Leftovers

Who says you can't make money from magic I recently received a list from a book store in Columbia, SC which specializes in out-of-print and collectible books. The list contains some good books with some high prices. Wallace Lee's pamphlet Math Miracles is going for 75. The average price of the 84 books listed was over 81. This is the same store I went into last year because I heard they had a nice collection of magic books. They wanted 65 for Amateur Magicians Handbook. I was short on time so I...

Steve Pressley

This is something I am getting a lot of use from. It's a self-working, borrowed and shuffled deck, behind the back, double prediction effect. The spectators do all the work for you (which is an added bonus until they get around to unionizing.) Effect. A spectator shuffles his pack and hands it to the magician who removes two predictions. One is placed in front of each of two spectators. The order of the cards is not changed at all from the shuffle. The magician turns his back as he returns the...

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In the act of cleaning up the situation, you actually prove that the ring is on the band. Keeping the back of your left arm toward the audience, take possession of the buckle with your right forefinger and thumb. Tug the buckle in your parts of the trick. In the act of cleaning up the situation, you actually prove that the ring is on the band. Keeping the back of your left arm toward the audience, take possession of the buckle with your right forefinger and thumb. Tug the...

A Sandwich To Go Harry Levine

This is more than just another use for the change. It's another trick with the right theme for this issue. Yes, it does use the Hurricane Change. I will describe it briefly, since by now you have either bled to death, or have given up and quit reading. Either way, you aren't here to read this. Effect. A card is selected and lost in the pack. Two jacks are dropped face up on top of the face down pack. A wave of the hand over the jacks and they disappear. They are now searching for your card in...

Slideways Penetration Scott Robinson

For the second trick with the mount, you are going to perform a penetration effect. Pick up the tabled mount after the conclusion of the previous effect. Hold it up at chest level between the thumbs on the flap side and the fingers on the opposite side. The hinge should be toward the floor. Flex the mount back and forth which will cause the tooth to disengage and allow you to separate the flap from the base. Rotate the mount around so that the right hand is holding it between the thumb and...

Fantasy Vacation I Steve Beam

For my next effect, I would like to send a lucky volunteer on a trip around the world. I will need someone with a vivid imagination. The magician selects a volunteer from the audience, allowing the spectator to remain in her seat. This will be a fantasy trip. If I had the money to send someone on a real trip, I would be soaking up the sun on the Beirut beaches even as we speak. Please close your eyes and keep them closed until the end of the effect. Pick a city, anywhere in the world thatyou...

The Postcard Martini

I first met Marty when we had side-by-side dealer booths at the 1991 Baltimore I.B.M. convention. He manufactures top quality magic props and you should be on his mailing list. (Martini's Magic, P.O. Box 189 Delta, Pennsylvania, 17314.) He's a great guy who kept a cooler full of soft drinks at the booth which he graciously shared during the convention. While this may not seem like much to those of you who have never manned (or womanned) a booth during the busy season, it's difficult to get away...

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Execute the glide (the rubber band handles the glide for you) as you remove the second card from the face. Have this card initialed on the back. Direct the attention to the tabled puzzle. Rearrange it, causing the blue pencil to switch to a red. Wanting to maximize the effect, you interpret this as the red pencil having vanished and the blue pencil having appeared from nowhere. Turn over the signed card showing that it has changed to red. Take your bows. Regurgitations. If...

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Prophecy Moves Bill Simon

As with Paul Curry's Power of Thought (which could have been Steve Beam's Power of Thought if I had been born about 30 years earlier) I got carried away with the following effects. The following tricks are related more through their parentage than they are in effect. They all have new deck order in common. In addition, they all feature a card or envelope stabbed into a spread. Spend a few minutes with these. They're worth it. This first effect is meant to be performed with a pack in new deck...

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Leftovers is continued from the back page. Leftovers is continued from the back page. The last issue was well received. Several sent back bloody bandaids. Many implied that I underestimated the number of bandages required to master the routines enclosed. I sentHarry some extra issues to send to his family and friends. He was faced with a predicament. He didn't want any of his non-magic friends to have access to the secrets. He purchased bandaids to cover the explanations. Is anyone else out...

Roger Sherman

Those of you who haven't seen Roger perform have missed a strange trip. Roger has his own weird view of magic and patter as you are about to see. His material is a natural for The Trapdoor. This is pretty much a standard gimmicked version of three card monte. Those of you who turn the page now will miss a very funny routine which makes a feature out of a standard bit. Roger uses a large rubber hand to add the humor to the routine. In effect, he shows a queen and two indifferent cards. The queen...

Liepzigs Opener Harry Levine

This is a variation on the handling of the change. It is ideally suited for Leipzig's Opener and the final ace of his Slap Four Ace Routine. (Reference Lewis Ganson's The Leipzig Book, page 38 and 42.) In Leipzig's routine, there were a lot of extra moves which were unaccounted for in the spectators' minds. You basically bounce all around in order to get the face card of the pack to change in their hands. In Harry's words, it seemed like an awful lot of tap dancing to move one card. This is...

The Menace Harry Levine

Making Your Bones was, and still is, a perfect example of a well sculpted routine. Watching Harry perform it, you can tell that he's done it a thousand times. I made him do it at least a dozen times forme. Despite the difficult sleights the most difficult being his own he executes it flawlessly. It hums. The routine which follows is built like a brick pinky break, zlt blends a humorous premise with funny patter and beautiful magic. This is my favorite use of the change and is one of my favorite...

Harry Levine Up Close and Poisonal

Rather than the standard biography, I thought I would mention just a few casual observations I have made of Harry during the last six months we have been preparing this issue. Some of them were gleaned from conversations we have had. Others were mumbled under my breath with my hand over the mouthpiece of the phone. Harry makes his living with a deck of cards. He performs card tricks 4 to 8 hours a day in trade shows. He spends the rest of his time trying to convince others that he should be...

Encoded Steve Beam

You are about to read a different type of rubber band trick. I will explain it here as a concept which may be applied to other comedic and mental effects. Most are best performed impromptu for reasons that will become evident shortly. In effect, the magician removes a stack of rubber bands from his pocket and drops them on the table. You have afree choice of any of the bands which I will use to perform the next effect. If you pick the right one, you and the close-up magician of your choice will...

DUET Mark Fitzgerald

Pull back on the right hand' s band which stretches the left hand's band and shows that the two are solidly intertwined. See figure 5. Note how the right thumb and forefinger come together as you pull the bands back while the left thumb stays apart from the left fingers. As your hands come back together to relax the tension on the bands, the right thumb and forefinger separate again. Repeat this stretch and relax the movement a couple of times. The move for this is identical to the original...

The Juicer Harry Levine

Harry will probably kill me for the name and the patter which accompanies this. He put the patter on the videotape he sent me as a joke. In other words, the blame is mine. I was hassling him about the presentation for this. He doesn't expect it to be here in its entirety. But hey, you guys only have to read this stuff. I had to write it. I need to get back at him too, even if only in a small way. Dai Vernon published his Picking Off The Pip in his Inner Secrets of Card Magic. John Riggs told me...