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Hartzs Hydrostatic Glass has become a standard of the craft since its invention in the 1800s. It has remained an intrinsically surprising and fascinating iji& M effect to audiences, and over the decades has found a solid place in the reper-toires of professionals and amateurs alike. It is a trick that has certainly been in mine. However, my experience with it, and I'm sure the experience of others too, has shown that the rigid plastic gimmick that makes possible the mysterious suspension...

TThir Squeeze

In your right hand you hold the miniature case opening outward, with the left thumb pulling the top flap back onto the case and in your left hand you hold the gimmicked deck in dealing position. From the front end the deck looks perfectly normal, and your thumb and fingers, resting along the sides, aid in screening from view the odd shape of the gimmick lying under the covering card. (See page 129 for more information on concealing the nature of the gimmick.) Begin to insert the inner right...

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You also need a small wallet with only one compartment. I made my own wallets for this trick, using leather lor the back and dear plastic for the pocket (Figure 3). The top of the pockct is about twenty percent shorter than rhe back of the wallet. This makes it very easy to insert cards without fumbling. I've also dressed the corners of the wallet with little brass corner fittings. If you don't wish to custom make such wallets, a search through a well-equipped stationers will often turn up...

Why Use Mechanical Magic

Having raised the topic of mechanics, some special comment on this branch of methodology is necessary, since it has fallen widely into disfavor. In some circumstances mechanical means can be more efficient than manipulation, and it is important not to lose sight of that fact. Otherwise, you cannot adopt the best method for the effect you wish to create. Nevertheless, mechanical methods have become unpopular with many magicians. There are several reasons for this 1) Because mechanical magic...

Drawing Of Spectator Gaze

& fS consider once more the uncomfortable performing situation discussed in the preceeding article, one that happens with some frequency to almost every magician You are in the middle of a trick and have reached a point where the audiences attention must be directed elsewhere than your hands, so that you can execute a secret maneuver. I lowever, you note one spectator tenaciously staring at your hands, the danger zone. What do you do You could try to make this spectator look you in the eye...

Phase One Silver Bullets

To begin the routine, hold the box in your left hand, positioned over the inner phalanges of the fingers. Thus, when the box is lifted from the hand, the coin hidden in its recess is left in perfect position for finger palming. However, this palming is not done yet. First, with your right hand, remove the lid from the box and set it on your close-up mat near the inner right corner. Next tip the contents of the box (three silver coins and one copper) into your right hand. Immediately close the...

The imm or tncottr

INCE a large part of this book and its companion volume consists of theoretical essays, it seems judicious to consider first what theoretical discussions can do for us and how important a part theoretical concerns can play in the realm of magical performance. Some may say that theory, nice as it may be, doesn't contribute significantly to the development of a good performer. In support of this they point to many such performers who never practiced theoretical analysis. Indeed some fine...

Design Toco

This second design is much easier to make and replace than the first, and it accommodates a variety of card cases that feature a reproduction of die back pattern on die deck. Bicycle, Tally-ho and other popular brands have such cases. While the illusion created by this second method is slighdy less effective, due to the fact that the fidl-sizcd ease cannot be displayed as openly, the versatility and ease of construction offered by this design make it attractive. The first step is to cut off the...

The TWopocket Deck Switch

As already mentioned, the deck you have been performing with must be switched for the gimmick in your jacket pocket. Deck switches are a challenge, especially when you work standing, with no chance for lapping. There is no stock solution to deceptive deck-switching in every situation. The switch must be structured to fit the prevailing circumstances and to take advantage of them. Pockct switches can be problematic, especially when the dccks arc uncased and loose. A standard approach to deck...

The Rim Itch m i Wallet

How Draw Cool Things

HOPE you all have your hands on your money Echoing the thoughts that many C N tj) persons have when they see a magician, the performer goes on to tell how he ( L vmll was recently robbed in the street. The thief took the performer's ring, his watch and his money. As this story is told, the performer removes his ring from his finger, his watch from his wrist and empties the cash from his wallet. All these articles are clearly placed into a plain pay envelope. But a few seconds later, without the...

Intensifying Emotions

The third point that I came to realize about eye contact is particularly important for the performance of close-up magic. It is said by some that eye contact makes people like you more because you are giving them your attention. I think this is only partly true. Let me explain this through an observation of my own. One day, while I was visiting my sister, her young son misbehaved and she responded naturally enough by reprimanding him. As she scolded him he constantly looked at the floor. At a...

THe Complete Restoration

If there is one serious flaw in The Ultimate Rip-ofF', it is that the final restoration, though surprising and baffling, is nevertheless incomplete. The card is only three-quarters restored. Anyone who has performed this trick reasonably often becomes aware that the audience has a sense of unfinished business on the part of the magician. It is not uncommon to hear such questions as Now can you restore die last piece to die card And if no one speaks it, it is still a part of most spectators'...

When Smart People Suggest Stupid Solutions

I've frequendy wondered why people sometimes come up with painfully silly solutions and don't stop to realize it. If they would give the matter more thought they would quickly see that their solution couldn't possibly work. I believe their reasoning runs something like this The moment a spectator sees a magical effect that he doesn't understand, he is confronted with a problem, a problem that stands square in front of him like a granite boulder. He can't budge it. It's there and will always be...

The ME Pras

ETr me explain how I developed ' The Tamed Card, the routine for 'Wild Card I you are about to read. I think the story will hold some interest for you, since the WfcyScl evolution of the roudne shows clearly why the routine is constructed as it is. In addition, you can see how the creative process worked inside my head. It was around 1968,1 think, when I bought my first ''Wild Card set from a dealer in Amsterdam. The instructions accompanying the cards described what is more or less the...