Details

The Hand Dragon by Chappy Brazil. 69.95 plus 5 p& h (in US). From Chappy Brazil, 3950 Koval Lane, Suite 2011, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Inviso-Torch by Jim Pace. 40 postpaid in US. From Pace Productions, 4122 SE Roswel, Milwaukie, OR 97222 Inferno from Creative Enterprise, USA. 49.95. (Inferno plus video, 69.95. Video alone, 29.95) From Inferno (Dept. G), 4073 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89115 The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields by Jon Racherbaumer. 8.5x 11 hardcover with glossy...

Jean Hugard

The name Jean Hugard has been part of my magical experience since I began buying and studying magic books. The Royal Road to Card Magic and Expert Card Technique (co-authored with Fred Braue) were (and are) two of the most important books in my library. But Hugard died when I was seven years old, so, to me, he was always just a name on a book cover. This fascinating biography by James Alfredson gave me a chance to finally learn about the man behind the name. Hugard was Australian (his real name...

SwitchARoo

Russ Niedzwiecki showed me the prototype for this handy device a couple of years ago at the Collector's Workshop convention. I thought it was a clever idea with a lot of possible applications. Switch*A*Roo allows you to easily and undetectably switch one or more playing cards (or business cards). Here's the action you show a playing card and place it into your outer breast pocket of your jacket. The card does not leave the spectators' sight. (In other words, you don't push the card into the...

Pocket Power The Video

We wrap up the video portion of this month's column with Jarle Leirpoll's new companion video to his excellent book Pocket Power. Three effects are explained Toilet Paper to Egg, which puts Juan Tamariz' Double Crossing the Gaze Switch to good use Norwegian Travellers, a nice variation of the classic Vernon effect and The Almost Ultimate Newspaper Tear, which combines the Water in Newspaper effect with Gene Anderson's Torn and Restored Newspaper. Jarle's method for preparing the newspaper is...

Macs Back

Special Guest Review by ex-Reviewer Mac King When Mike asked me to come back for one last review in these pages, at first I didn't want to do it. And then, after I thought about it for a second, I still didn't want to do it. And then when he told me it was to review his latest book Workers 5, I really didn't want to do it. After a year of co-writing this column I decided that the only really good thing about being a reviewer is that we get to keep the stuff we critique. Because Mike is my buddy...

Price Guide to Books 1639 1990

So now you've got a whole room full of books, but do you have any idea how much they're worth You will if you pick up this very handy volume from Michael Canick. Using lists and catalogs from book dealers, auction catalogs and direct observations at magic conventions and book fairs, Mr. Canick has compiled a price guide for magic books published between 1639 and 1990. More than 5,500 entries are included. The books are listed alphabetically by author, and there are columns for low price, high...

Magic Clips CDROM

Steve Husting sent along this CD-ROM filled with magic oriented clip-art. There are images designed for backgrounds, business cards, headings, and gospel magic. The images are provides as both TIFF and GIF files, and a browser is included which allows you to easily view the images. (Both the browser and the images are suitable for Mac or PC.) I had no problem whatsoever installing and using these images in both Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Word. There are quite a variety of images to...

Wild Hand

One of the drawbacks of most Wild Card type routines is that they require some type of performing surface. Bob Miller has come up with a nice handling which keeps the cards in the magician's hands at all times. This makes the trick practical for walk-around situations. The cards are gaffed in such a way that you can casually flash a lot of backs, and the routine is simple enough that little card handling ability is required. The recently revised instructions contain 36 illustrations which take...

They All Float Down Here

Recently, we've seen a resurgence of interest in self-levitation routines. Several ads have appeared, and an impromptu levitation was featured on a national television program. (See Jon Racherbaumer's Inside Out column in this issue.) The choices are confusing, the ads are full of hype, and in most cases the price to learn the secret is steep. So, with the uplifting words of Stephen King's Pennywise the Clown ringing in our ears, let's take a look at the current crop of tricks that get you off...

Darwin Ortiz Cardshark The Video Series Volumes

Darwin Ortiz was a very busy man at the Convention at the Capitol in Sacramento last February. He lectured, he performed on the close-up shows, he shot three videos for A-1 MultiMedia, and he yet still found time to have his face cast in plaster and his big toes painted. (Don't ask. It's an even longer story ) These tapes feature the routines from Darwin's sensational book Cardshark (see the review in the December 1995 MAGIC). As far as I'm concerned, the book tells you everything you need to...

Blizzard

I know Dean Dill by reputation only, and what I have heard has only been good. If Blizzard is representative of his creative abilities, then I can certainly understand why he gets such good press. This is a remarkable trick, one that has smoked some very sharp people (including my pal and former collaborator, Mac King), and I wish that I would have had the chance to experience it before I found out what the method was. I'm sure I would have been completely fooled. Here's the effect A deck of...

The Restaurant Workers Handbook

For the close-up magician, a restaurant is the most viable venue in which to ply your trade. Kirk Charles has written an excellent book on restaurant magic, and for the past couple of years Jim Sisti has had a column on the subject in Genii. Jim Pace and Jerry MacGregor are two experienced restaurant magicians in the Pacific Northwest, and they have pooled their knowledge (and have synthesized information from the published record) to provide a useful guide to getting and holding a restaurant...

Worlds Greatest Card Trick

Bill Goldman is one of country's busiest trade show magicians. He's also an occasional contributor to this magazine. (Check out the hilarious Who Am I To Disagree in the April 1997 issue.) Every now and then, Bill will share with us one of the routines that he uses for real people. (For example, the amazing trick Monkey in the Middle.) Bill has released two new routines, and while neither is earth shaking from a methodological viewpoint, they both provide great opportunities for those...

For the Collector

Steven's Magic Emporium has published a facsimile edition of William Frederick Pinchbeck's The Expositor or Many Mysteries Unravelled. In the Foreword of this edition, Byron Walker writes that The Expositor, published in 1805 in Boston, has the distinction of being the first truly American treatise on the subject of legerdemain. It appears to be copied from no earlier work. Of primary interest to contemporary readers is the discussion of The Learned Pig. Pinchbeck goes into great detail...

The Dog Days of Summer

Mike The summer conventions are over, and the deluge of new books, videos and tricks has dwindled to a trickle. I have been on the road for almost all of August, and Mac is on his way out for a two-week stretch. This is the sixth column we have done together, and we've discovered that we don't really like each other very much. We're going to stay together for the sake of the children, but this month I think we're just going to keep it brief. Then again, I may just be suffering from the heat....

The Minotaur

I can't imagine that there is anyone who is seriously into close-up magic who hasn't heard of The Minotaur, the quarterly magazine published by the lovely and talented Marv Leventhal and his faithful Indian companion Dan Harlan. The dynamic duo should have the first issue of Volume 8 out by the time you read this. Each issue is about 12 pages long and usually contains five routines. The list of contributors is a who's who of the creative people in magic. One of the things which sets The...

Heart Transplant Change of Mind

One of the pleasures of the 1994 IBM convention in Orlando was the opportunity to meet and spend time with Doc Dixon (a.k.a. Zoltar - Master of the Inappropriate Gesture .It's a long story .Ask me about it when I see you.) Doc sent along two very fine close-up items, both of which would make excellent additions to your repertoire. Heart Transplant is a card trick in which the heart pips are (apparently) removed from various cards and transplanted to the two of hearts. The first time this...

Houdini The Career of Ehrich Weiss

By Kenneth Silverman Reviewed by David Charvet Since his death in 1926, probably more biographies have been written about Harry Houdini than any other theatrical figure of the twentieth century. From the first effort in 1928 by Harold Kellock, up to the 1994 sensationalistic attempt by Ruth Brandon, all of these writings have been tainted, to a degree, by the author's prejudices for and against the subject. Remarkably, in this latest book, Kenneth Silverman approached the man with an open mind,...

Ouch

Every important activity in my life, whether it be a vocation or an avocation, involves the dexterous use of my fingers. Consequently, it was with some degree of surprise that I found myself standing in a checkout line at Wal-Mart, preparing to purchase two large containers of Ronson butane fuel. I was going to go home and play with fire, and I was going to do it for all of you. The review desk had received some requests to evaluate the current crop of fire from the hand devices, and I was...

An Occult Hand

We're entering the season of ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. Normally I don't put much stock into paranormal phenomena, but a very odd thing happened as I was trying to organize material for this month's column. Because I am an enormously disorganized person, I need my everyday life to be as calm as possible when I sit down to write the reviews. My home was far from calm this month. It was as if an occult hand had reached out and touched all of the animals in my house,...

Commercial Carney

Speaking of John Carney (another good one, oh Prince of Blends), I should let you know that John has a new video out. It's called Commercial Carney, and its the last of the trio of videos covering the material in Carneycopia. Routines include Bullet Train, a rapid fire version of Cards up the Sleeve Oil over Troubled Waters, a clever Oil and Water routine with a full deck kicker Easy as Hell Prediction, a card trick whose name says it all Inscrutable, John's tightened up version of Derek...

Short Takes

Space is tight this month, so here's just a few words about a whole bunch of items. Dingle's Deceptions The Video By Derek Dingle In the 1970's, Derek Dingle was the man. His knuckle-busting creations (which often climaxed with an unexpected left-field kicker) defined close-up magic for a generation of magicians. Derek delighted in fooling other magicians, and many of his routines were designed specifically for that purpose. By 1980, Derek had faded from the magic scene, turning his attention...

How to Make Money Performing in Schools

I'm reviewing these two books together, because they compliment each other nicely. Keith Johnson's Get Your Show on the Road focuses on how to mold the disparate elements of your repertoire into an effectively structured act. David Heflick's How to Make Money Performing in Schools tells you how take that act and sell it to the school assembly market. Both books are very thorough, and are packed with information. Neither author is a magician (Johnson is a juggler, Heflick is a musician), but the...

Maste Ring System

The idea of wearing a powerful magnet on your hand has been around for a while. An early example is the Kling Ring which was marketed by Emerson & West. Nicholas Night put out the Enigma Gimmick which was a piece of plastic shaped like the inside of a finger with a magnet behind it. Recently, Dan Harlan has released the Omega Ring. John Altpeter's MasteRing System is the nicest prop of this type that I have seen so far. What you get is very nice Sterling Silver ring in a signet design style....

Off the Cuff

Greg Wilson, NOTE TO STAN please put a footnote 1 here, and at the bottom of the page put the following footnote Not that Greg Wilson, the other Greg Wilson. the creator of the Stockholder wallet, has another fine offering with this video of impromptu magic. In a 90-minute live lecture setting, Greg explains a dozen routines using coins, rubberbands, pens, sugar packets, dollar bills, spoons, finger rings, and business cards. In addition to the complete routines which are explained, Greg also...

Super Showdown

This is an elaboration of Showdown from The Card Magic of Nick Trost (see page 216). The original trick is a diabolical version of the Ten Card Poker Deal. Nick has expanded this into a remarkable four phase routine. Here's what happens 1) the magician shuffles the deck and deals out five poker hands. The magician wins with a full house. 2) The cards are reassembled and the deck is shuffled again. Five hands are dealt. Before the hands are shown the spectators are allowed to switch their hands...

The Sharpie We

Some of you out there may be yearning to perform John Cornelius' Pen through Anything with a Sharpie (which is a trademark of the Sanford Corporation) marker. Well now you can. Pete Peddicord is manufacturing a Sharpie which is gimmicked in the same way as John's original pen. You get the gaffed pen with an extra tip, a duplicate ungimmicked pen, and a small booklet with performance suggestions. My personal choice is John's new improved pen which was reviewed here a while back, but I can...

Steel and Silver Video Series Volumes 2 and

Paul Gertner has released the second and third videos in the companion series to his best selling book Steel and Silver. Paul begins each tape by suggesting the videos be used as an adjunct to the book, and not a substitute for it, and in this I heartily concur. The videos focus on card and coin magic, and there is a fairly even split between routines which are geared toward real world performance, and those routines more suitable for fooling other magicians. Volume Two begins with a...

Entertaining with Balloons Volumes 1 and

Todd Watson is a Canadian entertainer who performs under the name L'il John. He makes balloon sculptures, and he does a terrific job of it. On these two videos Todd discusses his approach to entertaining children with balloon twisting and he also explains some great balloon sculptures. Volume One begins with a comparison of how a typical worker might approach the job of making balloon animals for a bunch of kids versus Todd's approach of turning the balloon twisting into an interactive show....

From a shuffled deck in use

I first heard of Paul Cummins from Chris Moore, one of the founders and first manager of Illusions. Chris had worked with Paul at the Magic Moment restaurant in Sarasota. Chris raved about Paul's work, and with the publication of these two sets of lecture notes I can understand the enthusiasm. The emphasis is on card magic, specifically routines which can be done at any time with a shuffled deck in use. Paul is a very fine technician, but he is also concerned about entertaining his audiences,...

June 1995 Double Dealings

Mac I have always been leery of videotaped instruction as a way to learn magic tricks. In general, I don't think that it provides the ease of use or the freedom of interpretation that a text-based format does. The only area in which I think that video teaching surpasses book learnin' is in seeing a routine in action before a live audience. This might be looked at as a disadvantage as well. For people looking for a quick fix, just a trick or two to show their friends, video provides everything...

How Far to Ithaca

We've just left I-44 and merged onto I-40 on the west side of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We're on the way back to Las Vegas, and the surest sign that we're pointed in the right direction is that the sky is big again. We've swapped the Dodge Caravan for a U-Haul truck, and trying to type on the laptop is an exercise in frustration the sensitivity of the computer keyboard combined with the vibrations of the truck cab produce words with about a third too many letters. I'm strongly tempted to tell...

Slurp

Here's the effect of this close-up trick The magician shows a packet of cards which bear the picture of a full glass of red wine. A spectator initials the top card of the stack. The performer removes the card (face down) and visibly squeezes the wine from the card into a glass. The card is turned over the wine glass is empty, but it still bears the spectators initials. Obviously, what we have here is yet another variation of Out to Lunch. The selling point of this version is the production of...

The Emergency Card

Speaking of real world items, Danny Archer sent along two new, practical tricks. Clipped is a routine by John T. Sheets in which a paper clip instantaneously penetrates a business card. The clip is moved about, and the clip and card are given to the spectator in a permanently linked condition. This is a clever trick, and while it will require some practice in order to perform it smoothly and convincingly, it is not a difficult trick. Plus, you have the added bonus of handing out your business...

Hocus Poker

This is a card routine which is within the abilities of the average card worker, and which packs quite a visual wallop. Here's the effect The magician tells the story of a showdown between two legendary card cheats Chicago Eddie and Detroit Fats. Each of the cheats is given four cards - a pair of aces and a pair of eights. (This, of course, is the legendary Dead Man's Hand.) The object is for each cheat to improve his hand by any means possible. Eddie's hand is shown. It now contains all four...

Epiphany

Forgive me, but I'm going to spend the next few paragraphs reminiscing. I met Harry Riser in the early 1970's, and the meeting completely changed my magical life. I was in my early twenties, and had spent most of my life apart from other magicians. I was a voracious reader, however, and I thought that I knew a lot about sleight-of-hand magic. The first evening I spent with Harry was a revelation. He bashed my brains in, mostly by doing one effect over and over I would cut the deck, look at a...

Magi Fax 1995

On February 5, 1995 Kevin King started an interesting project a free magic magazine which every other Sunday was faxed to the subscribers around the world. Each issue contained news, gossip, rumors, jokes, and magic. MagiFax ran for 16 issues, ceasing publication on September 17, 1995. For those of you who were not subscribers, Kevin has assembled the 16 issues in an unassuming and inexpensive format. The layout of the magazine can be most kindly described as a nightmare, but remember that the...

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. The material is divided into 14 chapters, each devoted to a particular type of effect. There are productions, coincidence effects, lie...

Card in Ceiling

This is the strangest thing that I saw at the Blackpool convention. The effect is the same as the standard Card on Ceiling, but with one big difference the chosen card does not stick flat against the ceiling, it appears to have been driven into the ceiling, and hangs down with one corner imbedded into the surface of the ceiling. There are trade offs, of course. The method of choosing the card is a little more cozy than with the standard effect. Rather than the card being signed, a signed...

The Yellow and Green Lecture Notes

Peter Studebaker is an old pal of mine from Dallas, Texas. He is a funny guy and a terrific magician who spends most of his time working in the corporate market. In these two sets of lecture notes he offers some excellent material for the close-up and stand-up performer. The Yellow Notes contain four items including a fine handling for the torn and restored cigarette paper, a commercial handling of the Universal Card plot, and a hilarious gag using a borrowed cat. The Green Notes contain a...

The Mike and Mac Show

Mike You may have heard this story before. There is a reason for retelling it. My mother says that she would sit me at the piano when I was four years old or so, and I would try to plunk out little tunes. When I was six, I received a magic trick for a birthday present, and the bug bit and held. So for 6 7 of my time on planet earth, music and magic have been an important part of my life. I started to make money from music when I was in high school. I played cocktail piano in restaurants and...

More Books

I don't think I've ever seen anyone perform the trick known as The Electric Chairs. The effect is that a spectator is invited on stage and is seated on an ordinary chair. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, the man jumps from the chair as if he has received an electric shock. The chair is thoroughly examined, the man sits down, and he again jumps from the chair. Another man is brought up from the audience, another chair is brought on stage, and, simultaneously, both men jump from their...

The Art of Deception

The Art of Deception is subtitled The Affinity Between Conjuring & Art and in it Chuck Romano pays tribute to the men and women whose artwork is such a vital and vibrant part of the world of magic. This book began as an award winning series of articles in The Linking Ring. If you've read those articles I will tell you that they in no way prepare you for how wonderful this book is. Chuck takes us from the early images of the conjurer (featuring the work of...

Tricks

I didn't see much that excited me trick-wise at either the I.B.M. or S.A.M. conventions. Usually I get wind of people getting buzzed by one trick or another, but that didn't seem to be the case. The best thing I saw was Meir Yedid's Giant B'Wave. Meir has licensed this from Phil Goldstein and Hermetic Press, and the prop is rugged, attractive, and easy to use. Four different versions of the gaffed card are available. Although this trick spawned a host of variations, I prefer Phil's original...

Respect

I just finished up the final few cities in the United States portion of the Never-ending Farewell Lecture Tour. Since I will no longer be performing or lecturing for magicians, I thought I would pass along a few suggestions that would make life easier for those who still work the magic club magic convention circuit. My suggestions are not directed to the performers or lecturers, they are directed to those of you who sit in the audience. There are five simple things that you can do to make the...

Real World Magic

The most fun I have ever had in magic probably occurred from 1972 - 1978. It was in 1972 that I discovered that there were other magicians in my area. Up till then, my study of magic had been a lonely pursuit, with very rare visits to Stoner's Magic Shop in Fort Wayne or Magic, Inc. in Chicago. But in 1972 I learned that a group of magicians met each month at Ron London's magic shop in West Lafayette, Indiana, about a 45-minute drive from my parent's house in Lebanon. (The irony here is that I...

One Card Link

I purchased Sixten Beme's Complete Card Link when it came out several years ago. Mr. Beme has revised the effect so that only one card is used. Here's what happens The spectator selects a card from the deck (forced). A rectangle is torn from the center of this card, leaving just a frame. The center of this rectangular piece is also removed, turning it into a frame. The two frames are linking together, and, in this impossible position, the two frames are given to the spectator to examine. (Mr....

Floats em Jetsam

The interest in self-levitations continues unabated. David Blaine's performance of this effect continues to be a hot topic on Internet discussion groups, and many magicians have contacted me to get more information on the various methods available. Two more products have recently crossed the reviewer's desk, so I thought I would take this opportunity to bring you up to date on new developments and to clarify a few points from my earlier discussion. You might want to get up to speed by rereading...

Magic

Ellis Stanyon published the first issue of his magazine Magic in October of 1900. The purpose of the magazine was expressed as follows It is the desire of the Editor to popularize the Art of Sleight of Hand which at the present day is so little known. He is thoroughly convinced that the more the art becomes known the more it will be appreciated by the public at large, and thus, apart from injuring the interests of any portion of the magical fraternity, all magicians, whether Amateur or...

The Low Main Deck

This is a clever and practical version of the shrinking deck effect. A poker-sized deck of cards is removed from the card case and is spread between the hands. (This spread is tight, and is done with the backs of the hands facing the audience. It is a cozy position, but does not look too unnatural.) The deck is squeezed between the hands and immediately becomes a miniature deck. The miniature deck is real and can be used for other effects (if you ditch the gaff which remains in the deck after...

More Videos

Sankey-tizedII, from the Magicians' Video Network, is the second video featuring the close-up magic of Canada's funny and creative Jay Sankey. The tape begins with a discussion and explanation of the Tenkai Goshman Pinch. (There is an error in this discussion. The over the fingertips method for doing the Pinch is the method described in The New Modern Coin Magic by Bobo. The through the fingers method is Scotty York's.) Jay demonstrates and explains two routines which use the Pinch an...

The Butterfly

This trick and the one which follows present me with a dilemma How do I warn you of negative aspects without completely revealing the methods involved I don't have a good answer for this. Your feedback would be appreciated. The Butterfly Case is a gaffed cigarette case which allows the magician to obtain invisible thread under the guise of a natural action. Built into the case are two plastic spools which contain invisible thread. (The extra spool is to be used in case the first thread breaks...

The Baby

Generally speaking, I despise the term cute when describing magic effects, but in this case cute is exactly the correct word. The Baby Bag is just what the name says it's a miniature grocery bag, measuring about 2.75 inches tall and 1.25 inches wide. The bag was the brainchild of a gentleman named Bobby Rockman of Charlotte, North Carolina, and he used it as a give-away in his magic shop. Algonquin McDuff and pals Rhett Bryson and Dexter Cleveland picked the brains of some very clever and funny...

Improved Finger Chopper

This is a wonderful prop, one that will definitely fool any little kid who owns a slum variety plastic or metal finger chopper. The chopper is a little over five inches tall and is in two parts the stocks which hold the blade, and the rectangular case in which the stocks are placed. The beauty of this is that the stocks can be removed and the spectator can thoroughly examine them. The blade does not move. He can also examine the case. The stocks are returned to the case, the spectator puts his...

Makin Sparks

This thing is great Dan Sylvester has come up with a battery operated Funkenring. Press the battery to the connect points and you get a fan of sparks up to about a foot in length. And because it's battery operated the sparks will last as long as you want. The unit is about 2 V2 inches long and 2 inches wide, and it sends sparks in different directions, depending on how you hold it. Both the battery and the flint are easily replaceable. I'm going to have a ball with this thing. You probably...

The Looking Glass

Edited by Kaufman, Racherbaumer, and Hobbs Issue number three of The Looking Glass has arrived, and it continues the standard of excellence set by the first two issues. There is great magic offered, including routines from Francis Carlyle (Seeing at the Fingertips), Rune Klan (a young Danish magician who contributes a remarkable multiple coin retention vanish), Paul Cummins (Four-Way Reverse Backfire, one of the highlights of his recent lecture), Alain Nu, Bob Farmer, Roy Walton, Hiro Sakai...

The Magi Card

Mark Jenest has created a credit card which allows you to perform five simple magic tricks. For example A spectator freely ( ) decides on a country in the world and an animal. The credit card is turned over. It is from the First National Bank of Denmark, and bears a picture of an elephant. Another example A spectator randomly ( ) generates a four digit number. It matches the date on the credit card. The effects are simple to do, they're fun, and they're funny. You're...

Weird Stuff

You have probably seen the ads for this magic kit in the past few issues of MAGIC. You were probably intrigued I know I was. And you probably asked yourself, What the heck is in a magic kit that costs 100 Well, now I know, and in a couple of moments, you'll know, too. In a letter which comes with the kit (addressed to Dear Weird Customer) the Amazing Jonathan (hereafter known as A.J.) explains why he decided to produce his own magic kit. He gives two reasons. The first I felt it would be great...

November 1998 Tales From The Road

Oh I'm going to Alabama, with my laptop on my knee. A lyric from the 20th Century version of Oh, Susanna. The first part of this column was written at the dining room table of Max Howard and Diane Bray. The remainder was written as we motored down the highway heading toward Jacksonville, Florida. (The we in this case is me, my companion Lisa, and Pablo the Wonder Chihuahua.) If you look up Southern Hospitality in the dictionary, there is a picture of Max and Diane holding a rotisserie chicken,...

The Moment

I need to take a moment to talk about The Moment. The most famous comment concerning The Moment comes from S. W. Erdnase. In his discussion of the Shift, Erdnase writes, The shift has yet to be invented that can be executed by a movement appearing as coincident card table routine or that can be executed with the hands held stationary and not show that some maneuver has taken place, however cleverly it may be performed. Nevertheless upon occasion it must be employed, and the resourceful...

Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion is a new small packet trick from Danny Archer. Four poker-sized cards are removed from an envelope which bears the drawing of a spaceship. The each of the cards has the picture of a little green alien on the front and the back. A card is selected (forced) from a blue-backed deck. One of the alien cards is placed aside, and the selected card is added to the other three alien cards. Immediately, all four cards are shown to be the selected card, and the backs of the cards change to...

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...

Swami Mantra

I believe that Richard Kaufman now has the distinction of publishing the most hardbound books which bear the warning Not to be Sold to Anyone Under 21 Years of Age on the cover. His reprint of Sam Dalal's magazines Swami and Mantra has this warning, and for good reason. Sam published information on how to perform many of the effects of the Hindu fakirs, and should anyone actually be dumb enough to try some of these stunts they could easily do themselves some bodily harm. Mr. Dalal began...

Time Machine

I have never been one to cart a camera with me to magic conventions. I often find myself posing with people for snapshots, but I don't take many pictures for myself. However, as I was sorting through my collection of stuff' in preparation for my move to Las Vegas, I came across some photos I took years ago at various conventions. There were pictures of Vernon, Faucett Ross, Slydini, Larry Jennings, Roger Crabtree, and other friends and acquaintances. I was surprised at how much these pictures...

Why Dad Thinks Im Adopted

In the May 1982 issue of Keyboard magazine, there was a 32-measure transcription of Oscar Peterson playing Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin'. In bar 6 on the and of beat four, there occurred a thirty-second note septuplet, and for 17 years I have never been able to figure out its relationship to the underlying chord structure. A couple of days ago I finally figured it out. Just thought you'd like to know. Once again we've got tons o' stuff to look, so the reviews will be short and sweet. 21st...

The Hurrier I Go

Again this month we have a lot to talk about and not a lot of space to do it in. If you've sent in a product for review and it hasn't appeared in these pages yet, hang in there. Everything should appear eventually. We begin the column with some items which were postponed from January due to space limitations. Climbing the Ladder to Successful Close-up Magic By Phil Jay Drugs, Strangers, and Other Dangers By Ron Conley I'm grouping these three manuscripts together because they each focus on a...

Using Magic to Prevent Drug Abuse

Speaking of kid's shows, many children's entertainers add an anti-drug message to their shows. If you are planning to do this, you'll probably find Mr. Davis' manuscript to be very useful. Mr. Davis is a social worker and a part-time professional magician. He has used magic both in anti-drug shows and in counseling situations. The first chapter in the book contains excellent information on why people use drugs and what techniques are effective in preventing drug abuse. This is followed by...

Lag Time

I was home for a total of 8 days, and I spent the other three weeks doing lectures in Canada, followed by back-to-back conventions in Ohio, the Netherlands, and Washington, D.C. Highlights of the trip were spending time with David Ben (who will have a one-man show this summer at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake), the recently reincarnated Bob Farmer, Tommy Wonder, and the members of the Collector's Workshop Almost All Magician Dixieland Band. By the time you...

Bad Karma

Please indulge me, there's something I'd like to talk to you about. Every year, right after the Academy Awards show, the following segment appears on one of the national morning talk shows. A man sits at a chair, watching the Oscar presentations, and he has a drawing pad and a pencil in his hands. He is sketching the gowns worn by the movie stars. He is drawing these gowns because he (along with his company) is going to produce reasonably priced knock-offs of these gowns for people who want a...

From the Horses Mouth

We have two top-five picks from The Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields. The first list is from the book's author, Jon Racherbaumer. The second list is from the man himself, Eddie Fields. Jon's picks are Unlimited Card To Case (page 24), Triple Spectator En Rapport (page 114), Zinger (page 73), Bux Stop (page 26), and Killer Clock-Work (page 62). And here are Eddie Fields' picks Dropsy Diddle ( page 71), Triple Spectator En Rapport (page 114), Way Ahead Card To Card Case (page 18), Silent...

Rabble Rouser

By Derren Brown. 6 x 8.5 hardcover with glossy dustjacket. 163 pages. 40. From H & R Magic Books, 3839 Liles Lane, Humble, TX 77396-4088. Fax 281-540-4443. Email richard magicbookshop.com. Web site www.magicbookshop.com Derren Brown is a rabble-rouser. He wants to stir things up, to shake magicians out of their comfortable complacency. Mr. Brown is a magician mentalist hypnotist whose magical paradigm was turned upside down after encountering the magic of Eugene Burger. Mr. Brown writes, The...

We Remember Lee Grabel

Lee Grabel began his touring illusion show after World War II. Mr. Grabel established himself as an astute businessman and an extremely accomplished performer, and the show toured from coast to coast with extraordinary success. In 1954, Dante chose Grabel as his successor, continuing a lineage which went back to Alexander Herrmann. Mr. Grabel retired in 1959, but briefly brought the show out of retirement in 1977. In 1995 he was awarded the Masters Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts and...

The Complete Dungeon

The Dungeon was a British magazine which lasted for 10 issues and ran from August 1993 to November 1995. The focus was on close-up magic, although stage and parlour magic was discussed as well. There were interviews with people like Penn and Teller, Ali Bongo, Alex Elmsley, Jay Marshall, and Channing Pollock. There was also a great deal of commentary, criticism, and critique of books, tricks, conventions, and the magic world in general. Dynamic Fx Limited is offered a limited edition of one...

The Dungeon Video

On page 63 of the January 1997 issue of MAGIC you'll find a picture of a bunch of smiling Brits, several of whom make an appearance on this smorgasbord video from Dynamic FX Limited. Anthony Owen was the editor of The Dungeon (see the review in the same issue), and on this video Anthony, John Lenahan, and Marc Paul offer a wide variety of close-up and stand-up magic. Many of the items explained can be found in other Dynamic FX publications, including the Sticky Blue Book (reviewed in September...

Three Ropes and a Baby Picture This

Camirand Academy offers two items from the professional repertoire of the very clever Richard Sanders. Three Ropes and a Baby is a multi-phase rope routine which has as its starting point the popular (and unfortunately, now often exposed) Professor's Nightmare. The Sanders routine is a synthesis of ideas from many people, including Slydini, Aldo Colombini, and George Sands. I didn't find anything earth-shakingly new here, but it is a tight and commercial routine. I was a little disappointed...

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation By Mike and

Mike and Mac We've both been on the road a great deal during the last four weeks, and this has made it difficult for us to do our normal back-and-forth discussion of most of the reviewed items. We did, however, hit several conventions, and want to pass along to you some of the cooler things we saw. We'll return to our normal format next month. Mike This summer I attended both the World Magic Summit and the IBM Convention in Oakland. Here are some of the things I saw that are worth your...

January 2000 Did We Make It

It's rather odd, sitting here at the end of November, typing a column that will not appear until the first part of January. Was the Y2K problem as serious as everyone thought it might be Or was it smooth sailing all the way Are you sitting in front of your fireplace, reading this issue of MAGIC while sipping a cup of tea Or did the whole world go straight to hell, in which case the fact that I've just come up with the ultimate method for Stewart James' Fifty-one Faces North is not really that...

Dishonesty In Card Tricks

Greg Wilson (not that Greg Wilson, the other Greg Wilson) has released a very nice kit containing all the props necessary to do the ever-popular Small Coin Grows Bigger and Finally Changes into Jumbo Coin routine. Just recently in this column I have asked whether the world needs another routine of this type, but in this case I think Greg is offering a very worthwhile product. You get a real American penny, a half-dollar sized penny, a jumbo penny, and a small magnifying glass. The pennies all...

My Cup Runneth Over

Mike I bought my first synthesizer, a Yamaha DX7, way back in 1984. Three factors made it a hot machine the sounds it produced were new and totally cool the synth could store 32 sounds (patches in the lingo) in its internal memory, and a ROM cartridge held another 64 patches, giving the player instant access to 96 different sounds and it was one of the first synthesizers that could be interfaced with a personal computer. This meant that you could store patches on floppy disk and load them into...

Ho

I had a terrific idea for this month's column. I waited until December 31st to start writing. My plan was to chronicle all the bizarre and terrible things that happened as cities around the world headed into January 1, 2000. But of course, nothing happened. The world didn't end. The worst result of this was that I had to finish my column anyway. Ah, well. Maybe 3000 will be more interesting. Servais Le Roy Monarch of Mystery By Mike Caveney and William Rauscher Guest review by David Charvet...

The Magicians Yearbook 1997

Once again, Anthony Owen and friends give us an interesting review of 1996 in this yearbook from Dynamic FX. Information is slanted toward the U.K. (which is as it should be since this is a British publication), and there is a section of tricks from such well-known creators as Phil Goldstein, Steve I take my coffee black Beam, Angelo Carbone, Aldo Colombini, Peter Duffie, and John Lenahan. But the focus of this book is the year in review, and there lots of reviews 13 book reviews, 19 trick...

The Looking Glass Spring 1996

Richard Kaufman also sent along the second issue of The Looking Glass, and it is terrific. Material from Alex Elmsley (an off beat method for discerning three selected cards), Ryu Susato (an ingenious dollar bill penetration), John Bannon (a fine variation of Henry Christ's Ace Trick), Martin Gardner (an odd production of a finger ring), Lennart Green, David Gripenwaldt, and Bill Goodwin. The Goodwin item is probably worth the price of admission. Jon Racherbaumer has a wonderfully nostalgic...

Folding Money Fooling

(This book arrived right at deadline time, but so many people have asked me about it that I thought I should include it in this month's column, even though I have only been able to go through it quickly and fold a couple of the models.) By now you should be well aware of the fact that I'm a big fan of combining origami and magic. One of the gurus of origami-magic is Robert Neale, author of Tricks of the Imagination, co-author of Magic and Meaning, and columnist for the Linking Ring. In Folding...

Ken Krenzels Ingenuities

Ken Krenzel is well known as one of magic's finest technicians and a creator of ingeniously constructed sleight-of-hand routines. It has been seven years since his last book (Ken Krenzel's Close-up Impact ) was published. This new volume from Hermetic Press may surprise those of you who associate Ken only with knuckle-busting routines. There are some effects which will require considerable practice, but many of the routines replace advanced technique with the intelligent and subtle use of...

The Video Encyclopedia of Card Sleights Volumes 4 5 and

L& L Publishing has released the next three volumes of this monumental card project. As before, the intent is to expose the viewer to as many different card sleights as possible, grouped according to their function, and graded in difficulty. The first three volumes of the series contained most of the easier card moves. In the present videos the skill requirements (and consequently the practice requirements) increase. Volume Four begins with some advice from Daryl on how to handle a spectator...

Nothing Up My Green Sleeves

Paul Green is a busy corporate magician, and is also a regular columnist for The Magic Menu. In this 28-page set of notes, he explains seven routines from his professional repertoire. Included are One More Chance, a prediction effect with a huge, funny build-up (the only problem I see with a trick like this is if after the long, long build-up the trick should fail - but I'm sure that never happens) Above, Beside, or Below, a handling for Larry Jennings' excellent Peripatetic Coins Cutting the...

From the Horses Mouth Department

We're in the age of huge magic books. Every 45 days we get hit with one or two big books which contain 50 to 100 routines. How do we get through all this material Where do we start What's the really good stuff Because of the overwhelming amount of material are we missing some real gems I sympathize with you. So I thought, Why not go straight to the authors and ask them And that's what I did. I've contacted several of the authors of books recently reviewed in this column and asked them to pick...

Harkey on Video

David Harkey is a well-known lecturer, performer, and creator, and is the author of Simply Harkey (1991). This is his first video, and is apparently the first of a proposed series of videos. For the most part, the material is drawn from Simply Harkey, and the emphasis is on non-card material, which is a refreshing change. Seven items are explained, three of which I think are absolutely terrific. Two of the three terrific items are routines from the book which have been reworked and improved....

The Expert Card to Wallet

If you're in the market for a card to wallet wallet, I'm going to make life a little more difficult for you. Randy Wakeman showed me his wallet at the Abbott's Get-together in August, and it is a beautiful thing. Rather than modify an existing wallet, Randy had this one built from the ground up. It is made of very supple black leather, and is quite compact. The wallet measures 3.75 x 6.5 when folded in half. Because of its smaller size, the wallet does not protrude as far over the top of the...

The Art of Metal Bending The Perfect Net

While in Finland, I had the chance to spend some time with Guy Bavli, Israeli mentalist magician metal-bender. He is a very strong performer who gives a great deal of thought to the magic he performs. His lecture in Finland was very well received, and Guy spent a lot of time showing how to bend spoons and forks. This information is gathered in a set of notes titled, The Art of Metal Bending. The notes detail several different methods and presentations for bending, breaking, and melting spoons,...

Expert Imromptu Magic Made Easy

The title above is exactly as it appears on the boxes of these three new videos. Someone at A-1 MultiMedia took a P. In fact, they took five of them. The word Impromptu is misspelled five times on each box. Now, I know that mistakes can happen, but shouldn't you take a little more care in checking over the covers of your product If I were Mullica, I'd be issed. There are over 70 effects demonstrated and explained on these three videos. Tom Mullica is the performer and teacher, and he does his...

Hocus Pocus Junior

(This review was written at the beginning of June and was slated to appear in the July 1997 issue of MAGIC. Somehow it fell through the cracks. My apologies to Mr. Burton for the delay.) Hocus Pocus Junior was published in London in 1634. It was the first fully illustrated English book devoted wholly to the explanation of the magician's craft. Much of the material in the book was drawn from Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft and Rid's Art of Juggling. The book was enormously influential, and...

Shell Shocked

Magic dealer Barry Taylor has put together a video demonstrating and explaining 10 routines using one of magic's most versatile and deceptive gaffs - the Expanded Shell Coin. Routines include Foreign Exchange, in which a half dollar and a copper coin change places under a card and then go through a series of transpositions between hand and card Invisible Extraction, in which coins are invisibly removed from under an inverted coin box Half and Half, a classic effect (see the Bobo book) in which...

The Amazing Miniature Card Sticker Book

Jeff provides you with 56 miniature playing cards (the regular deck of 52, two jokers, and a red and a blue back) printed on a sheet of sticky-back paper. You'll need to cut out the cards to use them, but before you do that, Jeff suggests that you head to the print shop and make color copies of the sheet. In addition to the sheet of cards, you also get an 18-page manuscript containing 200 ideas for how to use the miniature cards. I'm sure you'll find plenty of uses for...

Magic Of Micah Lasher

Who's this kid playing fifty-two-card pick-up You're a magician, aren't you Never heard of the guy. Book looks good Probably for beginners. Aren't they all This new trade paperback is remarkable on several counts (1) It was planned, organized, and written by a fourteen-year-old (2) Its publisher approached and enjoined its writer, not the other way around (3) It is aimed at the public and sold in main-stream book stores (4) Instead of getting consensus praise from the magic community, we heard...

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. Part of this month's column was written on Pit Hartling's laptop computer in the very...

Three from the UK

Tall, dapper Englishman Guy Hollingworth has been roaming about the U.S. lately, attending conventions, frying people with The Reformation, and causing great moaning and gnashing of teeth among those who thought that they had some chops with a deck of cards. Guy has released a new video of his card creations called The London Collection, and the routines displayed will cause great joy and anguish among card workers everywhere. (Great joy because these are terrific routines. Great anguish...

Art Artifice

The inventions of the illusion designers and the manner in which their creations are presented reflect the sensibilities of the era. To truly understand the work of people such as Devant, Selbit, Morritt, and Maskelyne, their illusions must be placed in historical context. In doing so we learn what worked in the past and why it worked, and more importantly, we gain insight into what will work today. Jim Steinmeyer is a true student of magic. He is interested in...

Jennings

I called Richard Kaufman in the middle of October to arrange to get the galleys of Jennings '67. At that time Richard told me that Larry Jennings had gone into the hospital and was not doing well. Larry died a few days later, in the early morning hours of October 18. I was aware that for the past few years Larry's health had been precarious at best, but knowledge of his passing still came as a shock. For the past six years Richard Kaufman had been working with Larry, preparing a trilogy of...

Beautiful Anguish

He wants to get your brain in a vise grip and squeeze so hard the tears come. As he states in the Prologue to The Mysteries of My Life, The kind of magic I do is really not for amusement, but rather for amazement. I try to amaze the audience, really shock them, choke the audience good and hard. I strive to bring them to a point of profound anguish. That Se or Levand is able to do this single-handedly, using only a deck of playing cards, is a remarkable achievement....