Kointakey

EFFECT A half dollar, placed in the hand, magically changes into a key. COMMENTS This is Michael's updated handling of a J.B. Bobo effect that appeared in both MODERN COINMAGIC and MYBEST. PROPS You need a half dollar and a silver key that has a round head. PROCEDURES When you are ready to perform this routine, secretly obtain the key and clip its head between the tips of your right first and second fingers. The key is concealed along the length of your right second finger (FIG. 1). Introduce...

Lou Gao Silver Certificate

EFFECT The hands are seen to be empty except for a dollar bill. The bill is folded until it is one-eighth its regular size, and it is held at the very fingertips. After talking about the bill's value in silver, the bill instantly and visibly changes into a silver dollar. COMMENTS Lou Gallo knows what good magic should look like, and how important it is for magic to be simple, direct and yet powerful. Lou has been doing magic in the Buffalo, New York area for years and doing bar magic with...

Custom Cue Sheets

We vv'.li begin our efforts to better organize and manage our magic by reviewing the Custom Cue Sheets. A number of factors make these sheets quite interesting. We will look at some of the benefits which these sheets provide, and then we will learn how to best use and apply them. I have some good news, and I have some bad news. The Cue Sheets will require a one-shot n j or investment of your time. (That's the bad news.) The good news is that the time is invested wisely. Once completed, your...

Principle Number Five

Create moments that nr-v clearly unplanned or unpredictable. Moments from outside the cookie cutter. Experiences that convey us and now. In terms of material, almost anything involving a spectator would fall into this catagory, but there is a lot of leeway, even with a spectator. 1 try to select material that clearly shares responsibility with the spectator. Putting them into situations that allow them a lot of latitude for reaction. Asking them open-ended questions, drawing enough background...

The Carrot

One way I look at goals is to see them as carrots on a stick. The nature of the goal relating to the size of the carrot. In my world, pushing people's wonder-buttons so hard the experience sticks with them for a lifetime, takes on the appearance of a 30 foot, two ton carrot. Sounds motivating, right Well, maybe yes. Maybe no. What if the stick that holds that carrot turns out to be a mile long What if the goal is good, but the effort to accomplish it is just too great What if the studies are...

Fingers Moves In Magic

Fingers Moves Magic

The right hand is moved out of the way this drawing. The top two cards are levered up and away from the deck by the little fingets of both hands. As soon as the cards clear the deck, the middle and third fingers push the cards into the right palm. This is the iirj ija Top Palm. You w-'ii end up with the twi se. lected cards palmed in the right hand. As soon as the cards clear the deck, the middle and third fingers push the cards into the right palm. This is the iirj ija Top Palm. You w-'ii end...

Pencil Thru Quarter Finesse

COMMENTS What folkm-* is not a complete routine. Rather, it is an alternative handling for the end of the Pencil Thru Quarter routine (see page 161). The moment that you give the spectator his quarterback is one of the most important moments of the entire routine. In fact, a smooth return of the borrowed quarter is crucial if you want the audience to never even have the thought that there might be an extra coin. If you fumble the necessary switch of the borrowed quarter for the gaffed quarter,...

Torn Restored Cigarette

COMMENTS This is a very open tear and restoration. It goes well alone or when coupled with restoration number two. A little acting is necessary, along with a smooth, confident handling. PROCEDURES An extra piece of cigarette, slightly more than an inch in length, is concealed in the right hand, held along the length of the right middle finger (FIG. 1). This piece will be referred to as the stub. If s a little less than half of a cigarette, and very easy to conceal. In the illustrations, the...

Indoor Baseball

EFFECT The performer looks at his watch and excitedly announces that is time for Indoor Baseball. He offers a deck of cards for examination and gives a spectator a magic marker with which to write his name across the face of any card. The signed card is then shuffled into the deck. The performer introduces the playing surface a dart board which has a baseball game on one side of the board. After taking the deck, the magician scales a couple of cards at the board. Not being happy with the...

Multiple Coin Production

EFFECT Four coins are produced from the hands. PROCEDURES Begin by secretly palming three coins (halves or silver dollars) in a right-hand classic palm and one coin in a left fingerpalm. Your body is turned slightly to the left. When you are prepared as described, make a magical gesture with your left hand then open your hand to reveal a coin on your left palm. Bring your palm-down right hand over to your left hand and grasp the coin with your right forefinger and thumb. As your right hand...

Principle Number Eiglit

It seems the human mind just isn't capable of remembering complex details vividly over time. If we ever hope to make it to long-term memory, we have to be as simple as a slogan. Say it in a sentence, and you stand a great chance of being remembered. The coin in the bottle. The pencil through the coin. The card on the ceiling. The floating bill. The bill in lemon. Make it easy, give them a handle. A memory class I took once explained that memories can be recalled more...

Get Moke Rubals From Your Magic

How much pleasure do you get from your magic Thaf s hard to say because there is no real measure for satisfaction like there is for distance or volume. We have inches, feet, miles, pints, quarts, and gallons but how do we distinguish the exact difference between a little bit of satisfaction and a lot For the sake of this article, let's assume we do have a standard unit of measure for satisfaction, and let's call this unit of measurement a 'rubal'. Each rubal - not to be confused with the...

Trade Show Climax

This is a handling that works very effectively in a trade show setting, where you must have maximum impact with as little effort as possible. You can use it to follow up the Pencil Thru Quarter routine j ust described, or you can use it as a stand-alone piece. Either way, the ending is very strong and never suspected. This can also be a strong promotional advertisement for you. Simply have the pencils made up with your name, address, and telephone number on them. Since you present the spectator...

Principle Number Four

Borrow objects, alter them magically, then return them in their permanently altered state. To use an analogy, out here, in the magic frontier, the crowds thin out. Just as in the wild west, where the cowards stayed home and the weak died on the way, going this far isn't easy. But don't worry, magic isn't nearly as demanding as the wild, wild west was. Here, the biggest challenge is the willingness to plan ahead, because that is the most important thing this principle demands. My first adventure...

Coin In Pen

EFFECT A borrowed coin is tapped with a borrowed pen and instantly vanishes. When the cap is removed from the pen, the coin is found inside. PROCEDURES Any coin may be used, and any pretend to hear something in the cap. FIG. 2 shows the rightforefinger and thumb removing the cap, as the left hand places the pen aside. Give the cap a gentle shake, simultaneously releasing the coin, and dumping it on the left palm (or a spectator's hand) (FIG. 3). FIG. 4 shows an extremely deceptive way to hold...

Principle Number

Why One reason is because the world around all of us is constantly bombarding all of the known senses with every sort of imput. The competition for our attention is so incredibly fierce, that we have developed incredible systems NOT for processing MORE information, but FOR FILTERING OUT information. Just think of all the hours you personally have satin front of a television, watching programs that may have costs millions to produce, yet you are able to tune it all out as you replay some obscure...

Haleys Comet

COMMENTS Here is a wonderful opening effect for either close-up or stand-up performance. Michaelhasusedittogreatsuccessonboth Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, and TheMerv Griffin Show. The effect is flashy, quick, and visible, the perfect opener to establish you as a magician. Both Michael and John Carney collaborated on this effect, and the idea was to construct it to be effective on television. It is a variation of Bob Fitch's bouncing ball vanish (see THETOPIT BOOK. pp. 80-81). EFFECT The...

The Two Card Trick

EFFECT Using the most economic of procedures, two random cards from amongst the pack are noted, and then lost. The deck is openly turned end-for-end, and with no shuffles, cuts, or visible movements of any kind to cause the effect to take place, the first selected card appears, projecting face up from the front of the pack- The second spectator then names his card, and by merely turning the first card over, it changes into the second selection. COMMENTS The plot is definite, and the procedures...

Inversion

EFFECT A card is selected and replaced so it is protruding more than half of its length from the upper left corner of the deck. Drawing attention to the deck, the performer states that just by waving his hand, the protruding card will visibly turn face up, while it is still locked inside the facedown deck. However, much to everyone's surprise, the selected card does NOT reverse itself. Instead, The entire deck reverses itselfaround the still face-down selection COMMENTS Jim Lewis is a talented...

The Crazy Mans Handcuffs

Midas Touch

EFFECT A rubber band is stretched between the left index finger and thumb, and a second rubber band, dangling from the right index finger, is lowered into the half circle created by the left thumb and index finger. The right thumb moves into the loop of the band dangling from the right index finger. This locks the bands together, stretched between the index fingers and thumbs of both hands. There seems to be no way the bands could separate without taking the bands off of the fingers, andyet...

Super Group

COMMENTS This article was originally written during 1977. It was inspired by the book THINK AND GROW RJCH by Napoleon Hill, and was fueled by the desire for what I felt I didn't have - which was magical brain-storming companionship. Growing up in West Virginia meant there were very few magicians around, and there certainly weren't any full-time professionals. I confess to being one of those 'outside the Men's Hut', looking at the professionals huddling together at conventions, and dreaming of...

The Nursing Home Circuit

I didn't have any particular performing style when I first became a magician, as anyone who saw my beginning performances will surely agree. But boy, did I love magic. So much so, that I tried to learn it all. And, j ust as any type of seed will grow if the soil is fertile enough, my early days in magic found me doing doves, close-up, silent manipulation, whatever. Unfortunately, being a jack of all tricks meant never really mastering any given style. Who could worry about getting better I was...

The Thumbhp Bill Switch

COMMENTS Mike Koslowski caused quite a stir during the late seventies when he published his One Hundred Dollar Bill Switch. I remember getting his manuscript as soon as it came out, and 1 immediately added the effect to my show. When the local newspaper reviewed the dinner theatre show I gave at the Bridgegate Dinner Theatre in 1978, the accompanying photo was one of me performing the One Hundred Dollar Bill Switch, Since that time I have seen many magicians perform the technique, and I even...

Coin On Ceiling

EFFECT At the end of a one-coin routine, or during any casual by-play with a coin, the performer flips the coin into the air. Much to everyone's surprise the coin sticks to the ceiling COMMENTS This one is a winner M t's easy to do and the effect is quite startling. If it has a drawback, it's that people begin to request it a little too often and that could get expensive. I developed this while trying to expand upon the Card on Ceiling. Originally I had the spectator tear a corner from their...

Background

The Cups and Balls, by close-up standards, involves -a lot of props. It is a relatively long routine. It lasts almost five minutes, requiring three cups, four small balls, a wand, and four large final loads. Fortunately, the routine has a strong impact when it has a solid, yet simple structure. When properly developed, it seems impossible to reconstruct and the display at the end is both interesting and unexpected. This makes it an excellent closer. I have always thought the opening sequences...

Clip Card Vanish

COMMENTS I believe in having no mercy on the viewers when performing close-up and my audiences prefer it that way. They like the idea that someone has taken the trouble to deceive them completely, leaving them no chance to reconstruct and find some discrepancy in a routine. I structure my routines for performance while standing and surrounded. I could easily modify the method to hi any performing situation and still receive maximum results. Another of my guidelines is to use as few props as...

The Iceman Cometh

EFFECT A card is selected and a corner is removed for idtnsificarion. The card is then further torn and finally vanishes in a flash of fire. The card box is then opened, letting out a block of ice which exactly fills the inside of the box. In the very center of the block of ice is frozen the selected card. Chipping away the ice from the corner verifies that this is indeed the original selection. COMMT,NIl RCX EDlJRES The card, of course, needs to be forced. I dribble the cards from the right...

Thumbtip Finesse

COMMENTS I developed and have been using these three handlings with the thumb tip almost tenyears ago. Foryears I didn't printthem because I thought, Big deal. Peopledon't care about such attention to detail work. And Aftershowingitaround,I found that people do care. In fact, if enough attention is given to detail, it makes all the difference. The funny part is that even after I was convinced of the value of these moves, I still didn't print them, because I didn't think it would be possible to...

Silk To

The handling is clean, straight-forward, and is designed to highlight these aspects even to the untrained eye of the layman. Finally, 1 wanted to take away the sting of the sucker ending, so I now end with the funny kicker of pulling the silk out of the spot that is stuck to your forehead. I feel that it is much better to end with a laugh instead of an I got you PROCEDURES You need two identical eighteen-inch silks, a circle of tape the same color as the silks, a...

Pencil Thru Quarter

May Borrow Pencil

EFFECT A quarter is borrowed and marked with a pencil for future identification. The pencil now very clearly penetrates the coin three times in succession. Immediately following the third penetration, both the coin and the pencil are handed directly to the spectator for inspection. PRESENTATION I'm going to give you a real bargain for your money now. If someone here has a quarter, show you one of the most realistic illusions imaginable. Here's a pencil, draw a moustache on George, or make any...

Social Workers

Sawing Woman Half

EFFECT You hand the flip-top a freshly-opened beverage can to a friend and have him break the tab from the ring. You place the ring on his extended index finger and play the part of a magic welder as you rejoin the ring to the tab while it is on your observer's finger COMMENTS 1 will admit this is not as dramatic as sawing a woman in half, but the routine does have a few strong points. It is a valuable weapon to have in your arsenal because of the many opportunities you will have to use it The...

New Wave Coins Across

Coins With Hand

EFFECT Beginning with three coins in each hand, one at a time the coins travel from the left hand into the right in a very deceptive fashion. COMMENTS Previous to the publication of ENCORE is few people outside of Buffalo, New York had heard of Mike Gallo. However, as you can see from the items Mike has contributed to this project, he is a uniquely creative and talented close-up performer. Mike has the rare ability to look directly at the basic effect as he develops entirety new methods for...

Lets Hit The Bottle

Topit Pattern

COMMENTS Do you need a strong piece of magic that will rarely conflict with any other effect you might do One that packs small, plays big Try this. Trust me. EFFECT A half dollar is examined and an identifying mark is scratched on it with a pocket knife. A bottle of champagne is uncorked and examined. The bottle is re-corked a spectator holds it by its neck. The half dollar is now driven through the bottom of the bottle. After the bottle is examined, the coin is magically removed from inside...

False Count With Coins

COMMENTS Here is a very deceptive utility false count with coins. It is extremely versatile and holds the distinction of fooling the ear as well as the eye. It allows you to either get one coin ahead, or you can show you have more coins than you really do. You will find many applications for it. PROCEDURES Let's suppose you have four coins, but you want the audience to believe you have five coins. Start with four coins in your right hand. Your body is turned slightly to the left Hold your left...

Psychology

I wrote the following eight essays during the late seventies, while attending West Virginia University. Few people have seen them, and, I suppose, even fewer had any idea what I was talking about These notions, although quite esoteric, will clearly show the seeds of my current interest in performing philosophy. And while I might choose different topics to elaborate on in current essays, it is interesting to note that most of the performing perspectives I held back then, I still hold today. None...

Action Zones

In trying to consider the areas of Nonverbal communication that affect the superior performance of magic, I've come up with what I believe is a new way of considering the execution of techniques. I call my concept Action Zones. I consider Action Zones to be the areas where the deceptive action is taking place. They could involve just one hand or finger, or an entire section of the stage. It could be the index finger bending in to thumb palm a thimble. It could be both hands executing the pass,...

Signed Bill In Light Bulb

COMMENTS This routine provides an excellent opportunity for showmanship and exercises your ability to carry an idea or concept into a spectator's mind. The method is simple, the moves are natural, and the effect is stunning. Have you ever performed a card or coin trick for some people you don't know, only to hear That's pretty good. Are you a magician as their response It is likely that this has actually happened to you. Your first impulse is to say Of course. JDidn'tyou just see me do that...

Broken Restored Rubberband Finesse

COMMENTS I think the method of pulling two strands of a rubber band tightly together so they seem to be a single strand has been around for many years. Harry Lorayne then popularized the effect by developing a practical method for getting into the set-up, which was originally printed in his book, REPUTATION MAKERS. This is where I first learned the effect, and I used Harry's handling for years. In fact, the opening movements I use for doubling over the band are still Harry's. However, after...

The Vanishing Glass

EFFECT A stemmed wine glass is placed onto the flat left palm, and covered with a 24-inch silk. At the command of the performer, the shape of the glass melts away and the silk falls flat on the palm. The silk is whisked away to prove that the glass has indeed vanished. COMMENT As in most of the great effects in magic, the method here is simple. H will only take ten minutes practice with the props for you to realize how visual and effective the vanish really is. The original concept comes from...

The Dai Vernon Wand Spin

Dai Vernon

In order to master The Dai Vernon Wand Spin, you must not only be completely familiar with the finger mechanics of the wand spin itself, but you must also carefully study and understand the tinting and misdirection. The professor tells me that most people who have trouble with the spin do so because the ball flashes during the drop from the left hand into the right This is basically a timing problem. They catch the ball successfully, but that isn't the only point For the ball to pass undetected...

Wiped Clean

Hand Palm Down

Timing is important here because the left fingers have to move into the right palm to cover the coin FIG. 3 before the right hand turns palm-up. I know what you're thinking, and it's not true. The coin isn't here showing the left hand and it's not here. The deceptive part of this move is the sliding of the coin along the right palm. FIG. 4 shows how the left hand is brushing the coin to the right fingertips. At this point the left hand freezes as the right hand turns palm-down again. The coin...

Ultimate Onefinger Spellbound

Ultimate Psilver And Copper Coin

EFFECT A coin held at the fingertips, changes colors at the brush of a single finger. COMMENTS This move was developed to accomplish Spellbound without using the classic Spellbound positioning. I felt it would seem more open and natural if the coin were held in full view at the tips of the fingers when the change took place. Other moves would obviously be needed for a complete well-rounded Spellbound routine. However, if you perform this once or twice during your routine, other changes are...

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The right hand takes the wand so one ball is still firmly held in the Utjiii. while the oiriftris barely held against the base of the hand by the first and second fingers. The right hand takes the wand so one ball is still firmly held in the Utjiii. while the oiriftris barely held against the base of the hand by the first and second fingers. swing of the wand is used to load a ball secretly into the left hand. Normally I don't like fast movements, but this one produces a ball in a hand just...

Amazing Coin Vanish

Hand Spells

EFFECT With his sleeves rolled back and a disarming economy of motion, the performer causes a coin to instantly vanish. Both hands are seen to be empty. COMMENTS Rick Anderson, from la coma, Washington, has a certain style about his coin work that makes it very enjoyable to watch. This baffling move is typical of his material. The angles on this particular vanish are bad, but one-on-one is one of the most common situations in which a close-up worker will find himself. This move is vtell worth...

Fingertip Coin Vanish

EFFECT A coin is transferred from hand-to-hand at the very fingertips. Suddenly, the coin seems to have melted away. COMMENTS This is one of the items which John first made his reputation with. If s a very magical vanish in his hands because of its very open nature. John's inspiration for this was from Vernon's classic book, DAIVERNON'STRIBUTE TO NATE LEIPZIG. Leipzig's vanish was called 'A Coin From Hand-to-Hand', and John has altered it to better fit the style which he has developed....