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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
3 Card Trick by Stephen Tucker

INSTANT RE-SET! VERY EASY TO PERFORM!

Someone tries to find the queen amongst two jokers, but fails every time. You pocket the queen, and ask them to find the black and white joker... they fail again as... all three cards are queens!


Holding three face down jumbo(ish) sized playing cards you say, "These cards may look very large, but they aren't... it's just that I have very small hands." As you patter, you show the cards to be two jokers and... a queen.

You explain that they are to ignore the jokers and... try to follow the queen.

You now mix the three cards very quickly as you...

2008 / 10 / 19
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Stephen Tucker
Abacus Tuckered Up by Stephen Tucker

A collection of Stephen Tucker's 18 contributions to Al Smith's Abacus magazine.

1st edition 2007; 37 pages.

  1. Play It Again Sam
  2. Out Of His Dimension
  3. Blackpool Blockbuster
  4. Imogination
  5. Spell My Number
  6. Thotdek
  7. Lady Luck
  8. Done Up Like A Dog’s Dinner
  9. Matterix
  10. Polygraph Pasteboards
  11. Pretty Polygraph
  12. The Return
  13. Shirning
  14. Faro Hate
  15. Staid Stacked
  16. Utility Poker
  17. Utility Poker Utilised
  18. Two Keys To Baldpate
2008 / 6 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
ACAAN by Stephen Tucker

Any Card At Any Number - You table a cased deck, then remove a small, thin note-pad from your shirt pocket and ask one person to name any card. Let's assume he says, "The Queen of Spades." You record this on the pad. You next ask a second person to name any number from 1 to 52. Let's assume this person says, "22". You record this too, then pick up the cased deck. You remove the cards and show that they are all different. You hand the deck to one of them, and ask that he deals down to the 22nd card... it's the Queen of Spades!

If you would like to inject a little comedy, once the card and...

2008 / 6 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
Card Bored? by Stephen Tucker

Out of print since 1992, but now converted from printed form to e-book. Seventeen terrific routines - illustrated.

Within you will encounter thirteen of Stephen's very best card routines, three magic-square effects (with a difference) and one purely numeric item that is a step sideways from the original inspiration. That 'step sideways' is really the key here! Stephen has tried to look at things from a slightly different direction. One not normally explored. Sometimes with very interesting results!

  1. Introduction
  2. Out Of This Dimension
  3. The Square Comes Full Circle
  4. Doubly Impossible
  5. Back...
2008 / 7 / 12
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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 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
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
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
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
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
Complete Torn and Restored Card Ebook by Stephen Tucker

Way back in 1984 Stephen published a strange looking booklet on the 'Torn and Restored Card' effect called The Torn and Restored Card Book. Three routines formed the content, but the most striking thing about the publication was that the booklet was actually torn in half!

It was still a complete piece of work, but the appearance was that of half a book. It soon sold out, probably due to its novelty value. It was updated and re-printed in 1986 with additional material.

Around that time Stephen's good friend David Britland published a solution to a card-problem of his in his Tearing A Lady in Two manuscript. However, it did...

2008 / 6 / 1
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Stephen Tucker
Exhibit A & B by Stephen Tucker

This is a really funny murder mystery routine. The zippered "case" (used to house everything) is "re-opened" and the possible weapons and five laminated clue-cards are removed. With your help, the spectator now deduces which of the weapons was used. Once he's done so, you explain, humorously, why the other weapons couldn't possibly have been used, so he's effectively solved the murder! This means that everything can be returned to the case, which can then be officially closed.

  • No re-set is needed.
  • Ideal for close-up or "murder weekend" shows.
  • Not suitable for non-english speaking countries. ...
2008 / 6 / 10
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Stephen Tucker
Fade Away by Stephen Tucker

Three face down cards are show and tabled to one side for the moment. Introducing a regular deck of cards, you have one selected, signed across its face, returned and then lost.

The deck is now set aside, as you show the three cards tabled earlier. Incredibly, all three appear to be the signed selection! Then the cards become shy and refuse to show their faces in public, backing away from everyone (all three cards now have backs on both sides!) Finally, they all return to normal!

This is a brilliant routine and easy to perform. Only three cards are used - apart from those in your deck...

2008 / 6 / 6
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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
Hash-Town-Ding by Stephen Tucker

Someone shuffles an examined blue backed deck (which also contains four red backers). You take it back and, in seconds, produce the four aces. However, this production results in laughter from your audience, not stunned amazement.

You next explain that you are thinking of a word, and ask them to try and read your mind. They say that they think your word is SOAP. You act astonished and say that it was. You then remove the four red backed cards, seen earlier, and a letter has appeared on the back of each of them. The four letters are S, O, A and P!

The deck can now be examined. Hash-Town-Ding...

2008 / 6 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
Impossible by Stephen Tucker
  • 100% self-working
  • instant reset
  • everything can be examined at the end
Effect: You table a coin, a folded up Lotto ticket and a key-ring, then turn your back on proceedings. Someone mixes the three objects around in the row. You now ask that they 'switch' the three objects around even more, as you direct them (sight unseen). They are then asked to pocket two of the objects, in different pockets, and hold the remaining object in their hand.

You now turn to face them again and, after suitable concentration, reveal that they are holding the coin in their hand - they are! You then continue...

2008 / 6 / 10
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Stephen Tucker
Jumping Jack Flash by Stephen Tucker

Effect: Having just had a card freely forced, you table the deck. Your right hand hovers over it, then descends onto it. Suddenly... a card spins out of the deck and into your waiting left hand. On flipping it face up...it proves to be the very one selected! You are then carried through the streets on the shoulders of your enthusiastic audience.

Bonus: Cross: An ESP routine.

1st edition 2008; 4 pages.

2008 / 10 / 13
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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
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
Leketenem by Stephen Tucker

With a regular deck, in their own hands, two people each look at a card. They have a 100% free choice of any card. Their cards are lost - you genuinely don't know where they are in the deck!

You now put the cards into your empty pocket then, seconds later produce both selections. The rest of the deck is now removed and you are able to continue with any other card routines that you have mastered.

The instructions detail four presentations - the one above, one performed with a face up deck, one involving four people (ideal for two married couples - to see if they are compatible) and a 100%...

2008 / 6 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
Lotto Flash Wallet by Stephen Tucker

This is an absolutely incredible transposition of a 'winning' lottery ticket (you say that you had three of the numbers drawn), which is isolated in a wallet and a £10.00 note held in your hands!

Believe it or not it's an even faster transposition than the one you saw the Pendragons do on TV with their 'Metamorphosis' sub-trunk illusion. Best of all it's 100% self-working, but looks like incredible sleight-of-hand or real magic.

  • automatically resets
  • very topical as virtually everyone does the lotto (lottery)
  • you can use any country's lotto ticket and currency
  • comes with Flash Cash...
2008 / 6 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
Magic Purse by Stephen Tucker

Three coins, one at a time, penetrate a purse and land in a glass tumbler. You will need a zippered cloth or leather coin purse and a magnet of the right strength.

  • magnet reduces sleight of hand to a minimum
  • resets automatically
  • ideal for table hopping
1st edition 2008; 2 pages.
2008 / 6 / 10
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Stephen Tucker
Matrix Reloaded by Stephen Tucker

Four laminated cards are shown to each bear the image of a coin. (Included are images of cards bearing either 50p coins or Kennedy half-dollars).

They are tabled, one at each corner of your mat or, if strolling, one on each of four up-turned palms. The coins on three of the cards vanish and appear on the fourth card - in true matrix fashion. Then the four images are shaken off the card into reality. This leaves you with four double blanks and four real coins!

If you like, you can now perform your favorite coin-matrix with the 'real' coins using the blank cards as covers.

  • easy to perform...
2008 / 6 / 8
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Stephen Tucker
Mind Power by Stephen Tucker

A fork and a spoon are shown. Someone chooses one leaving you with the spoon (ho, ho!), which you now bend using 'the power of your mind' alone. Actually you do bend it, but by pressing it against your forehead! However, it now visibly straightens (all by itself!) then slowly bends again, whilst held in one hand only, snaps in two and is handed out for immediate examination!

Self-working...nobody does it for you! It is all in the most simple and ingenious gimmick that costs you a penny if you don't already have the right thing somewhere at home.

1st edition 2005; 3 pages.

2008 / 6 / 1
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Omega by Stephen Tucker

The world's only examinable B'Wave - Two sets of blue Bicycle backed aces are shown. You table one set face down and have someone name any ace. With the other set behind your back, you manage to reverse their named ace (big deal!) However, you now spread the tabled set and their ace has magically reversed there too!

Next, you hand someone your set of aces and, whilst in their hands, the face of their ace vanishes and the backs of the other three change from blue to red! (They are now examinable!)

Finally, someone picks up the tabled set and, with the cards in their hands, their ace becomes...

2008 / 6 / 7
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Paradox by Stephen Tucker

This is an incredible topological curiosity with a playing card and a third!

Four odd shaped pieces, cut from Bicycle playing cards, are tabled. You explain that three of the pieces marry together to form the shape of a complete playing card. The extra piece is only supplied in case of emergencies (i.e. if you lose a piece!) The extra 'emergency' piece is shown to be the same shape as one of the other pieces and is then set aside.

Strangely, although you easily solved the 'apparently' simple jig-saw puzzle, no one else can!

Comes with a bonus routine: Bomb$hell Deluxe.

1st edition...

2008 / 6 / 7
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Quartet by Stephen Tucker

Four cards (you could use jumbos) are shown. They are all the same on the face, but one has flipped face down. They are shown again and a second has flipped face down.

This is repeated until only one remains face up. You now ask if they'd like to 'see' the final card visibly flip face down? They would, but aren't too impressed when you simply remove it, and openly turn it over!

However, when the four cards are dealt face up to the table... they are now all completely different, and match the four freely 'forced' cards that they chose earlier!

This routine is great for mastering the...

2008 / 6 / 7
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Stephen Tucker
Red Hot Poker by Stephen Tucker

The core effect is that you play a game of Poker, using just ten cards, with one other player. They choose which five cards they would like, and you take the rest. Incredible as it sounds... they receive a Full House, whilst you always win with a Royal Flush!

NOTE: please don't confuse Red Hot Poker with the old "ten card poker" routine played with three sets of 'three of a kind' and a single 'odd' card. There you had to make them choose the 'odd' card in order for you to win. The routines here are nothing like that!

As a special related bonus item, Peter Duffie has very kindly allowed me to include...

2008 / 6 / 7
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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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Silver Where? by Stephen Tucker

An incredible transposition of a fork and a spoon.

Showing a fork and a spoon you mix them, undercover of your hands, then ask someone to guess which is the fork. They guess and are either correct or wrong. You clearly place the spoon in your breast pocket, with the handle protruding. Suddenly, the fork in your hand becomes the spoon! The spoon in your breast pocket turns out to be... the fork!

No magnets or sleights! Can be performed without a table (ideal for strolling or at cluttered tables) and everything can be examined at the end. This was developed to link with Stephen's Mind-Power routine. ...

2008 / 10 / 26
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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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