Forced Addon

This is a simple add-on at the beginning of A Fechter Force which was described in Card Cavalcade by Jerry Mentzer. This Add-On allows you to maintain the integrity of the bottom stack as well as the top during the force. It also allows you to repeat the force immediately if it fails while still maintaining the original top and bottom stocks. This was the weakness of the original. To appreciate the value of this Add-On, refer to The King Thing in this issue. In effect, the magician cuts small...

Over Lightly

Every once in a while, it is not enough for a magician to entertain his audience. He must irritate them. This bit will not only irritate them but might also save their life. Consider this. Someone is about to light up a cigarette. They reach into their pocket or purse and remove a cigarette from the pack. When the cigarette reaches their lips and they start to reach for the source of fire to light it, the magician stops them with, Here, let me. Chivalry is not dead yet. Our gallant hero removes...

Info

Raleigh, NC 27545 (Please Forward) Inside Magic 407 Carrington Drive Knightdale, NC 27545 Subscr ip tions Continued on page 312 The last issue, tte Special Dead Raccoon Issue, created quite a stir. Many wrote in to say that they had long since discarded their spring pets and were now in the process of locating them to work up the routines. While I think this is great, don't forget that you can also do the routines inprompfcu. How many times have you been...

Trapdoor

T he Wa to h Trick has always been one of my favorites. The fact that it is a classic is born out by the simplicity of its name. 11 is the trick with a wa tch You might say, it has stood thB tes t of time. (All right, you wouldn't say it, but I would.) Probably my favor i te presen ta tion for the trick was provided in Norman Hunter's Successful Magic For Amateurs. In this presentation, a watch is borrowed from a member of the audience, placed in an envelope, and dropped in to a large bag. It...

Blender

Chris showed me this change about seven years ago when I was working on The Changing of The Cards, a book containing 22 color changes with cards. I joked with him that his change wouldn t fool anyone over the phone, much less in person. Then, in September of 1985, I came up from Williston to lecture for the Raleigh group. Chris was there and made me eat my words. After the lecture several of us went back to the hotel and did card tricks until 4 00 a.m. He had continued working on the change and...

Leftovers

This issue officially starts year number four with a bang. I recently received the 50th anniversary issue of Genii Magazine. It was (mostly) a reprint of Volume 1, Number 1 of Genii. I was thinking about reprinting Volume 1, Number 1 of The Trapdoor and mailing it to you. I was going to put a 6 right beside the one on the cover so that you would believe it's issue 16. My other thought (I get them in pairs some days) was to celebrate my early. What you are now holding was my compromise. It's...

Breather

This is a gag by Brad Reeder who is currently a student at N. C. State here in Raleigh. Brad performs and develops most of his material in comedy clubs across eastern North Carolina. This is a quick gag which can be used at just about any time in your act - stage or close-up. While a female volunteer is en route to the stage, the magician removes a can of Lysol (TM) and squirts it into his mouth to freshen his breath. He continues his act with that confidence that he his prepared to meet just...

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i All nerufacturing ri its are reserved by the ocntribubccs. Obpyri t 1967 by Steven L. Boon --- S---- 1 ---- 1 -------- 1--------J -T___ This is the perfect opener for either a silent or patter comedy act. Jim gave me an effect (which I think is great) and the bare bones of a method. I have replaced the elastic hookup he suggested with something else which I think will make it much easier to perform. In effect, the magician enters and takes a bow. He picks up a clear plexiglas box and shows...

Trapdoor Productions

Not wanting to be accused of leaving any topic before it is beaten to deathv I a now providing you with even more on The Thing or Mr. Jiirmy. I met John at Abbott's in March where he showed me the following items using hands similar to those in the Mr. Jimmy material. He is from Kendallville, Indiana and has been using his version for several years. It is mentioned (not taught) in The New Tops in May of 1985. John uses the plastic hand and arm combination which are available at doll shops. This...

Bay

Many of you may have wondered how you can apply some of your magical talents toward your vocation in a productive manner. You may not have realized that magic is a natural complement to a full time, real life, day job. I am not simply referring to a copy machine which will help you lessen the worth of magic books and magazines. No. I m talking about creatively applying your Trapdoor-given talents toward making you a success in your chosen profession (as opposed to magic, your chosen obsession)....

Jacket Required

Magicians, like normal people, seem to thrive on controversy. Since there are less than 10,000 magicians in the United States, magic news tends to travel quickly. One has only to review the case of The Mystery Magician as outlined in Inside Magic and Genii recently to appreciate just how seriously we take our art. The humorous thing about this whole episode is that, judging by the sales of the tape, magicians were the only ones who bought the tape. Further, the cries regarding ethics about the...

Exploding Kinos

This is one of the fastest four-of-a-kind revelations around. It takes less than a second to produce the display shown above. The deck literally explodes into position. You can use it to instantly reveal four chosen cards or use it as a pretty display of four of a kind. Using face cards produces an especially colorful finale. One of the ways I like to present it is as follows. I have a card king selected forced . It is returned to the deck and the deck shuffled. They tap the top of the deck...

Basica Cardtrik

When this is done, the screen will go blank excep t f or the pred ic tion in the middle. All you have to do is to force the ten of hearts. Then, hit the return key and the action will start. Af ter you lave tr ied the program a few times, you may wish to adjust the speed. This program was written cm an ITT Xtra which is an XT Compatible. 11 runs at 6.77 Megahertz. You can speed the program up for a PC Conpa tible or slow i t down for an AT Conpa tible or more so for the new 80386 chips by...

Chameleon Kings

I have been doing this trick for the last eight years when I went through my impromptu packet trick phase. For other fruits of this phase fruits from the fruit refer to Back To Aces in 1, Kings amp Aces and Quick Change in Magic The Vanishing Art Or How To Turn A Trick For Fun amp Profit, and Maeb-y Aces in Don Morris's excellent Close-up Encounters. The effect, which never fails to reap a strong response, is simple. Four kings or jokers change into four aces merely by running them through the...

Jim Hyams Paul Scrrewtino Gary Plants Evert Chapman Steve Beam

You are performing outdoors for a group of strangers. A dog wanders in. You tell tte audience that you will use this obviously unprepared dog for a trick. You lave a card selected and returned to tte deck. Give tte deck to tte person who chose tte card and ask him to deal tte cards slowly to tte ground. Af ter he deals ten or so cards, tte dog starts barking. What was tte name of your card , you ask. He tells you and you instruct him to turn over the next card. Tte borrowed dog...

The Dead Raccoon Issue

What follows is one of the funniest routines you will ever see with the spring raccoon. This is the raccoon which has had his innards removed and replaced by a large spring. Make no mistake. It is or was a real animal. And, for those of you who wish, this spring allows the dead animal to appear to come to life. I won't bother with the details on the standard handling of the corpse since they come with the animal. I will concentrate mainly on the patter and the moves which are peculiar to. this...