Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nick Trost's Subtle Card Miracles - My Review

Nick Trost's Subtle Card Miracles book is an excellent book. This book covers lots of wonderful stuffs. Some readers might claim that the materials are awfully boring but really contradict to my own beliefs.

Although this book is not as good as the previous "The Card Magic of Nick Trost", but there are quite a number of wonderful items. The only similar attributes you can find in this book and "The Card Magic of Nick Trost" are the sleights section where the author provides detail explanations on the sleights which I find very informative and the credits are very detail as well.

I would say reading this book will somehow make you creative or should I say "mind-stimulating". Each time when I try to read the new effects, my mind will come up something why shouldn't be done that way or how about applying this principle to another card effects and so fourth.

In a nutshell, I highly recommended this book!


Table of Contents:

Foreword -- xiii
Introduction to Volume 1 -- xv

1. Unique Card Effects
Everywhere and Nowhere -- 1
Jacks are Wild with an Elevator Finish -- 3
Trost on Hamman's "Multiplying Kings" -- 6
Trost on Hamman's "Magic Cards" -- 8
Another "Oil and Queens" -- 10
Following Suit -- 11
Ultimate "Even Money" - Improved -- 14
A Compatibility Tests -- 16
Two Compatibility Tests -- 18
Four Grand Slams -- 21
Do As I Do Suit Separation -- 25
Omega Suits -- 28

2. Coincidences
A Simple Coincidence -- 33
The "One-Two-Three" Trick -- 35
Ned Rutledge's "Cards Concordant" -- 38
ESP Card Version -- 41
The Mystic Threes -- 42
Psychic Coincidence -- 43
The Telephone Number Trick -- 45
The Couple's Lucky Number -- 46
Paradoxical Pairs -- 47
ESP Card Version -- 49
Sympathetic Suits -- 50
Trost on Hudson's "Sorcerer's Sevens" -- 52
Four Times Nine -- 55
Cards of Coincidence -- 58
Another Version -- 60

3. Court Card Capers
The Royal Pair Puzzler -- 63
The Burglar Trick -- 64
Trost on Hamman's "Twins" -- 66
The Restless Court Cards -- 69
Court Card Conclave -- 70
The Court Card Swindle -- 73
The Reunited Families -- 74
A Puzzling Assembly -- 75
The Married Hearts and Four Cupids -- 77
The Queen of Hearts and Her Suitors -- 79

4. Gambling Tricks
Optical Three-Card Monte -- 85
Pinocle, Blackjack and Poker Puzzler -- 88
Duck or Deal Blackjack -- 89
Classic Euchre Deal -- 91
Gilbreath Plays Euchre -- 92
The Contrary Euchre Deal I -- 93
The Contrary Euchre Deal II -- 95
Exchange Euchre -- 96
Six-Handed Exchange Rummy -- 98
Five-Handed Version -- 100

5. Poker Tricks
Wild Bill Revisited -- 101
Wild Bill's Poker Hand I -- 102
Wild Bill's Poker Hand II -- 104
Spectator's Royal Flush -- 105
The Lucky Royal Flush -- 106
The Insurance Card I -- 108
The Insurance Card II -- 109
Another Version -- 110
The Spectator's Straight Flush I -- 111
Another Handling -- 112
The Spectator's Straight Flush II -- 113
The Gambler's Luck -- 114
Lucky at Poker -- 116
Strictly Straight Poker -- 117

6. Predictions
Bob Longe on "A Premonition" -- 121
The Prophetic Phone Number -- 123
Prophecy in Color -- 124
Numerology in Color -- 126
Trost on Al Koran's "Prediction Supreme" -- 127
The 20/20 Prediction -- 128
Color Prediction with Three Spectators -- 131
Three-Way Miracle Prediction -- 133
Prediction Red, Black and Courts -- 134
Climax Prediction -- 137

7. Transpositions
Five in a Row -- 139
Ace to Five - The Easy Method -- 140
Ambitious Ace to Five -- 143
Jazz 1-2-3-4 Revisited -- 145
Ambitious Deuce Sandwich -- 146
Fifteen-Card Mystery -- 150

8. Fake-Card Foolers
Trost's Open Prediction -- 153
Revolving Aces - A Clean Version -- 154
Double-Back Effect -- 156
The Hotel Mystery - Updated -- 158
Trost on "The Muleshoe Gambler" -- 160
Super Showdown -- 164
The Card Puzzle - Gaffed Version -- 170

9. Special Decks - Part 1
Destiny Deck -- 173
Matrix Miracle -- 176
Incredible! -- 179
Half Wild -- 181
Rich Bloch's Presentation -- 184

10. Packet Tricks - Part 1
Hokey-Poker -- 187
Mexican Monte -- 190
A Packet of Backs -- 194
Twisto Blank -- 195
Wacky Packet -- 198
Un-Cards -- 200
Bill Miesel's "Red Card Prediction" -- 202
Ausralian Aces -- 204
Sixth-Thot -- 208
Bigfoot -- 202
Al Thatcher's Version -- 216
Tom Hubbard's Version -- 218

11. ESP Cards - Part 1
Una-Minds -- 222
The Power of Three -- 223
Design by Accident -- 225
ESP Do As I Do -- 226
Dr. Jaks' Symbol Mystery -- 227
Extrasensory Deception -- 228
ESP 7-Card Draw -- 230
Double Deck Version -- 231
Dual ESP Test Location -- 231
Triple ESP Miracle -- 233
Pair-a-normal Perception -- 235
The Almost Perfect ESP Test -- 239
Four-told -- 240
The Symbol Separation Test -- 242

Appendix: Sleights and Subtleties
Aronson Mark-a-Place Move -- 245
Ascanio Spread -- 247
Biddle Move -- 249
Bottom Stock Control -- 250
Braue Addition -- 251
Braue Reversal -- 252
Breather Crimp -- 253
Buckle Count -- 254
Carlyle False Turnover -- 255
Charlier Shuffle -- 257
Criss-Cross Force -- 259
Curry Swindle Switch -- 260
Cut-Deeper Force -- 261
Diminishing Count -- 262
Double Undercut -- 264
Elmsley Count -- 265
False Charlier Shuffle -- 266
False Riffle Shuffle -- 268
Flushtration Count -- 269
G. W. Hunter Shuffle -- 271
Gilbreath Principle -- 272
Hamman Count -- 273
Hamman Flip-Flop Force and Control -- 274
Hamman Small-Packet False Shuffle -- 275
Jordan Count -- 276
LaGerould Countdown Force -- 276
Olram Subtlety -- 277
Ose Cut -- 279
Reverse Double Undercut -- 280
Riffle Force -- 280
Rumba Count -- 281
Si Stebbins System -- 283
Simon Prophecy Force -- 285
Slop Shuffle -- 286
"So Simple" Force -- 287
Svengali Shuffle -- 288
Swing Cut -- 289
Takagi Turnover Count -- 290
Ten-Twenty Force -- 292
Tenkai Move -- 292
Through-the-Fist Flourish -- 294
Up-the-Ladder Cut -- 295

Andrew Loh

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