Lake Tahoe Card Magic

by Louis Falanga

Reviewed by Kevin Gallagher

I have spent many an hour, long past midnight, at conventions sat at a table with some fellow close-uppers trying to out do one another with a pack of cards. On a number of occasions, having been bamboozled myself, the later admitted source of the miracle was the book under review and so I decided that it was high time I owned it. I sent for it and, given the number of times it had cropped up, was more than a little surprised by its volume, or rather, the lack of it. It is a flimsy book, around 70 pages of less than A5 with a number of adequate, if not artistically inspiring diagrams. There are 20 effects, all cards, non self-working and some requiring some work. So am I ultimately disappointed? Not on your Nelly. If you haven't been put off already, buy it or someone will fool you badly with something a little bit off the beaten track.

Louis is very well respected among card workers as is evident from the fact that no less than Dai Vernon and Larry Jennings were very happy to say as much in the two forewords which itself speaks volumes. Definitely a case of quality not quantity.

Kevin Gallagher December 2000