French magicians are very serious about keeping a secret. I have just finished reading Daniel Rhod's Virtuel Magie. It is a very good book but the stand out for me was the trick that gives a solution to the cliche challenge: The spectator takes the deck, shuffles it, choose a card, put it back in the deck and shuffles it again then challenges you to find it. The solution is impromtu, with no secret preparation before hand, no stooge whatsoever and can be done with any deck. It is almost to good to be true but it works very well.
Coming back to the title subject, the book is very expensive, almost a hundred US dollars and.... in order to decipher it from the book you have to use a mirror to be able to read it. This was done to not permit a casual reader to get access to this secret by just perusing the book. In general, european magic items be it books, videos or tricks is very expensive so people who buy these thing aren't very prone to share it freely. I am not saying that we follow them but there is something to be said about their way of keeping the secret well ... secret.
Yves Tourigny :rolleyes: