Styles of card magic

I’ve been thinking about this recently – there are a few performers who have a very definite style to how they perform. There’s the crazy Juan Tamariz style, the messy Lennart Green style,smooth and sophisticated Guy Hollingworth etc. Magicians tend to try and imitate a performer they admire and end up mimicking them in an odd way. One style…

Psychological forces

I’d never felt comfortable trying a the psychological stop force until watching disk 3 of Dani DaOrtiz’s DVD set UTOPIA. He breaks down the timing of the move and it explains it better than anyone I’ve read/seen before. I starting doing Dani’s “Numerical Match” routine and you really do start to get a feel for when…

Don’t practice sleights, practice tricks.

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. I used to try and learn as many sleights and moves as possible, purely for the satisfaction in practising something which is difficult to do. Recently I’ve been reminded of some great advice – practice tricks, not sleights. Peter Kane in his audio session tapes (available…

An impossible location

Most impossible locations are dry in presentation and don’t include a huge amount of participation by the spectator. The conditions under which the card is selected and then lost is the single most important thing if you decide to do this type of challenge magic – it has to be ‘impossible’ and you should appear…

"Accidental" Misdirection

In Al Leech’s excellent book on misdirection “Don’t Look Now” he talks about misdirection which occurs as the result of an apparent accident. There can be not stronger misdirection than a carefully planned accident. Leech talks about how a card can “accidently” fall to the floor or it can fail to appear in a pocket…

Reset?

I have never understood the appeal of Paul Harris’s RESET – or the endless variations – and have tried saying so before on a magic forum (before quickly getting shouted down). Anyway – Andrew has come to my rescue by elegantly setting out the manifesto for the ‘Anti-Reset’ brigade. I agree with every word he…

Practice – A Tip

What is the best way to practice? Well – I think I agree with something Steve Beam wrote in THE TRAPDOOR magazine. Practice. Fast. You see – it is only by performing a trick at a fast pace (in rehearsal) that the actions will be come automatic. And it is then you will be able…

More on magician foolers…

I have always had a soft spot for ‘magician foolers’. In the right circumstances they are just as valid as tricks aimed at laypeople. Anyway – reading IBIDEM the other day I came across a short article by Roy Walton which touches on this as well. Thought it might be interesting to pass it along…

Ecological Magic

I was just re-reading pasteboardpimps’ old blog (mentioned in the post below) and I came across another post I made on there. I would hate people to feel I am overly enamoured with what I write – but I think there are some ideas in there worth sharing with a different audience. My post also…