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”. 

Alex Elmsley – The Mexican Prediction

So I’ve been playing around with the Mexican turnover recently when trying to solve a card problem using dice and also a mentalism routine. I remembered this trick from The Complete Works of Alex Elmsley volume 2 which uses the move but in an incredibly clever way (typical of all Elmsley tricks). 

The effect is given as follows –

The performer runs quickly through the deck and sets two cards facedown on the table. He explains that’s these cards, in combination, serve as a duplicate to one card in the deck. One of the pair predicts the value, the other predicts the suit. 

To test the validity of the prediction, someone is asks to push any card at random out of the spread pack. When the two cards are turned up they form a precise composite of th selected card. 

If you have this book (also available as a PDF from L&L Publishing) then I would recommend re-reading the trick as it may spark other off beat ideas for this move. 

Peter Duffie’s Card Compulsions – Digitized

Five years ago I posted about this excellent book and now it’s been released as a pdf file available via Peter Duffies’ website.

Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in card magic; it contains very strong material with clever methodology and entertaining plots. Plus at the moment it’s on offer and a bargain.