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Patter, Plots & Scripts

What you say during your performance is probably more important than what you do, except of course if you are performing a silent act. However, most magicians focus on technique. Nothing wrong about spending a lot of time on moves, but spend at least the same amount of time on honing your presentation, what you say, when you say it and how you say it.

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #35: Picto Transpo by Larry Brodahl

The trick PictoTranspo by Gene Anderson is a wonderful reframing of a Roy Johnson trick. In the trick, two large pictures - one drawn by the volunteer - swap places, even though the pictures are marked on the back with the volunteer's and magician's names.

A logical and funny script is included that covers why the trick is being done, and even allows you to pick any volunteer.

Note: This trick is not fully explained. You must own the trick to be able to perform it.

1st edition 2021, 17 pages.

2021 / 10 / 4

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Richard Merry & Val Andrews & Clifford Davis
Merry Bits and Patter Quips by Richard Merry & Val Andrews & Clifford Davis

A collection of gags, laugh lines, one-liners, and bits classified to cover all kinds of situations. Including a series of three articles on the task of the compere. An ebook for all who entertain with magic.

  • Publisher's Introduction
  • Part One: Notice To Quip
    • Cards
    • Ropes
    • Cigarettes Etc.
    • Money
    • Christmas
    • Multiplying Cigarette-Lighters
    • Burnt And Restored Note
    • Fire And Brimstone!
    • Silks, Hanks, Flags, Etc.
    • Mental
    • Wands
    • Paper, Watches And Miscellaneous
    • Eggs
    • Liquids
    • Impromptu
    • Levitations And Anti-Gravity
    • Openers
    • Village And Church-Hall Shows
    • Compere Gags Introductory And General ...
2021 / 9 / 7

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John Wade
Do Get The Name Right by John Wade

The pro guide to better compèring.

From the introduction by Billy McComb:

He's written a leaflet ... I shall not call it a book ... on Compering ... this bearded idiot. I've read it and regrettably he seems to know what he's talking about. I have written a bit to make the omissions less glaring ... but blast me cups and balls, he does appear to know what he's on about. And he does get booked to do it ... and at good money too. Forgive me. I must leave you ...

1st edition 1984, 13 pages; PDF 14 pages.

2021 / 5 / 31

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #34: Thumb Thing Fun by Larry Brodahl

An age old penetration of your own thumb using a string or chain has been revisited and reworked into a clever and deceptive trick. Simple. Easy to perform. Surrounded. No gimmicks, no gaffs.

A classic of magic we all learned early on and never do, as it's not a very good trick. Until now. The trick has been transformed into a very cute and clever brain teaser with nothing more than a little modified handling and some clever scripting.

1st edition 2021, PDF 24 pages, video 1 min 48 s.

2021 / 4 / 16

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Wolfgang Riebe
200 Politically Correct One-Liner Jokes for Magicians by Wolfgang Riebe

The world has changed - radically! Being an entertainer and telling jokes has gone from 'having fun' with the audience to complaints about every possible issue. Political Correctness now rules. Whatever your view on the issue, the new reality is that all entertainers now need to be more aware than ever before not to offend an audience member. Hence the need for one-liner jokes that are non-political, non-religious, non-sexual, and just about non-everything.

As much as is humanly possible, jokes from past books and new ones have been combined in the ebook that will 'hopefully' not offend anyone....

2021 / 4 / 10

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Edwin Hooper & Tommy Windsor
Collected Cartoon Stunts by Edwin Hooper & Tommy Windsor

An easy to do show that you can also perform online and via video-conference. Hints, tips, ideas, novelties, patter, presentation and surprises enabling you to easily present ... a complete lightning cartoon act.

Here is great material, the cream of material collected from several out-of-print publications - over thirty Cartoon stunts plus "How Stage Cartoonists draw their pay" by Tommy Windsor an article that is packed with valuable information and ideas to help you become a Lightning Cartoonist. A feature act for any program. A welcome break in an all-magic show. Skill in drawing is not...

2020 / 11 / 6

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Brian T. Lees
Body Language by Brian T. Lees

As entertainers we must use every tool available to delivery our magic to the audience. Body language, often not considered, enhances the connection, compliments the communication and directly impacts the entertainment factor. This ebook identifies body language. It is an attempt to bring the skills associated with theater into the hands of the magician. We have to play to those in the back row and balcony. The best approach is to entertain using your full body.

  • Body language
  • Body elements
  • Timing and body language
  • Body language comparisons
  • Wrapping it up
1st edition 2020, PDF 16 pages....
2020 / 10 / 15

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #33: Ring and Rope by Larry Brodahl

A multi-phase ring and rope routine using only a regular rope and ring.

Most ring and rope routines don't really look like magic. They look like the rope is looped and threaded and re-threaded, and otherwise fiddled with to account for the "magic". Not this routine. Simple. Easy to perform. Almost surrounded. No gimmicks, no gaffs. Everything's examinable, and nothing is added or taken away. A rope - and a ring. And a killer script.

The author of How To Write A Script reveals his 'Ring and Rope' routine, which he has used to close his act, and is nothing but visual, clean magic. This ebook gives you every...

2020 / 8 / 2

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George Mackenzie Munro
The Lightning Sketcher by George Mackenzie Munro

An attractive rapid sketching act suitable for any entertainment. Easily acquired by means of the guide to presentations, non-technical self-instructor. Includes 30 exclusive lightning, reversible, and plain line sketches. Accompanied with the appropriate and witty patter. Anyone can do it. Little practice required. No preparation necessary.

  • A Triangular Yacht
  • Oval Oddities
  • An Animal With Points
  • The Cat
  • A Fruitful Pear
  • A Full Man From An Empty Coffin
  • Reversible Sketches
  • Line Sketches
  • Suggested "Patter" For Lightning Sketches
1st edition 1925, 32 pages; PDF 23 pages.
2020 / 7 / 18

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George Mackenzie Munro
Art in Ten Minutes by George Mackenzie Munro

A lightning sketch lecture.

The presentation of this amusing "Lightning Sketching" act involves no particular skill. Very little practice is required to produce the drawings that illustrate the booklet.

This ebook can also function as an introduction to learning to draw, because it takes the reader from the most simple beginnings of drawing (dots and straight lines) all the way to rather impressive sketches which can be achieved literally with a few well placed strokes.

  • Foreword
  • Presentation
  • Fishes
  • Notes On The "Birds" Sketch
  • The Restless Fays
1st edition 1922, 27 pages; PDF...
2020 / 7 / 17

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #32: Teddy by Larry Brodahl

A parlor/small stage version of the Gypsy Thread that does not rely on florescent thread, but instead uses yarn. It comes complete with a offbeat and funny script.

  • Preface
  • Effect
  • Methodology
    • Materials
    • Preparation
    • Moves
  • Scripts
  • Analysis of the trick
  • Script Insights
    • Fixing flaws
  • Performance Notes
  • Errata
  • Credits
  • An Additional Service
  • Final thoughts

1st edition 2020, PDF 21 pages.

2020 / 5 / 31

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Wolfgang Riebe
100 Card Trick One-Liner Jokes by Wolfgang Riebe

The most popular magic tricks amongst magicians are card tricks, yet there are few jokes and sayings that cover those ‘quiet’ moments between tricks and moves. Here you will find many. What about just adding some comedy entertainment to your next card trick? Looking for the right quick one-line joke - you should find one, or many more here.

1st edition 2020, PDF 15 pages.

2020 / 4 / 14

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Alex De Vega
Patterettes by Alex De Vega

From the Foreword:

"Patterettes" is not really a book of Patter. Personally I do not believe in ready-made Patter; which is like ready-made clothing - must be altered to suit the individual. "Patterettes" is rather a collection of snappy little gags that may be added to your patter at your discretion. I do not claim originality for what is to follow: some are original but many are not. They are taken from my "gag books" in which I have collected many notes of little sayings, jokes, etc. which I have made suitable for patter in connection with conjuring and the allied arts.

  • Foreword ...
2020 / 4 / 11

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Oswald Rae
Practical Patter for Practical Magicians by Oswald Rae

From the preface:

Patter fulfils very useful purposes. It serves to entertain and keep an audience in a good humour, also it occupies their minds, and is invaluable as an aid to misdirection. The patter herein has been carefully written round each effect, with due allowance for necessary moves, misdirection and dramatic effect. Obviously much of it can be used for other magical effects, if required, and most performers will doubtless make alterations to suit their own particular style.

  • Preface
  • The Clock Dial
  • The Elusive Blocks
  • Perplexing Politics
  • "Matter Through Matter"
  • Aerial Treasury ...
2020 / 4 / 5

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #31: Clippo by Larry Brodahl

A script and methodology for doing the classic Clippo trick that will make you and your audience appreciate the beauty and mystery of a small, easy to carry trick.

Clippo is a trick that is wonderful on paper, and useless in reality. For such a clever trick, there never seems to be an appropriate reaction. And frankly, the trick has no ending and occasionally fails.

In this manuscript, you'll learn:

  • why Clippo fails to get a good reaction
  • how to make Clippo
  • the script
  • even some of the script writing and design process followed
This trick is suitable for parlor or stage.


2020 / 3 / 27

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Mark Lewis
Marmaduke the Wonder Mouse by Mark Lewis

This is the pocket trick of the universe. And this is the best ebook ever written on it. You may have seen this performed by a carnival pitchman or magic demonstrator at a fair or exhibition. Briefly the effect is that a tiny little mouse scampers all over the place. It walks along the hand, it turns left, right and even rolls over. It will scamper out of a glass and hop from one deck of cards to another. It is a sensation!

Also included in this ebook is a description of the Magic Coin trick and the Spooky Pencil trick. The pencil trick in particular is a fabulous trick in it's own right...

2019 / 12 / 31

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William W. Larsen
Evidence of Deception by William W. Larsen

Here's an entertaining, 40-60 minute lecture that you, the magical performer, can present on the topic of paying attention to avoid getting taken in by scams, cons and crooked politicians. And it's a money-maker, too.

Entertain your talk with magic: Your audience will not only be informed, but entertained with magic effects that you likely already have, or modestly priced items easily obtained from most any dealer. This newly revised edition also includes three effects recommended by Larsen, that you would previously have had to buy separately.

This lecture is in demand: Not a magic show...

2019 / 12 / 31

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #28: Lassoing a Card by Larry Brodahl

How to lasso a chosen card. Complete methodology as well as script and performance video included. Full performance rights allowed.

It is a version that makes sense. The magician explains that as a child at summer vacation, he learned how to lasso mosquitoes, and he got so good at it, that he learned to actually snap the knot for the lasso onto the rope mid-air. And he thought he'd turn that skill into a trick.

The magician has a card selected. This card is returned to the deck and shuffled by the spectator. After some byplay, the magician drops the cards into a paper bag, puts one end...

2019 / 9 / 12

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Jimmy Muir & B. W. McCarron
How to M.C. And Put A Show Together by Jimmy Muir & B. W. McCarron

Many performers are called upon, at one time or another, to host a show. Now you can prepare yourself in advance, to deliver a dynamic and exciting performance. Whether it's for a talent show, a two-hour evening show, or a variety telethon in front of a TV audience, being the Master of Ceremonies can be a fun and rewarding experience - if you know what you're doing.

The authors, who have performed as emcees for magic shows, beauty pageants, fairs, outdoor festivals, in hotels, and on theatre stages for hundreds of performances, reveal all their tips and secrets in this easy-to-understand...

2019 / 7 / 8

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #27: Triumph by Larry Brodahl

Two complete scripts and very simple handling for the Triumph effect, which not only fools people, but entertains them immensely. No difficult sleights, no gaffs, no problems.

Many versions of Triumph are either complicated and hard to follow, or gaffed, or even a knuckle buster.

Well, the author of How To Write A Script shows how he used his methodology to write 2 different scripts that explains and entertains with the Triumph effect, while technically putting it well within the reach of every magician. This ebook gives you every line, joke, piece of timing, setup and nuance of the routine.

The ebook...

2019 / 5 / 19

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #26: Four Beans by Larry Brodahl

Amusing and entertaining script on the classic 4 Bean routine. Full performance rights included.

The 4 Bean trick is a classic, but the moves and the motivation are odd and unexplained.

Well, the author of How To Write A Script shows how he used his methodology to write a funny script where you know why the trick is being done and why the handling looks the way it does. And the handling ends up being pretty simple.

This ebook gives you every line, joke, piece of timing, setup and nuance of the routine. The ebook also takes you through an overview of some of the steps of script writing and routine design...

2019 / 4 / 14

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #24: Seeing cards with the Fingertips by Larry Brodahl

Script(s) and full handling on a routine for finding cards with your fingertips. Plays for duos, or solo performers in parlor, stage, or even closeup. Performance video included.

Effect: The magician has 3 cards selected from a red deck. A spectator has also shuffled a blue deck. From that blue deck, the magician finds the exact same cards selected from the red deck using just his sensitive fingers.

A trick and variations on the script for:

  • a duo act where one person plays the mystic, and the other is an interpreter.
  • an act where the assistant gets the credit for doing the trick. ...
2019 / 1 / 29

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Val Andrews
Magic of Christmas by Val Andrews

Val Andrews sent this booklet to his customers during the 1988 Christmas season. It features stories and recollections involving Christmas and magic.

  • It's the Thought that Counts!
  • The Christmas when 'Pimpo' came to Brighton
  • Christmas Day in the Workhouse
  • A Gathering of Greats
  • Abanazer

1st edition 1988, 12 pages; PDF 14 pages.

2019 / 1 / 15

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Ken Allen
Pilfered Patter 1.5 by Ken Allen

People who know comedy recommend Ken Allen's Pilfered Patter as the book to get. Don Lawton, Bill Larsen Jr., John Braun and other professional entertainers and comedy writers raved about the material in Pilfered Patter No. 1. But we didn't stop there. Introducing Pilfered Patter 1.5, the new and improved ebook of comic monologues, one- and two-liners, gags, jokes and funny stories to intersperse during or between effects in your routine.

Nothing is off limits - not even sex - which is why this ebook carries a warning that it may not be appropriate for those under 17 years of age. (There's...

2019 / 1 / 6

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #23: vanishing wand (shell) by Larry Brodahl

An breakdown in script format and full handling on making real magic with the Vanishing Wand using the Shell. Full construction details on making your own shells included. Performance video included.

Anyone that's ever read Tarbell has run into the Shell Wand.

An exact duplicate of a wand made from paper. But, you probably have questions.

  • What do you do with it?
  • Can you fool people with it?
  • How do you build the duplicates?
In this chapter of the Scripted series, you'll get an easy routine and script that entertains and fools your audience, as well as a detailed explanation of how to...
2018 / 12 / 14

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Dave Arch
Volunteer Game by Dave Arch

The next time you select a volunteer for one of your magic routines, why not play a quick game of chance to decide who the volunteer's going to be? Yet . . . do so with total confidence that the person you want to use in your show is always the one who wins the game.

Here are two different versions where numbered word cards are selected by various members of the audience and then read aloud in numerical order by the audience members. From experience, it is strongly suggested that you consider using both versions in the same show. Both times you use these cards the audience laughs louder...

2018 / 11 / 25

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Various Authors
Occult by Various Authors

A collection of stories of the supernatural. These are great starting points to develop your patter for bizarre or otherwise weird and scary plot lines.

  • The Guide (Irene Amesbury)
  • Call of the Pool Goddess (John C. Craig)
  • The Room without Windows (W. P. Cockcroft)
  • The Bride of Yum-Chac (Henry Rawle)
  • The Fulfilment (Alexander O. Pearson)
  • Sir Rodney keeps a Date (Andrew Ringwood)
  • The Window (Winfred M. Carnegie)
  • Binker's Ghost (A. C. Bailey)

PDF 58 pages

2018 / 9 / 16

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Larry Brodahl
Scripted #22: vanishing figure 8 knot by Larry Brodahl

How to tie a vanishing figure 8 knot and a script that makes the process more enjoyable and entertaining.

Everyone probably knows how to vanish an overhand knot, or even a Chefalo knot. But how many know how to vanish a figure 8 knot?

How to tie a true figure 8 knot as well as the false figure 8 knot are both shown and are virtually identical. The script provided shows how it can stand on it's own, but it would also fit nicely into a routine with knots. An audience member can even help you tie the knot, and they'll be none the wiser.

Best of all, it's free.

1st edition 2018, 20 pages....

2018 / 9 / 9

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Dave Arch
Oralgami: four strange stories by Dave Arch

A series of four visual ghost stories with a magical paper folding twist particularly suitable for grades K-6 where they want scary stories (but not too scary).

For each of the four stories you will get a PDF to print fold and glue, as well as a video where Dave is presenting the story. A separate video explains how the paper is to be folded, glued and presented.

1st edition 2018

2018 / 8 / 18

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