Ganson, Lewis: Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards
2003 Lewis Davenport Limited.
Hardcover, 121 pages
Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards
L. Davenport edition
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Expert Manipulation
              of Playing Cards
Academy of Recorded Crafts edition
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Comments: (Omar Domenech): Photographs by Roy and Bill Davenport. This is the latest edition of Lewis Ganson's classic book on card manipulation. The original book was published in 1945 by "Academy of Recorded Crafts, Arts and Sciences Limited". It covers all aspects of classic card manipulation including: productions, vanishes, fanning, and flourishes. In addition to teaching the sleights necessary for a manipulation act, Ganson's book includes 3 full routines and some valuable advice and ideas on creating your own manipulation based acts.

In the original book, Ganson made reference to the book "Exhibition Card Fans" by Goodlette Dodson. Because that book has been out of print for many years, the Lewis Davenport edition of Expert Manipulation of Playing Cards includes all the necessary excerpts from that book in their own section in the back. These aren't small excerpts, they are complete sections of the book adding up to 43 pages of information on card fanning and featuring new, high quality photographs illustrating the techniques. Some of the fans in that book are excellent visual techniques that are seldom seen performed today.

Contents:

Foreword - Fergus Roy
Preface - Lewis Ganson

1 Section One - The Manipulation of Playing Cards
1 The type of cards to use
2 Preparation of the cards
3 The back and front palm
5 Showing the hands empty when cards are palmed
5 - Sleight 1
6 - Sleight 2
7-  Sleight 3
9 To show the backs of the hands with fingers apart
9 To steal the cards from one hand to the other
9 - Sleight 1
10 - Sleight 2
11 Combination of steal and back & front palm for showing hands empty
11 Continuous production of single cards
13 Cards vanished singly from the hands
15 Continous production of fans of cards
19 The silk through the fingers
21 Manipulation in gloves
21 - The type of gloves to wear
22 - To steal the load from the glove
23 - The load outside the glove
24 - To remove the gloves & still produce cards
24 -- Method 1
26 -- Method 2
27  - Obtaining a load by putting on the gloves

28 Section Two - The Art of Card Fanning
28 The type of cards to use
28 - Quality
29 - Design
30 Preparation and care of cards
30 Requirements
31 Arrangement
31 Methods of fanning
31 Thumb fans
35 To close the thumb fan
37 The fan separation
38 The Visible Changing Fan
40 Fan steal and production
42 The Giant Fan
45 Endings for The Giant Fan
45 - The Second Fan
45 - The Rip
46 - The single-handed Waterfall Shuffle
46 -- Method 1
46 -- Method 2
47 - The two-handed Waterfall Shuffle
47 The Spring Fan (Blank)
48 The Spring Fan (To show indices)
49 The Single-Handed Fan
49 - Method 1
51 - Method 2
52 The Fan False Shuffle
54 The Ace Diminishing Cards

58 Section Three - Flourishes
58 The Spring
60 The arm spreads
60 The Single Spread
61 Endings for the arm spreads
61 - The Two-handed Catch
61 - The Hat Catch
62 - To Change the Pack by the Hat Catch
62 - The Turnover
63 - The Turnover Catch
63 - The Back Arm Throw and Catch
64 - The Double Arm Throw and Catch
64 - The Upper Arm Catch
65 - The Mulholland Grab
66 - The Upright Spread
66 - The Walking Stick Catch
67 - The Handkerchief Balance and Catch
68 Two Catches
68 -   The Drop Catch
69 -   The "Ribbon" Catch

71 Section Four - Suggestions for Routines
71  Suggestion 1
72  Suggestion 2
73  Suggestion 3
74  Suggestion 4
74  Suggestion 5
74  Suggestion 6
75  Suggestion 7

78 Exhibition Card Fans

78 Chapter One
78 Methods to ensure perfect fans
78 Beauty and Colour in fans
78 Perfect fans without "Springing"
79 Setup for effective fans
79 Use of the mixed deck

81 Chapter Two
81 The Two Handed Fan

85 Chapter Three
85 Two fans in one hand

90 Chapter Four
90 The "Buzzsaw" Fan

93 Chapter Five
93 The Spotless Spot Fan with the Travelling King

97 Chapter Six
97 The Rosette

100 Chapter Seven
100 Triple Transposition

104 Chapter Eight
104 Two fans in one hand - one large, one small

107 Chapter Nine
107 Rosette and Fan

110 Chapter Ten
110 The Rising Sun

114 Chapter Eleven
114 Complete Circle with Faces of Cards

116 Chapter Twelve
116 Blank Fan - Spot Fan

118 Chapter Thirteen
118 The Blank Fan


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