The expert at the card table : the classic treatise on card by S. W. Erdnase

By S. W. Erdnase

"The specialist on the Card Table is the main recognized, the main rigorously studied publication ever released at the artwork of manipulating playing cards at gaming tables." —from the Foreword by means of Martin Gardner.
For virtually a century, this publication has been thought of imperative to reaching the top point of card mastery. In it, S. W. Erdnase, a ideally suited grasp of card manipulation, teaches card fanatics find out how to practice the surprising methods and sleights — a lot of them his personal creations — that made him famous.
The first component of the publication bargains with card desk artifice, or, to place it extra bluntly, dishonest at playing cards. step-by-step, Mr. Erdnase demonstrates his personal platforms of fake shuffling, fake riffling and slicing, dealing from the ground, and such slick strikes as palming playing cards, "skinning the hand" — even three-card monte.
The moment part covers legerdemain: the paintings of forcing a card, one- and two-hand modifications, the devious "slide" and extra. Card handlers will love Erdnase's collection of fantastic card methods, together with The Acrobatic Jacks, The particular Coterie, The Divining Rod, The Invisible Flights, A brain studying Trick, and plenty of others.
In an informative Foreword to this variation, Martin Gardner relates the sad information of the author's own lifestyles, and recounts the background of this well-known booklet, whose tools, Mr. Gardner asserts, "are as beneficial this day through magicians and card hustlers as they have been in 1902. This booklet remains to be the bible of card 'mechanics,' and as a lot a satisfaction to learn because it used to be within the early years of this century."

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The Order War (Recluce series, Book 4) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

By L. E. Modesitt Jr.

The saga of Recluce, introduced in The Magic of Recluce and carrying on with in The Towers of the sundown and The Magic Engineer reaches a brand new climax in The Order War. "Modesitt has created an extremely bright world," says L. Sprague de Camp, "so concretely visualized as to provide the impact that Modesitt himself should have dwelt there." Publishers Weekly says, "Modesitt creates a fancy global bgased on a believable approach of magic and peopled with attractive and life like characters."

Set after the occasions of The Magic Engineer (and sooner than The Magic of Recluce) The Order War illuminates nice figures and significant occasions within the ancient conflict among order and chaos that's the significant concentration of the saga of Recluce.

The lethal White Wizards of Fairhaven, wielding the forces of chaos, have accomplished their nice road in the course of the Westhorns and now threatened the traditional matriarchy of Sarronnyn, the final bastion of order in Candar. The ruler of Sarronnyn appeals to the Black order wizards of Recluce for help.

Justen - a tender Black Engineer within the urban of Nylan - joins the comfort strength. regardless of their luck in destroying greater than part the White armies, Sarronnyn falls to the White Wizards, and Justen is chased into the main inhospitable desolate tract in Candar. those trials are however the starting, for the White Wizards have all Candar of their clutch. Justen needs to struggle either Recluce and Fairhaven, in addition to the top powers of order and the forbidden expertise to harness chaos itself in his efforts to halt the conquest of the chaos wizards.

The Order struggle is the fourth e-book of the saga of Recluce.

*NOTE*
In chronological order this could be the twelfth booklet within the series

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, Book 4) by J. K. Rowling

By J. K. Rowling

From the again of the dirt jacket: "The summer time vacation trips are dragging on and Harry Potter can't watch for the beginning of the college 12 months. it really is his fourth yr at Hogwarts university of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination classes (sigh) to be attended. Harry is looking forward to those: although, different particularly unforeseen occasions are already at the march ..."

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A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

By Rebecca Hahn

A beautiful debut novel a few woman who's part dragon, part human, and absolutely herself.

As the one inheritor to the throne, Marni must have been surrounded by way of wealth and privilege, now not dwelling in exile-but now the time has come while she needs to make a choice from claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wishes her lifeless, and existence with the daddy she hasn't ever recognized: a wild dragon who's sending his magical woods to catch her.

Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina might be captured via A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the strong offerings its robust heroine needs to make.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1) by J. K. Rowling

By J. K. Rowling

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, an orphan, lives with the Dursleys, his terrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.

One day earlier than his 11th birthday, an owl attempts to convey a mysterious letter the 1st of a series of occasions that lead to Harry assembly an enormous guy named Hagrid. Hagrid explains Harry's heritage to him: while he used to be a toddler, the darkish wizard, Lord Voldemort, attacked and killed his mom and dad in an try to kill Harry; however the merely mark on Harry was once a mysterious lightning-bolt scar on his forehead.

Now he has been invited to wait Hogwarts institution of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the place the headmaster is the nice wizard Albus Dumbledore. Harry visits Diagon Alley to get his college offers, particularly his personal wand. To get to college, he is taking the Hogwarts exhibit from platform 9 and three-quarters at King's move Station. at the teach, he meets fellow scholars who turns into his closest acquaintances: Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Harry is assigned to Gryffindor condominium at Hogwarts, and shortly turns into the youngest-ever Seeker at the condominium Quidditch crew. He additionally experiences Potions with Professor Severus Snape, who monitors a deep and abiding dislike for Harry, and protection opposed to the darkish Arts with anxious Professor Quirrell; he and his pals defeat a mountain troll, aid Hagrid elevate a dragon, and discover the fantastic, interesting global of Hogwarts.

But all occasions lead irrevocably towards a moment stumble upon with Lord Voldemort, who seeks an item of legend referred to as the Sorcerer's Stone.

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The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3) by Trudi Canavan

By Trudi Canavan

"You need to know the truth."

Sonea has realized a lot due to the fact she was once yet a penniless urchin owning an grand untapped skill. She has earned the grudging admire of her fellow newbies and a spot within the Magicians' Guild. But there's a lot she needs she had by no means learned-what she witnessed, for instance, within the underground chamber of the mysterious excessive Lord Akkarin . . . and the data that the Guild is being saw heavily via an old fearsome enemy.

Still, she dares no longer forget about the terrifying truths the excessive Lord may proportion together with her, even if she fears it can be base trickery, a scheme to take advantage of her surprising powers to complete his darkish goals. For Sonea is aware her destiny is in his hands-and that purely within the shadows will she in achieving real greatness . . . if she survives.

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