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Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie

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(April 15, 1957 - )

Peter first became fascinated by magic at the age of eight after his uncle showed him some magic tricks using cards, coins, matches and chalk. But it was the cards that held his deepest interest, and so began a learning process that continues to the present day.

Peter’s chief mentor was, and still is, Roy Walton. Others whom he met and had a profound influence on his path include, Gordon Bruce, Andy Galloway, Tommy Frederick, Fred Robinson, Dave Campbell, Eric Mason, Ken Brooke, Peter Kane, Alex Elmsley, Pat Page, Phil Goldstein, Gene Maze, Richard Kaufman and Dai Vernon.

A past winner of the Scottish Conjuror’s Association Close-up competition and the British Ring Zina Bennett Cup, Peter considers competitions "good fun but meaningless."

His early association with Jerry Sadowitz led to a series of books, beginning with Alternative Card Magic (1982). It started with two young men - a manuscript - and no publisher. Peter is grateful that Martin Breese saw in the material what others didn't, and took the chance. All five Duffie/Sadowitz books have recently been reprinted by Martin Breese in a single collection titled Cardzones - a handsome cloth-bound tome. While the material dates back to the 1980's, Peter is proud of this collection.

The 1990's saw a new direction with the release of Imagine, a self-produced manuscript of near-self-working card tricks. This was followed by Obsession, Ulterior Motifs, and so it went on, and indeed, Peter continues to release new booklets to this day.

In the mid-90's, a chance encounter with Richard Kaufman at a Blackpool convention led to a publishing contract being signed. Duffie's Card Compulsions was published in 1995 by Kaufman and Greenberg. This was followed by Five Time Five (Scotland) and Effortless Card Magic.

Peter is currently in partnership with the clever Californian magician Robin Robertson. Together they have created over 200 new effects and recently released Card Conspiracy Vols. 1 and 2. A third book is planned.

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Duffie's Card Compulsions

Duffie's Card Compulsions by Peter DuffieThis is an electronic facsimile of the deluxe edition of Duffie's Card Compulsions that was published by Richard Kaufman. Illustrated by Joseph K. Schmidt with an introduction by Roy Walton. Besides the wonderful card magic you will also find artful drawings of sparsely clad ladies. And let's be honest folks, this is the real reason you should buy this ebook.


  • Preliminary
    • Introduction: Roy Walton
    • Foreword: Peter Duffie
  • Routines
    • The Three Packet Shuffle
    • Mis-Read Palmistry
    • City Slickers
    • Marriage On The Rocks
    • Sherlock Never Married
    • Baker Street Branch
    • Dearly Departed
    • Exodus
    • The...
Peter Duffie19 Jun 2016$19.95

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Zeitgemäße und Alternative Kartenzauberei

Zeitgemäße und Alternative Kartenzauberei by Peter Duffie & Jerry SadowitzAls dieses Buch 1982 von Martin Breese in London herausgegeben wurde, schlug es in Fachkreisen wie eine Bombe ein. Kartenexperten hatten die Veröffentlichung auch schon seit langem erwartet, da ihnen die ungeheure Kreativität, die in den beiden Autoren steckt, bekannt war.

Bei der Übertragung der Kunststücke wurde besondere Sorgfalt angewendet, jedoch läßt es sich nicht vermeiden, die englischen Fachausdrücke für die einzelnen Kartengriffe wörtlich zu übernehmen, da sie in der Fachterminologie Allgemeingut geworden sind. Um nun dem nur deutschsprachigen Zauberkünstler eine Hilfestellung...

Peter Duffie &
Jerry Sadowitz
19 Apr 2016$8.00

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Perplexities by Peter DuffieAutomatic Aces
You shuffle a deck and then give it a spectator, who now carries out a series of random actions that result in him locating all four Aces.

Your invisible helpers become visible and then find a chosen card along with all the other cards of the same colour!

You remove the four Jacks. A Card is selected and returned to the deck. The deck is cut into two halves - one remains on the table. The four Jacks are placed face up on the table half and cut into the middle. One by one the Jacks leave the tabled half and appear face up in the half in your hands....

Peter Duffie2 Apr 2016$15.00

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Best of Duffie 6

Best of Duffie 6 by Peter DuffieThis latest volume in the "Best Of" series of Peter Duffie eBooks takes a new direction. Almost 40 card routines have been extracted from Peter's past books and are included in this volume. All the routines have a common denominator: They all involve the selection of a card (or cards) and their subsequent revelation in clever/devious ways!


  • Klektors
  • By Pass
  • Hour Magic
  • Card Two Pocket
  • Saved By The Belles
  • Special Envoy
  • 37 Years Later
  • The Keepers Of Secrets
  • Miracle Or Impossible Revisited
  • Phantomesque
  • Dreamland
  • Simply Stated
  • A Twisted Tale
  • In Place
  • Catalystic Collectors ...
Peter Duffie6 Nov 2015$19.95

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Best of Duffie 1

Best of Duffie 1 by Peter Duffie45 tricks from more than 20 books, 2 insane essays

The Best of Peter Duffie 1 is a perfect cross section of card magic's evolution over the years. Duffie has worked with so many legendary figures that his inspiration is a frenzy of possibilities. Each trick in this ebook was selected as the very best of Peter Duffie's extensive online library.

Duffie employs the most direct method to get from point A to point B. You'll finish the trick without one wasted move; an important characteristic of any good magic trick. A streamlined effect provides ample opportunity to develop the presentation. ...

Peter Duffie6 Nov 2015$19.95

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4 Most

4 Most by Peter DuffieFour lovely card effects put together by Peter Duffie.

4-SOME: Here's a simple and automatic, yet highly effective, way to get four of a kind using the Fulves "Gemini Twins" concept.

3-SOME: A matching effect where the spectator does all the work and finishes with Three of a Kind. Inspired by, but not using, Marty Kane's Status Quo-2 Principle.

THE HEAVY TEAM: A selected card lost in a packet is found by a randomly chosen Ace detective.

GHOST BUSTER: In effect, you show an Ace, Two, Three and Four of Spades. Each card passes from top to bottom and it is then discarded. When you reach...

Peter Duffie3 Apr 2015$0.00

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Trio by Peter DuffieThree off beat effects which have received the praise of laymen, magicians and reviewers.

CLEAR THOUGHT uses four blank cards. A spectator is asked to think of one of the four Queens, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds or Spades, and whilst the blank cards are in her own hands one of them changes to the mentally selected card. No questions are asked. Not to be outdone, the performer changes the other blanks into the remaining Queens.

POLYTHENE PAM is a novel version of Find The Lady. A spectator fails to find the lady which continually disappears leaving just four blank cards. At the finish all the...

Peter Duffie7 May 2014$8.00

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Quartet: four exclusive card effects

Quartet: four exclusive card effects by Peter DuffieAll the effects use simple fakes or subtleties to accomplish off-beat effects.

INTERNECINE is a novel version of the Tunnel Change and uses a small packet of cards. The cards appear to change places of their own accord. The performer demonstrates this phenomena further by causing two of the cards to change places in a very convincing manner. Finally the transposition is repeated and this time the change takes place visibly.

DICHOTOMY is a very strange prediction effect. A spectator chooses a card and tears it into two pieces. One of the pieces is destroyed and the other retained by the...

Peter Duffie7 Aug 2013$8.00

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Duet by Peter DuffiePOINT BLANK ASSEMBLY gives you the maximum effect for the minimum effort. Four Kings change places one at a time with four blank cards. The transposition is repeated only this time it occurs instantly. Finally the four Kings disappear altogether.

[You will need four blank-faced cards and four kings of which three have blank backs.]

IMPULSE starts as a transposition effect between a selected card and a blank card but ends with a finish that those who have seen it describe as 'NOT POSSIBLE'. Truly original thinking.

[You will need three blank-faced cards. One is gimmicked. The gimmick is easy to make with a pair of scissors, paper and glue.]

1st edition 1984, 1st digital edition 2013, 13 pages....

Peter Duffie31 May 2013$7.00

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Solo by Peter DuffieA card routine that is a combination of Hofzinser's Royal Marriages and Peter Kane's Wild Card.

[Please note that this ebook does not come with any gimmicks or cards. You will need four ordinary Kings; two blank faced cards; and four Queens with blank backs.]

1st edition 1986, 1st digital edition 2013, 9 pages.

Peter Duffie23 Apr 2013$5.00

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Hooked on Cards

Hooked on Cards by Peter DuffieA collection of new card routines.

Card to Envelope
In the book Inspirations (published by Martin Breese in 1987) I included an effect called 'Envelope Prediction'. This is a different version which I performed as part of my close-up act at the Blackpool convention in 1979. There is no palming or copping of cards, in fact you could call this near-self-working!

Lie To Me
A card is selected and lost back into the deck. You give the spectator an old coin/medallion which they hold in their hand. This, you say, will send "truth waves" to the deck. You now ask the spectator a series of questions about his card: he...

Peter Duffie23 Apr 2013$15.00

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Killer Koncepts (French)

Killer Koncepts (French) by Aldo Colombini & Peter Duffie & Robin RobertsonUne encyKlopédie Kollaborative Koncise Koncernant Des Kréations Kommerciales sur le Killer Kount pour Kartomanes en Klose-up Kontemporains. Plus de 30 routines de Peter Duffie, Aldo Colombini et Robin Robertson, utilisant le comptage Killer Count de Steve Beam. Le tour des Quatre As, des voyages de cartes, du mentalisme, des révélations, des effets d'épellation, des routines axées comédie, un tour fantastique avec un agenda et bien plus encore.

[Traduction et adaptation en langue française par Patrice Bernard.]

Aldo Colombini &
Peter Duffie &
Robin Robertson
8 Apr 2013$10.00

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Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity by Peter DuffieHere are two effects that use easy-to-make gimmicks which can be added to your regular deck.

FLASHPOINT is a sensational card routine with a topological flavor. Two cards, an Ace and a King, magically change places. The performer offers to repeat the effect under more stringent conditions. The King is placed on the table and covered with the performer's wallet. The Ace is placed between two blank cards. The Ace is visible through two holes cut in the middle of the blank cards yet, at the performer's command, it instantly and visibly disappears. When the wallet is lifted from the table the...

Peter Duffie22 Feb 2013$10.00

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That's Amore

That's Amore by Peter Duffie & Aldo ColombiniYou give the four Kings to a spectator. You cut the deck saying that you'll now cut to one of the Queens. The spectator's task is to try to pick the King that will be the perfect mate for the Queen you cut to. Remove the top card of the deck and the spectator picks ANY King. The two cards prove to be the King and Queen of Clubs! This is successfully repeated with the remaining Kings and Queens. Then a big surprise occurs: On the back of the four Queens four hearts appear!

Requires four double-backed cards and heart stickers.

Peter Duffie &
Aldo Colombini
26 Dec 2012$10.00

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The Card Activist

The Card Activist by Peter DuffieAuto Hue
Two spectators each select a card from a packet. The selection procedure happens in the hands of the spectators, you have no influence over the procedure. First, the cards separate into reds and blacks. Then the selections magically appear among the cards of opposite colour. All this happens without the performer touching the cards.

Not Wrong
You offer to demonstrate your ability to cut to certain cards with great accuracy. You give the deck a couple of cuts, placing a packet face down on the table. You turn over the top card of the tabled pile to reveal the Ace of Hearts. This...

Peter Duffie25 Sep 2012$15.00

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Subtle Miracles

Subtle Miracles by Peter DuffiePeter Duffie is one of the world's most creative cardmen and Subtle Miracles gathers together some of his most inventive work. Many of these effects were marketed as exclusive manuscripts and are now brought together for the first time, together with a selection of brand new routines using equally clever methods.

Seventeen ingenious card miracles are featured in this collection, including:

Two cards transpose under impossible conditions. The finish in which one card has a hole cut through the centre and yet still changes places with the second card has been described as, "Not...

Peter Duffie6 May 2012$30.00

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Card Zones (for resale)

Card Zones (for resale) by Peter Duffie & Jerry SadowitzFor those who have been looking for the first five books that Jerry Sadowitz and Peter Duffie published through Martin Breese - there is good news. All five books have been reprinted in one volume called Card Zones. These are: Card Zones is printed on high quality gloss paper and it is a large format volume of 256 pages with over 100 illustrations by David Britland & Roy Johnson. The book has red cover boards with black foil printing on the front cover and the spine. This is a heavy tome.
"I received...
Peter Duffie &
Jerry Sadowitz
2 Mar 2012$27.50

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Card Zones

Card Zones by Peter Duffie & Jerry SadowitzFor those who have been looking for the first five books that Jerry Sadowitz and Peter Duffie published through Martin Breese - there is good news. All five books have been reprinted in one volume called Card Zones. These are: Card Zones is printed on high quality gloss paper and it is a large format volume of 256 pages with over 100 illustrations by David Britland & Roy Johnson. The book has red cover boards with black foil printing on the front cover and the spine. This is a heavy tome.
"I received...
Peter Duffie &
Jerry Sadowitz
2 Mar 2012$55.00

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Applications (for resale)

Applications (for resale) by Peter DuffieThese are almost all effects based upon magic that can be performed without faked or gaffed cards.

1st edition 1993; original 60 pages; PDF 48 pages; illustrated

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Centre Forward
  4. Jointly Does It
  5. The Auld Curse
  6. I Give Up!
  7. Boxed - In
  8. Mind Games
  9. An Odin Sequel
  10. Women
  11. Palmed Addition Utility Sleight
  12. A Turn - Up For The Book
  13. A Curious Incident
  14. Collusion
  15. Rising Crime
  16. Audience Participation
  17. Fireside Aces
  18. The Scottish Assembly
  19. Once Again
  20. Duffie On Keyboards
  21. A Change In Mood
  22. Glasnost
  23. Guardian Angels
Peter Duffie2 Mar 2012$12.00

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The Magic of Fred Robinson (for resale)

The Magic of Fred Robinson (for resale) by Peter Duffie
"Peter Duffie's The Magic Of Fred Robinson is a wonderful book containing a gold-mine of ideas, subtleties and secrets from one of magic's finest exponents and thinkers. ... The Magic Of Fred Robinson is an excellent book full of wonderful ideas, useful sleights, and powerful effects. More than that, it's a great read and takes me back to the feeling I had when I first read Vernon's Inner Secrets books." - R. Paul Wilson from his 2009 review in Genii.

"I state without fear of exaggerating that Fred was one of the all-time greats; especially with cards." - Dai Vernon

"Card magic and techniques of card-handling have fascinated me for most of...

Peter Duffie2 Mar 2012$62.00

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