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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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Zingo Bingo by Dave Arch

With thanks to Leo Behnke for the initial concept from his book Corporate Presentations and his permission to share it here, this has proven itself an energy producing closer for many of my corporate shows over the past twenty-five years.

The magician proposes a fun game of Bingo to close his program, and Bingo cards are distributed to everyone in the audience. As the magician hosts the game - drawing and calling the numbers, audience members begin to cross out squares on their Bingo sheets with each person crossing out different squares from those around them. Due to the fact that there are sixteen completely different...

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What's My Sign by Dave Arch

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I loved Ray Grismer's "What's Your Sign?" However, I never performed it often enough to commit the process to memory and I didn't like the fact that I could only do it once in a group without the method becoming apparent. So I commissioned a graphic artist (with Ray Grismer's permission) to create a mystical looking chart that could be made as small (wallet-size) or as large (poster) as I want. Not only have I hidden the method in the poster but also hidden two methods in the poster so I can repeat it (such as in the case of a couple) without repeating the method and making...

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Water Wizardry by Dave Arch

This offering represents a small part of my passionate journey to document just how much entertaining magic can be created with two paper sacks, a bottle of water, and a paper cup. I would feel badly having simple ideas like this one get lost over time under a growing pile of more expensive gimmicks, books, and DVD's. In furtherance of this quest of mine, please also visit my new monthly column Craft Store Magic in The Linking Ring magazine where I document ideas for turning your local craft store into your very own local brick and mortar magic store.

1st edition 2019, length 7 min

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Volunteer Game by Dave Arch

The next time you select a volunteer for one of your magic routines, why not play a quick game of chance to decide who the volunteer's going to be? Yet . . . do so with total confidence that the person you want to use in your show is always the one who wins the game.

Here are two different versions where numbered word cards are selected by various members of the audience and then read aloud in numerical order by the audience members. From experience, it is strongly suggested that you consider using both versions in the same show. Both times you use these cards the audience laughs louder...

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Under the Spell by Dave Arch

Many magicians are familiar with Jim Steinmeyer's most excellent Nine Card Trick. However, not as many are aware of the precursor that used an entire (or nearly full) deck to have various audience members spell personal information and still find the selected card!

My favorite place to use this routine is when sitting at a table when the deck can be passed around the table with up to six different people participating in the process of selecting, losing and then finding the card. Follow the instructions, and the magic works itself.

1st edition 2018, 2 pages.

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Turning the Tarot by Dave Arch

Maybe a friend of yours needs a bit of encouragement in their life. Maybe you'd like to give them that encouragement in a mystical/magical way. Consider this handling of the Tarot cards. Using eleven cards from the Major Arcana and the first name of someone who has been particularly encouraging to your friend during his/her formative years, s/he'll be amazed as s/he inexplicably one-by-one eliminates all but the Sun card - arguably the most positive card in the Tarot deck.

1st edition 2019, 2 pages.

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Tricks for Trainers Volume 6 (Video 3): Tricks to Teach by Dave Arch

Teach your class members to do the 20 magic tricks on this video. All of them are different from any others taught on his other videos or in his Tricks 4 Trainers ebooks. Watch as your class participants perform the magic - showing others and reinforcing your content at the same time.

run time: 33:40

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Tricks for Trainers Volume 5 (Video 2): Tricks to Do by Dave Arch

Here Dave Arch has selected 20 magic tricks completely different than found in his Tricks 4 Trainers series of ebooks or other videos designed to be performed by the trainer in a training classroom to help reinforce the learning points of the teaching.

run time: 40:23

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Tricks for Trainers Volume 4 (Video 1): Tricks to Watch by Dave Arch

If you've enjoyed Dave Arch's Tricks 4 Trainers series of ebooks, here's even more. Trainer of corporate trainers, Dave Arch, performs 20 magic tricks - demonstrating how to use them as openers, closers, or illustrations in training and teaching. (The tricks themselves are not explained because this video, or portions of it, are meant to be shown as is to the group of people you train. This is for trainers who do not perform magic. Of course, if you are a magician you will know many if not all of these effects and you can then certainly perform them yourself if you like.)

[None of the effects taught in the other volumes are duplicated here.]

run time: 35:40...

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Tricks for Trainers Volume 3 by Dave Arch

57 tricks & techniques to grab and hold the attention of any audience, and get magical results!

"Drawn from my monthly column in the Creative Training Techniques Newsletter and from my Puzzlers For Presenters feature on the Creative Training Techniques Web Site, here are 57 ALL NEW openers, closers, energizers and review techniques designed to increase the involvement and consequently the content retention of your participants." - Dave Arch

Will your next presentation be a success? Will participants be actively involved and interested in your session? Most importantly, will they retain...

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Tricks for Trainers Volume 2 by Dave Arch

Do you find it difficult to get and hold participants' attention in your training sessions? Do you get bored presenting the same material? This second volume in the Tricks for Trainers Series is full of even more "proven" magic tricks that make you look great as a trainer. Many of these tricks are immediately useable with little practice and no props.

There are six major sections to the ebook:

  • Ten tricks that REQUIRE EASILY-MADE PROPS
  • Ten tricks that REQUIRE NO PROPS
  • Twelve TEACH THEM A TRICK
  • Six EARLY BIRD EXERCISES
  • Eight different BRAINTWISTERS
  • Nine QUICK BONUS IDEAS
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Tricks for Trainers Volume 1 by Dave Arch

57 tricks and teasers guaranteed to add magic to your presentations! Many require no props, or use commonly found objects. Others can be easily made. Your training applications are as unlimited as your imagination!

Do you find it difficult to get and hold participants' attention in your training sessions? Do you get bored presenting the same material? This ebook is full of proven "magic" tricks that make you look great as a trainer. Many of these tricks are immediately useable with little practice and no props.

There are five major sections to the ebook:

  • Eleven great BRAIN TWISTERS ...
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Tic Tac Toe Top Secret by Dave Arch

Imagine challenging an entire room of people to simultaneous games of Tic Tac Toe (aka. Noughts and Crosses). Everyone plays against you at the same time, and you boldly state that you will not lose one game in the room. You could even be blindfolded. True to your word you don't lose one of the games.

Although you won't always win (some will be a draw), you won't ever lose when you apply this fool-proof system known to very few.

This is not a gag but rather a proven system for pulling off a demonstration of just what's possible when you commit yourself to consistently work a proven plan. ...

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The Scissors Race by Dave Arch

A little friendly competition between audience members might be just what's needed to add a piece of variety to your show. As two contestants compete in a paper cutting race, the magic starts to happen. Both the contestants and the audience are surprised by the unexpected outcome. Ultimately it ends in a tie. Truly there must be magic in the air.

In addition . . . Dave has added as a bonus another non-magical competition that he used for over a decade to decide who would be given his Giant Balloon Reindeer.

1st edition 2019, 2 pages.

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The Rare Square Spotted Wooden Egg by Dave Arch

Inspired by the name of a Dave Mayer routine entitled The Black Spotted Wooden Egg referenced by name only in a 1989 IBM Ring report, I constructed this five-minute routine for the venerable die box that has now entertained audiences for two decades. Between two volunteers acting out their parts on stage, and the entire audience creating the sound effects necessary for the story, no one is left without a part to play in this routine. It just might bring your die box out of the drawer.

1st edition 2018, length 7 min

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The Oracle Board by Dave Arch

As a cousin of the Ouija Board, this little known tool will randomly and mystically deliver one of five different messages to your spectator. The best part is that once you understand the formula for laying out the board (through the accompanying instructions), you'll be able to customize the five phrases on the reproducible board you receive in this package in any language you choose. Designed by a professional graphic artist The Oracle Board you receive to print out certainly looks the part of an ancient divining tool.

1st edition 2018, 2 pages.

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The Bonnie and Clyde Melodrama by Dave Arch

Transform the classic close-up version of The Thieves and Sheep to an audience-pleasing platform melodrama utilizing those notorious bank robbers of years gone by Bonnie and Clyde. While the audience supplies the sound effects, you can be the narrator (the author's choice) or another member of the audience could read the story as a volunteer from the audience stands behind the table and acts out the story with two paper sacks and some coins (up to silver dollar size for visibility).

The colorful placemats setting on the table in front of your volunteer gives him/her additional prompts - supplementing...

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Tested Trade Show Tactics by Dave Arch

Have you ever dreamt of performing your magic and making upwards of $3500 per day plus expenses? If so, then the trade show market might be something to consider. Watch as trade show veteran Dave Arch shares his top trade show tactics - including how he started and built his client base. And in addition to the video, this package provides you with a seven page MSWord (.docx download from your digital shelf) document that you can customize to use as a handout in training the sales team who'll be partnering with you in the company's booth - adding to your brand of expertise as a true sales professional...

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Suzy the Psychic Fish by Dave Arch

If you ever have the occasion to perform by a lake, ocean or river and would like to present a memorable performance piece, you might be happy you've downloaded and read this. The last time the author performed it he was on a pontoon boat in the middle of a lake.

The magician introduces his mind reading fish - swimming unconcerned in a small plastic bag. The fish is released into the water and then performs an extraordinary feat of dramatic mind reading prowess.

1st edition 2019, 2 pages.

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Squeaky Monte by Dave Arch

After being inspired by the YouTube videos where a chimpanzee or dog shows amazement at the performance of a magic trick, the magician tells the story of a magic trick he created for his dog. The audience plays the role of the dog as the magician shows that one of the dog toys squeaks while two do not. He then mixes the three and although the audience is sure they followed the squeaking toy, they are fooled multiple times even when the magician takes pity and reduces the number of toys down to only two. Once you've purchased three rubber squeaky dog toys it'll take you less than a minute to...

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Sensational Sonja by Dave Arch

Imagine a routine of musical mind reading with less than 30 seconds of time spent coaching the band, pianist, DJ, or even a Kazoo player. That's what you get with this proven routine. The audience makes the requests, and your musician plays the songs. Includes a bonus idea for using a phone app to even add to the fun! Many magicians work events where a DJ is also present. This is perfect for that venue (with no rehearsal necessary).

1st edition 2015, 3 pages.

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Scientific Cold Reading Intro by Dave Arch

Why would anyone purchase another eBook or watch another video on the subject of cold reading? What could possibly be new that hasn't already been said? I too would be skeptical. After you've read Webster, Dewey, Scryer and others, what else could there be? Drawing on my ten years as a Pastor and fourteen years as an Executive Coach (and zero years as a psychic), please, if you're at all curious, take a few moments and watch as I share my perspective on cold reading, how that perspective evolved, and then a quick overview of the model I'm recommending in my series of five eBooks soon to be released...

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Scientific Cold Reading 5 by Dave Arch

Whereas the previous releases in this series have addressed individual personality traits (#1), managing relational drama (#2), maintaining positive feelings of self worth (#3), and minimizing worry (#4); this module addresses the dynamics of stress and frustration in the life of a sitter. As with the previous ebooks and videos, the reader first draws a picture of what s/he is sensing from the sitter. After seeing the picture, the sitter can then help interpret the drawing - speaking to the specifics of the stressful situation sensed by the reader.

As with the previous releases, the content...

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Scientific Cold Reading 4 by Dave Arch

Previous modules in this series have addressed personality traits (#1), relational drama (#2), and maintaining consistent feelings of self worth (#3). This release brings focus to the negative impact of worry in the client's life. As with Dave's previous releases, you'll draw a diagram for the client that will pictorially give him/her scientifically proven strategies for managing any anxiety s/he might be feeling.

By watching the video first you'll share in the experience that the client will have. By then reading the printed document you'll receive even more information to help you flesh...

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Scientific Cold Reading 3 by Dave Arch

On any given day I can feel like I'm on top of the world ... or I can feel like the world is on top of me. Maintaining belief in their worthiness to be loved is arguably among the greatest challenges facing every person. In this substantive release, you'll learn to draw in a simple picture a proven strategy for managing what can be an emotional roller coaster for many. Your picture will then lay the groundwork for the person with whom you're visiting to open up regarding their own fluctuating feelings of self worth.

1st edition 2018, PDF 4 pages, video 3 min.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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

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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.

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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...
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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,...

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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

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