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We are known for our ebooks. However, through various deals and acquisitions we have gotten hold of a good amount of printed books which we are offering here in this category until our stock is exhausted.

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A Connoisseur
Annals of Gaming by A Connoisseur

The intentionally unassuming grey cover, designed to match the dull-sounding title, suggests a dry emotionless record of events is likely held within. However, this humble exterior belies the valuable secrets hidden within its pages. Annals of Gaming was an article series published over four years, between 1772 and 1775; its sole intention was to expose the sharpers, hustlers, and cheats, by detailing their methods of defrauding the unwary. Now, for the first time, every article in the original series has been retyped in full and published in a single volume of over 200 pages. This work covers over...

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Lewis Ganson
Routined Manipulation Volume 1 and 2 by Lewis Ganson

This is a combined softcover reprint of both volumes:

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Ted Annemann
Patter in Rhyme and En Rapport by Ted Annemann

This booklet features two separate titles in one bound softcover. Read one title from one side, then turn the booklet front to back and read the other title.

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George G. Kaplan & Warren J. Kaps
The Fine Art of Magic, 2nd Edition by George G. Kaplan & Warren J. Kaps

Some have argued that George Kaplan's Fine Art of Magic is the best magic book ever published. Juan Tamariz, who wrote a foreword to this second edition, says: "Hardly a performance where I do not include an effect from this book. It's the only book that contains only good and excellent tricks."

This magic treatise has stood the test of time. It has become a standard magic reference work. The First Edition is one of the most sought after magic books and is now available in its Second Edition, which incorporates additions and corrections from Kaplan's own notes, as well as adds more than 25% new and...

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Eric Mason & Barrie Richardson
A Boon For All Seasons by Eric Mason & Barrie Richardson

From the introduction by Eric Mason:

I regret that I do not have the scholarship or time to trace the history of secret marking devices, but I would assume that they have existed for a long time. Maybe the odd advocate or so has altered the moment of his time to advantage and left, as with others, his mark on the world. Such a secret device has long been a powerful tool used by many to misdirect others, sometimes cruelly. I wonder if Nostradamus used it? He thought of most things and predicted practically everything as well as anyone! The Swami Gimmick has taken on many forms and Boon for...

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Val Andrews
Amazing Unfaked Book Test by Val Andrews
"A brilliant and versatile principle that has stood the test of time." Ian Rowland
This is an unbelievable book test. Just imagine taking a modern book; perhaps a best seller in the bookshops right now. The book is genuine and is completely unfaked in any way. You can even ask a member of the audience or perhaps someone on a radio show that you will be talking to, to bring along a copy of the Da Vinci Code or whatever you choose to use. Or you could do this impromptu with any book as long as you have a couple of minutes private time with the book.

You have the book examined and you ask...

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Terri Rogers
The Master Key: book test by Terri Rogers

This is probably the finest book test using special books that has ever been released.

This is a remarkable set of three books which allow you to do four different book tests:

And if that is not enough The Master Key is so cleverly constructed that you can immediately repeat it for the same audience. It took Terri Rogers several years to create this book test.

The Master Key book test runs like this: A spectator has a completely free choice of any of the three different books. Then they can also...

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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Volume 3 by Stephen Tucker

This is volume 3 of the reprint of Spell-Binder Magazine. It is a half-letter size softcover with a color cover and black and white print throughout. Volume three includes issues 25-36.

Spell-Binder Magazine was a fascinating publication edited by Stephen Tucker which focused on close-up magic featuring an eclectic list of contributors.

Spell-Binder started in 1981. Reprint in 2004 by Martin Breese.

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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Volume 1 by Stephen Tucker

This is volume 1 of the reprint of Spell-Binder Magazine. Each volume is a half-letter size softcover with a color cover and black and white print throughout. Volume one includes issues 1-12. Spell-Binder Magazine was a fascinating publication edited by Stephen Tucker which focused on close-up magic featuring an eclectic list of contributors.

Spell-Binder started in 1981. Reprint in 2004 by Martin Breese.

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Quarks and Quirks by (Benny) Ben Harris
"Some of the most clever takes on the Torn and Restored Card in years, Ben Harris' Quarks & Quirks is an invigorating journey of topological twists and tears." - Richard Kaufman
A journey beyond the tear, inspired by the weird world of Quantum Physics. In this superbly produced book, filled with photographs Ben Harris shares seven routines. Includes:

THE QUARTER BACK TEAR

A method for apparently tearing a card cleanly in half, while in reality, only tearing one quarter from the card. This sets you up as either a "quarter ahead" or a "quarter behind" depending upon the intended application....

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Exit 51 by (Benny) Ben Harris
"A beautifully realized moment of astonishment ... the new gimmick is very clever indeed!" - Paul Harris

"A stunning vanishing deck that takes an original idea by Paul Harris and sends it to the moon." - Richard Kaufman

The remarkable effect shifts "the moment" in Paul Harris' amazing Vanishing Deck allowing for a card to be selected and signed.

This selected card is shuffled back into the deck which is then held in full view.

Upon command, the entire deck visually vanishes (that's right - it just blinks out of being) leaving only the chosen card as a poignant applause cue.

Exit 51 is...

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Stephen Tucker
The Best of Spell-Binder Collection One by Stephen Tucker

Eighty-five tricks and routines from the pages of Spell-Binder Magazine. Everything from card and coin magic to the bizarre and the weird.

Effects explained are:

  • Sandwich Box by Stephen Tucker -- Signed selected card appears between 2 previously selected cards within closed card case.
  • Mark by Stephen Tucker -- Alternate version of previous effect.
  • Demonology by Bob Ostin -- Spectator signs card. Flames cause occult symbol to change to slip of paper with name of signed card. Signed card then revealed to have singed corner & occult symbol on back.
  • Esti-Mate-Ion by Joe Dignam -- Spectator looks through deck...
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Terri Rogers
Star Gate by Terri Rogers

An incredible effect based on a topological principle. Two cards are shown glued back to back. The spectator may examine them as there is nothing to find.

The performer takes the cards, gives them a few deft folds and then hands them back to the spectator ... but now the cards are face to face. It looks impossible because the cards are still glued together. What's more, they are the same cards that the spectator handled earlier. There is no switch of any kind.

You won't believe it yourself the first time you perform it.

[Note: Originally this booklet was supplied with a Jumbo cards already prepared and glued together. This ebook comes without a set of glued cards. However, the ebook has clear explanation of the construction. You can prepare a set from regular cards with a knife and tape in a few minutes.

1st edition 1985, 1st digital edition 2013, 11 pages.

[Below is a demonstration where the two cards are oriented in the same direction and not 90 degree rotated like Terri has originally designed it. The advantage of a 90 degree offset is that the card that is folded can at one time be seen partly from the front and partly from the back which is a very magical moment. This moment is missing from this version.]

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Terri Rogers
Boromian Link by Terri Rogers

This booklet details Terri Rogers' Boromian Link an incredible linking card effect based on Paul Harris' Immaculate Connection. The Harris original is a great impromptu effect but if you are not working impromptu and can use your own cards then you'll find Terri Rogers' method even better. The linking effect looks excellent and in fact fools those familiar with the Harris original. The effect can be performed with any size cards and looks quite spectacular if done with Jumbo cards.

1st edition 1986, 1st digital edition 2013, 12 pages.

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Peter Duffie
Subtle Miracles by Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie is one of the world's most creative cardmen and Subtle Miracles gathers together some of his most inventive work. Many of these effects were marketed as exclusive manuscripts (Solo, Duet, Trio, Quartet, Double Indemnity) and are now brought together for the first time, together with a selection of brand new routines using equally clever methods. David Britland contributed a routine called 'Red Alert' as well as added notes commenting on Peter's routines. An appendix teaches a couple of important sleights.

  • Introduction
  • Solo
    • Wildlife
    • Hamman Count Variation
  • Duet
    • Point Blank Assembly
    • Impulse: Two cards transpose under...
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David Britland
Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man Volume 2 by David Britland

This is the long-awaited follow up to the first volume. It is a quality soft back publication, perfect bound. It contains a lot of information that arrived too late for inclusion in the first volume. We are grateful to all those who have helped us produce this set of books on the Remarkable Chan Canasta.

  • Publisher's Introduction
  • Further Discoveries by David Britland
  • Chan Canasta article (reprinted from Magic Magazine)

The first volume can be found here: Chan Canasta: A Remarkable Man Volume 1

1st edition 2001, 45 pages.

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Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond Entertains by Paul Diamond

Anyone who has seen Paul work will know that he is first and foremost an entertainer. This book contains commercial routines he has used professionally for many years.

Includes:

  • Introduction by Martin Breese
  • "I'm There To Make Them Happy"
  • Paul's ESP Trick
  • The Flying Eagles
  • Coins Across
  • The Travellers
  • Two Copper, One Silver
  • Diamond Aces
  • Mandarin Coin

1st edition 1986, 38 pages.

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Lawrence Frame
Close-up Framework by Lawrence Frame

A small book that's big on entertainment. Clean, novel methods are used to produce effects that are clear and uncluttered. Taking as an example the first effect in the book, 'Spellbound Climax': you show a 2p coin and magically transform it into a 10p. After repeating this a couple of times you are surprised to find that the coin has changed into a button! Looking down, you discover that the coin is attached to your jacket where the button should be.

To paraphrase Gordon Bruce's introduction, these aren't just tricks but lessons in presentation.

With illustrations by Roy Johnson.

Contents:

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Hurt McDermott
Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase by Hurt McDermott

"Frankly, I find your approach the most careful and cautious of all that have been published." - Bart Whaley

"Hurt's book is very good writing on a subject I care about. I enjoyed it tremendously and learned a great deal in the process. I think you will, too." - Richard Hatch

The search for one who may not want to be found.

In 1902 under the pseudonym S.W. Erdnase and the title Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table a book on sleight-of-hand with cards was published. This book became the bible for card magicians. To this date it remains arguably the single most important book on sleight-of-hand card magic. Some of the most respected masters of card magic,...

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Hugh Miller
Al Koran Professional Presentations by Hugh Miller

Al Koran Professional Presentations is a magical classic and was first published in 1967 by Harry Stanley at the Unique Magic Studio. The original publication was marred by poor photographic reproduction so this new edition from Martin Breese has illustrations by Paul Griffin based on the original photographs. Hugh Miller has contributed a fascinating and lengthy introduction which explains a great deal about the background of this book which is a 'must' for every performer's library. Each effect is a stunner and the original Koran Medallion and many other now classic effects, are explained in detail.

1st edition...

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Ron and Nancy Spencer
Telepathy Personified by Ron and Nancy Spencer

For years Ron and Nancy have fooled audiences worldwide with their Minds in Harmony act. Here, for the first time, they reveal all of their treasured secrets - secrets that will enable the reader to recreate this act in its entirety. In his foreword to this book Edwin Dawes says:

Despite the numerous times I have seen Ron and Nancy Spencer present their act it has never palled, the freshness and apparent spontaneity of their interaction (not to mention the challenge for the magician of endeavouring to detect their methods!) has captured the imagination. For much of the second half of the...

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Charles W. Cameron
Castle Dracula Mentalism by Charles W. Cameron

Here are the secrets of Charles Cameron's stunning Castle Dracula Show. Charles Cameron is well known as the father of modern Bizarre magic. And for years, in a specially-built theatre at the Edinburgh Wax Museum, he and his group produced an amazing show which included brilliant original effects.

The show was honed year after year until each effect was near perfect and here in this beautifully produced book, Charles at last reveals his closely guarded secrets. Every single effect included can be performed exactly as described. Only a handful of props are required for you to emulate the mysteries...

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Jack Yates
Clue and other Mysteries by Jack Yates

Jack Yates is renowned as a creative innovator as evidenced by his many contributions to magical literature. This work contains nine first-class routines with a mental flavour including Clue which is worth its weight in gold and the P&S System.

Contents

  • Monty: Three spectators choose one card each and then exchange them so that no one has his original selection. Despite this you are able to tell each spectator the identity of the card he now holds.
  • Spy Story: A spectator's selected card is revealed when the performer magically decodes a secret message.
  • Choice: A spectator chooses one...
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Crispin Sartwell
The Color Change: the arcane art of transfiguration with playing cards by Crispin Sartwell

"This is the best compilation of Color Changes to date. I know this because I've been collecting color changes for the last ten years myself. I applaud his research and thoroughness. It is well organized and coherent." - Jon Racherbaumer

"Crispin Sartwell has produced a well-written treatment of color changes that is the first of its kind. An important contribution to the art of magic and a must-have resource for every card handler." - Jerry Cestkowski (The Flourishman)

"As a professional magician for 36 years, I have been constantly told that my simply done but highly effective color change done at the outset of the one stage card...

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Alain Nu
Animalogic by Alain Nu

Effect:

A spectator is asked to think of an animal of virtually any kind. After concentrating on both its name and its image, the thought-of animal can be immediately revealed.

  • easy to do
  • no set-up
  • no difficult moves

What you get with the PDF only version

You receive an instructional PDF that explains the secret, performance, tips and the history of the concept. You will also receive the design files in SVG (vector graphic format) and PDF to print out the necessary cards yourself. Please note that you will not receive any cards in the mail. You will have to print and cut the...

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Paul Harris
Paul Harris in Las Vegas Close-Up by Paul Harris

This book has long become a classic for close-up magicians. I have acquired a box as part of a larger deal and am pricing it ridiculously low. If you already have this book buy three more copies and hand them out as gifts. Your friends will love you. (Please note that while these are not used books, they are not necessarily in pristine condition. Some rubbing and chaffing on the covers, and the cover print is at times not perfect.)

1st edition 1978; 150 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Pen-Ultimate
  2. UnCanny
  3. Stapled! by Paul and Looy
  4. The P.H. Invisible Palm
  5. Absorption
  6. OverExposure
  7. Invisible...
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Claude Klingsor
The Big Book of Rising Cards by Claude Klingsor

This is the most beautiful magic book ever published! I know, this is a pretty strong claim, but read on and judge for yourself.

"I've just had a chance to spend a couple of hours with this book. Wow, Chris. This is an amazing book. Not only does it look incredible, it is of immense historic value." - Ben Harris

"A terrific work, a must have for anybody who thinks of him- or herself as a magician." - Max M.

Before I tell you why I am convinced this is the most beautiful magic book ever published, allow me to give you a bit of history on how this book came to be.

In 1954 Claude Klingsor published...

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Ben Robinson
The John Booth Reader by Ben Robinson

In this book about all of Dr. John Nicholls Booth's (1912 - 2009) books the reader is treated to find information on many topics of interest written between 1929 and 2009 - 80 years! Ben Robinson and Dr. Booth worked on four books together from 1985 to 2009. Robinson indexed the first twenty-five years of Booth's celebrated Memoirs (the index published in 1990). The John Booth Reader gives a wonderful insight into Booth's multifaceted life of Unitarianism, preaching, stage and close-up magic, mountaineering, adventuring, filmmaking and travel to one hundred and forty six countries. The personalities...

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Al Koran & Jack Lamonte
Mastered Amazement by Al Koran & Jack Lamonte

Classic routines with coins, bank notes, cigarettes, thimbles, and cards by the amazing Al Koran & and the ingenious Jack Lamonte.

Including Koran's amazing Miracle Card Stab.

1st edition 1947; reprinted 1987; digital edition 2010; original 66 pages; PDF 44 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. CONTENTS
  2. PREFACE
  3. Amazement with Money
  4. - THE "LAST-WORD" NOTE ROUTINE
  5. - THE MASTER "SILVER AND COPPER" ROUTINE
  6. - THE MASTER "CLOSE-UP" COIN VANISH
  7. Cigarette Sorcery
  8. - PERFECT CIG-SWITCH
  9. - THE CHAPEAU CIGARETTES
  10. - CIG SUSPENSION
  11. Thimble Amazement
  12. - THE MASTER MOVE
  13. - THE "PINCH" HIGH SPEED VISIBLE VANISH ...
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Basil Horwitz
The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz Volume 5 by Basil Horwitz

From the introduction by Andy Nyman:

When I came across Basil's first book I couldn't believe it. Here was mentalism that fitted everything I had been searching for. It was clean, simple in plot and direct. In fact the more I read the more I was astonished and frustrated by the simplicity of Basil's thinking; 'Of course! Why didn't I think of that?' was a response I had about every five pages. I feel particularly indebted to Basil as I have partly built my reputation on one of his routines (if you think I'm telling you which one, think again).

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Basil....

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Basil Horwitz
The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz Volume 4 by Basil Horwitz

From the foreword by Basil Horwitz:

Here are just a few of my thoughts and opinions on the use of mentalism and mental magic. Many magical friends have commented that they are concerned that I use playing cards in mentalism effects and a number of readers were disappointed that my last book contained mentalism material relying on the use of playing cards. I feel that it is important for me to explain that I have never ever had any problem with the use of playing cards in my performance of mentalism and it is clear to me that my audiences regard them as ordinary objects and are familiar with...

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Basil Horwitz
The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz Volume 3 by Basil Horwitz

This ebook includes 20 amazing mentalism effects many of which are in the daily performing repertoires of many top mentalists.

All too often those in the world of magic who develop great reputations fall somewhere between two stools; gifted thinkers who tend to disappoint in performance, or charismatic performers who are a triumph of form over substance: impressive, but not always original. Rarely do you come across someone who embodies the elements of true creative artistry, combining together the application of sound thinking with an understated style of presentation which can totally convince...

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Basil Horwitz
The Mental Magick of Basil Horwitz Volume 1 by Basil Horwitz

The (e)book was created from the recordings on Basil Horwitz made by Martin Breese. The book received rave reviews from every magical magazine around the world and is now for the first time available as ebook.

The opening chapter by Basil Horwitz details a method of linking a show with charity and using it to make a big income for the charity and a big income for the performer. During Basil's lifetime he was also involved in investment and finance. He used to perform for charity and demonstrated mental miracles that stunned his audience. When each member of the audience left the show Basil ended up with the name, address...

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(Benny) Ben Harris
Silent Running by (Benny) Ben Harris

If bought together with Run Silent Run Deep you will receive an instant $5 bundle discount.

"This is so much more than just an effect. It is a powerful subtlety that is a must have for your mentalist toolbox." - Banachek (USA)

"Crystal clear and absolutely mindblowing!" - Martin Adams (UK)

POSSIBLY THE MOST AMAZING "THINK OF A CARD" METHOD IN YEARS!
You'll use this for the rest of your life. No props, just what appears to be pure mind-reading! A stunningly produced ebook with 3 full routines and amazing bonus contributions!

So, what is Silent Running?

Briefly, it's a "Think Of A Card" concept...

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Lewis Ganson
Routined Manipulation Finale by Lewis Ganson

The final book of the Routined Manipulation series. (Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.) More great hand magic for both close up and stage by some of the greatest magicians of all times.

  • Anti Gravity Glasses: A feature of Ganson's act for years. Three glasses suspend from a clear sheet of plexiglass. Everything is examinable. This was a marketed item by Unique Studios for many years and now you can easily make this up at home and use it.
  • Fred Kaps Coins and Glass Routine: This is the exact routine used by Fred Kaps throughout his career. One of the finest routines with coins ever!
  • Peter Warlock's Take a Bow:...
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Hugh Miller
Al Koran's Legacy by Hugh Miller

This is a completely new, revised, expanded and updated edition.

The ebook contains most of the original material but virtually everything has been re-written and benefits from the skill of an expert editor. There is a host of additional material written by Lewis Ganson and previously published in the Routined Manipulation series published by Harry Stanley.

Along with Graham Jolley, Martin Breese has always been a follower of Al Koran and his amazing material. Al Koran’s name appeared on almost every page of the Gen. And thanks to Harry Stanley his material has been preserved for future generations to study and use.

Graham Jolley...

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Inspirations by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

More early card and coin creations from Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz. Martin Breese was called the "Card Magic Publisher Of the Year" due the various publications by these two gentlemen.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Publisher's Foreword

  3. Chapter One Jerry Sadowitz On Cards
  4. Smile Away
  5. Discrepancy Transposition: 1
  6. Discrepancy Transposition: 2
  7. Flush Locator
  8. All Change
  9. Mik Mak Mok

  10. Chapter Two Peter Duffie On Cards
  11. Envelope Prediction
  12. Apartheid
  13. Worlds Apart
  14. Home Computer
  15. Pocket Assembly

  16. Chapter Three Jerry Sadowitz Sleights And Moves
  17. Shuffle Lap
  18. Stop Sleight
  19. Slip Cut Half Pass ...
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Crossroads by (Benny) Ben Harris
"This is going to fry a lot of people..." - Richard Kaufman

"...the Crossroads Deck; a devious conception and one of the most interesting to hit the magic scene in recent times..." - Peter Duffie (from the foreword)

"The Crossroads technique alone, which we really like, will be seen as food for thought by many. As mentalists, our variation would be to use no deck at all. Just a single, thought-of card in the pocket. The solution will dawn on you after reading the text..." - Richard Busch & Larry Becker

A SPECIFICALLY SELECTED CARD VANISHES FROM A SEALED DECK YOU'VE NEVER TOUCHED! And then... RE-APPEARS WHEREVER YOU WANT,...
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