Dream Decks

Many years ago, as a subscriber to Harry Stanley's wonderful magazine, The Gen, that I first read of a special pack of cards, which has since become known as the A1 Koran Force Deck. While A1 Koran did use this style of force deck, it was not his invention. Edward Bagshawe, the English magic dealer, seems to have been the first to suggest a force pack that used duplicate banks of cards arranged in rotation.3 Fourteen years later Audley Walsh reinvented the concept and added a pumping sequence...

Coin In Hand Mentalism

Like all good magic the secret is devilishly simple yet very difficult to figure out. I must warn you at this point though that this is not traditional magic where you have a gimmick or other method to help you succeed 100 of the time. In this case you really are attempting to read their body language to psychologically arrive at the correct choice, and there is always a danger that you will get it wrong I have seen Derren get this one wrong and it cost him 50 quid - though this is unusual That...

Female Leg Cross Gestures

Female Body Language Legs

Men often sit with their legs apart in an aggressive crotch display, whereas women use leg crossing as protection for their delicate genital area. Women use three basic positions to communicate a courting attitude. With the knee point Figure 121 , one leg is tucked under the other and points to the person whom she finds interesting. This is a very relaxed position which takes the formality out of a conversation and gives the opportunity for a fleeting exposure of the thighs. The shoe fondle...

Silk Handkerchief To Glass Magic

Electronic Version 2002 Jos Antonio Gonz lez Campos The Original Tarbell Course in Magic Electronic Edition 2003 Jose Antonio Gonzalez Campos The History of Magic Professional Attitude The Dissolving Coin Necromancy and Divination Metal Ring on a String The Patriotic Rings and String The Vanishing Ring on String Development of Superstitions Review of Principles Chinese Paper Mystery Wintertime in China Japanese Torn and Restored Napkin Magic and Religion Magic Develops your Personality Hindoo...

To Make Japanese Cords For Tying

Get some cord about one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter and about eleven inches long. Take a strip of heavy parchment or gloss tissue paper or genuine rice paper, if you can secure any about an inch wide. Cut this material into inch strips. Roll the paper around the cord diagonally, overlapping each turn a little to cover the cord completely. Twist the ends of paper to hold it on cord securely. Figure 48. Prepare another cord in the same way. To make the working of the...

The Mysterious Selffilling Lota

This effect is usually credited to the Hindus but it is performed by the Chinese also. A lota, or bowl, is filled with water. Water is then poured out into a bucket or jar and lota shown empty. Performer states that he will cause water to flow from his eyes or his ears. He places his eyes down on top edge of lota for a moment and then pours more water out of lota. Next he places the lota to his ear and again water is poured out of lota. He may cause water to flow into the lota from his elbows...

The Japanese Thumb

Strander Island Drawning Purple Mash

I first saw this thumb tie performed by Asahi, the Japanese magician, a number of years ago. His presentation of it made it a work of art. His co-ordination of movements was so perfect that he could produce his effect right in the midst of the audience as well as on the stage. Ten Ichi, another Japanese performer, produced this same effect also. The experiment created a sensation among magicians, and many solutions to the secret have been brought forth, some good, some mediocre. The method...

Lessons 38 to

It is time now for you to go back and review once more. Do you realize what a vast fund of information and what a thorough education you have gained in Magic up to this point If you don't, a complete review will bring it home to you with great force. And if you do, this review will give you a tremendous satisfaction in the knowledge of the big thing you have accomplished. Turn back to Lesson 13 for the first section of your review, Lesson 25 for the second section, Lesson 37 for the third...

Review Of Lessons

Review of Lessons 1 - 12 1-4 13 Review of Lessons 13 - 24 1-3 25 Review of Lessons 25 - 37 23-24 37 Review of Lessons 38 - 49 25-26 49 ROPE, TAPE AND RUBBER BAND TRICKS, TIES AND ESCAPES T Coats, Ropes and Rings 9-12 7 T Coats, Tapes and Rings 1-8 7 T Comedy Version of Germaine Cord Effect 7-10 6 T Japanese Thumb Tie, The 10-17 11 T Impromptu Cut and Restored Cord Effect 10-14 6 T Jumping Rubber Band, The 4-6 11 T Kellar's Cut and Restored Cord 4-7 6 T Magic Orange, The 16-19 7 T Metal Ring on...

Breaking A Cocktail Glass By Thought Waves

Effect Here is a classic in mental magic. From several cocktail glasses, one is selected. This is placed in a transparent glassine or plastic bag to prevent injury or damage when the glass shatters. Assistant stands several feet from the performer, or in the audience, while the performer 'concentrates' on the glass. On command, the glass is HEARD to break, and does break in the transparent bag, proving 'thought control by mental vibration. ' Method Some advance preparation and experimentation...

David Shades Manual A Truly Unique Way to Give a Woman an Orgasm

In the evening of Sunday, March 19, 2000, I flew back home after attending Mark Cunningham's three day Stage Hypnosis seminar. I knew that my life had forever changed by learning hypnosis, but I did not yet have any idea just how powerfully. My fellow students and I had all learned how to hypnotize each other. We took turns making each other forget our names and forget numbers. Basically, we told each other what our reality would be. We were given the task of creating an idea for a stage...

The Finger Flick

Cards may be propelled a considerable distance by flicking them with the second finger. The card to be flicked is held either singly in the left hand or protruding horizontally from the top of the deck as it is held in a dealing position. The second finger cocks up against the right thumb and then shoots forward hitting the Southeast corner of the card with the fingernail. The action is identical to one used by most schoolchildren in propelling expectorant spheres. Holding the card or cards in...

The Bobo Coin Vanish

Coin Vanish Magic Tricks Step Step

The main point in favor of this and the three coin vanishes that follow is an illusive element called retention of vision. In other words, not only does the coin actually appear to be placed in the left hand-the spectators think they see it in that hand AFTER the hands separate. The result of the perfect illusion these sleights create is complete deception. Hold a half dollar by its edge between the tips of the right thumb and middle finger and place it squarely in the palm of the left hand,...

Bottom dealing

Erdnase Bottom Deal

THIS ESSAY was originally written as a monograph in 1978. I endeavored to update it for this book, but there may be some recent bibliographic oversights. The analysis is, nevertheless, as valid today as I believe it was when I wrote it. Whenever cards are dealt, an observant viewer would be able to describe some aspects of the deal. Such an observer would not be able to name these factors as we can, but they are readily apprehensible. These are the kind of factors that are equally relevant to...

Drawing Of Spectator Gaze

& fS consider once more the uncomfortable performing situation discussed in the preceeding article, one that happens with some frequency to almost every magician You are in the middle of a trick and have reached a point where the audiences attention must be directed elsewhere than your hands, so that you can execute a secret maneuver. I lowever, you note one spectator tenaciously staring at your hands, the danger zone. What do you do You could try to make this spectator look you in the eye...

Fried Thrice

In the introduction to the instructions of this trick Jon Racherbaumer explains that his goal was to capitalize on Max Maven's (aka Phil Goldstein) 'B Wave' by making it the climax of a three phase routine. The first two phases are by Ed Marlo. The routine goes like this The magician lays out three piles of cards. The first pile contains the four jacks, which are face up. The second pile contains the four queens, which are face down. The third pile contains the four kings, which are face up....

John Ramsay Grocer

John Ramsay Magician

The case, used this proof as misdirection, to cover the move necessary to the trick he was performing. A typical example was the way he used the 11 known ploy of concealing a small object in e empty space of a half open matchbox. As he closed the box he would subtly create the impression that he had loaded something into his left hand, which was kept partly closed as he put the box into his right coat pocket. Looking directly at the spectators, he would slowly open his left hand which was seen...

Card Miracle

IN those early days when I first became a member of The Magic Circle, Douglas Dexter proved at that time that artistry in magic was a personal thing and not just something that went with the trick. Everything he touched had that meticulous thought and care which made the difference between a trick and a feat of magic. In the effect to be described, originally published in one of my friend Percy Naldrett's books, and now reprinted with his permission, Dexter shows the finesse that can come to...

Weuue PJHul

Readers who recall my prediction effect entitled Prevhue, and published in Pentagram, Vol. 1, No. 7, may be interested in this variation on the same theme. Let me first briefly recapitulate the original effect. The performer, after a few questions to a volunteer assistant, writes a prediction which is dropped into a hat. The assistant is handed a red, a white and a blue silk, and asked to tie them together in a chain, in any order, and then to hold the chain up by either end he wishes. The...

Three Cards Across

This trick is one of the finest in all card magic. When neatly presented it never fails to entertain and mystify an audience. It was a favourite with the great English magician, David Devant, and with countless card conjurers since. The plot is simple. A spectator counts off a number of cards and puts them in his pocket or holds them in his hands. A second spectator chooses a card, the value of which is used to indicate how many cards shall be caused to fly invisibly to the cards held by the...

Resistance and Rapport

We focus on high-order mental systems those which determine whether to accept or reject statements made by another. The ability to reduce the resistance and increase rapport is an important part of hypnosis. This highly practical chapter gives exercises which take the form of two-person games which may be used to increase your skills in this way. We run through making impersonal statements statements about yourself and then personal statements about another person all in an everyday setting....

The No Touch Theory

These methods of Second Dealing are based on the theory that if the top card is handled in such a way that the right hand's dealing thumb cannot come in contact with it, then the dealing of the second card is practically assured. A study of the various techniques to be described will impress the practitioner of the ease with which the Second Deal can be accomplished. Matter of fact, one may have to spend more time learning how to deal the top card rather than the second one. 1. Hold the deck in...

The Chameleon Chest

PROFESSIONAL MENTALISM FOR THE MILLENNIUM CREATED BY LARRY BECKER This is one of the most exciting professional props I have ever offered. Your satisfaction is guaranteed or your money back. Professional mentalist, Ross Johnson used it forone ofhis corporate shows and blew his audience awayManufactured for me by Viking Mfg. Co. this miracle producing device is beautifully crafted in hand rubbed walnut with brass fittings. Lined in soft brown felt, the chest measures 8-1 2 x 5-5 8 x 3-1 2. This...

Exclusive Photos By Max Andrews

Esme Levante

Left to Right Esme Levante, Les Levante, Oscar Paulson, une. Bottom Left to Right Col. Ling Soo- Voltaire, Claude Chandler. Top. Left to Right Esme Levante, Les Levante, Oscar Paulson, une. Bottom Left to Right Col. Ling Soo- Voltaire, Claude Chandler. EDITORIAL. Continued from previous page a selection of the large crowd of stalwarts but they are those who invariably attend I.B.M. gatherings. Suffice to say that it was a very jolly, informal affair, with no fewer than 17 artistes on the...

Cocky and funny

Men without experience in seduction believe that being serious, trustful, sweet and communicative is the right attitude in order to have success with women. This is not so. To have success with women you need to follow this principle Serious and deep communication is something she has to earn Women easily get bored. They are not as good in enjoying repetitive and obvious behavior as men. A woman cannot consider as exciting and attractive a man who opens up to her too much from the beginning....

Low Lateral Conversions November 7 1995

For a wide variety of reasons, including applicability, angles, choreography and general deceptiveness, the ability to convert from one palm position to others argues for its desirability as part of one's arsenal. Motivated by this awareness, I've investigated a number of Palm Conversions for Low Lateral Palm. These conversions run in both directions, to and from Low Lateral Palm. I considered including full details for every imaginable conversion but have decided that an overview of the...

Variation In The Diagonal Palm Shift

Diagonal Pass Cards Drawing

JT WAS Richard Cardini who drew my attention to this sleight, and he found this through misreading the Diagonal Palm Shift of Erdnase and he, of course, preferred the variation to the original. Dai Vernon expressed the opinion that it was good and Cardini has made a perfect sleight of it. Another writer, George de Lawrence, wrote of the same sleight in 1920, in Modem Card Tricks, published by Arthur P. Felsman. Detail is lacking in the book, but up to a point the same description given in The...

Deceptive Steps Illusion

This is the fourth in a series of illusion plans courtesy of Paul Osborne Illusion Systems METHOD Continued As you'll recall last month, we began our series on the Shooting a Girl from a Cannon Illusion . After looking at the cannon itself, now it's time to study suspended box the girl is shot into. In most cases, our shooting is performed at amusement parks in various outdoor staging conditions. For this reason, our box is built with weather conditions in mind, although we try to lower it as...

The Crazy Mans Handcuffs

Hands Will Work Only For You

EFFECT A rubber band is stretched between the left index finger and thumb, and a second rubber band, dangling from the right index finger, is lowered into the half circle created by the left thumb and index finger. The right thumb moves into the loop of the band dangling from the right index finger. This locks the bands together, stretched between the index fingers and thumbs of both hands. There seems to be no way the bands could separate without taking the bands off of the fingers, andyet...

Top Card Change

Have spectator who selected card stand a little in front of you at your right and another spectator in the same position at your left. Is this the card you selected, sir No Turn to spectator at left. As you do so, bring card A up to left hand. Quickly place it between first and second fingers of left hand, and at the same time, grasp card B between thumb and first finger of right hand, Figures 82 and 83. Leave Card A in left hand and remove card B in right hand. Immediately move left hand to...

Magnetic Colors

The spectator gives the deck a riffle shuffle. Although the shuffle appears to be completely random, the spectator finds on dealing off pairs of cards that every pair contains exactly one red and one black card Method This routine was independently devised by Gene Fin-nell, Norman Gilbreath and others. Preparation consists of arranging the deck so that the colors alternate red-black-red-black from top to bottom. Cut the deck at about the midpoint. The only stipulation is that there is a red...

Slip in the Back Door

I set out to help my girlfriend lose her anal virginity. So, for you rump rangers who wanna do your girlfriend's dirt chute and pack some brown, here's how it all went down. On a number of occasions, while my girlfriend had been on all fours, I have used my middle finger to stimulate the back wall of her vagina very deeply. After one such occasion, she said That almost felt as if I were getting butt fucked. I asked her if she liked that feeling. She said Oh yes, it was very exciting.

Billy The Hypnotized Balloon

COMMENTS I believe that the Super Needled Balloon is intrinsically a great trick. The clear balloons look extremely thin and vulnerable when inflated, and the huge needle and thread certainly looks intimidating. Despite the fact that onlookers generally have enough faith and confidence in a magician to loan him twenty-dollar bills and place their heads into six-foot guillotines at his request, they can't help flinching and covering their ears when the needle touches the balloon. However, deep...

Stewart Lamle

14th Century Decks of one-sided Tarot playing cards first appeared in Europe. They were soon banned by the Church. Cards, like other forms of entertainment and gambling, competed with Holy services. Card-playing spread like wildfire. 16th Century The four suits were created to represent the ideal French national, unified feudal society as promoted by Joan of Arc Nobility, Aristocracy, Peasants, the Church Spades, Diamonds, Clubs, Hearts . 18th Century Symmetric backs and fronts were designed to...

The Monk Transposition

The Spirit Cabinet is over but the volunteers are still on stage. David reflects on what the audience has just seen as eerie music plays in the background. I don't know whether you really believe in spirits or not but certain places in the world seem to have the reputation of being haunted. Monasteries high in the mountains for instance where stories of ghosts and demons scare away curious visitors. My theory is that the monks just want to be left alone. They create an atmosphere of fear to...

Both Hands Behind Head

Body Language Opposite Head Palms

This gesture is typical of such professionals as accountants, lawyers, sales managers, bank managers or people who are feeling confident, dominant, or superior about something. If we could read the person's mind, he would be saying something like, 'I have all the answers' or, 'Maybe one day you'll be as smart as I am', or even 'Everything's under control'. It is also a gesture used by the 'know-it-all' individual and many people find it irritating when someone does it to them. Lawyers...

Moving Targets

To hit a moving target requires considerably more skill than hitting a stationary object. There are, I suppose, some exceptions to the rule. Hitting a large stuffed toy panda which has been thrown into the air may be easier than splitting a piece of string cheese, but enough of humor and on to the business at hand. In the past it has been difficult to find a target-propelling device which has more consistency than the human hand, but which could also be regulated for height and speed. 95 A new...

Wild Canabis Unfamiliar Leaves

Wild Marijuana Thorns

Book Cover Front Back Scan Edit Notes o Lobelia o Scullcap o Valerian Root Bibliography Removed Indexs Removed A biochemist, physicist, and herbalist by profession, Richard Alan Miller combines his knowledge of both science and ritual in the exploration and practice of herbal magic. His book describes the historical use, chemical structure, preparation for consumption, and magical rituals of nineteen narcotic, hallucinogenic, stimulant, and depressant herbs including morning glory seeds, wild...

Irk gtrtvings

16 ejjects and routines for the AVaffc- around performer Annemann For The 90's 1994 Mental Melange Lecture Notes 1996 Mobile Mentalism book audiotape set 1996 The Unseen Edition 1997 To Pay The Price 1997 Constructive Mentalism 1998 Magic For Young-Un's 1998 Pseudo-Psi 1999 Before The Curtain Rises 2000 Anatomy of a Successful and Virtually Bullet-Proof Magic Show 2000 Miracles From The Hip 2000 The Ultimate Invisible Brainwave - The Book 2000 Psi Psampler Lecture Notes 2001 Strange Thoughts...

The Sight Unseen Case

The hottest utility item in decades You gel a business card case thai looks completely normal but allows Invisible access from the outside lo the inside. ll can be handled completely normally and c stislly and will not revea its' workings It is very low tech, so nothing can go wrong The access is buili imo the design ol the case and allows foi literally hundreds of effects and applications, You can perform nail or boon writing, billet switches, loading and unloading billets, peeks and glimpses...

By Mark Strivings

Her 5 a collection ol powerful men talis m Jot those who desire someihinj off the beaten path Something dating yet commercial. There is new ground broker, in these pages and In these seven routines Some new ground in effects The Human Cigar' . some new ground in gtmnllefcs 'One Iri One Hundred , some n '.v giound in combinations ot gimmicks 37 Revisited' , some new twists on ihe dossier 'Con fabulous Vacation J, so mi new work on material from lb gtimli 'Mind Probe 111, and so much inOret...

Flash of Imagination The mind makes it real

Effect The mage places a small, somewhat crumpled, piece of paper on the table indicating that it is a forecast of an event that has not yet occurred. He then gives the participant a deck of cards and asks her to carefully consider the card's faces, select one and place it face down on the table next to the forecast. The mage then explains that the crumpled forecast he referred to was an attempt to predict the identity of the card she would select. The participant is now directed to leave the...

He Asked if I Liked Card Tricks

Each month dozens of them appear in magazines, books, videos, and online. I'm sure that 99 of these tricks are only ever performed for an audience of one - the magician who's holding the cards. That's okay, however, because card tricks are like tinker toys, we amuse ourselves by playing with them, seeking new arrangements, varying the moves, constantly seeking the perfect trick. Part of this month's column was written on Pit Hartling's laptop computer in the very...

Three Kinds of Pre Show Work

Pre Work Mentalism

The sues cm of ny act depends on lncc kinds cf critical pre-show work. The first kind of pre-show work involves sending a confirmation letter that outlines my understanding of the key details my client and I agreed on. T his letter aLvo lists my presentational requirements. I send this letter to the person who hired me within twenty-four hours of my getting the job. The purpose of this letter is to minimize any misunderstandings, using this letter, ninety-five percent of the time I have...

Silent Partner

First published 2002 by Mark Strivings 8631 N. Lowell Blvd. Westminster, CO 80030 USA Copyright 2002 by Mark D. Strivings This book may not be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without written permission of MarkD. Strivings, 8631 N. Lowell Blvd., Westminster, CO 80030 Commercial Production Rights to all materials in this book are expressly reserved. a treatise on the use oj...

OJafc Of Qontents

Powerful Talismans

General Considerations . 4 Predic-A-Date - Mark Strivings 6 Suite Prediction - Terry Nosek. 9 Who Knows The Pendulum Knows - Docc Hilford 12 Sort-Of-Numerology - Mark Strivings . . . . . 14 What A Great Out - Mark Strivings . 22 Routining - Mark Strivings 25 You Are Psychic - Richard Webster . 27 Rings Or Watches - Ed Fowler 28 Close-Up Double Date - Terry Nosek 31 Psi-O-U - Anthony Approaching The Table - Mark Strivings 34 The Compleat One-Person Tableside Psychic Act - John Riggs . 36 Warm...

The Hurrier I Go

Again this month we have a lot to talk about and not a lot of space to do it in. If you've sent in a product for review and it hasn't appeared in these pages yet, hang in there. Everything should appear eventually. We begin the column with some items which were postponed from January due to space limitations. Climbing the Ladder to Successful Close-up Magic By Phil Jay Drugs, Strangers, and Other Dangers By Ron Conley I'm grouping these three manuscripts together because they each focus on a...

The Huma N Cigar

Effect - The performer displays and has inspected a paper bag and five cigar lighters. It is found that four of the lighters work normally while one cannot be made to light. The performer explains that this particular lighter has been allowed to run out of fuel. Apart from that it is just like the other four lighters. The reason for cigar lighters as opposed to regular cigarette lighters is simple -intensity. A cigar lighter throws a much higher ame. There's more fuel and oxygen involved and,...

Reframing and Outframing a Thought Virus Using Sleight of Mouth

Sleight Mouth

Once we are familiar with the system of beliefs that is holding a potential 'thought virus' in place, for instance, we are better able to find effective reframes which will help to place the limiting belief back into an outcome frame and feedback frame. The various Sleight of Mouth patterns can help us to approach the limiting system of beliefs in a more strategic (rather than reactionary) manner. Let's consider how we can use the formalization of the Sleight of Mouth patterns as a way to more...

Thought Viruses

Thought Virus

Limiting beliefs arise from generalizations, deletions and distortions that have become placed in a 'problem frame', 'failure frame', or 'impossibility frame'. Such beliefs become even more limiting and difficult to change when they are separated from the experiences, values, internal states and expectations from which they were derived. When this happens, the belief can become perceived as some type of disassociated truth about reality. This leads people to begin to view the belief as the...

Kolanut In The Vagina

Lobelia Herb Magic

Kola Nut - A sacrament to simulate sexual energies and combat fatigue Kola nut was an ingredient in Coca-Cola after cocaine became illegal. Today, even kola nut is not used in this great American drink. It is, however, still consumed as a drink in Jamaica and Brazil, its primary attribute being a sexual stimulant similar to cocaine. The powdered seeds are used extensively as a condiment by the natives of Africa, the West Indies, and Brazil. A small piece of seed is chewed before meals to...

Classic Sampler

One of my favorite jazz piano players is a fellow named Dave McKenna. I admire him for several reasons he has an extraordinary technique he has a remarkable touch on the instrument, which allows him to bring out individual lines when he plays he swings as hard as anybody on earth, but can also play ballads with great sensitivity and he has an enormous repertoire. It is the depth of repertoire that really blows me away, for these are not just tunes that McKenna knows of, these are tunes he knows...

Diverting Card Magic

Author of The Ramsay Legend and The Ramsay Classics. A Treatise on Misdirection with Cards and its use in many Practical Effects. Ramsay, Vernon and Slydini the greatest names in natural magic have all stressed the vital part played in its performance by misdirection, and in particular, visual misdirection. In fact Dai Vernon has said that it is the true secret of magic. Now, this unique work explains how to apply that powerful weapon to the most popular branch of the Art conjuring with cards....

The Buckle Count

While the preceding routine actually uses the Reverse Buckle count, the two are so similar that I will just teach them together now. This count hides one or more cards while apparently fairly counting a packet. Assume that you have a packet of five cards that you want to show as four. Hold the packet face down in left dealers grip. Push the top card over slightly with the left thumb so the right hand can grip it by the right side, thumb on top and fingers below. The right hand takes the card...

The Video Encyclopedia of Card Sleights Volumes 4 5 and

L& L Publishing has released the next three volumes of this monumental card project. As before, the intent is to expose the viewer to as many different card sleights as possible, grouped according to their function, and graded in difficulty. The first three volumes of the series contained most of the easier card moves. In the present videos the skill requirements (and consequently the practice requirements) increase. Volume Four begins with some advice from Daryl on how to handle a spectator...

Hopscotch Again

This version first appeared in the November, 1983 issue of New Tops. The same five cards are used, diis time starting in descending sequence with the ace at the face. Display the cards. Then turn the packet face-down and deal the cards into a row from right to left. As with the previous routine, the first card is dealt from the bottom. The spectators believe the order of the row is, from left to right ace, deuce, trey, four, five. The true order is deuce, trey, four, five, ace. Openly exchange...

Double Count Handling For More

This false count is used to show more cards as less. The counting method is the same except that the cards are held face down in your left hand. Method Thirteen cards are to be counted as ten. Get a left pinky break under the top four cards. Enter the break with your left thumb to grasp the top card(s) as one. (Photo23) Turn the card(s) over and place them underneath the left-hand packet as in the standard ducking action. Do this quickly to blur the thickness of the card(s). Once they are...

Chosen Cards Across

Effect Here is another example of a venerable classic given an ingenious touch. Spectators count out two groups often cards. The first ten are wrapped in a handkerchief and held by a member of the audience. Three cards are freely selected and added to the second packet of ten, which is then held by another spectator. Without touching the cards, the performer causes the three selections to travel from the one packet to the other. The spectators themselves confirm that the second packet now...

About The Apparatus

Hand Pick Card

Now available exclusively from REPRO 71, as a matter of interest (for those who purchased the wallet originally fronj Harry) the new wallet, apart from looking terrific, makes the working of the effect even easier (the old wallets were too limp). Get one and see for yourself. I'm certain you will be delighted with it For the few who don't know here's the effect in brief A borrowed note is signed and sealed in an envelope, which is mixed with 3 identical envelopes. Spectator freely selects...

Coeur dAlene Assembly

John Bannon's Mirage includes a card assembly routine, M nage a Quatre. I fell in love with the routine, but felt it had one drawback five jokers are passed off as four. The problem with this is that you also use twelve red spot cards, which are shown freely and the spectator can handle. I wanted to begin and end with the spectator being able to handle and count all the cards, joker or spot. That meant re-routining the effect without the extra joker. While this made the sleight-of-hand aspect...

Bluff Card Shift

The starting position for the shift is as (Fig.3). Move 1 The right fingers push the three protruding cards flush with the deck, this action causes the cards to step at the rear now the right thumb breaks the deck OVER THE LAST STEPPED CARD FROM THE REAR (Fig.4). Move 2 The right thumb lifts the cards above the break to allow the little finger of the left hand to take over the break from the right thumb, the left little finger taking its break in the normal manner at the side of the deck. Move...

What the Devil

Devilish Miracle is a classic effect created by Ed Marlo. Quite a few versions have popped up over the years it's a great trick, and different cardmen have come up with intricate methods and expanded phases. I decided to go the other way. I have streamlined the handling, putting this effect within the reach of just about anyone, and I feel I have also made the effect more direct. If you are looking for a strong, impromptu card effect that is magical and hardhitting, you could do a lot worse...

Turn Down Palm With Packets

The Turn Down Palm can be very easily used on a small packet of cards to say, palm off an Ace from one of the packets in an Ace assembly routine. 1. Let us suppose it is necessary to palm off an Ace from the last packet in order to complete an assembly. 2. The packet has the Ace on the bottom and four cards above. A total of five cards but the audience is aware of only four. 3. The five cards are counted as four by use of the Reverse Buckle Count, reversing their order in the process . This...

Added Note For Faro Fooler

At Step you have to Double Cut the top card to the bottom in order to bring the two selections to 25th and 26th from the top. On several occasions I have found that this simple proceedure was completely forgotten with the effect resulting in failure therefore, if one adopts the following proceedure he need never bother to Double Cut at all. In doing the 13 Card Faro Check do not pick up the extra card for the second packet. Instead, the two outside packets will both contain 13 cards while the...

The Curled Forefinger

The deck in the usual manner but with the right forefinger curled on top of deck as in Figure 15. Also note in this case the right second fingertip will be touching the tip of left thumb. 2. From here proceed as explained by jogging the peeked card with the left fourth finger. Then raise the deck into the Two Hand Square Up Position and square the sides of the deck. During this action the right hand holds the card at its lower left corner with the tip of the right thumb and its upper right...

Red And Blue Routine

Effect A selected card disappears from a packet of five cards and is later found face up in a different-colored deck at a chosen number. There are no duplicates involved however, each method consists of a presentation with a different climax. This first presentation demands some practice and considerable aplomb at the conclusion. Set-up Decide on a card to use and suppose it is the Seven of Spades (7S). Locate the 7S in the red deck and place it on the bottom. Crimp its lower left corner....

Animal Vegetable And Mineral

Effect A pack of children's picture cards is displayed. On them are simple representations of birds and beasts, plants and famous structures. These objects, it is pointed out, can be classified as either animal, vegetable or mineral. We are going to play a game of Twenty Questions, announces the performer, with variations. In Twenty Questions, one usually tries to guess one object at a time. I shall attempt to guess three, all at the same time. That is the first variation. The second variation...

Txjrnantula

MY NOTES on this technique are not conclusive, but they suggest that I first became aware of this unique Bob Farmer equivalent to the Half Pass in April of 1997. Bob began circulating the sleight via private manuscript in mid-August 1995. At the time, I expected that Bob would publish the technique within a reasonable period. I'd then be able to apply it, with proper credit, in those effects to which it lends itself. Under that assumption, I began adding remarks within my notes that referenced...

Viagra Field Test Report

First a disclaimer I am not a doctor, and I do not give medical advice. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication. This field test report is in no way medical advice. It is only a narrative of my personal experience. For more reading, go to viagra.com. I've heard stories about Viagra. Hue Hefner pops them like candy. Rick '5 in bed' H. said in Banging Bisexual Babes that the only way he was able to do all 5 women was to take Viagra. Two women, no problem. Three women, that's...

Prime Number Principle

This essay evolved from reading the chapter on George Sands' Prime Number Principle in Arthur F. MacTier's new book Card Concepts (Lewis Davenport, 2000). For those who don't know, here's Sands' effect in brief begin with a prime number of cards P 3, 5, 7, 11, or 13, Note the top card. Pick any number N less than the number of cards in the packet. Transfer N cards from top to bottom, then turn over the top card. Do this P-1 times in total. The card noted will be the only card remaining...

Slate Immortality

The effect of this startling variation in Living and Dead Tests first appeared in Annemann's publication Sh-h-h It's a secret. On an unprepared slate the performer writes a row of six figures from 1 to 6 in a column down the left side. The slate is handed to a spectator to write the name of some dead person, known only to himself, after any one of the six figures. This is done while the performer's back is turned. The slate is handed to another person who writes the name of a living person...

Back and Front Hand Palming

Palming Cards

Performer takes a card or several cards between his thumb and fingers. With a slight wave of the hand, cards disappear. Magician turns his hand over and shows that they are not on the back. He continues to show back and front of hand empty, then suddenly produces the cards at his finger-tips. Start with a single card. After you have become proficient with one, try two, three, and as many as you can handle. Turn left side toward audience. Hold right hand out from body. Place a card in right hand...

Flash Cards Smooth Openers Magical Apparatus

This idea was inspired by Ross Bertram's loading technique as used in his card-to-wallet effect called The Pay Off and published in The Gen Volume 21, Number 7 (November - 1965). Marlo's adaptations and handlings are applied to several things. In this instance, we refer the reader to the theme of a signed card to card case. The loading of a card or cards into a closed card case has many uses, but for the moment consider only the following The pack is removed from a card case. The card case is...

Best Of Benzais

Benzais Card Cop

I had a very difficult time tracking down a source for the Benzais cop when I first wanted to learn it. As it happens, the technique is taught on either the Cardician or the Legend DVD, which one eludes me at the moment. Essentially, the concept of the move is to add or hold back cards in the process of a deal. It is most useful in magic and has little application to gambling as I see it because it is restricted to the angles of the tenkai palm. You begin by dealing the card as normal, but...

Rene Lavand Memorized Deck

Sitting at a table, the stacked deck is kept in the crook of your right knee. The deck to be switched out is held in left-hand dealing position Fig. 49, sans table . In the action of scooting your chair closer to the table, you lower both hands, holding the deck, beneath the table. When the hands are below the table's edge, they separate. The left hand leaves its deck in the crook of the left knee and helps scoot the chair forward. At the same time the right...

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How Lateral Palm Card

The following e-mail came from Greg Wilson (reproduced here with his permission) It's now time for a little hypnotism. Your eyes are getting heavy, they're getting sleepy, you will reveal that 1992 coin trick, you will reveal that 1992 coin trick . . . call it that because the date must have something to do with it, right I mean, yeah, that definitely has something to do with it. think. I think I know. I think I don't know. I think 1 should know. 1 think I'm not going to know until you write me...

Applications of Snap Deal Benzais Cop Combination

While I described the possibility of performing a Benzais cop to hold back cards and prepare for hand mucking, I also mentioned that the snap deal is much more convincing, it is also better for switching cards among other things. Thus, the concept here is again one that involves preparing for hand mucking. Essentially, you begin with a marked deck of some sort and when you reach a marked card (say an ace), you double deal, using the snap deal to deal the bottom card to the table, while...

Snap Deal Notes

While the application is sometimes different there are great similarities between the snap deal and Benzais cop. While the Benzais cop involves stealing the dealt card into tenkai palm, the snap deal effectively involves dealing cards into lateral palm. Since the snap deal is a prided creation of Lennart Green and a brilliant technique I'll not describe the exact method here. I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of Green Magic Volume 6 which includes a thorough description plus many...

To Be Performed With Burn Card Seven

A card is freely selected and handed to the performer The performer pinches the card between his finger and thumb and adds pressure he then quickly pulls his hand away to show his finger and thumb blistered and burnt The card is then shown to have a small hole burnt through it where the card was held This effect uses gaff card eight the Jack of Clubs Position the gaff card at the bottom of the deck and the regular JC in your favourite forcing position. You will also need a lighter in your right...

The Snapper

Dueces Fingers Png

This is a handling of an old color change which has experienced a rebirth in the last fifteen years. I don't use it as a color change. Instead, I use it as a visible splitting effect. You can use it as the split from the four into the two deuces in Card Cleavage already explained or you can find other uses for it in routines where one card splits into two or more. The effect is simple. The magician takes a four from the deck. It splits into two deuces. Or, he takes a four from the deck, and it...

Standard Side Steal

For the public and have to maintain a certain tempo. To them it is immaterial if there is a slight movement of the fingers in a Side Steal as long as the method is practical and fast. They are solely interested in getting that selected card surely, and quickly to enable them to continue with the effect at hand. For them the Standard Side Steal will fill their needs. 1. Bevel the pack, as instructed in the Technical Side Steal, Step 1. 2. Once the pack is beveled it is placed in the identical...

Riffle Stacking

I am going to work through general riffle stacking and culling quite quickly, not because there is a lack of material to be discussed, but because I personally neither use it nor endorse it. For those who are interested, Ed Marlo published The Riffle Shuffle Systems as well as I believe a work called The Riffle Shuffle Finale and further comments on the subject in the Marlo Magazines, these may prove to have interesting insights, however, not having read them I can only guess as to their...

Signed Bill In Light Bulb

Blusas Con Arnes

COMMENTS This routine provides an excellent opportunity for showmanship and exercises your ability to carry an idea or concept into a spectator's mind. The method is simple, the moves are natural, and the effect is stunning. Have you ever performed a card or coin trick for some people you don't know, only to hear That's pretty good. Are you a magician as their response It is likely that this has actually happened to you. Your first impulse is to say Of course. JDidn'tyou just see me do that...

The Conclusion

You should ideally save the strongest effect for last, to leave the audience on a high, and so that they remember you for a long time. Incidentally, by 'strongest' we mean the effect that has the greatest 'wow' factor, the one that really leaves the audience wanting more, like no other effect you do. It's up to you to judge what will be best to perform for the closing sequence. We might add that some magicians choose to perform their best effect second to last, reasoning that it is better to...

The Table Lvitation

Levitating Woman Stage

Some routines rk so remarkable they can change a man's mind. That is the case with David's Table Levitation and the man in question was Dr Christopher Evans. Evans worked for the National Physical Laboratory in England and in December 1968 was appearing as a guest on Irish comedian Dave Allen's television chat show. So too was David Berglas. In the hospitality room, before the show, Evans said that he'd heard David was going to make a table levitate. Evans was intrigued because many years ago,...

Plaiting Polyhedrons

In Plato's dialogue Phaedo, Socrates tells a story in which the earth, viewed from outer space, appears many-colored like the balls that are made of 12 pieces of leather. Historians take this to mean that the Greeks made balls by stitching together 12 leather pentagons stained with different colors and stuffing the interior to make the surface spherical. Rigid pentagons that are regular and identical would of course make a regular dodecahedron, one of the five Platonic solids. There are all...

Speak Of The Devil

After signing a pact with the Devil, the unwary victim is frequently offered a chance to double his money. The bet is simple. The Devil removes the 13 spades from the deck. He picks one of these cards for himself. A simple process of elimination is used to discard all of the remaining cards except one. If this card is higher than the Devil's card, the victim wins. Otherwise he loses. The ace is low the king is high. Obviously, if I picked the king, the Devil says, You couldn't pick a card that...

David on his Lambretta Scooter he drove this through an obstacle course in Manchester while blindfolded

If this man can drive it blindfolded, then anyone can do it A similar stunt in Nairobi resulted in a newspaper advertising campaign for the Triumph Herald featuring a blindfolded Berglas. It was notable for the fact that it was the only convertible car in the country at that time, 1960. The headline of the advertisement read, David Berglas Amazed Nairobi. The Triumph Herald Amazed David Berglas. David has driven just about every kind vehicle while blindfolded. As President of...

Real World Seduction

Dating Secrets Most Women Don't Want You To Know In the last few years several books have been written, audio courses made, and seminars given for increasing a man's success with women. Some of these books and audio courses have some great ideas, however, a lot of what they say is coming from the wrong frame (guys, we will talk about what frames are and their significance later on). This book is different in that you will not only have more success with women, you will learn how to be the PRIZE...

How to meet women

Have you ever noticed how some guys are able to approach a complete female stranger and within a few minutes have her laughing and having a great time Now the weird thing is that some of these guys are fat, poor, bald, and old. On other end of the spectrum there are guys who do not yet have the ability to approach a complete female stranger and have her laughing within a few minutes (don't worry if you fall into this second category--I know l used to). The funny thing is that many of the guys...