Iain Girdwood

A spectator cuts and shuffles the deck. You take the cards and spread through them once, stating that you will endeavour to memorise the colour order of the cards. You hand the deck back to the spectator, face down. You now call out the colours one by one, while the spectator verified each by dealing the cards face up into a pile, Red, Black, Black, Red etc until the complete deck is dealt. You are 100 correct This combines the Gilbraith Principle with binary and allows you to genuinely...

Steve Hamilton Feb 2004

The following superb routine was sent to me in February 2004 by my good friend Steve Hamilton. It was to be a part of a joint web-project that, sadly, was never to be because Steve took ill and passed away later that year. I have left the text entirely in Steve's words, the content of which is both humorous, and educational. A selected card is torn into quarters by you or the spectator and they select one quarter as a keepsake, something to remember their card by. The remaining quarters are...

Working

With The Aces palmed, hand out the deck for shuffling and ask the spectator to place the deck onto the table and to cut it into four fairly equal piles. While the spectator is shuffling the cards both your hands should be resting naturally on the table top. 2. Watch the spectator closely as he cuts the deck into four piles. As soon as he has finished cutting the cards your left hand reaches forward and takes the top card of the left hand tabled packet. This top card is removed in a specific...

Eight of Two Kinds

This is a somewhat flashy production of Four Kings and Four Aces. A shuffled deck is cut into four packets. The top card of each pile is turned over to reveal a King. The new top cards of each pile are turned over to reveal the Aces. I recently watched Harry Lorayne on a recent TV appearance. He performed a trick whereby he cut to four Kings, gathered up the deck, shuffled it again and then produced the four Aces with a series of 'flourishy' moves. I thought it was a great trick and it got me...

Justice is Mine

A prize-winning close-up magician, Jim is also the originator of the trick Hopping Halves which was put out in 1967 by Harry Stanley's Unique Magic Studio as Confusing Coins The origin of this effect is slightly tongue in cheek, perhaps even influenced by my association with the late Tommy Frederick (Fredrica). I notice all the current finger flingers and whilst admire their skills, I question their dependence on cards and the ensuing entertainment value. This...

David Forrest

This is a startling appearance of a signed card in an impossible location. The impossible location is a packet of cigarette papers. The papers disappear in a burst of flame, and a selected card appears in their place folded neatly inside the packet. John Bannon has a burned and restored cigarette paper routine called 'Shriek of the Mutilated' in his book Impossibilia page 128 . In this effect, a piece of flash paper is introduced as a cigarette paper which I thought was a brilliant idea. I've...