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I woke up one morning and all of my stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates. Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back. Half the people you know are below average. How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink My mechanic told me, 'I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them If the black box flight...

Invisible Coins

Somebody who is interested in your business card, chooses one of three different imaginary coins and flips it then she takes one of your business cards. On the back there is a correct prediction the chosen coin and the correct side. Somebody asks you for your business card. You ask back if she has any imagination, because you want to show her something. You put a small pile of business cards (in a wallet or a clip) on the table. You say this is a prediction. Next you produce three invisible...

Its Cool To Fool With The Old School

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Houdini In January 2008

It's been over half a century since Tony Curtis pulled on a straitjacket for Harry Houdini's 1953 eponymous biopic, so it's about time for the world's most renowned trap-dodger to get another outing - this time the remit to act one's self out-of-a-tight-spot having fallen to Guy Pearce. Fresh from playing that another great 20th century icon Andy Warhol, Pearce, as Houdini, travels to 1920s London where he meets Catherine Zeta-Jones' Mary McGregor - a psychic out to con the alliterative artist....

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I was very lucky because it meant a free education and the opportunity for a lifetime of work - my parents were really proud of me. The academy had a special uniform and I was very proud to wear it when I returned home each weekend Juliana first trained to be a dancer and then was trained to be a juggler and acrobat, as the arts school was short of performers in this discipline. As a teenager, she toured with the Ghangzhou Troupe to Europe and the South Pacific performing as a specialist foot...

Germany

Siegfried & Roy and David Copperfield are the magicians almost every German will name. If you ask for more there will be silence. Topas, Helge Thun and a defenceless animal. Topas, Helge Thun and a defenceless animal. Siegfried & Roy and David Copperfield are the magicians almost every German will name. If you ask for more there will be silence. But there are names very well known to the public Take Franklin, FISM winner of 1993. He is better known as a TV presenter who is connected with...

Magic

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Ism I

As readers will know we love to have a laugh here in the magicseen offices, but this month we're having about 200 Introducing our great comedy issue which is full of stuff to tickle your funny bone and mangle you with merriment and mirth To set the tone for issue 16 we enlisted the help of some of magic's top funny people to provide us with a large number of their best lines, and we are really grateful to Noel Qualter, Noel Britten, John Archer, Pete Firman, Wayne Dobson and others for their...

Sudden Deck Ii

David Regal's Sudden Deck II follows on from the original Sudden Deck effect with an additional magical printing of the blank card case. This is what you would see if you were watching the effect. The magician shows a couple of unfolded blank card cases and explains that this is how they look before they leave the factory. Holding one of them at his finger tips, it instantly becomes a printed standard Bicycle deck case. The magician now folds the flat case up to form a card box . . . and...

Husband

I was so worried and curious that I went to our bank to see what had happened. It turned out that the missing money had been transferred to a new business account. The business was Uncle Malcolm Ltd. My Malcolm. The swine. I'm writing to you to ask for advice about whether I should divorce my husband or not. Being married for 23 years would make you think that I wouldn't need advice. If you think this then that would be quite true. We've always discussed everything between us and have always...

Wayne Dobson

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The Great

Magicseen readers who saw Elizabeth Maskell's animated magician 'The Great Mobilini & Doris' at Eastbourne or the Magic Circle last year can see them on Youtube at the link below. Those who have yet to see this very entertaining act can also follow the link for a real treat http www.youtube.com watch v 0uh0SD16EoY To see James Randi extolling the virtues of Bounce fabric softener on an American TV commercial from somewhere in the early 1980s, visit http www.youtube.com watch v gqk3wzGyBho...

Ego

Many years ago, you may remember, topless model Linda Lusardi joined Wayne Dobson on his TV series as his new 'glamorous' assistant. We now hear that the sexy one from Baywatch with the firm chest and lovely backside is now also becoming a magician's assistant Why's David Hasslehoff doing it, you ask No, we're talking about Pamela Anderson She's about to take the role of a magician's assistant in a Las Vegas show Hans Klok - who bills himself as The World's Fastest Magician and has one of those...

Thought Of Cards Across Project

Available from The Merchant of Magic. www.magicshop.co.uk Price 14.99 For anyone who's not been on planet earth for the past 100 years or so, here's a brief description of this classic effect 20 cards are taken from a deck and divided into two piles of ten. One pile face up, one face down. A spectator is asked to just think of one of the face up cards. Each ten are given to two different spectators. Your best magical word is uttered, and low and behold their thought of card has now travelled...

Lota Pot Water Trick

Available from Martin Breese International. www.abracadabra.co.uk Price 55.00 What's only 4 inches in height, looks great and holds more liquid than you could possibly imagine No it's not magicseen favourite Pete Firman, it's Martin Breese's latest product - The Lota Pot. Over the years, there have been many variations of the Lota Pot - all different shapes and sizes, and all made from various materials such as metal, glass and plastic. For all you readers out there who are unfamiliar with the...

O Hecklers

As we are featuring a selection of comedy one-liners in this issue, we decided to do some research to see if we could find a selection of heckler put downs that would make us laugh. After an extensive search, we've come up with a brilliant array in heckler stories and responses. All we can say is that we have been in absolute hysterics reading some of these, and we hope you will be too. Some are not related to comedians or magicians, but we decided that they were really too good to leave out....

Switchgame

Two spectators are invited to assist. One of them spectator 1 is the owner of a 20 note. The performer is handed the note and he puts it into a small envelope, while he asks the other spectator spectator 2 , if he wants to play a simple game with the chance of winning 20. Of course spectator 2 is willing to play The envelope with the 20 is marked with the initials of spectator 2 on its back and with the word 'prize' on its address side. Then, with a clothes pin it is attached to the jacket...

Between The Lines

Available from www.magicbox.uk.com Price 14.99 Here's what it says on the tin It has long been said that the strongest effects are those which happen in the hands of the spectator, what if the effect could take place in the spectator's mind 'Between the Lines' combines some revolutionary thinking with a classic mentalism effect to create one of the most powerful routines available to date Imagine handing a spectator a torn page from a random book. You then ask them to imagine a fictitious scene...

Stephen Tucker Magic

Stephen Tucker is a name to strike terror into the heart of any wallet-carrying magician who might happen to stroll innocently past his dealer stand with no thought of buying anything that day. Stephen specialises in close-up and stand-up magic mostly of his own devising. I say mostly, as he occasionally exchanges his own items with other dealers, and may therefore also carry various books, DVDs etc. not of his own origination. He took up magic after seeing a magician at one of his dad's annual...