After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic

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News comes from Andy Galloway that his ok on John Ramsay should be out early ovember. Consisting of 112 pages, IV2 by 10 inches, printed on art paper, there are 10 chapters describing 17 tricks and routines with 300 illustrations by Gordon Bruce plus 8 pages of photographs. Cloth bound with gold titled spine and a two-colour dust jacket with a photograph of John on the cover. 'Professor' Dai Vernon has written the introduction. Much of the material has appeared on print, most of it either incorrectly or inadequately described, making it almost impossible to obtain an understanding of what was required to achieve satisfactory results. This deficiency has been remedied by one who is qualified to give a definitive explanation of what is required to create magic in the style of his mentor.

'I must say that this was one of the most pleasant and entertaining conventions I have ever attended just hospitality, cordiality and excellent performers'.That is how the 'Professor' reported the atmosphere of the Ramsay Reunion in his column in the Genii. I am sure he would have said much the same had he been at the Hotel Victoria-Palace in El Escorial a small village some 40 miles from Madrid for the IV Jornadas de Cartomagia organised by the Escuela Magica de Madrid.

Starting at 8.00pm Friday October 28th and continuing until 4.00pm Sunday breaking only for meals and sleep we had card magic on films (really excellent), lectures on, performances of, and a workshop session — all on card magic.

Pepe Regueira lectured on the Three Card Trick. Starting with his own routine and a brief history he continued by demonstrating some 26 sleights and bits of business appertaining to this particular effect.

Reinhard Muller dealt with the Ambitious Card in much the same way, seemingly missing out nothing of importance regarding this classic close-up card effect.

Luis Garcia and Gabriel Moreno assisted by lecture notes running into ten pages dealt with false deals. Here again nothing appeared to be missed out. Seconds, thirds, fourths, bottoms and seconds from the bottom etc.

There was also a workshop and many individual performances. Next month I will tell more of this satisfying and enjoyable event which will indicate why the Spanish boys are likely to lead in the field of close-up magic.



During a 'session' borrow a pack with a different coloured back design from your ownj and secretly add one of the cards to the top of your own pack and put the borrowed pack into your own case placing it aside. This may seem rather a tall order and would most certainly be difficult to accomplish unsuspected without some kind of misdirection. Here is one solution.

The situation is that your own pack is face down on the table together with its case and someone else is the centre of attraction. Another member of the group seated near you has a pack with the necessary contrasting backs. Reach out for this person's pack and say quietly "May 1?", and immediately appear to take an interest in the other man performing. By your manner you convey to the lender that you will perform a trick with his pack when the present performer has finished.

Immediately you are aware that the lender's attention has moved away from you allow the bottom card of his pack, which you are holding face down, to fall on top of your own pack and casually place the borrowed pack face up onto the table a few inches from your own.

You now wait until the interest in the other action subsides and when it does, catch the eye of the lender and remark, "I was going to show you a trick with your pack", and as you say this pick up the face up pack and put it in your own card case. The lender will wrongly assume that you are putting your own cards away because he believes, also wrongly, that your pack with one of his cards atop is his own pack.

Leave the cased cards on the table and pick up the other pack and turn it face up and put a prepared envelope (see Billet Doux) on the bottom. Spread out the face up cards and have someone say the first card that comes into their mind — quickly sight this card and using the move explained in Billet Doux slide it into the envelope. Carefully turn everything over and disclose the envelope on top of the now face down pack, but slightly separated so that the stranger card is visible 'proving' that the pack is the one 'borrowed'. Using the Billet Doux extraction technique take the card from the envelope and show you have a duplicate of the freely named card with a different coloured back.

Continue with the pack face up using the 'Caboodle' move go through the pack removing a small packet at a time and showing the back card of each packet (actually the same card, the stranger). Ask that you be stopped somewhere, id when you are, turn the stranger over and have it noted. Turn it over and as you close the two halves take a break above this stranger card 1 the only face down card in the face up pack.

Reverse pass all the cards below the break, and still holding a break between the two halves turn the whole pack over bringing the stranger card to the top. Divide the pack at the break and openly turn the bottom half over. Weave shuffle the two halves together retaining the stranger at the top.

At this point you are talking about the cards being mixed, some face up, the others face down, and that you cannot go very far through the pack without seeing a face down card. During these remarks you have raised the inner ends of the top two cards in readiness for the Mario Tilt move and proceed to remove the top card, the face down stranger, and push it into the pack below the new top card. The use of the Tilt principle makes it appear that it was pushed somewhere into the middle of the pack.

The face up top card is now removed and pushed into the pack somewhere near the bottom. The stranger, again face down on top of the pack is removed and pushed into the pack, but is pulled out again under cover of taking the face up card now on top of the pack. Quickly place both cards on top and immediately retake the face up top card and push it somewhere into the centre of the pack. Finally, to complete these 'proving' moves take the face down stranger, which is on top of the pack, together with four or five under it and push them into the middle of the pack holding a break above the stranger card. Using an undercover pass bring all the cards under the top one and above the break to the bottom of the pack. The cards are now all face up with the exception of the stranger card which is face down second from the top. Put the top face up card somewhere in the pack face up.

At this point in the routine the onlookers are convinced that the pack is a mixture.of face up and face down cards and also that it is the borrowed one, having seen? the backs freely during the Billet Doux effect and when showing the face up/face down condition of the pack. You now move rapidly into the final effects.

Do any pass or move which sends the top face down stranger into the middle of the pack, and immediately spread the pack to reveal all the cards face up with the exception of one face

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