Trick of the month – January 2012

It’s back! Trick of the month was a feature I used to do when this blog was first started – I listed a favourite Roy Walton trick every month and gave a brief overview of the effect, why I liked it and where to find it. I’ve decided to start it again only this time…

The card case

Just stumbled across a great trick from JK Hartman’s After Craft “Just In Case” is a fantastic card in case routine -the effect is that the spectators card is inserted into the centre of the pack which has been placed in the case and the case given to the spectator to hold. The magician pulls…

Knuckle Jog – JK Hartman

Genius – never again will I use any other method of securing a break above the bottom card. Hidden in a natural action – there’s no tense first finger buckle here! Found throughout his books I believe – it’s in After Craft and in there he mentions it was published in Card Craft.

Coloratoura – JK Hartman

This trick is a version of Roy Walton’s “Instant Interchange” from Tale Twisters (also in Vol 1 of course). Hartman’s version eliminates the half pass and my pet peeve with the trick which was the back spreading which I always thought looked unnatural. The effect is that you display a small number of black spot…

Blow Away Change – JK Hartman

First published in Card Craft this change made a reappearance in After Craft which is where I read it. The effect is that a face up card on top of the pack changes when the performer raises the pack to their lips and blows on the card. In the updated description in After Craft J.K…

J.K Hartman

I first got After Craft and Trickey Treats from the Sheffield Magick Lounge a few years ago. Before buying these books (I did so on the¬†recommendation¬†of a friend) I’d never heard of J.K Hartman before. His name is not one which I regular hear discussed amongst cardmen yet he has some superb materiel and these…