PDF – Howard Thurston’s Card Tricks


A master magician reveals his secrets.


After a short biography, which includes a fascinating account of Thurston’s performance of the Rising Cards for Leon Herrmann and an overview of his theatrical appearances around the world, Thurston explains a variety of techniques and effects, some for the first time.

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations, Thurston offers a description of fundamental card sleights and a comprehensive breakdown of his method for continuous back-and-front palming, incorporating a seldom-used but highly deceptive move that allows performers to spread their fingers prior to producing a card. He goes on to explain a variety of close-up and parlor-based card effects, his technique for throwing cards, and a method for causing five chosen cards to rise from a shuffled deck.

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