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The Making of Playing CardsLeo Behnke
Leo Behnke worked for many years for Paulson, a playing card manufacturer. He describes in this ebook the history of playing card production up to the process that is used for todays cards. He also describes in detail the 9 editions of the Magic Castle cards and how one can identify them.
Beyond the interesting historical and technical descriptions Leo is offering, this information can also be quite helpful in creating a script or interesting line of presentation for a trick or routine.
The contents of this ebook was presented at a Magic Collectors meeting in Las Vegas, April 8 2005. ...
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Fake Card TricksLeo Behnke
Way Back in 1963 the Magic Castle opened its doors to the outside world so it could see the great variety and talent of magicians from all over the world. It began simply, but kept growing until today it is a world famous and beloved institution.
So it is with someone who wants to learn how to do card tricks. They begin in an easy manner with simple props and a minimum of skill. Slowly they grow in stature until someday they can hold their own with any other card magician in the world.
This booklet, small as it is, is the Open Sesame for people who want to learn to do card magic. It is...
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The StingR. Shane
This routine made me dust of my cups after many years of dormancy. Read for yourself from the introduction how this routine came into being and you will understand that this is not your typical cups & balls. (This routine besides a few further comments already appeared in Pentalogy.):
It's funny how things go, sometimes. Back when I started in magic, the Cups and Balls was the one routine I spent hours and hours on, trying to get everything just so. We're not talking some Vernonesque, sleight mad piece of craziness; this was the basic routine I found in The Amateur Magician's Handbook. But there was something about it that just...
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The Conservation of MagicLeo Behnke
Do you know the correct temperature for your library? What should the humidity be? Can you save rotting leather? What's the best method of storing playing cards? How do you recover computer disks that have been drowned? Just one reading of The Conservation of Magic will save you years of research and study in order to care for your artifacts so future collectors will find them in the best possible condition. Each chapter gives you the basics of understanding your magic collectibles, and then, step-by-step, how to care for them. You will learn how to look at your treasures like a professional,...
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Bits and BytesDale A. Hildebrandt
A collection of 36 ideas and variations. Some are descriptions of substantial routines, others are merely an initial spark of an idea. Dale started this manuscript with a few variations on some work sent by Liam Montier. It continued to grow including variations of tricks Dale found in other ebooks and books.
In "Bits and Bytes", you'll learn:
D. D. Home PC: Prove the presence of the spirit of D. D. Home on a friend's borrowed laptop.
Mind Over Mint: A three phase bending routine using a tin of mints.
Tossed Out Wallet Ploy: Apparently give away $26 while keeping your trusty, lucky, $100...
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Corporate PresentationsLeo Behnke
If your intention is to earn a living from magic, then corporate events are your best chance to succeed. Simply stated, they pay more and can often lead to repeat bookings by the same firms. But do you know how to entertain during a press party, an awards dinner or a fashion show? And what about trade show booths?
Leo Behnke has decades of experience in the corporate entertainment world and shares it with you in this ebook. This is extremely valuable advice you are getting from a pro who has done it all - TV, Magic Castle, trade shows, ...
Leo structered the ebook into five chapters. The...
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The Card PunkRicky Kinosa
If you like card flourishes or extreme manipulation, if you like what Dan and Dave Buck or Jerry Cestkowski do, then this is the ebook for you. However, this ebook is not just a collection of flourishes. You will learn the card punk's triumph routine. A lot of photos make the study of these flourishes and manipulations possible and accessible to dedicated students.
1st edition 2006; 34 pages.
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This is a compilation of The Mixed Mind, The Sharp Mind and The Thinking Mind, plus the unreleased The Cerebral Mind (includes three effects for Cerebro, although the routines can be performed without the gimmick, it's only there as an enhancer. Definitely something for the seance worker).
The Thinking Mind
The Sharp Mind
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From The Other SideDaniel Young
Turn your Himber wallet, or more precisely your mini-Himber wallet, into a versatile weapon!
Daniel has been very uncertain whether or not to release this ebook. Mainly because it is hard to market, because you will know the secret before you even buy it, or so you think. "Alright, just a bunch of effects with a Himber wallet." But trust him when he says, this is not what you think it is. The few people who have actually read this so far, are all intrigued by it. It all started with one realisation, a concept that sprung to mind, a handling of the Himber wallet that has never been seen before....
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A small collection of three effects. First one out is an invisible cuing system, that can be used for spectator as mind reader effects of all kinds. They see writing appear on a card and then vanish.
Second one, and definitely a favorite, a memorised book effect. Any person selects a page in a book, you proceed with memorising it, you close the book and put it aside. Ask someone to name a "line number", and someone else to name a "word number". You think. You write. And place your writing out of sight. Take the book again and show that the word at the designated position is, say for example,...
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Magic Show Tonite!Leo Behnke
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Entertaining Close UpLeo Behnke
Various tricks for the dinner table or other close-up occasions with sugar, matches and business cards.
1st edition 1962; 14 pages
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Entertaining with CardsLeo Behnke
You will find in this ebook twenty wonderful old school card tricks.
Table of Contents
1st edition 1962; 19 pages
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Il gioco più veloce del mondoJoe Karson
Si tratta di una vera e propria lezione di ARTE DELLA SCENA
Questo gioco è l'epitome del talento comico di Joe Karson. Oltre che per essere universalmente conosciuto per l'invenzione della palla volante "Zombie", questo trucco è l'unica altra cosa che viene spesso ricordata quando si parla di Karson. Quando scrisse questo opuscolo, Karson era sulla cresta dell'onda. Il gioco di carte più veloce del mondo era spesso il punto culminante dei congressi magici e degli shows cui partecipava Karson.
In questo opuscolo, Karson, spiega nei minimi dettagli l'intero funzionamento del gioco...
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Orson Welles: The Man Who Was MagicBarton Whaley
This Orson Welles ebook is a case study of an individual that was able to think "out of the box". Each small fact presented leads to the whole of a thinking process that will always provide an unexpected Third Option. The process that is presented here is the kernel of all deception theory. It's why Bart is called the "defining expert" of deception and counterdeception (the detection of deception) by the intelligence communities of many countries.
Not only does it personify the Whaley Deception Theory it presents the genius of Orson Welles through all his creative work, not just Citizen Kane....
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Hunter Knot RevisitedTimothy Hyde
The Hunter Puzzle Knot is a deceptive effect that a lot of magicians know, but is sometimes overlooked as a strong performance piece. Timothy built a routine around this simple but effective idea, that has proven to be a very commercial routine. For many years Timothy featured this very routine as his opening effect for Trade Show performances. It quickly stops one person and then another, the crowd then snowballing into a laughing involved crowd of 30-40 or more! Your clients will love the way this works as a traffic generator.
It’s also just as effective for large walk around or roving...
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Bill Burner ClearRon Jaxon
A borrowed and signed bill is wrapped around a clear cigarette lighter and held in place with a rubber band. The magician is able to cause the bill to vanish from or appear back on the lighter at will. The vanished bill can appear anywhere the magician chooses.
What makes this effect so stunning is the fact that it's done with a clear lighter. When the bill vanishes they can see right through it so there's no way the bill can be somehow hidden under or in the lighter. The magicians hands are also completely empty.
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Two cards are selected and lost in the deck. The first card magically travels under a napkin that's been on the table the entire time. This card is wrapped in the napkin and handed to a spectator for safe keeping. They can actually see the face of the card through the napkin so they know what card is in there and that the magician can't touch it. The magician then causes the card in the napkin to turn into the second selection.
Above is just one possible routine that can be done with this gimmick. It can really be used any time you wan to turn one card, or any number of cards, into...
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Perpetuity TubeRon Jaxon
The Perpetuity Tube is a perfect follow up for one of Ron's other ebooks called Bill Burner because it uses an objects that's logical to have with a lighter (a small cigar tube). In other words it's a perfect place for the vanished bill to magically (and visually) travel into.
But that's not all you can do with these little tubes. Just about anything that can fit in them can be made to magically and visually appear, vanish or turn into other objects in a very visual manner. Just to give you an idea of the kinds of things you can accomplish with the Perpetuity tubes:
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Bottle in BottleRon Jaxon
Two different sized bottles are displayed. If you wish you can pour a drink into a glass from each bottle to prove they are both real. Each empty bottle is placed in a separate paper bag. The magician explains that he or she is going to cause one of the bottles to magically travel from one bag to the other.
The magician picks up one of the bags and shows that it still contains a bottle. After some comedy by play the bottle vanishes. The other bag is emptied to find only one bottle inside. The magician seems to have succeeded in vanishing one of the bottles but failed to make it...
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Terry LaGerould's Pasteboard Presentations IIScott Cram
After years of magicians calling for Terry LaGerould to put out a new book, it's here! With more than 60 pages containing 17 card effects, and more than 35 photos, you'll easily learn these routines!
Back in 1992, many magicians were first exposed to Terry LaGerould's unique approach to card magic in a book called, Pasteboard Presentations. This book, now out of print, is still being sought after by many magicians.
For those unfamiliar with Terry LaGerould, the hallmark of his magic is efficient, innovative use of standard moves combined with highly commercial presentations. All the material...
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Cards You SoftlyZenneth Kok
Zenneth is a successful and innovative magician in China and is sponsored by the US Playing Card Company. His specialty is close-up and particularly cards. In these notes he is explaining some of his variations and creations.
Life is Dangerous
Thanks to Duffie
69 By Play
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Imagine being able to have a spectator select any one of several nails from a new unopened package, marking it for identification, and then bending it in front of their eyes!
Now imagine wowing your crowd by having them write private information and questions on business cards and folding them into quarters. You collect them in a sealed container and still begin to reveal information that you shouldn't know! Based on a Lee Earle principle, this new variation can be used with the phoenix peek to mix methods and create an all audience size miracle! The gimmick described costs .97 cents, is...
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