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Gerald Edmundson

Gerald Edmundson

Gerald got his first glimpse of great magic shows from Virgil and Julie and Willard the Wizard. He would watch The Ed Sullivan Show on television every week, waiting for Richiardi to appear. The images of those great performers remained in Gerald’s memory. He was lucky to have Robert Rowntree, a fine magician from Abilene, Texas for his first mentor. Gerald worked with Bob, Bob’s son and daughter on their stage show “The Amazing Robert”. He got a taste of real show business working on the show.

Gerald was fifteen years old when he made his first professional appearance as an entertainer. In both solo and ensembles, he has appeared from Los Angeles to Washington DC, Las Vegas to the Foro Cultural Azcapotzalco in Mexico City. He has seven published works on the art of sleight-of-hand including The Ostrich Factor and Wisdom of the Cups and Balls, was a columnist for MUM magazine, is a past President of the Texas Association of Magicians and twice received the Ren Clark Award. In 1996, his one man parade for the Linking Ring magazine won both first and second prize awards. Gerald considers himself fortunate to have worked with many talented and well-known artists of the past, including Dai Vernon, J.B. Bobo and Lee Grabel.

Gerald holds a Master's degree from Texas Tech University and studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. The Fort Worth Star Telegram described him as, “one of the top sleight-of-hand experts . . . a phenomenal artist . . . a sleight-of-hand virtuoso.” He retired from full-time performing in 2015 and moved to Arkansas to be near his family.

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Two Vernon Classics & Revisiting the Overhand Lift Shuffle by Gerald Edmundson

Some aficionados consider Dai Vernon's "Out of Sight-Out of Mind" from More Inner Secrets of Card Magic the best mindreading trick with an ordinary deck of cards. They may be right. Since the spectator does not remove a card from the deck but only thinks of a card, it makes a terrific mindreading trick. Erdnase explores the principle in "A Mindreading Trick" in Expert at the Card Table. Vernon used the principle to construct his trick.

Gerald keeps the exact effect of Vernon's original trick. In "Only in Your Mind", he uses adaptations of the Overhand Lift Shuffle and constructs a completely different handling of the trick. In keeping with the...

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Revisiting Bill Simon's Prophecy Move by Gerald Edmundson

The original Prophecy Move in Bill Simon's book Effective Card Magic has been a favorite with magicians since its publication. The spectator places a business card or playing card between two cards at a random position somewhere in the middle of the deck. The move forces the top and bottom cards of the deck. A myriad of variations and tricks with the sleight have surfaced through the years.

The author first describes his version of the move. This in-the-hands handling accomplishes the move using natural movements in spreading the cards. Neither hand turns over when performing the sleight as in the original version. Gerald...

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