The Magic Jumprope

For the magician who performs parlor platform for families and kids, and who is looking for maximum impact with minimum effort, here is the routine for you I originally had planned to use this as a filler routine, but it turned out to be a highlight of my show It has plenty of comedy, uses an assistant from the audience, and packs small, plays big Effect This is simply my presentation of the old Patriotic ropes trick. You introduce 3 short pieces of rope, and ask a little girl from the audience...

Rings Off Rings OnAgain

Magicalapparatus Parlor

Arlier in this book is my handling of Aldo's Rings Off .Rings On. Here I have adapted it to parlor and platform performance, where it never fails to have great appeal. Requirements and preparation You need a 4-foot length of rope and a five-inch set of linking rings. From this set, you'll require the linked pair (double) and the two separate, intact rings (singles). You'll need a table with a solid front or a drape (I use my suitcase table). Drive a small nail or brad halfway into the table...

Rings Off Rings On

This is my minor variation of a routine from The Close Up Magic of Aldo Colombini. Aldo has very graciously granted me permission to include this routine. Aldo is a wonderful magician, a great person and an outstanding friend. This effect is off the beaten path (which is why I like it ), but it uses familiar objects. Like all of Aldo's magic it is strong and direct I have, I believe, made it even a little stronger by adding my move, Wring Out the Ring from the preceding routine. Effect Two key...

Finale Tamariz Crossing the Gaze vanish

Your left hand goes to the left pocket, searching for the purse frame. Remove your left hand as your head turns to look at your right pocket. Simultaneously perform the false transfer described in Having a Ball. Reach into your right pocket, ditch the ring and remove the frame. Hand the frame to Rowena and ask her to open it. Open your left hand over the purse as if dumping the ring into it. Vanish Retrieve the frame, close it and pocket it along with the...

Guinnward HO

It has received rave reviews from lay audiences as well as from magicians at my lectures and at conventions where I've performed it. People like Michael Close, Aldo Colombini, Paul Green and Ray Grismer were all very complimentary, and Dan Fleshman called it, The coolest, most original linking ring move I've ever seen Jim Cellini has something very similar, but he gets into it differently and does not do the auditory illusion at the end. Requirements and preparation...

Great Scotts Symphony for Ring and String

My ring and string routine borrows from several sources. (As the old saying goes, If you steal from one source, it's plagiarism, but if you steal from several sources, it's research ) I have altered some of the moves and left others exactly as they were. Like most of my multi-phase routines, this one comes full circle, with the ring vanishing into the purse frame from which it was produced. This routine uses my own ring. The one that follows this uses a borrowed ring. Requirements and...

Parlor Platform Stage Magic with Cards Money Stuff

INVISIBLE CARD IN GLASS THE CARD OR THE CASH VISUAL MATCHUP Card tricks can play well for large crowds if they are properly routined. The first effect in this chapter is a card trick without cards It is good for lots of laughs, but still wows them. The second effect combines a card routine with a game show theme and magic with a borrowed bank note. And the final routine in this chapter is my version of the old classic, the bill in lemon effect. These three routines may well be the strongest,...

Return to the Nest

He borrowed ring in nest of boxes is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful effects in stand-up magic. I often use it as a closer. This routine uses a gaffed nest. The routine immediately following this one uses an ungaffed nest. Requirements and preparation You need a gaffed nest of boxes. The set I use is marketed by Samuel Patrick Smith. It consists of three nesting boxes with a cutout in back, and a Lippincott Box (LB), and sells for around 75-100. You'll also require a small jewelry ring...

The Card or the Cash Visual Matchup

It's too good they said. And it doesn't read well. It sounds complicated, and no one will finish reading it, much less actually learn and perform it. I had to agree. I'm aware that to most, this routine will simply not seem worth the effort. I mean, you've got to go on a near Close-ian scavenger hunt. Parts of the routine seem as if they couldn't possibly fool anyone. There's quite a bit of set up involved. I am also aware that this is probably the single...

Great Scotts Ring Rope Routine

Ring Rope Routine

In his book, Impossibilia, John Bannon states, Ring and rope routines slip in and out of vogue as easily as the proverbial ring slips on and off the proverbial rope. I have no way of knowing whether now is an in or out phase of proverbial vogueaciousness, but I do know that this routine kicks proverbial BUTT It can open, mid or close either a close up or platform show it's effective in formal, impromptu or strolling venues all the props fit in your pocket and, you can borrow someone's bracelet...

Requirements and preparation This requires a couple of marketed items Patrick Reymonds

Deadlock, from the Camirand Academy of Magic and a Lippincott Box. (In explaining this routine, I am not at liberty to divulge the methods of these props. If you don't have them, go buy them ) You'll also need one of the cheap rings that comes with Deadlock and a handkerchief. In addition, you'll probably need to get a different padlock for the Lippincott box, as the hole in the key to the lock that comes with it is probably too small to fit on the shackle of the Deadlock. You should have no...

Trunk Full of Nuts

Riginally devised for children, I've found that this trick plays equally well for adults. I don't remember where I got the basic idea years ago, but the patter is mine. Effect A very cute and charming two in the hand and one in the pocket routine with peanuts and the surprise appearance of an elephant Requirements and preparation Obtain 4 peanuts and a small elephant figurine (also available from me if you can't find one at your local hobby or toy store). As the peanuts get old and cracked,...

Method and performance Phase One Dan Fleshmans Purse Production

Remove the string from your left pocket and hand it to Walt to examine. Reach into your right pocket, finger palm the ring and remove the purse frame. Your right hand gives the frame to Walt as your left takes the string, about four inches from the upper end. Ask Walt to open the purse and make sure it is empty. As he does, pivot the ring into curl palm and feed the end of the string through it (photo 1). Hold the string between your right thumb and the side of your right forefinger. Take the...

Phase Twovariation of Dan Garretts Faustus Ring

Hold the ends of the string in the right hand, the ring dangling at the bottom of the loop. Grasp the left side of the string with the left hand, just above the ring, pinning the string between your thumb and the base of your forefinger (photo 7). Close your left hand into a fist around the ring and both sides of the string. The right hand, still holding the string taut, moves below the left hand as in photo 8. This sequence of moves causes a small loop to form above the ring. The ring rests at...

Phase Sixvariation of Jim Ryans Rope Ring and

Place the wand under your left armpit, leaving about two-thirds of it extending forward. Clamp your left elbow to your side to hold the wand in place. Thread the ring onto the string, saying you will tie it on to make the trick more difficult. Tie a slipknot as follows Hold the string in your palm down hands about two inches away from the ring on either side. Bring your right hand behind your left and pin the right side of the string against your left forefinger with your left thumb. This side...

Having a Ball Great Scotts 3Ball routine

The classic three ball routine has been around for a long time. This routine borrows from several sources, including David Roth, Danny Archer, John Scarne and Ken Brooke. These men, in turn, borrowed from Ed Marlo, who borrowed from Dai Vernon. Mr. Vernon borrowed from Silent Mora, who got the idea from Edwin T. Sachs, who borrowed the concept from an unknown Chinese Conjurer (maybe I should have named this routine the Borrowers ). Most of these routines have only two or three phases, repeated...

Great Scotts Table Hopping Cups and Balls

The Cups and balls is probably the most-performed effect in magic's long history. However, it is rarely seen by the public these days, especially by table-hopping close up performers. This is largely due to the bulky nature of the effect there are a lot of props for the standard 3-cup, 3-ball routine with final loads. Table-hopping magicians aren't willing or able to dedicate so much precious pocket space to one effect. I developed this routine so that I could present this outstanding classic...

Phase Four Bob Millers Fisher Ring

Magicalapparatus Ring

The difference in my use of this move is that the audience is aware that you have the ring. Mr. Miller uses this to produce the ring, having secretly obtained it in curl palm. However, I like the move just as well as a simple penetration. If you want, you can preface this with Mr. Miller's one-handed knot or the one-handed knot from Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. Otherwise, just tie a loose overhand knot in the string. This knot must be a bit bigger than the ring. If it isn't, then, as...

Bill in Lemon

There seem to be as many variations of this effect as there are for finding a selected card. Why another Quite simply, there were a number of conditions that I felt should be met to make the ultimate version, and while some of these are met in other routines, I never found one that met all of them. Here are the main considerations The routine is almost completely hands-off on the part of the magician. Once someone loans me the bill, I do a quick gag and then return it, so he can copy the serial...

Water Monte

When performing a gambling-themed effect, it is always wise to take the sting out of the trick for the audience. As opposed to a standard, presentation, in this routine I am the one who gets stung. However, there is a tongue-in-cheek comment at the end that makes the whole thing fun for everyone. This is simply an application of slush powder. I got the idea for the routine from Ken Wylie in Billings, Montana in 1991. While I'm sure others have had similar routines, I wanted to include mine,...

Assertive Positive Negative

On his wonderful best-selling videotape, Video Mind, Phase Two Close-up Mentalism, Max Maven teaches a wonderful effect called Positive Negative. It is a powerful routine where you write a prediction on the back of your business card, which you then set aside in full view. The spectator chooses one of three imaginary coins, flips it in the air, and tells you what coin she chose and whether it landed heads up or tails up. You show that your prediction on the card was correct. I felt the routine...

Great Scotts Cups Balls Final Salt Load

Alex Elmsley has a great finale with salt for the cups and balls. One drawback was that he had to have one cup mouth up for the entire routine. I have circumvented that and added to the salt theme. Requirements In addition to a standard set of cups and balls, you will need the following. 1. A Magic Salt Shaker from C& M Productions in University Place, WA 2. A Rick Anderson Solid State Salt Pour, also available from C& M 3. A special load gimmick, described below The load gimmick...

Peanut Butter Jelly Great Scotts Sponge routine

While composed of standard moves, I am very proud of the construction and presentation of this sponge ball routine. It has proven to be mystifying and tremendously entertaining for audiences of all ages, and has garnered praise from laymen and big name magicians alike. I generally use it as my opener in strolling or formal close-up work. It is one of my most-requested routines. Requirements amp preparation You are supplied with 3 sponge balls, a purse frame and a Sanada Gimmick. These props are...

Phase One Ring by Ray Grismer

Grip the cord about ten inches from one end between your right thumb and forefinger. The remainder of the string runs over the back of your hand. Your palm is facing you. The left hand holds the ring between thumb and middle finger, as shown in photo 1. Display the ring and then turn both palms to face you. Move the right hand over and up to bring the end of the string above the ring. On the way up, you bump the ring with the right fingertips, causing it to pivot sideways as in photo 2. This...

Invisible Card in Glass

This is my version of a marketed trick by El Duco. His routine uses a gimmicked tray. This one uses no gimmicked props and no sleight of hand to speak of. Effect You give Abe an invisible deck an imaginary deck, not the marketed trick deck known as the Invisible Deck , and ask him to shuffle the cards. He is to fan through the cards and name just the value of a card that catches his eye for example, 9 . He now pretends to go through the deck and removes the four nines. You pick up a small tray...