Oh, how I would dearly love to own a copy of this book. I first heard about it some time in the mid 90s, when I saw a TV documentary about the amazing Ricky Jay. It was the bit where he cut a pencil in half by throwing an ordinary playing card at it that got me really hooked. I practiced a bit, and got to the point where I could spin a card all the way across the room, but I didn’t take it any further than that.
Cards as Weapons was first published in 1977, and has been out of print since then. Today is the first time I’ve seen the book for sale on Ebay. (Admittedly, I’ve only been looking since last summer.) But at a cool $750, I don’t think I’ll be placing any bids. There’s a copy available through Amazon.com for $295, but even this is too expensive. I’m more interested in the text than in the book itself, so I’m hoping that maybe some day an enterprising small publisher might pick up the rights and do a new edition.