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Be Deceived by Louis LamBe Deceived
by Louis Lam

Intended by the author as "Card magic that is different," here are a baker's dozen card effects that your audience will enjoy.

Card discoveries, mental mysteries, and audience participation effects are all included in this gem of a book.

The author, a recognized card expert, shares these effects that rely on subtlety instead of "knuckle-buster" sleights. The routines described in this book can be performed by most any magician of average ability.

Here's what's included:

  • Introduction
  • El-El Telephone Test (with additional presentations)
  • Lady Be Good
  • El-El Bluff Force
  • El-El Four Ace Production
  • Sensational Card Discovery
  • "Enormous" Four Ace Presentation
  • "Mysterioso" A Sensational Four Ace Trick
  • Miraculous
  • Dual Sympathy
  • Coincidence
  • Impossible
  • Pusho
  • Square Magic
  • About the Author

"Louis Lam clearly describes 13 card effects and their variations. The effects have been thoroughly tested upon audiences and are both novel and clever. No unusual sleights are required for the tricks, nor is it necessary to have extreme skill. The effects depend more upon novel ideas of presentation and the subtlety of ideas."
-- John Mulholland, Sphinx magazine

"Real smart card tricks!"       -- Joe Berg

"The 'El-El Telephone Test' is ... ingenious. Very good, this. There is a sensational four ace trick, and the effect 'Miraculous' does not belie its title."
-- Magic Wand magazine review

"I especially like 'Square Magic' that uses words, instead of numbers, in a magic square effect. The method shows great promise for use by mentalists, as well. The 'Coincidence' envelope effect is also excellent."
-- The Amazing Whitney

PDF format. Expanded reprint of the 1939 first edition. Includes important edits and updates; completely reset in crystal clear type; with added biography and footnotes. 46 pages + supplement. ($4 US)

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