Memorized Stacks?

mmm… I am thinking of inventing my own memorized stack. Alot of the features associated with the Aronson and Tamariz stack are not ones I particularly need. For instance – I don’t need to go from NEW DECK ORDER to a memorized stack since I don’t like using brand new decks of cards (they feel…

Ecological Magic

I was just re-reading pasteboardpimps’ old blog (mentioned in the post below) and I came across another post I made on there. I would hate people to feel I am overly enamoured with what I write – but I think there are some ideas in there worth sharing with a different audience. My post also…

Stewart James

Our friend – thebottompalm – just bought a copy of THE ESSENTIAL STEWART JAMES book. I know he will love that book – it contains lots of interesting material just waiting to be explored further. Anyway – it gives me an excuse to dig out an overview for the big Stewart James books that I…

Another Out For The Psychological Stop Force…

Some more housekeeping. In response to a recent question from ‘Rob’ I have explained how John Bannon’s excellent DISCREPANCY CITY PREDICTION can be used as an ‘out’ for the Psychological Stop Force. For those interested in such arcana – check out the COMMENTS in this

Pit Hartling

For some reason I never got round to buying CARD FICTIONS by Pit Hartling when it first came out. So – I have decided to buy a copy, and I am going to save it until Christmas day. I am sure most magicians do something like this. A big part of Christmas is getting excited…

A crowd gathers – magic from Laos.

Travelling is hard. There’s no way I could have kept this blog running at the same time, which is why I would like to once again thank cardmagic10 for the flood of excellent and stimulating posts – I am indebted. There have been many chances to perform for fellow travelers but none to really practice….

Thanks To Jordan…

Being thinking about Sequence Tracking recently. Lovely to think about people using an old Charles Jordan principle to win cash in casinos. You can read about Steve Forte demonstrating it HERE. And you can watch a quick tutorial on the concept below:

Fooling Laypeople…

Darwin Ortiz: If a magician succeeds in figuring out 90% of a trick but can’t figure out the other ten percent he will feel that the trick fooled him; if a layperson succeeds in figuring out ten percent of a trick but can’t figure out the other ninety percent of the trick he will feel…

Expert Card Technique

There is a great thread on THE MAGIC CAFE from a few years ago. It features some fascinating information about EXPERT CARD TECHNIQUE from Paul Chosse (who was a close friend of Jack McMillen). Anyway – it is in the SECRET SESSIONS part of the site. So – you need to have posted at least…