School Daze by Roy Walton

Anyone who can get their hands on old copies of Steve Hamilton’s Profile Magazine will have a real winner on their hands. This version of Henry Christ’s “Sum and Difference” has been blessed with the Walton touch and was published in Profile Issue 5, December 1991. This is one of many excellent effects hidden within…

Bad attitude in Magic

At every gathering of magicians I’ve been to I’m always surprised how many people have such a bad attitude towards magic. Instead of seeing it as an amazing art that requires much practise and study, they think it’s all about out doing one another and possessing secrets. I’ve met many ‘magicians’ who know next to…

FISM 2012? I agree with Paul Daniels!

CLICK HERE for the story in which Paul Daniels says what he really thinks about the 2012 FISM being hosted in Blackpool.¬† I actually agree with him. Unless the organisers have got something up their sleeve they’d be hard pushed to make the event as glamorous¬† as previous host cities.

Paul Daniels on Max Malini

When the BBC documentary “The History of Magic” was first shown I remember being annoyed at this clip. Paul Daniels performing poor sleight of hand whilst professing to have thoroughly researched Max Malini. He obviously never watched the Vernon Revelations series (and yet still calls himself a magician!) in which The Professor explains actually witnessing…

Lance Kidder..or..Margo Burton?

I was watching Lance Burton’s excellent FISM routine recently and it suddenly struck me that he bears a striking resemblance to Lois Lane (Margo Kidder) from the Superman films. Am I the only one to see this?

Thinking backwards

One of my favourite card effects is “The Smiling Mule” by Roy Walton, a spectator names any card in the deck and it instantly appears between two face up aces in the centre of the deck. I suggest you look it up for the method but it does involve the use of a gag/sucker situation…

Two books you should all own

The Complete Walton Volumes 1&2. I cannot stress how important it is to own these two books. In terms of close up card magic Roy Walton is one of less than a handful of magicians to advance the art of card magic since Dai Vernon. His effects are magnificantly structured and most importantly, extremely entertaining…

Dai Vernon – Slow motion card vanish

Here is a superb piece of footage showing Dai Vernon performing his “Slow Motion Card Vanish” from Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson.

Wordle meets Magic

A word cloud of the complete text of “The Expert at the Card Table”. The larger the word the more that word occurs within the text. If anything this show just how precise Erdnase’s descriptions are. Here’s one of Hofzinsers Card Conjuring – Anyone wanting to create there own visit Wordle here. It’d be great…