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Naturally magicians are good with their hands. This often means they are very good with building and making things. There is a long tradition of magicians building their own props and gimmicks.

In this category we list ebooks where you will need to roll up your sleeves, prepare your tools, and make something.

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    Arrow Through Bottle and Coin by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)    Linking Card Collection by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)    Say Cheese by Peter Prevos    More Fantastic Tricks With Plastic Cups by Eugene E. Gloye    22 Impossible Cards by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)    Golf Ball in Glass by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)    Grandpa's Spirit Bottle by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)    Elemental by Unknown Mentalist    Pip Table by Timothy Rose    Tricks of the Trade by George Armstrong    Backdrop Designs for Pennies by Greg McMahan    SharPen by Abhinav Bothra    Locked Books 01: The Invisible Topit by Alexander de Cova    Super Memory List: print and perform 1 by George Marchese    Coin Ditcher Gimmick: for vanishing coins by Mark Stone    Psychic on Wheels by Shawn Evans    Prestige Pen Projects by Shawn Evans    Fantastic Tricks with Plastic Cups by Eugene E. Gloye    Build Your Own Psychic Calculator by Shawn Evans    Cosmar Coin Gimmick by Mark Stone    Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks by Chris Wasshuber    Gyrater: Floating and Spinning Deck by Devin Knight    Blank Playing Card Cardboard (40 Sheets) by Lybrary.com    Blank Playing Card Cardboard (20 Sheets) by Lybrary.com    Blank Playing Card Cardboard (10 Sheets) by Lybrary.com    Suitcase Table by Steffan Soule    Smoulder Paper by Jez Starr    Picture Flame by Jez Starr    KardKoating: playing card coating by Lybrary.com    KardKutter: card cutter for poker sized cards by Lybrary.com    Corner Rounder 1/8" (3 mm) by Lybrary.com    Blank Air-Cushion Playing Card Cardboard (40 sheets) by Lybrary.com    Blank Air-Cushion Playing Card Cardboard (20 sheets) by Lybrary.com    Blank Air-Cushion Playing Card Cardboard (10 Sheets) by Lybrary.com    Any Ring PK Gimmick by Hank Morfin    Window Stoppers by Ulysses Frederick Grant    Miracles of Modern Magic by Claude Klingsor    The Gaff Factory - A comprehensive dry-mounting tutorial by Craig Matsuoka    Victory Bouquet by Francis B. Martineau    Magical Experiments by Arthur Good

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Arrow Through Bottle and Coin

Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)

Arrow Through Bottle and Coin by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)Learn to make two impossible objects without glue or other bonding agents. You can hand it out for examination. No joint or slit will be visible, because there is none. No glue or hidden cuts or anything like that. Have a wooden arrow pass through a Chinese coin with a hole or a bottle with a hole.

1st edition 2017, 15 minutes

2017 / 2 / 21
$8.00

£6.33
€6.96
Ca$10.31
Au$10.30
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Linking Card Collection

Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)

Linking Card Collection by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)New impossible linking card designs

Here you learn a few simple ways to make some new impossible folded playing cards. You also can do this with your own business cards or banknotes. You even could link your business card with a banknote or playing card. A perfect souvenir! You don't need glue or anything like that. Put it in a frame or carry some with you and hand them out.

1st edition 2017, 23 min

2017 / 2 / 21
$6.00

£4.75
€5.22
Ca$7.74
Au$7.73
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Say Cheese

Peter Prevos

Say Cheese by Peter PrevosEffect: The magician shows a piece of cardboard that resembles a cheese wedge: "This is not a piece of cheese, it is the cardboard cut-out of a piece of cheese". "It is a piece of Dutch cheese. You can recognise this as the holes run horizontally". The magician shows the card on both sides. "What is the difference between Dutch and Swiss cheese?", she asks the audience. She places the card in her fist, indicates the moment of magic, and reveals the card again. "Dutch cheese has horizontal holes, and Swiss cheese has vertical holes". The magician displays the card on both sides to show that...
2017 / 1 / 1
$5.00

£3.95
€4.35
Ca$6.45
Au$6.44
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More Fantastic Tricks With Plastic Cups

Eugene E. Gloye

More Fantastic Tricks With Plastic Cups by Eugene E. GloyeThirty more excellent effects with plastic cups.
  • Introduction
  • Rationale For Using Disposable Cups
  • Folding Or Collapsible Cup
  • Vanishing Cup Of Liquid
  • Additional Folding Cup Ideas
  • Improved Foo Cup
  • Fake Bottom Cup
  • Foo Cup, Continued
  • Vanishing Omelet
  • Transformation Tricks With Eggs
  • Baking Tricks
  • Baking Cup Cakes In Paper Bag
  • Cake In Hat
  • Egg Shampoo
  • Using The Foo Cup For Changes
  • Production Cups
  • Productions Using One Cup
  • Funny Routine With Fruit Punch
  • Thrilling Rice Production
  • Shades Of The Coffee, Milk, And Sugar Trick
  • Magic With New Transparent Solo Cups
  • Liquid Appear Outfit ...
2016 / 11 / 12
$7.95

£6.29
€6.91
Ca$10.25
Au$10.24
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22 Impossible Cards

Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)

22 Impossible Cards by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)This is a collection of 22 impossible cards created by Ralf Rudolph. For each card you will get a photo of the finished (cut and folded) card, as well as a template to make the necessary cuts. You will NOT get the folding instructions. This means you have to be familiar with the basic folds to create impossible cards. A good place to start is Complete Guide to Impossible Foldings.

The cards included in this collection are:

  1. 2 Framed Card
  2. 3 Framed Card
  3. 4 Way Trapdoor Card
  4. Celtic Knot
  5. Circlo Cross
  6. Clover Circle
  7. Criss Cross Link
  8. Heart Henge
  9. Hex Box
  10. Latice
  11. Opti Knot
  12. Ribbon
  13. Rounded Link
  14. Simply Squared
  15. Square Knot ...
2016 / 7 / 18
$12.00

£9.49
€10.44
Ca$15.47
Au$15.45
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Golf Ball in Glass

Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)

Golf Ball in Glass by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)You will learn the secret of how to get a golf ball inside a glass with an opening smaller than the golf ball, without harming either the glass or the ball. Ralf Rudolph is a master of the impossible object. He describes his method of how to make such an object. Once you know how it is done you can make as many presents as you wish. No special tools are necessary. No chemicals are used. With a bit of preparation and the know how you can make something cool.

1st edition 2016, 2 pages.

Watch how Nathan Coe Marsh incorporates this impossible bottle into a really nice effect.

2016 / 7 / 11
$15.00

£11.86
€13.04
Ca$19.34
Au$19.32
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Grandpa's Spirit Bottle

Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)

Grandpa's Spirit Bottle by Ralf Rudolph (Fairmagic)A complete mental act with an impossible object!

You present a bottle with a full deck of cards inside. (You can hand out the bottle for examination). The spectator selects one of five playing cards (no force!). With the heritage from your grandpa you are able to reveal any selected card.

You can perform this on stage and even close up. Build the routine up to 4-5 minutes.

You will learn:

  • How to build the impossible bottle (with all the cards inside plus the jokers)
  • How to build the other gimmicks - they are very easy.
  • (You will also learn an easy way to put a playing card inside...
2016 / 6 / 10
$25.00

£19.77
€21.74
Ca$32.23
Au$32.20
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Elemental

Unknown Mentalist

Elemental by Unknown MentalistThe owners of this ebook can get Elemental 2 for a special price.

This is that rare routine which can be powerful even in the hands of a beginner. And for a pro this can become a reputation maker. Stunning impact and yet so easy to do that it can be performed within 10 minutes of learning. No sleights, no stooges, no preshow, no reset, instantly repeatable. Nothing is spoken or written down by the participant related to her choices.

About 40 cleverly designed and ready to print props are included. You may not actually need all these because you will only use 5 cards. But they are included as creative...

2016 / 3 / 13
$18.00

£14.24
€15.65
Ca$23.21
Au$23.18
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Pip Table

Timothy Rose

Pip Table by Timothy RoseThis is a DIY ebook is for building an attractive, light weight, portable and cost effective performance table. Everyone needs a table or ten when doing shows. Many on the market today are just way too much table and way too much money. This ebook is the answer to your table needs. Pip tables are attractive, sturdy for medium duty, fold-able, compact, reliable, easy to build, cost effective, light weight, airline friendly and great for all venues and performing styles/audiences. Build it in a weekend or less and have a great utility for a lifetime. This manual goes through the process of building...
2015 / 8 / 23
$10.00

£7.91
€8.70
Ca$12.89
Au$12.88
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Tricks of the Trade

George Armstrong

Tricks of the Trade by George ArmstrongIf you are familiar with Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks then Tricks of the Trade is written with a very similar idea in mind just 60 years prior. It describes a multitude of DIY tips and gimmicks and improvements for the magician.

It describes things like:

  • How to turn a sock into a billiard ball holder.
  • The two ingredients to make fake beer.
  • How to clean cards.
  • How to make a candle shell.
  • How to make coin holders from pins and safety pins.
  • How to make colored flash paper.
  • etc.
It closes with a section on stage make-up.

1st edition 1949, PDF 22 pages.

2015 / 5 / 8
$4.00

£3.16
€3.48
Ca$5.16
Au$5.15
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Backdrop Designs for Pennies

Greg McMahan

Backdrop Designs for Pennies by Greg McMahanBackdrops add so much to a show, but they can also subtract so much from your wallet. Here's a great resource for building inexpensive backdrops for as low as $30!

A good backdrop can really kick things up on a notch on attaining that professional look. Yet, they don't have to be expensive. Using materials you can find just about anywhere, even around the house, you can make your own backdrop for less than $30.

Many different types of backdrop systems are shown, and the pros and cons of each one discussed. There is a lot of information in these notes... extremely helpful if you want to...

2014 / 3 / 8
$20.00

£15.82
€17.39
Ca$25.78
Au$25.76
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SharPen

Abhinav Bothra

SharPen by Abhinav BothraPhase I - Bite off the pen nib and spit it back on. Immediately, open the refill compartment, let the spectator touch the nib.

Phase II - Make the refill rise out of the pen.

Bonus - A Russian Roulette with pens, where spectators select the pens to be smashed. The whole effect is totally under the performer's control.

The video will explain you how to gimmick a pen. No special pen is needed.

1st edition 2013, 12 minutes

2013 / 12 / 24
$2.00

£1.58
€1.74
Ca$2.58
Au$2.58
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Locked Books 01: The Invisible Topit

Alexander de Cova

Locked Books 01: The Invisible Topit by Alexander de CovaAn improvement on the classic TOPIT device.

For years many have been using the TOPIT gimmick. Michael Ammar made the sewn-in-type TOPIT popular. All those years Alexander de Cova was always thinking whether it might be possible to hide the bag (or better: the bag's opening and the edge) in the jacket. After becoming acquainted with the works of Tommy Wonder and his breakthrough concerning the tails TOPIT, things clicked together.

Tommy's system inspired de Cova to apply the principle to a regular TOPIT. The result is that this TOPIT can't be seen, because there is no visible edge.

In this ebook de Cova...

2013 / 11 / 23
$19.95

£15.78
€17.35
Ca$25.72
Au$25.69
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Super Memory List: print and perform 1

George Marchese

Super Memory List: print and perform 1 by George Marchese("Print and Perform" is a new magic series that will enable you to easily build yourself beautiful tricks just printing them.)

EFFECT:

You, the memory-man, demonstrate to really have a super memory. You show to the audience a sheet of paper containing a list of 50 six-digit numbers. You declare that you have committed to memory the full list. The six digit numbers are identified by ciphers from 1 to 50. The identifying ciphers are scrambled to make it more difficult memorizing the associated six digit number. Three or more spectators, in turn, choose and announce one identifying figure...

2013 / 4 / 16
$4.00

£3.16
€3.48
Ca$5.16
Au$5.15
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Coin Ditcher Gimmick: for vanishing coins

Mark Stone

Coin Ditcher Gimmick: for vanishing coins by Mark StoneBased on an old concept that has been seriously rethought to create a simple and practical device; it allows for complete vanishing of coin gaffs and regular coins of any size up to jumbo 3" coins.
  • Coins can be made to reappear after being vanished.
  • No jacket, cummerbund or long-sleeved shirt is required.
  • The Coin Ditcher is made using readily available, low-cost materials. It requires light metal cutting using a hacksaw or angle grinder. Once made it should last a lifetime.
  • Includes 71 pages of easy-to-follow, step-by-step crystal clear photos and instructions on how to make and correctly...
2013 / 2 / 3
$15.00

£11.86
€13.04
Ca$19.34
Au$19.32
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Psychic on Wheels

Shawn Evans

Psychic on Wheels by Shawn EvansPOW is the Mentalist's PAL.

POW (Psychic On Wheels) is DIY Series #3, where you will learn the novel application of using a small motorized toy car to find a freely selected or forced card. No major modifications required, no knowledge of electronics needed - just the proper know-how.

Main Effect:

POW will travel over a row of cards and directly stop on the spectator's selected card. POW will also follow freshly drawn curving lines (road) to a row of cards and will automatically stop on the chosen card.

The wonderful Dick Koornwinder is credited as the first magic creator to use...

2012 / 7 / 16
$10.00

£7.91
€8.70
Ca$12.89
Au$12.88
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Prestige Pen Projects

Shawn Evans

Prestige Pen Projects by Shawn Evans
"We humans have a long history of using writing instruments to record and transfer our thoughts and impressions. We magicians have a long history of gimmicking writing instruments to deceive thoughts and create magical impressions".
This ebook is a combination Do-It-Yourself and Magic Effects ebook, containing 9 major DIY projects and 7 full working routines, plus a host of other tricks.

Learn how to make 3 types of flash pens, a flameless, smoke loading pen, a PSI pen, multiple-purpose pens, novel uses of off-the-shelf pens and mentalist utility pens. No knowledge of electronics needed...

2012 / 7 / 7
$42.92

£33.95
€37.33
Ca$55.33
Au$55.27
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Fantastic Tricks with Plastic Cups

Eugene E. Gloye

Fantastic Tricks with Plastic Cups by Eugene E. GloyeMany magicians get their greatest pleasure out of making their own tricks - and there is no form of construction easier or less costly than working with plastic cups. For the man who likes to make his own - no workshop is needed for these easy to construct effects. Over thirty tricks you can make for pennies each. Good magic, low cost. Illustrated.
  • The fake bottom cup
  • Variations of the fake bottom cup
  • The cup with a secret compartment
  • The foo cup

1st edition 1976, 52 pages; digital edition 2012, 42 pages.

2012 / 4 / 6
$6.95

£5.50
€6.04
Ca$8.96
Au$8.95
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Build Your Own Psychic Calculator

Shawn Evans

Build Your Own Psychic Calculator by Shawn EvansDo-It-Yourself: "Trick-Out" Your Calculator

With a Psychic Calculator you can create endless mind-reading, prediction, and magic effects - a mentalist dream come true.

Don't pay up to $300 or more for a Mentalist or Psychic Calculator when you can make your own in less than 30 minutes, for under $10 (including the price of the calculator!), plus the use of just a few common household items. No knowledge of electronics needed - just the proper know-how.

This ebook will give you the "details in detail" with over 20 step-by-step photos and illustrations that will guarantee your success. ...

2012 / 4 / 2
$19.95

£15.78
€17.35
Ca$25.72
Au$25.69
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Cosmar Coin Gimmick

Mark Stone

Cosmar Coin Gimmick by Mark StoneUtility holder/vanisher

Step-­by-­step explanation with detailed photos on how to build and use this practical coin utility device (two-­gimmick set).

Each gimmick allows for secretly holding, retrieving, producing or vanishing five half-­dollar coins or four dollar-­size coins or for producing one or two 3" size coins. If used with palming coins, the gimmick will hold double the number of coins.

With easy-­to-­follow visual instructions and readily available low-­cost materials, this 47-­page ebook shows how the gimmicks can be made in minutes. Includes directions for proper...

2012 / 3 / 25
$15.00

£11.86
€13.04
Ca$19.34
Au$19.32
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