Roy Walton


Below are the archives of the Walton trick of the month feature –

#11 – August 2010 – “Lucky Number”

Effect – You find the spectators card in a baffling and slightly weird way involving  lucky numbers. Very simple method but brilliant effect – classic Walton thinking. Found in the Crimp magazine issue 52.

#10 – July 2010 – “Pushover”

Effect –  Five indifferent cards are weaved face down into a shuffled pack.  These four trapped cards turn out to be the four aces which also visually all turn face up. This is one of my favourite tricks of all time – based on a Peter Kane idea it can be found in Vol 1 page 121.

#9 – June 2010 – “Green Turtle”

Effect – The Ace of Spades is placed on the table and a card is selected. The ace is rubbed face down on the face up pack and draws the selection to the face. This is repeated only this time you rub too hard as the face of the ace changes into the selection. The pack is spread and the four aces are found together face up in the centre.

#8 – May 2010 – “Leave ’em Laughing”

Effect – Spectator selects one of the four aces face down and mixes it amongst the other three on the table. Your back is turned as the mixing takes place. You turn around – peek at each ace and reveal which one the spectator chose. Not only this but with a snap of your fingers the other three aces are turned over to reveal three jacks! If this wasn’t enough – the selected ace also magically turns into the last jack. As usual with most Walton methods the sleights used are very efficient thus making the effect very direct. Found on page 203 of Roger’s Thesaurus.

#7 – April 2010 – “Fireside Faces”

A great trick in which the performer gazes at the faces of two helper cards and reveals two selected cards. Ends very nice in that both helper cards then change into the two selections – one changes using Roy’s Paintbrush change which provides a great visual moment during the trick. Page 177 Vol 1.

#6 – March 2010 – “Showdown”

Used to do this a lot as a quick effect- the face and top card are shown to the spectator. The pack is turned face down, the cards spread and the two previously noted cards are now face up in the centre – they have seemingly reversed instantly. Excellent example of the power of Roy’s “Trigger” move and it doesn’t  take much to adapt the handling to involve a selection with a sandwich ending. Found on page 137 of Vol 1.

#5 – February 2010 – “Twice Removed”

Effect: The pack is shuffled, the spectator cuts the deck to chose a card (say the two of hearts). The second card is taken from each half of the deck and they are found to also be twos. The deck is gathered and spread to show the fourth two face up in the centre. What I love about this is that at one point you remove cards from the bottom and top of the deck to apparently show that no cards are set-up, yet it’s this action that sets up the trick! Found on page 18 of the Complete Walton Vol 2.

#4 – January 2010 – “Simple Maths”

Effect – Spectator selects a card which is returned to the pack. The spectator then cuts to two random cards whose values are deducted (truly random cards). The number arrived at is counted to to find the selected card but not only that – it is now face up! As usual a super efficient method, very easy to do and totally baffling. Found in the Complete Walton Vol 1 page 221.

#3 – December 2009 – “A Straight Shuffle”

Effect – Magician removes a ‘lucky card’ (e.g 3 of hearts) and shuffles the pack. The spectator then cuts the pack in two piles, inserts the lucky card face up in either pile, and then genuinely shuffles the two halves together. The magician then spreads through and removes the face up card and the two cards to the left and right of it to form a poker hand. The other cards are turned over to reveal a straight! (e.g. A, 2, 3, 4, 5). As usual an incredibly clever method which you’ll fool yourself with. A tip is to use Lennart Green’s Rosetta shuffle instead of the straight riffle as this not only looks messier but also ensures the cards are given the right type of shuffle (which is essential to the method). Published in Pabular Magazine, Vol 3, Number 8, page 392.

#2 – November 2009 – “Taking Two Again, Again”

Effect – The Ace, Two and Three of clubs are placed on the table and the spectator is asked to name any of the three. The pack is cut into two piles and the three cards cut face up into the center of one half. A magic pass is made and it is discovered that the card freely named by the spectator has traveled to the other half of the pack! This trick is very baffling and great to perform. The fact that the transposition occurs with a free selection of three cards also fools magicians. Found on page 21 of The Complete Walton Volume 1.

#1 – October 2009 – The Smiling Mule

Effect – A thought of card appears between two aces in the centre of the deck. This classic trick can be found in “That Certain Something” or page 175 in the Complete Walton Vol. 1. A diabolically clever method and excellent effect which goes down great with layman. If asked to “do a trick” this is almost always what I’ll do. In the original description the aces are left FD and the their movement is disguised. After seeing Jerry Sadowitz perform it with the aces face up and using a riffle pass for the first phase instead of a turnover pass, this is the way I now choose to perform it.

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