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CAAN Craft

by Hartman, J.K.; Bean, Gordon

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Category: Close Up
Media Type: Book
Publication Summary: 2010, 85 pgs
Format: Hardbound

Product Description

Beginning with the now out-of-print and much sought-after Card Craft, the release of each new book from J.K. Hartman has been welcomed by discerning card handlers the world over for his direct effects and deviously simple handlings. Now, spurred by an underground handling by Tomas Blomberg and a yearlong correspondence with Gordon Bean, Mr. Hartman has turned his attention to a single plot: the fabled Any Card at Any Number.

The eight routines in CAAN Craft-clearly described by Mr. Hartman and ably illustrated by Tony Dunn-are already being hailed as a bravura display of creativity, and the many new moves, maneuvers, and strategies revealed in its pages will undoubtedly inspire myriad variations. Each entry adheres strictly to the condition that a card is merely named rather than physically selected, and none requires advanced sleight of hand or special decks.

"I have always found Hartman's material to be interesting and thought-provoking, and I am pleased to say that in CAAN Craft he maintains his usual high standard, offering some quirky and devious ways to place a card, or cards, at any number. If you are a card worker, you should have it on your bookshelf."
- Peter Duffie, MAGIC (Lead review, 11/10)

In addition, CAAN KICKER, one of the strongest of the routines, features a novel silk-screened card that accompanies the book.

These are not keyboard pipedreams. Each boasts a complete, effective script and each has been fully tested before lay audiences in both casual and formal performances, leaving every nuance polished to a high gleam.


  • Introduction (J.K. Hartman)
  • J-CAAN
  • Bonus Sleights: Cut 'N' Run & Controlled Charlier Shuffle

"...those who like to have doors opened to further thinking will find much to enjoy in CAAN Craft, from Hartman's innovative use of sleights and subtleties to the novel dressings he has created for this popular plot."
- David Britland, Genii (Lead review, 10/10)

The enduring appeal of the ACAAN plot lies in its simple yet incredible premise - one that is likely to be retold long after a performance. Let the commercial and practical routines contained within the elegant, hardbound pages of CAAN Craft help create some legends of your own.

Pages - 85 - Hardbound - Illustrated - Custom silk-screened playing card included.
Date Added: Dec 14th, 2010


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June 3rd, 2014 2:39am
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
JK Hartman is one of those names it seems that only a handful of serious card men know. That is a downright shame because he has put a lot of very high quality work in books and magazines in the past and more should be familiar with his work.

This book is a rather quick read, but once you sit down to start learning any of the handlings in it, you will have to take is slowly to make sure you are reading it correctly. That is not because of sloppy writing, no. It is because most of them have a lot of subtle points you must grasp to understand; a few of them require a little bit of math, the difficult part of which is only remembering when to use which part of the proper formula. The material here is most definitely something to be absorbed and studied as opposed to being given a brief glance and a quick run through.

Some versions in CAAN CRAFT are cleaner than others and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but in my opinion the two best versions in the book are CAANARD... [Read More]

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