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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
5th Corner by (Benny) Ben Harris

A flash back to 1987 and a "long lost" manuscript, seen by only ten: Jerry Andrus, David Britland, Jeff Busby, Dave Faulkner, David Harkey, Ed Marlo, Dan McArthy, Harvey Rosenthal, Jay Sankey and Mark Trudinger, made it's brief, and only appearance... then, it was gone!

So what is the 5th Corner? It's a splash of ideas and techniques with a single playing card and it's ripped corners. You are both "one ahead" and "two behind" at the SAME TIME. This charming but annoying attribute is what probably led to the stony silence heard by the author in 1987. Can YOU make head-way with this strange and bizarre single-card oddity? Why...

2010 / 3 / 24
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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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Alida: Little Winged One by (Benny) Ben Harris
"A cool and animated levitation of a card or dollar bill... EASY TO MAKE!"
My goodness, this little effect created a shit-storm when it was released in 2000! I don't think the attacks had been so brutal since Cosmosis (in the mid 1980s). Anyway, this simple and effective idea was loved by some (see, for example, Richard Kaufman in Genii Magazine), and hated by others (see, for example, Michael Close in Magic Magazine). Ben relishes dividing opinion, and Alida certainly did that.

However, it was also a genuine stepping stone in the thought processes that would eventually lead to Enlightenment: The Ultimate Floating Card - which is way superior. So, controversial...

2009 / 12 / 28
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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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Bands of Gold by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Ben's Band Book is some of the best band and card magic ever. Some could be plucked out and used as single trick downloads. As with every Ben Harris ebook of wonder, it's beautifully laid out with lots of photos to help you along. Highly recommended. ***** 5/5 Stars" - Jamie Daws
The opening trick in this gorgeous ebook is just cool. A mini bet in which 2 bands are shown around the card case width ways. One will win the spectator $100 and the other one will win the magician $100. One is selected by the spectator without equivoque. Of course it's just a normal band. The other is removed and there...
2009 / 11 / 7
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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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Cosmosis: The original floating match by (Benny) Ben Harris

"...at last, the originator explains his classic micro-levitation in complete detail — a digital first..."

Invented in 1986, and marketed as Cosmosis by Ben Harris, this effect has become one of the most pirated close-up creations in magic's recent history. It truly has become a "classic." Even today, twenty-three years after its debut, unscrupulous individuals and manufacturers in many countries market it without any due respect for its heritage or compensation for its creator. From street stalls in India and across Asia, to the high streets of London and Paris, you'll find this effect...

2009 / 7 / 15
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Crossroads 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 WHEREVER YOU WANT,...
2009 / 7 / 16
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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...
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Crossroads Revelations by (Benny) Ben Harris

Here's the follow-up to the best-selling CrossRoads Deck. An amazing variety of material!

This detailed ebook looks at expanding the "CrossRoads revelations phase" in a variety of ways. "Compression" is what the author calls it, and here he squeezes the "outs" into Double Faced and "multi-index" configurations. The full instructions for the commercially available D/F SET and DEVIL'S PEEK SET are included, along with additional photographs. By fully exploring the possibilities in print, with this ebook, you can then decide if the special card sets would be worthwhile additions to your tool box.

Further...

2009 / 11 / 7
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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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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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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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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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Elastic Thread Routines by (Benny) Ben Harris

The original work on elastic thread magic, first published in 1989. All the pro tips you need, along with six full routines to start performing right now.

You see so much information published about "Elastic Thread Magic" today—you'd think it all "brand new". Alas, such is not the case. If you look hard, you'll see much of today's gold is really the silver of yesteryear.

This manuscript contains original routines as well as important information that appeared in the original 1989 manuscript. Even the illustrations are the originals. Enjoy and impress...

Subjects covered:

  • flashing ...
2009 / 7 / 15
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Enlightenment Book 1 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 ebook 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...

2009 / 7 / 15
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Enlightenment Book 1 (for resale)

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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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Epic Flight by (Benny) Ben Harris

The odd scientific principle discovered by Harris in 1980 makes an amazing coin transposition possible!

Two coins are displayed. One is marked with a large cross with a permanent marker and a spectator confirms that the cross will not rub off the coin. In full view, the marked coin and the plain coin transpose through the back of a spectator’s own hand.

Fully examinable, easy to do. The scientific principle makes it all work.

  • examinable
  • use any currency
  • easy to perform
  • carry it everywhere

1st edition 1980; digital edition 2009; 14 pages.

2009 / 7 / 15
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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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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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Fandango by (Benny) Ben Harris

Released in 1985, Fandango became a cornerstone for a variety of card "printing" and "sandwich" routines that would later be developed by the author. Here is the original manuscript with original photographs teaching this instant and highly visual sandwich concept.

In effect, a signed card instantly appears between two Jokers. Classic "Sandwich Plot," but the method is what differentiates this. Fandango allows you to propel the selected card into position between the Jokers.

It's instant and visual. Both the original gimmicked and non-gimmicked handlings are explained and illustrated. ...

2009 / 10 / 1
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Hole in the Head by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Something that's never been done before using a method that's never been used before - very cool." - Richard Kaufman

"...situational, astonishing and a devilishly clever piece of magic. The best effect I've seen in a long time!" - Joshua Jay

"Mind expanding magic in every sense..." - Michael Ammar

Hole in the Head created a furor when released to the general magic community. Originally worked up as a situational piece for a David Blaine TV special, the general market place would have nothing of something as esoteric. No, you had to be able to pull it out of a baggie and stumble through it for a street...
2009 / 7 / 15
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Hoodwink by (Benny) Ben Harris
"I highly recommend this to all of you who are interested in learning a devilishly clever approach to TORN & RESTORED CARD" - Danny Orleans (Genii Magazine)
Hoodwink is based on the author's own effect, "Prime Hole Card" from 1983. It became a best-seller when re-released in 1999. Everyone was concentrating so hard on complex quarter-at-a-time restorations, that Hoodwink, with it's stunning flash restoration, seemed like a breath of fresh air.

Hoodwink is not designed to replace, or to in any way compete with, the fine crop of "quarter by quarter" restorations that are making the rounds. Instead,...

2009 / 7 / 15
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 #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 #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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