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 re-illustrated and included here for completeness sake.

Ring Off Rope — A simple, but effective, release of a large nng tied on a length of rope.

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Working & Presentation

Have a card selected by a spectator, marked returned to the pack, shuffled in and secretly stolen and bottom palmed, in the left hand

(a method of doing this, if you do not already have one, will be described at the end of this explanation.)

Carry out the above actions, as you hand out the pack for shuffling. Hand it to a lady nearby. Reach into the inside pocket, with the left hand, loading the card into the wallet and removing the latter and bringing it into view.

Hold it up, while the other hand obtains the clips and ribbon. Place one clip over the wallet, covering the slit as in fig 2. You can now either place the wallet on the floor, or else allow it to dangle over your shoulder, while you clip the other bulldog clip around the pack, as in fig 3.

Have the lady keep a hold of the pack, while you indulge in a pretence of passing the card along the ribbon. You are at the wallet end of the ribbon — holding the ribbon, not the wallet.

Unclip the wallet from the ribbon. Open it and unzip the inner compartment. Partially pull out the card and allow the lady to remove it completely.

Some byplay here, as you both try to read the signature. Finally have the lady hand the card to the gentleman for verification.

Here is a brief description of the method, which Mo Howarth uses to steal the card. He learned it from Gus Southall, some years ago.

The cards are held as in fig 4. The selected card is returned to the top of the lower half, by the spectator.

As the right hand replaces the top half, so the ball of the right thumb touches the selected card, near the inner right corner, pivotting it against the base of the left thumb, causing the outer end of the card to swivel slightly to the right.

The tip of the left fourth finger is next curled upward a little, clipping the card by pressure against the base of the thumb as in fig 5. The right hand, meanwhile, alters its grip to that shown in fig 5 and withdraws the pack. The selected card remains behind, in the left hand, in a classic palm, ready for loading into the wallet.

Question. What is your favourite card trick? Second question. What is your favourite close-up trick? I suppose most performers would answer these questions by naming the effects which they perform most often. In my case it would probably be The Ambitious Card Trick and The Coins Through Table. My reason for using those two effects more than any others is that neither of them require any preparation and each can be done any time, anywhere, and under any conditions. In short, they can be performed impromptu.

Another favourite of mine is The Sponge Ball Trick, but this is not top of my list because , like many other really good effects, it comes under the category of 'if you haven't got them with you you can't do it'.

Although I have always consideredthe average magic buff to be a little old fashioned arri conservative in their approech to magic, it is surprising how fashions and fancies have changed. I remember many years ago one of the magic magazines used to conduct an annual poll trying to discover the five bets card tricks and Paul Curry's Out of This World was always up there in the ratings. To my mind it is still the greatest card trick of all time, but I wonder how many magicians still use it.

The Card Stab is another effect that is rarely seen these days. I wonder why. There are many many other effects which come under the 'rarely seen' category these days, The Three Shell Game. Thirty years ago I can remember every other magician seemed to be doing this effect and now I haven't seen it for years. I wonder why? We Could go on and on like this but let's stop there for a moment. Is there a reason why ?

Perhaps we may find an answer to this question if we look at methods more than effects There is no doubt in my mind that the average magician is more interested in the method than he is in the effect. Perhaps it is the advent of all the new methods which are around today which has changed the choice of effects. In the realm of card magic perhaps the Elmsley Count with all its variations, ditto with the Ascanio Spread and many other modern sleights. When I first started doing card tricks everyone used to be talking about the One Hand Top Palm, the Buckley Double Undercut, plus of course the old standards , the force, the pass the top change. Has the advent of the new sleights taught us new effects? I am not sure. If we switch from card tricks to close-up tricks what do we find? Yes there are a lot of new coin sleights. In the old days you could palm a coin, you could switch a coin, and not much more. Today they seem to be doing everything with coins. Bobo's Coin Magic was a revelation when it was first published In there we had all the coin tricks everyone ever knew. Included within its pages were all the gimmicked coins, the gadgets, the tricked up devices for doing varous effects. Today many of those trick coins are still being sold with many many improvements but have we found any really new coin effects that weren't being done thirty or forty years ago? I don't know either.

I have already stated my choice of card and close-up tricks,and I have named them because they are the ones I use most. But if someone were to ask me the effect which impressed me more than any other then I have to go back to 1966 and the very first time I visited the United States. The man who performed the effect was Heba Haba A1 in a bar called The New York Lounge in Chicago. I was in Glasgow a couple of days ago and Gordon Bruce mentioned Heba Haba A1 and some of the effects he performs and we had a long discussion about Al's Sugar Cube trick. That's it folks, I have just named my favourite close-up trick of all time. The Sugar Cube Trick. There is one proviso. It has to be Heba Haba A1 performing it. With a pencil, a sugar cube and a glass of water this man created not a miracle but a sensation. I have never ever in my life seen anyone create the kind of havoc that this guy does in The New York Lounge in Chicago. He has women laughing, men laughing, he has them screaming he has them jumping with surprise, you name the reaction, he gets it. That's it folks you've got it all now - the Pageboy's Favourite Close-up Trick, cards or otherwise, Heba Haba A1 performing The Sugar Cube Trick. What's yours?

Goodbye, Patrick Page

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You perform a standard Chop Cup routine using a beautiful, highly polished metal cup. At the end of your routine you produce a large 'Final Load' - say a die or perhaps a lemon. So far, you say , nothing new !

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