Time Flies

Can’t believe its been a week already since the Blackpool convention. Had an amazing time and got to catch up with some great people. The line-up this year was poorer compared to previous years but most of the funs to be had socializing in the bar anyway.

Highlight was David Williamson’s close-up sessions – hardly any magic but immensely entertaining. He chose random children from the audience to help him in the act and he handled them brilliantly. At one point he wrapped a child up in a blanket and carried him across to Mark Mason’s table!

The saddest point for me was the fact that John Bannon’s lecture (which was amazing) was barely half full whereasYigal Mesika’s “Loops” lecture was standing room only. Never had time for loops myself – cleverly structured card magic had more appeal for me than the Dangling Bill. Oh well I guess those people missed out.

Saturday night was great – Bebel was performing downstairs in the Ruskin and he had the crowd constantly applauding. He’s a very relaxed handler – with almost no tension at all and his misdirection is spot on.

I stupidly performed Roy Walton’s “Simple Maths” for him – needless to say not the best trick to do to someone who hardly speaks English! Lesson learned!

Better than Twisting the Aces?

Just re-reading The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley Volume 1 and am re-discovering some great tricks. Elmsley’s take on Vernon’s Twisting the Aces – “Twister’s Flush” is a thing of real beauty. It gives the plot a well needed kicker and in my opinion it’s far better than Twisting the Aces. Plus it makes me realise how underrated and underused the Everchange count is. Genius.

Cold Deck Cut – Minor Variation

This is a great Vernon move and is good if you need to supposedly select a random card from the middle but in fact need to take the top card. It appears that you do a kind of fancy strip out cut and then cut the deck into three piles – the centre pile is actually the top half of the deck and so the top card can be produced.

This minor variation uses the same action but produces the bottom card instead.

Cards are in riffle shuffle position with a right thumb break below the bottom card. If you now carry out the actions of Vernon’s cold deck cut just prior to the three packet table cut you’ll find that the card below the break is automatically transferred to the centre pile. If you now make the three packet table cut the original bottom card is now on the top of the middle section. Undoubtedly thought of by many but I thought it was worth mentioning.