Less is More

Book by Benjamin Earl (From $50.00)

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"Benjamin Earl is one of the best cardmen around today. Less is More, is a bona fide winner! It gets my highest recommendation." Steve Forte
"Ben has cleared a path for all of us to follow." David Williamson

When Benjamin Earl takes a shuffled deck and cuts to the four Aces it feels completely authentic; as if his deft fingers can somehow locate them by touch alone. But here's a secret: he has developed techniques and psychologies that fake this seemingly-impossible feat. In Less is More he takes us on a journey, and his "Real Ace Cutting" is the final destination.

The journey starts by looking at Henry Christ's classic "Fabulous Four Ace" routine and improving it one piece at a time. His noble list of goals for the routine include removing anti-climatic moments and ensuring that the revelations build in progressively stronger and more distinctive ways. He achieves this in spades.

That routine is the springboard for further experimentation and Ben's analysis of the four-Ace effect leads him along many interesting paths, stripping away every unnecessary action in order to illustrate how less is more. He teaches twelve complete Ace cutting effects and gambling demonstrations (including a multi-phased routine that requires absolutely no sleight of hand) and provides thorough and thoughtful analysis on their construction.

Amongst the effects, Ben also teaches a collection of original moves and techniques, focusing on three areas: maintaining a stack while a spectator shuffles the deck, maintaining the stack himself and producing the Aces. In particular, the Sting Cut and his Real Optical False Shuffle are two moves that introduce the idea of improvisation into the mix. 

Less is More is a gorgeous 142-page hardback book, bursting with high-quality photographs. It's as much a book on the theory and construction of card magic, as it is a tome of workable effects and world class card technique. Careful study of this work will enhance your card magic to new levels. 

For the collectors, we have produced 200 deluxe editions that include a signed and numbered bookplate by the author, along with a tipped-in signed playing card, all housed in a gorgeous leatherette slipcase. These limited editions will never be reprinted. Choose which version when you add to cart.

"I think this is absolutely terrific. I loved reading it. I loved watching it. I loved thinking about it. Hell, I’m still thinking about it. I may even start working on doing it." Jamy Ian Swiss (talking about "Real Ace Cutting" from Less is More)

Contents of Benjamin Earl's Less is More

  • Evolving with Simplicity
  • Thanks to Henry
  • Henry in Isolation
  • Instant Isolation
  • Henry Topped
  • The Sting Cut
  • The Any Card Game Control
  • The Real Optical Shuffle
  • Finessed Frank Thompson Cut
  • The Bounce Cut
  • Spectator Shuffle Holdout
  • Half & Half Control
  • Shuffled Ose Control
  • Deep Slug Control
  • Blinded by the Hand
  • Wide Awake Scream
  • The Back Room Demo
  • Clean Cutter
  • Clean Cutter 2
  • Flow Productions
  • Stem Cell
  • The Resourceful Professional
  • No-Motion Four Aces
  • Real Ace Cutting

142 pages, hardback.

 

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Customer reviews for Less is More

Christopher Grant

Rare does a book come along that offers so much insight and real card work. I received my copy yesterday and poured through it. Intriguing concepts, great insights, new discoveries, all within a handsome presentation. Magic books can run the gamut - from the simplistic and pedistrian to the complex and etherial. This new addition to my library fits the bill - challenge me, encourage me and amaze me. Nice work from the folks from Vanishing Inc and hats off to Mr. Earl for understanding that less is more.

 

Scott Kahn

Quite simply the best book I have read all year. Beautifully produced. Well written. Excellent photography. Ben Earl is easily one of the greatest card magicians alive. There are some wonderful sleights in this book and if you are interested in ace cutting effects this is essential reading. My highest recommendation.

 

Ali Said Jamaleddine

I got this before the official release and I have to say, it is one of my favorite books on card magic. Ben Earl understand what makes good sleight of hand.

Techniques may be simple at times, and other times, they require some serious choreography and psychology to make them deceptive. But all the sleights/techniques discussed are elegant. Elegance is what resonates from both the magic Ben performs and the magic he teaches.

My absolute favorite thing about the book is the journey towards perfection. The way Ben keeps pushing things further, rectifying weak points and adding more subtleties is just inspiring to read.

I am already using some of the sleights. I have already started practicing some of the tricks and hopefully working my way up towards 'real magic' territory.

Yes, it is an inspirational book in my opinion with a main message: keep pushing the limits towards perfection.

Highly Recommended!

 

Brilliant thinking, direct and impactful magic. Just buy it. You won't be sorry.

 

Sicheng Li

The book is a good and relatively easy read. There would be no problem for anybody somewhat versed in sleight of hand to be able to do the routines in the book after few weeks of practice. But being able to perform these routines is another matter. The real value hides within the journey Earl leads us on. The revolution from the "Fabulous Ace Routine" by Henry Christ to Ben Earl's "Real Ace Cutting" is a process happens from the within. The materials in this book not only allows us to cut aces "for real", but also more importantly, be present in the moment.

 

Philip Kerber

There are so many gems in this book. The deception techniques Ben teaches are amazing. I got the Deluxe Edition and I am so happy I did. I love everything in this book, cant wait to put it to work.