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Fountain

This is an idea by Jerry Huckaby of Columbia, South Carolina. Both Jerry ana Greg Adkinson present this as a complete routine. I'm going to give you just the bare bones and you can build your own routine using the basic idea. Afterwards, I'm going to give you an idea I had for a complete routine based on the original. It all started when the soft drink, Mountain Dew (TM) had a game in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. The company printed various playing cards on the inside of the cap they use...

Rat Trap

Kyzer of Columbia. It's a follow up to his Caught which was in Issue 2. As written, it is to be performed at a small distance. However, with modifications, it could be done in some close-up performances. You'll need the fake bear trap discussed in Caught, a fake mouse, and a cheap reel or bill snatcher. You'll also need a magic table. Super Glue the reel to the inside of your table near the floor. Hie line from the reel is fastened to the nose of the fake mouse....

Double Prophecy Steve Beam

The effect of this is very similar to Middle-Guage Spread in this issue. The main difference, other than the totally different method, is that this uses two cards stabbed in the pack to find two other cards, not just one. It is not self-working like the other but it is certainly not difficult. (For those who are interested, it also reminds me of Joker Magnet from ny Card Tricks From Mount Olynpus.) Briefly- this is the effect. The deck is shuffled by a spectator. The magician takes it back and...

Trapdoor

Hiis is a neat little two phase routine which is based on a stupid premise. I perform it tongue-in-cheek but it could be presented as legitimate card-controlling. The climax of the second phase has also devastated several magicians. Effect. The magician asks the audience if they realize that face up cards are heavier than face down cards.That's right. Just by turning a card from face down to face up, it becomes heavier. It has something to do with the fact that there is more ink on the back of...

The Great Divide

It is not easy to do but I feel it is worth the effort. Hie cmly really difficult move is done openly and is very strong. In effect, the magician has two cards selected which rar.ain in the deck. He then asks the spectators to add the values of their cards together and to give him the total. If one chose a four and one chose a six, the magician would be told ten. He is not to be told the value of the individual cards, c ly the total. He now further states that he...

Camera Tricks

This is a gag for those of you who have purchased a FISM Flash and don't knew what to do with it. (They are available from John Cornelius or your dealer.) I don't have one. But if I did, this is the way in which I would use it. At any point during your act when you would like to receive a chuckle, say the following. Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to remind you that the act you are viewing tonight is accomplished without the aid of any camera trickery. Pause for a second for the silliness of...

John Riggs

John first showed me this at the 1984 Winter Carnival of Magic. He had come up with the idea and had been playing with it but didn't have it a hundred percent. I liked it and went back home and played with it. I developed a handling which is mostly self-working and it is a hundred percent. This year at the same convention, we got together and finished it. It is a visual revelation of a selected card. Hie original effect was to have a card selected and returned to the deck. The two jokers were...

Table Top Transpo

This is an instant transposition of two cards by Harvey Rosenthal. Harvey has come up with some of the best and most practical magic invented during the last two decades. If you want an idea of how thoroughly he applies himself to an idea, consult his Melt-Thru and his Hole-Flight. This effect is performed seated at a table. While Harvey does not use a mat, I like to use one when one is available. You are going to magically transpose the two cards currently 1 cated second and third from the top...

Rollout

This is a flashy revelation of a chosen card or an ace in an ace routine. Once you know how to do it, it is virtually self-working. In effect, the magician has a card selected and returned to the deck. He tosses the deck into the air above the table. The deck lands face up on the table while the chosen card seems to drop from nowhere and lands face up on top. There is a knack to this which will take a little practice. I showed some magicians in Gatlinburg the method and they were doing it...

Dead Spread Steve Beam

This is an idea which I've had seme fun with while clowning around. I wouldn't ever use it for a regular show but it's fun when shewing a few friends some tricks. After doing some tricks the magician offers to teach someone in the audience hew to become a card shark. A card is selected and replaced in the deck. Hie magician gets a volunteer up to find the chosen card. First of all, you have to knew how to handle the cards properly. At this the magician executes the spread and turnover flourish....

Siamese

As long as you have your double facer out, you might as well learn this quick and easy use for one. You will never use this and the preceding trick for the same group since this trick exposes a double face card. This is really meant for those who seldom or never use a double facer. lt By the way, in all of ny publications to date, I have only printed four tricks which require trick cards. This ought to say something for the quality of this quickie. In effect, the magician says he has a...

Card Compression Steve Beam

This is one of my all-time favorite card tricks. It can be done any where at any time. It has a nice theme which flews well through the routine. It was originally published in Phillip Young's Fingers Don't Entertain, People Do. See Leftovers. It is included here for the first time with a patter routine and a few changes. Hie routine is impromptu and practically self-working. The magician explains that magicians are always on the lookout for illusions which pack flat. The reason is that the less...