Coincidence tricks

I have a thing for tricks where the cards are thoroughly shuffled yet somehow the laws of chance are bent and strange coincidences occur; cards repeatedly match, order is produced etc.  My favourite is a Wayne Dobson trick the name and source of which has currently fled my memory. David Britland on his Cardopolis blog…

Alex Elmsley – The Mexican Prediction

So I’ve been playing around with the Mexican turnover recently when trying to solve a card problem using dice and also a mentalism routine. I remembered this trick from The Complete Works of Alex Elmsley volume 2 which uses the move but in an incredibly clever way (typical of all Elmsley tricks).  The effect is…

Peter Duffie’s Card Compulsions – Digitized

Five years ago I posted about this excellent book and now it’s been released as a pdf file available via Peter Duffies’ website. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in card magic; it contains very strong material with clever methodology and entertaining plots. Plus at the moment it’s on offer and a bargain.

Issue 2 – AVAILABLE

Issue 2 of The Journeyman is now available – either click the link at the top of the page or the image in the sidebar. Same as before – once payment has been received I will email you the pdf file. This issue contains – Poker Dice Prediction – a spectator freely rolls five poker dice, the…

The Journeyman Issue 2 – next few days

So just putting the finishing touches to issue two which will be ready in the next few days.  Am very happy with how this one has turned out; now with two extra pages and bonus amateur illustrations. Issue 2 contains several new cards tricks, top tips, some interesting observations on the Hindu shuffle and more. 

Children watching magic

Usually the children here at the orphanage are very energetic and a little rowdy at times (just kids being kids) which is hard when you’re trying to teach ten at a time how to vanish a ball.  None of the children here have ever watched magic before so I showed them Yu Ho Jin’s incredible…

Magic props

So I’ve been teaching children magic here in India and it’s been an incredibly rewarding experience. Beginners card magic I’ve found the most fun but I also bought some magic props for the younger kids.  This the state of the them after two days. Almost everything broken 🙂    I also forgot just how diverse…