26 Card Tricks

For the Intermediate Level Magician Using a Standard Deck

Original price was: $12.95.Current price is: $6.49.

Keep it simple, yet keep it mystifying is what this book is all about. Most books that have been written on the subject of card magic are either directed toward the novice, and hence the tricks are utterly transparent, or else they are directed toward the expert, and hence require countless hours of practice as well as top-notch eye-hand coordination.

Here are offered 26 easy tricks that are effectively mystifying when performed for the layperson but don’t require great skill or considerable training. All of these tricks can be performed using standard card decks. None require gimmicked decks, multiple props, or extensive preparation.

Chapter #1 deals with the techniques necessary to perform the tricks. Chapter #2 presents 9 tricks that require no props or preparation, and use a single deck. Chapter #3 presents 17 tricks that require some (minimal) props and/or preparation. Chapter #4 has to do with routines — the combining of two or more tricks to create a package that has continuity and depth. Chapter #5 is about “patter” — the verbal “glue” that holds a routine together and makes it more interesting for the viewers.


“For anyone interested in how magic works this book is for you. It is no nonsense and has detailed descriptions of the card tricks for the beginner to intermediate. A great way to learn, and along with Ritchey’s tips for entertaining the audience that really brings a new element of fun into the awe of magic.”–Molly (Quakertown, PA)
“I have been searching for a way into the world of magic and card tricks is one of the best ways I’ve been recommended to start. Having previewed various books, I’ve discovered “26 Card Tricks”, by David Ritchey. This particular card trick book is easy reading and easy navigating. It clearly defines the tricks so they are easily understood and executed. I highly recommend “26 Card Tricks” if you are looking for just the right book to learn your “magical powers”!”–Danielle (Doylestown, PA

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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.


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