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Balance!

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Balance!

There's an old self working trick that I've read in several places over the years, and apart from being relatively unimpressive in terms of effect, the method remains completely baffling to me, regardless of how many times I look at it. (That doesn't necessarily mean it's clever, I guess.  I asked John Bannon to explain the 'Trick that fooled Einstein' to me, and he simplified it, and again, and again and again, until finally it clicked.  And to his credit, it's not easy to simplify 'you are just holding 22 cards... their number doesn't make any difference', so he did well!)...

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Lucky Charm - FREE TRICK!

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Lucky Charm - FREE TRICK!

A deck of cards is examined, shuffled, and one chosen by a spectator, which is lost back into the pack, and from here on, you don’t touch the deck again. You direct the spectator to think of a small number, something between 5 and 20 and they deal down to their number, but it’s not their card.‘Now that WOULD have been amazing!’Suggesting that they might have needed a bit of luck for that to happen, you remove your wallet and from the coin section you remove a large ‘lucky’ poker chip. The spectator touches it to the pack, and then...

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Going Old School (and a Card At Any Number)

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Going Old School (and a Card At Any Number)

It's funny - I've never really thought of myself as an 'old fashioned' magician, but it's definitely becoming more and more obvious. I worked out a trick based on Roy Johnson's Card In Gum, and sent it to a friend (who also happens to own a successful magic shop).  The effect was simple - a torn card is sealed in one envelope (the little pay envelopes), and a stick of chewing gum in another.  SHAZAM!  They are supposed to change places, but the first envelope is opened, and instead of the card pieces, it contains a stick of gum... the...

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Message in a Bottle

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Message in a Bottle

I've been doing some mentalism lately, and the first port of call is Annemann's Practical Mental Magic. In the first few pages, there's some GREAT work on billet switches, and I enjoyed learning some of the techniques.  Here's how I pieced them together to make a strong routine (and get around some of the problems of using a switch rather than a peek). Get an attractive empty glass bottle, and fold several slips of paper, tucking them inside. With the bottle, you also need a few billets and a folded dummy slip, and a pen. To perform, set the bottle...

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Psycho-Matic Deck Routine!

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Psycho-Matic Deck Routine!

The Psycho-Matic Deck is probably the best force I've ever come across, and if you are on the mailing list then you will know about my adventures in trying to find a stack of them.  (Spoiler alert - in the end, I had Stee Short from Gafftastic MAKE me a bunch, and we now carry them on the site.  They are AMAZING!) Anyway, I typed up some instructions for them, and included some killer ideas.  However, I totally forgot to include this, which is actually how I used the deck years ago when I used to demo it in the...

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