The Art of Playing Cards

Over 100 Games, Tricks, and Skills to Amaze and Entertain

The Art of Playing Cards
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Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780785836698
Publisher: Chartwell Books
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The Art of Playing Cards is your tour guide to a standard deck. This handbook covers the classic games, tricks, and skills you'll need to become an expert card shark.

There’s something about opening a new pack of cards. It doesn’t matter whether you buy them at a filling station to while away a few hours on the road or if they’re a classic deck of Bicycle cards bought specifically for a poker night—they smell the same. There’s the same whiff of possibility, of hands to play or chances to take, of bets to win and of fun just waiting to be had.

THE GAMES:
There are thousands of games we could have included, but along with some of the most popular, we’ve also chosen those we think are the most fun, the most challenging, and the most exasperating. Also, much of the beauty of card games is that they vary so much, and we’ve included plenty of tips for trying something a bit different. Of course, when faced with so many variations and different games, it would be impossible to include them all here; we only hope that you like the ones we have squeezed in.

THE SKILLS:
Shuffles, cuts, ribbon spreads, fans, flourishes, false cuts, forces, false shuffles, finger lifts, double lifts… they’re all here, explained in a simple step-by-step fashion that makes it easy for anyone to pick them up.

THE TRICKS:
Here we’ve concentrated on tricks we think are easy and approachable because there are few things more frustrating than trying to do something that’s simply out of your league or utterly beyond your physical abilities. Thus, you won’t find any magician’s glue or funny specialized decks of cards; there are few props, and no fiendishly complex sleights and palms… and there are definitely no cards up anyone’s sleeves

We hope the result is a book that you’ll be able to come back to again and again, whether it’s to brush up on your shuffling or because you want to learn a new game or a new trick for the holidays. If you do that, then this book has served its purpose. Oh, and always remember, it’s not the cards in your hand that count, it’s how you play them.

The author

Rob Beattie is a professional writer and life-long camper and angler. He has written numerous titles on a wide range of outdoor activities, including: The Pocket Survival Guide, The Campsite Companion: All You Need to Know for Life in the Great Outdoors, The Boating Companion: All You Need to Know for Life on the Open Water, and The Fishing Handbook (published in the UK as 101 Golden Rules of Fishing). All have been published internationally and translated into several languages. He lives in the seaside city of Brighton, England.

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Specs

Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780785836698
Illustrations: color illustrations
Size: 6.299 in x 8.268 in / 160 mm x 210 mm
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