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After being a Pastor for eight years, Dave Arch went on to perform twelve years as a professional magician - traveling the United States with everything from a large illusion show to close-up magic under the sponsorship of a restaurant chain before entering the corporate world as an internationally recognized trainer of corporate trainers - bringing with him his passion and love of magic. The series of books and videos he subsequently authored for the training community brings together a wealth of his magic knowledge being applied for use in the training room. Now he continues to prolifically share his routines and ideas from his 50+ years of performing and creating magic.

Dave currently serves as the Executive Leadership Coach for Nebraska's largest privately held company in Omaha, Nebraska, writes a monthly column (Craft Store Magic) for The Linking Ring magazine, and publishes a weekly short essay on aspects of showmanship applied to magic. You can register to begin receiving this complimentary series on his website.

website: OmahaMagician.com

Coauthors: Scott Wells

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Dave Arch
Alphabet Soup by Dave Arch

Many have seen this classic observation test. The rules are simple. Read through the paragraph in the logo only once - counting the number of F's in the paragraph.

Most will find three F's. Some might even find six. Few will find all of them. And there are some very good reasons for that explained in this release. When understood, you'll be able to create your own paragraph to market your show in a manner that others just might keep to show others.

1st edition 2019, 1 page.

2019 / 1 / 11
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Building Your Club's Online Video Library by Dave Arch

With Dave Arch managing online video libraries for the clubs to which he belongs (SAM Assembly #7 and IBM Ring #24), he shares in this two-page document lessons he's learned to assist any club which might consider adding this as a member benefit and/or as an easy bridge for introducing new potential members to the art of magic.

1st edition 2019, 2 pages.

2019 / 3 / 14
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Capture the Coin by Dave Arch

You can almost smell the popcorn and hear the screams from the roller coaster as the magician unfolds the game board to demonstrate this seldom seen scam entitled Capture The Coin. With two coins placed on a checkerboard-like mat, the mark attempts to beat the game operator by moving in turn their coins one square at a time. If the mark successfully eludes the operator's coin from catching (moving into the same intersection of the lines as his), the mark wins. If the operator corners the mark's coin and then moves his coin into the same intersection of lines as the mark's coin, the operator...

2019 / 2 / 5
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Dave Arch Interview by Dave Arch & Scott Wells

Listen in as Scott Wells, host of The Magic Word Podcast interviews Lybrary author, Dave Arch, on a wide range of topics including his school show business model, his work in teaching magic to corporate trainers, the systematic growing of a local magic club, and Dave's series of ebooks and videos on Scientific Cold Reading released through Lybrary.com.

1st edition 2018, length 1 h 4 min

2018 / 11 / 15
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Electronic Buzz Box by Dave Arch

Although you can find versions of these Electronic Monte boxes for sale on magic websites, I could not find one large enough for my needs nor one that included a buzzer (not just a light). So I built my own. In spite of the fact that my electronic knowledge only involves the ability to insert a plug into an outlet, I built my own the first time in under an hour for around $20.

The premise is simple. From among multiple buttons, you win if you can find the button that lights the light and sets off the buzzer. With the diagram included in my instructions you aren't limited to only three buttons...

2018 / 12 / 30
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Flea Circus by Dave Arch

Whether you choose to use this as another act in Dave Arch's One Man Circus Sideshow or as a stand-alone twenty-minute act or merely take some of its effects and insert them into a show you currently do; you'll be using a routined collection of flea circus acts with complete scripts refined over ten years of performance. No mechanical contrivances to go wrong. Minimalistic in props and yet believable in the effects it produces - causing an audience to enter that world of fun where reality blurs with fantasy. Comes complete with its own specially-commissioned poster for advertising your next appearance....

2012 / 7 / 17
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Generic Four Card Monte by Dave Arch

Now you can use these instructions to make your own customized four card monte routine for any themed event. It doesn't involve a "flap card," and the full faces of all four cards are shown during this multi-phase routine. Visit your local office supply store and have them make up these cards in a moment's time using even the pictures of people's faces from your audience. Ideal for trade show work too when using product features and/or benefits. Comes complete with a practice set of graphics for making a kid's story routine about three mice and an elephant as well as a video to explain the simple...

2018 / 12 / 22
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Giant Balloon Reindeer by Dave Arch

Ready to up your game beyond a pencil balloon animal . . . but don't have time to learn a complicated series of sculptures large enough for the platform or stage? Want a multi-phased balloon sculpture that plays well on stage and also serves equally well as a back-of-the-room sales piece? In spite of the fact that you only create one balloon reindeer as part of your show, no one in your audience needs be disappointed since they can purchase a kit (thoughtfully provided by you) with the necessary balloons and an instruction sheet that explains how to make one of the reindeers at home.

This...

2018 / 11 / 3
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Gypsy Eradication Ritual by Dave Arch

Just in time for your Halloween shows. While the rest of the group stands in a circle reading in unison the ritual instructions printed on what appears to be an aged piece of parchment paper, the person who'll be receiving the benefits of the ritual sits at a small table in the center of the circle with a piece of paper, matches, pen, candle, and plate. As that person follows the instructions being read by the group, the ritual unfolds - working itself. The only suggestion is to collect the ritual instruction sheets at the end of the ceremony to keep the mystery in the experience - preventing...

2018 / 9 / 10
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Handwriting Analysis for the Stage by Dave Arch

This offering includes a PowerPoint slideshow, an eighteen-minute video tutorial, and a reproducible handwriting analysis tic sheet. As a result of learning the methods taught, you'll be equipped to guide an entire audience through an analysis of their own handwritings. You can use what you learn from this package as a stand alone presentation, in conjunction with a Q & A routine, and/or use the reproducible tic sheet to offer personal consultations (possibly following your presentation).

My experience has shown that for many of my audiences the subject of handwriting analysis carries greater...

2018 / 12 / 16
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Houdini Rubber Band by Dave Arch

Most magicians are aware of the classic "Jumping Rubber Band Trick." However, here's a script and easy method for a full story routine about the exploits and escapades of that world famous escape artist Harry Houdini who in this case completely disappears from your fingers and reappears where least expected. Included with this routine is the more deceptive technique where the rubber band is "set" using only one hand rather than the customary two-handed "get ready."

1st edition 2018, length 5 min

2018 / 12 / 10
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Interactive Matrix Formula by Dave Arch

No doubt you've seen this formula applied to magic tricks on television specials or internet websites where you've been encouraged to put your finger on any card showing on the screen. Then as you follow the magician's series of instructions - moving your finger from card to adjacent card (with a sense of free choice), the magician begins to inexplicably remove cards on which your finger isn't resting until only one clearly predetermined card remains.

Although the formula has been used for decades as the basis for creating variously themed magic tricks (from comedy to the bizarre), the sharing...

2018 / 9 / 14
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JoJo the Mindreading Dog by Dave Arch

Add a live animal to your act at no cost!

Imagine being able to announce that you have a live dog as part of your show - performing a card trick. Now imagine that you didn't need to own or transport a dog for this hilarious routine to work.

This manuscript gift from Dave Arch gives you a routine he has used for years - making his show look bigger without any fuss or muss.

Comes complete with a commissioned poster Dave had created for his own use. You're free now to use it in your own shows.

"I consider it one of the best gimmicked decks there is ..." - Andy Jerxmann in the book ...
2015 / 9 / 1
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Let's Fake A Deal by Dave Arch

As you might be able to tell from my other writings, I thoroughly enjoy collecting and creating generic methods that are customizable to a wide variety of themes and audiences. Let's Fake A Deal has proven itself on many occasions to fit that description.

Although technically it's a minimal prep and 100% no-sleight method for the classic Bank Night premise, I've customized it through the prizes I give away (and don't give away) and by what I write on the outside of the large #10 business envelopes. I've had single words written on the envelopes, and I've had a phrase written on the envelopes...

2019 / 1 / 14
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Liar/Truth Teller Carnival Sign by Dave Arch

Whichever technique you use from sophisticated electronics to that of a logic puzzle foundation, this free antique sign graphic might help you set the stage for your "which hand" routine as you show the picture and talk about the system you recently learned as used by carnival hustlers working the midway many years ago. In my case, I also find that having the participant hold a small charm pig in one hand (if they choose to be a liar) or a little charm angel in their hand (if they choose to be a truth teller) helps to keep them more consistent in their answers. I carry the little charms in a...

2019 / 3 / 28
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Dave Arch
Magic Keynote: Dreams by Dave Arch

These are portions from Dave Arch's magic keynote where he uses several of the effects taught in his "Tricks for Trainers" series:

2013 / 9 / 15
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Magic Kits For Everyone by Dave Arch

Differentiating your show in the magic market on something other than price can be a constant challenge. Here's one strategy Dave Arch has used successfully throughout his career. Imagine being able to offer a free Magic Kit for everyone in your audience and then teaching them three magic tricks they can use to amaze and amuse their family and friends. In this fifteen minute video, Dave shares with you how he builds his kits for around fifteen cents apiece, the three tricks he teaches, as well as how he routines and presents those tricks in his show.

1st edition 2018, length 15 minutes 53...

2018 / 12 / 30
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Magic That Matures by Dave Arch

When I attend a magic convention, I enjoy the dealer's show very much. It sends me hurrying to the dealer room to see up-close what I just witnessed. After all, maybe it's something I should add to my show?

I also enjoy all that magic did for me as a child and the contribution it has made to my life as an adult. Magic put me in front of people, increased my confidence, built creativity, encouraged my ability to read and comprehend oftentimes cryptic directions, expanded my memory and many more skills that I still leverage in my career today.

So ... I began to design a show that I would...

2015 / 1 / 1
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Magic Tricks For The Visually Impaired Part 1 by Dave Arch

Ever wished you could gain some media coverage for your magic shows while making a substantial contribution to others' lives? Consider teaching magic tricks to the blind. No doubt there's an organization in your area that already serves as a hub for services to the visually impaired. The very concept of blind people and magic catches most people (and the media) off-guard. Yet it's very workable as Dave Arch's experience shows. When you consider the tricks you already know, there are three categories of tricks that work for the visually impaired. There are tricks that the blind can perform for...

2019 / 2 / 19
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Magic Tricks For The Visually Impaired Part 2 by Dave Arch

In Part One of this series, you received a proven routine that a blind person could perform for a sighted person. Here you'll find a routine that a blind person can perform for either a sighted person or another blind person. In addition, with the use of five bells, the premise of this routine is based on the visually impaired person's heightened sense of hearing due to their absence of sight.

1st edition 2019, PDF 1 page + audio 15 min

2019 / 2 / 23
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Magic Tricks For The Visually Impaired Part 3 by Dave Arch

In Part One, we explored a five-minute routine that a blind person can perform for a sighted person using a deck of cards. In Part Two, we visited a routine that a blind person could perform for another blind person. In Part Three, you'll receive Dave's Svengali Deck routine that a blind person can successfully perform for a small group of sighted friends or family. Complete with a PDF document and five audio files that ultimately serve as practice prompts for the visually impaired person you might be teaching.

1st edition 2019, PDF 1 page + audio 30 min

2019 / 3 / 1
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Magic Tricks To Amaze Yourself by Dave Arch

When 99¢ per minute phone calls were all the rage, and the charges would simply be added onto your phone bill, Dave Arch audio recorded a magic show that he made available through one of the 99¢ per minute phone services. The ebook contains the scripts for the 19 magic tricks that were his show. Additionally you will get a recording of the entire show as MP3. If you're doing the math . . . at 2 minutes per magic trick and 19 magic tricks, you'd be paying $37.62 to enjoy the entire show (and worth every penny). How you choose to use the show in this ebook and audio recording is completely...

2012 / 5 / 19
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Magical Marketing Giveaways by Dave Arch

This ebook contains reproducible masters to use in marketing your magic or mentalism shows. The magic component of each piece ensures that the receiver keeps it and even shows others. You'll find simple origami templates with dotted fold lines (including the Hopping Frog introduced to the magic community by Michael Close); magic board games (some of which are designed so you can determine who wins and what they win); and seldom-seen optical illusions. Originally published as a book of magic tricks for making a trainer's handout more memorable, this collection now waits for you to add your contact information...

2012 / 7 / 20
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Man Becomes His Own Grandpa by Dave Arch

"I pause my magic show to bring you a special public service announcement. It has come to my attention that someone has regretfully become his own grandpa. Needless to say he has become the laughing stock of all far and wide. This should never happen to anyone. Consequently, through the help of this diagram, I am going to explain how it happened so you may not ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation."

For forty years this interlude has proven itself an enjoyable diversion for the middle of my magic show - demonstrating the versatility of the performer. No singing ability is required...

2015 / 9 / 6
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Mind Game by Dave Arch

Honed in 100's of performances, this routine brings together the excitement and suspense of a Game Show with questions, prizes and mystery. It packs a full ten minutes of fun with audience participation and customization possibilities once you know the principles and routining that make this an award winning routine for any family audience.

1st edition 1990, 1st digital edition 2012, 6 pages

2012 / 7 / 7
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Murder Mystery Party by Dave Arch

carry it in your wallet ... fill a stage

The following effect by Jack Yates was originally published in 1980, by Supreme Magic under the title of "Accusation." The original version is still available from Magic Inc. Dave Arch has simplified the handling, strengthened the mnemonic aids, and consequently dispensed with an additional key card originally needed to guide the mentalist.

EFFECT: After asking the group how many have ever attended a Mystery Party, the mentalist suggests, "For anyone who has never been to one, let's have one right here! You know how it is. When people come to the party,...

2013 / 6 / 7
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Number Nonsense by Dave Arch

In decades of reading and performing magic, only four number-based brainteasers made my short list for consistent use with my audiences. I share them with you as a thank you for the support you've shown my work on Lybrary.com.

The four number-based puzzlers in this package made the cut based on the following criteria:

  • Each had to be obscure enough that my audiences would not have seen or heard of them before;
  • Although based on numbers, the process in the presentation needed to be direct and simple; and
  • Most importantly . . . each needed to illustrate a proven principle essential for...
2018 / 11 / 15
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One Man Circus Sideshow by Dave Arch

Here is a manuscript obviously born out of Dave Arch's fascination with the Circus Sideshow genre. He has collected twenty sideshow attractions that he has presented from pure bluff to minimum skill, commissioned an artist to create a poster for each act and assembled it all into a 30 page manuscript. The attractions in this manuscript can be performed in a stand alone show by itself or inserted into your current show as an example of a bygone era when P.T. Barnum ruled the entertainment world.

1st edition 2012, 31 pages.

2012 / 7 / 7
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Oralgami: four strange stories by Dave Arch

A series of four visual ghost stories with a magical paper folding twist particularly suitable for grades K-6 where they want scary stories (but not too scary).

For each of the four stories you will get a PDF to print fold and glue, as well as a video where Dave is presenting the story. A separate video explains how the paper is to be folded, glued and presented.

1st edition 2018

2018 / 8 / 18
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Overhead by Dave Arch

No doubt you've seen "two person telepathy" party stunts where one person leaves the room while the other remains. After coming back into the room, the person is able to discern an object selected by those in the room to the puzzlement of those watching.

This obscure version has one of the partners leave the room and stay in the other room while the remaining partner holds his/her hand above the heads of several people in the room. Each time s/he holds his/her hand above a head s/he repeats the single word "Overhead." Then finally the partner remaining in the room holds his/her hand over...

2018 / 12 / 14
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Paper Folding Formula by Dave Arch

Although this principle has been used to create multiple routines, the formula for creating those routines has not been widely revealed. In its generic form, a piece of paper with multiple pictures, letters, numbers, or words is folded in half multiple times widthwise or lengthwise as determined by the volunteer. After the spectator cuts around the perimeter of the folded packet to form a stack of individual squares, some will be face up in the stack and some face down. As unbelievable as it seems, due to the formula, the magician has complete control over which pieces end up in the face up...

2019 / 2 / 13
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Paper Paradox by Dave Arch

Have you ever seen the paper puzzle where you try and find a hidden message or picture without tearing or ripping the folded paper? If not, you can see it here:

You'll be taken step-by-step in this instructional video as you learn to make The Paper Paradox (without any complicated origami folds) for your own fun (and/or marketing). You'll also receive an MSWord template for customizing to your own message (download from the digital shelf). Prospects sure keep this puzzle longer and show it to more people than any business card.

1st edition 2018, length 6 min 30 s.

2018 / 11 / 12
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Poor Man's EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) by Dave Arch

Finally a cost-effective method for establishing ambiance in the candlelit seance room by recording the proceedings and having them unexpectedly interrupted by a series of unintelligible guttural sounds.

Finally a routine that doesn't break the flow of the seance routine while the medium and the sitters make sense of the fully customizable sounds.

Based on an idea from Bob Cassidy, this video tutorial finally visually demonstrates step-by-step how to leverage the power of a free user-friendly laptop app (Windows/Mac Os/Unix) to achieve the above and more.

1st edition 2018, length 11 min 39...

2018 / 9 / 11
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Pre-Printed Equivoque by Dave Arch

Would you use the proven and classic technique of equivoque (aka. magician's choice) more often if you could simply read your pre-printed script as an integral part of your performance, show the script to your participants, and ultimately give them a copy so they could even try it again later?

With an official looking and intriguingly customizable 1940's Compatibility Quiz from the popular Life Magazine, all of the above works just as stated. By carrying the script on your smartphone, you'll be ready to perform this classic piece of mentalism with any six objects anytime and anywhere.

Finally...

2019 / 3 / 10
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Psychic Santa by Dave Arch

Has it ever seemed strange to anyone but me that the Santa at the mall has to ask the child his/her name and what s/he wants him to bring them? He's suppose to know all about whether you've been bad or good, but he can't call you by name? This coming Holiday Season why not offer to a mall in your area a Santa that tells the child his/her name and what he thinks s/he wants for Christmas? A two person telepathy act wrapped up in the context of a Santa with no complicated code or memorization required. Here it is.

1st edition 2019, 1 page.

2019 / 3 / 28
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Puzzling Placemats by Dave Arch

The next time you perform at or host a dinner (Thanksgiving?) consider making copies of these three different placemats - setting them out on the tables for people to play with during the dinner or prior to your show. The magic works for them, and they won't even be sure how it worked! They'll take the placemats with them to show their friends. While you're at it, why not put your contact information on the back? Includes a Bermuda Triangle Mystery based on a Jim Steinmeyer idea and a Terri Rogers' concept of using patterned borders for a fun pencil race. Designed by a professional graphic artist, these...

2018 / 11 / 6
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Scientific Cold Reading 1 by Dave Arch

As an executive coach in Nebraska's largest privately held company, my day is spent in back-to-back one-on-one sessions with managers. Although I would never call it cold reading (at least not out loud in a corporate environment), I consistently use the principles of cold reading to help a client get comfortable in opening up to me as we work together on their professional development.

This first in a series of scientific cold reading documents and videos explains the scientifically accepted and proven model I've used for decades to accelerate the process of getting to know someone and grow...

2018 / 9 / 21
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Scientific Cold Reading 2 by Dave Arch

Second only to the model of personality traits Dave shared in his previous release of Scientific Cold Reading 1, this video and its companion pdf document explains the proven concept that most consistently receives responses from his coaching clients of "You just described the relationship between my spouse and me!" or "How did you know that's how I relate to my children?".

Imagining yourself in the role of a sitter coming to Dave for counsel, first watch the seven-minute video where Dave presents to you as though you were sitting in the room with him - drawing on the screen what he's seeing in his mind about you...

2018 / 10 / 4
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