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Peter Duffie

Peter Duffie

(April 15, 1957 - )

Peter first became fascinated by magic at the age of eight after his uncle showed him some magic tricks using cards, coins, matches and chalk. But it was the cards that held his deepest interest, and so began a learning process that continues to the present day.

Peter’s chief mentor was, and still is, Roy Walton. Others whom he met and had a profound influence on his path include, Gordon Bruce, Andy Galloway, Tommy Frederick, Fred Robinson, Dave Campbell, Eric Mason, Ken Brooke, Peter Kane, Alex Elmsley, Pat Page, Phil Goldstein, Gene Maze, Richard Kaufman and Dai Vernon.

A past winner of the Scottish Conjuror’s Association Close-up competition and the British Ring Zina Bennett Cup, Peter considers competitions "good fun but meaningless."

His early association with Jerry Sadowitz led to a series of books, beginning with 17916 Alternative Card Magic (1982). It started with two young men - a manuscript - and no publisher. Peter is grateful that Martin Breese saw in the material what others didn't, and took the chance. All five Duffie/Sadowitz books have recently been reprinted by Martin Breese in a single collection titled Cardzones - a handsome cloth-bound tome. While the material dates back to the 1980's, Peter is proud of this collection.

The 1990's saw a new direction with the release of Imagine, a self-produced manuscript of near-self-working card tricks. This was followed by Obsession, Ulterior Motifs, and so it went on, and indeed, Peter continues to release new booklets to this day.

In the mid-90's, a chance encounter with Richard Kaufman at a Blackpool convention led to a publishing contract being signed. Duffie's Card Compulsions was published in 1995 by Kaufman and Greenberg. This was followed by Five Time Five (Scotland) and Effortless Card Magic.

Peter is currently in partnership with the clever Californian magician Robin Robertson. Together they have created over 200 new effects and recently released Card Conspiracy Vols. 1 and 2. A third book is planned.

Coauthors: Robin Robertson, Jerry Sadowitz, Cameron Francis, Aldo Colombini

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Peter Duffie
The Card Activist by Peter Duffie

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Two spectators each select a card from a packet. The selection procedure happens in the hands of the spectators, you have no influence over the procedure. First, the cards separate into reds and blacks. Then the selections magically appear among the cards of opposite colour. All this happens without the performer touching the cards.

Not Wrong
You offer to demonstrate your ability to cut to certain cards with great accuracy. You give the deck a couple of cuts, placing a packet face down on the table. You turn over the top card of the tabled pile to reveal the Ace of Hearts. This...

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Peter Duffie
Double Indemnity by Peter Duffie

Here are two effects that use easy-to-make gimmicks which can be added to your regular deck.

FLASHPOINT is a sensational card routine with a topological flavor. Two cards, an Ace and a King, magically change places. The performer offers to repeat the effect under more stringent conditions. The King is placed on the table and covered with the performer's wallet. The Ace is placed between two blank cards. The Ace is visible through two holes cut in the middle of the blank cards yet, at the performer's command, it instantly and visibly disappears. When the wallet is lifted from the table the...

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Peter Duffie
Hooked on Cards by Peter Duffie

A collection of new card routines.

Card to Envelope
In the book Inspirations (published by Martin Breese in 1987) I included an effect called 'Envelope Prediction'. This is a different version which I performed as part of my close-up act at the Blackpool convention in 1979. There is no palming or copping of cards, in fact you could call this near-self-working!

Lie To Me
A card is selected and lost back into the deck. You give the spectator an old coin/medallion which they hold in their hand. This, you say, will send "truth waves" to the deck. You now ask the spectator a series of questions about his card: he...

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Peter Duffie
Solo by Peter Duffie

A card routine that is a combination of Hofzinser's Royal Marriages and Peter Kane's Wild Card.

[Please note that this ebook does not come with any gimmicks or cards. You will need four ordinary Kings; two blank faced cards; and four Queens with blank backs.]

1st edition 1986, 1st digital edition 2013, 9 pages.

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Peter Duffie
Duet by Peter Duffie

POINT BLANK ASSEMBLY gives you the maximum effect for the minimum effort. Four Kings change places one at a time with four blank cards. The transposition is repeated only this time it occurs instantly. Finally the four Kings disappear altogether.

[You will need four blank-faced cards and four kings of which three have blank backs.]

IMPULSE starts as a transposition effect between a selected card and a blank card but ends with a finish that those who have seen it describe as 'NOT POSSIBLE'. Truly original thinking.

[You will need three blank-faced cards. One is gimmicked. The gimmick is easy to make with a pair of scissors, paper and glue.]

1st edition 1984, 1st digital edition 2013, 13 pages....

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Peter Duffie
Quartet: four exclusive card effects by Peter Duffie

All the effects use simple fakes or subtleties to accomplish off-beat effects.

INTERNECINE is a novel version of the Tunnel Change and uses a small packet of cards. The cards appear to change places of their own accord. The performer demonstrates this phenomena further by causing two of the cards to change places in a very convincing manner. Finally the transposition is repeated and this time the change takes place visibly.

DICHOTOMY is a very strange prediction effect. A spectator chooses a card and tears it into two pieces. One of the pieces is destroyed and the other retained by the...

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Trio by Peter Duffie

Three off beat effects which have received the praise of laymen, magicians and reviewers.

CLEAR THOUGHT uses four blank cards. A spectator is asked to think of one of the four Queens, Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds or Spades, and whilst the blank cards are in her own hands one of them changes to the mentally selected card. No questions are asked. Not to be outdone, the performer changes the other blanks into the remaining Queens.

POLYTHENE PAM is a novel version of Find The Lady. A spectator fails to find the lady which continually disappears leaving just four blank cards. At the finish all the...

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Peter Duffie
4 Most by Peter Duffie

Four lovely card effects put together by Peter Duffie.

4-SOME: Here's a simple and automatic, yet highly effective, way to get four of a kind using the Fulves "Gemini Twins" concept.

3-SOME: A matching effect where the spectator does all the work and finishes with Three of a Kind. Inspired by, but not using, Marty Kane's Status Quo-2 Principle.

THE HEAVY TEAM: A selected card lost in a packet is found by a randomly chosen Ace detective.

GHOST BUSTER: In effect, you show an Ace, Two, Three and Four of Spades. Each card passes from top to bottom and it is then discarded. When you reach...

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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 1 by Peter Duffie

45 tricks from more than 20 books, 2 insane essays

The Best of Peter Duffie 1 is a perfect cross section of card magic's evolution over the years. Duffie has worked with so many legendary figures that his inspiration is a frenzy of possibilities. Each trick in this ebook was selected as the very best of Peter Duffie's extensive online library.

Duffie employs the most direct method to get from point A to point B. You'll finish the trick without one wasted move; an important characteristic of any good magic trick. A streamlined effect provides ample opportunity to develop the presentation. ...

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Peter Duffie
Best of Duffie 6 by Peter Duffie

This latest volume in the "Best Of" series of Peter Duffie eBooks takes a new direction. Almost 40 card routines have been extracted from Peter's past books and are included in this volume. All the routines have a common denominator: They all involve the selection of a card (or cards) and their subsequent revelation in clever/devious ways!

Contents:

  • Klektors
  • By Pass
  • Hour Magic
  • Card Two Pocket
  • Saved By The Belles
  • Special Envoy
  • 37 Years Later
  • The Keepers Of Secrets
  • Miracle Or Impossible Revisited
  • Phantomesque
  • Dreamland
  • Simply Stated
  • A Twisted Tale
  • In Place
  • Catalystic Collectors ...
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Peter Duffie
Perplexities by Peter Duffie

Automatic Aces
You shuffle a deck and then give it a spectator, who now carries out a series of random actions that result in him locating all four Aces.

Rideckulous
Your invisible helpers become visible and then find a chosen card along with all the other cards of the same colour!

Natterjacks
You remove the four Jacks. A Card is selected and returned to the deck. The deck is cut into two halves - one remains on the table. The four Jacks are placed face up on the table half and cut into the middle. One by one the Jacks leave the tabled half and appear face up in the half in your hands....

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Duffie's Card Compulsions by Peter Duffie

This is an electronic facsimile of the deluxe edition of Duffie's Card Compulsions that was published by Richard Kaufman. Illustrated by Joseph K. Schmidt with an introduction by Roy Walton. Besides the wonderful card magic you will also find artful drawings of sparsely clad ladies. And let's be honest folks, this is the real reason you should buy this ebook.

Contents:

  • Preliminary
    • Introduction: Roy Walton
    • Foreword: Peter Duffie
  • Routines
    • The Three Packet Shuffle
    • Mis-Read Palmistry
    • City Slickers
    • Marriage On The Rocks
    • Sherlock Never Married
    • Baker Street Branch
    • Dearly Departed
    • Exodus
    • The...
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Peter Duffie & Aldo Colombini
That's Amore by Peter Duffie & Aldo Colombini

You give the four Kings to a spectator. You cut the deck saying that you'll now cut to one of the Queens. The spectator's task is to try to pick the King that will be the perfect mate for the Queen you cut to. Remove the top card of the deck and the spectator picks ANY King. The two cards prove to be the King and Queen of Clubs! This is successfully repeated with the remaining Kings and Queens. Then a big surprise occurs: On the back of the four Queens four hearts appear!

Requires four double-backed cards and heart stickers.

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Peter Duffie & Cameron Francis
Turbulence by Peter Duffie & Cameron Francis

In Turbulence, the impossible becomes possible.

Turbulence is a multi-phase card routine that is both mind-bending and entertaining.

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Turbulence kicks off with a sizzling and super clean "Collectors" phase where four Kings instantly collect three previously signed cards. Then, in the blink of an eye, the three cards instantly vanish. The three cards are then reproduced as they are summoned from the deck one by one. Finally, the Kings are placed in your pocket and an impossible transposition occurs — the Kings are suddenly found on the table while the three signed cards are...

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Alternative Card Magic by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

This work has become a classic among card magicians. Alternative Card Magic was the first book for Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz, two creative card men. Jeff Busby called it "the card magic book of the decade".

In the foreword Roy Walton writes:

I have known Peter and Jerry since they first became interested in conjuring and have been amazed at their rapid progress in the art of conjuring with cards. Their work shows considerable originality, combined with ingenious methods and an acute awareness of what makes a good audience trick. Studying their tricks will give you pleasure - performing them...

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Contemporary Card Magic by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

After the success of Alternative Card Magic Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz continued their creative output.

  1. Contents
  2. Foreword
  3. Across The Universe (Peter Duffie)
  4. The Man In The Middle (Jerry Sadowitz)
  5. Aces In Tiers (Peter Duffie)
  6. 007 And Counting (Jerry Sadowitz)
  7. Signus X 1 (Peter Duffie)
  8. An Unpacket Trick (Jerry Sadowitz)
  9. A Personal Triumph (Peter Duffie)
  10. Fancy Dance (Jerry Sadowitz)
  11. A Case For Clouseau (Peter Duffie)
  12. Boom! (Jerry Sadowitz)
  13. A Minor Delusion (Peter Duffie)
  14. Boom Production (Jerry Sadowitz)
  15. Face Up Garcia (Peter Duffie)
  16. Front Cover (Jerry Sadowitz)
  17. The Short Sharp Shock (Peter Duffie) ...
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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Inspirations by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

More early card and coin creations from Peter Duffie and Jerry Sadowitz. Martin Breese was called the "Card Magic Publisher Of the Year" due the various publications by these two gentlemen.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Publisher's Foreword

  3. Chapter One Jerry Sadowitz On Cards
  4. Smile Away
  5. Discrepancy Transposition: 1
  6. Discrepancy Transposition: 2
  7. Flush Locator
  8. All Change
  9. Mik Mak Mok

  10. Chapter Two Peter Duffie On Cards
  11. Envelope Prediction
  12. Apartheid
  13. Worlds Apart
  14. Home Computer
  15. Pocket Assembly

  16. Chapter Three Jerry Sadowitz Sleights And Moves
  17. Shuffle Lap
  18. Stop Sleight
  19. Slip Cut Half Pass ...
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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Card Zones by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

For those who have been looking for the first five books that Jerry Sadowitz and Peter Duffie published through Martin Breese - there is good news. All five books have been compiled in one ebook called Card Zones. These are:

Card Zones has over 100 illustrations by David Britland and Roy Johnson.
"I received Card Zones yesterday and just wanted to tell you what a beautiful piece of work it is. You've really done proud by Peter and Jerry. I love the cover, both color and illustration. The inside layout for all the tricks is beautiful....
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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Zeitgemäße und Alternative Kartenzauberei by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

Als dieses Buch 1982 von Martin Breese in London herausgegeben wurde, schlug es in Fachkreisen wie eine Bombe ein. Kartenexperten hatten die Veröffentlichung auch schon seit langem erwartet, da ihnen die ungeheure Kreativität, die in den beiden Autoren steckt, bekannt war.

Bei der Übertragung der Kunststücke wurde besondere Sorgfalt angewendet, jedoch läßt es sich nicht vermeiden, die englischen Fachausdrücke für die einzelnen Kartengriffe wörtlich zu übernehmen, da sie in der Fachterminologie Allgemeingut geworden sind. Um nun dem nur deutschsprachigen Zauberkünstler eine Hilfestellung...

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz
Zeitgemäße und Alternative Kartenzauberei (gebraucht) by Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

Sehr gut erhaltenes Heft in Klebebindung. Informationen zum Inhalt finden sie hier.

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Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
Card Conspiracy 1 by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson

12 Chapters, 50+ tricks, 150+ illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt.

  1. Biddle Force: 26 Faces North; Double Knavery; 25 Faces North + 1 South
  2. Concealed Allerton Control: CAC Visitor; Only Joking; Anti-Matter; Anti-Matter Revisited; Final Control
  3. Cut Force: Diminishing Matches; Beastly Assembly; Faith Counter; 51 Faces North
  4. Daley's Delight Switch: Hotel Daley; Shifty King; Repelling & Attracting; Double Rouge et Noire; Daley's Do-as-I-Do
  5. Daryl's Diminishing Count: Bad Guys Wear Black; Just a Little off the Top, Please; Repligator; Blackjack & Blackjacks
  6. Divide and Conjure (Marty Kane)
  7. Double...
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Card Conspiracy 2 by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson

14 Chapters, 70+ tricks, 150+ illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt.

  1. Interlocked Principle: Topmost; Blackjack Aces; Between 2 Worlds
  2. Jog Switch: The Producers; JS Ace Production; Rags to Riches
  3. Kosky Switch: Compression Agents; Compression Agents Revisited; Fan Dancing Queens; Infallible Foolable Kings; Self Correcting Sandwich & variants
  4. Misc. - General: Bottom Biddle Following Orders; Change-Over Queens; Clockwise; Con-found; The Piston; Shiftless Royalty; Impaired Royalty; The Ringmaster; Return to Sender; Traveling Queen; Vollmer Variant; Ambitious & Overworked
  5. Misc. - Set-ups: Flexible...
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Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
Card Conspiracy 1 & 2 by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
  1. Biddle Force: 26 Faces North; Double Knavery; 25 Faces North + 1 South
  2. Concealed Allerton Control: CAC Visitor; Only Joking; Anti-Matter; Anti-Matter Revisited; Final Control
  3. Cut Force: Diminishing Matches; Beastly Assembly; Faith Counter; 51 Faces North
  4. Daley's Delight Switch: Hotel Daley; Shifty King; Repelling & Attracting; Double Rouge et Noire; Daley's Do-as-I-Do
  5. Daryl's Diminishing Count: Bad Guys Wear Black; Just a Little off the Top, Please; Repligator; Blackjack & Blackjacks
  6. Divide and Conjure (Marty Kane)
  7. Double Deal Turn-over: S.O.P. (Slightly Open Prediction); Blackjack Transpo;...
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Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
Diamonds from Coal by Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson
"Diamonds From Coal, the third card book co-authored by Robin Robertson and Peter Duffie, contains superb material like their first two publications, Card Conspiracy Vol. 1 and Card Conspiracy Vol. 2, that is not only well constructed and entertaining, it does not require an inordinate amount of skill. Together the Duffie/Robertson trilogy is the best value in card magic to come out in a long time." - Harvey Rosenthal
Biddle Force: An Unnatural Order; A Swindle of Suits; Observation Test; Name a Number, Any Number

Batch Mexican Turnover: On a Match; Mag(net)Ic; Looks Can be Deceiving; The Royal Road; Combined Forces; Rapid-Fire Aces ...

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