Announce that the deck itself will reveal the name of the spectator’s card. Turn the deck over, and deal the bottom nine cards face up into three piles, singly and rotationally, from left to right. Discard the remainder of the deck.
Flip the third pile onto the second one, then the combined second pile onto the first pile (as in Trick #3). Spread the cards: The top three cards are face down and their backs are displaying a word, the value of a card (Fig. 2). Read it out aloud (“Ace…”), close the spread (“… of …”), turn
the cards over and spread them again: Now the top six cards are face down, and their backs are displaying another word, a suit (Fig. 3) – “… Spades! Obviously, your card is the Ace of Clubs.”
Ask the spectator to confirm this by turning over the selection.
Variations: Force the JD. Have the bottom twelve cards lettered D-J-O-I-A-N-A-C-D-M-K-S, and deal them similarly into three piles. Or: Force the KC. Have the bottom nine cards lettered C-K-BI-L-N-S-G-U, and deal them “zig/zag” style into three piles (Fig. 4a). Or: Force the QH. Have the
bottom eleven cards lettered H-Q-R-U-E-E-T-E-A-N-S, and deal them “zig/zag” style into three piles (Fig. 4b). Or: Force the 7C. Have the bottom ten cards lettered C-S-U-E-B-E-L-V-S-N, and deal them “zig/zag” style into four piles (Fig. 4c). (To Be Continued.)
For more (and more elaborate) math-based magic by Werner Miller visit
A Thorough Review of 20 Magic Apps for Your Phone
You would think that magic, as a hobby and a profession, would have gone the way of the typewriter by now. After all, there’s no video scene you can’t create digitally these days, and audiences know perfectly well that any prop you can dream up can be manufactured.
Yet magic is alive and well. Magicians on YouTube rack up millions of views. Magic shows in Vegas regularly sell out. And every birthday, thousands of elementary-school boys (yes, usually boys) joyously open up magic kits, smitten with the idea of fooling the grownups. I was one of them. I performed magic shows at about 400 birthday parties during my teenage years — and went on to write “Magic for Dummies.”
It’s no surprise, then, that smartphones should become the latest frontier for illusions. App stores offer long lists of magic-trick apps. Sometimes, the trick happens on the phone’s screen — the app does the magic. Sometimes, the phone is part of the secret — the audience doesn’t even know that it’s involved in helping you perform.
Some tricks are free or cheap little throwaways — the equivalent of the fun, self-working, plastic beginner tricks that you get in magic kits. Others are unbelievably powerful effects designed for professional magicians, costing $50 or even $100, good enough to perform at corporate parties or on TV.
Thanks to Mel Kientz “Magician’s Life” Web Notes..
Chemistry Magic Show – A Blueprint
Would you consider putting on a magic show? A chemistry teacher explains in detail what you need and how to perform an array of ‘chemical magic’. This is a pdf that can be easily printed out for your convenience..
Chemistry and Chemical Magic – PDF
Michael Lyth pointed this site out to me. It fits nicely with the other chemical links in this issue. Learn to change the color or liquids, as in one of the classics of magic.. .. and over 150 other chemical and chemical magic effects. V.F. Johnson’s book is a great read..
Science and Magic Materials — Library of Congress
Materials on Science, Magic and Mathematics
This link is the beginning of hours of interesting research. I’m not sure I can find an actual ‘home page’, as many categories at the Library of Congress cross and interact, making the ‘beginning’ nearly impossible to find. If you go to the HOME link, you’ll find the Harry Houdini link which is a gateway to a mere 4000 books belonging to the personal library of the famous conjuror donated to the Library.
From here, you can find page after page of mystery and magic… each leading to other books and collections. Many works can be viewed in PDF form or ‘ordered’ from the Library for research purposes.
The Library contains much more than books. You can view old posters, letterheads, letters, and pictures.. anything related to history.
DON’T go to this site unless you’re prepared to lose track of time. I’ve been in one tornado in my life. As my loved ones sat in a small closet, I stood in the closet doorway, unable to take my eyes away from the picture window in the living room. The driving rain was literally at a complete 90 degree angle to the ground. I was so captivated by what was transpiring outside I was more afraid to look away than I was of the tornado. That’s very similar to what happens to visitors to the Library of Congress. They are afraid to turn away. Even the knowledge they must climb out of bed in progressively fewer hours can’t make them put away the mouse and give in to the sandman.. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Penn and Teller walk among the many books of the Houdini Collection in the Library. A 3+ minute video…
James Riser DIY’s ( Thanks to Michael Lyth for these next two links )
James knows what it takes to make magic props. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, let me quote:
“Upcoming e-publications will include making a take-up reel, making a new style of Vanishing Bird Cage, a new type of ball vase, rising cards, a new type of billiard ball stand, new work on the ball and tube, a drawer box, a razor blade stand, a coin shooter, a new type of Kuma Tube, a center control Cube A Libre, a timer for creating a few seconds delay, a simplex card punch, making a Kepplinger holdout, a gravity holdout, making dye tubes, etc. Lots of fun if there is enough interest to make it worthwhile.”
Many of these publications are priced at $5.00 each, which is more than fair. In addition there are a number of free items, and I know you guys like free…. When accessing the DIY section, just keep scrolling after the page opens..
Here is a freebee …. Making an Inexpensive Card Trimmer
Here is a freebee …. Making Typewriter style Key Inlays
Here is a freebee …. A way to soften coins
Here is a freebee …. Making a Coin Stack
Here is a freebee …. Making a Folding Coin
Here is a freebee ….Things to do with a rubber walnut
Here is a freebee …. Making an Inexpensive Leather Cylinder
DIY Magic Props – Build Your Own Props With These Videos
If you are among the many magicians who are inclined to make plant stands, fix the kitchen cabinet, add shelves to the garage, and…. then these videos are right up your alley. Create your own magic props with these clear and concise videos to guide and inspire you.
DIY – Cards in a Bottle
How do you put a deck of cards in a bottle? (and I’m not talking a miniature deck).. Or maybe you’re curious about how they put a Rubik’s Cube in a bottle.. Probably the easiest of the three is how to put a tennis ball inside a bottle… a fully inflated tennis ball no less.
This Wiki explains with pictures how each of the above are accomplished. Even if you’re not planning on making one, this might be a good thing to know. .
More Cards in a Bottle…
Impossible Things in a Bottle – Playing Cards ( Youtube instruction video)
Kathy Brown’s Impossible Bottles — A Deck of Playing Cards
This is the best of the videos. Kathy can put a whole deck of cards into a sealed card box inside a bottle in about one hour. Wow..
History of Bottlemaking and Cards in a Bottle for Sale..
Don’t have the time or patience to make your own bottle? Here’s the history of bottlemaking plus a complete line of cards in a bottle for sale..
Mind Magician – Michael Daniels
Be baffled and entertained by our interactive mind magic
– Learn some great tricks to amaze and impress your friends
– Learn powerful techniques to improve your memory
– Learn how to perform amazing feats of mental calculation
– Learn about mentalism and mentalists
– Download totally free ebooks on mind magic and mentalism
– View great video performances
– Check out the latest news on magic and mentalism
Tom Mullica – The Greater Magic (Parts 1 and 2)
The amazing Tom Mullica has entertained the world with his unique brand of magic since about 1970. Born in Waupun, Wisconsin in 1948, Tom knew by the age of five he wanted to be an entertainer, but he believed his success would come as a clown. By the age of 21 he was working in Colon, Michigan, building magic props and illusions and demonstrating magic tricks for Abbott’s Magic Co.
Eventually, Tom moved to Atlanta and opened a nightclub which also functioned as a magic club. Open for eleven years, perhaps the single most important moment was when Red Skelton visited and he and Tom quickly became friends..
Following Red’s advice, Tom modified his act to accompany with music, allowing him to perform for anyone, anywhere. Tom eventually worked in the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris, appeared on David Letterman, World’s Greatest Magic, Penn & Teller’s Sin City, and Viva Variety.
Known for his brilliant manipulation of cigarettes, Tom’s videos are a wonder to watch…
https://youtu.be/qqdC_C_DceM 23 min
https://youtu.be/U_8pWrchb3M 21 min
Pop Haydn at the Magic Castle – 30 minutes of Pure Magic
To quote from Wikipedia.. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whit_Haydn )
“Whit “Pop” Haydn (born July 19, 1949 as Whitney Wesley Hadden in Clarksville, Tennessee) is an American magician, the winner of seven “Magician of the Year” performing awards (for performances in showrooms at the Magic Castle) from the Magic Castle, the Hollywood clubhouse of the Academy of Magical Arts. He has been nominated by his fellow members for “Magician of the Year” in Close-Up, Parlor and Stage, Bar and Lecturer more than thirty times. In February 2006, he also became Vice-President of that organization, and served for four years in that capacity.”
“He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, the Smothers Brothers, Loretta Lynn and others, and performed on cruise ships of many different lines, including Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth 2, and the Diamond Princess. Haydn has worked hotels and casinos including Caesars Tahoe, and was one of the first acts chosen in 1996 to open Caesar’s Magical Empire in Las Vegas.”
Pop is as good as anyone in the world in a close-up situation. Widely respected by all his peers, he is the perfect guy to watch to perfect your performance…
The History of Magic – Disappearances
Published on Oct 30, 2014
This is the story of how the magician has taken the scientific advantages and use them to conjure up a new ways to make things appear and disappear.
BBC History of Magic – Close-Up Magic (Full Video)
Published on Sep 7, 2014
On all form of magic, close up is the oldest, the simplest, and the purest. At its heart there is a trick that hardly changes for thousand of years.
History of Magic – Mind Reading/Mentalism
Published on Jan 18, 2013
History of magic – Mind Reading/Mentalism a documentary series by BBC about the history of magic – The history behind mentalism commented by modern famous mentalists and many others. It goes back into the beginning of its history.
Xavier Perret – How to do the 4 Ace Trick
I always enjoy Xavier’s videos, and the 4 Ace Trick is no exception.. Check it out on Youtube…
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Notorious Crooks: Who Was Erdnase? ( One of many stories you missed if not reading Magic News..)
By Paul Drexler for The Examiner…
Born in Connecticut in 1872, Andrews picked up an early interest in magic and card manipulation and became a professional gambler at 18. By 1900, he was one of the best card sharks in the country.
In 1902 a man calling himself S.W. Erdnase self-published “The Expert at the Card Table.” This 143-page book explained and demonstrated the “shuffles,” “shifts,” and sleight-of-hand techniques used by card sharks and magicians. The first edition sold poorly, and the author reduced the price to $1 per copy.
By 1903, Andrews was at the peak of his career, claiming an annual income of more than $20,000 (worth $600,000 today). But life as a hustler had taken its toll. He had developed serious digestive problems and a raging temper.
He took up with Bessie Boutin, a prostitute with a taste for luxury. They fought frequently over her drinking and his jealousy. In October 1904, Boutin disappeared in Denver, and Andrews left town with her jewelry. When her body was discovered, he was the main suspect in her death. Andrews was later linked to two other unsolved murders. Read the rest of the article at:
USA CRIMINAL RECORDS
I market in other areas aside from magic. Every now and again I’ll toss something out there to see if it sticks. One of the areas I promote is background checks. There are so many companies that advertise ‘Free’ background checks.. and they are certainly NOT free. You go through several pages of nonsense, only to get to the page that informs you that for ” $16.95″ you can access your report. For the record, my site charges $4.95 for seven days of unlimited, comprehensive searches. You can perform a LOT of searches in 7 days… your boss, your co-workers, your love interest, your children’s friends.. if they are of age, and many more.
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FREE NLP Training: How To Spot a Liar – 1.5 Hour Video
In this exciting FIRST EVER Adventure into the art and science of lie detection we’ll show The key processes you need to be aware of in order to catch someone in a lie. The primary non-verbal cues to look for that signal someone may be lying to you. The psycho-physiology of lying and why not knowing it could cost you friends and lovers. The 20 most common verbal patterns liars use when trying to fool you into believing them. Body language secrets that automatically cue you in when someone is most likely being deceptive with you.
Gary Halbert Copyrighting
Who the heck is (was) Gary Halbert? Gary left us a few years ago.. passed in his sleep, and in so doing created the most massive of holes in internet marketing. He was one of the true pioneers of using the internet as a tool to make money. Not just money.. but LOTS of money. I’m not promoting a ‘get ri ch quick’ scheme. What Gary did was taught a generation of marketers how to sell, how to market, how to attract customers, how to copyright, and how to make your website a better place through quality ad copy.
Gary published a monthly newsletter.. and charged out the wahzoo if you wanted to read it – And thousands of folks did.. at $95.00 per month. Some believed this to be highway robbery.. and others swore that, for the inside information they received, it was worth every penny.. and then some.
Being sort of an eccentric genius, Gary wrote amazing adcopy, but was lousy at organizing his newsletters and website. Now, thanks to fans and family, his newsletters have been organized, dated, and pdf’d into one gigantic file, about 1100+ pages.
“If you want to write high-converting ad copy then you simply need to study Gary Halbert – he was one of the greatest copywriters who ever lived. The thing is, his website TheGaryHalbertLetter.com is terribly organized. The content is amazing but all the newsletters are completely out of order. You’ll be reading one where he refers to the last newsletter and you’ll be like.. I haven’t read that one yet. So I did my best to organize it a bit. I did this for myself but then realized it would benefit everybody, so I’m posting the links here.”
For the most part, everything is pretty organized from 1986 (the year the newsletter started) to the 2000’s. All the misc. stuff at the bottom was taken directly off the website, but since there are no dates posted, is impossible to organize.
Note: Since some of the newsletters seem to be missing from the website (or just not indexed in Google) I uploaded the PDF here where you can read the missing pages. If you also hate reading 1,000 page .pdf documents, here are the links so you can read them online.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/931uikimg4lxr7j/gary-halbert-letter.zip?dl=1 (1155 pages)
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Rick Carruth / Editor
Senior Professor – Camelard College of Conjuring of Chemmis, Egypt
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