Versatile Card Magic Revisited

Author: Frank Simon
228 pages
Introduction by Cy Enfield.
Hardbound with dust jacket
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We never dreamed that the book we published way back in 1981, written by an unknown author, would become one of the most sought after books in card magic with copies selling for over $200. Versatile Card Magic has become a bona fide cult classic. Those lucky enough to own a copy of the limited first edition know that Frank's methods are diabolical and the effects created by them are without equal. Here, at long last, is the much anticipated expanded edition of Frank's book but, like Earl Nelson's Variations Revisited, this is by no means a reprint. The text as been corrected and expanded, there are 283 brand new, crystal-clear photographs by Bill Taylor and the new size allows it to lay flat on the table for ease of study. The only thing that has stayed the same is the great magic and those famous Jerry's Nugget cards that appear in the photos. 228 pages, introduction by Cy Enfield, hardbound with a striking dustjacket. $40.

The [book] was completely overhauled. Text was rewritten where necessary, all new photos were taken – and the number of photos more than doubled – and the text was completely re-typeset. The result is a wonderfully well-made book that captures everything that was great about the original, and updates it beautifully with modern publishing techniques. I know of very few magic books in which every item is worthy of your time and attention. Many books have one or two great items, but the rest of the material is instantly forgettable. Simon's book is uncommon, in that every item within its covers has a lesson to teach. It doesn't get much stronger than this. Jason England – MAGIC magazine.

A superb edition that should be required reading for any cardician. You have no excuse for failing to obtain this book. It is an absolute pleasure to view and handle and is a model of what a good magic book should be. – Genii magazine.

Table of Contents
Publisher's Note Mike Caveney
Foreword Cy Endfield
Preface Frank Simon
Part One Versatile Spread Controls
Versatile Outjog Control
Pass the Sandwich
Catch the Sandwich
Toss the Sandwich
A.P.E. (Rich Marotta)
Versatile Even Control
The Card that Finds Itself
Cut and Count
Casual Control
The Informers
Versatile Re-Entry Control
You Shuffle as I Shuffle
Odds on Triumph
Handmade Triumph
Part Two Varieties
Benihana Aces
Pirandello False Cut (Jeff Semel)
Pirandello Undercut
About Faces Aces II
Teaser Bluff Shift
The Collectavator
Pop-out Move (Piet Forton)
Ultimate Pop-out Move (Piet Forton)
Keep on Cloning
Topsy Turvy Faro
The Spread Double Lift
Christ-Kardyro Spread Switch
Spread Cull
Quorum Quota
Odd Color Out
Part Three Advanced Versatile Spread Techniquesv Versatile Cull Switch
Numerical Affinity
Riff Spell
Classical Slickie
Thinking Touch
Holding Position
Versatile Bottom Reverse
Jim Patton Versatile Bottom Reverse
Spread 'em
Don't Forget to Remember
Versatile Cover Steal
Open Cover Steal
Guesstimation Special
Hot Zinger
Tre Choice
Elevator Sandwich
A Stranger Coincidence
Part Four The Versatile Spread Palm
Versatile Spread Palm
A Parting Shot