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Ken de Courcy

Ken de Courcy

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(Hastings, England: 10th March 1922 - 23rd July 2008)

Stage name of Kenneth William Gurney de Courcy Tyler since 1942. Learned at age 6 from parents gift of an Ernest Sewell magic set. Tutored by Stanley Collins 1938-42. Pro debut 1945-47 touring Southeast Asia for ENSA. Semi-pro c1947-c1964 while in business. Specializes in cabaret and close-up. Stage act with assistant-wife Sue de Courcy since 1969. Pet effect: Knife thru Coat. 1989 AMA Literary Fellowship. British Ring President 1989-90.

Wrote over 60 booklets, beginning with Genial Improbabilities (1949, 62pp; repr 1968), then Zodiac Telepathy (1951, 17pp), Automentalism (1953, 15pp), Dubbelkross and Simulkross (1955, 16pp), Son of Pentertain (1974, 29pp), Creditable Conjuring (1983).

Edited The Budget for 17 years and Magigram since 1966. Edits-publishes The Coffee-Break Chronicle (limited to 100 subscribers) 1988-?

Coauthors: Herb Rungay, Richard Himber, George Blake, Peter Pit, Edwin Hooper, Ian Adair, Ravelle and Andree, Ulysses Frederick Grant, Jack Yates, Billy McComb, Marc de Milo, Dick Turpin, Alan Shaxon

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Ken de Courcy
33 Tricks with the PATEO Force by Ken de Courcy

Which is one of the best forces in magic? Undoubtedly the PATEO force! PATEO stand for "POINT AT TWO, ELIMINATE ONE", because that's exactly what happens.

The PATEO force is very easy to do end can be used not only with cards but with a variety of objects. It is a very strong force because the spectator seems to have very free choice. In this wonderful manuscript, Ken De Courcy give us, 33 ways to use the PATEO force. You will find card magic, mental magic, close-up magic, club magic, party magic and, yes, stage magic too. A real treasure house of good effects. You can surely find at least...

2015 / 6 / 7
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Ken de Courcy
33 Trucchi con la Forzatura I.D.E.U. by Ken de Courcy

E’ con grande piacere che presentiamo per la prima volta al pubblico dei prestigiatori Italiani questo bellissimo quanto ricco lavoro di Ken De Courcy. La Forzatura “I.D.E.U. ( In lingua originale PATEO) è una delle più versatili e apparentemente innocenti che siano state ideate. I.D.E.U. è un acronimo per “Indicane Due Eliminane Una”. Infatti un qualsiasi numero di carte (o oggetti) viene disposto sul tavolo in qualsiasi ordine e alternativamente lo spettatore e l’esecutore ne coprono due con le mani e una carta viene eliminata liberamente ogni volta. Eppure, questo processo...

2021 / 7 / 18
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A Card In Seven by Ken de Courcy

Ken de Courcy's no gimmick version of Scalbert's "The Mystery of the Seventh Card".

The perfect telephone test to present under challenge conditions. No Feke's. No Gimmicks. Yet the medium at the other end of the phone unerringly names the thought of card.

Scalbert's "Mystery of the Seventh Card", sold many years ago, was a commercial principle applied to the transmission of a card to an assistant playing the role of a medium, waiting on the end of a telephone. The distinct novelty at the time was the fact that all communication with the medium was done by a spectator. The secret was an...

2013 / 2 / 19
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Ken de Courcy
A Case For Cards by Ken de Courcy

From the FOREWORD

In this short thesis I'm going to discuss a fairly well-known plot ... "The Card in the Card-case". If you think about it, there's more 'logic' in this effect than in, for example, "The Card in Matchbox"; the card-case is already there because the cards were in it. Unless you smoke while performing, there is little reason for introducing a matchbox into the equation.

"The Card in Wallet" is a good, well-tried effect, but I submit the "Card in Card-case" is more "impossible" because it's in view all the time. This last point, obviously, creates difficulties which I'll...

2014 / 7 / 13
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Jack Yates & Ken de Courcy
Accusation by Jack Yates & Ken de Courcy

From the introduction:

"Accusation" is a court-room drama, not exactly legal, of course, but realistic enough to cause the accused to lie and the witnesses to commit perjury! If the trick does not have impact, it will be your own doing.

The Effect: From a list of criminals a spectator mentally selects a name and, from then on, 'becomes' this person. He also selects the crimes he will be accused of in the course of the examination. He also selects one, two or three witnesses who are put in the 'witness-box'. Despite the lack of clues, the performer reveals the criminal's name and his crimes. ...

2019 / 12 / 4
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Jack Yates & Ken de Courcy
Accusation (used) by Jack Yates & Ken de Courcy

Stapled booklet in like-new condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

2021 / 1 / 29
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Ken de Courcy
After Dinner Technique by Ken de Courcy

From the preface:

This book first appeared in 1953 in serial form in Goodliffe's ABRACADABRA. At the time it was the first treatise to be published on the subject and many people were kind enough to say it helped them overcome the difficulties always found in after-dinner shows.

All the information it contained was learned by experience as it was a field in which I specialised. And, although it was written nearly thirty years ago, almost nothing has changed; which is surprising when you consider the sweeping changes in other spheres of entertainment.

  • Preface And Acknowledgement
  • Foreword Be Natural ...
2019 / 10 / 13
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After Dinner Technique (used) by Ken de Courcy

Stapled booklet in like-new condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

2021 / 1 / 29
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At the Drop of a Match by Ken de Courcy

From the introduction:

It must be fifty years since Will Blyth wrote his two books on Matchstick Magic. Yet, with coins, matches are the commonest articles carried with which magic can be performed.

AT THE DROP OF A MATCH describes a number of impromptu tricks with matches that have served me over the years. Most have been gathered from books and other magicians; some are original and others have been given new slants.

Learn a few, give them a little practice and you will never be at a loss when a party is flagging, or someone suggests you "show them a trick.

Content
  • PART ONE - Match Puzzles ...
2016 / 4 / 11
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Auto-Find by Ken de Courcy

Based on a Bob Hummer and Karl Fulves principle. A spectator is handed seven playing-cards. He shuffles them, then places one of them aside face-down without looking at it. Now squares of cardboard are shown with cut-out windows. Spectator follows the magician's instructions and, at the end, looking through the cut-out windows in the cards, an index of a card appears. The chosen card is turned over and has been correctly revealed.

You will have to make up the squares of cardboard for this. The trick itself is self-working, the real work having been put into the evolution of the effect, but they are useful for...

2018 / 6 / 19
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Marc de Milo & Ken de Courcy
Bingo Divination by Marc de Milo & Ken de Courcy

Card tricks suitable for stage presentation are rare. Bingo Divination can be performed successfully on a stage or in a cocktail-lounge. It is the logical, up to date version of the classic Nap Hand, without the necessary memory work or sleight-of-hand. Rehearse it carefully, paying attention to presentation, and you'll have a reputation-maker.

EFFECT: The magician introduces a pack of cards. The cards are genuinely shuffled and then dealt into two piles, one containing Clubs and Hearts, the other Spades and Diamonds. The Clubs-Hearts pile is again dealt into three face-down piles, one to...

2020 / 5 / 22
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Ken de Courcy
Blue Spotitis and Other Oddities by Ken de Courcy

It is a children's game...it is a great magic trick...it is a mystifying series of magic tricks...it is SPOTITIS!

Do you remember the simple origami fold called "the salt cellar"? Well, Ken de Courcy in this manuscript teaches you how to use that simple fold for performing wonderful magic tricks. Ken says:

"In the 1956 edition of Robert Harbin's "Paper Magic" (beautifully illustrated by Rolf Harris) you will find an easily-made paper model titled "The Salt Cellar...Magic Colour Changer".

It's a paper-fold that goes back many years; in fact, in 1948, Ernie Kob marketed an amusing use...

2014 / 7 / 1
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Billy McComb & Ken de Courcy
Cabaret Card Divination by Billy McComb & Ken de Courcy

The Effect: The magician removes a pack of cards from its packet and hands it out for shuffling and cutting. He also gives a sealed envelope to another spectator for safe keeping. The shuffled deck is passed to someone else who is instructed to deal seven cards on to the hand of the person seated next to him. The performer reclaims the balance of the pack then asks the spectator to fan the seven cards he holds faces towards himself.

From the center of the floor, the magician says, "Sir, I think you are looking at a Queen of Spades. If I'm right, please remove it from the other cards and hold...

2020 / 1 / 8
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Billy McComb & Ken de Courcy
Cabaret Card Divination (used) by Billy McComb & Ken de Courcy

Stapled booklet in like-new condition. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

2021 / 1 / 29
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Ken de Courcy
Calling all Cards by Ken de Courcy

A deck of cards is shuffled and put in trouser pockets, any card called for produced, then any non-playing card (birthday card, membership card, postcard, ...) called for, with gags and card castle finale.

This manuscript has not been available for a long time. This comedy and mysterious act, which has not been seen for a number of years, contains all the ingredients for hit entertainment today.

THE EFFECT

The performer comes on to a stage which bears only a table. He introduces a pack of cards and hands them out for shuffling, then has them cut into two halves and, after rapidly glancing...

2019 / 7 / 31
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Cardsink by Ken de Courcy

A chosen card that not only penetrates right through a deck of cards and a card-case, but also right through a spectator's hand. A very strong effect that looks impossible.

The effect is startling because it appears to happen in the spectator's own hands. As always Ken provides precious ideas for an intriguing presentation.

  • Easy to do
  • No palming
  • The card can be signed

1st edition 1986; 1st digital edition 2018, 4 pages.

2018 / 1 / 16
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Ken de Courcy
Conto Alla Rovescia by Ken de Courcy

Si tratta di un effetto impromptu, molto semplice da eseguire e dal grande effetto! Cos'altro volere di più?

CONTO ALLA ROVESCIA di Ken De Courcy è un gioco che può esser presentato in diversi modi, alcuni spiegati nel dettaglio in questo piccolo manoscritto.

L'effetto base è il seguente: uno spettatore mischia il proprio mazzo di carte (si proprio il suo mazzo che viene mischiato veramente!) quindi conta dieci carte facendo un conto alla rovescia. Se il valore della carta corrisponde al numero contato, la carta viene messa sul tavolo a faccia in alto. Se nessun valore delle carte...

2014 / 6 / 3
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Ken de Courcy
Count Down by Ken de Courcy

Very easy to do, impromptu and with a big effect! What else would you ask? Count Down by Ken de Courcy is a card trick that you can present in several ways, all well explained in this little manuscript.

The basic effect is the following: A spectator shuffles his own pack (Yes! It can be his own pack of cards and he really shuffles it...), then counts ten cards in a reverse order. If a number of spots on a card happens to match the number he is counting aloud at the time, the card is thrown out face-up. If none match during the count, a card is dealt face down in front of the magician.

This...

2014 / 5 / 28
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Ken de Courcy
Creditable Conjuring by Ken de Courcy

Magic with credit cards.

Credit cards are easier to handle than playing cards because they're smaller and they're also a lot more valuable. In short, a borrowed credit card is an ideal thing with which to conjure. This ebook will give you a few ideas to include in your program.

  • Foreword
  • Gimmicks
  • Crossed Credits
  • Credit Card In Wallet
  • Credit By Chance
  • Card To Cash
  • Credit Shower
  • Through Credit
  • Unlocked Credit
1st edition 1982, 12 pages; 1st digital edition 2020, PDF 15 pages.
2020 / 8 / 17
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Ken de Courcy
Creditable Conjuring (used) by Ken de Courcy

Stapled booklet in good condition; slight crease on cover and first three pages. For details on the contents see the digital edition.

2021 / 1 / 29
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Ken de Courcy
Deceiver's Discourse by Ken de Courcy

These were Ken de Courcy's USA lecture tour notes. It includes great material which puts entertainment first and foremost.

  • The Haired Card - a comedy surprise with four outsize cards from a pack.
  • Balloon Prediction - three balloons, the audience nominate the colors, these magically burst one at a time ... then you show that you knew the order the spectator chose and made a prediction to that effect!
  • The Economy Card in Balloon - a simplicity version of the great classic effect.
  • Explosive Rope Cut - cut and restore a rope with a bang. Unusual and good!
  • Seeing is Disbelieving - spectators...
2013 / 11 / 11
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Ken de Courcy
Delayed Action Eleven Cards Routine by Ken de Courcy

A multi effect comedy card routine with audience participation and an unexpected climax. Cards mysteriously increase and decrease of number in magician's hands defying the laws of mathematics in a crescendo of surprises.

EFFECT

The magician fans a pack of cards to a spectator asking him to choose one and place it in his inside jacket pocket. The performer tries to read the mind of the spectator and to guess the chosen card but he fails. In desperation he slings the pack high in the air. With hardly a break, he removes some more cards from his pocket and goes straight into another trick...

2018 / 12 / 16
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Herb Rungay & Ken de Courcy
Dream Poker with a Kicker by Herb Rungay & Ken de Courcy

This is a multi-stage multi-climax routine with a deck of cards. If you already know George Blake's Dream Poker, you will love this one.

There is a lot of magic here - very easy to do (it is almost automatic…). You repeatedly find a chosen card with seemingly impossible conditions, by logic, by spelling it out and by chance. Then you deal to the spectator a Royal Flush in Spades in a freely chosen position on the table. And finally the spectator finds his chosen card in the deck that he had shuffled, by spelling it himself!

From the foreword:

Frank Lane, in his book, "Help Yourself", published in 1931, wrote:...

2013 / 1 / 19
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Ken de Courcy
Dubbelkross and Simulkross by Ken de Courcy

A gradual transposition of three silver coins and three golden coins with an unexpected climax. Two routines.

Many methods have been devised for the classical effect wherein three coins pass invisibly through space to join three more. "Dubbelkross" and "Simulkross" are two further variations on the same theme; but, not only are the methods altered, the effects are, too. In fact, "Dubbelkross" represents the first attempt (as far as I know) at giving this transposition a definite climax. "Simulkross" does not pretend to give a startling climax, but is interesting because coins pass simultaneously...

2019 / 4 / 29
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Easy Everywhere and Nowhere by Ken de Courcy

"Everywhere and Nowhere" is a classic plot which, due to the difficulties in performance, is rarely seen. The original version calls for exceptional aptitude in card-changes which are not the easiest sleights to do well. Here is a new method utilizing a well-known fake pack that surely you already have, used in an undetectable way. This routine brings "Everywhere and Nowhere" within the range of everybody. Give it that and you'll have a trick that will amaze and entertain both laymen and magicians.

EFFECT:

A card is selected from a pack, then returned and the deck is cut a number of times...

2018 / 10 / 26
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Even Stephen by Ken de Courcy

An "even bet" gambling routine in ten stages with no preparation and no sleight of hand.

A gambling routine which is completely different to anything that has gone before, because it doesn't deal with the usual card games such as Poker, Blackjack, Bridge and so on. Even Stephen is a routine, you don't play for money, instead play for matches ... and yet you win. Even with poor luck, you "scoop the pool". It's all so easy to do, the main skill being in presentation. 'The last Bet' is the only one needing a little handling and even that shouldn't place a great strain on your ability. Altogether...

2019 / 6 / 20
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Ken de Courcy
Even Stephen (used) by Ken de Courcy

Booklet, stapled, in good condition. Published by Supreme Magic. Describing an "even bet" gambling routine.

2021 / 1 / 29
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Five Card Stunner by Ken de Courcy

A very easy to do routine in which a black card repeatedly flies from hand to pocket leaving spectators amazed again and again, despite the performer trying to simplify things. All can be examined.

Imagine deliberately counting five cards....four of which are red with only one black. Each and every card is called and shown - without a single false move four cards are tossed to the table and the black card is seen to have vanished. It is reproduced from the pocket. Now Imagine that you can do it again and again each time eliminating one red card to make it easier for the public to follow the...

2019 / 5 / 12
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Jack Yates & Ken de Courcy
Foreshadowed by Jack Yates & Ken de Courcy

Foreshadowed is an impromptu triple prediction that would play well for a few people or a full theater. As a bonus Yates describe another incredible prediction that can be done over the phone.

Jack Yates really needs no introduction; his name usually comes up wherever subtle magic is discussed. He tends to produce devious principles, then simplifies them down so anyone can use them. Foreshadowed is an interesting twist (literally!) on the well-known three objects prediction (a la Mental Epic). What makes this version different is that the predictions are written on blank pieces of cardboard...

2020 / 6 / 23
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