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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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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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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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Satchel of Secrets: F.U.N. Presentation Series by Ken Muller

Learn some "real secrets of magic" - not the stuff that comes in the box. Gleaned from 60+ years of performing under various conditions. Dozens of quotes, ideas, ponderings and quips about performing magic that will change the way you perform, deal with audiences, create routines, select volunteers, practice and more.

No magic effects are taught here, just exciting ways to be better at what you do - and to appreciate being a magician.

1st edition 2018, 16 pages.

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BaseMental by Ken Muller

A collection of nine mental type effects and methods learned fifty years ago from people - not books. No confederates or gimmicks are used in any of these mental demonstrations. Simple - Profound - Effective. I have never seen these in print in any form. All were learned from older mentors during my teen years and never forgotten.

THREE for ALL: Three spectators freely select cards from a borrowed deck and place them in their pockets. You reveal all three by the "Whisper of a Lady."

ENVELOPED: Several spectators seal written items in envelopes. A second spectator holds these against his...

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In Your Pocket by Ken MullerAn incredible impromptu mentalism effect where a spectator reads your mind. You think of an object and the spectator names it. A different result every time. Simple - profound! This is ideal for a lead-in to other mentalism effects. Just something I learned from Arnold Furst in 1959 and have done hundreds of times with business owners.

1st edition 2021, PDF 3 pages.

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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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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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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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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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Furst Time by Ken Muller

Glimpses into the mind of one of mentalism's pioneers.

"Arnold Furst taught me a thing or two back in '59 that you ought to know - about presence and timing, charity and goodwill, and keeping an audience on its toes. Oh yes, Magic, too."

Six effects and related stories about Arnold and his mentoring of young folks. Some methods are very old with a new approach. Others will be new to the reader. Something of value for every mentalist and entertainer.

JUST A MAGAZINE: An impromptu Mental Effect with a 'found' magazine, anywhere, anytime. Ideal for small groups, sales training or teaching...

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Close Call by Ken MullerA profound demonstration of psychic or paranormal acuity utilizing a single volunteer while engaging the entire audience.

It is ideal as an introduction to any mentalism act in which spectator participation and rapt attention is critical, but can also work as a stand-alone presentation or a transition from conjuring to mentalism. You leave the audience in a state of stunned silence, trust and respect. There are no tricks - nothing to learn - no practice (not possible, actually). It is real. This is a natural, innate ability of all humans demonstrated in a dramatic way.

Impromptu. Can be...

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Untouched by Ken Muller

A Copper/Silver transportation in which the performer's hands never touch the coins.

A copper coin in the hands of one spectator changes places with a silver coin in another spectator. The performer is across the room and never touches the coins at all! No gaffs or gimmicked coins. Everything can be handled and is.

This effect can easily combine with other C/S effects, and the unique "Tweener" method can be applied to other effects.

1st edition 2021, 4 pages.

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Grandma Choice by Ken Muller

A small group mentalism demonstration.

This is a telepathy acuity test for 4-6 participants using colored stones, buttons, dominoes, or any objects of distinct identity. An ideal routine to acquaint spectators with mentalism and telepathic possibilities, leading to more profound experiments.

You orchestrate a demonstration of latent paranormal abilities using simple objects and an innocent random selection process. All participants test their ability in making intuitive guesses as to the location of hidden objects. The results are better than chance and usually very astonishing/profound....

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More Than Adept by Ken Muller

An enhanced pendulum demonstration for a group audience.

A volunteer uses a pendulum to "read the mind" of other spectators with the performer far away.

This demonstration can easily have the greatest impact on a lay audience of any mentalism effect you may ever perform. It is not a demonstration of your psychic skills but of latent talents of each spectator. The purpose is to enhance the perceptual awareness of each spectator, enhance belief in paranormal abilities, engender trust and align group energy and focus. Thus, More Than Adept can serve as a transition from a simple pendulum...

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Tap 3 Times by Ken Muller

This is a multi-phase impromptu routine using three borrowed quarters or other found objects - just an introductory "attention grabber" I have used for many decades.

One coin penetrates your hand, then all three. With full attention now, the coins migrate one at a time to the other hand - not a 3Fly as the coins are waist high and the hands are shown empty between phases (no gaff or extra).

Five simple bits of magic in growing intensity and under increasing scrutiny - fully surrounded. Not for beginners. Moderate coin skills, confidence, and live human interaction experience required....

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Full-On Mystique by Ken Muller

The ebook details the history, theory, psychology, and techniques of the 'Full-On' coin production approach developed over many decades.

Four different methods are explained, each slightly different to accommodate different settings/framing, but each remembered as Full-On.

There are no effects in this ebook. Check out Eminent Coin Production as one way to combine all four methods. Each method can be a 'stand-alone' production mixed with other favorite methods.

The search was for the perfect coin production of one or several coins from thin air where both hands are displayed as completely empty. The standard...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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