The Best Magic Sleight of Hand Books

When it comes to sleight of hand magic, there are a few essential books that every magician should own. These books teach you the basics of sleight of hand and how to perform some amazing illusions. 

What is Sleight of Hand?

Sleight of hand is a term used to describe the techniques magicians use to perform illusions. It refers to the skills and techniques necessary to perform sleight of hand magic. These skills include false shuffles, cuts, and more.

The Books on Sleight of Hand

Here are some of the best sleight of hand magic books:

The Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase

The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation (Dover Magic Books)
  • Erdnase, S. W. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages - 07/19/1995 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)

This is considered the bible of sleight of hand magic. It was originally published in 1902 and has been a foundational book on sleight of hand ever since.

It teaches you everything you need to know about card tricks, including how to perform false shuffles and cuts. The techniques learned in this book can be used to perform magic tricks as well as to cheat at cards. 

The book contains illustrations that show you how to execute the movies correctly.

The Royal Road to Card Magic by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braue

The Royal Road to Card Magic
  • Hugard, Jean (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 05/27/1999 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)

The Royal Road to Card Magic is one of the most popular books on card magic. It teaches a variety of card tricks that can be performed with a regular deck of cards. It includes many of the classic sleight of hand tricks.

The tricks are taught in a step-by-step manner, making them easy to learn. The book also includes a section on card sleight of hand, which is the art of manipulating cards. If you are interested in learning card magic, The Royal Road to Card Magic is a must-read.

The Magic of Michael Ammar by Michael Ammar

The Magic of Michael Ammar
  • Hardcover Book
  • Michael Ammar (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 306 Pages - 02/28/1991 (Publication Date) - L & L Publishing (Publisher)

This book is a must-have for any magician. It teaches you the basics of sleight of hand, as well as some more advanced techniques.

Michael Ammar is one of the most famous and successful magicians in the world. It covers his life, his work, and his magic. It is an interesting read for anyone who loves magic or who is interested in learning more about it.

Now You See it, Now You Don’t! by Bill Tarr

Now You See It, Now You Don't!: Lessons in Sleight of Hand
  • Bill Tarr (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/12/1976 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

Another foundational book in the art of sleight of hand is the book Now You See It, Now You Don’t!: Lessons in Sleight of Hand by Bill Tarr.

It teaches you how to perform sleight of hand tricks and includes chapters on how to vanish and produce objects, make things disappear, and perform other illusions. The book also includes a section on card tricks. If you are interested in learning how to perform magic illusions, then this book is a great resource. 

Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic by Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic
  • Wilson, Mark (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 512 Pages - 05/19/2003 (Publication Date) - Running Press (Publisher)

This is another classic book when it comes to magic. 

Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic teaches about the art of magic and illusions. It covers everything from beginner to advanced techniques and is a great resource for magicians of all levels. The book includes detailed instructions on how to perform over 100 illusions, as well as information on props, stagecraft, and presentation. It also includes a section on history and theory, which provides a broader understanding of the magic art.

For anyone who wants to learn about magic, or improve their skills, Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic is an excellent choice.

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the best sleight of hand magic books available. When it comes to learning magic, there is no better place to start than with these essential books. So pick up a copy today and get started on your magical journey!

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