Face the facts? – Rubbish.

This is a classic example of confusion not being magic. “How many face up cards?” “How many were number cards?” “How many were picture cards?” “What was the picture card?” “What colour are the cards?”….and there a face!- for a start there are way too many questions. I like the surprise ending but think the routine is poor. If…

A Novel Location – Charlie Miller

I’ve recently been reading through the bound volumes of “The Paulbearers Review”, a monthly magazine published by Karl Fulves, which ran from 1965 – 1975.  Having only got to the end of volume 2 (and having already read way too many tricks using slates for my liking!) there’s some really excellent card items within the…

An Underused Move #2 – Visual Retention Change

Part two of this series focuses on an excellent change by Ed Marlo, which can be found in the pages of The Hierophant (page 239). The move is used to switch a card(s) on the top of the deck (or a packet)  in the action of casually tossing the card(s) onto the table. The viusal…

An Underused Move #1 – The Push-off Double Deal

The double deal, I think, is a highly underused move in card magic and yet has lots of potential for great effects. I first read of the idea of dealing doubles in Expert Card Technique where it is described as a double lift of the top and bottom cards. I’ve only ever seen this done…

The Master at Work

It’s sad that the past masters are no longer with us but good ( for those of us who were never able to witness them) that footage survives of them performing. Here is an absolutely brilliant clip of Alex Elmsley performing “A Strange Story” from “The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley” Vol 1. A truly…

FISM 2012 – The news has broken…

This was originally added as a comment to a previous post by a man calling himself FISM Lover, but I thought it’d be seen better here. So far the clip has few views so I guess the Blackpool organisers have yet to see it…