This is a routine of three effects in which the spectator takes the part of an expert card magician. It was inspired by, and is an extension of, the SPECTATOR-MAGICIAN, by Tony Faro.
Magicians who place the emphasis on entertainment will see the possibilities in this direction. The degree of success achieved depends mainly on the performer's ability to persuade the spectator to act the part of the 'expert', and how well the situations which arise are exploited. That there are no new 'miracles' in the routine is not important, and therefore requires no apology. Its merit is in the novelty of the theme and entertainment potential.
Arrange the pack with the QH on top, the 6S second, the QS in the fifth position, and the remainder of the pack in alternating colours red, black, red, black throughout.
Commence by asking someone if they would like to become an expert card magician. Having secured a volunteer seat him at the table and hand him the pack, saying "The first thing a real expert does is to allow someone to shuffle the cards," making sure it is you who does the shuffling. It is a false one which does not destroy the arrangement. Hand back the pack to the 'expert' asking him to fan them out face down for you to choose one.
You appear to be undecided when making the choice, suggesting that maybe he is trying to make you take a particular card. Finally you take the QS which is fifth from the top and place it face down on the table, taking unnecessary care that he does not see the face of the card. To what extent you carry out this playacting will be determined by the reactions and behaviour of the volunteer. Continue as in the
SPECTATOR-MAGICIAN until the two cards are face up on the piles. Point to the QH saying "Of course, you know by this card that the one I selected is a queen." If he has entered into the spirit of the game he will say "Yes." You continue "And this card the 6S tells you it is a spade." Thus encouraged he will be able to name the QS as the card you selected. Turn the QS over and congratulate him on his expertise.
You ask the 'expert' to get someone else to help with his next trick. This again provides a situation for fun, by getting your volunteer to shake hands with his assistant, thanking him for coming to help etc. How far you go with this business is entirely a matter for judgement depending largely on how your assistant reacts to your suggestions and the atmosphere in which you are performing.
When they are both seated hand the 'expert' the packet of cards not used in the previous trick, these are in the red, black, red, black order, and tell him to deal them into two piles one for his assistant and one for himself. This completed, they are both told to shuffle their cards taking care they do not see the faces of each others cards. This prevents anyone from seeing that one has all red cards and the other all blacks. You now set up markers for 'Out of this World' using cards from those used in the previous trick. The 'expert' deals his cards onto these markers. Further markers are set up and the assistant deals his cards onto these. The cards are now turned over showing they have succeeded in matching the markers. You, of course, turn over the 'wrong' pile. The 'expert' now dismisses his assistant and you suggest he tries a spot of mindreading. The cards are gathered up and you instruct him to fan them out faces towards you for you to think of one. You now ask him to look at the cards and remove the one he feels you are 'thinking' of and place it face down on the table, without you seeing its face. Name the card you 'thought' of, say AS. The tabled card is turned face up and seen to be the AS. The secret is simple, the pack is marked, and you name the card he takes from the pack.
No apology is offered for using marked cards. The ends justify the means, the end being the entertainment of the audience with a novel theme in which one of their members becomes a magician.
British readers will know some of the background to this article: that press and TV coverage has been given to the fact that David Berglas has offered £5000 to any person able to produce a 'Geller-type'phenomenon that withstands investigation by both scientists and himself under test conditions, and that this is now being widely publicized by the Daily and Sunday Express. This is the first time that David Berglas has spoken to the Magical Press about this and in this article he explains the offer and some of the events leading up to it — Editor.
I have received numerous reports over and over again, some of these first-hand, some second, third and even fourth-hand, that there sire people here in Great Britain, Holland, Sweden and many other countries where Uri Geller has made TV and personal appearances, who can duplicate his incredible feats of affecting metal objects. Knives, forks, spoons and keys have been said to be affected merely by concentration or by rubbing gently with two fingers. Many of these reports assure me that the object actually continues to bend even after it has been replaced on a table or, even more fascinating, that the bending took place without any actual finger contact. All of these phenomena have been reported under "strictly scientific test conditions" or to having been observed in well-known laboratories including The Stanford Research Institute in the States and here in London by Professor John Hastead of Birkbeck College, University of London and especially by Professor John Taylor of King's College. Both these eminently respected and acknowledged professors stood up at a Press Conference at the Savoy Hotel given by Uri Geller on 30th October and spoke out on behalf of 'science' to testify that not only had they conducted the above mentioned test with Uri Geller himself but also with a number of children who are still being investigated. Prof. Taylor has since shown me some staggering and very impres sive evidence of these tests. About a year ago the popular, but serious-minded, magazine "The New Scientist" asked experimental psychologist, Dr Christopher Evans, well-known to millions of TV viewers, to form a panel of experts in various fields to investigate the Geller phenomena which were playing havoc with all known scientific laws and causing head-line making news all over the world. Clearly this had to be investigated fully in the interest of science. Dr Evans, with whom I had cooperated on various projects previously viously was already aware from me that skilled magicians would be able to bamboozle any TV interviewer, journalist or even scientist with methods known only to a select few.
In fact, he later stated "that one master magician would be more qualified to detect fraud in any test than an Albert Hall full of scientists". So we formed the New Scientist Panel, At that time we already had a personally written letter from Uri Geller agreeing to be tested, but he was not aware that I was part of the Panel. Incidentally, the Panel was very surprised that I wanted no conditions to be set for Geller's test at all. In particular Bernard Dixon, Editor of the New Scientist, and Joe Hamlon the writer of the article (both physicists), disagreed with me. I said at the time that if I made conditions Geller would not turn up. In the end conditions were made and he did not come. I am sure that if they had listened to me and said he could have come along on his own conditions we could have still detected any fraud, (and he would have continued with the research). But the other way we lost him.
After it became known that I was on the Panel various delays and excuses arrived at the New Scientist's office from the Geller camp. Finally, they point-blank refused to have him tested because there would be a professional magician on the Panel. (Incidentally, during the Press Conference that I referred to just now, he mentioned this professional magician a number of times little realising that I was sitting in the audience in heavy disguise!)
To this date, although I have met and talked to Uri Geller he has constantly refused to perform or be tested by magicians whom he calls negative influences to his powers. Far from being a disbeliever or a 'negative influence' I am desperately interested in anyone who can demonstrate any or all of these subjects in which I deal as an entertainer to succeed. It is vitally important to find the truth and as so far no one has demonstrated in front of me I have decided to pay a reward of £5000 (a large amount of money for myself), to the first person who can demon strate any or all of the following effects purely by some unknown or inexplicable methods i.e. mind or super-natural power. Preference will be given to more advance tests such as merely looking at the object without touching but failing any of these more spectacular effects I will be satisfied and will pay out if the metal object merely becomes pliable, bent, moves or breaks even whilst held lightly by thumb and forefinger of one hand and rubbed gently with the other hand as demonstrated by Geller.
Any applied physical force, conscious or unconscious by the "operator" will, of course, disqualify. The various categories, in order of preference but not conditional will be as follows:-
1) an examined metal bar, piece of cutlery or key moves slightly without being touched.
2) same as (1) but bends instead of moves.
3) Bends whilst touching. 4) Breaks etc.
This is a genuine offer made to help Finally Settle a World-Wide Controversy once and for' all but, of course, has certain simple conditions attached. It will be necessary to safe-guard that the winner will be available for some research, and this point will be made to each person who wishes to participate, and will be a condition of receiving the money.
I am fully aware that many people feel that they could only achieve success with these strange powers under their own conditions and not always "at will". In order to find the answer I will try to make the conditions as simple and convenient as possible for each person. Of course, the best place would be a room (say in a Hotel), Hall or even Science Laboratory with independent observors and cameras present. Failing this I will, with perhaps one other observor, attend any place convenient and mutually agreeable. Should any further tests be necessary these will be discussed and agreed with the parties involved.
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On November 2nd the Magic Circle gave an evening of Magic, open to members and guests. It was a great evening and we left feeling that we had seen more good magic in a short four hours than we will see for a long time. Close-uppers had their own part of the evening and those watching were more than lucky to be there. Alex Elmsley showed his tremendous routine 'Dazzle' which really does what it says: the back designs of five cards change and change and change and change and the climax is a knockout. This is a beautiful effect that will appear in the book he is now writing. (You may have to be patient, because he has been several years writing it. All we can say is that it will be worth waiting for.) Mike O'Brian registered very strongly with Pricking the Garter, Find the Lady etc., and really made his mark, especially with the lay people present. Ken Hawes performed with sponge balls and money items. He prefers performing to lay audiences which probably explains why a lady guest found his act better than anything else she saw that evening. Unfortunately we did not see Bob Read at our table — but we did catch a glimpse of him packing what seemed to be half the contents of a butcher's shop into a carrier bag! It was left to Eric 'Boon' Mason to present what we considered the high-spot of the evening (the fact that he is Pabular's Art Editor has nothing to do with this opinion!) Assisted by eight people from the audience he succeeded in levitating a large table, and then made it travel round the Magic Circle Club Room at an alarming rate. The strength of this effect was considerable — ask any of the visitors brought to the show by Tony Faro! Eric was introduced by John Calvert who performed close-up — not during the show , but in the Wimpey Bar after the evening had 'finished'. (If you think you can sleeve, watch HIM!)
Close-up magicians within striking distance of London should keep Sunday 15th December free. Ron MacMillan has arranged another 'International Stars of Magic' day at the Empire Rooms, Tottenham Court Road. This is always a good day for anyone interested in Magic and of course Pabular readers will especially be interested in the Close-up sessions. We don't think they will be disappointed — performers appearing will be Alex Almsley, David Carre, Pat Conway, Walt Lees, Bob Read, Bob Swadling, Phil Wye and Fred Robinson.
Wanted: The Card Magic of Le Paul. State price and condition. Alex Elmsley, 6 Smith Terrace, Chelsea, London SW3.
Magic books by post, 21 Ravenhill Road, Lower Knowle, Bristol BS3 5BN. Lists lOp refundable.
Old and unusual magic wands required by collector.
Peter Batkin, 79 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middx.
Magical apparatus made to order. Fred Snook, 47 Dartington House, Senior Street, London W2.
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