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Ian Baxter

Entered the world in 1946, the magic world in 1952, witnessing his first trick from a great uncle, who threaded a door key on to a piece of string and with a wave of the hand, the key fell to the floor. The magic bug set in right there and then.

Grandfather followed up with a coin trick and then his father took him in to Bernard's Magic Shop in Melbourne. A few pocket tricks were purchased and this further encouraged the young Baxter towards performing. By the time he was 14, sleight of hand had taken a firm hold.

Decades down the track and magic with cards, coins, small objects and an occasional venture towards mind reading is what keeps the fascination on hold.

Still not retired from vocation as a piano tuner and technician, but has cut back on commercial gigs in order to spend more time with family. Enjoys writing up tailored versions of known classics and when time permits, relaxing over a quiet game of chess.

Coauthors: Barry Govan, Murray Cooper, Gerry McCreanor

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Scarne Thinks Again

Ian Baxter

Scarne Thinks Again by Ian BaxterDr. Jacob Daley was the man behind the pen, writing up John Scarne's Think-A-Card, published as a U.F. Grant Exclusive back in 1938.

Daley was really fired up about this highly effective mental test from the ingenious Scarne: "You are about to become the possessor of a rare and beautiful gem in mental magic" he enthused. "Simple in its modus operandi and yet so tremendously effective...an almost perfect demonstration of mind reading."

Scarne, a universally recognized gambling authority and highly skilled sleight of hand artist, had crafted a gem indeed, with two spectators and the performer involved in a successful...

2018 / 8 / 7
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Elective One-Eyed Jacks

Ian Baxter

Elective One-Eyed Jacks by Ian BaxterThe One-Eyed Jack Sandwich theme was popularized by Harry Lorayne. However, it was none other than the Australian Charles Wicks who started the ball rolling, with his contribution The Charmed Watch appearing in The Magic Wand journal over eighty years ago. Ian's streamlined version keeps within the guidelines of a totally impromptu approach, observing the need to avoid difficult moves and eliminating superfluous handling.

1st edition 2018, 4 pages.

2018 / 6 / 21
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Vernon's 1-2-3 Revisited

Ian Baxter

Vernon's 1-2-3 Revisited by Ian BaxterThis revision of the Vernon classic not only underlines the all-important simplicity angle by using a shortcut display move, but dispenses with Vernon's need for Palming. Bruce Elliott briefly touched on this in the concluding lines of his write-up for The Phoenix. Here, a slightly modified handling for treating either the Ace or 2 is employed, with preliminary and somewhat repetitive displays of the three cards being trimmed. Into the bargain, fakes and duplicates used in some later versions, are conspicuous by their absence. This is a completely impromptu approach that can be performed at...
2018 / 6 / 11
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Strands ...

Ian Baxter

Strands ... by Ian BaxterDirect and clean effects achieved by simple methods. With an introduction by Charles Gauci.
  • Shared Sandwich
  • Staying In Touch
  • Rag
  • Coin Spell
  • Easy Going Triumph

1st edition 2018, 16 pages.

2018 / 2 / 24
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Pointless!

Ian Baxter

Pointless! by Ian BaxterA revised version of Ken de Courcy's You'll Get The Point!.

Why the extraneous procedure of changing packets? To Ian, this seems totally unnecessary, although (obviously) the mechanics of the trick, as is, necessitate it. This effect is almost exactly the same as the de Courcy contribution, but the method is altogether different.

1st edition 2018, 2 pages.

2018 / 2 / 22
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Fifteen Kinks Bundled

Ian Baxter

Fifteen Kinks Bundled by Ian BaxterAll of Ian's fifteen kinks bundled. These are fifteen classics, simplified, streamlined and improved by Ian Baxter.
2016 / 8 / 14
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A Further Five Kinks

Ian Baxter

A Further Five Kinks by Ian BaxterIan delights in finding forgotten gems in classical card literature, which he then refines and updates for modern day audiences. In this manuscript, you will find a further five effects which have received Ian's careful study and are sure to delight both you and your spectators.

In Miraskill Detour Ian has taken the classic Miraskill and turned it into a totally impromptu and self working mystery, while in the process managing to streamline the procedure and still maintain the strong impact of the original routine.

MBJ Echo is a re-working of an old Henry Christ trick, simple both in effect...

2016 / 8 / 14
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Another Five Kinks

Ian Baxter

Another Five Kinks by Ian BaxterFive old chestnuts from the literature of card magic which were given the Baxter 'treatment', resulting in streamlined handlings and giving these venerable plots a breath of fresh air.

Underhanded Overhand is an extremely well finessed handling of the old ruse of appearing to have the entire deck shuffled with each half being shuffled independently.

The Cross Cut Force has been around since the 1920's and has remained virtually unchanged ever since. It is a simple move, but difficult to perform convincingly. Ian has taken another tack and by slightly changing the choreography of the move,...

2016 / 2 / 21
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Five Kinks

Ian Baxter

Five Kinks by Ian BaxterFrom the introduction by David Jones:
Ian loves to tinker! Given his strong creative abilities, this tinkering has more often than not, resulted in much improved effects, more streamlined methods, or both. Over the years, Ian has released a number of books and manuscripts that detail some excellent card effects. Numerous One Man Parades in the IBM monthly magazine The Linking Ring have also been published.

On one occasion I remember fooling many well informed card men at the prestigious FFFF meeting in New York State, with one of Ian's streamlined handlings of a classic card effect. ...

2015 / 3 / 22
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Three For All

Ian Baxter

Three For All by Ian BaxterThree wonderful renditions of classics by Ian Baxter. Includes introduction by Dan Tong of Florida.

Easygoing Carlyle is a no-palm Card To Pocket with a repeat phase that any serious magician can do in a few days. It is almost self-working.

With Nicely Controlled, Ian has refashioned an old trick that was a favorite of none other than S. Leo Horowitz.

Follow The Leader is certainly a classic. What Ian offers here is a six card routine that is simpler to set up than most of the older eight card routines and the displacement move is easy to accomplish. More important than anything else...

2013 / 4 / 29
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Three Jacks Bettered

Ian Baxter

Three Jacks Bettered by Ian BaxterIan Baxter has accomplished something remarkable. He has taken a wonderful classic self-working effect, that has been described and worked on by such luminaries as Walter Gibson, John Scarne, Rufus Steele, Harry Lorayne, Ed Marlo and made it even better, more direct, less dealing procedures while preserving the effect, the sleight-less feature as well as adding an additional climax. This kind of improvement happens very rarely.

From the foreword by Jon Racherbaumer:

Ian Baxter has re-examined the plot and skilfully applied Occam's Razor to trim the handling to a streamlined size, giving it a punchier finish. This alone should be sufficient incentive...
2012 / 11 / 3
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The Blueprint: all volumes

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint: all volumes by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanorThe Blueprint was a monthly Australian magazine on close-up sleight-of-hand magic. Started by Barry Govan and Ian Baxter and taken over for the last two volumes by Murray Cooper and Gerry McCreanor. It ran from July 1974 to April 1981, a total of 82 issues with contributions by leading experts such as Ed Marlo, Tom Gagnon, Danny Tong, Jon Racherbaumer, Ray Grismer, Phil Goldstein, Jeff Busby, Jerry Mentzer, Harry Lorayne and others.
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 7

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 7 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor
  1. Volume 7, Number 1, July, 1980, 4 pages - Phil Goldstein Special Issue
  2. Red Uprising - Phil Goldstein
  3. Newsworthy - Phil Goldstein
  4. Split Octet - Phil Goldstein
  5. The Blueroom - editorial comments

  1. Volume 7, Number 2, August, 1980, 6 pages
  2. The Mysterious Cross of India - Daryl
  3. Think Ace - Ray Grismer
  4. Blueprint In Print - Murray Cooper reviews:
    • Ray Grismer's "Shorty"
    • Ray Grismer's "Handy"
    • Ray Grismer's "Thirty"
    • Ray Grismer's "Loopy"
    • Ray Grismer's "Shorty"
    • Ray Grismer's "Charts" lecture notes
  5. Blueprint Review - Murray Cooper reviews:
    • Phil Goldstein's...
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 6

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 6 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor
  1. Volume 6, Number 1, July, 1979, 4 pages
  2. Impossible Coin to Pocket - Bob Chesbro
  3. Blueprint In Print - Ian Baxter reviews:
  4. Crooked Dice - continued
  5. The Blueroom - editorial comments

  1. Volume 6, Number 2, August, 1979, 4 pages
  2. Hocus Focus - Barry Govan
  3. Crooked Dice - continued
  4. Blueprint In Print - reviews:
    • Gerard Majax's "Secrets of the Card Sharps"
    • Jerry Mentzer's "Card Cavalcade Finale"
  5. The Blueroom - editorial comments

  1. Volume 6, Number 3, September, 1979, 4 pages
  2. Flip - Errol Robinson
  3. Marlo Plus
  4. Blueprint In Print - Murray Cooper...
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 5

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 5 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanorAn Australian sleight of hand monthly magazine
Barry Govan & Ian Baxter, editors through Issue Number 5
Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor, new editors starting with Issue Number 6; 47 pages in Volume 5
  1. Volume 5, Number 1, July, 1978, 4 pages
  2. The Cardsharps Apprentice - Barry Govan
  3. Patter for ... The Cardsharps Apprentice
  4. Blueprint In Print - Ian Baxter reviews:
    • Paul Harris' "Supermagic"
  5. The Blueroom - editorial comments

  1. Volume 5, Number 2, August, 1978, 4 pages
  2. Control Ace Transpo - Derek Martin
  3. Blueprint In Print - Ian Baxter reviews:
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 4

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 4 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanorAn Australian sleight of hand monthly magazine
Barry Govan & Ian Baxter, editors; 52 pages in Volume 4
  1. Volume 4, Number 1, July, 1977, 5 pages - cover has drawing of Lou Costello and Boris Karloff
  2. The Blueroom - editorial comments
  3. Variations on a Theme - Extracting a deck of cards from it's case - Murray Cooper & Ian Baxter
  4. One on the Way Down Cut - Tom Gagnon (USA)
  5. Blueprint In-Print - reviews:
    • Ronnay's "Cardorama" packet trick
    • Ronnay's "Multi Colour Card Change Climax" packet trick
  6. Double Impact in Red and Blue - Franz Rosensteiner (Magic Ronnay) (Austria)
  7. cartoon ...
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 3

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 3 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanorAn Australian sleight of hand monthly magazine
Barry Govan & Ian Baxter, editors; 52 pages in Volume 3
  1. Volume 3, Number 1, July, 1976, 4 pages - cover has drawing of a monster with cards
  2. The Blueroom - editorial comments
  3. Coin Sandwich - Barry Govan
  4. Blueprint In-Print - Ian Baxter reviews:
    • "The Complete Mike Rogers"
  5. The Dice of Zohar - Tom Gagnon (USA)

  1. Volume 3, Number 2, August, 1976, 4 pages - no cover
  2. The Blueroom - editorial comments
  3. The E.R. Thimble Routine - Errol Robinson, described by Murray Cooper
  4. Blueprint In-Print - reviews:
    • James B. Alfredson...
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 2

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 2 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanorIncludes an extra manuscript "The Magic of Tom Gagnon".

An Australian sleight of hand monthly magazine
Barry Govan & Ian Baxter, editors
Published in Victoria, Australia from July, 1974 through April, 1982 (Vol. 7, No. 10); 75 pages in Volume 2

  1. Volume 2, Number 1, July, 1975, 6 pages - cover has drawing of Laurel & Hardy
  2. The Blueroom & A Thought - editorial comments
  3. The Unwritten Prediction - Edward Marlo (USA)
  4. Gadabout Balls - Barry Govan
  5. Blueprint In-Print - Ian Baxter reviews:
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Blueprint Volume 1

Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanor

The Blueprint Volume 1 by Barry Govan & Ian Baxter & Murray Cooper & Gerry McCreanorAn Australian sleight of hand monthly magazine
Barry Govan & Ian Baxter, editors
Published in Victoria, Australia from July, 1974 through April, 1982 (Vol. 7, No. 10); 54 pages in Volume 1
  1. Volume 1, Number 1, July, 1974, 4 pages - cover has drawing of W. C. Fields
  2. The Blueroom - introductory editorial
  3. Your Card My Card - Anton York
  4. Thumb Flip Flourish - Barry Govan
  5. Blueprint In-Print - Ian Baxter reviews:
  6. Back Clip Coins - Barry Govan
  7. Trio Surprise - Ian Baxter

  1. Volume 1, Number 2, August, 1974, 4 pages - no cover
  2. The Blueroom - editorial comments ...
2012 / 7 / 7
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The Turnstile Pass

Ian Baxter

The Turnstile Pass by Ian BaxterThe Turnstile Pass is Ian Baxter's variation of a Hermann style pass that does not require a turnover of the packet, as is typically the case with Hermann type passes. As a bonus you will get three routines using this pass:
  • Pipped
  • Poker Deal Delux
  • Baxter Cavorts the Aces
"I think you have done an excellent job. Beautifully written and detailed. Highly recommended." - Channing Pollock

"A very deceptive version of The Hermann Pass. Baxter is a clever and interesting writer. Three excellent card effects are included." - David Goodsell in MUM

"What a surprise! A valuable little publication...

2012 / 2 / 5
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