R i he QuasiMOTiOTizd Deck

Thirty YEARS ago I shuffled a pack of cards, then set about memorizing its order. No system was involved, just brute memory. I learned the order forward and bade, togecher with the numerical position of every card A few years Liter 1 discovered the Nikola system, which I proceeded to attach to mybrute stack Over the years a number of other systems have surfaced most notably diose by Ban Harding, Martin Joyal, Simon Aronson and Juan Tamariz. in those days I used my memorized deck presentation as...

Barrie Richardson

Hack into the envelope, leaving about halt of it exposed as you did earlier for Pamela. And in doing this, make sure the end of the card with the word goes inside die envelope. . Slide the envelope over to David, so diat he may draw his picture. Turn away while hedocs this> and casually pick up the other envelope in your leit hand, making sure to keep it always in view. When David has completed ills drawing have him push the card completely into the envelope, tuck In die Hap, drop die...

Tufa tfr of theMind

Cor rinue taitil yoii have entered all the letters and figures, both in the book and on die folded billet. (You-can fill in the last digit or letter on the pad as you begin to write the design.chosen by the seventh spectator, As each person calls out his dipice, he tosses die balloon to someone eke. You retrieve it alter six letters and numbers have been* given. This tossing of the balloon adds greatly to die visual aspect of the preparatory phase. Ask someone to come and guard your...

Deater of the maw

Screw the bill and corner into a boll and either return it to the lender, or better still, hand, him a fresh dry one. Then nod and take the applause. The subrie use of the signature rally woit cs those with knowledge of older methods because, while they are accustomed to the use of dupl icare hills and comer switching, the ,' also expect the signature to be on the portion that is supposedly destroyed. OME WARS AGO I was in a supper club in Denver wich friends from a...

Bame Richardsov

When ready to perform, get die gimmick onto your left thumb and keep it hidden behind the finger*, along with the needles. Allow someone to choose one of the colored direach from the kir. When he has done so. take the card or appropriate spool in your left hand and with your right hand beg.n to.unwind the thread. When you have freed about six inches, pais die card or spool to the spectator, while maintaining your grip on the free end of the thread, and ask him to continue unwinding until he has...

Theai W oy iHt Mind

The performer shakes his head and comments, that experiences like this happen to him frequendy, 'and he has no explanation'tor diem. METHOD I've been doing dais trick with several variations for many vcurs. The presentation and method explained here have proven die most direct tor me. You will require a nail writer and a wallet. 1 use a hip-pocket wallet, but a breast-pocket type works even better. With a razor blade, make a slit in one side of the wallet. Push the phoro that is to be...

Pencil Pusher

AS I'Vt JUST mentioned in the preceding introduction, over twenty-five years ago this simple demonstration caused a stir in The Marborough Pub, the convening spot for magicians on Monday nights in days when the Magic Circle was in Chenies Mews. Fred Robinson was so taken by the impact of the effect, he referred to the excitement it generated in Pabular When this trick was published there in 1977, the method was made clear but the presentation was abbreviated. I've remedied thar drawback here....

It Isnt Mind Confcjl

WHEN THIS ROUTINE first appeared in Club 71, it provoked more comments and letters than any trick Fve published before or since. In it I developed a way to accderatr the performance of he centuries-old matrix divination, popularized and refined in the twentieth century by such minds as Al Baker. Louis S. Histed and Paul Fox. to name only a few. Indeed, I utilize much of their thinking in my treatment. (For an excellent overview of this trick, see Peter Tappans 1986 book on the subject, fix...

Theater of the Mind

The. situation at this point is.that the dure women-are standing in a row, holding both hands clenched in front of them- Next 1 want each of you to decide which of your two hands ingoing to be rhe 'spokesperson.'Slightly raise that hand. ' . .Approach the first woman. Ontyyou know wheti)er the hand you are hold-ing up is the Liar or the Truth-teller. Also, only you can know 'which hand holds the coin. Jm going to ask you one simple question, which I want you to answer according to which hand...

Harris Richardsont

C) If die same question is addressed to the Truth-teller and he has the object, he must answer, d) Likewise, if the Truth-teller docs not have the object, his answer is uYcs.J> 4 . So in either instance the person with the object always answers- No, and the person without always says, Yes, regardless of whether they 3 re lying or telling the truth. Such being the case, it doesn't matter whether you address the question to the Liar or to the Truth-teller. If the answer is yes, that person docs...

Theater ot the Mind

The glass production leaves the jacket draped over your left arm, giving ample cover for your left hand to reach behind and steal the bowl. You peel off the cover as your right hand readies under the jackct and brings the howl intn view. Some menralists might be concerned about using something like this as an opener. After all, it is magic. However, I've found it doesn't detract in the slightest from the memory and mind-reading items that follow.

Ystalt Vision

THE EFFECT OF this trick is essentially the same as that of the previous one, but the method is entirely different. I think you will find bodi useful in different settings. Gestalt Vision has over the years proven to be one of my all-time favorites and satisfies the criteria for the type of places i usually perform corporate banquets, conferences, platform shows and workshops. For all these, I like my material to be 2) Non-mechanical and using little or no apparatus 3) Adaptable to very small...

Almost Refill Mind Raiding

IVITS TRICK WAS creared to honor Fred Robinson. Fred was one of the most knowledgeable and skilled card workers in che world. His philosophy of magical presentation, however, was even more stimulating to mc than the outstanding sleights he taught me over the years. I learned from Fred that the method is of little consequence. The effect is everything. Misdirection is ninety percent of the secret of magic entertainment is the goal. Effect and PRESENTATION A pack of cards is mixed and spread in a...

An fxperiment in Rmcjte Viewing

Tins PRESENTATION AND method arc derived from another much more complicated hook test I have used in my business office. There are no moves or gimmicks in this trick, something else I like. Ic is not a cabaret effect rather, it is designed to be performed for one or two people in inrimace surroundings such as the office or home. effeci and presentation < xWouldyou like to try an experiment in intuition anil what some people coil remote viewing This wiil be an experiment in which you will use...

Thought Transmission

HAVING DISCUSSED TWO rests using magazines and newspapers, let s eliminate these visual aids and try something using only mentally selected words and images. EFFECT Someone thinks of any word, jots it on a blank business card and seals it in an opaque envelope. Another person docs the same, but instead of a word, he draws a simple picture on his card. During all tills, the performer turns away. He now gpes into action, getting impressions. He first divines the dwughi-of word, then proceeds to...

Da Y

Tins IS ONE of those tricks 1 developed specifically to tool Fred Robinson and Eric Mason. Fred was very taken with the idea and expressed the opinion that it represented something of a breakthrough a flattering tiling to be told by such a knowledgeable man. I must, though, place on record that, although what follows is my own origination, die idea ofhaving a freely named card appear at the same position in two different packs is not new. Paul Curry receives credit for rhat cffect, having...

Barril Richardson

Use a small quantity of clcar glue to stick the pip back in place and let it dry. ' So mudi for the lemon now for the rest of the preparation Take three letter envelopes and into two of them place a piece of newspaper, cut to the same size as the bill and folded in quarters. Leave the third envelope empty, but made its flap with a large pencil dot . Take the rorn quarter of the pre- pared bill and fold over the border of its long untom edge. Stack the envelope with the marked...

Ovation p0sitk5n

PRODUCING A GLASS of water is an old favorite of street buskers. Around twenty years ago, Pat Page astounded me with his version of it when he removed his jacket and. as his arm emerged from the sleeve, there was a glass of water in his hand. Where had it come from Later, Eric Mason taught me Ills own approach to the trick, using a tall narrow wine bottle. Over the past seventeen years I have used the trick as an opener. Tr may seem an odd inclusion for a mentaiist, bur versions of the glass of...