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Joseph K. Schmidt

Joseph K. Schmidt

(Pinconning, Michigan: 17th February 1920 - 10th January 2007)

Joseph Kenneth Schmidt learned at age 14 from a cheap card book. Retired from the US Air Force to live in West Germany. Amateur card magician, having invented several moves, including the first Tilt Pass and Bottom Placement in 1981. Major illustrator of magic books and magazines, including some 80 works by Fulves and The Man Who Was Erdnase (1991).

Wrote 5 booklets: The Impromptu Close-Up Card Rise (1968), Modern Close-Up Card Problems (1981, 88pp), R.C. Buff's Knot on the Square, The Best of Buff, Conrad Bush's Color Isolation, plus 6 on run-up systems. Articles in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Genii, Pallbears Review, Epilogue, New Tops, Talisman, Epoptica, and Magick.

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R.C. Buff's The Best of Buff by Joseph K. Schmidt

A selection of new and novel rope magic from R.C. Buff's rare Rope Leaflets.

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In 1980 Mr. R.C. Buff, "The Wizard Of Knotsville", started putting out a little Xeroxed publication called "BUFF'S LEAFLETS" which was devoted exclusively to Rope Magic. These LEAFLETS were published for over four years and contained a lot of fine material. Because they had such a limited distribution, it was deemed beneficial to the magical fraternity if some of this excellent material would be assembled into booklet form.

I think you will be amused and delighted to read some examples...

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R.C. Buff's Knot on the Square by Joseph K. Schmidt

Knots and magic effects with them from R.C. Buff.

Rufus Claude Buff, due to his love for ropes and knots, has become affectionately known as "The Wizard of Knotsville" because he lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a prolific contributor to books and periodicals. Buff published his own magazine called The Modern Magic as well as Buff's Leaflets. He started writing this book which Joseph K. Schmidt finished and illustrated.

  • Publisher's Note
  • Foreword
  • Square Knot To Two Single Knots—Then Back To Square Knot
  • The "Reno Knot"
  • A Real Square From Deleware!
  • The Thief Knot
  • Ashley's "What...
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The Impromptu Close-Up Card Rise by Joseph K. Schmidt

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I have always believed that any close-up card rise, wherein the chosen card is "brought up" from the rear of the pack, loses so much of its effect because it must be ended too quickly, before the spectators see that the card did not really rise out of the middle. The effect of the trick is considerably strengthened by the appearance of the chosen card projecting from somewhere in the middle of the pack at the conclusion of the rise.

Jack McMillen's "PLUNGER" rising card trick was, to the best of my knowledge, the first method in which the chosen card rose from the middle...

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Conrad "Connie" Bush's Color Isolation by Joseph K. Schmidt

What is Color Isolation? It's a complete card act where the two colors of the deck — red and black — continually separate, each time under quite different and more mysterious conditions. The deck is handled and shuffled by the spectator throughout, yet the colors seem to instantly obey the magician's every whim.

From the performer's standpoint, Color Isolation is an interlocking series of effects, each building on the next. You can borrow a deck, have it thoroughly shuffled by the spectator and proceed. After shuffling the deck, the spectator simply cuts off a portion and counts them...

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