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A New Magic Roadshow Journal of Magic… FREE !!

A New Magic Roadshow Journal of Magic… FREE !!

Spring/Summer 2021

Hello Everyone..

I hope this issue of the Roadshow finds you well and safe. That’s asking a lot – considering everything we’ve been through, and some are still going through.. particularly my friends in India. I truly pray we are on the downside.

Virtual magic shows. That seems to be the genre many are flocking to.. It definitely has advantages and disadvantages.. but seems to be something that will continue to be with us for a long time to come. I’ve made an effort to highlight a couple of features that deal specifically with virtual magic, including a video of a full show, to give those of you who are reluctant to give way to the virtual world a reason to dip your toesies in the water.

My personal club has survived all these months by meeting online (Zoom) every couple of weeks to share our latest and sometimes just talk theory – or rumor… Surprisingly, when my young bride, Carolyn, talked to Santa this past year.. she made sure he brought me everything needed to make me look pretty during our meetings. What a gal !! (.. and THANKS to my friend, Michael Lyth, for the pic of Penn and me..)

I’ve also made a extra effort to highlight some of my favorite quotes. I know everyone doesn’t have an interest in quotes.. but I also know everyone doesn’t have an interest in magic. So there… Quotes are a super-quick method of conveying a thought.. without the interplay of heavy prose. They are the KISS principle personified….

Be sure to read the playing card quotes by my Australian buddy.. EndersGame.. who I consider one of the most informative guys on the planet when it comes to playing cards. He regularly writes reviews for, and they are a super resource related to anything cards. Their archive of articles is awesome…

I’ve included a three-part feature with one of my personal favorites.. Vinh Giang. There’s some seriously good advice for those of you willing to take a few minutes to listen to his talks.

My Florida friend.. Paul Lelekis, is back with an unusual effect with numbers.. and I have included a number of reviews I wrote for Murphy’s Magic -plus- a bunch of videos I found while searching the internet for any possible relationship between me and Bill Gates… or Jeff Bezos, or Elon Musk, or……

There is a definite lean toward math magic in this issue.. which is one of my favorite styles. Don’t let this bother you.. as everything is extremely simple to perform and will make you look like a whiz. Seriously.. pre-conceived notions are NOT allowed.!

I’ve reviewed two very important books for this issue: MAGIC INSIDE OUT by Robert E. Neale & Lawrence Hass.. and THE BOY WHO CRIED MAGIC by Andi Gladwin. Both books are very different.. but quite important to the magic community. My recent cataract surgery enabled me to actually read a WHOLE book once again. I’m so glad.

I’m slowly learning the secret to this publishing thing is knowing when to shut up….

Thoughts or comments? Email me at:

This issue, as a PDF, contains 57 pages and approx. 13117 words.   DOWNLOAD


Genius Addition – Tutorial – Paul A. Lelekis
A Companion Mystery – Effect – Rick Carruth
Happy Birthday – A Special Magic Square – Effect
Quotes and One-Liners About Playing Cards – EndersGame
Johnny Wu Complete Virtual Magic Show – Video
Marvin Berglas The Founder Of Marvin’s Magic | Talk Magic #38
The Insider -Teller – Video Interview
The Mystery of Magic’s Greatest Card Trick – Article – David Segal
Las Vegas Weekly Says “Magic Is Back..!” – Article & Resource
Personalized Playing Cards – Create Your Own
Super Easy Trick with Any Glue Stick -Video – Jay Sankey
The Perfect Mentalism Trick Tutorial – Video Tutorial
Who has the Top Ten magic blogs on the internet?
Magic Trick Tutorial School – One Hundred Plus Video Tutorials
Crazy Visual Double Color Change – Card Trick Tutorial Video
Super Simple Card Trick // The Lie Detector – Video
Presentation and Showmanship Advice – Vinh Giang Ted Talk
Vinh Giang | Perspective – Video
Instantly Know the Identity of a Chosen Card – Video Tutorial
Summit – by Abstract Effects – A Review – R.Carruth
The Boy Who Cried Magic by Andi Gladwin – Review – R.Carruth
Gleam -by William Alexis Houcke – Review
Social Print by Juan Alvarez and Twister Magic – A Review
Colorfool by Victor Zatko – A Review
The Vault – Box Clever – by James Brown – A Review
Transit (Red) by Ron Salamangkero – A Review
Magic Inside Out by Robert E. Neale & Lawrence Hass – Review
Parting Shots from Darynda Jones… Quotes
Walking Blues – Featuring Keb Mo – Video


“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge.. Argument is an exchange of ignorance.” – Unknown.

“It’s not what you do that counts. It’s what they think you do.” – David Lusti

“Each manne liketh the smelle of his owne farte” Old English proverb

“America is not great because it is more enlightened than any other nation, but rather because it has always been able to repair its faults.” Alexis de Tocqueville (1835)

“My worst trait: lack of scripting. My best trait: lack of scripting.” Justin Willman


Genius Addition – Tutorial
Paul A. Lelekis

Anyone can be a lightning-fast calculator if one knows the secret of this addition trick. What makes this “trick” so cool is how EASY it is to perform.

1) Ask someone to write any five-figure number on a piece of paper.

2) You then write a five-figure number beneath it (as you would do, if you were adding the numbers up), apparently at random. It is NOT at random…actually you choose your digits so that each one, when added to the digit above it, will total NINE.

For example…let’s say that the spectator’s number is…

Her number: 73851

Your number below: 26148 – Look at each digit of the spectator’s number and the corresponding digit right below it…they always add up to NINE!

3) Next have the spectator write another five-figure number (her second number), beneath your number.

4) You then write a fourth number, below her number, using the same “equals-nine principle” as you did above.

5) Finally have her write a fifth number below the other four numbers above. You then draw a line under all five numbers…and without a moment’s hesitation, you write the correct total!

The Secret: Just subtract 2 from the fifth number and then put a “2” in front of what is left! That’s it!

For example: If the fifth number (the third number written by the spectator) is 48765…then the total will be 248763!

Have the spectator add everything up and they will be amazed! And NO…the total is not the same every time – it’s always different. This one is a real puzzler!

NOTE: If the fifth number ends in, let’s say, a “0” or a “1” (for example, the 5th number as above is written 48761, then subtract “2” from “61” and your final number will 248759.)

If the 5th number is 48760…then subtract 2 from “60” to arrive at 48758 and your final number will be 248758! This is an extremely baffling effect!

Paul Lelekis – You can view ALL of Paul’s ebooks, at
They are, undoubtedly, one of the best values in all of magic.. Many are now considered underground classics and are available for IMMEDIATE download…


A Companion Mystery – Effect
Rick Carruth

Here’s a really good ‘companion’ to Paul’s effect. If you are in the mood to WOW someone with your fascinating math skills, or prediction skills.. this is as good as any two effects.. considering the effort of the performer. You can learn both of these effects in a matter of minutes. Both effects use the same principle.. but are performed in a different manner.

Note: This is NOT my effect. I can’t credit it to any performer in particular, as it has been in print for some time.. certainly long enough to be in the public domain.. I have added a little twist to make it slightly more ‘mental’.

Ask a spectator to write down a five digit number. Tell the spectator you are also going to write down a number on a separate sheet.. but you are going to wait until the end to reveal your selection. In many cases, the spectator may be writing his number on a pedestal board for the audience to see.

Watch carefully as the spectator writes their number.. but not so carefully as to seem to be carefully watching !! Within a couple of seconds of the spectator completing their number, you should also finish and fold your paper.. placing it on a table or giving it to another spectator to safely hold. Make your writing of a number seem like an entirely separate act from that of the spectator.

If the spectator should write down something like -52694-, you will quickly write -252692-. This is a prediction. This is also nothing more than a 2 added to the front of the spectator’s number.. and a 2 subtracted from the last digit of the spectator’s number. Simple right?

Tell the spectator the two of you are going to create 5 five-digit numbers total.. and you would like for him to write a second five digit number under his first.

Now, you get to write a number on the sheet/board. Your number will be such that every digit you write, added to the digits of his second number (ignore the first 5-digit number) total 9. So.. if his second number is 65280… then YOUR number will be 34719..


Try to write your number as quickly as possible.. not so quick that you make an error.. but quick enough that the audience doesn’t suspect you are performing any sort of addition or subtraction. Make it quick AND casual…

Ask the spectator to write a 4th 5-digit number.. and you write a 5th five digit number using the same method as with numbers 2 and 3… writing a last number with all digits totaling nine when added to his 4th number.

Ask the spectator to add the 5 five-digit numbers. Don’t embarrass them. Make sure they have a calculator (must phones have one) to assist them with their addition.

Remind the audience that you made a prediction as the very first number was being written.. and that you had no way of knowing the other numbers that would be selected.

Have your prediction revealed.. and enjoy the reaction when your prediction and the sum of the five numbers match perfectly. With the proper storyline.. this is a very convincing bit of mathematical magic.


Happy Birthday – A Special Magic Square – Effect
Rick Carruth & John Scarne & ???

( This effect has been temporarly removed. More next issue… )


Great Quotes and One-Liners About Playing Cards –
by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame

A deck of cards isn’t just a box filled with 52 pieces of cardboard. These playing cards can become your friends in a card game, your accomplices in a magic trick, and your companions in a deck collection. They can even represent something much bigger than the contents of a small box.

To some, a deck of cards can represent a prayer book and a Bible. There’s an old story – sometimes circulated by email – where a soldier explains how his playing cards help him talk to God. When hauled before a superior to explain why he uses the devil’s picture book in church, he starts going through his entire well-worn deck, explaining as follows: “Your Honor, to me this deck of cards is my prayer book and Bible. When I look into these cards and see an Ace, it reminds me that there is only one God. When I see the Deuce, it reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts, the Old and the New Testaments. When I see the Trey, it represents the three persons of the Blessed Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.” He also explains how it represents the 52 weeks of a year, four seasons, and more. You can find many versions of this great story online – read one here.

But playing cards can also be a source of wisdom. These 52 paste-boards have inspired witty thinkers, philosophers, and comedians alike, to come up with clever one-liners and sayings about playing cards. The fact that playing cards have served as chosen symbols and metaphors to impart wisdom says something about how popular and influential playing cards have been in our culture. I’ve scoured far and wide, and what you see here represents the best quotes and one-liners about playing cards that I could find. I haven’t been able to verify each and every source, although I’ve done the best I can to attribute these correctly. But in the end, the most important thing is the genius of the quotes themselves. So enjoy these pithy sayings, and put them to work for you!

Life is like a game of cards

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.” – Randy Pausch

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.” – Jack London

“Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.” – Les Brown

“Has fortune dealt you some bad cards? Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.” – Francis Quarles

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her; but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire

“Destiny plays its cards in a way that no one can comprehend.” – Anurag Shourie

“Just when you think you’re playing your cards right, God shuffles the deck.” – Mark Sheppard

“One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.” – Oscar Wilde

“In order to win you must be prepared to lose sometime. And leave one or two cards showing.” – Van Morrison

“A good lawyer, just like a good poker player, must always keep his cards close to his chest.” – Mallika Nawal

“The cards always look different when it’s your turn to play them; loaded with subtly different possibilities.” – Alastair Reynolds

“If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.” – Georg C. Lichtenberg

“No one knows what is on the other side of a playing card.” – Jose Hernandez

“Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator.” – Daniel Handler

“A pack of cards is a pile of 52 pieces of cardboard that can be bent, stacked, and stuck together in a seemingly endless array of variations.” – Jay Sankey

“When I look at playing cards, I see limitless potential. When these simple symbols are shuffled, fortunes are won, the future is foretold, or magic is unleashed.” – Joshua Jay

“Playing cards have the ability to cloud men’s minds, or to dominate them.” – Ricky Jay

“Cards are power; learn to harness that power, and you will be forever rewarded.” – James Swain

“Cards are like living, breathing beings and should be treated as such.” – Dai Vernon

“Cards are one means of bridging differences in age and habits, drawing children and parents, old and new friends together in fair and friendly competition.” – Florence Osborn

“Rummy is deservedly popular because it is easy to learn, fast to play, suitable for all ages, playable by any number, and as suitable for gamblers as for missionaries – though perhaps not both at once.” – David Parlett

“Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.” – Charles Lamb

“There are no friends at cards or world politics.” – Finley Peter Dunne

“Trust everybody, but always cut the cards.” – Finley Peter Dunne

“Playing cards is addictive. So are the playing cards themselves. My habit has me up to two packs a day.” – Joshua Jay

“For a professional magician, a stack of playing cards is as good as a stack of money.” – Amit Kalantri

“A magician may step out without a purse, but he should never step out without a pack of playing cards.” – Amit Kalantri

“All the magicians have 52 mutual friends.” – Amit Kalantri

“I stayed up one night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.” – Steven Wright

“Those bellhops in Miami are tip-happy. I ordered a deck of playing cards and the bellboy made fifty-two trips to my room.” – Henny Youngman

“Men are like a deck of cards. You’ll find the occasional king, but most are jacks.” – Laura Swenson

“Love is like a card trick. After you know how it works, it’s no fun any more.” – Fanny Brice

“Marriage is a lot like playing cards. In the beginning, all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you’ll wish you had a club and a spade.” – Unknown

So next time someone challenges you that playing cards are just for kids, speaks condescendingly about your deck collection, or frowns at your love for playing card games or performing card magic, whip out some of these verbal gems, and silence their criticism with some philosophy, wit, or humor!

This article was written by BGG reviewer EndersGame, and was first published on with permission from the author. You can read more of his articles about playing cards here:

Original source: (Posted by Will Roya on March 26, 2019)



Johnny Wu Complete Virtual Magic Show – Video

Johnny Wu is a professional magician/performer who is specializing in virtual magic shows, but not entirely… The times have dictated his direction. Here is a 47 minute show from Johnny that gives you a good idea of how one magician is changing to meet the times…

“In the current age, staying connected has become an essential part of many people, regardless of their geographical location. This has made many people shift their attention to online video conferencing as the most convenient means of reacquainting with their loved ones, workmates, and colleagues.

Also, many meetings and formal events are held online, such as hybrid events, which can be spiced up by hosting online magic shows. These shows have proved to be the perfect way through which people reconnect and get entertained at the same time. People love virtual magicians because they can literarily turn online meetings and typical Zoom parties into breath-taking, exhilarating and extraordinary experiences.

For this reason, many people are readily willing to attend your hybrid event if they learn that a virtual magician has been booked, allowing them to reconnect with other people and participate in the fun and entertaining antics to be pulled by the professional magician.” -Johnny Wu-


Marvin Berglas- Founder Of Marvin’s Magic- Talk Magic #38

( From Craig Petty’s Magic TV )

“I am absolutely honoured that Marvin Berglas from Marvin’s Magic agreed to appear on Magic TV. I have a lot of respect for Marvin. He is a true entrepreneur whilst still holding onto his passion for magic. He hasbuilt a global empire which continues to be just as successful today.

In this interview Marvin doesn’t hold back. He talks about growing up the son of one of the most famous magicians of all time. He talks about how he started Marvin’s Magic and how he grew it from very humble beginnings to a global company.

Along the way he gives solid practical advice for magicians. How to create a brand, how to market yourself, how to stand out and how to deal and cope with adversity.

This is one of the most inspirational and motivational interviews I’ve uploaded yet and it should be required viewing for every magician.

Here’s the link. Let me know what you think in the comments.”

Thanks to Magic New Zealand for the original link…


The Insider -Teller – Video Interview

The Insider, available on most podcast platforms, recently featured Teller on an almost one hour podcast. The podcast was videoed and posted to Youtube for your pleasure. Yes.. Teller CAN speak.. and does so very well on this interview, published by Vanishing Inc, and featuring a different magician every week.

All you need to watch/listen to their podcasts is a computer.. although they are also available via Apple and Google podcast, Spotify, Breaker, Castbox and others.


The Mystery of Magic’s Greatest Card Trick – Article
By David Segal – May 23, 2021

At 94, the magician David Berglas says his renowned effect can’t be taught. Is he telling the truth?

LONDON — In the late 1940s, the British magician David Berglas started refining a trick that came to be known as “the holy grail of card magic.” To this day, nobody is certain how he did it.
Decades into his retirement, he has revealed just about every secret in his long and storied career. This includes the time, in 1954, that he made a grand piano vanish in a London hotel banquet room filled with guests. (Distracted, the audience turned their focus in time to see a pianist, who seemed to be playing the instrument a moment earlier, fall facedown to the floor). But even now, when the subject of Mr. Berglas’s famous effect is raised, he remains as cryptic as ever.

“It’s not a secret I can give to anyone because it’s not a secret as such,” said Mr. Berglas, a formal and intense 94-year-old, at his home in North London. “It’s like asking a musician who can improvise to teach you his improvisation, which of course he can’t.”

The trick is a version of a classic plot of magic, called Any Card at Any Number. These tricks are called ACAAN in the business.

ACAAN has been around since the 1700s, and every iteration unfolds in roughly the same way: A spectator is asked to name any card in a deck — let’s say the nine of clubs. Another is asked to name any number between one and 52 — let’s say 31.

The cards are dealt face up, one by one. The 31st card revealed is, of course, the nine of clubs. Cue the gasps.

There are hundreds of ACAAN variations, and you’d be hard pressed to find a professional card magician without at least one in his or her repertoire. (A Buddha-like maestro in Spain, Dani DaOrtiz, knows about 60.) There are ACAANs in which the card-choosing spectator writes down the named card in secrecy; ACAANs in which the spectator shuffles the deck; ACAANs in which every other card turns out to be blank.

For all their differences, every ACAAN has one feature in common: At some point, the magician touches the cards. The touch might be imperceptible, it might appear entirely innocent. But the cards are always touched.

With one exception: David Berglas’s ACAAN. He would place the cards on a table and he didn’t handle them again until after the revelation and during the applause. There was no sleight of hand, no hint of shenanigans. It was both effortless and boggling.
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Las Vegas Weekly Says “Magic Is Back..!” – Article & Free Resource

On of my favorite resources is the LAS VEGAS WEEKLY magazine. It’s full of color, full of information, and FREE. When you visit the link below, look for the ‘Subscribe’ link in the navigation bar and sign up. It’s honestly a good resource to have, available as a flip book, and full of articles about not only Vegas life.. but articles like “How to outsmart your Smartphone”, and many other general topic items.

Be sure to check out the archives…


Personalized Playing Cards – Create Your Own For As Little As $8.00 per Deck! (Ad)

This is where I get my personalized cards. The seller I buy from uses Bicycle brand cards and my custom cost is around $15.00 per deck. You can get customized cards for as low as $8.00 per deck.. and this is the single deck charge, not the bulk price. My decks look GOOD on Zoom!! The faces are tinted a light grey, cutting the glare considerably.

Zazzle is FULL of custom made items to make your magic look Great. Use the search box and enter ‘playing cards’, ‘magic wands’, ‘dice’, ‘crystal balls’, or anything you can imagine. I frequently go to Zazzle.. and get lost for an hour or two, trying to narrow down what I need from what I want…


Do Super Easy Beginner Magic Trick with Any Glue Stick! – Jay Sankey

An empty glue stick tube can be a strong source of magic. Don’t believe me? Jay Sankey will tell you why I’m right… and you’re wrong!

“Do an amazing magic trick with any glue stick. Uhu, Pritt, any brand! This is so easy to do, it’s the perfect beginner magic trick to learn. Master magic teacher Jay Sankey makes it easy to learn card tricks, coin tricks and more!”


The Perfect Mentalism Trick Tutorial – Video Tutorial

This is a technique, not an effect… although if you perform the technique, an effect will be super easy. I like this better than the traditional center tear.. but that’s just me.

“You will always be able to read anyone’s mind with this simple but very deceptive technique! This drawing duplication mentalism secret never fails to amaze! Learn how to guess names, numbers drawings and cards with this mentalist secret.”


Who has the Top Ten Magic Blogs on the internet?

(Yours truly has one of them) Check them out here..!


Magic Trick Tutorial School – 100 Plus Video Tutorials

Now.. I have NO idea the name of the young lady who publishes Magic Trick Tutorial School.. but she publishes a LOT of videos. These are not earth shattering revelations, but.. they are interesting.

You may see something you knew in years past and you may figure a way to renew it in the virtual market. The videos are well recorded.. BUT.. the music is extremely diabolical…


VISUAL Double COLOR CHANGE // Card Trick Tutorial

A two card color change inspired by CardMagic by Richard Kaufman.. performed by 52Kards. Good stuff..!


Super Simple Card Trick // The Lie Detector – Video

This is what pure showmanship can do for a card trick..

“In this video, Vinh Giang performs an incredible routine known as “The Lie Detector”. The great thing about this trick is that it requires absolutely no technical skill at all. It’s pure showmanship and presentation, and when performed well it’s extremely powerful. It’s an excellent way to use a deck of cards to explore human psychology and personal connection.”

Some of you will recognize this for what it is… probably the most informative video in this newsletter.


Presentation and Showmanship Advice – Vinh Giang Ted Talk

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. With magic as his metaphor Vinh Giang will share with you an extremely powerful way to improve your presentation ability dramatically. A technique used by many magicians all over the world, it’s deceivingly simple yet very effective.


Vinh Giang | Perspective

Keynote Speaker Vinh Giang outlines his main topic, The Psychology of Illusion. Vinh is a top thought leader on topics like Leadership, Technology, Sales and Marketing, Business Growth, Engagement, Culture, Performance, Collaboration and Communication.


Instantly Know the Identity of a Chosen Card – Video Tutorial

Allow someone to select any card in the deck, turn the deck face up and spread, and instantly know the identity of the chosen card. The spectator can look at the face up deck and will not have a clue how you did it…


Summit – by Abstract Effects – A Review
(Gimmicks and Online Instructions)

This is the Ad Copy:

From the minds of Patrick Kun, The Other Brothers & Abstract Effects –comes a thought of card to Sharpie unlike anything you have EVER seen!

Even includes a routine and method for ONLINE performances.

At last, a thought of card to Sharpie that has NO card switches, NO sharpie switches, and a PRACTICAL yet mind-blowing method.

Your spectator THINKS of a card. You hand them a sharpie to write down what they are thinking of…but to their surprise, the sharpie doesn’t actually work.

You take the sharpie from the spectator, and WITHOUT ANY MOVES, and while keeping the Sharpie IN VIEW THE ENTIRE TIME…you open it up to REVEAL a card rolled up inside.

The spectator still HAS NOT SAID, OR EVEN written down their card.

Then the spectator is asked to name their card. With NO switches or moves of ANY kind, the card is turned over and is the EXACT card the spectator named – EVERY TIME!

NO card switches or sharpie switches!

The gimmick is designed for easy use with a super practical method and ability to keep the gimmick on you wherever you go so you’re ready to blow some minds at a moment’s notice.

Summit comes with everything you need to perform right out of the box, and can be reset easily so you’re always ready to perform! Great for beginners to workers & pros!

My Thoughts:

Don’t you love it when you get a REAL effect in your hands! There are so many downloads and videos it feels really good to get your hands on something tangible. In this case, something that is truly magical and unique, something that enables you to do a bit of magic unlike anything you’ve probably performed before.

I don’t want to get all mushy on you.. but I DO want to express my pleasure with SUMMIT and The Other Brothers.

I’m not going into detail about The Other Brothers and Patrick Kun.. if you are reading this review, you should be familiar with all three of these very talented magicians and some of the many effects they’ve created the past several years. Also, I don’t know who did what or who came up with this or that. I only know all three are credited and the Other Brothers present the video tutorial for Summit.. which runs almost fifty minutes.

The premise is explained very well in the ad copy.. and everything in the ad copy is correct. I have a tiny issue with one phrase and I’ll talk about it in a moment.

A spectator is asked to merely think of a card. There is a bit of directing on your part, but if done as taught the spectator will never realize they didn’t have a complete choice. When the magician and the spectator have narrowed the selection down to less than a dozen cards, the ‘magic’ happens..

The spectator, without naming their final selection, is given the Sharpie to write down their answer. Unfortunately, the Sharpie doesn’t work. The magician tells the spectator the Sharpie sometimes gets clogged.. and proceeds to take it apart, VERY openly, and reveals a card rolled up insiide the barrel of the pen. The spectator is THEN asked to name their selection.. and the rolled up card is revealed to be a match. The ad copy says “..with NO moves of any kind.” There is a slight move, but it is not visible to the spectator. It’s not a point of contention.. but I didn’t want you to think the card ‘magically’ transports to the Sharpie, or is in the Sharpie beforehand.

HOW it gets in the Sharpie is the masterful aspect of SUMMIT. Tools are used. But.. they are minimal and unobtrusive. I think THAT is what makes this a unique effect. The ‘tools’ themselves are also unique. I am not aware of anything similar.

Up front.. this is the perfect effect for a Virtual Performance. It is somewhat easier virtually than in person.. and the overall effect is just as strong.

A couple of other side notes… The gimmick is made with a real sharpie. Should your gimmick ever go south.. you can create another gimmick on your own.

The video is typical Murphy’s Magic quality. This is not a highly stylized video.. but it doesn’t need to be. It will convey everything to you a good tutorial should.

This is rated as an Intermediate level effect. It uses a few basic moves to keep the audience focused in the right direction. Although I’m confident an advanced beginner can perform Summit successfully.. you will not perform this straight out the box.

You need to run through the handling and patter a few times to avoid hiccups. There are also a couple of minor moves you need to perfect behind the scenes to make everything copacetic. Would you try to perform a mercury fold for the public with no practice? No. But.. once practiced.. it’s not difficult. Same here…..

Is it worth $55.00 bucks? If you use it.. it certainly is. This is something that will become a staple in the routines of a number of performers. It’s easy to set up.. and only requires you to slip a little something in your pocket beforehand. If you visit the link below and watch the demo.. you’ll get a very good idea of exactly what YOUR audience will see.

I am recommending all my friends and readers buy this. If I get one email condemming me for recommending this product.. it’s OK.. because I’ll get ten more thanking me for recommending it. So there….!

$55.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates.

Review by Rick Carruth


Richard Garriott, a British/American astronaut and video game developer, accomplished a feat no other magician will ever be able to duplicate.. He performed the world’s first full magic show in space while aboard the International Space Station in 2008.


The Boy Who Cried Magic by Andi Gladwin – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

After spending a decade producing more than 100 magic books for some of the biggest magicians in the industry, Andi Gladwin is finally releasing his own book. And it is quite possibly the most highly-anticipated book of the year!

While Andi has released numerous effects and many popular lectures, this is the first time he has ever compiled his very best card magic routines into one comprehensive magic book. Each of the 16 full routines and 15 sleights featured in this book have been carefully crafted over a lifetime of performing for every type of audience in every type of venue.

There is something for every card magician in this incredible book from Andi’s amazing rapid-fire multiple selection routine known as “Fireworks” to his powerful thought-of cards across, super commercial “Whack your Phone Effect” and even a practical Triumph routine where the audience helps you mix the cards.

There’s also, of course, plenty of material for the most dedicated sleight of hand card magicians, including 15 techniques such as his full work on the Master Pushoff, new moves such as the UnDo Cut and UnDo Shuffle, and a unique take on the Braue Popup that you’re going to want to add directly into your Ambitious Card routine.

Beyond its remarkable contents, The Boy Who Cried Magic is quite possibly the most beautiful book Vanishing Inc. has ever produced. This breathtaking hardback book features 250 pages and 240 full color photos, all printed on premium glossy paper. The addition of a gorgeous slipcase will make this book stand out on your shelf.

“The Boy Who Cried Magic is a perfect magic book, written by the best writer in magic. The tricks are world-class performance pieces, and the book itself is stunning. Every magician should own it!”
– Dynamo

“The Boy Who Cried Magic is one of the most beautifully-designed magic books in recent memory. It looks and feels like something you’d find in an art bookstore. As for the magic, Andi Gladwin’s Undo Cut is a highly deceptive false cut that is going straight into my act.”
– Steve Cohen

My Thoughts:

The Boy Who Cried Magic is Andi Gladwin’s first book of magic. It must be quite a challenge to be in Andi’s shoes and know your first publication sets a bar at such an impossible height. I don’t know if he is considering a second book, but personally, I’d have to set a spell and soak in all the wonderful reviews of my first one.

This was a much-anticipated publication by a highly respected performer.. and it met all the expectations. Everything from the effects, to the cover, binding, pages, super sharp photos and slip cover coalesced to create a masterful product.

The book features 16 complete effects/routines and 15 sleights in a total of 250 glossy pages. ( I constantly felt as if I were turning two pages..) The 240 color pictures by James Went and George Luck jump off the pages.. creating a complete visual to match Andi’s narrative. I could go on and on about the book.. but I think you get the point.. There are absolutely no cut corners and no expenses spared publishing Andi’s first book. As the publisher of over one hundred books and ebooks for other magicians, Andi knew exactly what he wanted.. and how to achieve it.

The first chapter of TBWCM is a treatise titled Making Magic Bulletproof. It is an essay of thoughts and tips from the author.. detailing Be Clear, Remove Abruptness, Be Authentic, Be Adaptable, Create Conversation and Adapt To It, Overlap Methods and, lastly.. Study. These are strong thoughts from a full-time professional.

The effects are Andi’s. These are effects he uses throughout his performances and are corralled through hundreds of performances over twenty plus years. These are not add-ons or submissions from other performers. These are all directly from his repertoire. To quote: “My repertoire didn’t appear overnight. It’s impossible to see when you look at the finished product, but every effect in this book has gone through dozens of late-night sessions and incremental improvements. I lost hair over these tricks.”

Andi’s book is all about card tricks, moves, and effects. No close-up, no coins, no thump tips.. and one cell phone. These effects are not beginner effects, and anyone purchasing this book who doesn’t possess at least a good, basic knowledge of cardmanship will probably be lost after the first effect. Everything is not super-complicated.. but it’s not beginner magic either. Andi takes a great deal of time to explain several of the sleights he uses, giving everyone ample opportunity to follow.. exactly as Andi would have it. He never tries to get ahead of readers.

Undo Cut, Undo Shuffle and Cull Shuffle Control are all good examples of some of the sleights taught. Cut, Stop, Shuffle, Red/Black To The Future, and Castle Jacks are all some of the ‘At the Card Table’ effects. Whack Your Phone, Monte Python, and Pocket Mule are three of my favorite ‘Close-Up’ card effects. And Silent Movie, Supersonic, and Aura are three of the five ‘Stand-Up’ card effects taught.

Each effect is detailed. The performance and handling are highlighted, along with any and all credits. Much work was put into describing the history of each effect, its first cousins, and Andi’s contribution to its advancement.

I could get into describing the various effects individually.. but I don’t think it’s going to matter. These are first-class routines, made available to anyone willing to part with fifty bucks. The cost is totally justified in all aspects. One of the effects alone is probably worth the cost of the book. Thought Experiment.. based on Edward G. Brown’s ‘ Twelve Card Thought Transposition’, can’t be described as an ‘effect’, but more appropriately a ‘study’ of what Andi considers to be the ‘best structured card trick of all time..’. “One sleight makes a genuinely thought-of card appear to travel across the room and you don’t need to know the name of that card.”

.. And this is only one of the 16 effects.

If you truly desire to immerse yourself in a tangent and intimate world of card magic, THE BOY WHO CRIED MAGIC is your elixir.

$50.00 .. Available at Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..

Review by Rick Carruth for Murphy’s Magic & The Magic Roadshow..


Gleam -by William Alexis Houcke – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

Predict ANY CARD with Gleam!

You have one blank card, nothing more. Ask the spectator to turn on the flashlight of his smartphone and to name any card.
Then, put the blank card above the flashlight… you can see the value of the card he named!
Easy to do
Free choice, no force at all!
You only have one blank card, no switch!
Quick reset
Gimmick made using Bicycle cards + Online instructions in English and in French.

My Thoughts:

I like unique gimmicks. They are rare, and crank up my thought process. This is a unique gimmick that utilizes the light on your phone to create magic. Not sure how William came up with this.. but it’s definitely not your typical ho-hum magic.

Gleam is a utility device/prop created from a Bicycle card that, when held up to a light source, shows nothing. After a spectator selects a card, physically or mentally, you can now show the back of the card, again back-lit with a light source, and the identity of the chosen card will be revealed. (No, this is NOT a mental effect. You must know the identity of the card for it to appear.)

This is not a sleight of hand effect as much as it is a “ did that card do that.” type effect. The focus is on the card.. as a source of amazement more so than on the magician.

The gimmick card is a well-designed and well crafted prop. It’s obvious much time went into creating each and every card. The care and detail is reflected in the price, as it IS a tad expensive.. but well worth the cost if you carry it. This is something magicians will carry to show others at a moment’s notice. It’s ideal for generating interest in you and your magic.

The instructional video is just over 8 minutes long. It does not go into detail outlining specific effects.. but giving you a tool to use to highlight your own routines. There are many different ways GLEAM can be used, and you should be prepared to work out your own handling.

All the ad copy is correct. Although it IS easy to do, you will need to practice the handling to make everything work as smoothly as possible. For those of you who love to implement your new phone into your act.. this is the perfect way to do it. Of course, you do not have to use a phone to perform GLEAM.. you can use any source of light, including small flashlights and lamps.

I would encourage you to visit the link below and watch the video. It will give you a precise idea of what GLEAM looks like to the spectator.

$35.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their associates.

Review by Rick Carruth


Social Print by Juan Alvarez and Twister Magic – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

Twister Magic and George Iglesias are proud to present the new Social Print routine by Juan Alvarez designed for virtual and live shows!

It’s more than a trick. This is a full routine created for the amateur or professional magician. During the past 10 years, Juan Alvarez from Colombia, has been presenting Social Print with great success in-person, on television and recently through Zoom virtual shows. This routine easily adapts to any situation and is themed around social media. Packed with entertaining moments, it’s a proven worker that’s very easy to do.

Inspired by the trick “Silk,” by Lewis Davenport, Juan has reshaped everything, created a full script and audience tested the routine hundreds of times. You will receive everything you need to perform: A card box, 26 specially printed cards, two custom-printed silks, a Facebook hand accessory, and even Juan’s script. Of course, you are more than welcome to create your own routines, gags and lines!

1 special card box printed with FaceBook logos
1 special printed handkerchief – White and Blue (Made from heavy silk, great printing definition, high durability and also washable)
1 special printed handkerchief – Leonardo Di Caprio or Angeline Jolie (depending on the trick you purchase) (made from heavy silk, great printing definition, high durability and also washable)
1 Facebook hand (made of thick cardboard and plastified for high durability)
1 instructional online video card
1 Link to download: sound effects and a PDF with a written routine.
1 special set of 26 printed jumbo cards:
– 10 different cards: Jennifer Aniston, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Whoopie Goldberg, Sofia Vergara, Angelina Jolie, Elon Musk, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump.
– 1 blank card (To add your own picture or any other picture you wish)
– 15 repeated cards to force: Leonardo Di Caprio or Angelina Jolie (Depending on the trick you purchase)

My Thoughts:

SOCIAL PRINT is released by Twister Magic and George Iglesias. I reviewed two effects by George in late 2020, Airplane Mode and A Letter To Santa, and both were two of my favorite reviews/effects of the year. So.. I had high expectations for Social Print.. knowing my prior experience with Twister Magic was a good one.

Juan Alvarez’s effect, just like my two other reviews, are all very heavy on the performance aspect. The first thing you notice when you take the products out the packages are their extremely durable manufacturing. It’s like they go overboard to make sure the props are useable for years and years. No exaggeration.

The other thing is the nature of the effect. SOCIAL PRINT is NOT a flash-in-the-pan type effect. You don’t wow your audience with gun powder and take a bow. This is a detailed and lengthy effect that builds to a climax. It’s not a complicated effect… Everything can be easily memorized by the performer as the effect tends to flow along from step to step and provides the magi with ample opportunity to talk and interact with his spectators.

The premise is this.. A heavy handkerchief is handed out for examination. It’s white, with a border, and blank.. The cloth is folded with the help of the spectator, and a rubber band is placed around it. A stack of large cards are introduced, each card with a picture of a famous celebrity. (Some listed in the ad copy). After several are shown and named, a spectator picks one of the cards and the rest are put aside. The handkerchief, after reasonable by-play, is unraveled.. to show it is now printed with a large picture of the selected celebrity. The name, Social Print, comes from the magi referring to the celebs as his FB friends, the use of sound effects created to resemble online sounds, and the use of a large FB Thumbs-Up as a prop during the effect.

Physically.. a beginner can perform this effect. The sleights are very simple, really, but with all the spectator interaction, I would recommend this effect for someone who has some degree of experience.

Actually, if you go to the Murphy’s link below.. there is a video demo AND a script of the bulk of the conversation between the magi and the spectators. This will give you a good idea of how the effect plays out.

The instructions are via Vimeo. The instructions are available in both English and Spanish.. but NO subtitles (Thank You Juan!) The English tutorial is one hour and 17 minutes, and teaches everything you would want to know. There is, aside from the instructions, a full, live performance in English. The first couple of minutes of the video are a live performance in Spanish. It scared me at first.. but not to worry.

Juan actually spends extra time showing how to perform Social Print on virtual performances and ZOOM meetings. This method is super easy and much appreciated by this reviewer.

The video sound and quality are very good, and you shouldn’t have any problems learning Social Print. Juan is from Columbia, South America.. but his English is quite good. He has trouble pronouncing Whoopie Goldberg.. but all is OK..!

There is also a link to a PDF.. if you prefer to learn the routine that way. There is also a sound file available that lets you reproduce the social media sounds.

There are two different versions of Social Print. One reveal is Leonardo Di Caprio and the second is Angeline Jolie. They are separate versions and you can order your choice of celebrity..

SOCIAL PRINT is intended for performers. If you enjoy engrossing your audience in your performance.. this will be a very good purchase for you. Fifty bucks is probably more than you pay for a typical effect.. but once you handle the props and watch the instructions, you’ll agree you made a smart choice. You’ll get LOTS of miles out of Social Print.

$50.00 .. Available at Murphy’s Magic and their associates.

Review by Rick Carruth


COLORFOOL by Victor Zatko – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

“Very visual, very sharp, a gimmick that fits a lot of routines, adapt it according to your imagination.”
– Bernard Bilis

“Colorfool is very smart, clean and more importantly VISUAL. Don’t hesitate, this is very good.”
– Mickael Chatelain

“Wow only 3 letters to describe it WTF”
– Etienne Pradier

COLORFOOL is a precision hand-crafted gimmick for insanely visual magic. With this method you will be able to make a card change, appear, disappear, as many times as you want without any kind of reset. The gimmick has been designed to be used in real close up conditions but also works perfectly for social medias.

In a nutshell:
Ready to go out of the box
No flap
Instant reset
Full routine taught
Get ready to be COLORFOOLED.

My Thoughts:

This is an intelligent little gimmick. I like the basic idea, as it offers the performer the opportunity to perform any one of a number of different effects.

The basic handling is this… You remove the top card of the deck, turn it sideways and place it back on the deck, and wave it like a paintbrush.. which changes the card underneath from a blue back card to a red back card. This is how the gimmick is designed to work. Naturally, like any good color change, you should add a routine to the handling to create the magic.

I don’t think Victor Zatko, the creator, would object to me telling you the magic is achieved with magnets. It’s much more than a couple of magnets placed to pick up the second card. Actually.. you can see the top half of the second card is still blue as the bottom half begins to change to red. You are furnished with four Bicycle cards; three gaffed blue backers and one regular red back card. The additional cards allow the performer to ‘control’ the magnetism. The proprietary feature with COLORFOOL is the precise placements and the handling.

The gaffs are all quality made and will last as long as a Bicycle card normally last. If one of the gaffs should wear out.. the magnets, which are precisely placed, could be removed and attached to another card. I will say that one card contains an internal magnet that would be difficult to replace, but it is also a card not likely to be abused and is only subject to normal wear and tear.

The instructions, approx.17 minutes, are available in either English or French.. and also includes an interesting effect in which a card is chosen and put back in the deck.. and after the deck is ‘painted’ the deck is spread to show every card has changed to red backers -except- the selected card, which still has a blue back. Victor also teaches several tips to help you create your own handling.

The video and audio are quite adequate. This isn’t a slick production, but it doesn’t need to be. COLORFOOL is recommended for any skill level. It was my belief those who will benefit most are those with at least a basic understanding of card magic, particularly considering these custom gimmicks are designed for the performer to add to his current routines and/or create unique content.

The basic handling is a bit ‘nichey’.. until you get the feel for the color change. It shouldn’t be a problem for the vast majority of you guys. Victor suggest that each COLORFOOL is handcrafted, and as such, is unique. Some handlers need to add an additional ungimmicked card between the gaffs to minimize the ‘pull’. Just practice the move a bit.. and you’ll quickly determine what you need to do to make your gimmick most efficient.

Additional notes: In addition to walk-around situations, this is a very good effect for social media. Although I haven’t done so, I think the visuals would be very impressive on camera. Although not totally a head-on effect, you would want to utilize deck management during your performance, primarily by keeping the deck about waist level. When brushing the blue card over the deck immediately before the color change, you can hold the card approx. an inch off the top of the deck, giving the impression the top card is not touching the second card of the deck.

I suggest going to Murphy’s site and watching the demo video to get a true idea of what COLORFOOL looks like in performance. If you decide this is for you.. I honestly think you’ll have a tool in your toolkit unlike anything else you own.

$29.95 .. Available from Murphy’s Magic and their associates.

Review by Rick Carruth


The Vault – BOX CLEVER – by James Brown – A Review
Video Download

This is the Ad Copy:

The best card under box routine you have ever seen!

A freely chosen card, which can be signed, vanishes from the deck multiple times, appearing under the card case, inside the card case and finally the entire deck jumps into the case! ALL DONE WHILST THE SPECTATOR IS HOLDING THE CARD CASE! This is the kind of routine that gets more impossible with each phase and the closer they watch!

A master class in misdirection that is surprisingly easy to do!

My Thoughts:

James is a very well-known magician from the South of England. He has been awarded, among other things, The Magic Circle close-up magician of the year… which is quite the big deal. His style of magic is best described as a cross between close-up magic, hypnosis and pickpocketing, all presented in a humorous and casual manner.

I have not reviewed other effects by James for Murphy’s.. so I didn’t know for sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised…

BOX CLEVER really is a type of master class on misdirection. After a card is selected by a spectator, it strangely appears under a card box in the spectator’s hand. Somehow, after being placed back in the deck, the card again appears under the card box. Then, it’s place BACK in the deck.. and this time it appears inside the card box. After one last go-around, the card is the (apparently) only card in the magicians hand.. and the rest of the deck is now revealed to be in the card box.

Everything is achieved through smart misdirection and a very clever one-ahead. There are NO gaffs or props. Everything is strictly above board and is a very, as the name implies, ‘clever’ use of misdirection. I had to watch the video a couple of times to see what I knew was happening.

There are a couple of sleights.. but nothing beyond the average magician. James does utilize a side steal to get a card to the top.. but you can achieve the same action by simply bringing a card to the top using your favorite method. Also, there’s a time or two when you present two cards as one. That’s basically it…. James details his side steal.. if you need it.. and explains everything in detail.

I encourage you to go to Murphy’s site and watch a four minute video of a live performance… a FULL performance with nothing left as an added surprise for the buyers. The video tutorial itself is well-filmed and runs about fourteen and a half minutes. Box Clever is available as an instant download, and you can start learning immediately.

This effect is well worth the cost.. particularly if you are a walk-around or table hopping guy (or lady). It’s VERY strong.. and something you WILL use, over and over, for years to come.

$10.00 .. Available from Murphy’s Magic and their Associates.

Review by Rick Carruth


Transit (Red) by Ron Salamangkero – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

The audience will freak out when you allow them to examine before and after you perform Transit. They can watch closely… there’s nothing to catch.

Ron Salamangkero is proud to present his latest creation. A variant of the traveling hole illusion.

The magician punches holes in three corners of a playing card using a puncher. A ribbon is tied through one hole and the ends knotted together. The card now hangs from the ribbon. With no dodgy hand or finger movement, the magician moves the ribbon from one corner hole to another by sliding it through the space between the holes. He does it twice.

It’s visual magic that looks unbelievable even when seen up close!
The magician the hands everything to the spectator for examination.
Transit comes with a gimmick card and a step by step in-depth video instruction

My Thoughts:

Seems like I’ve reviewed a number of items recently that employ gimmicked cards. This is another such effect. Ron Salamangkero (Creator of The Answer & Face Off) has created a nice gimmick for guys and girls to use in close-up situations.

The basic handling is this.. The performer has a spectator select a card. The card is shown about, and the performer uses a hole punch to punch three holes in three different corners of the selection. A ribbon is tied through one of the holes.. and the magi guides the ribbon from this hole to the second hole.. and then to the third hole, appearing to defy the laws of solid objects. This is similar in appearance to a moving hole effect.. except the ribbon moves instead of the hole.

I’m going to offer up a few initial thoughts..

Thankfully, all the DIY has been performed by Ron. All you need to do is provide a hole punch. If you don’t have one, you can pick one up at most dollar stores. The gaffed card and the ribbon come with the effect.

A twelve minute instructional video has been posted online. Although the video quality is good, I think perhaps the script should have been practiced a time or two before being recorded. This is NOT a deal breaker.. just an observation. Everything you need to know is taught.

The gimmicked card itself CANNOT be passed out for examination. A card is freely selected beforehand.. and this is the card the audience will handle afterwards. For this reason, I am not sure this is an ideal effect for a beginner. Depends on your definition of ‘beginner’.. I suppose. You do need to be able to handle the initial selection, and switching in the gimmick. This is taught in the video.. but just be advised.

This effect should be performed with pace. It will not only look better.. but you will be less apt to ‘flash’ any component of the gimmick.

If you like the moving hole effects.. you’ll really like TRANSIT. This is a sharp gimmick that actually does most of the work for you.. although you WILL have to practice the moves. You’ll not perform this ideally straight out the package. Like most of the hole effects, finger placement is important.

I do wish TRANSIT were a bit less expensive. If you use it, I can see it being a very good investment. Perhaps the price-point could be justified if two or three gimmicked cards were included. As is, there is only one, and I can see it wearing out over time. Perhaps Ron will give you a deal on replacements.??

TRANSIT is made with Bicycle cards.. and is available as either Red or Blue backed gaffs.. your choice. As always, I encourage you to visit the Murphy’s link below and watch the demo. It gives you a great idea of the visual.

$29.95 .. Available at Murphy’s Magic and through their associates.

Review by Rick Carruth


Magic Inside Out by Robert E. Neale & Lawrence Hass – A Review
Theory and Art of Magic Press

This is the Ad Copy:

ROBERT E. NEALE is an international treasure for magicians who enjoy mind-bending magic and powerful presentations.

Magic Inside Out collects fourteen of Bob’s astonishing routines-twelve of which appear here for the first time. In keeping with his trademark style, they employ a range of simple props and provocative themes to delightfully twist the perceptions of audiences.

Magic Inside Out also includes a major interview in which, for the first time, Bob tuns himself inside out, sharing the powerful story of his creative life and inspirations.

EUGENE BURGER: Bob Neale has created so many presentations that point us to life-our real lives with all their joy and sorrow, their confusion and clarity, their doubt and faith. Bob’s work is very powerful.

MARTIN GARDNER: Bob Neale is a wonder. How Neale manages to think of such things is a mystery hard to fathom.

JEFF MCBRIDE: Bob Neale is my hero. He takes on challenging topics like death, racism, religion, and other taboos. It astonishes me how he can transform even some of the darkest situations into light, humor, and inspiration.

BARRIE RICHARDSON: Bob Neale is a softhearted human being and a hardheaded philosopher of life. His brain is wired unlike anyone else I know. Bob’s insights make you shake your head with awe, wonder, and respect.

Hardcover; 176 pages. Release Date: January 15, 2021
Theory and Art of Magic Press

My Thoughts:

There are magicians.. and there are master manipulators. Robert (Bob) Neale, PH.D, is one of the latter. I could go on and on detailing his life and career in both magic and education.. but I don’t know what I could say that would make someone unfamiliar with Robert want to run out and buy this book.. and I don’t have to say anything to make those familiar with Bob instantly buy this book.

This is a gentleman who has co-authored books and DVD’s with Eugene Burger, David Parr, Michael Weber, Jeff McBride and Lawrence Hass. (co-author of this book). He is also the author of a number of extended essays related to magic, creativity, and magic and performance theory. Robert was a monthly columnist for THE LINKING RING, as well as a recipient of a Special Fellowship from The Academy of Magical Arts. Bob is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York as Professor of Psychiatry and Religion. Honestly, I could go on an on.. but I think I’ve made my point.

Lawrence (Larry) Hass, PH.D, aside from being a highly respected artistic magician and writer, is the Dean of the McBride Magic & Mystery School. Larry is a former Professor of Philosophy himself, and had his creative magic featured in or on publications like the New York Times, USAToday, and The Discovery Channel. Larry is one of a tiny few who has taught magic and the magical arts at the college level. In addition to serving as a co-author of MAGIC Inside Out, he is also the publisher of this book.

I think we can actually thank the pandemic for this masterful book. Larry and Bob corresponded throughout 2020, with Bob sending Larry effects.. one by one.. until the two decided it was time to publish. I’m so glad they did…

This is a collection of fourteen very different effects.. each one totally different and unique from the others. There are effects with paper, plastic, currency, cards, a cigarette lighter, a modified magic square, fortune cards, and of course.. a pair of underwear. Seriously…

Bob is not a ‘presenter’ of magic. He is a performer who not only presents magic, but brings it to life with well-crafted patter and intelligent handling. Reading this book, one of the first treats you notice is how he teaches readers to present his magic just as he himself would present it to an audience. He goes into great detail explaining to both the readers and his audience WHY a piece of magic is more than just a moment of amazement. He wants to create a memory his audience will take with them.. and he does exactly that.. with a wonderful combination of aplomb and modesty.

Bob is quite well-known for his Borromean Rings. One of my personal favorites in MAGIC Inside Out is an effect featuring the rings, his script, performance and complete routine. I am easily entranced by items like the Borromean Rings, and it didn’t take much to draw me in. As Bob and Larry write.. it is difficult to relay the mystery of the rings in print. This is one of those effects you need to see. So, they have published a video of the complete five phases of the Baffling Borromean Rings and include the url in the book. This effect is a more compact version of the original, but you get to see/read about both versions.

Another of my favorite is Dream Door.. which is a close up version of Trap Door. The handling of this small miracle is very well taught, along with all the psychological and emotional aspects. You will like this…

The Nun Who Saw Strangely is another personal favorite. This is a nine-square magic square.. that isn’t a magic square. It is a very poignant story of a group of nuns from many years ago.. and tells their tale of great loss and how a small square that isn’t what it seems to be.. is actually something much deeper and complex. The working isn’t complex.. but the story is quite a drama.

Other effects, including Vietnam Zippo and Private Underpants, are just as interesting. I think, I hope, I’ve created enough interest in MAGIC Inside Out you’ll hurry on over and reward yourself with a book you won’t be able to put down until you’ve read every word and every effect. This is magic you won’t find anywhere else…

The last 40 pages are reserved for an in-depth interview with Bob.. by Larry. It’s only fitting. You NEED to understand the mind behind the magic, the mind behind the creativity and presentational matters in Magic Inside Out. This is truly rarefied air.. and I don’t doubt for a moment you will enjoy this as much as I did.

$35.00 .. Available from Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..

Review by Rick Carruth


Parting Shots from Darynda Jones… Quotes

“When I want your opinion, I’ll remove the duct tape.”

“Never trust a man with a penis.”

“I meant to behave. There were just too many other options.”

“Insanity does NOT run in my family. It strolls through, takes its time, and gets to know everyone personally.”

“If it weren’t for physics and law enforcement, I’d be unstoppable.”

“You can’t fix stupid, but you can numb it with a 2 by 4”

“I have a perfect body, it’s in my trunk.”

“I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.”

“The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.”


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MAGIC ROADSHOW Journal of Magic #197… FREE!

MAGIC ROADSHOW Journal of Magic #197… FREE!

October 2018

Three more to go! Not that I’m overly excited about ending the Roadshow, but I AM excited to see what we’re going to do next. I know I’ll still be very involved in magic.. and I know I’m going to try to involve all the Roadshow readers… but I’m not sure in what direction we’ll coalesce. It WILL be rewarding.. I promise.

I’ll be at the TRICS convention in Charlotte NC the first weekend in November. If you’re there.. look for me. I’d love to meet you. I’ll be hanging close to my friends from our Asheville NC club and a couple of great guys from the Greenville SC club. There isn’t an ego amongst us, and we’d be thrilled to share a few tricks, a bunch of funny moments.. and a meal if you’re up to it…

Politics? Anyone want to talk politics? I’m about as sick of politics as imaginable. Had to unfriend some friends on FB just to get away from the incessant chatter. So, if you’re one of those guys.. it’s nothing personal… just wanted to go in another direction. I wanted to talk about my favorite TV shows, Netflix, old cars, cats, dogs, the beach, the mountains, magic, music, the blues, new inventions I don’t need.. but want, sharp cutlery, really old checks and documents, the expanding or shrinking universe, religion, and food… Not in that order. I considered writing a small autobiography about myself to include in the final issue, just so you guys can see what a really boring guy I can be, but I think I just covered everything… aside from my loved ones and my friends.

Folks.. there’s a small wealth of information in this Roadshow. Free PDF’s, instructional videos, lectures, reviews, auction information, and magic on TV now available online. Hurry through it if you want.. it’s your loss.. my friend.

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Download, Save or Copy as a PDF – MAGIC ROADSHOW 197
This issue is 42 pages (86 counting our PDF) and 11135 words..


-Metallic Attraction – An Effect by Paul Lelekis
-Eric Thompson – Magician, Comedian, Humanitarian… Article
-Mouth Coils by Opkoopjes – A Review by Rick Carruth
-Free 81 Page Mentalism ‘Sampler’ from Mentalistry – Free PDF
-Annie Abbott -The Little Georgia Magnet – David J O’Connor
-The Wealthy Magician: Manifesto for Professionals by Richy Roy
-Hobson’s Choice Magic Video Theater – Free Lecture Videos
-ROGUE Easy To Do Mentalism with Cards – Review by R. Carruth
-Pasteboard Revelations – by Paul Lelekis – A Review by R. Carruth
-Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 4 and 5 – Links
-40 Masters of Illusion shows. – Links
-This Month’s FREE PDF – Bunches of Effects
-18 Magic Tricks For Kids – Video Tutorial
-Make Money APPEAR From Nowhere – Video Tutorial
-David Copperfield’s ‘Deck In Balloon’ Trick Revealed – Video Tutorial
-Is Hypnosis Fake? Watch This TEDX Video – Video
-25 Most Terrifying Halloween Costumes – List and Photos
-Grate. Pair. Share – Ghoulishly Good Halloween Treats
-10 Real Photos That Have Left Skeptics Stumped
-Golden Arm: A Probabilistic Study of Dice Control in Craps – Free PDF
-The History Channel Presents: The Dice Dominator – Video
-Potter & Potter Auctions’ – Johnny Fox’s Freakatorium.
-2018 Potter and Potter’s Magic Memorabilia Reference eBook
-Other Important Stuff…

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
Norman Vincent Peale

“Logic only gives man what he needs… Magic gives him what he wants.”
Tom Robbins

“One man’s ‘magic’ is another man’s engineering. ‘Supernatural’ is a null word.”
Robert A. Heinlein


Paul A. Lelekis

EFFECT: Five coins are introduced – four half dollars and one copper British penny.
Two coins are placed into the left hand and two into the right. The copper coin is placed into the RH.

With a magic movement, the hands are opened to show that one of the silver coins has jumped from the left hand to the right!

The coins are returned to the beginning positions and this time BOTH silver coins jump from the left hand to the right! Five coins in the RH and none in the left! You’re left completely clean!

METHOD: Some may know this immediately as two of the best sleights in coin magic – Han Ping Chien and the Gallo Pitch. Both sleights have the same basic function – but with different outcomes. KNOW THE DIFFERENCES between these two sleights!

Place the two silver coins from the left side into the LH. Then pick up the other two silver coins into your RH.

The LH now picks up the copper coin with your left fingers and “suspiciously” places it into the RH fist to join the other two coins. You want a reason to “re-show” the coins ala Han Ping Chien!

Mechanics of Han Ping Chien:
Begin by secretly maneuvering one of the silver coins in your RH, into Classic Palm.
Pretend as if you need to show the coins again. Open your LH and turn it so that the two coins are dumped onto the working surface.

Pick up the two coins with your LH and arrange them so that one of the two coins is close to the edge of your palm (nearest the table).

Now bring attention to the RH by pointing to it with the left index finger. Display the three coins on your open RH.

Now turn your RH over and dump two of these coins (one silver and one copper coin – the third coin remains in Classic Palm) as you secretly release the silver coin in the LH that is closest to the table. It should appear as if you dumped the 3 coins in the RH onto the table.

There will now, secretly, be one silver coin in each hand!

Pick up the 3 coins with your RH being certain that you don’t “flash” the silver coin palmed there.

Do the magic and show that one silver coin has jumped from the LH into the RH! Claim that the copper coin caused the attraction.

Replace all of the coins back onto the table, exactly as they were in the beginning.

Begin by picking up two silver coins with the LH and then closing that hand. Then pick up the two silver coins – only – with RH.

Secretly place the two silver coins in the RH, into Classic Palm. Bring attention to the copper coin on the table. Repeat your patter that the copper “attracts” silver. Pick the copper coin up with the LH and insert it suspiciously, into the closed right fist. Act as if the spectators are suspicious of your actions!

Now you will “re-show” all of the coins via The Gallo Pitch.

Mechanics of the Gallo Pitch:
With the palm down LH, toss the two silver coins in the LH onto the table at a 45 degree angle, to your right.

As your LH retrieves the two coins, your RH begins the toss of its “three coins” (actually just the copper coin!). These two “tosses” should form the letter “X” on the table. The point where this imaginary “X”, intersects is where the “dirty” part occurs.

The LH hand (having just retrieved its coins), pulls back to its starting position and turns palm up as it secretly tosses its two coins off to its left, in line with the tossing RH. It should appear as if all 3 coins in the RH were tossed.

Reality check: After this toss, there will be no coins in the LH and two silver coins Classic Palmed in the RH!

There will now be three coins (one copper and two silver coins) on the table that have apparently been tossed from the RH.

Pick up the 3 coins on the table with the RH, without exposing the two Classic Palmed coins! Do the magic and show that the RH now holds all five coins and no coins in the LH.

This is very strong magic – you can tell by the “blank looks” on your spectators’ faces. Simple yet effective!

NOTE: I have been performing this particular routine for about 25 years now and it never ceases to amaze the spectators. It is sort of an assembly routine, but without the extra displays, shuttle passes, loads, etc. It is actually quite simple to perform and accentuates two of the most powerful (and unknown sleights) in coin magic. When I say “unknown”, I’m talking about unknown to lay people.

These two sleights are not difficult to master! They don’t require extensive “knuckle-busting” sleight-of-hand – but, instead, require finesse and fairly careful “routining”. A little bit of practice will show that this routine is pretty easy to perform – yet packs a BIG punch..
Paul Lelekis

** All of Paul’s ebooks can be found on .. Please check ’em out. ( I lost count of how many ebooks Paul has authored.. 53 is my best guess! and they’re ALL listed here.)



Eric Thompson – Magician, Comedian, Humanitarian… Article

Some of you may not know Eric. All of you should..

Aside from being a first rate magician and comedian, Eric is a full-time business owner and the proprietor of two comedy clubs in Ohio. If that doesn’t keep him busy, he has served on various committees in and around Warren, Ohio, served as an elected official, serves as a fireman and paramedic, performed across the United States as a comedian in comedy clubs and as a magician for corporate events and parties. Headlined shows with the like of Engelbert Humperdinck and George Carlin. Performed with Michael Stanley, Kenny Loggins, Peaches and Herb, Sly and the Family Stone, Peter Yarrow, and The Spinners.. among others.

I have to mention Eric was also listed in Who’s Who in The Midwest and Who’s Who in America, He’s in the Youth Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as an umpire, recognized by U.S. Congress for community activism and business activism, and the list goes on…

But that isn’t Eric’s MOST important work…

Briefly, here is the story that earns Eric a big salute from the Magic Roadshow…
( Taken from his website at: )

While traveling abroad many years ago, Eric Thompson recognized that many families, especially those with children, lacked basic necessities that are often taken for granted in the United States. Hearing about the impoverished nations and actually seeing the suffering are two different perspectives.

The seed was planted when Eric thought about the people he saw who were lacking consistently clean water, basic nutritional needs, and access to any medical treatment, schools, and jobs. He continued to search for a way he could help when a long-time friend approached him and offered a seat on a plane heading to meet up with a missionary group in Latin America. Eric jumped at the chance and the group decided the best way to use Eric’s skills as an entertainer would be to organize shows in each of the many villages they would visit. The news of a professional American entertainer coming to perform for them brought out large crowds and anticipation in every village they visited.

The children fell in love with his humor and the magic tricks. In many villages he quickly became known as “Senor Mago Loco,” translated that’s Mr. Crazy Magician. The children would see his show at their school during the day and bring their entire family to the village center or a large church for a second show that evening. It was here that Eric had the opportunity to meet and talk at length with many of the people. He learned of their plight and how they worked to combat the problems associated with poverty and hunger.

Needless to say, these people touched Eric in a way that no one else could. Having shared their homes, food and fellowship, Eric knew what he would do to help. Upon returning to the United States, he began a campaign to raise money to buy not just a handout for his new friends in Latin America, but an opportunity to grow their own food, more than they could possibly consume and be able to sell or trade the extras at the market.

Eric quickly decided that this would become an obsession, and he named his program MILLION MILES MILLION SMILES. He made his promise to the world to visit as many remote and distressed destinations where people were void of joy and hope. Bringing his ability of magic and comedy performance, Eric helps them learn to laugh and forget their problems, even if just for a little while. At many of his MILLION MILES MILLION SMILES destinations he tries to arrange a donation of food for the families in his audiences to take home.

Eric raised thousands of dollars by performing benefit shows where portions of the proceeds went to the charity. These donations were surpassed by the many fraternal, religious and community organizations who have continued to support this cause with donations. Many of Eric’s oldest friends and clients have generously made private donations to some of Eric’s favorite mission groups.

Much of the money has gone to purchase pairs of chickens for families in Guatemala and West Africa. The families take care of the chickens, harvesting some of the eggs for food and allowing the others to hatch. Within a few months to a year, they have a flock that gives them an endless supply of protein via eggs and meat to feed their family as well as selling the other birds and eggs at the market. Eric’s passion and generosity has created dozens upon dozens of entrepreneurs in several nations around the world. This action is helping to eliminate poverty in many villages, one family at a time.

Eric has taken his talents to communities on several continents around the world in such far reaching places as Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, The Bahamas, Martinique, Burkina Faso, West Africa and more.
Eric has also spent untold hours raising money and awareness for the less fortunate in the United States, too. He regularly performs in homeless shelters, churches and charities raising money and awareness for countless charities.

This past Christmas season, Eric wanted to send a few pairs of mating chickens to the families in Burkina Faso and Guatemala that befriended him during his time in their countries. Setting out to raise enough money to send two dozen pairs of chickens to each nation, Eric put the word out at a handful of his performances and via social media. Within a couple of weeks, he and his friends had collected enough money to purchase more than 220 chickens to help hundreds of people in the villages in Africa and Latin America where Eric spent time performing and making friends.

Eric continues to work with his old friends while he works to visit more countries. Over the next several years his plans include visits to perform and offer food assistance to people in China, South America, and India.

All of this travel and travel related expenses are done without donations or grants. Eric and his family pay for the trips and use any donations or offerings to directly benefit the people who need it most. There is ZERO administration cost deducted from the money Eric collects. MILLION MILES MILLION SMILES is an idea, a groundswell of compassion and generosity of Eric Thompson and a wide circle of his friends and family who want to help those who need it the most.

You can read more, see news articles, bios, press kits and videos, and contact Eric at:
News Stories…



Mouth Coils by Opkoopjes
Review by Rick Carruth

Hand made in Holland by Jan Kosters, Opkoopjes mouth coils are made by a professional, for the professional. Those of you who use mouth coils on a regular basis are probably familiar with the problems of typical inexpensive coils. Many tear. Some are so tight they refuse to extend properly. Others are only a fraction of the length of Opkoopjes.

These are made for performers who want to give their audience the ultimate effect. Each coil cost the performer roughly $2.50 to $2.90 per use, depending on which length they use. Opkoopjes coils come in 46 foot and 62 foot length, so you have a choice based on venue and stage size, as well as the size and age of your audience.

Each package comes with 12 coils.. ready for your performance. Jan has provided a PDF download for anyone not familiar with the use of coils. He also includes ten videos to help familiarize you with the use, care, personalization, color usage and specific do’s and don’ts of his product.

I understand the price will be a turn-off for some performers.. just as the price of a Vernet thumb tip or quality playing cards. Lets face it, some performers are willing to make do with lower quality products. I’m not being critical. Everyone is responsible for their own expenses and keeping their performances profitable. But… and those of you who have read this far probably already understand, there are a group of performers who insist on using quality products, as they feel it will reflect on their performances. I don’t think I have to sell you guys. You are probably already thinking of the possibilities and understand the importance of a quality product.

All coils are available in white, plus Christmas coils, Halloween, Patriotic and Rainbow. Jan will make your coils in custom colors with a minimum order of approx. 5 dozen. Also, any order of $50.00 or more will get free shipping from Jan -if- you are unable to find the coils through your favorite Murphy’s Magic dealer.

These coils are perfect for children’s shows and school assemblies. They are also perfect for that moment when you want to make a lasting impression on your audience, regardless the venue.

Comparing the quality of Opkoopjes Mouth Coils to competitor’s coils is sort of a no-brainer. Honestly, you get what you pay for.. and Opkoopjes is a perfect example.. If you google ‘mouth coils’, you’ll find most are listed for sale in the ‘toys’ section of large online stores. Opkoopjes are NOT toys. They are serious coils for serious performers. Nuff said…

46 Foot.. $29.95
64 Foot.. $34.95


Free 81 Page Mentalism ‘Sampler’ from Mentalistry – Free PDF

A new online Mentalism store called “Mentalistry”, as an introduction, is offering a free 81 page Mentalism PDF sampler involving their core authors. The book has a nice variety and gives a small taste of the creators involved. If you are a fan of mentalism, this will be one of your favorite, if not most favorite, free ebook of the year. I highly recommend it.. To quote from their site….

“Within these pages lies simple, direct, impactful, published and unpublished mentalism material written by a selection of authors who are considered, by many, as experts in their respective fields. These authors each have their own style; their own outlook on the art form and so, in theory, there should be at least something for everyone contained here.
Please take your time to read each piece thoroughly, practice and put in the effort and you will most definitely reap the reward. The pieces, presentations and plots that
follow are not to be simply disregarded; while the cost of this collection is zero, the same cannot be said for its value…”

-Table of Content-

PREFACE by Tom Wong
DIVERGENT by Craig Logan
NO LUCK NEEDED by Ever Elizalde
THE EYES OF THE SEER by Paul Voodini
MNEMORPHING by Nico Heinrich
BINOCULARS (Whisper In My Ear) by Steve Wachner
FLASH PIN by Adrien Lochon

All you need to do is go to their signup page and leave your email. In a flash, or two, the download link will magically appear in your inbox… Enjoy!

Signup here:



THE MAGIC OF ANNIE ABBOTT – The Little Georgia Magnet – Article
David J O’Connor

When we think of magic it often conjures up brightly decorated tubes, boxes, rabbits, doves and the usual magic tricks and paraphernalia that magicians normally use. However over the years there have been some performers who have resorted to other forms of magical entertainment.

And so for Dixie Annie Haygood (Nee Jarrett) born in 1861 in Baldwin County, Georgia U S A, she too was to become a magician who never used the traditional magicians props. Little Annie was to soon become known as,” Annie Abbott the Georgia Magnet” with an act that would take her right around the world.

While she never disclosed how her powers worked, she became known as a magicienne and top vaudeville entertainer. During this time there were a number of other imitators or magnetic performers, each copying the other. Hypnotism and electricity were new phenomena that offered the opportunity for performers to capitalize on these new found realities by suggesting that their powers were somehow related to electrical forces and hypnotic suggestion and magnetism.

In 1884 Annie and her husband witnessed a strange act on their local town hall stage by a woman named Lulu Hurst. Lulu it appeared could cause a group of men to lift her up when she wanted them to, and then when the men tried to lift her again, they were unable to do so. It was this performance by Lulu that triggered Annie to work out how it was done and then by 1884 she presented her own version to the public.

Being such a petite lady only 5ft tall and weighing less than 100 lbs, she immediately made a hit, as Lulu Hurst was a much heavier lady. Annie’s act consisted of holding a billiard cue in one hand while a group of men tried to force the billiard cue to the ground but were unable to do so. Somehow Annie had developed above-normal strength. Four men would try to lift her off her feet but again were unable to budge her. Again the four would try to lift her and failed but when Annie willed it, they then found they could. Then by placing her hand on a man’s head she was able to lift the man off his feet seemingly with no effort at all, yet four men could not do the same with her. Holding a billiard cue out in front of her, the same group of strong fellows were unable to move her backwards.

After her husband was shot dead Annie decided to perform her new found skill in order to support her 3 children and became a master of self-promotion. She began to tour around the U S A and soon became sought after on the vaudeville circuit.

With a good manager and agent, she was invited to demonstrate her powers in England. After a very successful 6 week run at a London theatre, she began a 2 year tour of Europe performing for royalty and heads of state. Harry Houdini who witnessed her act said “Annie Abbott was one of the greatest vaudeville acts in England”, while the renowned British illusionist John Nevil Maskelyne also praised her act highly.

After Annie was introduced on stage, her manager would at great length describe her strange powers whereby she could overpower the energy of any strong men in the audience. Claims were made and then shown how she could lift as many as 4 or 6 men at the same time, yet they were unable to lift her. She was repeatedly often examined by doctors on stage who were quite mystified at her supposed powers. She even knew how to slow and stop her pulse, (a common magician’s trick) but one that fooled the physicians. In reality Annie Abbott had an uncanny knowledge of physics and how it related to leverage, balance, force and a person’s centre of gravity.

After her European tour she performed all over Japan and New Zealand. She had some bad press in New Zealand when some newspapers tried to discredit her act by disclosing how some of her performance was done but this did not deter her ongoing success. Annie’s magnetic act was quite novel and unique for the period. Dynamo has succeeded recently in performing one of Annie Abbott’s feats where a very strong champion boxer failed to lift him off the ground. If this whole act was performed on stage today, it would hold little interest for an audience, because it is by its nature, is a long winded performance and quite drawn out, despite what the Georgia Magnet could do.

She also by suggestion implied that she could transmit her power to children and this she demonstrated. Then began a series of disclosures made by a few different newspapers, all claiming how her effects were done. Yet despite these bold disclosures her popularity increased, as even men of science had no explanation for how she could resist the strength of heavier, stronger men, yet was able to lift a man by placing her hand on his head. When the occasion arose Annie Abbott would sometimes infer that she was also a spirit medium and thus had a great following from among spiritualists.

Some of you may have tried those party tricks where a person stands near a wall with their arms outstretched against the wall. A group of people are then invited to push that person from behind, as hard as they can, yet the person will remain firm and unable to be pushed against the wall. Another trick is to have a person sit on a chair surrounded by four others who place their hands on top of the seated persons head, all pushing downwards on their head. After a few minutes each person places just their fingers under the seated person legs and lift upwards. The seated person will be lifted up effortlessly.

In 2003 the International Brotherhood of Magicians wrote a fascinating article in their magazine The Linking Ring with Annie’s photograph on the cover, thus giving her full recognition as a successful, magical performer. In Annie’s case she did not use magic tricks we are familiar with but instead men and children from her audiences. She will be long remembered as an unusual act that never the less caught the attention of the Victorian age she lived in.

Recently well-known author Susan J. Harrington (PhD) has written the book, Annie Abbott “The Little Georgia Magnet & the True Story of Dixie Haygood” (ISBN # 3781452847306) A book I highly recommend. It’s about women in magic and vaudeville, spiritualism, theatre and the difficulties associated with being on the road to bring their entertainments to the world.

Annie Abbott the little Georgia Magnet lies at rest in the town of Milledgeville Georgia, the same town she was born in. Her act is acknowledged by the magic fraternity to be worthy enough to be remembered in our magic archives. She died on November 21st 1915. One lesson we can learn from Annie was her enormous success at self-promotion and having an act that was so different became successful. Is your act different?

Article from.. “A Journey Through A History of Magic“, by David J O’Connor
Most of you are familiar with the articles I’ve published on the history of various magicians. I’ve received many great comments from readers who both enjoyed and appreciated the articles and pictures. Now, David J O’Connor, the author of all the articles, has compiled them into one ebook featuring about 60 different present and past performers. I have the ebook.. and I highly encourage you to spend the ten dollars and buy the entire collection… Now available at for instant download……


The Wealthy Magician: Manifesto for Professionals by Richy Roy
Master the Business of Magic
Review by Rick Carruth

I’m a marketing junkie. I’ve published articles and newsletters for years detailing marketing techniques. That said.. when I received The Wealthy Magician, I couldn’t wait to dig in and see what Mr. Roy had to say about marketing and magic. Here is the ad copy…

“Start living your dream as a professional entertainer by learning the strategies and tools used by leaders all around the world, as it applies specifically to magicians of all types. The skills and abilities gained from this book will give you the edge over your competitors and bolster your finances.

The best part is, you don’t need to be a grand illusionist or have to travel the world to become a full-time working professional magician. Also, you certainly don’t need to perform in cruise ships, casinos, or sold-out theaters to earn a six-figure income as an entertainer. You can take these developed strategies to start building your sustainable business in your own hometown, regardless of its size or how much competition works in your area. Learn what you are truly worth and why you’re not charging nearly enough for your services, regardless of what type of magician you are.”

You will learn:

– What your price tag should be
– Why you’re not charging enough
– Why you’re worth every dollar
– How to add value to your services
– How to master social media marketing
– The best way to negotiate higher prices
– And so much more!

My Take….

At 331 pages and 85 chapters.. THE WEALTHY MAGICIAN is quite an undertaking. Then again, marketing is quite the subject. Richy is determined to help everyone, and willing to tackle almost every subject you can think of concerning our art.

I’ve read many a book on marketing, whether it was marketing yourself, a product, or a cause. Many of the same techniques that apply to selling a product, for example, apply to selling yourself. And, as magicians, that’s exactly what we do. Why should someone hire me over the magician on the other side of town? What can he offer that I can’t? Unfortunately, many magicians think it comes down to price and who is more affordable? That could be true, but if you know anything about marketing, you understand that good marketing takes price out of the equation. Our ‘goal’ of offering the best price is perhaps our biggest downfall.

The Wealthy Magician is divided into three parts: (1) Pricing your Act. (2) Marketing your Act. and (3) Selling your Act.

Richy is a firm proponent of getting the highest price possible for your act. He spends page upon page guiding you in how to value yourself. Unfortunately, most magicians undervalue themselves out of fear. They are afraid of asking for what they want.. and instead ask for what they think they can get. Richy feels the typical magician is caught in a mindset of what he thinks he should be worth, as opposed to what he’s actually worth. Unfortunately, many magicians arrive at the figure of what they ‘think’ they’re worth based on what lesser magicians charge for their services. Richy goes into great detail with examples and real life stories to prove his points.

The marketing portion is equally as detailed. Once you determine your true value, it’s time to put yourself out there and get recognition. There are so many ways to market yourself, and I know from experience Richy hits the nail on the head with many of his chapters… particularly ” Be Uncommon” and “Create realistic, specific, and demanding goals..” You aren’t David Copperfield.. but you also aren’t the magician down the street anymore. You’re a special performer.. a professional.. and you deserve to be treated like one.

Probably the one area magicians don’t understand most is.. selling. You HAVE to sell yourself. You have to set yourself above other locals. You have to show your clients why they should contract with you. What’s in it for them? Why are you worth your fee?

I’m so glad Richy Roy took time to go deep. At $49.95 THE WEALTHY MAGICIAN isn’t cheap, but he has made it worth the price. If you can learn to raise your fee even ten to twenty percent.. how much more will you make next year? This isn’t an investment in your magic library, it’s an investment in yourself and your future.

Honestly, if you can’t profit from this book, I don’t think you’re intended for the world of magic. Continue to give free and/or inexpensive shows and be happy. Don’t think about money. Not everyone should be a professional performer. But, if that’s your goal, and if you’re not going to rest until you’re making a good living as a magician, invest 50 bucks in your future. Don’t think twice…

$49.95 from dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic line of products..

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Hobson’s Choice Magic Video Theater – Free Lecture Videos

Jeff is a friend of the Magic Roadshow, having provided several wonderful effects for Roadshow readers. ( See this month’s free PDF for several of the effects..) Aside from being a highly popular guy who tours the world with The Illusionists, Jeff sells a few very personal items, like egg bags for example, that he uses, or has used, for years. He also provides detailed, sometimes hour long, video on their use. He also publishes a private video theater on his site that is only accessible to folks like yourself who sign up for his once-a-blue-moon emails.

“Become a member to receive your password to access Jeff Hobson’s private video theater FREE OF CHARGE! Many videos you will never see anywhere else PLUS all of the classic Lecture Network interviews and lectures by magic’s biggest names (we are currently adding videos). You’ll also get special offers and discounts only available to members.”

His latest add is a lecture by David Shimshi.. a very good lecture at that.. particularly if you enjoy card magic.. All the lectures and videos are published on his site, and you do not need to download anything. Just scan the lectures and click on what you want to watch. Most of the lectures are an hour to an hour and a half. Some of the other lectures and/or interviews include:

Walter Blaney
Stan Allen
Ali Bongo
Gerry McCambridge
Cyril Takayama
Channing Pollock
Jimmy Grippo
Peter Reveen
Hans Klok
John Calvert (full show)
..and more –

Everything is FREE. All you have to do is sign up. Jeff will send you a follow-up email about once every two or three months.. I look forward to them… Look for the blue box near the top.



ROGUE Easy To Do Mentalism with Cards
Steven Palmer and Bigblindmedia
Review by Rick Carruth

A new product by Bigblindmedia, ROGUE, uses a unique set-up to create mental miracles with cards. Here’s the Ad Copy….

On ROGUE Steven Palmer teaches you how to use a pack of cards to perform absolute miracles. With Steven’s brilliant psychological chicanery and a handful of easily achievable moves you will be armed and ready to unleash what looks like REAL mindreading powers.

Central to this project is VOID – Steven’s acclaimed ‘thought-of-card’ revelation. This is a true POWERHOUSE of a trick. It might just be the fairest ‘think a card’ you will ever do with a normal deck. ‘Void’ gives you all the power of the ‘Koran Deck’ or the ‘Mind Power Deck’ but with a (slightly tweaked) regular deck of cards!

Key points to remember:
Easy set up
A regular deck with no gaffs or duplicates – just some simple tweaks!
Quick reset – ideal for strolling performers
Suitable for ALL skill levels
Looks incredibly fair
A reliable method!!!
You’ll also learn the DEVIANT SHUFFLE – Steven’s patented false shuffle that looks ridiculously fair but keeps everything exactly where you need it. AND then you’ll master the breather crimp with Steven’s ingenious touches and extra layers which take a great tool and make it indispensable.

And that is just the start – ROGUE features another SEVEN brilliant routines!

Void (Version I and II)
Thought of Monte
Heroes & Villains
Technically Missing
Out of My Sight

My Take:

I am such a fan of mental magic.. and I call this ‘mental magic’ as opposed to ‘mentalism’ in deference to a couple of friends who are full-time mentalists. Regardless, Steven has produced a well-thought-out video, almost 2 hours and 30 minutes long, full of fresh and original thinking. It’s difficult to be truly original, but I would say ROGUE is on the right side of that debate by leaps and bounds.

First.. Steven goes to lengths to help buyers understand the physical side of his effects. I do notice the ad copy states ‘no gaffs or duplicates’. That’s a slightly grey area, as a gaffed card IS used.. but it’s not a part of the 52 card deck. It’s a Joker that’s modified to help set up VOID. Not a big deal.. but it is something you’ll need to take a few minutes to create. Another card will be, as they say, ‘tweaked’. I think it’s fair to call a card with a breather crimp ‘tweaked’. I’m not being picky here. Just letting you know that a couple of small modifications are employed to achieve big effects.

Just as with other mind reading decks, a set-up is used. The set-up is what makes the impossible… possible. Steven’s Deviant Shuffle, a false shuffle, makes everything totally fair and disarms the spectator, allowing you to work your magic.

I really like the premise behind VOID, and VOID provides the set-up for the other seven effects. There is a common thread here, and it’s not complicated to learn or remember. Most important is a brief statement that subconsciously directs the spectator in a certain direction and makes your work so much easier. I wish I could tell you more, but…

The basis of VOID allows the performer to know the exact card selected by the spectator from a stack of approximately ten to twelve cards. Several of the effects expand on this premise, but use the same basic method. VOID also allows you to work with a stacked deck that has been ‘almost’ freely shuffled before the effect begins. The only bit of subterfuge on your part is being able to release a few cards from one stack before the cards begin to interlace.. Simple stuff.

MEDLEY is probably my favorite. It’s presented as a gambling demonstration, but still has the mental magic feel, plus a rapid fire presentation that keeps the spectator off-kilter and confused… in a good way. Everyone will have their own favorite.

As for the video, it’s typical BigBlindMedia quality… filmed in what appears to be a studio of some sort, with help from Liam and a few female spectators. Lighting is fine, camera angles are fine.. and multiple cameras are used.. and aside from a slight echo, audio is good. No complaints and no reason to NOT buy the DVD for technical reasons. (The head shot on the back wall is a little disturbing.. in a cool way.)

There is nothing required of consumers beyond advanced beginner moves. If you’re reading this, chances are you are more than qualified to perform all eight of these effects. If you would like to add several strong mental magic effects to your repertoire, I recommend ROGUE.

Available from magic dealers who carry the Murphy’s Magic line of products..
$30.00 – Available instantly as a two part video download…


Pasteboard Revelations – by Paul Lelekis – A Review
by Rick Carruth

PASTEBOARD REVELATIONS is like the big brother of the past several ebooks by Paul Lelekis. Certain books strike me certain ways, and Pasteboard Revelations strikes me as one of my very favorite of Paul’s many magical ebooks.

There is definitely something for everyone. The ebook begins with an effect that, when performed properly, will stand out in the minds of both lay people and magicians alike. Videos are provided to cover a couple of false shuffles and cement the visual aspects.

Another two effects use a killer cyclical stack that has fallen from popular grace simply because another cyclical stack ‘seems’ a tad easier.. although it’s not.

Mathedology and Nuclear Fusion both use different methods to reveal cards selected by two different spectators. These are ideal for couples.

Cardbox Magic uses a simple technique I’ve used for many years.. and I can attest to its power when performed for lay folks. It’s ideal for walk-around and restaurant work, as a table is not needed.

Marlo Poker Deal is different. A table IS needed.. but you’ll certainly get a ton of bang for your buck.. Paul has simplified this deal from the original to both make it easier and, in my opinion, more visual.

I recommend Pasteboard Revelations to anyone who wants several professional effects for near nothing..

Table of Contents…

WOW! – A deck is shuffled and a card chosen and returned. The performer shuffles the deck well…yet all the red cards are separated from the black cards and the “red chosen selection” is amongst the blacks! Videos are provided to help you master the false shuffles.

RIVERBOAT STACK – TWO EFFECTS INCLUDED! Learn the best cyclical stack known, with an ESP effect, and another impossible effect.. Like the Stebbins Stack.. except better…

NUCLEAR FUSION – A fusion effect for couples or friends that will give them a ‘forever’ souvenir for “good-luck”! This is the best and most logical fusion effect ever! Perfect for restaurants..

CARD BOX MAGIC – This quick effect seems impossible! Have a card signed and lost in the deck. Place the deck into the card box. Place the cased deck under a hanky or in your shirt pocket and INSTANTLY remove the signed selection! Don’t let its simplicity fool you, I’ve used it successfully for years..

MATHEDOLOGY – Yet another great effect to play for a couple or friends! This is a coincidence effect that NO ONE will ever think is mathematically based…but it is! Very clever! One of those effects you don’t believe will work… until it does..

MARLO POKER DEAL – An ingeniously clever Poker Deal that is SO easy to do, you won’t believe it! A spectator picks out ANY five cards he wants from a deck of cards and the
performer “explains” how to deal out a winning hand! The five cards picked out by the spectator turn up to be a Royal Flush in Spades! NO PACKET SWITCHES! Just clever as hell! Get your patter down, and you’ll use this over and over..

This PDF is $10.00 at:



Penn & Teller: Fool Us Season 4 and 5 -Plus- 40 Masters of Illusion shows.

2018, Season 5
Click the link at the end of this list to watch any of these shows.. I have provided the names of each of the four performers on every show to make it easy to find a particular performer.. Say “Thank you, Rick !”

Episode 13 October 1, 2018
Let’s Hear it for the Kids
Kiko Pastur, close-up magician, Spanish
Jason Palter, comedy magician, Canadian
Michael Gee, card magician, British
Bryan Saint, illusionist, American

Episode 12 September 24, 2018
Never Trust a Magician
Alexandra Duvivier, card magician, French
Christine Barger & Darlene Hollywood, mentalists, American
Jamie Allan, close-up illusionist, British
Christopher Grace, mentalist, Irish-American

Episode 11 September 3, 2018
The Fool Us Zone
Tyler Twombly, close-up illusionist, American
Dr. Michael Rubinstein, coin magician, American
Anastasia Synn, illusionist, American
Adam Cheyer, card magician, American

Episode 10 August 27, 2018
Penn & Teller Keep You in Suspense
Simon Pierro, illusionist, German
Nicholas Wallace, stunt mentalist, Canadian
Darcy Oake, close-up/card magician, Canadian
Alex Geiser, coin magician, American

Episode 9 August 20, 2018
Teller’s Gambling Problem
Will Bradshaw, stunt magician, American
Eric Dittelman, comedy mentalist, American
Christian Engblom, close-up/card magician, Finnish
Compagnie des Dragonfly, illusionist group, French

Episode 8 August 13, 2018
Here Lie Penn & Teller
Damien James, mentalist/ventriloquist, Canadian
Kelvin Chow, close-up/card magician, Chinese
Joshua Lozoff, mentalist, American
Murray Sawchuck, illusionist, Canadian

Episode 7 August 6, 2018
Imagine (Magic) Dragons
Erik Tait, comedy magician, American
Rebecca Herrera, mentalist, British
TanBA, danger magician, Japanese
Ian Stewart, stunt magician/hypnotist, Canadian

Episode 6 July 30, 2018
Penn & Teller Against the World
Taijyu Fujiyama, close-up/stage magician, Japanese
Pit Hartling, close-up/card magician, German
Helen Coghlan, illusionist, Australian
Menny Lindenfeld, mentalist, Israeli

Episode 5 July 23, 2018
Emily Victoria, mentalist, American
Patrick Folkerts, illusionist, German
Migz, close-up/card magician, American
Seth Grabel, escape artist, American

Episode 4 July 16, 2018
Here Comes the Magic
Danny Cole, illusionist, American
Kostya Kimlat, card magician, Ukrainian-American
Håkan Berg, comedy magician, Swedish
John Hinton, close-up magician, American

Episode 3 July 9, 2018
Penn & Teller Get Loopy
Ryan Chandler, close-up magician, American
Ryan Hayashi, samurai/coin magician, Asian-Canadian
Dirk Losander, illusionist, German
Ed Ripley, close-up magician, American

Episode 2 July 2, 2018
The Rematch – Magicians who previously fooled Penn & Teller return to see if they can do so again.
Vinny Grosso, comedy magician, American
Morgan & West, close-up and stage, British
Paul Gertner, close-up/card magician, American
Eric Jones, coin magician, American

Episode 1 June 25, 2018
Penn the Magic Dragon
Matt Marcy, comedy magician, American
The Sentimentalists, mentalism, Canadian
Andrew Evans, illusionist, American
Dom Chambers, close-up magician, Australian

2017 Season 4……………..

1 “Penn & Teller Teach You a Trick” 13 July 2017
Richard Turner, card mechanic, American
Young & Strange, illusionist, British
Kayla Drescher, illusionist, American
Mike Super, mentalist, American

2 “Penn, Teller and a Mind Reading Chicken” 20 July 2017
Jonathan Burns, comedy magician, American
Jo De Rijck, mentalist, Belgian
David Caserta, illusionist, American
Jimmy Ichihana, close-up/card magician, American

3 “Teller Flips a Bird” 27 July 2017
Misty Lee, close-up magician, American
Shin Lim[a], close-up magician, American
Andi Gladwin, comedy magician, British
Hatfields, illusionist, Canadian

4 “50/50 Chance” 3 August 2017
Matt Johnson, escape artist, Canadian
Siegfried Tieber, close-up/card magician, Ecuadorian
Jason Fields, close-up/coin magician, American
Jessica Jane Peterson, illusionist, American

5 “Does This Trick Ring a Bell?” 10 August 2017
Dyno Staats, illusionist, American
Aiden Sinclair, mentalist, American
Axel Adler, illusionist, Swedish
David Parr, close-up/card magician, American

6 “Something Fishy This Way Comes” 17 August 2017
Dan Sperry, illusionist, American
Jean-Pierre Parent[b], comedy magician, Canadian
Naathan Phan, illusionist, British
Richard Forget, illusionist, Canadian

7 “A Big Round of Applause for Alyson” 24 August 2017
Riccardo Berdini, mentalist, Italian
Yan Markson, close-up magician, Russian-Canadian
Ondrej Pšenicka, close-up magician, Czech
Glenn Morphew, close-up/card magician, American

8 “I Dream of Genie Tube” 7 September 2017
Dennis Watkins, mentalist, American
Jeff McBride, manipulation, American
Kevin Li, close-up illusionist, American
Steve Marshall, dice stacking magician, American

9 “Penn & Teller Are Full of Hot Air” 14 September 2017
Liberty Larsen, close-up/card and magician, N/A
Jorge Blass, close-up/card and magician, Spanish
Paul Gertner, close-up/card and magician, American
Sergio Starman, close-up magician, Italian

10 “Monkey Business” 21 September 2017
Sean-Paul, close-up/card and magician, American
Jason Andrews, illusionist, American
Eric Mead, close-up and magician, American
Reza Borchardt, American

11 “Penn Does the Heavy Lifting” 25 September 2017
Stuart MacDonald, close-up magician, American
Kyle Littleton, card magician, American
Lion Fludd, close-up/card magician, American
The Beckers, illusionists, American

12 “Penn & Teller & Dracula” 28 September 2017
Mike Bliss, comedy magician, American
Ekaterina, mentalist, Canadian
Javi Benitez, close-up/card and magician, Spanish
Ran Gafner, mentalist, Israeli

13 “Hanging Out with Penn & Teller” 30 November 2017]
Patrik Kuffs, close-up/card and magician, N/A
Todd Lamanske, American
Adam Wilber, close-up/card and magician, American
Hector, close-up illusionist, Spanish
Jen Kramer and AmberLynn Walker

You can watch all the season 5 shows.. -plus- all the season 4 shows.. -plus- 40 Masters of Illusion shows. Look for the links…. All the shows stream online… Nothing to download….


This Month’s FREE PDF – Bunches of Effects

This is the seventh PDF in a series of ten. First, you’ll find 44 pages full of effects from wonderful contributors. Secondly, you’ll find 30 different effects that cover a wide variety of styles. These are all effects featured in the Magic Roadshow through the years. I REALLY think you’ll enjoy this..! Actually.. I KNOW you’ll enjoy this..

Look for effects by:
David John O’Connor
Mick Ayres
Paul Lelekis
Jeff Hobson
Eliyahu Wincelberg
Ed Marlo
Seth Grabel
Stewart James
John Murray
Jerry Mentzer
U.F. Grant
Rick Carruth


18 Magic Tricks For Kids – Video Tutorial

This nice little 5 minute video details 18 different tricks, most involving crafts, that’s ideal for kids. Nothing shocking or new.. but definitely something to remind you of a couple of tricks I’ll bet you’ve forgotten..


Make Money APPEAR From Nowhere – Video Tutorial

Jay Sankey teaches you how to make a number of coins ‘appear’ from nowhere.. It uses a classic of magic.. in a new way. Even if you aren’t a big coin guy, you CAN do this..
I like it…


David Copperfield’s ‘Deck In Balloon’ Trick Revealed – Video Tutorial

Jay Sankey created the original Deck In Balloon trick back in the ’80s. Known then as ‘Airtight’ .. Jay gave David permission to use the trick. Now, he gives YOU permission to use the trick. It’s NOT self-working.. but it’s not beyond you.

I like this.. too..


Is Hypnosis Fake? Watch This TEDX Video – Video

Everyone has their own thoughts. Watch this interesting 25 minute video performance and lecture.


25 Most Terrifying Halloween Costumes – List and Photos

While most people wear silly or iconic costumes for Halloween, others put on terrifying costumes and scare the guts out of their friends. We’re talking about scary ghouls, demons, zombies, mummies, and a host of other bizarre creature-like things! Are you thinking about which Halloween costume you will wear this year? If so, you should check out our list. From the living dead to the bizarre, these are the 25 Most Terrifying Halloween Costumes.


Grate. Pair. Share – Ghoulishly Good Halloween Treats

Nice, free, PDF for the foodies amongst you. Full of Halloween treats


10 Real Photos That Have Left Skeptics Stumped

In celebration of Halloween.. I’ve included a video of 10 strange photos found on the internet in years past. No promises.. no guarantees.. just weird. Almost 14 minutes in length.


Golden Arm: A Probabilistic Study of Dice Control in Craps – Free PDF
by Donald R. Smith & Robert Scott III

“Wine loved I deeply, dice dearly…..”
(William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act 3, Scene 4)

I truly enjoy coming up with something different for the Roadshow. The internet can be a wonderful resource -if- you’re lucky enough to run across the right combination of key words during a search. This was one of those searches….

“Craps is a unique casino game because the shooter directly affects (i.e., picks up and throws) the gambling instruments (dice). Craps players, more than other casino gamblers, may be the most susceptible to Langer’s (1975) illusion of control where they think they can control the outcome of a random game. In James Henslin’s article “Craps and Magic” (1967) subjects were asked to roll a die. He found that when they wanted high numbers they threw hard and when the wanted low numbers they threw softly.

“If one were going to try to exert control over a chance event, one would exert
influence before the outcome of the event was determined. […]

This paper calculates how much control a craps shooter must possess on dice outcomes to eliminate the house advantage. A golden arm is someone who has dice control (or a rhythm roller or dice influencer). There are various strategies for dice control in craps. We discuss several possibilities of dice control that would result in several different mathematical models of control

We outline the most common dice control methods to measure the exact change in outcomes needed to overcome the house’s advantage in a pass line bet in craps. We discuss several possibilities of dice control that would result in several different mathematical models of control. We do not assert whether dice control is possible or not (there is a lack of published evidence). However, after studying casino-legal methods described by dice-control advocates, we can see only one realistic mathematical model that describes the resulting possible dice control, that in which the four faces on a rotating (horizontal) axis are favored. This is the model that we analyze in this paper. We develop a deterministic model that yields solutions with static conditions. This information can be used in two ways: First, it gives dice controllers a specific minimum goal required to beat the traditional house advantage. Second, it provides estimates for how likely these outcomes are in random play.”


The History Channel Presents: The Dice Dominator – Video
A One Hour Special You Can Watch Online…

The story behind the man called the Dominator ( Dominic LoRiggio )

From the physics behind the flight of dice to the eight critical steps to mastering the act of tossing two dice, we reveal the true story behind the Dominator’s phenomenal rise to riches through a seemingly impossible challenge – to control the outcome of a craps game with the flick of a wrist.


Potter & Potter Auctions’ Can’t-Miss Late Fall Sales Event To Present
The Full Contents of Johnny Fox’s Freakatorium.

Fox’s Barnumesque museum featured natural and unnatural oddities, many related to circus sideshow performers and attractions, as well as historical objects d’art, stage illusions, photographs, and tabloid style ephemera.

Chicago, Il, October 18, 2018- Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce their almost 700 lot Freakatorium: The Collection of Johnny Fox Auction to be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 starting at 10am at the company’s gallery, located at 3759 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. Renowned sword swallower, magician, and performer John Robert Fox (1953-2017) amassed a huge spectrum of grotesque, bizarro, and surreal curiosities which he displayed at his Freakatorium, “El Museo Loco,” in New York City from 1999-2005. All of these wonders will be on display and available for preview on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Potter & Potter facility.

Many of the sale’s top lots are associated with the big top and other traveling entertainment venues of the 19th and 20th century. Lot #1, a brightly painted sideshow banner by the “Picasso” of circus art Fred Johnson (1892-1990) is estimated at $4,000-6,000. Titled Freaks Past and Present, this c. 1950 piece from the O’Henry Tent & Awning Company of Chicago measures 115” x 316” and depicts an array of famous sideshow acts, including a three-legged man, a two-headed man, a frog boy, and others. The images are flanked by bright panels of text. Lot #15, a Snap Wyatt Studios c. 1945 Freaks. Alive entrance-type canvas sideshow banner is estimated at $3,000-5,000. This 100-½” x 342” masterpiece features sideshow attractions such as the alligator skin lady, a conehead, a sword swallower, and more. It is branded with two stenciled Snap Wyatt logos. Lot #338, a color lithograph depicting Jumbo the elephant giving kids rides on his back is estimated at $3,000-5,000. This c. 1882 linen backed poster measures 37” x 31” and was produced by Strobridge of Cincinnati. Lot #334, a linen backed color lithograph entitled P.T. Barnum’s and Great London Combined. Santa Claus in His Royal Chariot of State is estimated at $1,200-1,500. This c. 1880s example, also by Strobridge, shows Father Christmas distributing toys to a crowd of children, along with two reindeer and a driver. It measures 35-¼” x 29-¼”. And lot #56, thirteen signs for the Freakatorium – based on legacy circus and sideshow themes – are estimated at $400-600. These sheet metal signs were painted by Adrian Clara and include a 39” x 53” “Cabinet of Curiosities” sign and a dozen smaller exhibition placards.

Fox’s New York City Freakatorium museum remarkably showcased over 1,000 oddities within a 500 square foot venue. These objects ranged from antique to modern, organic to configured, and functional to made purely for shock value.

Items featuring human or animal body parts have a leg up in this collection. Lot #559, a c. 16th century pre-Columbian human skull from Oaxaca, Mexico is estimated at $1,000-1,500. Its eyes are covered in seashell discs. The skull is believed to be of the Zapotec culture, an indigenous pre-Columbian civilization that flourished in the Valley of Oaxaca in Mesoamerica over 2,500 years ago. Lot #293, a collection of seven life sized wax arms and hands from various museum wax figures is estimated at $80-125. These were likely made by Gems of London in Great Britain in the 1960s. Lot #645, a human head on a sword sideshow illusion, is estimated at $500-1,000. This curiosity features a disembodied human head – alive, talking, and moving – sitting on the blade of a sword resting across the arms of a large wooden chair. And lot #281, a 12” long “Fiji Mermaid” made by Mark Frierson of Tampa in c. 1999 is estimated at $300-400. This desiccated, mythical creature – first introduced to the world in 1842 by P.T. Barnum at his Barnum’s American Museum – is assembled from a hairy man’s head, human arms, lizard like claws, a torso with exterior ribbing, and a fish tail.

Can’t-look-away antiquities, props, and artifacts from the Freakatorium are certain to also capture worldwide attention through this sale. Lot #282, a collection of various wooden items carved by Charles Tripp (1855-1930) using his feet is estimated at $1,000-1,500. Tripp was born without arms, but nevertheless managed to become a skilled carpenter and calligrapher. The lot includes two pairs of wooden scissors, a wooden chain with twenty-six links and a three-piece clasp, two carpenter’s dividers, a monogram for James H. Boyer – the person for whom the items were carved – as well as two postcards and a cabinet photo. Lot #533, a 1763 coffin-shaped wood container for holy relics, is estimated at $800-1,200. This reliquary is decorated with a glass front bounded by gilt roping and oval compartments and includes ex-ossibus relics of eight saints. Its back features an attestation from the Abbott of St. Matthias’ Church Parish in Genoa, Italy, dated August 14, 1763, indicating that the relics were authenticated on April 11, 1619 by Abbott D. Fabiano Richerio. Lot #247, a finely made miniature boot reportedly owned by Charles S. Stratton, better known as Tom Thumb (1838-1883) is estimated at $500-750. The footwear is detailed with rose-colored leather lining and a floral pattern stamped in the sole. It measures about 6-¾” high and 4-¾” long and is accompanied by a typed exhibit card bearing a brief bio of Tom Thumb, and stating, “This boot was worn by him.” And lot #650, Fox’s “Cracker Shooting” helmet prop, is estimated at $400-600. This repurposed WWI helmet was used by Fox for his version of the stunt made famous by Vaudeville showman Kar-Mi (Joseph Hallworth, 1872-1956), in which the performer swallows a loaded gun barrel, then shoots a cracker off of the head of an audience volunteer with the bullet.

This Freakatorium auction, like many of Potter & Potter’s world-class events, includes a number of important archives. These collections of primary source materials are ideal for academic institutions, historical societies, specialty museums, or independent researchers. Lot #261, an archive of materials from Robert Marshall, better known as Marshall the Mystic (1876-1943) is estimated at $2,000-3,000. Marshall performed variously as a hat juggler, magician, pantomimist, and medical lecturer. This collection includes approximately 100 photographs, as well as snapshots, postcards, glass negatives, drawings, and about 100 additional pieces of performance ephemera. Lot #39, an archive of Johnny Eck “Half Boy” materials from the 1920s -60s is estimated at $800-1,200. John Eckhardt (1911-1991) was born without the lower half of his torso yet managed to overcome this enormous disability to become a world-famous sideshow performer, as well as a movie actor, artist, musician, photographer, illusionist, penny arcade owner, Punch and Judy operator, and expert model maker. Eck’s archive includes thirteen original photographs, two original typed signed letters, and additional photocopied letters. And lot #264, an archive of research on human oddities collected by William Woodworth of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is estimated at $800-1,200. This cache, collected over the 1880s-1920s timeframe, includes manuscripts, clippings, photographs, cabinet cards, and letters detailing Woodworth’s study of human oddities, including Siamese twin and humans with missing legs and other mutations.

Books, photographs, drawings, and other ephemeral items helped the Freakatorium tell its stories through these time-capsule materials. Lot #241, a book entitled Greatest Wonder On Earth. Jo! Jo! The Dog Faced Man. published in c. 1882 by Popular Publishing of New York is estimated at $250-350. This rare, eight page book features hand-colored pictorial wrappers and was most likely sold after Jo Jo’s (Fedor Adrianovich Jeftichew, 1868-1904) performances on the Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson circus sideshow. Lot #94, two silver prints of albino sword swallower Lady Sandra Reed from c. 1970, are estimated at $1,000-1,500. They are attributed to photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) and include one shot of the performer kneeling and the second with a sword raised in preparation for the attempt. The prints are believed to be unique, and are accompanied by a note of provenance by Reed. Reed held the world’s record for the number of swords swallowed by a woman. And lot #390, a whiteprint plan for Coney Island’s famous “The Whip” carnival ride, is estimated at $600-800. Originally patented and manufactured in 1915, this plan details the 1918 iteration of W.F. Mangels’ most famous ride invention. This sale includes about ten early 20th century ride plans created by Mangels for Coney Island’s emerging entertainment business.

This grand event rounds out with robust offerings of taxidermy, antiques, artwork, and selections that simply defy conventional categories. Lot #245, a brass “Champion Strong Woman of the World “ trophy belt presented to Minerva (Josephine Blatt., c. 1869-1923) by Richard K. Fox of The Police Gazette in 1893 New York is estimated at $3,000-5,000. Lot #43, a detailed illustration of a barber and wig shop, executed entirely in human hair, is estimated at $600-900. This French work, dating from the 19th century, measures 26” x 22-½” and features a distracted barber with straight razor in hand, a wary customer, a wig restorer at work, and other characters. And bidders are certain to lock horns over lot #287, a “unicorn skull” made by artist Mark Frierson in 1999. It was the displayed at the Freakatorium under a banner reading “skulls are extremely rare and this particular specimen is only one of a handful known to exist in the world today. It was uncovered from beneath the ruins of an ancient medieval castle in Europe.” The unicorn skull is estimated at $500-700 and includes its original Freakatorium signage.

According to Gabe Fajuri, President at Potter & Potter Auctions, “Johnny Fox was a true lover of the sideshow, circus, and traveling showbiz life he lived, paying homage to and studying the stories of his predecessors at his museum and through his collection. That shows through on every page of the auction catalog, which is as much a tribute to Johnny himself as it is a sale of unusual artifacts. Johnny’s collection was truly unusual and defies categorization, which means there is something for every lover of the unusual in this sale, from banners and broadsides, to chupacabra dioramas, tattooed man photos, sideshow banners, and relics from the best of Barnum’s circus sideshows. This is one sale without comparison – and that’s no ballyhoo.”

Potter & Potter, founded in 2007, is a Chicago area auction house specializing in paper Americana, vintage advertising, rare books, playing cards, gambling memorabilia, posters, fine prints, vintage toys, and magicana – antiques and collectibles related to magic and magicians. The company’s next sale, featuring hundreds of important vintage travel posters, will be held on December 1, 2018. For more information, please see Follow us on Facebook (potterandpotterauctions), Twitter (PnPAuctions), and Instagram (potterauctions).

Media contact:
Gabe Fajuri
President, Potter & Potter Auctions or 773- 472- 1442

Low Est.
High Est.

Freaks Past and Present

Freaks Alive

Johnny Eck “Half Boy” Archive

The Barbershop Lesson, French Hair Art

Hand-Painted Signs for Johnny Fox’s Freakatorium

Albino Sword Swallower

Greatest Wonder On Earth. Jo! Jo! The Dog Faced Man

Minerva Champion Strong Woman Trophy Belt

Tom Thumb’s Leather Boot

Marshall the Mystic Archive

Archive of Research on Human Oddities

Fiji Mermaid

Charles Tripp “Armless Wonder” Carvings and Correspondence

Unicorn Skull

Arms and Hands for Wax Museum Figures

P.T. Barnum’s and Great London Combined

Jumbo the Pride of the British Heart

Plan Number 2 “The Whip” Whiteprint

A 1763 Coffin-Shaped Reliquary

Pre-Columbian Human Skull

Head on Sword Sideshow Illusion

Johnny Fox’s “Cracker Shooting” Helmet


2018 Potter and Potter’s Magic Memorabilia Reference eBook
Published on Jul 22, 2018

About 130 pages consisting of over a thousand magic related books. Description and estimated value of each book included. Wonderful reference book. View and read online…

“Our summer sale of magicana is set to include collectibles in all familiar categories, including vintage posters, apparatus, antiquarian books, and ephemera. Highlights include rarities advertising the shows of the Hanlon Brothers, early and uncommon conjuring catalogs, and relics from the career of Howard Thurston.”



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Rick Carruth / Editor

Professor – Camelard College of Conjuring of Chemmis, Egypt

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.”
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