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The_Royal_Road_To_Card_Magic_-_Jean_Hugard

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The Royal Roadto Card Magic
Jean HugardandFrederick Braue
with illustrations byFrank RigneyForMillie and Annette
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The Royal Road to Card Magic
Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue
Preface
 Many years ago David Devant, the great English conjurer, wasapproached by an acquaintance new to sleight-of-hand with cards."Mr. Devant," said this young man, "I know three hundred trickswith cards. How many do you know?." Devant glanced at the youthquizzically. "I should say," the magician responded dryly, "that Iknow about eight."Devant was making a point with which all professional magiciansare familiar. To perform card tricks entertainingly you must not onlyknow how the tricks are done, but
how to do them
. There is a vastdifference between the two, and if proof were needed, one need onlywatch the same feat performed by a novice and by an expert cardconjurer. The novice knows the mechanics of so many tricks that hecannot do any one feat really well; the professional performs asmaller number of tricks which he knows how to present in such away as to create the greatest possible impression upon those whowatch.We cannot emphasize too strongly that knowing the secret of a trick is not the same as knowing how to perform that trick; and thatknowing the secret of hundreds of tricks is of little value unless eachcan be performed smoothly and entertainingly. It is far better toknow only a few tricks which can be performed with grace, skill andeffect.In writing this book, we have attempted to teach you card trickswhich may be performed anywhere, at any time, under anycircumstances, for any company, and using any pack of cards. Youwill not need "trick" packs of cards, nor special cards, nor expensiveaccessories. This is most important, for it means that no matterwhere you may be, you need only borrow a deck of cards whencalled upon to entertain; the ability to amuse and interest will be
 
literally at your finger tips.To ensure that you
will
be a good card magician, we have introducedyou to the mysteries of card magic progressively. Each chapterdescribes a new sleight or principle and a selection of tricks followsin which that particular sleight, and those already learned, are theonly ones used. We do not suggest that all the tricks in each sectionshould be mastered before you pass on to the next sleight. Youshould, however, select at least two of them and learn them so wellthat you can perform them smoothly and entertainingly before goingany farther. These tricks have been chosen with the greatest care andevery one of them is effective if properly done. If you find that, inyour hands, a certain trick falls flat, you can rest assured that thefault is yours, and that further study is required.Clearly, to travel the royal road to card magic, you must begin withthe fundamental principles and learn these well, as you would inlearning any other art. Fortunately, the study of card conjuring is adelightful task and one that is no less than fascinating. For thisreason, we have found that the student is inclined to race ahead toexplore the distant pastures which he is sure (and rightly!) are lushlygreen. We cannot blame you if you, too, wish to rush through thisbook, but we would rather have you emulate the tortoise than thehare. By making haste slowly, by really learning what is given youin one chapter before proceeding to the next, you will, in the end, bea far better card magician.By adhering to our plan of study, you will not only learn practicalsleights and subtleties, but you will simultaneously add to yourrepertoire of good card tricks which will surprise and please all thosewho see them. Best of all, you can begin performing tricks of sleight-of-hand as soon as you have mastered the first chapter, and thus atonce learn through practical experience before audiences how tricksmust be presented to achieve the greatest effect from them. Then,too, we have inserted in each chapter feats which are self-working--effects which require no skill on the part of the performer. Thesewill give you an opportunity for concentrating your whole attentionon acting your part in such a way as to bring out the trick's greatestpossible effect.We reiterate that there is a vast difference between
doing
and
performing
card tricks. Since your primary purpose in performingsleight-of-hand with cards is to entertain those who watch, it is not

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