Creator: Nick Trost (pronounced like Toast)
Illustrations by Tony Dunn
Publisher: H & R Magic Books (Richard Hatch and Charlie Randall)
MSRP: $ 50
Skill Level: All
237 pages / Hardbound with dust jacket
Type of effect: Book on “easy to do” & “subtle” card effects
Manufacturer's Write Up: This is the sixth volume in this series of easy-to-do, subtle card effects from master card trick creator, Nick Trost. As with the rest of the books in this series, Mr. Trost's card magic is based on subtle moves and principles, rather than difficult sleight of hand - leading to audience astonishment. The majority of the material has not been previously published. There are over 100 tricks in 13 chapters, including Unique Card Effects, Coincidences, Court Card Capers, Blackjack Bafflers, Poker Puzzlers, Gambling Tricks, Divinations, Predictions and ESP Card Tests. Two chapters with new and different effects are also included: "Gilbreath Plays Poker, Part 3" and "Triple Dealing Effects."
You'll enjoy performing his style of magic, concentrating on presentation to WOW your audience!
Table of Contents / what does this book cover?
Unique Card Effects – a variety of effects from blackjack tricks to packet tricks and there is even an ambitious card routine.
Amazing Coincidences – a chapter where cards appear at the same time
Court Card Capers – tricks where the court cards play the primary role
Blackjack Bafflers – a handful of stunning blackjack effects
Poker Puzzlers – Texas holdem to 10 card poker
The Four Aces – tricks involving the aces – all 4 or just one
Diabolical Divinations – cards that seem to obey psychic forces (I love the ‘another red and black routine’)
Gambling Tricks – gambling and the elements of chance, you’ll find cribbage, gin and rummy effects here also.
Revelments – selected cards are revealed in unexpected ways.
Gilbreath Plays Poker Part 3 – more tricks that involve the gilbreath principle (continued from chapters in volume 4 and volume 5) – this is one of the longest chapters in the book.
Pasteboard Predictions – tricks based on before written predictions
Triple Dealing Effects – tricks based on Colm Mulcahy’s triple dealing principle described in Low Down Triple Dealing 2004
ESP Card Tests – tricks using the ESP cards (my favorite is ESP Spelldown)
“I sincerely hope that you find many items in this volume worth adding to your repertoire.” Nick Trost 2010
Illustrations: The illustrations are line drawings of cards alone, or hands with cards. They are all drawn in the classic style. Mr. Dunn’s work creates a vintage feeling of the “classic” magic books of yesteryear.
Writing Style: Tricks are written out in a traditional style where he gives you the “effect” as it would be seen by a spectator and then writes out the “method.” Not every trick has pictures, but a good many of them do.
The author does not necessarily “hold you hand” through each effect, he expects you to approach this book with a basic understanding of card meathod…
A sample sentence might read…
“Begin with this shuffle: undercut a little less than half the deck, injog the first card and shuffle off. Undercut below the injogged card, run five cards, injog the fifth and throw.”
Mr Trost credits all of his inspiration with author, title and date.
Sadly Mr. Trost has since passed away and these tricks come from his manuscripts and notebooks. So you won’t have his “voice” come through the page, or any of his advice or thoughts. With this book (I don’t know about the others) I felt a lot of it was purely technical although in a few scattered tricks he does cover patter which is in italics.
My thoughts: Can you say over a hundred tricks? Now, are these magician foolers? No, but why would you want those? How often do you perform for magicians? Know your audience. No, these are the tricks that drop actual jaws from actual people. Killer effects using basic sleights (if any sleights).
Is it powerful card magic? Yes, because the effects are simple enough that you can focus on your story and presentation.
Overall score: let's toss out the traditional score of 1-10 and make this something that we all can appreciate and understand.
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My thoughts This is my first introduction to Mr. Trost’s work and writing and it only makes me wish I had the first 5 volumes. I’ve noticed that volume 1 is hard to find, so I shall begin my quest!
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* I obtained my copy for free from Murphy’s Magic for an unbiased and fair review.