“Peter Duffie’s The Magic Of Fred Robinson is a wonderful book containing a gold-mine of ideas, subtleties and secrets from one of magic’s finest exponents and thinkers. … The Magic Of Fred Robinson is an excellent book full of wonderful ideas, useful sleights, and powerful effects. More than that, it’s a great read and takes me back to the feeling I had when I first read Vernon’s Inner Secrets books.” – R. Paul Wilson from his 2009 review in Genii.”I state without fear of exaggerating that Fred was one of the all-time greats; especially with cards.” – Dai Vernon

“Card magic and techniques of card-handling have fascinated me for most of my life. Meeting Fred was a highlight of my life.” – Roy Walton

“Your journey with Fred is about to begin thanks to Peter Duffie and Martin Breese. I envy you.” – Simon Lovell

“Always with a twinkle in his eye, Fred would fool you consistently.” – Gordon Bruce

Nearly 20 years in the making. The Magic of Fred Robinson was one of the most anxiously-awaited books among magicians the world over. It has been in the making for years and it was perhaps the most significant magic book of its decade.

Fred Robinson was a private man but his skill at sleight-of-hand with cards and coins was legendary. He could be found at the Magic Circle on Monday evenings and many well-known names from around the world paid homage to Fred and traveled countless miles to witness for themselves his legendary skills.

He was the editor of Pabular magazine and inspired contributions from the finest magicians of his time. The Magic of Fred Robinson documents and describes every effect that Fred performed. It has been written by Peter Duffie who has skillfully described all of Fred’s sleights and effects in the greatest of detail. There are pages of detailed drawings by Paul Griffin and Roy Johnson and photographs and the book pays tribute to one of the greatest sleight-of-hand magicians the world has ever known. Many magicians have contributed to this work.

For the only video we have available of Fred Robinson check out Snap, Crackle and Pop!.


  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword by Dai Vernon
  • Introduction by Roy Walton
  • Introduction by Peter Duffie
  • Fred Robinson – An Appreciation by Walt Lees
  • A Tribute from Max Maven
  • Fred Robinson by Simon Lovell
  • Andrew Galloway on Fred Robinson
  • Gordon Bruce on Fred Robinson
  • A Week with Fred Robinson by Darwin Ortiz
  • A Tribute by Jerry Sadowitz
  • Dominic Twose Remembers Lessons in Magic
  • Fred Robinson by Barrie Richardson
  • Fred Robinson (a very unusual man) by Bobby Bernard
  • Fred Robinson by Patrick Page
  • Fred Robinson on the Pass
    • The Riffle Pass 54
    • The Undercover Riffle Pass
    • The Delayed Pass
    • Charlier Cut Swindle
  • Fred Robinson’s False Deals
    • The Fred Robinson Bottom Deal
    • Fred Robinson’s Centre Deal
    • By the Centre Roy Walton
    • Alternate Centres
    • Another Bottom Deal
    • The Robinson Greek Bottom Deal
    • Second Deal
    • Dealer Demonstration
    • The Fred Robinson Deals by R. Paul Wilson
  • Moves and Sleights
    • On The Perfect Faro Shuffle
    • Turnover Change
    • Three Card Monte
    • Ultimate Force
    • Overhand Run Technique
    • On the Double Lift
    • Multiple Shift
    • Fred Robinson’s Bottom Palm
    • Fred Robinson’s False Count
    • The Addition Addition
    • Fred on the Top Palm
    • Clip Control
  • Colour Changes
    • Snap Colour Change
    • Face Palm Colour Change
    • Tabled Colour Change
    • The Turnover Pass as a Colour Change
  • On the Rising Cards
    • The Rising Cards à la Fred by Patrick Page
    • Boxed Rise
    • Hanky Rise
    • The Little Wiggle
  • Fred’s Gambling Routines
    • How to Win at Cards
    • Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker)
    • Blackjack
    • Fred Robinson’s High Card Cut
  • The Card Magic of Fred Robinson
    • The Cards Across
    • Vibrations
    • Stab-It
    • Up the Sleeve
    • Up Both Sleeves
    • Spectator Magician Plus
    • Behavioural Bluff
    • Fred on Out of This World
    • Mind Reading
    • Passing Thought
    • Double Denial
    • Fred on Dunbury
    • Dunbury Drop Switch Vanish
    • Dunbury Again
    • Computation
    • Make Believe
    • Card Catch
    • The Astrological Stop Trick
    • Mind Reading at the Marlborough
    • The Psychic Spectator
    • Ambitious Card Snap, Crackle and Pop
    • Do as I Do
    • Daley’s Last Trick
  • Little Cons and Other Miscellaneous Items
    • I Know
    • Card Production
    • The Coin Con
    • Nut & Bolt Trick
  • Fred Robinson on Coin Magic
    • Coin in Tie
    • Coins in the Tie (for Magicians Only)
    • Coin in Note
    • Something and Nothing
    • Drop-It
    • Rebound
    • Pick up Vanish
    • The French Drop Swindle
    • Blind Date
    • Presentation for the Stack of Pence Trick
  • Fred Robinson Stands Up
    • Fred Robinson’s C & R Rope
    • Annabelle’s Dye Tube
    • Fred’s Razor Blade Trick
    • The Trick That Cannot Be Explained

1st edition 2009, 286 pages


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