The Magic Cafe

I am not the world’s biggest fan of ‘The Magic Cafe’. But – it is so vast that there are some useful aspects to the site.

Anyway – that has all changed since the search function went down on the cafe. I dunno’ why it is taking so long to fix – but in the meantime this site here is worth checking out:



Adam Gopnik

Just want to link to a beautifully written article about magic from THE NEW YORKER magazine. It is by Adam Gopnik who is one of my favourite writers.

Click HERE.

NOTE: This article is different to the famous Ricky Jay New Yorker profile which I have mentioned before…

Nice Blog…

I just noticed a blog mentioned here on the ‘Recommened Clicks’ list. Not sure why I haven’t noticed it until now but it is a great idea for a blog. If you are looking for great tricks ‘buried in print’ then check this out. Click HERE.

The Lift Shuffle


Hummer Card – Thai Style

I keep seeing magic on my trip where and when I least expect it. A beggar in Bangkok , the challenge being to draw a crowd so they’ll give him some money. No, he wasn’t attracting the crowd by singing or selling little souvenirs. Oh no – he was doing the Hummer Card. He did it quite well and even threw in the little convincers that try and eliminate suspicion to the method. I even saw him offering the card to a couple of people to examine it. I think he counted on the fact that they wouldn’t accept it otherwise he’d have to go hide somewhere and set up again. The really great thing was it was working and it was working really really well. He had a good crowd surrounding him and most of them were giving him some money. Good on him.

Vietnamese Monte

Just over a week ago I was in a boat off the west coast of Vietnam and in the evening was playing cards with some friends. It was a small boat with a crew of about 6 young Vietnamese guys who also live on board. Living on a boat doesn’t provide them with much to do in the evenings so they play a lot of cards. In fact this is something I found all through Vietnam – everywhere you look there are playing cards scattered in the street and it doesn’t take more than five minutes to find a group huddled around a table on the street playing cards.

Anyway, I was asked to do some card tricks for some people we’d just met and after a couple of minutes the Vietnamese guys began to crowd around. One of them asked for the cards and removed two black and one red spot card. He them proceeded to do the 3 Card Monte! He did it without the cards bent and just did one throwing phase. His friends were going crazy, literally screaming and clapping as loud as they could when they turned over what they thought was the red card only to discover it was in fact black.

They play cards every day of their lives but have no idea what other things can be done with them. Not only to they not know card tricks (I’m not sure who taught this one guy the monte throw) but they have no access to any information with which to learn any. I was gobsmacked when he started to do the monte. I showed him how bending the cards helps to pick them up off the table and then the little bit where you can show all the cards as black. Just a little nugget which this guy was incredibly grateful for.


A response…

This trick uses the same ‘principle’ as the one posted below by Kevin. Anyway – the following trick didn’t fool me – but it has fooled a few well posted magicians – so there could be something in it. I should add that it is a strange effect. Some people won’t register any effect at all – whilst others will be fooled…

So – just wanted to pass it along since it seems related to the post below. Also – I have read a few things by the creator – Ben Highway – and I think he is one to look out for in the future. He is a clever guy…