Magie Duvivier

by Jon Racherbaumer

I met Dominique Duvivier at a convention in Le Puy, France a couple of years ago. With the wisdom that comes from having organized lots of conventions, the powers that be scheduled the gala close-up show to begin at midnight. It actually started later than that. The conditions were horrible, the audience was exhausted, but Dominique opened the show and knocked everyone for a loop with several of the routines from this book. In fact, his performance was so successful, that most of the audience left when he did, feeling that everything else would be anti-climactic.

You are probably familiar with a trick of Dominique's called "Printing," which Daryl brought to the United States. He has several other marketed effects, including "Chameleon," and "Nervous Breakdown," but Magie Duvivier is the first American collection of routines from his professional repertoire. Most of the 37 routines are card effects (including ace assemblies, prediction tricks, card revelations, "Triumph" type effects), but there are also coin routines (including an explanation and routine for the Duvivier Coin Box), a cup and ball routine (which ends with the extremely offbeat production of a fourth cup!), and a very practical linking pins routine. There is also a section describing Dominique's handling of some standard card moves.

The routines are well constructed, and magicians of average technical ability should find them appealing, because none are particularly difficult. Many of Dominique's marketed items are described, and you will need to purchase these props if you want to do the routines. I should also mention that a few of the routines require that the performer be seated.

Jon Racherbaumer did his usual fine job describing the effects, and Ton Onosaka did the excellent illustrations. As a bonus, the book comes with the cards and card case required for the "Printing" routine. If you're a close-up guy, this book is definitely worth your consideration.

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Fundamentals of Magick

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