Volume II: NON PLUS ULTRA
J. N. HOFZINSER presents all of the master’s card magic, which was a specialty of this brilliant magician. This volume provides an in-depth study and explanation of Hofzinser’s huge contributions to the field.
Descriptions of card tricks can be found as early as the sixteenth century. During the centuries that followed, a body of sleights and techniques steadily developed and grew. But Hofzinser was the first to bring this art from the tavern into the salon, to amaze and delight society’s elite. The system of sleights he developed, his cunning use of regular decks in combination with trick cards, and above all the wealth of effects he invented, opened up possibilities that enabled the fertile growth of card magic to the present day. The reception of Hofzinser’s inventions by Dai Vernon and many other outstanding card magicians of the twentieth century proves the enduring qualities of his work.
Magic Christian has spent years researching Hofzinser and discussing his magic with magicians throughout the world. By this effort, he has been able to revise, correct, reconstruct and greatly enlarge what we know of Hofzinser’s life and card magic. The result is this magnificent two-volume set of books, a work that is already considered a fundamental text, and will serve as a springboard for further developments in this fascinating art of magic done with playing cards.