Thanks to Leech

Just wanted to give the heads up to a brilliant effect by Al Leech from “For Card Men Only”, 1949.

The trick, called “A Transposition” is brilliant. The seven of clubs is placed in your pocket and the two red twos removed from the pack. Spectator selects a card which is sandwiched face down between the red twos. With a snap of the fingers you remove the selected card from your pocket and the card between the twos is now the seven of clubs.

The handling is very efficient and there’s a cleanness to the trick – the spectators see the back of a face down card between the twos the whole time and it seems like there’s no way the card could have changed.

Another gem from the book is “Elusive Jacks” which is a nice trick where the black and red jacks keep changing places. This is a book which is definitely worth tracking down if you can find it.

British Pathe – Archive Magical Footage

I love watching old archive footage of magical performances and was delighted to stumble across the website of British Pathe, a site which archives 75 years of British film making. Search for “magician” and “magic” and you’ll find dozens of performances from as early as the 1930’s.

Here’s a clip of a magician called Newman Mond performing a snooker table card revelation from 1939 –

NEWMAN MOND (AKA NORMAN BOND) (ITEM TITLE IS ANCIENT AND MODERN) 1939.

Here’s another clip of magician know as Erikson (there are several clips of him on the site, including him trying to imitate Cardini) –

Erikson 1942

So friends, happy searching and enjoy.

Ed Marlo Speaks…

Click here

I honestly didn’t know what to say after seeing this. What a pathetic way to try and con some money out of people.

Lennart Green Week – Blog DaOrtiz

Dani DaOrtiz has been having a week-long tribute to Lennart Green on his blog. Here’s a link to the Google translation into English – Click here

You can make out what most of it means although some of the translation is poor. The videos however are in English. The first post in particular is really nice and has some biographical information on Lennart.

51 Faces North

I found this recently and thought it might interest some. One of Stewart James’s solutions to the “51 Faces North” trick. The trick, originally by Paul Curry (The Open Prediction) was revamped by James who gave it several ridiculous conditions which led him to create this.

I’ve read some nice solutions to the Open Prediction, one by Marlo (I forget where now) and the other by Jerry Sadowitz in The Crimp Magazine (Issue 52).

http://www.magicana.com/exhibitions/stewart_james/1955.html

Here’s someone performing one of Marlo’s methods (badly but it’s the best I could find)

The Wilson Controller?

The likeness is uncanny…

Mystery Magazine Issue 2 – A Short Review

Recently received a copy of Mystery Magazine Issue 2. I was very unimpressed to be perfectly honest. The best thing in it by far was the trick by Roy Walton called “Ghostly Poker”. I don’t really enjoy reading about magic competitions and little gatherings. I also hope the standard of the effects get better (I’m obviously excluding the trick by Roy Walton), “Mirror Trick” by Michael Lyth – a jumbo card inside a sparkly frame trick – does anyone seriously present stuff like this these days? “The Long-Distance Card Trick” by Chris Wardle – using a very old number force to force a card – there are much better and stronger over the phone tricks than this.

I was laughing out loud whilst reading the interview with “Dynamo”. When asked about mastering his routines and the books vs DVD debate he replied –

The magic scene as a whole is very formulaic. People use the same ideas, follow the same sorts of paths, routes and so on. The way I look at it, to step out of that box and be different, you have to look elsewhere for your inspiration…I know guys who can do really impressive card magic, stuff that puts me to shame – and I’m pretty good. These are guys who can do all the technical things, but when it comes to performing an effect for somebody, they don’t have a clue.

“Step out of that box and be different” – I don’t see anything unique about him at all – just another Blaine wannabe who uses mostly marketed items anyone can do. “I’m pretty good” – no you’re not. Not only can you not do the technical stuff, you can’t present either. It really annoys me when people assume that just because you actually care about good technique and spend time mastering difficult sleights you must not be able to present anything.

As for “Dynamo” his success is due to the general public not being able to appreciate what good magic is. Some promoter see’s him doing poor magic, doesn’t know what good magic is and signs him up believing him to be good.

As for the magazine – I’ll keep getting it and hope it improves. After all we need a decent British magic magazine.