Book Reviews

STABBED COINCIDENCE by Larry Jennings This is a clean and baffling effect which can be performed with any deck, anytime, anywhere. The deck is shuffled and a prediction card is placed aside face down. A spectator selects a card, which is not looked at. He then stabs this card into the deck at a freely chosen position. The selected card is shown to match the prediction card. For a stunning climax the selection is shown to have been stabbed into the deck BETWEEN the remaining cards of the same...

Info

I won't go into details of all the effects that were performed, you will probably read that somewhere else. Rex Cooper from Luton was the worthy winner, and if big daft Ali Glennon would get some discipline into his performance he could be a force to be reckoned with. But he probably never will, he's too busy enjoying himself to worry about little details like that. One thing pleased me, and that was the fact that there were quite a number of youngish performers having a go. That's good. One...

Wait lees tff

I met Johnny Ramsay on a couple of occasions but only ever saw him perform one trick (The Four Beans), although he was a very close friend of an old friend of mine, Captain F.W. Collins, whom I believe was a founder member of the Order of the Magi. The Captain often told me of the time when he put Johnny to bed when he had had too much to drink, so from this you will realise they were very well acquainted. In my early days in conjuring Captain Collins would say to me, If you are ever at a...

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...

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,...

Lmc

Now for something entirely different, an amusing stunt from Jan Heins. Take out a match and place it in your mouth. Remove a cigarette from its packet and strike it as you would a match on the side of the packet. A flame appears on the end of it from which you light your match and smoke as you would a cigarette. The preparation, which only takes a moment or two is quite simple. Cut a cigarette paper in half crosswise, and using one half make a miniature cigarette about the size of a match, and...

Method

Start to spread the cards in search of two like cards say, the two red Aces. Injog second card from face of deck, then continue spreading until first red Ace appears. Place it on face of deck, even with A nitpick over Sandwich to Go by Jerard Hartman in his book, Means and Ends palm down, bringing deck backs up and concealing reversed cards now at bottom. Right hand continues to hold its two cards apparently the two red Aces face down as the left hand carries the rest...

Icarh In Waueii

The wallet which was recommended to me arrived today. It is the best Card To Wallet apparatus I have ever seen. Something I will use on a regular basis. Your suggestion to use it for The Ambitious Card was excellent. Enclosed is my check to cover the cost. Roland Hurley, U.S.A. The new wallet arrived and is simply fabulous. It makes miracles too easy. As a full time performer I need first class aparatus and like all your items, this is worth 100.00 to me. A Dantte, Finland. What are the chances...

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...

Glamour

This is the brainchild of professional photographer and friend 'Vic Pinto'. Known in the commercial field throughout the world and a magical nut if ever I met one. Few men would go to the trouble and expense to produce a quality product of this nature unless he was (almost) out of his mind 'Pinto' built a special set in his studio, employed a beautiful model and with his creative genius turned out 'The Pinto Showgirl' Small, exclusive apparatus which we guarantee will create havoc with the boys...

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...

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...

The International Magic Studio

(RON MACMILLAN) 89 CLERKENWELL ROAD, HOLBORN LONDON E.C.1. The following is a solution to a self-posed problem. Extending from the performer's breast pocket can be seen both ends of a cord. A finger-ring is borrowed, and wrapped in a piece of paper. The paper is set on fire. When the paper has been consumed, the ring is nowhere to be found. The cord is withdrawn from the performer's pocket. There, at the centre of the cord, is the borrowed ring tied onto the cord. Neither the cord nor the ring...

Kfneto

Talk turns to the unusual how is dematerialisation possible if you could duplicate something exactly, would the original disappear You offer to attempt the impossible an experiment in the art of Telekinisis can such things be You ask for something personal from the pocket, perhaps a lighter, a coin better still a bunch of keys, perhaps Perfect would you kindly cup your hands, so, and totally enclose the keys within that's fine, sir I will come back to you. May I approach you madam would you...

Vwj

TWISTING, TURNING, EXTENDING AND OTHERWISE MOLESTING THE ACES The following sequence allows a smooth lead-in to the classic Vernon effect, Twisting The Aces (More Inner Secrets of Card Magic, page 5). In effect the four aces are shown in a face-up fan. They are then alternated face-up and face-down but magically turn face-down. One of the aces is then turned face-up and it stretches to twice its length. It is returned to its normal size and turned face-down. The aces now turn face-up, one by...

Patter And Presentation

In any demonstration of crooked gambling patters the performer as he shuffles the cards the operator usually starts by controlling a good hand of cards, such as four aces, to the top of the pack. It is of course possible to prevent this deceptive procedure, simply by cutting the cards. So saying, he cuts the cards, then invites the spectator to do likewise. At this stage he continues, it is unlikely that the top cards will be seen. Turning over the top card of the pack (which for example might...

Open Letter To Pabular

In Frank Garcia's new book of Wild Card tricks my name is mentioned both in the table of contents and the text. I have never been asked for, nor have I granted permission for the use of my name. In fact I have never performed or even seen the effect with which my name is linked. I wish to categorically state that I in no way condone these actions and do not in any way want my name associated with a man whose ethics, I feel, are below those necessary for the advancement of the Art of Magic.

An Open Letter

At the I.B.M. convention in Hastings on the 14th of September 1978 during the dealers show, Mr Klingsor, president of the F.I.S.M. convention to be held in Brussels 1979, in order to promote this event made the false announcement that Fred Kaps, Richard Ross, Tonny van Dommelen, Brahma et al would be appearing in a Gala show called Parade of GrandPrix Winners, as one of the attractions of the F.I.S.M. convention. We, the undersigned would like it to be known that Mr Klingsor never contacted any...

Editorial

The first ever non-card issue of Pabular. They said it could not be done Well, we have done it. Next month, no doubt we shall return to sanity, in the meantime I would like to thank those contributors who made a special effort to supply the material for this issue. Well done lads We are frequently being criticised for including too many card tricks. But we can only publish that which is sent in by our contributors and if most of them send in card material, the reason must be...

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...

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...

Thege boy

The south of France was my destination. You know the place don't you Nice, Cannes, Brigitte Bardot, topless sun-bathing and all those other mundane things which we hot-dogs specialise in. I was to be the guest for a few days of Philippe Fialho and his lovely wife Anne. They have a son Philippe junior but he is an odd-ball. He must be an odd-ball. He isn't interested in magic. Can you imagine that He has a father who eats, sleeps and drinks magic, and a mother who likes magic and neither of them...

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...

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...

About The Apparatus

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...

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...

Quaternity

The following routine was not inspired by any effect in particular, but was deivsed whilst experimenting with the Faro Shuffle. It is a quick 'magician's failure' type trick, vaguely reminiscent of 'The Perfect Stop Trick.' It fits into that category of card effects that Harry Lorayne invariably calls 'foolers.' 1) Run through the necktied pack & quickly cull the four Fours to the top of the pack. The fourth Four should be face up. This set-up is easy to achieve during a performance. For the...

Martin Breese

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Lecture Notes

Cyprian entitled Door To Door Card Sharp are available from the author at St Francis Retreat House, Box 191, Garrison, N.Y. 10524 U.S.A., price 3 dollars. First to be explained is Two Deck Brainwave and uses two packs one red and one blue backed. A freely chosen card from one pack is found reversed in the other. Climax comes when the red backs of one pack changes to blue and vice versa. Ordinary packs used and no difficult sleights used. In Factory Guaranteed Opener...

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...

Tenkai

The following is an extract from a letter written by Andrew Pargeter Playing about with the Tenkai Palm I have found that it enables one to do a very easy bottom palm. With the card to be palmed on the bottom of the pack do a one-hand fan with the cards in the right hand. The left hand is now brought over palm up to sweep the fan closed but is inserted above the bottom card. It will now be found that as the fan is closed the bottom card goes into the Tenkai Palm position and the right hand can...

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...

Direct From Las Vegas

Cros Bones is the professional creation of Daniel Cros and Paul Harris. An extraspecial effect designed exclusively for their own close-up engagements in Las Vegas hotels and casinos Cros Bones is a modified, miniaturized, diabolically different Talking Skull. The first fully animated, talking skull that can be examined before, during, and after its startling life-like performance. Cros Bones is based on a radically new approach to the talking skull effect. With the Cros Bones approach you have...

The Pageboy

Scotland, yes, that's where I've just been. I've just spent a few days in God's Chosen Country. In those few days He chose to drop a few snowflakes on my home town with the result I was wandering around knee-deep in the white stuff, and before anyone tells me that my version of knee-deep doesn't necessarily mean that it was deep, my son beat you to it. Several years ago the magic buffs in Edinburgh (which isn't my home town) got together and decided to have an unusual type of one day...

The International Magazine

MAKE SURE EACH ISSUE IS SENT TO YOU REGULARLY. SEND TODAY ONLY 2.00 (86.00) FOR ONE YEAR (SIX) ISSUES SENT POST FREE TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. 32 glossy pages in each issue. THE INTERNATIONAL MAGIC STUDIO, (RON MACMILLAN) 89CLERKENWELL ROAD, HOLBORN, LONDON, E.C.I. The finest and most complete coin box in existence. It is made to take, and supplied with, fakes that permit better and stronger effects yet is examinable when desired and does not need special coins, they could be borrowed. Coins...

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...

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...

Falling Pips

The performer commences by removing his cards from the case and spreads them face downwards across the table as an introductory gesture. Gathering them up he bangs them on the table with some force apparently to square the pack. The audience notice that the pips on the face card are now in a jumbled mass on the bottom half. Remarking that the cards must be of poor quality spread a few to show that they are similarly affected. Closing the spread he then bangs the pack again on the table which...

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...

CThec Page boy

Weather aside it was a good Convention with several interesting happenings, one of which was the fact that the dealers were housed in a marquee (tent, to you foreigners). Can you imagine it, in that weather Two of the dealers went home without unpacking and the majority refused to appear on the Dealers' Demonstration Show as a protest. To be fair to the Convention Committee the dealers did know they were to be under canvas and it was unfortunate that the weather made it a little more unpleasant...

CTbec Pge bojr

All of those things were a reality at Great Yarmouth. It was a quite convention with no real knockout act which we hadn't seen before. The most enjoyable act for me was Eddie Schuyer. I remember him from many years ago when he was billed as Eddie Schuyer & Partner and I remember two distinctly different acts. But the act he brought to Great Yarmouth was something again. There were four people in the act. Eddie & Partner plus two of the loveliest longest legged, smartest, beautifully...

Coins

Preparation to speak of, and can be performed anywhere regardless of conditions. The only properties required are a fairly large handkerchief, four coins, I use half dollars, and an extra large coin of which there are several different kinds now available. Personally I use a Chinese one given to me by Charlie Miller which is twice the size of an American silver dollar. To prepare put two half dollars into the left side coat pocket, and the other two halves, the large coin and the handkerchief...

Simon Lovell Writes

I read with interest the article in Pabular about close-up magic in Tunbridge Wells. I thought it might be of interest to know that I have had a similar contract for over fifteen months with the AMY'S BISTRO in Chelmsford where I perform every Saturday at the tables. The tables are very small so I have to perform standing up with only sufficient space for a small close-up mat. As you can probably guess the accent is on comedy and entertainment as opposed to a long drawn out boring display of...

The Hamman Count

We will assume that five cards are being used although the same technique applies for any odd number of cards. Hold the cards firmly in the left hand in the mechanic's grip, and take the inner right corner by the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand in such a way that the first two fingers are as much along the sides of the cards as beneath, thus locking the cards in line with each other (Fig.l). Note the position of the left thumb. With the left thumb push the top card slightly to the...

Andy galloway

This routine was evolved after reading John Ramsay's Three Coins in a Hat. Although the two routines have nothing much in common, I feel that this one does reflect a small part of Ramsay's style. It is the nearest that I have been able to approach an understanding of his subtle methods. Required are five dice. Two are in the left coat pocket. The other three are palmed in the right hand. Some people prefer the finger palm and there is no reason why this should not be used. For the time being I...

Close Upping

I've been performing close-up magic commercially for some years now, and I've worked in a variety of venues, from restaurants and private house parties to clubs and pubs, and basically doing the same eight minutes per table at every show. I didn't sit down and actually work an act out, it just evolved over the years in fact, when I first started, I used to busk with all sorts of tricks and material and in time, by trial and error, the act just came together naturally. Experience has taught me...

Eric mason

Hello, to all of my overseas friends (and, of course, any U.S.A. readers). Fred has consented to let me write a column from time to time on the close-up magic that goes on in the States and submit a few tricks from time to time. This will be similar to one of your regular columnists who wears that funny Scots kilt when he performs. You know who I mean somebody speaks In this way I hope you will be able to know who has been working close-up at the conventions, at The Magic Castle and who stops...

Crip it up

In the April May number of the 'Magic Circular', Bill Nagler described a card effect which was the hit of the Abbott Close-up Show Convention, and has since played strongly for him. He was not able to give the method and full working, but Bob Stencil, the originator kindly permitted him to give a good description and source. The only real clue given was take a look on page 359 of Expert Card Technique. This I did, and found it referred to double facers, and since I prefer not to use fake cards...

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...

Working

The performer apparently takes two business cards. Really he takes three. The best way to do this is shown in Fig.l. Take out the stack and double lift two cards with the right hand, holding them by the short ends. Then table the stack and lift off a single card with the left hand, holding it in a manner corresponding to that, in which the other hand holds the double. If the cards are concaved slightly, the double will not be noticed. Place the cards together, face to face so that all the...

Effect

The basic effect is that of the standard four ace assembly. 1. A fake ace of diamonds four of spades as shown in fig 1. To make this, peel the index off a genuine ace of diamonds and glue it onto a four of Spades. 2. Take an ace of clubs and, to the back of it, glue the indexes of three other cards, as shown in fig 2. These should have been peeled from other cards via the dry split method. The four aces are on top of the pack, face down. The ace of clubs, with the faked back (fig 2) is in third...

CIhec Pageboy

Before we start throwing stones, let me plead guilty. Many times over I have used other peoples' material, and as we are on the subject of confessions now, I'll admit to something else. If I am performing with several other acts on a variety type bill I will do my act as known. The usual tricks effects and gags I always do. But, if I am booked at a function where I am the only act and I have more time than normal . I'll do anybody's act just to fill in time. Let me expand on that a little....

David Britland

This effect has been in my notes for years and I believe that the method is probably a simplified version of something someone showed me during a session . . . somewhere. In other words I do not claim originality for the actual effect but the method is my own. You'll need a regular deck and the Aces should be set on top in the following order . . . B, R, B, R. Explain that you will try and locate the four Aces. Explain this as you false shuffle. Double turnover to show a red Ace, flip the...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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...

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...

The Digital Pabular

The first issue of Pabular Magazine appeared in September 1974 and I was a subscriber from the first issue to the very last. It is probably the finest magazine of British close up magic that has ever been published and is a true reflection of a very great era in British magic. The list of contributors includes some of the greatest names in magic. Nick Bolton was the publisher and the editors were Fred Robinson, Walt Lees and Steven Tucker. Eric Mason my close friend was the art editor and his...

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,...

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....

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...

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....

Exclusive To Martin Breese

Martin Breese Ltd., THE MAGIC LOUNGE, 31, Richm'ond Way, Hammersmith, LONDON W. 14. - Tel. 01-603 6578. Nearest tube is SHEPHERD'S BUSH CENTRAL LINE. A brilliant new version of a very old classic. A paddle is shown with three holes right the way through. A tooth-pick or match is placed into the centre and immediately jumps to the end hole. This is repeated several times. The brilliant new addition to this trick which lifts it right out of the ordinary is that at th'e end the spectator may...

Pottfng

Performer shows a pack of cards and a H paper-knife. He has the usual card chosen, shown to the audience and returned and lost in the pack. Taking the paper-knife he attempts to find the card by stabbing it (the knife) into the pack. Casually showing both sides of the knife he plunges it into the pack, separates it at that point and withdraws the knife with one card below it (face-down of course). He turns the card over and is amazed to find it blank. He asks what card was selected and is told...

The

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Shear Magic

This short sequence of events plays very Ir well in a cut and restored rope routine. In fact B the main focus of the patter is in the removal of a pair of scissors from the rope and the eventual restoration of the rope is not even mentioned You'll need the time honoured 1 metre length of best washing line and a pair of sharp scissors. Begin by threading one handle of the scissors onto the rope and explain that it is absolutely impossible to remove the scissors without passing one of the rope...

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...

Paul Harris Closeup Forum

If the above dozen reasons aren't enough to make you interested in THE MAGIC MANUSCRIPT'S Close-up Forum, you aren't a serious close-up worker Why Because in each issue of The MM you'll find the best in close-up magic. And the above names are just some of the columnists and contributors giving you great tricks and articles in each issue. The Forum is one of the few steady sources of high quality close-up magic available to the magician today And it is just a part of a beautiful magazine with...

Blooming Aces Richard M Gamble

This is an unusual method of revealing the four aces, or any other four of a kind. It is a bit of a knuckle buster as David Roth would say and will take quite a lot of practise. Richard recommends that it be worked with the left hand, if you are normally right handed and vice versa. To begin with, the pack is held in the left hand, in a dealing position. Three of the aces are face down, on top. The fourth is face up and is fourth from top, immediately beneath the face down aces. How you get the...

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...

Among The Dealers

Offerings from Busby-Corin, Inc. 1351 Francisco Blvd, San Francisco, Calif.94123 include Shigeo Takagi's NEW ONE CUP ROUTINE priced at 50 dollars and only available from them. To this five dollars to cover parcel post should be added by U.S.A. customers and seven dollars fifty for Sea Parcel Post to places outside the U.S.A. To be fair to purchasers of the original routine it was decided not to reveal the further effects possible with the new cup. This 'pig in a poke' situation makes it...

Eric masoti

Hold the packet in the left hand face up and take the top card, the 3D, with the right hand between the thumb at the inner end and the fingers at the outer end show its multicoloured back. Left thumb pushes the JS over the side of the packet and the right picks it off beneath the card it holds the two cards overlapping. Right hand turns over the two cards showing their multi-coloured backs, after which

Personal Note

In 1955, the same year that Cy Enfield's Entertaining Card Magic was published, I remember going to an I.B.M. convention. I was seventeen at the time. Some six years earlier I had first met Cyril Goulding, who will be remembered by many folk at the Magic Circle. He would have been about thirty in those days. He gave me many lessons, teaching me the pass, how to force a card, and many other things. In addition he gave me his own thoughts and ideas and spent many hours coaching and helping me. He...

Avanturniv

This routine employs the same set of cards as the last version. However, in this presentation the effect is extended. At the start of the routine the cards are in order from the face double-facer, joker-side-up face down ace face up ace face up ace joker. 1) Prior to displaying the cards, explain that you will work with four identical jokers, and that the idea of the trick is to make the jokers magically turn over. Elmsley Count, displaying three face up jokers and one face down card. 2) Flip...

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...

Concards

Throw anyone of them into a card routine and you will be amazed at the reaction. They are now in the regular Patrick Page close up repertoire. Price. 1.50 plus 25p P.& P Send all cheques, PO's, Money Orders, cash to Patrick Page, PO Box 180, London SE12 8JJ Trouble trouble trouble. No matter what I do or say these days I get into trouble. I mentioned that I never read magazines any more, and the phone didn't stop ringing. No letters. Just abusive phone...

Mental Blockbuster Prediction

In December 1980, Juan Tamariz came over to this country. One of the things which he was doing was an effect involving two pack of cards. The thing seemed to completely baffle everyone. It certainly baffled me, Fred Robinson, Albert Goshman, Roberto and all. Juan said that the principle was an old one, credited to Val Evans, using an ingeniously faked pack of cards. Tamariz has written a book on the subject, in Spanish, and has kindly given permission for this (effect number eight in the book)...

Ockit

The Loc-Kit is a series of effects done with beautiful little brass padlocks. They link and unlink, vanish, transpose and re-appear. You receive six little brass locks, a mini close-up pad (it is gimmicked) and a full 12-page book of instructions written by the one and only JOHN MENDOZA. The five effects are all practical solid entertaining magic. Your own imagination will create many, more effects and routines. I heard all about this when I last telephoned the USA. You should see my telephone...

The Magic Circle

At the closed meeting Monday 18th November Cy Endfield entertained with card magic and chat. We learned that Jay Bedsworth who never divulged his methods was the inventor of the Plunger Aces. Cy saw him perform this effect, worked out the method, and Dai Vernon, unaware that it was known only to 3 people published a further idea on it and the trick thus became the property of us all. Remarking that the aces were the cards mostly used in tricks requiring four cards, he had four other cards...

Brasso Profundo

The performer displays a length of cord, and a brass nut. Two finger rings are borrowed, along with a pocket handkerchief. The nut is threaded onto the cord. The rings are threaded over both ends of the cord. As the nut is wider than the rings, it acts as a stopper, preventing the removal of the rings. A spectator holds each end of the cord. The centre of the cord (with the rings and nut) is covered with the handkerchief. Showing his hands empty, the performer reaches beneath the hank and...

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...

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...

Ati eric masoti collectioti

A few moons and high waters ago Rick Johnsson, in his Linking Ring series of articles 'Come a Little Closer' described a fantastic routine using a flash cube this very funny and clever magician called it 'A Flash in the Pan' or, 'Many Men Smoke but Fu Manchu' well worth the subscription. Others have been seriously thinking about flash cubes with the result that an effect called 'Camera Bug' has appeared on the magical scene and very good it is too get one. Also get yourself a mini Flash Cube...

Fred Kaps

First of all, let me say thank you to some of the people who have taken the trouble to drop me a line regarding anything I may have said in the past in these pages. Note that I have said SOME, not all, and by that I mean those of you have been complimentary. I have no intention of replying directly to anyone but will eventually get round to mentioning most of them here. To be truthful, I don't even write to my dear old mother in Scotland and she is much more interesting than some nut in...

Two New Books For Every Commercial Performer

A 12 minute standing close up act with borrowed props. 60 pages - 50 photographs - spiral bound. Available - Lloyd Jones - Ken Brooke - Bob Read. PENULTIMATE CUPS & BALLS A comedy presentation for a classic routine. 80 Photographs. Limited Edition. Available only from Bob Read. 10 Airmailed U.S.A. SAVE 2 if mailed together. SEND 16 ONLY TO Bob Read, 32 Regal Way, Kenton, Middlesex, England A very funny, self working card trick,links with your watch to create Beyond that all we will tell you...

Wonder Collection Of The Late Jack Morrison

In order to put our studio and office in order it will be necessary for us to close for about one week. Just when we cannot say at the time of writing, so if you are planning a visit, please phone first. I think it safe to say that when we re-open we will be able to supply almost any known piece of small to medium apparatus. Also any book or magazine (volumes only) that has ever been published. The collection is one of the largest in the world. Almost everything is in MINT CONDITION. We plan to...

Back Palm

Inspiration and points of reference Yet another version of Alex Elmsley's influential Between Your Palms. This one came from reading Richard Kaufman's Palms for th'e Poor, in his book, CardMagic (1979). The magician who has perhaps published some of the best work in this field is Edward Mario, and some of the handling of the following comes from Mario's More (in Kabbala Three, 1976). The aware reader will realise that there is nothing astonishingly new in the following, but it flows well. i) A...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Magic Of Shigeo Takagi

In keeping with our reputation for producing only the finest in quality close-up magic, 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 in public and private sessions...

Ellis Ring

Made from gleaming brass this ring can be feely shown from all sides because of the precision workmanship. All of the classic penetrations and transpositions are possible with this beautiful prop. Treat yourself to the best. Complete with routine. 7.50 Our new Catalog No. 4 is now available with all the latest prices and trick descriptions. 50 California residents add 6 Sales Tax. Foreign orders add 10 Air Mail Postage. Post Office Box 734 Arcadia, Ca. 91006 Come on now, speak up tell the nice...

Busking In The Saloon Bars

At the time when Spencer and Dick Turpin were working together, most landlords would allow buskers into the public bar only. The lounge and saloon bar customers were considered too refined for that sort of thing. Buskers were strictly barred from these rooms. This fact irked Spencer, who considered himself a gentleman and knew also that the pickings would be richer in the more expensive bars. It was partly to overcome the problem that the Spencer Turpin alliance was formed. The system was very...

How To Act Good In Closeup

Zina Bennet Trophy Open Only to British Ring Members. Friends of Bob Read who chanced to read in the gossip column of a well-known newspaper that his recent appearances at the Savoy produced only one laugh, and that was when someone walked out, will be pleased to hear that Bob has been rebooked at this top night spot. Why this journalist wanted to make the act seem a flop is beyond us as the criticism was incorrect and pointless. (Bob doesn't seem to be too worried, as he has received other...

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...

Necktie Second

This just means a crude, easy second deal, where the left hand tilts the back of the packet towards the performer as the move is made. Some performers will use the Glide as a substitute. Personally, I prefer the text method. P.S. Since writing the above, I have discovered the Spirit Count. It is credited to Gene Castillon and described in Jerry Mentzer's Counts, Cuts, Moves and Subtleties. As it turns out it is identical to the method which we surmised above. The most beautiful trick in the...