Duck Poker

People love a bit of Lewis Carroll nonsense mixed with an evening's magical entertainment. This routine offers a bit of illogical fun. Stack the cards from top down as follows Whenever you get into a game with strangers, you find out that they always have their own rules which are different from the way you usually play. I got into a game of Duck Poker with the craziest rules. You never heard of Duck Poker Don't get upset. I didn't either until last week. Here's how it works. The dealer deals...

Poker Dream

One of the most commercial and fun routines I've ever done is the Poker Dream as it appears in Million Dollar Card Secrets, George Schindler fell in love with tiie routine and improved it with the following card stack. This is the Drunken Deal principle. Stack the deck from top card down as follows King of Spades - face down Any Ace face up Any King face down Jack of Spades face down Ace of Spades face down Any Ace face up Any King face down Queen of Spades face down Any Card face down...

Daves Delight

My good friend Dave Lederman has always had the unusual knack of taking a standard trick and making it a gem with some simple improvement. This is his version of the Dunbury Delight. The bottom live cards of your deck are stacked as follows from (lie bottommost card up Ace Ace Ace Black Four Spot Ace (The Four is fourth card from the bottom.) False shuffle your deck and spread the cards to have a card I rcely selected. Square the pack. Swing cut (swivel) the top half of the deck to the left...

One Magician

The Magician Versus the Gambler has been around for a long time. Father Cyprian worked with a Lorayne routine and added his lever switch and some changes and came up with this entertaining and easy-to-perform routine. I'm pleased to have it in this book. Stack the deck, from top down Ace, Six, Ace, Six, Ace, Six, Ace of Spades, Six, Ten of Spades, Jack of Spades, Queen of Spades, King of Spades. Two Gamblers at a bar were discussing their ability with cards. 1. Swing cut the upper half of the...

Invisible Bottom Palm

This is one of the best action bottom palms I've ever seen. Doc Daley always used it to palm off five cards after they had been peeked. I used it to palm off four Aces or a selected card for the Card in the Wallet. Bring the cards to be palmed to the bottom of the deck. Place the deck in the right hand for an Off-the-Table riffle shuffle. Break off the bottom half with the left hand. Begin to release the four Aces with the left thumb. As soon as this is done, the right hand cards arc released...

European Aces

A unique method of forcing three cards has recently been used throughout Europe. George Schindler and I were intrigued with the principle and devised this magical discovery. We are actually forcing three Aces. Stack three Aces so that they are located in the seventh, twelfth and eighteenth positions from the top of the deck. The last Ace is placed second from the bottom. The deck may be ribbon spread face up on the table so that all the cards are seen. We're going to select a few of these cards...

Crandalls Rainbow

Back in 1955 Senator Crandall was kind enough to give mc a trick deck of cards. Every card in the deck had a different design and every color in the rainbow was represented. The faces were regular. These decks are now sold under various names at the magic dealers. Here is my version of the trick with a few modifications. Forty-nine or fifty cards are all of different colored backs. Add three cards of a single matching design to the top of the deck (e g-, three blue backed Aviator cards). Place...

Ambitious Opener

How do you start an Ambitious Card routine I'm glad you asked, because here's a favorite method I use especially during that session with another card magician. It's a clean opening and doesn't take any great skill. The deck is held in the left hand with the left thumb lying alongside the deck in readiness for a thumb-riffle. Begin to riffle with the index finger pushing slightly upward underneath the pack. Have the spectator call stop. At the point he calls stop, your right thumb and...

Bob Elliots Vanish

It's always pleasing when one of your routines is well done by another performer. Bob Elliot's handling of the MacDonald Ace routine follows my outline almost exactly. Bob has flavored it with one vanish which he has given me permission to reveal in this book. Three regular cards are on the table face up. The double-facer is added to the top of the three cards with the Ace showing. Spread the four cards in the hands, showing their faces. Take the two top cards in the right hand. The two left...

SuperS Vanish

A short while ago I contributed my handling of the MacDonald's 100 Four Ace Trick to the New Stars of Magic series. The description of the vanishes were simple and practical. I have since changed the last Ace vanish to this method which was shown to me by my friends Lenny Greenfader and Bill Morales, who collaborated on the move here. The method has long been held under wraps. The Ace used is a double-facer with an indifferent card printed on the reverse side. Deal three regular cards onto the...

Surprise Color Change

Practice is required on this gem of a color change. The time spent will be worth the effort. Two selected cards are brought to the top of the deck. Do some false shuffling or a couple of double cuts, but retain the cards on top. Now double lift, turning the cards over as one. Show the first selected card by lifting both cards away from the deck. The right thumb is at the base of the card, middle and index finger underneath. The face up card(s) is now returned to the top of the left hand pack,...

Squeeze Change

Here's a quickie to impress the ever naive layman. It may be used on the platform or during the close-up session. The deck is held face up in the left hand. The right hand approaches and lifts about a dozen cards with the thumb. The left pinky catches and holds this break. The right index finger rests at the left top index of the card, the right thumb at the bottom right index. Slide the thumb toward the index finger so that they meet at the upper right corner. This is a squeezing gesture done...

Maximus Control

This is a control I developed years ago merely as a piece of business. It's a fun kind of shuffle to retain the top card. The selected card is brought to the top of the deck. The deck is then turned on its side lengthwise with the faces toward the audience. The right thumb and middle finger pinch both the bottom and top cards. The right hand is raised, pulling both cards up simultaneously. (The diagram shows the Two of Clubs as the top card facing you so that you may follow the moves.) The left...

Poker Mental

Mental effects are always fascinating. Couple a mental stunt with a poker trick and you have a commercial winner. This one is an easy and effective reputation builder. Borrow a deck and shuffle it legitimately. The spectator may shuffle for added effect. Deal out a five handed game of poker, one hand to each of four spectators. You get the fifth hand. Each spectator is instructed to shuffle the cards in his hand and mentally select a single card. The remainder of the deck is left lying on the...

Dingles Elevator

It is my good fortune to have Derek Dingle as one of my close friends. He never fails to amaze me with his unending source of material, ideas and superb innovations, liverything Derek does lias his own personal touch. This routine is no exception. Run through tlie deck, spreading the cards face up in front of you. Remove the Ace of Spades and place it on the face of the deck. Now spread the deck again removing the Deuce and the Three of Spades, each in individual actions, placing each one on...

Peek Diablo

If the Devil were a conjuror, this is probably the Peek he would use. It ranks Number One in the annals of sneaky magic. The selected card is lying on the table face down. The magician reaches into his pocket with his left hand and removes a pen which he tosses (almost throws) to the spectator across the table. At about the same time, he picks up the tabled card with his right hand. The right thumb goes under the card and tilts it forward so that he can glimpse the card during the action of...

Spectacular

One of the nicest parts of this routine is that not only is the effect puzzling, but it is also very pretty to watch. The deck is stacked as follows three face up Aces II alternate with any three face down Kings. The top card should be a King. The Ace of Spades is placed face down on top of this stack. The deck is put into its case. Begin the trick by removing the cards from the case. Use the F.T. CUT or a false shuffle. Place the deck in the left hand, getting a break under the top card (Ace...

Vanishing Deck

Here's a nice closing trick done while seated at the table. Have two cards selected, replaced, and brought to the bottom of the deck. I do this by having the first card replaced to the center of the pack where I keep a break on top of it. When the second card is to be replaced, I cut at the break and have the card placed on top of the first one. Closing the cut I now double cut the deck so that the cards are on top. An overhand shuffle brings them back to the bottom. Pick up a break on top of...

Plunger Discovery

In the 1960s the boys in New York were fooling with an illogical method of visibly reversing a card. Two of my favorite people happen to be the most talented of all card workers liotli Howard Schwartzman and Ken Krenzel improved on the theme and came up with this handling which I use for a quickie audience pleaser. Two black Kings are removed from the deck and left lying face up on the table. A card is freely selected and controlled to the top. After a few false shuffles, you refer to the two...

Flourish False

Here's an interesting false cut that will act as a flourish and is done when you have no table around. It is done in your hands. Crimp the innermost right hand corner of the bottom card. The right hand cuts off about one third of the deck. Bring the packet in towards your body and then rotate the hand in a clockwise sweep. As you return to the left hand section of the deck, do HALF of the Charlier cut. Drop the right hand packet onto the cut portion in the left hand and complete the Charlier....

Miracle Worker

This is the kind of trick that will establish you as a Miracle Worker. The effect was originally shown to me by Mike Skinner who certainly knows how to choose a trick. It was credited to Alex Elmsley. The powerful climax here is so strong that I suggest you use it only for that special occasion when a blockbuster is required. A duplicate card is required. For the sake of description, we'll use the King of Diamonds. The two duplicates are on top of the deck, separated by any indifferent card....