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 to the world of corporate magic. Recently, he has resurfaced, once again appearing at magic conventions. In Dingle's Deceptions: The Video, Derek revisits the material from his first book, Dingle's Deceptions (written by Harry Lorayne). This is the first video from Kaufman and Company, and unfortunately, it fails to completely satisfy.

All six routines from Dingle's Deception are included on the video, and there is a bonus routine, Derek's very commercial version of "The Card in the Balloon." These are the original handlings, and not the updated handlings described in Derek Dingle's Complete Works (Kaufman, 1982). These are not routines for the faint of heart (or chops). They are all technically demanding, and will require considerable practice.

In "Four Coins in the Counting," four quarters assemble under the cover of two playing cards. This routine marked the first appearance of the now standard Pick Up Move (independently developed by Al Schneider). A highlight of this routine is the steal and load of the jumbo coin. The other coin routine demonstrated is "International Coins Through the Table," in which four completely different coins penetrate the tabletop and land in a glass held under the table.

The remaining five items are card routines. "Open Sez Me" was one of the first of the "produce four aces in four different flourishy ways" routines which have now become commonplace in the literature. Explained in this routine is the Dingle Bluff Shift, a remarkably useful utility move which seems to have been overlooked by present day card workers. "Through and Through" is a variation of Vernon's "Queen's Soiree," which does use a sheet of newspaper. The Two, Three, and Four of Spades penetrate a jumbo card to join the Ace of Spades. You must be seated to perform this routine. The "Double Color-Changing Aces" is just that; four aces are lost in the deck, they are produced one at a time, their backs change from red to blue, and then their backs instantly change back to red.

Hard-boiled Mysteries by Bruce Cervon. 8.5 x 11, hardcover with glossy dustjacket. 178 pages. $40 postpaid in US and Canada. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142

L.I.N.T. by John Luka. 8.5 x 11, hardcover with glossy dustjacket. 143 pages. $29.95 postpaid in US and Canada. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142

Trephine by Richard Bartram, Jr. 8.5 x 11, hardcover. 182 pages. $35. From Magic Methods, PO Box 4105L, Greenville, NC 29608

The Magic Business by Michael Bailey. 8.5 x 11, perfect bound. 390 pages. $100. From H & R Magic Books, 3702 Cyril Drive, Humble, TX 77396-4032

Michael Skinner's Professional Close-up Magic Volumes 1-4 by Michael Skinner. Each volume $29.94, postpaid in US and Canada. All 4 videos for $110. Michael Skinner's Master Teach-in Series Volumes 1-3 by Michael Skinner. Each volume $12.50, postpaid in US and Canada. All 3 videos for $35. From A-1 MultiMedia, 3337 Sunrise Blvd., #8, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

The Tommy Wonder Video by Tommy Wonder. $29.95 postpaid in US and Canada. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142

On the Pass by Richard Kaufman. $35 postpaid (domestic and foreign surface postage). From Richard Kaufman, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 106-292, Washington, DC 20016

Basic Card Technique by Richard Kaufman. $35 postpaid (domestic and foreign surface postage). From Richard Kaufman, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 106-292, Washington, DC 20016

The Dice Stacking Video. $19.95 postpaid in US and Canada. From A-1 MultiMedia, 3337 Sunrise Blvd., #8, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Hello, Sucker! by Harry Anderson. $19.95 postpaid in US. From Meir Yedid, P.O. Box 2566, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Cash Card & Cash on the Corner by Phil Goldstein and Shigeo Tagaki. $19.50 plus $3 p&h. From Marcelo Contento Productions, P.O. Box 396, Watertown, MA 02272-0396

Sprizzer: $19.95. Sprizzer Video: $14.95. Both for $29.95 plus $4.95 p&h. Thumbs-Up: $14.95. Both from Inferno USA, 4255 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 275M, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Spooked by Nicholas Einhorn. $65 (35 pounds Sterling). From Nicholas Einhorn, 75 Millwell Crescent, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5HX, England

Celebrity Autographs by Terry LaGerould. $29.95 plus $2 p&h in US. From Terry LaGerould, 300 Holcomb Ave., Suite #7, Reno, NV 89502

With a Chinese Menu in His Hand. $15.00 plus $3.50 p&h. Both from Radio Free Atlantis Productions, P.O. Box 477, Powell, OH 43065

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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