Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic

Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic

This is the first part of Vernon's famous Inner Secrets of Card Magic series. At least, the title page in the book itself says Part One -- the other books in the series omit that subtitle.

In this short volume, we're introduced to a medley of routines and sleights by Vernon and other notable magicians. The work on color changes is fresh, even for being provided decades ago. Emotional Reaction is a routine that I've personally seen referenced at least half-a-dozen times in other books, and Chapter Seven's focus solely on the Notis Stop Trick speaks for itself.

While we don't hear directly from Vernon within these pages, we very much do get a glimpse at the level of mastery he had in card magic.

And please do not forget -- remember, do not forget -- sleights and methods are merely the tools. What you do with them is up to you.
Dai Vernon

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Contents of Dai Vernon's Inner Secrets of Card Magic

Chapter One - Taking Things Easy

  • Emotional Reaction
  • Cocktail Cards
  • The Bent Corner Prediction
  • Colour Separation

Chapter Two - A Little Thought Required

  • Repeat "Do As I Do"
  • Four of a Kind
  • Matching the Cards
  • Dai Vernon's Colour Changing Pack

Chapter Three - Hanging by a Thread

  • The Rising Cards
  • The Pack that Cuts Itself
  • The Walking and Jumping Card

Chapter Four - Novel Knowledge

  • To Show the Top Card
  • The Ginsburg Poke
  • Jumbo Surprise
  • Elastic Touch
  • Time to Change

Chapter Five - Colour Changes

  • Tenkai's Colour Change
  • Al Altmann's Double Colour Change
  • Dai Vernon's "Picking Off the Pip"
  • Erdnase Plus Vernon
  • Dai Vernon's "No Palm" Colour Change
  • Dai Vernon's Pinch Colour Change
  • Dai Vernon's French Drop Colour Change
  • Bob Hummer's Visual Change
  • Cliff Green's Visual Change

Chapter Six - Dexterous Deception

  • Production of Cards with Fingers Interlocked
  • Bob Hummer's Variation

Chapter Seven - The Notis Stop Trick

Chapter Eight - Mexican Trickery

  • Sure-Fire Showdown
  • Bathroom Strippers

Chapter Nine - Miracles Take a Little Longer

  • The Chinese Second Deal
  • The Shooting Single Handed Deal
  • Look Up
This book is written by Lewis Ganson, featuring the work of Dai Vernon. Mine is a hardcover copy published in 1959 by The Supreme Magic Company, printed in 1976 (second edition) with a total of 76 pages. Photographs are by Lewis Ganson. The first edition of this book was published in 1959 by Harry Stanley, later reprinted by The Supreme Magic Company in 1971. My copy, purchased second-hand, does not have a dust jacket.