I am a huge fan of The Jerx.
I thought I would just log back in here and pass on the recommendation. Hopefully Kevin won’t mind! But I still have access to this site from my time spent posting on here a few years ago under the name Cardmagic10…
Anyway – “Andy” (it is a pseudonym he uses) is the best thinker in magic today. I wrote an overview of his work over here which you may find useful.
Quirx of the Jerx
He has been blogging for the past 2.5 years. And has written a book which has received a rave review in GENII, a rave review from Jamy Ian Swiss and won Book of The Year on The Magic Cafe. He also has a digital magic monthly called JAMM which has also received a rave review in GENII magazine.
If you are new to Andy’s work – there is a lot to catch up on. But it is not too late to start now. In the years to come – you will be glad you managed to find a seat on the Andy train whilst it was still in motion.
Maybe start with my post above or Jamy Ian Swiss’s review over here:
Or you may want to check out the review of Andy’s book that I wrote over here:
And here, again, is a link to the site itself:
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.
Simplicity is the keynote of every worthwhile effect in magic.
Paul Le Paul, The Card Magic of Le Paul
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.