Edward Victor's Shadows

In a previous post I gave a link to the British Pathe Archives which hosts some fantastic archive footage of magicians. Imagine my surprise when I typed in “Edward Victor” and found two films of him performing his shadowgraphy. Edward Victor was unsurpassed in this area and throughout his life his success in this field always overshadowed (forgive the pun) his magic. For more information on the life of Edward Victor (plus some unpublished material) I’d recommend “The Magic Of Edward Victor’s Hands” by Rae Hammond. Enjoy.

The Magnetized Cards

Once again I feel I must mention the genius of Edward Victor – this time we look at his solution to the magnetized cards trick. In the previous post on Edward Victor I included a photo which shows him performing his magnetized card effect. What the photo doesn’t show is that his hand could be turned completely upside down and the cards (approx 24 of them) would remain in position. What I like about this version compared to the others is that it uses no gimmick at all! This is a sleight of hand method only.

Although somewhat tricky to start with, once you’ve got the hang of it the trick is very easy to perform. In light of the fact that the setting up of all the cards happens in front of the spectator and that in order to hide the secret you would have to turn away from them for the first few cards, I prefer to just do it openly and present it more of a balancing stunt than a mystical magical effect.

“The Magnetized Cards – (Sleight-of-Hand Method)” can be found in the Magic of the hands trilogy.

An Underused Move #3 – The Edward Victor Change

edwardvictorThis great change is the invention of British sleight of hand genius Edward Victor (1887 – 1964). He’s somewhat overlooked in the world of card magic, yet the sleights he invented are brilliant. Look through the pages of his “Magic of the Hands” trilogy and you will find a sleight akin to the Convincing Control and a false riffle shuffle scarily similar to Marlo’s (?) Shank shuffle. There’s also a move called “The Book Return” which is essentially the same as the four for four switch which is currently doing the rounds. The move under discussion is a startlingly visual change of a card as it is removed from the pack or as it is tapped with the fingers of the hand.

Two great tricks which use the move to great effect are Peter Duffie’s “Colour Change Collectors” from “Inspriations” and Jerry Sadowitz’s “Ipcress” from “Contemporary Card Magic”.

Click here to see Roger Curzon (an underground British legend) perform the change at 1:10.

As usual, an idea of mine using the change – it’s not a trick but an application of the move to a triumph type effect.

To end, some words of wisdom from the opening page of “The Magic of the Hands” –

The Rules of the Sleight-of-Hand Artist Are three, and all others are vain; The first and second are “practice,” And the third one is “practice again.”

To gain access to the trick section you must enter a password. The password is the title of the trick on page 130 of The Complete Walton Volume 1.