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The Secret of Deliberate Creation by Dr. Robert Anthony

The Secret of Deliberate Creation by Dr. Robert Anthony

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Magick Power Course Review

Magick Power Course Review

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic Review

After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic Review

The Art of Stage Hypnosis Review

The Art of Stage Hypnosis Review

Master Mentalism and Magic Tricks in Just 30 Days

Master Mentalism and Magic Tricks in Just 30 Days

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The Language of Attraction Review

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Intermediate Card Trick Description

Kiosk Icecream Shop

Go To Regular Index Card Trick Central Bookstore Exclusive Offer Impromptu Index Mathematical Index Trick Terminology Memory Index Self-Working Index Mental Index 4 Extravagant Aces, The (1 Variation) Nice Counting Trick. Fun to perform and watch. Spectator, without picking it up, picks a card from among 49 lying on the table and the magician is able to find it, and even bet some fools gold on it. The magician takes a borrowed deck. He tells a spectator to say stop whenever he she wants to....

The Ankle Lock Gesture

Ankle Lock Body Language

Crossing or folding the arms or legs suggests that a negative or defensive attitude exists, and this is also the case with the ankle lock gesture. The male version of the ankle lock is often combined with clenched fists resting on the knees or with the hands tightly gripping the arms of the chair (Figure 87). The female version varies slightly the knees are held together, the feet may be to one side and the hands rest side by side or one on top of the other resting on the upper legs (Figure...

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...

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...

The American Figure 4 Leg Lock Position

Interview Sitting Position Body Language

This leg cross indicates that an argumentative or competitive attitude exists. It is the sitting position used by many American males who have a competitive nature. This being the case, it is difficult to interpret the attitude of an American during a conversation, but it is quite obvious when this gesture is used by a British citizen. I recently addressed a series of meetings in New Zealand where the audience comprised about 100 managers and 500 sales people. A highly controversial issue was...

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...

Instant Orgasm on Command

I told my friend 'The Hypnotist' from Toronto about what I did with hypnosis and thinkoff. He said You don't have to go through all the trouble of explaining to them what's going to happen. Once under, tell them that they will have the best orgasm they can imagine when you do something, like touch your nose. Mark A. Cunningham told me, Very true given somnambulism you will ALWAYS get the suggested response. I admit I was somewhat skeptical. How could anyone possibly have an orgasm without ANY...

Advanced Riffle Stacking and Culling

At this point I have difficulty deciding how much to consider under advanced riffle stacking and how much to save for the count's riffle stacking system, since there are many points of overlap. The reality is I have rarely and only to a limited degree used what I consider to be advanced riffle stacking due to what I consider to be, a vast superiority in the count's riffle stacking system. I suppose it matters little whether I introduce the ideas now or later, but I will cover them as I have...

Back and Front Hand Palming

Back Palm Front Palm

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...

How to seduce HER into seducing YOU

This principle puts the burden of proof onto your target as well as offers a challenge. I'll say Tell me all the reasons I should be with you and You have to give me a reason to want to be with you, either by what you do or what you say I don't just go for anyone, I'm pretty selective you have to show me that I want to be with you. There's no better way to eliminate resistance then seducing a woman into seducing you. I remember the first time I did a cold read. I had met a woman at a coffee...

You Dont Need to Hypnotize

Mark Cunningham said I use the working definition as follows Hypnosis is the suspension of the Critical Factor, coupled with the establishment of acceptable selective thinking. Or she suspends judgments and focuses on being led through an experience. Relaxation, catalepsy, all the 'classic' tests do not have to be present in order to have a profound trance effect taking place. The critical factor (that part of the conscious mind that critiques everything) is temporarily put aside. In other...

How To Read A Womans Body Language

The old saying is Actions Speak Louder Then Words, and nothing could be more true. If you can learn how to read what a woman's body tells you, you will always know which women are interested and open to your advances, and which women you're wasting your time with. These body language cues are what I like to call Approach Invitations. They're gestures that signal a willingness and openness to talk to you. They can also be strong indicators of attraction, so keep your eyes open for them, you'll...

The Elmsley Colorchanging Knife Routine

Effect A red pocket knife is displayed and magically caused to turn blue. Just as mysteriously it changes back to red. The performer now admits that he uses a second knife to accomplish this change, and he brings a blue knife from his pocket. The blue knife is put back in the pocket and the red knife is changed slowly and visibly to blue. The knife in the pocket is brought forth again, but it is now red. The performer explains that he was only joking about using two knives, and that only one...

Occidental Oriental Hypnotism

Hypnotic Oriental Eyes Mcstories

As a professional magician hypnotist, I was fascinated by Maya. It will be noted in maya the psychically induced effects are produced in the awake condition of the subject's mind. Hypnosis as a condition associated with sleep seems to be entirely a product of the Occident. Suggestions of sleep have for so long been used in the various western methods of inducing hypnosis that many people regard hypnosis and sleep as being almost synonymous. However, actually the states are quite different as in...

The Science of Pranayama

Psychic Apparatus

First in learning of genuine East Indian Magic must be the cultivation of your mystic source of energy prana , for it is prana that places power behind your magic. Prana provides that power in charging the magic twins of imagination will with force. The Yogis have developed over centuries of study, certain methods of charging the mind and nervous system with prana through techniques of life-giving breath. This particular method of breathing, referred to by the master teachers as Pranayama prana...

Affirmations And Verbal Statements

Verbal Sunshine Graphics

The principle of the mantrams may be applied to more familiar applications and manifestations of the creative power of the mind. It has been said, Words are crystallized thoughts. And, the repetitions of certain suggestive words serves to strengthen, render positive and effective the thought or idea behind them. Thus, if you are employing creative thought in a certain direction, as for instance, in the process of visualization, you can strengthen the mental-picture by actually saying the thing...

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...

John Howie S Routines With The Jardine Ellis Ring

Jardine Ellis Ring

THE ingenious magical effect known as the Jardine Ellis ring trick was being performed by the originator whose real name incidentally was Duncan Lome Campbell as early as 1910. Unfortunately the details of the routine used by Ellis who died on February 1st, 1923 have not, so far, been published and magicians wishing to use the apparatus have, for the most part, devised their own versions of the basic effect. As a point of interest the original apparatus used by Jardine Ellis consisting of ring,...

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...

Reframing and Outframing a Thought Virus Using Sleight of Mouth

Sleight Mouth Patterns

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...

Basic Persuasion Techniques

Chapter 1 Understanding Body language Non-Verbal Communication - This section enables you to decode the hidden meanings of individual gestures, vocal tones, and facial expressions. Furthermore, it stresses how you can use this hidden skill to maximize your people skills in order to come out a winner in any situation. Instant Impact - Master the skill of reading body language clusters to understand exactly what is going on in your prospect's mind -- without being a mind reader. You will also...

Final Thoughts by David Berglas

When discussing this book with Jim Steinmeyer in his home in Bi rbank, California, I asked him what he thought I should put into my Final Thoughts. Interestingly, he pointed out that this would be the first time the reader would hear from me personally. I had not thought of this because 1 have been thoroughly involved in the preparation of the book with David Britland, referencing my diaries, notes, clippings, videos and photographs. It has been a long and time-consuming task. The manuscript...

The Six Hour Memorized Deck

Memorized deck is a very hot subject these days. The Internet is buzzing with questions concerning which stack to use, the best method for memorization, and which books and videos contain the strongest effects. This heightened interest is due to the fact that many of the practitioners of this artifice have been more open in demonstrating to other magicians the powerful effects possible with a memorized deck. As with the current self-levitation craze, everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon....

Dominant and Submissive Handshakes

Hand Body Language Images

Considering what has already been said about the impact of a command given in both the palm-up and palm-down positions, let us explore the relevance of these two palm positions in hand shaking. Assume that you have just met someone for the first time and you greet each other with a customary handshake. One of three basic attitudes is transmitted through the handshake. These are dominance 'This person is trying to dominate me. I'd better be cautious', submission 'I can dominate this person. He...

What Body Language Tell You That Words Cannot

News & World Report Interview With David Givens, Anthropologist The most successful lawyers, teachers and salespeople, among others, have one thing in common A capacity to understand nonverbal signals and use them advantageously. Q Mr. Givens, why is it important for people to understand body language that is, communication by means of movements and gestures A The best salespeople, the best teachers, the best business managers have an innate ability to read body language and put it to...

Schneider Classic Vanish

This vanish evolved in an attempt to solve some problems with the Schneider Vanish. Often in my coin work I must vanish a coin, then immediately pick up something with the hand that palmed the coin. The simple finger palm was sometimes a bit awkward. The Classic Palm however, allowed the hand to move freely, so I took a look at it. The vanish which resulted duplicates the real motion of a coin moved from one hand to another. Of course coin vanishes wherein the coin ends up in the Classic Palm...

The Cigarette through Shirt as Misdirection for Extensive Thievery

When I perform the cigarette-through-shirt, I do so in order to provide light relief from what niay have been a series of fairly intense effects. To add to its impact, I relieve the spectator of as many belongings as I can according to a well-planned scheme which I shall describe here. Both the cigarette effect and the steals are performed as light relief - this is a more traditional setting for pick- pocketing, but I describe it here to show how much can be achieved in a short space of time...

Yogi Mental Broadcasting

Olemps Mairie Photo

In addition to the manifestation of silent psychic influence in the direction of a particular person or persons, the Yoga teaching deals, also, with a broader application of the process in which a large field is covered, and sizeable groups of people are subjugated to the influence as a crowd. It is this handling that the magicians use in mass performances. I have named the phenomena, Yogi Mental Broadcasting, as being descriptive of the effects of this technique. As you will learn in studying...

Deck Preparation for Faro Shuffles

Farrow Shuffle Photo

While talking one day with Harry Riser, the topic of this book arose, and he related to me a fascinating Elmsley anecdote. One evening in 1959, when Mr. Elmsley was in the States for his first lecture tour, he and Mr. Riser met for dinner and, of course, to discuss magic. Mr. Riser asked if he had any tips on improving the accuracy of the faro weave. At this Mr. Elmsley just smiled and offered him his deck. Immediately comprehending the meaning behind the gesture, Mr, Riser gave the deck a faro...

Genuine East Indian Magic

Damon Lanza Biography

The real magic of India is of two types (1) Illusionary Magic in which the magician causes the effect to appear within the mind of the observer. This magic is related to hypnotism in its effect, but is caused, it is said, by a psychic process rather than a psychological one. It is known as the intermediate magic. (2) Creative Magic is the magic of the Masters in which the processes of nature are influence directly by creative mind. It is known as the high magic. Also, in the High Magic the...

Which Veda Dealt With Magic Hypnotism

Hollis Dunlap Landscape

This book is the third of a series 1 The Secret World Of Witchcraft, 2 Religious Mysteries Of The Orient, and 3 The Mysticism And Magic Of East is east and west is west, and never the twain shill meet. This book breaks that classic, and brings to western people the secret knowledge of the East. Thus, while the main purpose is to teach you the performance of India's wonderful magic, it provides additional rewards in giving you instructions which will enrich your life in many ways. India is...

The Mnemonic Deck With Added Properties

Stacking Mnemonic Ventilator

Also during the first third of the twentieth century some improvements arose decks that are almost out of order that is, decks with no apparent logical order but with a few cards at certain positions that are used for a gambling demonstration or spelling tricks. In 1927, the Englishman Louis Nikola published his stack, with three tricks built into it a spelling trick, a poker or nap demonstration and the dealing of all the hearts to fall to the magician for a winning hand in bridge or whist....

Becoming A Master Magician

Girl Levitation Hypnosis

In this supplemental chapter to the foregoing, I will tell you of The High Magic Of India (of which all other forms of magic are but imitations), and how to develop the powers of Yoga Cosmology. This is the type of magic which is performed in secret monastaries in the mountains of Northern India and Tibet by the Adepts. This magic is in no sense supernatural, but it is decidedly supernormal, and shows a most amazing control over the forces of Nature. I will both describe the effects of such...

Using Cold Reading

I have some friends who arrogantly claim to know women better than women know themselves. Furthermore, they are really good at convincing women of this. But here is the weird thing Women love it Reason being, many women love the idea of being with a man who knows them mentally and physically better than they do--it makes them wet in their panties. Cold reading is an extremely powerful tool for doing this. Some of you might be wondering what the hell cold reading is. Cold reading is reading...

The Terrible Williamsons

My intekest in cakij ma lt ic and the allied arts naturally led me to crime. That is, the section of the library dealing with gambling, hustlers and con games. Most well-researched crime anthologies describe the dubious dealings of an American family of con artists called the Terrible Williamsons. Described by one writer as a teeming, heavily inbred tribe of nomads the Terrible Williamsons are well known to rural law enforcement officials for their annual migration west as they ply their...

Three Experiments With The Dowsing Pendulum

Visuelles Denken

The Mentalist offers to demonstrate how the dowsing pendulum can be of real help to discover hidden things and even to locate unknown places. He also states that, in order to conduct this demonstration under test conditions so that afterward there will be no doubts about the genuineness of what will happen IF it will happen , before this experiment he has given a big map to a person and he has told her to choose any place she wanted on it. Then the Mentalist briefly explains what, in dowsing...

The Big Newspaper Prediction

Cellski Predictor Cassette Tape Images

As I write this, the nastiest and tightest federal election in memory has just occurred in Canada. The media and the pollsters were dead wrong in their prediction of the results of the vote and have been eating humble pie (as much as they ever do) ever since. Yet after just a few days, the newspapers across Canada have carried a small item entitled Kreskin Correctly Predicted Election Results or something like that. Sure enough the article explains how the Amazing Kreskin had predicted the...

Covert Hypnosis And The Structure Of Seduction

This method works because it bypasses all of a woman's conscious resistance to screwing you. It doesn't matter what that conscious resistance is based on. Maybe you are not her type and she THINKS she needs a certain LOOK in a guy to turn her on. Maybe she wants you but is afraid of looking cheap if she comes across too fast. Maybe she's just recently been burned by a guy and isn't eager to have it happen again. It DOESN'T matter why, because from now on you will be able to get past all of that...

Hypnotism And Kundalini

The enchanting Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, India. The enchanting Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, India. the generation and distribution of certain forms of prana within the nervous system. Of such is the psychic physiological system of these tenuous organs within the human body. In Pranayma, the practice of the correct rhythmic breathing, there is set into action the forces of the sushumna and its associated chakras in the direction of arousing, releasing, and directing the kundalini or serpent...

The Ramo Samee Card Trick

BEFORE mentioning this trick, it should be noted that in the excellent volume. Magician's Tricks and How They Are Done. by the late Henry Hatton and Adrian Plate, is a feat they describe as one of the most incomprehensible tricks ever invented. While the Hatton and Plate trick is excellent, it depends upon the use of a deck of but 32 cards. and that I do not care for. Further, it depends upon the performer's memorizing several tables. As my method uses the entire deck and does away with tables....

Greek Dealing Two Hands

Next to the bottom deal I probably use the Greek deal the most, though it is fairly close to the second deal depending on application. Mind you, I also most frequently use the variation I'll describe later under the Count's grip, which is incredibly easy to the point where I doubt if you'll even invest the time in learning the methods I describe here once you learn it. Essentially, I feel a Greek deal simply offers a nice convincing alternative to bottom dealing and I began resorting to one...

Dealing Seconds Two Hands

From the genesis of this chapter I must stress that I cannot and will not cover all the methods and variations of dealing, nor can I conceivably detail every subtlety or point of concern, for each individual is different and thus better suited to particular ideas and methods. It is up to you to develop and refine the method that works best for you, I am merely going to describe, in as much detail as I can, some of the methods I use and the theory behind the basic deals. While some may fault me...

Overhand Shuffling Controls

The next step in overhand shuffling is learning how to control a single card. The obvious point here lies in knowing what will happen to the card based on a conventional shuffle. For example, if you peel the cards off one at a time, then the top card will become the bottom card. If you peel every card off the deck one at a time then reversed the order of the deck. This can of course be repeated to return it to its original order. Likewise, if you were to peel the top two cards of the deck off...

Dealing Thirds Fourths Fifths Two Hands

It seems I've inadvertently bunched all the useless deals together, though in all honesty, this group of deals are not as useless as the previous deal, it is nevertheless somewhat nonsensical. It seems to me, that generally, people learn to deal thirds, fourths and fifths to show off. Now, don't get me wrong, the deals can be employed to great success. For example, rather than stacking four aces on the top of the deck you can deal fifths till the first ace, then fourths till the next, then...

The Fast Make Sub Trunk

Supernatural Trunk Box

If you buy your materials on Friday, you can make this prop on Saturday, stain it on Sunday and begin rehearsals on Monday. The effect is the same as a standard Substitution Trunk with the magician instantly changing Places with his assistant contained within a locked trunk. The fabrication has just been simplified to allow a faster building time for the illusionist in a hurry. The desired details of trim, etc. can be added later. The goal ot this concept is to get you a prop fast The magician...

The alpha male and the alpha attitude

In some animal groups the Alpha male is the male having superior physical and intellectual skills and taking for himself the right to take sexually all the females of the group. The Alpha male is the source of life for the group. In fact he is the one with the best skills in supplying food and fighting dangerous enemies. The Beta male is the weaker male, who is forced to wait until the Alpha male dies, gets sick or is too old to be able to get his share of females. The beta male is also...

The phases of a seduction

As we have said Seduction can be divided into phases. It is important to know them all. If you have a clear mental scheme you will be prepared when in action. You will be then much more effective. Once you have become an expert in seduction, you will also be able to perform variations on the theme, like a virtuoso. At the beginning, however, try to follow these phases. b. Establishing Initial contact (Opening and Small talk.) c. Building Attraction & establishing Rapport & Comfort. I...

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...

An Interview with Swinggcat Part II

Seduction Theory For Women

His development, his theories on seduction and attraction, and what he's planning for the future. This interview will be spread into 5 parts throughout the course of the week. It should be noted that this is a transcribed text of my conversation, and has been edited by me to make it read better. Thundercat Now, let's back up a bit, because you did kind-of become a celebrity on the SS List. Swinggcat Yes I did. Thundercat How did that happen Swinggcat How that happened is, um, during the time...

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...

Overhand Shuffle Practice Routine

The best method of practising the various overhand shuffles is to go through them in sequence as follows 1. Turn the top card face upward. 2. Shuffle it to the bottom and back to the top again. 3. Shuffle it to the bottom. Shuffle again, retaining it there, then shuffle it back to the top. 4. Reverse the card now at the bottom. Shuffle, retaining the top and bottom cards in position. 5. Shuffle the top card to the next to bottom and back to the top. The two reversed cards should be at the top...

David Shades Manual Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions I have received. These men gave me permission to repeat their questions here. KS wrote Hi David. I'm a real sentimental fool nice-guy AFC when it comes to being sexual with a woman. I have read a lot of the archives, even gotten depressed at points, because the knowledge challenged my old notions so aggressively. Here's where you went wrong. You let the knowledge depress you instead of enlightening you. Personally, I found the knowledge to be very enlightening, almost...

The subservient frame and the PNP mechanism

The PNP mechanism is a behavioral psychological and biological mechanism creating addiction. To be able to have a man connected to her for a time long enough for procreation and for her children to reach independence a woman subconsciously uses the PNP mechanism and puts the man - without his noticing it - in a mental state called the subservient mental state. Nature has predisposed the man to fall into woman's PNP mechanism giving him a strong instinct of protection toward the woman along with...

In an irresistible way

The basic principle is In every woman there are two levels the socio-rational level and the evolutionary primordial, instinctual level. Read this phrase dozens of times and remember it Even better, write it on the mirror you use to shave yourself in the morning. If you want to become an expert seducer you need to remember this always. If you ask a woman why she spends so much time in front of the mirror to do her make-up or why she uses clothes which emphasize her breasts and legs, she will...

Womans emotional states

Let's now learn a new concept the concept of mental state. Contrary to what we might like to believe, our mental states are not constant they change all the time. We can be happy in the morning, sad in the afternoon, angry in the evening, a minute before in love and a minute later we may hate the one we loved. Men tend to use logic to repress emotions for the purpose of keeping their mental state as constant as possible. Women let themselves go and give themselves the permission to slip from...

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...

The Card Magic of Paul Gordon

I was going to let this manuscript of card tricks fall through the cracks until I received a letter from Mr. Gordon which included what appeared to be an ad for the book. This ad contained some glowing endorsements from some well-known magicians, and, fearing that there would be some of you who would see the ad and be influenced by it, I felt that I must offer a dissenting view. This 31 page manuscript contains ten tricks which are personalizations of the standard repertoire The Danson Diary...

Perfect Spirit Rope

Handing Anckles From Rope

A very superior rope tie for all kinds of spirit manifestations, where the operator wants to make an instantaneous release of hie hands and an instant return. Ropes are placed on Medium and tied as tightly as humanly possible. This tie concerns the use of hands and arms only. For effectiveness, performer usually is placed in chair, hands tied, followed by knees and ankles being tied to chair, but we are not concerned with that. Operation Two small r-rpes about 30 in length should be used Th y...

TA Waters Mind Myth and Magick

Waters is the author of Mind, Myth, and Magick, a monumental and wonderful 800 page book which is required reading for anyone interested in mentalism. On this video T.A. demonstrates and explains 12 routines from the book. The routines use common objects such as envelopes, playing cards, and tarot cards, and all are within the abilities of the average magician. Notice that in the above paragraph I used the word demonstration rather than presentation. At the beginning of the tape T.A....

The Dai Vernon Wand Spin

Dai Vernon Cups And Balls

In order to master The Dai Vernon Wand Spin, you must not only be completely familiar with the finger mechanics of the wand spin itself, but you must also carefully study and understand the tinting and misdirection. The professor tells me that most people who have trouble with the spin do so because the ball flashes during the drop from the left hand into the right This is basically a timing problem. They catch the ball successfully, but that isn't the only point For the ball to pass undetected...

Pushing Pulling the art of sending mixed signals

Imagine there are three guys in a bar attempting to pick up this really hot stuck up looking woman. The first guy approaches her and says, Excuse me but you are so beautiful and l would really love to take you out some time. The second guy approaches her and says, Hey I will give you a quarter if you suck my dick. The third guy approaches her and says, You seem like fun maybe we will hang but only if you have hot girlfriends to introduce me to. The first two guys are likely to get turned down...

The Sympathetic Silks

A great favorite of Houdini. In various forms, this problem has graced the acts of a number of professionals. I present it to you in its simpler form. Six silks are shown separately. Three are placed on the seat of a chair. The other three are knotted together by the corners. Performer explains that a sympathetic bond exists between the two sets of silks. Because one set was tied, the other set also ties itself. The three separate silks are lifted from the chair...

The Fadeaway Double Knot

Knot Handkerchief

This is an effective knot for easy release. It is important in Sympathetic Silks which follows later in this lesson. Performer ties two handkerchiefs together in a double knot. Silks are then laid on the seat of a chair. Magician picks them up suddenly, and they are found to be untied. Take two silks. Place corners A and B together. A in left hand is toward you and B in right hand is toward audience. With thumb and first finger of right hand, grasp A, still retaining hold on B with lower...

Klondike Faro Shuffle

Order Draw Acronym

' Of course you can just set it up but there are two other methods, both starting from new-deck order. In one of them some faro shuffles are required in the other very simple method, the cards are dealt out onto Open a new deck or start with the cards set in new-deck order. The initial order we will require to reach the Mnemonica stack is, from the top down a -KV, K -A , K4-A Fig. 2 . The factory order of American Playing Card Company is different, running from top down A -K , A -K , K4-A4, K...

Business Card Center Tear

Coloring Book Magic Trick Revealed

The classic center tear can be a powerful weapon for discovering written information. The best demonstration I ever saw was done by Eddie Fields in a Chicago bar in the 1970s. He treated the folded slip with complete indifference as he ripped it up quickly, and casually dropped the pieces into an ashtray. He then lit a cigarette and went on to reveal my thoughts. There was no fumbling, no apparent opportunity to look at the paper and no nervous patter while stalling for time. In recent years...

Trisoteric An Useful Tool

What follows is a tool or, better, a set of techniques that I've put together long time ago when I wanted to get the effect of a classic three phases routine with just one card. I've always used for that a blank business index card and in my impromptu performances I simply traced three circles on it, one in the upper-left position, one in the center, one in the lowermost-right position. But of course, I was just experimenting and, without a good presentation and a good theme, the whole thing...

Oriental Rhythmic Breathing Techniques

Hindu Fakir

In the Hindu practice of Pranayama, in which prana is generated, directed, and applied in various ways by certain methods of breathing, it will be found that the principle of rhythm is present in all these techniques. This is based upon the recognition by the Hindu Sages of the important part played by rhythm in the activities of the Universe. Everything in the cosmos is in constant motion. The difference in things arises chiefly by reason of their varying rates of vibratory motion. All motion...

Slow Motion Card Vanish

Slow Motion Card Vanish

When assembling the material for this book we received several letters from Ivsua'tf Ross containing practical suggestions. In one of the letters he wrote, When the Professor was in England, I believe you recorded details of his Slow Motion Card Vanish. I feel this should be included as I can personally vouch for the effectiveness. It was the very first effect I saw Dai perform - at the Elk's Club in 1927 We actually did take notes, and at the time Dai told us that Nate Leipzig's Slow Motion...

Assembling an Invisible Deck

An Invisible Deck enables you to show any card REVERSED in the deck. As a result, it is a very useful device when used with a second deck in Si Stebbins order. Here's how it works. The deck is arranged in 26 back-to-back, roughed, odd even pairs. This gives the deck two sides - one side with all even cards as shown in Photo 9, the other with all odd. When a spectator names a card or you covertly ascertain the identity of a freely selected card from another deck arranged in Si Stebbins order,...

Properties Dinner knife

Presentation Ask for the assistance of a member of the audience and position him at your left. As you remove the deck from your pocket, say Good evening, Sir. Do you play cards Regardless of his answer, you continue, Don't worry. All you have to do is cut the pack. Just like this. Al Koran would demonstrate THE EXACT WAY TO CUT THE PACK two or three times. He believed you must leave no room for error on the spectator's part, since this is the ONLY part of the trick that can go wrong. Holding...

Tricks Using the Si Stebbins System

Now that you're familiar with the basic Si Stebbins concepts and techniques, you will find little difficulty in mastering the effects that follow. While these effects are not technically demanding, they do require practice to assure a smooth presentation. Please give them the time and attention they deserve. Remember that whenever you have a card selected and it is NOT returned to the same location, you will need to correct the order before performing additional tricks that rely on the Si...

The phase of physical contact

Women have been made to feel guilty about their sexual desire for centuries. Every woman wants sex at least as much as a man. For many women, however, it is very difficult to get over the sense of guilt connected with their sexuality. On the other hand woman's liberation brought about a meaningful change in the attitude of women toward their sexuality. Many women living in modern society do so in an almost schizophrenic state, where beliefs and attitudes from the Middle Age are mixed with very...

Female Illusionist Sawing

Here's a doozey of a problem I had my lunch plate and a glass of iced tea sitting on a table. I looked down at it and, without anyone touching it, it slid off the table The ship had suddenly lurched and leaned way over to one side. Now, imagine an assistant, supposedly in a trance, with the nape of her neck resting on the point of a sword, and that happens Anything top heavy or on casters is a potential danger. I'm not saying you can't do these things, only that if you are booked to do a show...

September 2001 In the Beginning

In the beginning there was Inside Magic, a monthly newsletter published by boy-entrepreneur Stan Allen. Each issue of Inside Magic featured a short about 750 - 1000 words review column written by Michael Weber. Although the focus of the review column was books, Michael occasionally reviewed videotapes and often offered news of upcoming publications. Michael Weber's reviews began with the first issue of Inside Magic January 1985 and continued until the final issue in August of 1991. At that time...

Effect 10 Tarot Reading

You produce a pack of Tarot Cards and invite your volunteer to shuffle them thoroughly. After shuffling them, you take the pack and deal six cards face down on the table, discarding the remainder of the pack. As each card is turned to reveal its symbol, you make startling revelations about your volunteer that convince them you can see into their mind and personality. Tarot Reading relies on a technique known as cold reading. It's a technique used by clairvoyants, psychics and mentalists to make...

Elements about the future

Psychics are well-known for their ability to peer into the future on behalf of their clients, and few psychic readings would be complete without at least a little glimpse into tomorrow and beyond. This is a very important aspect of cold reading, and one which is so easy it is laughable (except to believers). I have already clarified the fact that this book is about cold reading, and not magic tricks. Let me stress this point one more time, since I have often come across confusion on the issue....

The Breakthrough Card System

The first copies of the Breakthrough Card System were published 23 years ago in 1983. Over the years, there have been reprints of the original, the 25th Anniversary edition, The Memorized Breakthrough Card System, articles in magazines, as well as the performances and explanations on this video. The system itself is thoroughly explained on the DVD with all the shortcuts and other handling tips. It is the intention of this series of guide books to present new ideas and not repeat what has...

Economy Class Departure

Ankle Wrapping Techniques

Elmsley duplicates as closely as is possible the eifect of his Point of Departure, without the benefit of a double-faced card. The search for a no-feke version of this trick has been taken up by a number of cardinen over the years, and solutions of varying merit have been published. Below is one of several that Mr. Elmsley devised in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He comments that the basic structure is flexible to minor variation. Therefore, it is not surprising that several...

False riffle shuffles

LOOKING AT False Riffle Shuffles analytically, all other considerations aside, they all must, at some point, deviate from legitimacy. While that statement might seem fatuous, the instant at which this deviation occurs determines the last moment the shuffle can be fully scrutinized by viewers. That is an often overlooked but fundamental consideration. From that perspective, the shuffle that deviates earliest is the Zarrow. A One-Shuffle Zarrow begins its deviation in the split before the...

Ross Jeffries Bans Top Student

Well, the big news today comes from the Speed Seduction world, where it seems Ross's paranoid streak continues. Apparently Ross has Kicked and Banned one of his top students --In10se -- from the SS e-mail list and all SS related events. I talked to In10se on the phone last night, and he sounded pretty down about the whole ordeal. Luckily, I was able to console him due to my own experience with bearing Ross's wrath, as evidenced here. But such is the danger when you start to think for yourself...

David Shades Manual Anticipation and Vulnerability

I was to leave for a business trip on a Sunday, so on Saturday night, after my girlfriend and I returned to my place after going out for dinner, we decided to make it an evening at home to spend quality time together enjoying loving, tender intimacy, which we both savor. But I had planned to give her something to really think about in my absence I asked her to go into the bedroom and change into the sexy black bra, panties, and high heels that I like to see her in. As she did that, I went to my...

Self Defense for the Elderly

The abuses suffered by our senior citizens are now unfortunately commonplace though frequently reported they are rarely dealt with in an effective way. While it is not in this author's power to change a society which has allowed such things to evolve, it is in his power to at least suggest some effective deterrents to theft or personal injury. Cards are a particularly efficacious self-defense technique for the elderly because all old people play gin rummy. Consequently, cards are a familiar...

Self Defense for Women

Although the basic techniques and practice exercises for men and women are the same, there are several advantages for women who become proficient in the use of cards as weapons. Protection from the potential rapist or mugger is an essential in this society and no matter how unpleasant or distasteful this subject may be, every woman would be wise to at least consider the possibilities of such an uninvited advance. In my women's classes at the Columbia School of Card Throwing, various attack...

They Will Forget They Wrote It Down

Although this golden rule applies to mentalism, you can adapt the argument to other areas of magic. It is often advised in mentalism that, after a person has written something down, to not refer to the writing anymore. Supposedly, they will forget they wrote it and you will appear to be just working with their thoughts. Carried to the extreme, spectators are often approached before the mentalism performance and asked to record their thoughts on paper clamped to clipboards and then to retain the...

Presentation of Al Korans Magic

THE PRESENTATION OF AL KORAN'S MAGIC. Nobody could ever accuse Al Koran of under-selling himself. On the other hand, he was never noted to over-do any thing. There was an air of suppression in everything he did. as if there was some store of energy permanently on the verge of being released. His style was lus own and stayed his own, despite the handful of pathetic imitators who turned up on the scene from time to time. The reason Koran was able to sustain his particular method of presentation...

Welcome to Card Trick Central

Getting started in magic is something that can be difficult, frustrating, and down right aggravating. However it can also be a lot of fun. It is all in how you approach magic from the outset. What I am going to try and do is relay some of my thoughts on what are some good ways to get involved in the art. I'm not trying to convey this as a set of rules, just a guideline to help you get your feet wet. Resources This is one of the most commonly asked questions by people who are wanting to get...

Hypnotism Book By P C Sorcar

This book teaches of Yoga, but it deals with a phase of Yoga about which you may never have heard. It also opens new avenues of thought as it presents new laws, principles, and universal concepts that are Oriental in nature. Some may find what they will read startling as this knowledge is not given as abstract theories but is presented for actual performance for these are the hidden teachings which provide instructions of the practice of magic for the magicians of India. The original draft of...

How to be a Fake Kreskin

A review in the style of Dave Barry Okay, listen up everybody I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore. Apparently, some of you (and you know who you are, so don't try to deny it) have been running around the country telling people that Kreskin is not a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-goodness, for real mentalist with near borderline, mystical, psychic powers. You've been saying that he's just a clever and entertaining magician who accomplishes his effects through (say it...

The Picture Post Challenge

David Berglas

In June 1953 David Berg las received a call krom Frank Dowljng, the editor of Picture Post magazine, Britain's most prestigious weekly news journal. I le wanted to put David's magical skills to the challenge. Did he think he could come up with a stunt worthy of inclusion in Picture Posts pages It was an offer no magician could refuse. It wasn't the first time that David had dealt with the Picture Post team. In 1952 they had photographed him at the British Ring Convention in Hastings. Over 400...

The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields

Once again another of the books of my youth is resurrected in a new, more beautiful form. The original Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields came out in 1968. It was a small, unbeautiful, softbound book, typeset on a portable Smith-Corona typewriter. It was Jon Racherbaumer's first book. I must have purchased it shortly after it came out, because I have copy number 8. And I learned and performed just about every trick in it. Eddie Fields was a pitchman, a carnival worker, a bar magician, a gambler, an...

The Living Battery Of Prana

The real East Indian magicians in producing their mysteries, require the employment of prana in connection with the creative mind, feel the necessity of regarding their body as a living battery of prana, and keeping that battery well charged. To this end, they perform the following pranic exercise 1 Assume the stable and easy Asana, with the following variation, i.e, place your feet close together, side by side, so as to close the circuit at that end. Also close the circuit at the other extreme...

The Hindu Mango Tree Growth

Mengo Tree Megic Secret

Great tales have come out of the Orient about the remarkable mango tree growth performed by the magicians. Descriptions of the effect vary according to the imaginations of the people who tell about it. Many who have never seen the effect but have merely read or heard about it discuss it as if they knew all about it. Everyone seems to consider this experiment in which the magician puts a seed into the ground and suddenly causes a tree to spring up as a mystery of mysteries. Because of this...

The Objects Of Visualization

The object of visualization, to the magician or occultist, is always this That which the magician desires to have become materialized, objectified, and actualized in physical form and action in the world of the physical plane. Under this general classification come things, qualities, powers, persons, events, happenings, conditions, circumstances, and environment. Indeed, everything, in fact, that can be desired and wished for, on the one hand, or else dreaded and avoided, on the other. Dread,...

The Secrets of Yoga Cosmology

Illusion Levitation

Yoga Cosmology is Astral Plane Magic. It is listed among the High Magics, and includes the extra sensory perception powers which are considered of vast importance to the magician. In the book, Religious Mysteries of the Orient, Ron Ormond and I touched on the subject of Hindu clairvoyance as Parimal Bandhu explained it to us. In this chapter and the next, I will cover this subject in depth in relation to our study of the real magic and mysticism of India. Certain phases of Cosmology have direct...

Tetradistic Stack Order

TRICKS WITH A MEMORIZED DECK AND WITH OTHER STACKS4 In a twenty-four-page booklet published by Abbott's Magic Company and titled Magic Card System (undated), there is a description of an arithmetical arrangement, consisting of adding four to the value of each proceeding card. Some interesting tricks with that setup are explained. This great expert and magnificent technician has described interesting material with a memorized deck in some of his works The Programmed Deck in Magic Mafia...

Fourth Maya Experiment

Time Reaction Study

This test advances yet further up the scale of psychic control as you inhibit the senses. Particularly the sense of feeling may be readily shut off' by the method of visualization, projection, and affirmation. Hold the thought of numbness over the hand of the subject and affirm repeatedly to him that his hand is becoming numb, numb, numb, and that he will feel no sensation in it at all. He will be found to experience a marked degree of local anaesthesia, and even if a needle is touched to the...

The Power of Concentration

The East Indian magicians are keenly aware of the wonderful power of the human mind when it is mastered, developed, and manifested in the process of concentration. They have devised methods of applying that power most effectively. In fact, the word concentration fully expresses the fundamental working principle of oriental magic and psychic powers. The Hindu teaching is that only by and through concentration are possible the manifestations of the Creative Mind Principle the creation of the...

Mechanical Estimation

The Comparison Method The Automatic Gauge Method Variation of Automatic Gauge The Nail Gauge Nail Gauge Variation Mario's Favorite The Faro Check Mechanical Estimation Effects The Magic Card Think I'll Stop Here Chosen Card Count Down The Tipoff Reversed Card Out Probably the first source to record the principle of Estimation is Downs' Art of Magic where it is looked upon as a simple process of locating a card but the reader is cautioned that, The bungling and unobservant perfomer will meet his...

The Doll House Illusion

I am now about to reveal to you an illusion that has been very popular with many of our leading magicians. It was originated and first introduced, I believe, by Fred Culpitt, a clever English magician. It has a particular advantage in being a self-contained novelty and enables the performer to present it in story form. The performer shows a miniature house on a table. The front is opened and inside of the house shown with its various furnishings. The furnishings are removed, house shown empty...

List of Easy Card Tricks

Ok, the dealer picks out two cards of his choice. He tells you to cut the deck. he flips over the cards that he picked out then he flips over 2 cards of the deck that you cut. they are the same number. Trick similiar to Kings Robbery, where 4 Kings come together. You have the spectator make four piles of any number. When this is done you flip over all the piles and all four aces are there. The audience is given two random cards. They look at them, but the dealer doesn't see them. The audience...