When magicians ask us what book they should buy next, we rarely suggest the latest cool release. Instead, we try to tailor our suggestions to their interests. And, we suggest that anyone with a serious interest in card magic should check out Phil Goldstein's Focus.
Phil (also known as Max Maven) has published over 1,000 tricks in the past 45 years. Focus consists of just 60 of those tricks; but they're his favorites and most of them are very good. Phil's criteria for selecting these tricks were clarity of plot, entertainment value, and high magical content.
All of the tricks are packet tricks, but most tend to have a feel of something a little bigger. Most of them using standard packet trick methodology such as easy switches, false counts and false displays, which are all within the reach of any close-up magician.
We're pleased to recommend this book to you and think that you'll enjoy experimenting with every trick in the book.