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How To Make Your Own Playing Cards

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:19)


If you have been struggling with making your own gaffed cards, printing your own deck of cards, or if you always wanted to put uncle Joe's face where the Jack of Spades is, then now this has become a lot easier and cheaper than ever before. The method I will describe here results in cards that are identical in look and feel to regular USPCC cards. And the best of all of this is that you can do this for a few cents per card right at home. ...

Story Deck Effects

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:0)

by Chris Wasshuber

A 'story deck effect' is an entertaining story of some kind which is told with the help of a deck of cards (full deck or partial deck). At certain moments in the story the performer displays a card or a set of cards to illustrate or 'play out' the story.

Probably the most famous story deck effect is Sam the Bellhop as performed by Bill Malone. Bill Malone has to be credited for adding false shuffles and cuts to the performance turning good entertainment into a stunning and amazing...

Jason England's 17 Card Books to Study

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:4)

In September 2010 Theory 11 released a short video clip where Jason England introduced 17 books on card magic any serious card magician should read. It was titled "An instructional download on the things you can't download" (my emphasis). Well, I respect the talented guys at Theory 11, but they are a bit behind the curve when it comes to downloads, because 10 of the 17 books are available as download ebooks from - and most of them for many years. One book is available as ebook from...

The Thirty-Nine Steps to Mentalism

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:0)

This is an excerpt from Bob Cassidy's exceptional Fundamentals ebook. Many consider this ebook the best Bob has ever written. It lists Bob's 39 most important magic books to study to achieve mastery in mentalism. The unique feature of this list is that Bob explains for each title why it is in his list. So here we go ...

The Thirty-Nine Steps - A Mentalist's Library of Essential Works

Recent Thread on an Internet Magicians’ Forum –
Question: “What book or books are essential reading for someone just starting...

Quick Change, Costume Change

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:0)

Recently I have become interested in the art of quick costume changes. I am listing here all the resources I could find. If you have others, please email me or comment below. The information listed here was shared by Dennis Schick, Sam Weiss, Thorsten Happel, Chris Brown, Hans-Christian Solka, ...


John Carney's Recommended Reading List

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:0)

In John Carney's The Book of Secrets he shares a list of 36 books he can highly recommend - books he would bring to the proverbial desert island. Many of these books are out-of-print. Luckily a good number of them, 12 to be precise, are available as ebooks from

Biographies of Magicians

  • Carter Beats the Devil
  • Memoirs of Robert-Houdin
  • The Life and Times of Augustus Rapp
  • Illusion Show by David Bamberg
  • Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher
  • Magic by David Price

Magic Craft

Torn & Restored Newspaper

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:0)

The Torn & Restored Newspaper is a classic effect in magic. Some performers have built their reputation on this trick alone. The other day a customer asked me if I have any explanation that he could download as ebook. Yes, I do have several great explanations and presentation ideas.

  • A wonderful routine is in The Magic of Slydini
  • Another fantastic one is in Pocket Power by Jarle Leirpoll. This one is even performed on a video clip that is included with the ebook.
  • There is a routine in New Ways to Mystify by Robert Parrish
  • You will find a...

A List of Al Mann Publications

Last Update: 09/05/2017 (Replies:0)

Al Mann was a prolific writer who published in excess of 100 manuscripts primarily on mentalism. All the Al Mann products we have for sale on can be found in the Al Mann category. Since we have already sold out of many of his manuscripts the list in the Al Mann category is not complete. As we sell out more and more it will further shrink. To help Al Mann collectors complete their collection I am listing below all the manuscripts and books that are known to me. It is easily possible that I am missing...

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