No End in Sight

A little over a year ago, I predicted that we had reached the high water mark of magic production. The deluge of books, videos, and tricks would soon begin to recede. Boy, was I wrong. So, once again, I offer you short reviews of a whole bunch of stuff.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks By Tom Ogden

Tom Ogden is well known as fine magician and a very funny guy. Although this book appears under the banner of The Complete Idiot's Guide series, do not be misled. Tom's book is neither condescending, nor is it written to appeal to idiots. Not only does The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks contain excellent beginner's tricks, it also discusses subjects which are rarely addressed in a book geared toward the novice.

The book begins with several introductory chapters that cover the origins of magic, the basic effects of magic, some important rules for the fledgling magician, constructing patter, finding your character, and what to do when things go wrong. There is also a wonderful little section listing some of the "right" and "wrong" reasons for taking up magic as a hobby.

The next large section of the book contains the tricks. For the most part, these tricks have appeared in other magic books geared toward the general public. Exposure of these tricks is not going to do your show any harm. There are tricks with cards, money, everyday objects, food, rope, and silks. Also included are mathematical mysteries, simple mental effects, and tricks suitable for the stage (the "Afghan Bands," "Clippo," the "Miser's Dream," and "Dollar Bill in Orange.") Bound into the front and the back of the book are two cardboard sheets that contain gaffed cards that can be punched out. The back design of these cards is the standard Bicycle Brand, but because of the thinness of the cardboard you would not be able to ring in these cards from a normal deck. Tom explains all the tricks very clearly, and the text is accompanied with many sidebar hints, tips, and enrichment information.

The book concludes with a brief history of magic, information on some current practitioners, and sources of further information, including a recommended reading list. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks is a fine book for the beginner, and I recommend that you keep it in mind as an excellent choice for someone who is just starting out in magic.

The Egg Bag Book By John Novak

The Egg Bag is a classic magic trick. In the 1876 American edition of Modern Magic, Professor Hoffmann referred to the Egg Bag as "a very old fashioned trick." (A version appeared in Clever & Pleasant Inventions in 1584.) Yet, it remains in the repertoires of many contemporary professionals. (For example, Jeff Hobson absolutely kills with his Egg Bag routine.) Why does this trick preserver? Probably for two reasons: the props are simple, and the effect is clear-cut and easy to understand. The egg appears, the egg disappears, the egg comes back. In addition, because of its simplicity, the Egg Bag is the perfect vehicle for allowing a performer's personality to express itself.

In The Egg Bag Book, John Novak has compiled a large amount of useful information about this venerable trick. Mr. Novak discusses the various styles of Egg Bag (giving basic construction patterns), describes the different types of eggs which can be used, offers several different routines, lists notable performers who have used the prop, and gives a useful Bibliography of books and videos which contain Egg Bag information.

I find Mr. Novak's writing style to be somewhat difficult to read at times, but there is no denying that he has assembled a very useful reference book. If you are serious about constructing an Egg Bag routine of your own, you'll definitely want to have The Egg Bag Book in your library.

(Stevens Magic Emporium has also released The Egg Bag video featuring Martin Lewis, Tom Mullica, Billy McComb, Charlie Miller, and Johnny Thompson. This video contains excellent information from top-notch performers and is certainly worth your consideration. The Egg Bag video is $22.50 postpaid, but you can purchase it and The Egg Bag Book together for $35 postpaid.)

Masters of Mental Magic: Falkenstein and Willard Volumes 1-3 By Glenn Falkenstein and Frances Willard

The team of Glenn Falkenstein and Frances Willard is well known in the world of magic. They have received numerous awards, including the Joseph Dunninger Award, the Milbourne Christopher Award of Excellence, Jack Smith's Dragon Award, Stage Magicians of the Year from the Magic Castle (multiple times), and they were recently inducted into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame as living legends. Watching Frances Willard in a state of serene repose as the curtains of the Spirit Cabinet are whipped aside is truly one of the great moments in magic.

Having written the above paragraph, I must now disregard all of it and focus only on the product which has recently been released, the three volume Masters of Mental Magic: Falkenstein and Willard. I fear that I am now in the same position as the boy who commented on the Emperor's wardrobe, and that is a very unpleasant position. Many aspects of these tapes are disappointing. I will mention the good, the bad, and the ugly, and hope that I give you enough information to make an intelligent buying decision.

First, the ugly: Volume 1 contains performances of three of Falkenstein and Willard's well-known routines: The Blindfold Act, the Two-way Mindreading Act, and the Gypsy

Rope Tie. (The famous Spirit Cabinet routine does not appear on these videos.) These performances were videotaped at Graham's Restaurant in Squaw Valley. In an attempt to provide a backdrop for the performances one wall was draped with a curtain. Actually, it was draped with two curtains side by side, one that was an orange-brown color, the other which was a mottled gray. The sight of these two curtains butted up against each other is, unfortunately, profoundly ugly, and very distracting. It would have been better to simply leave the back wall undraped.

The show begins with Glenn performing The Blindfold Act, which is a strange amalgam of Q&A and Seeing with the Fingertips. Glenn places two half-dollars onto strips of surgical adhesive and then places the strips over his eyes, apparently "embedding the half dollars into the eye sockets." Unfortunately, it is obvious (even in a long shot) that the half-dollars are off to the sides. You can clearly see Glenn's closed eyes. Even at the end of the taping process there is a gaping hole at the side of his nose. As Glenn is being blindfolded, Frances collects cards that audience members have filled out. These cards are placed into a wicker basket that sits on top of a small stand. Also hanging from the stand is a net basket that is used as a waste container.

The act consists of Glenn waking to the stand, removing a card from the wicker basket, crumbling the card in his hands, and then apparently revealing the information on the card. Unfortunately, on this particular performance, it is painfully obvious that Glenn is reading the information off the cards in the basket. He spends far too much time looking into the basket instead of facing the person whose mind he is apparently reading. Also, for a man who is supposed to be blindfolded, he has the uncanny ability of finding the wastebasket with unerring accuracy. (He turns, he shoots, he scores!)

Next is the Two-way Mindreading Act. Frances is blindfolded, and Glenn walks through the audience picking up items that Frances identifies. This act is effective, and there are some very funny bits. The code used is deceptive, except when Glenn codes the serial number of a dollar bill. ("Will you get the number? Can you next? All right. See if you can get it, can you? Go ahead try.") I cannot help but think that an intelligent spectator would suspect that there is some sort of covert communication going on here.

Finally, Glenn and Frances perform The Gypsy Rope Tie. Frances' hands are tied behind her back and then arms and torso are bound with a long length of rope. A male spectator stands in front of her, and a curtain is placed around them. They are out of sight for a few seconds, and when the curtain is lowered, Frances is wearing the man's jacket, although her hands, arms, and body are still securely bound. This is a very effective trick.

Volume One ends with an informal discussion with Glenn, Frances and Michael and Hannah Ammar. The conversation includes information on the history of the various acts, and Frances shows various pieces of memorabilia, including the Rapping Hand used by Willard. Volume One includes only the performance and the discussion. There are no explanations of the three acts.

Volume Two contains the explanations of the three acts performed on Volume One. If you only purchase this tape you'll still be able to get a flavor of each act, because Glenn and Frances do a brief demonstration before they begin the explanation. First on the menu is the Blindfold Act. Glenn explains the taping process, and describes how he has modified his blindfold (actually a pair of dark glasses) to compensate for declining visual acuity. If you choose to add the Blindfold Act to your repertoire, you'll have to make a philosophical decision regarding the use of the information cards. Even though I'm not a mentalist, it would seem to me that when doing Q&A the first thing you'd want to do is get the information cards out of the audience's sight quickly. The less the audience remembers the cards, the stronger the impression of mindreading. With Glenn's approach, the cards are the focus of attention, and if you have to take more than a brief glance at them to learn the information, I fear the audience will sense that something underhanded is going on. (In fact, Glenn mentions that in venues with poor lighting, he will place a lamp near the stand on which the card basket rests. What must the audience think of that?)

The code used by Glenn and Frances was taught to them by the Mardonis. The basis of the code is explained, as are the words used to code numbers. However, they do not go into detail on the code words for each specific object. (Glenn and Francis can code 121 different objects.) However, with the information they give, it would certainly be possible to construct your own coding system.

The routine that will be of most use to the stand-up or stage magician is the Gypsy Rope Tie. The history of this effect is not explained on the video, but I believe a Russian couple, Elaine and Rudolph, originally featured this trick. (Considering that Glenn and Frances did not invent the trick, one could certainly argue about the ethics of revealing it on videotape without credit or permission.) The Gypsy Rope Tie is one of those "packs small/plays big" tricks that we're all looking for, and I would guess that it will find its way into many magicians' acts.

Volume 3 contains a potpourri of mental effects, most involving playing cards. None are strikingly original. You'll finding handlings of The Princess Card Trick (performed as a two-person effect), a three-card divination using a simple force, Paul Curry's "Out of This World" (with a method for setting up the trick using Sid Lorraine's Slop Shuffle), a three-card prediction using the One Ahead principle, and a simple handling for the Lie Detector plot. Also included are handlings for the venerable Ball and Tube (which begins as a nice experiment in imagination and unfortunately degenerates into a magic trick) and an effect in which a blindfolded Frances divines the serial numbers of several borrowed dollar bills. This latter trick is marred by the fact that Frances stands behind the infamous "wicker basket of information" as she recites the serial numbers. Any intelligent spectator is going to know exactly what's going on. Finally, Glenn explains several of his promotional stunts, including a headline prediction and a blindfold drive. (Although the box cover of Volume 3 states that there is an interview with Michael and Hannah Ammar on this video, none is included.) While the effects on this video are certainly practical, anyone who has studied mentalism for a length of time will probably already be familiar with all of them.

So, what's the bottom line? Anyone looking for a tape as a historical document of the Falkenstein and Willard act will probably be disappointed with Volume 1, although they may enjoy the interview segments. On Volume 2, the Gypsy Rope Tie is probably worth the price of the tape. Volume 3 will only be of benefit to those with limited knowledge of the repertoire of mental magic.

(By the way, don't bother sending hate mail. There was no pleasure writing this review.) Phobia

By Kevin Wade

The effect of this little close-up routine is as follows: The magician shows a small pay envelope that is held closed with a paper clip. The clip is removed and the magician partially slides out a small playing card. Only the back of this card is seen. As the card is slid back into the envelope, the magician comments that the card is a prediction of events to come. Next, a small packet of cards is introduced. Each card contains the description of a phobia, and the object associated with that phobia. (For example, there is a card with a spider, representing arachnophobia, and one with a rattlesnake, representing ophidiophobia. As an aside, I should mention that arachnophobia is misspelled on the card.) A spectator selects one of these cards. He then opens the prediction envelope. In a very startling way the magician proves his prediction was correct.

To be fair to Mr. Wade, I have been intentionally vague as to the climax of this trick. The surprise at the end of this trick is very much like the surprise at the end of Jim Pace's "The Web." That is, the spectator is going to get a scary shock. For this reason, I would never perform "Phobia" for anyone but my friends. The handling is very simple (only a basic double lift is required) and if this type of effect appeals, you will certainly get a strong reaction.

(I should also mention that there is another effect that has just been released which also involves a phobia theme. The effects have different climaxes. I do not believe that either inventor had knowledge of the other's creation.)

Omega

By Stephen Tucker

Phil Goldstein's "B'Wave" continues to inspire variations, the most recent being "Omega," from England's Stephen Tucker. The description of the effect is a bit involved. Here it goes: The magician brings out a packet of eight cards. He explains that these are two sets of the four queens (apparently all blue-backed). One set is face up, and this set is placed on the table. The other four (face down) cards are held behind the magician's back as he (apparently) makes a prediction. The cards come out from behind the back and are placed on the table (still face down). Now, the magician picks up the face up packet and places them behind his back. He asks the spectator to think of one of the queens, and then asks which queen is being thought of (for example, the Queen of Clubs). The magician announces that he knew the spectator was going to think of the Queen of Clubs. The face up cards are brought out from behind the back and held in the left hand. The magician spreads the packet of face down cards that are lying on the table. Three of these cards are face down, but the Queen of Clubs is face-up. Now comes a set of successive kickers: The face up cards in the left hand are spread, and one card is seen to be face down. The three face up cards are turned over, they now have red backs. The face down card is turned over, its face is now blank. The Queen of Clubs that is face up on the table is turned over, its back is now red. The other three face down cards are turned over, their faces are now blank. At this point all the cards can be examined.

The hype on "Omega" is that it is "The world's only examinable 'B'Wave'" This is true. The method is clever, but I fear that the method is cleverer than the resultant effect. I tried out this effect on many people on my trip to and from the Little Rock IBM Convention, and the consensus was that the effect was confusing. I agree, and there was nothing I could figure out to make things less confusing. You should also know that it is necessary to be able to hold cards in the palm in order to perform "Omega." (Notice that I didn't say that you have to be able to palm cards. You place the cards in the palm behind your back, so no palming skill is required. I apologize to Mr. Tucker for "tipping" part of his method, but potential buyers should know this.) I messed around with several different handlings, but I could not eliminate the "behind the back" procedures, and to my way of thinking, going behind your back twice kills this effect. Compared to the clarity and fairness of "B'Wave," "Omega" seems cluttered, contrived, and confusing.

For your $18.50 you get a single sheet of instructions and eight ungaffed cards. Card guys will probably be intrigued by "Omega" and will attempt (as I did) to work out a cleaner handling. But is that challenge worth $18.50? I don't think so. "Omega" would probably have been better suited for publication in a book or a magazine, rather than being released as an individual trick.

VideoDrome By Andy Nyman Card in Crystal Ball From Mike Rogers Bottoms Up! By Jeff Brown

Venerable indeed is the following plot: The spectator selects a playing card and the magician (that would be you) reveals its identity in an interesting way. I've grouped together the three tricks listed above because they are variations of this plot.

Andy Nyman's "VideoDrome" is the most interesting of the lot. It is designed to be used when you have friends visiting your home. Lying out on your coffee table is a videotape from the London Centre of Paranormal Research (formerly the London Centre of Paranormal Research and Cosmetic Hair Removal). If one of your friends notices the tape, you suggest attempting some easy psychic experiments to see if he is a suitable test subject. Some tests involving numbers and geometric designs are performed. (A nice touch here is that all the tests involve the videotape box cover.) Finally, the spectator selects a playing card. (This is done in such a way that the selection appears quite fair.) The videotape is placed into the VCR and played. The spectator places his hand against the TV screen as playing cards are displayed. When he sees his card he is to think, "Stop." After a few moments the correct card is revealed on the TV screen.

What Andy has come up with is not an earth-shattering new idea, but the video is nicely produced and I like the fact that you do the preliminary tests using the video box. It is possible to repeat the effect, but I would suggest against this. The entire routine is sleight-free. If the effect appeals, I think you'll have a lot of fun with "VideoDrome".

Mike Rogers has come out with a small (about 7/8-inch in diameter) clear acrylic ball to use in the following effect: A spectator picks a card (forced). The magician shows the little ball, calling it a miniature crystal ball. Another spectator looks into the interior of the ball as the magician holds it in front of him. Suddenly, the spectator sees the image of an Ace of Diamonds materialize in the interior of the ball. The Ace of Diamonds is indeed the selected card.

This is a simple and effective trick (one which was a favorite of Dr. Jaks), and Mike provides you with the ball, a small red drawstring bag to carry it in, and a small sheet of instructions. Unfortunately, one small mistake was made in the manufacturing process. When the image of the card was stamped on the outside of the ball, it was not reversed. This means that when you look through the crystal, the image of the Ace of Diamonds is backwards. This is not a fatal flaw, because the image is recognizable, even though the indices are in the wrong corners (and fortunately, the letter 'A' looks the same whether reversed or not). The "Card in Crystal Ball" is worthwhile.

Finally, there is Jeff Brown's "Bottoms Up!" This is a white ceramic mug which has a playing card imprinted on the inside bottom. You offer your guest a cup of coffee, force the correct playing card, and when they empty their cup they see their selected card. Again, if the effect appeals you'll have fun with this.

Professional Rope Knife By Lanny Kibbey

So, you want to do a Cut and Restored Rope routine, but, since your testosterone level can only be accurately measured using a seismograph, there is no way that you're going to use a little sissy pair of scissors. Well, you're in luck. Lanny Kibbey has produced a big honking knife that will allow you to convincingly cut a rope in half.

Lanny's knife looks like a hunting knife, with a 5-inch blade and a 5-inch cherry wood handle. In performance, you hand out a length of rope for examination. When the rope is returned, you pass the blade of the knife down the rope, asking a spectator to say stop. You stop at that point, and by placing a foot on each end of the rope you form a triangle with the rope. (The points of the triangle are the two ends trapped by your feet, and the point held against the edge of the knife.) With a swift upward movement, you apparently cut the rope in half. The actual situation is that the rope is uncut, and you have a small piece of rope doubled in half, simulating the cut ends. From this point you can go into any rope restoration you know.

"The Professional Rope Knife" is an absolutely beautiful prop, and it works like a charm. Lanny demonstrated this for me at the Little Rock IBM convention, and the cutting action looks very convincing. This is designed for the stand-up or stage magician, and if it suits your performing style I think you'll be very happy with "The Professional Rope Knife." Recommended.

The Magic of Cox Dixon By Doc Dixon

In the Linking Ring advertisements that preceded the 1999 convention in Little Rock, Doc Dixon's name was consistently misspelled as "Cox Dixon." Never one to run from an obvious joke, Doc titled his lecture notes The Magic of Cox Dixon - The World's Greatest Magician and Straight-to-Video-Actor (if you know what I mean). The notes contain five routines and a couple of essays. Included is a simple handling for causing a freely named card to rise from the deck, a funny prediction that can serve as a lead-in to a stronger routine, and a storytelling card trick (ala "Sam the Bellhop"). Doc is a thinker, and each routine acts as a springboard for a theoretical discussion.

I'm a fan of Doc's work. His tricks are practical and clever, and he writes in an entertaining way. If you are unfamiliar with his work, The Magic of Cox Dixon would be a great introduction. Recommended.

The Complete Dove Worker's Package From Amos Levkovitch

Amos Levkovitch is one of the best dove workers around. He is offering a complete package of materials for the aspiring dove worker. Here's what you get: A Christian Dior tuxedo jacket (custom tailored to the size of the performer with four dove pockets and tail pocket sewed in, and sleeves ruffled and modified for two doves), pants, shirt, bow tie, vest, four custom made dove holders with four matching 24' silks, match pull, silk clip, studs, cufflinks, a dove care manuscript, two videos, and plastic tubes for sleeve loading.

I have not examined the tuxedo Amos is offering, but considering his experience and attention to detail, I cannot imagine that this would be less than excellent. The two videos (Just Do It, and Dove Tails) are superb. Just Do It gives you the nuts and bolts information concerning the production of doves (including some tips that are the result of years of experience), and Dove Tails tells you how to keep your birds happy and healthy. Rarely have I seen anyone treat birds (or any other animal for that matter) with the love, care, and respect that Amos does. (If you don't wish purchase the entire package from Amos, each video is available separately, for $55 each plus $5 p&h.) If you are serious about dove work, "The Complete Dove Worker's Package" is an excellent investment.

Amos also is selling "The Z-Dove," a miniature version of the classic "Zig-zag" illusion using the dove as the assistant. This is a very clever and deceptive little trick and would be a novel and worthwhile addition to a dove act. The "Z-Dove" sells for $125 plus shipping and handling.

Short Takes

Here are a few words about some excellent items:

Michael Forbes is fine magician and a dedicated craftsman. His "Ring Flight" is absolutely the best prop available for doing this popular trick. The case is made of black lizard, the reel is specially made and is extremely quiet, the interior of the case can be shown, and no indentation of the reel is evident on the outside of the case. This is a beautiful prop, and has my highest recommendation.

The Science Behind the Ghost is another marvelous treatise from Jim Steinmeyer. This time around his topic is the classic "Pepper's Ghost" illusion. (The most famous recent incarnation of this illusion is in the ballroom of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.) As in previous Steinmeyer tomes you'll find tremendous scholarship presented in an entertaining way. The bad news that The Science Behind the Ghost is limited to 150 copies, half of which were snapped up at 1999 Magic Collector's convention. I hope you can track down a copy.

Lost amid all the hoopla of the resurrection of Genii magazine was the fact that the fourth and final issue of The Looking Glass was published. As with the previous three issues, the magic is excellent and the commentary (although much briefer in this issue) is interesting. (I would bet a dime to doughnut that somebody is going to take the coin routine in this issue and win a close-up contest with it.) You can obtain individual issues or a complete volume of four issues from Richard Kaufman.

Wittus Witt's International Magic Yellow Pages 1999-2001 is now available. The 9th edition of this useful little reference book contains over 3,000 entries from 55 countries covering such heading as magic dealers, lecturers, illusion builders, periodicals, clubs, collectors, and web sites. I was enthusiastic about the previous edition of the Yellow Pages, and I'm enthusiastic about this one. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide.

The creative process is a mysterious thing, and those who create are often asked how they come up with their ideas. On the audiotape Creativity - The Secrets of Invention, Mark Leveridge discusses creativity with John Bannon. In the past few years, John's law career has caused him to maintain a low profile in the magic world, so for those who don't know of him, he is the author of two excellent books (Impossibilia and Smoke and Mirrors), and is the creator of the popular packet trick "Twisted Sisters." The interview with John was recorded live in front of an audience of magicians, and sometimes the conversation wanders off course, but for the most part you'll find some interesting information on how magic tricks are brought into existence.

Stand-up magicians and kid show performers will want to check out "The Lie Detector Helmet" from Magical Productions. This "Rube Goldberg" style prop is designed for laughs. The "helmet" part is a black colander (that's a spaghetti strainer to you and me) which is placed (inverted) on a spectator's head. Attached to the top (actually the bottom, since the colander is upside-down) is a 5 x 5 inch metal contraption which holds eight batteries and has a knob, an antenna, and a flashing red light. While the spectator wears the helmet the machine beeps and the light flashes if he tells a lie. (And by the way, that's all the helmet does: it beeps and flashes.) "The Lie Detector Helmet" comes with a sample routine (and an excellent kid show suggestion from Brad Burt), but I would assume that anybody with enough money to buy this already has a routine in which it could be incorporated. My only criticism is that to trigger the helmet you use a small handheld remote control unit (measuring 1 x 2 inches). The instructions offer suggestions for concealing this remote, but for $300 it would have been nice to be able to set the thing off without using your hands.

You may remember Paul Cummins from his fine two-volume lecture notes From a Shuffled Deck in Use. Paul is also an accomplished coin magician. The effects demonstrated and explained on the new video Up in Smoke are standard plots, but Paul's methods are excellent. Several of the effects require no table, making them extremely useful for the strolling magician. I would not classify these effects as easy, but the required sleights should be in your arsenal. Paul does a fine job explaining all the sleights before going to detailed explanations of the routines. There is a bonus card routine included: a handling of the Collectors plot with a marvelous visual swindle at the end. Up in Smoke is an excellent and useful video, and I recommend it.

Michael Finney is a very fun man. This summer he appeared at both the SAM National Convention and Abbott's Get-together and he killed. Magicians associate Michael with his great comedy magic act, but Mr. Finney is also an accomplished stand-up comedian. His new compact disc Michael Finney: "No Tricks" features 52 minutes of hilarious material. One thing I admire about Michael's comedy is that it is based on genuine wit, and not gratuitous vulgarity. I laughed out loud many times, and I think you will, too. Michael is a great guy and deserves your support. Pick up a copy of his CD and let the good times roll.

(By the way, Michael was just in town working at Maxim's and he wanted me to mention that if you'd like to have your copy of the CD autographed, he would be happy to do so. Just let him know when you order.)

Details

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks by Tom Ogden. 7.5 x 9, softcover. 374 pages. $18.95. From Alpha Books. ISBN 0-02862707-5. Available from your local bookstore or any online bookstore. Web site: www.mgr.com

The Egg Bag Book by John Novak. 8.5 x 11, softcover, perfect bound. 105 pages. $21 postpaid. From Stevens Magic Emporium, 2520 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214. Email: [email protected]. Web site: http://allmagic.com/stevensmagic. Fax: 316-686-2442

Masters of Mental Magic: Falkenstein and Willard Volumes 1-3 by Glenn Falkenstein and Frances Willard. Three videos, $29.95 each, $84.95 for the set. (Free p&h in the US and Canada. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142. Fax: 530-5257008. Email: [email protected]. Website: www.allmagic.com/llpub.

Phobia by Kevin Wade. $15 plus $3 p&h. From Kevin Wade, 9982 S. 592 Road, Miami, OK 74354. Phone: 918-542-5815

Omega by Stephen Tucker. $18.50 postpaid. From Jeff Busby Magic Inc., 506 Sixth Street, Wallace, ID 83873-2249. Phone: 208-556-1192. UK and European orders can be made to Stephen Tucker, 1 Castle Haven, Foley Terrace, Great Malvern, Worcs. WR14 4RQ, England. (UK - 10 pounds Sterling postpaid; Europe - 11 pounds Sterling postpaid.) Fax: 01684-566485

VideoDrome by Andy Nyman. $30 US (20 pounds Sterling in U.K.) plus $5 p&h (2.50 pounds Sterling, U.K.) From Andy Nyman, 67 Hammersmith Grove, London, W6 ONE, England. Phone: +44 (0) 181 748 2613. Email: [email protected]

Card in Crystal Ball from Mike Rogers. $10. Available from most magic dealers.

Bottoms Up! by Jeff Brown. $14.95 postpaid. From Jeff Brown, 135 W. Second Street, Juneau, Alaska 9980. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.alaska.net/~ibrown.

Professional Rope Knife by Lanny Kibbey. $150 plus $5 p&h. From One Step Beyond, 9415 Willow Meadow, Houston, TX 77031 Web site: www.magicpress.com. Email: [email protected].

The Magic of Cox Dixon by Doc Dixon. 8.5 x 11, plastic comb bound. 30 pages. $15 plus $3.20 for p&h. From Doc Dixon, P.O. Box 68, Sutersville, PA 15083. Email: [email protected].

The Complete Dove Workers Package from Amos Levkovitch. $749.95 postpaid. From Amos Levkovitch, 7928 Rudnick Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91304. Phone: 818-340-4040. Email: [email protected].

Michael Forbes' Ring Flight. $295 postpaid. (Foreign orders add $10). From Michael Forbes, 4712 Admiralty Way, PMB 150, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Email: [email protected].

The Science Behind the Ghost by Jim Steinmeyer. 8.5 x 8.5 softcover, spiral bound. 100 pages. $35. From Hahne, 514 South Parrish Place, Burbank, CA 91506

The Looking Glass: Issue #4 from Richard Kaufman. 8.5 x 11 softcover, stapled. 40 pages. $15. (Full set of four issues - $40.) From Richard Kaufman, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 106-292, Washington, DC 20016

Magic Yellow Pages by Wittus Witt. 6 x 8 softcover, perfect bound. 176 pages. $30 (mention this review and shipping is free). From H&R Magic Books, 3839 Liles Lane, Humble, TX 77396-4088. Fax: 281-540-4443. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.magicbookshop.com.

Creativity - The Secrets of Invention. $20. From Mark Leveridge Magic, 13A Lyndhurst Road, Exeter, EX2 4PA, England. Fax: 01392 435725. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.markleveridge.co.uk.

The Lie Detector Helmet by Jeffery Smith. $299 plus $10 p&h. From Magical Presentations, 3410 Del Lago Blvd., Suite #300, Escondido, CA 92029. Phone: 877-6255421. Email: [email protected].

Up in Smoke by Paul Cummins. $35 plus $4 p&h ($10 p&h outside of US). From FASDIU Enterprises, 3703 Foxcroft Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Fax: 904-260-9943. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.fasdiu.com.

Michael Finney: "No Tricks." CD: $15, Cassette: $10. Add $3.20 for p&h. From Magical Entertainment, P.O. Box 86897, Phoenix, AZ 85080-6897

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