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the card as you show both sides of the card. When he has made his choice put the card on top of the pack with the chosen side uppermost.

Hand him the pack, which acts as rest, as he signs his name. Retake the pack and run through the cards showing the other side of the cards previously signed. All these have a message — for instance — on the one autographed Tommy Cooper, 'Not like this, like that' is written on the other side.

You now take his card which has remained on the top of the pack and suggest that he too may like to write something on the other side. As you make this remark turn over his signed card only to find something already written on the other side which is relevant to the person or his particular niche in magic.

Let him see the message as you read it out aloud with an air of puzzlement. You proceed by saying 'You've already done it' as you replace the pack into its case and return it to your pocket, thanking him for adding to your collection.

Prepare for the performance by writing the message on one of the blank cards and waxing the other. Place this card waxed side uppermost on top of the pack i.e. with the signatures showing when the cards are spread. When returning the chosen blank card to the top of the pack press it firmly to the waxed surface of the message card and proceed as outlined above.

It is possible to dispense with waxing the message card by top changing the message card with the chosen blank card under the misdirection of asking if the victim has a pen. The conditions for performing this sleight are ideal as no-one is likely to suspect you of changing one blank card for another.

Whichever method you decide to adopt do not make it seem that you have performed a trick (you promised not to, remember) but express surprise that he had anticipated your request and you had not noticed that he had also added the message on the reverse side.


The inspiration for the effect outlined below came from Martin Nash's "Kings Incognito". This effect was a switch of four Aces for four Kings. The idea appealed to me but I felt that a much stronger effect could be obtained by showing four Aces and the backs caused to change colour and design. The following effect is a result of my experimentation.


The four Aces are taken from the pack and after showing the face and back of each one separately the backs are caused to change into a design different from each other and from that of the pack.


You will require four stranger Aces each of a different suit and back design. The end result will be enhanced if the backs of these strangers contrast strongly both in colour and design from each other and also from the pack being used. With the pack face down set up the Aces as follows. The Ace of Diamonds from the pack on top followed by three stranger Aces, of clubs, hearts and spades. The remaining four Aces are dispersed throughout the remainder of the pack ensuring that the stranger Ace of Diamonds is so positioned that it is the third ace when the pack is turned face up. The pack is placed in its regular case.


Remove the pack from the case and spread it out face up throwing out each Ace as you arrive at it onto the table, taking care not to expose the four Aces together at the bottom of the pack. Square up the pack and hold it face down in the left hand and take a break under the top four cards with the left little finger. Pick up the tabled Aces and place them face up in a fan on top of the pack holding them in position with the left thumb as illustrated. The Ace of

Diamonds is the second card in the fan.

With the right hand take the top Ace and show it on both sides, name it and place it face up on the table. Next, take the Ace of Diamonds (the queer backer) show its face only, name it, and drop it face up on the other tabled Ace. Repeat the same procedure with the third and fourth aces showing both sides of the cards. Pick up the four Aces with the right hand, and with the assistance of the left hand which is holding the pack cut the packet of four Aces in half bringing Ace of Diamonds to the face. In squaring the packet, again with the assistance of the left hand it will be found a simple matter to add the four cards above the break in the pack to the bottom of the packet which is held in the Biddle position in the right hand. The order of the eight cards in the right hand reading from the top is — Face up stranger Ace of Diamonds, three face up Aces which match the pack, face down Ace of Diamonds from pack and three face down stranger Aces. The pack is in the left hand in the dealing position.

With the left thumb pull the face up Ace of Diamonds towards the left and swivel it round the left side of the packet bringing it face down to the bottom of the packet and in alignment with it. Repeat the move with the next face up Ace, this time taking a break with the right thumb as the card slides beneath. Repeat with the next Ace. The last face up Ace is also dealt with in a similar manner, but this time at the Completion of the move the left thumb is moved clear and the three cards below the break are dropped onto the pack in one continuous movement. When swivelling the first Ace, the odd backed Ace of Diamonds care must be taken not to flash its contrasting back.

Place the pack on the table directly in front of you in such It position that you will have to move out of the way to display the Aces at the finale.

The five face down Aces in the right hand are now taken in the left hand face up. Spread out the cards into a fan pushing the first three singly keeping the last two squared as one card. Close up the spread taking a left little finger break above the bottom card. The right hand takes the four cards above the break leaving the bottom card palmed, gambler fashion, in the left hand. Without pausing the left hand pushes the tabled pack away leaving its palmed card on top. The right hand drops its packet on the spot just vacated by the pack, and with suitable patter turn the Aces face down one at a time to reveal the different backs and enjoy the sight of your audience being flabbergasted.

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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