House of Cards – Paul Rosini by Chuck Romano

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Details: House of Cards by Chuck Romano is a unique and beautiful 320 page hardcover book with a gold-stamped cover. This book chronicles the fascinating life of Paul Rosini and explains much of the exceptional magic he performed during his career.

Illustrated with rare photographs and beautiful illustrations, this entertaining book relates Rosini’s rise to fame in American nightclubs in the 1930’s until his untimely death in 1948.

Rosini was a master magician and had no equal! His brilliant magic coupled with his sparkling sense of humor, and compelling personality, made him one of conjuring’s highest paid entertainers! 

In addition to Rosini’s life story, detailed explanations for over 100 effects of Rosini’s and his contemporaries are included!

A SPECIAL BONUS: Also included is a complete reprint of the hard-to-find book, Paul Rosini’s Magical Gems by Rufus Steele (and Robert Parrish).

Contents (from book):

ix Foreword (John Booth)
xi Author’s Preface

Part 1

1 Chapter I – Birth of a Conjuror
7 Chapter II – Meeting of the Minds
21 Chapter III – The Name Game
33 Chapter IV – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
43 Chapter V – Family & Friends
59 Chapter VI – A Decade of Deception
79 Chapter VII – The Man Behind the Mystery
87 Chapter VIII – Fifty-Two Card Pickup

103 Part II

103 The Magic of Paul Rosini

108 Act I
108 Cups and Balls With Baby Chicks: general description and history
113 Leipzig’s Color Change: and where to find it detailed
114 Leipzig’s Card Stabbing: general desciption
116 Mental Fan-tasy: one spectator reveals another’s card selection
118 The Thumb Tie: Rosini’s approach and other similar
122 Encore – The Vanishing Bird and Cage: general description
124 Prestidigitation: interior page from a publicity folder

125 Act II
126 The Sympathetic Silks: routine outline, and references on where to find details
128 The Card in Cigarette: Rosini’s routine
132 The Miser’s Dream & The Coin Star: some stories on Rosini presenting these
135 Production of Lit Cigarettes: general outline with references

137 Act III
138 Brainwave Deck: Rosini’s presentation
141 The Egg Bag: routine described but not detailed
144 Leipzig’s Stop Trick: details of this card trick
146 Torn & Restored Bill: brief description
147 Osborne’s 3 to 1 Rope Trick: not detailed
148 State Prediction: general routine described for an addition prediction

149 Act IV
150 The Three Billet Trick: routine outine, and references
152 Cut and Restored Rope: general description, cutting your finger, and references
154 Ring on Stick: Rosini’s routine described
156 Fanspello: card spelling routine detailed
159 Cards to Pocket: brief description
160 The Linking Rings: Brief description with references
162 Thought Reading: interior page from publicity folder

163 Act V
164 Card Stab: includes full description by Charles Maly
167 Color Changing Pack: as printed in Hugard’s Magic Monthly, April 1956
168 The Face-Up Spring Force: as described in Hugard & Braue’s Expert Card Technique
170 Riffle Force: brief explanation of how Rosini would use it
171 Rosini Peeker: as described in Hugard’s Magic Monthly Sep & Oct 1961
172 Four Ace Transposition: from The Conjurors’ Magazine, Jan 1946
175 Card Magic of Paul Rosini in Greater Magic: some brief descriptions of Rosini entries in Greater Magic, along with some other references
178 Card Sleights of Paul Rosini in The Tarbell Course in Magic: brief descriptions of Rosini entries in the Tarbell Course
179 Paul Rosini in Expert Card Technique
179 – The Gamblers Outwitted: a great story of a gambler’s challenge matched
182 – A Rosi-Curcian Mystery: a card location effect detailed using the method desribed above
185 Rosini’s Royal Trio: from Hugard’s Magic Monthly Sep & Oct 1961
187 Rosini’s Knock-Out!: From The Conjurors’ Magazine, Feb 1945, with other references
189 Neal Elias’ Session With Rosini: some effects Neal recorded in his notebooks
189 – A Risque Novelty, 1944: a card trick with the King, Queen, and a Jack
191 – Rosini’s Gambler’s Control, 1944: cutting to the selected card, with discussion of the crimp
193 – A Double Lift, 1944: or Double Turnover
194 Double Reverse: references provided
195 A Futile Lesson In Magic: from The Jinx, No. 105 – audience participation card trick
197 The Devil’s Die Secret: from the Jinx, No. 105 – single die and cup trick
199 Rosini’s Cello-bration of Strength: Hugard’s Magic Monthly, Feb 1958, tearing cigarette pack cellophane
202 Rosini’s Han Ping Chien, Jr.: Hugard’s Magic Monthly, Nov 1961 – Rosini’s version using pennies and a Nickel
204 The Flibbertigibbet: a clever pencil and coin trick
207 Neato Silk: from The Sphinx, Dec 1938 – silk vanishes to be found in a glass
211 Simplex Bill Vanish: from Hugard’s Magic Monthly, Aug 1961, using an envelope
212 Chink A Chink: Rosini’s approach using sugar cubes and moving to a through the table effect
214 The Mutilated Parasol: general discussion
215 Silk to Egg: general discussion and a reference to Tarbell
217 Impromptu Thimble Routine: routine outline with reference to Dai Vernon’s Tribute to Nate Leipzig
218 Pencil & Loop Trick: general discussion and reference The Berg Book
219 Bill In Lemon: general discussion and references
220 Albaka: general discussion of this Al Baker card trick with a reference to Greater Magic

221 Bibliography
225 Index
231 Acknowledgements
233 About the Author

235 Appendix: Reprint of Paul Rosini’s Magical Gems (Note, separately paginated)

3 Foreword (W.F. Rufus Steele)
5 Paul Rosini (John Braun)

8 The Life Saver Trick: card name is found on a Life Saver candy
9 Was It There?: selection vanishes and reappears in a packet of 5 cards
11 Somewhere In the Deck: one of 9 card selection is immediately produced
13 Hold My Wrist (Al Leech): coin vanish and reappearance
14 A Card in Flight: card selection vanishes from one packet to appear face up in the other
16 The Card Under the Hand: card selection appears at unexpected time
16 You Put It In: use for a top change
17 Change In Hand: psychology and use of allowing spectator to hold selection while thinking it indifferent
18 The Fair Count (Joe Berg): card count done twice, and selection appears face up
19 Two Decks Red and Blue: reds and blues transpose and two spectators end up with their selections
21 Impossible: card selected and shuffled into deck in another room is located by magician
22 Reflection: card trick taking advantage of spectacles
22 Poker Prediction and a Principle (Ed Marlo): a poker deal and prediction
24 The Card That Went to Pieces (Bill Simon): a torn corner card gets accidentally destroyed and mostly restored
26 Coin and Pencil (Theo Bamberg): coin vanish and reappearance
27 Card Through Handkerchief: selected card goes through handkerchief
27 Daub: on the spectator’s hand
28 Complete Cover (Dai Vernon): card counted to is named
29 Indicator Card (Leo Horowitz): magician finds selection with an indicator card
30 A Comedy Card Trick: card seems to get lost but audience knows where it is
31 The Card Through the Case: selection is struck through the card case
32 Your Number Your Card: magician finds selection chosen from one of three piles
33 Rosini’s Favorite Trick: spectator picks only red card in a blue backed deck
34 Do a Trick: spelling card trick
35 The One Armed Magician (Jack Chanin): selected card is reversed in deck
38 The Coin Star (Al Leech): Rosini’s method
39 Ace Delusion (Paul LePaul): Ace of Diamonds gag
40 Skidoo: coin date used to find an initialed card
41 A Sure Thing: game of 15 you can’t lose
42 The Best Prediction: prediction matches a crimped card
43 Prediction Variation (Chic Schoke): another version
44 The Cigarette Trick: card in cigarette
46 Impressive Card: initials of card selection found on a paper
46 The Peek Trick: a double card revelation
47 Aceo Changeo: Four Ace routine
48 A Card Turns Over: selection appears reversed
49 Follow Your Card: another reversed card
50 Okito Card Control (And a Trick; Theo Bamberg): a simplified pass
51 Kings and Queens: Kings and Queens are separated behind the back
53 Double Reverse: spectator’s and magician’s selections become reversed
54 Purely Mental: spectator and magician both write initials of a card selection, and they match
55 While I Turn My Back: counting to the card selection
56 Easy Enigma (Harry Blackstone): two card selections by two spectators are found
57 The Ten of Diamonds: Ten of Diamonds used to find selections
58 With a Short Card: selection vanishes from deck
59 Aces Running Wild: another Four Ace trick
60 Secret Writing: a written on card matches a reversed card
60 A Guess That is Right: a written card prediction
61 Repeating a Good Guess: another version
62 The Homing Aces (Arthur Buckley): an Ace Trick
66 Tap: last number tapped matches the number of cards in the spectator’s pocket

  • Publisher: Charles J. Romano
  • Pages: 305
  • Location: South Elgin, IL, USA
  • Dimensions: 6″x9″
  • Date: 1999
  • Binding: hardbound

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