . T h e Six C a r d Repeat M y s t e r y . . . T h e Card Miracle . . . . . T h e F o u r A c e s . . . . . V a n i s h i n g P a c k of C a r d s . . . . Manipulative Billiard Ball . . . . T h e Migratory Coins . . . . T h e Expert A c q u i t m e n t with Cards . . T o p N o t c h Vanish . . . . . Spectre Vanish . . . . . T h e Startler V a n i s h . . . . T h e W a n d er er . . . . . Natural D r o p . . . . . B e l i e v e It o r N o t V a n i s h . . . . F a d e a w a y — A O n e H a n d Vanish . . . Surprise Vanish . . . . . T h e Super-Lift . . . . . S p e e d e x Vanish . . . . . T h e Laets Steal . . . . . S m p l D r o p . . . . . T h e Reverso M a t c h . . . T h e Miracle M o v e . . . . . T h e O n e H a n d Shuffle . . . .

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"Expert Manipulative Magic" A SERIES OF ADVANCED SLEIGHTS AND MANIPULATIONS THE CONTINUOUS PRODUCTION OF FANS OF CARDS AT THE FINGER-TIPS The writer recommends that the instructions be followed with the cards in hand, for it is absolutely necessary that the mechanics of the sleight ba thoroughly understood if it is expected to work this spectacular sleight successfully. The first reading of the instructions for performing this little known and wonderfully effective sleight may cause the reader to think it is very difficult. But a reasonable amount of practise should enable the reader to master the mechanics of the moves. From then on it should be "plain sailing", and a short time only until the required skill is attained to perform it smoothly. The reader will then have at his command one of the inost beautiful sleights known to manipulators, and something that every performer is not using. These instructions, which are described exactly as used by the writer, enable the manipulator to produce five fans of cards, one after another. It is preceded by a series of productions of fans of cards from the body, behind the knee, elbow, etc. After the last production the cards are replaced on top of the deck which is squared up between the hands, during which process about twelve cards are bottom palmed in the left hand which immediately grasps the pack by the sides; thumb on the left and fingers on the left and fingers on the right sides of deck, back of hand held slanting to audience. (The writer uses the first method of bottom palming explained in "The Expert at the Card Table", by Erdnase.) A quarter-turn is now made to the right at the same time taking pack in right hand and throwing it in a hat resting on a chair on that side. That—is what you apparently do; actually, as the right hand grasps the deck by the second, third and fourth fingers at the top end, first finger curled on top of pack; the right thumb separates about fifteen cards from the rest of deck and the right fingers slide down and clip the lower corners of the cards as in Fig. 1A and back-palms them. The deck, which is held in front of right hand, together with the turn to the right completely masking the operation. Use No. 0 thin plaid-back "Steamboat Cards" that have been "broke in" enough to take the stiffness out of them, but not old cards as they will not fan properly. As the cards are • i $

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