HAPPENINGS By O'Bie O'Brien
News this time from Abbotts get together. The best part of the whole convention I thought was the performance of my good English friend, the star of "For My Next Trick" and this year's magic circle M.C. for the Christmas show, Terry Seabrooke.
Terry did his magic and comedy on Friday night and lectured on Saturday afternoon. Terry's unique sense of humour had the audience in stitches laughing. His lecture was entertaining as well as informative. One thing that really broke me up was when the spectator was to select a card. Terry said, "You might notice that one card that stands out different from the others, if you do, grab it." When he fanned the cards, he put the five of clubs three quarters out of the fan. The spectator took it and Terry milked some more good laughs on this seemingly innocent part of the trick. He took it back and said, "select another." This time it was a free choice, and as they went to return it he said, "put it back," paused a second, and then said "face-up", "I take no chances" — more laughs, just great.
For those of you who don't know, Abbotts is in Colon, Michigan and is called the magic capital of the world. This little town of approximately one thousand people including the horses, fills up with a thousand magicians and there isn't a motel in the town. The closest motel is sixteen miles away. What brings them? I don't know, but I can tell you I've only missed twice in thirteen years. I guess it's the American Legion (pub) where everybody meets to talk magic and enjoy each others company, or maybe it's the beer!!!
The close-up was in the four corners of the gym where the nightly stage shows are held. It's not the best conditions, but it's better than nothing.
Tom Mullica, Father Cyprian, Paul Gertner and Howard Flint handled the close-up. I'll tell you one trick that each did that would impress anyone if they saw it.
Mullica had a card selected, returned, controlled and then holding the cards at his left side he asked for any number between one and twenty. As it was picked, he slowly dealt the cards on the table with one hand, and the selected card appeared face up at the selected number. He gave somebody else a chance to select a different number, again it appeared face up at that number. His left thumb control is beautiful.
Gertner was terrific with his cups and balls routine using steel ball bearings which grow to two inch ball bearings for thé final loads, plus a three inch ball. His coin routine called "That's Ridiculous" is super.
Father Cyprian did his bullseye effect. This is the trick where the aces appear one at a time underneath a piece of circular sponge. I don't think it's worth §¡8.50, but who am I to say.
Howard Flint does the funniest signed card in wallet routine. It's Seabrooke's type of magic, laughs and surprises. He openly cheats at trying to find the card by pretending not to see the cards. Under, the table, he makes believe the card gets stuck in his zipper. More laughs and bits of business, all the time the card has been in a wallet sitting in front of the spectator who never suspects and is truly surprised as he takes the card out of the wallet.
Changing the subject, but still with close-up, Steve Dusheck had some real stunners that sold out at I.B.M. and S.A.M. this summer. His "Funky": a quarter is shown, your hands are otherwise empty. "Misdirection is the key to magic," you say, as you close your fingers around the quarter. Open your hand and it contains a key. The quarter is now on your key ring.
The trick that really stunned Bob Read and myself is called "Dingbat". Six mini coins are shown on a clear plastic paddle. One is selected. Instantly and visibly the other coins disappear. The effect is self-contained, no pulls, and the real kicker is that you hand out the paddle for examination. I saw it from a distance of four feet and had no idea how it happened. The gimmick and clean up fooled both of us.
Steve doesn't mass produce his items, so if you want one write him. Till next time have a good holiday season.
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PADDY CLANCY'S RIGHT ANGLED COIN VANISH
As the title implies this coin vanish requires that the spectators be on the performer's right. It was shown to me by the originator when I was seated on his right — the ideal situation for creating a perfect illusion with this effect.
Commence by apparently placing a coin in the left hand but actually retaining it in the right, in the classic palm position. When shown to me, the originator used the 'retention of vision' move, but any sleight which leaves the left hand closed with the fingers uppermost and apparently containing the coin will suffice. The fingers of the right hand should be curved sufficiently to allow the palmed coin to be caught near the tips of the two middle fingers when the palm releases its grip on the coin. Try this a couple of times and then proceed as follows.
Saying "First I rub with my thumb (pause) and then with my fingers." Suiting the action to the words rub the closed left fingers with the right thumb and as the right hand moves towards the left hand for this purpose let the coin drop onto the fingers (you did try it a couple of times) and it will automatically be hidden behind the left hand when the thumb comes into contact with the fingers of the closed left hand. Sketch (1) shows the position at this stage.
After thevpause in the patter line the right hand turns over and its fingers curve inwards pressing the back into the classic palm and immediately moves into the position shown in (2). The movement should be made without hesitation and with due regard to angles in relation to the spectators view.
On completing the rubbing action with the tips of the right finger tips on the left hand, the right hand moves a few inches away from the left to a position between the left hand and the spectators eyes. It should not obscure the spectators view of the left hand but be in such a position that the left hand is just above the right. It is important that the spectator should see both hands at the same time during the following actions.
Keeping your gaze intently on the left hand as itmakes a crumbling action with its fingers and at the same time slowly turn the right hand palm upwards, but not far enough to expose the palmed coin. It is surprising how far the hand can be turned and still keep the coin hidden from the spectators sight, as a check wilt show. The mound of flesh at the base of the thumb provides considerable cover and the higher the hand is held in relation to the spectators eyes the greater the cover. It is the angle which is important.
In what follows, timing is important. The left hand slowly opens and at the same time look the spectator straight in the eyes and let the right hand drop casually onto the right knee. The strength of the vanish depends on the intriguing ploy of leading him into making the false assumption that the right hand, when palm up was, to his mind, obviously empty. On no account should any indication be given that you want him to specifically note that the hand is empty? In fact, you deliberately focus his attention on the left hand and although he sees the right hand turn palm upwards he will pay little regard to it, falsely concluding it to be empty, and in consequence will disregard the very hand which is stealing away the coin.
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