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DIY, Makers & Builders

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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Abhinav Bothra

SharPen by Abhinav BothraPhase I - Bite off the pen nib and spit it back on. Immediately, open the refill compartment, let the spectator touch the nib.

Phase II - Make the refill rise out of the pen.

Bonus - A Russian Roulette with pens, where spectators select the pens to be smashed. The whole effect is totally under the performer's control.

The video will explain you how to gimmick a pen. No special pen is needed.

1st edition 2013, 12 minutes

2013 / 12 / 24
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Alexander de Cova

Locked Books 01: The Invisible Topit by Alexander de CovaAn improvement on the classic TOPIT device.

For years many have been using the TOPIT gimmick. Michael Ammar made the sewn-in-type TOPIT popular. All those years Alexander de Cova was always thinking whether it might be possible to hide the bag (or better: the bag's opening and the edge) in the jacket. After becoming acquainted with the works of Tommy Wonder and his breakthrough concerning the tails TOPIT, things clicked together.

Tommy's system inspired de Cova to apply the principle to a regular TOPIT. The result is that this TOPIT can't be seen, because there is no visible edge.

In this ebook de Cova...

2013 / 11 / 23
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Arthur Good

Magical Experiments by Arthur GoodThe best way of learning new things is doing them. Magical Experiments or Science in Play is a fascinating collection of kitchen table top experiments with every day household goods. Many of which have a 'magical' twist to them, in the sense that it is for the unfamiliar observer not quite clear how these tricks are performed, or what the physical mechanisms behind them are. More than 150 experiments are described with gorgeous lithographs. This book was originally written in French and later translated to English. This in itself is a proof of quality, otherwise the translation would not have...
2005 / 9 / 7
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Chris Wasshuber

Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks by Chris WasshuberThis is a collection of money saving tips and tricks for the magician. I have been raised with a DIY attitude. Over the decades I have collected tips and tricks to make an expensive dealer item for a few dollars, or to replace something with a cheap item from the hardware store. If you are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, then you will find a lot of useful tips in this ebook.

With contributions by Jack Poulter, Wilhelm Eberhard, Chuck Smith, Bruce Kalver, Jeff Stone, Robert Kaldy-Karo and Scott Xavier. This PDF will be updated periodically as I discover new tips...

2012 / 1 / 8
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Claude Klingsor

Miracles of Modern Magic by Claude KlingsorFor me personally these lecture notes have been a real treat - something I enjoyed tremendously reading and getting my creative juices flowing. This is an ebook on enabling miracles with electronics. Magicians have always used the latest technology to create their wonders. Claude Klingsor from Belgium has specialized in using electronics to create miracles.

This is a magic ebook for engineers, inventors and tinkerers. The fact that these notes were written in the late 80s means that you won't find any microcontrollers, but that is also the charm of this ebook. The circuits are very easy to...

2008 / 9 / 20
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Craig Matsuoka

The Gaff Factory: A comprehensive dry-mounting tutorial by Craig MatsuokaMaking dry-mounted gaffs just got a whole lot easier!

This new 80 page ebook introduces you to the wonders of dry mounting tissue (a.k.a. "DMT"). What's DMT? It's an adhesive that lets you make gaffs that look, feel, and snap like a normal card. If all you've ever known are rubber cement, sprays, and glue sticks, then you've been missing out big-time. This book will open your eyes.

On the other hand, perhaps you heard of DMT, but never bothered to try it because the equipment costs turned you off. Or maybe you gave up on it after getting horrible results with a clothes iron. Well, it's...

2007 / 11 / 26
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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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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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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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Eugene E. Gloye

More Fantastic Tricks With Plastic Cups by Eugene E. GloyeThirty more excellent effects with plastic cups.
  • Introduction
  • Rationale For Using Disposable Cups
  • Folding Or Collapsible Cup
  • Vanishing Cup Of Liquid
  • Additional Folding Cup Ideas
  • Improved Foo Cup
  • Fake Bottom Cup
  • Foo Cup, Continued
  • Vanishing Omelet
  • Transformation Tricks With Eggs
  • Baking Tricks
  • Baking Cup Cakes In Paper Bag
  • Cake In Hat
  • Egg Shampoo
  • Using The Foo Cup For Changes
  • Production Cups
  • Productions Using One Cup
  • Funny Routine With Fruit Punch
  • Thrilling Rice Production
  • Shades Of The Coffee, Milk, And Sugar Trick
  • Magic With New Transparent Solo Cups
  • Liquid Appear Outfit ...
2016 / 11 / 12
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Eugene E. Gloye

Table Book II by Eugene E. GloyeA beautifully illustrated ebook on tables and side stands for you to build. Gene Gloye uses the tag line, "without drapes", because all the tables described are used in many ways, but without cloth drapes.

The ebook begins with several pages of discussion on stage furniture and its possibilities, with illustrated advice on transporting it, plus storing it. The various multi-panel and single panel tables described in detail, with easy to follow building plans, often have diabolically clever "black art wells" and other secret devices. A "Night Club Table" is so simple and so useful, and so...

2019 / 9 / 20
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Francis B. Martineau

Victory Bouquet by Francis B. MartineauThis is a manual of how to make your own flower bouquets. Sure you can buy a beautiful bouquet, but if you want to save some money and do a little home project, this is the right ebook for you. By doing it yourself your bouquet won't look like the standard one every magician seems to use.

1st edition, 1944, New York; 17 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Requirements
  3. Blossoms
  4. Outside leaves or petals (calyx)
  5. Springs
  6. Spring reinforcements
  7. Stems
  8. Stem leaves
  9. Stem wrappings
  10. Folding the blossom
  11. Preparing the stem
  12. Cutting and shaping the spring
  13. Mounting the spring on stem
  14. Fitting the blossom on...
2005 / 9 / 10
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George Armstrong

Tricks of the Trade by George ArmstrongIf you are familiar with Magician's DIY Tips and Tricks then Tricks of the Trade is written with a very similar idea in mind just 60 years prior. It describes a multitude of DIY tips and gimmicks and improvements for the magician.

It describes things like:

  • How to turn a sock into a billiard ball holder.
  • The two ingredients to make fake beer.
  • How to clean cards.
  • How to make a candle shell.
  • How to make coin holders from pins and safety pins.
  • How to make colored flash paper.
  • etc.
It closes with a section on stage make-up.

1st edition 1949, PDF 22 pages.

2015 / 5 / 8
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George Marchese

Super Memory List: print and perform 1 by George Marchese("Print and Perform" is a new magic series that will enable you to easily build yourself beautiful tricks just printing them.)

EFFECT:

You, the memory-man, demonstrate to really have a super memory. You show to the audience a sheet of paper containing a list of 50 six-digit numbers. You declare that you have committed to memory the full list. The six digit numbers are identified by ciphers from 1 to 50. The identifying ciphers are scrambled to make it more difficult memorizing the associated six digit number. Three or more spectators, in turn, choose and announce one identifying figure...

2013 / 4 / 16
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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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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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Jez Starr

Picture Flame by Jez StarrThe Picture Flame is a device for burning or smouldering any image in a normal looking picture frame without coming into contact with it. Very dramatic and visual. No liquids, No gases, No flash products! Can be used as a reveal, a prediction, a psychic experiment etc.

In this ebook you will learn how to build your very own Picture Flame from the ground up.

Includes

  • full colour photos
  • list of all materials and tools
Over a years worth of Research and Development, so you don't have to.

1st edition 2011; 43 pages.

2011 / 7 / 2
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Jez Starr

Smoulder Paper by Jez StarrIn this ebook you will learn how to make your very own Smoulder Paper. Smoulder Paper, unlike Flash paper, smoulders away slowly and dramatically with no flames. Smoulder Paper is controllable and can leave parts of the paper untouched and unburned.

Includes

  • List of all materials
  • Tips and tricks
Easy and Cheap to make!

1st edition 2011; 20 pages.

2011 / 7 / 2
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Lybrary.com

KardKoating: playing card coating by Lybrary.comYou will get a 4 oz (118 ml) bottle of genuine playing card coating. This is the real stuff. This coating is used by the biggest playing card manufacturers. It produces a wonderfully smooth and slick surface. The cards will fan and shuffle perfectly. The bottle has a flip top that makes dispensing a brease. You will be able to coat at least 50 sheets (front and back) with one bottle.

I have tried and tested many other ways to coat playing cards but none even comes close to this coating. This is real playing card coating. Anything else is a bad substitute.

This coating is a chemical and...

2010 / 1 / 21
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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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