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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.

Questions or comments? Email me at:

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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Magic Roadshow #165

Magic Roadshow #165


 April, 2015

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

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


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

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

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PDF Version.. Roadshow 165

Table of Contents:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Turn up a triple as you recite the patter below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be sure to check out Paul’s definitive work on the Business of Table Hopping. Maybe my favorite of all his many ebooks. If you want to earn a steady income with your magic, this is the ebook for you….

COMMON CENTS  –  A Mental Effect

Mick Ayres

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

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

Here…I’ll show you what I mean.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

To quote from Peter’s work…

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Five Thoughts on Children’s Shows  –  Donavon Powell

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

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

(2) Love Children.

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

(4) Love Children.

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

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

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

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

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

Donavon Powell

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

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

Trick #4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alternative Version

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

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

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

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

For more (and more elaborate) math-based magic by Werner Miller visit:


VIBE  –  A Special Deck from Bob Solari

A Review…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazing Interactive Mentalism Card Trick Revealed – Video

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

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

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

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

 Four Ace Card Trick – Tutorial

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

The Thirteen Paths  –  A PDF from R.Paul Wilson

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

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

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Hospital Clown Newsletter Archives

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

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

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


The Magic of Magic – Shobi Dobi

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

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

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

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

Ellen Degeneres and Magic –  Get on the Ellen Show

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

Thanks to Jim at The Magic Portal for the link.. ( )
The Other Corner..

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

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

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

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

10 Stunning Images Show the Beauty Hidden in Pi..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Joe with Black Country Communion… Video

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

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

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

You can easily catch videos from many online video sites like,,,,, at Catchvideo. There is nothing to download. Simply enter the url of the video and Catchvideo saves it to your desktop for watching offline.
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“May my next issue find you well..”

 Rick Carruth / Editor

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Magic Roadshow #161

Magic Roadshow #161


 December 2014

Welcome to a new issue of the Magic Roadshow. I hope you find something in this issue that strikes your fancy and makes you want to grab a deck of cards, or a couple of coins, or a corn cob… or whatever makes your magic special.. and furiously practice with unabashed joy.

The Christmas season is almost upon us. and I want to sincerely wish each of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I know some of you prefer to call it the Holiday season.. and that’s perfectly OK, but I’m sticking with what I know. I hope every single one of you has a Blessed December, and all your wishes come true. I wish I could print out thousands of copies of the Roadshow and knock knock knock at your door.. hand delivering your copy, getting to know you, whilst sitting a spell and talking magic. That, for me, would be the Best Christmas of all.. ( Oh, I hope you don’t mind if I bring my family. Naturally, they would have to be a part of my trek.. My wife, Carolyn, our six children, our sixteen grandchildren, our five great-grandchildren, and our spoiled cat..)

2015 will be a brand new year, and with that comes the hope of fresh resolutions and new beginnings. I don’t know about you guys, but my wish next year is to actually watch the almost 40 dvds I’ve stockpiled the past couple years. They are a reflection of time itself… making me aware of all the ‘good intentions’ I’ve had, and proof of the tasks left undone. I truly admire those of you who can put the outside world aside and ‘make’ yourselves sit down and work on your magic.

Look for something special in this issue from my buddy, Paul Lelekis, and our benefactor, Jeff Hobson. Both have generously shared magic from their repertoire, and I hope you like it as much as I did..

Let me know if I can assist you with your magic.. Questions? Comments?  EMAIL ME

PDF Version..  Roadshow 161





– Red’s Card Trick –  Jeff Hobson

– The Trick That Can’t Be Explained – Video Tutorial

– Paul Lelekis’ Red/Black Separation Shuffle – Video Tutorial

– What is the Art of Magic ? –  TEDx Talk by Dr. Lawrence Hass

– Disappear Any Card As It’s Shuffled – Tutorial

– Duct Tape Wallet – Video Tutorial

– TIPS & TRICKS –  Monthly Feature

TIP #1 … Chapstick

Tip # 2  –  Nest of Coins –  A Useful Tip

– How the Grinch Stole Christmas — Scott Well’s “The Magic Word” Podcast

– Skeptic Michael Shermer Shows You How to Bend Spoons with Your Mind

– Marco Tempest’s Cyber Card Trick  –   video

– 3 of the Top Card Tricks in Magic Revealed –  Video Tutorials..

– The Fellowship of Christian Magicians  –  Free Effects and Resources

– Energized Aces –  Video Tutorial

– The Bulletproof Musician Blog –  Why Magicians Should Read This Blog..

– Customer Service for Magicians – Podcast

– The Business of Online Magic Shops – Podcast with Dominic Reyes

– Latest Issue of VANISH Magazine Ready to Download

– Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar  – A TED Talk

– Merry Christmas ! – A Little Something to Keep You Busy in 2015

– MOST….

– MAGIC NEWS  –  A  Few of the Stories This Week….

– Free eBooks For Subscribers…


There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.”

Jim Hightower



Red’s Card Trick

Jeff Hobson

I remember growing up in Detroit.  A time where you could walk down the street any afternoon and visit with most everybody.  Folks would often sit on their porches and wait for someone to pass by to have a chat with them.  Two houses down from where I lived was an old man named Red.  Apparently, in his younger days, he had had bright-red hair hence his name.  My father and I would take in a stroll many times during the week and visit with Red.  He was always very gracious and he loved to show me card tricks.  I think I’m the only one he ever revealed his secrets to since he knew I was interested in performing magic even at my tender age of 8.

There is only one of his card tricks that I have remembered and, since then, I’ve realized he was teaching me more of basic principle than a presentation.  He presented the trick as a blindfold, poker demonstration but with no real patter other than to simply explain his movements during the trick – a very common problem among amateurs today who seem to feel that the trick is everything rather than needing a presentation to make it magical.  He also didn’t have a blindfold, a common addition to many effects of this genre. He just didn’t look at his hands as he was doing the effect. It was almost as if the cards didn’t exist.

However, I realized that his presentation, or lack thereof, was one of the points that made this simple trick so amazing.  You really didn’t expect anything great to happen!  He just did it casually and the effect had to sink in.  It must have sunk in quite a bit for me to remember this after so many years!

This trick is based upon the simple principle that a stack of playing cards keeps the same running order even after the cards are cut.  Again, the casualness of the presentation and subsequent downplay of the cutting of the cards makes this seem like you’re a master of sleight of hand.  I will leave it to you to get to the starting point on your own since there are many different ways to begin.

Using only the 10’s through Ace’s set up the cards so that all are in the same suit order. (photo R1) If the 10’s are in CHSD order, then do the Jack’s, Queen’s, King’s and Aces in this same order. This is the only important part.  Assemble the cards for display not mentioning the suit order to your audience.  This could be the only “tell” when the spectators try to re-create the effect.  Remember being casual is the key to this effect.  I simply state, “I’m only going to use the high cards for this demonstration . . . 10’s through Aces.”   I give the audience a “casual” glance at the cards, close the spread, and place them on the table.  “Have you ever played poker?” I ask one of the spectators.  This was the only “patter” that Red used to begin this trick.  Regardless of the answer, I ask him or her to give the deck a “straight cut”.  I mirror a hand motion of cutting the cards as I say this. I want to establish to the spectator to cut the cards just once, without actually stating it, which might cause suspicion.

I have had some “smart” folks try to triple cut the cards.  This, of course, would ruin the trick.  If I think that I could have a problem with someone, I simply keep the cards in my hand and extend my arm toward the spectator asking them to “cut some cards off of the pack and place them on to the table”.  After they do, I then place the rest of my cards on top of the cut cards on the table. This establishes what I want to happen to the others who will now assist.  I don’t say much at this point other than to pass the cards to the next spectator.  I look them in the eyes. They should get the idea that they are supposed to cut the cards.  If not, I simply say, “And you?”  This minimal patter builds a bit of suspense and anticipation and I’m sure Red is smiling right now as I relive the memory of his effect.

After I have had the cards cut three or four times, I look around and say, “Anybody else?”  If I don’t get a response, I say to the first person who cut the cards, “Do you want to cut again?”  Again, this is said very casually as if to give the impression that we could do this all day long.  I never state that the cards are mixed.  That would defeat the tone set for the effect.

After everyone is settled, I take the cards and put them under the table to do the “dirty work”.  The action of putting the cards under the table should immediately cause suspicion but again, is sidetracked by the casual – or minimal – presentation.  I don’t look at my hands as they go beneath the table or say anything about what I have just done but continue the trick with a few simple questions directed toward the spectators.  Immediately, I look at the second spectator who cut the cards and say, “Did I ask you if you played poker?. . . No? . . Well do you?”  To another spectator I ask, “Do you know what makes up a good hand in the game?”  During these questions I execute the following moves to separate the cards.

The packet of cards is held in dealing position in the left hand. The first card is gripped or pinched between the first finger tip and thumb of the right hand. The left hand then pushes three cards between the right first finger and middle finger tips. (photo R2)  The left hand then comes back to the top to push off more one card and is pinched, again, between the first finger and thumb of the right hand. (photo R3)  Now the left hand goes back underneath to push three more cards to be pinched between the right first and second fingers. (photo R4)

This process is repeated three more times until the cards are exhausted.

When you are finished, you should have five cards pinched between the first finger and thumb of the right hand and the balance of the cards below being pinched between the first and second fingers.  With your left hand, grab the balance of the cards.  If you are practicing this for the first time, look at the five cards remaining in your right-hand fingers.  If you are easily entertained, you’ll be surprised to find you have a royal flush.  To continue the performance explanation, you will now bring only your right hand with these five cards, face down, up from underneath the table.  Do not look at the cards but simply place them on the table in front of the first person that cut the cards saying, “Here. . . this hand is for you. . .don’t look yet.”  Now, dip the right hand beneath the table again to join the left hand with the balance of the cards.

Repeat the whole process of separating cards except you will pinch only two cards between the right first and second fingers.   Then, bring the next, separated stack of five cards above the table, as before, and put these cards in front of another spectator.  Once again, the right hand goes below the table to perform the final separation of the cards simply pushing only one card between the thumb and first finger and then between the first and second fingers.

You can now take the two, separated stacks, one into each hand, and bring them to the tabletop.  Put these stacks in front of two more spectators. This process is lengthy to explain in words but only takes a few seconds when executed in a real time and with some practice.  The end result is that you have quickly separated the ‘mixed-up’ cards into four piles that now lay in front of four spectators.  You have done this without any apparent work or thought.

I now ask one the spectators, “Do you know what the best hand in poker is?”  Regardless of the answer, I say, “Turn over your cards,” while motioning to do so to all four people.  After a few moments of awe from the card holders, I “casually” say, “Hmmm, it looks like you’re all winners”.

A few additional tips:  You’ll find, with practice, that you can keep the “noise” from the cards to a minimum so that little or nothing will be heard from under the table that may indicate you’re counting the cards.   I have also done this effect while strolling and tablehopping if the conditions are so that you can do the counting behind your back without attention being focused from casual passerby’s. You can also, if standing, put your hands behind your back under your jacket if at all paranoid..


Jeff Hobson offers a FREE Magic Video Theater where he posts rare and vintage videos, interviews and has great lectures available. To access this private video page, just sign up at:   and click on “Special Offers”

Hobson also has a NEW professional magic lecture available as a streaming, online rental.  See the trailer at:




Two from Paul Lelekis – Video Tutorials

One of my best friends in all of magic is the prolific Paul Lelekis. Paul and I regularly ‘chat’ and share our magic, although I’m usually the one chatting and Paul’s the one doing all the sharing. I use the description ‘prolific’ mildly, as Paul is far more than prolific. He is the author of 18 ebooks, all sold on, and is a very busy consultant, reviewer, and writer for The Linking Ring.

Paul has agreed to share two amazing videos with Roadshow readers. One is a technique, and the other is a tutorial for one of the most popular effects ever published in The Linking Ring.

** Special Note: I have published both videos to the Youtube platform. I have also published both as ‘unlisted’, meaning they will not show up in search engines or a search of Youtube. They are intended to be shared with Magic Roadshow readers and not republished on other sites without Paul’s permission.

The Trick That Can’t Be Explained – Video Tutorial

When Paul and I were discussing publishing this video in the Roadshow he told me…  “My trick is self-working and caused more stir in The Linking Ring magazine than any trick before it as was told to me by editor Samuel Patrick Smith.  There have been 6 articles written on this in TLR and a seventh is coming out next month!  Also Stephen Tucker, editor of The Budget, a European, magician’s e-zine asked me a couple of years ago if he could have permission to print it in his magic publication!  It published in August of 2012 of The Budget.”

This is basically a self-working card trick. Anyone who knows Paul knows that he is not a practitioner of self working card tricks!  So, if this one has remained one of his favorites for many years, then it must be quite special… ( Editors note – It is…you guys will like this one. )


Paul Lelekis’ Red/Black Separation Shuffle – Video Tutorial

Paul told me the back story behind the Red/Black Separation Shuffle, and, although he didn’t develop this, he did create a subtlety that makes the shuffle both easier and faster…

“One can’t understand how STRONG this shuffle is until you perform it for either laymen or magicians.  I’ve performed this shuffle many times for magicians, whenever I do lectures – AFTER my lecture!  Then it always causes a big stir!  In the late 1990s I was lecturing at a club in (I think) St. Pete, and there was one young magician (maybe 21 or 22) who acted like a heckler!  He “knew” everything!

He made a bunch of unnecessary comments about what he thought was a “better sleight” to use here and there – but I ignored him.  Then I performed the Red/Black Shuffle at dinner after the lecture and he JUMPED UP and yelled “No Way!!  How did you do that?”  I didn’t tell him…”

You can view ALL of Paul’s ebooks, all 18, at .. They are, undoubtebly, one of the best values in all of magic..  Many are now considered underground classics…

Be sure to check out Paul’s definitive work on the Business of Table Hopping. Maybe my favorite of all his many ebooks. If you want to earn a steady income with your magic, this is the ebook for you….


Merry Christmas from Rick, Carolyn, and Santa

            Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas – from Rick, Carolyn, and Santa himself…



What is the Art of Magic ? –  TEDx Talk by Dr. Lawrence Hass

Lawrence Hass, magician and philosophy professor, recently gave a TEDx Talk on magic at the prestigious TEDxSMU event in Dallas. Titled “What is the Art of Magic?”  It also features him performing two of his signature effects.

Dr. Hass is the Associate Dean of Jeff McBride’s Magic & Mystery School, an award-winning author of essays and books for magicians, and the Founder and Publisher of Theory and Art of Magic Press. To learn more

about him, please go to:

His talk is now available for viewing at:



Disappear Any Card As It’s Shuffled – Tutorial 

Have trouble palming a card? Does FEAR prevent you from using this astonishingly simple sleight to freak your spectator? Does your FTP (failure to palm) render your 70 dollar himber wallet useless ?

Fear no more. Watch the video. Learn to palm a playing card like a pro…



Duct Tape Wallet – Video Tutorial

I first published this video, or one similar, about six or seven years ago. During the time since, I’ve published hundreds of videos. It’s unusual for me to remember specific videos from that far back, particularly since I can seldom remember what I did last week..

The duct tape wallet is not particularly handsome. Nor is it re-sellable on ebay or at your local flea market. But I STILL like it. Maybe it takes me back to my childhood.. when crafting was an integral part of my school day. Or, maybe it reminds me of endless hours spent in my workshop, doing the DIY thing.

Maybe it simply reminds me that time spent making something with my hands is time well spent… I’m sure with a little engineering you can convert your wallet to a Himber wallet, or something similar. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you….



TIPS & TRICKS –  Monthly Feature

OK Folks, I mentioned in the last Roadshow that I want to begin a column of magic tips and tricks. I want YOU to furnish the material. You don’t have to furnish the material publication ready.. just send what you want in any form you want and I’ll do the rest. It’s the IDEA that matters.

This can be in the form of the handling of a particular move or sleight – something you do that makes the handling easier, less visible, more convincing, etc… You can write it up or send a video. If you send a video, I’m going to convert it to something that’s accessible via a link. I don’t want to ask the readership to download a video file if I have other options. I may upload it as an unlisted Youtube video or upload it to Divshare.

I share everything of importance to me with you guys, and all I asks is that you guys be willing to share some little something with fellow magicians. Don’t worry about your style, spelling, grammar, or substance. If it’s something of importance to you, it’ll find a place in the routine of fellow performers. You and I will make it work.

TIP #1 … Chapstick

This is one of my favorite little tips. Although known to some, I know from the looks I get when I apply chapstick to my hand(s) it’s not occurred to many of you. Yes, I keep a tube of CHAP STICK Classic in my pocket just for those moments when I need a little extra ‘something’ on my hand to help complete a sequence of moves.

For instance, if I need to perform a Erdnase Color Change as part of an effect, I’ll put a light rub of ChapStick on my right hand finger tips and another rub on that portion of the pad of my hand that pulls the second card from underneath the top card. You don’t need much – just enough to get the job done. And you’ll find it’s good for several minutes of sensitive handling.

Aside from being odorless, the Classic flavor is clear, cheap, and has yet to stain my cards. You can buy a generic brand for about a dollar at most drug stores.. I know many card sharps use lotion specifically designed for this purpose, and that’s fine and dandy, but this quick fix works just fine for me…

Rick C.


Tip# 2  –  Nest of Coins –  A Useful Tip

Michael Lyth enjoys using a Nest of Coins when performing for a birthday person. Unfortunately, coins can become dislodged. Here is a unique solution that employs four inexpensive holders and adds an additional twist to the reveal. I’ve converted the document to a PDF for ease of viewing and saving.

Thanks again to Michael for sharing with Roadshow readers. Now, if I could only persuade the other 7999 of you to do the same.. (smile)

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas — Scott Well’s “The Magic Word” Podcast

Scott Wells is rightfully proud of his latest podcast, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Not just because of the timely subject matter.. but because this is podcast #200.  As a publisher who has grudged through 161 issues of the Roadshow, I can surely appreciate all the time, dedication, and hard work that goes in to each of these modules.

Aside from being issue# 200, this is a very special podcast.. especially if you consider the uh.. talent.. that Scott compiled to produce it. How about Eugene Burger as the Grinch..  How about a star-studded lineup to make things truly interesting… Richard Osterlind, Marc Salem, Rick Merrill, George Tait, Steven Bargatze, Ice McDonald, Mandy Farrell, Eric DeCamps, Rocco Silano, Boris Wild, Bob Cassidy, Docc Hilford, Tim Ellis, and Tim Trono.

Get your Christmas Holidays off to a truly MAGICAL start, thanks to Scott and the Magic Word…..

( Look for the black box below the pictures and click the Arrow button to immediately access the 18+       minute podcast… Nothing to download, unless you want to download and save… )



Skeptic Michael Shermer Shows You How to Bend Spoons with Your Mind

Ever want to know how to bend spoons like Uri Geller? There are quite a few ways, apparently. But according to Geller’s arch-nemesis, skeptic and magician James Randi, “if Geller bends spoons with divine powers, then he’s doing it the hard way.” 

In this video, editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine, Michael Shermer, shows us how to do it the easy way, and still make it look like magic.

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Marco Tempest’s Cyber Card Trick  –   video

This is not a tutorial. This is a demonstration of the unique talents of Marco Tempest. Filmed as part of a TED convention, watch as Marco explains what about a deck of cards makes it so special.

This is ‘Sam the Bellhop’ with a decidedly cyber twist. I trust you’ll enjoy this video…



3 of the Top Card Tricks in Magic Revealed –  Video Tutorials..

Three card tricks revealed! The Godfather of Magic, aka Vinny Marini, teaches you how to perform 3 classic card tricks.. This is a full tutorial about 15 minutes in length. One good thing about Vinny – there’s never a slow moment. I love the way he keeps everything moving and never slows down for more than a second or two. He accomplishes more in 15 minutes than many magicians do in twice the time !




The Fellowship of Christian Magicians  –  Free Effects and Resources

I don’t get the opportunity to publish Christian Magic as often as I would like. It seems most of the better resources are not free, and I like free… The United Kingdom branch of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians has a free resource page where everything on the page, including templates and pdfs, are 100% free. There are a number of REALLY good resources here.. whether you practice and perform Christian magic or conventional magic. Check it out…

Risk Assessment for Magical Entertainment  –  Talks for school assemblies and family services

Three Routines for Christmas  –   Free Christian PowerPoint templates

Free Christian graphics animations and photos  –  How to make balloon models and balloon animals

The Toymaker a Gospel story for children  –   Gospel Routines With Standard Props

How to make and use Story Sticks (PDF) file right click to download

Gospel Cascade card routine  –   Colour Forcing Card  –   Simple Chain Escape

Slightly more advanced chain escape routine  –   Spring Paper Fans

Puppets, puppet heads, puppet scripts and theatres  –   The Three Chord Trick Guitar system

The Omnipresence of Jesus  –   Renovation of old magic props  –   Bible Clippo routine

Card stacks which illustrate Bible stories  –   How to Make a Jacob’s Ladder  –   Nail Balancing Puzzle

Electronic Pass The Parcel Game  –   Bible Tracts and Words of Wisdom  –   The Billet Doux Utility Cone

Hearts template with hearts for Billet Doux Utility Cone PDF file  –   The Jumping Elastic Band Trick

FCM Screensaver  –   Bottle labels  –  Christian Poems  –   Simple Scenery Painting Technique

Knife through jacket target template PDF file  –   FCMUK Logo for publicity material and T Shirt printing

Card stacks which illustrate Bible stories  –   Bunco dice game



Energized Aces –  Video Tutorial

FernandoP1 Art Zone Productions

Here’s another nice tutorial from Fernando, detailing what is essentially Bro John Hammon’s Signed Card and  Alex Elmsley’s Between your Palms. The sleights are well within the ability of the strong beginner to intermediate level magician.. The effect itself is a stunner, particularly to magicians who may not be familiar with the originals.

Be sure to click the ‘Show More’ button located just below the description, as there are additional tutorials available to assist with sleights.



The Bulletproof Musician Blog –  Why Magicians Should Read This Blog…

Performance psychologist and Juilliard graduate Dr. Noa Kageyama teaches musicians how to do their best under pressure. What does this have to do with magicians.?  In the total scheme of things.. a whole lot actually.

Practice is practice. And practice is what separates the amateur from the advanced magician.. and the semi-pro from the pro. It’s the ability to learn and achieve success through practice that takes performers from one level to the next. Those performers who never learn HOW to practice never learn the proper advance skills. They become mired in their own mediocrity.

Dr. Kageyama’s blog delves into the science of practice.. and what you can do to vastly improve your practice habits. Also, the good Dr. has published a number of posts on overcoming performance anxiety, which has stymied many a talented magicians.

“The purpose of this website is to teach musicians how to overcome stage fright, performance anxiety, and other blocks to peak performance. The specific mental skills you develop will allow you to experience the satisfaction of performing up to your abilities – even when the lights are brightest. Wait, let me rephrase that. Especially when the lights are brightest.”

A few of the more recent posts include:

A Simple Way to Keep Music in Your Fingers When Practicing More Isn’t an Option

Why a Little Reflection Should Be a Regular Part of Your Practice Routine

Two Things Experts Do Differently Than Non-Experts When Practicing

Why Is It So Important to Record Yourself?

How Can I Become More Enthusiastic About Practicing?

4 Signs You May Be Practicing Too Hard

Why I’d Spend a Lot More Time Practicing Scales If I Could Do It All Over Again



Customer Service for Magicians – Podcast

James Songster Explains How Disney Has Made Looking After Their Guests An Art Form

Our friends, Ken and Julian from MagicianBusiness, have gone above and beyond with this podcast. James Songster, the subject of this special edition, visited Disney World.. and was so impressed with the  ‘Disney Philosophy’.he didn’t leave for 23 years.

James goes in depth to discuss the value of storytelling, the importance of showmanship, building an emotional connection with your audience, how to create magical moments, and why Disney doesn’t have jobs.. it creates ‘roles’ for its employees…  Listen and Learn…

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The Business of Online Magic Shops – Podcast with Dominic Reyes

Dominic Reyes, known for being both a first-class performer and the Merchant of Magic, talks at length with MagicianBusiness about working as both a performer and running a successful magic business online.

“Dominic Reyes set out to help people improve their magic performing skills and to earn a little money on the side. Sales took off and the all consuming work of fulfilling orders and getting them out the door squashed his immediate dreams of helping other magicians. After 14 years in the magic shop business he has found ways to create a good balance between giving and providing security for his family. There is so much we can all implement contained within this interview with Dominic Reyes” … 53 minutes..



Latest Issue of VANISH Magazine Ready to Download

Our buddy, Paul Romhany, writes to tell us the latest issue of VANISH is online and ready to be downloaded. I really like the Magic Roadshow.. but we can’t quite compare to their 170+ pages and slick design. Paul writes..

Edition 17 – our NEW edition is now ready, and it’s a huge 170 + pages with exclusive interviews, magic tricks, business information, news, essays and reviews of the latest products and books that you won’t find in any other trade publication. AND IT’S FREE !!!! You can also download all past issues if you haven’t already.

NOW AVAILABLE at the iTunes Store and GooglePlay.



Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar  – A TED Talk

Pamela Meyer explains, in 18 minutes, how to spot a liar. She first asks you to look to your left, and see the liar. Then, look to your right, and see the liar. Lastly, look in a mirror.. and see the liar. Her contention is all of us lie at some time or another.. some for nefarious reasons, and others for legitimate reasons. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be nice to KNOW when you are being lied to? Wouldn’t it be nice to know the tell-tale signs that give away the deceivers amongst us?

“On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.”



Merry Christmas ! – A Little Something to Keep You Busy in 2015

Here is my Christmas gift to you guys and gals. I’ve scoured the web for something I felt would be of real value to you folks. Everything listed below is either a full length movie or a full length documentary. The great thing is you do not have to download ANYTHING. All you do is click the link and watch the movie. Everything will stream online just as a Youtube video would… in fact, some are hosted on Youtube.

The Story of the Guitar – Free – A three part documentary reveals how the guitar came to “dominate the soundtrack of our lives.” (2008)

The Confessions of Robert Crumb – Free – A portrait of the artist scripted by the underground comics legend himself (1987)

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii – Free – Director’s cut. Features Pink Floyd performing six songs in the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii, Italy. (1972)

Johnny Cash: The Last Great American – Free – Documentary profiling the life of legendary country music star, who died in 2003. (2004)

Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud – Free – Documentary on the inventor/visionary/thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, produced and directed by four time Academy Award nominees Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon. (1996)

It’s Good to be Alive – Free – The story of former Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella. Directed by Michael Landon, starring Louis Gossett Jr. (1974)

My Best Friend’s Birthday – Free – First film directed by Quentin Tarantino. Some good rockabilly fun. (1987)

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The Short Films of Louis CK – Free – A collection of nine short films created by the comedian between 1993 and 1999.

Freaks – Free – Todd Browning’s famous pre-code horror film about sideshow performers. Cast mostly composed of actual carnival performers. (1932)

Night of the Living Dead – Free – George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is the urtext of the modern zombie movie. (1968)

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Metropolis – Free – Fritz Lang’s fable of good and evil fighting it out in a futuristic urban dystopia. An important classic. An alternate version can be found here. (1927)

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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine – Free –  About the famous match between chess legend Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue, a chess-playing computer created by IBM. (2003)

The Land Where the Blues Began – Free – Alan Lomax takes you into the Mississippi Delta, into to the heart of the Blues. (1978),109

The Dream of a Ridiculous – Free – Wonderful animation of Dostoevsky’s story by Oscar-winning Russian animator Alexander Petrov. (1992)

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And if these aren’t enough, I’m giving you a link below where you can watch over 700 additional movies free online. You’ll find classics, indies, film noir, documentaries and other films, including Oscar winning films, created by some of the greatest actors, actresses and directors ever. The collection features films by Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, Andrei Tarkovksy, John Huston, plus some early short films by Tarantino, Kubrick and Truffaut. You will also find masterful performances by Humphrey Bogart, Laurence Olivier, Audrey Hepburn, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne and Charlie Chaplin.

Again, you DO NOT have to download these movies. They will stream online, in full length, and some in HD. The documentaries alone are worth the visit..

You can also download:

550 free Audio Books – (Asimov, Bradbury, Philip K.Dick, T.S. Eliot)

700 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices ( Arthur C. Clark, C.S. Lewis )

1000 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

200 Free Textbooks

300 Free Language Lessons

150 Free Business Courses




Imagine any and every field possible. There are so many brands, so many choices, so many claims, so much clutter, that the central challenge is for an organization or an individual is to rise above the fray. It’s not good enough anymore to be “pretty good” at everything. You have to be the most of something: the most elegant, the most colorful, the most responsive, the most accessible.

For decades, organizations and their leaders were comfortable with strategies and practices that kept them in the middle of the road—that’s where the customers were, so that’s what felt safe and secure.

Today, with so much change and uncertainty, so much pressure and new ways to do things, the middle of the road is the road to nowhere.

As Jim Hightower, the colorful Texas populist, is fond of saying, “There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.” 

William C. Taylor is a cofounder of Fast Company magazine..

( From WHAT MATTERS NOW, by our friend, Seth Godin. This work is full of similar short stories by many   leaders in their fields. Download FREE at: )



MAGIC NEWS  –  A  Few of the Stories This Week….

In case you’ve not visited Magic News recently.. this is a few of the stories you missed:

– The man behind the magic: Mac King and his comedy magic show

– The Illusionists: Jeff Hobson, aka “The Trickster”, Brings the Magic

– Despite protests, Dirk Arthur debuting his own production of cats..

– Paul Cosentino: Inside the world of the Magic Man

– Magicians Stage Effort to Restore Houdini’s Grave..

– The Supernaturalists… coming next Summer


– Q+A: Murray Sawchuck’s blind drive leads to 21 escapes, TV appearances galore..

– Keith Barry’s coming home for Christmas..

– Art and Science Team Up To Steal Your Attention With Magic..

– Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion Renewed..


Free eBooks For Subscribers….

Here’s a link where you can download a variety of free ebooks, including Erdnase’ Expert At The Card Table… If you are not a subscriber, you can sign up HERE..


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

“May my next issue find you well..” 


 Rick Carruth / Editor 


Senior Professor – Camelard College of Conjuring of Chemmis, Egypt

“Magic’s Only Worldwide Honor Society”




Meet the Magician: The Illusionists’ Jeff Hobson

Meet the Magician: The Illusionists’ Jeff Hobson

The international hit magic spectacular The Illusionists is back on Broadway for the holiday season with an all-new show at the Neil Simon Theatre, and returning as the evening’s charming, funny, and flamboyant emcee is Jeff Hobson, known as The Trickster. Read more at…

We at the Magic Roadshow were pleased to recently publish an array of magic effects by the highly talented and always entertaining Mr Hobson. One effect was featured in most issues from #160 to #168  .. Check ‘em out at..