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The Complete Eye-Openers
by Ralph W. Hull & Paul Gordon


(3 reviews, 6 customer ratings) ★★★★

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The Complete Eye-Openers by Ralph W. Hull & Paul Gordon
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Comprising Eye-Openers and More Eye-Openers plus R. W. Hull's Supreme Mental Discernment.

Paul Fleming wrote about More Eye-Openers:

The late Ralph W. Hull was a tireless originator in the field of magic, and was particularly active in devising amazing mysteries with playing cards. The Tuned Deck, which he described as "my most cherished trick," was accorded nineteen pages in the monumental work, Greater Magic. Other Ralph W. Hull specialties have appeared in the form of pamphlets, one of which is the subject of this review.

John Northern Hilliard wrote a foreword to More Eye Openers, in which he described in rather flowery language, but with substantial accuracy, most of the contents of the booklet. Modified slightly, the description is as follows:

"Here is magic, as I understand it. Here are card mysteries for all kinds and conditions of the conjuring clan .... For example, 'Birds of a Feather Flock Together,' a brilliant card problem in transposing cards, in the genre made famous by the artistry of Dai Vernon. Here is hocus-pocus to confound the quidnuncs! In 'Any Deck Read From the Card Backs,' Mr. Hull initiates you into one of the 'lost mysteries' - an artful method of 'reading' borrowed cards as easily as you would a prearranged deck. 'The Elusive Jack' is an impromptu 'two-card monte' effect that is even more of a 'delusion and a snare' than its three-card namesake of the fair- and circus-grounds. 'The Jumping Jacks' is another impromptu appeal to the lover of pure sleight-of-hand.

"Whoever it was might it have been Job who cried out 'O, that mine adversary had invented a four-ace trick!' would forswear his words after reading Mr. Hull's directions for 'The Simplicity Four-Ace Trick.' In 'Diamond Thieves and Blackmailers,' our author has concocted a mystery thriller in terms of card magic. 'The Never Miss Card Trick' should be a boon to the parlor entertainer called upon to work with a borrowed pack, an impromptu feat the amateur entertainer will not willingly let drop from his repertory! The same holds true with two other impromptu feats in this collection: 'Magical Touch versus Mental Thought' and 'The Will O' the Wisp Card.' But the gem of the collection, from my own point of view, is 'The New Torn and Restored Card.' Here is a problem that satisfies all our yearnings for the miracle. The impossible is made possible. Personally, I should bracket this effect among the masterpieces of card magic."

Three feats not mentioned by Mr. Hilliard are Hull's Magic Picture Book Deck, with patter (which Mr. Hull calls "one of my best card tricks"), Magic Number Revealment (Improved), and Which Card Left? (a trick with "Jumbo" cards). Also worthy of mention are three pages of Valuable Card Sleights. Altogether, here is an abundance of first-rate material for the lover of card tricks.

More Eye Openers is a 28-page booklet, size 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, bound in soft boards. It has 22 illustrations, 14 of which are photographic halftones which do not reproduce well on the cheap paper that has been used. The text itself is set up in rather small type, and is not too well printed, though it is sufficiently clear to be readily readable.

"There is perhaps the best Torn and Restored Card ever devised in More Eye-Openers." - Jon Racherbaumer

  • "Eye-Openers" Foreword by Ralph Hull
  • Mental Abstraction or Cards by Instinct
  • Hull's "Eye Popper"
  • Hull's Marvelous Card Prediction
  • Topsy Turvy Cards
  • Magic Number Revealment
  • A Mental Card Mystery
  • A Trick Exposed, But How?
  • Single Card Wonder Prediction
  • A False Shuffle
  • A Surprising Solitaire
  • "More Eye-Openers" Introduction by John Northern Hilliard
  • Valuable Card Sleights
  • Diamond Thieves and Blackmailers
  • The Simplicity Four Ace Trick
  • The "Will-o'-the-Wisp" Card
  • Any Deck Read From the Card Backs
  • The Jumping Jacks
  • Magic Touch Versus Mental Thought
  • The Elusive Jack
  • Hull's "Magic Picture Book" Deck
  • Magic Number Revealment, Improved
  • Hull's "Never Miss" Card Trick
  • Which Card Left?
  • The New Torn and Restored Card
  • Birds of a Feather Flock Together

  • Supreme Mental Discernment

1st edition 2006, 1st digital edition 2014, 94 pages.
word count: 59060 which is equivalent to 236 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Michael Lyth (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 14 August, 2016

I almost forgot this book was missing from collection of books loaned to other magician only to never find its way home but this much easier to read, re read and practice and perform the quality contents been sold sepperatly as PDF's at a higher price so more than definatley value for money

Reviewed by Terry Billings
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 28 January, 2014

I own a lot of Card Magic Books and The Complete Eye-Openers is among my favourites. Ralph Hull was way ahead of his time. The Magic here is still good. Well done Natzler Enterprises and Paul Gordon for bringing it back better than ever. The new typeset is excellent.

Reviewed by Jonathon Allwood
★★★★   Date Added: Sunday 26 January, 2014

This book is an university of reading within card magic, it's a diamond bar for all magician a link! The 4 aces tricks within the pages! The jolly jumping joker Paul Gordon have assembly one of the best fantasy mind who use 52 friends! (bicycle cards) to wow friends! This is a musical book of grateful effects that rocks!

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