Uncommon hardcover first printing of actor, writer, and legendary sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay's first book.
"The act of throwing cards as a demonstration of skill must be included in any serious history of stage magic."
It is difficult to explain this book to the uninitiated. Will you learn to throw cards long distances? Perhaps with sufficient speed and strength to puncture the the thick, pachydermatic rind of a watermelon? Yes. Yes you will. But by naked women demonstrating proper form (of the Alexander Hermann method, to be precise). Will you learn to defend yourself with a deck of playing cards? Yes, but none of the techniques will actually work (check out MYTHBUSTERS S2 E12 for a thorough debunking, with an assist from Jay himself). CARDS AS WEAPONS is by turns earnest (Jay held several world records in card throwing at the time), parodic, hilarious, brilliant, and utterly original — like the author himself. A well above average example of a book typically found with significant condition issues.
New York: Darien House, (1977). 10" x 7". Original full yellow cloth with black titles. In original unclipped ($9.95) jacket. Illustrated throughout with numerous black-and-white photos. 94,  pages. Small stain to verso of jacket at bottom edge, not visible from front and not effecting book — unobtrusive. Small closed tear to top of spine. Else bright and sharp.
Near fine in a very good jacket.
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