Back On The Road

It was that time of year again to go to Blackpool Magicians convention. It only seemed five minutes since I was last there. It was twelve months I came back from Blackpool and flew straight to Las Vegas where I was booked to appear at the Desert Magic Seminar. It's a great annual event that boasts all sorts of celebrity magicians in attendance. I had a great show Whilst at the airport waiting for the departure of my flight back to England, I bumped into my very good friend Tony Curtis, (the...

Magic Spell

The following routine is the result of a brainstorming session with Stephen Tucker. To our collective shame we don't know who truly originated the original principle as so many have laid claim to it. Before I start, let me just say that you can, if you prefer, make up the following cards from regular bridge or poker sized card stock. I prefer to use jumbo sized cards. Although I mention certain cards, ANY values and suits can be used. Make a jumbo prediction card by gluing say half a queen of...

Cruising

The pilot announced the arrival of the British Airways flight into Bombay. A few minutes later the aircraft door opened and the stench of rotten eggs was overpowering. It smelt like Ghandi's Flip Flop (Not that I know what Ghandi's Flip Flop smells like). I disembarked, collected my luggage, and made my way through customs, where I was stopped by a customs officer who proceeded to search my bags. He was very intrigued by a tin that rattled. I told him not to open it, as I knew it...

If you believe in Telekinesis raise my hand

An earlier incarnation of the following cabaret routine appeared in my PRO-FILE book. A banana, a small lemon, a small orange, a 5cm x 4cm piece of tinfoil, a cigarette lighter, a handkerchief, a brown paper grocery bag and two paper napkins. Cut out a small section of the skin (about 2cm square) from the opposite end to the stalk-end of the banana, about 3cm in from the end. This hole is where the rolled 20.00 note will later be 'loaded'. Hollow out a little of the flesh, tunnelling in for...

Swear

After Jerry Sadowitz showed me a trick that was a Peter Kane idea, I took the basic plot and came up with the following routine. This is a variation on my 'The Right Spell' routine, which was in turn a variation of 'The Spelling Routine' first published in my 'A Kind Of Magic' lecture notes. Hand (or toss) out a regular cased deck for examination and shuffling. Have the person bring the deck back to you. Take it and glimpse the face of the bottom card as you table the cards (face down) for the...

Shit Happens

It was a really hot morning and the heat was really affecting the MS. I pulled the cover from the birdcage that was home to my two pet macaws, but as I snatched at the cloth it snagged on the cage and caused my right ankle to give way. A few hours later I ended up in casualty at Frimley Park hospital. I had torn the ligaments in my right leg and badly sprained my ankle, and all the MS symptoms had exacerbated. My speech, my strength, my balance, had all got worse - and to top it...

In The Beginning

July 5th 1957 I came into this world, weighing in at 5lb 14ozs. I've put on so much weight since then. My earliest recollection was Christmas day 1968. I was 9 years old, and I can remember opening my presents and receiving a David Nixon magic set as a gift from my parents. I didn't care about any of my other presents, all I was interested in was how the magic wand seemed to rise by itself, or how a coin, when placed into a small plastic box, just melted away However, the one trick that really...

An Englishman In New York

Girl burst in the room and opened the door in her nightdress I thought that's a strange place to keep a door She had an embarrassing mole on her neck it kept jumping up and swinging from her earring She had a glass eye, she didn't tell me, it just dropped out in conversation That night me and a few (3) mates caught the 44 bus and went to a small club in King Street (K), up west. It was called the 678 club. The club was so rough that the piano leg had a bandage. I remember I paid 5 (5) entry...

Star Is Born

I got a call from Tony Cartwright to go to his house, as he had something very important to tell me. I made the fifteen mile journey to his home in Wentworth, Surrey. He sat me down and he had a very serious look on his face as I waited with baited breath to hear what he had to say. He said, I have got you the Royal Variety Performance I was speechless But being the facetious little so & so that I am, I replied in a very flippant tone That's just a glorified charity show....

Performance

Ask them to roll it and tell you the number that has been selected. Depending what number they choose, you will force the button sewn on to the cloth using the following technique (known as the Hot Rod force) 1 - Spell O.N.E from the right. (One button for each letter) 2 - Spell T.W.O from the right. 3 - Count 1.2.3 from the right. 4 - Count 1.2.3.4 from the left. 5 - Spell F.I.V.E from the left. 6 - Spell S.I.X from the right. Ask the spectator to remember...

The Magic Circle

The next few months were spent reading my books, and practising some of the sleight of hand that was described within them. The 'One Handed Cut', or the 'Charlier Pass' as it is technically known, was a card flourish that I was constantly trying to perfect. Just when I was about to give up trying to master this knuckle busting piece of manipulation, I got it I'll tell you, I felt like Archimedes when he jumped out of the bath Eureka It was then that I wanted to further my knowledge on magic and...

Can you be a closet claustrophobic

This routine is for the Mental Photography Deck, which is available from your favourite dealer. I perform this in a single spotlight whilst sitting on a bar stool. People often ask me. Did you always know you were going to be a magician Well I did because when I was born I came out of the woman in the opposite bed Right now I'd like to talk to you about dreaming. Everybody dreams. There was the politician who dreamt he was doing a speech in the House of Parliament, and when he woke up, he was...

Invisible

You'll need a purse-frame and a plastic slide-binder. You will use the slide-binder as a very simple pocket card index. Simply cut it in half and stick the two halves side-by-side, with spacers of approximately 14mm between them. I find the best way to do this is by using a lump of 'Blue Tac' between the two binders. I then use heavy duty tape to form a very crude but workable gimmick. The purse-frame can be either bought from your favourite dealer or made by tearing away the fabric from a...

If smoking is bad for you why does it cure Kippers

But not in this photo Wayne in a photo booth, Woolworths, 1997 He's cool, enigmatic and classy. But not in this photo Wayne in a photo booth, Woolworths, 1997 Wayne poses with his next door neighbour's car. Wayne poses with his next door neighbour's car. A big jacket for a big talent Wayne relaxes at home. A big jacket for a big talent Wayne relaxes at home. Wayne breaks an illusion, which he had to pay for. Wayne breaks an illusion, which he had to pay for....

Going

RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, December 15th 1979, was my first professional gig. I had been thinking about going professional for a while, I just needed a push in the right direction. My good friend Roy Johnson persuaded me to give up my regular job, and try to make my living from magic. I was only 22 years old, with no responsibilities, so I had nothing to lose. I only had two weeks' work in the book, but I had to get it out of my system. The first week's work was a seven day stretch of social...

My Magical Moments

Some moments in my life that gave me a feeling of experiencing 'Real Magic' Billiard Ball from a Young Boy's Ear by David Nixon Asrah by Seigfreid amp Roy Doves by Lance Burton Floating Violin by Norm Neilson Cups amp Balls by Pat Page Linking Finger Rings by Roy Johnson Multiplying Watches by Richard Ross Pitching by Mark Mason Wooden Creations by Colin Rose Canary, Egg and Lemon by Joseph Gabriel Coin Matrix by Armando Lucero Miser's Dream by Jeff McBride Malini Egg Bag by Ken Brooke...