The pack fanned to the spectator, from which he is to take a card, is in a pre-arranged set-up, known both to performer and his assistant. Upon a side table is another pack of cards, these are in any order.
After spectator removes his card, from the fanned pack, it is cut at the place from where it was taken, the top part being put at the bottom, and the now bottom card, the "key" card, is palmed off and pack laid on table, face up. Performer then turns his back to allow spectator to show his card to the company.
While his back is so turned, the performer simply thumbnicks the "key" card at one corner.
Passing to his side table, he picks up the other pack, placing the "key" card on top, shuffling the pack as he comes forward.
The spectator places his card face down in the face-up pack, and leaves it upon the table.
The other pack is then thoroughly shuffled by another spectator, and handed to the assistant who has been called back into the room.
All she has to do, is to look for the marked card, and reverse the one which would follow it in the set-up. Should the assistant be able to palm the "key" from her pack, then so much the better. Her pack would then be O.K. Spectator's pack will of course be one card short, but this will not be noticed, whereas two cards alike certainly would.
I do not of course claim any originality for this effect, the credit for which is due to Peter McDonald, who I hope will not mind me adapting his clever idea to suit my own way of working.
"WHIZZY"—the dizzy magician.
"WHIZZY"—the dizzy magician.
The vanishing wand is, 1 suppose, a favourite effect with many magicians, and with many audiences too, judging by the reception it usually receives. One hesitates to tamper wirh a tried and tested item, but I have always felt that the routine could be extended just a little, without indulging in that embroidery that reads so well, and plays so badly.
In my routine which runs very little longer than the original, the wand first clings to the fingers, then is wrapped up, but instead of vanishing, is converted into a miniature wand.
I find that this routine plays for just about the right length of time, and has that unexpected finish that makes the hardened magic watcher soften up a little.
You probably have all the necessary items: the shell, a pair of tips, and a small size wand. You will need also a short length of dowel, about three inches, and in diameter a snug fit inside the shell, and a few small panel pins.
The set-up is easy: Put one tip in position, then drop the length of dowel inside the shell, so that it rests on this tip. Lay the shell on the table, and tap the two panel pins through the shell into the dowel, about two inches apart (the best spacing is decided by experiment). Now drop the miniature wand in, and finally put the second tip in position.
For the routine, the levitation is taken care of by the fingers engaging on the panel pins. Then the wand is wrapped up, and the parcel so formed is torn in half. The half which contains the dowel is crumpled up and tossed into a hat. You must exercise a little care to ensure that the pins do not stick in the hand.
You apparently have some difficulty in crumpling up the other half, and indeed you have, so you tip it up and out slides the miniature. You grab it, wave it over the remaining half, then you crumple this and toss it in the hat.
Keep the levitation part short, and you will have an opening item which, as the adverts say, is neither too little, nor too much.
A Routine far the C?azy Compass by ROY BAKER
This, my own routine for the Crazy Compass, is built around the story of Christopher Columbus, and although the magic almost gets lost in the story, it is a routine that gets the laughs, and often the dates as well. The working of the Compass is almost too well known to merit an explanation in these pages, but should you not be familiar with it, I can recommend you to look in the pages of "Willane's Wizardry", where there is a clear description.
A glance at the diagram will show the different moves in this routine. The ghost arrow shows the position to which the arrow apparently shifts.
Each move is taken in the order shown, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4. The forefinger is placed in the position FF and the thumb at position T. To start, the compass is in the left waistcoat pocket.
Patter. "Presenting The Columbus Story, (under rone—Fanfare of Trumpets). Once upon a time there was a geyser named Christopher Columbus. (Aside—Really, that wasn't his proper name—queer walk and talk—he was known by the other boys as COLUMBINE)
He decided that he would discover America. Now he'd never seen America before, so off he went to see the King of Portugal, saying (gangster slang) Hi! King. I got me an idea I want to discover America. The King said Yeah! and Chris said Yeah! The King said Yeah! and Chris said—Oh well, we've done that once. How are you going to do it? said the King. Easy, said Chris, I got me a Chinese Compass. What's that? said the King. Well, ir has an arrow on both sides (show Compass) said Chris (Move 1) so, if the ship capsizes we can always look up on the deck AND FIND OUT WHICH WAY WE'RE GOING.
By golly, said the King, You're Mustard. And that's the very first time they ever heard of Mustard and Chris.
But the King double crossed old Chris and it was then that Columbus used the immortal" words THIS WORLD AIN'T
ROUND. IT'S CROOKED! So off he went to see the King of Spain . A very nice guy who was married to the Queen Isabella. The King's name was Ferdinand, for OBVIOUS REASONS.
Chris said, Hi! King, I got me an idea. I want to discover America. The King said Yeah! and Chris said Yeah! Oh we've done that once already. Well, to cut a long story short, they flogged the Crown Jewels to Arthur English's uncle, twice removed, once from Wormwood Scrubbs and once from Brixton.
This gave them the money for the trip. The Queen launched the ship, raised the bottle and said 'I now name this ship the good ship —damn it, I've cut my finger".
So the good ship "Dammiti've cut my finger" sailed to sea, first of all heading due East (1) and (2). But they ran into a squall. Not that it worried Chris much. He was a married man and had a child named Deigo at home that was always squalling. But this squall was different and turned the ship about and once again they were back in port (2). As fast as they put to sea they were back in port.
One fella said to Chris, "We ain't got no provisions yet," so they headed for the Canary Isles and picked up the provisions. One Banana and Forty Barrels of Rum! They all took to drink and that's when all good sailors go West .(3).
By now Chris didn't know whether he was coming or going, so he swung the wheel Willy Nilly (They were the first and second mates, Willy and Nilly) and they ended up going that way. That's when Columbus found that the earth was really round, as he was COINC TO WHERE HE WAS COMING FROM.
Anyhow, that's the story of how Columbus discovered America. He knew it was America because the policemen were ail wearing peaked caps. The radios were all blaring out "Hail Columbus, Father of America. You may be Father of America, but Coco-Cola is still the POP!"
You too can discover America. You too can have one of these Ancient Compasses. All you have to do is to save up 24 canteens of cutlery, mail them to me and by return of post I will send you—A BOX TOP!!" (Return compass to packet).
Well there it is. Ask me to work it and I guarantee to get the laughs.Surely you can do the same?
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