Casino Destroyer System

Casino Destroyer

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Las Vegas Closeup

Paul Harris, that lengendary scoundrel who gave you SUPERMAG C, has hit yet another jackpot with the release of this major new book, LAS VEGAS CLOSE-UP This super deluxe edition contains twenty-one solid gold deceptions brought to you direct from Las Vegas the close-up capitol of the world Paul Harris' previous books have attained the status of contemporary classics. His newest contribution, LAS VEGAS CLOSE-UP, sets even higher standards for magic literature in LAS VEGAS CLOSE-UP also includes New Twisted Collectors The Las Vegas Leaper The P.H. Invisible Palm Over Exposure The Hard Way Aero-Dynamic Dollar Gambler vs. Mentalist vs. Magician Paper Chase The Incredible Tap Dancing Aces Looy's False Count Korem's Card on Tie Splits Unlimited Cardician's Blendo Interlaced Vanish Perpetual Motion Coin Myth. LAS VEGAS CLOSE-UP is a 160-page hardbound, professionally typeset edition with dust jacket, and can be purchased for 17.50 + 1.00 for postage and handling.

Second Gamblers Palm

This method for palming the bottom card of the pack is used extensively by gamblers because of its ease and simplicity. It is a comparatively simple matter to spring the top card of a small packet of cards directly into the Gambler's Palm position. Holding the card in the left hand, the thumb at the centre of one side and second and third fingers at the other, bend the cards upwards from the two sides as the right hand comes over to take the packet by the sides. By (g) The following method enables the performer to palm the bottom card of a small packet of cards with one hand, the palmed card being taken to the Gambler's Palm position. Now move the left hand to the packet, the thumb going under the side against the right thumb and the forefinger above to hold the card and packet and move them to the fork of the right thumb. The packet can now be removed by the left hand, leaving the original bottom card in the Gambler's Palm position in the right hand.

Arc the Games Honest a

A Whenever the subject of gambling casinos comes up, someone is bound to observe that places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City don't have to cheat because they make enough money from the mathematical edge they enjoy over the player. Besides, 110 casino operator would risk forfeiting a casino license representing a multimillion-dollar investment jus to make a few more dollars by cheating. These two bits of I-as Vegas Chamlx.T of Commerce propaganda have been repealed so often they have become part of the conventional wisdom. But let's take a closer look. People don I cheat because they have to they cheat because they're greedy. They cheat because, no matter how much money they make,, they want more. They want every dollar on the table and even- dollar in your pocket and they want it as fast as possible. Some o the greediest people I have ever encountered arc to e found among casino executives. If the operators of Nevada and Atlantic City casinos thought they could get away with it,...

Method and Handling

If someone did offer to accept the wager, there are numerous ways to handle the situation. The details depend on your style and personality. The important thing, though, is that the audience is uncertain whether to believe you it is an amazing claim or to conclude that you're giving them a lesson in bluffing. Let them savor that ambiguity for a moment. Finally, say, Well* J con see I'm dealing urith smart gamblers who know when someone is not bluffing. Have the spectator to your left name her card. Reach into your left pocket, remove the card farther from your body, and show that it's her selection.

Doubling Cube HuslLES

The one factor thai has made backgammon such a popular gambling game in recent years is the introduction of the doubling cube. In essence, at any point in the game, one player may challenge the other by turning over die cube. This means that the challenged player must either agree to double the stakes or forfeit the game. Since die cheat knows lie is going to will, it is ill his interest to raise the stakes as fur as he can. lie will allow the game to develop to the point where his opponent has the advantage. At that point ic will turn die cube. Naturally, since the mark lias Lbe stronger board. he will take the bail, not realizing that the tide will soon turn. At the start of each game, each plover must roll one die to determine who will move first. II .s a common practice m many circles that, if both get die same number, the doubling cube get one turn. A hustler will sometimes wait until his opponent hits rolled, then use n controlled shot to give himself the same number for a...

Two Sleights By Dr Elliott

TWO TO ONE AND FOR ANY AMOUNT OF STAKE WAGER NAMED. Will give or take (Four Hundred Dollars) for all traveling expenses. I have this day August 22nd (Monday) 1898 at 3 p.m. deposited ( 250.00) in the hands of Mr. Frank. B. Summers as a guarantee of good faith to show that I mean business, which will give any of the very many Kings of Cards, Card Kings, Card Conjurors and Card Manipulators in all corners of the civilized world ample time in which to think and accept the above well intended challenge

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Morgan has kindly contributed this item to the book. I remember vividly when he shared the basic concept with my sitting at my kitchen table in Las Vegas. Instantly I fell in love with the concept. There were however a few problems I felt existed in the routine that I have since changed to suit my style better. Morgan's original idea appears below with my additions appearing in the afterthoughts section.

The Pointer Phenomena

This effect should always be preceded by the examination of the books and the initial riffle selection. In other words, you perform the effect as detailed under The Basic Handling , without the wager. As soon as you've correctly revealed the spectator's selected word, you immediately invite the spectator to drop down to the

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Bring out the name-cards, explaining that for the next few minutes, four members of the audience will become wealthy gamblers, each of whom owns a stable of prime racehorses. Continue, Each of you is a daring gambler, willing to put everything on the outcome of a single race. Therefore, please look your horses over, and decide for yourself which single horse you want to bet on.

May 2001 Seven Year Itch

I don't exactly remember the circumstances that prompted Mac King and I to offer our services as product reviewers for MAGIC magazine. Our plan was to do the reviews ala Siskel and Ebert, with a lot of back and forth banter about each product. At the time I was in Indiana and Mac was in Las Vegas. This meant doing the reviews via a computer hook-up. I was still using a funky Atari computer with limited Internet accessibility, so Mac would call me, my computer would answer, and we'd try to communicate through this crude text link-up. The two-man idea was never really as successful as we'd hoped it would be, and after 12 months Mac decided to bow out. Curiously, I eventually ended up in Las Vegas, which meant that Mac and I could actually do the type of review column we had envisioned, but Mac is adamant about not returning to the reviewing arena. (The reviewing job must have traumatized him, because to this day he won't even comment on things like the weather, or how his food tastes.)...

January 2001 Melt Down

Jeff has long been a part of the Las Vegas magic scene, and he is now working in Reno with Mark Kalin and Jinger. Jeff Hobson Live , captures Jeff performing at the Convention at the Capitol, in front of an audience of magicians. You'll see Jeff perform Fire Eating, the Silk in Apple, Card to Mouth, the Rope routine, the Egg Bag, and the fabulous multiple watch steal. After the performance segment, Jeff explains the Silk in Apple, the Vanishing Wand, the Balloon Bag (a great trick for kid show performers), some cigarette tricks, and the watch steal.

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Morgan & Mikala started doing magic shows throughout the Midwest, capturing the attention of numerous television and radio stations. In an astonishing display of wizardry, Morgan & Mikala shocked and amazed the public when they vanished a 20-story municipal power plant that sprawled over two city blocks Morgan stretched his creative capabilities even further when he became the youngest magician in the world to catch a live bullet between his teeth. This deadly illusion, which had killed 13 performers in the past, garnered front-page newspaper coverage for Morgan, as well as exposure on the CBS Evening News. Feeling the call of the world Mecca of magic, Morgan, Mikala and their young son, Caleb, soon called Las Vegas home. Recently, the dynamic magical duo finalized design and completed construction of their revolutionary, multi-million dollar show, which ranks as one of the largest in existence. This extraordinary show will be supported by a professional cast of over twenty dancers...

Jokes About Card Tricks

Steve Forte's Gambling Protection Series Volumes 1-4 Mike Steve Forte is the president of International Gaming Specialists, a consulting firm which specializes in the area of Game Protection, and in this capacity has plied his trade to casinos worldwide. Mr. Forte also has a sensational set of chops, which he has put to excellent use on these four videos. These are not magician-oriented tapes. They have been designed to help gamblers who play in private games protect themselves from cheats, scoundrels, and scalawags (i.e., Bob Farmer). So, the big question is Can a magician benefit from watching these tapes Absolutely. But bear in mind, these are not teaching tapes. The moves are demonstrated (in some cases, many times and from various camera angles) and a slow motion replay accompanies the explanation, but you are not specifically taught how to perform these sleights. But if you have any knowledge at all about the subject you can certainly figure out what must be going on. And if you...

The Use of Cards in Mentalism

I believe many performers who come from this magic club environment assume everyone in the world thinks of playing cards as something magicians use to do tricks with. This may come as a complete shock to them, but most regular people think of cards as something you play games with This is only reinforced with the present popularity of casinos, online gambling, and tournament poker. To bring out a deck and do something mind bending with them, especially if it relates to gambling, is right on target these days. cards. The moment you look suspicious doing anything, you telegraph that to the audience and the entire mood changes. Try using some of the gambling patter I used on this DVD and see if it doesn't instantly get the interest of your audience.

Martin Gardner to Rubber Chickens

Mike This is a top-notch commercial mental effect right our of Larry's professional repertoire. You may be familiar with this routine if you have a copy of Stunners (although the method here is slightly different) or you've watched the Mental Masterpieces Vol. Two video. The performer has previously made a prediction that is placed in plain view of the audience. A spectator is invited to go on a mental gambling spree. The spectator selects a poker chip from a large goblet that contains chips from many different casinos. He pockets this chip. The mentalist displays a tray that holds a large stack of phony 100 bills, and (while the mentalist's back is turned) the spectator cuts off a bunch and pockets them. This represents the bet. Finally, two cards are chosen

Presentation of Al Koran'S MAGIC

Hold the pack in such a way that at least two-thirds of the total mass of the deck is in view. Also, keep them well to the fore, not tucked close to your chest. If a move is called for. do it out in the open. Openness is far stronger misdirection than furtiveness. I have seen Koran double-lift slowly and deliberately right beneath a spectator's nose. In the trick called Til find it', you are required to top-palm a card. Try doing this by the furtive technique and they will all sec it. Do it right in front of the audience, when the time is right (and goodness knows the routining allows for this contingency), and no one will be any wiser. This simple fact of doing the dirty work in the open is well known to crooked gamblers and street swindlers. Their survival frequently depends upon it.

Tetradistic Stack Order

The Programmed Deck in Magic Mafia Effects (1970), p. 36 'Tor Magicians Only and The Three Card Location (by Steve Ehlers) in Las Vegas Kardma (1994), pp. 139 & 173 and Ackerman's Opener in his Lecture Notes 992, p. 3, which is a good opener that ends with the whole deck in order, after doing Vernon's Triumph a wonderful thing that I have included in my own repertoire (see p. 264). In his routine, Ackerman uses an interesting stack ( Tetradistic ) and does a Mario trick originally published in Ibidem, No. 8, p. 38 (see the entry for Mario in this bibliography), ending with a very direct assembly of four of a kind, the value of which is selected by a spectator.

Reflections In A Bloodshot

While in Hollywood I stayed with a very good friend of mine, Mrs Nancy Caldwell, with whom I am secretly in love. Nancy has a husband, one Mike Caldwell, who doesn't do close up, because he has never been able to get close up to anyone. Mike suggested we take a trip to Las Vegas for a couple of days, which proves he'll do anything to get me away from Nancy. Las Vegas, it's all you have read about it, and more. We saw several shows with magicians, but as this is Pabular, we'll stick to the close up men. I saw two. Daniele, a barman in the Desert Inn. French, tall, handsome, charming, impeccably dressed, in fact, the guy looks like a film star. He did two tricks for me, a Jack Avis dice routine called (I think) POKER POT, and a version of Kaps' Floating Cork using a seahorse and actually has it dance on the spectator's hand. I'll remember Las Vegas for a long long

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Throughout the 90s Craig Browning slowly shifted away from the world of grand illusion even though he'd work hand in hand with designer Ken Whitaker in the creation of several brand new illusions and illusion systems that would be released through Creative Illusion of Las Vegas. It was however an unfortunate car accident in 1996 that would lure Craig Browning deeper into the realms of true mentalism, his injuries preventing him from being able to work with the heavy equipment he so loved. For most of his life Craig Browning lived with a peculiar health condition that could not be readily explained away. It plagued him significantly and cost him a great deal of credibility when it came to his ability to fulfill certain obligations. It wouldn't be until the late fall of 2004 that a clever physical therapist would point doctors on the right path Craig Browning being diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in November of that year - the mystery was finally solved

Life on the Wrong Side of the Brain

Side Secret Pocket

That little story brings to mind the first time I met Jimmy Grippo, the legendary hypnotist and magician. After years of entertaining high rollers at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Jimmy recently passed away. He was in his nineties. I saw Jimmy many years ago at a Miami nightclub. He was doing hypnosis and cards and was very entertaining. He fooled the living daylights out of me. I sent the waiter to his dressing room after the show and invited him to have a drink. Jimmy later came over and sat down. He asked me if I was interested in magic I told them that I was, but I never expected his next remark. Then prove it, he said. He handed me a pack of cards and asked me to show him something. He later told me that he often did this to determine at what level the conversation should take place. In other words, if I was a heavyweight, that would dictate an in conversation. If not, than he would be sociable, but stay away from the real work. I took the deck and began to show Jimmy a trick. I...

Call To A Higher Authority

Siegfried, of Siegfried and Roy, once pointed out that before you could make good money in Las Vegas, you had to look like you didn't need it If you needed the money, or if you needed the booking, it was like the kiss of death. Successful people like associating with successful people. Thafs point number one.

Rounders A Technology for Unshuffling Cards

Most magicians are familiar with stripper decks and belly-cut cards. Short cards, thick cards, wide cards and punched cards are some of the ways gamblers and magicians have developed to identify and control cards. I have chosen to use gambling casino cards, which sell for 1.00 per pack. These cards have been in play for 12 hours or less and are then switched for a new deck. The rejected cards are then mutilated. Why is this They do not want these cards to be surreptiously put back in play. Some casinos punch holes in the center. Some mark them with ink, and others cut the corners. They are then sold for a dollar or so or given away as souvenirs.

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Hold the double above the flame allowing the heat to leave at least a bit of a mark on the card. Hold the card up to show the spectator the burns then turn the card to yourself to inspect it before holding it to the flame once more. Take the card back and look at it again and ask the spectator hold the lighter up higher, as they do, bring the double back to the top of the deck and drop the regular card to the top so that you are holding only the gaff card this needs to be done quickly, but not rushed. Alternatively, if you have got rid of the deck, perform a gamblers cop with the lower card of the two as explained in the sleights reference towards the beginning of this book, I much prefer this method as there will appear to have only ever been one card in play.

Double Count Handling For More

Marlo applied the hide-out concept in It's Over Here, Of Course from Hierophant 2 (1969), pp. 63-65, a routine that uses a display-and-duck procedure as per the Double Count. Another neat use of the hide-out principle was used in Invisible Thought Transference from The New Tops (February -1974). Paul Harris used another form in a splendid effect called Las Vegas Leaper, only the reversed card is there at the outset. The dealing-and-ducking procedure, however, is the same. These techniques are Minus Counts. That is, more cards are counted as less while one or more cards seem to disappear. Another use of the Unlimited Count was used in a marketed trick called The Missing Hour (1983).

Gaffed Shoes And Marked Cards

J2S Gambling Sown Instead of smuggling in a gaffed shoe, a casino executive night miuggle in gaffed cards. If lie can get marked cards mixed in with the casino's supply of dccks his agent will be able to read the dealer's hole card. If the game is dealt from a shoe-, he markings will be placed so as to be visible through the opening at die front of the shoe. The agent will then also know the top card before deciding whether to hit. As an example of how lucrative this can be When a casino host at a large northern Nevada casino was caught in such a scam a couple of years ago. it was estimated that he had succeeded in taking off the house for over one hundred thousand dollars before being delected. When he went to trial, the resulting publicity caused a drop in the casino's stock, which again indicates why so many casinos chouse not to prosecute in cases like this.

FR Back in the Saddle Again A Stuff Afterparty Report

The last really interesting interaction of the night happened with some of the naked body-paint models. I had run into K-ROQ DJ Striker at the party. I seem to run into him a lot, the last time being at Drais after-hours club out in Las Vegas. I walked up to him and talked for a bit. He's pretty good at using his quazi-celebrity status to pull girls. The body-paint chicks had the highest value of any girl at the party because men were falling all over them. Striker was able to use his celebrity to pull one of them, who was quite into it (you go, boy ).

Count Stores Tiik Rale

Razzle Board

Mike has abort eighty dollars on him lie figured that would be enough to enjoy the carnival and still have some emergency money left Since he has just arrived, he has been walking around, checking the attractions, and has spent hardly any money yet. As he walks along the crowded midway, he passes a skinny old man handing out tickcts to passcrsby. I le gives one to Mike and tells him that it's good for a free play at the booth right behind him. Mike has been to Las Vegas and knows that some casinos hand out free play eon pons to attract business, so he isn't loo surprised to find an enterprising carnival game operator doing the same. He decides there ii no harm in using the coupon If he shoulc lose, as he knows he probably will, he'll quit without spending any money on the game. 16-f Gambling Scarry 17 k i Gambling Scam i74 Gambling Scam

And Other Probability Paradoxes

Transitivity is a binary relation such that if it holds between A and B and between B and C, it must also hold between A and C. A common example is the relation heavier than. If A is heavier than B and B is heavier than C, then A is heavier than C. The three sets of four dice shown unfolded in Figure 21 were designed by Bradley Efron, a statistician at Stanford University, to dramatize some recent discoveries about a general class of probability paradoxes that violate transitivity. With any of these sets of dice you can operate a betting game so contrary to intuition that experienced gamblers will find it almost impossible to comprehend even after they have completely analyzed it. In the history of metaphysics the most notorious misuse of the principle surely was by Blaise Pascal, who did pioneer work on probability theory, in a famous argument that became known as Pascal's wager. A few passages from the original and somewhat lengthy argument (in Pascal's Pens es, Thought 233) are...

Steel and Silver Video Series Volumes 2 and

Volume Two begins with a performance and complete explanation of Paul's competition act, which brought him first place awards at the Las Vegas Desert Seminar and FISM. I was in the audience when Paul performed this at DMS years ago, and I can attest to its effectiveness. The routines which make up the act ( That's Ridiculous, the Cups and Steel Balls, and The Ring on the Hourglass ) are so completely associated with Paul that I would not suggest that anyone else ever perform them. However, if you are interested in discovering how a world-class competition close-up act is constructed, there is probably no finer example available. What is immediately apparent is the enormous amount of attention to detail which underlies the act. Nothing has been left to chance the placement of every prop, its introduction and disposition, has been carefully considered. Also carefully managed is the crescendo of audience excitement, which is controlled to produce the maximum ovation at the end of the act.

The 5000 Challenge Prediction

You can even have your prediction notarized as to the time and date it was sealed and mailed. What else can you predict How about making a friendly little wager that you can predict whether a number someone is thinking of is ODD or EVEN. And just to make it interesting, you agree to contribute 5,000.00 to any worthwhile charity IF your prediction is NOT correct. Don't panic Your prediction will be right on target no matter what they're thinking. The Infallible Prediction could well be worth thousands of dollars to would-be psychics, professional entertainers and gamblers. But, it's available to you at an unbelievably low price.

No False Counts False Deals Multiple Lifts Passes Shifts or Palming Required

With two notable exceptions, the effects gathered here are of the Gambling Demo or Poker Deal type. I enjoy performing these types of effects and I find that they lend themselves quite well to entertaining stories, themes, and patter. A special thank-you to Keith Kip Pascal for his design and layout of Stack Attack. THANKS GUYS L. R. Brooks Las Vegas, NV

Devoting Time to Seduction

Since last July, I'd been going out sarging pretty much every night. It was a lot of fun, hitting the clubs, winging with friends, meeting lots and lots of new girls, making mistakes and learning from them. I probably learned more in those 5 months of constant approaching than I did in 4 years of Speed Seduction. The only problem was that I was not able to keep that lifestyle up. Because of my late night outtings to various clubs and bars around LA, I would find myself being perpetually late to work, and sometimes I'd miss work entirely. This not only put me in the doghouse with my boss, but it really put a cramp on my finances. Not only that, but it began to have a negative impact on my health. I got sick in October when I went to Chicago for the DYD seminar Lounge reunion, and didn't really recover until December (both my finance and health problems were compounded by a trip to Las Vegas in November that, while extremely fun, ended up making me miss a week of work because it...

Nit Court Card Cut Prop

1 hat logic has cost a lot of money to die many suckers who have fallen victim to this prop. Most people, even among professional gamblers, simply have no idea how to calculate the eidds on a problem of this type. They have to rely on what seems to make sense to them. The fact is you can't simply 2 V) ' Gambling Scams The next question is how many of those 22.100 combinations will win foi you and how many will lose. To put t differently. I low many of those combinations will not contain even a single picture card Suppose we had a deck of cards from which all the picture cards had been removed. That would leave us with forty cards. Selecting them in groups of three would give us 40 X Vx 38 1 x 2x 3 possible combinations. In plain knglish, that's 9.8K0 possible three card combinations contained in a full deck which would not have at least one court card. If we subtract this number from our earlier total of 22,100, we find that here are 12,220 possible thrcc-card combinations which...

Surveillance Techniques a

If you have ever been in Las Vegas, you haw probably noticed the mirrors on the ceilings I mean the ones in the casinos, not in your hotel rooms. These two-way mirrors are pari of the casino's surveillance system, the 'eye in the sky that watches out tor cheating. The casinos also use closed circuit IV and videotaping in their surveillance. In addition. hey have their dealers watching the players, their fioormcn watching the dealers, and their pitbosses watching the doormen. Finally, most casinos subscribe to a service provided by Griffin Investigations, a detective agency, called the Black Book. 'I he Black Hook, which ih constantly being updated, contains the names, photographs, descriptions, and modus operandi of known casino cheaters. I o the outsider, this creates a picture of an impregnable fortress in which cheating against the house is out of the question. Unfortunately, the reality1 is not so simple. Most players would be shocked to learn how often, even in the. major...

Using Your Background

No, we don't mean the cloth that hangs at the back of the stage. We are talking about your interests and hobbies that you have developed over the years. Is there something amongst these that you can use in your routines A good example of this is the magician Steve Wyrick. When you enter his theatre in Las Vegas, it's styled like an aircraft hangar, complete with landing lights, search beacons, industrial props, and a metallic aviation themed finish to the set.

METHOD 1 November 24 1973

Openly remove the four Kings from the deck while secredy culling the four Aces to the face with one indifferent card for cover. Mario's Moveable Card Pass (New Tops, Vol. 9, No. 3, March 1969, page 27 or M.I.N T, Volume II, 1995, page 50 or see page 173 of this volume) will allow this to be done directly. You may, however, use the Mario Prayer Cull New Tops, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 1966, page 28 or M.I.N. 77, Volume I, 1988, page 232) to bring the Aces to the top of the deck, then with a Double Cut transfer five cards from the top to the bottom. The cuts can be dealt with as idle handling during your introductory remarks. Patter to the effect that you are going to show the audience how a Holdout Operator or Furniture Man operates in a game. You may also wish to explain that the Kings are preferred by gamblers because the Aces are too obvious. To prove part of your claim and make it easier to follow, you assert, you would like to have the Kings signed. Have each King quickly initialed on...

An Underrated Problem

However, if you had ever seen, as I have, a wife pleading with her husband to leave a carnival game booth before he loses what litde he has left of the week's living money, or another player so blinded by the desire to win that, after losing his money, he begs the game operator to accept his four-hun-drcd dollar camera as a wager on the game, or a victim sent home bv a game-agent to get a couple of hundred dollars to continue playing after he has been cheated out of all the cash lie had on fnm, you might feel differently. 1 hen again, you might not. You might assume you had jusr witnessed an aberrant situation, a compulsive gambler so sick he had allowed a harmless niekel-and-dnne game to become an addiction, o- a sucker so stupid lie was swindled by some child's trick. Carnival games arc one of the most underrated areas of crooked gambling. Although there is no way of estimating how much money people are swindled out of each year at such games, gaffed carnival games are neither...

Zany Wacky Silly but Funny

The fourth concept is for the magician to act as a wacky, zany character the whole time. Not only do they look funny, but their actions and presentation style are funny. Mac King in Las Vegas pulls this off very well. From the moment you see him come on stage you know he is a comedy magician from the way he looks right through to the way he moves. Mac reinforces this perception straight away at the opening of his show, by walking up to the microphone dressed in a ridiculous looking plaid suit, saying something like, Do you like this suit It was my fathers it was also my mothers couch

Cellini Writes About Magic

Magicians create the biggest illusion in their own minds when they envision a working atmosphere. As you know, very few places are of a Las Vegas nature. Briefcases full of magic tricks are cumbersome and self-defeating. The workable way, especially in close-up magic, is to carry props on oneself fortified with the knowledge of magic in the mind.

How To Read Peoples Minds

Mind-reading began its career in Chicago. The sensation produced by it was astonishing, and it has not yet had its day. It has not only puzzled the minds of everyday people of the world, but has also engaged the attention of scholars, scientific men, statesmen, and even crowned heads. The first person who made any display of it was J. Randall Brown. He became a monomaniac on the subject, experimenting with all his acquaintances, and informing them of the many wonderful things he could do, till they began to think he was possessed, as some of them expressed it. Brown's first public success, and that which caused him to adopt mind-reading as a profession, was, strange to say, on a wager which he made with an old and well-known resident of Chicago. He made a bet that he could find a pin, no matter where it was concealed, stipulating only that it should be within walking distance. After considerable speculation as to where the hiding-place should be, the gentleman concealed the pin...

The Little Secrets By Frank Bonville

The three booklets are all published by the Gamblers Book Club in conjunction with Busby Enterprises 113 17th St Oakland CA 94612 USA from whom they can be obtained at Two Dollars each. All are editions of rare books which the publishers, in the twenty odd years of dealing in books on gambling have never owned any of them and had only seen the Hardison book before. All are true to the originals but have been reset for easier reading, and the title pages have been reproduced to give a flavour of the period in which they were first published.

Appendix A Cayman Magic

David let his eyes roll lazily around the cozy tropical barroom. Frail tendrils of blue cigar smoke suspended themselves like dead jellyfish in the warm rays of the evening sunlight -- angling through foggy, sandblasted windows. He and Roger and his two pals had the place all to themselves for now, but it was early yet - still daylight - and that would change in about an hour or so when mobs of tourists began to drift in from the packed resorts, red-faced after a long afternoon squandered vegetating on the beach or getting cleaned out in the casinos up in George Town.

Poker Players Picnic

Offer to demonstrate how gamblers cheat at cards and comment casually that their skill is greatly overrated. As a matter of fact, you say, almost anyone can duplicate their feats with very little practice. Single out one of the spectators. You look as though you might be a good poker player. Will you help me

Wait for the applause to end from the previous demonstration Anything Can Be Learned

However, I haven ' learned how to consistently predict the Jut ure. If I could consistently predict the future, I would be living in Las Vegas', playing golf each day, and belting on sporting events to make a living, hi fad. if someone ever claims they can consistently predict your future, he-very, ve y careful. These people, arc normally more interested in your money than your future.

Its Not Magic But

However, if the subject of gambling (and especially Las Vegas) comes up in the conversion it would be a good thing to be able to speak knowledgeably on the subject. David Malek sent along a book which will allow you to do just that. It's called The 101 Most Asked Questions About Las Vegas and Casino Gambling and the author is George Joseph, Director of Surveillance for Bally Corporation and hand-mucker extraordinaire. This is a very entertaining book, and in it you'll find the answers to questions which laymen will often ask you. For example Can the dealer make the ball land in any number they want on a roulette wheel Can slot machines be hot or cold Do casinos cheat customers What is the dead man' hand Do cheaters get beat up by casinos What does 86'd mean What happens if the dealer makes a mistake What is the black book What is the eye in the sky What is the most money ever won or lost at a casino and the most important question of all Why is the carpet in most casinos so ugly I...

Reflections by Eugene Burger

As I write this, it is the first of September. I have been traveling much of the year and have come home to Chicago only for short periods of a week or two -- usually to face a small mountain of mail. This time I have been home for twelve days. Chicago is presently muggy and hot. In a few days I will go to Las Vegas for two weeks where it will also be hot but not muggy. After dozens of visits, I still find Las Vegas an exciting city. In Las Vegas, I will conduct two Master Classes with Jeff McBride and also work with Dan Harlan and John Thompson on a book of John's magic and fascinating recollections about magic and magicians. These are all exciting projects for me teaching with Jeff is always stimulating and surprising, and a book by John Thompson will be an important addition to magical literature.

[1121THIRTY f1VII T8I1

You have a feeling of utter certainty. Imagine yourself above the casino floor looking down at all the tables. You can see the hustle and bustle of the players, hear the ring bells of near by slot machines, you even at this stage are sure that there is one table you have to play that has one hand that you simply must play.

The Ten Card Special Plus

I used this effect as a feature upon my Supreme Magic Tapes, Five'll Getcha Ten. Although the tapes were predominantly gambling moves I used this effect to show just how powerful some of the gamblers moves can be when incorperated into a magical routine. I've shown this effect to very knowledgeable magicians, big gambling experts, cheats and lay people. It has never failed me. The effect is powerful, direct and reeks of high quality skill way above the actual high quality skill you are using This is, quite simply chaps, an absolute blockbuster The multiple top change can be found in various books including my own Close Up Magic To Tap Dance To book and Specialist Moves manuscript. False shuffles and cuts abound throughout the magical book world and a skim through Expert Card Technique will give you a good array. You will also find out how to palm properly from Expert Card Technique. The bubble peek can be found in most gambling expose books including Gambling Scams by Darwin Ortiz....

Imm for nil writihg this book

A* I write the introduction to this book I am on a flight from Las Vegas to I on Angeles. I am presented with exactly forty-five minutes to sum up my ((clings about this book. A lot has contributed to the style in which this book has been written among ni her things a recent transatlantic relocation from the UK to the USA to nntke a home in Las Vegas. I now find myself a married man and to top it all off I have even begun work i in t hat traveling freak show I have been dreaming about for oh so long. As write this, I am currently on my way out of Las Vegas, the magical capital I I he world, feeling very ill from the extreme turbulence on an otherwise Uninteresting flight. Vegas is a town that has, in the short while I have lived ilit l'e, already deeply affected my approach to magic and mentalism. Las Vegas really is the best place in the world to see both great and terrible magic. In nut he best of the best to the worst of the worst, Vegas is the place.

Mole I rom I lie I iLlislicn

Several years ago a contest was held in Las Vegas to determine the best Impromptu Magician in the,world. Competition was still'. With the likes of Carl Clouticr, Daryl and Michael Weber, the lesser-known pcrfomcrs didn't seem to have much of a chance. To top it off, there was 110 panel of judges to determine the winner - no sir, the audience was going to decide the outcome of this battle. And so. the competition began.

Nonverbal Surveillance

Software enables personnel-identification cameras to recognize faces in airports, ports of entry, government buildings, casinos, and stores. Future software will enable cameras to recognize facial expressions of emotion, as well (see MOTION ENERGY MAP). (N.B. Research on the human-computer interface HCI may result in software for interpreting postures, body movements, and hand gestures.)

METHOD 5 December 1 1973

TpFollow the procedures described in Method 1, Step 2, but set the deck face down 9m on the table before you pretend to place the Kings into your right sleeve, stealing giS them out in Gambler's Cop. Before taking the Kings into Cop Position, turn them over under your jacket, so that they lie face to palm. 7 Continue by moving the four Kings into Gamblers Cop as you say, Magicians don't use Kings, they use Aces. Turn the Aces face up as a group, fan them and use your right hand to drop them onto the table, face up. As you do so, your left hand swings naturally downward and moves the cards from Gambler's Cop to Gambler's Flat Palm. Immediately bring the left hand back up to waist level. This palm adjustment occurs rapidly without the left hand ever coming to rest. If the angles require it, you can duck the hand behind your left thigh, briefly, to help screen the action. I passed this last version on to Pat the following day, December 1. My work on the effect ended at that point. I've...

The Perfect Mental Utility Device The Anything Goes Tic Board

During my performance, I tell the audience that we are about to play BINGO Las Vegas style. That is, I will wager 500 to none that I have correctly predicted which letter in the word BINGO will be left after four members of the audience have freely eliminated four of the five letters in the word. If I fail then the members of the audience who participate in the game can split 500 between them. Now, I ask various members of the audience to eliminate one letter at a time until only one letter in the word BINGO is left. As I point to them, four members of the audience each call out one letter. As each letter is called out, I check it off by placing a check mark next to it using the special marker supplied. (Note Be sure the check marks are placed to the right of each letter in the same fashion as on the vinyl side of the board.) When only one letter is left, cap the marker and place it to one side. Hold the board in your right hand fingers in front and the thumb to the rear. Rest your...

Police to Train As Magicians

Lesson 1S - Resorts and Casinos (Back to Index) Performing in showrooms at casino resorts and hotels is similar to working non-casino theatres. There are many ways to cut a deal, and oddly enough, casino hotel owners are extremely risk adverse when making deals with entertainers. I guess they know all about gambling and have seen enough people lose money and don't want to join the losers. to a self-produced show and ultimately, as you know, received a dream deal in Vegas. This is the exception and certainly not the rule. From a realistic business standpoint you need deep pockets to 2 wall, which is likely what you will do. Even if you have the money and or backers, there is major competition for room space in cities like Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS - Robert Goulet has pulled the plug on a summer stint at the Venetian hotel-casino, saying he can't afford the 15,000 US nightly showroom rental. Peter Reveen and I have been friends for several years now. I greatly admire him in many respects. He...

Original Author Unknown

You need a deck of cards from Las Vegas that have a hole punched through the deck. The hole is usually in the center off to the left a little bit. Make sure all the holes in the cards are lined up so that you can see through the deck. Then tell your spectator to pick a card and memorize it. You then take the card and put in the deck(make sure that the hole is on the right side of the deck) You then can go through the deck and find the card that the hole is off to the side. When you get better at this you can start shuffling the cards but make sure that the holes are lined up when you shuffle. This trick can also be done if you have a deck of cards that the back of them are not symetrical in other words if you lined them all up and one was put in the deck the wrong way.

Types of Cards to

Good borderless card brand choices include Steamboats, Bee or Gemaco (used by most casinos). Many writers on this subject recommend using narrower bridge-size versus standard, poker-size cards when learning the Three Card Monte. However, most magicians will not experience a problem learning and performing the Three Card Monte with poker-size cards. Of the three types of cards mentioned, Bee brand is the most readily available through mainstream (non-magic) stores. In fact, you should be able to find them in just about any retail establishment that sells playing cards - from pharmacies to liquor stores. All three of the brands mentioned - Steamboats, Bee or Gemaco - are readily available from Kardwell International, a playing card supply specialist. Kardwell also sells used casino decks with their logos on the back (such as Harrah's, Trump, etc.). Casino cards can add a nice commercial gambling touch to your presentation. Remember to buy at least two decks, since you'll need two...

What the audience sees

For those of you who wish to perform this effect as a regular Bank Night routine, you simply drop the intuition theme and convert it to a wager. After showing that four of the keys will not open the lock and that one will, you wager that if the spectator selects any one of the four keys which will not open the lock, he'll win a hundred grand (or any other fabulous prize you can think of). So, the odds are 4 to 1 in his favor. Follow the routine as outlined. Naturally, when the spectator's selected key does open the lock it will be evident that he did not win the wager. However, being the philanthropic entertainer that you are, you announce that he will receive the hundred grand anyway. With that, you remove a Hundred Grand candy bar which you present to the spectator together with a rousing round of applause from the audience. However, I still believe your audience will be more impressed by your ability to improve someone's intuitive abilities enabling them to win a meaningul prize...

Youll be the Envy of your Friends

Interestingly, some of the biggest names in magic are some of the nicest people in the business. I had the opportunity to speak to Lance Burton in Las Vegas recently. He not only shows a genuine interest in all magicians but is also down to earth and very modest. In fact, you will often find him mingling with the audience after the show, in the magic store next to his theatre.

Reward if you received this document illegally

I have met a lot of millionaire magicians here in Las Vegas Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, and Lance Burton. Siegfried and Roy once told me that they never thought of the money instead, they believed that if they had a great show, the money would take care of itself. Well that's true, but they had great management. Most of us magicians don't have such management, so we need Randy's book. I met Randy when he was about 12 years old. He would come to Las Vegas and visit his Uncle, 'King', a wonderful retired Magician. Little did we know that Randy would one day become a young millionaire magician.

Prepared Cards

There are many other methods of doctoring cards to meet the requirements of particular games, and the skill, or rather want of it, of the operator. By roughening the faces of some of the cards they will hold together, and are more easily retained while shuffling. Faro cards, used in connection with a certain form of brace box, are treated in this manner. In the construction of the various kinds of control boxes the acme of ingenuity and mechanical skill has been reached, and most extravagant prices are demanded and paid, for these innocent-appearing little silver-plated articles. Strippers may be used in Faro with little fear of detection, as the cards are never shuffled or cut by the players. A crooked box and a clever dealer can give the house a percentage that would impoverish a prince. Millions of dollars are wagered annually at Faro in this country. It is the most fascinating of layout games. However, we have reason to believe it is generally dealt on the square in gambling rooms...

To Perform

Begin by removing the cards from their case and handing them to a spectator for shuffling. While he is doing this, snap open the paper bag and hand it to a second spectator for examination. When he's satisfied it's unprepared, have him place the open bag on the table so that it stands upright. Ask the first spectator to place the pack of shuffled cards face down inside the bag. Now, pick up the bag and place it on the palm of your left hand as you explain that the bag serves the same purpose as the shoe used by blackjack dealers in Las Vegas. It prevents any possibility of manipulating the cards. With your right hand, reach into the bag. The bottom of

To Prepare Perform

One of the key elements of this presentation is a large sign which my wife holds during the routine, listing the various hands possible in Poker, in the order of their importance. The Royal Flush is on top and One Pair is on the bottom. There is a table of poker hand ranking at the end of this description. The reason for the sign is twofold. 1) There are many people who do not know the ranking of hands in a game of poker and the sign eliminates any question as to who is holding the winning cards. 2) On the back of the sign is a prediction which reads Larry will win the 2000 wager with a full house

Tut ifflira

One shouldn't overlook, though, that in walk-around settings some people may follow you from group to group or otherwise witness several performances. Having such persons observe a different card than that thev saw replaced in the envelope come from it at the next performance can raise undesirable questions. To avoid this problem, I prepare three or four envelopes, and take them out in a packet at each performance. 1 then choose one, place it on the table and put the rest away. Seeing that you have several envelopes with cards in them explains to the repeat spectator how you are able to wager with different cards each time.

Required

The inspiration for this effect came from Vegas Fling in an early issue of Magick. The presentation used two of the three casino games used here, namely Roulette and Craps. I changed the third game from Poker to Blackjack. Why Because the third game involves a force and the one used in the original wasn't to my liking. In fact, the mandatory force called for in most one ahead routines similar to this is usually the weakest point in the routine. However, I believe you'll positively love the variation I've conceived.

Casino iRkcaijtions

Naturally, the casinos do everything thev can to make it more difficult to load their dice. Hice used in private games are often opaque '1 his makes it a simple matter for a dishonest dice maker to drill a hole in one side of the die and nil it with a heavy substance Ry contrast, casino dice are always translucent. II is possible to .Nee Completely tluough the dicc except tor the spots Therefore, the loads must be fr.dden under the spots. While Ibis can lxr done, it means the dice cannot be loaded us heavily, and that limits the hustler's advantage. Furthermore, if you examine a pair of dice piuehascd at a candy store., yon will note that, even f he dice are translucent, the spots will be recessed. 1 his a.lows a cheat to fill some of these spots with a load of platinum orgoid and then paint over the loads to resemble the other spots. However, casino dice arc made in a style known as flush spot.' The spots are flush with the surface of the die and che spot paint is imbedded in the die...

The Top Sweep Deal

It is important to note that the card is actually taken between the thumb and SECOND finger. The first finger provides all important cover during the take. This cover is called 'shade' by gamblers. If you are talking to professionals about second dealing they will often ask what your 'shade' is now you know

November 241973 SEWT

EFFECT The exact perception an audience will have of this effect will differ slightly from version to version. The basic effect, however, is relatively straightforward and consistent. Four Kings are removed from the deck, signed and openly placed in the performers sleeve, in which, the audience is told, you have a card cheat's Holdout. The Kings vanish and arrive, unexpectedly, in the deck, positioned for a game of Poker. This is proven when the cards are dealt. The performer suggests that this is surprising to him since what has happened is rather magical and magicians are known to prefer Aces. The hand of Kings is then revealed to have changed to four Aces. Gamblers, alleges the performer, commonly carry the Kings in their wallets, like money in the bank. The performer then reveals the signed Kings in his wallet.

Performance Tips

& I mentioned that the appeal of this presentation is the uncertainty in the audience's mind as to whether you're performing a miracle or pulling their legs. You can develop this further by making comments to arouse doubts. U you're looking at a red selection, you can say, Tou didfnch a black card, right When the spectator corrects you, say, My eyesight isn't too good. Or, if you're looking at a card signed Alice, you might refer to the spectator as Margaret, When she corrects you, complain about her penmanship. Don't drag this out, however. Just create a litde doubt, give the audience a few seconds to contemplate your proposed wager, then show the two cards and get your applause.

Grab Bag Card

Say I'll wager you haven't taken a chance on a grab-bag in years, sir. Let's try it tonight with the ten cards in my pocket. Here's how we'll do it. Dip your right hand into your pocket and remove the selected card at the bottom, placing it face downwards in your left hand and being careful that no one sees its face. I'll take a card, number one. Now you take a card from my pocket--any card--from the top, the bottom, or the middle, just as you like. When he removes one, count, Number two, and have him keep the card.

Plcial Intekvieav

Chuck - This is 'Charming' Chuck Martinez coming to you live from the locker room of Las Vegas' top-rated close-up team THE VEGAS VANISHERS. We're here today speaking with their star table-tackier Paul Harris - the man responsible for scoring this year's most impressive victory over an opposing team of spectators. Paul, can you comment on the 6 to 5 odds that Nick the Greek's been giving in favor of the spectators

Tuef P4j

7 45 a.m. - Paul performs Las Vegas Split, Interlaced Vanish, and Reset as one long routine. He isn't happy with his performance and does the sequence over again - three more times. We look at the video playback. All four takes are perfect. Paul still isn't happy. The prop girl comes over and gives Paul a hug. Now Paul's happy.

Where

Standing at the bar (where else) bring out a box of 'Swan' matches and ask anyone to hand which direction the swan is swimming. When they reply To the right prop the box on a cigarette packet with the swan facing them and wager that you can make the swan swim in the opposite direction i.e. to the left, without touching or moving either the box or the cigarette packet.

LslE TWlTEJ

Wagner's Twisted Collectors that I sat myself down and actually learned the routine so that I too could impress people the way J.C. had impressed me. After putting in a healthy amount of practice, I felt confident enough to test the routine out on Wendy Wartnogger, the firm but yielding waitress working at Captain Wienee's Hot Dog World. Just as I was about to approach her, who walks in but Allan Ackerman - the notorious Las Vegas Card Expert and noted wienee authority. Right then and there he whipped out his deck, and, before I had a chance to stop him, he impressed both of us with his own version of Twisted Collectors. An impressive concept of J .C. Wagner's made even more impressive by Allan Ackerman's simplified handling.

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ing Solomon was one of Las Vegas' most r- respected professional magicians. He left behind a charming wife whom he entrusted with the secrets of his magic. Mrs. Solomon has graciously consented, through the persuasive efforts of Gary Darwin, to release the secret of one of King's most cherished effects.

Just Chance

The performer explains that one of the things he enjoys most about his work is getting to meet people from all walks of life. While most are basically different from one another, there is one thing they all seem to have in common. They're very predictable. So to test this theory of predictability, the performer proposes to engage a member of the audience (a young woman) in a small game of chance. In fact, the performer continues, he'll wager that not only will a member of the audience fail to select the one purse out of four that contains a brand new 100 bill, he'll even give the spectator three chances to do so. Not only that, the performer continues, he'll actually predict the order in which the spectator selects the purses, or he'll also forfeit the 100 bill. It's quite apparent that the spectator has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Win You Lose

Hold the deck face up in dealing position. Gear the conversation towards a gambling theme. State, You never play cards with strangers because every stranger is not a cheat, but every cheat is a stranger. I'll show you what I mean. is taking place, continue to talk about gamblers and crooked games.

Bame Kichardsqs

Y wife Janic has seen world-class performers in Las Vegas and ar naiionai magic convencions. Yet, if you ask her about the magic demonstrations that really impressed her, she will tell you with great enthusiasm of how Jon ftacherbaumer made the seven of hearts she was holding visibly transform itself to a queen of clubs, and how Richard Webster, the genie from New Zealand, looked at her palm and told her specific and accurate thing* about her hobbies, strengths and aspirations.

The Basic Handling

Immediately close the book and toss it aside. You can now reveal the spectator's word as dramatically as you wish. Naturally, there are other variations possible. For example, you can make a tongue-in-cheek wager with the spectator. State, You've heard the expression that one picture is worth a thousand words. Tonight, one word could be worth a thousand pictures. One thousand pictures of George Washington on a thousand one dollar bills. In other words, if I should fail to correctly reveal the one word you are about to concentrate upon, you'll win 1000.

Impossibilities

The mark accepted the bet, Ty took him out to a cliff with a four-hundred-vard drop and drove the ball over Lhe edge, lint don't get the idea that Titanic was heanlcss. t .ike a true gentleman, he was always willing to give a man a chance to get his money back. No sooner had he collected Ins winnings than he offered to bet double or nothing that he could do it again. The sucker accepted the wager, but naturally insisted chat the shot had to take place or level ground. This time. Ty took his pigeon out onto a frozen lake. They say the ball was stil rolling as the loser counted out his money. On anolhei occasion, Ty was sitting i i front of a general store in a midwestern town eating some walnuts he had just bought there. Eventually, die owner of the store came out and joined him. Tv shared Hie walnuts with the man as the two engaged in small talk. Suddenly, Ty observed idly. 'I bet ' could pitch one o these walnuts over that building across the street. Since the building was five...

Bruce 1lli0tt

The car, and pretty well discouraged, Dai asked a little girl if she wanted ice cream, and more to make talk than anything else asked if she knew where Bill Kennedy lived. And she imnedi-ately told him where to go. Kennedy turned out to be a truck driver type of person with an ambition to belong to the genteel and elite fraternity of gamblers. Dai's opulence evidently did the trick, and the search for an efficient center dealer was over. Two weeks later Dai was back in Mew York sweating over the sleight he now has mastered. In a letter to Horowitz Dai added a postcript, And a little child shall lead thee. After several years and lots of trouble, an ice cream cone was the answer. Cne of the cleverest single die and cup effects I've ever seen was shown me by a gambler several years ago. The secret of this truly impossible trick has been closely guarded. It is impromptu and uses only one die and a regular dice cup or a paper drinking cup.

Classic Sampler

One of my favorite jazz piano players is a fellow named Dave McKenna. I admire him for several reasons he has an extraordinary technique he has a remarkable touch on the instrument, which allows him to bring out individual lines when he plays he swings as hard as anybody on earth, but can also play ballads with great sensitivity and he has an enormous repertoire. It is the depth of repertoire that really blows me away, for these are not just tunes that McKenna knows of, these are tunes he knows he's worked them out, and he knows all the right chord changes. I mention all this, because if there is a magical equivalent to Dave McKenna, it is Michael Skinner, resident magician at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas, sleight-of-hand virtuoso, and possessor of the largest working repertoire in magic.

Don Alans Big Deal

Don Alan achieved success in his chosen field. He appeared on national television many times and he was a top trade show and corporate performer. Unfortunately, he also carried with him a great deal of bitterness and anger toward the world of magicians, whom he felt had not treated him with respect. His health began to decline, and he moved to Las Vegas in 1990. He later moved to a nursing home in Escondido, California, where he died on April 15, 1999, a victim of Alzheimer's Disease. The Just Good Fun section includes several favorites from the Magic Ranch television series, including Stanley (the monkey in the basket routine), Worm's Turn, and Las Vegas Fairy Tale (a combination of Coins Across and the Cap and Pence). Also in this section are Clyde, Pretty Sneaky Nudist Deck, Invisible Card to Wallet, Sneakily Stacked in Your Favor (a terrific Dice Stacking routine), and Tweaking Marlo's Twee. The More Sneaky Stuff section contains some material that will be of interest to stand-up...

Stealing

Studies have shown that employee theft is often a response to feelings of frustration and powerlessness in one's job. if his is the ease, then most casinos are perfect targets. Dealers have to follow very rigidly circumscribed rides in everything they do. The job provides few opportunities for initiative. Dealers themselves often describe it as the highest paid factory job in America. Because dealers ire not unionised, they have no job security and virtually no employee rights. They are subject to all manner of pressures, harrassmcnt, and abuse from I he bosses who often blame Ihe dealer for any losses the casino suffers. For some dealers, stealing chips becomes a kind of revenge a secret sabotage.

The Thrill is Back

This video teaches very simple bar bets and gotchas that will enable you to con your friends out of a drink or whatever else they might be foolish enough to wager. I assume that the target audience for this tape is laymen, for the material taught should already be familiar to anyone who has been in magic for any length of time. (And apparently Mr. Greene does not have access to the real work, since none of the assisting spectators ever get hit in the head with a rock.) Finally, Dick Stoner gave me a set of his Las Vegas Glasses. This is a great comedy prop, first described by Karrell Fox in Comedy ala Card. (This trick is marketed with Karrell's permission.) The effect is that a card is selected and lost in the pack. The cards are spread on the table. The magician dons a pair of glasses which he says will enable him to find the card. He looks over the spread, but names the wrong card. He does this again. When the magician looks up, the spectators see...

Viva Where

As you may have noticed from the change of address information in last month's review column, I have moved out west. The main reason for the move is that I've discovered I have an unnatural need to be close to the Hoover Dam. (And yes, I am seeking treatment.) When I arrived, I was completely surprised to discover that there are a lot of magicians who live in Las Vegas. Who would have thought Anyway, the change of scenery is doing wonders for me, and now Editor Stan doesn't have to make long distance calls asking where my column is, he can bang on my apartment door directly. Chapter three contains gambling themed routines, and of particular interest here are Mr. Avis' exploration and clarification of Dr. Elliott's runup systems from Elliott's Last Legacy. Mr. Avis' interpretation of Elliott's very cryptic instructions is fascinating. If you are interested in runup systems you will also want to examine Mr. Avis' variations on John Scarne's runup system. Another favorite in this chapter...

Re Location

If you already have my phone number, it will be unchanged. If you need to mail something to me personally, the address is 9088 W. Rochelle Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89147. If you need to email me, do so at mail michaelclose.com. With any luck, next month life will proceed normally. Finally, on Volume Seven you'll find Monte Plus Plus which features Trevor Lewis' great Monte move, and one of the great routines in card magic, The Card Shark & The Four Gamblers. This routine is an extension of Dai Vernon's Cutting the Aces. If you want people to believe that you're the greatest card handler who's ever lived, learn this routine. The routines offered in Routines are less technically challenging than the material in The London Collection, but there are a few that will require some serious practice. Foremost among these is a terrific gambling demonstration that ends with the entire deck returning to new deck order. If you want to convince laymen (or magicians) that you can do just about anything...

Slot Scams

A scam thai is related to stealing and overpayment is the practice of slot machine workers setting jackpots on the machines for their agents. The slot mechanics employed by the casinos to repair the machines are constantly opening up machines in Ihe course of their work *o service the.ni. In doing so, one can easily set a winning combination on the reels lo bigger a payoff. If you think .slot machine conspiracies are just small-change affairs, consider the scam which was uncovered in 1976, at the Stardust I lotcl by agents of The proceeds from slot machines are not counted coin by coin Rather the coins are weighed on special scales which convert the xjundagc into dollar amounts. The scamsters gaffed he scales so they recorded only two-thirds of the actual weight. 'Ihus, one out of everv three coins could be stolen. The thieves' score averaged about ten thousand dollars a day. That's a lot of quarters to fry to smuggle out of a casino. The cheats solved the problem by establishing a...

Its A Wonderful Life

The three-video series Tales From The Planet Of Bloom showcases many of the effects Gaetan featured in his lecture. The effects utilize a variety of props - cards, cigarettes, Slinkies, grocery bags, paper plates - but all have one thing in common they are all going to fool you harder than you have been fooled in a long time. I attended Gaetan's lecture here in Las Vegas, and watched him again when he performed at the Convention at the Capitol. On each occasion he turned a room full of knowledgeable magicians into a bunch of slobbering laymen, myself included. As he performed the final effect of his lecture (a prediction effect called Quarte, which I'll discuss further in a moment) I thought to myself, If the payoff of this trick isn't a gag, I'm in real trouble. The payoff wasn't a gag, and I was in trouble. My favorite effects on these videos were Top Chrono, in which your wristwatch travels to the center of a knotted rope Bleached, an offbeat card location that has numerous...

Miracles with Cards

The Airmail Card is the first routine in the book, and it is an extremely commercial version of Darwin Ortiz's Dream Card. A card is selected using a very fair procedure. The card is signed, lost in the deck, and the deck is shuffled face up and face down. The cards right themselves, with the exception of the selected card. The deck is placed aside, and the magician removes his wallet. From the zippered compartment he removes a card which has been mailed to him. (The back of the card has the magician's address, and has a canceled stamp in the corner.) This card is turned over and it is the spectator's signed card. Although this routine requires some sleight-of-hand, it is not particularly difficult, and it incorporates an ingenious use of a move which was first published in MAGIC. I had the pleasure of seeing Jim perform The Airmail Card in Las Vegas, and it leaves nothing to be desired.

Too Perfect Theory

Chapter Three explains routines that make use of a common stationery item. These routines are all within the ability of the average card magician. Next, Guy pauses for an Interval, during which he explains several excellent and useful sleights, including shifts, palms, switches, false deals, and false shuffles. These techniques are put to use in Chapter Four, which discusses several gambling routines. Chapter Five is my favorite chapter. It explains a method for allowing you to produce a signed card in any impossible location you can conceive. Guy fooled me completely with this at a lecture here in Las Vegas. Chapter Six contains a potpourri of items, including a very offbeat in-the-hands version of Triumph. This routine was one of the highlights of The London Collection. I have no hard evidence of the following, but I suspect that this conjecture is true Somewhere deep beneath the Vegas desert is a mutated rock formation which sends out magnetic rays that attract weirdoes, wackos,...

Shadows with Shears

Allow me the opportunity to give all of you the chance to do the right thing. Dick Koornwinder was at the recent World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas. In 1971, Dick made an agreement with Ken Brooke. Ken agreed to sell only Koornwinder Kars which Dick himself had produced. Dick has never given nor sold any one else the manufacturing rights to his Koornwinder Kar. Dick has once again placed the Koornwinder Kar on the market. If you own a knockoff, do the right thing and buy the trick from Dick. All Thumbs (Marketplace, April 1999) is now available from Lea P. Magic, 3008 Ripon Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89134-7522. The Psycho-Kinetic Pen (Marketplace, March 1999) has been withdrawn from the market. And the results of the Wonder Words 3 spider story Ultimate Slow Motion Bill Transposition by Roger Klause. 29.95. From Houdini's Magic, 6455 Industrial Rd. Suite L, Las Vegas, NV 8911 Web site at http www.houdini.com whats.html

Bo Not Disturb

But Vm prepared to make an amusing little wager with it. I need four wild and wonderful woment ready to party, to stand up right now. Four of you YES You 7 do perfectly. Shout out your names. Who are you, my sweet Laurie And you Jane And you are Kym And Rebecca Mow perfect. Give them a thunderous round of appreciation folks. Here's how our little wager will work If this happens to work out I have a surprising souvenir of the show for you. Each of you gets to call out a number. You can call out a 0 or a 9 or anything in between. But 1 want you to avoid just calling out any number. 1 want it to be one that you9ve got a strong FEELING about.

Brilliance

I recently picked up a Verve compact disc re-release of an Oscar Peterson album titled On the Town. In the liner notes to the CD, Neil Tesser mentions a thirty-something, conservatory-trained, Las Vegas-based pianist with the decidedly non-monomial handle of Mike Jones . who has quietly established himself as the logical successor to the stultifying virtuosity of Oscar Peterson. Wait a minute, I thought. I live in Las Vegas, Mike Jones lives in Las Vegas .I should track this guy down. I did just that. Mike Jones is a superb piano player with a jaw-dropping facility on the instrument. His newest release is titled Mike Jones in Las Vegas. I had the pleasure of attending one of the recording sessions for this disc, and the music was an absolute delight. Also in attendance at that session was Penn Jillette, who wrote the liner notes for the new CD. (Incidentally, the jazz friend mentioned in those notes is me.) Mike Jones has three other CDs on the Chiaroscuro label. You can find all of...

Born Backwards

Eventually, the gigs got better, and the venues became more prestigious. A week at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles (booked by Bill Larsen) led to a tour with Mexican actress and singer Amalia Mendoza. The act was also a huge hit in the Orient, and this tour marked Milo and Roger's first visit to Thailand, the country which would eventually be their home. They spent a year as Mitzi Gaynor's opening act, followed by headlining in the Lido show in both Paris and Las Vegas. Finally, Milo and Roger spent eight years starring at The Crazy Horse, the exclusive nightclub in Paris. All Thumbs. 17.50 postpaid. From Lea P. Magic, 2251 Rampart Blvd., 404, Las Vegas, NV 89128-9998

Stocking Stuffers

The material in Cardshark is divided into three sections titled Impromptu Miracles, Presentational Showpieces and Gambling Routines. The technical requirements range from routines that are fairly easy (in fact, there is one self-working routine) to routines that demand virtuoso-level chops. Ton Onosaka did the remarkable illustrations, and the combination of these drawings and Darwin's clear and concise text make learning these routines a pleasure. My favorite routines in the Presentational Showpieces section include Pickup on South Street, in which a signed card travels from one wallet to another wallet while the wallets are in the spectators' coats Time and Again, a time-travel routine with a bizarre kicker Blind Aces, an absolutely killer Ace-cutting routine that's easy to do Harry in Your Pocket, a pickpocket routine that could easily be used in a platform situation Time Piece, an exquisite presentation for the Clock Trick and The Showdown, which takes the Magician vs. Gambler...

Thoughts

Before Paul Osborne published any of these books I had a traffic signal bar light that I'd purchased after a show in Las Vegas. One night I put this in the stage manager's area and he could display red, amber or green to me. As long as it glowed green I kept the show moving. Amber meant to slow up and red forced me to stop and sort of tread water onstage. Someone else suggested this idea in one of Paul's earlier books and anyone who thinks it's silly has never tried it. We make up a more elaborate model for the nationally touring Wonders Of Magic and it's the best helper an

How the World Works

The routines are organized thematically. Chapters include Gambling Tricks, Impossible Locations, Face Up Face Down Shuffles, The Match Game, Cards of Color, Topological Effects, and Multiple Locations. The Cards of Color Chapter contains a fascinating idea by Lewis Jones called The Pattern Principle. This idea circulated through the underground (whatever that is) a while back, and it generated a lot of comment. The performance tape features such routines as Timely Card to Wallet (a routine that may cause you to throw away all your fancy gimmicked wallets), Busted Transpo, Blackjack (a pseudo-gambling demo with a funny ending), A Psychological Trick (a very clever two-deck routine that features a bold use of the face-up classic force), and The Four and a Half Trick, which has been Mr. Tullock's closer for many years. In addition to the routines, Mr. Tullock also discusses the Classic Force, the Top Change, some simple card controls, an excellent method for an in-the-hands false riffle...

Dilemma

The second half of CAB 2000, titled Mockery, contains interviews, articles, photos, and stuff. This is very much a mixed bag of information about gambling and the casino industry. For the past couple of months Scotland's R. Paul Wilson has been visiting the United States. He performed and lectured at the Convention at the Capitol and at the Magic Castle. He lectured here in Las Vegas and also made a mini-tour down the East Coast. If you are attending the I.B.M. convention in Orlando, you'll have a chance to visit with Paul, as he'll be dropping by that get together. If you've had the chance to watch Paul work during this tour, then you already know about Ricochet, one of the most eye-popping tricks you'll ever see. Unfortunately, words really don't do justice to how amazing this trick is.

Shock Wave

On Saturday, September 15, the casinos began laying off employees. Nobody wanted to fly, people were canceling room reservations, corporations were canceling conventions. More than 10,000 people were laid off, including some of the bar staff and musicians who are my friends. It was a tense and scary time. Danny Archer is a professional magician, a magic dealer, founder of The Magician's Lecture Network, and one of the organizers of a close-up convention recently held in Las Vegas. Working Alone is a videotape that was shot live at one of Danny's lectures. The lecture includes five stand-up routines, three close-up routines, and an explanation of the Archer Shuffle (a false in-the-hands riffle shuffle that appeared in MAGIC a few years ago).

Impromptu Cheat

While in Las Vegas a few years ago, I happened to take a walk through the Golden Nugget casino at 2 a.m. A large crowd had gathered around a poker table, where a big Texan wearing a ten gallon hat had wagered a small fortune in chips on his hand. Standing on tip-toes, I watched the Texan slowly reveal his cards. King, Ten, King, Four People who gamble, or who have been to casinos, have a much greater respect for card magic than regular laymen. During my shows, I tend to seek these people out, as their appreciation for cards will elevate the appreciation of others watching. WHAT THE AUDIENCE SEES A spectator thoroughly shuffles a deck. The magician takes the cards back and explains how a gambler looks for unbeatable hands during the course of a game. The cards are then given three extremely clean-looking riffle-shuffles. Four hands of cards are dealt, and the magician receives an unbeatable hand. you should let the spectator's assist you (remember, you are letting them in on a...

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