Three From PSP

Samuel Patrick Smith sent along three items: a very instructive audio tape, a Burling Hull card trick, and a Jim Swoger item suitable for platform use.

The Short Course on Kid's Shows is an 82-minute audio cassette which is based on material from Mr. Smith's books Big Laughs for Little People and Kiddie Patter and Little Feats. Side one of the cassette focuses on the general business of doing kid shows including repertoire, handling volunteers, repeat shows, dealing with problem children, repacking the act, and much more. Side two of the tape focuses on performing for preschool age children and is packed with information. This is a really fine tape. If you are new to the kid show field this tape will save you a lot of time and heartache. It is a steal at $10 and I recommend it.

"The Ghost Card" is a Burling Hull method for the venerable "Princess Card Trick." A spectator is shown six cards and merely thinks of one. The cards are squared and are dealt one at a time onto the spectator's hand. The spectator sees the fronts and backs of all the cards. There are still six cards, but the thought-of card is gone. The card is pulled from the magician's pocket.

The method used for this is really clever, and would probably fool you the first time you saw it. Mr. Smith sells this in both a jumbo card version and a bridge-sized card version. I would recommend the jumbos, because the smaller cards have a strange back pattern which will not match any deck you normally use. The trick is a no-brainer, requires no sleight-of-hand, and would play well in a stand-up situation.

"The Poof Ball" is a James Swoger idea which allows you to do amazing ball manipulations without the need of much manual dexterity. You can do vanishes, reproductions, color-changes, and penetrations (there is a nice idea where the ball penetrates a sealed plastic sandwich bag). The balls provided are dayglow pink and green, and about the size of a Ping-Pong ball. Also included are a short instruction manual and videotape which demonstrates and explains all the moves. To be honest, this type of thing leaves me cold, but it may be exactly what you are looking for. And considering that you get all the props and a video for $15 it's not a bad deal.

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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