Call to colours

A go to routine for me is Pit Hartlings call to colours routine from his book “Card Fictions”. Just a tip for anyone who has the book to read this trick again as it’s a baffling method that’s delightful to perform. 

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An update…

 
Thanks to everyone who’s shown their support for the magazine. 

Given the high percentage of favorable feedback I’m now putting the finishing touches to issue 1. It should be ready within the next week or so. 

Stay tuned for another update shortly…

A new magazine….

Ok so as most people who read this blog know, I’ve been away travelling for the past two and a half years and am still doing so. This post is brought to you from the deserts of Western Australia. During my travels I’ve had a lot of time to think about card tricks, to refine routines I already knew and have even come up with some nice new routines and effects of my own.

I really like the blog format but it’s not the place to talk about magical secrets and have in depth discussions on card magic methods. So…..this idea has been in my head for a long time now and I’ve always thought of reasons not to do it when I should have been focussing on just the opposite. A magazine. Inspired by the ones I love to read – Pabular, Profile, The Crimp and The Jinx.

Focussing exclusively on card magic, published roughly monthly (depending on where I am in the world) and containing tricks, articles, advice for intermediate performers and pretty much everything that interests me about card magic.

Issue 1 is almost complete and some things I have planned for the first couple of issues include –

  • A super clean version of the whispering card plot
  • Novel new endings to Royal Marriage routines
  • Card tricks meets actual origami
  • Underused/overlooked moves

One thing I loved about the magazines of 40 or 50 years ago was the sense of community they had – magicians would write in, send their ideas and variations, try and solve problems and share tips and advice. You could say that now we’re in the age of the internet that these sorts of magazine are redundant – we have forums now, one trick video downloads! To me there’s something off about how magic is sold and how ideas are shared these days; even the biggest magazines have pages of ads no ones wants to read, magic has become too commercialised in my opinion

Anyway, I’m rambling now but basically I’m writing a magazine that I would want to read, especially for all us card nerds out there. I wrote a long time ago that there are no decent British magazines around these days and now I’ve decided to try and do something about it.

As I’ll be hopping countries over the next few months it will have to be sent as a pdf, ideally I would have it sent printed to each person but that’s just not possible at the moment.

Is this something you would be interest in? That’s what I really want to know and was the basis for this post – if nobody wants to read it then I’ll let my ideas gather dust in my notebook and keep performing the tricks myself, if on the other hand you want to help me build a small community of people who love card magic and reject the era of one trick downloads, then please let me know below –

 

Marlo Monday 2

Marlo Mondays Video Podcast

Thanks to my friend Vincent for tipping me off to this, the first of a weekly video podcast from Steven Reynolds and Dartagnan on the card magic of Ed Marlo.

Heat Crimp Nightmare

So I’ve spent the last few months living and working in Outback Australia – 12 hours drive from the most remote city in the world. Beautiful landscapes and wildlife but leave a pack unattended for a few minutes……and they’re ruined. 40 degree days and playing cards don’t go together.

Photo on 07-02-2016 at 11.31

On the plus side practising with cards like this does mean the next time I get handed a plastic coated nightmare of a pack from a fellow traveler I’ll be fine.