After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic Review
About the Author
73 of the tricks were created by Al Thatcher but put down by Gordon Boyd. He was a very renowned magician until his demise in 2005. He was a close friend of Nick Trost and both of them resided in Columbus, Ohio. They both spent a lot of their time together creating different magical tricks. Nick is also a very renowned magician and if you have every read his magical work, you have probably seen Al’s name mentioned in one part or the other. His hand-written work was gathered and incorporated in a book by Gordon Boyd but latter updates were done by the Al’s son and the daughter. However, more than 13 other magicians have contributed in one way or the other to the tricks incorporated in his book. Conversely, among all the magicians, the magician who contributed the addendum of this book was the most influential.
Al Thatcher was born in 1917 and was since interested in magic. For his early moments in practicing magic he was all alone, however, as the time elapsed, he got acquainted with other people who held same passion in magic. In his middle 20s, he joined International Brotherhood of Magicians. Until his death on August 5, 2005, he held the position of Ring 7 a few times and most of his entire time as Secretary-Treasurer.
What is the actual product about?
As I have already stated, there are several magicians who contributed in the development and the creation of Al Thatcher’s card magic. Some of them includes; Tom Craven, Gary plants, Dan Block, Mike Powers, Stephen Bargatze, Del Copley, Wynn Metz, Evert Chapman, and Richard Bartram Jr among many more.
The routines established in this book use subtle moves and principles rather than difficult sleight of hand to produce entertainment card effects that anyone can practice. The book is likely to make you a pro in grabbing ordinary or even borrowed deck of cards and amaze your spectators with incredible card established effects.
After purchase, you will get this book and eventually get introduction to a talented card man who has travelled through the hands of some great magicians. The book will provide 13 card tricks from several well-known card magicians. The product doesn’t particularly target beginners. There are some of the most difficult sleight that can only be easier for intermediate magicians. The author liked creating effects that used the breather. That is what he wanted other people to know. What this means is that there are plenty of these effects in this book.
The fact is that this book contains a couple of effects that will satisfy all the needs of a magician and provide with all the basics to implement them and amaze the audience.
Gary Thatcher and his sister Vicky took time to update this book and made the update available on Amazon on January 20, 2018. They also took time to thank Gordon Boyd who spared some time to put this book. He continues to say that his father would be grateful to know that there’s a book on Amazon with his name and the photo.
The sleights and Shuffles used in this book includes;
- Australian deal
- Biddle Count
- Bottom Slip Shuffle
- Breather crimp
- Charlie Shuffle
- Double buckle
- Dpouble Undercut
- Elmsley count
- False cut
- False shuffle
- Gambler’s cop
- Hindu shuffle
- Pinky Break,
- Running overhand shuffle
- Spectator peak and many more.
Who is the product designed for?
The product contains easy to follow steps that can be followed by people from all ages and races. However, the product doesn’t target beginners but it contains some of the moves that can be easy specially to intermediate magicians. The most difficult of all the sleight would probably be an overhand stock or the ‘’Elmsley Count’’. The book is created targeting all serious card magicians. A big thank you goes to the person who published this book and the magicians who contributed in one way or the other to make it a success. It is them that made Al Thatcher’s book known.
It doesn’t matter whether you practice magic or not, if you just have some small passion on magic, then this book is for you. There are several difficult to implement effects but the reality of the matter is that if you take your time to study each of them, you can end up being a pro magician.
The format of the book
This product is a 176 pages e-Book with 73 card effects put down by the original author and an additional 13 bonus tricks from other magicians. After purchase, you will be given a downloadable link to download the product and start implementing the moves. The book is available on Amazon with the name of Al Thatcher and his photo on it.