Peter Duffie’s Card Compulsions – Digitized

Five years ago I posted about this excellent book and now it’s been released as a pdf file available via Peter Duffies’ website.

Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in card magic; it contains very strong material with clever methodology and entertaining plots. Plus at the moment it’s on offer and a bargain.

Duffie's Card Compulsions

Recently dug out my copy of this brilliant tome by the one and only Peter Duffie – one of magic greatest thinkers with a pack of cards. I always love it when you re-discover something you already own and get the same buzz that you did the first time around – who needs to buy new books – just re-read the ones you’ve already got!

59 compulsions in 269 annoyingly wide pages (including a section on sleights) I’d say this is a must have book. Like all books on card tricks (except those by Roy Walton) there are a few items which I don’t really care for but overall the standard of the effects in this book is incredibly high.

Some favourites –

The Three Packet Shuffle – a great four ace opener in which you cut to three of the aces from a triumphed deck and find the last one in the centre face up – all the other cards have corrected themselves.

Mis-Read Palmistry – a bold version of Alex Elmsley’s “Between Your Palms” using the mis-show principle – brilliant.

Sherlock Never Married – the best royal marriages trick I’ve ever read – entertaining, baffling and with a kicker ending which fits the routine and patter perfectly.

Divisory Capacity – a classic Duffie trick – very easy to perform but devastatingly good – can also be used to fool magicians.

The Ultimate Truth – a lie detector trick using reverse plunger move. Very difficult to figure out and very entertaining.

Triggered Hofzinser – not as commerical as a lot of other routines but I like this purley because it uses a brilliant underused move – Roy Waltons “Trigger Move”.

Caprice – Two jokers in both pockets change places with two selected cards on the table – the cards are removed cleanly from each pocket. Uses a genius principle Duffie calls “Double Fantasy” – great to play with and with practise the trick would be a killer.

The sleights section contains some precious Duffie wisdom including a brilliant bold multiple shift – The Grift Shift – have yet to try this but I’m sure it works great.

Get this book while you can.

Utterly Wild

Peter Duffie’s “Born to be Wild” from Inspirations has been a favourite of mine for while. I too didn’t like the fact that you had to go the deck at the end to show the final card. Well this new release solves this problem! Complete with new opening sequence (I sometimes use a sneaky Charlie Miller idea to set up the cards instead), this trick is simply brilliant and is the best non gaffed version of Peter Kane’s “Watch the Ace” I’ve seen.

Available from Peter Duffie’s Website

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.”

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An Underused Move #1 – The Push-off Double Deal

The double deal, I think, is a highly underused move in card magic and yet has lots of potential for great effects. I first read of the idea of dealing doubles in Expert Card Technique where it is described as a double lift of the top and bottom cards. I’ve only ever seen this done invisibly by one person and that was used as a turnover double not as a deal to the table. This deal is also best suited for small packets rather than a full deck.

The double deal that I want to talk about here is a deal of the top two cards of the deck (i.e a push off double). I first read this in Jerry Sadowitz and Peter Duffie’s book “Inspirations”, in which Sadowitz includes a whole chapter on this deal and its uses. He describes many excellent effects which I’m not going to describe here as I want you to buy the book! There’s one routine in particular called “Three, four, five etc” which I would love to see someone do well.

After playing with the move for only a short time you’ll begin to see uses for it. Here’s a small trick using the move which is awful (for a start there’s too much attention on the deal) but I hope it shows you what can be done with it.

An underused move will become a regular (ish) feature – including a bad trick by me for each move! Next up will be Marlo’s “Visual Retention Change”…

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.