The Six Hour Memorized Deck

Memorized deck is a very hot subject these days. The Internet is buzzing with questions concerning which stack to use, the best method for memorization, and which books and videos contain the strongest effects. This heightened interest is due to the fact that many of the practitioners of this artifice have been more open in demonstrating to other magicians the powerful effects possible with a memorized deck. As with the current self-levitation craze, everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon....

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. This 31 page manuscript contains ten tricks which are personalizations of the standard repertoire The Danson Diary...

TA Waters Mind Myth and Magick

Waters is the author of Mind, Myth, and Magick, a monumental and wonderful 800 page book which is required reading for anyone interested in mentalism. On this video T.A. demonstrates and explains 12 routines from the book. The routines use common objects such as envelopes, playing cards, and tarot cards, and all are within the abilities of the average magician. Notice that in the above paragraph I used the word demonstration rather than presentation. At the beginning of the tape T.A....

September 2001 In the Beginning

In the beginning there was Inside Magic, a monthly newsletter published by boy-entrepreneur Stan Allen. Each issue of Inside Magic featured a short about 750 - 1000 words review column written by Michael Weber. Although the focus of the review column was books, Michael occasionally reviewed videotapes and often offered news of upcoming publications. Michael Weber's reviews began with the first issue of Inside Magic January 1985 and continued until the final issue in August of 1991. At that time...

How to be a Fake Kreskin

A review in the style of Dave Barry Okay, listen up everybody I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore. Apparently, some of you (and you know who you are, so don't try to deny it) have been running around the country telling people that Kreskin is not a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-goodness, for real mentalist with near borderline, mystical, psychic powers. You've been saying that he's just a clever and entertaining magician who accomplishes his effects through (say it...

The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields

Once again another of the books of my youth is resurrected in a new, more beautiful form. The original Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields came out in 1968. It was a small, unbeautiful, softbound book, typeset on a portable Smith-Corona typewriter. It was Jon Racherbaumer's first book. I must have purchased it shortly after it came out, because I have copy number 8. And I learned and performed just about every trick in it. Eddie Fields was a pitchman, a carnival worker, a bar magician, a gambler, an...

The Card Magic of Nick Trost

Younger readers of this magazine may not know who Nick Trost is, so let me take a moment to bring everybody up to speed. Mr. Trost is an extremely prolific creator of simple, but effective card routines. For 33 years from 1961 through 1994 he had a monthly column in The New Tops magazine, and during this period he marketed a great number of card effects, many of which became hugely popular. L amp L Publishing has released a retrospective of Mr. Trost's work, containing not only his original...