We've been Penned!

It’s been a little while since I posted anything on here and after posting the review of card compulsions below I noticed that on 10/09/2011 the traffic on this blog shot up by a large amount – 751 views that day and 406 the next. The search terms used to find the blog all seemed to relate to the lift shuffle – Joe’s post is the only mention on the blog.

I found this very strange indeed and wasn’t until I found this an article by Penn Jillette in the Wall Street Journal that I realised where all the traffic came from –

Every magician has his or her favorite way to “control the card to the top,” but I usually use a “lift shuffle” (you could look it up on the Web, but you won’t).

Well it looks like they did…

Also of note when looking through the search terms was that one person (I’ve love to know what they were thinking) found this blog by searching google for “david blaine a demon?”.

Duffie's Card Compulsions

Recently dug out my copy of this brilliant tome by the one and only Peter Duffie – one of magic greatest thinkers with a pack of cards. I always love it when you re-discover something you already own and get the same buzz that you did the first time around – who needs to buy new books – just re-read the ones you’ve already got!

59 compulsions in 269 annoyingly wide pages (including a section on sleights) I’d say this is a must have book. Like all books on card tricks (except those by Roy Walton) there are a few items which I don’t really care for but overall the standard of the effects in this book is incredibly high.

Some favourites –

The Three Packet Shuffle – a great four ace opener in which you cut to three of the aces from a triumphed deck and find the last one in the centre face up – all the other cards have corrected themselves.

Mis-Read Palmistry – a bold version of Alex Elmsley’s “Between Your Palms” using the mis-show principle – brilliant.

Sherlock Never Married – the best royal marriages trick I’ve ever read – entertaining, baffling and with a kicker ending which fits the routine and patter perfectly.

Divisory Capacity – a classic Duffie trick – very easy to perform but devastatingly good – can also be used to fool magicians.

The Ultimate Truth – a lie detector trick using reverse plunger move. Very difficult to figure out and very entertaining.

Triggered Hofzinser – not as commerical as a lot of other routines but I like this purley because it uses a brilliant underused move – Roy Waltons “Trigger Move”.

Caprice – Two jokers in both pockets change places with two selected cards on the table – the cards are removed cleanly from each pocket. Uses a genius principle Duffie calls “Double Fantasy” – great to play with and with practise the trick would be a killer.

The sleights section contains some precious Duffie wisdom including a brilliant bold multiple shift – The Grift Shift – have yet to try this but I’m sure it works great.

Get this book while you can.

UTOPIA

Can’t wait for this!

Move Monkey Mode

I’m in one of those “must learn a tricky move for no real reason” moods. Have decided on Derek Dingles “Technical Refinement to LJ’s Angle Palm Steal” from the Complete Works. Does anyone out there use this, or do you have your own tricky move you’re practising yet will never really use?