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Postby Connor_M » Jan 18th, '12, 01:23

Read most of the book now
Very good book
Brilliant if you have only just picked up a deck or you have played with some tricks but want to get a routine going
Good to reinforce skills althought im looking for a bit more advanced stuff now
Ive seen the card college books recommended although im not a great fan of pre rigged decks :-/
Anyway i would say i would give a book a 1-2.5 difficulty with basic sleights, flourishes, tricks although its is advanced language used and whilst the pictures are helpful there is not a great amount of pictures

Overall i would say 8 out of 10 for a newbie but not a good buy for people who have a repituire that is starting to be built up

Hope this helps people

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Postby moonbeam » Jan 18th, '12, 11:57

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Postby Pepsi Twist » Jan 18th, '12, 12:27

I'm not sure what this pre-rigged deck business is, Card college is a starting point/next step!

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Postby Lord Freddie » Jan 18th, '12, 16:12

Give a million monkeys typewriters...


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Postby DaveM » Jan 18th, '12, 18:46

... they never mention giving them paper, oddly.

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Postby Connor_M » Jan 26th, '12, 21:54

Sorry it was more of a Q
As in does college base its tricks around prerigs
I like to be able to pick up a deck in a pub and go 'hey i bet i can make you disbelive everything you know to be true'
Where as rrtcm has many prerig tricks
And would these monkeys have cigars and little see through green caps without the tops ?

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Postby Liam » Apr 15th, '12, 18:22

Card college, as in the full 5 volumes, has a nice variety of tricks contained in them, plenty of fantastic impromptu ones, while others do require a bit of prep work....but there is no shortage of quailty effects that can be perfomed at the drop of a hat.

I can't stress enough how helpful card college has been to my magic, and many others will say the same. There are plenty of tricks in the volumes, but at the end of the day, the goal of card college is to teach the reader a strong basic foundation of sleight of hand card magic. So I would recommend getting it, if you can, but it's not just a book that's full of tricks, it's focus is in teahcing moves, and then some tricks to give examples of the moves, very similar to the style of royal road.

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Postby mark lewis » Jan 30th, '20, 01:06

I really must add to this old thread. There has been a most wonderful e-book on the RRTCM with new additions and annotations which makes the book even better than it is already. I know the author personally and can confirm that he is a genius of the first magnitude.

Here is the relevant link and you will also see an endorsement by Harry Lorayne who interestingly told me he had never read the original Royal Road to Card Magic. Well he has now!

https://www.lybrary.com/the-annotated-r ... 23422.html

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