Originally posted by ricky steele:
There is a classic book which I think is only available in the UK and even then it may be hard to obtain.
It is published by Faber and Faber and is called "Card Tricks Without Skill" by Paul Clive.
One of the really great books on self working card tricks.
The interesting thing is that Paul Clive had a joke and magic shop and when he sold his own book he hated anyone to know he was the author. He kept it quiet.
Another thing is that one of his non magic friends told me that he had never seen Paul ever do a card trick in the 30 years he had known him. It seems that Paul just went around with a notebook asking various magicians their favourite self working card tricks.
Classic book though. I think it is hardly known in the US.
This IS INDEED a classic book, and I second the reccommendation wholeheartedly! There is a wonderful trick by Charlie Miller and Jack McMillen called "The Key to the Draw" (Ron Bauer had a "fix" for this that Charlie and Jack were crazy about. It appeared in John Lukas' "L.I.N.T.", by L&L), as well as several versions of the "E.G. Brown Speller" that, by themselves, make the book worth whatever it is priced at. It was available in the U.S. in paperback for many years and, in fact, was a staple at the magic shop I worked in. Finding a used copy should be easy, there were literally thousands sold, and it went through at least a dozen printings.
My copy has a photo section that is fun to review, since many of the contributors are from "across the water" and I never had the pleasure of meeting them. If your interest is piqued try H&R. Richard will probably have an old copy hanging around, or know where to get one...