Steve Beam – Semi-Automatic Card Tricks – VOLUME 11


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Semi-Automatic Card Tricks – Volume 11

230 pages, 260 illustrations, 3 one-man chapters (Ramón Riobóo, Giancarlo Scalia, & Vic Trabucco), and over 100 effects!

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Beginning with the first volume in 1993, the Semi-Automatic Card Tricks series has become the brand and thesource for low-sleight, high-impact card tricks. With over 1000 effects in eleven volumes, this is the largest collection of state-of-the-art tools and secrets available to magicians today.

Semi-automatic card tricks are designed from the ground up to kick the brain’s ass. These professional-caliber effects are used by magicians around the world to disarm even the most astute audiences. The many contributors and practitioners of these effects comprise a Who’s Who in card magic today.

In addition to the new tricks and principles, there are tips, hooks, and presentations to enhance the performance. You can literally take our words for it.  With the publication of Volume XI and this silver-anniversary collection, we finally have an answer to the age-old question, “What would Robert-Houdin have read?”




Unlike Mr. Beam himself, this book is filled with wonderful principles and something you’ll enjoy having by your bedside.” – David Regal, Constantly Fooling

“When a guy only contacts you once every few years to get a blurb for the back of his new book and never sends you a complimentary copy, this is the kind of blurb you can expect to get in response.” – Michael Weber, Tall Magician

“Who’s this Weber guy who thinks he should get free books? I don’t care how tall he is.” Dawn Beam, Spouse, Fifty-Percent Investor, and Director of Freebie Prevention

“Just buy the book already!” Bill Malone, CEO of Bogus Endorsements, Inc.

“Before I got this volume, I was a pathetic, depressed, underappreciated, sexually impotent, burnt-out shell of a man. Now, I’m all those things – with a great magic book!” – Marty Kane, Foolproof Reader and Fool Proofreader

“The choice is yours. Get fooled or get schooled.” – Bob Macey, Frustrated Poet

“With this noteworthy entry to the series, I can finally reach that burned-out bulb in my hallway. I guess you could say Volume 11 is enlightening.” – Mike Vance, Tall Proofreeder

“When he reached Volume 10, one for each finger he could count on, I assumed he was done. But apparently Beam discovered his toes.” – David Corsaro (for whom the author reserved a finger)

“I’m going to leave these to my son. Maybe he’ll read them.” – Stephen Bargatze, Generous Father

“Beam, please stop already. It’s just more junk I have to get rid of when my dad dies.” – Nate Bargatze, Funnier-than-his-father Comedian

“There’s a number 11? If I wanted to read another book of semi-automatic card magic, I would’ve removed the shrink wrap on the last ten volumes.” – Rick Merrill, FISM Grand Prix Winner and Avid Reader

“Some of Steve’s best material is buried in print. Unfortunately, he’s still digging and trying to find it.” Raj Madhok – One of Steve’s 100-Proof Readers

“Not many people know the term ‘semi-automatic’ in the title refers to the Kalashnikov rifle that Steve lays on the table just before asking, ‘So… how did you like the card tricks?’” – Lewis Jones, Top Gun

“Steve Beam is the only magician I know that uses a net when performing the Balducci levitation.” – Doug Canning (who apparently doesn’t like Annette)

“Volume Eleven? Nobody’s falling for the old ‘I-need-a-complete-collection scam.’ But put me on the list anyway – I need to complete my collection.” – Pit Hartling, the Complete Magician


“Steve Beam is to card magic what Chung Ling Soo was to the National Rifle Association.” – Gary Morton, Second Best Magician in Ohio (where apparently, all others are tied for first)

“It was brave of him to put his real name on this work.” – S.W. Erdnase, Close friend of the author and the author of The Expert at the Card Table

“If anyone ever deserved to be handcuffed, put in a strait jacket, and thrown into a river…” Harry Houdini, Magician & Escape Artist


VIDEOS From Volume 11 of Semi-Automatic Card Tricks

Taking Control (Vic Trabucco) 

Impossible (Vic Trabucco)

TNT (Vic Trabucco)

Spreading Triumph (Vic Trabucco)

Rolling the Aces (Vic Trabucco)

 TRUMPED (Vic Trabucco)

 Shuffle Shift (Vic Trabucco)

 Isolated Touch Force (Vic Trabucco)

Zarrow Block Addition Addition

 That’s Not Impossible (Vic Trabucco)


CUT-UP ACES (Vic Trabucco)

ALMOST GAFFED (Vic Trabucco)