Concerning the Palming of Cards

Concerning the Palming of Cards

John Galsworthy stood out in 2021 first with his inclusion in Vanishing Inc.'s Experts at the Card Table series and now with Concerning the Palming of Cards, a follow-up to the amazing art of palming.

A treatise for the discerning conjurer on the extraction, procurement, and concealment of playing cards, with attendant miscellany.

Methods: novel and various.

This book details John's approach to the art and artifice of card palming. There are several methods covered, most that any reader will have already been exposed to in one form or another but the descriptions are in-depth and multiple techniques are covered. Top palms, bottom palms, palm steals, and associated moves are presented to us and if this book includes anything like what his EATCT lecture did, I'm sure that there's a ton of great knowledge in these pages!

There's a QR code at the beginning of the book that gives you access to 12 video tutorials, one for each section in the book. They're short videos and I haven't watched them yet so I can't say whether they cover the variations of each move or not but even if not, having a video reference for each move is amazing!

As a shout-out to the author, after sharing a snapshot of the book as it arrived to my story on Instagram, John reached out via DM and offered to be a resource if I had any questions or anything, which is pretty awesome. I've been doing a lot of work with lateral palms, steals, and all-things-mucking for about a year and a half now so I might just take him up on that =]

Where to buy?

Last I checked, you should be able to pick up Concerning the Palming of Cards at Gumroad. The last price tag I saw for this book was set at $28.00.

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Contents of Concerning the Palming of Cards

  • Foreword by John Galsworthy
  • Introduction

Top Palms

  • Berg Palm
  • One-Hand Top Palm
  • Hugard Top Palm
  • Touch Palm One - Topping the Deck

Bottom Palms

  • Erdnase Bottom Palm
  • Touch Palm Two - Erdnase Bottom Palm
  • Leipzig Bottom Palm
  • Colour Change

Palm Steals

  • Side Steal
  • Diagonal Palm Shift

Miscellaneous Moves

  • Top Card Palm Replacement
  • Palm-to-Palm Transfer
  • Box Load



This book is written by and featuring the work of John Galsworthy. Mine is a hardcover copy published in 2021, printed in 2022 (2nd edition) with a total of 140 pages.