Trick of the month – April 2012

I was recently flicking through Dai Vernon’s “Further Lost Inner Secrets” and found something I overlooked first time round. In the book theres a trick called “Cut and Spell” which is described as – A deck is thoroughly shuffled by anyone and then placed face-down before the performer. He gives the deck one simple cut, names a card…

Cold Deck Cut – Minor Variation

This is a great Vernon move and is good if you need to supposedly select a random card from the middle but in fact need to take the top card. It appears that you do a kind of fancy strip out cut and then cut the deck into three piles – the centre pile is…

The Bent Corner Subtlety

The use of the bent corner in the 3 card Monte is genius on so many levels. It allows the spectator to defeat their own logic – they are utterly convinced that they know the identity of the bent card. The bend is sometimes put in openly and other times “by accident” but is removed…

Dai Vernon and Bruce Cervon at Auction

MagicWeek brings us the news that some of Dai Vernon and Bruce Cervon’s personal possessions and props are up for auction next year. I don’t know about you, but I hate to think of this stuff ending up in the grubby hands of a private collector (which unfortunately will probably be the case). These things…

Dai Vernon – Slow motion card vanish

Here is a superb piece of footage showing Dai Vernon performing his “Slow Motion Card Vanish” from Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson.