Three from the UK

Tall, dapper Englishman Guy Hollingworth has been roaming about the U.S. lately, attending conventions, frying people with "The Reformation," and causing great moaning and gnashing of teeth among those who thought that they had some chops with a deck of cards. Guy has released a new video of his card creations called The London Collection, and the routines displayed will cause great joy and anguish among card workers everywhere. (Great joy because these are terrific routines. Great anguish because several of them are harder than hell.)

Once again Guy has opted for an "Art House" look for his video. It's in black and white, and the lanky figure of our hero wanders through the shadowy streets of London, stopping every now and then to do a card trick. Eventually he makes his way back to his house, and over a cup of tea, he explains all of the miracles he's performed earlier. I think the style of this video is a hoot, and there are some very funny moments.

And the tricks, of course, are excellent. I've watched Guy do many of these routines for groups of magicians and the reactions left nothing to be desired. The effects on the video are familiar ones, but Guy's handlings are really fine. Included are a "Twisting the Aces" style effect in which the cards are held with the faces toward the audience and the reversals are visual, a handling for "Oil and Water," a "Triumph" routine, and a routine in which the aces are cut into different parts of the deck and continuously return to the top.

Two routines are my favorites. "The Ambidextrous Interchange" is the kind of trick Franz Liszt would have invented. The aces are placed in four different pockets. They change places one at a time with the four kings, and then they immediately go back. This trick is work from the word go. "The Easy Way Home" is a handling of "The Homing Card" which will make you react twice: once (in amazement) when you watch, and once (in laughter) when you find out the method. This handling is going to find its way into the repertoire of many magicians.

The video is 100 minutes long and the performances and explanations are first rate. There is a warning on the cover which says, "Many of these routines are technically demanding, and will require a considerable amount of practice." Consider yourself warned. There is definitely a price to be paid, but if you're willing to pay it you'll possess some unbelievable routines. Highly recommended for those willing to practice.

A gentleman from Scotland named Rodney King sent along a small booklet detailing a routine called "Let's Do it Again." This is a card routine which combines the classic effects of the "Six Card Repeat" with the "One in the Pocket" routine. The magician counts four cards. One is placed into the pocket. The cards are counted and there are still four. This is repeated. There are still four cards. One card is added from the pocket, but there are still just four cards. Finally, one is placed into the pocket and only one card remains.

Dr. King goes into great detail describing the psychology and the misdirection necessary to pull off a routine of this nature, and what he offers here is not bad. Unfortunately, I

think that there are much stronger routines (most notably by David Williamson and Dan Garrett) which are already in print. If this kind of routine appeals to you (and it does to me, since I use both the Williamson and the Garrett routines) I would suggest that you seek out these other two first.

Finally, John Derris sent along an item called "Mirrorcle." It is designed to be used with the John Cornelius "Pen Through Anything." The props Mr. Derris sells are ungaffed, and consequently I am reluctant to say much about them (for fear that you will simply run out and try to track down the necessary items), other than to say that this is (obviously) a penetration effect, it is a very clever idea, and it would work great in any type of real world close-up situation. At one point in the routine there is an optical illusion which looks terrific.

"Mirrocle" works best with the original "Pen through Anything," but John's new pen (see below) could be used if one of the props were altered. But I found that when I used the new pen the optical illusion was not as good.

I'm sorry to be so vague about this, but I don't want to tip the secret. Let me just say that I think this is a really good thing, and if you want more info write to Mr. Derris. I'll let him spill the beans if he wishes to.

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Fundamentals of Magick

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