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Ken Muller

Ken Muller

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I have been involved with the mystic arts since 1955. Back then mental-based performing was not separated from conjuring so I just learned to do what was best for the audience of the moment. I had many mentors early, the most notable being Arnold Furst. I learned many performing principles and theory, plus Helstomism, contact mind reading, hypnotism and reasons to make a career of preforming for entertainment. Instead, I used the principles in combination with my formal education in speech to make presentations to business owners as part of interviews and consulting services. I developed my new techniques including the ones that led to Once Removed. Another favorite is advanced pendulum work including multi-bob, no-touch and Radial Pendulums. As I am getting too old and crippled to perform very much I am writing eBooks to share my innovation with others.

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Web Ring Subtlety: F.U.N. Ring Series by Ken Muller

An innovative approach for Linking Rings to enhance popular sleights and moves, and increase astonishment and attention while masking actual ring relationships. No gimmicks or unnatural moves. Moves, sleights and stratagems adapted from the Primal Rings eBook, and utilized in many Linking Rings and Ring on Rope routines found in the F.U.N. Ring Series.

Dozens of techniques and sleight series that can be used by all Linking Rings routines and sets. The focus is the patterns formed by the shiny metal rings that allow for a combination of psychological ploys to embellish, enhance or add flair to your favorite...

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Rings of Troth: F.U.N. Rings Series by Ken Muller

A novel blending of Linking Rings and Ring on Rope Magic during a demonstration of ancient marriage rites. This is not just a series of intriguing illusions, but an immersion to ancient betrothal rituals where magic and myth were alive and natural.

Three Routines:

  • Troth Ritual
  • Troth Ceremony Suggestions
  • Pledge Bond Suggestions

Moves, sleights and stratagems adapted from the Primal Rings eBook. This is designed for an engagement party with lost of audience involvement with special attention for the special couple. Effects occur in their hands and because of their betrothal commitments. It is story...

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Ring Bind: Magic More Series by Ken Muller

A Linking Rings enhancement module for any set or routine (4"-12"). Can be used in a traditional approach starting with separate rings, or with Reverse Rings and the four linked at the start - or in the middle somewhere.

This can replace the standard Odin Count to show the four rings to be separate, with the added astonishment of penetrating the rope. With Reverse Rings, each ring penetrates both the other rings and the rope.

A set of four metal rings are displayed tied together with a double looped length of cord or ribbon tied in a bow. This cord is untied with a demonstration of the secure binding....

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Four Choice Rings: F.U.N. Ring Series by Ken Muller

A unique method of unlinking a chain of four metal rings based on audience choices and engagement that provides patterns for future deception, and acquitment for previous sleights.

This is a performance module and not a full effect/presentation, that can be used with any linking ring routine. It is an extraction from the Primal Rings ebook that contains the development logic and credits. This module uses a standard 4-ring set of metal 4-8" rings with several recommended modifications.

A dangled chain of four metal rings is gathered into a fan display from which a single, spectator chosen ring is...

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Primal Linking Rings by Ken Muller

A revolutionary approach to presenting Linking Rings.

This is the master guide for the F.U.N. Rings Series of ebooks and contains the history, logic, and credits for the many new moves, sleights and stratagems related to Reverse Rings, Ends Myth, OPS Magic and Web Rings Subtlety.

The essential sleight sequences for each module are explained with sequential photos, while the individual theme ebooks may contain additional verbal scripts and audience engagement tips.

Legacy Rings, 4X4 Rings, Rings of Troth, Vulcan Rings, Web Ring Subtlety, ILYMagic and OPS Magic, plus Cross Lock, NIDO Rings, Ring Bind, Ring Proof...

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4x4 Rings: F.U.N. Ring Series by Ken Muller

A short routine using four metal rings based on unique methods and sleights from the Primal Rings ebook.

Learn Four Choice, Double Out, Twice Removed, Slack Switch all with reverse ring framing and Web Ring subtlety, but without the development logic. This module uses a standard 4-ring set of metal 4-6" rings with several recommended modifications.

A dangled chain of four metal rings is gathered into a fan display from which a single, spectator chosen ring is extracted. Then the other three rings are removed one-by-one, leading to a series of link-unlink demonstrations in the hands of a spectator. Finally,...

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Reverse Rings Mystique: Magic More Series by Ken Muller

This is an introduction to the Reverse Rings approach to linking rings, plus an index to current and future releases of eBooks on that theme.

Discover an excitingly innovative change of framing and premise for this classic routine that will enthrall those new to live performance magic and astonish those who think they are "in the know." New sleights, performance modules, effects and routines developed using F.U.N. techniques and OPS alternative presentation modes.

You get my 65+ years of fiddling with linking rings in a series of ebooks, filtered by my thousands of live presentations...

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OPS Magic: F.U.N. Presentation Series by Ken Muller

Overture - Prelude - Scaffold as alternative presentation modes for crafting a magic routine (conjuring or mentalism).

What to do with a mixed or new live audience where little is known about their experience with live magic, conjuring or mentalism? (might apply to Zoom type presentations as well)

How can you discover their interest and expectations for what you can offer without wasting your best routines or risking interruptions?

This ebook will guide you through an exploration of three alternative presentation modes with a 'mixed audience' where little is known of their expectations,...

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Cross Lock Penetration: Magic More Series by Ken Muller

A novel and powerful ring on rope effect. The cord is woven about your spread fingers to form an impassible gate with a loop beneath. The ends are far from the metal ring, yet it visually jumps onto the loop.

No gimmick or unnatural moves. Opportunities for audience participation and you can be completely surrounded.

Idea for when a ring & rope effect is added to a linking rings routine, cut and restored rope or stand-alone for walk-around or table hopping as a prelude to a later routine.

However, this effect is so impossible in comparison with many simpler ring on rope effects to...

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Double Out Linking Rings: Magic More Series by Ken Muller

This is a performance module as a different way of revealing that the double rings are magically linked, plus a bonus of the Four Choice module.

Double Out is an enhancement strategy that works on several levels of perception and memory:

  • supports the observers ‘knowing’ the four rings are separate,
  • changes the rhythm of the standard display approach,
  • everyone sees you hand two separate rings to the volunteer assistant,
  • the volunteer assistant verifies he has two separate rings,
  • the volunteer assistant handles the rings for several minutes,
  • the volunteer assistant links the...
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Witness Projection Program by Ken Muller

A collection of mentalism-type demonstrations based on the framing of the treatment of witnesses in a courtroom setting, and the premises of influence, empathy, clairvoyance and telepathy.

Any similarity to actual practices and techniques of practicing attorneys at law or assistants is coincidental and grounded in mirth. These effects and scripts are for the legal system of the USA and may need modifications for congruency (or sanity) for the systems of other nations.

Truth Test

A defense attorney sometimes has too many witnesses willing to testify. Their eagerness to help often clouds...

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Nido Shift: Magic More Series by Ken Muller

A linking rings enhancement module as a substitute for the traditional false count of four rings. (Odin Count)

NIDO = (Neat-Oh) as Odin spelled backwards. A very visual and casual series of actions that verifies that the four rings are separate. It was primarily designed for smaller ring sets, not a 12-inch sized set. Its advantages include:

  • it uses place rather than a take action,
  • it is a transfer of rings to the other hand, not a count,
  • it is done in a horizontal plane rather than vertical,
  • it uses the WebRing subtlety,
  • it does not require weird finger positioning,
  • the sleight...
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Why Magic? Why Me? F.U.N. Presentation Series by Ken Muller

Mostly conjuring applications. Magic theory.

This is a collection of experience thoughts about performance magic. What is magic? What role does it play in our culture? What does impossible mean today? The theme is being "more than able" in live as well as pretending at the impossible on stage. Each section and page is meant to inspire reflective musing on one's abilities and limitations. Together they provide a mirror in which each magician can view self and chosen magical effects in a different light or perspective. They are not a formula for self-improvement.

Part of this is the notion...

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Ring and Silk Progression by Ken Muller

A 'walk-around' style three-phase magic routine using a handkerchief and borrowed finger ring, with progressing mystery and astonishment.

Use most any pocket kerchief, napkin, scarf, etc. and a simple finger ring. No gimmicks, attachments or duplicates. A truly impromptu presentation using found objects that can segue into other magic effects.

The ring penetrates the cloth material in three different ways of increasing impossibility and visual impact. The observers are drawn in to anticipate magic to occur, and you then exceed those expectations and hopes.

Moderate finger dexterity...

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Mental Mashup by Ken Muller

A special offer for the holiday setting of small groups and unknown audiences. A demonstration of enhanced empathic/telepathic awareness and influence ideal for casual events with an unknown audience. Very old techniques and methods are applied in a new way that can be entertaining but are also very impactful. There is a lot of material here beyond the effect description: presentation theory, psychology, volunteer selection, and more.

There are three different approaches for presenting this routine: Triple Influence, Prelude and Embrace. The latter two use advanced techniques of Aware&Cue,...

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Fistfull of Stones: Found & F.U.N. Series by Ken Muller

This is the third eBook in the series and a companion to Single Stone, and Pair fo Stones with completely different effects and additional sleights/moves plus special stratagems to take advantage of the unique qualities of "3-4 objects."

Learn how to use three objects like walnuts or candy to perform astounding and entertaining illusions of transportations, penetrations and transpositions and productions. There is a large focus on assembly effect

A blending of sway methods, innovative sleights, insightful stratagems and the elements of performance using 'found' objects in a true impromptu setting. (Many techniques...

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Ghost White by Ken Muller

A simple but dramatic magic effect just for Halloween. A paper sack is blown up and popped for aloud Bang! A second sack has a multi-colored scarf dropped in by a spectator, then inflated and popped. Bang! But this time there is a shower of colored specs in the air as a ghostly white silk floats to the ground.

1st edition 2021, PDF 1 page.

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Triple By Pass by Ken Muller

A three-way transposition in the hands of three spectators - and the performer far away.

This could follow a CSB Routine (or come first), or pick up three different poker chips from the game table, or three colored Chinese coins, or follow my China Spice routine.

Three distinctive objects have magical powers or attributes attached and become talisman to be freely chosen by two volunteers with a third getting the power that is left. Each holds and protects their selection while verbally announcing their new power and talisman with the performer across the room. But each secretly desires a different...

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Pair of Stones: Found & F.U.N. Series by Ken Muller

This is the second eBook in the series and a companion to Single Stone, with completely different effects and additional sleights/moves plus special stratagems to take advantage of the unique qualities of "exactly two."

Learn how to use two objects like walnuts or candy to perform astounding and entertaining illusions of transportations, penetrations, color-changes, productions, and vanishes.

A blending of sway methods, innovative sleights, insightful stratagems, and the elements of performance using 'found' objects in a true impromptu setting. (Many techniques can be used in other venues/settings.) ...

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Snap Rope by Ken Muller

A unique cut and restored rope effect.

  • no weird loop in the hand - just cut the rope in the center as a layperson would
  • both cut ends are shown separately and apart
  • no knots or fumbling
  • the rope is snapped like a whip and is fully restored (other endings possible)
  • it can be used in another effect or passed out
These techniques were developed during communications with MagicIan (Ian Garrison) just before his untimely passing. He was going to add it to his lecture tour material with a different ending. The Method is old. The ability to show the cut ends separately and apart is new....
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Fold Cup by Ken Muller

An ingenious alternative to a Chop Cup where the 'cup' is constructed "on the fly" from a magazine sheet while spectators make paper balls, or crumple dollar bills. No gimmicks! The trickery is built into the cup itself and undetectable. There are moves not possible with a standard Chop Cup and ends with a transport to a spectator's hand who keeps the cup and ball. No difficult sleights or handling as the Fold Cup does its thing automatically. But, the special techniques taught moves the astonishment far above a traditional Chop Cup approach.

There are many suggested Effects with special...

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Single Stone: Found & F.U.N. Series by Ken Muller

How to use a single object like a walnut to perform astounding and entertaining illusions of transportations, penetrations, color-changes, productions and vanishes.

A blending of sway methods, innovative sleights, insightful stratagems, and the elements of performance using 'found' objects in a true impromptu setting.

FOUND - an object from the location: candy, pebble, nut, coffee creamer, etc. Nothing from your person, carried, prepared or gaffed. Just a 'stone' in reference.

IMPROMPTU - in response to a sudden request or chance opportunity.

SINGLE - 15 effects and several...

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Magic Awareness: F.U.N. Presentation Series by Ken Muller

A collection of stories, poems, and reflections about magic - inexplicable phenomena in life that impact our audience, or you as the performer. This can be inspirational or focusing for novices, amateurs, collectors, or professionals. I wrote this a decade ago as a Christmas gift for magic friends around the world, but it could be an ideal gift to others or self at any time.

"This book is written for those who have chosen to make of performance magic something more than an onlooker or student - those called magicians, conjurors, mentalists, illusionists, and magical entertainers (and their...

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Back in a Flash by Ken Muller

A multi-phase telepathy or telempathy routine that is unique, entertaining, and profound.

A volunteer selects several random objects on which to focus attention and memory. Sitting back-to-back with no possibility of visual cues of the objects or body language, the performer reveals glimpses of information received through mind-to-mind communication. There are multiple sensory events with different depth and clarity, always different in each presentation. The audience members are participants and not just observers and also serve as referees.

This is a stripped-down version of a routine...

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China Spice by Ken Muller

A unique coin routine similar to CSB, but using coins you already own. Using the enhancements of sway methods, these coins transpose in ways not possible with traditional moves. Two and then three coins handled by spectators jump from one hand to another, then from pocket to hand, and finally to a spectator's hand. These coins take on an international identity and cultural bias that is amusing and mystifying.

This is a multi-phase routine involving three different types of coins that goes far beyond a traditional C/S/B approach. A Kennedy Half, English Penny, and Chinese coin are used...

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Twiddle by Ken Muller

A special secret approach for enhancing any coin routine using a very natural way of displaying a coin or passing it to the other hand.

Learn Twiddling, Twiddle Transfer, Twiddle Dee, Twiddle Dum, Twiddle Dee Dum, Twiddle Switch, Twiddle Swap, French Twiddle. Twiddle Shift, Twiddle Count, and Twiddle Twaddle, all while showing both hands to be empty other than the known coin.

Only moderate skill is required and can be used with other small objects too.

This is so powerful you might add it to every coin routine just to establish a pattern. Then, when you need to switch in a gaff or...

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