Bottom Deal Force

Must be well squared for the sleight to work correctly, so when the spectator says stop, the left hand quickly straddles the cards from all sides and squares them (FIG. 2). Once the cards are squared, the left index finger moves to the upper right corner, right at the edge. The middle, third, and little fingers move to-getherasa unit, as the first joint of the middle finger buckles the upper right comer from under the grip of the first finger, moving the bottom card away from the rest of the...

Principle Number Eiglit

It seems the human mind just isn't capable of remembering complex details vividly over time. If we ever hope to make it to long-term memory, we have to be as simple as a slogan. Say it in a sentence, and you stand a great chance of being remembered. The coin in the bottle. The pencil through the coin. The card on the ceiling. The floating bill. The bill in lemon. Make it easy, give them a handle. A memory class I took once explained that memories can be recalled more...

Cut Restored Rope Replacement

This is not a complete effect, but it is a great bit of finesse. The Cut & Restored Rope trick has been a classic of magic for centuries. The method most often used is the one where a loop of the rope near one end is secretly exchanged for the center when the rope is cut. Over the years few elegant handlings have been devised for accomplishing this secret maneuver. Michael's approach is as clean, direct and deceptive as any I have seen. PROCEDURES Substituting the end section for the middle...

Negotiating Higher Performance Fees

If you are one of the many whose hobby of magic, comedy, juggling, or whatever has become self-supporting because of an occasional paid performance or ifyou are one of the many part time professionals supporting your primary income performing, and particularly, if you are someone whose primary income comes from entertaining then negotiating will be the highest paid work you will actually do. Thaf s a strong statement, so illustrate it with an example. Suppose you have spent several years...

Double Color Change

EFFECT A card is selected and lost in the deck. The performer cuts a card from the deck, which proves to be the wrong card. Waving his hand, he causes the card changes into the selection. With another wave, the back of the selection changes color. PROCEDURES This is a variation on a Barry Price color change. The set up is that you have an odd-colored card in the center of the deck, with a left little finger break below it. The right index finger is on the upper left corner of the deck, acting...

Psychology

I wrote the following eight essays during the late seventies, while attending West Virginia University. Few people have seen them, and, I suppose, even fewer had any idea what I was talking about These notions, although quite esoteric, will clearly show the seeds of my current interest in performing philosophy. And while I might choose different topics to elaborate on in current essays, it is interesting to note that most of the performing perspectives I held back then, I still hold today. None...

On Magic Competition

After years of involvement with magic competitions, I'm more than happy to leave the field to the current wave of young and hungry future stars. But once again the internationally prestigious FISM competition is around the corner, and my thoughts turn to the excitement such challenges bring. It was a milestone in my career when I won First Place in HSM's Sleight of Hand Championship in 1982 in Switzerland. Here I will tell exactly how I would go about preparing if I were to compete again. For...

Switching Sandwiches

EFFECT Two freely selected cards are skillfully pulled from the deck with pasteboard forceps, only to suddenly change places. COMMENTS This is pretty straight-forward, with the deck never being cut or shuffled again afterthe spectator's initial mixing. What makes this possible is the use of the side-steal, and the side-steal with a top-card cover. (See SIDE-STEAL in the UTILITIES section.) Another thing to watch for is the lead-in for iun-ing b. card peeked. You might find it useful in other...

Broken Restored Rubberband Finesse

COMMENTS I think the method of pulling two strands of a rubber band tightly together so they seem to be a single strand has been around for many years. Harry Lorayne then popularized the effect by developing a practical method for getting into the set-up, which was originally printed in his book, REPUTATION MAKERS. This is where I first learned the effect, and I used Harry's handling for years. In fact, the opening movements I use for doubling over the band are still Harry's. However, after...

Indoor Baseball

EFFECT The performer looks at his watch and excitedly announces that is time for Indoor Baseball. He offers a deck of cards for examination and gives a spectator a magic marker with which to write his name across the face of any card. The signed card is then shuffled into the deck. The performer introduces the playing surface a dart board which has a baseball game on one side of the board. After taking the deck, the magician scales a couple of cards at the board. Not being happy with the...

The Crazy Mans Handcuffs

Hands Will Work Only For You

EFFECT A rubber band is stretched between the left index finger and thumb, and a second rubber band, dangling from the right index finger, is lowered into the half circle created by the left thumb and index finger. The right thumb moves into the loop of the band dangling from the right index finger. This locks the bands together, stretched between the index fingers and thumbs of both hands. There seems to be no way the bands could separate without taking the bands off of the fingers, andyet...

Principle Number Five

Create moments that nn. clearly unplanned or unpredictable. Moments from outside the cookie cutter. Experiences that convey us and now. In terms of material, almost anything involving a spectator would fall into this catagory, but there is a lot of leeway, even with a spectator. 1 try to select material that clearly shares responsibility with the spectator. Putting them into situations that allow them a lot of latitude for reaction. Asking them open-ended questions, drawing enough background...

Bluefield Debut

EFFECT The magician begins by having a spectator think of a card. He proceeds by telling the spectator exactly where in the deck the card lies. Finally, he cuts to exactly that card. Continuing, the performer says, I'll do something else with your card. 1'ttl going to place it in the middle of the deck. However, just by brushing your card, it comes back to the top, u-'-hp. Not only is > .'. face up, but it now has a blue back. (The deck being used is red.) Actually your card didn 't change...

Corner Switch

COMMENTS I have used this comer switch very effectively for some time. Perhaps most important, is the logic and meaning given to the actions by the patter and presentation. After all, only magicians would think of identifying something by tearing a corner off, so the spectators should be prepared for it. PROCEDURES The duplicate comer is in a right coat, vest or pants pocket and is crimped in such a way that you can tell by touch alone the face from the back. Or, if you use the one-handed...

Turn the egg to show the silk stuffed into the hole FIG

At the same time you are saying, Never show this sideof theegg , the right hand goes into the right coat pocket to grasp the silk. As the audience's attention is directed toward the opening in the egg, grasp the real egg into a right fingerpalm and remove the silk from your pocket by just the one corner (FIG. 5). Notice that by holding the silk from one corner, you provide perfectly natural cover for the right hand and the switch of the eggs that is coming up. Your left hand approaches your...

New Wave Coins Across

Three Coins Across Images

EFFECT Beginning with three coins in each hand, one at a time the coins travel from the left hand into the right in a very deceptive fashion. COMMENTS Previous to the publication of ENCORE is few people outside of Buffalo, New York had heard of Mike Gallo. However, as you can see from the items Mike has contributed to this project, he is a uniquely creative and talented close-up performer. Mike has the rare ability to look directly at the basic effect as he develops entirety new methods for...

Coin On Ceiling

EFFECT At the end of a one-coin routine, or during any casual by-play with a coin, the performer flips the coin into the air. Much to everyone's surprise the coin sticks to the ceiling COMMENTS This one is a winner M t's easy to do and the effect is quite startling. If it has a drawback, it's that people begin to request it a little too often and that could get expensive. I developed this while trying to expand upon the Card on Ceiling. Originally I had the spectator tear a corner from their...

Thumbtip Finesse

COMMENTS I developed and have been using these three handlings with the thumb tip almost tenyears ago. Foryears I didn't printthem because I thought, Big deal. Peopledon't care about such attention to detail work. And Aftershowingitaround,I found that people do care. In fact, if enough attention is given to detail, it makes all the difference. The funny part is that even after I was convinced of the value of these moves, I still didn't print them, because I didn't think it would be possible to...

Haleys Comet

COMMENTS Here is a wonderful opening effect for either close-up or stand-up performance. Michaelhasusedittogreatsuccessonboth Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, and TheMerv Griffin Show. The effect is flashy, quick, and visible, the perfect opener to establish you as a magician. Both Michael and John Carney collaborated on this effect, and the idea was to construct it to be effective on television. It is a variation of Bob Fitch's bouncing ball vanish (see THETOPIT BOOK. pp. 80-81). EFFECT The...

Signed Bill In Light Bulb

COMMENTS This routine provides an excellent opportunity for showmanship and exercises your ability to carry an idea or concept into a spectator's mind. The method is simple, the moves are natural, and the effect is stunning. Have you ever performed a card or coin trick for some people you don't know, only to hear That's pretty good. Are you a magician as their response It is likely that this has actually happened to you. Your first impulse is to say Of course. JDidn'tyou just see me do that...

Billy The Hypnotized Balloon

COMMENTS I believe that the Super Needled Balloon is intrinsically a great trick. The clear balloons look extremely thin and vulnerable when inflated, and the huge needle and thread certainly looks intimidating. Despite the fact that onlookers generally have enough faith and confidence in a magician to loan him twenty-dollar bills and place their heads into six-foot guillotines at his request, they can't help flinching and covering their ears when the needle touches the balloon. However, deep...

The Vernon Theory ofArtistic Advancement

Dai Vernon, The Professor, has touched my life in many ways over the past years. One of the most pervasive was when he shared his Theory of Artistic Advancement with me. As soon as the depth of this theory began to dawn on me, it influenced my career in powerful ways. As is typical with many great truths that come from The Professor, it started out as idle conversation. We were talking about the learning process and how it applies to different fields of artistic expression. He pointed out that...

Call To A Higher Authority

The biggest misconception I had about the negotiating process has to do with power. I always thought it was important to create the impression of power. I thought the power to make or influence all decisions on site was the key to good negotiating. So to me, it was a true revelation when 1 discovered exactly the opposite was the case. It seems that during the process of negotiating, the most powerful position you can take is that of powerlessness. Now, this is an odd thought, so give several...

Ring Bandit

Rubber Band Hand Tricks

EFFECT A ring is borrowed and a rubber band is examined. After it has been confirmed that everything is as it should be, the ring is visibly linked onto the rubber band, and then visibly snapped off, twice in succession. In each case the linking is done in full view, and the ring is clearly seen to be linked onto the band. COMMENTS This has grown into my favorite impromptu routine these days. The concept belongs to Bill Kalush, who showed me his Rubber Ringer routine years ago, and which...

The Vanishing Glass

EFFECT A stemmed wine glass is placed onto the flat left palm, and covered with a 24-inch silk. At the command of the performer, the shape of the glass melts away and the silk falls flat on the palm. The silk is whisked away to prove that the glass has indeed vanished. COMMENT As in most of the great effects in magic, the method here is simple. H will only take ten minutes practice with the props for you to realize how visual and effective the vanish really is. The original concept comes from...

Classic Renditions

COMMENTS Mike Koslowski caused quite a stir during the late seventies when he published his One Hundred Dollar Bill Switch. I remember getting his manuscript as soon as it came out, and 1 immediately added the effect to my show. When the local newspaper reviewed the dinner theatre show I gave at the Bridgegate Dinner Theatre in 1978, the accompanying photo was one of me performing the One Hundred Dollar Bill Switch, Since that time I have seen many magicians perform the technique, and I even...

Inversion

EFFECT A card is selected and replaced so it is protruding more than half of its length from the upper left corner of the deck. Drawing attention to the deck, the performer states that just by waving his hand, the protruding card will visibly turn face up, while it is still locked inside the facedown deck. However, much to everyone's surprise, the selected card does NOT reverse itself. Instead, The entire deck reverses itselfaround the still face-down selection COMMENTS Jim Lewis is a talented...

Mike Gallo Coins Through Table Kicker

EFFECT Three coins have just passed through the table, one at a time. Every viewing eye is unblinking as they wait for the fourth coin to pass through. The left hand takes the first three coins underneath the table as the right hand attempts to push the fourth coin through. The coin is seen at the center of the table as the right hand lifts into the air and slaps down on the coin. Much to the surprise of everyone, the fourth coin has not penetrated. Instead, the other three coins have passed...

The Linking Headbands Pinch

This is a very commercial handling and presentation for Dan Harlan's Linking Rubber Bands using head bands instead of rubber bands. In Dan's method, he sometimes had the spectator pinch the middle two strands of the band and pull them toward themselves. Then, as they let the two center strands snap back, he would release one of the concealed loops to create the impression they had just linked. Then he would unlink them with one of the visible unlinking methods. I loved the idea and evolved the...

Pencil Thru Quarter

EFFECT A quarter is borrowed and marked with a pencil for future identification. The pencil now very clearly penetrates the coin three times in succession. Immediately following the third penetration, both the coin and the pencil are handed directly to the spectator for inspection. PRESENTATION I'm going to give you a real bargain for your money now. If someone here has a quarter, i'lishow you one of the most realistic illusions imaginable. Here's a pencil, draw a moustache on George, or make...

Clip Card Vanish

COMMENTS I believe in having no mercy on the viewers when performing close-up and my audiences prefer it that way. They like the idea that someone has taken the trouble to deceive them completely, leaving them no chance to reconstruct and find some discrepancy in a routine. I structure my routines for performance while standing and surrounded. I could easily modify the method to hi any performing situation and still receive maximum results. Another of my guidelines is to use as few props as...

Cups Balls

Few routines in the history of magic have endured as have the Cups and Balls. Even the walls of ancient pyramids record its performances. Since that time, it's been in the repertoire of virtually every sleight-of-hand performer. In fact, many old-timers recall when a magician's ability was judged by his performance of the Cups and Balls. As a result, I feel a strong responsibility as 1 write this routine for the magic world. It is difficult to break new ground for this effect, of course,...

Pencil Thru Quarter Finesse

COMMENTS What folkm- is not a complete routine. Rather, it is an alternative handling for the end of the Pencil Thru Quarter routine see page 161 . The moment that you give the spectator his quarterback is one of the most important moments of the entire routine. In fact, a smooth return of the borrowed quarter is crucial if you want the audience to never even have the thought that there might be an extra coin. If you fumble the necessary switch of the borrowed quarter for the gaffed quarter,...

Now Cut That

This effect was designed to be performed while standing behind a iabk. If it is to be performed seated, different moves and switches can easily be Uevt ioD- i. The real strength of the routine is in the fact that it is performed standing, eliminating lapping or ditching moves. EFFECT A coin is removed from a small purse and vanishes from the magician's hands. It appears under a selected card from a shuffled deck this is repeated. At this point both the coin and the selected card are removed...

Lou Gao Silver Certificate

EFFECT The hands are seen to be empty except for a dollar bill. The bill is folded until it is one-eighth its regular size, and it is held at the very fingertips. After talking about the bill's value in silver, the bill instantly and visibly changes into a silver dollar. COMMENTS Lou Gallo knows what good magic should look like, and how important it is for magic to be simple, direct and yet powerful. Lou has been doing magic in the Buffalo, New York area for years and doing bar magic with...

Ultimate Onefinger Spellbound

EFFECT A coin held at the fingertips, changes colors at the brush of a single finger. COMMENTS This move was developed to accomplish Spellbound without using the classic Spellbound positioning. I felt it would seem more open and natural if the coin were held in full view at the tips of the fingers when the change took place. Other moves would obviously be needed for a complete well-rounded Spellbound routine. However, if you perform this once or twice during your routine, other changes are...

The Dai Vernon Wand Spin

In order to master The Dai Vernon Wand Spin, you must not only be completely familiar with the finger mechanics of the wand spin itself, but you must also carefully study and understand the tinting and misdirection. The professor tells me that most people who have trouble with the spin do so because the ball flashes during the drop from the left hand into the right This is basically a timing problem. They catch the ball successfully, but that isn't the only point For the ball to pass undetected...

Amazing Coin Vanish

EFFECT With his sleeves rolled back and a disarming economy of motion, the performer causes a coin to instantly vanish. Both hands are seen to be empty. COMMENTS Rick Anderson, from la coma, Washington, has a certain style about his coin work that makes it very enjoyable to watch. This baffling move is typical of his material. The angles on this particular vanish are bad, but one-on-one is one of the most common situations in which a close-up worker will find himself. This move is vtell worth...