The Unreality Machine

I came up with the first version of this routine in 1990, and performed it at the Toronto NYCAN convention. This was a memorable convention for me, since it marked the first appearance of both Workers 1 and Magic Man. The routine got an excellent reaction, which prompted me to immediately take it out of circulation, since I didn't want a bunch of magicians thinking along the same lines. I originally used a matchbook folded from a light gray piece of paper, since I had found real matchbooks of a...

Introductory Patter and Opening Count

For many of you, your visit to Illusions is the first opportunity you've had to talk to someone who makes his living as a magician. And you have many questions. I'm here just about every night, and many times people have asked me, 'Michael, in your personal, day-to-day life, does it ever come in handy knowing how to do magic ' Well, it certainly does. I'll give you an example. Yesterday, a friend of mine named Rocco was visiting from New York City. The name pretty much says it all this guy is...

The Terrible Phobia

I apologize in advance for what I'm going to do next, but I suffer from a terrible phobia that has not been helped by all the publicity that has surrounded the new Francis Ford Coppola film, Dracula. I am convinced that a great number of people I perform for are not real people. They are members of the walking dead, that is to say, vampires. I am so convinced of this that I asked some friends whose parents live in Romania to send me this this is a genuine Transylvanian Vampire Detector. During...

To ay

This piece was written in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jay Marshall's classic routine, Lefty. It ran in the Stevens Magic Emporium 1995 summer catalogue. Far too often in life we never tell the people who are important to us how we feel about them. This was a chance for me to do so. I thought the piece turned out well, and I wanted to give it a little more permanence. So please forgive my self-indulgence for including it here. EE'very now and then, at unpredictable moments in my...

The Third Coin

The third one needs a little more force. There it went. That's one left to go three that have passed through. The right hand picks up the two coins from the table. The hand does not immediately form itself into a fist. Instead, the coins are held against the fingertips with the right thumb, and the right hand goes under the table. As soon as the hand is out of sight, the top coin is shifted to Tenkai Goshman pinch position. The easiest way to do this is to push the coin over the tips of the...

No Fishing Allowed

The right-hand cards are dropped onto the left-hand cards, and the deck is tabled. I do not turn my head back toward the spectators until the deck is completely squared. I don't want anyone to think there was any chance I could have glimpsed the cards. Believe it or not, I'm now ready to begin to tell the spectators what cards they are thinking of. How Because of the estimation, and the fact that I will ask one question. This question is not a fishing question, but rather, it is a question of...

The Origami Hook Up

Because both the top and bottom of the card are in sight, the next phase of the routine has a devastating impact on magicians. It appears that there is no way in which the card can now be hooked up for the next reversal phase, and yet that is exactly what will happen. The hook up is accomplished due to the off-center fold in the bill. Do you want to know what the really strange thing is about this Origami Time Ma- chine I learned to fold this thing about six months ago and for the life of me I...

The Payoff

Now, for verification, you must tell the truth. What card did you really take A little acting is called for here, because when the spectator says, Two of Diamonds, I immediately look shaken, and glance rapidly to the other spectators for confirmation. Is that right The Two of Diamonds You lied And to think that I trusted you The card is picked up off the vial, and held near my body so only I can see the face of it. I take a peek at the card and my face falls in disappointment. Well, it doesn't...

Semi Hypnotic Trance

Here's the weird thing that happened to me Early this morning I went into a semi-hypnotic trance. Well, what actually happened was that I went into a hypnotic trance, and I walked into a semi. When I came to, I saw two things the face of a laughing truck driver and I saw Abe, who said, 'Red,' and Bob who said, 'Heart,' and Chuck, who said, 'Low,' and Dave who said, 'Four.' I went home and took one card out of the blue-backed deck, and I put it in the red deck. Here's that card. It's just below...

PhUosorphy ofMagic

As I mentioned earlier, Harry Riser gave me an appreciation for a particular philosophy of magic. I feel that every performing artist must develop some philosophy (or least conceptualize an approach) concerning his or her artistic field. This philosophy then influences all the routines you perform, and how you perform them. This seems very vague and abstract, so let me discuss my philosophy, my approach, if you will. It is important that I discuss this, because this philosophy influences all...

Odds and Ends

Let's face it, this is not a profound effect. But it is visual and will hold the attention of adults. To make the effect as strong as possible it is vital that the appearance of the egg be as magical as possible, and to do this the right hand must grab the egg in the pocket as quickly as possible. (I've used up my quota of the word possible.) This is why the egg is properly positioned when the right hand goes for the pen the first time. If you do much table work, your pocket is going to have...

Renaldo The Great

D uring the Christmas season of 1980 I worked at a small magic booth in a flea market area of a large shopping mall. This was the first time I had ever tried to sell magic to anyone, and I would not do so again until Workers 1 was published. The magic booth wasn't particularly popular, so I had a lot of free time on my hands I spent that time trying to come up with new routines for standard slum items. The goal was to come up with handlings that would hook laymen, and would also intrigue them...

Sentimental Trick

It has previously been given six out faro shuffles. As I patter I give the deck two more out shuffles, returning it to memorized order. As I do this I talk I'd like to do a very sentimental trick for you. One that doesn't work all the time, but is most successful with couples that have been together many years, or who have a special relationship. It's sort of a wishing trick. Here's how it works. We use a deck of cards, and rather than have you take a card,...

The Big Switch

During the last sentence of the above paragraph the Jack of Hearts frog is switched for the Two of Spades frog that is in the left jacket pocket. The switch happens in the process of looking for and removing the ring from the right jacket pocket. The switching technique is Juan Tamariz's Double Crossing the Gaze, which is explained in great detail in his book The Five Points in Magic. (Note if you do not own and have studied everything Senor Tamariz has published, shame on you). The switch...

Coda Chrome

I have been a Stewart James fan ever since studying his Jinx and Phoenix material as a teenager. When I was in my early twenties, I received a big stack of The New Tops magazine, and I poured through the card tricks in Stewart's monthly column. In the early 1980s I developed variations on three of Stewart's routines from The New Tops and wrote them up in a little manuscript titled Waltz Time Stewart James. (If you are aware of Stewart's penchant for wordplay, and if you know what the meter of a...

Pink Floyd

This is another routine that has been in my repertoire for over 20 years. It was my standard opening trick during my tenure at Max and Erma's restaurant. For some reason, I became disenchanted with the routine and I never used it at Illusions. In reviewing material to include in this volume, I reacquainted myself with Pink Floyd, and I think it's not a bad trick. It's very quick and visual, the magic happens away from the table top so it has good visibility, and it resets at the end. And it...

Venue

I have become less and less enamored with restaurant magic in the past year, mainly because restaurants are so limiting in terms of what can be accomplished theatrically. I have some definite directions in mind for the type of magical experience that I would like to offer people, and I'm stuck, because I can't figure out a venue where I could make it happen. My frustration with this situation started my thinking about other performers who have been faced with the same problem. The following...

Stupid Travelers

I first encountered Larry Jennings's Ambidextrous Travelers in The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings. I was immediately drawn to the trick because it is top heavy with palming, and I'm a palming kind of guy. I had reservations about performing the routine as written, however, and I'll try to explain why. Larry's effect begins like the classic Vernon Travelers. Four cards are signed and are replaced in the deck. They immediately leave the deck and appear in four different pockets. Larry's trick...

Red Blue Mama Fooler

R, chard Kaufman gave this trick its title when he included it in his Inner-Workings column in the December 1991 issue of MAGIC magazine I don't have a clue what it's supposed to mean. Since that issue is out of print, I thought it would be a good idea to record the effect here. For the past few years, I have used this trick to open my lectures, because in discussing the method I can talk about the idea of conviction. Whenever we're going to add a new trick to our repertoires, we must analyze...

The Origami Snowball

We need something that is very obviously unreal, and I think the easiest method is to use some simple Origami. I'm really just a beginner, but I am pretty good at this fold. This is an Origami snowball. The left hand goes to the jacket pocket and fetches the napkin. I open the napkin and rip off about a quarter of it. The right hand begins to wad the paper into a little ball. The left hand places the remainder of the napkin back into the left pocket. While in the pocket, the left hand puts on...

Patter For Pavels Fantastic Knot

Books of patter for standard magic tricks used to be popular. That popularity seems to have faded I am unable to recall any such books that have been published recendy. I had misgivings about publishing the following routine, since I am offering only a patter line. I have made no substantial changes to the handling. However, I have discovered that in the three years since I have been performing this routine other magicians have started adopting some of the lines and the bits of business. So...

What You Need to Do

Go to your local magic shop and buy some jumbo American money. The bills I use are approximately 13 inches long and 5 5 8 inches tall. You will need three one-dollar bills, a two-dollar bill, a five-dollar bill, and a ten-dollar bill. Using rubber cement, glue the two-dollar bill to the back of a one-dollar bill. Then glue the five-dollar bill to the back of another one-dollar bill. This gives you two double-faced bills. The remaining one-dollar bill and the ten-dollar bill are unprepared....

The Origami Bunny

This opening offering is not really a trick, although (as you will soon learn) it is possible to inject a little magical surprise. This is simply a paper fold that I have used with great success for the past twelve years. I found the fold in a book of dinner napkin folds by Alice Gray or Lillian Oppenheimer. It seems to be generally unknown among magicians. The fold was originally described using a full-sized cloth dinner napkin, but I have found that a small cocktail napkin is more effective,...

Preparation

Thoroughly shuffle a red-backed deck of cards and remove the top 26 cards. These should be a random sampling. Replace high visibility cards such as the Ace of Spades and the King and Queen of Hearts with less notable cards. Remove the same 26 cards from a matching blue-backed deck and arrange these cards into the same order as the red-backed cards. Also remove the blue-backed Joker. The Joker must be made into a scallop short card. This is done by cutting a small arc across both ends of the...

Preparat Lon

The first thing you'll need to do is to become comfortable with the Left Hand Diagonal Palm. You will also need to beg, borrow, or steal the following items some colored pushpins (these are used to attach pieces of paper to bulletin boards), a deck of blank-faced bridge-sized playing cards, a large grocery bag, some masking tape, a large paperclip, a fairly heavy rubber band, a small box with a lid, a Sharpie marking pen, a very sharp knife, some Avery Spot O' Glue stickers, an icepick, and a...

The Props

To prepare for the routine you will need about a dozen of your business cards, a Flair or Rollerball type pen, a small wallet to hold the cards, and a paper punch. The paper punch must be of a specific type it should have an attached container to catch the small circles of paper that have been punched, and it should have a spring in the handle (see Figure 1). This spring will produce a punching sound. The business card wallet should have an opaque compartment and a clear compartment (this is...

Workers Number Five

This manuscript was written and published using Microsoft Word and a blazing 166Mhz Pentium PC. My Atari computer is now being used as a door stop. I've got to tell you, this paragraph cracks me up. Nothing blazes along faster than a 166Mhz Pentium I. That computer is long gone. We now own four two laptops and two desktops. The newest laptop is a screaming 3.6 Ghz Pentium. (And if you're wondering, I just wrote that last sentence so that ten years from now I can crack myself up again.)...

The Book

The book I use is called Birthday Book, A Sterling Museum Quilts Book published by Sterling Publishing Company. This book is simply a 366-day calendar that is year-independent. You use it to record birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Next to each day of the year I write the name of a playing card using Simon Aronson's method the number of the month plus the number of the day gives you the stack number of the appropriate card. So, my birthday, September 15, is 9 plus 15 equals 24, which is the Three...

You Axed For It

Many years ago he published a trick called My Lady's Ring in a set of lecture notes. I loved the effect, but the problem was inventing a presentation which would allow the spectators to understand what was happening. (John's routine is only slightly less confusing than the US Tax Code.) I came up with the You Asked For It, presentation and tried to incorporate as many silly things as I possibly could. What finally developed was a fairly miraculous trick...

False Shuffle

There are any number of really fine false shuffles in the literature, almost none of which I use. I favor using the faro shuffle with the memorized deck. Here is the reason if you have preset the deck by giving it six out faro shuffles, then when you begin your performance, you can do two more. The spectators see the deck being legitimately shuffled. This is very strong. (Of course, a prerequisite for doing this is that you must be able to do the faro accurately and casually. If you can't,...

Michael Close

Copyright 1990, 2005 by Michael Close. All rights reserved including manufacturing, sale, and distribution rights. Reproduction or utilization of this work in any form, by any means now known or hereinafter invented, including xerography, photocopying and recording, and in any information storage and retrieval system, is forbidden without express written permission from the copyright holder. Tell your friends. This was the first of the funny copyright notices, a gag that continued through all...

The Trick that Can be Explained

What we're going to do is exactly the same thing as in Dai Vernon's classic The Trick that Can't be Explained. A spectator is going to name a card, and we're going to find it. But the memorized deck gives us a couple of major advantages over the Vernon trick. First, we know where the named card is. (Hell, we know where every card is.) This means that there is no need to look through the faces of the cards to spot the selection and then determine a procedure with which to find it. Second,...

Dr Strangetrick

( Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Card Warp) W ithout a doubt, one of the most popular, visual, and memorable (as far as spectators are concerned) card tricks of the last 20 years is the topological effect created by Jeff Busby in his Into the 4th Dimension manuscript and popularized by Roy Walton in his trick Card Warp. The effect has been subject to much variation in handling and continues to be discussed in print. (Both Darwin Ortiz and Eugene Burger offer handling and patter...

The Swindle Count

Dat's Three The left hand turns, bringing the back of its bills toward the audience. The right hand (using its bill) taps the left-hand bills for emphasis (Figure 4). Dat'sFour The left hand returns the bills to their original position and an Elmsley count action is performed. The left thumb pushes off the top two bills. The right hand places its bill under the three in the left hand and grasps the two bills that the left thumb has pushed off. After the right hand takes these two bills they are...

The Routine

I want to do something in the nature of a challenge effect. There's been a lot of 'Extreme Magic' on television lately magicians risking their lives for your entertainment pleasure. I'm not willing to risk my life just so you guys can have a fun night out, but I am willing to risk something else of value. I just bought a new car, and the key is here. I'm going to give my car key to you. Just hang on to it for a moment. And don't try to make a run for it, I'm faster than I look. I bring out the...

The Count

I have always been fascinated by science. One area I find most interesting is the science of genetic engineering. I am amazed at the way scientists can manipulate genetic material to produce new, useful organisms. In act, they say it would be possible to clone a creature from just one cell. I always thought it would be neat to try this. But genetic engineers work in sterile laboratory conditions. I don't work in sterile conditions I work in this restaurant I mean, we do the best we can Anyway,...

Visit From Rocco

One of his most ingenious creations was a Hornswaggled type routine using four one-dollar bills. Cleverly, Larry hid this routine in a Parade in the August 1980 issue of Linking Ring (Passing the Buck, page 67). Since the routine had no illustratians, it was almost assured no one would ever try it. In fact, I wauld have overlooked the routine had it not been for the fact that Larry fried my brain with it at the 1979 I.B.M. convention in Washington, D.C., so I...

Transfers Top Palms and Shifting the Grip

A useful tool to add to your arsenal of sleights is the ability to transfer a palmed card from the left hand to the right hand and vice versa. (I must admit that I never go from right hand to left hand. But it is worth learning ambidextrously.) There are two methods that I would recommend Vernon's Hand-to-Hand Card Transfer in Expert Card Technique, pages 455-457, and Ken Krenzel's handling in The Squeeze Steal in The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel, pages 189-192. The Vernon move involves the...

Erma La Fource

His handling of what is generally known as the Oscar trick has been in my repertoire for at least fifteen years. I came up with it at the beginning of my tenure as house magician at Max and Erma's restaurant. Harry Riser suggested using four decks of cards. I added the idea of using the Vernon Transfer to effectively clean up the deck, and I attempted to structure the routine in such a way that all breaks and get-readies would be obtained under the cover of natural actions. While you may balk...

One More Example

Here is one more example, this being a stand-up routine I used in the lounge at Illusions. I brought out a large manilla envelope and explained to the audience that it contained a prediction. (What was in the envelope was a large picture of a bar code the series of lines that enables a store clerk to scan prices by using a laser.) I explained that my wife hates this trick but I was going to do it anyway, and I would invite a woman to go on an imaginary shopping spree at the grocery store. After...

Audience Management

In our attempt to provide our audiences with the sensation of magic, no weapon is more potent than the ability to control and direct the attention of the spectators. Every aspect of performance that we have discussed so far comes into play. Unfortunately, misdirection is very context sensitive it depends on both the routine we are performing and our audience. This essay will focus on general approaches, and I will leave their specific application up to you. I prefer to use the term audience...

The Bottom Deal

For years I have tried to learn to do a decent bottom deal, and I was never able to. I can do very passable Seconds (although, unfortunately, I don't keep them in trim, since I rarely use the move in my professional work), but the bottom deal eluded me. Holding the deck was the problem. I have small hands, and I thought this was the cause of my problem. But, I have friends who have hands smaller than mine, and they can do great bottoms. Why can't I I finally discovered the answer, and perhaps...

SOB 2000 and Carlos s Three Laws

In the late summer of 1992, the Telarc company released a remarkable Compact Disc Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach 2000. This recording commemorated the 25th anniversary of another ground-breaking achievement in the history of electronic music Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach. This 1967 recording was one of the first attempts to bring electronic music to a wider commercial audience and was a tour-de-force display of virtuoso manipulation of the existing electronic technology. (Considering the...

First Ajff UcaMon

In the above description we culled the fifth card from the top, but obviously a card in any position can be culled, especially if it is not necessary to have a specific card be part of the double. As an example, I have fried magicians by demonstrating my side steal in this way I spread the cards and cull a card in the process. Now, rather than having a card touched, I merely stop near the center of the spread, out-jog a card, and then do the MC Spread Double Lift. It appears as if I merely...

Coda

There are a couple more points to clarify. In the above examples, I explained how to get into the multiple undercutting action because I had to move some cards from the bottom of the deck. If I have to move cards from the top to the bottom, I just get a break under the required number. I take this break with my thumb as the left hand undercuts about half the deck. These cards are squared up, and in the process the left little finger takes the break momentarily. Then the right thumb takes over,...

The OohAh Bird

So do many of my friends including Michael Weber, Dan Garrett, Jay Marshall, and Jim Snapp. I hate doing magic for small children. I'm just funny that way. I don't know how my friends feel about doing magic for small children. The business of restaurant magic being what it is, there will come a time when I go to a table and I will be greeted by children six years old or younger. You must do something for these children that's why mommy and daddy dragged them out of their cribs....

The Erdnase Bottom Palm

Tiny White Bumps Top Hands

Place the deck in the left hand with the lower left corner resting on the Pivot Point. With the left little finger pull down on the bottom card, establishing a break above it. The right hand now comes over the deck, grasping with the thumb near the lower right corner the middle finger is at the middle of the front edge, and the ring finger is near the upper right corner. The forefinger curls naturally on top of the deck. The right little finger is not in contact with the deck. The right thumb...

Capricorn Tales Chelman Review

Both decks are arranged in Aronson stack order. The blue deck is completely free from any other preparation, and it is cased. Pencil dot the back of every tenth card in the red-backed deck. Place a red blue doublebacker blue side up under the 42nd card (in the case of the Aronson stack the gaffed ard goes under the Nine of Hearts). The red deck is cased. The spectator names any card. The blue deck is removed from the card case and is held face up in the left hand. The cards are dealt into a...

Compile Hiory and Some Further Info

I am indebted to an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery series for the presentational approach of this routine. One the most memorable stories of this series (which I first saw in the early 1970's) was written by Richard Matheson and was called A Big Surprise. John Carradine portrayed a weird old man who told three young boys that if they discovered a certain location in the middle of a pasture and if they dug a hole ten feet deep, then they would find a big surprise. The boys set off,...

Introduction

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the fourth volume in the Workers series. I am pleased for two reasons. First, it is satisfying that the response to my previous efforts warrants a fourth chance for us to visit together. Second, I am delighted to finally reach the punchline of the inside joke that began in Workers 1. I am, of course, referring to the cover of this book. I have always believed that Lewis Ganson totally missed the boat when he chose a title for the fourth book in...

The Switch

For maximum impact, this effect requires a deck switch. You can do anything you want, but this is a case where the switch is going to happen during the course of the effect, rather than on a off beat between effects. Consequently, whatever switch you do must be well covered and psychologically strong. I use Tommy Wonder's two-pocket switch. The memorized deck lies loose in the left outside jacket pocket. The back of the deck should be next to the body. In the right outside jacket pocket is a...

Corollary

Some magicians, by virtue of their perfection, become imperfect. Conversely, some magicians, by virtue of their imperfection, become perfect. Constant performance of the same routines over a long period of time can produce a negative result we can become too smooth, too polished, too slick. Our words flow glibly our actions are so precise and automatic as to appear mechanical. The audience seeks out the person behind the performer and encounters the sleek surface of the marble statue a surface...

On Palming

I would hazard an unscientific guess that 90 per cent of the people who claim magic as a hobby have never palmed a playing card during a trick. This is unfortunate. Ask a professional close-up magician to name the three sleights he uses most often palming would be one of the three. So why does the average magician avoid palming Here are some plausible reasons 1. If a magician is right handed, he most often first learns to palm cards off the top of deck (which is held in the left hand) into the...

What You Need

You will need the standard Royal Magic Chinese Prayer Vase, which includes the vase, a rope, and a small rubber ball. Also needed is a toy called a Pop-up. This toy looks like a small (about an inch in diameter) hollow, rubber ball that has been cut in half. The function of the toy is this you press your thumb on the top of the ball and push. This turns the ball inside out. You set this on the table, and in a few seconds the Pop-up assumes its original shape, and in doing so shoots itself up...

Siame Twins

That turned red in the previous section. The right hand takes this card and apparently places it on the bottom of the packet. Actually, the left little finger pulls down on the bottom card of the packet the right-hand card goes into this break. As the card goes in it is slightly in-jogged. As it is squared, the right thumb pushes down and grasps the top three cards. These cards are lifted to the left fingertips, left thumb on the left side, forefinger on the far end, the other three fingers on...

The mc Spread Double Lift

A h, just what the world needs another way to do a double lift. The procedure you are about read, however, has much to commend it. Unlike most double lifts from the the center of the deck, the cards are handled very loosely, naturally, and delicately. There is nothing in the handling to lead either a layman or a magician to suspect that more than one card has been removed. In addition, the move is utilitarian it can serve as a force, as a force and a control, and in fact has functions for which...

Too Much Trouble

I think that spectators also unconsciously embrace the Too Much Trouble assumption. My postulate here is that most spectators think there is a limit to the amount of trouble someone would go to just to fool them. What brought me to this conclusion was the few times when I have explained the memorized deck to laymen friends of mine. The thought that I would actually take the time to memorize the order of a deck of cards was inconceivable to them, consequently, such a method would never occur to...

Monkey in the Middle

I have had a lot of fun combining the memorized deck with Bill Goldman's clever trick. The open index concept is utilized, but we get to the card with the deck face down, rather than doing a face-up cull. The procedure is similar to that explained in Memorized Mama Fooler, but once the named card is under control we take a different path. Because Monkey in the Middle is a marketed routine, I'm going to be intentionally vague in my explanation. If you own the trick, you'll immediately understand...

The Top Change

Well, we're down to two cards, we've eliminatedfifty of them. I put the frog on the right hand card wow, it really likes this one I put it on the left hand one nothing. Was 144 your card the Nine of Clubs No So, we're down to one card and the Jack of Hearts really likes this one. Did you have a free choice of a card What card did you look at The Two of Spades I'll be darned he did it Let's give him one of these. The left-hand card is shown not to be the selection. It is replaced face down into...

Dancers At The End Of Time

Our aces are produced from the deck in a flourishy manner. One at a time the aces vanish from the top of the deck. The deck is spread between the hands and it is seen that the aces have trapped three face down cards. These cards turn out to be three kings. The fourth king magically pops out of the deck. The aces are then held in hands, the kings are placed on the table. One at a time the kings and aces transpose, until at the end all the kings are in the hand. Then, taking a giant step into the...

Rubiks Dollar Bill

He magician displays a one-dollar bill, a playing card, and a toothpick. The bill and the card each have two small holes punched through them. The bill is folded longitudinally and placed into the folded card so the holes line up. The toothpick is placed through the holes, pinning the bill inside the card. The magician then pulls the bill back and forth, apparently penetrating the toothpick. The toothpick is removed and the bill and the card are opened up. The bill is not damaged in any way,...

The Card The Forehead And The Salt Shaker

CCard on the Forehead has long been a mainstay of bar and restaurant magic. Magic luminaries such as Roger Klause, Michael Finney, Johnny Paul, and Jim Ryan have used this trick to great success. Most of the regular performers at Illusions have some version of this trick in their repertoires. Over the years I have used the trick on a spur of the moment basis, rather than as a regularly performed set piece. The publication of John Carney's wonderful book Carneycopia started me thinking about the...

The Double

This was a nice long visit. I had some other things to talk about but they will have to wait. Left out this time were essays on Personality, Acting, and Purpose. I'll get around to them eventually. Also omitted were two card routines my handling of The Ambidextrous Travelers and The Repeat Card to Pocket . I didn't want this volume to get top heavy with routines that relied on palming. But if I were you, I'd practice palming cards between now and Workers 4. Here are some other...

Carlos s Three Laws

For every parameter that you can control, you must control. 3. If you find that a worthwhile task requires much more work to do really well than you ever dreamed, you're probably doing it correctly. If you make it look easy, you're definitely doing it correctly. Law number one has the greatest application to our present discussion It says that if there is an aspect of performance that is in our ability to control, and we have not thought about this aspect, then we are not doing our job...

Strange Thing

I'm going to put the rope into the bottle. Then I'll raise the bottle, so the mouth of the bottle traps the rope against the table top. The bottle sits on the table so the letter 'R' on the front faces the audience. The right hand tilts the bottle to the left the edge of the mouth of the bottle touches the table top. The rubber ball will not fall out because of the bottle's shape. The left hand inserts the rope into the bottle until the end of the rope touches the bottom...

Dr Nagiers Study

Some months ago I was having a phone conversation with Scotty York. During the chat Scotty asked f I was familiar with a book called Your Audience Really Doesn't Like Being Fooled written by Dr. William Nagler. I was unfamiliar with this work. Scotty sent me some information. What I read came a s both a revelation and vindication, since what Dr. Nagler had discovered in a laboratory setting totally agreed with what I had stumbled on through 14 years of performing for real people. Dr. Nagler's...

The Patter

You know, I'm here almost every night of the week, and many times people will ask me, 'Michael, are there practical applications of magic tricks Or is this just entertainment for children ' Of course, there are practical applications. Let me share one with you now. You'll have to use your imagination, though. Pretend this isn't a hunk of rope. Pretend that this is Interstate 65, starrting up here at Gary top of the rope , and going down to Louisville, which is suffering a seismic disturbance,...

Other Consideration

If you're going to perform this regularly, you should laminate the room cards. This will keep them in pristine condition. You may want to purchase a pewter Knight figurine, available at stores that cater to gamers. Magnetic media is a delicate thing. You will want to duplicate the cassette you made. Use the duplicate in performance and keep the original in a safe place. It is possible for the penny to make a small noise when it is loaded. This noise disappears if you perform on a soft surface....

The Left Hand Peek Steal

This steal is based on a move of Tenkai's. John Carney offers a variation in his book Carneycopia Tenkai-esque, pages 208-211 and Ed Marlo describes the move in the Side Steal booklet Left Hand Side Steal, pages 16-18 . In both these sources the move is accomplished by moving the top half of the deck forward. I have always thought this was an action that could be discerned by the audience and would arouse suspicion. In the following handling the bottom half of the deck moves, an action that...

The Introductory Counts

Do you play cards When you open a new deck of cards do you throw the jokers away, or do you keep them I'm a pack rat, and, since I go through a lot of decks of cards, I've saved up a bunch ofjokers. These four happen to be from a blue deck of cards. Let me show you something interesting about them. The joker packet is removed from the wallet, which is tabled. An Elmsley count is performed, which shows four jokers. This count is done from the right hand into a full dealing position in the left...

The Left Hand Diagonal Palm

The genesis of this move is a sleight of Paul LePaul' s The Diagonal Left Hand Palm, The Card Magic of LePaul, pages 61- 64 . Ed Marlo describes the move in his Side Steal booklet pages 4547 but he changes the way the right hand removes the deck from the left hand. My only addition is applying the Pivot Point Principle to the sleight. If you have ever tried the Erdnase Diagonal Palm Shift, I think you will find the following sleight much easier to learn. Suppose you have had a card selected....

Origami Bill Production

.s much as I enjoy incorporating Origami into my magic, there is a drawback. Most of the interesting Origami figures are far too complicated to fold in front of the spectators. This means it is necessary to 1 seek out simple folds that can be incorporated into tricks such as the jumping frog used in The Frog Prince in Workers 2 2 or the object must be totally or partially prefolded before beginning the routine as in The Origami Bunny from Workers 1 or The Ooh-Ah Bird in this volume . I don't...

The Pothole Trick

The magician shows a business card on which is drawn a crude map of the street on which he lives. He then asks a spectator to describe the layout of his own street and sketches a map according to the spectator's directions. A hole is punched in front of the magician's house. This represents a pothole. The pothole is then moved to another location on the business card and is then taken completely off the first business card and is put in front of the spectator's house on the second business...

The Faro Shuffle

I learned to do the faro shuffle from Harry Lorayne's Close-Up Card Magic when I was thirteen years old. It took me quite a while to get the hang of it, and much longer than that before I could perform the shuffles reliably. The faro is my boredom move it's the thing I do if I'm sitting around and I have a deck of cards in my hands. At this point in my life, the move is like breathing I don't think about, it's easy for me to do, and it appears natural to the spectators because it's an...

The Ring Shoelace Straw Routine

Sefalaljia

The magician offers an explanation as to how magic works. A signet ring is borrowed. The ring vanishes from the magician's left hand and appears on his right hand. The ring then penetrates a shoelace while the ends are held by two spectators. The ring then vanishes from the lace and appears back on the magician's right hand. As an encore, the shoelace penetrates a plastic straw. The following routine contains no cool new ways to pretend to put a ring on a shoelace Nor are there any hip display...

The Imagination Tester

The Imagination Tester

J_ very book in the Workers series has featured at least one trick based on Origami, and the present volume is no exception. The effect you are about to read has been in my repertoire, in one form or another, for at least twelve years. It uses a fold I first encountered in The Phoenix see Lingam and Yoni, page 1091 . The fold is also explained in Robert Harbin's book Paper Magic. See The Bar and Bolt, page 77. As an aside, I would assume that Harbin's name for the fold is an error, since to me,...

The Tamariz Rabbits

I'm not a children's magician, nor do I play one on television. But every now, and then I have found myself in a situation where I had to perform for very young children. In the last couple of years before I left Illusions, it had begun to degenerate from an upscale restaurant into a family restaurant. This meant doing a lot of tables where there were kids. The Tamariz Rabbits is a commercially available packet trick, created by the master, Juan Tamariz. It is a perfect restaurant trick for...