I started magic in the mid 1970's and it was an great time for those of us interested in Card Magic. There was a modernization of how card magic was studied, invented and documented. The literature became more technical and almost scientific in its presentation and terminology. Among those who were driving this change to magical literature was Jon Racherbaumer, whose publications elevated the material and forced magicians to increase their understanding of what makes magic tick.
About the same time, a young man named Richard Kaufman -- (oh, you've heard of him?) -- also started a trend toward excellent, more technical and exacting illustrations in magic books.
In CARD FINESSE, you get to see what kind of book results when both these literary innovators join forces. Racherbaumer's text with Kaufman's illustrations -- what more can you ask for?
The book is mostly focused on utility "moves" and subtle improvements (or Finesses) on moves you may already know. About 50 different techniques and finesses for the hard-core cardician to study and adapt, plus about a dozen full routines at the end of the book. As you would expect in any Racherbaumer book, there is a lot from Edward Marlo, but also contributions from other magical luminaries of the early 1980s.
Check out the photos of the Table of Contents and the sample page to get a better idea of just how much good card magic is in this book.
Best price I saw in searching online for this book today was $73. You can get it here for less!
This is new-old dealer inventory from many years ago, so this 1st edition is in new, MINT condition.