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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 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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4 Most by Peter DuffieFour 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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Mind Blasters by Peter DuffieThe ultimate collection of mind-blowing English mind magic! Some of the world's top mentalist's tip their mitt! After the success of Miraculous Minds - Scotland goes mental Peter Duffie pulled off an even bigger job covering England with 41 contributors and 57 sensational routines. Do the math yourself, this is the quality and quantity bargain of the year.

[There is also a sequel of similar quality to this extraordinary ebook: Mind Blasters 2.

The contributors in the order in which they appear in the ebook are: Marc Paul, John Archer, Wayne Dobson, Stephen Tucker, Paul Hallas, Christopher Williams, Abracadaver, Les Johnson, Harold Cataquet, Andy Nicholls, Shiv Duggal, James Ward, Stephen Jones, Russell Hall, Roni Shachnaey, Lewis Jones,...

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Effortless Card Magic by Peter DuffieEffortless is probably just as apropriate or misleading as self-working. It doesn't mean that these tricks don't require any effort on your side. You have to read the descriptions, remember the sequence of actions and perform the act - entertain, which in my book is neither self-working nor effortless. But what these terms try to convey is that you will not need to master difficult moves or finger breaking sleights to perform these effects. And they are very good effects. Often an 'effortless' trick can be performed to greater effect because the performer can pay more attention to audience managment,...
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Miraculous Minds by Peter DuffieScotland goes mental! (If you want the English version of this theme see Mind Blasters.)

Roy Walton
Guardian Ghost: A dead Pharaoh summons a frightening object to deter tomb raiders from robbing his tomb. In this case it is a ghost; the ghost of the Pharaoh himself!

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Streamlined Who Knows the Card: A card mentally chosen by one spectator is found by another spectator. Clever stuff!
Mirakill: Predict the colors of cards that have been freely mixed by a spectator.

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Have a Drink on Me: A multiple prediction of hotels and drinks freely chosen by members of your audience.
Book Test: Jim's rendition...

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Mind Blasters 2 by Peter DuffieThe new collection of mind-blowing English mind magic!

Once again, some of England's top mentalist's tip their mitt. Following the success of Mind Blasters we now have: Mind Blasters II - the Sequel!

  • 220 pages
  • 45 contributors
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  • fully illustrated with photographs & graphics
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  2. Marc Paul: Square Thoughts / T.A.R.P. Squared
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  4. Mike Hopley: Crystal Clear / Beyond Chance
  5. Craig Petty: Frick Off! / Psychic Paper Clip
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Scotland Up Close by Peter Duffie18 contributors offering 26 Routines, including 110 Photos! Here is the lineup: Roy Walton, Gordon Bruce, Dave Robertson, Gavin Ross, David Walsh, Peter McLanachan, Steve Hamilton, Richard James, Gary Middleton, R. Paul Wilson, George McBride, Peter Duffie, Iain Girdwood, Scotty Johnston, David Forrest, Euan Bingham, Jim Boyd, Val Le-Val.

20 of these tricks have never been in print before!

1st edition, 2005; 80 pages.

Autograph Hunter: Roy causes a spectator's signature to jump from one card to anther. You'll love this!

The Hands of a Surgeon: Gordon compels an unwitting spectator to cut to the four Aces. It's not often Gordon publishes material, so...

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Mind Blasters USA by Peter DuffieA new mind-blowing collection of more than 80 mentalism routines from some of America's finest practitioners.

  • Danny Archer
    • Digital Prediction
    • Drawn Again
  • Bruce Bernstein
    • Picture Duplication Done Cold
  • Dr. Bill
    • Crosseyed!
  • Jeffrey Bloom
    • Inception
    • Twisted Brothers
    • Very Superstitious
  • Elliott Bresler
    • The Detective's Peek
  • Craig Browning
    • Spirit Calling
  • Richard Busch
    • Reversal of Fortune
  • Christopher Caldwell
    • Wallet Psychometry
  • Paul Carnazzo
    • Uncrushed
  • Ray Carlyle
    • Money in Balloon
    • No Gimmick Book Test
  • Cameron Francis
    • Back it Up
    • Pinpoint
  • Scott F. Guinn ...
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Aldo Colombini & Peter Duffie & Robin Robertson

Killer Koncepts by Aldo Colombini & Peter Duffie & Robin RobertsonA Koncise Kollaborative Kompendium of Kommercial Killer Kount Kreations for Kontemporary Klose-up Kard Konjurors. Over 30 routines using Steve Beam’s Killer Count by Peter Duffie, Aldo Colombini and Robin Robertson. Four Ace tricks, cards across, mentalism, discoveries, spelling effects, comedy routines, a fantastic diary trick and much more.

1st edition 2009; 26 pages.

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Mind Master by Peter DuffieFor almost 10 years this has been Peter's biggest selling trick in Europe & the USA.

You give a spectator a small pocket diary. From a choice of over sixty names written on cards, a second spectator mentally selects a husband and wife. The choice is free; there is no force of any kind.

You (or a spectator) read out a letter that has been in full view from the beginning. The letter reveals the date of the couple's wedding. The first spectator opens the diary to that date. For the first time, the second spectator announces the names he is thinking of. Let's say it's Mr. and Mrs. Ford. Spectator...

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England Up Close by Peter DuffieOver 70 knock-out close-up magic routines from England's Finest close-up creators. Most of the effects are new to print.

The list of contributors is long: Jon Allen, Jamie Badman, Anthony Brahams, David Britland, Sean Carpenter, Harold Cataquet, Roger Crosthwaite, Wayne Dobson, Shiv Duggal, Nicholas Einhorn, Mark Elsdon, Kevin Fox, Andi Gladwin, Brian Glover, Paul Gordon, Paul Hallas, Justin Higham, Andy Hurst, Rob James, Lewis Jones, Walt Lees, Shaun McCree, Iain Moran, Andy Nicholls, Jack Parker, Mike Rose, Al Smith, Stephen Tucker, Dominic Twose.

1st edition 2006; 173 pages.

  1. Introduction
  2. Jack Parker
  3. Trial Separation
  4. Sean Carpenter
  5. Insertion Technique
  6. Named!
  7. David Britland
  8. Progressive Jacks
  9. Stephen Tucker
  10. CAAN ...
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Card Magic USA by Peter DuffieFeaturing mostly unpublished material and other rarities from some of America's Finest Creators. 49 contributors - 80 routines and moves.

JON ARMSTRONG
My Opening Act:

Deciding to show off your ESP skill and having only a deck of cards and a rubber band, you hand your deck out to be shuffled to a nice man named Ted. After he is finished shuffling, you ask Ted to place the rubber band around the cards to make them tamper-proof. You ask Ted if he will stop you on a card as you riffle them past his eyes. To prove to Ted that all is on the up and up, you offer to stare at his girlfriend Mary...

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Principles and Deceptions (Duffie) by Peter DuffieAn easy trip through the arithmetical principles of card magic.

This ebook covers two Rusduck principles first published in The Cardiste plus other principles from Gilbreath, Hummer & Gene Finnell. The principles are explained in easy-to-understand language, along with problems for the reader to solve with the solutions given and tricks to do. Plus notes from Roy Walton and others.

This six-part series originally appeared in Profile magazine bimonthly from April 1993 to February 1994.

There is also a bonus item in this ebook: Dave Campbell's Automatic Speller.

1st edition 1993-1994; 18 pages...

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Double Jeopardy by Peter DuffieA card at any number! But the number is predicted in advance! Watch the demo video below.

The performer removes a card that has plenty of white space on its face from the deck – say, the Two of Hearts - and writes a prediction on the face of this card with a marker pen. The prediction is left face down on the table. A spectator now selects a card from the deck (say the JS), after which the card is lost back into the deck. The deck is now given to a second spectator who - only now - names ANY number. To keep the routine moving along you suggest he thinks of any number between 1 and 30. He...

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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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7 by Peter DuffieAutomatic Gambler
Created in October 2000 (along with Klectors that is elsewhere in this book) as an impromptu performance piece for the International Magic convention in December of that year. You demonstrate how to stack 4 Aces for a four-handed game. Then, you drop the Aces face up on top of the deck and they instantly vanish. You immediately give the deck to a spectator who now deals, not 4 but 5 hands this time. The face up Aces fall to his hand!

Satanic Writes
STAGE 1 – THE IMPOSSIBLE
You give out a diary to spectator 'A' for close examination. There are playing cards entered throughout...

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Peter Duffie & Jerry Sadowitz

Alternative Card Magic by Peter Duffie & Jerry SadowitzThis 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...
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That's a Fact! by Peter DuffieThis is a wonderful self-working effect based on a mathematical principle. Rather than explain the effect to you, below is a demo video for you to watch.

Please keep in mind that this isn't really an ebook but a set of two video files. One explains the setup and preparation, the other the performance.

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The Celtic Cabal by Peter DuffieA new collection of Magic & Mentalism from Ireland, Scotland & Wales

  • 35 contributors
  • 45 routines
  • including two essays
  • over 170 pages
  • fully illustrated with photographs & graphics

1st edition 2010; 181 pages. Table of Contents

    Mentalism
  1. Q.R.: Confabulating Confabulation
  2. Max Gordon: The Creative Side
  3. Max Gordon: The Last Straw
  4. David Lees: Mentalism (essay)
  5. David Lees: Tarot Magick
  6. Jim Cuthbert: Where will we Go on Holiday?
  7. Paul Lesso: The Jungle Book Test
  8. Paul Lesso: Quadtratus Magic Square
  9. Pete Lamont: Shape Up and Shape Down
  10. Peter Duffie: Brainwoven
  11. Peter Duffie: Triple...
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Kolor Killer by Peter DuffieRoy Walton's Classic Oil & Queens on Speed!

The basis for this multi-climax routine is Roy Walton’s Oil & Queens. In the mid 70’s Peter developed a variation on the original Walton effect whereby the cards turned blank at the end. However, Jon Racherbaumer beat him to the punch when he published the same variation. The following routine is based on the blank routine but has an additional kicker stage that was not in any previous version. Peter has also added Kings to match the Queens. Also, there is no Hamman Count in this version.

1st edition 2008; 9 pages.

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Card Secrets Unlocked by Peter DuffieThis is the latest release from the prolific Peter Duffie. Card magic that is easy to do and very effective.

1st edition, 2005

CRYSTAL CLEAR TRANSPO: The classic transposition between two cards placed on the top and bottom of a glass. No duplicate cards are used.

A ROYAL ENIGMA: Based on "The Vernon Card Puzzle" in Early Vernon (1962). It was inspired by Peter Kane's "Royal Families" in A Further Card Session (1975) and by Roy Walton's "Split Up" in The Complete Walton Vol. 2 (1986).

MORE ROYAL ENIGMATICS: Can be used as a Follow-up routine to the previous effect, or a stand-alone trick....

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