Hold the pack face-down from above with the right hand in position for the Hindu shuffle. The face of the pack should be tilted towards you. The left hand approaches as per the Hindu shuffle and pulls out a block of about 26 cards from the centre of the pack, but as you pull this block out glimpse and remember the card which lies immediately above it. This glimpse can be made owing to the tilt of the pack. The block drops into dealing position in the left hand. The right hand section is now placed facedown onto the left hand section and a little finger break kept between the two half packs. Now with the right hand push the upper half, those above the break, forward for about one inch, then turn the left hand completely over so that it is palm down. Now adjust the fingers to the position shown in Figure One then separate the hands and make a one hand fan in each (Figure Two). Spot your key card which should be near the centre of the right hand Fan — B. The key card is marked 'X' in Figure Two. Fan A is now inserted into (Figure Three). As this is being done, twist the cards around a bit so that the pack ends up in an unsquared mess! Neatness would spoil it at this point. All that's left to do now is to square up the pack, with slight exaggeration.
For a Red/Black shuffle no key card is needed. Do the shuffle as described without a key. Fan A is then simply inserted into Fan B at the colour division. Keep the faces towards you.
Roy Walton suggested that the centre pull-out could be eliminated in the same way as in the Zarrow shuffle, by shuffling twice. This will be apparent to those who know the Zarrow shuffle.
The Magic Circle winter programme began on Monday evening, 1st September, with members being entertained by about a dozen performers who kept up a non-stop performance of close-up magic at five tables. It was arranged by PABULAR and proved to be a popular event and drew a larger than usual crowd. Our thanks to those who performed and provided such a high standard of magic. The only criticism we heard was that there were too many card tricks, which probably came from those whose preference is for other types of magic.
On this occasion those taking part were told to perform whatever tricks they wished and it can only be assumed there is a greater interest in card magic generally, or that a larger variety of effects are possible with cards than other objects. It may well be that the time is fast approaching when those who watch close-up magic will lose a certain amount of interest unless the proportion of card tricks is reduced in similar future events. The indications are that performers with a non-card act will be in greater demand at conventions and other cF^^CUS
events than those who have an act using cards only. It may also be that such an act will have an edge in competitions.
Speaking of these, news comes that the I.B.M. (British Ring) Competition will not take place because they have only one entrant, and that BOB OSTIN will be filling the gap with a lecture. It was Bob's 'Vampire', a method for a 'living and dead test', that created more comment and correspondence than any other article that appeared in Vol. 1. Only recently that veteran inventor of many practical effects, GEORGE BLAKE, reminded us that he was willing to purchase reprints of the 'coffins' accompanying this trick. Please let us know if you are likewise interested.
Prepare to meet thy BOON!
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Professional magician, magical salesman, author, inventor, producer of magical acts, mug collector and regular contributor to our favourite magical magazine PATRICK PAGE has written a play. It will open at the MERCURY THEATRE on 9th October. Avid theatre goer JAY MARSHALL is in town again and must have heard about it. Perhaps it is time to suggest to Jay that our favourite close-up magic book 'THE MAGIC OF MATT SCHULIEN' is due for a reprint. This book is essential reading for anyone aspiring to entertain non magicians, containing as it does enough material to last one a lifetime plus advice on the right approach to this kind of work and invaluable tips on misdirection. It is eye to eye contact with the audience that is necessary when working close-up if the misdirection is to be effective — and which also establishes a rapport with the spectators which can be maintained throughout the trick.
This continuous visual communication with the audience is almost impossible if the performer's mind is occupied with complicated moves which require that his eyes be focussed on the objects he is using, making them more important than the people he is supposed to be entertaining. That both he and the audience were having fun was the aim of MATT SCHULIEN when performing magic for his patrons.
RANDI made another flying visit to make a TV film which will be seen sometime in the middle of October. He disappeared again before we had a chance to get the details, but understand it is an exposure of URI GELLER who has now extended his activities beyond the bending of spoons and keys. Our attitude towards these claims of para-normal powers remains unchanged. Anything goes providing no-one gets hurt.
Recently we spent some pleasant evenings with BEN 'Side Shuffle' MARTIN who has been shuffling the side-walks of London. Ben's interest in magic is entirely professional and it must never be forgotten that it is the professionals who set the standards for us to whom magic is a hobby. He told of an instance when he overheard the comments of some magicians as they were leaving a lecture given by one of the world's top magicians. They were complaining that only a few tricks had been explained, completely missing the really important part of the lecture. Part of the lecture in question can be found on pages 82 and 83; Vol. 1 of this magazine.
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