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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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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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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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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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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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Ulysses Frederick Grant

Window Stoppers by Ulysses Frederick GrantThis ebook describes store window displays which are magical in one way or another causing pedestrians to stop and look into the window. Once a person stops and looks at the display the chances for them to actually enter the store have dramatically increased.

Several of these contraptions use magic principles. One can think of them as magic apparatus displayed in action. Although these displays could be employed by pretty much any store, I would think that they would be most appropriate in the window of a real magic store. I have never seen any magic store use anything like this. An innovative...

2008 / 10 / 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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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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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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Steffan Soule

Suitcase Table by Steffan SouleSuitcase conversion to rolling stage table - a Suitcase Table for magicians who fly to their performance.

If you fly to your performance, and if you need to fit as many props into your check-in luggage as possible given modern weight and size restrictions (62" and 50 pounds for example), then this suitcase table is for you.

This suitcase table system is the best in the world. It uses the latest regulation size suitcase by Samsonite (or any four wheel "clamshell" of your choice) and alters it into a rolling magician's suitcase table. The final suitcase table converts from a suitcase to...

2011 / 12 / 22
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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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Lybrary.com

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
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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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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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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
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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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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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Shawn Evans

Prestige Pen Projects by Shawn Evans
"We humans have a long history of using writing instruments to record and transfer our thoughts and impressions. We magicians have a long history of gimmicking writing instruments to deceive thoughts and create magical impressions".
This ebook is a combination Do-It-Yourself and Magic Effects ebook, containing 9 major DIY projects and 7 full working routines, plus a host of other tricks.

Learn how to make 3 types of flash pens, a flameless, smoke loading pen, a PSI pen, multiple-purpose pens, novel uses of off-the-shelf pens and mentalist utility pens. No knowledge of electronics needed...

2012 / 7 / 7
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Shawn Evans

Psychic on Wheels by Shawn EvansPOW is the Mentalist's PAL.

POW (Psychic On Wheels) is DIY Series #3, where you will learn the novel application of using a small motorized toy car to find a freely selected or forced card. No major modifications required, no knowledge of electronics needed - just the proper know-how.

Main Effect:

POW will travel over a row of cards and directly stop on the spectator's selected card. POW will also follow freshly drawn curving lines (road) to a row of cards and will automatically stop on the chosen card.

The wonderful Dick Koornwinder is credited as the first magic creator to use...

2012 / 7 / 16
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