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How To Become A Successful Magician

Have you ever wanted to be able to do the same tricks that you see stage magicians all over the world do? Have you wanted to make a child's day with you magic tricks at their birthday party? This ebook from Scott Harker gives you all of the information that you need to Become a Successful Magician for Fun and Profit! You don't have to spend years training or have a background in magic at all; you can get started right away and quickly become good enough to perform at parties in front of others! If you want to simply be a performing magician for family and friends OR learn how to perform on Las Vegas stages, all of the information that you need is here in this ebook! All you need to do is learn the basic tricks to become a magician, and you will be on your way! Read more...

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The Card Miracle Certain

Print in the Art of Magic in 1909, as set forth therein the secret lies in locating the selected card by observing where the spectator breaks the pack. That is to say, when a spectator cuts the pack you estimate how many cards are in the lower packet. If you have beforehand sighted the bottom card it-follows that, no matter how many complete cuts have been made, if you again cut it to bring the sighted card to the bottom, you can divide the pack within a card or two of the spectator's original cut. How close you come to it will depend on the accuracy of your estimate. A few trials will show that the principle is not really difficult, particularly since all that is necessary is to come within a few cards of the right spot. Any pack of cards shuffled by spectator, the bottom card sighted and the pack placed on the table. A spectator cuts freely and notes the bottom card of the packet cut, then replaces the cards, squares the pack and makes as many complete cuts as he pleases. Take the...

The Principles Of Card Effects

Card tricks fill an important place in the realm of Magic. These tricks are based on sleight of hand and on mechanical arrangements. Sleight of hand is a great art. It involves very definite principles which must be practiced a great deal. I give you here the principles which form the foundation for the card effects depending on sleights. These principles are not difficult to master, but they do require careful thought, study and practice. These principles are the backbone of Magic, and once you master them you have a wonderful foundation for building your card effects. In Card Magic are also included the fancy sleights and flourishes that some Magicians use. These really belong to the field of the juggler, however, not to the magician. My aim is to teach you Magic which mystifies and not jugglery which is merely a mechanical accomplishment gained from years of practice. I hope you realize the importance of this lesson and the need for your absolutely mastering it before you perform...

The Ramo Samee Card Trick

Magician's Tricks and How They Are Done. by the late Henry Hatton and Adrian Plate, is a feat they describe as one of the most incomprehensible tricks ever invented. While the Hatton and Plate trick is excellent, it depends upon the use of a deck of but 32 cards. and that I do not care for. Further, it depends upon the performer's memorizing several tables. As my method uses the entire deck and does away with tables. it is actually new. The feat is a favorite with several of my magician friends and I call it by the name they have given it--The Ramo Samee Card Trick. Ramo Samee, an East Indian magician. was the first recorded performer of his nationality to appear in America. There is nothing East Indian about the trick-but then you know how it is with a name for a trick. The Ramo Samee Card Trick

Test Conditions Card Magic

Shortly after Jeff Busby published my first book, THE BREAKTHROUGH CARD SYSTEM in 1983, Ken Krenzel showed me an effect to use with the stack. Ken's ideas are always wonderful and I promptly began using his idea. Since then, the trick has evolved to its present state. I consider it one of the strongest card effects I perform. It's all in the handling of the spectator.

Martins Twelve Card Trick

The Sleeve, or The Twelve Card Trick, it should be stated that although an effect of this nature has been performed for years by various conjurers, in one form or another, it has, for the most part, been accomplished by a certain set series of manipulations, which in the following treatise have been virtually eliminated. In eliminating these sleights, I have substituted in their place a new series of simple and easily mastered moves, which have been universally accepted as the most effective and baffling method of presenting this greatest of all card effects. As will he seen in the following explanation, the performance of the effect will depend, for the most part, upon the showmanship of the performer. Due to the fact that a number of cards, held in full view of the spectators, are caused to vanish one at a time until each in succession is reproduced from the performer's trouser pocket, there is a tendency toward the presentation becoming monotonous unless the performer introduces a...

Lesson 36 More Card Magic

I teach you Card Magic with a regular deck of cards, purposely avoiding effects which require specially printed cards. I want you to know how to perform with an ordinary deck so that you are ready for impromptu work, for emergency work. You can add fake cards to your work later on, if you desire to. They are not difficult to obtain. But right now, I want to feel that you are learning real Sleight of Hand with Cards and have the ability to take your place in the field of Card Magic as a real Sleight of Hand performer.

Handling A Short Card

Much has been written on the types and uses of short cards, and we do not propose to duplicate it here. However, there are several little known subtleties employed by Dai Vernon which should be recorded as the information will be interesting and valuable to magicians. The Short Card This type of short card is ideal when it is required to lift off two cards as one from the top of the pack. With the short card on top of the pack, the right thumb goes to the centre of one end (or side) and the second finger to the opposite end (or side). The two cards are automatically picked off together in the normal action of taking one card only. Locating a Short Card With either the usual short card or the one described, hold the pack in the left hand, the tips of the second, third and little fingers at one side and the thumb at the opposite side. Pull down with the tip of the forefinger at the centre of the outer end of the pack. The pack will cut at the short card, and when the cut is completed...

From 21 New Card Tricks 1936

Most magicians know the card trick where a selected card is replaced in the centre of the pack, the pack is riffled and the card shown to be on top, having apparently been pulled right through the pack. Of course, the secret is that you made a Pass and brought the card to the top. The effect of the trick I am about to describe is similar only the selected card is returned to the centre of the pack face up. The right hand with the palmed card leaves the pack showing the selected card face up on top. As you show it, remark, This trick can only be done with the Nine of Hearts - or whatever card it happens to be. As you say this flip the face up card face down while leaving the palmed card secretly on top.

Three In One Card Trick

Show the pack by spreading the faces without exposing the top 7D and riffle shuffle leaving top and bottom cards in place. Divide the pack into two packets of twenty-six cards, by counting off twenty-six from the top without reversing the order of the cards then count the remainder reversing them in the count. You have thus two packets of twenty-six with a 7D on the top of each. Ask a spectator to call a number between one and twenty-six. Count to that number reversing the cards, bringing a 7D to that position. Put the packet down, take out the visiting cards. Let the top side be seen to be blank, turn over the two and on the blank side of the lower one write the number just called. Put this card on top of the packet, 7D side downwards. Take the other packet and have someone else call a number, count down to it again reversing the cards. Write the number on the second visiting card letting both sides be seen. Force the choice of the first packet, hand it to the spectator to deal to...

List of Easy Card Tricks

Bottom Card, The You will guess the bottom card without even looking at it or so your audience thinks so Creative trick for young card trick peformers Easy to do, very basic card trick Turn Around Card Trick, The Main Page Card Trick Type Index Master List Card Trick Terminology Submit a Trick Exclusive Offer Search this Site Card Trick Central Bookstore Easy Tricks Intermediate Tricks Hard Tricks Other Tricks Sleights Magic Notes Links Help Awards Amazon.com, Earth's largest bookstore which offers more than one million titles, in cooperation with Card Trick Central present to you the Card Trick Central-Amazon.com Bookstore. Through this service you can order card trick videos, books, magic books and other items and have them delivered right to your door. Amazon.com Books delivers excellent customer service and a range of shipping options to both U.S. and worldwide customers. But don't take my word for it.

The Card Magic of Nick Trost

Number of card effects, many of which became hugely popular. L& L Publishing has released a retrospective of Mr. Trost's work, containing not only his original creations, but variations of these effects by his friends and colleagues. Of the 122 items in the book, 100 have been previously published. These routines have been revised and rewritten for this volume. Twenty-two routines are previously unpublished. The book is divided into 17 chapters, each chapter containing effects which are thematically related. Included are Coincidences, Four Ace routines, Gambling Tricks, Poker Deals, Predictions, Spelling Tricks, Reversed Card Effects, Packet Tricks, SpecialDeck Gambling Effects, and effects using ESP cards. At the end of the book is a useful Appendix which explains 20 basic moves (Biddle Move, Braue Addition, Braue Reversal, Elmsley Count, Flushtration Count, etc.) which are used in the routines. If you are new to card magic, this Appendix is a very handy addition. For newcomers to...

Topological Card Tricks

The tricks in this chapter use cards that are torn or folded. This may seem a slender premise on which to base a chapter, but topological card tricks represent an offbeat approach that generates surprising and different card effects. Most topological card tricks requite gimmicks or manipulation that lie outside the scope of this book. The tricks in this brief chapter have been chosen because they are easy to perform and provide something of the flavor of this unique area of card magic.

Based on The Detective Card Trick The Card Magic of Edward G Brown by Trevor Hall 1973 Professor Sidney Lawrence also

Place the deck face down on the table. Point out that it's possible that you could know the top and bottom cards of the deck, so ask him to cut off about one-third from the top and lay it to one side. Now tell him to cut off about half of the remaining cards - look at and remember the BOTTOM card of this section, then to give the packet one or more straight cuts to lose his card.

Top And Bottom Card Interchanges

While the need to transpose the top and bottom cards of the deck in an unobvious manner may not arise that often, there are occasions when a method for achieving this little task would be helpful. Here are two simple yet clever Elmsley solutions to the problem. First Solution In a relaxed moment, as you are talking and nonchalantly toying with the pack, take the cards into overhand shuffle position. Draw off the top and bottom cards together in a milking action, and drop the balance of the pack onto the pair. Again draw off the top and bottom cards, and this time drop the pack beneath them. Milk the top and bottom cards from the pack a third time, and drop the pack onto them. The original top card is now at the face of the deck, and the original bottom card is on top. The three milking actions, when done in quick succession, resemble an indifferent and purposeless shuffle. Second Solution Again the proper attitude for this sequence is one of casual toying with the cards. Hold the pack...

The Card Magic of Paul Gordon

I was going to let this manuscript of card tricks fall through the cracks until I received a letter from Mr. Gordon which included what appeared to be an ad for the book. This ad contained some glowing endorsements from some well-known magicians, and, fearing that there would be some of you who would see the ad and be influenced by it, I felt that I must offer a dissenting view.

He Asked if I Liked Card Tricks

Each month dozens of them appear in magazines, books, videos, and online. I'm sure that 99 of these tricks are only ever performed for an audience of one - the magician who's holding the cards. That's okay, however, because card tricks are like tinker toys, we amuse ourselves by playing with them, seeking new arrangements, varying the moves, constantly seeking the perfect trick. I awoke at 2 in the morning. Eric hadn't returned, so I dressed and walked over to the lecture room. Almost everyone was still awake, gathered around tables doing card tricks. I watched for about an hour and then went back to bed. The session continued till dawn. These marathon card trick sessions happened every night of the conference. We do love our card tricks. This month's Marketplace features lots of card tricks, most of which are the familiar, friendly tricks we've come to expect. One book features material that is not so comfortable. We begin with it. Life, Death, and Other...

Card Tricks How To Do Them

This book gives the newest card tricks and sleight-of-hand yet offered to professionals and amateurs Not only does this book contain all the new tricks, but nearly every one known is fully explained and exposed by explicit directions and carefully prepared illustrations. Eighty fine illustrations.

Intermediate Card Trick Description

Go To Regular Index Card Trick Central Bookstore Exclusive Offer Trick uses full or almost full card deck one ace, one king, and one queen of any suit placed in order of ace-king-queen at bottom of deck (ace as bottom card) dealer must know how to deal from bottom of deck. First of all the card trick centers around the idea that you know the bottom card which means you need to be good at shuffling. Make sure you know the bottom card. The magician shuffles an ordinary deck of cards. He then fans the cards and asks a spectator to select a card show and memorize it. The magician then fans the cards again and tells the spectator to to place his card any where in the deck he wishes. The magician then places his card on the bottom of the pack and he then squares up the pack and holds the deck up so the spectator can see the bottom card. The magician asks if this card is his.The spectator will answer yes. The magician then places two cards from the top of the deck on to the bottom thus...

Effortless Card Magic

He seems to have the knack of creating outstanding card routines which require little or no technical ability, and which avoid the cumbersome mathematical methods which plague so many self-working card tricks. In his new book Effortless Card Magic, Peter offers us 70 routines which provide maximum impact for minimum effort. There is enough material here to keep a budding card man happy for a long, long time. But, don't shrug off these tricks just because they don't depend on muscle magic. You'll find tricks in here which will smoke both laymen and your pals at the magic club. Highly recommended, especially for those who are just getting started in card magic.

Princess Card Trick Plus

This effect is based on the old Princess Card Trick. In this version, however, the effect Lb much more direct and powerful. 1 have used it for a number of years, and I have known ir shake an audience with its seeming impossibility. four I rick s, the ne ni i s t he hand wilh two I ricks and the bottom cards represent ihe hand with no t ricks . Fron i one id' your packs, lay out fifteen cards exactly as in The di.a.g rani. Now pick up the cards, starting with the Ace of Hearts, I hen on top of that (face up) place Before we go on, let me emphasise that this trick ir not an opr-ntir, nor is it ei trick you would do in the middle of the show. You must finish on the Nap Hand Deal, You have been doing other card trick3, and iis the timn approaches for the Nap Hand, you switch the pack you have been using for the spocial pack. You can do this by using the switching card case described in Princess Card Trick Plus or you can simply put down your ordinary pack on a table for

The Mona Usa Card Trick

Show a book of matches, open the cover and place it on the table with the opening towards the audience. (See Photograph 1) This book of matches is going to be used as a card easel. I first came across this idea in Expert Card Technique, p. 413. Later, I found the idea used again in one of Kartell Fox's early books.

The Aeroplane Card Trick

The spectator will not accept this statement and will say that the card is at the bottom of the pack. To disprove the assertion of the spectator the right hand picks up the pack and shows the face of the bottom card. The right arm lowers and the left hand now takes the top card and shows that this too is an indifferent card. At this offbeat, the right hand performs a single hand top palm whilst the left hand comes across and takes the pack away. The right hand now with the noted card concealed enters the right hand trousers pocket only to emerge with the previously palmed card at the fingertips.

Welcome to Card Trick Central

Resources This is one of the most commonly asked questions by people who are wanting to get involved with magic. What should you buy Not buy My best advice is to first determine what it is you want to do in magic. Close-up magic, Stage magic, Sleight of hand magic, Mentalism, and the list can go on and on. Considering you are at a site which contains Card Magic, I will concentrate on close-up sleight of hand magic using cards. The first main hurdle you need to overcome is to decide if you want to persue magic using books or videos as a means to learn. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. What follows is only my opinion on the subject. I personally prefer books to begin learning. Books contain much more than just how to do tricks. Knowing how to do a trick is not even half of what you need to learn about magic. Royal Road to Card magic- Available at most magic shops Daryl's Encyclopedia of card sleights Michael Ammars easy to master card miracles Performing Card Tricks (and...

Can You Tell Me the Best Card Tricks by Eugene Burger

Much of my email is from magicians who are asking questions. Sometimes they ask so many questions I would need to write a small booklet just for them if I were to answer them intelligently. Often the questions are the same. One of the recurring questions that has been asked on more than a dozen occasions is this Can you tell me the best card tricks I am reminded of a posting on one of the Internet magic bulletin boards where a writer explained he had purchased a specific (large) book and asked whether anyone would be interested in splitting the reading of it with hi--so they could tell each other the best card tricks. Since I suspect I will be asked for my recommendation of the best card tricks many more dozens of times in the future, it seems like a good idea to answer this question once and for all here. Eventually, I think we'll put this answer up on my website and then I'll be able simply to refer new email questioners to that place for my answer. Tidy. Ready I strongly feel that...

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Help Wanted Card Trick Central is now looking for people with knowledge of card tricks, and basic graphic experience. If you have a scanner, and magic books this job can be for you. E-mail me for more info at ehillsman mindspring.com. For your work you will receive access to the hard card tricks. Help Wanted Card Trick Central is now looking for people with knowledge of card tricks. Card Trick Central is looking for people to classify the card tricks listed in Card Trick Central into categories (impromptu, self-working, etc.) Email me if you are interested at ehillsman mindspring.com. For your work you will receive access to the hard card tricks. + Help Wanted Card Trick Central is now looking for Card Trick Central Editors to check grammar, spelling and accuracy of posted tricks. If you really would like to help Card Trick Central become a better overall site, e-mail me for more info at ehillsman mindspring.com. A Help Wanted Card Trick Central is growing very quickly. And I need...

AIntroducing the Ambitious Card Trick

Have a card freely chosen, returned, and, by means of the pass, pass substitute, or your favorite method, bring it to the top. By the double lift show that the top card is not the chosen card. Let the two cards remain face up and turn the deck over. Show that the bottom card is an indifferent one also. The palmed card can be slipped to the bottom under cover of squaring the deck, or it may be left on top of the chosen card in the action of turning that card face down. In the latter case you are ready to continue with the routine moves of the favorite Ambitious Card trick.

List of Other Card Tricks

This is a Card trick that involves mutilating two cards but it's worth it. With this card that is created you can do tons of tricks with. The magician takes a long-stemmed glass and announces that he's going to perform a card trick. The thing about this card trick is that he won't be able to touch the cards, because they'll be inside the glass the whole time Placing the pack face-out in the glass, the magician states that he's going to find all four aces using special Locator Cards. He reaches into the glass and pulls out a red number card (we'll use the Ten of Hearts for the example) and puts it in front of the rest of the cards in the deck so that it is the card the spectator now sees looking at them through the glass. The magician then states that he will let that red 10 find a red ace. Holding the glass by the stem, the magician passes a cloth napkin over the glass quickly. When the napkin has completed it's quick pass, the red 10 has been replaced by a red ace The magician then...

Irihii three card trick

An effective move that is sometimes used in conjunction with the three card trick is known as the Mexican Turnover. This is by no means a difficult sleight once the correct position of the cards involved is acquired. The effect, which I will briefly describe, is known to all card magicians. The Mexican Turnover is a useful move when acquired and apart from its value in the three card trick, it has other uses in card effects. An impromptu item I often perform in this connection comes to my mind. This is a magical transposition of two selected playing cards. Two freely chosen cards are placed face upwards on the table a short distance apart. The performer then takes any card from the pack and holds it between the right thumb and forefinger (position Fig. 1). In this case, however, the card is held face upwards. I will again suppose the selected cards to be a queen and the eight of clubs and that the card in the performer's hand is an ace.

Card Trick Klondike Shuffle

As you are speaking, carry out a Klondike Shuffle. Briefly, take the packet in right-hand Biddle Grip (figure 2). Your left fingers and thumb pull off the top and bottom cards together (figure 3) and drop them on the table. Pull off the top and bottom cards again and drop them on top of the first pair. Continue doing this until all the cards are in one pile on the table. Try to keep the pairs of cards as neatly together as you can while pulling them off the packet because at one point both selections will come off together. However, you do it while looking at and talking to the audience.

More Professional Card Tricks

It is written in a similar, humoured manner to my first book, Four Professional Card Tricks. This new book will teach you some really great card magic - CRAZY MIXED UP POKER. My best self-working card trick. The spectator shuffles and cuts the pack. Winning hands are still dealt. This is a spoof demonstration of card sharping, crammed with comedy and laughter.

The Three Card Trick

The Three Card Trick can suitably be termed a classic everybody has heard of the effect even if they may not have seen it performed. I propose describing to you the trick in detail. It is not, as some people imagine, a matter of extreme rapidity in its presentation. The false throw of the top card from the two held in the right hand can create a perfect illusion if the cards are held in the correct way. In order to describe the effect from the start the performer first removes three cards from the pack. I personally use a red queen and the seven and eight of clubs. These cards are squared up with the backs uppermost and then bent inwards lengthways they are next placed in a row on the table, the queen in the centre. This is shown in Fig 1.

Card Trick

Card Trick which I honestly believe is one of the most effective card tricks that can be presented before an audience. Around 1923 Carl Brema told me many stories of Agostin and his work. He said that the only thing he ever had caught on the card trick was a shift of cards to the bottom, but it didn't mean much for Agostin had called for them at random, awl Carl meant random. Card tricks, at that time and still, were my forte so I was more than interested. I evolved a duplication of A-gostln's effect and first published it in one of the series practical Card Tricks. Quite a few years later I Inserted the trick, with Improvements, In an issue of Seven Circles magazine. Herein, now, I give you the proven best routine and am glad to add several kinka which add greatly to the presentation. As when first I heard of it, I still consider it one of the very few card trioks of high professional oal-lbre. Bottom card, second from top, third from Top card, bottom card. You reaoh the last two....

Williams Card Trick

Throw your handkerchief over your right hand, take the pack back in your left hand and lay it on the handkerchief just over the palmed card. Turn your hand so that the pack is upright and facing the front. Fold the back of the handkerchief over to the front, then fold it back

The Two Card Trick

I have done this effect myself for years, using it to work both sides of a room during stand-up shows. It doesn't require people to come up on stage, and yet iriless than a minute, it can create the impression you can do absolutely anything you want with a pack of cards. Look at the title of the effect, andyou can tell it was named The Two Card Trick in order for me to be able to recall my own performance material, and not so it would sound impressive in a Table of Contents. kicks the bottom card of the lop portion out. Important Notice the position of the right thumb, It is at the exact lower left comer, acting as a gauge, which allows only the selection to move to the right. deck. At the same tiiw, the right hand moves the upper left corner of the two palmed cards into the gap provided. The face of the palmed cards go in against the faces of the cards in the deck. deck. At the same tiiw, the right hand moves the upper left corner of the two palmed cards into the gap provided. The...

Card Tricky

EFFECT Three cards are removed from a small envelope which can be examined and are displayed to reveal a QH and two AC's. The performer explains about the famous three card trick in which a spectator would be invited to bet money on where the Queen is. Today, however, the tables are about to be turned, as it is the performer, not the spectator, who will be asked to risk his money to find the Queen. COMMENTS This table hopping routine is a variation of my effect Credit Scare, which is detailed on page 104. I wanted a 'three card trick' effect which was easy to do and re-set and which had a surprise finish and this is the one I came up with. It is quick and to the point and magically very effective PRESENTATION Slip the band off the envelopes and lift off the top one, removing the three cards from inside. Replace the envelope on top of the pile and place the pile down on the table. Show the three cards and explain about the three card trick. Put the cards face up on the table.

Marlo Short Card

To carry the key on top of right hand portion. This way the wide end is on right side and no trouble is experienced in making this card the last card of the shuffle. These left and right actions become important when dealing with multiple Stripper Short cards. Note that the accordion condition of the deck is retained thus the cards are in a separated condition. If you now shake the deck slightly, the Stripped Short card will fall out at bottom end. This in itself is a good effect however, to use it as a control this card is let fall onto tops of left fingers. At this stage the student may feel that I have gone far afield from the subject in mind which is Riffle Shuffles however, a complete understanding of the actions of the Stripper Short Card will enable one to handle Multiple Stripper Short Cards with more confidence. The next pages will deal with that phase.

Birthday Card Trick

The Birthday Card Trick is a splendid effect, and it serves well here as ar. introduction to something that has never before been properly explained in print, . . the Torn Centre. With this firmly in mind, X will describe the effect and working of the Birthday Card Trick, and then go on to describe fully my own method for the Torn Centre, In addition, I shall describe a most useful gimmick which 1 have employed for years, to supply me quickly and easily, the information written on any torn centre. Here, first, is the Birthday Card Trick. You require two small plastic calendars, the kind that are abouL playing card size, and usually have a matt surface for writing notes on one side and a full year calendar on the other. Just off centre on one of the calendars, cut a hole about one inch by one and a half inches. You also need some pieces of paper, or better still, a pad of paper, about three and a half inches by two and a half inchesin sizes, and a pencil. To set up for the trick, have...

The Fourcard Trick

Now I want you to try Lo follow Lhe joker. It's a sort of three card trick wiLh four trick cards. To begin, I shall put Lhe joker Lhird from the top. Fan Lhe face-up packeL in Lhe lefL hand and place Lhe joker second from Lhe face. Then, beginning at the rear of the fan, touch each card as you count iL One, Lwo, three.

Card Miracle

Latest positioning of pockets and commenting that the magician, of the 20th century in this, as in many other directions has improved considerably upon his predecessor of the last generation, it is sad to think that the two generations following, have, in the main made little advance at all. The use of subtle pocket work is to-day the prerogative of a very few, those using it finding what a great aid it becomes in their work. The two changes of packs described by Dexter, one of which was at that time quite standard with many performers, were used by him at times when performing the blindfold card stab, a trick in which he varied the procedure time and time again. With this brief note we'll leave you to enjoy reading and later we hope performing a card trick which is truly a miracle. P.W. THE results obtained by the use of a forcing pack do not always justify the risks which are incurred by its employment. One has only to refer to the innumerable card effects described in the vast...

The Short Card

As with strippers, to handle the short card intelligently requires some practice and the card should be lightly cut that the difference in length would only be revealed by minute inspection. The use of a card cut so short that the pack divides at it, when riffled, with a loud click, simply ruins an artifice that is invaluable when intelligently used. To anyone having a working knowledge of the few indispensable sleights the short card is a very valuable accessory. The danger is that it renders some operations so easy that the beginner especially comes to depend on it entirely. The drawback to the short card is that it has to be prepared and therefore can only be used with your own pack. On occasion this can be overcome by carrying a small pair of scissors and working an effect that entails your leaving the room. By carrying off one of the cards in use you can cut off a shaving and secretly return the card to the pack. There is, however, a plan for getting the same effect easily and...

Card Trick Central

Remember, the key to perfection is practice. At first it's very hard to keep the two cards together, but eventually you'll figure out your own personal way to grip the cards and push them over. This sleight, as you will see, is the basis for several advanced card tricks.

Justice Card Trick

Card tricks that are performed while the magician is blindfolded make a particularly profound impression upon laymen. For this reason it is a good plan to include one such trick in a routine of card tricks. 1. Ask someone in the gathering to assist you, and when you have a volunteer place him on the left side of your table while you stand behind it. Have him shuffle the deck, and when you take it back glimpse the bottom card. Let us say it is the four of spades. Force this card upon your assistant, preferably using the classic force or the one-hand force, and have him show the card to all present.

The Art of Peiformm Mmc with Cards

Of course, there are no hard rules on how best to read this book. Your current level of expertise and the goals that inspired you to read it will determine that Let's assume that you are a novice and have little or no knowledge of card technique. Or perhaps you have done magic for several years, but never bothered to learn the fundamental tecluiiques as a foundation. In either of these cases, I would advise you to study the course from the beginning, taking each chapter in order. Didactically the book was written with precisely this kind of reader in mind. Be sure to read the section Instruments and Tools, which will form the foundation of your knowledge. No matter what your level of knowledge, I would advise you to read the chapters in order. Hie techniques and tricks described in each should be mastered, or at least well understood, before you tackle those in following chapters. These techniques are fundamental for a confident handling of the deck and a thorough understanding of...

Turn Down Palm With Packets

You now turn over the top card to show the Ace. In turning it down you execute the Turn Down Palm. The right hand takes the remaining cards and drops them in their original position on the table. The right hand, with its palmed card can add the Ace to any packet desired by the mere action of scooping that packet up off the table.

One Hand Palm As Action Palm

The right hand now comes above deck and grasps it by the ends from above, as in Figure 21. The right forefinger is curled on top to give misdirective cover for the palmed card. 7. After the shuffle the cards will be face up in left hand. The right hand, with a palmed card, takes the deck by the lower right corner as in Figure 22.

The Overhmd shuffle Control

I hope your card was not accidentally shuffled to the top or bottom of the deck, you remark, as you display the top three cards, replace them, then turn the deck face up and display the bottom cards. Turn the deck face down and begin another shuffle sequence, running off the top four cards, ii jogging the next and shuffling off the rest of the deck. Form a break under the iryog, shuffle off all the cards above the break and throw the final four cards on top. The spectator's card is now on top of the deck.

Take Techniques For The Action Palm

The right hand takes deck while left hand drops to side with palmed cards. 5. The right hand comes back and again takes the deck by the lower right comer, thumb on top, fingers below, but this time due to the Fall Away Action of the bottom cards, the right fingers can enter between the deck and the cards to be stolen by left hand.

DAN HAttANS NAlUm SELE0ION

Preparation You must put together a set of six cards that meet specific requirements. The following is my set The prediction card is a jack of diamonds with a red back. The second card matches the face of this card but has a different color back it is a blue Display the envelope, and slide the lower five cards out leaving the face up red-backed jack of diamonds inside (your prediction card). I believe that when fate and free will collide, a coincidence occurs. Revelation Script (IF THE FACE UP JACK OF SPADES is selected) You could have easily selected any of the other cards, but you selected a face up card, not a face down card. My prediction is, in fact, a face up card Pick up the envelope and allow the prediction card to slide out of it face up onto the table. This will be met with a suitably apathetic response and or a deserved round of groans. Or you could have easily chosen a face down blue-backed card, but my prediction is a red-backed card. Turn your prediction card face down...

Frank Squires Speller

The Q and 8 of Hearts and the 7 of Clubs, in any order, are placed in the middle of the pack. One of them is forced, a very simple matter. The selected card has then to be returned to the pack so that it will be the twenty-first card down. A short card may be used to ensure this or a count made as the cards are spread for selection and a break held below the twentieth card. False shuffling before and after will add to the effect.

Tricky Part Be Careful

Tell the volunteer to pick a card from the lower half of the deck and look at it. They should then put it back on top of the bottom half. While they are looking at their card, look at the bottom card on the top half of the 3. Join the two halves of the pack together, and then shuffle by taking some bottom cards and putting them on the top(make sure not to seperate the four of dimonds from there chosen card). cards. Take the pack back and turn it on its side. Glance at the bottom card. 3. Bring the pack back in front of you and name the bottom card you saw. Show the audience the card on the original bottom, making sure they can't see the other side (which is the opposite way around). While you are naming the card, remember the card on the other side of the pack.

The Art of CloseUp Magic Volumes 1 and

What makes these books special is the caliber of the contributors and fact that there are no card tricks included. There are routines from Dai Vernon, Ross Bertram, Fred Kaps, Roger Klause, Ken Brooke, Horace Bennett, and Chuck Smith. There is a wide variety of props used, and the skill level varies enough that you should find usable material, regardless of your ability.

Classics of Magic Direct Hits On the Ropes

Direct Hits is a 48-page book which contains a wide variety of card magic. This book (and the one which follows) are much more than just lecture notes. The items are well described, and are accompanied with photographs. More than a dozen effects are explained and all are well within the abilities of the average card man.

The Top Card Return

Turn the top card face down in the same manner that it was turned face up. It will be noted that the right hand automatically comes over the top of the deck during the turning of the top card. It is when the card is turned face down that the palmed card is released onto the deck as in Figure 34. 5. The right thumb immediately swings to the inner end of the deck. The right hand grasps the pack from above and the forefinger curls on top. Turn deck face up and remark that the bottom card is also not the selection.

The Delayed Replacement

The right hand, which has the palmed cards, takes the pack from the left hand and starts to place it on the table. Apparently seeing something on the table he replaces the pack into the left hand. At this point both hands will again be in the Basic Replacement position. 3. The left fingers pull the palmed cards onto the pack and at the same time the left hand turns palm downward. The right hand immediately, with the turning of the left hand, moves to the imaginary speck and brushes it away.

Torce Techniques Part

In this chapter I will share with you various force techniques. The French verb forcer basically means Mto influence, and in German and English one actually often speaks of a forced choice. Force techniques in card magic are procedures that lead a spectator to choose a particular card. The truly masterful methods require technical skill, sensitivity for the complex lines of communication between performer and spectator, and finally a good understanding of psychology. We will examine such techniques in Chapter 15. But in this chapter we will begin our studies with several simple and certain methods that always succeed

The Curled Forefinger

From here proceed as explained by jogging the peeked card with the left fourth finger. Then raise the deck into the Two Hand Square Up Position and square the sides of the deck. 1. Follow all the Steps, from 1 to 8 of the Technical Side Steal. This will bring the hands into the position of Figure 5 with the peeked card only slightly angled and the right hand holding onto the corners of the card. 4. The strip-out of the peeked card is covered by saying, Your card could not be the top card. The right hand places the card on top of deck, at the same time taking the deck and turning it face up. Continuing, And, of course, it couldn't be the bottom card. Follow all the Steps necessary to get the peeked card into the Strip-Out Position. 3, Right hand strips out the peeked card and immediately comes down to the tabled Aces, scooping them up in the process. The left hand, simultaneous with the stripout, moves to the left turning palm downwards at the same time. The action is shown in Figure...

The Dribble Replacement

In other words, with a card palmed in the right hand, either the standard or rear palm, the card can be easily replaced to the top as the right hand dribbles the cards onto the left hand, In other words, the palmed card is actually released as apparently part of or the last card of the dribbling action, This means both hands can now resquare the pack very cleanly. 1. The break is obtained on the peeked card. 3. At the same time the left hand executes the action of getting the peeked card into the proper position for the steal to come. 4. Once the peeked card is positioned, the right hand grasps the deck as the left hand moves into a Square Up Position from below. The sides of the deck are apparently squared up. 10. If the card is to be stolen out completely it is advisable to do the Two Hand Square Up just before moving away with the palmed card. In other words, the palmed card should be cleared of the deck first, then the Two Hand Square Up is made with the deck eventually taken by...

Diachylon Book Test Forcing A Number

When the time comes to force the number introduce the pack, take off the three bottom cards and stand them, faces outwards against a book, a glass or any other object, remarking that they will be used as indicators. Hand the remainder of the pack to be thoroughly shuffled.

Adjustment Misdirection

Observations may be in order here on the Angle Palm Steal. Several mentions have been made of moving the right thumb against right forefinger in order to Flat Palm the card. This is only possible if the upper right corner of the Angle Palmed card starts from the third joint of right fourth finger. That is, the card is more forward to the fingers as in Figure 19 which shows a left side view.

The Sympathetic PairNo

Cut the duplicates a little shorter and stick the two regular cards together with a little diachylon on the back of one. Put this pair anywhere in the pack, the two short cards on top. Force the two shorts and have them replaced and the pack shuffled overhand by the spectator. When you take it back and riffle the ends you stop at the double card automatically, separate the two cards and show that they have come together. The duplicate short cards will not appear during the riffle.

Double Backed Card Force

To make the force, take the blue pack and riffle shuffle it, being careful not to disturb the three bottom cards. Turn the pack face up and riffle till a spectator calls 'Stop'. Take the double-backed card from the top of the red pack, being careful not to expose its face, and insert it at this point, square the pack and cut it several times. Fan the pack face downwards. The only red back to show will be the card you previously put in the pack reversed. Show all the other cards are blue-backed and

Throw Off Faro Bottom

By using the right thumb at the back end of the deck, you may pick up an extra card from below the break to add it to the top section. Then Double Cutting the cards will be the same as an In Shuffle of the bottom cards. 4. By doing an Off Center Faro with the upper cards of the right hand portion weaved into the lower part of the left hand portion as in Figure 68, the same result will apply to cards previously at the top and bottom. In other words, the top card may become the ISthfrom the bottom while the bottom card will have become the 15th card from the top. 2. As an example, let's note the top and bottom cards. The top card is number one in the top half but consider the bottom card as number one in the bottom half.

Second Card Location

Let it be assumed that the cards have either light or dark edges according to the way they are facing. Look for the longest run of either light or dark edges, this group will be referred to throughout as the 'run'. If the desired run does not show up cut the cards and this may bring about the desired result by bringing the top and bottom cards together in the middle.

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Added Note For Faro Fooler

At this point, you have two alternatives open with the remaining 26 cards. One, you can do a 13 card Faro Check. Or Two, note the bottom card, overhand run shuffle 13 cards from top to bottom, then throw the rest of the cards onto them. Cut at the noted card to give you two packets of 13 cards each. 8. Have two other spectators pick up the other two packets. Each shuffles his packet, then notes the bottom card after which their packets are dropped onto the first two assembled. 11. Thumb count or Buckle Count the bottom three cards and get a break above them. Double Cut the three bottom cards to the top.

The Elmsley Tahoe Sessions

I can't imagine that there is anyone in magic who has not heard of Mr. Elmsley, since his famous four-as-four count seems to be one of the most frequently used moves in card magic. He is the creator of such terrific card routines as Point of Departure, Between Your Palms, 1002nd Aces, and Diamond Cut Diamond. His seminal work on the faro shuffle gave us the terms In and Out. And even today one of his tricks, Fate's You can check out the ads to get a complete rundown on all the routines explained on the four videos. I'll just touch on a few of the highlights. Volume 1 begins with the Four Card Trick, the routine which introduced the Ghost Count. (This is the name Mr. Elmsley gave to the count everybody else in the world calls it the Elmsley Count.) You'll learn several routines which use count (and it's offshoot the Everchange Count). A new version of Point of Departure is performed, and the tape ends with a mind-boggling routine called Dazzled, in which the backs of five playing cards...

Encyclopedia of Card Sleights Volumes 7 and

As I have mentioned in my reviews of the previous tapes of the series, these are excellent videos, and will be very instructive, especially when combined with the information available in the standard card texts. There is no longer any excuse for sloppy card technique. I recommend all the tapes in this series.

The H ink shuffle Force

This is accomplished by forming a funnel with the left thumb and middle finger and squeezing the right and left edges of the bottom cards into it (This illustration and the next show views from the front) For misdirection, look directly ataspectator and ask this person to call stop anytime as you shuffle through the cards. Continue with a few regular Hindu shuffle actions, but stop before the spectator says anything and display the face of the bottom card as you explain, lTU ask you to remember the bottom card wherever you stop me. Return the right hand's cards to the horizontal plane and continue the shuffle and explanation by again pulling a few cards from the bottom, followed by a few regular shuffle actions, then a second display that shows the new bottom card. This may be repeated several times. Each time cards are pulled from the bottom, look at the spectator and say something like Wherever you call stop will yield a different card. Begin a second Hindu shuffle and stop where...

Construction Management and Script

Remove the Magus Card from your wallet and display its back while letting no one see its face. 7his is a i exact reproduction of a playing card found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. The original was drawn on a stiffpiece of papyrus shaped like a playing card. The symbols have been passed from magician to magician for generations and each generation places the symbols on a card from its own time. In this effect, I shall demonstrate the power of the Magus Card. Why it is called that I am not at liberty to reveal Pick up the deck and hold it face down in left-hand dealing position. Catch a left little-finger break under the top card, then place the Magus Card on the deck and execute a triple cut

The Omega Card Prophecy

The Meyer method excludes indexes and makes use of but ten pieces of paper, each bearing the name of one of the ten Hearts. They are in order and held together with a paper clip so that the Ace side of the packet can be told in the pocket. The ten Heart cards 'of the deck are arranged from Ace to Ten from back to face of the deck and an indifferent card placed between each. An indifferent card is placed on top also which leaves the ten Heart cards at even numbered positions. The deck has a short card at the bottom, and the performer notes and remembers the indifferent card on top. The helper now drops the remainder of the pack onto the dealt off pile and gives the deck a couple of cuts. The performer takes deck, gives it another cut and brings the short card to the bottom again. Then it is given to the second assistant to count off the same number of cards as did the first man, (11), look at the next, etc. The second man always is told to do exactly wnat the first man was told to do,...

The right hand continues by pressing its right thumb against the lower

The right hand now swings its cards to the left thus bringing the bottom free portion of the deck in line with the angle-jogged Aces as in Figure 56. Here you will note that the bottom cards are in line with the jogged Aces but as yet the right thumb has not released its cards to fall flush onto the bottom portion. Once the bottom cards are in line with the Aces, the rest of the deck is released or lowered by the right thumb.

An Impressive Sequence

With the card now on the table the left fingertips push it still further forward. Now the left hand moves in towards the right and the Rear Angle Palmed card, from the right hand, is transferred to the left hand into a Rear Flat Palm as per Figures 20-21-22 of the Card Switch Transfer. for the deck and while this is done the left 1st finger curls in to go above the palmed card. The left hand would then appear as in Figure 31 if seen from below 11. The right hand has meantime picked up the deck and now brings it to the left hand which turns palm up to meet it. The left hand 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers are extended, but the left 1st finger remains curled under the card. The deck is placed directly onto the palmed card as in Figure 32 where you will note the left fingers are extended and the left thumb is along the side of the deck. This position is held only for a fraction of a second as immediately the right hand moves the deck forward and the left fingers assume a side squaring position...

Variations Of The First Switch

The Turndown will be found to be a lot easier if the Rear Angle Palmed card is brought on top of the tabled card as they are lined up. In this case the right hand fingers will have to dig in under the tabled card in order to pick it up against the card in the palm. Once this is accomplished the Turndown will become a lot simpler as you shall see. You will note that practically only the right 1st finger, which presses on the top card at the upper left corner, need move forward and the card automatically starts to lever upwards as in Figure 50. Here the right thumb is already under the card to further aid in levering the card up. At this point, in order for right thumb to conclude its levering action, the tip of right 2nd finger is placed against the upper left corner of the Rear Angle Palmed card. side of the Rear Angle Palmed card. The fingers are then extended and the tabled card is pushed slightly forward as in Figure 51 except this card will be face down. From this point on it is a...

Cups and Balls Execution Theory and Practice

This three volume video set from A-1 MultiMedia showcases the magic of Rafael Benetar, a Venezuelan who now lives in Spain. Rafael is a professional magician and musician (his Baroque lute playing is featured as the segue music on the video), and he is a colleague and confidant of two of Spain's finest magicians Juan Tamariz and the late Arturo de Ascanio. Rafael's thinking is superb, and his card handling is exquisite, especially his handling of double cards. The technical material on these videos will be of immediate use to the intermediate and advanced card magician, but the theory behind the routines will be useful to all, regardless of skill level. The two Elegant Card Magic videos form a post-graduate course on elegant and intelligent card handling. Many routines are taught, my favorites being Devishly Invisible (Volume 1), an excellent handling and presentation of the Devilish Miracle plot, and Right Between the Eyes (Volume 2), a stand-up showpiece in which two spectators seem...

Four and Four Transposition

The right hand places the cards into the left hand on top of the palmed cards but in a forward, jogged position as shown in Figure 102, the performers view. 9. The Rear Palmed cards can later be added to the deck. 3. The right hand comes over to square the cards, adds the palmed cards but holds a left 4th finger break between the two packets. 5. The right hand continues towards the left hand and seems to place the cards into the left hand but actually the palmed cards are released as shown in Figure 108. 6. Once the right hand has released the palmed cards it continues on towards the left arm in order to seemingly pull up its sleeve. Actually the purpose is to push the other packet into the palm because at this point the packet will still be held by the tip of the right thumb therefore, the action of pulling up the sleeve is necessary. Any other action which pushes the cards into the palm proper, will, of course, do as well. 4. The two packets are transposed by a deliberate cut so...

The Original Stop Trick

Plots possible for the presentation of card tricks and that all that is left for the successors is to improve the method by which the old effects were done. This fact is one of the reasons why the public generally complains that magic is always the same. While to a magician a modem method of doing an old trick will convert it into a new trick to the lay man it remains simply the same old effect. Not knowing, nor caring to know, the vastly improved methods used to bring the effect about, he simply asks, 'Why do magicians always do the same things ' You now reach for the table (bearing servants with hand holding the regular pack ready for the switch, bring the table forward, and with forcing pack now in your hand, casually expose the bottom card AS . . . 'I shall now remove the cards' (you glance at AS . . . 'I hope no one took this bottom one' (remove AS and lay face down on the table). . . 'I shall take them one at a time' (remove top card--4D--and give the audience a flash of it) and...

Monks Mystery Jack V05burgh

A volunteer assistant now is given the book and deck of cards. You turn your back. He is told to cut the deck once or twice and then cut it into two piles. Next he is asked to take the top and bottom cards of each pile. You remark that the picking is made as mixed up as possible. It will be seen- that with the arranged deck and the adding together of the top and bottom cards of two cut piles, the total can be only 28,29, or 30. And, the tenth, eleventh, and third words, respectively, are all that can be noted by the spectator.

The Card Through The Handkerchief

A handkerchief is borrowed and immediately spread over the right hand, thereby concealing the palmed card. The pack is now placed face upwards, on the center of the handkerchief, by which means it is brought immediately over the concealed card.

The Penetrating Cards

With the left hand take the case from under its covering, the selected card is thus drawn completely out of the case and, lies face up on the right hand. Put the case on the handkerchief just above the palmed card, throw the front part of the fabric back over the case, twist the sides so that they retain the card outside at the rear, gather up the four corners and hold them in the right hand. The chosen card is then named and ordered to penetrate the case and the fabric. A gentle shake of the hand will gradually bring the card into view.

S H Wimbrough Another presentation

'I'll turn my back and you count down to any number you think of' look at and remember the card you find there but don't let anyone else see it. I can only control one person at a time. (Turn away, take card from waistcoat pocket and palm it in your right hand. Don't move your elbows in doing this.) Are you ready (Turn around, take pack and add palmed card to the top.) Now remember you are under control and are not accountable for what you see or do, and the more you try not to be influenced the easier you make it for me. What number does your card rest at Twelve (Deal to that number and throw the twelfth card out face up and palm the top card in the right hand.) What That's not That card is not in the pack. (Spread the cards face up.) You gave it to me yourself just now. Here it is in my pocket. (Put the palmed card in and at once bring it out, tips of the fingers on the top end.) I must admit that you have been an excellent subject.'

Color Eliminator Effect

Carmen D'Amicos' patter line, in cases like this, is to say, Don't tell me, as if cautioning spectator not to volunteer any information. Having myself had many years experience with The Partagas Sell, from Card Magic by Victor Farelli, I can vouch for the fact that the spectator will continue to give information even though you have cautioned him not to therefore, D'Amicos' patter line can be used more than once in the course of trying to find the card,

Miracle Estimation Peek

Down starts to take one card at a time into the other hand as he requests spectator to call Stop Needless to say that spectator stops at his peeked card. 6. There are now 2 possibles in the left hand and 2 in the right. The AC is on the bottom of the right hand portion. Have the card named. If it is the AC, merely turn over the right hand packet face up against the face down portion in left hand to disclose the card. This is the Veneri Turn first described in Farrelli's Card Magic.

Thumbs Down Wayne Kyzer

This is comedy card trick which is to be played strictly for laughs. In effect, a card is selected and replaced in the pack. The magician holds the pack in his right hand above the table top. He asks the spectator to slap the deck as hard as he can. He states that after the cards are slapped, his lucky finger will be able Regurgitations. This is a funny routine. Wayne did it for me and I thought I really hurt him. (For a moment, I actually enjoyed one of Wayne's card tricks.) I didn't have time mentally to decipher all that was happening and to realize that he was faking it. He was yelling, the cards were all over the floor, and I had soiled his couch. By the time I realized he was pulling my leg, all of This is a quick and entertaining opener for a series of card tricks. It allows you to complete a fairly impressive trick within sixty seconds of removing the cards from the case. It also has the added advantage of appearing (at least to the dim-witted) off the cuff. Regurgitations....

To apparently count the cards in riffling

The cards are spread fan-wise in offering a choice. When a card is removed the performer retains the break with the little finger of the left hand in closing up the pack, and immediately after makes a secret cut ('The Pass' or 'The Shift') or if not proficient in sleight of hand, boldly lifts the cards above the break and puts them at the bottom. He then tilts the pack with the left thumb, and sights the bottom card. The chosen card is the card next in order in the sequence. Thus, in the first instance the bottom card is the 8D (twenty-one) and the chosen card is the 2C (twenty-two) and in the second instance the indicating card is the 3S (forty-five) and the chosen card is the 8C (forty-six). Procedure. When the card is removed the performer retains the break as before, but he does not cut the cards. When offering the pack for the card to be returned, he divides it at the break, so that the card is replaced in the same position. He also lifts the upper half of the pack in...

Peek Control for Two cards

In principle, the number of cards noted and controlled by consecutive peeks is limited only by the number of fingers lying along the right side of the deck, since each can hold a break. For practical purposes this kind of control is limited to three cards. Here is a simple method for controlling two peeked cards, invented by the remarkable American card master Edward Mario.9

To Lie Or Teix The Truth

It is only necessary that you secretly note the bottom card of the deck before the trick begins. This can be done under cover of the excuse that you want to check that the deck contains 52 cards. Simply glimpse the bottom card while you count the cards. The glimpsed card becomes your key card. The spelling must be done exactly as described above. Master the details of this fine routine and you will have in your possession a truly baffling card trick.

Delayed One Hand Palm

The right hand, with its palmed card, returns to the table and rubs away some imaginary speck with the fingertips, Returning to the deck, the right hand can now take it, at the extreme ends, in the Top Pam position. The pack is lightly slapped on the table as the right hand moves away with its palmed card.

Marc Paul Lecture Video

Marc begins by explaining a card routine which he regularly uses as his opening routine. While there is nothing new as far as techniques are concerned, Marc explains his (very valid) reasons for using this routine. Other card effects include the New Encore Card Stab, which uses a familiar stratagem in a clever way The Miracle Pack, which allows you to locate a mentally selected card Universal Consciousness vs. the

The Magic of Spain Ascanio

This is card magic of the highest caliber, and for that reason will be of most interest to intermediate and advanced card magicians. Ascanio's explanations (and Eric's translations) are the for the most part clear and understandable, although every now and then a move will slip by without a full explanation by Ascanio. This can be confusing, because Ascanio's handling of double cards is so superb that it's impossible to tell which card(s) are the doubles. You can figure it out, but you'll need to hit the rewind button a few times. Like the Tamariz videos, The Magic of Spain - Ascanio allows us to spend time with another of magic's great thinkers, one who also knew that art is in the details. Master the sleights and finesses presented here, and your card magic will be elevated to the highest level. Highly recommended.

May 2001 Seven Year Itch

If you only wanted to purchase one tape to get a feel for Pat Page's style, I would suggest the 25 Super Tricks video. The tape leads off with a wonderful utility item, The Auto Force Deck. If you are performing a routine that demands a sure-fire, completely convincing force, this one fits the bill. In addition to card tricks, this video features magic with coins, handkerchiefs, thimbles, and ropes. Be sure to check out The Everlasting Cut & Restored Rope Trick. It is a serious fooler. The London Stage Lecture video covers magic with billiard balls, thimbles, coins, and the Topit. The opening trick is the barehanded production of feather flowers. To be honest, I don't think that I would ever be in a situation where I'd want to produce a feather bouquet, but if for some reason (like losing a bet) I had to do this, I'd use Pat's method. It takes what is normally a lame trick and makes it very magical. Another highlight of this tape is Pat's Miser's Dream routine. (I should mention...

Hello I Must be Going

Mac This is the second volume of Roberto Giobbi's four-part series on how to grow up to be a great card magician. Mike and I discussed Volume One in our first column together May 1995 . Everything that was said then applies to this volume as well. It is nicely produced. The translation from Giobbi's original German by Richard Hatch seems so good as to be rendered invisible. There are many clear illustrations to eliminate all doubt as to exact finger placement for any described sleight. And there is plenty of stuff described here. A year ago, Mike and I spent a great deal of our time talking about whether or not you should buy Volume One of this course or go for Hugard and Braue's venerable The Royal Road to Card Magic. Having only Volume One of Giobbi's work to look at, I was teetering on the edge of the fence. Now that I have two volumes to pore over, I jump off that fence into the Roberto Giobbi pasture. If you buy Volume One and Volume Two and learn everything in them, you'll be...

My Friends Are Slowly Turning Into Books

There are two other trick chapters that you may want to read before you tackle the books from cover to cover. The first is Capek Would Be Proud, which details the workings of The Robot Deck, a remarkable stacked deck effect. The other chapter is On To Toronto, which details a lecture that Stewart gave to the Hat and Rabbit Club of Toronto in 1952. That Allan Slaight and Howard Lyons were able to reconstruct the effects from this lecture is amazing. Even more amazing, however, is the concept introduced by Stewart in which each card trick in a routine successively arranges cards that are used further down the line. Thus, the deck gets stacked a little at a time. This lecture was a traumatic event for Stewart, for it was not well received. The old adage states that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. In this case Stewart was really early. Here's some the topics discussed in Volume Four Force Techniques, Card Switches, Packet Switches, Deck Switches, Estimation, Culling...

January 2001 Melt Down

So, you're telling me that you've gone through every card trick in The James File, the two bound editions of Apocalypse, all three volumes of Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, and the electronic book Virtual Miracles and you still want more card tricks. Well, why don't you make up some yourself You can do just that if you study the information in Card Concepts by Arthur F. MacTier. Subtitled An Anthology of Numerical & Sequential Principles within Card Magic, this big book examines the underlying principles of mathematically oriented card tricks. If you've ever wondered why Elmsley's Penelope's Principle works (and if you haven't, shame on you) you'll find a discussion of it here. The format of each chapter is the same. Mr. MacTier discusses the principle at hand and examines the mathematics behind it. He then offers a card trick that utilizes that principle. For the most part, these are not totally original tricks. Rather, they are re-workings of established routines. Each chapter ends...

Youre a Green One Mr Minch

Next on my list are Gary Plants' two new card tricks, The Impossible Close-up Rising Card, and The Magnetized Cards (Marketplace November 2000). I've been having a ball with these two tricks, performing them in the Houdini Lounge in the Monte Carlo Resort. The audience reaction leaves nothing to be desired. In fact, when I visited the Magic Castle one evening in late October, I discovered that stories about my performance of these two tricks had preceded me. I had several requests to perform these at the Castle. These are the best two card tricks of 2000. Nothing else even comes close. So, you're telling me that you've gone through every card trick in The James File, the two bound editions of Apocalypse, all three volumes of Semi-Automatic Card Tricks, and the electronic book Virtual Miracles and you still want more card tricks. Well, why don't you make up some yourself You can do just that if you study the information in Card Concepts by Arthur F. MacTier. Subtitled An Anthology of...

Growing in the Art of Magic The Book Thought Sender Shotglass Surprise

Thought Sender is one of Eugene's prized card effects, and it has fooled magicians and laymen alike. The magician introduces a deck of cards and then proceeds to send the thought of one card to the assisting spectator. The spectator makes all the decisions, and eventually arrives at the name of one card. That card is removed from the deck, and its back is a different color than the rest of the deck. The deck is then handed to the spectator

The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields

The book focuses on card magic, with the emphasis on subtlety rather than knuckle busting sleight-of-hand. The first effect, Way-Ahead Card to Cardcase, admirably illustrates this approach. A spectator shuffles his own deck and then cuts it into seven piles. The name of the top card of each pile is recorded onto a piece of paper. The spectator decides on one of these cards. This card vanishes from the deck and appears inside the card case. There are absolutely no sleights. Here's another example A spectator shuffles a borrowed deck. He makes note of the top card. The magician asks the spectator to sign the card with an invisible pen. The spectator then shuffles the deck to his heart's content. The magician takes back the deck and shuffles it. Without looking at the faces of the cards he announces, Your card is now on top. I can see the signature. The spectator turns over the top card. It is the selection. From the description of the above two effects, you might feel that this is...

September 2001 In the Beginning

In a marketplace that is dominated by books devoted to card tricks and close-up magic, it is a refreshing change to receive a large, hardcover book devoted to mentalism. Scott Wells' company Magic Inspirations has released Peek Performances by Richard Busch, a hypnotherapist and psychic entertainer. Experienced mentalists will certainly find much to stimulate their imaginations. Mr. Busch's focus is the surreptitious gaining of information. This information may be a phrase written on a billet, words on a page of a book, or the identity of a playing card. (Incidentally, the use of the word peek in a magical context can be a little misleading, since it can be used in diametrically opposite situations. In card magic a spectator peeks at a card as the deck is held at the magician's fingertips. Later the magician can then glimpse the card that the spectator peeked at. In Peek Performances the words peek and glimpse are used interchangeably). Mr. Busch offers several methods for peeking...

Arcade Dreams Marlo Without Cards

You probably associate the name Ed Marlo with card magic, and indeed, Ed was a prolific creator of card effects and sleights. But Ed was interested in all facets of magic, and published a large amount of non-card material. Jon Racherbaumer has assembled, rewritten, and annotated this material, and the resulting collection contains a wealth of routines for standard props that you probably already own.

Not For Sale to Minors

Within the first year's publication of MAGIC, an advertisement appeared here with a couple of crudely drawn guys yammering at each other about a new magazine called The Crimp. The ads were different each month and all of them were hilarious. They were written and illustrated by Jerry Sadowitz, a person I knew by reputation only. Mr. Sadowitz had written some very good books on card magic. Also, my roommate at the time, comedian John Riggi, had told me a wild story about some crazed Scotsman who was on the show with him at the Montreal Comedy Festival. It was this same Jerry Sadowitz. Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic Being a huge Paul Harris fan to begin with, I was very intrigued by the ads that have recently appeared for this item. I was excited to see how this trick looked and to get a chance to try it out. The try-out took place on my wife, Jennifer. Her response was, and I quote, Oh My God Pretty astonishing coming from a woman who has seen a boatload of card tricks....

The Experts Portfolio No

The book is divided into two sections Card Magic, featuring six routines and two very visual card changes and The Expert's Turn to Deal, featuring five really fine gambling routines and Jack's method for stacking cards using an overhand shuffle. My favorite routines in the Card Magic section were A Dance for the Devious, in which four queens vanish one-at-a-time and then make a flash reappearance Steppin' Out with Molly, an extremely commercial Three Card Monte routine with some great magical surprises and A Potent Presage, in which the spectator finds the mates of three predicted cards, followed by an unbelievable kicker. The most amazing thing about this routine is that it is completely sleight-free. It will also fool anybody - magician or layman.

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