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Steve Pellegrino

Steve Pellegrino

#1 Magic author
#1 Cards author
#2 Mentalism & Spiritism author

With almost 50 years of experience in the magic industry, Steve Pellegrino brings a unique perspective to his creations that professional mystery entertainers appreciate.

Steve was fortunate to grow up in Las Vegas and learn from his mentors Gary Darwin, John Thompson, and Michael Skinner. As a teenager, Steve began performing regularly in casinos at The Sahara, The Maxim, and The Mint. Performing for adult audiences and working with older and more experienced entertainers, Steve gained valuable insight about entertaining at a professional level at an early age. By the time he joined David Copperfield's show in 1981, he had already spent two years performing on Las Vegas stages.

During the two years Steve spent with David Copperfield, David shared his insights about performing and magic. The experience with David Copperfield's show opened doors for him to work with other top magicians, such as Harry Blackstone and Kirby VanBurch. In addition, Steve was the first variety performer in the long-running show, Crazy Girls at The Riviera in Las Vegas. After spending over a decade working shows in Las Vegas, Steve started branching out into corporate shows.

In addition to his performing career, Steve has also worked behind-the-scenes developing new magic for magicians, publishing over 24 manuscripts, consulting for L&L Publishing and Ellusionist.

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Steve Pellegrino
Raise or Fold by Steve Pellegrino

With the popularity of poker, this routine is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. It can play for 10 minutes without lagging. It can be serious or funny - it's up to you.

Effect: You explain that one of the best poker playing skills you can develop is reading the "tells" of other players. It's a skill you've mastered, and you can determine if other players are bluffing or not. To demonstrate this ability, you bring up five spectators. Next, you show five small envelopes; each one contains five cards representing a poker hand. Only one hand is a winner - a royal flush in spades.

A spectator mixes...

2021 / 11 / 21
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Take It Further Than That by Steve Pellegrino

First published in The Jinx in April 1941, Stewart James' Further Than That is still in professional magicians' repertoire 80 years later. Annemann published it in a special Stewart James issue of The Jinx and thought so highly of it that he featured it as the first effect on the front page.

How amazing can a self-working card trick be?

  • If I only have time to perform one routine, I perform Further Than That.
  • If I only have moments to impress a new client, I perform Further Than That.
  • When I want to end my close-up set, I perform Further Than That.

It has been in the working repertoires of many great magicians,...

2021 / 11 / 9
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The Open Billet Box Collection by Steve Pellegrino

The Open Billet Box is a practical, versatile solution to other billet switching boxes. It's a prop you can make yourself for less than $15.00 in less than 5 minutes. No tools are required.

The original Open Billet Box manuscript produced two follow-up manuscripts:

  • The Open Billet Box Continued
  • The Open Billet Box Q&A Edition

These have been off the market for almost a year. Steve edited and combined the three manuscripts into one large manuscript at a lower cost, which is only available on Lybrary.com.

Here are a few features of The Open Billet Box:

  • It folds up to fit into...
2021 / 10 / 29
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Bank Night Impaled by Steve Pellegrino

Here is a new twist on the classic Bank Night routine. This routine has been out of the public eye for several decades.

You hold five bills in a fanned position in your hand. You tell the audience you are going to try a presentation based on psychology. You explain there is a safety pin with a ribbon hanging on it stuck to one of the bills, but they don't know which one. The ribbon is visible hanging from your hand. You explain that you will ask four audience members to choose a bill, and if they choose the bill with the safety pin, they win and get to keep the money.

Approaching each...

2016 / 3 / 3
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Getting Ambitious With Color Monte by Steve Pellegrino

Jim Temple's classic packet effect many of us learned early on is still a fantastic routine and has been part of Steve Pellegrino's working close-up repertoire for almost 40 years.

The classic Color Monte shines over other packet monte routines in several ways:

  • No gaffed cards are required
  • No table is needed
  • The spectator isn't stung by getting it wrong
  • It has a built-in storyline

When you work with a routine for 40 years, as Steve has, you develop touches to the routine that the original instructions don't describe. For example, Getting Ambitious With Color Monte includes: ...

2014 / 6 / 29
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The Conversus Clipboard by Steve Pellegrino

The Conversus Clipboard is a versatile utility device that allows you to switch items such as envelopes, billets, coins, playing cards, and more under the scrutiny of your audience. The clipboard functions as a standard clipboard yet will allow you to present devastating routines.

  • You can use any clipboard, including transparent ones.
  • You can make this for only a few dollars in about 15 minutes.
  • There is nothing mechanical to fail. It works every time!

Included in this manuscript are the details for making the clipboard. It's easy and inexpensive to put together. The manuscript also...

2014 / 5 / 16
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The Seven Keys of the Jinx by Steve Pellegrino

Annemann's Seven Keys To Baldpate has been a classic effect for over 80 years. Traditionally mentalists have used one of two methods to achieve the effect. There was either a switch of the keys or a unique lock. However, as long as this effect has been available, another method, often overlooked, offers several advantages over the original.

  • There's no reason to switch the keys
  • No special locks or keys
  • No special bags
In this manuscript is the original routine and several methods based on the routine. It's inexpensive to put together with one trip to the hardware store or locksmith. In addition,...
2014 / 3 / 22
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The Add-A-Number Collection by Steve Pellegrino

The 16-Digit Effect, better known as Add-A-Number, is a classic effect that can fit in your pocket and is powerful enough to close your show.

In this manuscript, Steve Pellegrino shows you how to construct several gimmicks with index cards and notepads so that you can put away those suspicious magic shop props and have something that you can create for only a few dollars.

With one trip to Walgreens, an office supply store, or even a grocery store, you will have everything you need for a stunning effect, including a way to lock the "hot" section of the gimmick from a spectator while they're...

2014 / 3 / 9
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Fate, Free Will and Influence: Chair Test by Steve Pellegrino

Fate, Free Will & Influence is one of the most amazing, customizable, and practical chair tests you can perform. Steve Pellegrino has developed this routine over many performances during the past seven years. It's a solid mystery you will add to your show.

An audience member holds a prediction. Then, four spectators are randomly selected to come up on stage and choose any chair to sit on. Next, you show six envelopes, and it's explained that each envelope contains either a black card or a white card - there are three of each.

One at a time, the spectators choose which envelope they want....

2014 / 3 / 2
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Al Koran's Headline Countdown: Special Edition by Steve Pellegrino

Al Koran's Headline Countdown is a classic effect in mentalism. First, a spectator holds an envelope containing a prediction. Next, the spectator chooses a number between one and sixteen. Then, the mentalist tears a sheet of newspaper into sixteen pieces.

The pieces are counted down to the number the spectator thought of previously.

The spectator reads the headline on that chosen piece of paper. The prediction in the sealed envelope matches the headline the spectator chose!

This routine has always been spectacular, but some mentalists have stayed away because it involved some calculations...

2014 / 2 / 3
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Koran's Medallion Reminted by Steve Pellegrino

Koran's Medallion has amazed people for decades, but many magicians and mentalists have avoided presenting the routine because of the straightforward method. In this manuscript, Steve Pellegrino tackles those issues so you can be confident presenting the routine and maximize your audience reaction if it's currently part of your repertoire.

The effect is impressive - three random audience members call out a single number from 0 - 9, creating a random three-digit number. Next, you remove a ring box from your pocket and show that it contains an engraved medallion. Engraved on the back of the...

2014 / 1 / 27
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Out of This World and Back by Steve Pellegrino

Out of This World & Back is Steve Pellegrino's parlor and stage adaptation for the classic Out of This World routine. This newly revised and expanded manuscript includes two handlings of the same principle. The first handling is with jumbo cards. Steve released this in the previous manuscript Red & Black Separation. This expanded manuscript now includes his current handling using poker cards that are equally visible from the stage. Through the use of clever staging, you'll be able to present Out of This World on stage with your favorite deck of poker cards.

Whether using jumbo cards or a poker deck, the...

2014 / 1 / 19
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Pay Check Challenge by Steve Pellegrino

The Pay Check Challenge is a 10-minute feature presentation that you can present as described or change to fit your persona.

You offer the audience a challenge. You are going to place your paycheck for the performance in one of several envelopes. If you determine which envelope it's in, you get to keep the check. If not, you forfeit the check and leave empty-handed.

You bring five people to the stage. You show several envelopes, each numbered. In each envelope is a blank index card. The index cards are shown not to have any markings, watermarks, nail nicks, and they appear to be - blank...

2014 / 1 / 10
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Michael Skinner's Impromptu Cups and Balls Routine by Steve Pellegrino

Michael Skinner's Impromptu Cups & Balls is one of the unpublished gems he taught to a few students. Michael performed the routine on The Tonight Show, June 1, 1973, when he was in the prime of his career.

Clips of the performance have been on YouTube for several years, but only a few people knew the routine's complete work. Other magicians have tried to duplicate this routine. However, they missed because they didn't understand Michael's subtleties and timing, especially his startling "Scatter Phase," where the three balls start under the center cup. Then, in a brief moment, each ball appears...

2013 / 12 / 17
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