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An Evening With Charlie Miller
by Robert Parrish


(2 reviews, 4 customer ratings) ★★★★★

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An Evening With Charlie Miller by Robert Parrish

This is a wonderful collection of some of Charlie Miller's signature pieces with photos showing Charlie Miller performing the moves and routines.

From the introduction by Theo Bamberg (Okito):

I consider Charlie's technique not only original, subtle and entertaining, but above all, highly commercial. In this respect, he is in the tradition of the Old Masters, whose skill could be appreciated by the connoisseur, but who used that skill to keep their audiences highly entertained.

1st edition 1961, 1st digital edition 2014, 59 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. About Charlie Miller
  3. Mugs And Hats
  4. The Jest Of The Joker
  5. The Torn Card
  6. Imitative Cards
  7. The Eight Card Trick
  8. The Upside Down Trick
  9. The Card In The Pocket
  10. The Great Billet Test
  11. A Lesson In Magic
  12. The Homing Deuces
  13. Notes On The Bottom Change
  14. How Not To Palm A Card
  15. Backstage Scene
  16. To The Reader

word count: 15908 which is equivalent to 63 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Michel Asselin (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Saturday 11 February, 2023

This title is much more a Masterclass than a simple book.

Buried within this gem is a gimmick-less version of the Sympathetic Cards. From Nate Leipzig to Jörg Alexander, Orville Meyer and Derek Dingle, performers went the way of the gimmicked cards. Charlie Miller went… sleight of hand. And it works, it is sound, it is wonderful. And Robert Parrish, the author, does explain the thinking behind this approach.

The first item is a real nugget. Mr. Miller takes an early version of the coin matrix - the two covers and four objects trick, detailed in Henry Hay’s The Amateur Magician’s Handbook - essentially a 2D tabletop effect - and morphs it into a 3D extravaganza which is a deception of the same order as Bob Read’s Bottle Production. With hats and mugs. And hats are coming back in fashion…

You’ll learn an open billet peek, a Sun and Moon variation, and some card effects. Again, with integral dissection from Mr. Parrish.

Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Anonymous
★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 24 April, 2019

Hats are back in fashion... Mugs and Hats inspired the great Bob Read; and yet is totally different from Read’s work - and an absolute blast. If you know Read, there’s no need to add anything; if you do not know Read, you are in for a treat.