A trip to Tam Shepherds

The pilgrimage has finally been made. A quick dash from the Edinburgh Fringe festival to Glasgow to meet the genius of card magic – Mr Roy Walton. He was an incredibly nice man who talked for 20 minutes about many things including Dai Vernon, Alex Elmsley and Peter Kane. What an awesome day.

Magic Quotes #4

Do not be put off by friends telling you it’s not worth the effort to learn a second deal, as it has very little use in card magic, it is a sleight of considerable power which has not been used extensively, simply because not many people do it. It’s not that they cannot do it,…

New Roy Walton Trick of the Month

Check out the new Roy Walton trick of the month “Simple Maths” – a great little trick I’ve started doing recently. Also for those of you who haven’t read it I urge you to check out Joe McKay’s tribute to Roy Walton which was posted recently, as well as the Cardman’s Modus on Walton which…

Mystery Magazine Issue 2 – A Short Review

Recently received a copy of Mystery Magazine Issue 2. I was very unimpressed to be perfectly honest. The best thing in it by far was the trick by Roy Walton called “Ghostly Poker”. I don’t really enjoy reading about magic competitions and little gatherings. I also hope the standard of the effects get better (I’m…

The Genius of Roy Walton – Guest Post by Joe Mckay

I think it goes back to Origami. The obsession with how much you can extend a simple material into as many complex and ingenious forms as possible. Bend it, twist it, crease it, fold it. But never cut it. And never cheat with the use of sticky stuff. Glue, tape, staples… All out. The challenge…

School Daze by Roy Walton

Anyone who can get their hands on old copies of Steve Hamilton’s Profile Magazine will have a real winner on their hands. This version of Henry Christ’s “Sum and Difference” has been blessed with the Walton touch and was published in Profile Issue 5, December 1991. This is one of many excellent effects hidden within…

Thinking backwards

One of my favourite card effects is “The Smiling Mule” by Roy Walton, a spectator names any card in the deck and it instantly appears between two face up aces in the centre of the deck. I suggest you look it up for the method but it does involve the use of a gag/sucker situation…