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Ian Adair

Ian Adair

Born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland on 20 Dec 1940. At age 7 or 8 inspired by and learned from a gift box of tricks and The Boys Book of Magic. Amateur debut at charity benefits, specializing in dove and childrens magic. Pet effect: Catching Doves in a Net. Pro since 1957 when he joined Supreme Magic Co as assistant to Edwin Hooper. In 1960 used stage name of "MagicIAN Adair". Made MIMC in 1972. General Manager of Supreme Magic Co since 1987. From 1995 owner of Abracadair Magic Ltd in Barnstaple, Devon.

Inventor or improver of over 3,000 effects, all marketed. Prolific author with over 150 books and booklets on magic and allied arts, including the popular 5-volume Encyclopedia of Dove Magic (1968-87) and The Encyclopedia of Children's Magic (1991, 414pp).

Editor of Trixigram and Magical Express (1994-96, 10 issues). Many articles in Genii, Abra, Magigram, New Pentagram, Wizard, Magic Wand, Magical Digest, Budget, MUM, etc. 4 Linking Ring awards for "Parades".

Coauthors: Edwin Hooper, Ken de Courcy, Peter Pit, Ravelle and Andree, Robert Harbin

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Ken de Courcy & Ian Adair
The Magical Jumbo Chinese Coin by Ken de Courcy & Ian Adair

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Certain pieces of apparatus, not many, have a sort of built-in glamour. Maybe charisma is a better word. I'm talking about props you enjoy seeing and handling. Supreme's Jumbo Chinese Coin comes into this category. To coin a phrase ... "It looks good ... it feels good ... and, by golly, it works good!" For the close-up performer it will add an expensive appearance to your routines as well as a completely unexpected climax to any trick with coins. For the cabaret magician, it can be easily seen and appreciated and, since it is unfaked, examined if necessary.

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Robert Harbin & Ian Adair
Origami Instantaneo by Robert Harbin & Ian Adair

'Origami' è il termine giapponese che indica l’arte del piegare la carta. È un’arte educativa, che richiede una certa capacità ma con cui sicuramente si possono raggiungere bellissimi risultati.

Nel corso del processo creativo, l’artista curva e piega delicatamente la carta, facendo prendere forma a un’intricata figura.

Io e Bob Harbin siamo andati ben oltre. Offriamo ai prestigiatori ORIGAMI ISTANTANEO, che porta agli stessi affascinanti risultati, ma con un interessante tema magico.

La bellezza del trucco sta nella sua semplicità, con vecchi metodi riusati in veste nuova....

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
The Electric Chairs (used) by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

Stapled booklet in very good condition.

This is probably one of the most ancient of all comedy effects and yet strong enough and entertaining enough, still to be a part of the performance of many leading entertainers.

This ebook tells you everything you need to know. It requires showmanship and command of the stage, because you will have to make spectators instant stooges and get them in on the act.

1st edition 1982, 8 pages.

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
The Bank Note in Lemon Trick Plus (used) by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

Stapled booklet in like-new condition.

A borrowed bank note, of any denomination, is marked with the initials of the owner, and wrapped in a handkerchief. A borrowed and examined lemon is placed under a tumbler. The bank note is commanded to leave the handkerchief, and is found inside the lemon.

1st edition 1983, 8 pages.

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Robert Harbin & Ian Adair
Instant Origami by Robert Harbin & Ian Adair

'Origami' is the Japanese name for paper folding. It is educational, skillful and certainly has beautiful results. As the folder smoothly bends and creases a piece of paper an intricate model materializes ... it's creative. Robert Harbin and Ian Adair have gone further. Instant Origami has the same pleasing result of origami folding but with an interesting magical theme. The beauty about the working is its simplicity.

EFFECT - The performer explains that he would like to show the spectators 'Origami', and explains that it is an art which is most relaxing and many thousands of models can be...

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
Trio-Ific by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

A terrific triple prediction with a double climax using three spectators, three chairs, three big envelopes and a deck of cards.

One of the most astonishing mental effects which we have ever been privileged to offer you.

Unusual: Strange: Bizarre!

Three chairs are in a line on the stage. A committee of three spectators are asked to come forward. One of the spectators is handed three large envelopes. He is asked to mix the envelopes up and then to lay these down on any of the chairs, in any order he chooses. Three spectators are to sit on any of the chairs again just as they choose....

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Ken de Courcy & Peter Pit & Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair & Ravelle and Andree
Giant Size Clever Ace by Ken de Courcy & Peter Pit & Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair & Ravelle and Andree

Four prize winning routines on the "find the ace" theme, performed with extra giant cards that you can print yourself.

IN PERFORMANCE

The performer shows three extra giant cards. The audience are asked to follow the movements of the Ace of Diamonds, The Ace is mixed up with the two other extra giant cards shown - the Two and Three of Clubs. The audience never are able to discover the whereabouts of the elusive Ace. The Ace transposes continuously in an incredible manner even while it is in the hands of a spectator or while it is marked by a clip. The spectator himself takes the ace in...

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
The Bank Note in Lemon Trick Plus by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

A borrowed bank note, of any denomination, is marked with the initials of the owner, and wrapped in a handkerchief. A borrowed and examined lemon is placed under a tumbler. The bank note is commanded to leave the handkerchief, and is found inside the lemon.

1st edition 1983, 8 pages; 1st digital edition 2018, 7 pages.

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
The Electric Chairs by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

This is probably one of the most ancient of all comedy effects and yet strong enough and entertaining enough, still to be a part of the performance of many leading entertainers.

This ebook tells you everything you need to know. It requires showmanship and command of the stage, because you will have to make spectators instant stooges and get them in on the act.

1st edition 1982, 8 pages; 1st digital edition 2018, 7 pages.

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
Twenty Stunts with a Rubber Hand by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

In this rare manuscript you will find several gags and stunts (exactly 21) that you can use with a rubber hand, which you can insert into your show in many ways to create laughter and mystery. There are some very funny and entertaining ideas here. Have fun!

1st digital edition 2017, PDF 4 pages.

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Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair
Fun with a Banana by Edwin Hooper & Ian Adair

30 gags with a latex Banana

Edwin Hooper and Ian Adair within the pages of this manuscript give us over 30 gags, ideas and routines with latex bananas. Many of the gags can be also worked with a plastic or sponge banana. A banana is a comedy prop itself, this is sure, but when you add the Edwin & Ian's touch, then you can be sure your audience will laugh and be entertained.

If you do "Comedy Magic" or "Children Magic", this is a must for you. Here is a partial list of the gags you will find explained in the manuscript:

  • Banana Split
  • Banana Sandwich
  • Ring Ring...
  • Squeaking Banana ...
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Ian Adair
A1 Magic by Ian Adair

First class magic from Ian Adair. In this ebook there is something for everyone. A lot of children magic, general magic, mental magic, card magic and close-up magic, all in the classic Adair's style. All the tricks described in the ebook are easy to do.

Here is a list of the tricks explained in the ebook:

  • PERSONALITY PIPE
  • BANG-BANG SILK
  • SUCKER SILK CHANGE
  • SILKEN SPACE SORCERY
  • LINK-UP
  • MICKMORENCY THE MOUSE
  • NOT-A-SAUSAGE!
  • INKED!
  • FREE CHOICE BOOK TEST
  • TWO USING THE CLASSIC SAND FRAME
  • RATTLE BELLS
  • BAFFLING BOOK-TEST
  • A PASSING DOUBLE
  • HINGE-OVER PRODUCTION TUBE
  • 3 FROM IAN ADAIR ...
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Ian Adair
Ian Adair Lecture Demonstration by Ian Adair

Adair has always been a prolific creator of magical effects. Several stage magic and card magic effects are explained with beautiful illustrations. Some of the effects you will find explained are:

SEE - THROUGH FOLDER
This is a quick appearance of four silks in a simple folder. The silks appear visibly and are seen through a window in the folder.

SILKEN BUTTERFLY
A pretty conceit with a plaque, showing a picture of a butterfly and with four cut-out holes on the butterfly wings. Coloured silks represent the colours on the butterfly, they are removed, placed into a beaker from which they...

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