A Cut Above


This is a joyful exploration of one-handed cuts created or documented by Msgr. Vincent Foy, a magician who was also a pioneer of the modern movement of card flourishes. His contributions on this subject, which were first published in The Linking Ring and in Bertram on Sleight of Hand, inspired a new generation of finger-flingers.

Designed by Michael Albright, with photos by Ron van Someren, ​​​​​​​A Cut Above—which published in April 2011 when Msgr. Foy was 95 years young—comes with an insightful introduction that examines the history and place for card cuts and flourishes in the modern repertoire and also includes an annotated bibliography of other books and DVDs that the reader may want to explore.

This black and white, 240-page hardbound (with colour dustjacket) volume is approximately 8.75″ x 11.75″ (22cm x 30cm), weighs 2.58 lbs (1.172 kg) and contains five hundred photo images.

The Author

Born in 1915, Msgr. Foy has held a lifelong interest in magic ever since he saw Harry Blackstone in 1925 perform in Toronto at the old Pantages theatre. Msgr. Foy’s first book, purchased later that year for 10 cents, was the 1902 edition of Howard Thurston’s Card Tricks

In the 1940s, Msgr. Foy contributes articles and tricks to magic periodicals under the pen name of Dr. George E. Casaubon. In addition to writing booklets such as Deceptions with a Short Card and Salt Sorcery under that nom de plum, Msgr. Foy was instrumental in bringing the magic of Ross Bertram, one of the original Stars of Magic, to a wider audience through the publications The Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram and Bertram on Sleight of Hand.

His love and interest in magic continued for ninety years. Msgr. Foy passed away in Toronto, at the age of 101 in March 2017.


$45 USD (plus shipping and handling and GST/HST for Canadian residents).

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Foy, Vincent, 1915-2017
A cut above / Vincent Foy.

Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 978-0-9780675-9-5

1. Card tricks–Handbooks, manuals, etc. I. Title.

GV1549.F68 2010 793.85 C2010-907939-6



Table of Contents 
The Wobble and Cut Shuffle