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I understand that these subscription renewals may seem to commercialize our relationship. You may feel that you have to pay money ($30 USA, $42.50overseas) to be my friend. You have probably received this impression from previous issues where it is word-for-word what I have told you.

Not seeing the broad picture, this may bother some of you. It shouldn't. You aren't supposed to be looking at pictures of broads in the first place. Regardless, being forever in tune with my subscribers, I have come to the realization that I should be more friendly, less commercial. Toward this end, I have drafted a personal invitation for you to renew your subscription. Working together, I think you and I can deepen our relationship while at the same time getting me the cash needed to maintain this blossoming friendship.

Please take a moment to help me personalize your invitation. Your job is to fill in the blanks.

Personalized Invitation

also known as

_ [fill in your name], the great/the magnificent

/ the amazing / the sufficient / the world's greatest magician [circle one].

Please grant me the emotional gratification of telling my other friends that my dear friend in

_ [your state or country] has renewed his/her [circle one] subscription. I am misty-eyed as I pause to reflect on what your past renewals have meant to me. I know they meant more to me than the editor of_[fill in other magic magazine you currently subscribe to], I guess I'm just an emotional kind of guy.

Let us join hands (if you circled "her" above) or male bond (if you circled "him" above) through the mail and bring this brotherhood of ours to a higher plane while simultaneously rejuvenating the economy.

Sincerely, Steve Beam

If this does not feel cozy enough for you, you may wish to have a personalized handwritten invitation to renew. I don't blame you. Word processed words doseemimpersonal,don'tthey? You canfeelfreeto hand write this whole invitation word for word on a separate sheet of paper. Damn the copyright laws— nothing is too good for my friends. (Remember that you should sign my last name with an "m" not an "n." Damn the forgery laws while we are at it!)

Before rewriting this note, please take a moment to respond to the above personalized invitation. Le st you take too long and allow your subscription to inadvertently expire, remember that I know where you live and I know that you have broken at least two laws in the last ten minutes. (Did I mention that there are rewards for turning in most copyright and forgery law breakers?)

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You are about to read a very deceptive routine. It has several subtleties designed to throw off even the most well versed magicians.

Effect. The deck is cut into two halves and each is given to a spectator to shuffle. When both spectators are satisfied that their halves are thoroughly shuffled, they are asked to table their halves. A spectator is asked to turn one of the halves over and to riffle shuffle that half face up into the other face down half. Once again the deck is cut into two halves and the other spectator is allowed to flip the half of his choice over and shuffle it into the other half. The cards are thoroughly mixed.

The magician cuts the shuffled pack and spreads both halves on the table in separate spreads. Because of the mixed up shuffles, many cards are face up and many are face down. The magician asks that one spectator choose a card from one spread and the other spectator from the other spread. To make this difficult for me to determineyour card,youmay wish to select one of the face down cards.

The spectators are asked to look at and remember their selections and return them to the other spread. They can each shuffle their respective halves. The two halves are then shuffled into each other. All this may take place while the magician's back is turned.

Despite the thorough shuffles, the magician spreads the pack on the table. He pushes one face up card forward. He flips the spread over and studies it. He pushes another face up card forward. These are the two selections.

Preparation. You must divide the pack into two halves. One contains all the even valued red cards and the odd valued black cards. Conversely, the other contains the odd valued red cards and the even valued black cards. The ace (1) jack (11) and the king (13) are odd values and the queen (12) is even. Place one half on top of the other. For the sake of explanation, we will assume that the half with the odd valued red cards goes on top. Further, remember the bottom card of the top half.

Performance. Spread the deck face up on the table from left to right. Scoop up the left half of the spread, up to the separation between the two halves. Hand this half (the former top half of the deck) to spectator #1. Scoop up the remainder and hand it to spectator #2. Ask that each shuffle their respective halves. When they are finished, ask them to place them on the table. Turn to spectator #1 and ask her to turn either half face up and shuffle it into the other face down half. She can shuffle as many times as she wishes. Assuming she turned her half face up before the first shuffle, all her cards are face up and the other spectator's cards are face down.

Pick up the shuffled pack and hold them in the left hand as if you were going to deal them. You are going to do two things at once. Lift the top half of the deck off to place it to the table. As you lift it off, rotate your left wrist in a clockwise manner until it is palm down. This wrist turn effectively (and secretly) turns the lower half over. It is done in an off hand manner and is covered for the most part by the upper half.

Both halves are placed on the table. If you have a soft performing surface, you can immediately make two spreads to show the mixed condition of the cards. Square them back up. Ask the second spectator to turn over the half of his choice. When he does, he is instructed to shuffle the two halves together. Because you secretly turned over the lower half before tabling the two halves, when they turn one of the halves back over, they have righted the pack. In other words, the cards from the first spectator's half will still face one way while the cards from the second spectator's half will face the other. They may have turned the complete pack over but they did not change the relative positions of the original two halves. Assemble the shuffled pack.

Repeat the secret reversal as you cut the deck into two halves again. Spread the two halves on the table again in two separate spreads. Because you secretly reversed the lower half, one spread will have the even red cards and odd black cards face up. The other will be showing the odd red cards and the even black cards. Because this set-up is so subtle, it will not be noticed by the spectators.

Have spectator # 1 remove a face down card from the spread nearest her. Have spectator #2 remove a face down card from the spread nearest him. After noting and remembering their selections, each spectator is to replace his or her selection in the other spread.

Have both spectators gather their respective spreads and shuffle them. Ask that they be placed on the table. Turn one of the halves over (they can choose which one) and then shuffle the two halves together. The cards can be shuffled as much as desired.

To reveal the selections, spread the pack evenly on the table so that you can see all the face up cards. For the sake of explanation, assume you are looking at the odd valued red cards and the even valued black cards (the original top half of the pack.) You can scan these face up cards looking for the card from the other half. That is, scan the red cards looking for an even valued one. If you don't see one, scan the black cards looking for an odd valued one. The odd card will be one of the selections. Slide this card out of the spread for the first revelation. When finished, flip the pack

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Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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