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Alexander de Cova

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."

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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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Scrapbook Issue 3 by Alexander de CovaABSTRACTOR - My take on the "Extractor" gimmick which is completely different. The deck can be fanned, spread and quite freely shown. The spectator himself can insert his card into the case. The case is shut and rubber bands are placed all around the case (!). You can show the case from all sides - all looks perfect. You put the deck in your pocket and immediately have the selected card at your disposal! Easy to construct in less than half an hour with only one deck used.

TAMARIZ MEMO DECK - Here I start with a five part "course" on the memorization of this brilliant stack. It's fun to read,...

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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 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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Scrapbook Issue 4 by Alexander de CovaThe new issue is packed with workable stuff. This time, you'll find also something for the stage magician! Here the contents:

ESPACOLOGY 2 - My take on a routine by David Berglas. This one is intended for stage/plattform use and can be made to play really big. Multiple predictions lead to a knockout climax incorporating the name of the company you are working for.

GIANT CARD TO SILK - This is truly the most visual and baffling transformation of a giant card into a silk. It looks like trick photography and you end clean. I describe some tips for the table-hopping magician as well.

TAMARIZ MEMO DECK...

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Scrapbook Issue 2 by Alexander de CovaBOXED - A signed bill ends up in the interior of a lighter, which has been inside a cigarette packet. This one has fooled everyone on my last lecture tour. Perfect for table-hopping, instant reset and easy to do. [Note: This routine was intended to be published as a separate eBook for a much higher price than this issue of Scrapbook. However, for completeness sake I decided to add it here.

TOTALLY STONED - A mental routine based on a Max Maven idea. I changed the routine, method and added an additional climax to it. Very powerful and easy to do.

ENTHYMEMATA - Thoughts, tips and hints.

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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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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 5 by Alexander de CovaIn this issue, I go into great detail for my version of the routine "Cards Through Newspaper", an effect which was popularized by the great Albert Goshman in his professional act.

CARDS THROUGH NEWSPAPER - I taught this version to Doc Eason years ago. Here is the complete description with all the details (for you, Doc!). Doc told me that he showed the routine to Eric Mead and Eric had some nice words for it, means, he liked it. Four cards (any four cards, signed or unsigned) penetrate a sheet of newspaper one at a time. This is a worker's version, no duplicates, preparation or anything. You...

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Scrapbook Issue 1 by Alexander de CovaAL KORAN FINESSE - An additional idea for the well-known Al Koran 5-star forcing deck which enables you to perform a baffling version of the "Oscar" card trick.

THROUGH THE LOUPE - The fastest loading technique for a ring in a sealed envelope. This one has fooled more than one magician!

CLIPPED OUT - A concept for a headline prediction or a live prediction. Some subtle thinking behind this one.

MAGIC VS. MUSIC - A thought provoking article on practise, performance and more. Music is compared to magic and this will get you started thinking different about our art.

ENTHYMEMATA - Various...

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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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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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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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Tamariz Legesystem in 5 Tagen by Alexander de CovaEin 5-Tage-Kurs zum sicheren Erlernen des TAMARIZ MEMODECK. Alexander wurde auf seinen Workshops danach gefragt, wie er denn bzw. mit welcher Methode er das Tamariz Deck gelernt habe. So schön das Arbeiten mit diesem Spiel ist, es hat einen gehörigen Nachteil: man muss es erst einmal auswendig lernen. Nur zu oft hört man von den Zauberkollegen, dass sie zwar gerne mit einem memorierten Spiel arbeiten würden, aber meistens schon nach den ersten Karten aufgegeben haben. Es ist eben nicht so leicht, sich 52 scheinbar wahllos liegende Karten mit den dazugehörigen Zahlen zu merken.

Dies ist...

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Coinvelope by Alexander de Cova
"This is new to me. I have not seen anything like it. Your touches make it a miracle vanish. Very clean - very natural. Excellent." - Michael Close

"What a brilliantly simple, devious and clever idea! It is so deceptive, I love it!" - Nick Einhorn

Coinvelope is Alexander de Cova's latest creation. With this super simple (and therefore reliable) gimmick envelope you can vanish a borrowed, marked coin and have it reappear anywhere. The vanish is absolutely convincing and easy to do. The diabolical envelope does most of the work.

The envelope can be constructed literally within seconds, without using...

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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...

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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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California Lecture 2006 by Alexander de CovaFrom the introduction:
You will find that most of my mterial is suitable for the stand-up performer. This is due to the fact that in Europe there aren't too many opportunities to work restaurants, bars and other close-up situations. We have to deal with small stand-up shows, birthday parties, wedding parties, smaller theatres and cabarets, and the like. Naturally, if you want to survive as a performer, you will have to adapt to this situation and develop suitable material. Above all, the material must be direct and to the point, because the European audiences generally don't have too much...
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Symbolicus by Alexander de CovaYou display a big envelope with a prediction. Two spectators assist you with this experiment. You display now a transparent clipboard with a single sheet of paper on it. On this paper are printed 25 different abstract symbols in a numbered grid. You ask one spectator to think of any uneven number from 1 to 25 (including 1 and 25). The other spectator thinks of an even number. These numbers are only thought of! Now each of the spectators looks at the clipboard and remembers the symbol corresponding to his number. Again the spectators never name aloud their symbols and you don't ask a single...
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Treasures by Alexander de CovaAlexander de Cova performs mostly stand-up, that means his magic is suitable for the small stage or platform. But many of his routines can also done close-up. In these lecture notes you will find some of his best effects, sleights, gimmicks, tips and ideas.

Alexander is a strong believer in utility sleights that can be used in different routines. Therefore you will find lots of material that deals with new techniques or variations on existing things which you can incorporate in your own routines and tricks.

1st edition 2004, 28 pages.

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  1. A Few Words Before
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