Greg Eanes

This is one of the most novel card gimmicks I have run across. You can make one up for about four dollars or you can make up a hundred for a total of fcwr dollars. It's by Greg Eanes of Charlotte, N.C. and is published here for the first time. At present, Greg is working on a new book which will be mentioned here whan published. Go to the local hardware store CWilliston Hardware & Supply on East Main St.) and ask for clear silicone sealant. Mine is produced by Dow Corning. A three ounce tube...

The Dusty Drink

This is a gag based on the self-refilling glass which was pttolished in J.G.Thompson's My Best. It was originated by vynn Boyar and is titled, An Amusing Interlude. The glass is prepared so that it appears to be full of liquid. At will, you can make it (almost) empty and refill without any cover. The beauty of the gimnick is that there is, no liquid to worry about and no mess to clean up. There are other glasses which are ginmicked to to the same thing so you might want to check your dealer....

Night Writer Wayne Kyzer

This is a comedy revelation by Wayne Kyzer. It has uses other than those with a deck of cards, but I will explain it using our 52 friends (which have made each of us countless enemies.) The magician has a card selected and returned to the deck. The magician will now try to read the thoughts of the spectator who selected the card. He studies the spectator's face as well as the faces of the cards. Finally, he removes one and places it face down on the table. Carefully, he suggests that the...

Phillip Young

Phillip gave me this idea a couple of years ago as something for us to work on. It's a funny sight gag to be used as an opener when doing card tricks. Picture Phil performing this in a serious vein. The performer takes the audience into his confidence. You know, as a magician, I have to practice all the time. There was a study conducted by Durham University which concluded that magicians spend more time honing their art than any other performing artist. (Note This is a lie I added to Phil's...

John Riggs

The Thing frem the last issue appears to be one of those things like Upside Down ( 1) which will generate lots of variations and additions. If I'm going to go to the trouble of making up a gimmick, I want to have as many possible uses as I can find for it. Below are several more which may appeal to you. Some are already being used, others are still in the idea stage. If you have any ideas on The Thing, let me hear from you. John suggests using his utility Purse Vanisher from The New Modern...

The Thing

I just finished making this up and I've already received my money's worth. There are certain tricks which I feel are worth the price of a subscription all by themselves. Mong these are Impact, Back to Aces, and Upside Down. This is another. John has been mentioning this in our correspondence for the last eight months but he didn't want to have it published until it was thoroughly audience-tested. I agreed. I saw him do it in Atlanta last week and saw a lot of possibilities. I will describe it...

Rollover Revisited

Back in issue number two I described a four king production called Rollover Kings. It started with two kings on top and two kings on bottom, both pairs face to face. I also stated that I was looking for a way to arrive at this position other than just placing the kings there. In Atlanta, John shewed me his solution which is one I have already incorporated into ny routine. I will describe everything thoroughly except the rollover portion which will be brief. For more details consult issue 2. (If...

Wayne Kyzer

Once again The Trapdoor has spared no expense in locating a utility prop for use in your platform presentations. This is ty Wayne Kyzer and illustrates the type of magic he performs. The prop is the common, everyday bedpan. Wayne has provided three different but related gags which are funny but which don't cross the fine line between good and bad taste. Using a prop such as a bedpan tends to inspire risquet or tasteless gags which should not be published in a forum such as this. (Gags such as...

Triple Watery John Davit

Louis where he works for Anheuser - Busch. While he couldn't arrange for any volume discounts for Trapdoor subscribers, he did contribute something to them. These are in the form of flourishes with the Faro Shuffle. (Okay, so you would rather have had the bubbly ) Before you turn the page, none of these require a perfect faro shuffle and all of them are flourishes you are adding after making the shuffle itself. These are bits of handling and finesse which make you look like...

The Falling Faro John Davit

This is the last of the faro flourishes from John. While the concept and the actions are fairly simple, the smooth execution will require a moderate amount of practice. There is no effect as such. This is just a very pretty and showy way to square cards that have been faro shuffled together. The Work. Cut the deck in position for a faro shuffle, being sure you get at least 27 cards in the right half. Perform a straddle faro, sandwiching the left half inside the right half. As soon as the...

Magic Animals

The magician, in one of his more reflective moods, enters and shares a special moment from his childhood with his audience. Moments like these are rare indeed. I took up magic at a very early age. I was poor and couldn't afford to buy a rabbit for the famous rabbit trick. So, I caught a squirrel and spray painted him white. I loved that squirrel. I named him Abra since he was iry magic animal. like the color white. I say this because he died soon after I painted him. When he passed away I was...

Aldo Colombini

This is a puzzle trick from Aldo Columbini of Modena, Italy. In effect, a card is selected and returned to the deck which is then separated into two piles. One half is placed aside. The other half is shuffled and mixed face up and face down by the spectator. This half is then spread on the table and . all but one of the club cards are seen to be face up among the face down cards. There are 12 face up cards all clubs. The other half is spread and among the face dcwn cards there is the face up...

The Trick That Cannot Be Printed Wayne Kyzer

You've heard of Dai Vernon's Trick That Cannot Be Explained from his liner Secret Secies. Well, this is The Trick That Cannot Be Printed. Every once and a while I get a contribution that I do not print. I normally write a letter to the contributor explaining my reasons. Many times I feel it is too similar to stuff already in print. However, this is the first time I've refused to publish a trick on general principles. It was contributed by Wayne R. Kyzer of Columbia, S.C. While this could cost...