NOTES ON THE MAGIC OF FRANK SHIELDS transcribed by Gene Matsuura, 2 dollars: PAUL SWINFORD LECTURE NOTES, 2 dollars 50, are both available from Busby Enterprises 133—17th Street, Oakland, California 94612. Customers outside the U.S. should add one dollar.
The first named is an unpretentious, unnumbered, nine page typescript effort without illustrations or index, secured at the upper left hand corner with a single staple and will add nothing to the appearance of your bookcase. Seldom if tever, does one find anything of value in such productions but this is another 'kettle of fish', and the information it imparts will be welcomed by the practising close-up performer.
For those who have not yet added the top change to their repertoire will find the section devoted to this sleight most rewarding, and the misdirection given may provide the answer for those whose previous efforts in this direction have not always been successful. Misdirection is also given for the card on the forehead. In the other thirteen paragraphs handling for the double lift, the French drop, Vernon's 2—6—4, Rub-a-dub-dub, pivot coin vanish, dime on wrist etc are dealt with, plus notes by Jeff Busby.
This manuscript only gives a peep into the methods of one of America's top bar performers. Another look would be most acceptable.
The Swinford Notes are a physical improvement in that they have line drawings and a spiral binding. The content matter being a description of tricks shown at demonstrations given to magicians differs from the Shields notes which were taken during an actual performance for an audience presumably consisting of lay persons. Twelve effects are explained as follows. Thoughts on the Elevator, Serpentine Silk and Vernon's Seven Card Monte. Two routines, one with a Chop Cup and another with dice. A copper and silver exchange, and royal flush stack which will delight the perfect faro addicts. A mental tapping puzzle type effect using numbered and varicoloured poker chips aptly titled — Time on my Hands. A colour changing knife, and wait for it — The Berland-Gardner-Judah—Swinford-York, Vanishing Bill Trick — wonder who Bill was.
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1. Openly remove 7 matching pairs of cards from the pack and place them face down on top. One of the pairs should be the black aces and should be about 3rd or 4th from the top. Do not refer to the number of pairs.
2. Hold the pack face down and deal off the pairs together into a face up pile on the table. Draw attention to the fact that each pair matches in colour and value. Once you have dealt all 7 pairs, deal one more, then noticing that all the pairs have been dealt, replace these last 2 cards back on top of the pack but hold a little finger break below them.
3. Pick up the face up pile from the table from above with the hand and using the left fingers, square it up. Pick up the 2 cards above the break during the square up then place the pack aside.
4. Now spread the face up packet between the hands counting aloud the number of pairs keeping the 2 reversed cards at the bottom concealed under the last face up card. Explain that you really need an even number of pairs for the trick to work so remove the 2 black aces and turn them face down and place them to the bottom of the face up packet. Again count the number of pairs to show 6. Injog the face down cards at the bottom.
5. Turn the packet face down, thus bringing the 2 aces face up on top with 2 face up indifferents under them. Turn these 4 cards face down as 2. This is easy because of the jog. Now take off the top 2 cards and cut them into the pack.
6. You now say that you will do the trick with the pairs of cards. Turn the packet face up and explain that you will split up each pair be dealing the packet into 2 separate piles. Demonstrate this by dealing a few cards from the face into 2 alternate piles then gather them back in the original order on the face of the packet again. The above is purely to ensure that the spectators understand that by dealing into 2 piles the pairs will be split. Turn the packet face down and deal the 2 piles but deal a second on the 4th, 8th and 12th. 344
7. Make some magical gesture towards each pile then pick up off the top 2 cards from the left hand pile to show that a pair has magically come together. Pick off another 2 cards from the same pile to show another pair, then finally pick off the 3rd pair and show. A single card will be left on the table. Look surprised at there being an odd card left saying "That's strange, I'm sure
I had an even number of pairs."
8. Repeat stage 7 for the remaining pile. Finally pick up the 2 odd cards that have been left and ask the spectator if he can remember the 2 cards that you buried in the pack before you started the trick. Turn over the 2 cards to show the aces have come back.
TRIGGER. A collection of card tricks using unprepared cards. By Roy Walton. Published by L. Davenport & Co Ltd. Price £1.
This booklet contains one sleight which is clearly explained, and with the excellent line drawings by Gordon Bruce no difficulty should be experienced learning it, especially if you have already mastered the turnover pass. The sleight forms the basis for the following tricks.
SHOWDOWN — On the pack being spread two previously noted cards are seen to be face up. HOP-A-LONG Hofzinser. A selected card changes over with one of four aces which matches its suit. TRIGGER-HAPPY — Four kings on top of the pack change places with a face up ace in the centre and the cards change colour. JAIL BREAK — A story in which the four aces escape from between two jacks. GREENHORN — An instant transposition of face up and face down card. HORSE SENSE — Using only four cards, the backs of two change colour and the faces of the other two change from jokers to queens. All are practical and typical of the author's work.
Oh! dear, oh! dear, oh! dear. At the risk of boring everyone all over again, I'd like to point out just one more time, that, contrary to what you may read elsewhere, I was never asked to resign my membership of the I.B.M. My membership of the society was "terminated". That, dear friends, in ye olde English, means EXPELLED. I can't quite remember exactly how the late Ellis Stanyon used to put it, but the letter can be examined by anyone caring to call in at the office. I'm thinking of framing it. With a toilet seat.
For the record, I've probably had more correspondence over this matter than dear Marj in the Daily Mirror. One very interesting point is the amount of mail I've had from the United States with most of the suggesting that it was about time I joined the "real I.B.M." and all of them offering to sponsor me. Thank you gentlemen, but no thanks. There are too many exposers in the ranks of the Americans already. Gibson, Elliot, Hugard, etc., and my puny little effort just couldn't hold up in that company. I need a little more time.
If I could resurface for a breath of clean air, I'd like to change the subject, and the location, to Lyons, France. They had a convention there recently. This has already been reported in other magazines, but I'd like to stick my fourpence worth in. It was a pleasure to meet some new faces for a change. One new face for me was Gaeton Bloom. He is short, fat and funny. The only tittie I had come across the name before was in one of Ken Brooke's ads in Abra. If that means that Ken is going to market some of his items in future, then make a note of the name. His approach to close-up magic is best described as off-beat. Perhaps you would understand that better if I were to describe as a sort of French Bob Reed, and that is intended as a compliment to both of them.
Another new one on me (and I know I'm going to spell this name wrong) was Dominique du Vivienne. Dominique specialises in cards. He doesn't speak English, and as I can't speak French or English, we had a communication problem, which he overcame by simply sitting down and showing me a number of card effects. He runs the whole gamut of card moves. False cuts and shuffles, steals, switches, lapping, all trip gaily off the end of his fingertips like letters from an I.B.M. secretary (sorry). He is tall, long hair and a beard, and quite unassuming. He had a number of books he had written for sale, but as they are in French it is unlikely that they will ever be reproduced in the English national press. It was a pleasure to watch him work.
Talking about hairy faces, we had one over here recently from the U.S. one Ricky Jay. He was over here to tape the Parkinson T.V. Show along with Fred Kaps and Richiardi. It goes on the air Xmas day. While he was here Ricky did a sort of lecture. It couldn't have been very good. He didn't tell anyone how the tricks were done. Maybe he assumed that because they were all magicians present, they actually knew all the methods he was using so didn't bother to explain. He was probably right wasn't he?
Actually, while Ricky was here in England he stayed with me a few days, which was most enjoyable, especially as he didn't show me a single trick. One thing he did show me, however, was the typescript of his forthcoming book entitled (I think) 'Using Playing Cards as Weapons' It is, as you will imagine about Card Throwing at which Ricky is something of an expert, and if any of you are still worried about exposures you should see some of the photographs he has included. Whilst he was here he did a few stunts for Mr. Norris McWhirter of The Guinness Book of Records fame and as a result you may well see next year an entry in the same which states that one Mr. Ricky Jay can throw a playing card further than any living human being.
One pleasant result of his visit is that today I received a circus poster of Grock. Ricky Jay, I 'ove you.
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The following is based on The Tell-Tale Aces by Larry Jennings which appeared in 'Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic'. The problem of that effect lies in the complex turning of the packet, of aces on the top of the pack; add to this the involvement of a joker and a selected card and you run the risk of confusing the spectators. I have been using the modification outlined here with good results.
Four aces are laid face up on the table. A card is selected from the pack which is noted and then returned. The pack is put down and the aces picked up and shown, then placed back on the table. When the aces are spread out it is seen that one is reversed and its suit corresponds to that of the selected card. Full pack is then spread out and it is seen that there is one card reversed. When turned over this card is found to be an ace. When the aces are turned over the reversed card in their middle is seen to be the selected card.
Layout the aces face up and offer the pack for the selection, a free choice. Set this card to the bottom by your favourite method and glimpse the suit. Suppose it is the Ten of Spades. Move the Ace of Spades to the top of the ace spread using the right hand. The left hand Cops the selected card off the bottom of the pack as the right hand picks up the pack and places it down in front of you, long side facing you. The right hand gathers the aces and adds them onto the palmed card in the left. Square up this packet and hold it in the Biddle Position in the right hand. With the left thumb slide off the top ace (Spades) naming it and hold it in the left hand. The thumb now slides off the next ace on top of the spade ace about three quarters of an inch to the right, and likewise with the third and fourth aces (with the selected card hidden behind the fourth ace). Name each ace as it is removed. Close the fan getting a break above the bottom ace (Spades). Simultaneously the right hand places the ace packet about 12 inches in front of the pack and the left hand Cops the bottom ace and adds it the top of the pack as it picks it up. The right hand now spreads the aces and shows that the 'Spade' is reversed. Comment that the selected card must be a spade. Reverse the top card of the pack by pulling it under with the left fingers (or any other method); then cut the pack finally spreading it face up revealing one card face down. This is shown to be the Ace of Spades and not, of course, the selected card which the spectators were expecting.
Turn over the face down card in the ace packet and show it to be the selected card.
^Artists so far booked for the Ramsay Reunion arranged by Pabular to take place in Birmingham on March 12th and 13th 1977 include:
FRED KAPS with close-up magic and lecture.
^ DAVID ROTH Top flight coin magician for the first time outside the U.S.A.
;^BOB DRIEBEEK The odd-ball magician from Holland.
^PHILIPPE FIALHO with his speciality effects for which he is now famous.
and the MC will be Pabular's popular columnist ^PATRICK PAGE.
Join us in this 'once in a lifetime' event. Write to Fred Robinson, 1 Crescent Court, 24 Crescent Road, New Herts, England for registration form and further details.
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