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Magic Roadshow #167

 June 2015
Hello June !!

Right about now, a faithful Roadshow reader named June thinks I devoted this issue to her.. Summer is here, full force. But, before we get to that, I want to Welcome all the new subscribers to the Magic Roadshow. If this is your first issue, I hope you find something that makes a real difference in your magic.

Yes, summer has arrived on our side of the globe, and despite the heat, I feel sleightly invigorated, pun intended. The wife and I spent last week on the Carolina coast with friends, a well-deserved vacation of sorts, and right this moment I would love nothing more than to buy a condo at the beach and kick back.

 There are some changes in store for the Roadshow. Issues are going to become a little shorter. These long issues are killing me, time wise, as I am totally reliant on me, myself, and I for all the editing and publishing. Remembering how I used to put issues together in three or four days is disheartening now that I must start a new issue as soon as the current issue publishes. Some of you guys have mentioned that shorter issues would be easier to read, and I think I agree. Of course, I remember saying the same thing a couple of years ago and I published shorter issues for three or four months.

Finding material for publication was a real task at one time. And it seems the volumn of magic on the internet has exponentially increased the past three or four years. My ability to ‘discover’ new magic has improved many times over too. I consider myself a very good user of the search engines.. along with some of my friends like Michael Lyth. Michael and I can toss a subject out there.. and suddenly we have a wealth of information between the two of us. I want to publicly thank Michael for all the invaluable assistance, and apologize for not crediting him with some of the links I honestly can’t remember who found first…

I want to Thank Paul Lelekis, Werner Miller, and Bob Solari for their invaluable contributions also. I think every issue in 2015 has contained something from Paul, Michael, Werner and Bob. I could fairly call each one an Associate Editor of the Roadshow !

Take a moment to click on the ‘PSYCHIC’ link in the navigation bar.. It’s MY site, and even I don’t know how it works..

Questions and Comments…  EMAIL ME   ( Rick@MagicRoadshow.com )

PDF Version... ROADSHOW 167

This issue is dedicated to Elliott Michael Black. He performed around the world as Michael Elliott and spent many happy years in Chicago and Asheville NC, among other places. Elliott was an electrical engineer, a lawyer, a business owner, a mentalist, and my friend. He was known as “The Sherlock Holmes of Thought” and was a long time member of the Psychic Entertainers Assoc. (PEA), and was awarded the Bob Haines Memorial Award for Distinguished Service.

I publish each issue of the Roadshow as a PDF because Elliott wanted me to.. He enjoyed printing them out and reading them at his leisure. I could never figure how he dealt with the links… Elliott passed away last month in Chicago after moving there from Asheville to be closer to his family. Trent, Gary and myself will sorely miss your presence, Friend..
I try not to get too political in the Roadshow.. this is simply not the forum. But when I read this recently I couldn’t help but republish it. There will be a LOT of this between now and election time, so keep these thoughts by TOM WOLFE close..

“One of the things that I find really makes it worth watching all the Academy Awards, all the Emmys, all those awards ceremonies, is to see how today’s actors and television performers have discovered the formula. If you become indignant, this elevates you to the plane of ‘intellectual.’ No mental activity is required. It is a rule, to which there has never been an exception, that when an actor or a television performer rises up to the microphone at one of these awards ceremonies and expresses moral indignation over something, he illustrates Marshall McLuhan’s dictum that “moral indignation is a standard strategy for endowing the idiot with dignity.”



Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.
Mike Tyson

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources
Albert Einstein

An amateur magician is one who performs many different tricks for the same people; a professional magician is one who performs the same tricks for many people…Whit Hayden

Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. …  Ronald Dahl


Too many performers have passed this amazing classic routine of magic over…and it’s too bad because it is a HUGE audience-pleaser!

I have used this routine for years at all parlor, platform or cabaret performances. The spectators LOVE this effect! I first saw this trick on the Ed Sullivan show when I was a kid…and I’ll NEVER forget how amazed I was!

Below is my personal handling of this effect.

EFFECT: A black silk is stuffed into the performer’s hand. When his hand is opened, the silk has changed into a white egg! The magician shows how the trick works by showing the hole in the plastic egg and the silk is inside of it.

Then the performer produces a miniature wand (with some funny patter!) and hands it to the spectator to wave over the fake egg…but then the “hole” is peeled off and the fake egg is cracked over a glass to empty the contents of a real egg!

SET UP: You’ll need a real egg and a plastic egg (soft plastic) so that you can cut out a hole near one end of the egg. I found mine in stores like Michael’s Arts & Crafts.

You can also purchase a standard “Silk to Egg” trick at a fairly low price to obtain the plastic egg needed. You’ll also need a 12”-16” black silk. I use a black silk (though any dark silk will work fine!) because it plays beautifully to “camouflage” the fake hole on the real egg. Also, be sure to have a clear glass available to crack the egg into at the end!

To make the fake hole, I use a piece of stiff paper or thin construction paper and cut out a piece that is ovule in shape to match the size of the hole in the fake egg. I then color this piece of paper with a black Magic Marker.

Before the show, remove the egg from the ‘fridge about 2 hours before the show so that it will quit “sweating” as it approaches room temperature. Then dry the egg off and apply a small piece of double-stick tape to the oval piece of black paper (the “hole”) and stick this to the real egg at the same place where the real hole in the fake egg is. This set up is actually quite simple to do!

You’ll also need to make a miniature wand! I just buy thin wooden dowels from a home improvement store like Ace or Home Depot with a diameter of about 3-4mm or about 1/8 of an inch. Then saw off about a 4” length. Paint the ends white and the middle black! It doesn’t have to be exact. I took a couple of dowel rods and made about 20 or so wands, though you only need one wand.

Just before performance place the real egg (with black paper stuck to it) and the fake egg in your left coat pocket and the wand in your left, inside coat pocket. You should have the black silk protruding from your jacket breast pocket. Place your mini-wand in your inside left jacket pocket and you’re set to go!

METHOD: As you start your presentation, secretly go into your left pocket with your left hand and “steal” the fake egg into your left hand as you display the black silk. Talk about showing the audience an actual classic of magic – and then tell them that you “…will go against the magician’s code and show you exactly HOW the trick works…IF you applaud me loudly enough!”

Start applauding when you say the above line of patter and the audience will join in and applaud also. Then say…“Not NOW! I meant after I show you the trick!” This gets a good laugh. This patter will loosen everyone up and put YOU in charge!

Turn to your right and begin stuffing the silk into your closed left fist – actually into the hidden plastic egg!
The patter at this point is mainly innocuous. As you continue to stuff the silk into your left hand, slowly move your hands up and down as you continue stuffing the silk all the way in. Be overly dramatic when you do this!
After the silk has been pushed in, make some kind of magic gesture and reach into your left hand with your right fingers and remove the white egg!

You will be surprised how many spectators will “ooh and ahh” when they see the egg! A white egg always elicits a big response – try an egg bag routine out and see!

Some people may soon figure out that it’s a hollow egg…but before they start guessing, say, “Look! It’s just a hollow egg! See? I just stuffed the black hanky into the hollow egg!”  (Notice that I said “hanky” and not “silk”! People don’t generally know what a silk is!)

Address the audience and say, “Now THIS is the part where you supposed to applaud!” Everyone will applaud loudly! Coax them on by applauding yourself and say, “Come on…I want to hear some yelling!” They will yell and laugh!

This is where you loosen everyone up and it puts the spectators on your side, so to speak! You’re obviously going for cheap applause but it makes everyone laugh!

Keep the fake egg out where in your left hand where everyone can see it and the black silk inside the egg. Announce how you ‘…hid the fake egg in my hand and I merely stuffed the hanky into it!’ Mime the actions as you say this line.

“O.K., I need someone from the audience to help me out with this next part!” Here try to get an elderly woman or a young girl or boy to help you out. Call her up and get the audience to applaud her. As she approaches, place the fake egg into your right hand so that it sits deep into it. Announce that you have something for her to use, to do the magic! Here is where you will perform Juan Tamiriz’s, Crossing the Gaze move!

Reach into your left coat pocket as if retrieving the wand, but the expression on your face indicates that it’s not there! Then look directly at the audience!

Secretly grasp the real egg from that pocket into your left hand (held deep in your left palm!) as your face changes to a look that the “something” is not there! Look to your left pocket and then immediately look over to your right pocket!  As soon as you look to the right, your right hand (with the fake egg) goes to your left, at the same time that your left hand comes out of your left coat pocket. Immediately pretend to put the fake egg that’s in your RH, into your LH! You actually do nothing…it’s a shuttle pass – don’t be afraid of this…it works EVERY time!

Your right hand next “darts” quickly into your inside left coat pocket with the fake egg. Leave the fake egg in that pocket as you bring out the mini-wand! Because of the shuttle pass, everyone will think that the egg in your left hand (the real egg!) is still the plastic egg with the silk stuffed in it! This switch works beautifully!

The Finale:
Hand the mini-wand to the spectator and say, “Be careful…this wand may be small but it’s very powerful! You know what they say, ‘…it’s not the size of the wand that counts…it’s how you use it!’ Isn’t that right sir?!” Here is where you point to some man in the audience… and then watch the laughter!

I’ve used the above line hundreds of times! Everyone laughs out loud! It really lightens the room!

Have your helper wave her magic wand over the egg (everyone still thinks it’s the fake egg!) and say, “Look! You did it!”

Now hold the real egg up where everyone can see the “fake hole” in the real egg. Trust me…even up close, the black paper hole looks like the real thing! Then peel the black paper off!

“Milk” this moment! Everyone will be shocked that you peeled away the hole with the silk in it!
Now go over to the glass and very deliberately break the egg into the glass! You are clean! DO NOT underestimate this classic! It is a powerhouse routine!

You can view ALL of Paul’s ebooks, all 21, at Lybrary.com .. They are, undoubtedly, one of the best values in all of magic..  Many are now considered underground classics…


Draw Stickman…  got this from Paul too. You’ll like it…



EZ TO DO CARD MIRACLES  –  A Review of Paul Lelekis’ (Second) Latest eBook

When I found out Paul had a new ebook on Lybrary I couldn’t wait to read it. Paul Lelekis, as many of you know, is one of the very best card technicians on the planet and a True Friend of both the Roadshow and yours truly.  Aside from being so skillful, Paul is both an excellent writer and shares invaluable advice based on years of real-world experiences. ( Aside from the many lectures and walk-arounds, Paul has spent literally thousands of nights as a restaurant performer..)

This latest, EZ To Do Card Miracles, is right up my alley.. Anything magical that’s also easy was written specifically with me in mind. In all fairness, not every effect is what I term ‘easy’. ‘Ghost Collectors’ and ‘You Must Be Lucky’ require a couple of manipulations that are easily within the scope of the average reader.

The other four effects are darn close to self-working.  In fact, ‘Make the Cards Match’ and ‘Translation’ are both of the Martin Garner variety that, when performed step by step, will work correctly even though we know not what we do.. Don’t you love it when the magician is as impressed as his audience!

Simon Aronson’s ‘Shuffle bored’ is the last of the six effects. This version is based on Simon’s 1980 version, with personal aspects added by Paul, along with explanations. This is one of my all-time favorite effects, on any level. The fact that it’s self-working is an added bonus.

Paul begins this ebook with a treatise on performing effects for folks, particularly in a restaurant setting, that is alone worth the price of the ebook. He is absolutely right on with his observations, and I will always remember Paul telling of how his tips went up exponentially as he began to ‘show off’ less and ‘show less’. Suddenly, his magic began to appear effortless and his audiences were more impressed by what they didn’t see than by what they did. Priceless.

Buy the ebook. Enjoy the effects. And you’ll be a fan.
POWERHOUSE ROUTINES  –  Paul’s Real Latest eBook

I try to keep up with every ebook Paul publishes, and lately he’s made it difficult. Not only does he wirte with style and swagger, but he writes faster than I can read! Jeez, it seems I just enjoyed his last ebook, EZ TO DO CARD MIRACLES, and now.. POWERHOUSE ROUTINES. Paul is an expert at both creating world class routines and sleights, and taking routines initiated by others to entirely new heights. PowerHouse Routines contains both.

‘Telekinetic Four Ace Reverse’ and ‘Find Your Own Card’ are Marlo ideas transformed to a hyper degree by Paul. Aside from the basic premise, everything about the handling is completely new to me. ‘Gravity’ and ‘Lelekis’Touch Switch’ are uniquely Paul. I particularly like the Touch Switch and can think of a half dozen effects I use regularly that will definitely benefit from this utility.

Last but certainly not least.. Paul has composed an intro worthy of the price of the ebook. The advice is sure and true. There are tips and advice here that will improve your performance regardless of your skill level. I read it, read all the effects.. and went back and re-read the intro. The handling tips are important.. but the performing advice is invaluable.

These are worker effects you will add to your repertoire immediately. These are effects that will make you impatient, hardly able to contain yourself until your next magic meeting. If you aren’t familiar with the library of work of Paul Lelekis, this is a great place to start.



Voyeur  –  A Card Gimmick

Bob Solari’s VOYEUR works like this…

You remove a deck from the case. Spread the deck face down on a table and ask the spectator to select a card. Once done, ask the spectator to place the card in the card case. Without any unusual moves or gestures, you can now pick up the card case, shake it gently, and immediately know the identity of the card inside. You can also show the card case from all sides…

First, gently shaking the card case has nothing to do with your reveal. Second, the card case itself does all the work.  As with most of Bob’s gimmicks and utilities, a great deal of delicate work goes into each one. Bob himself often creates these gimmicks one at a time, by hand, to assure each works with precision and professionalism.
Please don’t assume, as Bob puts it, that VOYEUR is simply “a hole in a box”..

These cases are made out of the standard Bicycle cases. Mine is blue and I’m assuming they also come in red, but don’t hold me to it.

When I first opened mine, I couldn’t wait to ‘discover’ the secret myself. So, rather than read the instructions, I opened the box, inspected the flaps inside and out, and slowly turned the box end over end looking for the tell-tale sign of a doctored case. I couldn’t see it.  I didn’t realize the way I was holding the box, the way almost anyone would hold the box, prevented me from ‘seeing’ the secret. Talking with my friend, Paul Lelekis, I found he experienced the same bafflement as I.. He too inspected the box top to bottom and couldn’t find the ‘secret’. We are two grizzly ‘ol performers, and I promise, if we can’t see it, your audience certainly won’t see it !

There are a couple of different effects provided with the gimmick. I immediate thought of a half dozen other possible uses. One of Bob’s suggestions has the spectator select a card as above, except the magician can put all the remaining cards in the case, and the spectator can then stick his card in the case at any location.. and the magician will still reveal the selected card.

This is one of those things that has many different uses, and not all are card related. Any object that can be placed inside a card box can be discovered, including various coins.

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, this is it.  Add a new level of effects to your performance. If this gimmick doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, may I suggest knitting ?



TRICKS WITHOUT NAMES –  Another Mathemagical Medley of Semi-Automatic Tricks  –   Werner Miller

Trick #6

Secretly have the AS on top of your deck and the backs of the bottom nine cards lettered as
shown (Fig. 1).

To perform, force the AS to a spectator without disturbing the bottom stock of the deck or flashing the lettered backs. The Goldin Force, e.g., fills the bill nicely: While you are holding the deck in your left hand, your left thumb riffles down its outer left corner until the spectator calls stop.

Open a break between the riffled and unriffled cards, release the riffled portion and let it roll over and off the left fingertips so that it lands on the fingers of the palm-up right hand. By closing the right fingers, cause the riffled packet to turn over and end up face down in dealing position, then lower the hand and, with your thumb, push the top card to the left and place it before the spectator, still face down.


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:




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.


FREE NLP Training: How To Spot a Liar –  1.5 Hour Video
David Snyder

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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Magic Roadshow #165


 April, 2015

Welcome.. It’s April, it’s spring, it’s time for another Magic Roadshow. Believe me, that’s easier said than done. I, and a group of guys who love magic, have made this issue possible. Without their contributions this issue would be a fraction of itself. I hope you like it…

I guess it’s safe to say we’ve seen the worst of a strange and eventful winter. For a while I had a captive audience up north. I can joke about it, but I’m guessing those of you who experienced it first-hand are still a tad raw. At any rate.. I hope this issue of the Roadshow eases the ordeal and nudges you in a good direction.


 Look for another great selection of effects from my stand-up crew of world class magicians. Paul Lelekis, Mick Ayres,  David John O Connor, Jeff Hobson, and Werner Miller, and our first timers,  Dr. David Hanselman, Donavon Powell, and a special contribution from Peter Stammers (Alcar) and Michael Lyth. I can’t express enough Thanks to these gentlemen who have made a serious donation of time and effort to entertain Roadshow readers.

Remember, I am ALWAYS looking for articles and effects by you guys. The more the merrier. And never worry about spelling and proper English and all those mundane things. I have a staff of transient elves who help with the editing.

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PDF Version.. Roadshow 165

Table of Contents:

– CAAN TU TWO  –  A Two Card Miracle
– COMMON CENTS  –  A Mental Effect
– Taking the Heat Out of Close Up –  A Special PDF for Roadshow Readers
– BALLOON / BANG GUN SURPRISE –  A Treat for Children..
– Five Thoughts on Children’s Shows  –  Donavon Powell
– Dime Store Salt Pour –  A Classic, as Rendered by Jeff
– Tricks Without Names –  Another Medley of Semi-Automatic Tricks
– VIBE  –  A Special Deck from Bob Solari
– Pat Page Memorial Workshop –  Coincidence Effects (PDF)
– Amazing Interactive Mentalism Card Trick Revealed
– Suggestions for Making Gem Sticks –  A Working Tutorial
– Build a Kabuki Drop for $50 ..  Download a Blueprint
– Over One Hundred Card Tricks You Can Do! –  Free PDF
– Four Ace Card Trick –  Video Tutorial
– The Thirteen Paths  –  A PDF from R.Paul Wilson
– Hospital Clown Newsletter Archives
– The Magic of Magic – Shobi Dobi
– From the Red Carpet to the Sky.. A Magical Collage
– Ellen Degeneres and Magic –  Get on the Ellen Show
– Writing Tips from Writers Who Know..  –  A PDF for Anyone Who Writes
– 10 Stunning Images Show the Beauty Hidden in Pi..
– My Two Favorite 5 Letter Words…..  Magic and Music
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– Free eBooks For Subscribers….


We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn
C. S. Lewis

A great magician is not more magical than other magicians; he is just more magical in his presentation.”    Amit Kalantri

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.”  Mahatma Gandhi


CAAN TU TWO  –  A Two Card Miracle
Devised by J.K. Hartman, rendered by Paul Lelekis

EFFECT: A double revelation by the spectator!  The spectator actually finds BOTH cards at the numbers given!

METHOD: Have a deck of cards shuffled by the spectator.  The magician then relates a story of how his father did an ESP trick for him when he was only 7 years old.

The magician then pretends to look through the deck as if he is trying to concentrate on one single card.  Actually he does nothing!  Then he lays the deck down on the table.

The performer says, “I’ll show you a trick that my father played for me when I was just a kid.  I will play the role of my father and you will play me as a boy of only 7 years of age!”

The performer “transmits his thoughts” of the card to the spectator so that she may “read” his mind!  The spectator thinks of a card and says, “…the Queen of Hearts!”

The magician bursts out, “Yes you’re right!  I don’t believe it!  You’re ESP is amazing!  Well…it was a just a couple of years later when I realized that my father was just messing with me!”

“But, you actually got the right card!  I really was thinking of the Queen of Hearts – that’s amazing!”
“I think you’ve really got ESP!  Let’s test your ESP…now I want to try a demonstration of ‘where’- instead of ‘what’!”

As you mention ‘where’ – instead of ‘what’, turn the deck to face you only, and look for the QH.  Cut the deck so that the QH is now, secretly on the bottom of the face up deck (top of the deck!).

Whatever card happens to be cut to the face of the deck is the card that you will use for the ‘where’ part of this trick.  However, I normally cull or arrange a contrasting card to be at the face of the deck, being sure that the QH is at the back (top of face-down deck).

Suppose you’ve cut the Two of Spades to the face of the deck.  Take the 2S into your RH and the deck in the LH, placing the 2S, unseen, face down on the table.

“Since this is not a ‘what’ trick, but a ‘where’ trick, I’m going to show you this card.  It is the Two of Spades.  I’m going to place the deck behind my back and place the 2S somewhere into the deck.”

Place the deck behind your back and place the 2S, secretly, on TOP of the face-down deck!  Now use your right middle finger to pull any card out from the middle of deck, about 1/4”.  This “dodge” is to imply that the slightly out-jogged card, in the middle of the deck, is in fact, the 2S!  Very strong!

Bring the deck out from behind your back and immediately use your fingers to push the projecting indifferent card, flush with the deck.

“Since you saw ‘about’ where the 2S lies, I’m going to give the deck two riffle shuffles to ‘lose’ the 2S.  Remember – you need to remember the 2S and forget about the QH!  Make the QH leave your mind, remember the 2S but forget the QH!”

The above reference to “forget” QH will become very humorous!  You keep telling the spectator throughout the effect to ‘forget the QH – only remember the 2S!’  The very reason you’re saying to ‘forget the QH’ is what will make her remember it!  The spectators will become very ‘tickled” by this.  Play it up!

After two deliberate, controlled riffle shuffles (keep the top two cards intact!), pick up the deck into your LH.

“I’m going to show the top three cards and the bottom three cards to you, so that you know that the 2S is NOT near the bottom or the top.”

“By the way, please keep the other card, the QH, out of your head – O.K.?  This part only concerns the 2S!  So please forget the QH!”

As you say the patter above, “…the top three cards…” openly push over the top three cards and procure a left pinkie break under those three cards.  You will now show that the 2S is NOT near the top or bottom of the deck!  Begin with the three cards on the bottom of the deck.

Turn the face of the deck toward the spectators then spread the bottom two cards to show that the 2S is not one of the bottom three cards.

Next, lower the deck and pick up the top three cards above the break in RH Biddle grip, as only one card!

Display the top card (a triple!), then pick up the next card from the deck with your RH, fanned to the left of the triple.

Finally pick up a “third” card from the top of the deck with the RH also fanned to the left in Biddle grip.  This 3 card fan is actually 5 cards – but no one will be the wiser!

As you show the bottom and top cards, keep mentioning, “Do you see the 2S?  No?  Good…but NOT the QH!  Please keep the QH out of your mind!”

You are essentially showing everyone that the 2S (and QH) is not one of the top three or bottom three cards!  Replace the three (actually 5 cards) back on top of the deck.

NOTE: My reasoning for displaying the top three(?) and bottom three cards is to keep the selection within the “meaty” part of the deck.  This will thwart the “overly exuberant” spectator from choosing one of the top 3 or bottom 3 cards, which could prove to be trouble.  It’s rare but I’ve seen spectators do this before!

“Now the idea is to use your impressive powers of ESP to tell me at what number the 2S now lies.  I have narrowed your choice of numbers down, from between 4 and 49, inclusive.”

“However it is still a very large spread!  I’ll tell you what – instead of giving me only one number – give me TWO numbers between 4 and 49!”

“First give me the lower number and then the higher number.  Now – your two numbers can be far apart from each other or close together – or somewhere in between – it’s up to you!”

“Now I want you to concentrate only on the 2S – NOT the QH, O.K.?!  I need you to keep your mind clear of the QH – concentrate only on the 2S!  Please forget the QH!” (At this point do NOT yet let her name the two numbers!  Here’s where you have a little fun!)

“O.K. ma’am (or sir!), please keep the QH out of your mind!  Now what card are you supposed to remember?”  She’ll say, “…the 2S…”  “And what are you supposed to forget?”  She’ll always mention the card, “…the QH…”

“NO!!  You’re supposed to forget the QH!”  This always gets laughs!

By continuing to mention the QH, it will stand out in everyone’s mind – and it can be very humorous!  Repeat the, “…forget the QH!” line over and over!

“O.K., you want the numbers 17 and 23?  Are you sure?  You can change your mind if you want or stay with your first two impressions!  O.K., you’re staying with 17 and 23.”

Now you will, very deliberately, count off 17 cards (without reversing their orders!) from the top of the deck in your LH, into your RH.

Place the 17th card on TOP of the cards in your RH!  The top card of the packet in your RH will be (from the top, down) an indifferent card, 2S then QH.

Pause then continue your count from “18” placing each card on the bottom of the packet in your RH, until you reach the second number, 23.  Place the 23rd card on top of the cards in your RH.

Before you begin the patter below, openly push over the top two cards (indifferent) and procure a break under the third card which is the 2S!

Turn up a triple as you recite the patter below.

“O.K. – you called for these two cards, the 17th and 23rd, right?  Let’s look at your second choice, first…number 23.  Now I’m sure you remember that the card to remember is the 2S, right ma’am?  NOT the QH!  Ma’am – please stop fighting me on this – forget the QH!”

Make the above patter humorous, as if you’re scolding her!  “Alright – let’s take a look at the 23rd card.”

Turn up a triple to show the 2S – BIG reaction here!  “I don’t believe it!  It is the 2S!  Congratulations!”

Turn the triple, face down.  Do so by performing a stud turnover of the triple as described in J.K. Hartman’s book, CAAN CRAFT.  Immediately place the triple on the bottom of the deck!  Show the card one last time by holding the deck so that everyone can see the 2S.  This appears to be the finale!

“But that was your first choice of numbers, 17?  Let’s take a look at the 17th card just for the heck of it!”   (Turn the top card of the deck, face up, to display the QH!)

“I don’t believe it!  It’s the QH again!  Ma’am, I told you to keep the QH out of your mind!  No one ever listens to me!”

In the event that the spectator gives you her two numbers in reverse, for example, “…23 and 17…” continue exactly as above and no one will know the difference!   Congratulate her on her amazing ESP abilities – but “tease her” about her inability to keep the QH (or whatever card) out of her mind!

This effect will keep everyone in “stitches”!  There is so much emphasis placed on the spectator that you (the performer) will be free to perform without any scrutiny – a nice place to be!

*I would like to thank J.K. Hartman for allowing me to include this variation on his effect.  He is not only a brilliant magician, but also a great friend!  Thanks Jerry!

You can view ALL of Paul’s ebooks, all  20, at Lybrary.com .. They are, undoubtebly, one of the best values in all of magic..  Many are now considered underground classics…

Be sure to check out Paul’s definitive work on the Business of Table Hopping. Maybe my favorite of all his many ebooks. If you want to earn a steady income with your magic, this is the ebook for you…. http://www.lybrary.com/the-business-of-table-hopping-p-408936.html

COMMON CENTS  –  A Mental Effect

Mick Ayres

A guest is asked to imagine he has coins of different denominations in his pockets. You turn your back as he pretends to remove one of the coins, holds it in one hand and decides whether it is showing heads or tails. You turn around and immediately reveal which coins remain in the pockets—which coin was removed—which hand is holding that coin—and whether it is showing heads or tails. Then, to prove it wasn’t just a series of lucky guesses, you do it again.

Once you have acquired the cooperation of a willing guest, here is the script that follows. Smile broadly and, in an excited voice, say, “When the sun is high, the moon is full, the tide is slack and the planets line up—my senses tweak my imagination until it stretches out and I…feel…so…dang…perceptive. Like right now. It’s like I’m connected to everything around me—even you!

Here…I’ll show you what I mean.

“Use your imagination and pretend there are four different coins in your pockets. There’s a quarter here [point to his right pocket], a dime here [point to his left pocket], a nickel here [point back at his right pocket], and a penny here [point back at his left pocket]. Since we’ve never worked together before, we’ll keep things simple and just use two of the coins for now: the nickel [point at the right pocket again] and the dime [point at the left pocket again]. Of the nickel or dime, please focus your mind upon one…make your choice now. Got one? Good.”

Turn your back to the guest and say, “While I look away, please reach your hand into your pocket and pretend to remove the coin you have chosen. Close your fist tightly upon that imaginary coin and do not open it.

“Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like you to do a couple of things to help focus the mind. First, think about the value of the coin in your hand and multiply it by, say…fourteen.” The guest will immediately nod his head or say, “Done”. If so, you know he is thinking of the dime. However, if you sense the slightest hesitation you know the guest is thinking about the nickel. Once you know the identity of the coin it is a safe bet you can declare which hand is holding it as well. Remember how you pointed to the location of each coin earlier? By using the nickel and dime in this phase of the presentation, you have subtly forced the guest to use one pocket or the other and, by default, one hand or the other. So if the guest is thinking of the dime, it is in his left hand. The nickel will be in his right hand.

Keep talking and say, “There are different exercises like this that help a person concentrate better. Here’s another one that’s effective: Choose for yourself whether your coin will later show up heads or tails. If you choose Heads then hold the coin up by your own head and repeat the word ‘head’ five times to yourself. Do it slowly. Likewise, if you choose Tails then just hold the coin down by, well…your own tail and repeat the word ‘tail’ silently five times. When you are finished please hold both hands in front of you with your fists closed and say, ‘Done’.”

Turn around and face the guest. Look at his hands. Specifically, study the skin tone briefly. If the guest chose Heads and held his hand high for a slow count of five beats, then that hand will appear slightly paler than the hand that remained down by the side. Therefore, a difference in coloration tells you he chose Heads—and further confirms which hand holds the coin. If the coloration of both hands is identical then the guest chose Tails.

Once you have visually gained this last bit of information, you could just blurt out, “You chose the nickel and it is heads up.” But where’s the drama, the tension, the conflict, the theater in that? Delivering the revelation in a more detailed and progressive fashion is better. Make the following declarations: “I sense the quarter, the penny and the…dime…are still burning holes in your pockets. You decided to take out the nickel that is now in one of your hands. Specifically, it is held tight in your right hand. Finally, when you open that hand you have decided that nickel will be…tails up.” This approach gives the impression you have discerned four different pieces of information successfully.

Say, “If you think about it, these revelations are fifty/fifty propositions—just by taking a wild guess anyone can be right half the time. However, I think nailing ‘em down one after another like that puts this stuff in a different category.”

Now take this presentation a step further by saying, “Even though I’ve never been able to do this twice in a row, I feel like I’m still in the zone and wouldn’t mind giving it another shot. Are you game? All right! This time let’s use those two other coins, the quarter and the penny.” Make a gesture toward his right and left pockets respectively.

Turn away and say, “Think of the quarter or the penny. Now pretend to reach into your pocket and remove that coin. Again, hold it securely in your hand. Have you done so?” Wait for his answer. You want him to feel comfortable and responding freely this time.

Say, “Because we have done this before the pathways are open and the mental exercises are easier. This time, think of your coin and tell me when you have multiplied it by, say…nine.” This time, the slightest hesitation tells you he is thinking of the quarter in his right hand. An immediate response tells you he is holding the penny in his left hand.

Proceed with the same dialog provided earlier to determine if his coin will later show heads or tails. The dramatic final revelation is the same as well—with one small addition. Twice now, you have successfully named the three coins left behind, the coin he chose, which hand holds the coin and, finally, which side of the imaginary coin is showing.

Step back and smile broadly at your guest just like you did at the beginning of this presentation. Say, “You gotta admit—we’re not bad for a couple of people with no cents at all.”


Royal Vale Heath’s 1933 book ‘Mathemagic’ proposed a method for determining a chosen coin based on the length of time it took to answer a simple math question. For the record, in 1998 David Harkey used a similar method in his still unpublished routine MindNumber which allows a performer to accurately determine the locations of three different coins—over the telephone.
Using skin coloration to determine which hand holds an object is a clever idea that dates back centuries (possibly to the time of Reginald Scot). However, using that same dodge to determine a heads or tails status is my own variation.

When performing Common Cents for children avoid the math by using four imaginary crayons—red and purple the first time, blue and orange the second time. Have the child think of a word that rhymes with the chosen color. Since nothing rhymes with purple or orange, you can easily obtain your answer. Finally, in lieu of heads or tails, discern whether the crayon is pointing up or down in the child’s closed hand.

Copyright 2012 by Mick Ayres. – Previously published in The High Road column ‘On The Importance of Character’, M.U.M. magazine; May 2013
Mick enjoys an eclectic career as a conjurer, tunesmith and taleswapper for the Walt Disney Resort on Hilton Head Island. He welcomes input and dialogue and can be reached athttp://www.mickayreswares.com/.

Taking the Heat Out of Close Up –  A Special PDF for Roadshow Readers

Peter Stammers (Alcar) has been performing magic for well over sixty years. He has been part of the birth of modern day close up magic. As a youth, Peter spent Saturday mornings at Davenport’s magic shop in London witnessing three giants of magic;  Alex Elmsley, Jack Avis and Bobby Bernard, ultimately inspiring his interest in magic. His close up skills has entertained Presidents of countries and International companies alike in varying venues from eastern Souks to Western Malls. The last Twenty years Peter has lived in Cyprus and was a founding board member of the Cyprus Magical Society. He also donated a trophy called the Alcar for the best close up performer in the close up competition.

To quote from Peter’s work…

“I’m English and live in Cyprus, which for those who don’t know is a small island located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt and east of Greece. It is now a republic but it had been a British colony which is the reason why there are four British military Sovereign bases situated in the country. Whilst Cyprus largest group of tourists are from the UK at least 40% tourist will be from other countries. Out of that amount only about 15% will speak English fluently, the remainder will speak, little, or no English at all. These days the visitors will include people from: Russia, Poland and other Baltic countries and of course Greece and some Scandinavian and other West European countries as well as China.”

“In the course of this e-book I will write about performing for the British army (including RAF), United Nations, Hotels and working for international companies that visit the island. You will realize that there is a vast difference performing for these types of venues than say, restaurants and private parties. Alcar was kind enough to detail for Roadshow readers HOW he performs for various groups, the do’s and don’ts, and what constitutes a great performance..”



BALLOON / BANG GUN SURPRISE –  A Treat for Children..
David John O Connor

EFFECT:  Two youngsters are invited to join the performer on stage. A pair of ‘goofy spectacles’ are placed on each boy as ‘safety glasses’. Handing a bang gun to one child with the instructions that he must not pull the trigger till you count 3.

The performer takes a round balloon and informs everyone that he will inflate the balloon, place it on the other boys head and on the count of 3, the boy with the bang gun will pull the trigger and there will be a Big Bang.

Placing the inflated balloon on the boys head, he begins to count, “One – Two” when suddenly the balloon bursts. The boy with the gun is kiddingly asked why he made the balloon burst too early.

Another balloon is inflated and placed on the other boys head and again, after instructing the boy holding the gun not to pull the trigger till you count 3. The performer starts to count again, “One – Two”, and again the balloon bursts. Again you ask the boy with the gun why he made the balloon burst before you counted to 3.

Blow up the third balloon then accidentally (?) let it fly off. Blow it up again instructing the gun lad to take aim again and only pull the trigger on the count of 3 and there will be Big Bang. Holding the inflated balloon on the other boys head at the count of three while shouting, “Pull the trigger, Pull the trigger,” you release the balloon (that was not tied off like the first 2) This balloon should scream off, while the boy pulls the trigger, releasing the banner that falls down that reads, “BANG”.

This routine can be filled with balloon gags and antics, like accidentally tying the balloon to your thumb then trying to shake it off. Blowing the balloon from the wrong end, stretching a balloon and allowing it to snap against the hand as though it was painful. Emphasize kiddingly with the boy that he is likely the cause of all the problems by causing the balloon to burst before you say 3.

REQUIRED:  An assortment of round balloons. A Vernet thumb tip with a thumb tack or small pin protruding on the outside (to burst the balloons) A large size Bang Gun prop available inexpensively from magic dealers. The bang Gun has a drop down ‘Bang’ banner.

ROUTINE:  Once your two assistants have joined you on stage; place the funny glasses on them.

One boy is given the gun with strict instructions not to pull the trigger before you count 3. . If he points it down, tell him not to shoot his foot,  then lift the child’s arm up.

With the thumb tip pricker in place unseen, blow your balloon up clowning around by blowing it the wrong way up, making funny noises etc.

Finally place the tied balloon on the other boys head with him facing away from the shooter. Instruct the boy with the gun to take aim and only pull the trigger on the count of 3. Burst the balloon using the thumb tip pricker on count 2 and immediately ask the boy pulling the trigger why he fired too soon, and he will probably disagree with you.

Goof around with the 2nd balloon tying it to your finger and shaking it to release it etc. Once the 2nd balloon is placed on the other boy’s head, start counting again, “One – Two”, and again burst the balloon. Kiddingly question the boy with the gun once again.

Finally blow up the 3rd balloon but don’t tie it off and hold it on the boy’s head, after telling the gun boy to “Take careful aim and only pull the trigger on the count of three and there will be a Big Bang”. Invite the audience to put their hands over their ears. Counting “One – Two – Three,” shouting, “Pull the trigger”, and release the untied balloon that flies off. The bang gun banner will drop down displaying the word BANG!

Thank your two assistants and remove the funny spectacles. I present each boy with a pre made balloon animal each, as you lead them back off the stage, asking for a round of applause for your two fine assistants.  It really is a riot of  fun routine with lots of built in laughter from the spectators.
David J.


Five Thoughts on Children’s Shows  –  Donavon Powell

Keeping with the children’s magic theme, I asked one of my online buddies, Donavon Powell, to put some of his experiences performing for children to paper. He did – And I’m glad. I would love to publish several other small features about performing for little ones if I could persuade some of you guys and ladies to share your thoughts with me. As you can see, Donavon didn’t have to compose page upon page to get his thoughts across. Just sent along your experiences and the English, grammar, and layout, if necessary, will be provided by my talented staff of writers.

(1) Keep the presentations short between Magical moments so you can control their attention

(2) Love Children.

(3) Move on quickly so they don’t backtrack,  but not so quickly that you confuse them.

(4) Love Children.

(5) Don’t always pick the uncomfortable child to help. Sometimes they are uncomfortable for a   legitimate  reason.

(6) Make the most out of the hams in your audience.

You’ll notice that I listed ‘Love Children’ as two of the thoughts.  There’s a reason for this:

First, if you don’t love children you probably shouldn’t perform for them. Children can tell if you are just going through the motions the same way adults can tell.  How many times have you seen a performer who is obviously just there for the paycheck? It takes you right out of the moment. The same holds true for children. If you don’t genuinely Love Children they will be able to tell and the performance will be difficult for you, and less enjoyable for the children (this applies to pretty much any audience).

Second, Love Children because of their ability to sustain a sense of wonderment.  That sense is generally what we are going for whenever we perform. Children exist in that state constantly. If you are appreciative of this it will show, and it will elevate the level of your performance in both your mind and that of your audience.

Donavon Powell

Dime Store Salt Pour –  A Classic, as Rendered by Jeff
Jeff Hobson

This is one super effect.. It is photo heavy, and as a result, I’ve moved it to a page of it’s own to help this page load faster. Please take the time to check it out at:




Tricks Without Names –  Another Mathemagical Medley of Semi-Automatic Tricks
Werner Miller

Trick #4

Have a 12-card stack as shown in Fig. 1 secretly on top of the deck.
Sort out the four Jacks (or produce them via any method you like), show them openly, then deal them face down into a row, in any order.

From the top of the deck, deal the first three cards singly onto the left-most Jack (thus reversing their order), the next three cards similarly onto the next Jack and so on, until each Jack is buried under three cards, then set the rest of the deck aside.

Assemble the four packets from left to right, i.e. place the first (left-most) packet on the second, then both on the third, and finally all three on the fourth (right-most). From the top down, the cards are now in the following order: 2S, 6S, 3H, J, 2H, 6H, 3S, J, AS, 5S, 4H, J, AH, 5H, 4S, J.

Openly reverse count the packet in pairs, calling out the number of cards already tabled: “2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 cards. I’ll give them a mix to randomize the order of the Jacks.” Execute a Klondyke Shuffle (Fig. 2), i.e. “milk” off the top and bottom cards until the packet is exhausted, dropping each pair on top of the foregoing one. “Another shuffle, and the Jacks are definitely lost. They could be anywhere, couldn’t they?” Repeat the mixing, then deal the cards into a row.

 “Let’s check out.” Using both hands, turn over the end cards of the row and place them back, face up: the AH and the AS. Continue turning over cards, proceeding symmetrically from both ends toward the middle, thus showing in ascending order Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives and Sixes, Hearts on the left and Spades on the right. (Fig. 3)

Finally, turn over the four remaining cards and slide them a bit out of the row: the four Jacks.
Use them in your next trick.

Alternative Version

Have the Queens and Kings secretly on top of the deck, stacked alternately. (Fig. 4)
Sort out (or produce) the four Aces, show them, place them face down in a row (Fig. 5), deal the top eight cards onto them (red arrow), discard the rest of the deck, and assemble the twelve cards from right to left (blue arrow).

(Note: The order of the suits of these cards does not really matter. But if you want to end up having Aces, Queens and Kings in the same suit order stick to the depicted example.)

 Give the combined packet two Klondyke Shuffles, then deal the cards singly into a face-down row.

Spell “F-O-U-R”, with “F” picking up the left-most card, with “O” placing it on the next one, with “U” placing this pair on the third card of the row, and with “R” placing these three cards on the fourth. In a similar manner, spell “A-C-E-S” from the right end of the row, piling up another 4- card packet. Turn the cards left over in the middle of the row face up: the four Aces. (Fig.6)
Climax: Turn over the 4-card packets too, and fan them face up showing four Kings on the left and four Queens on the right.  Use some or all of these cards in your next trick.

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VIBE  –  A Special Deck from Bob Solari

A Review…

Innovation? I love innovation. I also love effects and methods from many years ago that have the power to make modern day magicians drool. There is so much we know about magic.. and so much we don’t know. VIBE, a special deck/method marketed by the ever resourceful Bob Solari, reflects the best of both.. what we know, in that the method itself is not original, but a method used many years ago by a long forgotten magi..  and what we don’t know, in that many magicians, myself included, will wonder why they didn’t know this technique considering the ease of use and flexibility it allows.

I’ll never reveal how this gem works, but I will tell you what you can do with Bob’s special deck. With no sleight of hand, you can easily separate the deck into reds and black or odds and evens. You can have any one suit shuffled into the deck.. and then find each of those cards, blindfolded even. Bob teaches four effects on the DVD, including one called ‘Out of This Galaxy’. Based on the premise of Out of This World, the handling is so simple even a total beginner with a few minutes practice can pull it off.

Other effects taught on the DVD include ‘Got The Vibe’, a find-a-card-at-any-location effect. ‘4 of Any Kind’, where any four of a kind can be dealt into the deck by a spectator.. and easily found by the magi. And a special effect, performed by Bill Wisch, that will leave even fellow magicians speechless.

Personally, I enjoy writing about effects I use. It is so easy to write when you have belief on your side.. Yes, I have storage bins full of effects and DVDs I’ll never use, and finding a slot in my very small close-up case is quite an achievement.. Going forward, I have two specially prepared decks in my case: One, according to Bob’s instructions, and Two, a variation of Bob’s instructions that allows me to perform a ‘special’ effect of my own.

VIBE comes in DVD format. Everything you need to know about the Vibe deck/method is spelled out on the DVD. You get the DVD for  $19.95, and that includes the method and detailed instructions for creating your own VIBE deck in 15 minutes or less. You can order a deck hand-made by Bob for an additional 10 bucks, but, unless you have more money than time, it’s not necessary.   Visit the url to Bob’s site, read the details, and look for the ‘Video’ link in the mid-page nav bar. Watch the video.. and wait a very short while for your VIBE to arrive in the mail.  You’ll thank me.. and Bob.


Pat Page Memorial Workshop –  Coincidence Effects (PDF)
As Presented by FFFF 2013 (Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolic)

Very nice PDF honoring one of the truly great magicians of our era. Pat Page was born in Scotland, appeared in magic shows around the world.. including The Paul Daniels Magic Show, served as a consultant in Casino Royale, and was an adviser to Derren Brown. Pat was an inventor, innovator, writer, performer, and mentor to many. Contents of this PDF include:

Geoff Williams: 4-WAY COINCIDENCE
Dave Neighbors: Marlo’s Double Brainwave Update
Allan Kronzek: The Mirror (a.k.a.Do As I Do)
David Solomon: Matcho From A Shuffled Deck
Maria Schwieter: Time After Time (by Tomas Blomberg)
Mike Powers: Improbable vs. Impossible

You can download the complete pdf from Mike Power’s Mall of Magic

Suggestions for Making Gem Sticks –  A Working Tutorial
by Dr. David Hanselman

Some of us are fortunate enough to be magically talented. Others, like David Hanselman, are not only magically talented, but mechanically gifted in the art of creating wonderful magic props and illusions. I can honestly say, although I’ve done many things during my years, I’ve never created a working prop . Oh, I did stick a safety pin through the end of a match.. attach it to a rubber band.. pin it up my sleeve and make an impromptu pull, but I don’t think that counts.

Dr. David uses his woodworking talent to create, among other items, Gem Sticks that rival anything on the market. I have one of his creations that I wouldn’t part with for many pretty pennies. The gems are recessed into the stick, making them virtually invisible should you be a tad slow or should your angle be slightly off. He was kind enough to take time to put his techniques into a PDF for Roadshow readers. You guys are lucky. I have also included Dr.David’s email address should you have questions or if you wish to share thoughts or techniques concerning handmade magic props. He welcomes your inquiries and ideas…

“I’m a woodworker and tinkerer and am always on the lookout for neat magic “things” I can make in the shop.  Are there sufficient numbers in your readership with similar interests to warrant an occasional exchange of “how to make” stuff?”    DrDLH@twcny.rr.com


Build a Kabuki Drop for $50 ..  Download a Blueprint Free

Thanks to my buddy Michael Lyth for sharing this site with me.

“MagicKabukiDrop.com shares extensive information on the history of the Kabuki Drop and its workings as well as how to make a Kabuki Drop.  A Kabuki Drop is a stagecraft technique and a release system that drops an open suspended curtain to the floor for a dramatic reveal.”

“Whether you are a show director, producer, production manager, dancer, magician, musician, juggler, acrobat, variety artiste, burlesque performer or any other theatrical stage practitioner, a Kabuki Drop can be used to add a dramatic wow-moment to your show or act.  A Kabuki Drop is also a great device for product reveals for corporate events.”

If you do stage shows or corporate events you might want to check this out… after all, the download is free.


Amazing Interactive Mentalism Card Trick Revealed – Video

Mentalism card trick where the performer (without even seeing or touching the deck ) seems to detect a thought of card simply by listening to the voice of the spectator as he/she calls out the cards throughout the deck. Easy and amazing card trick revealed in this tutorial. Please visit my website http://www.thecardtrickteacher.com  .. mismag822


Over One Hundred Card Tricks You Can Do! –  Free PDF
Harry Maurer

Magic is a lot of fun, but carrying a bunch of magic equipment around with you can be awkward!
Presenting tricks with a deck of cards is easy and can be performed almost anywhere by anyone! You will find that most of the tricks below can even be presented with a borrowed deck of cards — that way you can entertain your friends and family at a moment’s notice!

The card tricks contained in this book are “easy to learn” tricks that, if presented properly, will fool your family and friends. You will find that they will amaze older children as well as adults. But just because they are simple tricks does not mean that you can simply read through the instructions once and perform them! You will have to practice each trick over and over again until you can present it without thinking about what you have to do next and so that you know exactly what you are going to say at each stage of the trick. I would recommend that you find one or two tricks that you think you would enjoy performing and practice THOSE TRICKS ONLY until you can perform


 Four Ace Card Trick – Tutorial

Nice and quick four Ace assembly. Watch the tutorial and learn the trick..Thanks to Hester23BearsCH for posting the video. This is a defining effect for the general public. A performer who can produce 4 Aces at will is a real card sharp..


The Thirteen Paths  –  A PDF from R.Paul Wilson

There’s nothing quite like a treatise from an expert who understands magic and it’s many nuances. R.Paul Wilson is certainly an expert of the highest order , and The Thirteen Paths certainly enlightens the reader with pages of wisdom…  Download your copy Free..

– Be more interesting than your props.
– Tricks can be bought but magic must be performed.
– Your audience should remember you.
– The only thing you have that is truly unique is yourself.
– Never hide behind your props.
– Promote your own image and personality.
– Decide who and what you are, in performance.
– Learn how to connect with an audience.

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Hospital Clown Newsletter Archives

This newsletter was published and printed from 1995 to 2010 and contains Volumes 1 through Vol. 12, No.2 The newsletter is no longer being printed and mailed. This website will now have current articles and links to current stories and adventures of Clowns in Community and World Service.

The Newsletter contains experiences, stories, props, routines, and articles by caring clowns and others relating to clowns in service in health care facilities and compassionate service around the world. We want to share our work, so we can expand and grow and encompass the world with our JOY.

The Newsletter archives are in PDF format and free for all to download.



The Magic of Magic – Shobi Dobi

“Magic has a given. It can’t be done alone – it is done in relationship to others. It engages people. They leave their own field of familiar thinking whether that is about fear, pain or worry, and get intrigued with magic. That is the why magic is so successful in the hospital. It gets people to focus away from themselves for a while. It works with children and it works with adults and it even works with teenagers!”

“I find after experience that simple gimmick tricks work the best – the no-fail kind – change scarves, small drawer boxes, mouth coils, and of course sponge balls. The hospital audience is the easiest to please, except maybe 15 year old boys..”


From the Red Carpet to the Sky.. A Magical Collage

Purely for your entertainment pleasure.. a nice collage of 6 second ‘magic’ videos. Yes, you’ve probably seen some of these before.. but some you haven’t.  A nice way to spend three and a half minutes..


Ellen Degeneres and Magic –  Get on the Ellen Show

Ellen loves magic. And she has promoted magic and magicians as much as anyone on any talk show on TV.  Andrew Kelly, Simon Pierro, Rich Ferguson, Justin Willman, Justin Flom and Mike Jacobson are a few of magicians summoned to Ellen’s court. You can go to Ellentube and leave your video for a chance to add your name to the list of performers. If you aren’t interested in leaving a video, you can view videos of magicians who have ..


Thanks to Jim at The Magic Portal for the link.. (  http://themagicportal.us/ )
The Other Corner..

Writing Tips from Writers Who Know..  –  A PDF for Anyone Who Writes

I have a number of books on writing and how to write. I know.. I can hear some of you now.. “But Rick, if you have this information, then why in the name of Zeus don’t you use it..”

Two reasons: I’m strapped for time and my reading list is limited. And Two, I’m a procrastinator of the first order. My PDF is only 6 pages, and includes:

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing & Daily Creative Routine
David Olgilvy’s note to his Employees….
Stephen King – The adverb is not your friend.
Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story
Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck
Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing


10 Stunning Images Show the Beauty Hidden in Pi..

March 14th, 2015 was ‘Pi Day’. That was reason enough for Ana Swanson to write a very informative article on the intricate and astonishing science behind the number  ‘p’, commonly called ‘pi’.. Circles play an integral part in our lives. The world is round, other planets and stars are round. And when you work your way down the list of objects known to man, the circle shape stands singularly as the shape of shapes. Even objects as beautiful and diverse as snowflakes consist of millions of tiny round water particles, which form the jagged crystals which bind to form a flake.

If you measure the distance across a circle, then divide that number into the distance around a circle.. you get  3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749
470938446095505822317253594081284811174502841027019385….. or, what we call ‘ pi ‘. Pi doesn’t end there;  It goes on and on and on.. creating what some call ‘total randomness’., and what others call ‘ proof that God exist..’.  If you note the first five numbers.. 3.1415, you understand the significates behind 3/14/15 being a very special ‘pi day’.  (And, if you don’t believe in coincidences, just ignore that Albert Einstein was born on March 14th.)

If you divide, let’s say 2 into 7, your sum is 3.5. No more, no less. No long tail of numbers. Yet pi doesn’t seem to have an end. It’s what we call an irrational number and cannot be expressed exactly. Mathematicians have calculated pi beyond 13.3 trillion numbers. And, despite pi appearing completely random, there is hope that one day, in an instantaneous revelation, a number will fall into place and the face of God, or perhaps a geometric configuration of unfathomable beauty, will be revealed. Carl Sagan, in his popular novel, Contact, suggested the  creator of all may have hidden a cryptic message within the digits of pi.

In these ten pictures, Martin Krzywinski and Cristian Vasile connect the numbers to create art, utilizing what they call bioinformatics. Have a look and gaze inside infinity…


My Two Favorite 5 Letter Words…..  Magic and Music

Magic holds a special place in my heart.. but so does music. I wake every morning with a song on my mind. If I’m lucky, it’s something I heard the day before on the radio, or maybe a blues classic. If I’m not so lucky, it’s the Starland Vocal Band or Captain and Tennille.  Lately, it’s all Joe Bonamassa. I would be wrong to not share…

The Pickup Radio – Guitar Master Joe Bonamassa’s Weekly Podcast

When the little wife is watching reruns of ‘Frazier’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ and I’m trying to wind down after a day in the mines, I crank up the laptop, plug in the headphones, and listen to another podcast of The Pickup. Each episode is a very reasonable 15 to 20 minutes, if you click the ‘video’ version. Clicking the ‘Full Version’ link hooks you up to a 35 to 40 minute show, which is basically the same except all the featured songs are played in their entirety. The Pickup is hosted by Matt and Joe, as in Joe Bonamassa, and covers everything from the blues of the 60’s, to British blues, to practical tips and tricks. You don’t have to be a player to enjoy The Pickup….

“One of the world’s most popular guitarists and blues-rock stars Joe Bonamassa and co-host Matt Abramovitz (formerly of Sirius Satellite Radio’s blues channel) debut their brand new weekly radio show The Pickup, an entirely unique and highly entertaining show blending music history, carefully curated songs, an encyclopedic knowledge of guitar facts, and illuminating insights into the world of a musician. Whether it’s unusual knowledge of a vintage Les Paul played on an obscure record from the 70s, or a friendly debate on how to name your guitar, each episode weaves together witty banter, fun facts, and amazing stories from the road and the life of a working musician. The show will be streamed every Friday and episodes will be available to stream anytime.”  Past episodes, all Free, include:

– More Strat Masters..
– Five Steps to Being a Guitar Hero
– Blues in the Royal Albert Hall
– Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan
– Billy’s Best – ZZ Top
– Acoustic Apocalypse – Leo Kottke
– Please Sir May I Have Some Gary Moore
– How to Name That Guitar
and about 50 more….



Bonus – Free 11 Track Bonamassa Album.. (mp3)

Eleven tracks from a cross section of Joe’s diverse catalog of blues albums…

Joe with Black Country Communion… Video

Yes, they ‘officially’ broke up about 18 months ago, but I’m holding out hope…. BCC was my favorite group of the past 6 years. Sample this, as it’s one of the vids on the European Tour video below..

Bonus – Black Country Communion on Tour in Europe – 2 Hour Concert

If you like Bonamassa, and you like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple and Free and …… then you’ll love this almost two hour concert by the supergroup Black Country Communion, featuring bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath), guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin/ Foreigner), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Dream Theater).. This won’t be on Youtube long. I’d save it to your computer if you’re interested..

You can easily catch videos from many online video sites like Metacafe.com, Vimeo.com, Facebook.com, blip.tv, 5min.com, Break.com at Catchvideo. There is nothing to download. Simply enter the url of the video and Catchvideo saves it to your desktop for watching offline.
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Here’s a link where you can download a variety of free ebooks, including Erdnase’ Expert At The Card Table… If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up HERE.. http://magicroadshow.com/



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That does it for this issue. I hope you found something to help your magic studies along. Remember, if you have something you would like to share with the magic community, send it to:  Rick@MagicRoadshow.com

“May my next issue find you well..”

 Rick Carruth / Editor

Senior Professor – Camelard College of Conjuring of Chemmis, Egypt
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