Spread the pack face upwards and have a spectator withdraw a card making sure it is one of those pre-printed.

Hand the spectator the pen and ask him to sign his name across the face of his selection.

Pick up the signed card and show the spectator the printing on the back to show he has actually signed an I. O. U.

1 1st folds

2nd folds

2nd folds

1 1st folds

Place the card face up on the top of the face up pack and act as though the whole thing is just a gag. Apparently dead the card onto the table turning it face down, but really deal the second card. This is a 'necktie' second, in which the outer end of the pack is angled upwards sufficiently to prevent the spectator from seeing what is really a switch. Immediately the card is on the table point up the I. O. U. on its back and in a semi-serious manner remind him that he really did sign an I. O. U.

Retrieve your pen with the right hand and pass it over to the left hand which is still holding the pack. Open the right side of your jacket with the right hand and drop the pen into the inside pocket and at the same time thumb off the chosen card from the face of the pack into the wallet. It need not go all the way in just yet. Replace the pack on the table.

During the above actions you have secretly obtained the folded £10 note and continue by pointing out that the I. O. U. is completely legal, but you would not think of holding the spectator to it. As you patter to this effect tear up the card into quarters keeping its face from the audience. Square up the four pieces and fold them in half, and half again. This 'locks' them together. During the tearing and folding transfer the note which has been hidden behind the right fingers into the left hand.

When the folding of the torn pieces is completed switch them for the note leaving them behind the left fingers and pull open the note as explained earlier as you say "I'd rather have the money." The transformation of the torn and folded card into the fully open note, can, and should be made to appear instantaneous.


The right hand places the note on the table, and the left hand goes into the inside pocket to get the wallet into which you are going to put the note. Before removing the wallet you complete loading the card by pushing it right inside and leave the torn card behind in the pocket.

. Open the wallet and find the chosen and signed card inside and kid the spectator that he still owes you £10. Grab the £10 note and put it in your wallet.


It happened when Ramsay was in his late seventies, during one of his lectures to magicians. After performing a few of his specialities, John announced that he would like to show them one of the first coin tricks he learned — the Vanishing Penny in a Glass of Water, and while he realised that they were all conversant with the method, it was a lovely effect and seldom seen.

John showed a glass of water and a handkerchief. He then went to his pocket for a coin as he gave the handkerchief to a spectator. A moment later he was puzzled to hear sniggers from the audience and then noticed that they were all looking at the hand which he thought held the penny. Imagine his embarrassment when he saw that he had mistakenly taken out the glass disc instead.

Mumbling an apology John threw the glass disc onto the table. After a moments thought, he said he would do another trick with a coin and handkerchief.

A penny was borrowed from the spectator which John covered with the handkerchief giving it to the spectator to hold. He then asked him to hold the handkerchief over the glasp and release the coin. This being done, the handkerchief was removed to reveal that the coin had completely dissolved.

The spectators were non-plussed — the crafty devil had led them up the garden path having fooled them with what they believed was a new method for an old trick. They were partially right, John had sold them true enough, but the working was the same.

He actually had two glass discs in his pocket, finger palming one and bringing out the other at his finger tips. The visible one was tossed aside, and as the onlookers were thinking 'poor old soul, he's past it', John was calmly switching the other disc for the borrowed coin under the handkerchief.

John explained to me that he could not have got away with this in his younger days, as he did make that kind of blunder. As he got older he accepted the fact that he was not quite so sharp, and it was reasonable to suppose that others might expect him to make the occasional mistake, so John decided to take advantage of this assumption.

The subtle thinking behind this ruse was quite exceptional — like John Ramsay himself.

The subtle thinking behind this ruse was quite exceptional — like John Ramsay himself.

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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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