Dai Vernon’s Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson

(c. 1967,1995) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: ( Uli Weigel): Photography by Steve Young and Lewis Ganson. Line Drawings by Dennis Patten. Highly recommended. Later published by the Supreme Magic Company (1978), and L&L Publishing (1995).  The biggest book of the “Inner Secrets”-Series. Only exceptionally good stuff, no fillers. 

Dai Vernon’s Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic includes three treatises put together by Dai himself, Vernon on the Pass, Vernon On Table Passes, and After Peeking. Other Vernon highlights are his incredible Slow Motion Card Vanish, the much imitated Matched Spellout, Running the Scale, Pre Mathematics, Small Packet Glide, Cold Deck and The Bottom Deal.

Also includes effects specially chosen from Vernon’s good friends Bruce Cervon, Charlie Miller, Fred Kaps, Francis Carlyle, Jay Ose, Eddie Taytelbaum, Persi Diaconis, Gerald Kosky, Ross Bertram, Roger Klause, Larry Jennings, Faucett Ross, Alex Elmsley, Jack Avis, Francis Haxton, Fred Lowe, Peter Warlock and Roy Walton.


1 Foreword
7 Chapter 1: Starting Right
15 Section One: Card Effects
17 Chapter 2: Matched Spellout
23 Chapter 3: The Perfect Circle of Cards
27 Chapter 4: Secrets
31 Chapter 5: Do As I Do
37 Chapter 6: Black and Red Puzzle
41 Chapter 7: Mental Spell
45 Chapter 8: Ten Gives Three
49 Chapter 9 The Magic of Larry Jennings
49 Tell-Tale Aces
59 Chapter 10: Larreverse
67 Chapter 11: Gambler’s Triumph
75 Chapter 12: The Changing of the Guard
83 Chapter 13: Monarch’s Quartette
89 Chapter 14: Les Cartes Diaconis
95 Chapter 15: Running the Scale
99 Chapter 16: Pure Mathematics
103 Chapter 17: Slow Motion Card Vanish
110 Section Two – Card Sleights and Moves

112 Chapter 18: Vernon on the Pass
112 Standard Pass
114 The Black Pass
116 Location Pass
117 Sprong’s Pass
118 Fan Pass Transformation

121 Chapter 19: Vernon on Table Passes
121 First Method
122 Second Method
123 Mexican Joe’s Table Pass
124 Charlie Miller’s Table Pass

128 Chapter 20: After Peeking
128 Pressure Fan
129 Spread Location
131 Shuffle to Top
132 Double Peep Control
132 Three Break Control
134 Multiple Peek Control
134 Transferring the Break
135 Spectator Finds His Own Card
137 Adaption of Greek Break

141 Chapter 21: One Handed Shuffles
141 Benzon’s Shuffle
142 Vernon’s Shuffle

145 Chapter 22: Card Placement
145 Vernon’s Placement
146 John McCormick’s Penetration

150 Chapter 23: Handling a Short Card
150 Locating a Short Card
150 The Corner Short
150 Vernon’s Method of Handling

155 Chapter 24: Magic Castle Moves
155 All Around Square Up
157 Jenning’s Top Palm
159 Key Card Placement
159 Small Packet Glide
161 Rooklyn Top Palm

165 Chapter 25: More Useful Sleights & Moves
165 Single Shuffle Control
165 Spreading Six Cards as Five
166 Key Card Locacation
168 Cold Deck Cut

172 Chapter 26: Two Sleights by Dr. Elliott
172 Bottom Deal
174 Favourite Break Control

175 Section Three: Friends of Dai Vernon

177 Chapter 27: Magic from Britain
177 Slippery Aces (Jack Avis)
182 Double Prediction (Alex Elmsley)
183 Face Your Brothers (Alex Elmsley)
186 Last Word Four Aces (Francis Haxton)
190 The Innocent Cheat (Fred Lowe)
193 Thought of Card Across (Peter Warlock)
198 Fellow Travellers (Roy Walton)

203 Chapter 28: Magic from Canada
203 Pivot Change (Ross Bertram)
205 Bottom Steal & Recovery (Ross Bertram)

209 Chapter 29: Magic from Holland
209 The Three Jokers (Fred Kaps)
213 Ups and Downs (Rink)
216 Find the Ace (Eddie Taytelbaum)
220 Infallible Force (Eddie Taytelbaum)

226 Chapter 30: Magic From Ireland
226 Vernons Variant (Dai Vernon)
228 Emerald Isle Aces (Vernon -Ross- Lambert)
229 Swivelleroo (Hubert Lambert)

233 Chapter 31: Magic from U.S.A.
233 Card Transposition (Francis Carlyle)
235 You Get It (Gerald Kosky)
237 One Pack “Do As I Do” (Jay Ose)
239 Sleight of Mind (Bill Simon)

  • Publisher: L&L Publishing
  • Pages: 186
  • Location: Tahoma, CA, USA
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 1967,1995
  • Binding: hardbound

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Approx. Price: $40.00 (2005) ***

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