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Card Magic of Nick Trost by Nick Trost

(c. 1997)

Nick Trost is well known for his simple, easy-to-do brand of card magic. He uses subtle moves and principles rather than difficult sleight of hand to produce entertaining card effects. This book contains 122 of his best tricks, plus variations of these effects by fellow magicians. Among the tricks included are such gems as Double Pinochle with an Elevator Finish, Matched Picture Cards, Eighteen-Card Poker and Blind-Sight. A few of the areas covered – Coincidences, Court Cards, The Four Aces, Gambling Tricks, Revealments, Special Decks, Packet Tricks, ESP Cards.

Contents:

13 Introduction
15 Foreword

17 Chapter 1 Unique Card Effects
17 The Observation Test
19 Seven Card Count
21 – Rollins-Hamman-Longe Routine
22 Double Pinochle with an Elevator Finish
25 The Five-Ace Poker Hand
27 – Generic Deck Version
28 Red or Black – Which?
30 – The Ultimate Version
32 Weight Guess
33 – Mike Rogers’ Version
34 – Tom Hubbard’s Version

37 Chapter 2 Coincidences
37 Double-Turnover Coincidence
38 Reversed Coincidence with One Deck
39 Do As I Do with Two Cards
40 Card in Pocket Coincidence
41 Ten-in-a-Row Double Coincidence
43 Swindle Suits

47 Chapter 3 Court Cards
47 Courtship
49 Matched Picture Cards
50 – Al Smith’s Version
52 – Norman Houghton’s First Version
53 – Norman Houghton’s Second Version
54 – Tom Hubbard’s Version
56 – Paul Swinford’s Routine
57 The Gathering of the Court Cards
58 – Like With Like Version
60 – J-Q-K Climax Version
61 – Charles Hudson’s Version
63 Royal Rendezvous
64 A Cardman’s Puzzle

67 Chapter 4 The Four Aces
67 Four Ace Vanish and Recovery
68 Spectator Finds the Aces
70 Aces From NoWhere
71 – Second Version
72 Triumph Ace Opener
74 – Second Method
75 Four Ace Disclosure
76 Ace Stop
77 Double Discovery
79 Peek-A-Book Aces
80 Flapjack Aces
81 Topsy-Turvy Aces
83 Observation Test with Aces

87 Chapter 5 Gambling Tricks
87 False Deal Deluxe
88 Bottoms, Seconds and Centers Demonstration
89 The Penny Paradox
92 Handsome Bridge Hand
93 Odd Man Wins!
96 The Omega Bet – Updated
99 Horse Race
102 – Second Method

106 Chapter 6 Poker Deals
106 Automatic Poker – a Different Handling
108 Tenkai Poker Deal
109 Ten-Card Poker Deal – Trost Routine
111 Eighteen-Card Poker
113 High-Card Poker Deal
115 Calling the Hands
117 Psychic Poker

119 Chapter 7 Predictions
119 Spectator’s Card Trick
120 Kissed and Divined (Improved)
121 A Premonition
122 Predicting One of Six Cards
123 Seven Card Draw Prediction
124 Double Poker Hand Prediction
125 Cards and Dice Prediction
127 O-Aces

131 Chapter 8 Revealments
131 Time Will tell
132 M-U-M Miracle
134 Significator Five-Spot
135 X Marks the Spot
136 Lost and Found
137 Subtle Location with the Gilbreath Principle
138 The Lone Stranger
139 Double Revelation with Cards and Dice
141 Double Shock!
142 The Eliminator

145 Chapter 9 Reversed Card Effects
145 Nick’s Push-Thru
147 – Thompson-Judah Version
149 Lineup
150 Believe It or Not!

153 Chapter 10 Spelling Tricks
153 What’s In a Name?
154 This Is Your Card – With a Punch
155 Automatic Lie Speller

159 Chapter 11 Tricks With Two Decks
159 Kings Royale
161 Intuition
162 Blind-Sight

167 Chapter 12 Transpositions
167 Ambitious Ace, Deuce, Trey
168 Elevator Cards – Trost Version
170 The Olram Elevator
172 Trost on Reset

175 Chapter 13 Special Decks
175 Three Chances in 26
177 Miracle Match-Up
179 – Second Method
180 Duo Brainwave
182 Dingle’s “Royal Triumph” – Trost Version
184 Trost on “Matching the Cards”
185 The Tic-Tac-Toe Divination
187 Technicolor Change
189 Nick’s Stranger in Paradise
190 Mini Match

193 Chapter 14 Double-Backed Cards
193 A Clean-Cut Coincidence 
194 Elimination
196 – Second Version

199 Chapter 15 Packet Tricks
199 Eight-Card Brainwave
201 Abra-Card-Abra
202 Kopy Kat
203 Klip Joint
206 Jumbo Two-Way Split
208 Half and Half
211 Trick-Kards
213 Flim-Flam
216 Showdown
220 Nick’s Expanding Cards
222 Maxi-Twisto

225 Chapter 16 Special-Deck Gambling Effects
225 Gilbreath Aces
228 Crooked Dealing
231 Zens-Gilbreath Poker Deal
235 The Perfecto Bridge Deal
236 Straight Poker Deal
239 Pinochle Deal
242 Pitch Deal
245 Twenty-Deck Poker Deal
251 Seven-Spades Bridge Deal
253 Seven-No-Trump Bridge Deal
254 In-Between Deal
257 Gin Rummy Deal
261 Coon Can Deal
265 Special-Deck Blackjack-Poker Deal
269 Canasta Deal
273 – Uruguay Canasta Deal
274 – International Canasta Deal

278 Chapter 17 ESP Cards
278 The Odd Set
280 The Third Dimension
282 ES-Pair-ity
284 Metaphysics
285 Sym-sational
286 Million to One ESP
288 Geo-Metrick
290 Symbol Discernment
292 ESP Sixth-Thot
294 ESP Janus
297 Telespo
302 Dream of the Hermit

305 Appendix: Sleights and Subtleties
305 Biddle Move
306 Braue Addition
307 Braue Reversal
308 Breather Crimp
309 Charlier Shuffle
311 Criss-Cross Force
312 Cut-Deeper Force
313 Double Undercut
314 Elmsley Count
315 Flushtration Count
316 Gilbreath Principle
317 Marnase False Cut
318 Olram Subtlety
320 Reverse Double Undercut
320 Riffle Force
321 Si Stebbins Setup
322 Simon Prophecy Force
324 Svengali Shuffle
324 Swing Cut
325 Tenkai Move

327 Sources

  • Publisher: L&L Publishing
  • Pages: 331
  • Location: Tahoma, CA, USA
  • Dimensions: 6″x9″
  • Date: 1997
  • Binding: hardbound

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2 reviews for Card Magic of Nick Trost by Nick Trost

  1. Caine

    Good material – However, not hard hitting…

    I originally purchased this book because it discusses many slieghts used in most card magic. I was also short on budget and couldn’t afford the entire "Card College (Volumes 1-5)" by Roberto Giobbi at the time of purchase.
    The routines contained within "The Card Magic of Nick Trost" are great for the historical card magician. There are lots of references to Dai Vernon and other past greats. Many of the routines are older and have been reworked by Trost to take on a contemporary flair at the time of publishing. However, due to the fact that most of the routines are fairly old they are somewhat lengthy and cumbersome in contrast with today’s fast paced, hard hitting street magic as seen by David Blaine or T.H.E.M.

    If you’re looking for a nice collection of older, less common routines, this is a great book. I have adapted many of the routines for my own personal tastes. I find many of the routines contained herein work great with an older crowd, especially when you are in a sit-down, close-up environment where their attention is all yours.

  2. Rennie Parcesepe

    The Best Card Book Ever

    This is the best card book I own and my library exceeds 800 magic books. Most all the effects use sublety as opposed to sleight of hand. All the effects in the book are fantastic, I cannot find one I do not like.

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