COUNTS CUTS MOVES and Subtlety (Jerry Mentzer)

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This book is intended as a basic book for the card man -- experienced as well as beginner. The book is typeset, perfect bound, and is illustrated with 79 clear photographs. 73 pages. Larry West wrote the introduction to the book-he was the false countingest guy of which we know. He said that the book fills a real need. 

Contents Include: 

Introduction by Larry West

Chapter 1: Undercuts & Reversals: 

  • Double Undercut: control to top or bottom
  • Braue Reversal: reverse one or more cards
  • Concealed Reversal: addition to Braue Reversal

Chapter 2: Counts, Move and Subtlety:

  • The Biddle Move (Elmer Biddle): remove one card from a group while counting
  • Hammon Count (Brother John Hammon): Switch one packet for another while counting
  • Veeser Count (Bob Veeser): variation of the Elmsley Count
  • Another Count: conceal bottom card of four
  • Flushtration Move (Brother John Hammon): apparently show all backs
  • Haback Count (Phil Goldstein AKA Max Maven): Show 5 as five, but some hidden 
  • Olram Subtlety (Ed Marlo): Show cards while hiding one
  • Downs Change (T. Nelson Downs): change of one card for another
  • True or False (Jack Chanin): false count

Chapter 3: Elmsley, Jordan, Etc.

  • The Elmsley Count (Alex Elmsley): Also known as the "Ghost Count", Counting 4 as 4.
  • The Jordan Count (Charles T. Jordan): another 4 as 4 count
  • The Siva Count (Jack Avis): conceals center card of a 5 card packet
  • Open Count (John Murray): conceal 3rd card of 4
  • Smile Count (Larry West): conceals 3 card surfaces in packet of 4
  • Pairs Count (Larry West): variation of Smile Count
  • The Spirit Count (Gene Castillon): a "2 and 2" count for packet of 4

Chapter 4: Spreads

  • The Simple Spread: keeping a card concealed as packet is spread
  • The Back Spread: backs up
  • Buckle Count: using a buckling of the fingers
  • Ascanio Spread (Arturo de Ascanio): concealing a card in a fair looking spread
  • Details; Counts, Cuts, Moves And Subtlety - A Book of Basic Card Techniques

Details: ©1977 by Jerry Mentzer, Introduction by Larry West
Size 5 /12 by 8 1/2, 73 pages perfect bound, soft cover.

This is an excellent book about many of the basic moves used in card magic.