"Four Professional Card Tricks" from the Repertoire of Walt Lees. Price £3.95 plus postage, U.K. 25p. Obtainable from the author at address shown on back of Pabular.
Obviously I cannot review my own book, so I have reproduced a letter from A1 Smith, who had one of the first copies.
Dear Walt: 'Thanks' for sending me a copy of "Four Professional Card Tricks". I needed a bit of time to go through it. I have to say that it's one of the best books I've ever read. And the key word there is 'read'. Most of us tend, not unnaturally, to skip technical descriptions until the moment of truth — that is, when we are actually learning the move or whatever. But, due to the way you have tackled the subject, I was able to read through the book from start to finish, and enjoy every page. You've given so much information, advice, hints, tips, and just good old fashioned common sense (which, sad to say is not always so common) that if you had left out the tricks, the book would still have been a hit.
And this is not just flannel. I'm sorry the fotoz didn't quite turn out to be as perfect as they might, but you can't win 'em all. A bit sad that anyone glancing at the book might be put off a bit by this fall-off in production. If so, their loss. I know a bit about the problems of having suitable fotoz taken, and their subsequent reproduction, so I know the troubles you must have had. Oh well.
No comment about the actual trix themselves. They're all familiar plots, the handling is very clean, almost antiseptically so, but, again, it's the way you set about showing how they should be performed. But I'm getting nowhere, here. If you really want me to write an appraisal of the book, just say so. Otherwise let me just say that you have a real winner here, otherwise I'll be going round in circles forever.
Before I do finish though, let me just say that your comments on 'Tilt' and the 'One Hand Top Card Palm' are the most valuable tit-bits I've come across in a long time. Should be compulsory reading. Great stuff.
PRECOINITION Phil Goldstein
(Phil sent in two versions of this excellent effect. The first requires a fake, which is not readily obtainable in U.K. The second eliminates this and can be made up by anybody who care to. -Ed.)
The mentalist displays a prediction message. A small box is now introduced, and a spectator invited to look inside. The performer comments, "Inside the box you will notice that there are various coins from different countries around the world. In a moment, you will select one of these coins. I have attempted to predict your choice. I am convinced that my prediction is correct; this in spite of the fact that you may take as much time as you wish in selecting a coin. Please, look them over. You may recognise some of the currencies represented. Your personal feelings concerning the country of origin for any particular coin need not sway your decision. When you have made up your mind to choose a coin, please remove it from the box — but, for the time being, keep your selection hidden in your fist, and then close the box."
This done, the prediction message is handed to a spectator, to read aloud. The note says, "I predict that the coin selected will be an Italian fifty lira piece." The spectator is asked to show the coin he/she is holding — and, in fact, it is the one predicted.
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