Lots O Stuff

Last month I took up time and space shouting from my soapbox. To make it up to you, here some short reviews of a whole lot of stuff.

Harry Lorayne Card Videos Volumes 1-4 By Harry Lorayne

Harry Lorayne should need no introduction to the readers of this magazine. In May, MAGIC added Mr. Lorayne's name to the list of 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century. Mr. Lorayne's first four books, Close-up Card Magic, Personal Secrets, My Favorite Card Tricks, and Deck-sterity should be in the library of any aspiring card magician. The Magic Book, a tome geared toward the general public, is one of the best beginner's books around. His magazine, Apocalypse, recently ceased publication after a 20 year run. To the delight of Mr. Lorayne's many admirers, L&L Publishing has released the first four videos in a series which will showcase many of Mr. Lorayne's favorite card tricks.

The actual title of these videos is Harry Lorayne is probably the best teacher of, entertainer with, close-up cardmagic...EVER!, a title guaranteed to drop an English teacher at 100 yards. Each tape is about an hour and a half long, and each contains a substantial amount of material. Mr. Lorayne performs in front of an enthusiastic audience, and in many cases combines thematically related material into a two or three trick "set." After this performance block, the tricks are explained. Mr. Lorayne does a fine job explaining the material, and you will be able to learn from these tapes. In some cases the explanation of a routine leads into the demonstration and explanation of a related routine.

There is far too much material here for me to go into detail on each effect, but here are my favorites. From Volume 1: "HaLo Aces," which uses Mr. Lorayne's bottom slip-cut to effectively cut to four aces; "1-2-3-4 Aces"; and the "Status Quo Shuffle," an excellent and little-used method for controlling one card during an overhand shuffle. From Volume 2: Peter Marshall's "Rock and Roll Aces"; and "Lorayne's Poker Deal #1," which requires little skill but packs a big punch. From Volume 3: "Magician vs. Gambler"; "The Great Divide"; and Bro. John Hamman's "Two Shuffles Harry." From Volume 4: "The Lorayne Spin"; "The Ultra Move"; "Lorayne's Poker Deal #2"; and Henry Christ's "Tally-Ho" For a complete listing of the routines on each tape I suggest you check out an L&L Publishing ad.

If you can only buy one tape at time, I would suggest starting with Volume 3 or 4. I can vouch for the effectiveness of the routines mentioned above, since I've been doing them from the time they were originally published. I should also mention that on Volume 2 Mr.

Lorayne teaches a fine method for performing a double lift from a small packet of cards. During the course of this discussion, he disparages the use of a technique called the Altman Trap. Unfortunately, Mr. Lorayne is not performing the move correctly (he is holding the break with the tip of his left thumb, rather than at the base of the thumb) and it is for this reason that the move does not look good. When done correctly, the Altman Trap is undetectable, it is a valuable ploy, and it is in the arsenals of most of the top card magicians.

Now, I want to discuss something about these tapes that troubles me. The method of crediting material is unsatisfactory. Mr. Lorayne does credit some sources during his explanations, but there are occasions when there is a curious absence of credit. (For example, during the explanation of "Two Shuffles Harry," Bro. John Hamman's name is never mentioned.) At the end of the tape there is a listing of people for whom credit is due, but these names are not associated with any particular trick. It's just a listing of names. A viewer who is not a student of card magic would have no idea whether a routine was Mr. Lorayne's or the creation of someone else. Now, I understand that the exigencies of magic video production demand that a lot of material be recorded in a short period of time, but proper and explicit crediting could be done in post production. (In fact, Mr. Lorayne added a lot of information in post production, including clarifications, handling tips, and explanations of why camera angles made certain moves look less than beautiful.) On the Michael Ammar Easy to Master Card Miracles series explicit credit was given on the video box and on the videotape. I would hope that future volumes of the Lorayne series would follow this example.

Mr. Lorayne has made a significant contribution to the literature of close-up magic. If you have never seen him perform, or if you are unfamiliar with his work I think you'll find much of value in this video series.

Mark Leveridge's Master Routines Volumes 1& 2 By Mark Leveridge

The eight routines on this two volume set were originally released as separate manuscripts (a few as manuscripts with necessary props). Realizing that learning an extended routine from the written word is difficult for some magicians, Mark Leveridge now presents this material in a video format.

Volume One contains four routines: "The Commercial Sponge Ball Routine," which is suitable for close-up or walk-around; "The Free Selection Collectors," which is not based on the traditional Collectors plot (in Leveridge's routine a selected card finds its three mates which then turn into the four Aces); "Stay at Home Coins," a routine for the Boston Box; and "The Ring Competition," which uses a rope and a 5-inch ring. My favorite here is "The Ring Competition," which features a good patter "hook" and a nice move for the final penetration.

Volume Two also contains four routines: "Wild Dice," which is a hybrid of the Cups and Balls and the Walnut Shell and Pea, using matchbox drawers and dice; "The Ring and

String" routine, which uses a string and a finger ring; "Spot the Difference," a stand-up routine with a Monte theme; and "The Security Pen," in which three coins are magically placed inside a pen and then are extracted again. I really liked "Spot the Difference"; the method fooled me, and I think the basic trick could be adapted to many different situations, including trade show presentations. "Wild Dice" is clever, and magicians will probably be puzzled by the controlling of the main die and the subsequent production of many dice of different colors, but for me there is a serious flaw: the matchbox drawers are never shown empty at the beginning. This may not bother you, but it would keep me from ever doing the routine.

Mr. Leveridge is not interested in creating routines that will intrigue and puzzle magicians. This is material designed for lay audiences in the real world. You won't find revolutionary new techniques here, but you will find solid performance material. Experienced stand-up and close-up performers will probably already have similar routines in their repertoires. But if you're just starting out, you may find that the Mark Leveridge's Master Routines videos are exactly what you're looking for.

Kevin King's Money Morph By Kevin King

Kevin King is originally from Indiana. He now works at Bill Malone's bar in Florida. Some years ago, Kevin released a manuscript detailing his handling of the "$100 Bill Switch." Kevin is now presenting this information on a nicely produced videotape. I was enthusiastic about Kevin's work on the bill switch when the manuscript first came out, and I still feel that it is an excellent handling.

What Kevin has done is to add an important finesse to the bill switch. In Kevin's handling there is no pause in the folding/unfolding process. The bill is constantly in motion, and to the viewer it appears as if one bill "morphs" into another. This fluidity of action is a marvelous addition, and greatly enhances the effect.

If you do not currently perform any version of the "$100 Bill Switch" then you will have some serious practice time ahead of you. However, if you already perform the switch competently, then you should be able to incorporate Kevin's additions with just a little concerted practice.

The production values on this video are good, and Kevin's explanation is clear. However, with a move of this nature, the position of each finger is important, so you'll probably be rewinding the tape often to capture every nuance of Kevin's method.

As I mentioned in my earlier review, I have adopted Kevin's handling, and I think you'll also want to. Kevin King's Money Morph is a beautiful thing, and I recommend it.

Close-up & Personal By David Regal

It's remarkable the breadth of interests which the world of magic encompasses. Even the subset of close-up magic has its factions and splinter groups: card magicians, coin magicians, hobbyists with little technical ability, dabblers looking for a new trick to fool their magic club buddies, problem solvers seeking out new plots to vary, magicians who only work formal venues (such as the Magic Castle), and the real-world warriors who ply their trade in the trenches (restaurants, hospitality suites, cocktail parties, banquets, and trade shows). Rarely does a book appear which will make all these people happy. However, David Regal's Close-up & Personal is such a book, and among its 72 items is literally something for everyone.

Mr. Regal is a television writer and producer, and the first thing you'll notice when you peruse Close-up & Personal is that most of the routines are completely scripted. The "Script" is very important to Mr. Regal (in fact, he has included an essay on the subject), and his scripts will serve as expert examples as you construct your own presentations. (And there are also some very funny lines you can add to your repertoire.)

The book is divided into seven sections: Cards, Neither Fish Nor Fowl, Cards &, $, Assemblies, Mental, and Gaffed Decks. Because of the large amount of material presented, I'll only be able to briefly discuss my favorites.

The Cards section begins with a prediction effect called "All's Fair." The bold method will give you an inner glow of satisfaction. "Clean Cut" is a handling of "Spectator Cuts the Aces" that uses a discrepancy to good advantage. Several effects in this section use what Mr. Regal refers to as "The Oddity," a prop which is special or unique. Such props are inherently fascinating to an audience, and provide an immediate "hook."

Neither Fish Nor Foul contains routines using a variety of props. "There & Back" is method for causing a borrowed finger ring to travel between two inverted glasses. The method is designed for a formal close-up show, but if you're looking for a trick to fool your houseguests, this would be a good one. "Got a Light?" is an excellent method of performing the "Sympathetic/Acrobatic Matchboxes." "Letter Perfect" uses a Bob Hummer principle to magically produce a spectator's name. This could be an excellent trade show trick.

Cards & offers routines which use playing cards in combination with other objects. There are some great "Oddity" tricks here, including "The Half Deal," "Pointing the Way," "Mystic Poker," and "Nailed!". (The latter item would be a great television trick.)

$ and Assemblies cover mostly familiar plots, including "Coins Through the Table," "Reverse Matrix," "Coins Across," and various "Four Ace Assemblies." Method mavens will enjoy working through these handlings. Mental includes some very offbeat mental items, including a prediction effect based on the famous soliloquy from Hamlet. Finally, there is Gaffed Decks which (obviously) contains routines using prepared decks. Again, there are some fine ideas here, including a funny presentation for the "Nudist Deck."

Close-up and Personal is a marvelous collection, with routines that will appeal to the worker, the hobbyist, or the tinkerer. Mr. Regal is a thoughtful and ingenious creator, who is interested in developing complete performance pieces. I enjoyed this book very much, and I think you will too. Recommended.

Science Magic By Martin Gardner

If you enjoy the science stunts that appear each month in "Martin Gardner's Corner" here in MAGIC, you'll want to pick up a copy of Science Magic. As Mr. Gardner explains in the Preface, many of these stunts appeared in Physics Teacher magazine, some were contributed to Children's Digest, and others are appearing in print for the first time. The tricks, puzzles, and stunts utilize ordinary, everyday items, and thus are excellent additions to your impromptu repertoire. (Be sure to check out the penny-spinning stunt. This is the kind of con that Bob Farmer lives for.) You don't need me to tell you how good Mr. Gardner's stuff is. Science Magic is a great little book. Buy it.

The Center Flip and Other Cardtastrophes By Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz is the author of Invisible Secrets Revealed and Expert at the Pitch Table. Many of his effects were sold through Sorcerer's Apprentice, a magic shop that closed in 1976. The Center Flip and Other Cardtastrophes contains material developed by Mr. Schwartz during the late 1960's and early 1970's. The book is in two parts. The first part is devoted to variations on "The Center Flip," which is a flourishy method of producing a card from (apparently) the center of the deck. Many different handlings are explained. The second half of the book contains tricks which had been contributed to other publications or which were sold by Sorcerer's Apprentice. There are a wide variety of effects, many of which use gaffed cards. (As Mr. Schwartz explains in his Introduction, it is absolutely unnecessary to have perfectly made gaffs in order to fool people. A poorly manufactured gaff, if handled naturally, will still deceive.)

The production values of this little book are no great shakes, but the explanations are understandable and the photographs, though small, are clear. The Center Flip and Other Cardtastrophes will be of most interest to card enthusiasts, who will find many ideas to play with.

Dylan Sardo's The Mother Load Written by John Lovick

Mr. Sardo has constructed a multi-phased routine that incorporates elements of the Albert Goshman "Salt & Pepper Shaker" routine with a final load sequence reminiscent of the Cups and Balls. The magician brings out two half dollars, an English penny, a glass, a card box, and a "camera shutter" style coin purse. The penny is placed in a jacket pocket and returns to the left hand, joining the two silver coins. This is repeated twice. Then the penny vanishes and appears under the purse. This repeated. The penny vanishes and ends up under the card box. Then it vanishes and appears on top of the card box. All three coins vanish and appear under the glass. Finally, three jumbo coins are produced, one each under the glass, the purse, and the card box.

There are, of course, other routines of this nature that have been published, including Jamy Ian Swiss' "Double Ashtray/Drink" routine, Doc Eason's "Repeat Card Under Glass" (which comes from Heba Haba Al's seminal work on the trick), the aforementioned Goshman routine, and my own "Card, Forehead, and Saltshaker" routine. One big difference between "The Mother Load" and all these other routines is that "The Mother Load" appears to be designed for a formal close-up venue (for example, the Close-up Gallery in the Magic Castle). The routine demands a lot of table space, quite a few props must be brought to the table, and the audience must be configured in a particular way. I mention this because a routine of this nature can only be perfected by repeated performances in front of real people. You can practice all you want in front of a mirror, but you won't really get good until you try it in front of a audience. Unless you work regularly at the Magic Castle, I'm not sure where you're going to be able to perform this routine.

"The Mother Load" is clever and well constructed, and if you're interested in this type of routine it would be a worthwhile resource. But unfortunately, I just don't see this routine as being of practical use to the close-up worker who plies his trade in normal close-up venues.

Walter Wick's Optical Tricks By Walter Wick

Some of you may remember a photograph of Jerry Andrus standing inside an impossibly constructed crate. The design of the crate is an optical illusion, and as such usually existed only as a drawing. But there it was in real life with Mr. Andrus standing comfortably inside it (or outside it, depending on how you looked at it).

Photographer/author Walter Wick has designed a children's book which contains photographs of impossible objects. The book is beautifully designed, and it will turn your brain inside out as you try to figure out how these illusions are constructed. (Amazingly, even the front cover of the book is an optical illusion.) Walter Wick's Optical Tricks is a great book to put on your coffee table as a reminder of the remarkable ability of the human brain. I'm fascinated every time I look through it.

(My thanks to Mac King for bringing this book to my attention.)

Animated Miracles By Yigal Mesika

Magicians continue to be fascinated with tricks using invisible thread. Norway's Finn John pioneered the use of a loop of invisible elastic thread. Yigal Mesika has purchased the rights to the Finn John "Loop," and in Animated Miracles he has compiled ten effects which use the Loop.

The effects include several methods for animating a fork, psycho-kinetic effects with matches and eyeglasses, a very nice "Haunted Deck" handling, and a method for performing the floating finger ring.

As Mr. Mesika states in final section of Animated Miracles, "Loop" work has two drawbacks: in a bright room the thread is very visible; and the thread is fragile. This means that you will not be able to do these tricks under all conditions, and you will have to practice. It is this last condition that most magicians are blind to, and it is for this reason that many are disappointed when they purchase a trick whose method depends on thread. Competency in thread work demands a major commitment. You have to live with the thread until it becomes a part of you. Only this will inspire the confidence to use it fearlessly and effectively.

You can perform some miraculous effects with the "Loop." If you're willing to pay the price (in time and effort) you'll find some strong magic in Animated Miracles.

Cosmosis, Zoom, Haunted By Ben Harris

Speaking of thread tricks, one of the most ripped-off tricks in recent memory is Ben Harris' "Cosmosis," more familiarly known as "The Floating Match." Mr. Harris has returned to the magic scene after a five-year absence, and has re-released his original trick. The effect is this: A match is placed on the back of a playing card. The match suddenly rises off the back of the card and floats above it. Various "proving" moves are possible, including passing a finger ring over the floating match.

"Cosmosis" comes with a prepared playing card, a large instruction sheet with 23 photographs, and a small sample of elastic thread. The instructions are excellent, and included are instructions on how to construct the "Cosmosis" card and 12 tips from Jim Kleefeld. I have never played with any version of this trick, so I can't comment on the construction of the "Cosmosis" card vs. any of the knock-offs. The card included handled just fine (as long as you pay attention to lighting considerations), and with the instructions provided (and a supply of elastic thread) you can make up any kind of card you want.

Mr. Harris is offering an interesting deal. "Cosmosis" sells for $15, but if you trade in your knock-off version at the time of purchase the price is only $7.50. Since I think it's important to support the creative people in magic, I think this trade-in option is a good idea.

"Zoom" is another thread effect in which a playing card mysteriously moves around the tabletop. The construction of the card is ingenious, and the card can be handed out for examination without fear of the gaff being detected. You should know, however, that one hand remains in close proximity to the card as it moves around the table. Again, the instructions are excellent, and the method of preparing the gaffed card is explained. As with most thread tricks, this one will require concerted practice in order to be effective.

Since the above two effects require elastic thread, Mr. Harris is also selling "Ultra Elastic Thread." 200 feet of thread are provided in a small cardboard dispenser. The instructions explain how to prepare various gaffed cards, and more importantly how to make elastic loops. You should know, however, that this thread is very shiny. The instructions give a method for eliminating this shine.

Finally, "Haunted" is a non-thread effect. The magician shows a piece of stiff paper and folds the paper into a triangular tube. A card is selected (forced). Flour (or salt, or sugar, or any powdery substance) is sprinkled into the tube. When the tube is lifted the spectators see the name of the card written in flour.

"Haunted" is a clever effect, but I see a few problems. First, it's a little messy, so you'll have to find the correct performing situation. (My suggestion is to use pepper and place the tube on a cocktail napkin. Then the mess is easily disposed of.) Second, I think that spectators are really going to want to examine the paper tube, and this they cannot do. This means that you're going to have to manage the situation in such a way to take the heat off the tube, and I'm not sure how to accomplish that.

All these items are worth your consideration. If you understand that none of them is the miracle of the ages, and all of them will require practice to perform effectively, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Business Card Scanner By El Duco

Sweden's El Duco has come up with a handy prop that allows you to easily switch one set of business cards for another. The main effect goes like this: The magician removes a small (4 x 2.5 inch) business card case. A business card is removed and offered to the spectator. Unfortunately, the card is blank on both sides. Another card is removed, and it too is blank on both sides. The cards are returned to the case, and the magician removes a pen from his pocket. (The pen is ungaffed, and should have a standard metal clip.) A card is removed from the case, and the pen is clipped to it. The pen is slid along the card. At the end of the sliding action the card is turned over and the face of the card has been printed. (In the ad for this trick the photograph depicts the spectator's view just after the card has been turned over.) The business card is given to the spectator.

The business card case is made of leather, and it looks completely innocent. It cannot be examined, but there is no reason why the spectator should want to do so. The case does not use the Himber Wallet principle. The handling is very easy, and the case can be used for any effect in which you need to switch a business card.

El Duco's "Business Card Scanner" is a practical and useful little prop. If the effect appeals, I think you'll find it to be a worthwhile addition to your close-up repertoire.

The Double-up Wallet The Gripper Card Case By Roy Roth

"The Double-up Wallet" from England's Roy Roth allows you to perform the following two-phase effect: The magician brings out a wallet. Flipping it open reveals that one side of the wallet has a clear plastic compartment. Under this compartment is a piece of a file card. The file card is removed and the spectator signs it. It is replaced under the clear plastic compartment. A card is selected (forced). The name of the card appears on the file card that had been signed by the spectator. The magician attempts a second trick. A playing card is selected and signed by the spectator. The magician flips open the wallet and points out a zipper that runs the length of the wallet. The zipper is opened and a card is removed from the zippered compartment. It is the signed card.

"The Double-up Wallet" comes with a routine by Billy McComb, and while I generally defer to Dr. McComb's taste and experience, in this case I don't understand what benefits this wallet offers. In the first phase of the routine you cannot hand out the file card after the writing appears. To me this is a step backwards, since you could simply use the "Out to Lunch" principle and have writing appear on a card that can be given out as a souvenir. There are other wallets on the market that allow you to load a card into a zippered compartment without the need for sleight-of-hand, and if I were going that route, I would choose a Mullica-style wallet.

The "Gripper Card Case" is a small leather case that will hold a deck of cards. The case is attached to a metal clip with a strip of Velcro. The clip can be hooked onto your belt. To make use of the cards you just pull the case off the clip. I can see this being useful for the close-up worker for whom pockets are at a premium. Using the clip frees up a pocket. When you first play with the case you'll need to loosen up the leather to allow a deck in a card box to be completely inserted. Once you do this, the case works like a charm. For the close-up and strolling magician, the "Gripper Card Case" is a handy item.

The effect of this trick may sound familiar to you. The magician places a white sticker on the back of a playing card. The sticker is identified by writing the current date on it. The card is replaced in the pack. Anyone in the audience names any playing card they wish. That card is removed from the face up deck, and the card is rested, face out against a beer bottle. To completely isolate the card, the bottle is lifted and placed onto the card. Now, a spectator searches through the deck for the card that had the sticker on it. This card cannot be found. The card under the bottle is removed. It has the sticker on its back.

If this effect sounds familiar, it's because it's David Harkey's trick. Mr. Harkey published three different versions: in the April 1987 issue of Linking Ring, in the October 1988 issue of Genii, and in Simply Harkey (page 163.) The method of "Pete's ESP" is almost identical to Harkey's "Spinner," including the ploy of "accidentally" writing the wrong date on the sticker, and the method for causing the card with the sticker to disappear from the deck. There is no mention of Mr. Harkey in the instructions of "Pete's ESP."

I see no reason why you and Mr. Harkey should both be ripped off. "Pete's ESP" sells for $15 and you get a deck of cards, some stickers, and the instructions. Track down either of the two magazines referenced above, or spend $30 more for Simply Harkey and get 59 extra tricks. Under no circumstances should you buy "Pete's ESP."

Mr. Mysto Poster From MystoTrix

When I was a kid I loved comic books, and I had a ton of them. (Oh, for a time machine to go back and seal those puppies in plastic bags and lock them in a safe deposit box.) I became less interested in comics as I grew older and they adopted the self-righteous name of "graphic novels." But I would occasionally visit a magazine shop and see if there was anything new or different.

In October or November of 1975, I was in a store in Indianapolis, and saw issue number one of Mr. Mysto Magazine. The cover art was great. There was Mr. Mysto, swinging from a light cord, a busty babe wrapped in his right arm, kicking the snot out of some bad guy. I leafed through the comic, but for some reason I never bought it. Later, when I went back for it, the copy was gone, and the store never stocked any more of them.

You can imagine my surprise, then, when I received in the mail a poster depicting that comic book cover which I had not seen (or even thought about for that matter) for almost 25 years. The poster is 18 x 24 inches, and is printed in vibrant colors on high quality paper. It's a perfect addition to any guestroom where you don't want people overstaying their welcome.

I understand that the Magic Castle has acquired the original artwork (done by the talented Daniel Sylvester), so you may have seen this as you walked to the Palace of Mystery. It's fun and it's funny. What more can I say?

Magical Melodies By Alan Skogerbo

Defying the Laws of Physics: Music for Magic By David Gustafson

Magicians are always on the lookout for inexpensive, royalty free music for their acts. These two new compact discs hope to fill that need. Alan Skogerbo's Magical Melodies provides 13 full length tunes (ranging in time from 1:47 to 4:39) and 13 short pieces

(ranging from :11 to :33). The music is all synthesized. I was not particularly thrilled with the production; I think that the drums needed to be "beefier" and the music lacked punch. Unfortunately, my first impression was "video game music."

I was more impressed with David Gustafson's Defying the Laws of Physics. There are nine full-length cuts, and the music was written with certain illusions in mind (sword basket, shadow box, origami, metamorphosis, etc.). I liked the grooves, the mix, the sounds (again, this is mostly synthesized music), and the drums. Each of the long cuts is edited into shorter versions. In addition, Mr. Gustafson provides some short pieces for use as intro and exit music. Unfortunately, some of these attempt orchestral simulation, and sound "cheesy." The last piece on the disc is a version of the ending of Igor Stravinsky's Firebird. Since this is the music that Lance Burton has used in his show for many years, my suggestion to all of you is: Stay away from it! This music is associated with Lance, so pick something else.

It is impossible for me to know your taste in music. What I dislike you may find perfectly acceptable, and there is no way for me to describe music in words. Fortunately, both of these gentlemen have web sites that will allow you to listen to some of their music. I urge you to check them out before you buy.

It's Not Magic, But.

While we're on the subject of music, I want to bring to your attention a couple of music programs. I've been using music software since the days of the old Apple IIe, and these two programs are great fun to use, even if you're not a professional musician.

The first is Acid Music, from Sonic Foundry. This is a loop-based music program. This means that you use small wave files to construct your music. One drawback with this type of program is that if the wave files are not in the same key, or are not at the same tempo, things sound very strange. The Acid Music program handles all these chores, allowing you to "paint" with sounds. Even if you have no music training at all, you can make some funky music, white boy. Go to www.sonicfoundry.com for more information.

Band-in-a-Box is a midi program, and to get full benefit from it you need to have some music training. You type in a chord progression, choose a style of music, hit the "Play" key and the program generates rhythm tracks in the style you've chosen. There is also an intelligent soloist function that generates improvised solos over the chord changes. This program is a hoot, and has great potential for jazz education. Find out more at www.pgmusic.com.

Details

Harry Lorayne Card Videos by Harry Lorayne. Four videos, each $29.95, all four for $110. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142. Orders: 1-800-6266572. Fax: 530-525-7008. Email: [email protected]

Mark Leveridge's Master Routines Volumes 1& 2 by Mark Leveridge. Each video $19.95. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142. Orders: 1-800-6266572. Fax: 530-525-7008. Email: [email protected]

Kevin King's Money Morph by Kevin King. $20 plus $3 p&h. From The Magic Smith, 64 Seafare, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Fax: 949-249-8277. Web site: www.magicsmith.com

Close-up & Personal by David Regal. 8.5 x 11, hardcover with glossy dustjacket. 254 pages. $45 plus $5 p&h. From Hermetic Press, 1500 SW Trenton Street, Seattle, WA 98106-2468. Fax: 206-768-1688. Email: [email protected]

Science Magic by Martin Gardner. 5 x 8, hardcover. 96 pages. $14.95. From Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ISBN 0-8069-9543-2. Available from your local bookstore or any online bookstore

The Center Flip and Other Cardtastrophes by Michael Schwartz. 5.5 x 8.5, plastic comb bound. 104 pages. $20. From Designer Things, 9112 Darnell, Lenexa, KS 66215

The Mother Load by Dylan Sardo. Written by John Lovick. 8.5 x 11, stapled softcover. 16 pages. $15 postpaid. From John Lovick, 4322 ^ Sunset Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Email: [email protected].

Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wicks. Oversized hardcover. 45 pages. $13.95. From Scholastic Inc. ISBN 0-590-22227-9. Available from your local bookstore or any online bookstore.

Animated Miracles by Yigal Mesika. 8.5 x 11, plastic comb bound. 20 pages. $25. Available from your favorite dealer.

Cosmosis. $15. ($7.50 with trade-in of knock-off version.) Zoom. $10. Haunted. $10.

Ultra Elastic Thread. $25. All four by Ben Harris. From Media T Marketing Pty. Ltd. Email: [email protected]. Available from your favorite magic dealer.

Business Card Scanner by El Duco. $25 plus $2 p&h. From El Duco's Magic, Box 31052, S-20049 Malmo, Sweden. Fax: +49 40 21 72 28. Email: [email protected]

The Double-up Wallet. 30 pounds Sterling

The Gripper Card Case. 25 pounds Sterling. Both from R.A.R. Magic, 82 Pennard Drive, Pennard, Swansea, SA3 2DP, U.K. Fax: 01792 233517. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.rarmagic.co.uk

Pete's ESP by Pete Best, Jr. (?). $15. From Discount Magic and Cool Stuff Warehouse, Box 285063, Boston, MA 02128-5063. Fax: 800-438-7236. Email: [email protected]

Mr. Mysto Poster. $20 postpaid (foreign orders add $5). From MystoTrix, 13134 Valleyheart Dr., #3, Studio City, CA 91604. Email: [email protected]

Magical Melodies by Alan Skogerbo. $19.95 plus $3 p&h ($5 overseas postage). From Alan Skogerbo, 1103 11th Avenue NE, Rochester, MN 55906. Email: [email protected]. Web site: http ://paloma.iuma.com.

Defying the Laws of Physics by David Gustafson. $38. From Human Music & Sound Design, 4 Tartan Court, Horsham, PA 19044. Fax: 215-682-7945. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.humanmusic.com.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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