Self Publishing Success
What makes the difference between submitting a press release that will get published, and one that ends up in the reporter's wastebasket In the business they call it 'an angle'. What they mean is that any submission for print that you send them has to have an interesting aspect or slant they can latch on to that might also appeal to their readers.
There is nothing inherent in any of the deals under consideration that precludes the use of a Standard Take, Stud Take (either Overhand or Underhand) or No Take (One-Handed) for any particular application. That is not to say that methods for every type of False Deal have been developed to employ every type of Take. Rather, the literature is so sparse in the exploration of these techniques that many combinations of Deals and Take types remain unpublished, if not undeveloped. It is clearly the combination of technical difficulty and limited application development that has inhibited popularization, proliferation and publication of new methods. Just as with the principal False Deals (Bottoms and Seconds), Take grows from application and drives method. The future, therefore, holds many opportunities for the intrepid explorer, but successful explorers must be visionary.
Before continuing further, I want to mention that the work of a number of other fine cardmen has fueled my efforts. The basic Side Steal approach is modified from an unpublished technique that was popular with Mike Skinner in the early 1970s. The extraction grip is a minor adaptation of Mario's Bold Steal position. One of the Add-Backs was suggested by my brainstorm-buddy, Carl Albright another is built on his concept. We are all in large measure the
Number of card effects, many of which became hugely popular. L&L Publishing has released a retrospective of Mr. Trost's work, containing not only his original creations, but variations of these effects by his friends and colleagues. Of the 122 items in the book, 100 have been previously published. These routines have been revised and rewritten for this volume. Twenty-two routines are previously unpublished.
At the time of publication of Stewart James in Print, it was announced that two more volumes would follow - Stewart James in Print The Next Fifteen Years, and The James File. The former book would contain published creations from 1975 - 1990, the latter volume would contain unpublished material. It took more than ten years before another James book was published, and during that time it was decided to change the format. The best of the tricks from 1975 - 1990 would be combined with the best of the unpublished James material, and added to this large collection would be variations of James routines by other creators. As it turned out, this was a massive amount of material, consisting of 556 tricks by Stewart James and 148 tricks by others. This wealth of material has finally been released in The James File, which consists of two massive hardback books containing the tricks, and a third volume that contains an index of The James File and Stewart James in Print.
Here are two more videotapes from Carl Cloutier, a man who has won many awards in the world of magic. Third-hand Magic deals with techniques for utilizing the sleeves and the Topit to vanish and reproduce items. World-class Magic features a number of routines that use the sleeves and the Topit as their methods. When I began writing the Marketplace column (with Mac King) six years ago, one of the first products reviewed were two videos from Mr. Cloutier. I was less than enthusiastic with those tapes, and I'm afraid I am not particularly enthusiastic about these two new releases. My main problem is that Mr. Cloutier and I have different philosophical viewpoints on what magic should look like. Others share my viewpoint. In the Winter 1996 issue of The Looking Glass, David Ben described two sleeving techniques of Emil Jarrow and Ross Bertram. In the introduction to that article Mr. Ben wrote, With the resurgent interest in the art of sleeving due to the presence of magicians like Rocco...
The material from the original book has been revised and rewritten, and many previously unpublished Fields routines have been added. You'll also find contributions from Ed Marlo, Jon Racherbaumer, Michael Skinner, Paul Cummins, and Bob Sheets. (The Sheets routine is particularly fine, and is well worth your attention.)
One consequence of the rise of powerful, affordable home computers is the proliferation of self-published magic manuscripts. It is possible for even a neophyte computer user to design, print, and distribute a publication. Unfortunately, while the computer can make your manuscript look nice, it cannot teach you to write well, and poor writing undermines the quality of the material. In the introduction to Mysteries for the Mind Mr. Rubenstein gives us the following sentences These pages of complete routines were taken from the original work portion of the collection and have now become the bases for the material in the following book. I try to stay away from long complicated routines as these may loose the audience. You need to establish a good repore with the audience early in the performance. Don't loose your audiences attention by having things to show that are too small. The moral a spell-checker can't tell you everything.
The world of magic has been blessed with some extremely talented and creative hobbyists Ed Marlo, Harry Riser, Alex Elmsley, Martin Gardner, Howard Lyons, and Dai Vernon immediately come to mind. One name that may not be as familiar (especially to younger readers of this magazine) is Milt Kort. Mr. Kort has had a lifelong interest in magic, especially close-up magic, though he made his living as a pharmacist. But he was a skillful performer and a diabolical creator, and his drugstore in Detroit became a haven for people like Dr. Jacob Daley, Charlie Miller, Ed Marlo, Dai Vernon, Richard Cardini, Paul Rosini, and Harry Blackstone. He contributed greatly to Bobo's New Modern Coin Magic, had material published in many magic journals, and released a few small booklets, including Kort is Now in Session, and Off-color Card Tricks. Kort assembles the best of his material, published and unpublished, and will be a delight for anyone interested in sleight-of-hand magic with small objects. Mr....
A strange device was used almost a hundred years ago by a well-known French conjurer named Buatier DeKolta. He housed a spring-loaded device in a bouquet of flowers when a card was placed on the bouquet and the catch released the card was propelled a great distance. Using this remarkable contraption, DeKolta actually sent a card over the Flatiron Building in New York City. Though the actual details of its construction remain unpublished, those persons of mechanical aptitude are urged to experiment. Particular
Sometimes any effort to emphasize the fairness of a shuffle serves to call it into question. In such instances, which are common, it is best merely to perform the shuffle as a Gestalt. Insouciance is the key to deceptiveness under these circumstances but the visual elements are no less demanding. The shuffles I use are the Zarrow and the Strike Push-Through. The Strike Push-Through is a shuffle I have developed and refined over the years. It includes a number of elements that have not seen print until now Some of these, though developed independently, parallel unpublished work of the late Frank Thompson. I learned this during one of the few sessions I had with him. We discussed my developments at the time and he asserted that he had similar work (which I don't dispute). I was then and am now pleased to know that my thinking guided me to the same ideas as a man as clever and knowledgeable as was Frank. May he rest in peace.
This Extremely Mental Too Kit is the result. In this manuscript you'll find some annotated and revised routines from MESSING WITH MINDS, plus four bonus, previously unpublished (and fabulous) effects called MENTAL AIR MAIL, TELEPATHY WITH THE QUEEN. DO NOT DISTURB & 649 You'll also find the props you'll need to go out and perioral all of these effects at your next appropriate gig. Their use is lovingly described with each effect in the Senti-Mental Secrets of this manuscript.
Following the pattern of the first volume, many of the articles contained here are closed by dates. Dates without brackets indicate the first appearance of that item in print. Further information on published articles can be found in the bibliography at the end of this volume. Dates that appear in brackets signify dates of notebook entries or letters from which unpublished material was taken. Mr. Elmsley was never concerned about dates in his own notes, so not every unpublished item could be dated in this manner, and for such items no dates are given. Listing the publication dates of many items may in one way be misleading, as these dates often vary greatly with the true time of Invention. Those items published in the late 1940s and the 1950s generally followed the time of their Invention fairly closely. However, many items that appeared after this period were actually conceived years, sometimes decades, earlier.
There are several precursors to this effect, as well as some direct influences. This is kind-of like 'Open Prediction' meets 'Any Card At Any Number'. It's not really either one of those, it's in the middle somewhere. The direct influence on the creation of this particular effect and the various handlings is an as yet unpublished effect by my buddy Larry Becker. Larry gave a bare bones performance of a prediction effect that was quite clean for the Six and
It is with faith and trembling that one musters sufficient energy and presumption to launch another periodical. After perusing Teral Garrett's List Of Periodicals Pertaining To Magic And Kindred Subjects in a recent Genii (March-1969), I was literally astonished at the number of publications that have come and gone. Garrett itemized 540 titles, plus an additional 75 unclassified items. In the end, an apology accompanied this giant listing In a work of this scope something will be left out Hence, our literature, published and unpublished, is voluminous. The most interesting aspect, however, is that few publications have survived. A list of reasons for such dissolutions (if it were possible to compile) would fill an interesting and esoteric monograph, while causing an aspiring publisher to yield and quake.
Slaighr, author of The James File Volume 'Vivo, has prepared the long-awaited sequel to his tribute to that magical genius. In a chapter entitled Miraschool, be chronicles Mr. James' original routine along with the notable descendants over the years, including his own published material as well as several unpublished routines by himself, Stewart James, J.K. Hartman, Bob Farmer, Robert Neale, Ed Mario, Phil Goldstein and others. This is required reading.
It was in September of 1987 that I received a phone call from Bruce Cervon. He had just spoken to Ron Bauer. Ron mentioned to Bruce that he had an unpublished manuscript on Alex Elmsley's Dazzle Act . Ron had put this together from an audio tape of Elmsley's 1975 lecture, recorded in Detroit by Milt Kort. These notes had been passed around through the magical underground for years. Ron said that if we could get permission from Mr. Ehnsley, he would provide us with copies from which a book could be written. In January of 1988 I started to think of who on L & L's staff could write this important project. Ron Bauer had recommended Stephen Minch, and this was my choice as well. I feel that Stephen is one of the best writers of magical literature today. In addition, he is a pleasure to work with. When I contacted him, he was quite excited at the prospect of writing a book on Alex Elmsley's magic, and he immediately began to gather material. Lariy Jennings had already contacted Gordon Bruce...
The second section is by Fred Braue and begins with an unpublished version of the Slow Motion Aces he saw Vernon perfornrsome two months later, a handling of the Erdfiase bottom palm, and ends with the full patter and routine for the Aeroplane Card to pocket, claiming that is a great effect to use with any deck, anywhere. We agree. There is a portrait of Dai Vernon on the front, an unpublished photograph of him lecturing, and a facsimile of the Introduction to the First Lecture. It also contains something we have not seen before, a picture of Fred Braue.
Peter Cassford is a magician I have known for quite some time. He's the guy trying to be excited that it is four in the morning and he is watching me do what he has seen me do for over a decade on my video Klose-Up and Unpublished . He also has some great work on the card pass. We used to bother Pete a great deal about his deadpan style in performance. We all change. These days his world travels shine in all his work and this is no exception.
The tremendous success of his first Lecture in England, at the Edinburgh Convention, leaves no doubt that there are hundreds of magicians who would welcome the opportunity of seeing Eddie in action, of studying his technique, and learning at each session a number of his hitherto unpublished secrets.
A subtle force devised by Lin Searles is combined here with a previously unpublished method for quickly determining the suit of a chosen card. Preparation consists of placing a club, a heart and a spade, in that order, in your jacket pocket. Then place the four fours on top of the deck.
Many different ideas come to mind when thinking about these different magicians. While playing Jerry Andrus, I would try to solve the problem with a difficult and angular sleight. If I were Karrell Fox I would look for a comedy presentation and do my best to eliminate the sleights. If I were Ed Mario I would use a set-up, an unpublished sleight, 26 crimps, a bridge,and a quarter pound of wax. If there's some magician in particular whose tricks you enjoy reading and performing, try figuring out how he would solve it. (Then write to me and I'll tell you if you guessed correctly.) You get the idea. Work with it and see just how productive this method can be.
In October of 1993, John Luka began a column titled Thoughts On. which appeared in The New Tops magazine. The column ran until December 1994, at which time The New Tops ceased publication. It is very likely that the existence of these columns is completely unknown to you (it was completely unknown to me). These fourteen columns, plus eight more which were unpublished, have been collected into a book titled L.I.N.T. -Pocket Stufffor Close-up Magicians. (The L.I.N.T. stands for Luka in New Tops.) The emphasis is on card magic, and there is some excellent material here.
This work was made possible by the help and generosity of a great many friends and acquaintances. Some of them provided considerable aid while in the midst of demanding and turbulent lives, Gordon Bruce of Glasgow, Scotland, and Milt Koil of Birmingham. Michigan, did immense amounts of research, unearthing scores of articles in old journals and booklets. Jack Avis also must be recognized among my major benefactors. Through his notebooks and correspondence, he is responsible for the preservation of a large portion of the previously unpublished material that appears here. Those who volunteered rare and unpublished Elmsley items and information are Gordon Bruce, Ron Bauer, Bobby Bernard, Dr. Edward Brown, Roy Walton, Richard Kaufman, Jay Marshall, Ray Grismer, Anthony Brahams, David Michael Evans, Roger Klause and Harvey Rosenthal, Finally, of course, my profound thanks go to Alex Elmsley who, despite his avowal to remain uninvolved in the production of this work, returned to magic long...
Although Barrie Richardson lives in the United States and has been contributing material to magic publications for many years, he is probably better known to British magicians than to those here in the States. This is due to the fact that much of his material appeared in British magazines. (A notable exception was his One-Man Parade in the February 1997 issue of Linking Ring.) Two things are sure to increase his notoriety his new column in Genii magazine, and Theater of the Mind, a large, hardbound collection of his published and previously unpublished material.
This volume, like the first, was made possible through the help and generosity of a great many friends and acquaintances. Gordon Bruce of Glasgow, Scotland, and Milt Kort of Birmingham, Michigan, did immense amounts of research, unearthing scores of articles in old journals and scarce booklets. Jack Avis, through his notebooks and correspondence, is responsible for the preservation of a significant portion of the previously unpublished magic that appears here. Those who volunteered to contribute unpublished and rare Elmsley items and information include Gordon Bruce, Dr. Edward Brown, Roy Walton, Richard Kaufman, Herb Zarrow, Bruce Cervon, Anthony Brahams, David Michael Evans, Roger Klause, Simon Aronson, David Solomon, Hairy Riser, John Thompson and Allan Ackerman. Of those who patiently answered and researched countless historical points, foremost are Milt Kort and David Michael Evans, ably followed by Peter Warlock, Jack Avis, Roy Walton, Reinhard M ller, Francis Haxton and Edward...
The Numberplay section contains information on the 1089 force (including the very funny Mr. Smith Meets Dr. Matrix ), a previously unpublished Stewart Judah number prediction, effects using a pocket calculator, rapid addition, and effects using cyclic numbers. The Wordplay section includes excision exercises (word lists in which each successive word is formed by eliminating one letter from the previous word), lipograms (a written work that deliberately omits a certain letter of the alphabet), anagrams, and palindromes. Many examples are given, and the palindrome section is quite extensive.
He had been at the Magic Castle since the mid 1960's, and his presence attracted a stellar group of magicians who moved to Southern California to learn from the Professor. Lewis Ganson had recorded much of Vernon's material in the Dai Vernon Book of Magic, the Inner Card Secrets Trilogy, and Dai Vernon's Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic. In 1979, Karl Fulves' published four Close-up Folios detailing many of Vernon's previously unpublished routines. But even with this body of information available, Fulves wrote, .there is still, even after 50 years, a great deal of secrecy surrounding Vernon's methods. (And, of course, a great deal of information had yet to be disclosed. For example, there was much speculation about Revelations, Vernon's commentary on The Expert at the Card Table. Revelations would not appear until 1984.) In early September 1982, Canadian magician Hans Zahn began an ambitious project an extensive video shoot that would record many of...
Silverman, author of the excellent book of game puzzles called Your Move (McGraw-Hill, 1971), is responsible for this new and unpublished problem. It has an amazing answer. Even more astonishing is a generalization, formally proved by Benjamin L. Schwartz, of which this problem is a special case.
Loew recounts stories from his life in magic. At the age of 91 he retains both an enthusiasm for magic, and a fondness for the many friends he has made. Historians will certainly want to add this book to their collections. The book is unfortunately marred by very poor production values. Desktop publishing allows even self-published books to have a professional appearance. Sadly, few of these resources seem to have been used in the production of The Joys of Magic. I want to bring to your attention a couple of new lecture notes that have arrived at the review desk. Andrew Wimhurst, the talented Australian card man, has been lecturing in Europe and the United States throughout the month of May. If you didn't get a chance to see him you can pick up his new notes directly from him. He has two manuscripts available. Something Wicked ( 10) contains two false shuffles designed for the close-up magician. Jiggery Pokery ( 15) contains some previously unpublished...
Elmsley created this interesting variation in the 1960s, not long after Dai Vernon's 'Twisting the Aces was published. In this five-card treatment the Elmsley count is replaced by the everchange count as the central sleight. However, the thing of greatest interest is that Mr. Elmsley, at this early date, recognized that the twisting plot could benefit from a surprising finish. Though he has left this trick unpublished until now, the idea of having the last card vanish from the packet and appear elsewhere was realized by him roughly a decade before Daiyl Martinez conceived the same idea in the U.S. in his excellent trick, Twisted Aces (ref Paul Harris Reveals Some of His Most Intimate Secrets, pp. 66-69 also Secrets of a Puerto Mean Gambler , pp. 105-115).
For almost 30 years, David Solomon has been a vital and vibrant member of a coterie of Chicago cardmen that includes Simon Aronson, Steve Draun, John Bannon, and Bill Malone. The center of attraction of this group was the prolific and controversial Edward Marlo, and for many years David was a confidant, friend, and helper to Marlo, assisting in the production of many of Marlo's manuscripts. David is also a prolific creator of card magic, and his routines have appeared in the Linking Ring, M.U.M., The Trap Door, MAGIC, Hierophant, Kabbala, the various Marlo Magazines, and in Sessions, a book co-authored by David and Simon Aronson. Solomon's Mind collects David's finest routines from the past 25 years. There is previously unpublished material, and many previously published routines have been updated and revised.
Loew recounts stories from his life in magic. At the age of 91 he retains both an enthusiasm for magic, and a fondness for the many friends he has made. Historians will certainly want to add this book to their collections. The book is unfortunately marred by very poor production values. Desktop publishing allows even self-published books to have a professional appearance. Sadly, few of these resources seem to have been used in the production of The Joys of Magic.
In the first of the notebooks is entry 97, dated August 1976. It is Brother John Hamman's Pinochle Trick. I had learned the trick at a convention at Kansas City in July of 1976. John Carney remembers this convention, and mentioned it in last month's MAGIC. There were some great magicians in attendance, and I recall sitting in a close-up room watching Bro. John perform his Flash Poker routine. I felt like I'd been kicked in the head. During the course of that convention I learned that routine and a few others. Back then, if you knew the work of an unpublished Bro. John routine you were really inside. I used this fact as a psychological weapon in a routine designed to wipe out smug magicians. The routine (first published as Wild Underground Transposition and later renamed Dancers at the End of Time) worked because smart magicians felt an inward sense of pride that they were hip enough to know the Bro. John routine that they thought I was doing, while all the time I was leading them down...
Just A Little Off the Top, Please on page 40 is quite nice in its efficiency. There are relationships between this and Bro. John Hamman's Amorphous Ace as well as the unpublished Persi Diaconis packet trick from the early 1970s that inspired Larry Jennings and many others (myself included) to develop sequential packet elevator effects. Your payoff also links to the Hofzinser Ace Problem, and as such, brings to mind a simple alternative that enables a bonus effect
Method The plot is in essence Stanley Collins' Alpha Four Ace Trick (invented around 1904, but left unpublished until 1945, when it appeared in Thompson's My Best, pp. 131-132). However, the trick that inspired the sequence under discussion was Cy Endfield's handling of the Collins effect. Titled Aces for Connoisseurs , the Endfleld routine was published first In The Gen, Vol. 8, No. 5, Sept. 1952, pp. 144-147 and later In Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic, Part Two, pp. 46-54. In both the original Collins trick and the Endfleld handling, at the finish the aces were reproduced in a hand of cards dealt from the pack. Mr. Elmsley, after studying Cy Endfield's treatment, worked out startling new vanishes for the aces, and a clever way of placing them, with a faro shuffle, for a spelling revelation. It was an impressive resolution to an equally impressive series of vanishes. This was in the mid-1950s. In America, sometime during 1972, Martin Lewis also became intrigued with the...
An unpublished, easily executed sleight that enables you to cleanly force a playing card even though the spectator's choice is extremely fair. An unpublished effect inspired by David Copperfield's Blackboard Illusion. The performer without ever touching a large, covered display board, correctly predicts which casino a spectator will visit, how much he'll wager on a game of chance, and the outcome of a Black Jack hand freely dealt by the spectator. It started with Larry's Will The Cards Match. Now see where it all ended up with two previously unpublished routines including Punch Lines , a very funny variation and the Ultimate Match-Up with a surprising and baffling climax.
Kenton Knepper's Klose-up and Unpublished Kenton Knepper's Klose-up and Unpublished is a low budget, zero production value project. Kenton addresses this at the beginning of the tape, and makes no claims that the production values are any more than they are. While other low budget videos have appeared recently, the production quality of this video is really pretty bad. You will be able to understand what is going on, but the quality of the video image would have been improved if the room had been better lit.
Harry is, of course, well known for both his convention appearances and his wonderful column in M-U-M. But when we first began to session he was not as visible in the national magic community, and his methods and routines were a constant source of speculation and interest to inner circle magicians. In 1977, Harry and his long time friend Ed Brown traveled to the Washington, DC I.B.M. convention, and during the course of the convention Ed began to convince Harry that his material should be recorded and eventually published in book. Ed, who is a professor at the University of Illinois, began to prepare a manuscript which was turned over to a publisher in the early 1980's. There the manuscript sat, unpublished, for many years. I feared that Harry would never see the book published in his lifetime. In fact, I wasn't so sure that the book would be published in my lifetime. (In fact, what I thought might happen is that the book would be serialized in the form of notebooks, in which case no...
Technical variations of the basic technique.6 Due to these published sources, plus limited word-of-mouth, the move was kicked around the late 70's and early 80's. Harvey Rosenthal's Outjogged Placement was published in Packet Switches Part Three by Karl Fulves in 1977 and more variant movements and finessed actions were added to the mix. Fulves alluded to only The Esoterist, adding that the ideas and techniques used in the Outjogged Placement are quite different from published handlings, have greater flexibility and can be used repeatedly without causing suspicion. 7 Larry Jennings remained uncredited, unpublished. Frank Simon entered the game when he published Versatile Card Magic in 1983. 8 Most of this book is devoted to handlings of the Convincing Control. Daryl, who was highly visible at the time, used the technique explained in Simon's book and showed it around wherever he performed and lectured. He applied it to The Out-of-Body Experience and many magicians asked about the...
The Steranko controversy started with the Liuso satire. Over twenty-five years passed and James Steranko continues asserting a crusading claim that Ed Marlo stole estimation ideas from him, suggesting that Marlo had somehow read his unpublished book (The Ultimate Move - 1962) before he wrote Estimation. In fact, he insists, Marlo rushed Estimation into print because of The Ultimate Move gets. Perhaps he wants to revive his firebrand image from the 60's He is certainly no stranger to extravagant hype and he probably considers himself a triple-threat Houdini's avatar, an explosively creative revolutionary, and an avant-gardist of untapped frontiers. Once the poster boy of rebellious, sax-playing, car-racing youth, perhaps he will kick-start another career. Part of such a auspicious return may be the publication of the famously unpublished The Ultimate Move.
An outgrowth from a previous effect of mine called A Piece of Fred that appeared in Obsession. Both this and the previous effect are inspired by an, as yet, unpublished Fred Robinson concept along with a Charles Jordan Riffle Shuffle principle. This is better performed for other magicians.
Delaying a color-changing back effect by performing other tricks first, while concealing the true composition of the deck, is an exceptionally persuasive strategy. In the late 1950s Ravelli (Ronald Wohl) did a lengthy and intelligent study of this idea, which was eventually published in the April 1963 issue of Ibidem (see pp. 29-38). In his examination he praises Mr. Elmsley's unpublished topsy-turvy deck trick (ibid., p. 30) and describes many other examples. The article is well worth the reader's study.
There's always a wise guy in the crowd who knows everything there is to know about magic because he once read a cereal boxtop explaining the French drop . Then again, there is the pseudo-card man who merely nods instead of showing a reaction. The nod is supposed to mean, Yes, of course, it's the old Plopkin move from page 19 of Volume 1 of Erdnase's unpublished fifty dollar manuscript which I Xeroxed from a friend's copy.
E book Publishing Secrets
The term E-book can mean a variety of different things in varied context however the most basic reference would be that it is a source of information done in a digital file. This book gives you the tools to publish yourself.