The Warpsmith Returns

by Tom Stone

Tom Stone is young Swedish magician who is the author of The Warpsmith's Toolbox (a wonderful little book - well worth tracking down) and editor and publisher of the Swedish language magazine The Doctor Faustus Journal. His new book is The Warpsmith Returns and within its 50 pages is some very clever close-up and stand-up magic.

"Across the Void" sets up challenge conditions for the "Cards Across" effect. "Champagne" combines Lance Burton's "King Burton's Drink" with a stand-up version of Jay Marshall's "Shoe Production." (I used a similar idea in the DMS Impromptu contest.) "Impromptu Assembly" is an exceptional version of the now popular Let's-get-on-the-floor-and-do-Matrix routine. Tom's method has the advantage that it can be done with four borrowed small objects. I saw him do this when I was in Stockholm, and it looks great. "Gold Wielder" is a handling of the Linking Fingers rings, influenced by

Roger Klause's work. The final trick in the book, "Occhamman Card," is a remarkable version of Bro. John Hamman's "The Signed Card." The wrinkle on this is that the card placed aside at the beginning has a big "X" on its back.

Tom's youthful search for a writing style is very much evident in this book, but the tricks are really fine. If you send for it, save Tom a hassle and use an international money order.

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