In this set of notes you will find several tricks and routines that have served Aldo well during the last few years as a stand-up performer. In fact, the tricks explained here can all be done standing up as no table is required and are great for walk around or strolling magic. Done this way you simply use the hands of the spectators to help you.
Aldo has written these tricks and routines with the assumption that you already know some basic magic such as a card control, a Double Undercut, an Elmsley Count and the like. Aldo's purpose here is not to teach you ‘sleights’ but rather ‘routines’ that you can use in your repertoire. Some of the tricks can be tied together to form a longer routine.
[Note that these routines are also taught on the download DVD: Standing Room Only.]
- CHINESE PURSE: A Chinese coin appears on a rope between two knots.
- INTERCHANGE: A stunning in-the-hand four-card transposition.
- IMAGINARY JOURNEY: Four Kings assemble in one packet revealing, at the same time, two selected cards.
- RING UP: A borrowed ring is knotted onto a rope. Magically, the ring becomes free, leaving the knot on the rope.
- RING THRU: You place a finger ring on your ring finger and watch it penetrate that finger and jump onto the little finger.
- Y2K DECK: Your signature and the spectator’s signature change places and then appear both on the same card from a totally blank deck.
- KING-KO'S: A spectator's signature jumps from card to card, duplicates itself, disappears and reappears into a card in your pocket.
- JUMP AND PASS: Two selected cards change places with the four Kings.
- PICK ME, PICK ME NOT: Two spectators each select a card from a packet of jumbo cards and they are the only two cards with the words Pick Me on the backs, while the other cards have the words: You Won’t Pick Me.
- THE PYRAMID: A rubber band finds a selected card.
- PRINTING AHEAD: You print a back on one card, a face on another card, then the two cards melt together forming the selected card.
- HALF BINDING: You borrow a dollar bill and tear it in half. Then, after a brief routine using the two pieces, you restore it in the hand of a spectator.
- SAME TIME, SAME PLACE: You apparently know in advance the card that a spectator will select, leaving it reversed in the middle of the deck.
- SPONGE AWAY: Great magic happens with three sponge balls that pass from your hand to the spectator’s hand!
- THE RULER: Hilarious comedy impressions using a carpenter's ruler, folding it into the shape of objects; then you fold it into the shape of the previously selected card.
1st edition 2011; 13 pages.
word count: 6259 which is equivalent to 25 standard pages of text