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An Evening With Charlie Miller

reviewed by Michel Asselin (confirmed purchase)
Rating: ★★★★★ (Date Added: Saturday 11 February, 2023)

An Evening With Charlie MillerThis title is much more a Masterclass than a simple book.

Buried within this gem is a gimmick-less version of the Sympathetic Cards. From Nate Leipzig to Jörg Alexander, Orville Meyer and Derek Dingle, performers went the way of the gimmicked cards. Charlie Miller went… sleight of hand. And it works, it is sound, it is wonderful. And Robert Parrish, the author, does explain the thinking behind this approach.

The first item is a real nugget. Mr. Miller takes an early version of the coin matrix - the two covers and four objects trick, detailed in Henry Hay’s The Amateur Magician’s Handbook - essentially a 2D tabletop effect - and morphs it into a 3D extravaganza which is a deception of the same order as Bob Read’s Bottle Production. With hats and mugs. And hats are coming back in fashion…

You’ll learn an open billet peek, a Sun and Moon variation, and some card effects. Again, with integral dissection from Mr. Parrish.

Highly recommended.