Borrow a bottle of tonic water. If they sell a brand other than yours, supply your own bottle. Don't have it examined, just ask someone to hold it. Borrow a cloth from the bar person which you ask the person holding the bottle to examine, relieving him of the bottle at the same time holding it in your hand ready for the switch. Retrieve the cloth (or your foulard if they would not lend you one) and drape it over your Topit-side forearm in the time-honoured manner of all magicians using loading pockets. Pass the bottle behind the'cloth and pitch it into the Topit, stealing the prepared bottle in the same movement. With your free hand grasp the neck of the bottle through the cloth and stand it on the bar. Pass a ring or bangle of suitable size over the neck of the covered bottle pushing it down to the bar surface. This will prevent anyone being tempted to pry under the cloth; it also makes what you are doing look more interesting, and enables you to point out that you cannot interfere with the bottle yourself.

Force a duplicate of the bottled card from a pack with a matching back design,if possible, using whichever method you prefer. Have the card returned to the pack inserting your little finger above it in readiness for the pass. Say "I haven't seen your card; do you think it possible for the name of the card you chose to be on the label of the bottle?" Whatever the reply invite your victim to remove the ring, uncover the * bottle and look at the label. The surprise of finding his card inside the sealed bottle will cause considerable impact and is such that the name of the card did not appear on the bottle is of no consequence.

During the above activity on the part of your helper you have performed the pass, palmed the card off the top of the pack, placed it in your pocket and put the pack down. This may seem rather a tall order but it is dead easy in practice as your every intention is covered by misdirection right up to the completion of the unveiling. Everyones attention will be on your helper as he uncovers the bottle, and their interest will be centred on seeing if the name of the selected card is on the label, believing in their innocence that your part in the trick is over.

When the card is discovered someone will be sure to pick up the pack. They will, of course be too late, which is as it should be.

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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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