Whether you want to sit down for a family game of cards, learn a fancy shuffle to impress friends, or even a simple trick to amaze them, all you need is a deck of cards and this book. For the first time in one volume, this unique title combines the three key areas of playing cards – games, magic tricks and expert skills – making it the quintessential card companion and granting readers instant access to card enlightenment. Playing Cards delves into the mysterious history of cards, presents a multitude of games and their variations, reveals the secrets behind dazzling tricks of varying difficulty, and explains the essential card skills needed to perform feats of dexterity. Expertly written and clearly illustrated throughout, the contents include 52 card games, 52 magic tricks and 52 card skills. Playing Cards is a unique, stylish guide that will provide endless hours of fun and entertainment for all ages and abilities. It is essential reading for all those who wish to enhance heir repertoire, wherever and whenever they choose to.