Leftovers

In the mailbag, there's a letter from John Miller. The latest issue of Trapdoor put to end the idea once and for all that it is a hair-brained publication. I have been telling people for years that that is a bald faced lie. I enjoyed reading the issue even though I am unable to use any of the hairy ideas as I have no t ye t begun to s tar t losing even a little bit of my hair. (Editor's note John is the poster child for New Generation. And where was he with all of this material when I was...

Lighten Up

This is a series of lines I have used for years when it was appropriate to work into routines involving parts of cars such as All Keyed Up ( 3, page 47) or Keybender ( 6, page 91). I begin the routine by telling the audience about my car. I have the world's only talking car. Other people have tried, but she only talks to me. Every tire I get in and push a button, she lights up and says, 'HI BEAM'. I thought this was just a fluke. But, one day I pushed a button on the floor board and she said,...

Shattered

One of the best is Mario's Visual Retention Change from page 239 of The Hierophant ( 5). It is an instant and visual change of one card for another based on a technique used for mechanical seconds. The change itself is relatively easy and can be learned in less than an hour. I use it a little differently as 1 will describe here. Effect. When performing stand up for a few people, the magician states that he needs a table for the next effect. He asks the...

Jim Hyams

As a public service, The Trapdoor has commissioned a study by Jim Hyams of the various diseases which affect magicians. We are proud to offer you the results of his research in his own words. The following survey of atypical diseases reported ewer the preceding five years suggest an eminent medical concern for persons engaged in the vocation avocation of performing magic. These reports have appeared in journals published in the United States and abroad. This work represents the first survey of...

Upwardly Mobile Iv

This is PhilLi.p's addition to my Upwardly Mobl le 1 from issue 22. I will assume you have access to Lhe original to save space here. Ln Lhis, you show Lhe ambiLious card and use Lhe Lop change (or a double lift) Lo swiLch iL for an indifferent card. Hand the indifferent card Lo Lhe spectator. Top palm the ambLtious card and use the Bluff Pass as described in Lhe above rouLine Lo have Lhe ambiLious card replaced. Execute Lhe visible rising sequence until Lhe card is apparenLly second or Lhird...

V

u are now going Lo have Lhe cards placed inLo Lhe pack at your break Do this by using your right thumb Lo riffle up Lhe back edge of Lhe deck and asking Lhe spectator Lo say stop. When he sLops you, lifL up all Lhe cards above the break in Lhe right hand in Biddle PosiLion. Have him place his cards on top of the left half. For a little humor, you telL him he can lose his card even further by shuffling the cards he holds before replacing them. When he places his cards onto the left half,...

Down Shift

This is Scott's Half Pass which was derived from Larry Jenning's Circle Shift which was published in The Larry Jennings Issue of Richard's Almanac (page 171). Scott is from Concord, NC and does some very pretty sleight of hand. Gary Plants came up with this same move independently and showed it to me in Boston. He also provided the trick which follows as the perfect use for the pass. This is not your standard half pass. It does not reverse the bottom half. It reverses the top half on the...

Drop In

This is a quick transposiLion using Lhe Drop Change. IL appears Lo be fairly bold --- perhaps one reason 1 am enjoying iL so much. The oLher reason is LhaL i L's an eye-popper. SLarL wiLh Lwo cards of conLrasLing appearance on Lhe Lop of Lhe pack. 1 will assume you have Lhe Lwo of diamonds on Lop and Lhe king of clubs second from the top. The deck is held in the left hand in dealing position. Turn Lhe Lop card over, showing Lhe Lwo. As you push Lhe card over, arrange Lo push Lhe second card...

TRARvDOOR

Mark showed this to me in Gatlinburg at the Winter Carnival of Magic. After 1 stopped laughing, 1 carried him around asking him to show it to everyone. It is visually funny, and provides opportunities for humorous patter if desired. In effect, the magician walks out on stage wearing only a sports coat above the waist. Other than the coat, he is topless. (For other forms of being topless, refer to the bald issue.) He states that he is wanting to open his show with the Don Johnson trick. He turns...

The Scoop

Goshman Pinch

It is for use with Sympathetic Coin routines as well as other card coin mat tricks. It is fairly easy to do if you have had any experience with The Goshman Pinch (or Tenkai Penny Grip). It will remind you of using Scotty York s method of getting into the Goshman Pinch except that you do it while holding a card. And, the handling with the card affords opportunities to show the hand front and back in a very natural fashion. Start with a quarter on the close-up mat. (You...

The Drop Change

This change originally appeared in my, Card Tricks From MounL Olympus 1979 . Other uses laLer appeared in my Changing Of The Cards. 1 am describing it again here because it is a crucial onto the table face down. He turns one card face up as if it's the chosen card. It's not. In disgust, he drops the card to the tbled pile. As it drops, lL insLantly changes to the chosen card. The Work. Have a card selected and replaced into the deck at a known number between ten and twenty. Hold Lhe deck face...

Info

How To Practice The Classic Pass By Yourself In magic, there is a book or article teaching you how to do just about any sleight imaginable. Unfortunately, one of the most important sleights available for use is one that one apparently can't practice by one's self. I am referring to the Classic Force. This must have the room after another the right one. This creates a big problem. First, this friend will soon learn that the way to save himself this grief is to start taking the card you are...