While he is unfolding it and checking the signature, pick up the pack and place it in the box.
Readers will recognise many similarities between this effect and a card in box made popular by the late Fred Kaps. To my mind, the two interesting points about this one, for the commercial worker are:—
1) Unlike the Kaps version, you do not need to carry an extra box around, in order to do the trick.
2) The card in the box is the actual one and the spectator can himself remove it.
Another point worth mentioning is that Tally-Ho cards and several other brands also have suitable places on their boxes to make the necessary slit.
Kane by Peter Kane. Published by Magico Magazine, New York. Available from Peter Kane at 33, Cedar Grove, Denton, Manchester M34 2BD. Price £15 (Post paid U.K.) Also available from leading dealers.
Once or twice in a generation, nature seems to throw up a complete original — a one-off. Such a man is Peter Kane. There are but few others. The list is very short. They are that select and privileged elite, who seem able to pluck a succession of brilliant ideas out of thin air. Of them all, Peter must be amongst the most outstandingly original. His ideas seem to come from nowhere and owe little or nothing to anybody. He must have sources for some of his ideas, somewhere. When he does, he readily acknowledges them. Most of the time, however, the final concept is so far removed from the original that something totally new emerges.
Peter Kane must also stand as one of the most ripped off inventors of all times. He takes this all in his stride and appears to bear no real resentment. He does, on occasion permit himself a wry dig at one or two people, who in the past • have not exactly fallen over themselves to credit him with his own creations. Hence, on page 14 we see "Shrug your shoulders and feign defeat. (This is a Garcia move)."
As for the magic in this book, I am not going to say too much about it. Any comments from me would be superfluous. Most readers will known Peter's work and will have read the various "Card Sessions". If you have not, then shame on you!
My chief criticism of this book is that it is long overdue. I would also have liked to see it printed on a better quality paper. The material warrants it and so do the illustrations by Richard Kaufman, A1 Mann and Mitch Dyszel. The book has been edited by Oscar Weigle and is surely destined to become a best seller. I can do no better, than to quote Jack Griggs comments, from his review in the Budget.
"This is a major publication, which should be on every cardworkers' and close-up man's bookshelf. If you do not get this book, you can rest assured that others will soon be fooling you with some of the ideas described".
Jack goes on to say that the book is unreservedly recommended. I agree absolutely.
"A visit with Larry Jennings". Review by A1 Smith, January, 1983.
8 numbered pages. 9 items, all cards. Plastic comb binding. Published by Jeff Busby. Written and compiled by James Patton and Ron Vergilio.
As lecture notes go, this latest Busby production is a truly sumptious affair, which is a little odd, if, as our esteemed editor informs me, it is to be a limited edition of only two-hundred copies. Larry Jennings' name alone is guaranteed to sell that many copies, I would have thought. And, since, one assumes, Larry will be selling copies at his lectures, he is going to run out of merchandise very quickly. Or, maybe we've been misinformed. Perhaps this is just a first printing. Who knows? But, I'm assured, again by our Ed., that by the time this article appears, the booklet will most likely be sold out. So
Of the nine items on offer, I felt particularly drawn to the Jennings Card in Wallet routine — "STRUCTURED". True, a palm is required, as is a card-to-wallet wallet, together with LePaul Envelope and a Conway style cigarette case But, the effect is strong, and will certainly bowl laymen over, and not a few magicians either. Non smokers will have fun working around the cigarette case.
"DIRECT FLIGHT CARD TO CASE" is very interesting, because it requires the performer to execute a pass with just one card — figure that one out. Of course, something else is used, but it isn't the rest of the deck. The "HOFZINSER ACE PROBLEM SOLUTION" is just that; a workable method for those who still think the method of this trick is more important than the effect. "A ROYAL TWIST" changes four tens into a royal flush via some "twisting" procedures, managing to substitute some direct reverses for the more familiar through the fist type of thing. "ALWAYS CUT THE CARDS" allows a spectator to cut aces into the deck, but the performer keeps them under control. Effective, but sounds better here than it perhaps is. Uses a crimp. "A LOGICAL CONCLUSION" is a departure. Four threes and four sevens change into a run of eight heart cards. "IMPOSSIBLE" is one of those spectator dealing items that demand an intelligent assistant, and a performer brave enough to entrust him with the deck, and turn his back at the same time. Handled correctly, it's strong. Probably safest at the local Club Meeting. "UNIFLECTION" is an excursion with four jokers, but gets a bit involved, as does "F.T.L.
& R.T.D. ACES". Both of these suffer badly from the abbreviated writing style of Messrs. Patton and Vergilio — necessary for reasons of space and economy, of course, but making for hard going on the part of the reader. At a glance some of the pages are really formidable. And, one or two of the descriptions, lacking as they are, the assistance of illustrations, will tax even those referred to as "the more erudite card enthusiast".
As a collection of card tricks, the venture is fair with the Card to Wallet and Card Case handlings lifting things. As a Larry Jennings project, however, it's a mite disappointing. Someday — soon let's hope — we'll see the definitive Larry Jennings Opus, for at the moment his material remains scattered far and wide. This latest "Visit" is another sprinkling, keeping the devout interested. But, as a fan of long standing who welcomes anything from Larry, I have to say that it didn't give me the sort of buzz I usually get from Jennings material.
Sefalaljia No. 2. Stewart James. Distributed by Jess Busby Magic Inc, 10329 MacArthur Blvd, Suites 5 & 6, Oakland, Calif 94605 or many leading dealers. 7.50 dollars post paid worldwide.
Most magicians will be familiar with the basic method of putting a ring onto a string a la "Sefalaljia" principle. Tarbell Vol 3 covers the subject extensively. What many will not realise (as I did not, until reading this book), is how the method can be developed into a series of uncanny mysteries.
This soft covered book of some 11 pages of type, measures SV-z" X 11". It details a complete act.
The routine centres upon a small cabinet, which is not faked in any way. It measures 6" X6" X 12" and is simple enough in design to
be constructed by even the most butter fingered hándy man. It is inside this cabinet that the miracles take place.
All in all, eight different and distinct effects are accomplished. In the first, a heavy metal ring becomes threaded onto a bootlace. The ends of the latter have been in full view throughout, being threaded through holes in the sides of the cabinet.
The second effect is more complex as four rings apparently attach themselves to the lace.
The third effect substitutes a metal rod for the lace. This is pushed through the holes in the cabinet. Two plastic bangles are placed into the cabinet and become threaded onto the rod.
Effect follows upon impossible effect. There is a very off beat one, in which a small "Football", placed in the cabinet is kicked out again by an "invisible force". In another, a nail, placed into the cabinet is bent by the same "invisible force".
The final effect is a blockbuster. A spectator signs a dollar bill. This is placéd into a small plastic pill box, which is subsequently placed inside a second, larger box. The nested boxes are placed on one side of the cabinet. A tumbler is stood upright, on the other side. A scarf is draped, for an instant, over the open front of the cabinet. When it is removed the tumbler has turned over and is now mouth downwards. The pill boxes have moved and are trapped beneath it! Everything can be examined (although the tumbler does have a minute hole in the bottom) but attention will not focus upon it anyway.
This is not the sort of magic-that can be done impromptu. It is however, the sort of thing that wins close-up competitions and scores under convention conditions. It is effective magic, large, showy and three dimensional. Although no skill in sleight of hand is necessary, considerable handling practice will be needed, if the routine is to be given full justice. Assemble the props, give it the necessary practise and you will have a real winner.
Deckade by David Britland. Published by Martin Breese, 31 Richmond Way London W.14. Price £5.25 post paid (U.K.). 20 printed pages. 10 items alf cSrds. Illustrated by the author.
The author has been concerned with several magazines over the years and it is likely that much of this material was intended for publication elsewhere. Certainly one or two of the introductory remarks to the different items would seem to imply this. Neither "Talon" nor "Babel" are around at the moment, so readers should be glad that Martin and David have got together to publish material, which may otherwise not have seen the light of day.
That the material in this book is good and worthy of publication, there is no doubt. I have tried out all of the different ideas and am greatly enamoured to "Disco", "O+W" and the "Bizzare Twist".
"Disco" is a very clean and startling transposition of a selected card, from one half of the pack to the other. The method is clean and the effect instant and eye popping.
"O + W" will go straight into my regular repertoire. This is one of the cleanest and neatest "Oil and Water" effects I have come across. To me it is the plum of the book. Easy, commercial and leaving plenty of time for presenting it well.
"Bizzare Twist" is a series of items based on Marc Russell's variations of a Paul Harris concept. These will require very careful handling if they are to stand up to an intelligent lay public. Given that, th^y should be stone bonkers (as Ken Brooke would have said).
This is very much a book of ideas. The reader is given little assistance with the handling, timing or presentation of the magic. Also, he will be expected to be conversant with the various "standard" moves and techniques. In other words, it is for the experienced card man of at least average ability.
What does scream out from every page is David Britland's fertile imagination. There is a beautiful simplicity in his approach, which eschews complication and creates a sort of airy elegance. This manifests itself in the artwork, the writing style and, mostly in the magic.
Anybody, who is looking for some novel ideas to work on, could do a lot worse than to get this book.
" The way I see it, success is relative— the more success, the more relatives**
Fig 2 Downward Crimp
Fig 2 Downward Crimp
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