Monarchs Quartette Plus

The effect is almost the same as the previous but there are some additional niceties which will appeal especially to the card expert. This is even simpler than before in that the four Kings are on top of the pack, in the order, red King, two black Kings, red King. Cut the pack and complete the cut, but hold a break between the halves. Riffle down to force the top red King and place it aside, face down, without showing the face. Reassemble the pack so that the set-up is again on top. Tell the...

Magic Castle Moves All Around Square Up

Larry Jennings devised this stratagem for controlling a selected card when it is returned to the pack. The handling looks perfectly fair, yet a tinyjog is produced at the rear end of the pack, which can then be placed on the table and the jog cut at prior to a riffle shuffle. Should the pack be retained in the hand, the jog enables a break to be picked up. It is based on an idea of Ed Mario's. The photographs are almost self-explanatory, and with a pack of cards in hand the following method of...

Magic From Ireland

When Dai Ven'um visits Ireland he is hosted by Hubert Lambert of I )ubhn, who consequently has been able to have first hand exchanges of ideas with the Professor. In the Linking Ring Hubert Lambert David Frederick Wingfield Vernon is a scion of the Verners of Church.il), County Armagh, Ireland, whose family motto is 'Pro Christo et Patria1. During his first visit to Ireland, Dai made pilgrimage to the family seat, where by arrangement, he met Mr. P. J. Patterson Curator of Armagh Museum, and...

Handling A Short Card

Much has been written on the types and uses of short and we do not propose to duplicate it here. However, there are several little known subtleties employed by Dai Vernon which should be recorded as the information will be interesting and valuable to magicians. Instead of making a cut completely across one end of a card to shorten an improvement is to make the cuts in the shape of a slight concave curve in both ends of the card. The amount of card cut off should be no thicker than a coarse...

Card Placement

Since the publication of Frank Kelly's Bottom Placement in The Tarbell Course in Magic (Volume 3, page 184) it has been put to many good uses in card magic. The original of this manoeuvre is that the performer holds the pack back up in his left hand and riffles the cards with his left stopping wher ever a spectator says the word. The upper half of the pack is then lifted to show what card was stopped at. Now the upper half is replaced and the pack squared, but the card just shown has been...

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...

Chapter Twenty Nine Magic From Holland

We are grateful to J. van Kink buy en (Rink) for collecting card magic from some of Dai Vernon's many friends in Holland. Some years in one of his Ross has a really fabulous thing - 'Joker Monte1. I'm positive he has never disclosed the method to a living soul. Everything clean, no moves, no old stuff,no flaps, mirror glasses etc. It is an entirely new and revolutionary principle. Three glasses, two spot cards and one Joker - a card goes into each glass. From here on you can do anything - the...