Magic at the cinema

Over the last few years there have been a number of magic themed films released in cinemas – The Prestige (2006), The Illusionist (2006) and Magicians (2007). There’s one I watched recently which some of you may not have seen as I think it received less press than the others – The Great Buck Howard (2008). A…

Talk Show Magic…

Jamy Ian Swiss did a great job on the Craig Ferguson show recently. In fact it was his second appearance in a few months – and both shows were hits. Anyway – I want to link to Michael Ammar’s performance on David Letterman from a few months ago instead. His performance went well also (although…

Jack Carpenter

Jack is a great guy. I don’t know him – but he seems like a really great guy when I see him on his DVDs. But – more importantly he is a genius when it comes to inventing card tricks. I mean seriously – the guy is nuts. He seems like one of those people…

Not magic but…

…is this the world’s greatest anagram? To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune… is, outrageously, an anagram of: In one of the Bard’s best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns…

Practice – A Tip

What is the best way to practice? Well – I think I agree with something Steve Beam wrote in THE TRAPDOOR magazine. Practice. Fast. You see – it is only by performing a trick at a fast pace (in rehearsal) that the actions will be come automatic. And it is then you will be able…

Roy Walton Trick – Download

If you are looking to treat yourself to something nice (just in time for xmas) – you may want to check out a great Roy Walton trick which came out a year ago. It is in the DECEMBER 2009 issue of MYSTERY magazine and it can be purchased as a download for just £1 (which…

For the credit geeks…

It seems to me that Juan Tamariz’s chapter on his clever ANTIFAROS procedure from SONATA (1989) is a re-invention of Murray Bonfeld’s PHONY FAROS concept from the NOVEMBER 1976 issue of THE LINKING RING.

Not Magic But…

…still very clever. I came across this a few years ago and thought I’d mention it here. It is a method for carrying out surveys, where the question involved is an embarassing one (eg have you slept with a prostitue in the past month?). The procedure for ensuring anonymity is ingenious… Click HERE. [EDIT] –…

Chris Mayhew

You should check out this download from THEORY11. It is a trick by Chris Mayhew called THE HOLE THING. I first came across it about a year ago in his A CLOCKWORK ORANGE booklet. It is the best thing I have seen in years – and I consider the method (as simple and as sneaky…

More on magician foolers…

I have always had a soft spot for ‘magician foolers’. In the right circumstances they are just as valid as tricks aimed at laypeople. Anyway – reading IBIDEM the other day I came across a short article by Roy Walton which touches on this as well. Thought it might be interesting to pass it along…