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Naturally magicians are good with their hands. This often means they are very good with building and making things. There is a long tradition of magicians building their own props and gimmicks.

In this category we list ebooks where you will need to roll up your sleeves, prepare your tools, and make something.

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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

13 Cards by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphThis package includes the templates and photos of 13 incredible 'impossible' cards. There are no instructions of how to fold the cards. For each card you get the template of how to cut the card as a PDF, and a photo of how the folded card looks like. We are assuming you know how to fold these cards. If you do not know check out Ralf Rudolph's various impossible folding videos. One that will get you started is Impossible Foldings Volume 2 (Part 1)

The 13 cards are:

  • 2-Framed
  • 3-Link
  • 3-Framed
  • 4-Linked
  • Arachnophobia
  • Card Sculpture
  • Hexagon
  • Rounded P-Link
  • Square Knot
  • Star Card
  • Tri-Clops
  • Two Swirled
  • Wave

1st edition...

2018 / 12 / 5
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

22 Impossible Cards by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphThis is a collection of 22 impossible cards created by Ralf Rudolph. For each card you will get a photo of the finished (cut and folded) card, as well as a template to make the necessary cuts. You will NOT get the folding instructions. This means you have to be familiar with the basic folds to create impossible cards. A good place to start is Complete Guide to Impossible Foldings.

The cards included in this collection are:

  1. 2 Framed Card
  2. 3 Framed Card
  3. 4 Way Trapdoor Card
  4. Celtic Knot
  5. Circlo Cross
  6. Clover Circle
  7. Criss Cross Link
  8. Heart Henge
  9. Hex Box
  10. Latice
  11. Opti Knot
  12. Ribbon
  13. Rounded Link
  14. Simply Squared
  15. Square Knot ...
2016 / 7 / 18
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Ulysses Frederick Grant

A Table Lamp Floats by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis is included in Grant's Lost Illusion Secrets.

At last, anyone can own a floating lamp. You can have one right in your living room or den with no special lamp to buy. Yes, one of the lamps sitting around your home now can be made into a floating lamp for a few dollars.

EFFECT: Spectators see an ordinary lamp sitting on a table. You produce a covering cloth and place it over the lamp. The lamp then seems to float right up into space, high over their heads or down near the floor in a very strange manner. After its flight, it glides back to the table and once again comes to rest. This is actually what they see,...

2019 / 1 / 19
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Hank Morfin

Any Ring PK Gimmick by Hank MorfinThe PK ring is a very versatile gimmick for the magician and particularly for the mentalist. However, most commercially available PK rings look like wedding bands. What if you're not married? What if you like to wear other style of rings? What if you want to remove the PK-ness of the ring?

Hank wanted to be able to make any ring a PK ring. He wanted something that you could always have on you and could "load" & "ditch" very quickly and easily. Hank created just that and gives you in this ebook detailed instructions of how to build this gimmick for yourself. All parts are easily and cheaply...

2008 / 11 / 3
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Arrow Through Bottle and Coin by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphLearn to make two impossible objects without glue or other bonding agents. You can hand it out for examination. No joint or slit will be visible, because there is none. No glue or hidden cuts or anything like that. Have a wooden arrow pass through a Chinese coin with a hole or a bottle with a hole.

1st edition 2017, 15 minutes

2017 / 2 / 21
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Greg McMahan

Backdrop Designs for Pennies by Greg McMahanBackdrops add so much to a show, but they can also subtract so much from your wallet. Here's a great resource for building inexpensive backdrops for as low as $30!

A good backdrop can really kick things up on a notch on attaining that professional look. Yet, they don't have to be expensive. Using materials you can find just about anywhere, even around the house, you can make your own backdrop for less than $30.

Many different types of backdrop systems are shown, and the pros and cons of each one discussed. There is a lot of information in these notes... extremely helpful if you want to...

2014 / 3 / 8
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Lybrary.com

Blank Playing Card Cardboard (10 Sheets) by Lybrary.comThis is highest quality blank playing card cardboard that has a smooth surface. This cardboard has the same thickness, snap, look and feel as cardboard used for casino grade playing cards.

We are the only retailer in the world that is offering this type of cardboard in small quantities. It is the perfect material to print your own gaffed cards, marked cards, game cards or branded cards. Now even the individual magician, game designer or playing card designer can print his own deck of cards.

The size of each sheet is A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) - a tiny bit longer and narrower than the US letter...

2011 / 12 / 24
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Blank Playing Card Cardboard (20 Sheets) by Lybrary.comThis is highest quality blank playing card cardboard that has a smooth surface. This cardboard has the same thickness, snap, look and feel as cardboard used for casino grade playing cards.

We are the only retailer in the world that is offering this type of cardboard in small quantities. It is the perfect material to print your own gaffed cards, marked cards, game cards or branded cards. Now even the individual magician, game designer or playing card designer can print his own deck of cards.

The size of each sheet is A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) - a tiny bit longer and narrower than the US letter...

2011 / 12 / 24
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Blank Playing Card Cardboard (40 Sheets) by Lybrary.comThis is highest quality blank playing card cardboard that has a smooth surface. This cardboard has the same thickness, snap, look and feel as cardboard used for casino grade playing cards.

We are the only retailer in the world that is offering this type of cardboard in small quantities. It is the perfect material to print your own gaffed cards, marked cards, game cards or branded cards. Now even the individual magician, game designer or playing card designer can print his own deck of cards.

The size of each sheet is A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) - a tiny bit longer and narrower than the US letter...

2011 / 12 / 24
$50.00

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AUD$74.51
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Shawn Evans

Build Your Own Psychic Calculator by Shawn EvansDo-It-Yourself: "Trick-Out" Your Calculator

With a Psychic Calculator you can create endless mind-reading, prediction, and magic effects - a mentalist dream come true.

Don't pay up to $300 or more for a Mentalist or Psychic Calculator when you can make your own in less than 30 minutes, for under $10 (including the price of the calculator!), plus the use of just a few common household items. No knowledge of electronics needed - just the proper know-how.

This ebook will give you the "details in detail" with over 20 step-by-step photos and illustrations that will guarantee your success. ...

2012 / 4 / 2
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Mark Stone

Coin Ditcher Gimmick: for vanishing coins by Mark StoneBased on an old concept that has been seriously rethought to create a simple and practical device; it allows for complete vanishing of coin gaffs and regular coins of any size up to jumbo 3" coins.
  • Coins can be made to reappear after being vanished.
  • No jacket, cummerbund or long-sleeved shirt is required.
  • The Coin Ditcher is made using readily available, low-cost materials. It requires light metal cutting using a hacksaw or angle grinder. Once made it should last a lifetime.
  • Includes 71 pages of easy-to-follow, step-by-step crystal clear photos and instructions on how to make and correctly...
2013 / 2 / 3
$15.00

£11.65
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JP¥1661.60
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Complete Guide to Impossible Foldings by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphIn this video you will learn folding techniques on how to make your own impossible folded cards and banknotes.

[Note: This compilation overlaps with Ralf Rudolph's earlier series of impossible foldings (1-6). There are some new things here and not everything from the six volumes is taught here, but there is a good amount of overlap.]

You will learn:

  • Trabdoor Fold
  • Trabdoor "E" Fold
  • "V" Fold
  • Inside-out Banknote Variation
  • Real Impossible Fold
  • Braided Banknotes
  • Hypercards
  • Shrinking Banknote
  • Linking Cards
  • and more...
Learn to make the perfect souvenir. Make some great impossible objects out of normal playing cards and even borrowed banknotes.

1st edition 2016, length 1 hour 24 min.

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2016 / 5 / 8
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Mark Stone

Cosmar Coin Gimmick by Mark StoneUtility holder/vanisher

Step-­by-­step explanation with detailed photos on how to build and use this practical coin utility device (two-­gimmick set).

Each gimmick allows for secretly holding, retrieving, producing or vanishing five half-­dollar coins or four dollar-­size coins or for producing one or two 3" size coins. If used with palming coins, the gimmick will hold double the number of coins.

With easy-­to-­follow visual instructions and readily available low-­cost materials, this 47-­page ebook shows how the gimmicks can be made in minutes. Includes directions for proper...

2012 / 3 / 25
$15.00

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Dave Arch

Electronic Buzz Box by Dave ArchAlthough you can find versions of these Electronic Monte boxes for sale on magic websites, I could not find one large enough for my needs nor one that included a buzzer (not just a light). So I built my own. In spite of the fact that my electronic knowledge only involves the ability to insert a plug into an outlet, I built my own the first time in under an hour for around $20.

The premise is simple. From among multiple buttons, you win if you can find the button that lights the light and sets off the buzzer. With the diagram included in my instructions you aren't limited to only three buttons...

2018 / 12 / 30
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Unknown Mentalist

Elemental by Unknown MentalistThe owners of this ebook can get Elemental 2 for a special price.

This is that rare routine which can be powerful even in the hands of a beginner. And for a pro this can become a reputation maker. Stunning impact and yet so easy to do that it can be performed within 10 minutes of learning. No sleights, no stooges, no preshow, no reset, instantly repeatable. Nothing is spoken or written down by the participant related to her choices.

About 40 cleverly designed and ready to print props are included. You may not actually need all these because you will only use 5 cards. But they are included as creative...

2016 / 3 / 13
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Eugene E. Gloye

Fantastic Tricks with Plastic Cups by Eugene E. GloyeMany magicians get their greatest pleasure out of making their own tricks - and there is no form of construction easier or less costly than working with plastic cups. For the man who likes to make his own - no workshop is needed for these easy to construct effects. Over thirty tricks you can make for pennies each. Good magic, low cost. Illustrated.
  • The fake bottom cup
  • Variations of the fake bottom cup
  • The cup with a secret compartment
  • The foo cup

1st edition 1976, 52 pages; digital edition 2012, 42 pages.

2012 / 4 / 6
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Golf Ball in Glass by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphYou will learn the secret of how to get a golf ball inside a glass with an opening smaller than the golf ball, without harming either the glass or the ball. Ralf Rudolph is a master of the impossible object. He describes his method of how to make such an object. Once you know how it is done you can make as many presents as you wish. No special tools are necessary. No chemicals are used. With a bit of preparation and the know how you can make something cool.

1st edition 2016, 2 pages.

Watch how Nathan Coe Marsh incorporates this impossible bottle into a really nice effect.

2016 / 7 / 11
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Grandpa's Spirit Bottle by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphA complete mental act with an impossible object!

You present a bottle with a full deck of cards inside. (You can hand out the bottle for examination). The spectator selects one of five playing cards (no force!). With the heritage from your grandpa you are able to reveal any selected card.

You can perform this on stage and even close up. Build the routine up to 4-5 minutes.

You will learn:

  • How to build the impossible bottle (with all the cards inside plus the jokers)
  • How to build the other gimmicks - they are very easy.
  • (You will also learn an easy way to put a playing card inside...
2016 / 6 / 10
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Devin Knight

Gyrater: Floating and Spinning Deck by Devin KnightThe performer has a card selected, no force, and returned to the deck. The deck is shuffled and 7 or 8 cards are dealt face down into an arc shape. The performer introduces his card case and says this is his pet, CASEY. Casey is well trained and can find selected cards. That is because he is a pointer. (Pun Intended.) The performer holds the card case above his hand and says, "Casey stay." The card case remains suspended in the air. The performer says, "Chase your tail." The deck revolves 360 degrees in the air. Performer says, "Play dead," the card case drops into his hand.

The performer...

2012 / 1 / 2
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Ralf (Fairmagic) Rudolph

Impossible Braid Plus Variations by Ralf (Fairmagic) RudolphThis is for advanced folders only, those who want to tackle some of the most difficult and at the same time most beautiful impossible folds there are. Ralf has developed a new method for the Robert E. Neale braided banknote which he is teaching on this video. He will also teach you variations to the braided banknote theme.

However the highlight of the video is the most astounding braid for the Borromean Cube. For this object there was no folding method in existence at all, until Ralf tackled the problem and came up with a remarkable solution. Please note that there is no cutting and gluing involved. (The...

2019 / 6 / 8
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CN¥103.20
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R$57.75
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