Finger Break

John Ramsay Grocer

John Ramsay Magician

The case, used this proof as misdirection, to cover the move necessary to the trick he was performing. A typical example was the way he used the 11 known ploy of concealing a small object in e empty space of a half open matchbox. As he closed the box he would subtly create the impression that he had loaded something into his left hand, which was kept partly closed as he put the box into his right coat pocket. Looking directly at the spectators, he would slowly open his left hand which was seen...

Bluff Card Shift

The starting position for the shift is as (Fig.3). Move 1 The right fingers push the three protruding cards flush with the deck, this action causes the cards to step at the rear now the right thumb breaks the deck OVER THE LAST STEPPED CARD FROM THE REAR (Fig.4). Move 2 The right thumb lifts the cards above the break to allow the little finger of the left hand to take over the break from the right thumb, the left little finger taking its break in the normal manner at the side of the deck. Move...

Presentation

Show the cards face up and take care to cover the prepared card. Tell the spectators that all the cards have a certain meaning. The ace is known as the highest card, the nine is a lucky card, etc. Meanwhile you are looking for the unprepared queen of hearts and here you keep a break. Turn the cards face down and force the queen. Let the spectator put his card back and cut the cards or shuffle them in such a way that the prepared queen of hearts comes in the middle. Now you pick up an imaginary...

Diverting Card Magic

Author of The Ramsay Legend and The Ramsay Classics. A Treatise on Misdirection with Cards and its use in many Practical Effects. Ramsay, Vernon and Slydini the greatest names in natural magic have all stressed the vital part played in its performance by misdirection, and in particular, visual misdirection. In fact Dai Vernon has said that it is the true secret of magic. Now, this unique work explains how to apply that powerful weapon to the most popular branch of the Art conjuring with cards....

About The Apparatus

Hand Pick Card

Now available exclusively from REPRO 71, as a matter of interest (for those who purchased the wallet originally fronj Harry) the new wallet, apart from looking terrific, makes the working of the effect even easier (the old wallets were too limp). Get one and see for yourself. I'm certain you will be delighted with it For the few who don't know here's the effect in brief A borrowed note is signed and sealed in an envelope, which is mixed with 3 identical envelopes. Spectator freely selects...

Photo Victor J Pinto

One cannot envisage these individuals advising youngsters not to let their hobby interfere with their education refusing to sell them expensive tricks until they had first obtained their parents permission, and not then if a purchase would be likely to bring disappointment make a special journey to see the first show of someone embarking on a professional career and afterwards, because of their concern for the public image of magic and the personal success of the performer, give the latter...

Philippe Socrate Lecture

To Birmingham to see Philippe Socrate pronounced Sock-rat , best known for his superb stage act of a zombie routine with a rose that turns into a woman's head. This though was his close-up lecture which was divided into two -parts the first in the main consists of items from his own close-up act first seen in England at Ron Macmillan's International Day of Magic in December last year . I must admit to some bias towards Socrate his entire manner reeks of a suave and sophisticated Frenchman. One...

Theres smokg

Since starting this column I am continually being surprised by readers I meet who are regularly working many of the old stunts and gags which one has read in the past and just passed over without giving them a trial. Peter Wentworth told me he often uses the stunt Martin Breese reminded me of inhaling smoke from a match and pretending to smoke the thumb. Peter also uses another 'oldie' with a wooden match which is held between the thumb and forefinger as in Fig. 1. Cross the other arm...

Magician Tony Sadar Zig Zag Lady

I have sold so many 'ROOM SERVICE' and made so many telephone cails to the United States to get further stocks that I feel I could do with a little room service myself. Good news folks they have just arrived and by the time this ad is published you will have received that long awaited parcel. Thank you for your patience. What is 'ROOM SERVICE' Ahl Al Schneider's latest is entitled 'FUSION' a simple rope effect in which four ropes mysteriously fuse into one examinable long piece. Nothing added...

Doug alkeiT

Right hand lifts off the portion above the jog. Both hands revolve to show all backs. Left thumb goes under its packet and flips it over before placing this on top of the packet in the right. Left finger maintains a break. Top half is fanned out again (all backs). Close fan and maintain break. Left fingers peel away bottom half so that right side ends up facing the left if you get what I mean. This is shown as all backs. The right hand which is arched over its half comes over the left half. The...

Lecture Notes

Lecture Break

NOTES ON THE MAGIC OF FRANK SHIELDS transcribed by Gene Matsuura, 2 dollars PAUL SWINFORD LECTURE NOTES, 2 dollars 50, are both available from Busby Enterprises 133 17th Street, Oakland, California 94612. Customers outside the U.S. should add one dollar. The first named is an unpretentious, unnumbered, nine page typescript effort without illustrations or index, secured at the upper left hand corner with a single staple and will add nothing to the appearance of your bookcase. Seldom if tever,...

The International Magic Studio

RON MACMILLAN 89 CLERKENWELL ROAD, HOLBORN LONDON E.C.1 OK. So what's new Not a lot. By the time you read this I shall probably be in France somewhere, under the auspices of Mr Philippe Fialho who lives in Nice, the Southend of France. He has arranged for me to do three lectures, one in Nice, one in Marseilles and I think though noone has told me yet , in Paris. It must be two or three years since I was last in France, and it will be nice to go back there and meet one or two old friends,...

Chicago January 1979

I've always had rotten luck y'know the sort of bloke that buys a non-stick saucepan and can't peel off the label, keeps a praying mantis and discovers it's an atheist, loses all his money behind a show starring Astaire and Rogers that's Ginger Astaire and Fred Rogers. So I guess it was no surprise to me when my company (that's the day job fellas) sent me to Chicago for a week, during the worst weather they've had in 40 years. Believe me, it was so cold monkeys were running around looking for...

Closeup Magic

Original Five Thimble Production His favourite thimble production which baffled Horace Goldin. Si* Card Repeat An amusing routine which has a typical Ramsaiy 'twist in the tail'. The Forgotten Card Trick A clean and clever effect which is virtually self-working. Coin Acquitment For years magicians tried in vain to re-construct this brilliant manoeuvre. The CHangeling Ramsay's handling of Spellbound and the only item in the book to have previously appeared in pnnt. in a magazine. It has been...

The International Magazine

MAKE SURE EACH ISSUE IS SENT TO YOU REGULARLY. SEND TODAY ONLY 2.00 ( 7.00) FOR ONE YEAR (SIX) ISSUES SENT POST FREE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE INTERNATIONAL MAGIC STUDIO, (RON MACMILLAN) 89 CLERKENWELL ROAD, HOLBORN, LONDON, E.C.1. Pabular is published after the second week in every month and is printed by Instance Printers, Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Editor Nick Bolton, Technical Editor Fred Robinson, Art Editor Eric Mason. Subscriptions may be obtained direct from the publishers....

Batrie richardsoii

FROM A MENTALISTS NOTEBOOK by Barrie Richardson A spectator writes something on a card and places it face down in the box and closes the lid. It is then sealed with two or three rubber bands. Grasping the box in the left hand and in the process of handing it to someone else or placing it down you open it about half an inch. The card is easily tipped up along the side of the box and it takes but a glance to read the message. It is an old one but is very strong. 5. For an easy Question and Answer...

One Potato Two Potato

Inspired by a routine published in the Genii a few years back by Larry Jennings the variations, on his theme should appeal to those who found the original routine of interest. The following properties will be required. One cup four small balls two potatoes a handkerchief. Prepare by putting two balls in the right coat pocket two balls and a potato in the left coat pocket a potato in the cup which should be on the table mouth upwards with the handkerchief folded once draped over it, folded edge...

Pseudomemorised Deck

A borrowed pack is thoroughly shuffled and handed to the performer who patters about mnemonics the science of memory, and offers to give a demonstration. Inviting someone to watch the second hand of his watch to time him, the performer asks for silence and proceeds to thumb through the entire pack and then enquires of the timekeeper How long Fifty-five seconds in the response. That is my new record announces the performer. Let us see how accurate I am. Please call out any number between 5 and...

The Ramsay Reunion Weekend Tapes

Air mail To 'Sound of Magic', 8 Herbal Hill, London EC1, England Please reserve me the Ramsay Reunion Tapes. I enclose Cheque P.O. Cash lnternational Money Order. I understand these will be sent to me as soon as possible. 0 JS 1 Country. To Vic Pinto we owe an apology, in fact, more than one. We failed to credit him for the pictures which appeared in last months issue, I (not we) failed to ensure that his name appeared with the photograph which accompanied...

The Red Aces

Prior to commencing the effect, cull the red aces to the top of the pack. Now execute an in-faro shuffle followed with an out-faro which will bring them third and fourth from the top of the face down pack. Holding the pack in the left hand invite a spectator to lift a corner of the pack and take a look at the card spectator peek . Take a break with the left little finger and say that you will try and cut to the noted card. With the right fingers at the outer end and the thumb at the inner end...

The Reunited Match

Book paper matches (used) preferably with same colour of match paper, front and back 1 match head held between tips of the right index and middle finger (palm side). Spectator available, preferably on your left or in front. 1. Pick up the matches from the table between the thumb and fingers of the right hand. Toss the matches to spectator requesting that he tear out a match. Have him place it on the table and close the cover of the match book. 2. Pick up the match with the left hand and examine...

The Book of John s

It is a very rare event when a working professional close-up magician reveals one of his cherished routines and it is almost unheard of for such a person to reveal all of the routines he uses to make a living. n THE BOOK OF JOHN, John Mendoza has done just that. As a successful working professional, Mr. Mendoza can and does perform close-up magic for a living. THE BOOK OF JOHN is not a pretty book for the collector, but rather a book for those who are interested in commercial close-up magic...

The Book off John

It is a very rare event when a working professional close-up magician reveals one of his cherished routines and it is almost unheard of for such a person to reveal all of the routines he uses to make a living. In THE BOOK OF JOHN, John Mendoza has done just that. As a successful working professional, Mr. Mendoza can and does perform close-up magic for a living. THE BOOK OF JOHN is not a pretty book for the collector, but rather a book for those who are interested in commercial close-up magic...

Oasis For October

Algonquin McDuff from Vancouver, U.S., writes I recall some time ago an article by Albert Graham on the problems of the close-up worker. Do you think anything has been done since then to improve matters Isn't it about time you reiterated the sentiments expressed I could add a few other problems close-up in huge rooms is not on Either the audience is too big and can't see, or it's too small and the entire production is dwarfed. Organisers should work from a pool of magicians and simply suggest...

Snap Count Lost Ace Ian Land

Inspiration and points of reference I have developed upwards of one hundred versions of what has become known as Hofzinser's Lost Ace Problem. So far, only one of these has seen print, and can be found in Abracadabra 1889 (10th April 1982) under the title Surface Tension. Like the routine in A bra, this routine is fairly simple in effect, and does not embody any additional effects such as Twisting the Aces or others. In this respect it is quite rare in my collection most of my versions are...

Getting Lost In The Shuffle Ian Land

Inspiration and Points of Reference To demonstrate how diverse methods can be used to achieve similar ends I now detail a riffle shuffle approach to the Lost Ace premise. Such an approach has not been widely exploited several methods combining Lost Ace with Triumph can be found in Arch Triumphs 1978 , these being inspired by Jean Fare's Criss-Cross Triumph from Card Tricks, French Style 1977 . A riffle shuffle approach was also suggested by Karl Fulves in the booklet entitled Father Cyprian on...

Pointing The Way A1 Smith

Alex Elmsley's Point of Departure is a fairly well known effect. This version is my own, and was inspired by a Jon Racherbaumer treatment from his Lecture Notes (1) published also, I believe, in Kabbala magazine. The effect is quite straightforward, though I must admit, the description isn't A freely selected card is placed between two black jacks, promptly vanishes, and reappears reversed in the deck. Right here goes. Thumb through the deck and remove the following three cards JC, JS, QC. Put...

Second Direction

Inspiration & points of reference combinations are becoming fairly popular. The first method to be published was by J. C. Wagner, and appeared in Paul Harris's book, Supermagic (1977). Wagner's method uses a 7-as-4 packet (6-as-4 is passable, but 7-as-4 is, under most performing conditions, a case of one card too many looking and feeling like several cards too many). Robert Walker cleaned this aspect up by adding a gaff. The result was Collectwist, published in Sticks & Stones 12...

Reviews Books

Michael Skinner's Intimate Magic Written by Jeff Busby and published by Jeff Busby Magic Inc. Available from many dealers. U.S. price '7.50 dollars. Mike Skinner created a sensation when he came over to this country some years go. Unfortunately, I missed seeing him then. A reading of this book served to remind me of the treat that I had missed and the beautiful, subtle magic, explained, went some way to compensate for that loss. Jeff Busby admits, in his advertising, that nine of the eleven...

Reviews

MARKED Manual of Marked Card Magic compiled by Martin Breese and Ted Lesley. Published by Martin Breese Ltd. 31, Richmond Way, London W.14. Price 4.25 plus postage. 8W x 11V2, Soft bound. Offset printed. 19 pages of text. Designed by Eric Mason, illustrated by Jat. 17 tricks described. Many years ago, when working in Hamley's magic department, I was given some marked cards to sell. I did not manage to sell very many, purely and simply because I could not find anything much to do with them....

Thec Page bojr

Over the festive season (Xmas that was) I worked club acting as M.C. and doing a spot. On the bill was an act I hadn't seen for a number of years. A husband and wife team, they used to be a song and dance act. They are no longer youngsters and have since cut out the dance part of the act which was at least half the act. They learnt to play several musical instruments between them and added some comedy routines and impressions. This, added to Lord knows how many costume changes now constitutes...

Five Different Routines

By Tamariz, Trevor Lewis, Jack Avis, Bob Gill, and Roy Johnson The wallet, containing the outfit, slips into your pocket. With care to last a lifetime Consists of fine pieces of fine art work printed on top quality PVC. Lists 50 pence, US 2.00 cash, S3.00 cheque There's No Place Like KEN BROOKE'S MAGIC PLACE - 145 WARDOUR LONDON. W.1. ENGLAND Tel 01-734 9240 Pabular is published after the second week in every month and is printed by Instance Printers, Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Subscriptions...

Undoubtedly

THE BEST METHOD OF CARD CONTROL NEW FORMULA 75p S2.00 AIRMAIL RAY WATERS 61 GREENFIELD ROAD LONDON N15 Thank you, thank you, thank you. To all those wonderful magicians who have sent me photographs. To date I have received seventeen pictures, two of which are of unknown performers. That is there are no names on the pictures and neither I nor the guys who sent them recognise the performers. Actually that now makes up about a dozen photographs I have of performers of unknown identity. It makes...

Second Variation On Twisting The Aces Revisited

For this variation you will have to make up a special card. Simply stick a pin-up on the back of one of the aces from the red deck. Be careful however that in doing so you don't upset the handling quality of the cards perhaps a card from one of the pictorially illustrated decks now available would do. Set this card with the normal face showing as the face card of the original setup. Go through the routine up to the point where the last ace has turned over and been replaced beneath the pair....

Coins Across A Presentation

In this version of the Coins Across which I have been performing professionally over the past three years, I have succeeded in eliminating any superfluous counting of the coins and found logical reasons for throwing the coins from hand to hand and in addition to providing psychological cover for the weak points. In order to enable interested readers to obtain the maximum effect I have endeavoured to include in the description the important details regarding misdirection which are necessary to...

Simple Thornton

This routine, as with my Simple Oscar, is an approach to the Peter Kane Wild Card plot. Again, no gimmicks are employed, and additionally there is a surprise finish. You will require six cards two jokers, and four matching cards. (For illustration we will say that these are kings of hearts). One of the kings has an odd-coloured back. Across this back, in large letters, print the word original. The starting order is, from the top, with the cards face down, K,J,J,K,K, odd-backed K. 1. Hold the...

White Lightning

One of the most amazing effects to be offered to the fraternity for a long time. This is not just a trick it is a startling, miracle type utility apparatus. This brilliant apparatus comes complete and ready to work. Nothing concealed in the hands or sleeves. You may work in rolled up shirt sleeves if you wish. Ideal for all close-up and Cabaret performers. There is no limit to the applications you wil find for White Lightning. Absolutely safe. NO chemicals or FIRE, FLAME or HEAT is used....

Terry Herbert

The trick that he had linked to his personality was that which we mentioned in our advertisements last week If you would like more details we will mail you a short list on receipt of a few stamps. CATALOGUE 50p or 3.00 Airmail. On Wednesday this week we had a phone call from Canada asking for THE NEMO PREDICTION SLATE' invented by DAVID HOWARTH. Eariler a friend had taken one back with him and what stock we had was sold within two weeks of his arrival home. We sent the goods airmail as...

Spectatormagician Plus

This is a routine of three effects in which the spectator takes the part of an expert card magician. It was inspired by, and is an extension of, the SPECTATOR-MAGICIAN, by Tony Faro. Magicians who place the emphasis on entertainment will see the possibilities in this direction. The degree of success achieved depends mainly on the performer's ability to persuade the spectator to act the part of the 'expert', and how well the situations which arise are exploited. That there are no new 'miracles'...

Book Reviews

Two more booklets from the prolific Phil Goldstein in the same format as his previous publications and both are priced at four dollars plus one dollar airmail postage, from the author at 7070 Franklin Avenue, Suite 101, Hollywood CA 9002S U.S.A. The Yellow Book of Mentalism contains ten effects of which three have previously appeared in print. There is a limited number of effects available to the mentalist and in consequence he must depend on novel presentations to achieve the appearance of...

Magicassettes By Martin Breese Are Cassette Recordings Of Famous Magicians

- moderately priced at 11.00 each ( 4.80) and professionally recorded There are now 18 Martin Breese Magicassettes available and another 30 in production at the moment. Sid Lorraine said I am happy to see what you are doing to preserve the words and wisdom of the wizards of today . Genii July 1977 said I recommend you buy the Magicassettes being sold by Martin Breese of England . . . they are great to listen to and will become even more valuable in the years to come. We have ordered a complete...

Blushing Jumper

(An off colour card to wallet routine Spectator takes a card and signs it on its face. It is replaced and the deck shuffled and cut. The magician cuts to the Joker and tells his audience that this Joker will now change into the selected and signed card. For this purpose it is placed into the magician's wallet. Upon closing it and reopening it nothing has happened. The magician gets angry and explains that each time he wants to perform this trick the same thing happens saying this he opens the...

Pabular Pobox 180 London Se12 8jj England

Magical press and not by the number of times their names appear in print accompanied by undeserved superlatives. One name which appears from time to time in this column is that of Bob Read. See U.S. Happenings this issue. Hello again from Brussels I know by the time you read this F.I.S.M. will be well over however, here is the promised report of the close-up contests. Twenty-seven scheduled to perform and the quality ranged from pretty awful to the really brilliant. I guess I am spoiled because...

The Ramsay Classics

The collected works of John Ramsay, with an introduction by Dai Vernon. For the first time everything that Ramsay published in his long and illustrious career is now available in one volume. Master Routines like The Cups and Balls The Cylinder and Coins The Triple Restoration The Four Little Beans. Also Ramsay on Thimbles 6 effects Coins 4 effects The Thumb Tip The Watch Winder. All re-written and re-illustrated PLUS RAMSAY ON MISDIRECTION and RAMSAY THE ARTIST Beautifully printed on art paper....

Obsolete Encore

I demonstrated this for the 'Pabular' backroom boys, who liked it, so here it is. Playing around with Roy Walton's Obsolete Prediction, see Pabular No.4 , I came across a method for repeating this effect. By the way, when performing rhe original, I ask a spectator to place a coin on any heap using any sort of unusual coin for this purpose which can be referred to as a lucky coin. We shall assume that you have performed the original effect as explained by Roy Walton. You then patter along the...

Peter duffie

Done without pausing and without exposing the back of the third card. A trial in front of the mirror will show what is required. Again tap the packet and EC show the last ace face up. Last card to bottom. Hold the packet in the dealing position again and pull back the top card for about an inch. This time buckle the bottom card with the left fingers and withdraw the two centre cards as one, ensuring that you do not flash the underside. Now turn the left hand to bring the cards face up, and onto...

Double Lift Technique And Variations

In volume 7 No 1, we published Juan Tamariz's handling of the Double Lift and Ascanio's variation on the same. Just before publication I happened to mention the move to Gordon Bruce, who was in London at the time. Gordon expressed some surprise, as he had been using a similar move for many years and had developed several variants. I suggested to him that he write up his own ideas and fill in any background details. The following is the result, in his own words. I developed this move, many years...

Cpsychic Exposure

Someone chooses a card after which you take his photograph with a polaroid camera. On exposure the selected card appears on the picture above the head of the sitter. It is of course achieved by double exposure but neverless seems to puzzle even photographic types and will be found to be just the thing to perform at parties. You will require a piece of hardboard covered with non reflective black material (I use velvet)rOn this fasten the card to be forced (sorry...

Editorial

Well, this month's issue was. very nearly taken over by the Scottish contingent. Luckily one or two sassenacks turned up at the last moment and saved the day. My thanks go to Roy Walton, Andrew Galloway, Steven Hamilton, Douglas Cameron, Shiv Duggal, M. B. Grierson and Alf Goodwin. Quite recently I had a chance to take a peek at the new Paul Harris book 'Close-up Seductions' This is a 153 page hard bound publication, containing some 18 fabulous routines. Unlike the previous flop, 'Close-up...

Final Remark

This is an exceptional effect which, therefore, might suitably conclude your programme. Be careful to carry it out with the proper strength and remember to use for the previous effects always the JUMBO INDEX cards. The above effect is from Playmagic No.2 and appears with the kind permission of Tony Binarelli . Entitled PLAYMAGIC NO. ONE the lecture notes of Tony Binarelli are available from the author at the following address Via Giuseppe Valmarana, 40 - 00139 Rome, Italy. Price 12 U.S. dollars...

Review By Al Smith

MIKE BORNSTEIN'S TRIUMPH OUTDONE, Written by Walt Lees, illustrated by Eric Mason. Soft Covers, 56 pages. Ten effects on the Triumph Theme, and an extra bonus chapter non-Triumph ideas. Price 3.25 post paid (overseas extra) available from Walt Lees. Magicians who grumble every time yet another card book puts in an appearance, will no doubt really go to town on this one, since, not only is it a card book, but the main content is confined to just a single effect This effect is Dai Vernon's...

CThec PageboT

Have you ever gone through a phase in your life when almost everything seems to be going wrong You have Good. At least it's nice to know that I am not the only one who it happens to. At this very moment, as I write, I am just recovering from a bout of sciatica. Do you know what sciatica is Neither did I, but I do now, and if you ever meet up with someone who is suffering from this ailment, don't do anything but sympathise. It is the most physically painful experience I have ever had in my life....

From The Notebook Of Lewis Davenport

Flag in between Handkerchief probably 20th century P.P. Handkerchiefs Paper Tube Flower from Cone. 1 Ball to 4. Ball Box. Troublewit. Handkerchiefs Under Plate. Paper, Bouquet Ribbons Fan of Flags amp 4 Flags on Staffs. benefit of the editor. Now then, both of the shows we have just mentioned have been winners in a big way, and both of them have thrown up several performers who have since become household names because of those very programmes. Would you...

Impromptu Coin Dropper

Needing a coin dropper urgently I came up with this idea using an ice lolly stick (flat type), matchbox case, two elastic bands, and a couple of paper clips, and a safety pin. First of all straighten one paper clip and pierce it through the stick, about an inch from one end. Make sure the piece protruding is slightly more than the thickness of the matchbox case and then twist the remainder of the clip around the stick (see Fig 1). The second paper clip is also straightened but then it is bent...

Ray Grismer How I Practice

Take deck and make a wide face-up spread on the table. 2) Call attention to how well mixed the cards are as you point to the section near the face of the deck. Secretly look at the top cards. Count the number of cards in the first three changes of colour and turn this into a three digit number. (Example a card of one colour, 3 of the other, then 2 of the first would be thought of as 1 3 2). 3) Memorise value and suit of next two cards. 4) Close deck and turn it face down...

Onetwothreefour Aces

This version of Larry Jenning's NUMERICAL ACES is a simplified one devised to bring the handling within my own capabilities. The effect remains the same. Look through the pack for the Four of Diamonds and cut the pack immediately to the left of it bringing it to the bottom of the face up pack. Next locate the Three of Spades and slip it below the Four of Diamonds. Repeat with the Two of Hearts and then the four Aces which may be in any order. Holding the pack face down in the left hand turn the...

Coins twwuqh the tabue

Four coins are taken in the left hand, and four in the right. The right hand is placed under the table, and the coins in the left hand pass through the table and join those in the right hand. Lay the coins on the table in two vertical rows of four each. Pick up the first coin in the left-hand row, holding it between the right thumb and fingertips. Hold the left hand palm up, the fingers flat and fingertips almost touching the edge of the table. Throw the coin into the left hand, the hands...

CAnothe Peea

Let us turn to another aspect of magic that could be improved reporting. You must excuse me if I make no distinction between this fine magazine, and the others, but I'm sure that the editor'sblue pencil is not so sensitive as to eradicate criticism. For magicians such as I, too poor for the Ramsay 'do', and too tied down by family and job to attend the various conventions, the information about these affairs is an important part of any magazine. How disappointing it is, therefore, to read a...

Coin Effect

Mfc A silver coin vanishes, changes into a copper coin, this in turn vanishes leaving the silver coin only. Both coins are unprepared and though the copper coin is not apparent at the beginning of the effect, the silver coin may be borrowed. This is best performed standing and the audience may be seated or standing. I detail an 'easy' way and the method I use both have some advantages and disadvantages. 1) Copper coin, an old penny is classic palmed in the right hand. A silver coin, I use a...

Make A Note Of It

In this effect a pound note is folded into a small packet, and tossed into the air. When opened it is seen to have changed into a giant 5 note. The effect is similar to Mike Kozlowski's excellent 'Hundred Dollar Switch' but the method is entirely different and should be performed standing. You will of course require a giant 5 note I have drawn one up for repro. This will be required to be made into a small packet by folding it in half four times as shown in the sequence of sketches (a), (b),...

Everywhere And Nowhere

It is usually all too obvious that the magician is only pretending that the trick has gone wrong. To really convince people requires an understanding of how you would act if the mistake were genuine. Acting alone is not enough. It is necessary that the effect be constructed and the moves chosen so as to give the maximum scope for you to play the part. The routine plus the moves plus the acting should form a harmonious whole. I will try to elaborate on this in detail when we come to the key...

The Scott York Lamp Trick

FREDDIE FAH has four of them already. Lists 50 pence, US S2.00 cash, S3.00 cheque There's No Place Like KEN BROOKE'S MAGIC PLACE - 145 WARDOUR STREET LONDON. W.I. - ENGLAND Tel 01-734 9240 Pabular is published after the second week in every month and is printed by Instance Printers, Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Subscriptions may be obtained direct from the publishers, Pabular, P.O. Box 180, London SE12 8JJ or through many magic dealers. Price 60 pence per copy (or US 1.25) surface post...

Back Numbers

We have had many letters asking about back numbers of Pabular and on many occasions, especially with the early issues, we could not help because they were-out of print. At last we have had them reprinted and, at present have a limited number of each month available. Anyone who has written for them already should be receiving them others are asked to let us know the issues they need and we will be happy to help. This is an original sleight that 1 have been using for a number of years. Its use is...

Reflections In A Bloodshot

If I may steal a line from Bob Orben, I now have, after a short visit to the USA, patriotic eyes, they're Blue, with Red Whites. The S.A.M. Convention in Boston was a four (or five ) day affair, twentyfour hours a day. The great thing about Boston was that everyone seemed to be there, Vernon, Slydini, Kaps, Thompson, Neilson etc. etc. Goshman, Bongo, Salisse, Flosso, etc. etc. In terms of close up, the most interesting was David Roth and Del Ray, mainly because I...

Closeup Competition

The Close-up Competition was watched by a full house - showing how popular this branch of magic has become. The standard in general was good and those there will not have been disappointed. Competition winner was Christopher Payne with a smooth flowing act with plenty of variation in both effect and method. Very good. Jean Fiahlo came second with the most novel act of the competition (and dare we say it - of the whole convention.) 4 discs placed at each corner of the table move around without...

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 terms of sheer brilliance and...

Joseph Schmidt Writes

Reference to DOING THE SPLITS in the Crosthwaite Issue (Vol.6 No. 10). . . I'll probably 'get the devil' for messing with a clergyman's routine, but here goes anyway. . . If anyone actually did follow the recommendation at the bottom of page 918 to read Scarne on Cards he should have discovered that Black Jack is played EXACTLY OPPOSITE to the procedure described in the Crosthwaite routine, in that. . . a) The DEALER is not authorised to SPLIT or DOUBLE DOWN. b) The dealer's DOWN CARD is not...

The Fakir Of Oolu

Now once upon a time there was this plane (show the blank card) which was about to be hijacked (show Jack of Spades) by this one-eyed coalman (one-eyed Spade) who said If I don't get a bag of diamonds by the time the sand goes out of this modern timer (show hour glass in Jack of Spades hand) I'll (raise both cards to mouth) blow up this plane. (Place both cards face up on table). Now the pilot of this plane was an old chap whose only experience was flying choppers. (Double lift showing King of...

Fred Robinson In Glasgow Report by Gordon Bruce

On Sunday, 27th June, 1982, the Centre Hotel, in Glasgow suddenly seemed to be full of magicians. The reason A session with Fred Robinson. Some time ago, Fred was persuaded cajoled arm twisted into coming to Scotland and giving a talk. Originally, the idea was to have a small group, in the back of a pub the the grapevine got to work and so many Please can I come 'phone calls were made that, eventually, The Shetland Suite in The Centre Hotel, was booked. The venue seemed to be ideal for a...

The Little Secrets By Frank Bonville

KOSCHITZ'S MANUAL of useful information, 48 pages. THE LITTLE SECRETS by Frank Bonville, 48 pages. 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...

Hamilton Presenting The Fire Bowls

We are now one year old and it is a suitable time to thank all those who have so readily helped us by giving some of their pet effects for publication. In particular we thank those who gave us their contributions in the months prior to our publishing date allowing us to build up a 'bank' of effects that made it possible to go ahead with confidence. To the little fellow who every month casually chats into a mike and produces 'The Page Boy Speaks' and to Bob Read for 'Bob's Business' as a regular...

Phil goldstein

The following counting procedure may be found useful for various routines. It allows the performer to apparently display four cards, one at a time, each slowly and fairly and yet in fact display only two of the cards' faces, each being shown twice. Assume, for example, you wish to show four cards as being four jokers. Two of the cards are indifferent, and the starting order is, from the top face down X card face up X card face down jokers. The packet is held face down in the left hand,...

Cpmrev Choice

As an effect this is not original, being another coincidence effect. However this method may appeal to many performers since there is no noting of any positions or counting to special numbers, or indeed looking at the face of any cards. The method is extremely straight forward and does not call for any intricate moves so loved by some card workers. You will of course need to practice but it is not difficult. A deck of cards may be thoroughly shuffled and handed to the performer, who then...

Ramsay On Misdirection And Ramsay The Artist

Beautifully printed on art paper. 112 large 8 x 10 pages, with almost 300 superb line drawings, and 8 pages of photographs, most of them published for the first time. Cloth bound with gold titled spine and attractive two-coloured illustrated dust jacket. Limited number of de-luxe Leather Bound copies available. E9.50 U.K., 10 Europe, 25 U.S. Airmail. Price includes post and package. Pabular is published after the second week in every month and is printed in England. Subscriptions may be...

Cambridge Closeup

It was Sunday 28th, June that the Cambridge Pentacle Club held their Midsummer Convention. Roy Gilbert, Dara Kaka and their many helpers are to be congratulated on an excellent day, which to an outsider, appeared well organised and smooth running. Obviously Pabular, being a specialist magazine, only reports those events of particular interest to close-up enthusiasts. For this reason, no mention can be made of how good Billy McComb was, or what a sterling job Len Blease did as compere. Neither...

You Are There

With SOUNDS, WORDS & PICTURES, you are there listening to the all-time greats in magic. Just look at the line-up. Dai Vernon * Los Anqeles Fred Kaps * Holland Piet Forton * Switzerland David Roth * New York Ron Wilson * Los Angeles Juan Tamariz * Spain Trevor Lewis * Wales Geoff Ray England Kevin Fox * England Doug Alker * England Bob Read * London Los Mancos * Spain And, of course, PAT PAGE, who tied the whole thing together 1. Two 1 hour long Tape Cassettes beautifully recorded and edited...

The Tamariz Ambitious Double

When the following effect was shown to me during my last meeting with Juan Tamariz I tentatively suggested it would be a good item for Pabular. He was rather hesitant on the grounds that it was rather short and gave the impression that he did not regard it too highly as a trick which would have general appeal to our readers. I think he was wrong, so here goes. You will require a pack of cards and a minimum of two spectators. Give the pack to spectator 'A', which he shuffles, and ask him to...

Bobby Bernard

Available from Goodliffe Publications, C. Goodliffe Neale, Arden Forest Industrial In the U.S.A. from Magico Magazine, New York. Bobby Bernard is one of magic's best known characters. He is also a skilled technician, an avid collector, a great authority on magical history and has considerable experience as a teacher and producer of several top class magic acts. In addition to all of this, he finds time to be an actor and student of things theatrical. He is also, privately, a very good mimic. It...

Series Of Climaxes

Out went the beautiful Cups and Balls Routine, followed by Out of This World, the Coin Assembly etc. He didn't leave out the Cups and Balls, but all the prelims disappeared and he got to the punch as fast as possible. He thinks that this whole approach has improved his magic. Change of subject. A thought. I have just started re-reading the Hofmann Trilogy, Modem magic, More Magic and Later Magic. The more I read it (and I am still just on Modern Magic) the...

Acestounding

ACE-STOUNDING was originally published in the Derek Dingle issue of the Genii magazine. The effect is that the four aces are placed in four random positions in the pack, which is then shuffled in a variety of ways, including several face-up face-down shuffles. The pack is shown to be in a face-up and face-down condition at the conclusion of these various shuffles. The magician then cuts the pack four times, each cut revealing a face-up ace after which the pack is immediately ribbon spread...

Avanturn

The preceeding effect can be strengthened by the application of a gaffed card a double-facer, showing the ace of spades on one side, a joker on the other. You will require, in addition to this special card, the other three aces, plus a normal joker. At the start of the routine the cards are in order from the face double-facer, joker-side-up face down ace face down ace face up ace joker. 1) The presentation is as before you claim to have four identical jokers. Perform an Elmsley Count,...

Casanova Phil Goldstein

The following routine was stimulated by a poket plot brought up by Chuck Fayne. There have been various routines of similar ilk developed by Derek Dingle, Larry Jennings, and myself (see, for example, my Straight Up With A Twist, in Jerry Mentzer's Card Cavalcade Finale, 1979). This approach requires the use of one gimmicked card. This in turn allows for an extremely clean appearance. Six cards are used the ten of clubs ten of spades queen of spades, king of spades ace of spades, one...

Tallyho Spell Blank And Blue Numerical Aces Recount

LARRY'S LEADER LOOK-AN ILLUSION NUMBER TRANSPOSITION ADD-ON MOVE ACES TRANSMUTATION COIN CUT WHERE'S THE DISCREPANCY IMPOSSIBLE COUNTDOWN L.J. COINS ACROSS TWENTY TWO CENT TRICK L.J. COINS THROUGH THE TABLE A HANDLING OF BETWEEN YOUR PALMS CHALLENGE CARDS TO POCKET NOWHERE AND EVERYWHERE AGAIN VERNON BALL ROUTINE DONE WITH COINS Included by popular demand is the famous Larry Jennings CHOP CUP ROUTINE - the one that fooled the experts. The two large load balls seem to come from nowhere Acclaimed...

Transmutation Coin

WHERE'S THE DISCREPANCY IMPOSSIBLE COUNTDOWN L.J. COINS ACROSS TWENTY TWO CENT TRICK L.J. COINS THROUGH THE TABLE A HANDLING OF BETWEEN YOUR PALMS'' CHALLENGE CARDS TO POCKET NOWHERE AND EVERYWHERE AGAIN VERNON BALL ROUTINE DONE WITH COINS Included by popular demand is the famous Larry Jennings CHOP CUP ROUTINE - the one that fooled the experts. The two large load balls seem to come from nowhere Acclaimed as the best Chop Cup routine in existance. Again many fine line drawings have been added...

Petef duffie

Since Bill Simon introduced his business card prediction in that excellent work Effective card magic , this idea has always intrigued me, and consequently I have used this in various forms from time to time. Now that Larry Jennings has released his improvement on the original handling eliminating the weak points in Stabbed Coincidence perhaps you would like to try this variation as an alternative to the business card. I am sure you will be delighted with the resultant effect on the audience. A...

More Professional Card Tricks

It is written in a similar, humoured manner to my first book, Four Professional Card Tricks. This new book will teach you some really great card magic - MATCHOCHISM. An effect which I have featured extensively in all of my lectures and performances, for many years. It is a magician makes good item. You attempt to cut the four aces. On the last one, you make a mistake. A snap of tne fingers puts things right. Nothing very new so far. But, for a final kicker,...

The Magic Of Shigeo Takagi

In keeping with our reputation for producing only the finest in quality close-up m igic, Jeff Busby Enterprises proudly presents two fine routines by Japan's master sleight of hand artist - Shigeo Takagi. Personal demonstration by Takagi and movies of both routines detailed below were used in the writing of the manuscripts to ensure that none of the fine details were omitted. This extremely novel one cup and ball routine created a sensation when performed by Takagi n public and private sessions...

Coin Vanish In The

The mechanics of this sleight are virtually the same as those used for the vanish of the large ball in the Ramsay Cups and Balls routine. Actually it is easier with a coin. Show a coin at the fingertips of the left hand and then transfer it to the right. After the transfer the left hand should be held in a slightly cupped position about waist high with the back of the hand towards the spectators. It should be kept in this position throughout the entire sleight (Fig.l). Look up towards the...

From Patrick Page

SOUND OF MAGIC, 8 HERBAL HILL, LONDON E.C.1 and I promise I won't let him know in advance 1 Professional Sponge Ball Routine. 2 Professional Three Card Trick. 3 Impromptu Cups and Balls Routine. 4 The Top Change. 5 No Lapping Coins Through Table. 6 10 Second Paper Tear. A must for every connoisseur of fine magic books Available from the Author and Publisher ANDREW GALLOWAY 14 Bellevue Crescent, AYR, SCOTLAND. A Book that is destined to become a Collector's Item

Walt Lees

Methods of magically producing four-of-a-kind from a shuffled pack are always useful to a working performer. It was with this in mind, that the following effect was brought about. You will require a pack of cards, that contains two jokers. For the best effect this should be borrowed. Secretly get both jokers to the top and reverse the second one. One good cover for doing this is to remove the jokers before showing a trick, then to apparently replace them on top at the finish. Done casually,...

Walt Lees Reporting

One of the major events in any close-up worker's diary these days must be the International Magic Day organised by Ron MacMillan. Where else can so many topliners be seen under one roof in one day If you count the get togethers and night before events it would be two roofs, but this is merely being pedantic. The conditions are far from ideal at the Empire Rooms, where the events take place. The tables are too big and too close together. The artistes have to perform their acts six times without...

End Of Conversation

It suddenly struck me that to this young soldier I was an old timer. Can you imagine ME. . .impossible. I walked back into my dressing room and burst out laughing. There was I thinking I still had something to offer and here is a young man looking at me probably in the same light as he would look at his grandfather. If we may come back to the video tape for a moment, we have Messrs Copperfield, Henning, Siegfried and Roy and no doubt several others, all hitting the highspots with more or less...

Ctitjfbee Workers 4fbee

When fulfilling formal engagements in which he is required to perform at several tables in succession the close up magician who prefers to work standing has a problem immediately he arrives at a table. Where to put his case. If he puts it on the floor he has to keep ducking below the table top, or find a spare chair on which to put his case as he arrives at each table. Whichever procedure he decides to adopt leaves much to be desired. It is not particularly dignified to keep bobbing down out of...

CThec Pagebojr

This is a very difficult show to describe in that it is a very odd-ball type of production with a series of almost totally unrelated scenes broken by either a rather ineffectual M.C. type, or by a girl singer. She was a girl called Nicola Kimber who was Brachetti's co-star, and whilst she was very good I thought she was very badly served by the production in that she had to follow some unbelievable theatrical numbers. The magical content of this show is minimal, so if you decide to go and see...

Variations OnrpL ClRCISE

Before going into the trick itself, I will describe the basic move on which the trick depends. This is a method of loading the coins whilst showing the round cards to audience. 1. Have two coins palmed in right hand classic palm and two aces from a round pack face down on table at least two inches apart. 2. Left hand picks up left hand side ace and shows its face to audience, thumb behind and fingers in front. 3. As this is being done, right hand releases a coin from palm position so that it...

Coin Assembly

Whilst I devised the moves used in this routine, several other people have independently had similar ideas. Some of these moves have recently found their way into print, and so at this time I take the opportunity of publishing my own routine. Briefly stated, the effect is the time honoured one of four coins assembling under a playing card. One interesting feature is that at no time does the magician pick up a coin and vanish it. No extra coins are used and the magician is not one, but four...

Biddlekardyro Cased Phil Willmarth

I have been enjoying a correspondence with Fred Robinson, and one of the primary topics has been presentation. Combining the Biddle-Kardyro steal with A1 Leech's Case Card Location seems an obvious, serendipitous thing to do, but I have never seen the idea in print nor have I seen anyone else do it. Most importantly, it is a departure from the you-take-one-I'll-find-it card effect and provides ample opportunity for presentation. A selected card is shuffled into a packet of four indifferent...

Additional Notes

The Zarrow or Vernon Triumph shuffle can be used in this routine for the false shuffles and are quite in keeping with the gambling theme. In stage 7, the tabled Mario Curry change could be used in place of the in the air change given, however, I have found the latter to be more appropriate in the context of this particular routine. For good work on the original Curry change, see Lorrayne's Close-Up Card Magic, chapter five. In Las Vegas Close-Up, Paul Harris suggests the use of a Curry change...

Routine

Open the left hand to show the four coins. Hold one back in the classic palm, while the other three are tossed into the right hand. Open the right hand showing four coins. This is the standard Shuttle Move. Drop the four coins from the right hand onto the table, well to your right. Pick up one of the coins in the right hand. Show the coin and place it beneath the table top. Tap the coin against the underside of the table. Slap the left hand palm downwards on the close-up mat, roughly over the...

Thoughts gincjcransit

This is an effect which I have used in my luncheon club lecture entitled 'Magic of the Mind'. Men, for some reason, respond more favourably to this type of E.S.P. trick than to some other kinds which appeal to women. The origin of this demonstration is found in Anneman's 'Practical Mental Effects'. I have added a few touches which seems to create a good impression whether used as a close-up trick or on the platform. The magician holds a stack of coin envelopes in his left hand. He hands one to...