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Alexander de Cova

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Alexander de Cova was born in 1964 in Munich, Bavaria. At age 7 he was infected by the magic bug through the usual magic kit. At age 14, he decided to become a professional magician. But it should take a couple of years for this to happen. At age 21 he debuted as a professional performer and has never since then regretted that decision.

Soon he realized the benefits of doing lectures for magicians. He started his very first lecture in Bologna at the Italian National Convention. He is still proud to have worked with Prof. Sitta.

In 1992 he won the "Magic Hands Show Competition" and after that, Richard Ross invited him to perform at the prestigious Monte Carlo Magic Festival, where he won the "Silver Magic Wand" with his SAMURAI act.

Since then he has been a regular at conventions for many years, both performing and lecturing. He has literally traveled the world and produced over 40 DVDs, mostly in German. He is well versed in almost any field of magic and has even built illusions. Quite a lot of magicians perform his creations and he has served as a magic consultant to many professional performers.

In 1998 he founded the company DECOVAMAGIC, which deals with his own exclusive inventions. As a publisher, in recent times he was busy bringing out his German magazine New Avantgarde Magic and the English Scrapbook Magazine, both of which are highly demanded by magicians all around the world.

His hobbies besides magic are music (he loves to play traditional Irish music on the Irish button box), computers and painting.

He is now living in the southern part of Germany with his wife Helena running his company and he keeps on creating magic. His favorite motto is: "Giving back to magic one SCRAPBOOK at a time."

website: www.solidmagic.org

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Seminar Notizen 2018 by Alexander de CovaIn diesem Seminarheft finden sich Ideen, Tricks und Routinen, die im Seminar 2018 gezeigt wurden. Das Notizbuch wurde den Originalen stark nachempfunden, und es sieht fast so aus, als ob man einen Blick in meine Notizbücher wirft. Wie immer zählen Kleinigkeiten und Raffinessen mehr als schwierige Griffe. Einige der Routinen kann man getrost als Selbstgänger ansehen.

NEU ist die Form: zu fast jedem Trick gibt es nun ein Video, auf dem man den relevanten Griff oder die Abfolge sehen kann. Ich habe mir dazu viele Gedanken gemacht und bin zu dieser pragmatischen Lösung gekommen. Somit hast...

2018 / 8 / 31
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Wäscheklammeraustausch by Alexander de CovaEin Arbeitsbuch mit allen Feinheiten zu diesem Griff sowie der neuen Beancounter-Routine und einigen Tipps und Anregungen. Im Download enthalten sind das PDF sowie einige Kurzvideos, die die Abläufe zeigen.

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Erstausgabe 2018, 72 Seiten und 5 Videoclips.

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Burners 1: Geile Tricks, die funzen by Alexander de CovaEs sind in jedem Band über 60 Routinen, Tricks, Ideen, Moves und Gimmicks beschrieben, und das aus fast allen Bereichen der Zauberei. Es gibt (viele bisher unveröffentlichte) Tricks mit Münzen (u.a. die Scottish Coins Routine und meine Variante des Fred Kaps Chinese Coin Trick), Tricks mit der Okito Dose, mit Poker Chips, Färbemessern, Umschlägen, Karten, Kronkorken, Schreibblöcken, Zeitungen, Seilen, usw. Zusätzlich auch einige theoretische Artikel, die interessante Themen behandeln. Wer meine bisherige Arbeit kennt, der weiss, dass ich in meinen Seminaren und Veröffentlichungen immer eine breite...
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New Avantgarde Magic 21 by Alexander de CovaIn der August-Ausgabe geht es um Design in der Zau­ber­kunst. Hier wird alles bespro­chen: Vom Gol­de­nen Schnitt über die Fibonacci-Spirale bis hin zur Farb­ge­bung und Kon­struk­tion von Zau­ber­re­qui­si­ten. Ich zeige dir ver­schie­dene Tische und Abla­gen, wie man sie desi­gned und warum sie so gestal­tet wur­den. Design in der Zau­ber­kunst ist ein lei­der stief­müt­ter­lich behan­del­tes Thema, das uns aber alle angeht, denn (fast) jeder Zau­be­rer braucht eine Ablage, Kof­fer oder Tische. Hier fin­dest du genug Anre­gun­gen, deine Shows ein­zig­ar­tig...
2014 / 8 / 6
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New Avantgarde Magic 20 by Alexander de CovaIn der neuen NAM 20 habe ich mich die­sem bis­her in unse­rer Lite­ra­tur etwas stief­müt­ter­lich behan­delten Thema ange­nom­men und alle meine "krea­ti­vi­täts­för­dern­den" Mit­tel­chen und Metho­den zusam­men­ge­schrie­ben. Du erfährst Kniffe und Tipps, die dich krea­ti­ver wer­den las­sen. Ich ver­wende diese Metho­den schon seit Jah­ren und viele mei­ner Tricks sind unter ihrer Zuhil­fe­nahme ent­stan­den. Ich wollte die­ses Thema schon ewig lange ein­mal auf­grei­fen, und jetzt ist es end­lich geschafft. Der Inhalt ist auch die Basis mei­nes...
2014 / 7 / 18
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New Avantgarde Magic 19 by Alexander de CovaDie 'ROARING 40ties' - Irgend­wann beim Sur­fen ent­deckte ich Bil­der aus der 'guten alten Zeit' von New York. Bil­der aus den Vier­zi­ger Jah­ren, die mich inspi­rier­ten, in die­ser Aus­gabe der NAM Tricks zu beschrei­ben, die teil­weise aus die­ser Zeit stam­men und die natür­lich von mir ent­spre­chend 'auf­po­liert' wur­den. Hier der Inhalt:

CASHING THE CHEQUE - Ein Klas­si­ker, bei dem ein Stück Papier in kleine Stü­cke zer­ris­sen und auf ein umge­dreh­tes Wein­glas gelegt wird. Dann nimmt der Vor­füh­rende ein bren­nen­des Streich­holz, berührt...

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Locked Books 02: The Traveller Effect by Alexander de CovaThis was the routine magicians talked most about at Alexander's last lecture tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Holland.

Here is the effect: You write a prediction on a card, which is placed into an envelope. This in turn is deposited in a small leather wallet. All this is done BEFORE anything starts and in full view of the audience.

A spectator (no stooge) gets a sheet of newspaper. He pretends being a passenger that is sitting and waiting for his train in a train station at a certain track, reading his newspaper. The spectator names freely a train station in any city in the world...

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Scrapbook Issue 12 by Alexander de CovaThis issue deals with two routines. The first one is de Cova's version of the famous 'Ten Card Poker Deal'. This is a routine in four phases and makes use of a full deck, which is shuffled and cut. Each phase is build up and more challenging. All the time the spectator wins against you and he has no idea how. With all phases the spectator makes absolute free decisions and the climax is an overwhelming Royal Flush of Spades in his poker hand. Easy to do and entertaining.

The second routine is called 'The Green Card' (has nothing to do with Lennart) and it was one of the main routine in Alexander's...

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New Avantgarde Magic 18 by Alexander de CovaDie legendären Becherspielroutine des Wiener Zauberkünstlers Kurt Freitag.

Auf diese Rou­tine haben viele Zau­ber­freunde schon sehr lange gewar­tet. Nun ist sie end­lich da: Die Becher­spiel­rou­tine von Kurt Frei­tag aus Wien. Seit vie­len Jah­ren eine legen­däre Vor­füh­rung, die Erin­ne­run­gen an BOSCO, Döbler und Gosh­man wach wer­den lässt. Für mich per­sön­lich ein sehr wich­ti­ges Pro­jekt, weil ich end­lich nach Jah­ren mein Ver­spre­chen Kurt Frei­tag ein­lö­sen konnte, seine Rou­tine in allen Details zu beschreiben.

Kurt Frei­tag hat...

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Scrapbook Issue 11 by Alexander de CovaThis time I start a little series on the "signed folded card in box" plot. The effect that a signed card ends up folded in a little box is a classic and has been performed by many top professionals and amateurs alike. I am a great lover of this trick and accumulated quite a lot of methods and ideas concerning this top trick. These I will share with you through my Scrapbook magazine. This is the first issue dealing with this highly interesting topic. After a lengthy and detailed discussion on my opinions, strategies and thoughts about this effect, learn:

THE WILD WILD WEST FOLD - A novel method...

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New Avantgarde Magic 17 by Alexander de CovaWie ver­spro­chen das zweite Heft der Son­der­aus­gabe zur Falt­karte. Und da sie noch recht­zei­tig im April erschie­nen ist, befinde ich mich wie­der im Timing. In die­ser Aus­gabe beschreibe ich wei­tere Tech­ni­ken und Ideen zur Falt­karte. Von man­chen wirst du noch nie gehört haben. Wie auch im ers­ten Heft geht es vor­ran­gig um Metho­den des Fal­tens und des Aus­tau­schens. Anzu­mer­ken wäre noch, dass vie­les von dem Mate­rial in den bei­den Hef­ten sich sehr gut auch in der Men­tal­ma­gie mit Zet­teln ein­set­zen läßt. Hier der Inhalt:

CARD...

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New Avantgarde Magic 16 by Alexander de CovaDie aktu­elle Aus­gabe stellt eine Beson­der­heit dar: Das Thema ist die Falt­karte von JORO. Der Effekt also, bei dem eine signierte Karte gefal­tet in einer Schach­tel (oder irgendwo anders) erscheint. Zuerst wollte ich ja nur mei­nen "LAGER Switch" beschrei­ben, dann aber merkte ich schnell, dass in dem Thema noch viel drin ist und dazu noch viel mehr gesagt wer­den kann und ich sam­melte Ideen. Dar­aus wur­den dann zwei Hefte, die sich sehr aus­führ­lich mit dem Effekt aus­ein­an­der­set­zen und ihn von allen mög­li­chen Sei­ten beleuch­ten. Ich könnte alleine...
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Scrapbook Issue 10 by Alexander de CovaCONFABULATION - The routine I have been doing since the 80s (oh my gosh!). Out of the need to create a DIY version of the marketed effect of Alan Shaxon, I devised this baby. It's easy to use, practical and you don't need any Kaps wallet for this. At the end, everything can be left with the spectators.

SOAP BUBBLE CARD - Finn Jon is a genius with both threads and his omni-present soap bubbles. In 1987 I created a revelation with a smoke filled soap bubble that is really eye candy and surprising. A signed selection appears with the burst of a soap bubble. Easy, simple and visual. A truly unusual...

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Lager Switch by Alexander de CovaThis has nothing to do with Lager Beer, but a lot with David Regal. REGAL read backwards is LAGER and that's where the name comes from. David's excellent "Clarity Box" that he marketed was the inspiration, in fact I actually use his box in this video (although you could use any container or suitable drinking glass).

This is my handling with the UNPREPARED crystal box, acchieving the same result: a folded card, which has been in full view inside the box is switched out for a signed card. This is a no-frill switch for the worker with a heavy rentention of vision aspect to it.

Of course, it could be...

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TNT: card in sealed envelope by Alexander de CovaTNT is the ultimate card in envelope. A signed card appears in a sealed envelope that has been in full view all the time. So easy to execute, but completely baffling. Perfect for close-up, parlor and trade show magic. A real stunner that can be built in minutes. Detailed video explanation in English.

1st edition 2014, runtime 7 minutes

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Scrapbook Issue 9 by Alexander de CovaTHE REAL PREMONITION - My take on Eddie Joseph's famous Premonition effect, which eliminates all calculations through the use of a devilish "prompter list", which is in full view but can't be seen. Also, in my version the freely chosen card (which is the only card missing in the deck) is predicted in a letter in a sealed envelope! For the gimmick you get the printing templates which can be found at the end of the PDF.

REVERSE TAKE - The most convincing "take" with a thumb tip possible. This one will fool even the experts, guaranteed. It will take some time until you get this down, because it works completely against...

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New Avantgarde Magic 15 by Alexander de CovaBERMUDADREIECK - Das ist der Trick, über den alle beim Seminar gesprochen haben. Eine geliehene Münze durchdringt sichtbar eine (unpräparierte) Karte und landet in der Hand des Zuschauers. man muss es gesehen und vor allem gefühlt haben, um zu wissen, wie effektvoll dieser kleine Trick wirkt.

DAS FENSTERKUVERT MAL ANDERS - Diese Feinheit zum Fensterkuvert habe ich lange Jahre zurückbehalten. Es ermöglicht dir alle klassischen Effekte mit einem Fensterkuvert, jedoch mit dem Unterschied, dass das Kuvert von allen Seiten gezeigt werden kann und verschlossen ist. Auch kommen keine Durchschreibetechniken...

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Scrapbook Issue 8 by Alexander de CovaMY MAGIC SQUARE - I worked a long time to get together my "perfect" magic square. This one is different, because on the back of the card, where you make the grid, the square is predicted in big bold letters! A very good number force is described that has been long time underground and that can be used in many other effects as well. I always carry this one with me in my wallet and it has never ceased to really amaze people. [Note: In order to perform this magic square effect you will either need E-Z Square 4 by Werner Miller or Patterns of Perfection Revisited by Sam Dalal.

HOFZINSER IN MY WALLET - A very convincing and bold "card to wallet". NO palming whatsoever. Based on ideas by Peter Duffie and Chip Kleiman. I took the original...

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Scrapbook Issue 7 by Alexander de CovaPAPER DARTS - This is the routine I've kept back. You stand on stage with a folded paper dart. Spectators decide on a three digit number. The dart is thrown into the audience and the audience member catching it brings it to the stage. The paper dart is opened and on it is PRINTED in big bold letters the chosen number! NO nail writing or whatsoever, the method will make you laugh. Completey "out-of-the-box" thinking here. Hopefully, only a few magicians will go into the troubles making this one up.

HOPA-GIMMICK - This can be made up withing minutes and enables you to force two cards as convincingly...

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Scrapbook Issue 6 by Alexander de CovaThis issue deals with the kind of tricks Pat Page would have loved and performed. Therefore it is dedicated to him. Here the contents:

STAB IN THE DARK - A card stab routine, where you stab (underneath a silk) into the deck and hit the mate of a spectator's selected card.

SIMPLE MISRES DREAM - This gimmick enables you to do a perfect coin catch without any sleight of hand! Can be applied to many other things as well.

POOR MANS RINGFLIGHT - The easiest ringflight with an unprepared leather key case. This is really for the working performer and perfect for table hopping.

GAELIC SWITCH - My...

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