Pit Hartling

For some reason I never got round to buying CARD FICTIONS by Pit Hartling when it first came out. So – I have decided to buy a copy, and I am going to save it until Christmas day. I am sure most magicians do something like this. A big part of Christmas is getting excited…

Fooling Laypeople…

Darwin Ortiz: If a magician succeeds in figuring out 90% of a trick but can’t figure out the other ten percent he will feel that the trick fooled him; if a layperson succeeds in figuring out ten percent of a trick but can’t figure out the other ninety percent of the trick he will feel…

Magic As Misdirection?

There is a great Richard Vollmer effect buried in APOCALYPSE magazine. In fact – considering how creative Richard is there will be many more as well… Anyway – the effect I want to mention is called ‘Lazy Man’s Invisible Back & Front Palm’. It is in Volume 9 Issue 9 (on page 1253) of the…

Creativity – Walt Lees

Re-reading the earlier post on Alex Elmsley’s thoughts on invention reminded me of an excellent piece by Walt Lees. It was originally published about 25 years ago in PABULAR magazine. I reproduced this article elsewhere about a year ago (with permission from Martin Breese). I hope he won’t mind me doing the same again here….

Billy the Scotsman and Improvisational Magic

I was in the pub last week and one of the men playing on the local darts team saw me playing with a pack of cards. It didn’t take long for him to approach me and ask me if I’d like to see a trick. I said that I’d love to and he began to…

Bad attitude in Magic

At every gathering of magicians I’ve been to I’m always surprised how many people have such a bad attitude towards magic. Instead of seeing it as an amazing art that requires much practise and study, they think it’s all about out doing one another and possessing secrets. I’ve met many ‘magicians’ who know next to…