Insured Prediction

One of I lis most talented students, BniceQsvon,* master in hisownright. FtanBwceCeivon the trick was handed over to Jon Racherbaumer* who published Qawnfevendon in The Hiem-jMnt 7* Racherbaumer in turn showed it to Hany I,oraync, whose flair for good card tricks and a powerful performance style are uncontested* Richard Vollmer, whom I consider one of die worlds leading diinkers when it comes to automatic card tricks and related matters, has been performing tills effect for many years and lias...

Wallet Bound

In the preceding article I addressed some of the problems I found in using a wallet as a place to produce a chosen card. Nevertheless, there are time when using a wallet 2 in& such as when the wallet is used to cany other materials for the act IV j SSn and handling thai foUows shows how I Irave solved most of the objections previously n, > ted The elements used are fairly standard, but the details of presentation and methi id their combination are my own. IYe been told dial the very dever...

Effect

Tire performer cuts the deck several times to die table and produces an Ace in die process. This is repeated three more times, and in each instance another Ace nuikes its inexplicable appearance at die tips of the conjurer's innocent fingers. Constmction> Management and Sciipt rrhe four Aces rest secretly on top of die face-down deck and remain there as you proceed to shuffle and cut while you introduce the effect. Since the cuts about to be used to pitxtucethe Aces are of the in-the-hands...

Secret setuy

,nm. effect that uses either a small or large setup, lb obtain a ' '( sniausewsuch * ,x, evWltei deceptively in mi oflbeiit moment, one or will do Uh-> > admffl V pn wllile delivering a prologue to the effect requiring that require a more elaborate setup, such as The Poker Players Royal 9 fpw DrowJures tJiat will enable you to obtain a complex setup under the guise r Tris L ear legitimate and are perceived by your audience as captivating by-play. jS tee samples for basic strategies, which...

Fluttra lain drat an amazing Uaasposition Ls taking place

Ttan the deek face up and ribbon spread it without exposing the Joker on top Here is a .nfe way of achieving iihis Once the deck has been turned Spand Ls Z, u, ult table, push the Joker to the nght for half its width The pads of the pft nii< Idle and ringVingeiv touch theback of the second can firm, the bottom and draw i, about half an in, 1, tottuS as the ntfd hand shuts spreading the deck toward the right Ihe illuslratton sho*. tow U,e fingers of the left hand are still securing the bottom...

Final Notes

Die relevant cards at every fourth position, no memory work is necessary for diis approach. 2. You can create a synergistic effect out of the final situation created by diis effect Gather the cards, placing the hearts on top of die deck in any on ler. False shuffle to retain the heart stock on top. In die course of die next effect do not use these cards, but find a reason to spread througjhthe deck widi the faces toward you. As you do tills, cull the diamonds below the spread, which separates...

The ar of Destiny

. illusion stems once again from the fertile brain of my good fnend Tills vay effect P V another premier of one of Richards ideas on die printed page Richard VWlmen ant hil ejrecf by Sil11on Aronson and Allan Ackemian* , ns inspiration. he teM m Rjduuti-Si IVe added a few details ofliandling and presen- The bad news about this amazing e Tect is that it requires the following setup from top down in tlte face down deck Ace-X-Ace-X-Ace-se 'en X cards-Ace-balance of the deck. The good news is that...

Whatever concept youlogiXmtM you could use a

SSd Ihe selection Whatever procedure you choose, die spectator's rani now on top and you know what it fa We will assume it is die Nine of Hearts. Mold Ihe deck face down in left-hand dealing jxKition as your right hand picks up die Ace farthest to your right and uses it as a scoop to gather die odier three Aces. Thus you end up holding die four face-up Aces in your right hand. The order of the Aces doesn't matter, as long as you get the Ace matching the suit of the caul you've just glimpsed to...

The Endless

It is an ng how many excellent ideas for magic can be found in non-magic books, in movies, in billboards, in plays and in so many other sources. Sometimes the themes can be used directly for the presentation of magic effects by applying some .small changes I trv to keep my eyes and ears open for such possibilities, and have found more than a few ideas in the past. The theme at the base of the present trick came to me as I was reading the famous book Gtkld, Escher, Bach, by Douglas R...

Ptvpamtion

FiT> m U,e b,u > acked deck to the bottom Place die T vo of Spades nt 010 faCe f dGck > ver it with an indifferent canJ, making the lt dnie bv t 7 rani fr0n 1 ,he botta preparation Ls so simple, you < -an do it SbfthJS Ule preparcd IWo tenia left pocket and adding it to the of the deck via a gamblers cop (VtJume. page 707) or inilar technique. Remove the deck from its case and place it lace down on the table. Place die closed can case thumb notch upward and opening turned to a...

The joker Folds Uy

Mercial itont sold by the late Ken Bnx> ke, while the folded card to box remained e aS an unmarketed performance piece. Since it liad become one of his favorite effects it also became associated throughout die magical wodd with die late Fred Kaps although Kans always made it a point to credit the tme creator whenever he talked with magicians abort die effect. Whoever saw Fred Kaps perfomi it live or on video will agree dial in liis hands it Tliis effect is, widiout doubt, one of die true...

Overhand shuffle

This false shuffle has been associated with Laurie Inland since around 1935, although it hac 1 been published yeans before by Charles Jordan* While I have already taught this shuttle in Volume 1 (j> age 113), here I will ailrl some refined touches to the handling, If adeck is divided by color, with all the red cards separated from all the black cards, this false shuffle retains the separa oa What happens in essence is that fewer than half the carts in the deck are shuffled off, cards an* then...

The okr is a Diakka

N_ nFHie lruiy uncontested past masters of magic. Mis influence can still Charlie J j toitters of die older arid younger generations. The foUowfow *1,1 of one of Charlie Millers lesser known card effect The orfi found in a tooslim opus that documents just a few masterpiece olhLs a J Davis was .he fust to define a diaklca as a mrsduevous or ev. spirit who delights in r l Lki0i sitters and medium. If you arent familiar with diakkas, I cannot do better ihTZiote Robert Panish from the introduction...

Telekinesis

The following effect features a classic plot, Card at Any Number. Its origin can be tracked , , ,() necremps's seminal Les petiles overtures deJ& vme Sunp, Pmjesseur de mutuant, 1 feel Unjustified in deluding i. in this course because the method in diefoDowing version is so extremely clever and naton* ,t wrtl fool experts, with-,1 iisniTifldne eitherclarity or coherence for the laypersoaln addition, I dont know of anyone using (Jus niece exevj t the great Tamariz, who drew my attention to...

Miscellaneous Techniques

It's in the small details that one tveagnizes the great artists. In tills discussion we shall explore various ways in which two Jokers can be put to avantageons use. The idea is to use the Jokers of the deck as larilitaiors that help to introduce or get rid of one or more special cards, such as duplicates or specially gimmicked cants On toj of this, the Jokers themselves n ay be gimmicked Since die concept is so versatile, HI describe the basic ick-a tiret, and then detail a few applications....

Card College

Dhistrated by BARBAIiA GIOBBI-EBN THER My thanks again go out to lite following persons, without whom this fifth volume of r nJ Baibara, wife aiul talented workmate, always first, now and forever. Without her critter suggestions, patience and hundreds of drawings, this would not tie Card College. Next there is publisher, Stephen Minch (with his Hermetic Press, Inc.) and for f (,lails historical citations, Max Maven, Mill Kort, Harvey Rosentlial and Steve Draun were alw ready, willing and able....

The overhand Lift shuffle

Is is an overtiand shuffle rurHip (that is, stacking) system originated by me, and which rve ind to be emnient y practical for conjuringpmposes. Ii will also pas. at the oud (able in slow company with family or in friendly circles) where an overhand shuffle niav be used by some of the pby& s in Uie game. Obviously I do not for a second suggest that should I * done, rm publishing this method only for educational purposes and for selfptotectioa7 Vitl out doubt, there are many established...

Construction Management and Saipt

You will nxjum a dec k of cards containing two identical Jokers. Also needed is die case for njmow th r a 10 your extrenie on the table. Spread through the deck and allv h i 1 WhK h you place fruxi UP onto the table as vou come to them. Eventu-it mu7,S Thl,rh UP on die table, but to your right, explaining tluU these five ,-m k V' 'you Promii* shortly to fell them why. As vou rre taking out deck. The 2 Z fPt ,,U1 other Joker sem> dy to a position diiixl from the top of die l asycuSSS1 nR'thfXl...

Final Note

Up, and then perform the flip-flop cliange (Volume 3, page 747 or, in tliis volume, see page 1164). To do this, simply slide the fiv& card block to the right and flip it over as the left hand turns palm down with the deck and practically catches the moving block Immediately turn your left hand palm up again, revealing a star-tling transformation of four Aces to the selected card. Don V be someone dset if you can be yourself. 'ilus Sem ofan effect is hidden ass ay in a little-known lxx>...

Fantasist at the card Table

Tins is a routine belonging to the genre of gambling demonstrations, as seen by a magician Unlike other routines of this type, it involves various carrl games that may or may not be familiar to your audience. IVe tested this routine in front of audiences, mostly European, whose knowledge of die rules of poker, blackjack and bridge was limited yet, they have all responded very favorably. IVe given up any feare tliat I might have had about the entertainment value of the routine, and 1 we made it...

Study for Four Aces

Shuffling Cards Drawing

I t s i i'sbmsm a pieoeof 33ta ,loscnbo mC greens Pmfessumal Cam Magic. It is obviously inspired by another of die great classics of canl magic, Dai Vernon Cutting dip Aces. The lirist plot has been a part of my perfbmiing life for the past twenty years in various and increasingly complex versions. Here is the result, in the form of one of my most prized Ace routines. While explaining how die magic artist uses studies in his work, the four Aces are lost in the deck and subsequendy located in...