The Magnetized Cards

Once again I feel I must mention the genius of Edward Victor – this time we look at his solution to the magnetized cards trick. In the previous post on Edward Victor I included a photo which shows him performing his magnetized card effect. What the photo doesn’t show is that his hand could be…

Wikipedia and Magic

The majority of magic related Wikipedia articles are really bad.  For a start, try looking up some of the masters- Dai Vernon, Roy Walton, Alex Elmsley, Ed Marlo They’re badly formatted and contain niggling inaccuracies. The Vernon one isn’t too bad but most of the information seems to be taken straight from the David Ben book (which is…

The Bent Corner Subtlety

The use of the bent corner in the 3 card Monte is genius on so many levels. It allows the spectator to defeat their own logic – they are utterly convinced that they know the identity of the bent card. The bend is sometimes put in openly and other times “by accident” but is removed…

Dai Vernon and Bruce Cervon at Auction

MagicWeek brings us the news that some of Dai Vernon and Bruce Cervon’s personal possessions and props are up for auction next year. I don’t know about you, but I hate to think of this stuff ending up in the grubby hands of a private collector (which unfortunately will probably be the case). These things…

Dani DaOrtiz

I’ve only fairly recently discovered Dani DaOrtiz after looking through some YouTube videos. He’s funny, original and highly entertaining as these clips will prove. He’s kind of like a  cross between Tamariz and Lennart Green and I really feel like those of us who only speak English are missing out on some excellent effects and…

An Underused Move #3 – The Edward Victor Change

This great change is the invention of British sleight of hand genius Edward Victor (1887 – 1964). He’s somewhat overlooked in the world of card magic, yet the sleights he invented are brilliant. Look through the pages of his “Magic of the Hands” trilogy and you will find a sleight akin to the Convincing Control…

Billy the Scotsman and Improvisational Magic

I was in the pub last week and one of the men playing on the local darts team saw me playing with a pack of cards. It didn’t take long for him to approach me and ask me if I’d like to see a trick. I said that I’d love to and he began to…