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Stephen Tucker

(England: 22nd April 1958 - )

Stephen took up magic after seeing a magician at one of his dad's annual factory Christmas parties. His father was a further influence, as he had mastered various card routines that depended on the stacked deck principle.

At grammar school Stephen met David Britland, who eventually introduced him to his first magic society, The Mahatma Magic Circle of Liverpool, where he met (amongst many others) future friends Bob Ostin and the late Joe Dignam.

In the early 1970s Stephen was involved, with David Britland and John Brown, in the Talon close-up magazine. A little later he published his own close-up orientated magic magazines, Spell-Binder and Chicanery. After that he was the editor of the Pabular magazine for a number of years.

Over the years Stephen has written a number of books, produced various videos and DVDs, marketed numerous effects and published routines in most magic magazines. He is proud to have been honored with two one-man issues of Harry Lorayne's Apocalypse magazine.

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Stephen Tucker
For Your Eyes Only by Stephen Tucker

This special little periodical, which only saw six issues, was sent to subscribers of Spell-Binder magazine, but could also be purchased on its own. It only saw a very limited distribution. As is common with Stephen Tucker publications, it features unusual items. Tucker included with most issues some gimmick (special cards, etc.). These gimmicks are not included in this digital reproduction, however you will see photos of the gimmicks, which will allow you to find or make your own.

Issue 1: May/June 1982

  • Multum in Parvo
  • Alchemy
  • Odd Job

Issue 2: July/August 1982

  • Multum in Parvo
  • Before Assembly ...
2020 / 10 / 16
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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Special Issue 3 (1983) by Stephen Tucker

On top of the regular Spell-Binder issues, Stephen Tucker published three special issues. This is the third one.

  • Jargon
  • Playing With Time By Martin Breese
  • Mizzing Link By Stephen Tucker
  • The Pascal System By Monmoine Pascal
  • Kaned By Stephen Tucker
  • Or By Justin Higham
  • Jackrobats By David Britland
  • The Flight Of The Bumble By Stephen Tucker
  • X-Ray By Daniel Kalinowski
  • Hof-Aced By Phil Goldstein
  • Coineto By Stephen Tucker
  • The Inner Limits By Stephen Tucker
  • Pop Up Again By Reinhard Müller
  • Snip By Stephen Tucker
  • Out Of Our Mind's By Stephen Tucker And David Britland
  • The Hole Idea By Stephen Tucker
  • A Load Of ... By Paul Brignall
  • Zennerism By...
2020 / 9 / 21
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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Special Issue 2 (1982 Christmas) by Stephen Tucker

On top of the regular Spell-Binder issues, Stephen Tucker published three special issues. This is the second one.

  • Jargon
  • Truthfull (I.E ... Not Often Seen.) Reviews Of The Competition Prizes
  • We '3' Rings By Stephen Tucker
  • Deck The Halls By Basil Horwitz
  • Live And Let Dye By David Britland
  • Nöel By Noel Blaize
  • Rowman's Double By Jerry Sadowitz
  • Marvellous By Terri Rogers
  • Jigsaw
  • Zig Zag Coin By Stephen Tucker
  • Exhibit 'A' By Stephen Tucker
  • Birth-Control By Stephen Tucker
  • Appelation By Stephen Tucker
  • Appellation By Stephen Tucker
  • Ringo-Bingo By Stephen Tucker
  • Wanderfull By Stephen Tucker
  • Special Competition
  • Roger Crosthwaite ... For Publication
  • P.Y.V.C....
2020 / 9 / 21
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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Special Issue 1 (1982 Summer) by Stephen Tucker

On top of the regular Spell-Binder issues, Stephen Tucker published three special issues. This is the first one.

  • Jargon Special Issue!!
  • Too Filling By Stephen Tucker
  • Beetroot Sandwich
  • Eye-Tray By Wayne Dobson
  • Tuckups By Stephen Tucker
  • Cup Through Cup Move
  • Penetrating Pips By Roger Curzon
  • The Secret Of Pyramid Power By Abdula
  • The Knack By Jerry Sadowitz
  • Eject!! By John Brown
  • Solidarity By John Brown (Another One!!)
  • Small Prophet By David Britland
  • Haden – Matrix By Reinhard Müller
  • Open All Hours By David Britland
  • The Midas Purse
  • Stephen Tuckers' Improved Pen-Ultimate +1
  • Stephen Tucker Presents His Enveloped
  • Stephen Tuckers' Eraser Blazer
  • Influence...
2020 / 9 / 19
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Spell Binder Volume 1 (for resale)

Stephen Tucker
Spell Binder Volume 1 (for resale) by Stephen Tucker

A fabulous DVD featuring four of the best tricks from Spell-Binder magazine. Martin Breese asked Stephen Tucker the creator of the magazine to choose four of the best tricks that he created for the magazine and he has selected four wonderful effects. Each is performed and then clearly explained move by move.

Watch the performances of all four routines below.

2015 / 10 / 23
 

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Stephen Tucker
This, That and the Other by Stephen Tucker

This is a miracle trick from the fertile, inventive and, dare we say, dangerous mind of Stephen Tucker.

You have three red-backed cards: two cards marked THIS one card with the word THAT. All you have to do is keep your eye on THAT but most of the time you get THAT wrong and it is THIS and when you get THIS and THAT wrong suddenly the back of THIS turns blue!

At the end of the routine you deal the three cards down on to the table and a new card appears bearing the word OTHER. So you have to explain as you deal the cards that to do this trick properly you will need THIS, THAT and a bit...

2015 / 6 / 7
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Spell-Binder Volume 3 (for resale)

Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Volume 3 (for resale) by Stephen Tucker

This is volume 3 of the reprint of Spell-Binder Magazine. It is a half-letter size softcover with a color cover and black and white print throughout. Volume three includes issues 25-36.

Spell-Binder Magazine was a fascinating publication edited by Stephen Tucker which focused on close-up magic featuring an eclectic list of contributors.

Spell-Binder started in 1981. Reprint in 2004 by Martin Breese.

2015 / 1 / 22
 

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Spell-Binder Volume 1 (for resale)

Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Volume 1 (for resale) by Stephen Tucker

This is volume 1 of the reprint of Spell-Binder Magazine. Each volume is a half-letter size softcover with a color cover and black and white print throughout. Volume one includes issues 1-12. Spell-Binder Magazine was a fascinating publication edited by Stephen Tucker which focused on close-up magic featuring an eclectic list of contributors.

Spell-Binder started in 1981. Reprint in 2004 by Martin Breese.

2015 / 1 / 22
 

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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Volume 3 by Stephen Tucker

This is volume 3 of the reprint of Spell-Binder Magazine. It is a half-letter size softcover with a color cover and black and white print throughout. Volume three includes issues 25-36.

Spell-Binder Magazine was a fascinating publication edited by Stephen Tucker which focused on close-up magic featuring an eclectic list of contributors.

Spell-Binder started in 1981. Reprint in 2004 by Martin Breese.

2015 / 1 / 22
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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Volume 1 by Stephen Tucker

This is volume 1 of the reprint of Spell-Binder Magazine. Each volume is a half-letter size softcover with a color cover and black and white print throughout. Volume one includes issues 1-12. Spell-Binder Magazine was a fascinating publication edited by Stephen Tucker which focused on close-up magic featuring an eclectic list of contributors.

Spell-Binder started in 1981. Reprint in 2004 by Martin Breese.

2015 / 1 / 22
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The Best of Spell-Binder Collection One (for resale)

Stephen Tucker
The Best of Spell-Binder Collection One (for resale) by Stephen Tucker

Eighty-five tricks and routines from the pages of Spell-Binder Magazine. Everything from card and coin magic to the bizarre and the weird.

Effects explained are:

  • Sandwich Box by Stephen Tucker -- Signed selected card appears between 2 previously selected cards within closed card case.
  • Mark by Stephen Tucker -- Alternate version of previous effect.
  • Demonology by Bob Ostin -- Spectator signs card. Flames cause occult symbol to change to slip of paper with name of signed card. Signed card then revealed to have singed corner & occult symbol on back.
  • Esti-Mate-Ion by Joe Dignam -- Spectator looks through deck...
2015 / 1 / 22
 

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Stephen Tucker
The Best of Spell-Binder Collection One by Stephen Tucker

Eighty-five tricks and routines from the pages of Spell-Binder Magazine. Everything from card and coin magic to the bizarre and the weird.

Effects explained are:

  • Sandwich Box by Stephen Tucker -- Signed selected card appears between 2 previously selected cards within closed card case.
  • Mark by Stephen Tucker -- Alternate version of previous effect.
  • Demonology by Bob Ostin -- Spectator signs card. Flames cause occult symbol to change to slip of paper with name of signed card. Signed card then revealed to have singed corner & occult symbol on back.
  • Esti-Mate-Ion by Joe Dignam -- Spectator looks through deck...
2013 / 8 / 10
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Stephen Tucker
Spell Binder Volume 1 by Stephen Tucker

A fabulous download DVD featuring four of the best tricks from Spell-Binder magazine. Martin Breese asked Stephen Tucker the creator of the magazine to choose four of the best tricks that he created for the magazine and he has selected four wonderful effects. Each is performed and then clearly explained move by move.

Watch the performances of all four routines below.

[Note: If you prefer a physical DVD disc please go to Martin Breese International.]

2012 / 12 / 26
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Stephen Tucker
Cardiac Arrest by Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker's classic Cardiac series revived as an ebook. This is the third part of the trilogy. 20 stunning effects.

1st edition 1984, 40 pages; PDF 49 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Intro...
  2. Making Light
  3. Cocktail
  4. Busy Doing Nothing
  5. Conversaceon
  6. So Be It!
  7. Royal Passage
  8. Oil Well That Ends Well
  9. The Tuckount
  10. Face Value
  11. Spot The Difference!
  12. Case In Question
  13. Back From The Front
  14. A Passing Interest
  15. There Must Be A Catch
  16. So What Else Is New?
  17. You Must be Psychic
  18. Electron
  19. Mohammed
  20. Disgracefull
  21. Over And.......
  22. Bye.....
2012 / 1 / 20
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Stephen Tucker
Cardiac Stimulation by Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker's classic Cardiac series revived as an ebook. This is the second part of the trilogy.

1st edition 1984, 36 pages; PDF 40 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Total Control
  2. Henchmen
  3. Going Nowhere
  4. Cutting Remarks
  5. The Alternative
  6. Edge Hog II
  7. III
  8. Chinese Tuckaway
  9. To Have And To Hold
  10. A Sticky System
  11. In The Best Of Taste
  12. The Other Side
  13. You Only Get Out What You Put In. Or Do You?
  14. Pneumatic
  15. For Whom The Belle Told
  16. Snap And Tickle
  17. Bye!
2012 / 1 / 20
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Stephen Tucker
Cardiac Pacemakers by Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker's classic Cardiac series revived as an ebook. This is the first part of the trilogy.

1st edition 1983, 36 pages; PDF 44 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Mexican Revelation
  2. The Nervous Card
  3. Upstaged
  4. Encounters Of The Fourth Kind
  5. May The Force Be With You
  6. Fast Moves
  7. The Centre Of Attention...
  8. Only Jo
  9. Diversity
  10. Cops And Robbers
  11. Down Under
  12. Under Observation
  13. The Time Warp
2012 / 1 / 20
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Stephen Tucker
The Card Mad-gic of Stephen Tucker by Stephen Tucker

23 fantastic card routines.

1st edition 1984, 52 pages; PDF 61 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Who's The Dirty Rascal?
  2. Stitches In Time
  3. Footsteps
  4. Just A Few Wrinkles…
  5. Breaking The Silence
  6. Doppelgaenger
  7. Tried And Twisted
  8. Rock Around
  9. The Inner Limits
  10. Scanner
  11. Withdrawal
  12. All Heart
  13. The Dance Master
  14. Raiders Of The Last Ace
  15. Indexlink
  16. Revealed
  17. Face
  18. Finding New Strength
  19. Thoughts!
  20. Weekend
  21. Ambassador
  22. Empress
  23. Mirage
  24. The Brail Deck
2012 / 1 / 20
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Stephen Tucker
The 33 Cardinal Sins by Stephen Tucker

More than 30 card effects and 7 bonus coin routines.

1st edition 1984, 70 pages; PDF 87 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Dunbury Well
  2. Judy
  3. Distraction
  4. Back From The Brink
  5. All Change!
  6. Creating A False Impression
  7. Olympia
  8. Variations
  9. Those That Do And Those That Don't
  10. Open Till Late
  11. Short Break
  12. Con Tents
  13. Compute
  14. Chicken Curry
  15. Fake!
  16. Back For Seconds
  17. Sufferer
  18. Superking
  19. Enigma
  20. Day Of Reckoning
  21. Incentive
  22. Three's Company
  23. Mimik
  24. Zig Zag Zone
  25. Revisit
  26. Twist And Twist Again
  27. Better By Half
  28. Xtro
  29. Less Choice
  30. Sell Out!
  31. Trouble Spots
  32. Paradise Twins

    Bonus Section

  33. Glassgo
  34. The...
2012 / 1 / 20
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Stephen Tucker
The Immaculate Conceptions by Stephen Tucker

13 close-up effects from the twisted mind of Stephen Tucker.

35 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Tucker Trip
  2. Cluster
  3. Foiled
  4. Small Change
  5. Half & Half
  6. Abort
  7. Xact
  8. Hypno
  9. Omni
  10. Satan’s Card
  11. Domino Match
  12. Whoops
  13. Malfunction
2012 / 1 / 2
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Stephen Tucker
Compendium by Stephen Tucker

A mind-shattering collection of close-up magic. You will encounter 50 fantastic effects. 27 are novel and original card miracles. 8 are with coins and the other 15 utilize such objects as sponge balls, keys, pens, ESP cards, bottles, matches, and more.

Many illustrations accompany the text and all effects detailed are within the reach of the average performer.

1st edition 1984, 101 pages; 1st digital edition 2011, PDF 119 pages.

Table of Contents

  • Cards
    1. Intro
    2. Kidnapped
    3. Plotting His Course
    4. Profile
    5. Two Faced
    6. Beauty As Well As Brains
    7. And The Winner Is...
    8. Viewpoints
    9. A Vision...
2011 / 12 / 26
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Stephen Tucker
Taking Liberties: the U.S. Card Book by Stephen Tucker

An early publication filled with routines from the creative mind of Stephen Tucker.

1st edition 1984; 56 pages

Table of Contents

  1. Intro
  2. Shaken And Stirred
  3. Double Vision
  4. Sounds Too Good To Be True
  5. Space Oddities
  6. Halve Your Oil Bill
  7. Generation Gaps
  8. They're Back
  9. Unburied Treasure
  10. Laundering
  11. Black Power
  12. Throwaway
  13. Silent Running
  14. Within Your Reach!
  15. Poles Apart
  16. The Born Leader
  17. Overnight
  18. Between The Lines
  19. Splash!
  20. On And On And On And On And On...
  21. Sledgehammer
  22. Top Secret
  23. Queen Of Controversy
  24. Girl Talk
2011 / 9 / 1
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Stephen Tucker
Lecture Marathon by Stephen Tucker
  • Two Outa Three Ain't Bad
  • As Ye Sew
  • Thought Provoking
  • Here's Looking At Ya Kid
  • We All Have Our Cross To Bear
  • Royal DisgrACES
  • Holes Apart

PDF 11 pages

2011 / 8 / 17
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Stephen Tucker
Close Up Sorcery by Stephen Tucker

This is the very first publication Stephen Tucker ever released. For some this will be a good thing for others not. I personally always enjoy to see the early creations of a now famous magician.

Routines:

  • Pegasus
  • Small Change
  • Music To My Ears'
  • The Polaroid Wallet
  • The Sound Barrier
  • The Thimble Thumble Vanish
  • Sealed Future
  • S.H.C.
  • Faster Than The Eye Can See

1st edition 1978; original 18 pages; PDF 26 pages.

2011 / 7 / 29
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Stephen Tucker
Sherlock by Stephen Tucker
"I really enjoyed all of these routines! Very nice. The White House is especially cool!" - Cameron Francis.

"You have some very nice thinking in these variations." - Peter Duffie.

As one of Martin Breese's customers I recently received a newsletter from him that drew my attention to a routine of Peter Duffie's called IDEAL HOLMES. It's a really great self-working routine, and this is what happens...

A regular deck of cards is shuffled and then cut by someone a couple of times. You take back the cards and spread them between your hands and have one FREELY selected by someone. He places the card directly into...

2011 / 1 / 9
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Stephen Tucker
The Gemini Book by Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker is the magician who prefers a clever gimmick over a difficult sleight. That is not to say that he isn't capable to execute some of the most difficult sleights - and you will get a taste of those in this ebook, too. But the real strength here are Stephen's clever gimmicks and uses for common items and the fun and amazing routines he constructs with them.

  • 13 card miracles
  • 9 bonus effects (originally published in the Talon)
  • 27 futuristic coin routines

1st edition 1983, original 73 pages, PDF 109 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction

    PARAGON - card effects...

2010 / 6 / 19
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Stephen Tucker
Chicanery Magazine by Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker is probably one of the craziest people you will ever meet in magic. He may be crazy but he also happens to be highly talented and a very creative person. He has invented many magic effects and has supported himself over the years by performing magic, inventing magic tricks and editing and producing magic magazines. He was the editor and publisher of the amazing Spell-Binder Magazine.

Chicanery is a worthy successor to Spell-Binder and most of the effects within its pages are by Stephen. He gave himself pen names and a typical Tucker touch is that the names are Pen Tell, Mark Erpen, Nick Fountain,...

2009 / 5 / 14
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Stephen Tucker
Thought Waves by Stephen Tucker

20 mentalism effects with a foreword by Max Maven. Out of print since 1985. Now again available as ebook.

From the foreword by Max Maven:

There is no question that Stephen Tucker has made his mark on the magic world...and it's about time someone made him clean it up!

The first time we met, I noticed that he had a streak of white hair in the center of his otherwise black coiffure. This gave him a very modern New Wave look, and I complimented him on his clever grooming.

He explained to me that the streak was not artificial, but rather an inherited family trait.

I'd had no idea that...

2009 / 1 / 25
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Stephen Tucker
Spell-Binder Magazine by Stephen Tucker

Stephen Tucker was the publisher, editor, illustrator and creative genius behind Spell-Binder Magazine. It ran for three years and had 36 issues and 710 pages. (This does not include the three Special Issues.)

You will find some of the finest close-up magic effects: David Britland alone contributed 40 items, there were 6 new effects from Basil Horwitz, 4 from Jerry Sadowitz, 2 from Gazzo, 5 from Gordon Bruce, 3 from Roy Walton, 9 from Phil Goldstein, 12 from Reinhard Müller, 5 from Al Smith 2 from Bobby Bernard, 4 from Harvey Rosenthal, 7 from Ian Land, 12 from Paul Brignall, 7 from Peter Duffie, 6 from Roger Curzon, 6 from Shiv Duggal, 7 from Wayne Dobson and 109 from Stephen Tucker. Stephen has captured...

2009 / 1 / 9
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Stephen Tucker
Kaleidoscopic by Stephen Tucker

You show four face up cards, explaining that two are identical, and ask someone to call out the name of the card they see twice. They do this three times, but are only correct on their third attempt! You repeat the entire procedure with the backs of the cards (only two are the same colour) ... with the same result!

  • cards can be examined at the end
  • instant reset
This routine is based on one of Roy Walton's, which was called "Kaleidoscope".

Bonus: Chamile
With patter revolving about a strange dream, in which you were playing a game of Poker...your cards change faces and backs in a most...

2008 / 10 / 26
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Stephen Tucker
The Lazarus Deck by Stephen Tucker

An unbelievable version of the legendary rising cards effect.

  • no weights
  • no threads
  • no elastics
  • no springs
  • no magnets
  • no wires
Effect: Three cards are freely selected, then returned to deck. You now hold the cards in the time-honoured rising cards grip and, one-by-one, three cards rise out from different parts of the deck. You turn their faces towards the audience and... they are the three selections!

You can have one, two or even three cards selected then... have them rise out from different parts of the deck. Actually, you can rise more than three cards, but no more than fifty-two....

2008 / 10 / 26
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