Expert Card Technique

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Expert Card Technique:Close-Up Table Magic by Jean Hugard and Fred Braue contains the methods of some of the best card magicians including Charlie Miller, Dai Vernon, Theo Annemann, Bert Allerton, Tenkai, Gerald Kaufman, Harold Lloyd, Jack McMillen, Jack Merlin, Paul Rosini and Luis Zingone.

Expert Card Technique
AuthorJean Hugard
PublisherCarl Jones
Publication Date1940
LanguageEnglish
Pages448
 

Reviewed in Genii 1941 March

The book, illustrated by Donna Allen, is broken down into six parts: (1) Sleights, (2) Flourishes, (3) Technique, (4) Tricks, (5) Miscellaneous, and (6) Misdirection and Presentation.

Many of the items in the book which are not specifically credited have been suspected to that of Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller.

Charlie Miller was said to be responsible for contributing many of the original material and for ghosting almost half of the book. Miller gave many of his favorite methods for the book. He also divulged some Dai Vernon material to Fred Braue that was not supposed to be published, but which Braue put into the book anyway. Vernon was apparently not happy about this, however he did eventually contribute material to the third edition it which he was also given a special credit.

Here's what Harry Riser wrote in Secrets of an Escamoteur about Expert Card Technique (page 21):

"Charlie Miller's name is linked more often to material in Expert Card Technique than any other. Those who knew Charlie well are aware that, although the material in Chapter 1 was not attributed to him, it was, nevertheless, his method for the double lift. I remember the first time I saw Charlie use this in an effect. I was stunned, because it was so natural--as was everything he did.
In the table of contents of Expert Card Technique, some effects and sleights are credited to various magicians, but the majority remain without attribution. For example, Hugard is credited with six items, Braue with four. Seven are attributed to Charlie's good friend Louis Zingone, and eleven to Charlie himself, making him the major acknowledged contributor to the book. Other names listed in the contents are Dai Vernon, Cliff Green, Jack McMillen, Paul Rosini, Bert Allerton, Gerald Kaufman, and comedian-movie star Harold Lloyd. Over the years, insiders have come to believe that much of the uncredited material was created by Charlie Miller. This supposition is certainly probable. The opening chapter, entitled "The Secret Lifts," contains nine pages of revolutionary approaches to double turnover sleights, which I can attest were originated by Charlie. I observed this from my own experiences with Charlie, and received corroboration of it from the late Dai Vernon, who was Charlie's friend and companion for many years. Strangely, Hugard and Braue linked no creator's name with any of this breakthrough material."

Contents

Quotes

  • About presentation: ... it is not the tricks they [great magicians] perform that are important so much as the illusion they create about themselves.

Editions

  • 1940 1st edition, New York.
  • 1944 second edition, New York
  • 1950, third edition, published by George Starke included two new sections:
    • A LESSON IN CARD HANDLING, BY DAI VERNON
    • THE SIDE STEAL AND SOME OF ITS FINER POINTS, BY DR. JACOB DALEY
  • 1951 3rd edition published by Faber and Faber
  • 1974 Dover paperback edition - a republication of the 1944 second edition

Contents

  • i. INTRODUCTION
  • ii. NOMENCLATURE

2. PART 1. SLEIGHTS

    • 3. CHAPTER 1. THE SECRET LIFTS
      • 3. Double lift
      • 3. Triple and quadruple lifts
      • 4. Lift get-ready
      • 5. Lift
      • 6. - Double lift in action
      • 7. - Triple and quadruple lifts in action
      • 8. Double lift turnover, a, b
      • 9. One hand push-off
    • 12. CHAPTER 2. FALSE DEALS
      • 12. Second deal
      • 13. Push-off second deal
      • 13. - a. The left hand grip
      • 15. - b. The deal
      • 16. - c. The push-off stud poker deal
      • 16. - d. As a false table count
      • 17. Strike second deal
      • 20. Bottom deal
      • 20. - a. The left hand
      • 21. - b. The right hand
      • 21. - c. The deal
      • 23. Middle deal a, b, c, d, e
      • 27. Double deal (Jack Merlin)
      • 29. - Second method
    • 31. CHAPTER 3. THE SIDE SLIP
      • 31. Two methods, a, b
      • 33. Two covers for the side slip
      • 33. Malini's side slip (Max Malini)
      • 34. Delayed side slip
      • 35. Bottom side slip
    • 37. CHAPTER 4. THE PASS
      • 37. Invisible turn-over pass
      • 39. Zingone perfect table pass (Luis Zingone)
      • 41. Flesh grip pass
      • 42. Jog pass
      • 43. Braue pass
      • 45. Charlier pass
      • 45. - a. Color change
      • 46. - b. To control a card
      • 47. Finger palm pass improved
    • 49. CHAPTER 5. PALMING
      • 49. Braue diagonal tip-up palm
      • 49. Swing palm, Frederick Braue
      • 50. Thumb-count palm
      • 51. Face card palm, a, b
      • 53. Crosswise palm
      • 54. New vertical palm
      • 55. Gamblers' squaring palm
      • 56. Gamblers' flat palm, a, b
      • 57. Hugard top palm
      • 58. Flip-over palm
      • 59. Hofzinser bottom palm
      • 60. Braue bottom palm
      • 61. - Delaying the Braue bottom palm
      • 62. Zingone bottom palm, a, b, Luis Zingone
      • 64. Three cards across, Luis Zingone
    • 65. CHAPTER 6. FALSE SHUFFLES
      • 65. Perfect riffle shuffle, a, b
      • 67. Strip-out false shuffle, Charles Miller
      • 69. Hindu shuffle variation
      • 69. False shuffle retaining top stock
      • 70. Gamblers' false shuffle
      • 71. - Retaining top stock
      • 73. System of stock shuffling
      • 76. Off the table false riffle shuffle
    • 77. CHAPTER 7. FALSE CUTS
      • 77. False running cut, a, b
      • 78. Gamblers' false cut
      • 79. Gambler's false cut, bottom stock
    • 81. CHAPTER 8. CHANGES
      • 81. Fadeaway card change
      • 83. Slide top change
      • 85. Throw top change
      • 85. Tip-over change
      • 87. Push-in change
      • 88. Drop switch
    • 90. CHAPTER 9. CRIMPS
      • 90. Regular crimp
      • 90. Little finger crimp
      • 91. Gamblers' crimp
      • 91. Peek crimp
      • 92. Card marking crimp
    • 93. CHAPTER 10. THE SPECTATOR PEEK
      • 93. Spectator peek improved
      • 94. Spectator peek - the last word
      • 94. After the spectator peek
    • 95. CHAPTER 11. THE GLIMPSE
      • 95. A new glimpse
      • 95. Glimpsing a card
      • 96. Top card glimpse
      • 97. Gamblers' glimpse
      • 98. Glimpse after the peek, a, b
      • 100. Cover for the glimpse
      • 100. - a. Gamblers' method for a single card
      • 101. - b. One card
      • 101. - c. Several cards
    • 102. CHAPTER 12. THE JOG
      • 102. Side jog
      • 102. Jog at the break
      • 103. - An alternative method
      • 104. Automatic jog No. I
      • 105. Automatic jog No. II
      • 105. Automatic jog No. III
    • 107. CHAPTER 13. THE REVERSE
      • 107. Facing the deck
      • 108. Righting the faced deck
      • 109. Automatic reverse
      • 109. Righting a reversed bottom card
      • 110. Facing the bottom card
      • 112. Faced deck turnover
    • 113. CHAPTER 14. SUNDRY SLEIGHTS
      • 113. Vesting a card
      • 114. Zingone thumbnail gauge, Luis Zingone
      • 114. A cutting discovery, Luis Zingone
      • 115. Separating the colors
      • 116. Setting a key card, Jean Hugard
      • 118. The five card quibble
      • 120. Emergency card stabbing
      • 121. Drop control
      • 122. The tap
      • 123. Single card bridge, Charles Miller
      • 123. A new glide
      • 124. Establishing a break from a bridge
      • 125. Transfer of thumb-count break to little finger
      • 126. Ruffle return
      • 127. Bridge location
      • 127. - Bertram's method
      • 128. - A variation: Fifty years later (Charlie Miller)
      • 128. Mexican turnover
      • 129. Spread cull
      • 130. The double-face
      • 131. Gambler's card marking system
    • 134. CHAPTER 15. THE REAR PALM
      • 134. Nature of the palm
      • 135. Rear palming top card
      • 137. The bottom rear palm
      • 138. Rear palm side slip
      • 139. Little finger push-out
      • 140. Replacement
      • 140. Rear palm exchange
      • 141. In lieu of the double lift
      • 141. Using the rear palm
    • 143. CHAPTER 16. THE PERFECT FARO SHUFFLE
      • 145. The shuffle
      • 147. The endless belts
      • 147. Chart of seventeen
      • 149. Perfect shuffle stock
      • 150. The eighteenth card
      • 150. Braue poker deal
      • 151. Royal flush deal
      • 151. Dishonesty at its apogee
      • 152. A bridge deal
      • 153. At the top
      • 154. Double less one

157. PART 2. FLOURISHES

      • 159. Interlocked production, Cliff Green
      • 160. - The actual flourish
      • 161. The color change Trewey
      • 163. Impossible color change
      • 164. Covinous color change
      • 164. The pressure fan
      • 166. A fan flourish
      • 166. Springing the cards - new method
      • 166. Top and bottom changes
      • 167. There it is!

169. PART 3. TECHNIQUE

      • 171. Secret addition of cards to the pack, a, b, c
      • 173. Replacement of palmed cards, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i
      • 179. The palm in action
      • 180. Covering a palm
      • 181. - I. Top palm - right hand
      • 182. - II. Bottom palm - left hand
      • 183. - III. Either hand
      • 183. Secret count
      • 183. - I. Side count
      • 183. - II. Top thumb count
      • 184. - III. Bottom thumb count
      • 186. - IV. Overhand count
      • 186. Forcing
      • 186. - Classic force
      • 187. - Fan force
      • 188. - Table spread force
      • 188. - Perfect score card force
      • 190. - Using a force
      • 190. The multiple force
      • 191. Four card force
      • 192. The lost card
      • 192. - I. The fan and riffle
      • 193. - II. The fan, a, b
      • 194. A second method
      • 194. The prearranged pack
      • 195. - Arranging the set-up pack
      • 196. - Assembling the pack
      • 196. - Shuffling the cards
      • 196. - The spectator shuffle
      • 197. - Using the pack
      • 198. - Locating the cards

199. PART 4. TRICKS WITH CARDS

    • 201. CHAPTER 1. THE RISING CARDS
      • 201. Hugard rising cards, Jean Hugard
      • 207. Mesmerised cards, Charles Miller
      • 209. One-hand plunger rising cards, Frederick Braue
      • 211. Two-hand plunger rising cards, Frederick Braue
      • 212. Witchcraft card rise, Jack McMillen
    • 214. CHAPTER 2. SELECTED TRICKS
      • 214. The Zingone spread, Luis Zingone
      • 217. The gamblers outwitted, Paul Rosini
      • 219. A Rosi-crucian mystery, Paul Rosini
      • 221. Two-six-four, Dai Vernon
      • 223. The mind mirror, Jack McMillen
      • 225. Predestined choice, Charles Miller
      • 228. Reading the cards of any deck, Jean Hugard
      • 230. Dexterous fingers, Charles Miller
    • 233. CHAPTER 3. BIRDS OF A FEATHER
      • 233. Merlin's lost aces, Jack Merlin
      • 234. Ace affinity
      • 238. Ace assembly
      • 238. - The old method
      • 239. - The new method
      • 239. Anent the Bertram aces Charles Bertram
      • 242. Streamlining the sympathetic aces
      • 244. The "slap" aces (Nate Leipzig
      • 248. Le Temps four aces
      • 250. Passe-passe aces
      • 252. Migratory aces
      • 254. Solo flight aces, Stanley Collins, Dai Vernon
      • 256. Nomad aces, Charles Miller
      • 258. Charles Miller Aces
      • 261. Cops and robbers - a variation
    • 263. CHAPTER 4. ROUTINES
      • 263. Five star finale
      • 266. The razzle dazzler
      • 268. - An expert at figures
      • 269. - Mercury's card
      • 270. - A card for Pegasus
      • 270. - The card in the shoe
      • 271. Five card routine
      • 271. - I. Dai Vernon's mental force
      • 272. - II. The princess card trick
      • 273. - III. Five card royale
      • 273. - IV. Phantaso
    • 275. CHAPTER 5. ONE HAND CARD MAGIC
      • 275. An automatic reverse
      • 276. A rapid reverse
      • 277. The impromptu magician
      • 278. A second method
      • 279. Three in one
      • 280. You see? Harold Lloyd
      • 282. One hand fan
    • 283. CHAPTER 6. THE AMBITIOUS CARD
      • 283. First phase
      • 284. Using double lift turnup, a
      • 285. Pop-up card
      • 285. Ambitious twins
      • 286. Ambitious card move
      • 287. Cover for the ambitious card double lift
      • 287. Omnipresent eight
    • 290. CHAPTER 7. USING THE DOUBLE AND TRIPLE LIFTS
      • 290. Invisible transit, Jean Hugard
      • 292. Transposition extraordinary
      • 293. Telepathic card (from Annemann's "Initialed Card Telepathy)
      • 296. Transposition
      • 297. Boy meets girl
    • 300. CHAPTER 8. DISCOVERIES
      • 300. The card in the shoe
      • 301. Rub-a-dub-dub
      • 302. The card through the magazine
      • 303. Mercury's card
      • 305. Folding a card
      • 307. Card for Pegasus
      • 307. Danbury Deviler, Charles Miller
      • 308. Double discovery
      • 309. Everywhere and nowhere, Hofzinser, Frederick Braue
      • 313. Lazy man's card to pocket, C.O Williams Jack McMillen, Charlie Miller
      • 315. Vanishing pack
      • 317. Double leaper
      • 319. Dunbury delusion, Charles Miller
      • 322. Obliging card
      • 322. Impromptu location
    • 324. CHAPTER 9. MENTAL DISCOVERIES
      • 324. Think of a card, Paul Rosini
      • 325. Wheel location
      • 328. Psycho-intelligence
      • 330. Psychic stop!
      • 331. Ultima Thule location
      • 334. Incredible location
      • 335. Crystal thought
      • 336. Mental selectivity, Charles Miller
      • 338. Ponsin on thought reading
      • 339. The risk location
    • 341. CHAPTER 10. REVERSES
      • 341. Cagliostro cuts the cards
      • 341. A quick reversal
      • 342. Faced deck reverse location
      • 344. Reverse supreme, Luis Zingone
      • 347. CHAPTER***11. SPELLING
      • 347. Multi-spelling trick
      • 349. Cards on parade
    • 351. CHAPTER 12. DOUBLE-FACED CARDS
      • 351. Hardin plus Devant
      • 353. - Second Method
      • 353. Mechanical four aces
      • 356. The radioactive aces
      • 359. The torn and restored card
    • 362. CHAPTER 13. THE STRANGER CARD
      • 362. Preamble
      • 362. Torn and restored card
      • 363. The ghost card, Theo Annemann
      • 364. Where is it?
      • 365. Through the table top
      • 366. - Second method
      • 367. Everywhere and nowhere
      • 370. A stranger in the house
      • 373. The red-black transmigration, Jean Hugard
      • 375. Touch and go, Jean Hugard
      • 378. Run around aces
      • 379. Introducing the stranger
      • 380. Forcing a stranger card
      • 380. Double-faced cards
      • 380. Joker-specimen card
    • 382. CHAPTER 14. SELF-WORKING TRICKS
      • 382. It must be magic
      • 384. Tricky quickie
      • 385. The numerological card
      • 388. Matching the packets
      • 389. The seventh son
      • 390. Hocus-pocus card
      • 393. Do as I do. New presentation
      • 395. Contrary do as I do, Bert Allerton
      • 397. Twenty-sixth location
      • 400. Unwitting magician
      • 402. Magic of nine
      • 403. Certain card trick

407. PART 5. MISCELLANY

      • 409. Peeling cards
      • 409. Making double-faced and double-backed cards
      • 411. Shiners
      • 411. The spectator peek
      • 411. One will make six
      • 411. Audacity peek
      • 412. Card to pocket
      • 412. Svengali shuffle
      • 412. Charlier shuffle
      • 413. Matchbook easel
      • 414. Kaufman card stand, Gerald Kaufman
      • 414. Second deal aid
      • 415. False counts and deals
      • 415. - To deal four as three
      • 415. - A false count
      • 416. - False table deal
      • 416. Magic powder v. rabbit's foot
      • 416. - The carbon card
      • 417. - Daub
      • 417. - Set-ups
      • 417. The card at any number
      • 418. - Moistening a card
      • 418. The pass
      • 419. Left hand bottom replacement

421. PART 6. MISDIRECTION AND PRESENTATION

    • 423. CHAPTER 1. MISDIRECTION
    • 430. CHAPTER 2. PRESENTATION
      • 430. The presentation of magic
      • 434. Patter
      • 435. Good humor
      • 436. The first trick
      • 436. The voice
      • 436. Making friends
      • 437. You yourself
      • 438. The routine
      • 439. The proof of the pudding
      • 440. Something new
      • 441. The spectator perspective
      • 442. Sleight of hand vs. self-working feats
      • 444. Importance of the inconsequential
      • 445. The simple way
      • 446. The audience committee
      • 447. Plots for tricks
      • 447. Confederacy

450. A LESSON IN CARD HANDLING, BY DAI VERNON

      • 450. The De Kolta Change
      • 451. Tips on Changes
      • 453. Multiple Card Control
      • 455. Hand-to-Hand Transfer
      • 457. The Peregrinating Pip
      • 459. The All Backs
      • 463. - Details of Handling
      • 464. - Insertion of the Cards

466. THE SIDE STEAL AND SOME OF ITS FINER POINTS, BY DR. JACOB DALEY

      • 466. Introductory Remarks
      • 467. Right Hand Side Steal
      • 468. Left Hand Side Steal
      • 470. Double Peek and Bilateral Side Steal
      • 471. Longitudinal Side Steal and Transfer
      • 473. Applied Misdirection

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