To some extent I agree with the above. A great deal depends on to what extent you plan on exploring an area of magic. To reccomend five volumes to someone that just wants to see how interested they might be in learning card magic is a mistake. I have been a hobby magician for decades at this point spending most of my time doing coin slights. Cards were something I never really considered until lately. I have several sources to depend on, all the usual suspects. Card College has been a good place to start only because I am in no rush to go out and show my stuff. I do magic for myself and as a magic student. I think Scarne is better for that instant gratification that many people, especially the younger generation need,(I can't believe I am saying that, God I am old), while Card College and Royal Road are things that need serious study over a period of time. All of the books are valid it just depends on what approach you want to take to learn your magic.Originally posted by Frank Yuen:
Whenever someone comes on any forum and says that they are interested in card magic, inevitably people recommend Royal Road, the Card College series and Erdnase. I personally think that for the complete neophyte, those books are biting off a bit more than they can chew. I'd recommend getting Scarne on Card Tricks to learn some great self-working/easy effects to get your feet wet and then buy Harry Lorayne's The Magic Book. Lorayne's book is probably the best introduction to beginning sleight of hand out there. In Nate's particular case, it also includes a taste of mentalism as well.
May as well get properly introduced to the craft before diving into the deep end of a specialization.Originally posted by Nate Green:
...I am completely new to magic and am particularly interested in card magic...
Nate,Originally posted by Nate Green:
Mine might be a larger curve because I am a lefty and I am attmepting to do start the book as a righty.