Hell Really Exists
The magician talks about how, in legend, many people have sold their soul to the devil in exchange for powers or wealth in this world. The paper is screwed up into a ball and impaled onto a long needle, and then a black candle is lit. The magus explains that if the devil wants to trade, then there will be some sort of sign. Suddenly, there is a bright flash of fire. The paper is examined and now bears the mark of Satan. a sign that the deal that has been accepted.
Reach into inside coat pocket and remove prepared double envelope. Take out the letter you have inside and put it down. It appears that you have an ordinary envelope from which you merely discarded the letter so that you could use it. Do not disturb the Devil's letter and card in the other section of the envelope. That is the first time I ever had that effect go wrong. I shall drop a card to the Devil and see what is the matter. Take yellow card from pocket. Open envelope with tips of right fingers, pushing middle partition over against Devil's letter so that it is concealed. Bulge the envelope open and show it empty. Place yellow card therein. Figure 32. Reach in and remove the Devil's letter and the prepared card. Show envelope empty to prove that yellow card has disappeared. Drop envelope on table, opening to rear. Open the tissue paper letter, letting the audience see the letter-head from the Devil. A letter from the Devil. Well, that's that. Anyway, the card came back. Place...
To an unending series of variations upon the one pregnant theme the wiles of the devil to obtain the bond in its fcroiier legal1 form his wicked sophistries about the time and the f lace when it was to fall due the guile exerted by his adversary to leave a loof)-hole he might wiggle through.
It was the Arabs whom lie encountered in Morocco who called Mr. Douglas Beaufort the Devil-Man, The title conveyed their respectful homage, colored perhaps, with something approaching fear. Mr. Beaufort in his official capacity as a conjurer accompanied the British Mission dispatched some years ago to conciliate the late Sultan of Morocco. One remembers how Cortez, on his return from Mexico, brought with him a number of jugglers, dancers, and buffoons of marvellous dexterity, who were thought a suitable present for the Pope, and how the Gift greatly delighted Clement VII., who was of the joyous Medici family. And it was instead of other presents that Mr. Beaufort was sent by our Government to win the heart of the Sultan. During the journey to Fez from the coast Mr. Beaufort gave several impromptu performances, and so well had the news of his powers spread, that by the time Fez was reached the Sultan flatly declined to see this Devil-Man, who, he not unnaturally thought, had been sent...
After signing a pact with the Devil, the unwary victim is frequently offered a chance to double his money. The bet is simple. The Devil removes the 13 spades from the deck. He picks one of these cards for himself. A simple process of elimination is used to discard all of the remaining cards except one. If this card is higher than the Devil's card, the victim wins. Otherwise he loses. The ace is low the king is high. Obviously, if I picked the king, the Devil says, You couldn't pick a card that beats me. If I picked the seven, you would have an even chance of beating me. The Devil (ably played by the magician) removes the A3 from the packet, leaving the other 12 spades. All you have to do is get a card that's higher than A3, the Devil says, And well leave the process of elimination in your hands. Mhthod This ingenious force was devised by Roy Baker. The only preparation is lightly to pencil-dot or otherwise mark the back of the A 2. With this card in the pack you can perform other...
The leg bone of a kangaroo can bewitch a man to death if a sorcerer points it at him while he sleeps, these primitive Australian tribesmen believe. And, indeed, many evil things can this sorcerer do to a man while he sleeps, according to them. The sorcerer can creep up to him and steal away his kidney fat, where they believe a man's power lies or he can call in a demon to strike the man behind the neck with his club or he can get a lock of hair and roast it with fat over the fire until its former owner pines away and dies.
Despite our acquired talents, and our lack of props as proof, our audiences were being entertained by such props as a folding quarter, a Scotch and Soda coin, flashpaper (without effect or reason for it), finger choppers and all sorts of stuif made by plastic magic manufacturers. It seemed to we snobs that the public was ignorant and didn't know great magic when they saw it. The truth is, the public knows what it likes, whether we think they ought to like it or not. The public is a group that are human beings without arrogance about magic . Yes, they may well like those silly box tricks and flashy things and dancing girls. True, you may temporarily persuade them to go against their nature and look for higher art forms . But flash a pretty gem in front of their eyes, and to hell with technique. They like the performer with the pretty props better than the close-up technician .
As she approaches the apartment, the police officer hears shouting and screaming coming from inside. A man is yelling loudly, and the officer hears the sound of various objects being broken along with the terrified screams of a woman. Suddenly, a television set comes crashing through the front window, smashing into pieces on the ground in front of her. The police officer rushes to the door and begins to pound on it as hard as she can. She hears an enraged male voice from inside the apartment shouting, Who in the hell is that Eying the pieces of the mangled television set spread over the ground, the police officer blurts out, Television repairman. There is a moment of dead silence inside the apartment. Finally, the man breaks out in laughter. He opens the door and the police officer is able to make her intervention, avoiding any further violence or physical confrontation. She later reports that those two words were as useful as months of training in hand-to-hand combat.
This technique is especially useful to Psychics doing Live demonstrations on TV & Radio shows and also to Stage Clairvoyants who perform before a large audience. Now I'm being shown you caught between the devil and the deep blue sea so to speak - I'm being shown an image of you stuck between two people
Nearly everyone has had evidences of Mind Reading or Thought Transference in his or her own life. Nearly every one has had experiences of being in a person's company when one of the two would make a remark and the other somewhat startled, would exclaim, Why, that's just what I was going to say, or words to that effect. Nearly every one has had experiences of knowing what a second person was going to say before the person spoke. And, likewise common is the experience of thinking of a person a few moments before the person came into sight. Many of us have suddenly found ourselves thinking of a person who had been out of our minds for months or years, when all of a sudden the person himself would appear. These instances are so common as to be generally recognized without question. These occurrences have given rise to common sayings, such as, Speak of the devil, or Speak of angels and you hear the rustle of their wings.
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1 Remove the pack from its case and Overhand Shuffle with the faces towards the audience. Retain the two blue backers in position during the shuffle. Ask for a number between five and fifteen. Assume that the number ten is chosen. You deal ten cards face-up into a pile on the table. The first card dealt is from the top of the pack but on all the other cards you execute a Strike Second Deal. (The correct Second Deal handling can be found in Roy Walton's The Devil's Playthings. or the compilation book The Complete Walton, Volume One.)
Performer has a banana examined and gives it to spectator to hold. He has a card selected from a deck, causes the card to vanish, and then says he will make it appear in the banana. Spectator peels banana but fails to find the card. Performer is apparently embarrassed and at a loss to know what has happened. He takes an empty envelope from his pocket and places a yellow card therein, upon which he says is written a letter to the Devil. He holds the envelope for a while and then opens it again. The yellow card has vanished and in its place is a red tissue paper letter from the Devil. The Devil gives his reason for failing to help the performer with his trick and returns the card with his letter. Magician asks spectator whether this was the card he selected and learns that it is the wrong card. Upon request, spectator tells the card he selected. Magician then snaps his finger against the card and it changes to the selected card. The Devil I
Now we're getting into the good stuff the nuts-and-bolts of the pick-up . I like to consider what I teach as seduction, even though you probably won't be getting laid out in the parking lot with these techniques (although you might -- some women go nuts when they run across a man who actually knows what the hell he's doing ) Yes, that's right you will soon be entering an elite brotherhood of
What the hell do I mean by that Well, one of your problems is that you've built up great looking women to be untouchable goddesses in your mind. This stops you from approaching them because you are in awe of them. It's like when someone idolizes a celebrity then finally gets a chance to meet the object of their reverence . What happens They freeze up and can't speak a word Why Because the celebrity has been built up to such superhuman proportions in the mind of the adoring fan, that seeing him for real creates a paralyzing overload in his brain and he can't function in that person's presence. Sound familiar, bucky
Patton Jr., the hell-for-leather General of World War II fame was once asked what he thought of his rival, the British Field Marshall Montgomery. Patton replied, He's the best General the British have. But he's more interested in not losing than he is in winning. Unfortunately for many men, that's their attitude toward women. They walk on egg-shells, cautious as can be, hoping against hope that they don't make a mistake.
I've seen guys that go up to a girl and they'll be talking about something totally irrelevant to the conversation, or they'll skip from topic to topic -without any kind of natural transitions. And they just doesn't GET that other people are thinking What the HELL is he telling me that for - and it just comes off as BIZARRE.
3) Don't Let Her Imagined Situation Stop You Fuck whatever possible goofy-ass boyfriend might be hanging around in her life. Unless they're recently married, girls are always shopping for the Right One especially if she's grown bored with ol' Johnny boy. There's no way that you can know what her current relationship status is ahead of time (hell, even her clueless fuckin' boyfriend might not know that ) so you must act like it doesn't exist. This is how the pros do it. It's a mindset baby, an attitude.
The Finish of the Routine should come at any point where you feel that the audience have seen enough. If the tricks selected have been carefully chosen, then the performance can be terminated after the completion of any one. Only the performer knows that he is working a routine. Only the performer knows that there is more or better to follow. Never commit yourself to reaching the climax of the routine come hell or high water. It is better to pause after each phase and ascertain if the audience want you to carry on. If they do not, then you have finished on a good trick and there matters can rest.
The woman you're talking to is just responding to you casually, but there isn't any spark. Notice how it works by CASUALLY DESCRIBING A PROCESS rather than giving orders or commands. Notice also how the last thing you do is move that picture of you into the submodality of someone she's in love with. Moving submodalities is powerful, but intrusive. so you usually (but not always) want to try to do it after the person is already melting under your command, already in a drooling, breast-heaving, passionate state. Also notice the power of asking you ever You ever or can you remember a time when you experienced are the words that open up the gates of hell. Also note that the commands are in bold-face. Finally, note the use of gesturing to yourself to link the commands to you.
Modern age of ours is just awash in a longing for emotions and feelings the same kind of stuff she sees on TV (Lifetime), movies (When Harry Met Sally, Titanic, Ghost, etc.) and reads in all those romance novels they churn out every year (annually the highest dollar grossing niche market in all of fiction publishing). This kind of thinking is entirely alien to most guys because we usually try to design our lives to avoid strong, disruptive emotion whenever we can. But girls love a good cry -- they think it's therapeutic (hell, maybe it is What do I know ) With the exception of their parents' or a close friends' funeral, guys will attempt to spend their entire lives figuring out ways to avoid ever having to cry about anything. Face it, we're emotion-duckers , and we like it that way
No performer should attempt to bite off redhot iron unless he has a good set of teeth. A piece of hoop iron may be prepared by bending it back and forth at a point about one inch from the end, until the fragment is nearly broken off, or by cutting nearly through it with a cold chisel. When the iron has been heated red-hot, the prepared end is taken between the teeth, a couple of bends will complete the break. The piece which drops from the teeth into a dish of water will make a puff of steam and a hissing sound, which will demonstrate that it is still very hot. 3 Barnello's Red Demon.
Once the two cards are in the spectator's pocket, instruct him to remove either card and show it to the audience. Stress his freedom of choice. He must, of course, remove an ace of clubs. (Now you can see why it's important that the spectator not keep track of the cards or catch a glimpse of one of them before they go in his pocket. If he should see that the face card is the ace of clubs, then he pulls out the other card and finds that it's the ace of clubs, hell know something is wrong.)
No matter what happens, one thing that you have saved yourself from is a trip to 'just friends' hell. There is no longer a basis for any buddy-buddy stuff with her now. She knows that it is time to shit or get off the pot -- and stringing you along as her fucking 'pseudo-girlfriend' is no longer an option. She respects you as a Man now, and a fairly dominant one at that, and knows she can't play that bullshit game with you. Believe it or not, this a great victory in and of itself. One that many, many men can't lay claim to. They either end up compromising their true desires, or making a complete
This exciting close-up fantasy enables you to demonstrate the ultimate second deal after just a few minutes practice I first saw Martin perform this impossibility years ago at the Hollywood Cavalcade of Magic. As the convention progressed I became Martin's personal shadow, grimly following him from room to room in an attempt to figure out just how the hell anyone could fool an audience of magicians with a full-view second deal - done in slow motion while the top card of the deck had a stamp stuck on it. TLP TLIE.LL - The magnet should be pressed against the center of the packet's face. Use your right thumb and forefinger to slowly-deal the top card face down onto the table. The stamp will hang in place as the top card is removed, then attach itself to the packet's new top card. This is the most incredible demonstration of second dealing that your audience will ever see 6TLP ftfUR. - After the first card has been dealt, openly in-jog the top card about a quarter of an inch as you...
Anything that squirts water can be turned into a flamethrower using this method. Toy stores now have these megasquirt guns that fire a burst of water so hard you can put out someone's eye, and although I haven't tried, I'm sure one of these would make one hell of a flamethrower. Be the first guy on the block to turn these items into flame weapons and toys.
She tried pulling a few of those mind games with me, but I wasn't really going for any of them. I just wanted to get the hell out of dodge after about 10 minutes of being with her. I made her pay for everything though, so I got a free diner and a movie out of it. She was being pretty forward with me, but I was quite passive-aggressively apathetic (a-la Adam, the natural ) which only drove her more wild.
The second thing to remember is that, in your initial fog of horniness soon after you've first met, a lot of different types of women can give you a woody. Hell, you've been eyeing up the family dog lately, haven't you Admit it. There is a point where you'll fuck anything, and that's okay. Just remember, she might be able to turn you on big time at first, but will you become desensitized to her physical charms after a short while and have to struggle to get it up Only you can know this sort of thing for sure, but it's something that you should consider in the early stages in order to save yourself a lot of grief, heartbreak and tears later on. Is this girl going to be able to keep me turned on, or will I get bored and tied of having sex with her If you're cross-eyed with
So I just got off the phone with Ellyn, and have come to the decision that should I actually see this girl again, there is NO WAY IN HELL I'm going to fuck her. Why, may you ask Because on top of genital warts, there is a good possibility she has herpes. I swear, the girl is a fucking walking culture swabb with enough medical problems to make Elephant Man look healthy. Seems she's been busy since we were last together and has contracted more medical ecentricities than Dr. Frankenstein. Ew.
The other reason for talking to the volunteer in advance of the performance is, quite frankly, to scare the hell out of him. Once you begin to brief him, explain that he's going to assist you in an entertaining, but dangerous demonstration of Russian Roulette. State, that as long as he does exactly what he's told to do - nothing more and nothing less - the demonstration is perfectly safe. However, it is vital that he understands that your safety will be in his hands and that there is no danger provided he does exactly as instructed. Further, state that this selection procedure will be done, twice. After he has selected the second pistol, he will be asked to cock the pistol. Ask if he understands how to do this. Regardless of his answer, proceed to show him and have him practice using the empty pistol. Demonstrate cocking the pistol by pulling the hammer all the way back, until it's locked in the firing position. Allow the volunteer to cock the pistol. As he does so, remind him that...
Don't rush it and your work will be well rewarded. All skipping along will do is to waste the money you have spent on these pages you'll be disapointed and I'll be irrated as hell if I see you doing a crummy deal saying that you learnt it from this missive. Don't let me, and more importantly yourself, down by bad dealing. I've impressed top men, both magically and gambling, the world over with these deals. You can too
Reference to DOING THE SPLITS in the Crosthwaite Issue (Vol.6 No. 10). . . I'll probably 'get the devil' for messing with a clergyman's routine, but here goes anyway. . . Naturally, since Reverend Crosthwaite is a man of the cloth he is not expected to know all the finer points of games with the devil's playthings but is it not true that he, Father Cyprian and Brother John Hamman have their Bibles partially hollowed out to hold a deck of cards and a copy of the 'latest card book'
I am not convinced that this describes the experience of magic, but does it hold as a reliable means of conferring art status Well, no it doesn't. Dealing with the content-orientated account, there are works which purposefully avoid the aesthetic properties of unity, diversity and intensity, such as Warhol's eight-hour shot of the Empire State Building called Empire. It draws our attention instead to presuppositions we have about film it has a quite different agenda from eliciting the classic aesthetic response. As regards the affect- orientated account, it is the case that plenty of artworks may have an aim to rouse an audience to protest or to change aspects of their lives. This is clearly opposed to the idea of disinterested contemplation. And our demonic figures mentioned earlier, designed to ward off danger, were not made with the intention of producing that type of contemplation. The type of artwork known as a 'readymade,' such as Duchamp's Fountain, which is simply a urinal on...
A few examples will explain my point. One Internet questioner, on a magic board, asked, How should I vanish a card. Suggestions that were truly meant to be helpful rolled in a Card Box, a Himber Wallet, a Devil's Handkerchief. No one, it seemed, thought it necessary to ask the questioner some further questions before jumping in with their suggestions -- questions such as, What is the effect you are trying to achieve How old are you What is your present skill level And perhaps even why are you looking to anonymous people to answer your magic questions And the list goes on.
Stone is wrapped in paper and the package exchanged on servante for one containing a loaf of bread of same size, this is placed on run down. Performer fires wand at package, opens it and states that Satan has commanded the stone to change to bread. This bread can contain previously borrowed articles, or cards to be produced from it.
Fortunately for us, what a person knows in a general, intellectual, abstract way need not prevent him from responding hi a visceral way to what he sees. If his eyes and gut tell him that what he is seeing is impossible, that's how hell react. That's why it is realistic to strive to make your audience feel that what they're seeing is inexplicable. This is a distinction few magicians understand but that i6 critical to appreciating why displays of skill and evocation of magical experiences can coexist.
For years, the Speed-Seduction list has been in operation. For a while, it was awesome. There was a real influx of talented seducers there coming up with nuclear stuff to use on chicks. Things like The Warmth Builder, Riker's 3 Rules, and the amazing takeaway abounded. But then the star student turned out to be a con man and one of Ross's fallen angels went off and started up the compitition. Not only that, but fastseduction.com and mASF opened things up for more than just Ross's products. Since that time, the SS list has endured, but it is a shadow of what it used to be.
Watching videos takes up a substantial part of the time that goes into producing a Marketplace column. The thought of sitting through 11 videos from one performer would normally fill me with dread. However, this time the performer is Patrick Page, one of magic's living treasures. Mr. Page is not only a terrific performer he is also a member of a small group of magicians (including Billy McComb, Jay Marshall, Johnny Thompson, and Ali Bongo) who provide us with a connection to the magic of the past. Mr. Page has been a magic demonstrator dealer, a close-up magician, a stand-up performer, a While I have no doubt that the information Mr. Kramien gives in this book will be valuable to someone considering mounting their own illusion show, I have some reservations about the price of the book. Of the 148 pages in The Illusion Show Business, 66 are taken up with photographs or pictures of memorabilia. This leaves 35 pages of text in Part One and 33 pages of text in Part Two. (The remaining 14...
The Life and Magic of Billy Bishop is a story of guts, determination, and hard work. It is a valuable lesson in what it takes to make a living as a magician. Billy Bishop did it all, and he did it well. As Don Alan said to Glenn Bishop, Your Mom and Dad were one hell of a good act. I enjoyed this book, and I think you will, too.
So, what's the bottom line Is The Linking Ring on CD-ROM worth owning Yes it is, even with its idiosyncrasies, weaknesses, and inadequacies. There is an enormous amount of information here, whether you are a historian looking for facts or a hobbyist looking for good tricks (and there are some great tricks here). I hope that the information I've given will allow you to work around some of the program's shortcomings. If you purchase the program the first thing you should do is raise holy hell with Digital Publishing until they fix some of the problems I've mentioned. Putting the LR on disk is a brave step, and all those involved should be commended for taking a chance and putting this product on the market. I would love to see other magazines come out in an electronic format. If the LR project succeeds commercially, others will be less reluctant to produce similar products. The highlights of this collection are Eugene's essays, which range from dealing with hecklers to a hellish...
One of the most impressive things any Psychic can do, you begin, is to predict the headline of tomorrow's newspaper. This is a certain and incontrovertible demonstration of the ability to push aside the veil of eternity and peer into the mysteries of the future. Look at some of these headlines 'Space Alien Votes for Clinton' 'Satan Escapes From Hell' 'Werewolf Captured in Florida' We predicted them all And, my all time favorite 'Satan Escapes From Hell ' No comment required.
Mike I'm with you on this, Mac, but I'm going to play Devil's Advocate for a moment. Considering the space that you have taken to discuss this book, is it fair to the readers not to give them the information so that they can (if they choose to) find the book at a convention or at their local magic dealer peruse it, and then make up their own minds I'm thinking that we should probably list the necessary info in the Details area at the end of the column. Since we're split on this, let's let Stan make the call that's why he makes the big money. Practical Parlor Prestidigitation - A Lecture Demonstration By Marko These tapes have been available for a while, but have been promoted only in the gaming market. The price has recently been lowered, and magic dealers are advertising them. Let me first discuss the material demonstrated on each tape, and then I'll offer some thoughts on their usefulness for magicians. Volume 1 contains false shuffles (both overhand and riffle), false cuts, card...
The first issue of MAGIC appeared in September of 1991. I was one of the initial subscribers, having been made aware of the magazine by Michael Weber. Michael Weber continued as product reviewer. In that premier issue Weber reviewed Hell Bent, The Sealed Deck, Knotty Knot, The Shiner, Carneycopia, and Smoke and Mirrors. He also cleared up some misinformation concerning a trick called Sign of the Dragon. The first letter to the editor concerning a product review appeared in the second issue of MAGIC. Eugene Burger criticized Weber for being too soft in his review of one of the previous month's products. In the third issue of MAGIC there was letter from the creator of this trick, who was not too happy with either Weber or Burger. And so it began. There is an overwhelming amount of high quality material explained in this series. (Three of the items are part of my working repertoire.) Daryl's demonstrations and explanations are absolutely top-notch, and the production values are up to...
I have only done a small amount of trade show magic, but I have discovered one thing trade show magic is to magic as writing jingles is to music. The key to success is in understanding how your craft (either magic or music) relates to what it is you are trying to do (sell a product). This is a message which comes through loud and clear in this book. You may be doing magic, but first and foremost, you are a salesman, and if you want to be successful you have to sell the product and you have to sell yourself. Eddie Tullock is a master at doing both, and at giving his audiences a hell of a good time in the process. This book is an invaluable resource, and I highly recommend it.
By carefully executing the trick bend with the little square loop, taking care not to crease or tear its sides, you can produce the structure shown on the right. It is an amusing curiosity to carry in a wallet and show to friends. How the devil was it made It looks, of course, as if the entire card had to be somehow pushed through the tiny window
Gambling tricks are the topic of Chapter Four. Mr. Neale introduces a number of novel conceits here, including a 180-degree restructuring of the classic Ten Card Poker Deal. Here you will also find a version of The Story of One Card Pete as performed by W.C. Fields, a presentation for Nick Trost's The Horse Race, and an extraordinary demonstration of control over the laws of probability. Chapter Five, Odd Notions, contains tricks about things that go bump in the night. Monsters, ghosts, and demons are the lead characters here. Curiously, there are also two Gospel magic tricks included in this chapter. Other chapters feature gambling themed routines (including a full-blown gambling demonstration that establishes your skill with a deck of cards without requiring knuckle-busting moves), mind reading routines, routines in which you find chosen cards in interesting ways (including an excellent multiple-selection routine), prediction effects (including several variations of Karl Fulves'...
You move about behind the screen a brass bowl containing lamp-cotton saturated with spirit of wine, to which you set fire, by means of a lucifer match attached to a mechanical contrivance, which can be worked imperceptibly from outside the bowl. (Fig. 64.) This apparatus is sold at the conjuring depots under the name of the fire-bowl.
It's rather odd, sitting here at the end of November, typing a column that will not appear until the first part of January. Was the Y2K problem as serious as everyone thought it might be Or was it smooth sailing all the way Are you sitting in front of your fireplace, reading this issue of MAGIC while sipping a cup of tea Or did the whole world go straight to hell, in which case the fact that I've just come up with the ultimate method for Stewart James' Fifty-one Faces North is not really that important after all. Pavel's demonstrations and explanations are good, but he does not go into great detail about how to make the necessary props. For instance, he does not completely explain how to construct the rope used in Krazy Knot. He explains how the rope is gaffed, but the exact method of construction is up to you. You're going to have to spend some time experimenting, or find someone who already knows how to gaff the ropes. In fact, the biggest challenge of these tapes will be obtaining...
Contrary to the image perpetuated by Hollywood, you don't have to decorate the area with devil masks or life-sized oil paintings of Dracula. You don't need burning incense, or mummified hands. The client expects a psychic reading, not a stage production. And Hollywood-style decorations will make most clients uncomfortable.
The most primitive method of treating disease was the use of spells and incantations by the magician. Then came the use of stones, sticks, and strings to draw out diseases. And later began the use of some practical remedies in combination with magical remedies. Essences and elixirs and ointments made from herbs and barks were administered by the magician. But with these remedies were still required the magical formulae which dealt with the demon-cause of the ailment. These herbs, though many are now used by Pharmaceutical and Medical Science, in ancient times were chosen for magical rather than for medicinal reasons.
Okay, listen up everybody I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore. Apparently, some of you (and you know who you are, so don't try to deny it) have been running around the country telling people that Kreskin is not a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, honest-to-goodness, for real mentalist with near borderline, mystical, psychic powers. You've been saying that he's just a clever and entertaining magician who accomplishes his effects through ( say it ain't so ) trickery, rather than through the use of the aforementioned borderline, mystical, psychic powers. This was a dumb thing for you guys to have done, because now Kreskin is mad as hell, and he's not going to take it anymore, and so he's done the only thing he could do, which was to write a book called How to be (a Fake) Kreskin, in which he proves that he does have borderline, mystical psychic powers by exposing a lot of methods for tricks that he doesn't even do. Kreskin also encourages you to drop his name liberally...
Truth to tell, my favorite False Shuffle is the Zarrow. I will admit to having spent as much time analyzing the Zarrow as any single move, with the exception of the Pass. During a two-year period I spent a chunk of every day analyzing, thinking about and practicing my Shuffle in front of a three-way mirror or video camera. I'm satisfied that it paid off, and I hope you will be too. My approach to the Zarrow shuffle is detailed at length, starting on the next page. Because the Zarrow is a deceptively easy move to do, however badly, the devil is in the details. Enjoy the details
From these our good friends we have received many lists which include some attractive items. There's a Demon ultra clip board which sounds a must for any mentalist at a modest price of 10 -, whilst Dr. Jak's Multiball ' and Four Blacks effects are throwaways at 5 - each. Here is the trick as the spectators see it. The demonstrator issues a serious challenge, he undertakes to give 50 to any charity selected by the audience if he fails to accomplish his next
We talked about it later and she said it had been exciting for her. But I could not help thinking about how tight it was just to get the tip of my pinky in, and wondering how in the hell she is gonna take in the helmeted gladiator. But then I thought, hey, she's been layin' pipe for near 30 years now, so it should not be that much of a stretch for her to sit on this.
Great relationship farther on down the road, you'll have to be evaluating her and carefully considering as to whether or not she seems capable of being a great partner for you. It's tough to get an absolutely certain assessment of her worth immediately (hell, some people never figure it out even after years of marriage ), but you should at least be able to get a little bit of a sense of whether or not she's going to have what it takes to make you happy. The trick is to know exactly what the hell you should be looking for. This is where a lot of guys go wrong -- even guys who are otherwise skilled at meeting women. Ever notice how a lot of them keeping skipping from one girl to the next It ain't always because they're so enamored of the chase either it's because they keep picking the wrong women to have relationships with. After discovering just what lousy girlfriends they make, Romeo has no choice but to dump her and start hunting for a new one. If you like that sort of thing, okay...
After a time I began to understand that I didn't fear being rejected so much as I feared exposing the fact that I had a desire to have a woman in my life. This communicated that I had a need for the affections of a woman, and of course I was horribly ashamed to demonstrate this character flaw . Remember, it's not the rejection that's shameful, it's what the action of attempting to meet a woman reveals about yourself that you're not a powerful loner. In effect, you're screaming out loud that you're not a man who can go it alone and tend to his own emotional needs. Instead, you're a weakling who needs someone to love and to take care of you trading a girlfriend and eventually a wife for your mommy. See how totally fucked up this stuff is Eventually you begin to rationalize and intellectualize your twisted view of the I don't know to what degree, if at all, any of this resonates with you. Everybody has their own unique upbringing and story that goes with it. One clue as to whether or not...
Consider that you have just finished the first half of a shuffle, stacking the aces as every fifth card from the bottom up and ready for a second shuffle to reverse the order. Naturally, using a second shuffle in this manner will mean an even number of shuffles. Now, if you are under alert scrutiny from a diabolical audience whose money you find yourself hell bent on taking, an even number of shuffles may provide a sort of tip off. A wise adversary would then request an odd number of shuffles in order to prevent this from occurring and of course, to turn this adversary down would be an even bigger tip off. You could then, at this point in the shuffle, rather than completing the shuffle and reversing the cards, pick-up the entire stacked portion of the deck currently in the left
In the sprit of the crazy ending, here are the signatures of the seven demons, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Satan, Astoroth, Leviathan, Bllmi, and Baalbarith. They are found on a pact (still extant) which the priest Urban Granier of St. Peter's in London is supposed to have made in 1616. (Original may be seen in the Bibliotheque Natlonale Paris.)
In order to truly be safe, it is important to recognize that we are probably in just as much danger from people who are positively intended and who have never hurt us before. Think of all of the people who unintentionally kill others in automobile accidents. As they say, The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Apph to sTl v f Ihai't u deadly ) helle lu hohl im ui Im Mnuittlv II cuihck Inks I III ii live - uikl M can hellcf I llu iliix _ Keihjine
Everywhere there are magical societies, where the most different types of magicians meet, because they cannot bear to be without someone with whom to talk about their hobby magical socialites, whose dream it is to be seen talking to some famous magician, and to rub shoulders with magical cynics who contend that no magician who is famous can be any good. In the clubs, a man is judged solely as a magician, or as an audience. It matters nothing who you may be outside magic. If a dictator, or the Devil himself, came to a magical In 1949 Mr. Elmsley summarized his opinion on the subject with these words About the advisability of using flourishes in a presentation of card magic there are at least two points of view. Manipulators, in any case, may use them without a qualm. It is my view that audiences like to see a little obvious skill, and if this can be demonstrated with grace, then so much the better
You say, I didn't say it was your card but, if it was, I would ask you to spell it one card for each letter. They do this and upon reaching the last letter tell them to turn over the card. Of course, it will be the named card. You now say, But it wasn't your card. If it had been it would be one hell of a trick
Have you ever had a girl dick tease you Get you really turned on and make you think that she was interested in you, and then once you made a move on her, she freaked out, accusing you of being some sort of pervert Now l am sure on a rational level you were thinking, I am never going to talk to this girl again. But on an emotional level you were frustrated as hell. And her Pushing you away only made you want her more, right What l am about to talk about is very very powerful. Some of you might even think it is evil. I think the power behind it is that it doesn't make any logical sense. So, what the hell am l talking about I am talking about the art of doing or saying one thing, and then doing another thing to completely undermine the first thing. Let me repeat what l just said Yet another way to utilize intentional undermining is to demonstrate a compassionate genuine side to yourself, and then intentionally undermine it by showing an uncompassionate...
Many people used to ask me how I got into bizarre magic. I always told them that I never had such an inclination. Bizarre magic is often the label slapped on to scary or frightening effects, supposed old magic ritual (but incorporating the devil not the angelic), and other oddities. I like oddities. I like the unusual. I can do without the devil. There is plenty of that in everyday life. Magic is about enlightenment, not ignorance, in my book. My friend Docc Hilford starting calling things that were different magical presentations weerd -spelled just this way - as did his friend Tony Andruzzi.
She is sitting close to you in a bar. You are sitting close to her. You know you are strangers to each other. You assume the Alpha attitude. You demonstrate that you don't give a shit about social rules and simply say I I know that most of the men reading this text are already laughing like hell. Some of you are already bored to death. As women are extremely emotional creatures, the more they feel strong emotions in your company, the more they get convinced that you are one hell of a guy.
The mistake that you're probably making right now is being focused too much on what you're saying (your content) while completely ignoring the critical messages that you need to be conveying with your attitude (your intent). This could be why you are consigned to just friends hell with many of the girls you already know and may've had passionate designs on. While being friendly or even interesting might impress her conscious mind, you'll never engage any romantic interest in yourself without calling out to her primal instincts with compelling communications to her lower brain -- statements about your male sexual self that can only be transmitted non-verbally through specific actions and attitudes. For any seduction to succeed, you must relentlessly convey your desirability as a mating partner to her subconscious mind with the goal of stimulating her primeval instincts into awakening. This is where thoughts of love, lust, sex and all that other good stuff flow from.
Some of you might be wondering what the hell cold reading is. Cold reading is reading people without having any prior information about them. This is what psychics and palm readers do. Do you have to be endowed with psychic powers to use this stuff Hell no. If you needed to have real psychic powers to do this stuff, then the psychic network would be out of business.
Okay so we were just kids then, stupid kids, so what Well, it begins to matter a lot a few years later when every one of your friends fumbles and feels his way into some kind of relationship, but you're still left standing out in the cold. Soon, panic starts to set in. What the hell is wrong with me you begin to think. Why is it that everyone else seems to be able to figure out how this making out thing works, and I still can't get the courage up to even ask one girl out on a damn date I'm no scientist and I don't claim to have all the answers (or the reams of hard data to back them up), but I know about the problem that certain types of non-aggressive males (like me) have with women Females will not mate with non- aggressive males This is a fact of life all throughout nature from rats and worms to pigs and dogs, monkeys and humans. Why not Because seduction and mating and reproduction are not about rationality. They're about survival of the fittest -- and the urges that produce them...
This goes for married women, women with boyfriends all of them. She will tell you flat out what it is she is missing and what she wants. When she starts telling you how he's not cutting it, she's letting you know that door is open. Now this woman did this, but it sounds like she was being subtle about it. She said they were courting, not dating what the hell is that I think that meant we have a commitment but he's not fucking me.
Please do not abuse the power of subliminal manipulation you should only use this technique on a woman with whom you have serious romantic feelings, because once she's become 'imprinted' on you you're going to have a hell of a time breaking up with her if you decide you must do so. Play nice, evil genius Women can sometimes come across as aloof when it comes to the sexual attention of men, but you must understand that their problem isn't finding sex (for most women, that's easy) but finding quality sex with a man that they can feel totally free to open up with emotionally. When you begin drawing this kind of immensely pleasurable response from a woman, almost against her will, you will have demonstrated beyond a doubt that she has stumbled upon sexual nirvana in your skillful arms.
NLP psychology (Neurolinguistic programming) has demonstrated that words and detailed descriptions cause emotions in others and influence the mental state of others. She Bastard Don't make fun of serious things (Laughing like hell. He is a hell of a guy He does not take her seriously )
If you go to magical conventions, and watch the competitions and gala shows, you will see a lot of acts themed around a single subject. Remember that they are performing for magicians, and that without a lot of acting ability and sense of theatre they will be boring as hell to most lay audiences
A variation on Roy Walton's Suit Yourself (Devil's Playthings and Complete Walton Vol.1). Roy based his trick on Karl Fulves' Self-Duplicating Set-up (Epilogue -also see Replica Poker, More Self-working Card Tricks). 3. Take the packet and say you'll now demonstrate the Famous Re-sort Shuffle. Here you do a Klondike forming a single pile on the table (pull off top & bottom cards repeatedly). Once done, say, That rearranged YOUR cards.
For the most part, all of the current self-levitations have their basis in two articles published by Karl Fulves. The first, titled Impromptu Levitation, can be found in the July 1994 issue of The Pallbearer's Review (Vol. 9, No. 9, page 755.) Ed Balducci is credited in the article, but he explains that he was shown the method by Erwin Levine, who was one of the Harmonicats. Mr. Levine had no idea who the originator was. (Can you give us any help here, Johnny Thompson ) I don't remember if I learned this method from this article or whether it got to me through the underground (whatever the hell that is), but a whole bunch of us were doing this back in the late 70's. It is a remarkable effect, but it does require that the audience (which must be just a few spectators) be positioned properly.
Her instincts give her the possibility of really surrendering sexually only to her Prince, no matter whether that Prince is Bill Gates, James Bond or a member of a Hell's Angels motorcycle gang, who comes dirty, ugly and full of muscles to take her, puts his hand on her rear and orders Let's go, bitch, to have a ride on my motorbike In words, acts and omissions you need to demonstrate to her that she cannot have
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A lot of business-to-business selling starts with a salesman telephoning companies to see if they're in the market for whatever he's selling. Some call this 'telesales', some call it 'cold calling', and some call it 'hell on Earth'. So how can cold reading techniques help in this situation To see how, let us briefly reconsider what's happening in the context of a typical psychic reading. Specifically, let's focus on the main goal of whoever is giving the reading. We can summarise the psychic context like Hello, I hope you can help me. I've got a message here to return a call from someone in your company, but the name's a bit of a scribble. Jones, Johnson, James I can't quite make it out. All I know is it's to do with buying training courses or sorting out training requirements. Do you know who it could be
Let's face it, your life-defeating fear of rejection really only stems from the fact that deep down inside you've always known that you are a low status male -- and that women are likely to reject you because of it. Who wouldn't be afraid to play a game where you know you 're going to lose before you even take the field and that you're probably going to end up beating the hell out of yourself afterwards as a result What incentive is there to play a game like that No wonder guys like us withdraw and become loners. It's much simpler and far less stressful.
But stop and think about it for a second, how would it serve women to have all the men in the world walking around with their tails tucked between their legs What for So they can bitch to their girlfriends about how all men are a bunch of useless pussies who don't even have the courage to say hello to them any more Not only wouldn't this state of affairs make any sense -- since women are generally more interested in playing the game of romance than men are and need someone to play with -- it simply just isn't reality. I don't care what part of the world you're in women long for love and affection, and for that they require the men out there to be interested in the sport of romance. It's quite possible that your bitterness over the long string of rejections you've gathered up has blinded you to this reality. The generalizing that all women love to reject and put down men (unless they happen to be rich or rock stars) is just a defense mechanism created to protect your ego. At least...
But the process of refining your Inner Game can be a long, arduous, and even scary task. When I first started my work on Inner Game back in 1998, I was 300 lbs, scared to talk to women, had guilty feelings about sex, and numerous issues with anger and with my general outlook on life Basically, I'm someone who could have made some therapist somewhere a boatload of money. But with the help of Speed Seduction and some of the people I met through that, I was able to work out my inner demons and refine my Inner Game, to the point where I am now around 200 lbs, can talk to women very easily, have NO guilt about sex, and am no longer dealing with anger or many of the negative traits that affected my life.
He said this, she did that, blah blah blah and so it goes. It never seems to end the bickering, the hurt feelings. What the hell is going on Is this the price we have to pay for the simple desire to have sex with someone that we actually like prospective buyer might be having with some aspect of his life, and then attempt to demonstrate how this product is the answer to making that pain disappear. That's why effective ad copy always concentrates on describing the benefits of owning the product in question, rather than simply describing interesting aspects of the product itself (the features). Our Nuclear Stink-Rat Annihilators are baited with 5 pounds of irresistibly delicious warthog guts is a feature of the Annihilator, which is nice but doesn't necessarily make you want to run out and buy one. Our Nuclear Annihilators will forever end the reign of terror that stink-rats have been holding over you and your family by vaporizing up to 700 of them per hour are benefits of the...
Sheesh What a pain in the ass this seduction stuff is Once we get over our fear of attempting it, now we've got to actually demonstrate some skill and knowledge to close the sale and maneuver her into a sexual relationship I guess it's really no different than learning to fly an airplane or something - once we get over our fear of flying so that we can climb into the cockpit, now we've got to actually learn what the hell all those switches and controls do Becoming a pilot requires a certain degree courage to even attempt at first, and then the proper training and acquisition of actual skills to complete the job afterwards. Welcome to flight school 101.
The smart guy was able to put himself in a position of challenge this woman regularly says go to hell to all men who try to approach her in restaurants but she was so much in love with this married man, who always kept her on her toes by telling her she was not beautiful enough.
Was there ever a defining moment when you could say to yourself, Ah-hah that's it My former (AFC) self no longer exists He's gone, that hell is over The DOM is a mature and patient man who will not be pushed. The DOM leads his woman through a sequential training program where she learns responsiveness. Incremental progress is made as she demonstrates competence of successive skills. Only proper behavior is rewarded. Only reward her for good behavior. She cannot have her way with you until she has demonstrated consistent mastery of 'jack off skills. Only then are you two ready for 'The Big Night.' Have fun with it. Make HER take YOU out to dinner and dancing. Say things like Do you mean it when you say you love me, or are you just trying to get into my pants Do you just want me for my body Are you going to respect me in the morning I want to be appreciated for the unique individual that I am. It will drive her crazy, but it is all for affect, and as you will find, ultimately for her...
Turn the top card of the deck by pushing it over as in figure 120 then using the right hand fingers and thumb flip it over as in figure 121. It will end up squared on top of the deck as in figure 122. You can now throw it onto the table, spin it, and basically do any fake show off moves whilst all the time boasting about the incredible control you have developed over holding two cards as one End up with the card back face up on top of the deck then flip it face down using the same actions you used to turn it face up. Say, 'Isn't that amazing control over two cards '. Your skill will be questioned. The magicians will find it hard to believe that you really had a double card the devils It can also be used as a 'saver' for those awful moments when you have the chosen card on top of the deck and somebody challenges you they want to see that top card. A double lift can be a little dicey at this point as they will be burning the deck. This little move can be used to show the second card...
This is a bold face force invented by R. W. Hull and actually fooled me the first time I saw it. The spectator is asked to name any number and performer openly counts down to the number and the card is forced. Now follow this with cards in hand. The card to be forced is on top. In counting, they are taken off into right hand one at a time and thus reversed in the counting, the force card becoming face card of right hand packet. Performer counts off the number of cards as called, looks at spectator and says, That was the number you wanted, wasn't it ' Upon acknowledgment, performer slaps the right hand packet face up into the deck in left hand and says, Then the is the card you have chosen, and proceeds with the effect without further hesitation. Bold as the devil, but deceptive and will get by practically 100 of the time.
Manipulation is generally seen as a dirty word, but it is not. Tit is a dirty word, and to trombone somebody is also an unsavoury expression. Manipulation, however, is a neutral expression. Teachers manipulate their pupils. Therapists manipulate their clients (although therapists are the very cock-cheese of Satan and anything they do is as dirty as dirty can be). We all manipulate each other and play out gentle power-struggles in our everyday conversations. Similarly, the cold-reading technique can be applied to situations and incidents without causing the kind of moral difficulties which would otherwise concern me. For example, I was recently demonstrating mind-reading at a presentation given by an advertising company in Swindon. (For These effects are very close to demonstrations of 'psychic' power, which I find a dull and unimaginative line to take. My reasoning is that the spectator wifi give me all the clues that I need, and I tell her as much. I make...
To himself that he hadn't yet discovered her name ) suddenly emerged from behind the kitchen door next to the bar and began earnestly wiping down the circular redwood tables that were lined up along the back wall, a lofty show of cleanliness in anticipation of the forthcoming crowds. She smiled as she passed by his stool and David nodded a return hello. The smell of fresh cut pineapples followed her around the room. Under his wife's keen eye, Roger suddenly got busy polishing some neglected shot glasses that were piling up in the sink. David smiled and swigged his spicy beer. And no amount of money had ever been able to dig ol' Roger or his father, who'd run the place for 45 years before him, out of this precious spot. Hell, why should he move The resorts had brought an instant 1000 free increase in business. And bartending wasn't exactly back-breaking work. Where was he supposed to go and piss away the million bucks they'd waved under his nose anyway He already was living in...
The roots of this routine go back more than half a century, to Charles Jordan's Demon's Divination . In that routine, a spectator was asked to think of a card. Groups of cards were then displayed (28 in all), with the spectator asked whether the thought-of value and or suit were represented in various sets. From the information given, the performer was able to determine the specific mentally selected card.
Iadmit it I plagiarized that opening sub-title from the radio promo of some gambling outfit that advocates its stone-cold-lock football handicapping service with this cute little moto. Stop trying to get lucky get informed. I liked it because it pretty much describes the approach that men have been taking with women since we were no longer allowed to club them over the head or buy them from their fathers for two pigs and a bale of grain. Getting lucky. The whole notion of getting lucky sums up what little control most men have over the course of events when it comes to the game of seduction. Try some desperate gambit, roll the dice, and see if it works. And if you do actually get lucky , it's altogether unclear just what the hell you did that was so wonderful therefore you can't repeat it Next time you try the exact same approach, you get rejected flat out.
05) People with a Vertical line dent across their Navel tend to be very headstrong (as line points to their head). They can be very stubborn indeed, they have one hell of a temper and when they lose it boy do people know about it. Once their minds are made up they won't listen to reason even if it means shooting themselves in the foot in the long-term.
How can you be expected to suddenly invent a seduction routine when the opportunity sneaks up and presents itself to you when you're least expecting it Who could possibly operate under that kind of pressure other than a professional actor who's skilled in improvisational techniques Hell, even if you're in a bar or a nightclub and have the time to stand around and daydream as all the pretty women swirl around you, you still can't think of what to say Your overly-critical mind just keeps rejecting one thing after another until you run out of ideas and go home frustrated again.
The first concerned a Fakir in Bombay who had the reputation of having sold himself to the devil They called him a Black Magic man since he practised Sifli-Aluum the term for Black Magic. It is queer and intriguing to see one of these performers making his simple preparations. It is surprising, too, how soon a crowd gathers and circles him with only just enough room to demonstrate his prowess.
Of these underworld types would liavc no trouble making contact with a professional cheat. The hustler would be introduced into the game as the mobster's brother-in-law who happened to be passing through town. That night rite jeweler would sustain some pie'ty hc .vy losses. Although not all setups are as lucrative as the one described above, every professional has opportunities of this kind come his way from lime to time. On numerous occasions, after giving one of my lecture demonstrations on crooked gambling techniques, I have been approached by a member of the audience with a proposition. Usually, he is a prominent businessman, a pillai of the community. If I were to accept, I would be taken by him to his country club and introduced as a client from out of town. Before long, I would be asked to join their regular game, and my' hosl would enjoy a spectacular run of luck. If it proved sufficiently lucrative, we might repeat the performance periodically. Needless to say, I'm too honest...
The opening was colourful and the dance ensembles unusual in the fact that all the girls are about six feet tall Several items were put over in genial style, followed by a Rhapsody in Smoke, with Ann Cornell, his leading lady in several films. The item Satan's Bouquet would do credit to no magician and is a replica of the comedy flowers from table gag that viewers will remember Tommy Cooper using a few weeks ago on his new Television Programme. Tommy however does not call himself a magician
Look at the cane and then begin to speak to the audience again. Suddenly turn and look at the cane, passing it into the right hand as you do so. Exclaim Where the devil did this come from You can then p'ace the cane down, or carry on with any of the known levitations.
Based on Roy Walton's Cannibal Cards from The Devil's Playthings (see also The Complete Walton). The first vanish is an Alex Elmsley concept. The switch at end using the Pass is inspired by Roy Walton's Make 'em Laugh (Roger's Thesaurus). The word Rolex in the title is a nod to Roy and Alex.
A word of warning about personals - they will never get you the experience of actually approaching and getting the attention of the woman you want because a meeting arranged through personals simply skips this important phase. So although meeting women this way might feel easier initially, ultimately you will never learn the skills that really make the difference Is this too low for you Is it beneath you Hell no. Whether it's newspaper personals, telephone personals, video personals or Internet personals and chat rooms, they offer you excellent opportunities to meet a lot of women to practice your skills.
Storyline God and the Devil playing cards for a soul. Prop list Deck of cards. Script God and the Devil are playing cards for your soul False shuffle deck and place it in front of spectator. Let's call him Joe again. You must play the game, no matter how much it frightens you. First, you will choose one card to represent your soul. Please cut the deck anywhere. Whichever card Joe chooses, tell him to place it off to the side face down. The game that God and Satan play is a deceptively simple one using exactly thirteen cards. Joe, deal back and forth, two hands, as you count to thirteen. Joe should now deal back and forth from the top of the deck until he has a pile of seven cards and a pile of six. Direct him as necessary without touching the cards. God's hand contains seven cards since the seventh day is sacred. Satan's hand contains six cards, because the Devil is partial to sixes (smile) The two diametrically opposing forces locked in battle over your soul will make a bid for it...
Anyone wishing to be disparaging about this routine has plenty of ammunition The 'method' is childishly simple. One can choose to react with supercilious disdain to the vulgarity of the 'bang on head' and the 'finger-licking' gags. And if you think mentalism must always be solemn, then this routine will be high on your list of 'No Hope Mentalism Routines From Hell'. When it comes to distributing the spoons throughout the audience, you do not even need the simple 'switch'. With your free hand, pick up the remaining spoons off the tray and toss them out. You can now truthfully point out that you had some spoons on a tray, the spectator freely decided which two spoons would be used for the demonstration, and all the others have been handed out for examination. The same is true if she chooses the gaffed spoon on her second choice. You pick it up. She's holding a regular spoon, you are holding the gaffed one. The others can now be thrown out into the audience.
There will be twenty-six of these set-ups, and they are accommodated in a pocket index, similar to a card index, but large enough to contain the unaccustomed lead. The arrangement is one to thirteen of Clubs and Hearts on one side, and one to thirteen of Spades and Diamonds on the other. In the same pocket is placed a Devil's handkerchief.
This translocation of a chosen card is based on a Charles T. Jordan plot, Satan's Prophecy (ref. Ten New Impromptu Card Tricks, 1920, pp. 2-4 also see Improved Satan's Prophecy in Jordan's Four Full Hands of Card Tricks, 1947, pp. 8-10, and The Vanishing Pah , ibid. p. 10). Peter Warlock unwittingly duplicated this Jordan plot when he created Three's My Lucky Number (ref. Plans for Deception, pp. 63-66, 1942). The trick was republished thirteen years later in a fuller form under the title Take Three in Pentagram (Vol. 9, No. 10, July 1955, pp. 74 and 79), It was there that Mr. Elmsley discovered it, along with subsequent methods by Francis Haxton and Stanley Jaks (Vol. 10, No. 2, Nov. 1955, pp. 12-14). The following year he contributed to that journal two fresh treatments, each with points to commend it.
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