Steve Beam

The top card of the deck is turned over and shown to be the ambitious card. Start with the ambitious card second from the top of the deck. Double lift and show that it is on top. Flip it (them) face down back onto the deck. Now take the deck in the right hand between the right thumb and second finger as if you were about to start a Hindu shuffle. Your right forefinger is curled and the tip of the right forefinger is resting on the top card of the deck. This position is shown in the...

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Rotate your right hand counter clockwise end for end until it's at the starting position again. Pull the new top card onto the two in the left hand, again slightly fanned. Finally rotate the right hand clockwise, again end for end, turning the right hand palm up. Take the right hand's remaining 2 cards as one (fanned) onto the left hand cards. You have apparently just shewn backs on both sides off all the cards. This is a very strong display. The left hand is now holding 5 cards fanned in the...

Dexter Cleveland

Recently there has been a lot of talk about getting the computer to perform magic tricks. I love working with my computer and have written several game and job related programs, but haven't been able to come up with a trick that I think is impressive enough or entertaining enough to show other people. I have no doubt that there will soon be several books out on the subject and that I'll eventually get around to inventing the type of trick on the computer that I'll use. In the mean time, while...

Don Morris

This effect has a long history which I won't go into here. Suffice it to say that it started with a move using a copper silver coin in my Trapdoors book. It blossomed into a complete routine using a double-headed coin in Steve Beam On Coins. Then, two years ago I was up in Asheville, N.C. for my yearly vacation tennis lesson with Don Morris.We were standing in his tennis shop at the Grove Park Inn & Country Club and we were performing close up magic for some of the members. He started...

Copyright 1983 By Steven L Beam

This is an i tan which can be done close-up, on stage, preset, or impromptu. It's based on Bev Bergeron's handling of Milbourne Christopher's Traffic Sign. In effect, the magician shews a plaque with the word up on one side and down on the other. To confusing and amusing patter, the words jump in all directions. IP MAKE. This can be made up in advance fcy your printer artist or can be done while your audience looks on. However, for the sake of example, we'll say it's made up in advance. Start...

Card Sharp On Duty Please Wait To Be Cheated

Things are really moving. Already I've received some additions to seme of the material in the first two issues. Many of these will be explained later in this column. Almost all of the letters agreed on one pr anise. With all the natural disasters, pollution, crime, taxes, destruction, and general apathy around, what this world really needed was another magic magazine. I guess I'm just lucky I started it when I did. I just got back from The Winter Carnival Of...

Coins In Bottle Steve Beam

I was in Atlanta a few years ago for the annual convention they hold. Jeff White, John Berry, and a few other friends went with me to a local steak house to escape the usual hotel garbage. I was scheduled to lecture the next morning and I wanted something funny to open the lecture. I was staring at a bottle of steak sauce.For seme unknown reason, I asked everyone if they knew why they called it Heinz 57 Sauce. Everyone just figured that I had run out of conversation. Not wanting to appear...

Step By Step

This is to illustrate how you can arrive at several different methods of accomplishing an effect using some of the methods I've already explained.These different methods only took about two hours of goofing around. I picked a relatively simple but powerful effect. Basically, I want to hand a deck of cards to someone and have them leave or go to the far side of the rocm. They were to note a card and return the deck to me. I would then reveal their card in some manner. It didn't matter whether...

Sewing In Ball Droppers To Jacket Magic

You are probably familiar with the Repeat Hot Dog trick that has been on the market for the last few years. It was preceded by the repeat banana trick. This was preceded by the repeat cigar trick. Who says magic hasn't progressed We have evolved from cigars to hot dogs, from Just think aboul forward to in Vegetables The what we have to look the future. Minerals possibilities are The routine you are about to read uses the rubber hot dogs. The only requirements are two rubber hot dogs and a lunch...