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...
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 Lybrary.com - and most of them for many years. One book is available as ebook from...
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 WorksRecent Thread on an Internet Magicians’ Forum –
Question: “What book or books are essential reading for someone just starting...
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, ...
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 Lybrary.com.
Biographies of Magicians
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.
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 Lybrary.com 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...