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(Benny) Ben Harris

(Benny) Ben Harris

Ben Harris broke into the magic scene in the early 1980's with a brand new principle using marking pens—Epic Flight. This was soon followed by Gellerism Revealed (a book that taught a generation of magicians to bend spoons), and his now famous floating match illusion. Cosmosis: The Original Floating Match was used by Doug Henning, released as a magical toy by Tenyo, adapted by Disney, and remains a top-selling dealer item almost 35 years later.

From 1985-1996 Harris toured extensively (visiting 36 countries), lecturing and teaching his magical inventions.

Ben has written over 40 books on magic (most recently, Silent Running, Mentallica, and A Thought Well Stolen), as well as penning material for Apocalypse, The Magic Circular, Genii, Penthouse, The Skeptical Inquirer and High Times magazines.

He lives with his wife in a sunny corner of the Antipodes and, using a variety of pseudonyms, also writes professionally in other genres including, Alternate Lifestyles and Science Fiction/Adventure.

website: wowbound.com

Coauthors: Steve Shufton, J. J. Zappatta

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Julio's Psychic Pizza Menu by (Benny) Ben Harris

Julio's Psychic Pizza is an easy to perform and completely self-working prediction that allows a spectator to predict a pizza style (Olives and Anchovies, Italian, Classic, Hawaiian, etc) and the appropriate base (thick or thin) and an accompanying beverage (Milkshake, Iced Tea, Cola, Orange juice, etc).

The performer introduces a colorful and glossy menu from Julio's Psychic Pizza Shop (est. 1971). Printed on the inside is a psychic circle of pizza styles representing what's available.The spectator thinks of any number between 1--1000 (no force) and counts around the circle (either clockwise...

2016 / 6 / 20
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Mentallica: Heavy Mental Magic by (Benny) Ben Harris

Mentallica is a series of hard-hitting effects drawn from Harris' one-man show: Hellucinations.

"If you like clever and practical ideas, this ebook has them. Even for effects utilizing marketed props, Ben's alternative presentations lift them up to a new level of application. If you appreciate creative ideas because this will spur you on to thinking of alternative applications for the many props that are lying idle in your magic drawers, then this book is highly recommended for you." - John Teo

The majority of effects are new presentations and uses for existing props like: The Mother...

2016 / 1 / 10
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A Thought Well Stolen by (Benny) Ben Harris

A Thought Well Stolen combines two of magic's great card effects - Any Card At Any Number, and Paul Curry's Out Of This World - into a wicked hybrid; morphing them into a mind-blowing frenzy. Can you even imagine what this resultant offspring would look like?

As in Any Card At Any Number, the performer reveals the identity of a freely though-of card - and its position in a deck - without asking a single question. Seriously, this is solid and gripping mentalism; there is no force, the card is a free mental selection and no questions are asked. Having read his spectator's mind, discerning his card and its position in the deck, the performer...

2015 / 8 / 3
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Checkout Chi: pay with your mind by (Benny) Ben Harris

Checkout Chi is the first new effect from Ben Harris in ages. And, it's been worth the wait.

Checkout Chi will drop the jaws of your audiences when YOU PAY for the restaurant bill, bar tab, groceries, gasoline, movie tickets, or what have you--WITH YOUR MIND. No cash, no credit cards, just your mind!

And, it's genuine: The vendor gets paid. A receipt is issued. All is above board.

Seriously, this is the kind of impromptu magic that makes reputations. The moment arising from a real-world situation (having to pay the bill), and the solution (paying the bill with magic), proving your mastery...

2015 / 2 / 16
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Winning Products Sampler by (Benny) Ben Harris

If you create, design, manufacture or retail products for the magic market you will find a lifetime of experience in this ebook.

The full product can be found here: Winning Products

37 pages

2015 / 2 / 13
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Quarks and Quirks (for resale)

(Benny) Ben Harris
Quarks and Quirks (for resale) by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Some of the most clever takes on the Torn and Restored Card in years, Ben Harris' Quarks & Quirks is an invigorating journey of topological twists and tears." - Richard Kaufman
A journey beyond the tear, inspired by the weird world of Quantum Physics. In this superbly produced book, filled with photographs Ben Harris shares seven routines. Includes:

THE QUARTER BACK TEAR

A method for apparently tearing a card cleanly in half, while in reality, only tearing one quarter from the card. This sets you up as either a "quarter ahead" or a "quarter behind" depending upon the intended application....

2014 / 7 / 18
 

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Exit 51 (for resale)

(Benny) Ben Harris
Exit 51 (for resale) by (Benny) Ben Harris
"A beautifully realized moment of astonishment ... the new gimmick is very clever indeed!" - Paul Harris

"A stunning vanishing deck that takes an original idea by Paul Harris and sends it to the moon." - Richard Kaufman

The remarkable effect shifts "the moment" in Paul Harris' amazing Vanishing Deck allowing for a card to be selected and signed.

This selected card is shuffled back into the deck which is then held in full view.

Upon command, the entire deck visually vanishes (that's right - it just blinks out of being) leaving only the chosen card as a poignant applause cue.

Exit 51 is...

2014 / 7 / 18
 

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Crossroads (for resale)

(Benny) Ben Harris
Crossroads (for resale) by (Benny) Ben Harris
"This is going to fry a lot of people..." - Richard Kaufman

"...the Crossroads Deck; a devious conception and one of the most interesting to hit the magic scene in recent times..." - Peter Duffie (from the foreword)

"The Crossroads technique alone, which we really like, will be seen as food for thought by many. As mentalists, our variation would be to use no deck at all. Just a single, thought-of card in the pocket. The solution will dawn on you after reading the text..." - Richard Busch & Larry Becker

A SPECIFICALLY SELECTED CARD VANISHES FROM A SEALED DECK YOU'VE NEVER TOUCHED! And then... RE-APPEARS...
2014 / 7 / 18
 

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Enlightenment Book 1 (for resale)

(Benny) Ben Harris
Enlightenment Book 1 (for resale) by (Benny) Ben Harris

Full details of how this magnetic miracle works.

"Ben...what a beautiful thing you have created here. The moment that card breaks free from gravity in the spectator's hand is quite the joyous event." - Paul Harris
Enlightenment is a revolutionary way of using magnets to create the illusion of levitating a playing card or a dollar note.

This 100 page book gives you all of the details. Learn the back history, how a simple advertisement in a catalog inspired the idea. Learn how to operate the gimmick, how to install it in a deck of cards, and how to use it to make a dollar bill float. You'll still...

2014 / 7 / 18
 

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Quarks and Quirks by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Some of the most clever takes on the Torn and Restored Card in years, Ben Harris' Quarks & Quirks is an invigorating journey of topological twists and tears." - Richard Kaufman
A journey beyond the tear, inspired by the weird world of Quantum Physics. In this superbly produced book, filled with photographs Ben Harris shares seven routines. Includes:

THE QUARTER BACK TEAR

A method for apparently tearing a card cleanly in half, while in reality, only tearing one quarter from the card. This sets you up as either a "quarter ahead" or a "quarter behind" depending upon the intended application....

2014 / 7 / 14
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Exit 51 by (Benny) Ben Harris
"A beautifully realized moment of astonishment ... the new gimmick is very clever indeed!" - Paul Harris

"A stunning vanishing deck that takes an original idea by Paul Harris and sends it to the moon." - Richard Kaufman

The remarkable effect shifts "the moment" in Paul Harris' amazing Vanishing Deck allowing for a card to be selected and signed.

This selected card is shuffled back into the deck which is then held in full view.

Upon command, the entire deck visually vanishes (that's right - it just blinks out of being) leaving only the chosen card as a poignant applause cue.

Exit 51 is...

2014 / 7 / 14
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(Benny) Ben Harris & J. J. Zappatta
Deep Fry 2 by (Benny) Ben Harris & J. J. Zappatta

All items are described in J.J.'s brief and point by point style. If you're not prepared to THINK, J.J's not interested in ya. Period. Illustrated with Mr. Zappatta's crude but informative sketches.

1. ZIP-WOW
A super-quick torn and restored card or dollar note. Looks absolutely perfect and is examinable.

2. CELL-PHONE GLIM
Put the ubiquitous cell phone to clever use as a "glim device".

3. PERFECTO-CIRCLE CARDS
Revealed, the underground secret for cutting perfectly bur-less holes in playing cards. Idea for users of the Eidetic-type changes. (If you have to ask, then this is not...

2014 / 4 / 3
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(Benny) Ben Harris & J. J. Zappatta
Deep Fry 1 by (Benny) Ben Harris & J. J. Zappatta

J.J. ZAPPATTA. The enigma, the man of mystery who hung with the shadows throughout the course of many a magic convention, over many a decade. These books are a first glimpse at the crazy and wild world that was/is ZAPPATTA. And, at last, his clever levitation is fully explained in Volume 2!

All items are described in J.J.'s brief and point by point style. If you're not prepared to THINK, J.J's not interested in ya. Period. Illustrated with Mr. Zappatta's crude but informative sketches.

1. THWONG
Flip-Flops (or thongs) are a kind of footwear fashionable at resorts, beach-side, and other casual...

2014 / 4 / 3
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Messing with NCR Paper by (Benny) Ben Harris

Magic and science mix to create amazing possibilities with this special paper!

NCR paper is the carbonless paper used to make up receipt and invoice books. It allows impressions to be made on several sheets without the use of carbon paper. And, just like the chemically reactive magic that people have created with ATM paper and Frixion pens, NCR paper also has potential for magical use.

The author established it's use back in 1989 with an excited fax to Jeff Busby. (This document is included from the Harris archives.)

Ben then teaches two routines with the special paper. The first involves...

2013 / 7 / 4
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Knee Kracker by (Benny) Ben Harris

Make a bottle of drink vanish by cracking it across your knee!

This is a reputation-maker. The magic just seems to come out of the blue as you pick up your drink bottle, cap it, and then crack it across your knee where it vanishes completely!

Three applications are taught. A formal handling with Topit, a tabled handling and a cheeky walk-around handling for parties when you are hanging with friends. For these latter two approaches, you need no Topit, just the bottle. You can even make a partly filled bottle vanish or pass through a table-top!

1st edition 2013, 14 pages.

2013 / 7 / 4
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Monsterbox #4: Cards, Cards, Cards by (Benny) Ben Harris

INCREDIBLE VARIETY OF CARD MAGIC - 22 EBOOKS!

The EBOOKS in MONSTERBOX #4 cover a wide range of CARD MAGIC and CARD SLEIGHTS. Ben has created several original effects, plots and methods that have added to the vocabulary of the card magician's art. Sleights like SUPERFIP and FANDANGO are used by today's leading card workers. Harris also created the INVERSION plot and his TORN & RESTORED CARD (Hoodwink) is considered a classic, as is his handling of OIL & WATER. Works like XRAY, CROSSROADS and SILENT RUNNING have also been embraced by workers the world over!

MONSTERBOXES are simply the best...

2012 / 12 / 18
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Monsterbox #3: Mentalism by (Benny) Ben Harris

A WIDE VARIETY OF MIND READING TYPE MAGIC & SERIOUS MENTALISM!

The EBOOKS in MONSTERBOX #3 cover a wide range of MENTALISM techniques and approaches. MENTALISM with CARDS, WATER BOTTLES, DRINK BOTTLES, SHARPIE PENS, and your FINGERS! Some world-famous manuscripts are included such as the ENTIRE SILENT RUNNING TRILOGY!

MONSTERBOXES are simply the best and most cost-effective way in which to explore Ben Harris' 30 year's worth of contributions to the art. By dividing the vast range of EBOOKS into genres, you can obtain EXACTLY the type of material you are after. Be it CARDS, CLOSE-UP, MENTALISM...

2012 / 12 / 18
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Monsterbox #2: Animations/Levitations by (Benny) Ben Harris

30 YEARS WORTH OF LEVITATION IDEAS IN ONE COLLECTION!

The ebooks in MONSTERBOX #2 cover a wide range of levitation/animation techniques and approaches. From Harris' world-famous FLOATING MATCH, a FLOATING DECK, ANIMATED WATER BOTTLE, the controversial EAR PLUG levitation and a complete work on ELASTIC THREAD MAGIC.

MONSTERBOXES are simply the best and most cost-effective way in which to explore Ben Harris' 30 year's worth of contributions to the art. By dividing the vast range of EBOOKS into genres, you can obtain EXACTLY the type of material you are after. Be it CARDS, CLOSE-UP, MENTALISM...

2012 / 12 / 18
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Monsterbox #1: Close-Up by (Benny) Ben Harris

NON-CARD MATERIAL SPANNING 30 YEARS!

MONSTERBOXES are simply the best and most cost-effective way in which to explore Ben Harris' 30 year's worth of contributions to the art. By dividing the vast range of ebooks into genres, you can obtain exactly the type of material you are after. Be it cards, close-up, mentalism or animations, there is a MONSTERBOX just right for you!

You also save at least 30% over purchasing the ebooks separately. This is great value for money.

The ebooks in MONSTERBOX #1 cover a wide range of effects and themes. We have linking finger rings, effects with Tic Tacs,...

2012 / 12 / 17
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Precog by (Benny) Ben Harris

Ben Harris combines old school methodology with digital magic in a way that opens up a lot of presentational possibilities. The manuscript is complete with artwork to easily print out the QR code cards required. Here's the effect:

A small packet of about a dozen cards is introduced. These are "Pre-Cog Test Cards" that the performer had acquired at a recent "Minds in Progress" seminar.

One card is white with Pre-Cog test instructions printed on both sides along with a SINGLE QR CODE. The performer explains that this code can be scanned to reveal the outcome of a precognitive test. The performer...

2012 / 11 / 5
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Dimensional Relativity by (Benny) Ben Harris

The classic from 1981: Signed Card Turns Inside Out - Examinable

Only once in a while do you create a new plot. Folks have always said - and will probably continue to say - "it's all been done before." Of course, that's usually the case, but not every time.

Dimensional Relativity was released in 1981 as printed booklet. The original concept of "turning a signed card inside out" (created on the nineteenth day of August, 1979 and shared with Woody Meltcher) became fashionable enough to see the book through two printings in three months. The reviews were excellent and lots of folk took notice. ...

2012 / 3 / 3
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Winning Products: A Guide by (Benny) Ben Harris

Download a free sampler PDF for this ebook.

"The content is so easy to read and filled with valuable information on how to produce a successful product. Even after many years of releasing, I still feel I've learned a lot reading this book." - Titanas (Greece)

"What a great book. I have never seen this information given anywhere else. I started selling magic in 1991 and I wish I had had access to this information back then - it would have made my life so much easier!" - Peter Duffie (Scotland)

"This is something I needed 16 years ago!" - Wayne Rogers Chicane Enterprises (New Zealand)

From the Foreword...

2012 / 1 / 30
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Truly Visual Card Magic by (Benny) Ben Harris

A fabulous collection of effects all featuring cards performed with a VISUAL impact. Best-seller, Zoom is featured along with Ben's popular rendition of Oil & Water with it's glorious three phase routining. Learn to perform a version of Daryl's famous Ultimate Ambition with any deck. Also featured is the odd and visual Madman's Card to Pocket and a full work out with the world-famous Super-Flip Move.

Contents:

  • Zoom
  • Madman's Card To Pocket
  • Anytime Ultimate Ambition
  • Oil & Water Deluxe
  • Coming Together Again
  • Super-Flip
  • Super-Flip Ambitious
  • Super-Flip Four Ace Explosion

1st edition...

2012 / 1 / 30
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Sweet Spot by (Benny) Ben Harris

Inspired by a recent internet challenge, Ben Harris has "Le Pauled" the regular baggie! This creates a clever and practical alternative to the traditional Card In Wallet plot.

With Sweet Spot, a card, a coin, a borrowed ring or a credit card is made to vanish only to appear seconds later IN THE MIDDLE of the contents of a sealed baggie.

This can be filled with sand, candies, stamps, money, oregano, or whatever you want. The presentation angles are up to you. We give you a few to start with like the "Magic Sands of the Sahara," "Mr Blonds Revenge," "The Stamp Collector," "My Favorite Coin...

2011 / 10 / 15
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Silent Running Trilogy by (Benny) Ben Harris

ALL THREE VOLUMES, THAT'S OVER 300 PAGES, dozens of routines and handlings. SAVE OVER 20% by buying the bundle. And don't forget that you will have access to the entire (past and future) discussion and contributions of these products on the Lybrary.com internal product forum.

Here is a unique chance to grab the entire SILENT RUNNING TRILOGY, that's all THREE volumes for a great bundle price. In well over 300 pages you'll explore the birth and devlopment of this unique and mind-blowing technique. The finer details are taught with further lessons from Steve Shufton. Then there's the dozens of routines and...

2011 / 7 / 11
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Madman's Card to Pocket by (Benny) Ben Harris

The FASTEST "CARD TO POCKET" EVER!

The Madman’s Card To Pocket was designed in order to produce a “smack in the face” moment for Ben's day-to-day performances and media interviews. It’s something direct, to the point and utterly impossible in appearance. The effect is all over in a matter of seconds, but this directness—which seems to eliminate the possibility that you could have cheated or manipulated the moment in any way—is what makes this so powerful.

EFFECT: A card is selected (free choice), signed and returned to the deck. The deck is IMMEDIATELY handed to a spectator—the...

2011 / 6 / 29
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Ionic Force by (Benny) Ben Harris

A COMPELLING FORCING PROCEDURE & APPLICATIONS THEREOF

Ionic is a ranging force, applied with the fingers, in order to arrive at an apparently random (or unknown number). Such forces—performed on the fingers—have been used for decades. Karrel Fox and Max Maven are both famous for their applications of the approach. For the record, Ray Hyman is credited with FIRST applying the idea to the use of the fingers. (See The Linking Ring, October, 1953). Ray’s application was for a book test called “It’s In The Book.”

Here’s how it usually works: Imagine asking a spectator to hold...

2011 / 6 / 29
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Aqua-Imp by (Benny) Ben Harris

A brand new thing to do with a water bottle. Looks freaky and leaves a lasting impression. You could start a religion with this!

IONIZE THE WATER IN A DRINKING BOTTLE, MAKING IT ALMOST LIGHTER THAN AIR!

Aqua-imp is one powerful piece of “incidental” magic. It appears almost impromptu. This illusion of spontaneity actually enhances the mystery—for it is at this magical (and supposedly offhanded moment) you give your spectators a thought-provoking, gentle, and fun glimpse at an un-imagined world of possibility.

Here’s what Aqua-imp looks like: You join friends or clients at a...

2011 / 6 / 23
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Silent Running 3 by (Benny) Ben Harris

Silent Running 3 picks up where the second volume, Run Silent, Run Deep, left off: That is, it is brimming full of novel applications of both the CrossRoads and Silent Running principles. You need to be familiar with these procedures (as taught fully in the first two volumes of the trilogy).

Part One of this finale jumps in at the deep end with some stunning and clever contributions. Novel ideas including making an “X” appear on the back of any “thought-of card” (a card generated by having the spectator create a card in his head via the SR process) or applying the SR principle to gospel magic or Ten...

2011 / 5 / 3
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PSI-Poker by (Benny) Ben Harris

PSI-POKER is the latest creation from Ben Harris (co-creator of 2010’s hit X-RAY).

This new effect is totally self-working, requiring no skill or gaffs. (Unless you are calling 'peeking the bottom card' a move.) The secret is ancient, but it’s never been used in this manner before. Magic’s leading historians and card experts have confirmed this claim. (To be precise, it is a new property of an old principle. Very clever indeed.)

So, what is PSI-POKER?

The effect is a multiple prediction of how a game of “Texas Hold ‘em” will play out from a shuffled deck. You hand a prediction...

2011 / 1 / 19
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Superflip and S.F.U.C. by (Benny) Ben Harris

Imagine: You’ve just performed several stages in your “Ambitious Card” routine. For one final time you place the “magic card” in the middle of the deck. The deck is placed face-down in the middle of the table. You show your hands empty. With a snap of your fingers you gesture toward the deck. Now, by simply riffling upward gently on the tabled deck’s edges—and dribbling the cards back to the table—the signed selection instantly and visibly appears face-up, atop the deck!

You accept your well earned applause and feel cool that you’ve done this by mastering a simple and clever...

2010 / 12 / 4
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Digital Delirium by (Benny) Ben Harris

STUNNING VISUALS AS YOU PRINT 3 THOUGHT-OF CARDS WITHOUT ANY GAFFS!
Requires intermediate card skills. Not for beginners.

This is an “underground handling” for Click Click Click—a routine that originally appeared in Ben's 1989 Lecture Notes and in the book, Mad Fax & Other Mysteries (1990). It, in turn, was the outgrowth of Foto, from Out Of His Mind (1988). The never before published handling—revealed here—adds to the over-all impact by eliminating any need to ”return to the deck” prior to the magical printing of the third card. This was a procedural requirement in the previous...

2010 / 11 / 1
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Mach2 by (Benny) Ben Harris

This is the follow-up to Solid Gold Easy Action, and consists of a refined envelope design which allows the chosen card to be loaded with the deck in a fanned state. It also allows for the SWITCHING of cards IN AND OUT of the envelope. This is a vast improvement over the original envelope design, allowing many effects to be created.

1st edition 1987, 20 pages.

2010 / 10 / 4
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Through the Universe - Backwards by (Benny) Ben Harris

One of the most eye-popping color-changing decks you will ever see.

"The presentation is rich in content, and the effect is as clear and clean as can be. This is one of the best cc deck routines I have seen." - Peter Duffie

"Brilliant. Beautiful. Straight into my set." - Kyle MacNeill

EFFECT:

The performer reaches into his pocket and removes an envelope. From within he removes a single BLUE-BACKED card. (The deck in use has RED BACKS.) The blue-backed card is placed to one side. It's identity is unknown at this point.

The performer explains...

"This single card, odd in its appearance, has a purely...

2010 / 10 / 4
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X-Ray by (Benny) Ben Harris & Steve Shufton

A plot by Ben Harris with a solution by Steve Shufton and an out by Felix Schellenberg.

"Ben Harris and Steve Shufton's X-Ray is, I think, one of the three best card effects to come out this decade. It's so unbelievably smart, and I use it all the time." - Joshua Jay

"A wonderfully clear cut plot. This is very powerful and appears utterly impossible." - Marc Paul

From the introduction:

When I was young, my uncle Peter fooled me badly with a simple X-Ray Vision stunt. It played serious havoc with my developing mind. Pete had been using his X-Ray Vision to "see through" the table top in order to identify how many fingers I was holding...

2010 / 8 / 17
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