Spread Turnover Switch

I won't claim credit for this move because, although I've never seen it elsewhere, it seems so obvious that someone else has probably thought of it. Assume you want to switch four indifferent cards for the four aces. The aces are on top of the face down deck. Spread through the deck and remove four random cards. As you square the deck, get a break under the aces with your left little finger. Turn the indifferent cards face up on the deck. Spread them and take them from underneath in your right...

Mind Games

What in the World Blind-Sighted BS Poker Demo Imagine being able to read minds or predict control the outcome of games of chance. Heady stuff, indeed, and exactly the sort of thing that almost everyone has wished he could do at some point in time which means that virtually everyone can RELATE to it. 1. A routine that displays the powers of intuition (both your own as well as your audiences assistants'). 2. an effect where you receive someone's thought, telling him his mentally selected choices...

Blind Sighted

Here is a mentalism routine you can do anytime, anywhere, with any deck. There is no pumping or fishing and it doesn't require any sleight of hand It is based on a mathematical principle that I don't recall ever seeing in any books, videos or lectures, but I have to believe that someone has discovered it before me. At any rate, I am as proud of the following routine as any in this book. Effect Rowena thinks of a number from one to ten. We'll assume she thinks of seven. She then shuffles a deck...

One Two Three Four Aces

The Close-Up Magic Of Aldo Colombini contains an effect with the above title. Aldo mentions that it is based on an effect by Larry Jennings. While I felt the effect was good, I thought the dealing procedure might tip the method. I have modified that handling to overcome this, and the following is humbly offered as an improvement. Effect The aces are shown and then turn into other cards, which locate the aces Set up Remove the four aces from the deck. Arrange them in CHaSeD order with the ace of...

GUB Control to

Bring the card to the top by your favorite method. This is one of the most common directions in books and videos on card magic. Maybe you don't have a favorite method. Maybe you couldn't choose from or don't have access to the myriad of sleights, from the simple Double Undercut to the excruciatingly difficult Classic Pass and the thousands of moves in between. Well, here is my favorite method (and maybe soon to be yours ). In the basic position, the right fingers are covering the front edge of...

Automatic bottom Palm

If you've been afraid of palming, this move is for you I claim no credit for this, as I'm sure someone somewhere has come up with something similar, if not identical. Hold the deck in right hand Biddle Grip. Hold the left hand about six inches below and parallel to the deck. Begin to dribble cards into your left hand as in photo 1. After you've dribbled the entire deck, pause and hold the left hand flat to display the deck very openly and fairly (photo 2). Bring your right hand over the deck in...

Parallel Universe

Originally developed this as an ending for David Acer's Reverse Logic (from his book, Natural Selections II, published by the Camirand Academy). However, it is also a very fine trick all by itself. If you know the Acer trick, you should have no trouble incorporating this at the end. Effect You count a packet of eight cards and place them face down on the table. Walt selects a card from the rest of the deck (for example, the KS). This card is returned and lost in the deck, and the deck is set...

Memorex

Card Bulldog Clip Magic

His is my solution to the card problem, Curried Away from the Connoisseur Conjuring Website. The basic effect is Paul Curry's Open Prediction. This handling won't appeal to everyone, but those who go to the effort required will be rewarded with a feature showpiece. Effect You bring out a deck, shuffle it a few times, and give it a cut. You hand the deck to Walt and have him deal the cards, one at a time, face up into a pile. At any time he wishes, he deals one card aside face down, without...

Red Hot Mamas Lips

Red Hot Mama, a k a Chicago Opener has been variously credited to Jim Ryan, Frank Everhart and Al Leech. It is actually Leech's routine the other two popularized it. Dan Fleshman added the idea of having the first selection ending up in a wallet as a kicker. I have taken Fleshman's idea (but to a pocket instead of the wallet) and combined the routine with Lips, an effect by Gary Ouellet and Tony Binarelli. The result is all one could hope for from a card trick. Effect You spread a blue deck,...

The Hand Is Quicker than the

Based on a routine by Gary Ouellet from Close-up Illusions, this is a formal sit-down routine. I use the GUB to lap the card, and a presentation, which, I feel, makes the appearance of the card in the purse more logical. I'll explain. Gary had a small pencil in the purse, which is used to sign the card. While I'm sure this worked for Gary, it seems illogical to me. People carry coins in coin purses. In my routine, the purse contains a silver dollar, offered as a guarantee if I can't prove that...

The Jokers on

Transpositions have a powerful impact on laymen. If you break the effect down, it is actually more than a change of location. It' s a double vanish and a double reappearance. In this routine, the face of a red card transposes with the face of a blue card, a bewildering event to say the least This effect is very easy to do. As far as the technique goes, all that is required are a couple of Elmsley counts, one Jordan count and a couple double lifts. All you need to do is sell the effect and your...

BS Poker Demo

I based this routine on two effects by Martin Nash. Thanks to the Guinn Utility Backslip, the handling is much easier. After performing this, people will be convinced you're a card sharp. It's totally impromptu and can be done with a borrowed deck. This is the perfect routine to do when someone says, I'd hate to play cards with you I do need to mention that this routine is not for the beginner. You must be able to do a faro shuffle, which I will explain very briefly in the notes following the...

Coincidental

In his book, Sonata, the incredible Juan Tamariz has a wonderful effect called, Total Coincidence. It uses two decks. I wanted to adapt it to one deck, to make it shorter and less cumbersome to carry. The first phase of my routine is from Jumbo Coincidence by my good friend, Aldo Colombini. The set up seems very extensive, but once you understand it, you can do it in less than one minute. Effect A series of unbelievable coincidences, where Vandella and Walt seem to have ESP and the cards seem...

The Idaho Travelers

Cards magically and instantly fly from the deck to different pockets on the performer's person. Dai Vernon's The Travelers is a wonderful premise that is hugely popular with lay-audiences. I wanted to created a version with all of the impact of the original, but without all the moves and without resorting to any gaffs. I think I've succeeded. The routine you're about to read is clean as a whistle and convincing as a patriot orator Effect You display the four queens and then place them into four...

Transpofusion

Boy, am I proud of this one While it uses standard principles and a common gaff, the routining and subtleties make for, in my opinion, an incredible trick This is one of the gems of this book. The best part is, it's very easy to do - if you can do a double lift, you can perform this effect. Effect Vandella shuffles the deck to her heart's content. You take the deck and dribble cards onto the table until she says stop. You turn the remainder of the deck face up, and Vandella signs the card at...

Four Hofzinser

Hofzinser was one of the founding fathers of modern card magic (he's even credited as the inventor of double-face cards ). One of his most famous effects was his four-ace trick. So if you were wondering about the title, now you know the Hofzinser part this trick is based on the Hofzinser Four Ace Trick. The Four part of the title is because the routine uses two four-of-a-kind and it has four climaxes. Effect The deck is handed to Vandella, who picks a number from one to ten (for example,...

Introduction Aldo Colombini

Besides being fun to do, it has also allowed me to meet some very wonderful people some very good performers some creative individuals. My friend Scott Guinn is a combination of all the above. Besides being good at performing our art, he is also very talented, especially when doing the finest impression of Aldo Colombini I have ever seen So, if someday you answer the phone and you hear, Hi, this is Aldo be careful because it might be Scott Scott has the uncanny ability to...

Band Its Prophecy

While playing around with J C Wagner's Bandorama (which is based on routines by Bert Fenn and Derek Dingle), I discovered that when the selected card is revealed, the card above it is the original bottom card of the deck, while the original top card is immediately below the selection. In other words, the deck kind of automatically does Bill Simon's Prophecy Move (hence the title). I will tell you this the trick gets a much better response for me with three selections than with one. Try it for...

The Guinn Utility Backslip

The Guinn Utility Backslip GUB is something I came up with by accident. I was at the home of my best friend, Vic Brisbin, working on Marlo's Diagonal Insertion, and I got the card injogged WAY too far I laughed and said something like, That's it, Guinn Slip the thing back where the whole world can see it To my astonishment, Vic commented that he couldn't see anything backslipped anywhere. I spent the next couple of hours tinkering with the angles and the next several months tinkering with...

The Jordan Count

Apparently shows four cards fairly, but only three cards are shown one is shown twice. The original bottom card is never seen. You have the four cards with one face up at the bottom. Hold the packet squared in left dealers grip and grip the right long edge between the tips of the thumb and first two fingers of the palm up right hand, as shown in photo 19. Remove the top card with your left hand, which then moves forward and to the left, allowing the card to drop onto the palm photo 20 . Bring...