The Journeyman Issue 3

It’s been a while but issue 3 is now available, contents on the page above. This issues contains a contribution from one of my mentors in magic – Roger Curzon from Sheffield. 

I also explore a new switch, a version of Gemini twins using any named values from a shuffled pack and more. 

Magic Quote #9

Simplicity is the keynote of every worthwhile effect in magic. 

Paul Le Paul, The Card Magic of Le Paul

Magic Quotes #8

But it is well known that if magicians in general would pay more attention to the presentation of tricks they are using instead of continually looking for ‘something new’ they would be much better off —- and so would magic. 

Theo Annemann, 1936

Written in 1936 yet even today it’s not “well known”. 

Coin in pack

A card is selected from the pack, remembered, returned and the pack placed on the table. A 2 pence piece is shown and vanished. The spectator then cuts the pack and the coin is found somewhere in the centre right next to the selected card. 

A lovely plot that blends coin magic with cards in a way I like. I’m interested to read other published methods for this trick so if anyone can point me to any sources that would be great 😀. 

I’m currently working on a method for the magazine using a coin that is signed by the spectator so from their point of view no switch has taken place. 

Card games

So I’ve almost finished my time in India volunteering at a children’s home and playing cards have featured a lot over the last couple if months. As well as teaching them magic I’ve also been playing a lot of card games and it got me to wondering how often people play cards on a regular basis.

I once met someone who was as into cards games as I was card magic. He knew hundreds of games and said his family used to play all the time growing up. Apparently German Whist is a great game.

It seems to me that performing for a group of people who play card games regularly would be fun. 

Just a thought. 

Magic Quotes #7

No wonder wives and mothers tire of magic. They are always the first upon whom a new one is in- flicted. Besides, they invariably see them before it has been perfectly learned, and catching them call it all very silly. A man invariably tells of his wife’s accuteness at ‘catching on’. Do they realise that a wife or mother knows every little habit and gesture of a man? If he steps out of his self for a second in performing a trick, and makes a move foreign to his ordinary actions, she has i t every time. Allof which brings me to my case. My mother was tired of magic before I was fifteen. I asked her today i f she’d like to see a good one. Not having been pestered (in that manner) for a long time she consented. I told her she was to select a card with the deck in her own hands. As I handed It over I deftly palmed one from the top as per instructions and waited. Shuffling the deck a little, mother said.in an off-hand manner, “I thought you said I was the one to take a card.”I quit right then. What price attainment?

Theo Annemann

Coincidence tricks

I have a thing for tricks where the cards are thoroughly shuffled yet somehow the laws of chance are bent and strange coincidences occur; cards repeatedly match, order is produced etc. 

My favourite is a Wayne Dobson trick the name and source of which has currently fled my memory. David Britland on his Cardopolis blog posts a lovely version which is worth checking out as is “Four Way Prediction” by John Murray found in Jerry Mentzers “Card Cavalcade 3”.