Duffie's Card Compulsions

Recently dug out my copy of this brilliant tome by the one and only Peter Duffie – one of magic greatest thinkers with a pack of cards. I always love it when you re-discover something you already own and get the same buzz that you did the first time around – who needs to buy new books – just re-read the ones you’ve already got!

59 compulsions in 269 annoyingly wide pages (including a section on sleights) I’d say this is a must have book. Like all books on card tricks (except those by Roy Walton) there are a few items which I don’t really care for but overall the standard of the effects in this book is incredibly high.

Some favourites –

The Three Packet Shuffle – a great four ace opener in which you cut to three of the aces from a triumphed deck and find the last one in the centre face up – all the other cards have corrected themselves.

Mis-Read Palmistry – a bold version of Alex Elmsley’s “Between Your Palms” using the mis-show principle – brilliant.

Sherlock Never Married – the best royal marriages trick I’ve ever read – entertaining, baffling and with a kicker ending which fits the routine and patter perfectly.

Divisory Capacity – a classic Duffie trick – very easy to perform but devastatingly good – can also be used to fool magicians.

The Ultimate Truth – a lie detector trick using reverse plunger move. Very difficult to figure out and very entertaining.

Triggered Hofzinser – not as commerical as a lot of other routines but I like this purley because it uses a brilliant underused move – Roy Waltons “Trigger Move”.

Caprice – Two jokers in both pockets change places with two selected cards on the table – the cards are removed cleanly from each pocket. Uses a genius principle Duffie calls “Double Fantasy” – great to play with and with practise the trick would be a killer.

The sleights section contains some precious Duffie wisdom including a brilliant bold multiple shift – The Grift Shift – have yet to try this but I’m sure it works great.

Get this book while you can.

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6 Responses to Duffie's Card Compulsions

  1. Charlie Nigh says:

    Thanks for your post. I’m heading for the bookcase to check out the shift.

  2. Shhhhhhh! Don’t tell people about this book or those effects! ESPECIALLY about Divisory Capacity! We don’t want everyone doing it, do we?

  3. cardperson says:

    Willful Sandwich Transport is my go to card under glass

  4. cardperson says:

    Transposition rather

  5. Pingback: Peter Duffie’s Card Compulsions – Digitized | The Double Deal - Card Magic Blog

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