Authors Preface

Like most people, I had seen a magician perform here and there and I had been entertained. In 1947, a Washington friend invited me to accompany him to a magic convention. I didn't even know there were such things For want of something better to do, I went and magic came alive for me when Slydini stepped to stage front. I do not lack words, merely space, to describe my impressions. To state it succinctly I was enthralled, delighted, entertained beyond my wildest imaginings. In my opinion if...

Editors Notes

Those of us who have had the unadulterated pleasure of witnessing Slydini's performances and have the basic knowledge necessary for true appreciation, know that each of his effects is an epitome of what magical presentations should be. Slydini is a superb performer not only because he has an inspired imagination and the infinite patience to practice until he can perform automatically one could say by reflex but because he is a first class psychologist, a student of human nature. The knowledge...

Slydini Touches

When you pick up the ball at beginning of routine, your thumb slips into loop. Make sure that your fingers hold the ball firmly. If it slips and hangs from loop your effect is dead. For the same reason, keep your distance so that loop won't be visible to spectators. 2. Refer to fotos 9 and 10. This is the most critical move of the entire routine. It must be done very fast and in perfect coordination or the ball will be seen. From position in foto 9, both hands simultaneously and suddenly curl...

Cardless Mentalism Trick

This beautiful and astounding effect has baffled top magicians and laymen for many years. All who witness this are completely mystified and the effect gains in amazement with repetition. Slydini borrows a deck of cards and requests that they be shuffled by a spectator. After this is done, Slydini shuffles the pack himself, then hesitates and remarks I'll bet you think I have set the cards in some arrangement . Shuffle them again. Slydini continues Place the deck face down on the table I won't...

With A Paper Napkin

The familiar classic of tearing up and restoring a piece of cigarette paper has always been a favorite. However, this type of paper is practically a relic of the past. Slydini has modernized this effect into a beautifully modern presentation. Since the effect is so well known, only the modus operandi will be discussed. A small portion of a paper napkin is torn into pieces and then restored to its original shape. Preparation Prior to presenting the effect, tear off a corner from a paper napkin,...

Cigarette Reincarnation

Like all of Slydini's effects, his Cigarette Re-Incarnation astonishes everyone for whom he performs it particularly magicians. Slydini shows an ordinary, filterless cigarette, holds it with fingertips of both hands and puts a broken portion of cigarette on the table before him until he has three pieces there. He then picks up the pieces, one by one, puts them into the open palm of one hand, makes a fist, pushes thumb of other hand into fist. From the closed fist, a complete and perfectly...

Wrong Way Coins

Slydini spreads six silver dollars in front of him on a table. He picks up three of the coins, deliberately and openly, one at a time, with the right hand and the other three with his left. You actually see the coins in each hand. Making a loose fist he jingles the three coins in one hand and asks a spectator to say by the jingle how many coins are in that hand. He repeats with the other hand. Both hands are in full view and lifted away and above the table. When spectator has firmly stated that...

One Coin Routine

Slydini's One Coin Routine possesses all the characteristics of a modern miracle. With fluid motions, he swiftly vanishes a coin and, winged-like, it reappears in the most unexpected places. In his hands, the coin seems to be a thing alive it is actually seen all the time during the movements of his hands it vanishes and reappears in different odd places, making one wonder How did it get there Slydini does not perform the routine in divided units. He presents it in a single, continuous, flowing...

Sweet Salt

No higher tribute can be paid this Slydini creation than by quoting his own remark This is my favorite close-up trick. The Effect Slydini pours salt from a salt shaker into his left palm. He makes a fist and holds it over a spectator's hand preparatory to allowing the salt to cascade down. However, when Slydini opens his left hand, the salt has vanished. Reaching with his empty right hand, Slydini captures the salt out of the air and allows it to run down in a stream onto spectator's hand....

Capricious Cornucopia

One picture is worth a thousand words. . .Describe a spiral without using your hands. . . There is nothing like trying to put Slydini's magic into words for appreciating the truth of both those old phrases. However, using enough words it could be done if one really set one's mind on it and had the time and the inclination. Whether even the most serious and dedicated student would wade through the directions is something else again. So, thank God for Monsieur Daguerre and his invention and for...