The Misdirection Rear Palm

A problem often experienced when stealing the top card of the deck into rear palm is that of positioning the right hand to receive the card without assuming an unnatural forward hand posture over the pack. Here is a solution in which the palm is executed during the action of pushing another card into the pack. The psychology is borrowed from Edward Mario's misdirection palm in which a card is stolen into classic palm (ref. The Cardician, pp. 55-57). The card you wish to palm must first be...

Invisible Card In Cigarette

Effect If ever a magician feels the need to be humbled in his craft, he has only to ask a member of the public to imagine a magical effect that he would view as truly miraculous. This will often yield the most wonderful plots with little or no hope for a method. The next effect strikes me as such a plot however, Mr, Elmsley has a most practical solution to it. The performer asks someone in the audience who is a smoker to join him before the group. This person is asked to think of any card he...

The Elmsley Colorchanging Knife Routine

Effect A red pocket knife is displayed and magically caused to turn blue. Just as mysteriously it changes back to red. The performer now admits that he uses a second knife to accomplish this change, and he brings a blue knife from his pocket. The blue knife is put back in the pocket and the red knife is changed slowly and visibly to blue. The knife in the pocket is brought forth again, but it is now red. The performer explains that he was only joking about using two knives, and that only one...