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The Magic of Tyler
by Daniel Skahen


(1 review, 1 customer rating) ★★★★

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The Magic of Tyler by Daniel Skahen

This is a colleciton of the best of Daniel Tyler's inspirations over the past five years. The first section covers effects and routines, the second section moves. You will find new ideas and variations of old classics. Overall solid commercial material.

1st edition, 2005; 125 pages.


Counterfeit Card The best method I have ever seen or come up with for a countdown routine.

P4 – Peppermint Patty Power Puncher A cross between Torn & Restored and Healed & Sealed ... with Peppermint Patties!

Dirty Laundry The cleanest and easiest card-to-sock routine.

Lincoln’s Trick One of the founding tricks of this site, and still a favorite; turn a borrowed dollar bill into a hundred pennies right in front of their eyes.

Twister Direct mental transposition, in the spectator’s hands, without the use of sleights or gimmicks.

The M&M Switch, Improved One of the most powerful and commercial effects I’ve ever created.

Red Alert A color change routine with max spectator involvement, multiple phases, and super-visual effect, and easy, ungimmicked, examinable method!

Identity Theft A routine that takes the color-change theme into a new dimension of card magic.

Spotlight Card An inexplicable Brainwave effect using no gimmicks, where a card that a spectator merely thinks of is the only red card in a blue deck.

The Brainwave Deck Case Solution A carefully crafted patter that takes away the Achilles Heel of the classic Brainwave Deck.

Blind Triumph The only triumph routine I ever use.

The Bottomfeeder A sequence of original sleights that forms a full-length routine to blow your spectators away!

The Vengeful Massacre of the Broken-Hearted A total freakshow of the classic torn and restored card plot!

Zombie Card Finally, a practical, convincing, impromptu card levitation that employs no strings, wires, threads, elastics, or magnets of any kind.

Tekcop-Ot-Drac A mirror image and perfect compliment to the classic card to pocket routine.

Ultimate Card to Pocket A simple solution to an impossible problem!

Ultimate Card through Window A card is freely selected, a corner is removed, and the face is signed. The card visually disappears and reappears behind a window two times in a row.


One-Hand Top Pop An instant, visual revelation of a card from nowhere, discovered by the best fluke ever made while practicing.

The Flip-over Change A smooth and clean in-hands card change.

Solo Erdnase A tweeked method of a classic sleight that allows the same visual card change without the deck for support!

Snap Vanish Without cover or hesitation, a single snap of the fingers vanish a card into thin air, the way an image pops out of a frame in movies.

Split Ends – The Complete Guide The single most evolved creation I’ve had, which stands today as one of the most versatile sleights I know.

Final Restoration A new ending for an already great Torn & Restored routine that I’ve found to be an improvement on both effect and method.

The Slip-In Move This is the pawn on your chess board: small, simple, and silent - but potentially devastating.

Deck Sandwich The ultimate spice you can add to any sandwich routine to create a visual split-second miracle!

Pendulum Double Lift My all-time favorite means of double lifting two cards, undetectable (even and especially among magicians), clean, and easy.

Pivoter Double Lift A one-handed double lift that serves many of my routines, including the Bottomfeeder.

Slip Force Subtlety One simple change to this classic sleight that makes the whole sequence so much smoother.

Pointer Palm A fully developed sleight that offers many techniques (all of them taught) simply unavailable to any other palms.

Slippery Ambition Here is a subtle way to bring a card to the top of the deck before you even put it in the middle.

Watch Palm This is the ultimate way to palm a pen, while you still operate your hands freely and make them appear totally clean, combined with a ton of techniques for concealing, revealing and vanishing.

The Two-Way Force One of the most practical and convincing forces I’ve ever performed, catered especially to mentalists.

Pyramid Deck Switch A new, diabolical way of switching decks in and out of your performance that doesn't take cargo pocket space, great misdirection, or nerves of steel to pull off.

Flick the Switch A quick and undetectable way of switching one bill for another in the action of flicking it with your thumb.

Caper Case This easy-to-make gimmick allows you to control what goes in and out of a deck of cards, like a bouncer at a club.

The Tyler Switch This technique is so subtle and applications so endless, the sleight goes above and beyond the switching possibilities of double lifts, top changes, etc. In between the time the card is shown and placed on the deck, it is switched out.
word count: 43377 which is equivalent to 173 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Anonymous
★★★★   Date Added: Wednesday 23 January, 2008

I have to say, this is one of the worst purchases that I have made. I almost went for Mr. Tyler's more expensive book, and am VERY glad that I did not. $20 for this book was way too much as it is.

The book is packed with minor adaptations to existing effects and the rest are poorly thought out routines.

Mr. Tyler's writing style, or lack there of, is a MAJOR issue with the format of this book. Not one of the routines are clearly defined. Instead you are often reading into the method and trying to decipher the actual effect, all while trying to understand his rambling explanations.

A couple of times he prefaces the instructions by explaining that it will be hard to put the effect into words, but I feel this is just do to his writing style and could very well have been explained easily.

To top it off, while trying to sift through the explanations, you are left either to imagine what the heck he is talking about or just give up on it all together, because Mr. Tyler chose to not to add any photos or drawings to the mix.

Also his Pyramid Deck Switch is a essentially Tommy Wonder's deck switch, without credit to Mr. Wonder.

Tyler repeatedly quotes Sankey and utilizes moves credited to Sankey (which really go back further), which leads me to believe that he is fairly new to the magic world although he claims otherwise.

My advise is to spend your money some place else.