The Royal Road to Card Magic

The Royal Road to Card Magic

The Royal Road to Card Magic has been the go-to first magic book for anyone interested in card magic. It can easily open your eyes to a world that expands to depths you've never thought possible. In it, you'll experience a list of tricks, be introduced to the hidden world of sleight of hand, and gain access to card manipulation methods that you can pick up in no time (and some that require a bit of practice).

While it is a bit dated, Royal Road contains a lot of valuable information that you can definitely learn from - even as a complete novice. There's a chance that if you're just beginning or even a seasoned vet, there's a copy of this book already on your shelf!

Where to buy?

Last I checked, you should be able to pick up The Royal Road to Card Magic at Vanishing Inc. The last price tag I saw for this book was set at $16.95.

Buy at Vanishing Inc.

Contents of The Royal Road to Card Magic

  • Introduction by Paul Fleming
  • Preface


  • The Overhand Shuffle, I
  • The Riffle Shuffle
  • Flourishes
  • The Glide
  • The Glimpse
  • The Key Card
  • The Palm
  • The Backslip
  • The Overhand Shuffle, II
  • False Shuffles and Cuts
  • The Double Lift and Turnover
  • The Pass
  • Miscellaneous Flourishes


  • The Reverses
  • The Hindu Shuffle and Other Controls
  • The Classic Force
  • Top and Bottom Changes
  • Arrangements
  • Routines


  • Platform Tricks
  • Index
This book is written by Frederick Braue and Jean Hugard, featuring the work of various others. It includes illustrations by Francis J. Rigney. Mine is a paperback copy published in 1951, printed in 1999 with a total of 292 pages.

ISBN: 978-0-486-40843-9