The Punx Prediction

Before you get into the details, please read the presentation WITHOUT READING THE EXPLANATIONS, so you can get a firm impression of the how the routine goes. Read the explanations which follow only when you can duplicate the whole procedure mentally. Otherwise you will not have a satisfactory understanding of the explanations. In addition to that, you will have a better feeling of the total fascination tins routine holds if you first read only the presentation, without thinking of tricks. You...

Punx

This is a spookie routine.1 is a magical trend that has become very popular in the U.S.A., although it has been largely ignored here (in Germany). This booklet is filled with new ideas and food for thought. It has a climax that is fantastic in the deepest sense of the word. The most wonderful part is, there is practically no preparation. For the main effect, you must prepare an envelope by placing a torn banknote into it. The rest of the items used in the trick are borrowed from the audience,...

Switching the coin

In this routine, you need to switch the borrowed coin twice. One of them, which is bent, is in your left jacket pocket. The other is in your right jacket pocket along with a magnifying glass. After you take the coin from the spectator with your left hand, take the magnifying glass and your coin out of your pocket with your right hand. Immediately pretend to take the spectator's coin from your left hand with your right hand, to hand it and the magnifying glass to the spectator so he can look at...

The Center Tear

Here is just one refinement to the center tear, that comes from Richard Osterlind. Before starting the tear, push the second, upper fold (fold 2) over, as shown in the photo. While you are toying with the billet, without looking at it, briefly open the fold halfway and immediately refold it, with the upper fold at an angle. This produces the step that will allow you to open the billet with the tip of the thumb. THE CENTER WILL HAVE THIS SAME STEP This technique is especially suitable for...

How long should a performance be3

As long as it captivates the audience, that is, as long as it holds their attention.4 It has become the rule among magicians to start the show with a flash visual effect. Otherwise, it is not a magic show, they assert. Thus we have pointed ourselves in a particular direction and we believe that we must continue to perform in the same manner as our forefathers - that is, tricks and more tricks. This is a natural prejudice that we, the performers, have. The audience does not share it It makes no...

The Perfume Trick

The perfume trick has been left until the last part of the explanation because it is the one that the fewest will have or procure. But it is worthwhile. The effect is fantastic a trick with something invisible. I have two versions. The first is from Mayette in Paris. It contains 8 flower scents, which have been imbedded in wax. Their disadvantage is that the two holders are too bulky. They will fit only in the trousers pockets, one in each. At the appropriate moment, you must reach into the...

Psycho Bell

Psycho Bell is one of the most ingenious thought reading experiments. Only connoisseurs will appreciate the subtle reasoning that has gone into it. The techniques and presentation are so refined that even the skeptic will be so captivated by what happens that he will believe in thought reading. Heartfelt thanks to Larry Becker for his permission to publish his brilliant method which has been included in the Punx presentation. I have not worked on any of my effects longer than I have on this...

Crystal Balls and Playing Cards

My first encounter with such a crystal ball -today you can purchase light, unbreakable crystal balls made of acrylic (Lucite) - was 50 years ago at 14 This has a big advantage over the Dunninger method which used a piece of watch crystal with a miniature playing card attached. The advantages are the impromptu nature of this version in addition to the fact that the distortion induced by the crystal ball causes the edges of the piece of paper or cardboard which bears the message to blend into the...

Translators Introduction

Every magic book will tell you that the material is sure-fire audience-tested material. After you buy the book and work on the material, you find that the material had failed all of the audience tests and was sure to get you fired. This is not the case here. Punx has polished this material and made it dependable. There is room for flexibility in the presentations, yet you will know how much to change or modify to fit your own style. Although some of the material is more than 10 years old, it is...

The Super Punx Test

I have developed a new technique in thought transmission which has never been, as far as I know, used in magic before. It is simplicity in itself. You have nothing to learn. If you can read and write, you can do it at once. The same is true for your medium. You can teach it to him (or her) just before the performance. No misunderstanding is possible, if you have an impromptu assistant with normal intelligence. So far, I have developed only three routines with this idea, but I am sure that the...

The Punx Test

(Great Minds Think Alike) The Effect Two strangers are used. One leaves the room and one stays with you. You ask him to think of anything he likes - a word- a number- a drawing, he has a free choice. He writes down what he thinks of- rolls the paper into a ball and drops it into his pocket. YOU DO NOT TOUCH THIS PAPER. The other person is called into the room, given a sheet of blank paper and told to gaze at it and get an inspiration of something. You don't suggest anything. If he sees...

Stretching a Rope

I am not assuming anything in this description. If you are an old timer, then skip this section. This is also true for the other technical descriptions that follow. First, prepare a length of rope (about 6 m. long) by gluing a rope magnet into each end of it. (The length of the rope will be determined by the size of the area where the spectator sits.) Also prepare a 30 cm. length of rope in the same way. Now you can make a large circle of rope out of these two pieces by connecting them...

The Punx Prediction8

The idea for this trick comes from Annemann.9 All I have to do is to place an H in front of his name, along with one small change, and I can change it into my own. (My everyday name is Hanemann.) The performer writes or draws something on a piece of paper (Annemann Billet) and places it into his breast pocket, where it remains VISIBLE.10 - A spectator is then requested to draw a geometrical figure on a second billet, and to write a two-digit number inside it, while the performer turns his back....

Reflecta Thot

The most recent use of the principle of restricted selection that I know of appeared in Larry Becker's book, World of Super Mentalism, under the name Reflecta - Thot. At first, I glossed over it, probably because of the weak conclusion, but later I realized how ingenious and undetectable the method of the trick was. I give Larry Becker my heartfelt thanks for his permission to publish his idea in this book. Here is the routine for Reflecta - Thot. A spectator is asked to come on stage. There is...

The Interrupted Dream8

This modest little pamphlet, which dealt with 3nly one effect caused quite a stir at the time. The inordinate amount of attention came basically from two sources within the Psychic Entertainers Association -Invocation and Robert Cassidy - specialists in the field of mental magic. For me, this validated my intention to take mental magic in a new direction, much as I had already done in the field of conventional magic.9 I want to make the magical art a spiritual experience and free it from the...

Secret ESP Symbols

One of the three pencils belonging to this test has a cap. This is a GREASE PENCIL.3 Take one of the symbol cards, and fill in the lines with this pencil. Now press your thumb on one of the figures, and you will have the image on your thumb. This will now work 3 In the original Super Punx Test Kit I received years ago, this pencil is marked LEICUNER ORIGINAL Crayon Dermatographe 46 2. On the reverse Is the word 'Schwartz'. I believe some grease make-up pencils would do. Experiment with some of...

The Brainwave Deck

If you don't want to buy one at the magic shop, you will have to obtain one red and one blue bridge deck. You need 52 cards.5 You can make 2 Brainwave decks out of these two decks. Here we will make only one, in which the black cards have red backs and the red cards have blue backs. This makes it easier to remember where to find the cards The red cards are under the red backs and vice versa. 3 Aveiy circular adhesive labels would be perfect for this You can get them from office supply stores....

The Interrupted Dream

This is the first booklet in the Punx series Fourth Dimensional Mysteries. Carlhorst Meier of Nuremberg has given this style of magical presentation a particularly striking name Psycho-Magic.2 It has scarcely anything in common with earlier forms of magic. Here we are working with experiences and adventures which take place in the minds of the spectators. These ideas have been implanted in their psyches for an especially long time. In this routine something completely new happens. Among other...

Thanks to U F Grant

His ingenious Million Dollar Trick2 gave me the inspiration for this routine. As far as I know, it is the first routine of bizarre magic in the German language. This type of magic is very popular in the U.S.A. where it has been performed for several years. The Grant idea with the torn banknote is extraordinarily devilishly clever. It will take the performer a while to grasp the extremely simple proceedings. It appears at first to be monstrously complicated, but only until you have grasped how...

The Anniversary

People who are in love, or people who have been married for a long time, and in spite of that are still in love, often have the experience of thinking of the same thing at the same time. This has happened to all of us. We see someone standing before us that we have just thought about a few days before. That's precognition. These are the Psi powers,14 the powers of thought. I would like to demonstrate this for you with a couple that is happily married. You will be amazed at the number of...

Real Magic The Anniversary

Together they will give you a 45 minute routine, Real Magic is a parody of conventional magic tricks.2 The performer states, There is no such thing as real magic, only to wind up with a real miracle at the end. The spectator actually looks into a cr stal ball and at first, sees a nude woman. Then he looks again and sees a freely selected card that a spectator has removed from a deck and placed into his pocket without looking at it. Nobody knows the identity of this card until it is revealed by...