The Worlds Fastest Card Trick (1948)

I have an obsession with old magic manuscripts and I love digging out hidden gems from within them. I recently managed to get my hands on a small booklet by Joe Karson which explains the feature trick in his act – a comedy piece in which the performer attempts to do the fastest card trick…

Words of wisdom

The following is an excerpt from “The Actor Magician Essays” by Louis C. Haley – You should practice the “moves” of your experiments every day of your life (and many times each day), till you can do them as the artist pianist plays – his fingers and hands seem to think for him.

TIPCRESS

For those of you that do Jerry Sadowitz’s “Ipcress” from Contempory Card Magic – during the Vernon Multiple shift pick up an extra face down card above the 2. When you come to the Victor change part you’ll have to add one more card but at the end of the trick you can cleanly spread…

Larry Jennings' "Memoreverse"

This trick is genius. From the Lake Tahoe book – A card is thought of by the spectator. The performer proceeds to memorize the entire deck of cards. He proves this by telling the spectator to give him a number. He tells the spectator what card is at that number. The performer then asks the…