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Jim Sisti

Ex-radio disk jockey turned pro restaurant magician in Connecticut. Jim Sisti has been performing magic for over 25 years. A prolific writer and inventor, his books on magic and magic effects are marketed all over the world. He is also the publisher of The Magic Menu.

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Jim Sisti

The Working Professional's Chop Cup by Jim SistiFrom the introduction:
This routine was honed through many years of adding segments and cutting others. I approached the idea of developing a Chop Cup routine with two priorities: first, I had no interest in doing a Chop Cup routine that made the spectator the foil, i.e.: they always guess incorrectly where the ball is. Thus, I've included much of my patter so that you can see how I've taken the "sting" out of the routine. Secondly, I refused to underestimate the intelligence of my audience and directly address their suspicions that there is more than one ball in play. In fact, in the spirit...
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Grandpa's Fruit Knives by Jim SistiFrom the introduction:
One of the things that I had to come to grips with when I became a full-time professional performer more than 20 years ago was that I needed to stop focusing on tricks that I liked and had to find ones that my spectators liked. I also decided to try and make my presentations less expositional ("Watch this coin…" kind of stuff) and more about personal expression – letting the audience get to know me perhaps a little bit better as a result of the magic.

This manuscript is the result of my explorations into the Color-Changing Knives. I always loved the trick but...

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The Working Professional's Ambitious Card by Jim SistiFrom the introduction:
Though there is little that is "new" in the way of sleights here, this routine came from years of careful trial and error. The five phases represented here are the final result. I've found, after thousands of performances, that for the walk-around performer, this routine is just the right length to maintain spectator interest. Also, like any magic routine where the same effect is apparently repeated a number of times, each phase offers an apparently more impossible set of circumstances. It also ends with a natural applause cue.

7 pages, photo illustrated

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Professional Restaurant Magic by Jim SistiThis is a comprehensive guide to developing a restaurant magic repertoire, finding a suitable venue, strategies to help you keep your job and other practical information for the working professional.

Jim Sisti is a long time, experienced and professional restaurant magician. He was also the editor of The Magic Menu, a magic journal solely dedicated to bar and restaurant magic. You won't find any effects in this ebook, but you will find heaps of practical advice to build a career with restaurant magic. And most of the information, advice and suggestions you will receive apply in good part to other venues...

2006 / 6 / 26
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The Restaurant Magic Reader by Jim SistiEssays and thoughts on the performance of restaurant magic.
"This is real world experience from a top pro who has spent his professional life learning what works, what is important and, most importantly, what is universal." - Richard Osterlind (from the foreword)
The Restaurant Magic Reader collects the many articles and essays that Jim Sisti has written over the last 20 years on the subject of restaurant magic. Between these covers, you will find thoughts and ideas on such important topics as choosing material, selecting a performing character, getting and keeping a restaurant magic engagement,...
2011 / 1 / 30
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Magic Menu volume 5, number 27 (Jan - Feb 1995) by Jim SistiA bizarre magic issue.
  • Bizarre Magic in Restaurants? by Eugene Burger
  • Walking Around Bizarre-ly by Joe Lantiere
  • In The Trenches with Paul Green
  • My Turn by Jim Sisti
  • Here's a Tip...Accept Only Gems! by Scott Wells
  • Ask the Only by Al The Only
  • Reviews
    • "Futureclock" by Kuniyasu Fujiwara and Tooru Suzuki
    • "Automatic Miracle Deck" by Bodie Blake
    • "Die-Cipher" by Chazpro Magic Co.
    • "Randy's Rainbow Deck" by Randy Wakeman
    • "Greater Magic" by John Northern Hilliard
    • "The Pass" by Gary Ouellet
    • "Dai Vernon's Secrets of Magic" by Dai Vernon and Bruce Cervon and "Ultra Cervon" by Bruce Cervon
    • "From the Bottom Up" by Jerry Camaro ...
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Brainwave Miracles by Jim SistiFrom the introduction:
The magician claims to have taken a playing card from a completely different pack and reversed it in the deck placed in plain view. The spectator is then asked to merely think of any card. After the selection is made, the magician picks up the pack, removes it from its case, and spreads through the cards, displaying the spectator's choice as the only card face up. When it's removed from the pack, it's turned over to display a completely different back color, thus proving the magician's claim that it originated in a completely different pack.

This is the basic presentation...

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Magic Menu (1990 - 2010) by Jim SistiThis is a compilation of all volumes 1-12. It covers the entire lifetime of The Magic Menu from the first issue to the last issues of volume 12.
2012 / 5 / 31
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Mixed Symbols by Jim SistiThe performer hands five ESP cards, each bearing a different symbol, to a spectator and requests that he remember one. The spectator is then asked to shuffle the cards. The magician takes the cards back and, after an apparently fair mixing procedure, correctly divines the selected symbol without even looking at the faces.

The method uses an old mathematical ploy but it is dressed up differently here.

This effect was featured in the May 2005 issue of Magic Magazine.

1st digital edition 2014, 2 pages.

2014 / 7 / 13
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Magic Menu volumes 1-5 (Sep 1990 - Aug 1995) by Jim SistiThis is a compilation of volumes 1-5, issues 1 - 30.
2011 / 5 / 9
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Magic on the Menu by Jim SistiTips and tricks for the professional and aspiring restaurant magician.

PART ONE - ESSAYS

  • Tips on Tips
  • The First Ten Seconds
  • Working the Room
  • Problem Patrons
  • Choosing Material
  • Choosing a Restaurant
  • Getting an Audition
  • Winning the Audition
  • Developing a Following
  • Dealing With Other Magicians
  • Changing Performance Modes
  • Keeping It Simple
PART TWO - TRICKS
  • Transmutation - Jim Sisti
  • Signature Transpo - Tom Ladshaw
  • Forget Me Not - David Acer
  • The Happy Birthday Card Trick - Al The Only
  • The Two-Card Trick - Bert Allerton
  • The Flushing Joker - Chris Hurlbert
  • Torn - Tabman / Tom Mullica

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Magic Menu volume 1 (Sep 1990 - Aug 1991) by Jim SistiThis is a compilation of issues 1 - 6.
  • Welcome
  • Editorial
  • Taking Tips: The Pros and Cons
  • Handling Unruly Spectators
  • Books: The Essential Library for the Working Pro
  • Reviews
    • "Close Up Illusions" by Gary Ouellet
    • "Aspen Bar Magic"
    • "Impossibilia" by John Bannon
    • "Misled" by Tim Wenk
    • "Dollar Monte" by Kennedy
    • "Hollyweird" by Christopher
  • Transmutation by Jim Sisti
  • Picks a Card by Chris Hurlbert and Neal Prete
  • Behind Bars

  • Why Does a Restaurant Need a Magician?
  • Editorial
  • Restaurant Magic for Children
  • The Best Videos for Working Pros
  • Reviews
2011 / 5 / 9
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Magic Menu volumes 6-10 (Sep 1995 - Aug 2000) by Jim SistiThis is a compilation of volumes 6-10, issues 31 - 60.
2011 / 5 / 9
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Magic Menu volume 7, number 39 (Jan - Feb 1997) by Jim Sisti
  • Mentalism Up-Close by Mark Strivings
  • In the Trenches with Paul Green
  • The Bar Fly by Simon Lovell
  • The Power of Inflation by Larry Moss
  • Ask The Only by Al The Only
  • My Turn by Jim Sisti
  • Reviews
    • "Ultimate Brainwave" by Bob Solari
    • "Dishonest Abe" by Gregory Wilson
    • "Workers 5" by Michael Close
    • "The Restaurant Worker's Handbook" by Jim Pace and Jerry MacGregor
  • 1996 Magic Menu Awards
  • Thirty-Seven by Mark Strivings
  • 50-50-50 Chance by Mark Strivings
  • ESP in my Pocket by Mark Strivings
  • The Last Word by Chris Hurlbert
12 pages...
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Magic Menu volume 11 (2002) by Jim SistiThis is a compilation of issues 61 - 64.
  • Front Desk
  • Alain Nu: Mystery Expert by Dave Shepherd
  • The Personal Touch by Jim Sisti
  • Against Originality in Magic by Whit Haydn
  • In the Trenches with Paul Green
  • Nuts and Bolts by Andrew J. Pinard
  • The Financial Wizard by Eric Henning
  • Virtual Magic by Richard Robinson
  • Reviews
    • "Andrew's Ultra Smoke 2000" by Mark Zacharia
  • Autograph Collection by Andrew J. Pinard

  • Front Desk
  • From A Corporate Viewpoint by Robert W. Bengel
  • In the Tradeshow Trenches by Paul Green
  • Thin Air: Doubly Mystifying by Dave Shepherd
  • In the Trenches with Paul Green ...
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I Coltelli Da Frutta Del Nonno by Jim SistiEcco una semplice ed efficace routine di coltellini che cambiano colore creata da Jim Sisti che ci presenta la routine in questione arricchita da una gustosa presentazione che prende spunto dalle sue origini italiane: Jim infatti, dopo aver dimenticato il suo set di coltellini in un cassetto per anni (a detta sua, non trovava una presentazione adeguata per la sua routine), decise di riprendere a lavorarci, dopo una reunion di famiglia in cui vide tutti gli anziani di famiglia riunirsi a fine pasto per sbucciare la frutta con i propri coltellini tascabili!

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Magic Menu volume 12, number 1 (autumn 2009) by Jim SistiThis is the "We're Back!" issue. The Magic Menu ceased publication in 2001. In 2009 Jim Sisti brought it back to life expanding the focus to professional Close-Up Magicians rather than exclusively Restaurant and Bar. Jim's observation was that the opportunities for close-up magicians have changed and expanded, which prompted him to change the focus of his magazine, too.
  • The Editor's Desk: Jim Sisti
  • Sleightly Delusional: Christopher Lyle
  • In The Trenches: Paul Green
  • The Bar Top: Paul Gordon
  • Ask The Only 2.0: Al The Only
  • Yesterday's Treasures: Dan Doyle
  • The Way I See It: Scott F. Guinn
  • Tricks For The...
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Magic Menu volume 3, number 17 (May - Jun 1993) by Jim SistiA special Scotty York issue.
  • Some Random Thoughts for the Performing Bartender by Scotty York
  • A Rumor in his Own Time by William A. Wells
  • In the Trenches by Paul Green
  • Ask the Only by Al the Only
  • The Marked Coin in the Sugar Packet by Scotty York
  • The One Cup Routine by Scotty York
  • The Signed Card in the Watch by Scotty York
  • The Last Word by Chris Hurlbert
12 pages
2011 / 5 / 8
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Magic Menu volume 10, number 59 (May - Jun 2000) by Jim Sisti
  • Don Alan: Circling the Wagons by Jon Racherbaumer
  • Devilish Devano Rise by Don Alan
  • Big Deal by Don Alan
  • Surprise Quickie by Don Alan
  • The Financial Wizard by Eric Henning
12 pages
2011 / 5 / 9
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Magic Menu volume 1, number 2 (Nov - Dec 1990) by Jim Sisti
  • Why Does a Restaurant Need a Magician?
  • Editorial
  • Restaurant Magic for Children
  • The Best Videos for Working Pros
  • Reviews
    • "7 Secrets" by J. C. Wagner
    • "Professional Close-Up" by Leo Behnke
    • "Small World" Chris Hurlbert and Neal Prete
    • "The Remarkable Mister Gigwits" by Schuyler Irish
    • "The Creeps" by Ben Harris
    • "The Radar Deck" by Richard Osterlind
  • Changeling Cards by Skip Sansoucie
  • E-Z Copper-Silver Purse Transposition by Skip Sansoucie
  • Ambitious Card by Skip Sansoucie
  • Behind Bars
8 pages
2011 / 5 / 8
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