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You do not have to do any other effects before or after this. A single focused moment of deep astonishment needs a space all its own. ELITE-CT - Someone picks a random object off the coffee table. (Let's say its a statue of Max Maven.) Someone else flips to any page in the telephone directory, then freely selects any name and phone number. Any one of the spectators dial the freely chosen phone number and persuades the random stranger on the phone to name any object in...

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At the age of nine, when I first embarked upon my career as a Close-up Entertainer, I did not have the money to purchase a complete deck of cards. My practice sessions were limited to routines that could be performed with just the Four of Hearts - a birthday present given to me by my mother. All the other kids on the block had their very own complete pack of cards. Whenever they'd get together for a game of Close-up Workers and Spectators, I was always the one stuck with playing the part of a...

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ITE-P NE. - Casually get the torn piece in a right-hand palm position. Force a duplicate of the torn, pinned card then have her firmly hold the card, its back facing you. Using the hand that has the torn piece palmed, tear off the matching corner from the spectator's card and, in a continuing action, give her the palmed piece as you secretly retain the real torn corner. Have your spectator return the selected card to the deck, which you then hand to her. 6TE-P TWO - Your right hand goes to your...

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n isplay is an easy-to-execute yet impres-sive flourish for showing the faces of all the cards in the deck. This artistic exhibition consists of cutting out from one to three faceup one-handed fans. You should acquire the knack for this bit of flash after about one try. TE-P lEL - Hold the deck face down from below in your right hand, in dealing position. Your right thumb riffles downward about a third of the cards then goes into the break near to the upper left corner as in FIG. 1. 6TC.P T JO...

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Against incredible odds the spectator cuts to the four Aces. You comment that if the spectator could do this in a poker game he'd be a wealthy man. You then slide back the four Aces to reveal four half-dollars, which if shrewdly invested and tax-sheltered could spin off enough interest income for him to buy his own deck of cards and set up his own poker game. Aside from the pack of cards and the half-dollars, you'll need to make a special fake card that secretly holds the coins. Las Vegas...

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O ne of the main attractions of Las Vegas LS Leaper is having your spectator do the false count for you. Bill Malone has evolved the concept to a giddy level of high fun so that a second spectator can now count ten cards while really having seven Combining the two counts makes for a super-charged Cards Across where your spectators do most of the work for you. (Bill's professional presentation with all the Maloneisms will be in a book about his magic written by Lance Pierce.) .5TE-P l lE_ - Get...

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IP rad is a very strange, once full-time magi-Ld cian who pulled up stakes to become a very strange full-time comic. Apparently he was funnier than he was astonishing. About 15 years ago. Brad showed Greg an almost-too-bold bluff for vanishing sugar from a sugar packet WITHOUT using a thumb-tip. Greg started playing with Brad's idea and discovered that people were astonished every single time. Thus this almost-too-bold bluff became re-defined as an ingenious yet practical neo-classic. Brad's...

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I'll start by acknowledging what a terrific honor and privilege it is to have a platform and a voice in a Paul Harris book. I owe him a great debt of thanks for the tremendous impact he's had in shaping the way I approach and perform magic. Growing up, I was a confirmed, die-hard Paul Harris fan. I have vivid memories of my impressionable teenage years when Paul fed my voracious appetite for reading about, experimenting with and performing good Close-up magic. I was absolutely taken in with his...

Patricc Martin

I once tagged along with Patrick to what was known as the finest flower shop in San Francisco, to pick out a gift for the hostess of an event at which he was performing. Now I'm not a big flower kind of guy but even I could tell that these bouquets were a cut above the ones I normally pick up at the grocery checkout counter. So I'm ready to grab one and go, but Patrick doesn't want to rush this. He wants it to be a very special gift, otherwise what's the point So Patrick wanders through the...

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The T.vc at the face, towards the audience STEP -JREE - Turn the three cards over s< ae tc siae as cne unit, picking them up in Execute the Two-for-One Top Change with the black Two (FIG. 9). The black Aces take the black Two's place at the front end of the packet. Then bring your left hand toward your body, over the front end of the packet, turning your left hand over as in FIG. 10. Now your left thumb and forefinger can grasp the top rear card of the packet (held in your right hand) by the...

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(TANNE_I I M ac C maNU CRJPT I 9& S) l* ue to the nature of my chosen profession (a freelance Close-up Kinda Guy) it's next to impossible to plan things out too far in advance. As my present situation now stands, this time next year I'll either be dead, married, obscenely rich, or standing on the street corner selling used balloon doggies at a nickel a pop. It's an exciting life all right. But obtaining left little-finger breaks for a living tends to make thinking about the future an...

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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR DUST JACKET BY ANDR HAGEN PRE-ILLUSTRATION PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NEW MATERIAL BY ANDR HAGEN The acrobatic squirrel at the Janetville Ping-Pong Palace and the great babe that runs the joint. Big Sis who lives life as if no one were looking which is a fine thing indeed. Sainted Mother of the above two daughters plus one strange son. Getting it right two out of three times is still very, very good. My fearless Father and my other two sisterettes and their Spanish teacher who says he...

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If you take any activity any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it has ever been pushed before, push it into the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of real magic. A6T< Nl6ilM NlT 16 0UR. NATURAL 5TATEL Of M'NP. The magic arena is a place of infinite possibilities and there's room to play whatever game you want. But just for a moment let's play the game of pushing the art into the wildest edge of edges. All right. Here we go. Think back to your...

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> TE_P NlE_ - Hand a deck to a willing spectator. Have him shuffle and cut the cards. Turn the deck face up and hand the helper a pen with which to sign his name across the face of the bottom card of the pack. This card stays on the deck while it is being signed by the spectator. 5TE.P iWO - Take the deck in the left hand and with the right fingers double-lift two cards off the face of the deck, placing them together as one card face up on the table. The audience sees only the card with the...

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(rE- M Tit MAR-I TLP ITLM aJ LNTLY MANlUFA< rrUR.LP E> Y MA IC This is the first effect that ever fell out of my face. It's still one of my most reliable tools for unleashing the moment. (To be historically accurate my actual first creative effort was a one-time performance of the often-not-talked-about Handful of Yogurt through the Table We'll both be better off if this remains not talked about.) INl5TI2-UCT Nl5 Rjg ALLY VRJTTLM & Y JELR.R.Y ANIPE.U6 (RJLVI6HP E> Y PJJ.) E-FpLCT - You...

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This is the close-up version of Robert Houdin's Light and Heavy Chest. An effect so astonishing that it was rumored to have changed the course of a nation's history. If the other side had access to the Light and Heavy Dime at least it would have been a fair fight. E-FFELCT - A penny and a dime are placed on the table. Somebody marks the dime, then turns it over. You slide the penny in a magic circle around the dime. When the spectator tries to check the mark on the underside of the dime, the...

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The imaginary card, after being inspected for secret markings and invisible threads, is reinserted face down into the face-up deck. The magician states that through some strange property of light refraction, this invisible card becomes visible upon being reversed. The deck is spread and, to the audience's growing concern, there really is one face-down card in the face-up deck. This growing concern matures into out-and-out disbelief as the reversed card is revealed to be the original mental...

Lip aim

Tom Kechter and Homer Liwig had independently revealed to Eric that certain jars of lip balm are designed like Boston coin-boxes with a secret recess in the bottom to hide a quarter. So one day Eric and I sat down with a jar of lip balm, scooped out the gunk, then rattled around some quarters trying to think coinbox-like thoughts and all I could think of was Gee, what a waste of some perfectly good lip balm. And then things started to gel. ELffELCT - You shake a lip balm container and a...

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Vouldn't it be great to do the Signed Card to Wallet with a normal hip-pocket wallet instead of the outsized European pup-tent version Wouldn't it be wonderful to do it without having to carry a deck of cards and a marker around with you Wouldn't it be beyond swell if someone gave you a three or four minute professional presentation to go with it Gregory Wilson's blow-out presentation of License to Thrill makes it possible. It's tailor made for cops, feds, bouncers, bartenders, dealers in...

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Vhen someone hands me their deck to do just one thing there's an excellent chance that this is the thing I'll do. This is a very special Cards Across routine in that you never touch the spectator's cards. She counts them out herself, the ten cards never leaving her hands The highest recommendation I can give this routine is that I fooled the stuffings out of my little sister with it. 6TELP ONE. - Hold the deck face down in your left hand and count (out loud) ten cards into your right hand. As...

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A lifestyle of radical simplicity and being no place in particular is one of my favorite semi non-existent games. This deeply minimalist handling of Interlaced Vanish almost isn't there which is one of the better cheaper places to play while you figure out where not to go next. 5TE-P nIEL - Arrange your busy schedule so that you have four Kings on the face of your deck in alternating red black order. Ask a loved one to clear her mind while you spread the deck between your hands (back of the...

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At his California Magic and Novelty Company, Gerry Griffin offers tools for astonishment along with high-quality latex items. He once combined these two worlds by performing at a costume party disguised as a left little-finger break which he dropped when the hostess attempted to transfer Gerry to a right-thumb break at his inner end. It was a novel party stunt, but Gerry's true passion is still for crystal-clear moments of pure astonishment. Here's one of his favorite tools for unleashing the...

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The performer transforms himself into the world's greatest Vacuum Cleaner Salesman using an ordinary deck of cards. Before you start get four Aces onto the face of the pack. ste.p IsIe_ - Before I became a world-famous magician and semi-professional handsome person I used to be the world's greatest vacuum cleaner salesman. Even to this day I sometimes get the urge to ring someone's door bell and clean their carpet. Of course, it's not practical to carry around all my tubes and dirt with me, so...

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The two stapled cards should be perfectly squared. Take a second Joker and put a staple through its center, then remove the staple, leaving just the small holes. This last bit of preparation is optional, but will really sell the effect to an observant spectator. Position this second Joker face down at the back of the stapled double card - the stapled Joker side facing up. Keeping the three cards in this position, slide them into your card case (or your pocket). You are now set to present this...

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During the relaxed atmosphere after an informal dinner party or during the pre-meal drinking , an orange is borrowed, quietly subjected to many cuts and then separated into halves. These two pieces are inextricably and inexplicably linked The peels of each part are woven about each other in a manner that seems impossible to have constructed. What has taken about fifteen minutes to create, becomes a rigid and permanent object after drying for two days. This party stunt was introduced to me by...

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If Randy was a really good friend he wouldn't taunt me with incredible flourishes I could never learn. But hey, what are friends for E-FfELCT - This is somewhat of a variation of the Hop Spread, a flourish briefly described in The Card Magic of Paul LePaul. 6TE-P - The cards are held tightly in the left hand, between the first, second, and third fingers with the little finger curled underneath the deck. The fingers are held touching together at the upper right end of the deck as they press the...