Coin in pack

A card is selected from the pack, remembered, returned and the pack placed on the table. A 2 pence piece is shown and vanished. The spectator then cuts the pack and the coin is found somewhere in the centre right next to the selected card. 

A lovely plot that blends coin magic with cards in a way I like. I’m interested to read other published methods for this trick so if anyone can point me to any sources that would be great 😀. 

I’m currently working on a method for the magazine using a coin that is signed by the spectator so from their point of view no switch has taken place. 

Card games

So I’ve almost finished my time in India volunteering at a children’s home and playing cards have featured a lot over the last couple if months. As well as teaching them magic I’ve also been playing a lot of card games and it got me to wondering how often people play cards on a regular basis.

I once met someone who was as into cards games as I was card magic. He knew hundreds of games and said his family used to play all the time growing up. Apparently German Whist is a great game.

It seems to me that performing for a group of people who play card games regularly would be fun. 

Just a thought. 

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 a subject magic is – you have to learn the physical sleight of hand, have good memory skills, teach them how to present and get them to think about what to say. 

The old number trick has been a help in practicing mental arithmetic –

 

Some of the kids are picking it up very quickly and a good test has been teaching a simple coin or ball vanish – 

In issue 2 of the magazine I go into more detail on the card trick they are being taught and the methods I’m using to try and help them improve quickly. 

Cups and balls – Yann Frisch

Not cards but incredible nonetheless!