Uartelr Caper

The motivation for this comes from a Bob Hummer effect in Bruce Elliott's deceptively titled book, Professional Magic Made Easy. His effect is a startling coin penetration through the back of the performer's hand. I've taken Hummer's basic penetration and converted it into an unusual flash production. I then took this flash production and expanded it into a full-length routine. E-FFE-CT - The close-up entertainer casually mentions that many normal quarters are actually worth 1.75. This is due...

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E-ppE.CT - A spectator has her mind read by a most unusual technique. The rest of the audience decides to become close-up workers and join in the fun. PR. P6 - A deck of cards, a spectator with two eyes and a performer with two arms and at least four fingers. PIA& tfLICAL < RJdlN< 6 - Simply the cardman's application of the Infamous Scissored Fingers Caper wherein the spectator thinks your left and right index fingers are touching her closed eyelids (immobilizing her eyes and your...

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Tony Miller thinks that the Flap Jacks revelation is too good to reveal by openly setting up in full view of the audience. If you are familiar with Flap Jacks you'll know what Tony's talking about. If you're not familiar with Flap Jacks then I doubt that you and Tony could ever become really good friends. In either case, Tony's thought is worth thinking about. He's taken the Flap Jack's open setup and transformed it into a quickie, Ascanio-spread type of flourish that effectively camouflages...

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The Astonishing Artist Tony Dunn 3 Fluffer Deck McGimmick Skin Job (P.H. Mead) 119 157 Overkill (Ackerman Emberg Marlo) 183 England's Penetration (revised) 197 Million-Dollar Mindreader (Lackey) 215 How to Pop a Floating Deck (Srechko) 247 The Incredible Mystery of the 10th Card (Mead) 291 Carpet Critters Master Index

Paul LackltY

The Million-Dollar Mind Reader is the type of effect that could get you elected as Absolute Ruler in a small to mid-size banana republic. When Paul Lackey presented this effect during his recent tour of Central America, he was made an honorary member in the prestigious Monarch of the Month Club. After a few weeks of dictatoring around, Paul was forced to return to the states for medical treatment. Rumor has it that Paul's hands become severely chafed as a result of having to clap them together...

Peeller

This is based on an amusing party stunt where you humorously rip the wallpaper off a friend's wall. I've been unable to find documentation for this principle in any of the popular wallpaper weeklies or professional party stunt journals. The best I can do is pay silent tribute to the inspired paperhanger who first executed this daring feat. To bring this to the close-up table, I've made the minor adjustment of substituting a playing card for your neighbor's wall in order to avoid that awkward...

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E_FfE_CT - By a simple exercise in logic you project your audience to the inside of a card case. Genuine devotees of the art will want to work out their own solutions to this card problem before reading any further. 6E.CR.E_T - A normal-looking card case is caused to turn inside-out. The printing is now found on the inside, while the outside of the card case is blank As your audience examines the case, the following conversation takes place Performer Your card is now inside the card case....

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ELfFE-CT - The deck is cut into three stacks. Two of the stacks are face up. One stack is face down. The face-down cards are shuffled into one of the face-up packets. When the combined face-up face-down packet is spread, the face-down cards are revealed to have vanished. The remaining face-up packet is spread. Interlaced between the face-up cards are the missing face-down cards, the face-down cards having jumped from the first face-up packet across the table to the second face-up packet -a...

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Sliding Shell Coin

This is Daniel's nowhere-to-run-nowhere-to hide daylight version of Twilight, using a mechanically enhanced coin. It seduces curious wanderers into a strangely familiar transparent dimension that reflects the timeless space of infinite astonishment. What follows is direct from Daniel's marketed manuscript PR.OPb - One pocket size mirror - or a similarly-sized reflective object, (Daniel sometimes uses a chrome business card holder -available at luggage shops), three half-dollars, and one...

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The three cards are held parallel with the table until the face-up card is clipped between the right fingers. At this point, raise the packet to eye level so that the face-up card is toward you - with the faces of the other two cards toward the audience. Keep the top and bottom cards as flat (unfolded) as possible until the link phase is actually started. The lower end of the bottom card (Two of Clubs) should be pressed between your thumbs and little fingers. This keeps the card flat and gives...

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Ou know you've been handling cards too long when you start wondering which one of the four Queens is the best babe. (It's the Queen of Spades and she knows it.) E-FfELCT - The Ace of Spades is sticking out of the center of the deck. The Queen of Hearts is face up on top. Both cards are clearly displayed. There is a flicker, and the two cards instantly change places. 6E.TUP - (from the top down) Ace of Clubs. Queen of Hearts, Ace of Spades. -5TE.P ObIE. - As you explain that you'll do something...

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This method, while not difficult, gives the impression that the two cards are actually unlinked by sleight-of-hand. L.ffL.CJ - The forefinger and little finger of the right hand are inserted through the centers of the two linked cards. As this hand is raised, and the fingers spread, the two cards separate. ME-Ttl P The face-up linked card must be positioned at a right angle as in FIG. 20. Curl the right second and third fingers into your palm leaving your thumb, forefinger and little finger...

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E-ffLCT - Four coins, one at a time, penetrate up from the table to the center of the deck. The final coin's passage is in full view as it penetrates up onto the exposed surface of the pack -5TE_P f lE- - Place four half-dollars or quarters in a row on your close-up mat as shown in FIG. 1. Hold the deck face down in your left hand and take the top two cards of the deck with your right fingers. Table the deck face up below the row of coins. You'll now perform the same clip-steal used in The...

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Emember the seventies magically, I mean It was a decade of silver mylar and spangle. Musicians had glamrock. We had glamagic. And anyone who hadn't endorsed a magic kit was a nobody. Enter Paul Harris. And when the door swung, it swung wide. Many of us remember the day we first heard of Harris as vividly as we remember the day Kennedy was shot. I was browsing in a magic shop. Like a pagan shrine, the counter shelves were strewn with feather flowers and chintz. Plastic props that defy...

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This floating deck handling incorporates Srechko Howard's startling visual of a self-producing gaff. Srechko's ending was first published in Ben Harris' Killer Close-up. So since I'm printing it again it's probably pretty good (Yes, Howard is a real name). ELffELCT A chosen card goes into the deck. The upper-half of the pack slowly rises into the air, and indecisively hovers there for a moment. Suddenly, the chosen card pops out from under the floating half as the rest of the cards plop back...

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5TELP TLllE.TY-TJJE.LL - Tilt the fake so that the linked card rests against your right thumb (FIG. 44). 6TE-P TlJlETYT UE - Pull out on the sides of the fake stretching the hole in preparation for tearing the card (this action will unkey the overlapped ends). See FIG. 45. 6TE-P TlJlETYT UE - Pull out on the sides of the fake stretching the hole in preparation for tearing the card (this action will unkey the overlapped ends). See FIG. 45. 5TE.P TJJlETYTlVL - Pretend to tear the right side of...

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PRJLPAR.A,Tl M - Persuade someone wearing red lipstick to kiss the face of a low-value card leaving a big red kiss mark (or fake it with a red marker or a lips rubber stamp as in FIG. 1). Place this card second from the face of the deck. The face card is an unmarked duplicate of the kiss card. Obtain a set of Halloween wax lips and place them in your left jacket pocket. If wax, candy or plastic lips aren't available, you might consider moving to a larger town. 5TE.P < hJt - Request the help...

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TAYAR.I cTA- > E_L_ P.Jj. (n M TtlL JEJUNAL MAR. LTE.D MANUSCRIPT I 979) Twilight finally made its way to India, where astonishment is their natural state of the universe. NJLT Of W AC C. W ONlPLR.6 AJ P PLCLPTIONb IN INlPIA by Lee Siegel Each of us was asked to perform a trick for the venerable Dr. Opal. Placing a small mirror behind a coin on the table, Shankar Junior began. 'Here is reality,' he said, pointing to the coin before the mirror, and pointing into the mirror, he added, 'and that...

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This is Eric's magnificent approach to Edward Victor's Heard trick. Eric will tell you about it in his own words. Be sure to send him a thank-you-note. I think the appeal of Victor's 11 Card Trick lies in the magic which is happening by itself The magician doesn't seem to be doing anything - and yet the audience is seeing the impossible. The problem comes when they conclude that the magician must be doing it. while pretending that he isn't. Isn't that clever7 I wanted to find a way to present...

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Tony shares his unbridled joy with Paul and Andr upon hearing that he only has one thousand more illustrations to go. Tony shares his unbridled joy with Paul and Andr upon hearing that he only has one thousand more illustrations to go. The books needed about two thousand beautiful, technically-flawless illustrations. I needed an artist with serious commercial chops and the kind of high-end talent that our budget couldn't possibly afford. I needed someone smart enough to get the monster job done...

Drawn Double Cupped Up

E-FpE-CT - You play with a wad of Silly Putty while you borrow a dime and a finger ring from your pal then offer to demonstrate yet another little-known putty principle. You tear the putty in half and flatten the pieces into two small putty patties then press the dime into one patty and the ring into the other, thus creating a rare dime-and-ring. And it even gets better. Your putty buddy holds the patty with the ring while you hold the one with the dime. You both give your putty patty a...

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It all began one Sunday morning when I joined a group of magicians from Madison for a session of astonishment and fried eggs. The discussion drifted to Martin Lewis' Stampede Second. I recalled the first time I saw Martin perform this disturbing visual paradox and was inspired to develop a semi-impromptu version. Don Voltz also recalled the undeniable thrill upon first witnessing this strange stamp phenomenon, but felt that there had to be a more practical method one that was even more...

Putty Uppy

Most civilized beings understand that Silly Putty bounces, stretches and sort of duplicates printed images. A not-so-widely-known putty property is its ability to alter engraved images like those found on a common penny. E-ffC-CT - You make a crude paddle out of Silly Putty then press two pennies into it, one on each side. Both pennies are clearly shown heads up. A slight shake of the putty paddle and one of the imbedded pennies turns tails-side up. Another shake and both pennies are showing...

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Impossible Folded Playing Card

I first came up with the basic theory of a fake consisting of two folded cards during my initial linking card experiments in 1977. At first I discarded this approach as unworkable. Some time later at a Tannen's Jubilee, a young magician showed me two cards folded together into a fake position and asked me if this was a good approach for linking cards. I said no, and explained why I had originally discarded the idea. The magician pretended to agree with me, tore up his cards, and never spoke to...

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Coin Hand Palm

I gt TE-P J JO - Perform an movement with your hands, then open your right hand to reveal the first coin Your palm-up right hand should be positioned directly over the spectator's hand FIG 1 The left fist has casually moved closer to the right hand in preparation for Han Ping Chien. As the right hand starts to slap its coin onto the spectator's hand, the left fist allows its coin to fall. It is this coin that the right hand actually slaps onto the spectator's left palm. See FIG. 2 . Your...