Oil Amd Water Ride Again

The Oil and Water plot, attributed to Ed Mario, has been worked to death over the last four decades. I have studied practically every method and have found several that are excellent. What I offer here is a three phase routine, ending with the all red cards blowoff. The all red cards finish was shown to me by Ray Grismer about five years ago. Me told me that he saw it in Europe during his last vacation there. To begin, remove the 'soft' cards from the pack. The soft cards are the Sixes, Eights...

Profile

We are silting in a corner booth at Elaine's, a dimly-lit restaurant on the second floor of the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, watching Michael Skinner case the room. I le moves quietly and purposefully about the premises like a big, amiable cat, not missing a thing, a bit wary but nevertheless secure in his control of the ambiance. Elaine's scats ninety-six people, two-thirds of them at candlelit pink tablecloths under a large, low-hanging chandelier, the rest in comfortable, upholstered booths...

The Cutting Edge

The following scenario reflects but a few fleeting moments in time. A time when camaraderie was enjoyed to the maximum. Fellowship may be even more fulfilling when each participant shares a very deep love and devotion for their chosen pursuit. An everlasting friendship often yields treasured memories. My truly gifted friend Michael Skinner, and I often reminisce and recount with great pleasure episodes from days of old. Our relationship began over twenty-five years ago and the saga of this...

Knocking Out The Ace I

I discovered magic in 1958, after reading John Scarne's autobiography The Amazing World of John Scarne. In this book he described how he could cut to the four Aces in a shuffled deck of cards. Johnny said that he would spot the Aces during a riffle shuffle and count how many cards fell on each Ace and later cut to that number. This description fascinated me and I thought to myself, I would love to see that performed some day Years passed and I moved to Hollywood and the Magic Castle. This was...

Needle Im A Haytack

This is one of those impossible location type effects that is fun to perform for other magicians. I will never forget the look on Tony Georgio's and jerry Andrus' faces when I did this for them while we were standing at the bar in the Magic Castle in the fall of 1972. They had no clue. This is not an effect that you will do every night, but if you pick your spot and perform the effect occasionally, it will serve you well. Take 13 cards with the same back design and color that you are using and...

Top And Bottom Blacrstone

The following is my method of performing Harry Blackstone's favorite card trick. Harry used a special deck. Larry Jennings' impromptu method is very well explained in his wonderful book The Cardwright, pp. 1 through 4. While taking a momentary break from performing your card mysteries, and holding the deck in your hands, per- _ form the Turn Around Glimpse, spotting the top and bottom cards. The glimpse is performed as fol- j fr f . iti'j iliiB h lows The deck is held in dealing m** position in...

The Trash Compactor

Buffs Paper Napkin Vanish, which appears in J. G. Thompson, Jr.'s book My Best, on pages 157, 158. This is a fine impromptu stunt for children and adults. While seated at a table, open a cocktail napkin and hold it as in Photo 1. Now run your right hand down over its length several times, stroking it as you would a silk handkerchief. Now make the following remarks It's wonderful the modern kitchen appliances we have these days to make our homes more comfortable. We...

DID you Wash Behind Your Earf

This effect costs you 50i each time you perform it. 1 feel it is worth it. You will have to decide for yourself. Fifty cents today is worth what a quarter was when I was a child. Start with two half dollars finger palmed in the right hand. The coins are held at the base of the two middle fingers. By curling your fingers over the edge of the coins, you can raise your hand to the spectator and show an empty palm. (See Photo 1) The top coin of the two, the one farthest from the palm, is a hook...

The School Boy Trick

The following routine is a very advanced version of a simple trick that many laymen performed when they were children. Often when laymen want to show you a trick, they either perform the Twenty-one Card Trick or this one. The simple School Boy Trick is usually performed as follows the performer catches a glimpse of and remembers the bottom card of the deck. Let's say that the card is the Five of Spades. The deck is now ribbon spread face down across the table. The layman says, I will take out...

The Boomerang Card

The effect of tossing a card into the air and having it return to the pack is one of the most wonderful effects that can be performed with cards. It is, to be sure, a feat of juggling, but when the card is caught in the dcck at any number down named by the spectator, it is something that is long remembered. I had the pleasure of witnessing this effect performed by Cy Endfield at a convention in New York in 1962. Needless to say, it was one of the most memorable moments of the convention for me....

One For The Boyf

Here is a baffling two card location that again makes use of the memorized deck. I present this as follows I have a pocket handkerchief opened up in my lap. Resting on the handkerchief is a face-up memorized deck. A matching shuffled deck is in play on the table. I get into this position in advance and perform several effects with the matching tabled deck, during the course of these preliminary effects, the deck is shuffled by the spectator several times. For this effect, you will require at...

The Mommys

I explained in the last chapter my method of getting into my memorized deck, by giving a pack in new deck order five out shuffles. I explain the shuffles as a method of loosening up a new pack. I now proceed to give a memory demonstration. I tell the spectator that I will rapidly deal the cards face up into a pile on die table, and will attempt to memorize t he cards as they are dealt. But to make it interesting, the spectator can try to distract me by asking me questions and carry on a...

The Memtal Photography Deck

This is mv routine for the Mental Photography Deck, or Nudist Deck, as it is sometimes called. This routine has been in my working repertoire since 1969. I find the regular bridge size cards most suitable because they, and a deck of all blank cards, are easily accessible. Spread the cards between both hands. Separate the spread near the center, taking half the spread deck in each hand. Turn your hands over towards you and show both sides of the cards. Close up the cards, again holding them...

Birthday Telepathy

This effect is based on an old mathematical stunt. Years ago, Paul Curry recorded Padded, his presentation of the stunt in a little book called Something Borrowed, Something New. The following is my presentation of the principle. This makes a fine after dinner effect, while lingering over coffee. Another excellent way to present diis is over the telephone. As a telephone stunt, this is, in my opinion, one of the very best. When presenting this at a table in front of a few spectators, I remove a...

Ntant Replay

The card effect commonly known as the Chicago Opener has been ma Icing the rounds during the past few years. Practically every card man has a version in his repertoire. What I offer here is a new presentation and a very direct method. Begin with a red backed card face down on the bottom of a blue deck and have the matching blue card directly above it. Let's say that the two cards are the Four of Diamonds. You can now indulge in various false shuffles of a table riffle variety or a Hindu shuffle...

Poker Deal

This Poker Deal is one that I have successfully used for many years to impress someone special. Upon first reading, it may not seem like much to an advanced cardman, but the placing of the cards in the spectator's hands to do the dealing and his calling the winning hand is what makes the effect worth doing. I remember three or four years ago, Kenny Rogers came into Lilly Langtry's for dinner, and it was my pleasure to entertain him with a selection of card effects. I included this Poker Deal....

Torn Amd Restored Soda Straw Wrapper

This is a Torn and Restored effect that I have featured in niv work for quite some time, and the method is based on the Quadruple Torn and Restored Cigarette Paper, which can be found in my book, Michael Skinner's Intimate Magic. A wrapped straw is shown. The package is opened and the straw is discarded. The wrapper is now very openly torn up into small pieces and rolled up into a small ball. When the ball is unrolled, it is seen that the wrapper is fully restored. Breaking this routine down to...

Oh The Card To Wauet

This is my technique for stealing a card from the deck and loading it into a wallet. The wallet is in the left inside breast pocket of your jacket, and the loading is a two-step process. The right hand is empty when you put the pen away and it is empty again when you reach in to take out the wallet. The explanation is followed by a wallet trick with business cards. Have a marking pen clipped to the same pocket which holds the wallet. The wallet I use is a Jennings style LePaul Card in Envelope...

The Memorized Deck

The memorized deck is a powerful weapon in any card man's hands, as many of you well know. The first set-up that I am going to explain is the one that I used back in the late sixties and early seventies. These were my Magic Castle years. I have always been fond of two particular tricks The Mental-Selection Speller on p. 120 of The Amateur Magician's Handbook, and the Dai Vernon Poker Deal in issue 311 of The New Phoenix, also reprinted in Earlv Vernon and The Dai Vernon Book of Magic. I thought...

Ctf Out Of Another Dimension

This is quite a fooler but does require some skill in performing it. The deck could be pre-set, but I am going to describe the approach of setting up the deck right in front of the audience. In appearance, the deck is spread between the hands with the faces towards you, and the four Aces are removed from the deck and dropped face up on the table. Actually, while the four Aces are being removed from the deck, the four Kings are culled to the back of the deck. This is important. In order to...

Skinning The Fat Off The Bone Nate Leipzigs Aap Aces

Under this tide I am going to describe my handling of one of the real classics of magic. I have been performing this effect for as long as I can remember, and over the years 1 have trimmed it until it has evolved into a perfect example of conjuring for a modern audience without actually altering the basic effect. I have found from experience in performing the Slap Aces that the whole impact of this trick is the slap reproduction of the four Aces. Bam-bam-bam-bam There they are So I have strived...

Hew King

A top stock of eight cards is required lor this effect. The four Kings are on top of the deck followed by the four Aces. A very practical way of getting this stock would be to use some early planning. Near the beginning of the act, perform a four Ace trick and return the Aces to the top of the deck. Perform a couple more tricks that will not disturb the top four cards, finishing up with a Card Revelation in which it is necessary to look through the deck apparently to find the selection. At this...