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We have selected 110 superb magic tricks, most of which can be performed with simple everyday objects. Once learned, you will be able to mystify and entertain no matter where you are. Read and follow the illustrated instructions carefully and regularly practice and rehearse the tricks until you feel completely confident - then get ready to baffle, bewilder and amaze But remember our magicians code and NEVER REVEAL YOUR SECRETS Have Fun
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Do these kinds of magic tricks involve psychic ability No. Stooges and confederates Not usually, unless the performer is a poor exponent of his craft. So how are they done Well, you will not find the answers here. After all, if you take away the secrets, you take away the magic, and that is not a fun thing to do.
In another way, of course, magic is different from other fields. If you started piano lessons today, you wouldn't have business cards printed next week proclaiming yourself a concert pianist, because you'd understand that you were still learning the scales. In magic, the there are those who do buy five magic tricks and do print business cards that say Magic For All Occasions. And, of course, when the national economy is down, there is even more incentive for this kind of thing.
Identifying and acknowledging the positive intention of the critic, and turning the criticism into a how question, is an example of a type of 'verbal magic trick', using Sleight of Mouth to shift attention from a problem frame or failure frame to an outcome frame and feedback frame. It results in the transformation of a critic from a spoiler to an advisor. The process is based upon two fundamental forms of reframing that are at the core of the Sleight of Mouth patterns Intention and Redefining.
Magic shops have evolved into online retailers and magic kiosks. This may be the natural evolution of things. One focuses on the devoted magic enthusiast, the other on the passerby who is fascinated by the strange red light coming from the salesman's thumb. Magic kiosks have found their way into shopping malls, flea markets and even amusement parks. If you're looking for a way to make money selling magic, but don't want to make the kind of financial commitment required to buy your own donkey cart and stock it with overpriced magic tricks and rent floor space, you can sell just a couple tricks off your magic table at county fairs or other special events for the price of a vendor fee.
Magicseen cover star and all round good egg Jay Sankey is launching a 'dramatically re-vamped' website in November, where die hard fans will be able to purchase refills for many of the most popular Sankey Magic tricks as well as check out 'Jay's Blog' and the new 'Inner Secrets Forum'. Keep tuning in to see exactly what's going on in Sankeyville www.sankeymagic.co.uk
Edward Tufte teaches statistical evidence and information design at Yale Universtity. Visual Explanations Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is the third book in his series on the display of information. His first book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983) is about pictures of numbers. His second book, Envisioning Information (1990), is about pictures of nouns. Visual Explanations is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, cause and effect, explanation and narrative. Of interest to magicians is one chapter devoted to magic trick illustrations, and this chapter was co-written with Jamy Ian Swiss. Tufte discusses magic illustrations for two reasons they are the two dimensional representation of actions which occur in space and time and the field of conjuring is related to disinformation design, in which the viewer is intentionally given information which leads to incorrect conclusions.
It seems Ross has a harder time with TD teaching Mystery Method than Mystery does. The thing is, don't teachers normally want their student's to succeed I mean, Tyler learned all he knows from Mystery, but Tyler also broke it down and incorporated a lot of his own stuff into the mix. I've been sarging with Mystery, and I've been sarging with Tyler, and though the basics of their game is the same, the specifics are quite different. Tyler is able to do the same thing Mystery is, only without the SUPER peacocking, Magic tricks, etc. In a way, TD's stuff is a little less intimidating to learn because it's tailored to the more ''average'' guy. That said, Mystery's stuff is still the most solid version of Mystery Method I've seen.
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Just got back from my annual trip to Shangri La, which is English for Bonnie Scotland. Kirriemuir to be exact, and for those of you who may be interested, and there is one, my dear old mum, now in her middle eighties, is just fine. She has no idea what the youngest of her seven children really does for a living. She knows he's written a few books, she knows he has been on T.V. a few times doing magic tricks, but she doesn't really know what kind of a job he has. By her standards, everyone has a job of work to go to every day and at the end of the week you put your hand out and someone puts money in it. She, like most of her generation in this country were brainwashed over the years into thinking that this was life, this was living. A regular job was everything.
Why not, after gathering all the information, offer to provide a small army of close-up magicians for the cocktail party And how could they know - unless you suggest the option -that this small army could also hand out specially packaged private party magic tricks for the guests themselves to perform Tricks which commemorate the event long after the evening is over. To end this special extravaganza, there could even be a show where the guest of honor himself perforins all the illusions.
Inventing magic tricks is not for everyone. However, it is your choice to make. Almost every magician with a sincere desire who is willing to put in the necessary effort can invent magic tricks. Before I start let me warn you about a trap you should avoid falling into.(Magicians should always be careful about falling into traps.) Don't be too quick to discard someone else's trick for one of yours, simply because it is yours. I have invented several thousand magic tricks routines variations over the last fifteen years. However, in all but about 500 of these, I decided that an existing trick or routine was better. Also, many of the others I had created were simply no good. I may have spent several hours, days, or weeks working on something which was, when finished, not even as good as the average. It is important that you learn to honestly evaluate your creations.Don1t use something just because you invented it when it might be inferior to other material which is available.There are...
This is important As a speaking performer, I deeply believe that my performances (of an idividual trick or an entire show) should be interesting purely on the verbal level, without the visual addition of the magic tricks. If, through audio taping, I find that my show moves along and is interesting purely on the verbal level, then I am confident that when I add the visual effects to the verbal presentations the result will be even better
1 learned Bob's routine, and performed it several times for corporate audiences. However, the more I performed lor corporate audiences as a mentalist, die more I felt it was important for me to remove playing cards from my act completely. As 1 mentioned earlier. I believe that when audience members see playing cards, some immediately think card trick or magic trick.
Various magicians such as David Copperfield and David Blaine in the USA, Tamariz in Spain, Sorcar Jnr in India, and Silvan in Italy are all rapidly becoming household names. Additionally, those that have been involved in retailing magic for some years such as Marvin Berglas who sells a range of magic tricks for children, reports sales skyrocketing. In 2002 alone, Marvin's company based in London, sold over 15 million ( 23m) worth of magic tricks through toy stores Paul Daniels range of magic tricks was at one stage reported in the newspapers as being the product that kept a major toy company going in business throughout the recession.
So how can a giveaway generate that kind of money Simple. Your giveaway has your contact details on it The specifics of the giveaway are really not that important, but you want something with a perceived value that is easy for the kids to have fun with, so it could be any simple magic effect that they can do. These are the type of magic tricks that you usually find in a boxed magic set, and that can be purchased inexpensively in bulk from many magic suppliers. With a private kids party though, magic tricks as giveaways work especially well, because not only is there a higher perceived value to your show, but the kids will ALL take home the magic trick, and you can be sure they will talk about it and show their parents. We suggest putting a little package together in one of those clear plastic re-sealable bags, to include one or two simple magic tricks, your business card, the instructions for the tricks, and perhaps a little leaflet with some further simple tricks that can be...
Created in England, it was an almost perfect magic trick for a twelve year old. I say almost because it did require that you force one of five balls of colored yarn. Not necessarily an easy task for a twelve year old. (The one text that might have helped me, Phil Goldstein's brilliant VERBAL CONTROL A TREATISE ON THE UNDER-EXPLORED ART OF EQUIVOQUE TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS, would not be written for another twenty-five years.) The force used, as I remember, was a less-than-deceptive mix of counting OR spelling the number named OR eliminating OR not eliminating -- in short, a verbal mess.
A splendid example of what you can do if you will it -is the experience of Cardini. He was not always the successful magician he is today. If anybody had to buck hardships, he did. Shell-shocked after the World War, he lay in a hospital bed in England, helpless. A magician who played in his ward stimulated his desire to learn magic. He dug up what few books he could on the subject and, getting a few decks of cards, practised sleights by the hour. When nurses and doctors saw him going through the various movements they thought he had gone crazy and put him in the psychopathic ward. Later on, as the effects of the shell shock wore off, he began giving entertainments. Finally he wandered into Gamages in London and sold magic tricks and novelties from behind the counter. Then off to Australia where he put his knowledge of magic into practical use and became a vaudeville success there. So on to America. But here things did not go so good. For five months he suffered hardships trying to get...
Second, you might begin watching instructional magic video tapes. Frankly, I think that videos are wonderful in two specific ways on the one hand, they are the archival records of performers that we can enjoy long after they are dead and, on the other, magic videos are very helpful in learning particular sleights. Imagine that you wanted to learn a Shuttle Pass with coins. I suspect that you could read David Roth's excellent book and still have difficulty understanding the timing of this sleight. The timing of the move, however, is something that you can see on his video tape -- and that, indeed, is a wonderful aid for the serious student. For learning complete magic tricks or routines, unfortunately, video tape learning tends to produce monkey-performers who simply imitate what they have seen and heard. It gets pretty uncreative and dull.
There's an age-old magic trick where the performer would light a match and ask the spectator to hold out their hand and close their eyes, the performer would then switch the matchstick for an ice cube and touch the performers hand with it. Due to the participants' expectations, the ice would feel like a flame, they would feel heat when really it was ice cold. This concept amazed me so much that I studied the idea of being able to trick somebody's mind with expectations and I developed my own approach to the concept.
Real Magic is a parody of conventional magic tricks.2 The performer states, There is no such thing as real magic, only to wind up with a real miracle at the end. The spectator actually looks into a cr stal ball and at first, sees a nude woman. Then he looks again and sees a freely selected card that a spectator has removed from a deck and placed into his pocket without looking at it. Nobody knows the identity of this card until it is revealed by the spectator.
This new project is a magic quarterly. I gather from the first issue (Winter 1996 -scheduled to appear in January, but not actually sent our until the end of February beginning of March) that they are trying to provide their subscribers with a mix of good magic tricks and timely essays on various magic-related topics. They are the right guys for the task. I enjoyed reading the 40-plus pages very much (future issues are said to be between 32 and 40 pages).
At the end of Card College 4 is a thoughtful essay in which Mr. Giobbi attempts to identify and organize the major elements on which a magic performance is based. As his organizational model, Mr. Giobbi uses a pyramid containing seven layers effect, methods, staging, psychology, communication, history, and intellectual and emotional effects. Analyzing and examining these layers, starting at the bottom of the pyramid and moving toward the top, allows the student to develop a magic trick from its conception to its realization in front of an audience. I applaud Mr. Giobbi's attempt to codify this information.
Practitioners of Bizarre Magick will enjoy this new book from Thaumysta Publishing. Eugene Poinc has taken some very basic magic tricks (the Grandmother's Necklace, the Afghan Bands, the Professor's Nightmare, the Buddah Papers) and has cloaked them in very evocative presentations based on a character called The Practitioner, a shadowy figure who dresses in gray and who travels the world telling weird stories.
Steve Bryant's Little Egypt Gazette was a monthly Internet magazine for magicians that ran from August 1995 to October 1997. The best way to describe it is to quote Steve's own description, In all, there were 24 issues, containing over 700 pages, 32 magic tricks, 9 interviews, 22 book and video reviews, 20 convention and show reviews, 22 feature articles, 4 poems, 17 staff adventures, and much, much more. All the above was
First Just as the mere fact that you own a magic trick does not make you a magician, owning a book of one-liners does not make you a funny person. The funny people that I know are funny all the time (they may not be on all the time, but they are always thinking funny). To quote a recent movie, they are funny in their bones. If you think that the only way you can be funny is to fill your act with other people's jokes, then I would seriously suggest that you reevaluate your approach to performing. It is the over-reliance on this type of material that has so established the public's opinion of the magician as wise-guy. The other question that I know my buddy Mike is going to ask is, If Fulves has compiled a book of magic tricks he didn't create, how come you seem to be cutting him so much more slack than the guy who wrote that stinky joke book First, some of the tricks are Mr. Fulves' creation. Second, most of those that are not his have been altered in some way by him (usually to...
Mulholland's Book of Magic 6 x 9, 352 pages, 9.95, ISBN 0-486-41772-7 by John Mulholland is an excellent book for the amateur magician, and I remember it fondly from my youth. There are simple stunts, impromptu magic tricks, card tricks, mental effects, and some terrific effects that require special props. Most of these prop tricks are completely unknown to contemporary magicians and would certainly be worth the effort to construct. At 10 this book is a steal. Finally, The Amazing Dad 7.5 x 7.5, 212 pages, 12.95, ISBN 0-399-52696-X by Giovanni Livera and Ken Preuss is a handbook of stunts, games, activities, and magic tricks geared to help fathers look like superheroes to their kids. The material in this book seemed like so much fun that I sent a copy to my father. He wrote me out of the will. I guess you can't go home again. Charlie Frye is an eclectic performer. He is a juggler, a comedian, and a magician. (As an aside, I should mention that jugglers make the most dangerous type of...
For a period of time Ed Marlo worked as a demonstrator at the Treasure Chest, a store in the Chicago Loop which featured pinball machines, books, records, souvenirs, toys, and magic tricks. The Arcade Dreams section contains routines which Ed developed for standard slum items the Red Snapper, The Ball and Vase, The Magic Frame, and the Bill Tube. Highlights in this chapter are Colorful Vision, a four-phase routine for the standard Colorvision prop which will fool laymen or magicians and Poor Man's Locking Key Routine, which is a routine for the cheap, miniature linking rings which came with the old S.S. Adams magic kits. (If you're not familiar with this set of rings, they are about 3.5 inches in diameter and have a conspicuous solder joint on the perimeter. Ed took advantage of this solder joint in a very sneaky way.) I have found that it is useful to be able to do baffling routines with standard slum props, not only to pitch the items (which I did at one point in my life), but also...
What's in The Crimp It's really more of a 'zine ' than a magazine. It is hand drawn and lettered by Jerry Sadowitz. In every issue there is at least one thing that makes me laugh out loud. Not just snicker, but also really, really laugh. There is also always something most people will find offensive. And it seems an afterthought, but in addition to the filthy cartoons and rants, there is what I consider the best selection of actual magic tricks of any current magic magazine.
After I did the teach-a-trick segments on The World's Greatest Magic II last Thanksgiving eve, I have been both complimented and condemned by my fellow magicians. On the other hand, the response from regular people - kids especially - has been almost completely one-sided. They all have exciting stories to tell me about their experiences trying the various tricks I demonstrated the messes they've made, the people they've fooled or didn't fool, or how the trick went right or wrong. It's been very fun for me. If you know of a kid that likes that sort of thing, then Klutz Press has a book they'd love. It's called The Rubber Chicken Book. It is filled with bad jokes, goofy skits, simple magic tricks, and a fabulous practical joke. You can buy this in your regular bookstore. Then, if it turns out the kid has a knack for this kind of thing, you can turn them on to Martin Gardner's Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic (in fact, Mr. Gardner is mentioned in the acknowledgments for The Rubber Chicken...
Effect Is there a difference between the mind and the imagination Without waiting for an answer, the mage removes a deck of playing cards from his pocket and addresses a spectator on his left. Susan, here is a deck of cards for you. He turns to a spectator on his right, John, this is not a magic trick, so we are not going to have you pretend that you are using an 'invisible deck.' But, we will need you to creatively visualize the selection of a card as realistically as you can.
I have often suggested to magicians that the magic tricks they do and the way in which these tricks are presented should be an expression of their lives and not a substitute for them. Adopting this suggestion immediately makes your magic unique. No one else on earth exactly shares your life experiences and your various interests. Incorporating your viewpoints and experiences into your presentations not only allows the spectators a chance to learn about you as a person, it can also provide interesting emotional hooks that allow your magic to be more meaningful. York, an author of numerous books and essays on psychology and religion, and a prolific author of magic tricks and origami folds. His books Tricks of the Imagination, Folding Money Fooling, and Magic and Meaning (co-authored with Eugene Burger) have been enthusiastically reviewed here in Marketplace. His new book, Life, Death, and Other Card Tricks, is as unusual as its title would suggest, for here are familiar card tricks...
When we arrived home, my brother suddenly asked me, Can you do magic tricks Sure, I replied, as I bolted up the steps to my second floor bedroom. I wanted to make myself scarce before Gordy asked me to prove it. Shortly, I heard my brother I signed the book out and began the walk home. As I slowly moved through the shady, tree lined streets of Forest Park, a Baltimore suburb, I excitedly began to leaf through the pages. Suddenly, I saw a drawing of a hand holding a playing card. In the next illustration, the card had vanished. I sat on the curb and began to absorb my first experience with the back hand palm. I didn't find out there was a front hand palm until some time later. Within a few minutes, I managed to grasp the working of my first sleight of hand magic trick. I arrived home and as I ran up the stairs, two at a time, I tried to remember where my mother stored the playing cards. After rummaging around, I found them. For several minutes I practiced making the card vanish at my...
If you are a newcomer to magic and you absolutely lack the ability to read a book, you will find much of value on these tapes. If you have been in magic for a while, you will probably already know much of the material presented. However, if you really want to be good at impromptu magic, you should invest in The Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic, Martin Gardner Presents, Michael Weber's Lifesavers, Scarne's Magic Tricks, and a complete file of The Minotaur.
Many methods have been published for causing a transposition of two bills, of different denominations, between your hand and spectator's. Since they involve gimmicking of bills, they are not strictly impromptu and will not be discussed here. For typical method, see Scarne's Magic Tricks , by John Scarne, page 73.
Generally speaking, if an ad for a magic trick reads as if it's too good to be true, you're probably going to be disappointed when you get it. Markovik's Power-Lev certainly sounds impressive from the ad copy No threads, no jacket required, no lighting limitations, no anchoring needed, and it is designed to levitate borrowed beer bottles, pop cans, and similar objects. Well, let's clear up the ad copy a little. A levitation effect implies that the object floats up from the ground into the air, where it hovers in space. It then floats back to the ground (or, as in the classic Asrah illusion, the floating girl disappears). A suspension effect implies that the object is held above the ground by supports. These supports are removed and the object hovers in space. There is no motion up or down through the air. The supports are then replaced. (Walter Blaney's Ladder Suspension is an excellent example.) Power-Lev is not a levitation, it is a suspension. You hold a bottle in front of your...
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TMZ, the US news source, has revealed that a female magician - part of an ensemble of magicians who were supposed to teach celebrities magic tricks - was a victim of attempted rape at a landmark Hollywood hotel. The cast and crew were staying at the Magic Castle Hotel in Hollywood, which is immediately next door to the illustrious Magic Castle, the private club for magicians.
The Egg Bag is a classic magic trick. In the 1876 American edition of Modern Magic, Professor Hoffmann referred to the Egg Bag as a very old fashioned trick. (A version appeared in Clever & Pleasant Inventions in 1584.) Yet, it remains in the repertoires of many contemporary professionals. (For example, Jeff Hobson absolutely kills with his Egg Bag routine.) Why does this trick preserver Probably for two reasons the props are simple, and the effect is clear-cut and easy to understand. The egg appears, the egg disappears, the egg comes back. In addition, because of its simplicity, the Egg Bag is the perfect vehicle for allowing a performer's personality to express itself.
The book begins with an Introduction which explains the organization of the material, some information on the history of the tricks, the meaning of the cute icons which accompany the text (these icons provide quick visual guides to portions of text which contain information on prep work, misdirection moments, psychological touches, and tips on performance), and advice on how to learn the material. Unfortunately, in this Introduction, Mr. Pogue continues to reinforce the great lie that learning a few magic tricks will correct all your personality deficits. I am sure that this sales pitch sells books (and indeed, this has been one of the main ways that magic dealers have attracted buyers), but the downside is that it brings into the community of magicians more social misfits than we really need.
Wherever the spectator stops dealing cards onto the table, she might stop dealing cards ON a target card. You will know if this is the case as she is dealing the cards crop faces up. Why deal the cards with the crop design sides upward and showing Doesn't that seem suspicious No it does not seem odd at all, because this is NOT a magic trick . This IS a demonstration of how the designs in crop circles may affect us at very deep levels - levels of which we may not even be consciously aware. However, by dealing the designs faces up we do know that the conscious mind will at least play a PART in the demonstration. Obvious to all in the end - some other part of the mind must have had a hand in this as well.
My mother says that she would sit me at the piano when I was four years old or so, and I would try to plunk out little tunes. When I was six, I received a magic trick for a birthday present, and the bug bit and held. So for 6 7 of my time on planet earth, music and magic have been an important part of my life. And now my picks for what constituted the goofy parts of this book. There are probably people who would find any book that concerned itself with the themes presented here goofy. I happen to be a fan Eugene's previous books that deal with some of these same subjects. So, for me, there were only two sort of goofy parts. The first was the fact that Eugene's overly long discussion of the origins of magic includes a (blessedly short) section on Deception in the Animal World. The second was that I found Robert's three gospel magic tricks to be a bit weak. My only other real complaint was that there is no actual dialogue or discussion between Eugene and Robert. While this does not...
Powles, who later became Style, wrote a rave review about the seminar. I wanted to see what the big hoop-la was, so I e-mailed him. We hooked up and we went out to a party, and after that we went to some bar, and Chris Powles' whole spiel was he'd do these magic tricks. And I wasn't very impressed, this guy wasn't very good, um, later on of course he became great, but he was the one who introduced me to Mystery.
Such that the women have extremely high value. They are all beautiful and they know it This is a crowd Mystery would have excelled in with his magic tricks and peacocking. If Mystery had joined me, I have no doubt that he would have pulled at LEAST three HB11s that night, but alas, he'd rather spend the night with Style (the most powerful of the Jedi). See what you miss out on when you shuck tha thunder Mystery )
The performer who has not incorporated a little psychic reading to sell or enhance an effect has missed a very powerful tool. Tactfully and artfully done, a brief explanation of your understanding of the person enables you to make the prediction of an outcome. For example, in equivoque, it can make the difference between a clever magic trick or puzzle and a true miracle. It is one of the greatest forms of misdirection available.
Parapsychology, which is in at this time, is extremely well-suited as subject matter for a story line. Paranormal effects are, as a group, magic tricks, because most of the things magicians do fall into the category of psi-effects clairvoyance, mind reading, second sight, predictions, psychometry, productions (materializations), vanishes (dematerializations), telekinesis, and alteration of time.
Some mentalists refuse to use even a deck of standard playing cards in their acts, believing what they're doing will be perceived as magic tricks. Those who buy that notion will consider me significantly more heretical when I say I use jumbo cards constantly in my work I've used them since I developed my first stand-up mental show in 1974. I've never had a problem with my audiences thinking I do mere card tricks they don't.
Mac I have always been leery of videotaped instruction as a way to learn magic tricks. In general, I don't think that it provides the ease of use or the freedom of interpretation that a text-based format does. The only area in which I think that video teaching surpasses book learnin' is in seeing a routine in action before a live audience. This might be looked at as a disadvantage as well. For people looking for a quick fix, just a trick or two to show their friends, video provides everything laid out for them - method, presentation, patter, etc. I don't think this is necessarily a good thing. The temptation is too great for some people to stop thinking. It is conceivable that even an unadorned secret move (the top change for example) is better learned from a book. By that I mean that maybe even sleights are better if adapted to your hands and mannerisms. For me, the danger in voicing my belief that videos are a bad way to learn magic is that it might lead you to believe that I'm just...
Incidentally, do not fall into the trap of agreeing to TEACH magic tricks on children's (or any other) TV. 95 of children watching will not be interested in magic as a hobby or career, and besides, they can easily find out from other sources if they are interested. Stand by your principles in a nice manner, the producer will respect that.
The refined concept of the strike second then for those who are unfamiliar with it, involves, yes, moving the top card in a sort of pivot action, but doing so to such a minute extent and covered sufficiently by larger motion that it appears as though the top card has not moved at all. The space created between the top card and the second card is what we call the brief. To give you an idea of what size we are talking about, my brief tends to vary between an eighth of an inch and a sixteenth of an inch, some people can get theirs as low as a thirty-second of an inch, which, while impressive, is in my opinion unnecessary. If you watch some individuals perform the deal slowly you will find yourself wondering where the second card came from, it's as though it came out of nowhere. I remember offering such a performance to my grandmother, first performing a magic trick that used the deal and then performing the deal before her eyes, first with a face down card and then with the card face up,...
I have already clarified the fact that this book is about cold reading, and not magic tricks. Let me stress this point one more time, since I have often come across confusion on the issue. This is just one example of the startling and ingenious prediction routines featured by many of today's magicians and mind readers. I have even performed a few of them myself over the years. I once posted a sealed prediction to Britain's most popular daytime TV show two days before I was due to appear on it (This Morning' with Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan). The envelope was signed on air by the show's presenters, and then kept somewhere safe by the producer. Two days later, when I appeared on the show, presenter Richard Madeley first of all confirmed that the envelope had been locked away, and that I had not been allowed anywhere near it. He himself then opened the envelope live on air, without me even so much as touching it. It contained an exact prediction of that morning's newspaper...
Mac This 30-page, comb-bound, 8-1 2 x 11 booklet gives you practical tips on designing a kid show, basic advice on how to sell that show (complete with four pages of sample promo material), four actual routines, suggestions for further reading, and a list of other magic tricks suitable for a kid-show audience. As a person who is actually interested in and likes performing for children, I found this little booklet to be a good value. It doesn't really go into detail about any of the subjects touched on, but it does address a number of topics of concern to the beginning children's party entertainer.
Mystery Okay, I know Mystery is gonna be pissed that I rank him so low (or not. He probably doesn't give a shit what I think. Can ya blame him ), but in my opinion, for as good as Mystery is, the other 5 guys are better. The thing about Mystery is that he's incredibly good at raising his value in other's eyes. I've seen him pull off some amazing instances of social proof with his magic tricks, and he is incredibly entertaining, funny, and exciting. Its easy to get caught up in Mystery's spell. That said, the reason I rate him 6 is because I do not feel his long game is very good. I always get the sense that Mystery has a hard time genuinely connecting with people, and this effects his long term relationships. It seems like he can be very insecure at times and
Let's go back in time to the first magician. Perhaps it was some ancient extrovert who, having a little spare time on his hands, wanted to impress friends by doing something special. Maybe he picked up a stone and pretended to put it into his left hand, while really retaining it in his right hand. Then he opened his left hand and it was gone Voila Then he reached over and plucked the stone from the air. Since his audience had never seen a magic trick before, we can only imagine what effect this would have had on them. Certainly, even this basic effect, if done with any degree of finesse, would be startling to someone new to magic. He becomes our first magician.
Magicians create the biggest illusion in their own minds when they envision a working atmosphere. As you know, very few places are of a Las Vegas nature. Briefcases full of magic tricks are cumbersome and self-defeating. The workable way, especially in close-up magic, is to carry props on oneself fortified with the knowledge of magic in the mind.
When you run the program you are presented with a spread of playing cards and from this spread you must click on the four cards which are listed on a small piece of paper which comes with the disc. This is the password protection scheme and IM is the only disc which has implemented such a feature. You must click on the cards in the exact order in which they appear on the cue card. If you don't know the password (or you screw up) you can only view the performances of the sleights and the routines. Input the correct password and you move to the main menu. The opening screen offers five options The Oath, Magic Tricks, Famous Magicians, Magic Slang, and The Box Office. The Oath section suggests that the viewer should respect the secrets involved and not reveal or expose them by repeated performances for the same spectator. In the Famous Magicians area you can watch as Mr. Alexander tells you about such luminaries as Malini, Robert-Houdin, Herrmann, Thurston, Houdini, Chung...
We're all familiar with the idea of a bartender who knows a few magic tricks. But what about a magic bartender who only does private parties If you know how to mix drinks and do some card tricks, you can provide a unique service to people wanting something different for their party. This doesn't have to be an elaborate act built around being a bartender. Keep it simple. Pour drinks when people are thirsty, perform magic when they want to be entertained.
Throughout the course you will see that reference is often made to magic effects rather than tricks. This really is more accurate, because although the general public usually make reference to 'magic tricks', many magicians don't like the word 'trick'. Also, quite a few members of the public don't like to think of themselves as being 'tricked', or 'fooled'.
I have a magic trick I'd like to put out and want to advertise in your magazine. Imagine this you show a 5 note and then it changes to a 10 note, then to a 20 note, and finally a 50 note all right in front of the spectator without using a bill switch or thumbtip. It is a great effect. I think your readers would want to buy it. -Gunther L.
This section will be devoted to the building of a device which should help you perform better and smoother close up magic.This is one of the easiest and quickest items that you'll ever be asked to construct fcy a magic magazine. It's also one of the most beneficial. It is a very inexpensive set of portable practice mirrors which can be made for about 3.50. I worked in a magic shop while I was in college. In a magic shop, it is imperative that you be able to learn magic tricks quickly and thoroughly. A set of practice mirrors is a good start toward that end.
Suppose you arc watching a magic trick. At the instant when the magical effect occurs, you feel amazement. But at the same time a stranger (the magician) looks you straight in the eye. Do you think that at that moment you would follow your natural inclination to express your emotions freely and show your amazement or do you think that you would restrain your normal reaction, or hide it completely, keeping inside yourself the emotion you feel Granted, if you are an extrovert, all this might not bother you but not everyone is an extrovert.
Again, you can get the metal working tools to cut, polish, grind, etc. , but why You are saving your work time and money by finding someone. And when you tell them it's for a magic trick, they will immediately ask you if you are going to saw someone in half and then they will ask to see a trick. Good public relations will save you a lot of time and money and you have developed a valuable supplier. From their point of view you will have brought the world of magic to an otherwise boring day oi routine metal cutting. Everybody wins.
I gave the problem some thought but couldn't come up with any good theory. I assumed it had to do with some law that I had forgotten since high school. The next month, when the answer came, I was delighted. It was so simple, so absurdly obvious, that I not only could have thought of it myself, I should have. The effect was like seeing a good magic trick or hearing a good joke.
Write Jokes - If you are serious about putting comedy in your act you are going to have to put as much, if not more, time into writing jokes as thinking up rehearsing magic tricks. You will be a much better performer and gain more respect from your peers if you write your own stuff, instead of using 'stock' lines.
A lot of thought has gone into this routine. Please honor this by putting some thought into the routine you perform at the table. - No artist will be able to use all of my suggestions. Who already has the candle that ignites with a magnetic switch But there are cheap ones that you can buy from mail-order houses that you must ignite yourself. - Just look through your collection of magic tricks and you will find something that will fit in perfectly.
This trick is based on a magic trick with the same name, which is described in Bobo. I have extended it slightly and turned it into a pure manipulation trick rather than a magic trick. It involves placing a stack of coins on the palm, making a fist and opening it to show each coin balanced on a fingertip.
If you haven't suspected the modus operandi by now, shame on you. It is the old Tel-a-Color Cards (Fillman principle) magic trick in psychic garb. The entire procedure is intended to get the spectator to turn one of the cards over. When the Psychic turns around to begin the reading, no attention is paid to the cards at all. A fairly general cold reading is begun with the focus upon the spectator's aura. Midway into the
As mentioned, typically with an exhibition or corporate event, you will be provided with a product or two to incorporate into your presentation. Note that you don't necessarily have to use the product itself as part of a routine. Many times you can adapt an existing magic trick to incorporate the features and benefits of the product without using the product itself. Sometimes there will be no tangible product anyway, only a service, such as is commonly the case with a financial or banking institution.
IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHETHER YOU HAVE EVER DONE A MENTAL ACT BEFORE OR NOT. EVEN IF YOU HAD NEVER DONE A SINGLE MAGIC TRICK IN YOUR LIFE, YOU WOULD STILL BE ABLE, WITH THE SECRET SUPPLIED, TO WALK INTO ANY PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND WITHOUT ANY PREVIOUS PREPARATION, DUMBFOUND ANY GROUP OF SPECTATORS. BEAR IN MIND ALL THIS HAPPENS WITHOUT LEAVING THE SLIGHTEST TRACE TO GIVE THE SECRET AWAY.
Needless to say, this prop requires careful handling, that is if you would prefer not to be decapitated or severely injured by a magic trick Actually, this was one of the first tricks Paul bought as a kid. He had no idea how to handle it, he didn't read the instructions, and within a few seconds he almost lost an eye, literally He had held the cane in his hand at about eye level (unwittingly), and before he knew it, the clip released and the cane shot out into the corner of his eye, where the ferrule lodged itself Be warned
But what about video tapes What will the magical fraternity make of video tapes being offered to the public that expose magic tricks Remember this . . . many of the classic books of magic have been published by non magical publishers and are available on the bookshelves of many well known bookshops and a video tape that teaches is not all that different from a book. Well. . . what are you going to do Scream It won't do you any good. The people who are promoting such tapes are very big companies. (Did I mention that it is happening already ) They are not interested in the views of a minority but in the spending power of the majority.
Have YOU ever witnessed that ever fascinating, gripping Magic Illusion, commonly known as The Human Sworn Stabbing Illusion This Magic Illusion has long been a fascinating illusion to the magic profession and to the general public. The old Indian Basket trick is one of the forerunners of the penetrative illusions, and even it is still popular in the programs of many modern day magicians. A magic trick is never too old when presented with the right showmanship. Always remember that.
If you have a few illusions, or know other people that do, you can provide a service to magicians where they can rent your illusions for special situations. Put together a list of illusions with photographs, and hand them out to other magicians. You might also want to offer the services of yourself or your assistant to help the magician pull off the effect smoothly. Some magic illusions are easier to perform than others. Make sure the person renting your sword basket knows how it works.
The magical content of this show is minimal, so if you decide to go and see it don't expect to see lots of magic tricks, because there are some, but not many. This show was an attempt to bring something different to the London Theatre and it succeeds in that it is quite different to any other show that you have seen. As I have said it was a series of scenes and inbetween each one there was an attempt to involve the audience which didn't quite succeed. Let's get back to the magic, because let's face it, that's all you are interested in. Brachetti produced a girl in a cage, and that was that. Later there was a scene from Venice in which Brachetti played the part of Casanova. It was in this guise that he performed a few small magic tricks. As usual I didn't make any notes and this is all from memory. He changed a walking stick into what seemed to be a long feathered thing. He produced one dove, vanished it, or perhaps it would be better to say changed it into a white handkerchief. He...
I've just shewn you most of the methods I use to invent magic tricks on a repetitive basis. Each trick is different and the evolution of each trick is unique. You are applying everything you are to create something that you want. It is hard to put creativity on paper. It is even harder to put it into practice.
Anyway, this got me thinking about what magic tricks a dog might fall for. Later on, after they'd calmed down a bit I thought I'd try something else. I called one of the dogs over and pointed at the playing card in my hand with the usual What's this What's this (A line guaranteed to grab any dog's full attention). Then I back-palmed it. Where is it Where is it and he looked confused and started hunting round the room for the card that had disappeared. I thought this was absolutely fantastic and could only wish I got similar reactions for performing the same sleight for human folk. So there we have it, dogs can be confused by vanishing a playing card. But what else can we do.
The magic fraternity has an ambivalent approach to Magic Squares. Not being entirely self-working is a major obstacle for many, despite their appeal not surprising, really, because when you think about it, the same applies to most magic tricks. I don't really like magic squares, is the spoken word. I'd like to do that but it's too much like work, is the thought.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks By Tom Ogden Tom Ogden is well known as fine magician and a very funny guy. Although this book appears under the banner of The Complete Idiot's Guide series, do not be misled. Tom's book is neither condescending, nor is it written to appeal to idiots. Not only does The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks contain excellent beginner's tricks, it also discusses subjects which are rarely addressed in a book geared toward the novice. The book concludes with a brief history of magic, information on some current practitioners, and sources of further information, including a recommended reading list. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks is a fine book for the beginner, and I The Egg Bag is a classic magic trick. In the 1876 American edition of Modern Magic, Professor Hoffmann referred to the Egg Bag as a very old fashioned trick. (A version appeared in Clever & Pleasant Inventions in 1584.) Yet, it remains in the repertoires of many...
His range of magic tricks and DVDs does not contain thousands or even hundreds of lines. The reason for this is that he soon gets tired of repeatedly demonstrating the same line over and over and over and get the idea So, he cryogenically freezes certain lines from time to time, only re-animating them a decade or so later when they've long been forgotten and are new again.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks By Tom Ogden Tom Ogden is well known as fine magician and a very funny guy. Although this book appears under the banner of The Complete Idiot's Guide series, do not be misled. Tom's book is neither condescending, nor is it written to appeal to idiots. Not only does The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks contain excellent beginner's tricks, it also discusses subjects which are rarely addressed in a book geared toward the novice. The book concludes with a brief history of magic, information on some current practitioners, and sources of further information, including a recommended reading list. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Magic Tricks is a fine book for the beginner, and I recommend that you keep it in mind as an excellent choice for someone who is just starting out in magic. The Egg Bag is a classic magic trick. In the 1876 American edition of Modern Magic, Professor Hoffmann referred to the Egg Bag as a very old fashioned trick. (A...
I sense among you a shortening of breath and a quickening of pulse as you expectantly wait for me to detail exactly what exotic ephemera from the world of magic are in this little box. The Magic Box contains a 20-page booklet by Heathcote Williams (no relation to Ted, Joe, Andy, Cindy or Tennessee) telling the story of Charles Dickens, Conjuror 24 very attractive 5 x 7 cards, 20 of which are in full color (ten have magic tricks on the back) and four of which are in black and white a 22-page booklet of magic tricks originally distributed on cigarette cards by the Austria Company of Munich and Berlin four die-cut reproductions of simple card tricks and puzzles an eight-page pamphlet from 1896 on how to be a contortionist a paper Ouija board two pieces of paper, one of which reads Soo Soo Soo There is only one Soo and the other which reads Is Chung Ling Soo Mad the purpose of which I cannot begin to fathom a short essay by Will Self (no relation to your, her, him or my) and the...
Benjamin tips his mitt and gives you all the information you need to be able to do mental addition and subtraction, mental multiplication of three, four and five digit numbers, and mental division. In addition, there are chapters on mnemonics, pencil and paper mathematics, and mathematical magic tricks.
Do I think that there is anything we can do to stop these programs No. Our society seems to be focused on tearing down rather than building up. We are obsessed with the revealing of secrets, whether these are secrets of our personal lives (or the personal lives of those who govern us), secrets between countries, or the mundane secrets of magic tricks. Those who willfully hide secrets come under attack, and magicians are an easy target. I believe that interest in these exposure programs will die down over time, as people come to realize how profoundly uninteresting the nuts-and-bolts methods of magic really are. But until that time we're going to have to bite the bullet. However, there are some ways to make the rough times ahead more bearable. Dr. S. Brent Morris has advanced degrees in both mathematics and computer science from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University. As his bio states, He is believed to have the only doctorate in the world in card shuffling his dissertation is...
The basic principle behind Loyd's three versions was not original with him. He simply took earlier linear forms of the paradox and bent them into circular shape. I have seen in a private collection of advertising cards an 1880 premium, copyrighted by Wemple and Company of New York, called The Magical Eggs. A rectangular card is cut into four smaller rectangles. Different arrangements of the pieces produce eight, nine or 10 eggs. Scores of variations on this paradox have since been used in the United States and abroad. The latest and funniest version, in three pieces, is The Vanishing Leprechaun, skillfully drawn by Pat Patterson, a Toronto graphic designer, and issued in Canada by William Elliott, a producer of puzzles and magic tricks. The paradox is repro-
Karl Fulves continues his series of Self-Working magic tricks with this new book of easy-to-do card tricks. The 95 tricks are divided into categories such as Impromptu Card Here are two items from Geno Munari's Houdini's Magic Shop. The Gambler's Marked Deck is a deck that is marked, stripped, and has a one-way back. The instructions provided explain a simple system for stacking the deck. Two methods are offered for determining the position of any card a small chart and Walter Gibson's Card Dial. 100 easy magic tricks are also explained. The Gambler's Marked Deck is of a decent quality, and the marks are fairly easy to read once you understand the system. However, since the back design does not match any familiar back style, I think this is just a trick for the novice. If you're in front of real people and you pull this deck out I fear you'll be greeted with the proverbial, Are those trick cards
First, define for yourself the qualities that an effective dance-club magic trick must possess. My list goes like this the trick should be brief, very visual, require a minimum of thought on the part of the spectator, and require a minimum of talking on the part of the magician. With the exception of one trick, The Appearing Straw, the routines Mr. Lucas offers are long, require a lot of spectator involvement, and are accompanied by non-stop patter. I simply cannot imagine that this material is the strongest possible repertoire for a noisy bar situation. As far as Mr. Lucas' second goal, well-performed magic tricks may certainly impress women (possibly), but not when accompanied by sleazy patter. The patter for the aforementioned Appearing Straw makes reference to a slang term for a sexual For a moment, let's ignore the fact that Mr. Lucas fails at his two goals and just isolate the magic tricks. Seven routines are explained. Two require that you have an accomplice secretly working...
Karl Fulves continues his series of Self-Working magic tricks with this new book of easy-to-do card tricks. The 95 tricks are divided into categories such as Impromptu Card Tricks, Tests for ESP, Die-Ceptions With Cards, Tricks With Aces, Rouge Et Noir, and Games of Chance. Joseph K. Schmidt has provided over 100 illustrations.
Eighteen items are demonstrated and explained (some of these items are gags rather than magic tricks), and included are tricks with cards, coins, dollar bills, thumb tips, match books, pencils, flash paper, cigarettes, paperclips, and rubber bands. None of the routines require difficult sleight-of-hand.
The Museum Production Assistant Lisa Moore created a charming and astonishing little museum inside the Orleans Hotel. On display were some remarkable items, including Harry Eng's Impossi-Bottles, the Martin Gardner Domino Portrait, Robert Houdin's Light and Heavy Chest, and Tim Felix's incredible Toothpick Art magic tricks. The museum was a small oasis, and many of us spent a lot of time there.
Just about every reader of this review would be familiar with the frontispiece of Professor Hoffmann's Modern Magic - a drawing of the illusion, The Sphinx. Dr. Dawes examination of Stodare's introduction for The Sphinx vividly brought home the impact the illusion had on the general public at the time. Indeed it would be difficult to even imagine any new magic trick having such an influence. Perhaps the effect could be likened to that when Robert Harbin's Zig-Zag was first performed. Certainly a point for discussion. Dr. Dawes points out that the presentation was an integral part of the illusion's success. The head, being that of a sphinx, ensured the illusion was topical and, of course, ideally suited to Egyptian Hall. Also discussed is the role played by the press in building up public expectation. Many contemporary press reports are quoted.
AZ - In my first full year (1978) I booked 51 jobs, four of them were trade shows and I earned about 31,000 in fees. I was doing mostly magic tricks and some mentalism. I learned very quickly that it made sense for me to drop the magic tricks and stick with straight Mentalism. The impact of mind demonstrations on my clients and their audiences was more powerful and justified a higher perceived value. So I decided to raise my rates.
Delivering a good psychic reading is incontrovertibly the ultimate Fat-Free Mentalism. But always remember that the same elements that create great entertainment also need to be integrated into a reading humor, empathy, drama and mystery. Without these elements the reading decays into nothing more than a psychological magic trick, and the client feels that their time has been ill spent.
If you make some portion of your living doing magic, you know the benefits of incorporating your business card into a magic trick. The spectators get a memorable souvenir, which, not coincidentally, has your name and phone number on it. Jon Jensen has compiled thirteen routines from people such as Dan Harlan, Gary Darwin, Paul McVee, and Frank Zak. None are particularly difficult, and all produce the desired result of leaving your card with the spectators at the end of the trick.
This is a big book full of imposing legalese. Unfortunately, I'm not a lawyer, and I have a tough time with legalese. However, I can give you the gist of what's going on here. The Protection of Magician's Secrets offers suggestions for legal recourses for protecting the secrets of magic tricks. The first part of the book looks at six possibilities Patent Protection, Trademark Trade Dress Unfair Competition, Copyright Protection, Trade Secret, Right of Publicity, and Contracts and Miscellaneous Theories of Protection. Each First, define for yourself the qualities that an effective dance-club magic trick must possess. My list goes like this the trick should be brief, very visual, require a minimum of thought on the part of the spectator, and require a minimum of talking on the part of the magician. With the exception of one trick, The Appearing Straw, the routines Mr. Lucas offers are long, require a lot of spectator involvement, and are accompanied by non-stop patter. I simply cannot...
Gene Gordon was a performer, author, magic dealer, and one of the founders of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. For 40 years he collected notebooks of gags, jokes, one-liners, stories, and patter bits. When he died in 1994, his wife Ruth passed these notebooks on to well-known children's entertainer David Ginn. Mr. Ginn has transcribed these jokes, organized them into categories, and added material from himself and his friends. The collection is titled Laughter Legacy and it includes jokes on such subjects as animals, education, food, clothing, magic tricks, kid helpers, cannibals, money, television, music, work, weather, old age, and why the chicken crossed the road.
There are several effects in which nails are bent, but I don't think that Mr. Bavli's handlings will convince anyone that you have genuine psychic power. At best, they will be taken as magic tricks. Bending a Large Nail, utilizes an extra nail, a switch normally used with pocketknives, and an equivoque. To my way of thinking, the introduction of a second nail simply clutters the effect. Bending a Small Nail utilizes lapping, which may limit its usefulness. And again, Mr. Bavli executes the necessary sleight at a time when the most heat is on the nail. Mr. Bavli could certainly argue that the video camera is unforgiving, and that in the real world his methods are perfectly acceptable. In fact, depending on your experience with The Moment, you may find them perfectly acceptable. But at best, I feel that these are mental magic tricks. No astute laymen will think that he is seeing anything other than a magic trick. However, I know that better methods exist. Two of my friends perform metal...
Mark Jenest has created a credit card which allows you to perform five simple magic tricks. For example A spectator freely ( ) decides on a country in the world and an animal. The credit card is turned over. It is from the First National Bank of Denmark, and bears a picture of an elephant. Another example A spectator randomly ( ) generates a four digit number. It matches the date on the credit card.
Also, look out for more great marketing secrets, a segment on how to build your own loyal following, and of course another brilliant free magic trick. There is also a great comedy section, and I know you'll want to read all the other exciting tips we have in store for you.
One point that is emphasized on all three videos is that the choreography must support and enhance the magic, and not dominate it. This is excellent advice, but it is far too seldom heeded. These days a five-minute illusion seems to be composed of three minutes of dancing and two minutes of trick. I'm not sure why this trend started (although I'm sure it has something to do with getting your money's worth out of an expensive illusion), but I wish it would end. While Ms. Spina knows her way around magic tricks, her greatest strength lies in movement and dance skills, and much of the information on these tapes comes from a dancer's viewpoint.