I often hear Steranko’s name mentioned in magic literature, and up until a few years ago, I thought it was some old legend from the 14th century. Turns out it is a contemporary comic book-illustrator that just happens to be a fantastic magician too.

This book contains a description of the Lateral Palm, which is a well-known palming position used by many magicians. Steranko coined the name, and while he doesn’t claim to be the inventor of the palm, I am sure many people got it from this book. His methods to get in and out of the palm certainly have merits.

Another move Steranko often is associated with is “The Action Reverse”, which is a reversal of one or several cards during a tabled riffle shuffle. This move is used very often without any credits to Mr. Steranko. Dai Vernon said it was the most original sleight in the book, and I agree. Then again, who does not agree with The Professor?!

All illustrations in the book are by Steranko, and you can tell from their cartoon-ish style that this guy isn’t just a magician; he’s a seriously good cartoonist!

The book also has a bonus section written by Terrence Francisco. This section contains annotations to make some moves a bit more clear. The annotations are accompanied with photographs to make sure you understand all necessary details.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One – Fundamentals
  • Chapter Two – Action Center Reverse
  • Chapter Three – Positive Card Control
  • Chapter Four – Lateral Palm
  • Chapter Five – Multiple Shift
  • Chapter Six – Card Miscellanea
  • Chapter Seven – Cues on Cards
  • Chapter Eight – Quick Trix
  • Chapter Nine – Trio
  • Chapter Ten – Aces in Abstraction
  • Chapter Eleven – Card Eclipse
  • Chapter Twelve – Dead Man’s Hand Finale
  • Chapter Thirteen – Fantasy Card Routine
  • Bonus Section: Chapter Fourteen – Concerning Steranko Annotations by Terrence Francisco

Pages 114 – Hardbound

Reviewed by Erik.


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