Watch Look And Listen

In all my travels throughout the world, I always take this routine with me. 1 have fooled some of the greatest close-up magicians with it. Unselfishly I'm parting with it by putting it down in print for the very first time. This is a gem. I thank Ray Grimser for the original concept and Peter Kane for the finish which 1 believe is brilliant. Although I've never met Ray Grimser, my intimates tell me that he is a master musician as well as a clever close-up magician. Appropos The famous late...

Fair Exchange

This close-up effect has a tremendous impact on the onlookers. One of the nicest parts of this routine is that not only is the effect amazing but it is also very pretty to watch. My friend, Neil See, is responsible for it. MODUS OPERANDI Obtain a 'Vernet' Thumbtip and insert ten dimes in it. Place all on the right thumb and you are set to perform. Borrow a dollar bill and show it all around. Holding it in a vertical position, place the right thumb on top of the bill. Grasp the bill with the...

Switchcraft Outdone

The following is a good example of what good card magic is all about. This is a reputation builder and while it appears to give the impression of great sleight-of-hand, it is in fact very easy to perform. It is one of the most direct effects that can be done with playing cards and one that will be long remembered when all other card tricks are forgotten. It is a variation of a transposition done by the late Ted Anneman and it was John Scarne, who first used the idea with a glass when he did a...

Frank Garcia Teacher

Hundreds of thousands ofpeople have seen Frank Garcia on TV most recently on the Dick Cavett Show. Tens of thousands of people have read his 19 best sellers on magic which can be purchased in 7 countries. Hundreds of people have heard his lectures on all phases of magic as he has presented them in Europe and the United States. However, only a far smaller number have been fortunate enough to see Frank Garcia in action as a teacher of magic. A personal teaching session with Frank is a...

Roy Bensons Epitome Vanish Of A Stack Of Coins

The late Roy Benson showed me a spectacular way of vanishing six or more coins that will always cause a lot of talk amongst the laymen and magicians. It is one of the cleanest methods I know. If done exactly as it is explained, you will have acquired one of the most beautiful vanishes that can be done with coins. The beauty of the technique is that it may be done close-up, on a platform or stage with equal effectiveness. Roy was an incessant smoker and always performed this gem with a lit...

The J T Elmsley Disclosure

I consider this a very important find dealing with the Elmsley Count. It is very much the same as how an archeologist feels when he uncovers some important find from his diggings. I predict that this idea, which is being uncovered here for the first time, will find its way into the repertoires of all keen thinking close-up workers. The discovery is genius. It is the brainstorm of a teen-age magician called Jonathan Townsend. He descended on the magic scene when he was thirteen and today, at the...

The One Two Three Winnipeg

A good false cut is always a welcome adjunct to include in a card trick or gambling demonstration. This one fits the bill It is an extension of Mel Stover's Winnipeg Cut which appeared on p. 93 of Million Dollar Card Secrets. A most accomplished close-up worker named Neil See showed me this beautiful variation. The deck is on the table as shown in Illus. 1. The left hand grips the deck with the thumb at the rear and the middle finger in front gripping the end of the deck. Note that the right...