The Big Bash

The MAGIC Live! convention has come and gone, and for those of us who were both attendees and presenters the effects of severe sleep deprivation linger on. I am sure that you'll find complete convention coverage elsewhere in this magazine, but I'll briefly mention aspects of the convention that I found particularly special.

The Attendees: About 20 years ago, at one of Joe Stevens' early Desert Magic Seminars, a group of magicians were discussing a trick. "I'm not sure that this trick really looks good," mentioned one of the group. "Why don't we just go over and ask the inventor to do it for us?" I suggested. So we did. And this identical situation occurred several times. Pick a book (or trick) that had been published in the last ten years, and the creator was there. This same scenario occurred at the MAGIC Live! convention. If you had had the foresight to bring The Art of Astonishment volumes with you, you could have had the author, the co-author, and the publisher sign the books. Someone said to me, "I have a question about the Aronson Stack." I said, Why don't you just ask Simon, he's standing right over there." In one two-hour period of time Mac King, Penn Jillette, Robin Leach, Bill Malone, Jim Steinmeyer, Richard Kaufman, Lance Burton, and Channing Pollock addressed the conventioneers. Stan arranged for a remarkable talent line-up, which enticed a stellar group of magicians to attend the convention. From Aronson to Zarrow, the assembled multitude was a who's who of magic, and just being in their midst was a rush.

Lance and Channing: One of the most memorable moments of the convention was the Lance Burton/Channing Pollock interview segment. Channing was charming, modest, and fascinating, and Lance did a terrific job interviewing him. Finding out the story behind Channing's cool and aloof stage persona was worth the price of admission.

The Museum: Production Assistant Lisa Moore created a charming and astonishing little museum inside the Orleans Hotel. On display were some remarkable items, including Harry Eng's Impossi-Bottles, the Martin Gardner Domino Portrait, Robert Houdin's Light and Heavy Chest, and Tim Felix's incredible Toothpick Art magic tricks. The museum was a small oasis, and many of us spent a lot of time there.

Tuesday Night at the Houdini Lounge: This wasn't actually part of the convention, but a lot of magicians stopped by the Houdini Lounge during their time in Vegas. Tuesday night was special because über-pianist Mike Jones stopped by after his gig at the Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. Jones plays great all the time, but on this evening he really dug in. Nothing gave me greater pleasure than seeing Bob Kohler, Seth Kramer, and Chris Korn (themselves no slouches when it comes to technical mastery of a craft) watching slack-jawed as Jones tossed off some pianistic pyrotechnics. It was a great night.

I have been to a lot of conventions in the past 24 years, but only a handful stand out. The MAGIC Live! convention was one of the best I've ever attended. I'm delighted I was there, and I'm pleased as punch that Stan is going to hold another one next year. (Just kidding.)

And now for something completely different. As I examined my Marketplace columns in preparation for the talk I gave at the convention I noticed that I have emphasized reviews of books and videos over reviews of individual tricks. This is probably due to my own prejudice towards books and my belief that books and videos provide more bang for the buck. As a belated mea culpa, this month's column focuses only on tricks.

The Chicago Surprise

By Whit Haydn. 8.5 x 11, plastic comb bound. 35 single-sided pages. $20 plus $5 p&h. From Tricks of the Trade, 6213 Sacramento Ave., Alto Loma, CA 91701. Web site: www.chefanton.com.

I have long been impressed by Whit Haydn's abilities as a performer. In recent years I have become impressed by his skills as a writer and a magical theorist. Whit uses all these abilities to fine effect in The Chicago Surprise, a treatise on Whit's handling of The Chicago Opener. Jim Ryan and Frank Everhart popularized the original trick (hence its name), and Frank Garcia published it in Million Dollar Card Secrets (1972). Because The Chicago Opener packs a wallop and requires only average card handling ability it became an immediate favorite with both professionals and hobbyists.

Whit Haydn has turned this trick every way but loose. Whit has not only strengthened the "sell" of this trick, he has added a very important "out," which I'll discuss in a moment. The addition of this alternative procedure means that the trick comes to a strong, satisfying, and baffling conclusion no matter what actions the assisting spectator takes. Any of you who have shied away from The Chicago Opener because of a fear of failure will delight in Whit's handling.

For those of you unfamiliar with the trick, here's what happens. A card is selected from a red-backed deck. The card is returned to the deck. The magician spreads through the deck and a blue-backed card appears. The spectator names his card, the blue-backed card is turned over, and it is the same card. The blue-backed card is placed face down under a salt shaker. Another red-backed card is selected. The blue-backed card is turned over. The face of the card has changed to match the face of the second selection.

Whit's major addition relates to the second phase of the routine, where the blue-backed card changes to match the second selection. That second selection must be forced, and to be completely convincing the card should be forced in the Classic manner. What happens if you miss the force? In the original routine a missed force meant disaster. In Whit's routine a missed force simply leads to an alternative ending, one that is almost (if not just as) strong as the original ending. Knowing that regardless of the success of the force the trick will end satisfactorily eliminates all anxiety, and in fact increases the probably that the force will be successful.

Whit has not only provided a thorough write-up of his routine, including all the patter and the psychology behind each moment, he has also used The Chicago Surprise as a vehicle to discuss several interesting theoretical points, including essays on The Suspension of Disbelief, Humor, Theater, and Acting, and Patter and Misdirection. I don't immediately agree with some of Whit's points, but his essays did what they were meant to do: they started me thinking. Regardless of whether I come around to his point of view, I have begun to evaluate my own approach to magical performance in light of the suggestions he has offered. Even if you never perform The Chicago Surprise you will get your money's worth from the theoretical information. Whit has also included a bonus routine, his patter for the classic Dai Vernon effect the Brainwave Deck.

The Chicago Surprise meets all my criteria for what a superior magic product should be: 1) an audience-tested, professional caliber routine, 2) well written, 3) both handling and theoretical information (in other words, both the "how" and the "why") is included. Many professionals use Whit's routine. I'm sure you're going to want to as well.

Red See Passover Ad-Jacent

By Simon Aronson. See review for individual prices. Available from Simon Aronson, 2500 N. Lakeview, Chicago, IL 60614. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.simonaronson.com. Also available from A-1 MagicalMedia (www.a1magicalmedia.com) or your favorite dealer.

Simon Aronson is well known for his four books of high quality card magic. Most magicians associate Simon with the card arrangement that bears his name and for ingeniously constructed card routines that use a normal deck of cards. Less well known are the routines that make use of gaffed cards. Simon has created quite a few of these, and, happily, two of the routines are now available with cards printed by the U.S. Playing Card Company, making them affordable for all.

Red See Passover ($20 postpaid in U.S.) is a trick that I have been associated with for more than 20 years. I read it in The Card Ideas of Simon Aronson (1978), had the cards constructed for me, and proceeded to fry both laymen and magicians for several years. Eventually, the cards became soiled and I did not go to the trouble to have another set made. Consequently, it was with great delight that I learned from Simon that the trick was going to be released commercially. Performing it again (it is in my regular rotation at the Houdini Lounge) is like spending time with an old friend. And I'm glad to say that the trick has lost none of its punch; it is a major fooler.

The magician brings out two decks of cards - one red-backed, the other blue-backed. The decks are shuffled and 12 blue-backed cards are counted face down onto the table. Twelve red-backed cards are counted onto these. (A spectator can do the counting if so desired.) The red-backed cards are fanned with the faces toward a spectator. The spectator thinks of one of the red-backed cards. The fan is closed and the cards are placed to the right side of the table. The blue-backed cards are spread, then they are squared and placed to the left side of the table. The magician states that the card that the spectator is thinking of will move from the red cards over to the blue pile. The red cards are picked up and counted. There are only eleven. The cards are fanned in front of the spectator. The card the spectator thought of is no longer there. The pile of blue-backed cards is spread. In the center of the pile is one red-backed card. It is turned face up. It is the thought-of card.

For the sake of secrecy I have glossed over a couple of small details, but the effect as described above is exactly the way the spectators will remember the effect. More importantly, the methodological procedure closely simulates the actions of the Magic Ideal. That is, if you could really do the trick (because you have powers of a real magician) it would not look much different from the actions required by Simon's method. Any trick that accomplishes this correlation is going to be a strong one, because the spectators are going to say to themselves, "How could that possibly happen? He didn't do anything!"

To be fair, I will tell you that I have changed a few aspects of Simon's handling, and the most important of these changes deals with the turning over of the red-backed card in the blue pile. To achieve a more natural and fluid handling I came up with a move I called the MC Spread Double Lift. This move was published in Workers #2. I will not take up space here detailing exactly how the move is applied. Anyone who is interested can easily figure out the required handling. I should also mention that Simon has updated the handling of Red See Passover. Included in the instructions is a method for cleaning up that allows you to continue using the blue deck for other tricks. I may be unduly prejudiced (since this trick helped to make my reputation) but I think Red See Passover is a terrific trick.

Another of Simon's ultra-sneaky gaffed card effects is Ad-Jacent ($7 postpaid in U.S.), a trick that fooled Dai Vernon. The magician brings out a deck of cards, removes it from the case and tosses aside the advertising card. Two spectators select cards (free choice). The cards are returned to the deck and the deck is shuffled. The deck is ribbon spread face down on the table. One of the spectators is given the advertising card and she inserts it into the deck wherever she desires. The deck is flipped face up. The two cards on either side of the advertising card are the two selections.

The method of Ad-Jacent is very clever and makes excellent use of the Theory of Unconscious Assumptions (basically you let the spectators fool themselves). I have not performed Ad-Jacent very often, because the method requires that you perform on a surface that will allow you to cleanly perform a ribbon spread turnover, and I don't use a close-up pad. However, if that restriction is not a problem for you you'll find that AdJacent is an easy-to-do, effective fooler.

This, That, and the Other

By Brent Braun. $15 plus $1 p&h. From Danny Archer Magic, 303 S. Broadway, B 392, Denver, CO 80209-1511. Fax: 303-355-2013. Email: [email protected].

Here's a simple packet trick with a cute plot. The magician displays the four Fours from a blue-backed deck. A spectator picks one of the fours (say the Four of Diamonds). "Okay," says the magician, "you picked this one." The cards are counted face down, and the word THIS appears on the back of one of the cards. It is the Four of Diamonds. Pointing to the Four of Hearts, the magician says, "Of course, you could have picked that one." The cards are counted face down and the word THAT appears on the back of the Four of Diamonds. Similarly, the word OTHER appears on the back of the Four of Clubs. Finally, the magician asks, "Do you know how often people choose the Four Spades? Never." The Four of Spades is turned over and has the word NEVER on its back. All four cards are turned over, revealing the words on the back of each. The blue backs of the cards have disappeared.

This, That, and the Other is easy to do, requiring only an Elmsley Count. Some verbal manipulation is required, since the spectator cannot really nominate any card at the beginning. At the conclusion of the trick the cards can be tossed onto the table but they cannot be examined. If the effect appeals you may find that This, That, and the Other provides a humorous interlude between "heavier" routines.

Pat Page's Three Card Trick

By Pat Page. $19.95 postpaid U.S. and Canada. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142. Orders: 800-626-6572. Fax: 530-525-7008. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.llpub.com

Readers with good memories may remember this trick as the Kitson Miracle. Pat Page's routine is an improved version of a Three Card Monte trick called The Dutch Looper. Over the years Pat has sold thousands of sets of cards. Some years ago Vic Pinto's Trick-a-Tape Company put out an instructional video with a complete explanation of Pat Page's routine. L&L Publishing has re-released this video, and has included the necessary cards.

The routine begins with the magician showing three cards, two black cards and the Queen of Hearts (the cards you receive may differ from these). The Queen is in the middle. The cards are turned face down and a spectator is asked to find the Queen. He picks the middle card and is wrong. This is repeated. The Queen then visibly turns into one of the black cards. A pseudo-explanation is given (this is one of the best moments of the routine). Finally, the Queen vanishes for good, and all three cards are shown front and back.

This is a fine routine and a real fooler for both magicians and laymen. It requires very little card handling ability, and thus would be an excellent trick for the novice magician. Pat explains each step very carefully, and the cards provided are well made. There are other gimmicked Three Card Monte routines on the market, but Patrick Page's Three Card Trick is sneaky and has some very nice moments. It's worth checking out.

Sharky

By Jeff Case. $20 plus $3.50 p&h. From MIM Productions, 9001 Forest Leaf Road, Willow Springs, NC 27592. Orders: 919-639-9837. Fax: 919-639-6850. Email: [email protected].

Magicians are always on the lookout for new ways to reveal selected cards. Jeff Case's Sharky not only provides a novel revelation, the spectator is also left with an interesting souvenir.

The magician has a card selected from a red-backed deck (forced). The spectator signs the card. The card is lost in the deck. The magician then removes from his pocket a blue-backed card. Affixed to the back of this card is a sticker portraying a cartoon shark holding a fan of cards. The card suddenly changes to a red-backed card; the blue-backed shark card has vanished. Spreading out the deck, the magician discovers the blue-backed shark card in the center. This card has a large "bite" mark in the corner (that is, a portion of the corner is gone, as if it had been bitten off). The blue card is turned over, it bears the spectator's signature and is given to the spectator as a souvenir.

Sharky requires average card handling ability. You are provided with the necessary blue-backed gaff and 36 shark stickers. You will use up a sticker with each performance. Replacement stickers are available. Unlike many effects in which a signed card is altered in some way (burnt, stapled, etc.), Mr. Case's handling is fairly open and natural in appearance. You are left with a gaffed card in the deck, but this could easily be palmed off if you want to perform more effects. Once you prepare the "bitten" cards (which will take a bit of work, since you have to cut off a corner of each card that will be forced) the trick resets quickly, a factor that will appeal to strolling performers.

Action

By Justin Hanes. $15 postpaid in U.S. Overseas orders add $5 p&h. From Justin Hanes, P.O. Box 8316, University Station, Portland, OR 97207. Phone: 503-671-9974.

The Ambitious Card is a classic routine, one that is in the repertoires of both professionals and hobbyists. If you're looking for some jazzy new moves to incorporate into your present routine, pick up a copy of Action, a small booklet by Justin Hanes. There are seven nifty sequences offered, and these phases come from Mr. Hanes professional routine. Mr. Hanes writes in a Racherbaumer influenced style, but the instructions are clear and can be followed by anyone with intermediate card handling skills. The card enthusiast will certainly find much of interest in Action.

X Oteric Forces

The Crazy Man's Marked Deck

From Murphy's Magic Supplies. See review for individual prices. Available from your favorite magic dealer. Dealers should contact Murphy's Magic Supplies, 2689 Citrus Road, Suite B, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742. Orders: 800-853-7403. Fax: 916-853-9494. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.murphysmagicsupplies.com.

On hand are two card effects from Murphy's Magic Supplies. The first, X Oteric Forces by Basil Smith ($15) provides a high tech solution to an old card effect. The magician writes a prediction on a piece of paper. The paper is folded and placed on the table. (While not mentioned in the instructions, I think it would be useful to mark the word "Prediction" on the outside of the folded paper.) The spectator is given the deck. She holds it face down behind her back. She cuts the deck several times. Then she is given the pen that the magician used to write his prediction. (The pen is of the felt-tip marker variety.) The spectator marks a large X onto the back of the top card. She returns the pen to the magician and then cuts the deck several times. The deck is brought forward and is ribbon spread on the table. Pushing through the cards the magician locates the card with the X on its back. The identity of this card matches the prediction that the magician made earlier.

Card tricks of this nature are very old, and most often were accomplished by using a pen that had run dry. This meant that the pens had to be switched. With Basil Smith's method no switch of the pens is necessary, consequently the handling appears very fair and above board. I think X Oteric Forces is clever and the prop provided can be used in other effects.

I'm not quite as enthusiastic about Sean Taylor's The Crazy Man's Marked Deck ($15). There's nothing wrong with the trick, but it feels as if it is merely a cosmetic change to an effect that we have seen many times before. The magician brings out a deck, holds it face up, and explains that it is marked using a system invented by an old riverboat gambler. The marks are subtle, but can instantly reveal the value of a card. So saying, the magician cuts the deck several times. Squinting at the face card, the magician announces its identity. This is repeated, and in fact, several spectators read the marks. (Obviously, this whole procedure is played with tongue firmly in cheek, since the magician is looking at the faces rather than the backs of the cards.) Sensing that the spectators are unimpressed, the magician explains that he has made some improvements to the system by adding extra markings to certain cards. The deck is held with the faces toward a spectator and he thinks of any card he sees. He names the card. The card is removed from the deck. When the card is turned over it is discovered that there is a big black value and suit marking on its red back. As a kicker the deck is spread face down. All the cards are blue backed.

The patter plot of The Crazy Man's Marked Deck seems a bit convoluted for my taste, and as I mentioned above the idea of a spectator picking out the only odd-backed card in a deck has been done many times before (often using the same gaffed deck principle as Mr. Taylor uses). However, the deck is nicely made and the trick is completely self-working, so if the effect appeals it may be worth checking out.

Beyond Okito

By Bob Solari and Howard Baltus. $55 plus $5 p&h in U.S. (foreign orders add $10 for p&h). From Definitive Magic, P.O. Box 4071, Wayne, NJ 07474-4651. Fax: 877-MAGIC-92. Web site: www.definitivemagic.com.

This little item has already generated quite a bit of buzz on the Internet. Basically, Beyond Okito is an Okito Box with an unusual difference. Imagine this: You put four half-dollars in an Okito Box. You do the usual turnover move and steal away the coins. At this point if you wanted to show the box empty you would have to do another turnover move. With the Beyond Okito box you simply lift the lid and the spectators can look down into an empty box. You receive the specially gaffed Beyond Okito box with lid and a normal Okito Box with lid. The lids are interchangeable. The instructions provide you with a variety of moves and two short routines, one with the normal Okito Box, the other with the Beyond Okito box.

You should be aware that because of the nature of the construction of the Beyond Okito box the coins are going to rattle slightly as the turnover move is performed. I don't think this is a big problem, because most magicians give the box a little shake after the move is done to cover any noise. Obviously, the Beyond Okito box cannot be handed out for examination, so you will need to figure out a way to switch boxes if you work for grabby spectators. For the average magician Beyond Okito may be overkill, but I have the feeling that the creative coin guys out there are going to have lots of fun creating new routines with this clever prop.

Taste's Like Chicken Tin Can Telefax Bionic Mnemonic

From RC Depot, Inc. See review for individual prices. RC Depot, Inc., P.O. Box 52122, Knoxville, TN 37950. Orders: 800-982-1523. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.rubberchickendepot.com.

Here are three zany items from the wild and crazy guys at the Rubber Chicken Depot. Steve Hart's Tastes Like Chicken ($24 plus $5 p&h) lets you do geek magic without offending the folks at PETA. The magician offers to demonstrate the geek magic that was featured at old carnival sideshows. "For your entertainment pleasure," he announces, "I will now bite the head off a chicken." As the audience reacts, the magician brings out a rubber chicken and apparently rips the head off it with his teeth. Before the audience can lynch the magician for unusual cruelty to a novelty item the magician quickly reattaches the head, returning the chicken to its pristine state.

Obviously, a trick of this nature is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but it is a funny gag and in the right hands could generate big laughs. In addition, you can purchase Tastes Like Chicken with an added kicker gag by Cliff James ($29.95 plus $5 p&h). After putting the head back on the chicken the magician states that he had a run-in with the Humane Society. They demanded that the chicken be restored to its original condition. The magician attempts to comply and takes the chicken out of sight behind an open briefcase. A number of grotesque stuffing actions ensue. The magician brings out a white chicken egg. Protruding from a hole in the bottom of the egg are two large rubber chicken legs. This looks hilarious. Tastes Like Chicken comes with all the necessary props and instructions that include other performance possibilities with a rubber chicken.

Professor Putter's Tin-Can Telefax ($49 plus $5 p&h) is a goofy routine that would play for both adults and children. The magician discusses the tin-can telephones that we made as children. He brings out a set and some by-play ensues. The magician then introduces the latest technology, the Tin-Can Telefax. Rather than being connected by a length of string, each of these cans has an antenna. The magician demonstrates how the cans work by causing a thought-of-card to appear among a group of blank cards.

Again, the effectiveness of a trick like this depends on your performing persona. I could never get away with something like this. However, I'm sure that many magicians could, and if the effect appeals you'll find that the props are well made and the instructions are clear. (For a more detailed description of the effect you might want to track down a copy of the May 1999 issue of The Linking Ring. See pages 92-94.)

The final item from RC Depot is not a wacky thing at all, rather it is clever and useful method for verbally coding playing cards. This is, in effect, a two-person code, and can be utilized in many ways, including the classic Call the Wizard trick. The coding method devised by Tom Vorjohan is simple to learn, although it will take practice to perform without your thinking showing. In addition, the coding method can be applied to objects other than playing cards. If you've been looking for code system, Bionic Mnemonic ($13 postpaid) is worth your serious consideration.

The One with the Trivial Pursuit™ Cards

By Mark Elsdon. $30 plus $7.50 p&h. (Use an international money order.) From Mark Elsdon, 28 Ffordd Tudno, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1ET, U.K.

Mark Elsdon has developed a mental effect that uses familiar objects and is a real fooler. The performer brings out a stack of cards used in the game Trivial Pursuit™. The performer turns his back and the spectator cuts into the stack of cards and takes one out. The spectator looks over the questions on the card and decides on one. The mentalist performs a preliminary test concerning the color of the mentally selected question. He then writes something on a piece of paper. (This is all done with the mentalist turned away from the spectator.) The spectator reads aloud his mentally selected question and the corresponding answer. The paper is opened. The mentalist has written the exact same answer. The cards are handed to another person who cuts and removes another card. He too chooses a question. This time the performer writes nothing down, he simply announces both the category and the answer to the mentally selected question.

Mark performed this for me, and he fooled me with it. I have glossed over a few small details in the above description (for the sake of secrecy), but what I have written above is exactly what the spectators are going to remember. The procedure for choosing the cards is very fair, and the two spectators each get a different card. There is some memorization required of the performer, and while the method is not difficult I think it is geared for someone with intermediate experience in mentalism. (I should also mention that even if you guess the method, there is no way that you're going to make this up for yourself.) If you're looking for an offbeat and baffling mental effect, The One with the Trivial Pursuit Cards™ fits the bill.

Mark also offers two sets of lecture notes (Eye-popping Magic and Gripping Magic) on a CD-Rom. The notes feature close-up magic with cards, coins, and other objects, and a few mentalism effects. My favorite trick involves a dollar bill and a paperclip that transform themselves into an origami shirt and a tiny clothes hanger. The notes are in Adobe Acrobat format. They are $15 postpaid, and are a bargain at that price.

Magic Zone! Party Banner Tape

By Jeff Brown. 100 foot roll - $12.95. 500 foot roll - $29.95. 1,000 foot roll - $34.95. From Jeff Brown, 135 W. Second Street, Juneau, AK 99801. Email [email protected]

Here is a terrific idea for the kid's show performer. Jeff Brown has designed a 3-inch tall, bright yellow, plastic tape that says, "MAGIC ZONE! DO NOT CROSS!" This looks exactly like the tape policemen put up to mark off crime scenes. Many magicians use masking tape or duct tape placed on the floor to delineate where the stage starts when doing children's parties in the home. Jeff Brown's tape is not only funny, but it really gets the message across. This is a clever idea and is reasonably priced. Recommended.

Terri Rogers' Top of the Bill The Amazing Hill's Envelope

From Martin Breeze. See review for individual prices. Available from your favorite magic dealer.

On hand are two new items from England's Martin Breeze. Top of the Bill ($17.50) is a routine that was featured in Terri Rogers' book Top Secrets. The trick is based on the venerable boomerang optical illusion. In Terri's effect the magician shows two sets of signs. In each set one sign bears the name of Oliver Hardy, the other bears the name of Stan Laurel. The signs change size, depending on whom is getting "top billing." Eventually, the spectator is left with two signs that are radically different in size. Topological tricks rarely have strong magical kickers, but this trick does. It is also very easy to do. Although the instructions suggest that this effect be performed while seated across from a spectator, no lapping is involved. The trick can be done standing, and the props can be easily carried in a pocket. Top of the Bill is worthwhile for both the strolling pro and the hobbyist.

The Amazing Hill's Envelope ($17.50) is a small pay envelope that allows you to gain secret access to hidden information. For example, if a playing card is placed into the envelope you can immediately ascertain its identity. The envelope can also be used for the classic message reading effect. The spectators can examine the envelope. The trick is a bit pricey, but the envelope can be reused (if you seal it with a small sticker), and it is not something that you are likely to make up yourself. For the working mentalist, The Amazing Hill's Envelope is worth checking out.

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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