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21st Century Card Magic By James Swain

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that on January 1, 2000 all the computers in the world will crash, bringing an end to civilization as we know it. The good is that until then, there are some great new magic books to read. This month I want to draw your attention to Jim Swain's 21st Century Card Magic, a book that will delight anyone who enjoys well-crafted card tricks.

As with many other cards books that have been published recently, 21st Century Card Magic focuses on standard card plots. However, there is a big difference, because Jim Swain understands that if you are going to publish a variation of a familiar plot then you must substantially improve the effect, the method, or the presentation. To do this you must understand the creations that precede you and the problems you are trying to fix. Look, for example, at "Metamorphosis," a handling of Paul Harris' "Re-Set." The initial problem for Jim was to clean up the ending of the trick, a process that took 20 years. He writes, "In 1998, I hit upon a solution, one which I believed finally did the trick justice. I began to perform the routine regularly and came to another startling conclusion. Laymen didn't like Re-Set nearly as much as magicians! So what if the Aces and Jacks switched places? No one cared! Re-Set was a trick desperately looking for a plot." Jim discovered a presentational hook, and the problems have been solved.

You'll find a wide range of material here, including routines for the strolling performer, routines which require a soft working surface, routines for formal shows, and routines designed to be used in more casual situations. Jim is one of the finest technicians in the country, and several of the routines are challenging. Fortunately, there are also quite a few tricks that require only average technical ability. (And there are a couple of routines that are almost self-working!)

The final chapter of the book contains Jim's handling of Larry Jennings' Chop Cup routine. Larry's original routine is terrific, and for some reason has not been reprinted in any of the Jennings anthologies. Jim's routine will certain find a place in the repertoires of close-up workers.

The recent glut of mediocre card material is overwhelming, and, to be honest, at this point in my life I could really care less about learning a new card trick. However, when I see Jim Swain's name attached to a trick I sit up and take notice. 21st Century Card Magic is a stimulating book containing excellent routines. If you love card tricks, this book (and Jim's other two books - Don't Blink and Card Miracles) should be in your library. Highly recommended.

Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks Edited by Karl Fulves

Almost a hundred years ago, Ellis Stayon started his magazine Magic. In the May 1911 issue of that magazine he introduced "A Dictionary of Magical Effects" which was to be ".a description of every trick published in any book or magical magazine." This was a monumental undertaking, so monumental in fact, that when the magazine ceased publication in June of 1920 Stayon was not even a tenth of the way through the alphabet.

In Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks, Dover Publications has reprinted the card section of Stanyon's dictionary. There's a ton of material here, including methods for discovering and revealing chosen cards, simple card tricks, tricks based on calculation, card tricks based on special arrangements, tricks using confederates, tricks using specially printed cards, sleight of hand techniques, and flourishes.

The text is accompanied by 160 illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt, which makes the Dover book much more "reader friendly" than pouring through the original Ellis magazine. In addition, Karl Fulves adds useful and interesting supplementary notes that provide further information. If you are interested in the evolution of card magic, Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks is certainly a useful and inexpensive resource.

The Egg Bag Book By John Novak

The Egg Bag is a classic magic trick. In the 1876 American edition of Modern Magic, Professor Hoffmann referred to the Egg Bag as "a very old fashioned trick." (A version appeared in Clever & Pleasant Inventions in 1584.) Yet, it remains in the repertoires of many contemporary professionals. (For example, Jeff Hobson absolutely kills with his Egg Bag routine.) Why does this trick preserver? Probably for two reasons: the props are simple, and the effect is clear-cut and easy to understand. The egg appears, the egg disappears, the egg comes back. In addition, because of its simplicity, the Egg Bag is the perfect vehicle for allowing a performer's personality to express itself.

In The Egg Bag Book, John Novak has compiled a large amount of useful information about this venerable trick. Mr. Novak discusses the various styles of Egg Bag (giving basic construction patterns), describes the different types of eggs which can be used, offers several different routines, lists notable performers who have used the prop, and gives a useful Bibliography of books and videos which contain Egg Bag information.

I find Mr. Novak's writing style to be somewhat difficult to read at times, but there is no denying that he has assembled a very useful reference book. If you are serious about constructing an Egg Bag routine of your own, you'll definitely want to have The Egg Bag Book in your library.

(Stevens Magic Emporium has also released The Egg Bag video featuring Martin Lewis, Tom Mullica, Billy McComb, Charlie Miller, and Johnny Thompson. This video contains excellent information from top-notch performers and is certainly worth your consideration. The Egg Bag video is $22.50 postpaid, but you can purchase it and The Egg Bag Book together for $35 postpaid.)

Conjurors and Cornfields: Magic on the Indianapolis Stage By Thomas A. Ewing

Okay, let's have a show of hands. How many of you knew that Charlie Miller was born in Indianapolis, Indiana? All right. How many of you knew that Duke Stern managed the Abbott's Magic Company branch store in Indianapolis? Hmm.. .And finally, how many of you knew that John Northern Hilliard, author of Greater Magic and advance man for the Howard Thurston show, died in Indianapolis? See what you learn by reading this column?

Historians wanting a more complete history of Hoosier magicians (at least more complete than the paragraph above) should take a look at Thomas Ewing's Conjurors and Cornfields: Magic on the Indianapolis Stage. Mr. Ewing discusses the popular vaudeville venues in Indianapolis and the magicians who performed there, and then provides information on the professional, semi-professional, and amateur magicians who have called Indianapolis home. You'll find short biographies of J. Elder Blackledge, George Purves, Karl Wagner, Harry Riser, Charlie Miller, Forrest Sample, Margaret and Frank Dailey, Ray Mangel, Bill Shirk, Gene Keeney, and others.

Conjurors and Cornfields was an enjoyable read, and is certainly a useful reference book.

Glimpses of Goldston By Edwin A. Dawes Reviewed by John Moehring

"Goldston never let the truth interfere with a good story" is a line that I've probably read somewhere, but I know for sure it's been uttered on occasion by Jay Marshall. Anyone who has read Sensational Tales of Mystery Men (1929) - or for that matter just about anything published by Will Goldston - soon realizes that the man was much given to the aggrandizement of the art and its practitioners, himself included. Goldston was one of the great magical mythmakers of the century. Eddie Dawes' Glimpses of Goldston distills the key events and accomplishments of the controversial British magic merchant into a flowing 12-page timeline monograph. Dawes has painstakingly researched the emergence of Wolf Goldstein as an influential dealer and publisher, as well as his short-lived career as the variety performer, Carl Devo. In the process, many of the Goldston fictions are converted back to facts.

Glimpses of Goldston is based on a lecture that Eddie Dawes delivered at the Magic Collectors' Association Weekend in 1997. Reproduced on the stapled, glossy pages are a couple of line drawings and eight half-tone photographs, including the last known photograph of Goldston, taken at his shop, the famed Aladdin House, in late 1947. The information here is concise and historically accurate. For those who need to know, this booklet is a must.

Restless Plots By Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards is the Associate Medium of the Houdini Séance Room at the Magic Castle. In Restless Plots he offers 25 routines and numerous essays geared toward séance and spirit magic. As with much of the material in this genre, presentational demands far exceed technical requirements. Some of these routines have previously seen print in such magazines as Séance, Magick, The Altar Flame, and the New Invocation, and others are previously unpublished.

Books of séance and spirit routines appear only occasionally. If you're looking for practical, spooky material, Restless Plots would fit the bill.

Garden Path By Tom Allen

Tom Allen is a very clever and thoughtful close-up performer. His lecture notes, Garden Path, detail eight routines using cards, coins, and sponge balls. Included are: a visual production of a large coin from a purse frame, a handling for Vernon's "Triumph," a card to wallet routine, a Copper/Silver transposition, a very visual sponge ball routine, a gambling routine, and a surprising transposition effect using Queens and Jokers.

These are very detailed notes, and at $15 are reasonably priced. If you are unfamiliar with Tom's work, they are certainly worth a look.

Money Maker Machine Manual Supplement By Algonquin McDuff

Last year I reviewed Algonquin McDuffs Money Maker Machine Manual, a veritable warehouse of information on the classic Money Maker trick. Mr. McDuff has released the first supplement to that text, containing more pictures of Money Makers (several by Dai Vernon's son Derek), more routines (by Ed Marlo, Sid Lorraine, Don Alan, Eric

Lewis and others), and more general silliness. This is a very limited edition, so if you want a copy, don't hesitate.

Dick Williams' Cups & Balls By Dick Williams

Dick Williams has come up with an interesting idea for the venerable Cups and Balls: Let an assisting spectator perform most of the trick. Dick's routine is designed for the stand-up performer rather than the close-up worker. The routine is in three phases. The first phase is based on the old puzzle of turning over two cups at a time and ending with all three cups mouth down. In the second phase balls suddenly appear under the cups. In the third phase big loads appear under the cups.

I think that approaching the Cups and Balls in this manner is a very interesting idea, and could certainly springboard the creative magician into many other avenues. Dick's routine requires very little technical ability, but the performer will need some audience management skills. If you have an interest in the subject, Dick Williams' Cups & Balls is priced very reasonably and will provide stimulating reading.

Historical Magic Videos From William McIlhany

If you have read MAGIC for any length of time, you're probably familiar with William McIlhany's articles on the history of magic on television. Mr. McIlhany is now offering several of these historical programs on videotape.

Those videos I found particularly interesting were: The Milbourne Christopher Memorial Volume 1, which features Christopher's Magic! Magic! Magic! program from 1962; American Pioneers Volume 1, which contains the pilot episode of Mandrake the Magician (starring Coe Norton as Mandrake and Woody Strode as Lothar), Norman Jensen in Mr. Magic and J.J., Fun with Felix starring Felix Greenfield (and the surprise appearance a very young Ricki Dunn), and You Can Do It Too! featuring a spot by George Sands; and The Magic Circle Diamond Jubilee (1965), which has appearances by Jay Marshall, Henk Vermeyden, Billy McComb, Fred Kaps, and Robert Harbin.

Other tapes include The Karrell Fox Memorial Volume 1, American Pioneers Volume 2 (featuring Gerry Larsen as the Magic Lady), and The Truth About Houdini, a 1971 BBC production which features appearances by Walter Gibson, Milbourne Christopher, Sidney Radner, and James Randi.

All the tapes have been digitally mastered, and they look and sound great. Your choice will, of course, be dictated by the subject matter, and I suggest that you contact Mr. McIlhany for further information.

Magic Circus Videos By Mark Wilson

While we're on the subject of important television magic broadcasts, allow me to draw your attention to the three new Magic Circus videos available from Magic International.

Selling the Magic Circus shows to the Pillsbury Company in 1970 was no easy task. Although The Magic Land of Allakazam had aired for 5 years, when Mark Wilson pitched the concept he was told, "Sure your Allakazam kid show had a long run, but magic won't work on prime time TV. Everyone will think it's trick photography." Every effort was made to assure the home viewing audience that no camera trickery was used. Many illusions were performed with the audience on all sides, camera shots over and through the audience were used (verifying the studio audience's continued presence), and, starting with Magic Circus #3, a large transparent platform was used for many segments. In addition, Pillsbury conducted random telephone surveys after the first show. 93% of home viewers believed there was no camera trickery.

The first four Magic Circus shows incorporated circus acts, since Pillsbury was unsure of a "pure magic" show's ability to hold an audience. Because of the excellent ratings, shows 5 and 6 were all magic. (On the Magic Circus videotapes the circus acts have been edited out.)

Each video contains two shows, and many of the illusions performed have not been seen since the shows originally aired in the 1970's. Of special interest on Volume 3 are appearances by Shimada, Carl Ballentine, Dai Vernon (doing the Cups and Balls and the Linking Rings), and Jay Marshall with Lefty. I remember watching these shows when they first aired, and it was a treat to see them again.

Early Ammar Volumes 1-4 By Michael Ammar

From the bottomless vault of Hans Zahn's Videonics Company comes another multivideo set, this one chronicling the early works of Michael Ammar. L&L Publishing has digitally remastered these tapes, and on Volume 3 - Coin Magic two of the Videonic volumes have been combined into one tape.

The material on these videos dates back to the early 1980's, and considering that almost 20 years have gone by, the routines hold up quite well. Of particular interest is Michael's early performance style; this is Michael Ammar before he was heavily influenced by Infomercial techniques. This is the Michael Ammar from Bluefield, West Virginia. If he were any more laid back, you'd be tempted to check for vital signs.

The routines on these videos have appeared in print in many places, including Michael's big hardback anthology. Michael Ammar fans will probably want to pick up all four volumes. For the rest of you, I suggest you check the ads for the specific routines on each video, and then pick the ones you're interested in. My suggestion is to start with either Volume 3 (Coins) or Volume 4 (Cards). Both contain excellent explanations of valuable sleights and techniques. (In particular, check out the in depth discussion of the Side Steal on Volume 4.)

Sankey Very Much Sankey 1999 By Jay Sankey

Jay Sankey hasn't been too visible on the magic scene lately. However, he has been very busy in the real world, performing at comedy clubs and on Canadian television, writing and illustrating a line of greeting cards, and performing in two one-man shows. He has not stopped thinking about magic though, and on the two new videos Sankey Very Much and Sankey 1999 he let's us know what's been on his mind lately.

First off, if you're looking for videos with great production values then Sankey Very Much and Sankey 1999 are not for you. Both look like they were shot in Jay's apartment using a single camera. They look like this because they were shot in Jay's apartment using a single camera. The material is geared for the close-up performer, although there are a few items (including a very clever coin production) that are of use to those who work on stage. There are no assisting spectators (with the exception of David Acer's hand every now and then), and Jay's discussions of each effect are casual and freeform. The best way to describe these tapes is this: it's as if a pal of yours had some cool ideas he wanted to share with you, so he set up his video camera and recorded a bunch of them. This is not a bad thing.

The material is typical Sankey: off beat ideas using ordinary objects, with methods that won't bust your chops. And there is a ton of material on these two tapes; Sankey very much runs 1:34 and contains 21 tricks, Sankey 1999 runs 1:30 and contains 25 tricks. Not all the tricks are complete performance pieces; Jay also offers some "works in progress" that could stand further development.

These are very enjoyable tapes that are often "laugh out loud" funny. If you're looking for some fresh, interesting close-up material, Sankey Very Much and Sankey 1999 fit the bill. Recommended.

(If you are unfamiliar with Jay Sankey's approach to magic, you might want check out the cover story on him in the June 1999 issue of Genii.)

Party Tricks By Steve Fearson

With his company FMVideo Productions, Steve Fearson has joined the ranks of magic video producers. Three videos have recently been released, and all are worthy of your attention.

Party Tricks contains seven tricks that you can perform when you have guests over for a party. None of the tricks is difficult, and all utilize commonplace objects. My favorites were: "Compact Disception," in which you predict the compact disc freely selected by a spectator; "Mental Directory," a book test using an ungaffed telephone book; and "Mental Epoch," a clever no-gaff approach to "Mental Epic." The production values are good and the tape is fun to watch.

Two other tapes from FMVideo Productions feature the card magic of Lee Asher. Lee is one of the finest technicians of his generation, and he creates very visual and flashy effects. Lee is a vital and vibrant member of the Las Vegas magic scene, and at the time of this writing is out on a lecture tour. Well Done: Cooking with Lee Asher - Five Years Later is a remake of a video released five years ago. The original Cooking with Lee Asher looked like it was shot in someone's kitchen (which it was). The remake has the benefit of a studio setting and excellent camera work. Five items are discussed, including a very effective force, a Matrix routine with an amazing vanish of the last coin, and an explanation of the "Asher Twist," a very visual handling of "Twisting the Aces." This last routine produced an enormous amount of buzz some years ago when Lee first demonstrated it. Following the updated performances and explanations is the original Cooking with Lee Asher video, which was somewhat of an underground hit when it was first released.

Five Card Stud features more of Lee's card magic, and it is a very unusual video. Lee portrays Secret Agent 005 who is on the trail of the notorious "Crimp," a criminal mastermind. During his adventures, Lee encounters numerous bad actors, chews up some scenery himself, and demonstrates six nifty card routines. Because Lee's routines tend to be short, snappy, and visual, dropping them into these little dramatic vignettes is a perfect idea. The explanation segments are done in flashbacks, and are funny. (Unfortunately, the explanations are also quite terse, so you'll probably be rewinding the tape to decipher all the details.) Five Card Stud is an offbeat video, and my guess is that you'll either love it or hate it. I liked it very much. It made me laugh.

FMVideo Productions has a money back guarantee on all of its products, so you really have nothing to lose. Party Magic is suitable for magicians of all skill levels, while the two Lee Asher videos are geared toward the card enthusiast with at least intermediate abilities. I liked all three of them.

Bill Malone Tips Sam the Bellhop By Bill Malone

The history of the story trick known as "Sam the Bellhop" is not completely clear. It perhaps has its origin in a trick called "Sam & Moe" which appeared in Rufus Steele's The Final Word on Cards. Other story tricks have appeared in The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks and in Scarne on Card Tricks. In the early 1960's, Frank Everhart, a bartender/magician at the Ivanhoe (a bar on Chicago's north side), released a slim pamphlet that established the Sam the Bellhop story and the crimped card handling. As performed by most magicians, the routine simply involves taking out the stacked deck and dealing cards off the top while telling the story.

Bill Malone raised "Sam the Bellhop" to a new level by incorporating shuffles, cuts, and flourishy revelations to produce a virtuoso demonstration of otherworldly card skill. Bill's performance on The World's Greatest Magic brought the trick to the attention of magic hobbyists, all of whom wore out the slow-motion buttons on their VCRs trying to cop Bill's routine.

All the work on this reputation-making routine is now available on Bill Malone Tips Sam the Bellhop. Bill gives you the story, the set-up, and the all the details on the false shuffles, false cuts, and flourishy revelations he uses. In addition, Bill also discusses the comedic theory that underlies the routine.

You should be aware that this routine is best performed seated at a table, and that a soft working surface is preferable. In addition, it will require substantial practice time to execute the various shuffles and cuts as casually and adroitly as Bill does. Even if you don't intend to ever perform "Sam the Bellhop," you might want to pick up this tape just for the explanation of the Zarrow shuffle, which is as fine an explanation as I've ever seen.

Bill Malone has lived with this routine for many, many years, and his personality is infused in it. It will take a serious effort to remove Bill's fingerprints and make this routine your own. But it is a sensational routine, and a genuine reputation-maker. If you want to add it to your repertoire, Bill Malone Tips Sam the Bellhop will give you everything you need to know. Recommended.

Believe it or Knot By Dean Dill

Here is a very cute interlude with a piece rope, suitable for the stand-up or strolling performer. (It would also be a good trick for kid show performers.) The routine goes like this: The magician shows a short length of rope. He forms a simple knot, and the knot slides off the rope. Another knot is tied, and this knot unties itself. The magician discusses square knots. He ties a loose knot and as the ends of the rope are pulled the knot actually takes on the shape of a square. This "square knot" is slid off the rope. A spectator is given the rope and ties a loose knot. As the spectator pulls the ends of the rope, he too produces a "square knot." This knot is slid off the rope and it links onto the square knot that the magician had produced.

"Believe it or Knot" is based on routines by Masao Atsukawa and Alan Lambie. Dean's routine is very simple to learn and very effective. When Dean performed it, the steal of the "square knot" went right by me. The props are very nicely made and should last a long time. I liked this a lot. Recommended.

Son of MindScan By Allen Zingg

I reviewed the original "MindScan" (created by Kenton Knepper and Gene Urban) a few years ago. "MindScan" is an impression device; a spectator writes information on a small pad of paper, and the mentalist is able to obtain this information. The principle behind "MindScan" is very clever, and the prop looks completely ordinary. Allen Zingg has taken the "MindScan" prop and has devised some very clever routines. The centerpiece routine, "MandelaScan," is a marvelous routine for anyone who does private readings. Using five basic shapes, the psychic is able to give a convincing reading and then is able to duplicate a drawing based on the five shapes. (The only drawback to this routine is that Mr. Zingg has typeset the information using an italicized font that is very difficult to read.) Included in the manuscript is information on how to do a reading based on the five shapes.

Also included in the manuscript are several design duplication routines, and the original "MindScan" manuscript. You also get a large supply of the necessary props.

As with many mentalism items, "Son of MindScan" is priced to deter the merely curious. However, if you do mentalism or psychic readings professionally, I think you'll find much of value here.

Wooly Bully By Mike Bent

Here's a very offbeat idea from the wacky mind of comedian/magician Mike Bent. The magician brings out a children's toy called Wooly Willy. (We all had one of these as a kid. You use a magnet and iron fillings to put facial hair on the drawing of a man's face.) On the back of the toy are six drawings suggesting various hair arrangements. The spectator selects one of these drawings. The toy is turned over and the magician shakes the iron fillings over the cartoon. As the shaking stops, the spectators realize that the fillings have formed themselves into the exact arrangement suggested by the chosen drawing. Everything can be examined.

You should know that "Wooly Bully" can only be performed for a few people at a time. The trick cannot be repeated, and it is possible to produce only one hair arrangement. "Wooly Bully" is simple to do, but lining up the gaff correctly can be problematic. Mike offers a way to overcome this problem, and I suggest that you follow his suggestion. My only question is this: Who will use this trick? The Wooly Willy board is 7 x 9, which makes it an awkward prop for strolling magic. A restaurant magician could carry it table to table, but the prop will have to sit on the table when it is not being used. My guess is that it will be a fun prop for the hobbyist to take to the next magic meeting, and for someone to keep around the house to perform for any guests who drop by. (And if you have kids, it could be a very natural-looking "impromptu" trick.)

Phobia By Jon Allen

Last month I discussed an effect named "Phobia" created by Kevin Wade. At that time I mentioned that there was another effect with the same name which had just hit the market. Well, this is it. Jon Allen's "Phobia" is almost identical in effect to Kevin Wade's "Phobia." The magician removes ten cards from one compartment of a small plastic wallet. In the other compartment of the wallet is a facedown card, which is a prediction. Each of the ten cards bears the name of a phobia. (A nice touch here, is that the phobia cards are cleverly designed, with the typesetting reflecting each phobia.) One of the cards is chosen. The prediction is removed and in a shocking way the prediction is proved correct.

Now at this point, unfortunately, I'm going to have to be a little more explicit about what happens at the end of each of the "Phobia" tricks. In Kevin Wade's "Phobia" the chosen card is Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes. When the prediction card is removed, the spectator hears the very loud rattle of a rattlesnake. In Jon Allen's "Phobia" the chosen card is Ligyrophobia, the fear of loud noises. When the prediction card is removed, there is a very loud "bang."

So, the question is which one of these tricks should you purchase? First, let me repeat a comment I made last month. The climax of each of these tricks is a "shock" surprise, like jumping out from behind a door and yelling "Boo." A trick with a comparable ending is Jim Pace's "The Web." I would never perform these tricks for someone I did not know well. You simply have no idea how the spectator is going to react to the shock ending. I prefer the cleverness of the cards in Jon Allen's trick, but there is a slight chance that the caps (which produce the bang) may not fire, in which case the trick doesn't have much of an ending. The Kevin Wade trick has a surefire ending. The Allen trick is $5 cheaper. So, if the effect of "Phobia" appeals to you, you're best bet would be to pick the trick that has the ending you desire: either a bang or a rattle.


By Charles Pecor

Mr. Pecor is offering a very nice kit for performing spirit writing using miniature slates. You get two oak-framed slates (measuring 3 x 2.5) with the necessary flap, a small eraser, a small carved wood box to hold chalk slivers, an extra piece of chalk, 30 blank business cards, a cloth bag to carry all the props, and Mr. Pecor's full routine in which the initials of a dead magician appear between the two slates. Mr. Pecor's routine was inspired by "The Halloween Spirit" in Eugene Burger's Spirit Theater.

Spirit writing always produces a strong reaction in laymen. Mr. Pecor's props make this effect practical for the close-up performer.

So, you're performing an after-dinner show, and all of sudden all the lights in room go off. What do you say? Or, how about this: You're performing and the fire alarms go off. (Or the hotel sprinkler system suddenly kicks in.) What do you say?

Lily Walters discusses these (and 128 other panic-producing situations) in What to Say When...You're Dying on the Platform. The book is geared toward public speakers, but the information is just as valuable to magicians. Every now and then something weird is going to happen while you're performing, and how you handle the situation is going to reflect on your professionalism. Read through this book, let some of the solutions sink into your memory, and you'll be able to handle anything that comes your way.

(My thanks to Tom Ogden for bringing this book to my attention.)


21st Century Card Magic by Jim Swain. 8.5 x 11 hardcover with glossy dustjacket. 156 pages. $45 postpaid in US, foreign orders add $7.50 p&h. From Don't Blink, 18240 Wayne Road, Odessa, FL 33556

Ellis Stanyon's Best Card Tricks edited by Karl Fulves. 5.5 x 8.5 softcover, perfect bound. 312 pages. $9.95. Published by Dover Books (ISBN 0-486-40530-3). Available from most bookstores.

The Egg Bag Book by John Novak. 8.5 x 11, softcover, perfect bound. 105 pages. $21 postpaid. From Stevens Magic Emporium, 2520 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214. Email: [email protected]. Web site: http://allmagic.com/stevensmagic. Fax: 316-686-2442

Conjurors and Cornfields by Thomas A. Ewing. 8 x 10 softcover, perfect bound. 186 pages. $30 plus $5 p&h. From Thomas Ewing, 281 Anderson Road, Yardley, PA 19067. Email: [email protected]

Glimpses of Goldston by Edwin A. Dawes. 8.5 x 7 staplebound. 12 pages. $20 plus $3.20 priority mail postage. From 3-D Communications, Inc., 260 Lincoln Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Restless Plots by Mark Edwards. 8.5 x 11, hardcover. 181 pages. $49 plus $3.20 p&h in US. (Foreign orders add $6 more.) From Thaumysta Publishing Company, P.O. Box 17174, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Fax: 612-724-3128. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.thaumysta.com.

Garden Path by Tom Allen. 5.25 x 8.5, softcover, stapled. 38 pages. $15. From Tom Allen, P.O. Box 245655, Sacramento, CA 95824-5665

Money Maker Machine Manual Supplement by Algonquin McDuff. 5.5 x 8.5 softcover, stapled. 48 pages. $30 postpaid. From Jester's Press, P.O. Box 3442, Spartanburg, SC 29304. Web site: www.furman.edu/~bryson/books.html

Dick Williams' Cups & Balls by Dick Williams. 5.5 x 11 softcover, stapled. 12 pages. $7.50 postpaid in US. From Stevens Magic Emporium, 2520 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS

67214. Email: [email protected]. Web site: http://allmagic.com/stevensmagic. Fax: 316-6862442

Historical Magic Videos from William McIlhany. Each video $26.95 postpaid in US ($35 for foreign air parcel). From William McIlhany, P.O. Box 7486, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Fax: 310-205-7952. Email: [email protected].

Magic Circus Videos Volumes 1-3 by Mark Wilson. Each video $30 postpaid in US. All three for $84.95. From Magic International, P.O. Box 801839, Santa Clara, CA 913801839. Fax: 661-288-2609. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.markwilsonmagic.com.

Early Ammar Volumes 1-4 by Michael Ammar. Each video $29.95 ($110 for the set of 4). Free p&h in the US and Canada. From L&L Publishing, P.O. Box 100, Tahoma, CA 96142. Fax: 530-525-7008. Email: [email protected]. Website: www.allmagic.com/llpub.

Sankey Very Much

Sankey 1999 by Jay Sankey. Each video $25 plus $3 p&h. From Jay Sankey, 360 Bloor Street West, P.O. Box 68589, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1X1. Also available from most magic dealers.

Party Tricks. $20 postpaid in US.

Well Done: Cooking with Lee Asher. $20 postpaid in US.

Five Card Stud. $25 postpaid in US. (Foreign orders add $7.50 for p&h.) From Steve Fearson, 1120 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Suite 111, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Phone: 702-3381024. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.fmvideo.com.

Bill Malone Tips Sam the Bellhop by Bill Malone. $37 postpaid. From BM Enterprises, 11680 Island Lakes Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33498

Believe it or Knot by Dean Dill. $20 plus $1.50 p&h. From Dean Dill, 2130 Fairpark Ave., #110, Los Angeles, CA 90041. Fax: 323-257-7117. Email: [email protected]

Son of MindScan by Allen Zingg. $59.95. From Allen Zingg, 41 Wolf Drive, Hamilton Square, NJ 08610

Wooly Bully by Mike Bent. $17.50. From Hank Lee's Magic Factory, P.O. Box 789, Medford, MA 02155. Phone: 800-874-7400

Phobia by Jon Allen. $15. Available from most magic dealers.

Séance by Charles Pecor. $25 plus $3.20 p&h. (Overseas orders add $6 more.) From Thaumysta Publishing Company, P.O. Box 17174, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Fax: 612724-3128. Email: [email protected]. Web site: www.thaumysta.com.

What to Say.. .When You're Dying on the Platform by Lily Walters. 6 x 9 softcover. 271 pages. $14.95. Published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. (ISBN 0-07-068039-6). Available from your local bookstore or any online bookstore.

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