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Junior Shankar
How's That? by Junior Shankar

A selection of close-up routines.

Excerpt from the introduction:

It is true that most of the ideas we get are from the books, Magazines etc. but many such ideas are left in a corner as they are difficult to prepare or the materials are not available. Whenever I get such ideas, I think of ways to make them easy and possible for performance.

  • Introduction
  • Gamblers Secrets
  • The Poor Man’s Rainbow
  • Way Out
  • Jazz Cards
  • Chopped Cards Through Table
  • Copper And Silver Plus
  • Magician Gets his Wish
  • Tall Fat Lady
  • Nu Way Coins Across
  • Impossible Prediction
  • E Zee Center Tear
  • Meet Junior...
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Someeran
Watch This Closely by Someeran

Excerpt from the preface:

This is a book on close-up magic. The effects described in this book are not only mystifying but vastly entertaining. I know they are practical and popular, because I do them all the time, and I love them. Some of the effects in this book were originally published in different magic magazines like Magigram, Mantra etc. While re-writing them for this book, I have updated the effect, handling and presentation, based on my experience of performing them several times, to make them more interesting and entertaining. Even readers who may have read the original versions will find something...

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A. Anderson
How To Do The Black Art by A. Anderson

Containing a complete description of the mysteries of magic and sleight of hand, together with many wonderful experiments.

Excerpt from the introduction:

The chief requisites for success in the performance of the black art is manual dexterity and self-confidence; nimble fingers and a cool temper. Any one who exhibits feats of legerdemain, will do well to remember that one of the best methods of diverting the attention of the audience from the action of your fingers, is to keep talking; the more diverting your talk, the less attention will the audience give to your manipulation of the object...

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Percy Naldrett
Moments of Mystery by Percy Naldrett

Excerpt from the foreword:

The section contributed by Mr. H. C. MOLE, an enthusiastic amateur of Aintree, Liverpool, is a complete programme in itself, being a practical explanation of an illustrated Lecture delivered by Mr. Mole before the Northern Magical Society at Liverpool, in October, 1914. The programme is unique in that it consists of acceptable items not requiring executive skill or manipulative practice.

My own section consists of various useful ideas and suggestions of such a variety calculated to interest every performer whether amateur or professional.

  • Fore-Word
  • The...
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Incredible Rohit
Magic Moments by Incredible Rohit

Close-up magic routines.

Excerpt from the introduction:

In this book you will see that most of the effects are simple. Although some of them require a few basic counts and moves they are all entertaining. In fact all the effects can be good openers. Many of the card tricks use playing cards with unusual pictures. From my past experience I have seen that people prefer these kinds of cards more than the usual playing cards. As much as possible I have tried to avoid "select a card" effects, but for one which I feel is a very strong one. I don't claim that everything in this book is original...

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Ian Adair
The Whiteboard Bat by Ian Adair

The whiteboard bat is a paddle with whiteboard surfaces that allow you to write or draw pretty much anything on it with an erasable marker. This allows you to customize the classic paddle trick to your heart's content. Ian Adair developed this idea in the 1970s from an older version that used a blackboard material and chalk. In this ebook you will find loads of ideas what to do with it.

Note that no paddles are included with this download. But it is not too difficult to make these yourself from self-adhesive whiteboard material.

  • The Origins Of The 'Whiteboard Bat'
  • About This Model
  • The...
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A. Anderson
How To Do Tricks by A. Anderson
  • Card Tricks And Magic
    • Useful Rules To Follow
  • Tricks With Cards
    • To Call For Any Card In The Pack
    • To Make Another Person Draw The Cards You Call For
    • To Name The Cards Of A Pack Concealed Under A Handkerchief
    • To Call The Cards Out Of The Pack
    • A New Method To Name All The Cards In Succession Without Seeing Them
    • To Discern One Or More Drawn Cards
    • The Knaves And The Constable
    • To Show A Card Now On The Top, And Now At The Bottom Of The Pack
    • The Same Trick In Another Manner
    • The Same Trick In A Still More Surprising Manner
    • The Double Confederates
    • The Card In The Pocketbook
    • Of...
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Paul Curry
Something Borrowed Something New by Paul Curry

Back at long last is this masterpiece of close-up work featuring cards, coins and mental effects. The genius of Paul Curry lives on in this newly expanded edition. The privately printed first edition is now a prized collector's item. When one does come up for sale, it fetches a high price. Indeed, a soft cover first edition recently sold on the big auction site for well over $100.

The tricks in this ebook were created, as all tricks should be, with an accent on the effect. Take a look to see what is included:

  • About This Book
  • Introduction
  • Foreword
  • I.O.U.
  • Think Of A Card
  • Next!
  • Follow...
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Zaw Shinn
Vanished by Zaw Shinn

Vanish small objects such as a coin, sponge ball, poker chip, card corner from your bare hand.

The construction of the gimmick requires some arts and crafts. The method produces a sound that you need to be able to mask with music or some other way. Also, you will have to watch your angles. This method works fine for a social media video or perhaps on stage but is otherwise not very practical.

1st edition 2022, video 9:49.

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Renzo Grosso
Remote Close Up 17 by Renzo Grosso

Conducting effects on the telephone presents some "structural" difficulties:

You have to prepare a meticulous presentation and review it in detail; in close-up or on stage you have the viewer in your presence and you can check at any time if they are following your instructions correctly. On the phone no! You must therefore try to write simple, unique instructions and you must check periodically (if not almost every time) that these have been carried out as you expected.

You must prepare (as with all performances) an introduction that describes the purpose of the game, where you start...

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Zaw Shinn
Shake to Love by Zaw Shinn

The performer shows the back of a playing card. Suddenly the card has transformed into a foam heart. This is based on a black art principle and thus requires a black background. Arts and crafts are necessary to construct the gimmick.

1st edition 2022, video 24:34

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Zaw Shinn
Mystery Bag 2 by Zaw ShinnLet small reasonably flat objects, such as tokens, chips, or coins, magically appear in a zip lock bag. This is based on the black art principle and thus requires a black background such as a black shirt. There is not much for you to prepare except for having a few of the necessary supplies.

1st edition 2022, video 11:43

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Gaetan Bloom
Ideas by Gaetan Bloom

Excerpt from the introduction by Kevin James:

These notes are a compilation of some of his newest ideas as well as some classic Bloom. He is well known around the world as a powerhouse creative magical inventor.

His genius is in the simplicity of his methods and the strong impact they have on the audience. He is a minimalist, allowing nothing to distract from the magic. Most of his ideas are with very ordinary objects making the impact even stronger on the audience.

Two years ago Gaetan was honored by the Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences in Hollywood with a Masters Fellowship...

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Deepak Mishra
Capsoul by Deepak Mishra

Turn a cap into a magic prop and have cards appear and change. For example, you can use it for a kind of 'card stabbing' routine where you spring the cards and catch one card in your cap. Or have one card visually change into another. To make the gimmicks requires some arts and crafts, but nothing too complicated and no supplies you wouldn't likely already have.

The separate effects are:

  • Flick
  • Stabbed
  • I-tap
  • Spinner

Not all gimmicks can be incorporated into the same cap and thus not all effects shown could be done with just one cap.

Deepak also explains a lovely linking effect...

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Zaw Shinn
Balancing by Zaw Shinn

Balance small objects on the edge of a card. The gimmick is easy to make but finicky to use. Also, watch your angles. Great for one-on-one or video shots but not so great with multiple spectators. The gimmick does not involve a thread, reel, or magnets.

1st edition 2022, video 12:10.

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John Carey
The Very Best of John Carey by John Carey

John's publications, such as Crafted With Carey, Minimalistica, The Carey Files, Carey's Way, Me My Cards & I, Reflections and Myriad, are renowned for their fun, accessible, exciting magic, and John has built a reputation for creating streamlined doable effects. In this ebook, he gathers together the absolute best of his much-loved books. In addition to these classic effects, the collection also features a range of video instructions scattered throughout the text, including several new effects that have never been taught before. The ebook also includes two of John's well-reviewed Alakazam...

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Bob Hummer
Still More Hummers by Bob Hummer

Here are 12 more mind-blowing Bob Hummer close-up and parlor puzzlers that will entertain most any audience. From the brilliant mind of Bob Hummer comes this tasty helping of magic and mental mysteries using cards, a spoon, and even a 6 x 6 checkerboard. Some of these offerings were originally sold as separate manuscripts and are now out of print.

Also included in this volume are the effects that made up Hummer's 3 Trix booklet in 1947, which has been out of print for decades. Now you can add these great tricks to your performing arsenal before the other magicians in your area get them....

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Graham Hey
Travel Chaos by Graham Hey

Tricks about travel and more.

Here's a selection of cool self-working magic and mentalism tricks perfect for close-up and stand-up.

For example: The spectator freely selects a luggage label that has a holiday destination written on it. When a world map is opened, their chosen destination is circled.

Or how about this: A selection of postcards is shown - they're moved from the back of the pile to the front. When the spectator calls 'STOP!' the very next postcard is the only one with a hand-written message on it.

Or: Three luggage labels with vacation destinations written on them are...

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David Devant
Magic Made Easy by David Devant

An excellent selection of tricks by no other than David Devant. From his introduction:

I have always maintained that the art of the conjurer is closely allied to that of the actor, but with this difference: the actor selects a character and impersonates it. He has all the advantages of a proper dress, suitable to the character he is playing, of beautiful scenery, and music, and lighting, and the various other little things which are comprised in the theatrical word “effects.” The actor has all these aids to assist him in persuading people that the man they see is not the actor, but...

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Douglas Francis
Right Under Your Nose by Douglas Francis

From the preface by John Ramsay:

The author, my friend Douglas Francis, has handed me part of the manuscript of this book, and he has also given me a personal demonstration of some of the effects described therein. Every trick proved entertaining and convincing in his capable hands, and, consequently, I can recommend them with every confidence to all exponents of "Close-up" Magic.

From the foreword:

As the title suggests, the contents of this book are confined to that type of effect that can be literally performed right under the nose of the spectator, in other words - Close Quarter...

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Elbiquet
A Textbook of Magic by Elbiquet

From the Preface:

The object of this little book is to supply the amateur conjurer with a simple text-book on his art, leading him by graduated stages from the first principles to a degree of proficiency at which he will be able to produce magical effects on the stage or in the drawing-room.

The Appendix sets forth clearly the construction of the various pieces of apparatus referred to in the text, so that the amateur will be able either to construct these himself or get them cheaply made.

Lastly, the author would like to add, that most of the tricks and illusions contained in this...

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Renzo Grosso
Blame Mariano, Please! by Renzo Grosso

It is not easy to define, in a few words, Mariano Tomatis, but I want to try: he is a "Curiosity Generator". Because his books, his conferences, and, above all, his "pills" on Youtube (Mesmer in pills) are for me an inexhaustible source of information, culture (magical or otherwise), ideas, and, above all, a continuous stimulus to know, to seek, to try, to create, to "go upstairs".

Two pills, in particular, struck me and interested me (n ° 92: Coin, pen and cell phone, and n ° 228: Seeing with the third eye): once seen, I tried to analyze possible developments, discovering Masters, authors,...

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Ken de Courcy
Magic in Cabaret Land by Ken de Courcy

From the introduction:

The word itself, "Cabaret", carries overtones that conjure exotic pictures of nude dancers, the "Moulin Rouge" and German Beer Cellars; a sort of high-class iniquitous entertainment enjoyed by the lucky few. But that is all changed. It's been brought down to the level of the man-in-the-street. Now he can have a ringside seat for dining, dancing, drinking, a show ... and gambling.

Yet he won't take advantage of all this 'loose-living' unless there is also a "SHOW", as the proprietors of these establishments well know. There is a plethora of singers and 'groups', and...

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Roy Johnson
Unique by Roy Johnson

A superb selection of items from the professional repertoire of Roy Johnson. Mentalism, comedy and visual magic with cards, books, rope, keys, shoe laces, music, fire and razor. Revealed are some of Roy's most closely guarded secret methods. Much of Roy's own patter is included for you to use, or adapt to your own style. The methods given are simple and effective, leaving you to concentrate on the "job in hand" ... entertainment!

  • Foreword
  • Music Maestro
  • The Key
  • Key Cords
  • To Hell And Back
  • The Library
  • Again The Library
  • The Card In Anything
  • Hyp-Knot-Ic
  • Impaled

1st edition 1995,...

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