Magicians: If you want something very good to read for the New Year I recommend „Cards Against Reality“ by Switzerland’s Lorenz Schär: An excellent (and beautiful) little book full of well thought-out, strong and innovative effects, sleights and ideas.
— Pit Hartling
Lorenz has been an excellent "brainstorming partner" in the past few years. Now he decided to release some of his ideas and whereas you're a card magician or not, you should jump on this book, because it is the perfect example of how good magic is made out of hundreds of little touches, subtleties, thoughtful technique and clever thinking.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed everything in the book - the material is fantastic, and I must tell you that in every routine I learned at least one move, subterfuge, or ruse that was entirely new to me!
— Jack Carpenter
Cards Against Reality is one of the best well structured and very well defined books regarding magic I have read in a long time. You are to be congratulated!!!— Howard Hamburg
— Howard Hamburg
The book is okay, but the profreading is epic.
— Steve Beam
Cards Against Reality
by Lorenz Schär
In 2017 I started to write a little booklet — which grew into a book at some point. Now it's finally finished and I'm very happy to introduce you to Cards Against Reality!
It contains some of my favorite moves and routines with playing cards. In between, there are lots of ideas usable for other routines, two short theory chapters and a bonus chapter with some moves without cards.
Among other things you will find in this book:
Longitudinal Slide Shift — A shift for stand-up use, without hectic movements and with good angles.
Satisfriction — A study about jogs, different controls and new approaches.
The Merrow-Shuffle — A false shuffle at the table - simple and deceptive.
One For Mr. Mayhew — My center deal routine, with a few nasty refinements.
Go-Stop — A seemingly impossible version of the classic stop trick.
All Bags — 51 cards are chosen (almost) freely. A fun prediction routine.
Kool and the Gang — My Follow the Leader routine, including Giancarlo Scalia's handling of the Delight Switch.
Coincidencia Banal — A Triple Coincidence Routine with only one deck.
The book is hardbound, has 160 pages, is written in English (edited and revised by Steve Beam) and was illustrated by Florian Aeschlimann with over 100 illustrations.
The book is 45 Swiss Francs (ca. 45 USD) + Shipping.
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