1) Spectator shuffles. Take deck and make a wide face-up spread on the table.
2) Call attention to how well mixed the cards are as you point to the section near the face of the deck. Secretly look at the top cards. Count the number of cards in the first three changes of colour and turn this into a three digit number. (Example: a card of one colour, 3 of the other, then 2 of the first would be thought of as 1 3 2).
3) Memorise value and suit of next two cards.
4) Close deck and turn it face down on table.
5) Look away anu name colour of each card before turning it over. The first colour is always the opposite of the first memorised card.
6) When you've used up your 3 digit number you then name colour, suit and value of the next two cards (the memorised ones).
REVIEW Eric Mason
To hand from Ray Grismer is a collection of creative magic culled from his lecture material. Most of the things he does are original to him with his own methods for performing standard effects — the notes also include many answers to questions commonly directed to the magician as well as over 70 short tips and ideas. CHARTS consists of more than a dozen effects that are within the capability of the readers of this magazine. Ray asked me to include the first trick in his book as part of our tribute to
Fred Robinson in this issue — it should wet your magical appetites. CHARTS cost 5 dollars. Also available are some individual items that were deemed to be good enough to be printed as separate tricks. These include SHORTY, a fine short change routine: LOOPY, one of tlje most unusual ring and rope moves ever invented: HANDY, a simplified approach to the torn newspaper prediction, and THIRTY, a version of the thirty card trick — a magical classic which can be done on stage or close-up. SHORTY is 3.50 dollars, LOOPY costs 2 dollars, HANDY 2 dollars, and THIRTY 2 dollars - a superb collection from a very nice man whom Dai Vernon is proud to record that 'in his formative years he was a pupil of mine'.
Write to RAY GRISMER, 7380 BUVA ST, NO.5 DOWNEY, CA.90240 U.S.A.
PENATRING by Algonquin McDuff — 'The Amazin Algonquin*
This penetration of a rope, by a finger ring, was inspired by reading Ray Grismer's excellent routines in Charlie Miller's Genii column. It can be incorporated as a variation in any series of ring/rope effects needing no gimmick props — just a gentle man's plain gold ring and about 30 inches of white rope.
1) Before starting, the rope is held in the left hand with about 3 inches protruding above the thumb and first finger. The right hand clearly threads the ring on the rope and allows it to drop into the left fist. This is shown in fig 1.
2) Only the left thumb stops the ring from falling through. The left hand turns clockwise to allow the end of the rope to be gripped by the right thumb and third finger. At the same time it should appear as though the left hand is adjusting to grip the ring. See fig 2.
3) Lower the right hand — pulling the rope through the left fist — at the same time raise the left hand as though sliding the ring to the centre of the rope. However, allow the ring to drop into the right hand immediately prior to raising the left fist, as in fig 3.
4) Look at the left hand, which holds the centre of the rope, and gently pull the end of the rope away from the right hand leaving the ring behind.
5) Open the right fingers, transferring the ring to the right thumb clip, and place the middle finger of the right hand lightly on the back of the left hand. Turn both hands over and in doing so drop the ring in the space between the left thumb and first finger. This is a well-known move for loading a coin, and is shown in fig 4.
6) Continue this movement — the right hand sweepinjg round the left fist — and pick up the ends of the rope on the way round.
7) Keep hold of the ends of the rope, with the right hand which is now higher than the left. Tie the ends in a knot — with practice this can be done smoothly — and hold it delicately between the right thumb and first finger. There is obviously nothing in the right hand. Fig 5 shows right hand tying knot.
8) Slowly pull the centre of the rope away from the left fist — the ring has disappeared. Open the fingers to reveal the ring lying on the left palm.
Although it doesn't sound like it, the trick can be performed quickly — 20 seconds — and looks very startling. The important point to ( watch is the steal of the ring by the right hand. Keep the attention on the left hand as it moves up and to the left — anyone who has seen Mr Robinson do the coin in tie trick will understand this sequence.
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