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The most popular tricks are card tricks. Take a pack of cards and perform a miracle. Some of the masters whoes work you will find here are Dai Vernon, Tony Slydini, Roberto Giobbi and many many more. A pack of cards with its 52 pasteboards allows a shear infinite number of combinations and variations of card tricks. A philosophical question to ask would be if there are a finite number of card tricks possible or an infinite number. Looking at the amount of published card tricks it appears to be for all practical purposes infinite. Nevertheless the classic themes remain extremely popular and effective. It is hard to top a good ambitious card routine, card warp, oil and water, card to wallet (or other impossible locations), or torn and resored card etc. But occasionally we are blessed with the grace of a genius who gives us the gift of a completely new trick, concept or principle.

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Unnamed Magician
Move a Card: the 'Holy Grail' method for a classic plot by Unnamed Magician

The price of this ebook will go up to $30 on March 20th, 2024.

"Pretty sure Moe would have been fooled by this." - Ryan Schlutz

Imagine:

The magician asks the spectator for their own deck of cards as he wishes to use a borrowed deck for the routine. He invites them to thoroughly shuffle the cards in any way of their choosing. The spectator does that. (The magician also promises never to touch the cards at any point in time.)

Once the spectator is done shuffling, the magician invites them to spread the deck face-up on the table so that he can try and memorize the order of the...

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Steve Pellegrino
Your Last Card by Steve Pellegrino

A lost Michael Skinner mystery, updated by Steve Pellegrino. Included is Michael Skinner's original handling and Steve Pellegrino's additions. Your Last Card is a triple revelation with two different predictions. You can reset it during performance and no sleight-of-hand is required.

You ask a spectator to cut off a small packet of cards, less than half of the deck. You turn away as they do this, so you don't know how much they cut, even an approximate amount. They pocket their cards. You also cut off a small packet of cards for yourself.

Before the presentation with the cards begins, you write a...

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Biagio Fasano
Vanishing at the Royal Court by Biagio Fasano

An incredible impromptu effect that uses all court cards in the deck to tell a story dense with mysteries.

This is a packet trick that tells the magical solution to a mystery. An impromptu card effect that, borrowing all the pictures from the deck, uses those to tell the story of a mysterious disappearance at a prestigious dance party reserved for these four aristocratic families.

The illusionist, after shuffling the twelve cards, gives them to cut and complete to a spectator who then, by rolling two dice (even if only imaginary ones) decides the precise moment when the mysterious vanishing...

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Ray Grismer
Glaces by Ray Grismer

This effect was invented by Herbert Milton and made popular by Karl Germain. The improved method needs no double-faced cards and can be done impromptu providing the right type of glass is available. This visual effect can be performed at any time in your act and it may be done silently, with talk, or to music.

EFFECT: A shuffled deck of cards is placed in a stem goblet. Each time a handkerchief is flicked in front of the glass an ace appears.

1st edition 1981, PDF 2 pages.

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Ian Baxter
Three Rapid Spellers by Ian Baxter

To all magicians, amateur and professional - here is a loaded question:

Have you ever been bored silly watching a magician perform a spelling trick?

This is contentious and very obviously axiomatic. Quoting from the Preface of his new manuscript, Australian card man Ian Baxter comments: "Unfortunately, spelling effects in card magic hold the onerous title of being the most laborious, boring presentations imaginable."

This is the point at issue - boredom setting in, thanks to the tedium of endless counting and spelling, usually propped up with trivial patter. Such effects are simply...

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Koo Hu
Worker's ACAAN by Koo Hu

ACAAN without Pain, Tear, Sweat or Fear

  • Involve upto 4 participants.
  • Nothing to memorize.
  • Clear and concise method.

Worker's ACAAN is one ACAAN that will leave your audience speechless. Its method enables seamless execution which in turn delivers unparalleled mystery. Once you understand the method, it will be impossible to forget. This is the only ACAAN you'll depend upon the rest of your life.

  1. Four people decide on the colour, suit, value and the number between 1 and 52
  2. You invite the fourth person to join you.
  3. Unpack a deck that has been in full view, get rid of ad cards...
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Ray Grismer
Foxiest by Ray Grismer

For many years, Ray has worked on the problem of developing an impromptu version of the Paul Fox Miracle Gimmick. After testing and discarding several earlier handlings, he has come up with a stunning version that is a reputation-building demonstration of mass mentalism.

It can be done anytime, anywhere, totally impromptu, with a borrowed deck of cards which is first thoroughly shuffled by a spectator. The cards are handed out to several spectators - between five and twenty if you wish - and they are each asked to just think of a card. The cards are gathered and once again shuffled. You...

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Koo Hu
Burn Down by Koo Hu

Find their card with an inferno on your palm.

A card is selected, signed, and returned to the deck. And then ... you take a burning match and shove it into the deck, burning one card at a time going deeper and deeper and eventually the match extinguishes itself. You spread the cards and find that the match burnt through each and every card but it couldn't go beyond one particular card, their signed card.

  • Quick Reset: Instantly repeatable up to 15 times.
  • Easy Build: Only takes the skills of a 10-year-old.
  • Quick Setup: Under 5 minutes to build from scratch to performance ready.
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Jack McMillen & Judson Brown
Take a Card by Jack McMillen & Judson Brown

This hard-to-find book of eleven clever card effects was ahead of its time and still plays well to today's audiences. While not self-working, magicians with ordinary card ability can do them all.

The effects include:

  • An Instantaneous Detection
  • The Haunted Whisper
  • The Hazy Pips
  • From Another Deck
  • A Joker Location
  • Another Joker Location
  • Blowing the Pips
  • A New Reverse Location
  • Upside Down
  • The Phantom Pips
  • Topsy-Turvy Location

Acclaimed by close-up masters including Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller, McMillen and Brown were known as the most skillful card performers on the Pacific coast. Those who knew...

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Peter Pellikaan
Super Printing by Peter Pellikaan

You start with four blank cards and show them from both sides to be blank. Suddenly backs appear, faces appear, and you finish with yet another change of the back designs.

You will need three jacks or three cards with identical faces but different backs. You will also need three blank cards, two of which have the same back, and one a different back. You will also need a piece of hard wax which Peter uses to prepare one card.

1st edition 2024, video 2:34.

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #40: Bigger and Better by Larry Brodahl

A more magical version of the trick "Bigger" found in the Mark Wilson Course in Magic

A paper bag gets inspected, and 3 cards are chosen and put on display on the volunteer's body. A different deck is shuffled and dropped into the paper bag, and the spectator shakes the bag to shuffle the cards. Reaching into the bag, and without looking, 2 of the matching cards are found. The third card – the bigger card - is found because it is a jumbo card.

A little arts and crafts are required.

1st edition 2024, PDF 24 pages.

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Brick Tilley
Clockwork Magician by Brick Tilley

Three named playing cards are located aided by a wind-up toy. Self-working, foolproof, a real crowd pleaser. From the lecture notes of Jimmy Haviland, London's last street conjuror.

You will have to supply a wind-up toy yourself. It is ungimmicked. Anything that walks, hops, or drives a few inches will work.

1st edition 2024, PDF 4 pages + video.

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Bob Farmer
Bammo Strange Attraction The Sequel by Bob Farmer

Time to open a can of whoop ass!

The business card of the fortune teller Madame Magdelaine De La Grange has been torn in two. The spectator retains one piece. The other piece vanishes and appears stuck to the back of the spectator's selected card. The piece retained by the spectator matches the piece on the card perfectly.

A bizarre effect without precedent.

No palming. No angles. Resets automatically. You will need a Himber or Z-fold wallet.

1st edition 2024, PDF 12 pages.

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Biagio Fasano & Davide Rubat Remond
Double ACAAN by Biagio Fasano & Davide Rubat Remond

With Double A.C.A.A.N. you will perform exactly the miracle the title promises: using a simple deck of 52 cards that is unmarked and not gimmicked in any way, you will find first one and then another card, both random, after generating a number in an equally unusual and random way.

A special "pad" to be printed in A3+ size, made available as PDF, will be the ideal mat for performing the effect. The various boxes will be completed, first with the choice of a mystery card kept face down and then two uncovered cards, the union of whose suit and value attributes will form a new card absolutely...

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Peter Pellikaan
Strangeee by Peter Pellikaan

Two cards are face-down on the table next to each other. When you turn over the first one it is blank on its face. When you turn over the second one a big hole appears in the center. When you turn them back face-down the big hole vanishes. It can hardly get any stranger.

1st edition 2024, video 2:03.

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Ken de Courcy
Cards in Cabaret by Ken de Courcy

From the prologue by Billy McComb:

The thing which annoys me about Ken de Courcy is that he has a tidy mind. This means he correlates everything in his nut so that it all has a place. This I don't have. So I suppose my annoyance is goaded by envy.

Now if you were to ask me to give you a hundred commercial card tricks which were new to audiences, I'd swallow down the Six Card Repeat and the Brainwave Deck and die quietly.

Not so our gallant Ken de C. He just sits down and puts a gaggle of highly commercial card tricks into book form ... and readably so, too. And, blast me thumb-tips, he invents...

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Toni Koynini
Card Miracles by Toni Koynini

Toni Koynini brings to you some fine card magic with a new approach. This is an ebook of card magic in which no digital skill is required, for the effects literally work themselves, yet there is none of the usual tedious dealing and counting associated with such tricks. First, there is a complete card act of six splendidly routined miracles:

CAN'T SEE (A complete Card Act): A pack of cards is shuffled and cut by a spectator, and the performer is genuinely blindfolded with bandages, dough or what you will. Then, using only the sensitivity of his fingertips, he quickly deals the cards, laying...

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Edward Marlo & Wesley James
MINT 1973 - 1974 Annotated by Edward Marlo & Wesley James

The Annotated M.I.N.T. series continues. Thanks to Ed Marlo and Wesley James, M.I.N.T III, IV, V, VI, and Annotated M.I.N.T. 1963 - 1972 are already available. After releasing M.I.N.T III through VI, and Annotated M.I.N.T 1963, 64, 65, 66, 67, and 68, then 1969-1972, the articles in this volume again depart. It includes the years 1973-1974 - comprised of fewer articles but longer and more in-depth. As Wesley progressed toward completing the full run of Marlo In New Tops material, plus his extensive annotations, observations, and Bonus material, he wanted to be fair to Marlo fans, and to his...

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Bob Farmer
Bammo Strange Attraction by Bob Farmer

If you're looking for a unique and quirky effect, Bammo Strange Attraction will fill the bill. A fortune teller's business card vanishes and appears attached to the back of a selected card (regular cards or Tarot cards). The manuscript includes the fortune teller's business card so you can print it out and use it for this and other effects. An additional routine by David Britland adds something seldom seen in psychic effects: a sense of humor. The routine requires a Himber or Z-Fold wallet.

1st edition 2024, PDF 11 pages.

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Unnamed Magician
Over the Phone Telepathy: on steroids by Unnamed Magician

Imagine:

The magician hands a business card to a spectator as he says to them "My assistant's number and name is on this card. I'm giving this information to you now because if I gave it to you after the selection, you might think I have 52 numbers or 52 names prepared, one for each possible outcome." With this said, he promises never to touch the business card again.

The magician then introduces a deck of cards, spreading it face up in front of the spectator. The spectator can see that all cards are present and that there are no duplicates.

The magician invites the spectator to...

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Ian Baxter
Quicker Quest by Ian Baxter

A new approach to the Stewart James classic Queer Quest.

Another Stewart James card mystery from the past, brought right up to date by Australian cardman Ian Baxter.

Queer Quest first appeared in The Jinx magazine back in 1938. Publisher Ted Annemann endorsed it immediately because this was obviously not just another card trick. Although the effect is far from new, three spectators each selecting a card with the performer locating them one at a time, Queer Quest stood out because of its simple method and straightforward presentation.

Eighty-five years down the track and Q.Q. is now totally revamped, with easier handling...

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Peter Pellikaan
Strange Cards by Peter Pellikaan

You start out showing two seven of diamonds, one ace of spades and one ace of clubs. But in the process of showing them or turning them over they all become aces of spades, aces of clubs, or seven of diamonds. Best to watch the demo video below.

1st edition 2023, video 4:48.

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Peter Pellikaan
Color Queens by Peter Pellikaan

You show four blank cards. Progressively their backs become blue, then faces of queens appear, then their backs become red, and finally all their backs change to yet another new back.

1st edition 2023, video 3:30.

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Lawrence Scaife
Spotlight on the Card Sharp by Lawrence Scaife

An instructive warning to those who must play for stakes. Interesting amusement for those who do not.

Excerpt from the Foreword:

This book is an explanation of the fundamental principles upon which all card sharping is based. Once the main ideas are thoroughly understood, it becomes a comparatively easy matter to detect any subterfuge no matter how intricate.

This book is nicely illustrated by Charles Remmers from photographs by the author. It contains a description of cheating at the popular Australian game of Two-Up which makes it unique.

  • Foreword
  • Spotlight On The Card-Sharp ...
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Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & Professor Hoffmann
Card Sharping Exposed by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & Professor Hoffmann

A translation of Les Trickeries des Grecs by M. Robert-Houdin, one of the most valuable and interesting works on the subject of card sharping.

Excerpt from the preface:

Meanwhile, the march of science has continued, and the arts of deception, like other arts, have received many new developments. There are fashions in fraud, as in more innocent matters. I have endeavoured in the present pages not only to offer a faithful translation of Robert-Houdin's text, but by the aid of notes to bring down his work, so to speak, to present date. In so doing I have to acknowledge special obligation...

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Dustin Marks
Cheating at Blackjack Squared by Dustin Marks

The dark side of gambling.

"Loaded with rare, inside information." - Darwin Ortiz

"Absolutely fascinating and enlightening! Ingenious methods that boggle the mind." - Daryl

"Inside techniques exposed for the first time in print." - George Joseph / Director of Surveillance, Bally Entertainment Co.

It may be shocking and it's certainly dangerous. Nevertheless, this unique ebook represents the definitive resource on how professional con men cheat at Blackjack and other card games. The author, a former high-stakes cheater, explains an amazing array of specific moves with clear, understandable text and...

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Dustin Marks
Cheating at Blackjack: and advantage play by Dustin Marks

"Must reading for all card magicians!" - Allan Ackerman

"Outstanding!" - Darwin Ortiz

"This book should be on your shelf alongside The Expert at the Card Table, The Man Who Was Erdnase, The Annotated Erdnase, and Loaded Dice." - William P. Miesel

His name is not "Marks," but when you buy this ebook you will learn why he had to write under an alias. The ebook covers advantage play, cheating, and the moves that get the money.

"Exceptional. Controversial. Highly recommended." - Michael Dalton / Blackjack Review

"WOW! The real world of cheating and the plays that get the money." - Bob Snyder / Gaming Consultants

  • Introduction
  • My Credentials
  • Casino Organization ...
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Liam Montier
Shenanigans by Liam Montier

Note: In order to perform these tricks you will need some standard bicycle gaffs.

Originally available only as a limited edition booklet, Shenanigans was a complete sell-out at Blackpool Convention a few years back. In it are the full explanations of three of Liam's most commercial routines. These aren't for the 'move monkeys', these tricks are for those who like to get out and actually do the magic for their friends, or for their profession.

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"This is a shockingly cool trick. Plays so strongly to a large crowd or amongst friends. It's just a brilliant trick and in the current...
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Peter Pellikaan
Ready 2 by Peter Pellikaan

You show four cards with blank faces and red back except one card has a blue back. Suddenly and magically the blue-backed blank card changes to a point card with a black back and a big hole right in the center of the card. How did that happen?

1st edition 2023, video 2:49.

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Unnamed Magician
Totally Impossible Location by Unnamed Magician

Imagine:

The magician introduces a deck of cards; he spreads it face up to show that all the cards are different. He then gives it to a spectator and asks them to thoroughly shuffle it. After they are done shuffling, he asks them to cut off about a third of the deck. The spectator does that. The magician then sets aside the remainder of the deck and tells the spectator to just focus on the third they cut off.

The magician tells the spectator that they can shuffle the third if they want (not that it's necessary because moments ago, before cutting off the third, they shuffled the entire...

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Tony Griffith
Griff on Cards by Tony Griffith

Prize-winning card magic without skill.

Here's an ebook brimming over with new and original card tricks all performed without skill. Startling, practical magic that you will enjoy working with. Novel mysteries from a great close-up worker who believes that the simple way of performing magic is the best way. Dozens of expertly drawn illustrations by artist John Dyke. All items are clearly and concisely described, and easy to follow. Only one sleight is used, once, in the whole of the book.

A Demonstration on How to win at Poker
The trick that won the Cecil Lyle award. A tremendous routine...

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Mark Leveridge
Hide and Seek by Mark Leveridge

Ambitious Card in reverse.

One of the classic card effects in magic is The Ambitious Card, and many close-up workers use one variation or another of it. I was looking for an in-the-hands card routine that I could introduce into my strolling work, and it suddenly occurred to me that maybe you could do the Ambitious Card in reverse.

Hide and Seek is the routine that I came up with and which I have been using in my commercial work ever since. Here's the plot.

A spectator selects a card, let's say it is the 3C. The minute you see the card you express concern because you explain that this...

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Bob Farmer
The Bammo I Don't Know Wallet Dossier by Bob Farmer

The Bammo I Don't Know Wallet Dossier is the manuscript that comes with Tony Miller's IDK Wallet. At over 215 pages, the Dossier is the largest collection of wallet effects published to date. The wallet is expensive ($165) so when contemplating the purchase a reasonable person might want to know what exactly the wallet can do.

As an advanced version of the Himber, the Bendix Bombshell, the Sho-Gun and the Z-Fold wallets, it can do what any of those wallets can do and, conversely, those wallets can be used to accomplish some of the effects of the IDK Wallet. Accordingly, the Dossier is...

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Jack Vosburgh
Little Miracles by Jack Vosburgh

There are some mighty good card miracles here, from the fertile mind of Jack Vosburgh. Contains six original, impromptu card tricks with anybody's deck - with no extra appliances, preparation or setup - and almost no skill.

Here's a listing of the clever effects included in the book:

  • The Bashful Card is a combination divination, spelling and reversal effect - and it's plenty good.
  • The Five Card Mental Elimination - this is an easy-to-do puzzling mental effect.
  • The Fifth Column - This is a color separation that is both novel and clever.
  • A Lesson in Card Magic - A real fooler and the...
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Alexander Shulyatsky
Hidden Gems ID: Invisible Deck Project Vol. 2 by Alexander Shulyatsky

No secrets!

You know, with such an incredible trick as the "Invisible Deck", I have rarely seen a pitch in work that differs from the original "take an invisible deck and turn over the card". Yes, this performance works, but ... well, there can't be such a genius deck - a deck of one trick. And the deck has long been the property of the laymen, so you need to develop it.

In this part of the Invisible Deck Project, I have collected the best (in my opinion) options for demonstrating and upgrading IDs from the first part + here you will find two pleasant bonuses: the chapter "How to...

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Alexander Shulyatsky
Biblio ID: Invisible Deck Project Vol. 1 by Alexander Shulyatsky

No secrets!

You know, with such an incredible trick as the "Invisible Deck", I have rarely seen a pitch in work that differs from the original "take an invisible deck and turn over the card". Yes, this performance works, but ... well, there can't be such a genius deck - a deck of one trick. The deck has long been the property of the layman, so you need to develop it.

I decided to dig deeper and see what else interesting things can be done with this deck and decided to create this guide to the Invisible Deck.

  • Over 300 options for demonstrations and upgrades to the Invisible Deck ...
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Peter Pellikaan
Old and New by Peter Pellikaan

Show five cards face down with red backs. Magically cards turn face up one by one revealing four Queens but with blue backs. For the climax, the four Queens have now entirely different backs, and the fifth card has yet another back we haven't seen before.

1st edition 2023, video 2:35.

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Peter Pellikaan
Good Morning by Peter Pellikaan

The backs of four aces change three times.

1st edition 2023, video 4:40

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Unnamed Magician
Three Pile Location: on meth by Unnamed Magician

Imagine:

The magician introduces a deck of cards. He invites a spectator to thoroughly shuffle the deck. Once the spectator is done shuffling, the magician spreads the deck face up as he asks them to verify that all the cards are in fact different. With this done, he closes the spread and turns the deck back face down, after which he turns his back to the spectator. He then (while turned away) instructs the spectator to cut the deck into 3 piles. Furthermore, he promises never to touch the deck again until the end.

The spectator takes the deck and cuts it into 3 more or less equal piles:...

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Raphaël Czaja
Bananas! by Raphaël Czaja

An impromptu 21-card trick on steroids.

From a deck shuffled by one spectator (S1), another spectator (S2) deals any 21 playing cards, singly and face down, in the palm of the magician. The remaining cards are discarded. Each spectator removes any card from the face-down pack. The magician shows the first card to S1 and cuts it into the pack. Same with S2.

Next, the magician deals the cards haphazardly in a few packets (each containing a different number of cards) on the table. They are all shuffled by S1 and S2. Then, in order to demonstrate how to gather the packets in a single pile,...

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Liam Montier
Shazam! by Liam Montier

12 previously unreleased card routines. Strong, practical card magic with an efficient approach to the moves and construction. They are clearly described with numerous photographs for ease of learning.

  • Giobbi Aces
  • Cheese Melt
  • Sneak
  • One Across
  • Over Eat
  • Mambo Number 5
  • Pinch
  • Disburse
  • Remix
  • Birthday Card Trick
  • Diamond Cutter
  • Staple Diet! This one needs a little more than your regular deck, but the effect is dynamite!

1st edition 2014, PDF 62 pages.

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Peter Pellikaan
Crosses 2 by Peter Pellikaan

Show five blank cards. Magically they all change to cards with crosses on the front and the back.

1st edition 2023, video 2:16.

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Unnamed Magician
Rain Man Again by Unnamed Magician

Note: For those who own the original Rain Man, you're in for a real treat (see the last condition in the conditions section below).

Imagine:

The magician and the spectator are seated together at a table. The magician introduces a deck of cards and spreads it face up to show that all the cards are different. After this, he turns his back to the spectator and says "I want you to generate a random number between 1 and 52. Of course, I could have you name one, but then you may think I psychologically influenced you towards a particular number or that I relied on you to think of a popular number....

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