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Howard Thurston's Card Tricks

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Howard Thurston's Card Tricks was mostly likely ghost written by William Hilliar (who had written a similar book on coin tricks for T. Nelson Downs) was published in London to capitalize on his recent sucess.[1]

Howard Thurston's Card Tricks
AuthorHoward Thurston
PublisherG. Routledge & Sons
IllustratorSidney Tibbles
Publication Date1901

The book was illustrated by the brother of P. T. Selbit, Sidney Tibbles.

Thurston explains such sleights as the Pass, Palm, Force, Change and Back-Palm. He also includes his card stack and Rising Card routine.[2]

The explanation of the rising card was not the version the Thurston actually used, but one invented by Hilliar.


  • Chapter I - A Few Incidents in the Life of Howard Thurston, Premier Card Manipulator of the World
  • Chapter II - Indispensable Sleights
  • Chapter III - The Continuous Front- and Back-Hand Palm, with Cards and Tricks in Connection Therewith
  • Chapter IV - The "Thurston" System of Expert Card Manipulation.
  • Chapter V - An Entirely New and Original Collection of Miscellaneous Card Tricks, Including the Correct Method of Performing Thurston's New Rising Cards


  1. The Last Greatest Magician in the World by Jim Steinmeyer (2011)
  2. Howard Thurston's Card Tricks: An Illustrated and Descriptive Checklist of Various Editions Covering a 50 Year Period by David Meyer (1991)
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