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Michael Maxwell
The Lazy Man's Interlocking Setup II by Michael Maxwell

One spectator receives a prediction for safe keeping. Another spectator receives a portion of the deck, shuffles it thoroughly, deals cards one at a time on the table, and stops whenever he likes. He may stop at the first card, the last card, or anywhere in between. The value of the randomly chosen card is used to count to a card in the remaining portion of the deck. And that card matches the prediction.

runtime: 4min 34s

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Michael Maxwell
A New Game by Michael Maxwell

This trick was developed by Allan and Debbie Ackerman. Debbie is Allan's daughter.

A spectator chooses a card and the value of the card decides how many hands are dealt in this game. Let's say the spectator chooses the 3 of Hearts. A random number of cards is taken from the deck and then dealt into 3 hands. Then the performer announces that the spectator should pick one pile. If that pile does not have a 3 on its top the spectator wins, otherwise the magician wins. Of course, the odds are vastly in favor of the spectator. Nevertheless, the top cards on all three piles turn out to be 3s and as...

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Jerry Sadowitz
Cards on the Table by Jerry Sadowitz

This was Jerry's first hardbound collection and it contains some wonderful card magic. New plots, new methods, all with the distinctive Sadowitz flair for ingenuity. If you haven't read any of Jerry's material before, this book will convince you why Jerry is regarded as one of the most creative cardicians.

The book opens with "Fetch", an animated card discovery which you will use as soon as you read it. Or what about "A Million to One" in which the spectator shuffles the deck and then cuts it into two piles, one contains all the red cards, the second contains all the black cards! Or if you...

★★★★★ $22
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Victor Farelli
Farelli's Card Magic by Victor Farelli

Unavailable for 70 years - not anymore

A practical treatise on little-known card sleights, including numerous new card problems.

"You already know it, of course, but I would be amiss if I did not state for the record that putting Farelli parts I & II into standard format, transforming it, in the process, from 50 pages into 140, much improves it as a reference and it now looks really great. Thanks for a job well done." - 'M'
This is an exceptional book on card moves and tricks. A publication that has been long forgotten. It is filled with notes and advice by Victor Farelli - a professional...
★★★★ $19.90
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Ulysses Frederick Grant
25 Rising Card Tricks by Ulysses Frederick Grant

This is the first and to this date one of only two English publications exclusively devoted to the rising card effect (the other being Knowing the Rising Cards). This was an early publication by U. F. Grant and is therefore exceedingly rare. Some of the methods described are well known others are quite unusual and therefore highly interesting.

It is likely that the effect of the houlette swinging on two ribbons in Samuel Hooker's famous rising cards is done exactly the way U. F. Grant describes in this manuscript.

The cover boldly states the price: $1 - in 1935 that is. According to the inflation calculator one dollar in 1935 is $15.53 today....

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Alan Rorrison
Stretch by Alan Rorrison

A lovely card stretching routine - very simple to do, because a little something does most of the work for you.

Have a card selected (totally free choice) and draw a happy stick figure on the back of the card. The spectator can even sign the back, too. Then you place the card back on the top of the back and add another card on top of it - the stretch box. You now stretch the card with the signature clearly showing. At the end, simply square up table the top card, the stretch box, and hand out the selected with the stick figure as a souvenir.

This is very simple, no difficult sleights,...

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Alan Rorrison
In Flight by Alan Rorrison

This is a neat card and coin to pocket effect.

Have a spectator grab a coin and sign it on both sides. You vanish it, or as Alan likes to say 'make it invisible'. Have a spectator select a card, and also the card vanishes while rubbing it on the leg.

Both card and coin magically traveled to your pocket. However, the unbelievable miracle is that the signed coin is actually inside the spectator selected card. The card has to be peeled open like an in-flight envelope to get to the coin.

Alan teaches every detail. A unique and unforgettable miracle.

runtime: 19min 34s

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Alan Rorrison
Black Mark by Alan Rorrison

A black mark drawn on the back of an incorrect card transforms it into the correct card which was selected earlier by the spectator.

For example, the spectator selects the 3 of Hearts. The magician finds a card but it is the 3 of Diamonds. He draws a black mark on the back of the card. The mark penetrates the card and shows up on the front with the correct suit: Hearts.

runtime: 13min 12s

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Walter Gibson
Popular Card Tricks by Walter Gibson

Walter Gibson intended this book for the novice. All the tricks are quite easy to perform. And in the beginning under the heading "The Presentation of Card Tricks" Gibson gives very valuable advice of how to create a program and how to present it.

Nevertheless the book is so good that even the intermediate and advanced card magician will be able to learn a lot from its pages.

This book was originally written by Walter B. Gibson for Houdini. Houdini's death in 1926 prevented him putting it out, and Walter issued it under his own name. Ted Annemann considered it one of the best books in its field . . . it...

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Larry Jennings
The Lie Detector by Larry Jennings

An entertaining an fairly easy to perform effect.

Spectator picks a card, remembers it, and returns it. Performer claims that a pack of cards is like a computer and that he can program it to function like a lie detector. After the performer takes out some cards and reinserts them into the pack, the entire deck is handed to the spectator who answer and spells his answers by tabling cards. Was the card a face or point card? Was the card red or black? What suit was it? The bottom card of the tabled packet always shows the correct answer and therefore it is clear if the spectator told the truth...

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Larry Jennings
The Pacoima Solution by Larry Jennings

The performer retails and reenacts a dream that at the end becomes reality.

A pack of cards is introduced. Spectator gives it a cut and peaks at a card in the center of the deck. Then the spectator gives the deck a shuffle. Performer turns half of the deck face up and half stays face down. The spectator is asked to remember if her card is in the face-up or face-down portion. The performer spreads the face-up portion. Then the portions are separated and the performer continues with his dream where he took a card crumpled it up and it vanished in mid air to reappear face up in the tabled portion....

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Larry Jennings
A Logical Conclusion by Larry Jennings

A trick with eight cards. Two packets of four cards are put on the table. The first packet is counted and shown to consist of four 3s. The second is counted and shown to consist of four 7s. Then the packets are combined turned face up to show the Ace of Hearts through the Eight of Hearts. So essentially the four 3s and the four 7s have transformed into the Ace through 8 of hearts.

This effect can also be found in Cardwright. You will need to be able to do the Rhythm Count.

runtime: 4min 47s

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Edward Marlo
6 Hallucinations by Edward Marlo

Three playing cards vanish and then reappear in your pocket.

Here is a treat for serious card lovers. A gimmicked version of the amazing 'hallucination' plot along with 5 further non-gimmicked handlings. Ed was always thorough, and here it shows in style.

In effect, three spectators each look at the top card of the deck, one at a time. The performer comments about how people often have problems recalling details, and how various descriptions of the same event can vary dramatically. He offers to prove his point.

  • Climax 1: The spectators each name their cards and they are ALL DIFFERENT! ...
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Fandango by (Benny) Ben Harris

Released in 1985, Fandango became a cornerstone for a variety of card "printing" and "sandwich" routines that would later be developed by the author. Here is the original manuscript with original photographs teaching this instant and highly visual sandwich concept.

In effect, a signed card instantly appears between two Jokers. Classic "Sandwich Plot," but the method is what differentiates this. Fandango allows you to propel the selected card into position between the Jokers.

It's instant and visual. Both the original gimmicked and non-gimmicked handlings are explained and illustrated. ...

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David Gemmell
Pasteboard Paradise by David Gemmell

David Gemmell spans with this publication the range from near self-working effects to very tough sleight-of-hand routines.

1st edition 2009; 78 pages.

  1. Collins, Marlo & Lewis four ace routine
  2. OMG Collectors
  3. Queens Supreme
  4. A Bite on the Side...
  5. Card to Box
  6. Conspiracy #23
  7. #23 revisited
  8. ESP #23
  9. Inspired By Howard Adams
  10. 36
  11. Dr. Evil or Dr. Fun?
  12. Twenty-1
  13. EZ Match up
  14. Remembering Stewart James
  15. 485
  16. Lucky seven
  17. Three Wishes
  18. AdamsmadA
  19. Monge E-deal
  20. Sandwich Down-Under
  21. Ladies on Top
  22. The Unexpected Triumph
  24. Donna's Birthday Card Trick
  25. Gilbreath meets Hummer
  26. What the .....?
  27. Reflections...
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Darwin Ortiz
The Lucky Deck by Darwin Ortiz

Effect: You display a heirloom deck from your grandfather that due to its frequent use has lost all faces - you display a blank deck. You place the Queen of Hearts (a blank card) on the table and the Joker (another blank card) in your breast pocket. Magically these cards turn into the real cards. On top of this entire deck has changed from a blank deck to a regular deck.

You will need to be able to do: a reverse fan, hindu shuffle, double lift.

runtime: 10min 17s

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Darwin Ortiz
Darwin's Aces by Darwin Ortiz

The four aces are removed from the deck and three spectators freely choose one card each. The three spectator cards are lost in the deck. Then one by one the four aces vanish to reappear face up in the deck and sandwiched between them the three spectator cards.

You will need to be able to do a pinky count, a sidesteal color change, and a cover pass. False shuffles are optional.

runtime: 11min 3s

★★★★★ $6
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Charles H. Hopkins
"Outs" Precautions and Challenges by Charles H. Hopkins

This is truly a hidden gem - a lost treasure. Very few know of its existence and you will encounter almost no references to it. When you read this you will ask yourself: "Why isn't this work known by every cardician?" Some of those who have read it value it as much as they value Erdnase. Others would not trade all card books published in the last 10 years for it.

It is an immensely practical work dealing with situations when something goes wrong, or you face difficult spectators. You'll never again be afraid to try out a new trick, even if they literally see what you do, even if they really catch...

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Peter Duffie & Cameron Francis
Turbulence by Peter Duffie & Cameron Francis

In Turbulence, the impossible becomes possible.

Turbulence is a multi-phase card routine that is both mind-bending and entertaining.


Turbulence kicks off with a sizzling and super clean "Collectors" phase where four Kings instantly collect three previously signed cards. Then, in the blink of an eye, the three cards instantly vanish. The three cards are then reproduced as they are summoned from the deck one by one. Finally, the Kings are placed in your pocket and an impossible transposition occurs — the Kings are suddenly found on the table while the three signed cards are...

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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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Jerry Sadowitz
Cards Hit by Jerry Sadowitz

In true Jerry Sadowitz fashion this book was originally titled "Card Shit". The reader is free to speculate why the title change.

Table of Contents

  12. TRY
  13. WHY NOT
  15. HARD MAN
  21. CUT PALM
  25. C.N.D.

1st edition June 1984; original 38 pages; PDF 45 pages....

★★★★★ $10
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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Contemporary Card Magic by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

After the success of Alternative Card Magic Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz continued their creative output.

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. Across The Universe (Peter Duffie)
  4. The Man In The Middle (Jerry Sadowitz)
  5. Aces In Tiers (Peter Duffie)
  6. 007 And Counting (Jerry Sadowitz)
  7. Signus X 1 (Peter Duffie)
  8. An Unpacket Trick (Jerry Sadowitz)
  9. A Personal Triumph (Peter Duffie)
  10. Fancy Dance (Jerry Sadowitz)
  11. A Case For Clouseau (Peter Duffie)
  12. Boom! (Jerry Sadowitz)
  13. A Minor Delusion (Peter Duffie)
  14. Boom Production (Jerry Sadowitz)
  15. Face Up Garcia (Peter Duffie)
  16. Front Cover (Jerry Sadowitz)
  17. The Short Sharp Shock (Peter Duffie) ...
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Oil and Water Delux by (Benny) Ben Harris

This effect appears described briefly, yet adequately, in the Singapore Lecture Notes. This is a more thorough description and is accompanied by clear photographs, making it easier to learn.

The routine uses four black cards, and four red cards. Interlaced three times, they always separate. The moves used are smooth and create a lovely illusion. It does not look like sleight of hand, it really looks quite convincing! Heavily based in Marlo's work.

1st edition 1985; 1st digital edition 2009; 18 pages.

★★★★ $8.95
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(Benny) Ben Harris
Singapore Lecture Notes by (Benny) Ben Harris

Ben Harris' first set of lecture notes from his first ever lecture in 1985— re-written, re-photographed...

These notes have been re-written and re-photographed. The material is bright, crisp and hard-hitting. Mostly cards, including a wonderful multi-phase OIL AND WATER routine that's a joy to perform. PYRAMID CARDS is an easy and visual stunt revelation that was originally created by Jay Sankey. Here are a couple of cool variations. COMING TOGETHER AGAIN is a real killer item based on a Sadowitz piece from Almanac (see demo video below).

The real highlight is the closer Ben used on both nights in Singapore....

★★★★★ $16.95
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