I didn't see much that excited me "trick-wise" at either the I.B.M. or S.A.M. conventions. Usually I get wind of people getting "buzzed" by one trick or another, but that didn't seem to be the case. The best thing I saw was Meir Yedid's "Giant B'Wave." Meir has licensed this from Phil Goldstein and Hermetic Press, and the prop is rugged, attractive, and easy to use. Four different versions of the gaffed card are available. Although this trick spawned a host of variations, I prefer Phil's original routine. I put this in my stand-up act. You probably will want to, also. Highly recommended.

"Where Does the Music Go?" is advertised as the ultimate single handed CD vanish. A compact disc is held between the thumb and forefinger and it vanishes "in the blink of an eye." Sort of. The method used for the vanish is ancient, and if I challenged you to tell me how the thing worked it's the first method you would come up with. If you intend to use this trick you would have to open with it, because I see no way to get set up in front of an audience. The minimal instructions provided contain an illustration which violates the laws of physics. The trick comes with a replacement warranty, which is good, because as I tested it while writing this review, it broke. Not recommended.

The effect of Peter Louis' "Strange Magic" is this: A card is selected (forced) and is wrapped in black handkerchief. The handkerchief is shaken out, the card has vanished. The deck is spread face down, and the card is revealed face up in the spread. The deck is squared, the face up card is placed on top, and the deck is cut. The deck is spread and the card has vanished. The deck is spread face up; the card is not found. The handkerchief is raised above the performing surface and the card flutters down from it.

I'm on the fence about this trick. The vanish from the handkerchief (a Terry Roses' idea) is very good and convincing, and the overall effect is strong. It is also a complete no-brainer, which I know is a strong selling point. My concern is that for $25 you don't get a lot in terms of props. You get the handkerchief, a deck of cards, a (very common) gaffed card, and a page of instructions (which should have had a couple of illustrations). Armed with this knowledge, you may feel that the effect is worth the price. I'm just not sure.

I'm not on the fence about Mike Maxwell's "The Ultimate Pickpocket." This is a (mostly) no sleight of hand version of Darwin Ortiz' "Harry in Your Pocket." A card is selected, returned to the deck, and the deck is sealed with an adhesive seal. The deck is placed into the spectator's empty coat pocket. The magician reaches into the pocket and removes the selected card. The card case is removed, the seal broken, and the cards are counted. There are only 51, and the selection is not among them.

For your $7 you get a (common) gaffed card and three pages of instructions. The effect is good, and if you are a magician who has absolutely no skill whatsoever this trick may be of use to you. But the price seems high for what you get. I think that this should have been a magazine trick or perhaps A-1 could have offered it as a free bonus to regular customers.

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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