Handful Of Entertainment

One of my first purchases in M agic was the color changing knives. It became one of my favorites. The set was comprised of two knives. One was white on both sides and the other was white on one side and black on the other. The late Jimmy Sanders, a clever Magician from the South, took the Magic world by storm with his routine. He performed and manufactured the perfect set of knives. Upon his death, the trick died with him and his knives became collectibles. The late Matt Shulien dazzled one and...

Copper And Silver Transposition

One of Nate Leipzig's and Max Malini's favorite coin tricks as being a favorite of others, I am including here, because it is also one of mine. However, in all the descriptions that have been written, none contained the second sequence which I'm about to describe. Briefly, the effect is that a silver coin, held by the spectator, magically changes place with a copper coin held by the performer. In my version, this happens twice. By virtue of the fact that the change takes place apparently while...

Miracle Worker

This is the kind of routine which will establish you as a Miracle Worker. It is basically an Ed Mario idea, although I wrote one similar to it, using a Fr. Cyprian notion. It first appeared in my second card book (Super Subtle Card Miracles) called Instant Change and can be found on page 22. As in all my writing, I've connected this brilliant card conceit with that of another, along with my own handling. The end result is real magic. I've had this in my repertoire for a long time and can...

Introduction

With the ever increasing popularity of Magic as a hobby, a far greater interest is being taken in close-up magic than ever before. Much of the beauty and charm of close-up magic lies in the fact that all is done under the noses of the spectators. A very interesting point to bring out at this time is the first David Copperfield TV Special. David did his illusion vignettes but the trick that created the most talk was the cigarette through the borrowed ( ) quarter. Mind you, this is a very fine...

Poetry In Motion

This superlative idea comes from my close friend, Mike Bornstein. Back in the 40's he did a very clever and colorful Chinese act portraying the part of Kolma and appeared in the most prestigious night clubs, hotels and theatres. It was about this time that he gave up all the glamour and glitter to go into the retail business. Like a true magician, he disappeared from the Magic scene for about thirty years and, like the immortal Phoenix, rekindled his interest in Magic and came back. Although...

Spectacular Prediction Coincidence

John Murray has a gift of genius for adding subtle touches to basic tricks, making little classics out of them. This routine is one of those rare entertaining gems where the spectator is not required to pick a card. The routine is impromptu and, if handled and executed neatly, it gives the impression that you have a great deal of skill with a pack of cards. It will guarantee to gain special attention from laymen as well as magicians and will leave them amazed, amused and confused. This trick is...

The Elevator Move

It is done by Cellini who does a masterful job with it in his Cups and Balls routine. It was shown to him by John Fox, and I am including it here with permission to share and document with my readers. It has a startling effect both on laymen and Magicians alike. I employ it in the following manner Nest two of the cups mouth up. Drop a ball into the nested cups. Place and nest the remaining cup on the other two. Place the stack mouth down into the left hand....

Real Magic

I've witnessed some excellent Magic since I've been on the Magic scene and consider myself fortunate to have rubbed elbows with the elite. Certain performers have influenced me tremendously, particularly one named Cellini. He showed me this routine and I admit that it is one of the finest pieces of Magic I have ever seen. It looks like real Magic Cellini graciously offered to contribute his Magic to this book and I'm indebted to him. The only props used are a small leather purse with the entire...

The Artanis Loadon Technique

Joe Artanis Sinatra was an intimate friend of mine and we both shared our secrets. He taught me this brilliant technique to stack which 1 later developed to discover a selected card at any given number suggested by the spectator. Recently, I performed on a Dick Cavett TV show and used it. The salient point is that the selected card falls to the given number in one table riffle shuffle. However, included herein, I'm imparting a closely guarded secret of mine to discover the four 4 Aces...