30 years in the making, the best material from a card magic legend is finally available in one incredible set of books
Few magicians are as passionate about card magic as Allan Ackerman. To him, a deck of cards is merely an extension of his hands. By dedicating his life to card magic, Allan has developed an unrivaled ability to uncover the small, yet vital, details that separate a good routine from a great one.
Allan’s most noteworthy collection of work—Las Vegas Kardma in 1994—is still revered by card magicians around the world. Since then though, all of his newer releases have come in the form of limited-run lecture notes that are difficult to find or the occasional video. Now, three decades later, Allan’s best new material has finally been compiled into one stunning two-book set.
"Rod the Hop and Steve Forte both took lessons from Allan Ackerman when they initially moved to Las Vegas. Why? Because they understood how knowledgeable he is and what an excellent teacher he is. Learn from both of them, by getting ‘All-In’. If you enjoy great card magic, a bet on Allan is a "sure thing."” Jason England
Across the more than 400 pages of these beautiful hardcover books, you’ll find nearly 90 professional routines and over 50 additional sleights and moves. Everything has been updated and edited with help from one of magic’s premiere authors, John Lovick. All of the crucial nuances and subtleties have been included alongside full-color photographs to enhance the learning experience.
As a lifelong student of magic, Allan is a sleight-of-hand expert and a walking encyclopedia of card sleights, subtleties and even mathematical principles. Tapping into that wealth of knowledge, All In features a wide variety of amazing card tricks with optimized handlings that appeal to all types of magicians and skill levels.
Both books are broken up into sections: techniques and tricks. In the latter, you’ll find novel, polished routines like “The Prequel and The Sequel”, which lets you have all the fun of MacDonald’s Aces without any of the dreaded set-up, or “Ungaffed Ted”, a non-marked deck variation on Al Koran’s iconic double thought-of card routine. There are even dedicated sections on ACAAN style effects (many of which are easy to do) and Memorized Deck Magic (which includes the astonishing “Thirty-Minute Memorized Deck”).
Move-oriented magicians will likely jump right into the sleights and techniques section just like Allan intended. You’ll be eager to start learning the dynamic “HP (Hidden Packet) Maneuver” that allows you control, load and even force cards. The “Multiple Slip Shuffle”—a slip shuffle that can be executed with up to 10 or 20 cards—is another highlight; as is the Rhythm Count and its multiple variations that will have you considering retiring the Gemini Count for good.
Both linen-bound books come in a gorgeous slipcase that will command attention in any collection.
Limited Edition Deluxe Version - Only 200 Available!
A luxurious deluxe version of All In is also available exclusively at Vanishing Inc. The elegant black cloth covers pair perfectly with the stunning matching slipcase to make this deluxe version a book collector's dream. Each one comes with a signed and numbered bookplate, marking its place in the extremely limited run of just 200 deluxe sets.
"As a fan of Ackerman's work, it is great to see a new substantial and beautiful collection. There is some really good stuff in here! Highly recommended to all fans of card magic." Denis Behr
“‘All-In’ presents us with another opportunity to savour the stunning card magic of Allan Ackerman. This new set of books by Vanishinginc will further consolidate Allan’s legacy. He is a great master of sleight of hand and creative thinking for cutting edge card magic. I am delighted Allan is still a major force and important figure in our craft. The new collection will inspire all of us who celebrate world class card magic.” Michael Vincent
“Do yourself a favor and buy this work before it is out of print. Allan is one of my all time favorite card men - he will fool you!” David Soloman
When it comes to the world of creative card magic, Allan Ackerman has put all his chips on the table. Any serious student of the art must grab a copy of All In today!