Customer rank: +1J.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.
Flip-Flops (or thongs) are a kind of footwear fashionable at resorts, beach-side, and other casual environs. With this effect, you mentally bend a "flip-flop" Uri Geller-style! The spectator can chose the left or right shoe for the sole-defying demonstration.
A playing card visually changes when shaken. It then changes once more--the thought certainly arising that this may be a double-faced card. However, the card is shown to have a back, and can be examined.
3. TWISTING SPOON
A spoon sitting quietly upon the dinner table is made to mysteriously rotate (either clockwise or anti-clockwise) at the spectator's request.
Spectators shuffle a deck and deal it into four piles. All the while performer is humming and verbally punctuating the 1812 overture to himself. Quite amusing. It then becomes amazing when the top cards of the four piles are turned over revealing A, 8, A, 2 (or 1812). A second gag follows when the performer--announcing "what did you expect, Queen?"--turns over the four packets revealing four Queens. All great fun.
5. COIN MASTER
Simple gimmick that creates the impression of the finest sleight of hand.
6. THINK INK
J.J.'s approach to "nail writing" is revealed in the form of an ingenious thumb ring the performer can wear at all times, ready for impromptu use.
1st edition 2014, 27 pages, illustrated.
word count: 2973 which is equivalent to 11 standard pages of text