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Scotland Up Close
by Peter Duffie


(1 review, 3 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Scotland Up Close by Peter Duffie

18 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 this is a real treat.

The ESP Shuffle: In this first routine, Gavin creates an incredible coincidence with an ESP deck despite the cards being mixed by a spectator.

Hot Flush: In this 2nd routine, a randomly cut deck results in a Royal Flush in Spades!

Justice is Mine: Jim explains how he deals from the Bottom - then he fools you!

Hofzinser 2001: Peter revisits the Hofzinser Ace Problem and dispenses with the deck, using only four Queens and a freely selected card.

A Hobbit's Tale: In this 1st routine, Euan vanishes the black Aces. When he tries to produce them again he finds the black Queens instead! This is no problem because the Queens suddenly change into the missing Aces. The black Queens are now found reversed in the middle of the deck.

Phantom Aces: In this one, Euan causes Four aces to magically pass from inside a wallet to a deck of cards; he then makes the Aces travel from the deck back into the wallet.

Diamond Snatch: Gary makes the four Kings magically rise to the top of the pack, one by one, in search of a Diamond haul - the last King finds it!

King for a Day: Gary loves the Hofzinser Ace problem; especially when the rest of the cards change to the mates of the selection. And this is precisely what happens here!

Captives of the Cranium: We have 3 great routines from George! The 1st effect is an impossible card discovery where one spectator helps find another spectator's card.

Stebbins Prediction: A terrific prediction effect where you will also admire the ingenius methodology!

Veeser Meets Steranko: A spectator cuts the deck and finds the four Aces. Just like that!

Thanks to Collins: A professional mind-bender from the late Steve Hamilton. Clever stuff.

Big bank Hunt: A sandwich trick that fooled the a**e off me!

Stranger: Richard uses two Kings to cause the back of a freely selected card to change colour, then it changes back to normal again. You'll love the simple direct method here.

Total Recall: Iain memorises the colour order of a deck of cards after it has been shuffled by a spectator. 100% every time. Combining a system with a principle, you really do memorise the cards!

New Wave Oil & Water: Val's lovely Oil & Water routine using cards with O & W printed on them. So easy, yet so effective.

Walkaround: David tips his full walk-around card routine - a lot happens! Ambitious Card / Repeat Card to Pocket / Deck to Pocket / Card in Wallet. A 4 minute entertainment.

Eight of Two Kings: David presents a showy production of Four Kings and the Four Aces appear as a stunning kicker!

Skinned: A selected card appears folded inside a packet of cigarette a flash!

Finishing Touch: Peter (that's me) allows a spectator to choose any four cards at random - then he changes them visibly into four-of-a-kind as they are dealt to the table - or onto a spectator's hand!

52 Minus 1: A demonstration of psychic powers where only the audience touch the deck.

Thinking Cap: Paul lets a spectator just think of a card, then he finds it - no set-ups, and no difficult sleights!

ConCam Cards: Paul's rendition of the classic Cards Across. Three cards travel from one packet to another, despite both packets being enclosed inside envelopes. No Palming! But if you like Palming, Paul offers a method with that, too.

L.K.D. Monte: Dave places a Queen between the two red Aces. So, the Queen is in the middle? No it's not. An easy and deceptive move that will enhance any 3-Card Monte routine.
word count: 25040 which is equivalent to 100 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Feras Kh.
★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 15 July, 2007

Hi there.

Mr.Duffie released this booklet on card magic while back, and after its success he released the Englland Up Close, which is a MUCH larger book.

In this book, you will find 26 card effects, many utilizes unique sleights. I shall describe the routines and give my opinion on them. I will describe the routines and give the comments. Here you go:

Autograph Hunter: By Roy Wolton. The effect is as direct as the description. The reason that I don't do it, because it uses alot of classic passes. Something that I don't like.

The Hands of a Surgeon: A VERY good spectator cuts the aces routine by Gordon Bruce. Very commercial with little setup ( the one you're thinking of ). An EXCELLENT packet reverse is taught here.

The ESP Shuffle: ESP effect. I don't use ESP cards, so I don't use this one.

Hot Flush: Self working Royal Flush production. Very easy, very direct. Without going into details, spectator deals four piles, where you show a 10S, KS, JS and QS on top of each. So its not shown as a poker hand.

Justice is Mine: Gambling demostration of bottom dealing by Jim Boyd, where you actually bottom deal. You show four cards on top, deal them to show the kings. You explain the bottom deal. Kicker is that you offer to demostate again, then you deal the aces instead. Really effective, if your bottoms are great. Mine aren't.

Hofzinser 2001: A GREAT variation of the Hofzinser problem. Problem is there are some angle issues, but can be easily covered with misdirection. A use for The Jordan count.

A Hobbit's Tale: Nice routine by Euan Bingham. I don't perform it due to the need to do a pass with few cards. I'm not very good in that.

Phantom Aces: A routine by Euan Bingham that needs a Himber Wallet. Don't have one, so I don't do the routine.

Diamond Snatch: Utilizes a Bill Simon sleight that is overlooked by many. This is one great routine by Gary Middleton.

King for a Day: AWESOME version of the Hofzinser problem. The card turns over, then change into its mates. I'm working on the sleight needed, as its quite tricky to do, though I will be using the sleight alot.

Captives of the Cranium: Uses a full deck stack.

Stebbins Prediction: Uses a full deck stack. I only stack up the deck when the effect is REALLY brillant. This one and the one before it, are good, but not the best.

Veeser Meets Steranko: Spectator cuts to aces, very direct and also you learn a very little used sleight. If you are seated in a table, this is PERFECT.

Thanks to Collins: Oh my God .. The gem .. SO original uses in this effect.

Big bank Hunt: A classic sandwich effect that gets out of the usual methods. You learn a sleight here that is .. wierd, but very commercial and usable.

Stranger: Great effect with great method. Awesome.

Total Recall: A method of memorizing entire shuffled deck (!). I didn't even read it yet, due to way too long description ( which is a good thing )

New Wave Oil and Water: Unless you openly use dup.s, you cannot use this with playing cards. O&W cards are used, as said in the ad.

Walkaround: Perfect routine for walkarounds, a complete act! Love it.

Eight of Two Kings: Production of two-four of a kind by Dave Forrest. Fancy ( but not too fancy ), and brillant.

Skinned: Card to impossible location. Very neat.

Finishing Touch: Another great Duffie effect.

52 Minus 1: A use for that One Way Deck in your drawer.

Thinking Cap: Awesome effect by R. Paul Wilson.

ConCam Cards: Cards Across with envelopes. I don't use envelops, but if you do, you'll gonna love it. Simple method.

L.K.D. Monte: AWESOME, AWESOME 3 card monte move ( not the monte with the V bend on it, just a flat, 3 cards monte ). A utility move that is very, very deceptive. I fooled myself when I first tried it.

Overall, this book demands some skillful card handling. If you are a beginner, or an intermediate, you will need to work on these material.

I would give it five starts, but when you compare the price of this ebook with the England Close up, the latter book has the most bang for buck ( MUCH more effects for 20$ ).