(I - LEARNING OBJECTIVE ONE - Read and learn what the most-performed and best-liked magic effects were back in the fifties, on page 220 of Bruce Elliot's Classic Secrets of Magic, if you can find a copy, and then think about what have become some of the modern new classics. Don't worry; we will touch on most of them below.)
(II - LEARNING OBJECTIVE TWO - Learn Two New Tricks - Enjoy the run through of some of the large illusions classics that are on line, and consider how much impact they often have over an impromptu effect on an audience. You might be surprised. Then evaluate the looks on spectators' faces when one of your little pocket tricks kills them dead on the spot. In magic, it ain't the size. I have had two students scream and run out of my classes, when I did the Haunted Key. So, here are some readily-available effects and skills that might fit your style. Select at least two that you might simply want to know more about, and put them in your notebook.)
February - http://www.brownielocks.com/february.htm - and March - http://www.brownielocks.com/march.html - Who could bear to forget to do a St. Patrick's Day trick or routine! (Gotta find my little green shamrocks)...... and don't forget Valentine's Day (some candy kiss magic????).
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OBJECTIVE ONE - Select a few Sponge-Ball tricks/routines to jot down in your notebooks for further study. Also jot down the basic magic principles or sleights involved.
Ten-Count Two-Ball Trick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnGIRMUkxkM -
TIHOIP - roaches - http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=46&nav=messages&webtag=ab-magic&tid=3299 -
Goshman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u5uSKIH98Q -
Three-Ball Routine - http://www.freemagictricks4u.com/sponge-ball-magic-trick.html -
World's Greatest Magic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPpMSP54UPs -
Garcia's Sometime Bowl Routine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvMogJ_8R-o&feature=related -
Garcia's TIHOIP (Sacrosanct) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5oRYTpYxb4&feature=related -
Two-Balls w/Watch Steal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgFiRiU8ZYQ&feature=related -
OBJECTIVE TWO - Apply Basic Sponge-Ball Principles to Other Objects (coins, napkins, bounce balls, eyeballs, little shamrocks, roaches, olives, bread balls, candy kisses, etc.) -
Paper-Ball Matrix - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z_m71qalPY - (Try this with candy kisses or any objects you can comfortably thumb palm.)
Floating Paper Ball - http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:lCC27QdbN3UJ:www.oldandsold.com/articles02/magictricks10.shtml+paper+ball+trick&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=ubuntu&source=www.google.com -
TIHOIP - http://www.ehow.com/video_2385746_explanation-two-balls-hand-magic.html -
Ten Count Trick - http://noobini.pseudotube.com/paper_ball_magic_trick_X67579.html -
Simple Cups and Balls - http://www.metacafe.com/watch/642393/the_cup_and_ball_trick_revealed/ -
THREE - Look over
and/or special events over the next couple of months, and select themes
for patter ideas - http://www.brownielocks.com/march.html
World Rattlesnake Roundup Week - Rattlesnake Egg Gag - http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-make-prank-envelope-using-rattlesnake-eggs-162752/ - (Also, dig out your Snake Can and work it into your routines, but do be aware that there are people who are genuinely petrified of snakes; do no harm with your magic.)
OBJECTIVE FOUR - Learn and play with Basic Paddle/Hot Rod principles, and collect routines for their application, using knives, business cards, chop sticks, pencils, etc.
Paddles - http://www.isawthat.com/taytelbaum/et-paddles.html -
Magic Talk - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/favorite_paddle_tricks.html -
Fan-ta-stik - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrmOhb8Ge9Q -
Shrinking Stir Stick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnpgXvJE3tM&feature=related -
Knife/Sticker - http://www.activitytv.com/762-magic-paddle# -
Knife/Coin - http://www.learnmagictricks.org/video.php?v=10699 - bill finale -
Snapper Pen Trick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR-JiSCNo2w&feature=related - use as a finale to a pen-paddle effect, claiming that an invisible rubber band is responsible for all....
Knife and Paddle Moves - http://archive.denisbehr.de/archive/route/entries.php?url=18,922 -
Stir Stick - http://www.monkeysee.com/play/14148-cool-magic-tricks-stir-straw-mystery -
OBJECTIVE FIVE - Learn and play with a Chinese Compass, High Sign, Street sign, and collect routines for their application, using cardboard, tiles, large medals, poker chips, etc.
Huge Compass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aW0n8xc64o -
Sign Trick - http://www.professorwonder.com/magic1.htm -
Stupid Compass Trick - http://www.randi.org/jr/12-29-2000.html
Compass Trick - http://www.learnmagictricks.org/video.php?v=18562 -
Magic Compass - http://activitytvjr.com/953-magic-compass# -
Thoughts on Patter - http://www.randi.org/jr/01-26-2000.html -
Real Compass Routine - http://www.spikedhumor.com/articles/180436/James-Randi-The-Compass-Trick.html -
Demo Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PONOS-trKcM
Han Dynasty Patter Material - http://karthikramsrit.tripod.com/ -
Note: Bryan Dryfus uses the Compass as a “Drunk Test” of people who are drinking.
OBJECTIVE SIX - Read about puppets, and play around with a sock or hand puppet:
Home-Schooling Web (Puppets) - http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/puppets.htm - Read the articles; they are quite good.
Puppets for Kids - http://www.activitytv.com/puppets-for-kids - Scroll down to right for routines.
Book - Creative Clowning - Read chapter that starts on p. 103 - http://books.google.com/books?id=3ILf8XtMaO4C&pg=PA111&lpg=PA111&dq=puppet+eye+hair+ball&source=bl&ots=xcxrsgRexx&sig=DA0fgjLNQYrvI-xTrLGwlxQ736A&hl=en&ei=TkIjTazlE8P38AbthaXjDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=puppet%20eye%20hair%20ball&f=false -
Book - Puppet Theater of Japan - Not illustrated but a good read - http://www.questia.com/PM.qst?a=o&d=5684192 -
OBJECTIVE SEVEN - Learn and play with Ring On/Off String/Rope AND Ring On Stick/Wand -
Bev Bergeron - Ring on Stick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHX_ru8HRSo -
Ring Off String - http://www.activitytv.com/963-ring-off-string# - Excellent instructions for two methods of removing a ring from a string.
Ring On/Off String/Rope - http://www.oldandsold.com/articles02/101magictricks5.shtml - Scroll down to ring and string tricks -
Diamond Jim's Routine - http://www.metacafe.com/watch/558987/borrowed_ring_and_string_magic_trick_by_diamond_jim_tyler/ -
Ring and String - See page 9 - http://books.google.com/books?id=qqoWvOpZd5IC&pg=PA9&lpg=PA9&dq=ring+on+string+trick&source=bl&ots=NPcBupg6wx&sig=UjAhgCwO3RBZqe6iOO2OyCVT8o8&hl=en&ei=3rtGTYWZFoOKlwf2mOQR&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBIQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=ring%20on%20string%20trick&f=false -
Ring on/Off Rope - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTJnS3UVbZw&NR=1&feature=fvwp -
Ring/Other Off String/Chain - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HU5I2sKIVw&NR=1 - Easily applied to endless chain....
OBJECTIVE EIGHT - Consider putting together scrapbooks of magic instructions, photos, fliers, letters, cartoons, etc., that come your way.
HOWEVER, PLEASE DO NOT destroy collectible magazines or other paper items, just to have
clippings in your books. When I was a kid, I destroyed old Sphinx and Conjurer's Magazines by clipping those items I wanted and glueing them into scrapbooks; wish I had not. Make copies for your scrapbooks and preserve the originals - http://www.antiqueweb.com/articles/paperpreservation.html -
Here are some samples of scrapbooks and notebooks that collectors have put together:
“Magicians Scrapbook, uk” - http://www.magicians-scrapbook.co.uk/sample1.htm - Click on the Houdini article to see the whole scrapbook sample.
Scraps to Works of Art - http://www.digishoptalk.com/boards/search-100/iso-magicians-magic-tricks-etc-251562/ - Scroll down to see what can be done with clippings and scraps.
Collect-a-Kit - Sign up for this free email per day of general scrapbook materials - http://www.digitalscrapbookexperts.com/collectAKitLanding.php?gclid=CInn9Nj-3KYCFY4J2godzj9y7A -
TAOM Scrapbook, 1943-66 - http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00452/cah-00452.html -
UT Collection - The University of Texas Performing Arts Staff, in the Harry Ransom Center, has two large collections of magic -- The Harry Houdini Collection and the general Magicians Collection. The latter collection has more than 2000 magician posters. - http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/collections/performingarts/holdings/browse/descriptions/ -
Bob Moats' On-Line Scrapbook - Magic Bob put together a very nice on-line scrapbook as a promotional piece. Scroll down the web page and click on the ebook - http://magic1online.com/mandara/main.shtml -
Bill Palmer - Merlin the Magician Scrapbook - Great on-line collection of personal material and THE collection of Cups and Balls information and photos - http://www.billpalmer.com/ -
Wikipedia - Looking for magician biographies or specific topics? Do a “wiki” search -
Magic Clip Art - http://www.fotosearch.com/illustration/magician.html -
Links to Magician Cartoons and Humor -
ONE LAST THING FOR THE PERSON WHO HATES CARD TRICKS: Turn up your sound and watch this video; the music alone is worth playing the video.....
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AUSTIN MAGIC AUCTION, 16 April - http://austinmagicauction.com/ - This is one of the places that helps keep Austin weird and wonderful.
OBJECTIVE ONE - WISH/WANT LIST: Don't be caught short at the auction by not having a list of what you want to buy. Here are some on-line auction and magic shop catalogs to assist you in making up that very early want list. Even if you don't make up a list of items you want, you will enjoy the nostalgia of seeing some of the world's most-desirable magic on the auction block. Enjoy!!!!! ....... and DO MAKE A LIST, so you will know what are the real bargains at the Austin Magic Auction.
NOTE: No recommendations whatsoever are being made to buy or bid on any items included on this guide (except from our local dealers). The items are here to help you decide how to select things you want to buy in AUSTIN at our auction.
ABBOTT'S CATALOG #26 - http://www.magiccapitol.com/Abbotts_onscreen.pdf - and do read the history of Abbott's book: http://www.magicgettogether.com/compendium.pdf - great old pictures.
ALLESI'S - http://www.ronallesimagic.com/spotlight.php - Have a drooling look at this stuff.
DENNY AND LEE MAGIC STUDIO - http://dennymagic.com/products/collectibles-historical/ -
DICK BARRY MAGIC - http://www.dickbarrymagic.com/cgi-bin/web_store.cgi?product=Antique-Collectible+Magic&cart_id=4167394_12910 -
EBAY - http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=magic+tricks+&_trksid=p5197.c0.m627 - and magic catalogs - http://shop.ebay.com/items/magic%20catalogs?_dmd=1&_sop=12&rvr_id=212839276140&rawquery=magic+catalogs&MT_ID=8&crlp=392040528_9404&tt_encode=raw&keyword=magic+catalogs&geo_id=1 -
Wait until you see how much better our prices might be.
GINN MAGIC PRICE LIST - http://ginnmagic.com/ -
HOCUS POCUS.COM - http://hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/index.cfm - You gotta love this stuff.
KTMAGIC - http://www.ktmagic.com/Auction/APSearch.asp?SortBy=CLOSESDESC&CMD=SEARCH&catid=0&SearchBy=ALL&SearchFor=&SEARCHDESC=False&SearchPremiere=False&SearchFeatured=False&SearchName=&SearchBidderName=&SearchClosed=True&RegionID=0&SearchSerial=&SearchPart=&SearchProduct=&SearchReference= - Good source of prices that items received in past auctions.
MAGIC AUCTION.COM (NOT AUSTIN) - http://www.magicauction.com/Mag_auc/index.html - I love browsing this site; there is magic here that I have never seen, but don't be surprised to see some of it in Austin. Scroll down about half way through the page, and check out the many categories of material....... make a list.
MAGIC CASTLE AUCTIONS - http://www.magiccastleauctions.com/ -
MAGIC DEPOT PRICE LIST - http://www.magic.org/store/productsindex.php -
MARTINKA - http://www.martinka.com/martinka/auction/APViewInCat.asp?ID=7 - Don't get in a hurry; buy Austin.
POTTER AUCTIONS - Download the FREE catalogs on the menu and enjoy some great photos, etc.
http://www.potterauctions.com/Catalog/PreviousCatalogs/tabid/950/Default.aspx - and Seven auction pages of gambling and magic books - http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/23646/page7 -
STEVEN'S MAGIC - http://www.stevensmagic.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=5 -
TANNEN'S MAGIC - http://www.tannens.com/shop//cart.php?m=product_list&c=399 -
TEXAS MAGIC SUPPLY (CY AND DIANE) - http://www.txmagicsupply.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=31 - Buy local.
T.MYERS MAGIC (GUS DAVIS) - http://www4.mailordercentral.com/tmyersmagic/ - Buy local.
VIKING MAGIC - http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=viking_catalog -
OBJECTIVE TWO - Check out the magic tricks and routines on these two webs:
ABBOTT'S MAGIC - http://www.bigfoot-prints.com/ - Click on the free-magic link for some really good stuff.
STEVEN'S MAGIC - http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/index.htm - It doesn't get much better than this.
OBJECTIVE THREE - MORE NOTEBOOK DATA - Jot down three effects or principles you like from Objective Two above, and script an original routine for at least one of them. Plan to perform it at one of our meetings. Here are some principles/tricks I like:
Jumbo Card Force - http://www.bigfoot-prints.com/jumbocardforce.html -
The Nut Cup and Balls (Benson Bowl Routine) - http://www.bigfoot-prints.com/nutcupandballs.html -
The $36.00 Wallet - a ready-to-go mentalism effect - http://www.bigfoot-prints.com/36_wallet.html -
The Hindu Cups - several pages of Hindu Cups handling - http://www.bigfoot-prints.com/hinducupsone.html -
Twin Book Test - http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/Ian%20Adair/TwinBookTest.htm -
OBJECTIVE FOUR - SCRAPBOOK ITEMS FROM BOY'S LIFE MAGAZINE - Find and share neat LINKS like this.
Only an Illusion (Match Stick Thru Wishbone) - pg. 46, Jun 1911 - http://books.google.com/books?id=59j3yMmJrzcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Harry Kellar donates $100 to Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop - pg. 32, Sep 1911 - http://books.google.com/books?id=twUG1X-LzB8C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summhttp://books.google.com/books?id=59j3yMmJrzcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=falseary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Christmas Puzzles and Tricks - pg 12, Dec 1911 - http://books.google.com/books?id=Up2MGKHBw1AC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - See also, Coin Catch Off Elbow, on pg 26.
OBJECTIVE FIVE - TRICKS AND PRINCIPLES FROM BOY'S LIFE MAGAZINE - Learn some really great little routines from Bill Severn's columns, and check out related tricks using the principles.
The Jumping Circles - pg 12, Mar 1980 - http://books.google.com/books?id=d2YEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - This appears to be the first Bill Severn Magic column in Boy's Life Magazine. It is a mentalism trick using index cards and the “long-card” principle. You can make a long card by placing a couple of pieces of invisible tape on the ends of a card. (Make one with any deck of cards by taping the ends of a Joker; keep it in the box until you need it. )
Discussion about short, long, stripper card principles - Any of these odd-size cards will work for the above effect. http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/archive/index.php/t-42553.html -
Four Times X is Why (One-Way Principle) - pg 12, Apr 1980 - http://books.google.com/books?id=c2YEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Here are some other “trick-deck” principles - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trick_deck -
Svengali Deck handling - http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_3161_use-magic-cards_-part-two.html -
Sock Away Buck - pg 8, May 1980 - http://books.google.com/books?id=sGYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - What do you call the method used to conceal the ball in the pocket?
Scroll down to “The Cards from the Pocket” effect on the following link for a similar application of the “pocket” principle - http://www.oldandsold.com/articles02/101magictricks2.shtml -
OBJECTIVE SIX - CALENDAR - Adapt some holiday themes to some of your routines, using the topics on this web: http://www.brownielocks.com/april.html -
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OBJECTIVE ONE - Resource List - Begin an on-line resource list of links to magic principles and resources. Keep it handy on your desktop. Use it to help collect sleights, tricks, and routines, articles, etc. You might want to start your search for links by reviewing the whole Program Study Guide. Occasionally review the list, with the idea of creating new routines with basic principles. Here are a few links to get you started:
Severn: Finding neat applications to magic principles is one of the reasons I enjoy playing with this guide every month. My recent discovery of Boy's Life Magazine on line, with its series of Bill Severn Magic columns, was a real treat. http://books.google.com/books?id=d2YEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - We will take a look at many of Severn's routines in this guide and future guides.
Leary: I wish to continue to use Bill's well-thought-out applications and Mitch Leary's Principles of Magic to expand our data of basics and principles. Please do enjoy reading the Boy's Life magazines (not just the magic tricks), for some really great hikes down memory lane. Refer frequently to Leary's lists to help inspire original applications of the principles listed. http://ja-jp.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=322388419190&topic=13708 - (If you don't make a copy of this list for your notebook, you are missing out on a great learning tool.)
Patter/Routine Topics - Check this web monthly, to find topical ideas for routines: http://www.brownielocks.com/may.html -
Card Trick Basics - http://www.cardtricksite.com/ -
Kid/Beginner Stuff - “Magic with Noggin Bodd” - http://www.sunniebunniezz.com/magic/ - Don't skip over this web lightly; there is some useful material here for the professional kid-show performer and some general stuff that is simply fun to read. (Alas! My poems are not there.)....
OBJECTIVE TWO - Locator Cards, Keys, and Crimps - Let us take another look at some of the many ways to make/use a locator or key card and a few tricks that use one:
Severn's “Take a Card, Any Card” - http://books.google.com/books?id=smYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - pg 6.
Severn's Do-Anywhere Card Tricks - pg 20, Jan 81 - http://books.google.com/books?id=s2YEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Talk Magic/uk Discussion - http://www.talkmagic.co.uk/sutra252827.php -
MagicTalk-Wisdom - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/key_cards.html -
Ogden's CIGTMT - http://books.google.com/books?id=GdEuf2YJ2SEC&pg=PA88&lpg=PA88&dq=magic+locator+card&source=bl&ots=Lpg8behCzm&sig=oAUWMr-erSCPxQSRTYa4o-rRRzg&hl=en&ei=IJ93TZylD4XB0QHCpOnhBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CFMQ6AEwBzgK#v=onepage&q=magic%20locator%20card&f=false - This introduction to card tricks overviews a number of “locator-card” principles and tricks. Don't be misled by the title of the book; it is an excellent and fun read.
MC Discussion - http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=320125&forum=205&30 -
Genii Forum on Crimps and Keys - http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=64442 - There is a good post here about how to make a “breather” card. My favorite gaffed card which uses a “breather” principle is one made by going over a couple of black colored portions of a court card with a dry ball-point pen. The indentations provide the breather spots.
Short Card - http://www.ehow.com/how_4477764_use-short-card-magic.html - I much prefer a corner-short card, made by very slightly clipping and re-rounding the upper left and bottom right corners of a face-down card. This card can be located by thumb riffling the cards which are held in the mechanic's grip (dealing grip). Here are some tricks using the short card from Ency of Card Tricks. Scroll up to page 309 -
NOTE: You will find the Charlier Cut useful in cutting to “breather-type” cards. Here is a video:
Svengali, the Ultimate Short-Card Deck - http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_3161_use-magic-cards_-part-two.html - This is a whole trick deck that uses the short-card principle, and this link provides some videos about the deck's use.
Some General Card-Trick Webs - (Many of these webs have very-basic tricks that might be used to mentor young magicians. I enjoyed reviewing them and trying to remember when I first learned the so-called “basic” tricks. Don't skip over them too fast; there are some gems hidden among them.) -
http://www.pleacher.com/mp/mhumor/comx/stat/ft040312.gif - A MUST-READ!!!
http://www.pleacher.com/mp/mgifs/gifs11/crdtrk.jpg - A MUST-READ!!!!
(Use the Google Books link above to check out more-advanced card magic.)
OBJECTIVE THREE - Envelope Force Principle - Learn a couple of uses for this cards-under-envelope principle. Think about using Animal, Number, or ESP cards.
Severn's “Find My Card”, pg 20, BL - http://books.google.com/books?id=vGYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Cards Across Discussion - http://magictalkforum.com/index.php?action=printpage;topic=700.0 - You may have to join this site, but it is well worth your effort.
Cards Across - Here is Michael Ammar doing a similar but more-advanced World's Greatest Magic version: http://www.penguinmagic.com/product.php?ID=2239 - You gotta love the guy!!!
OBJECTIVE FOUR - Invisible Thread and Related data - Kenesis tricks are rather popular and are kind of spooky. Give some a try:
Severn's “The Haunted Book”, pg 6, BL - http://books.google.com/books?id=hmYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Invisible Thread Tips - http://searchwarp.com/swa11638.htm -
IT Reel Discussion - http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/printtopic.php?topic=53386&forum=4 -
Making Invisible Thread - http://www.ehow.com/how_6674073_make-invisible-thread-magic-tricks.html -
Bottle Cap Levitation - http://www.freemagictricks4u.com/strange-magic.html -
Spinning Card - http://www.freemagictricks4u.com/free-levitation-magic.html -
Invisible Thread Discussion - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/invisible_thread.html -
Making IT Reel - http://www.ehow.com/how_5012853_make-own-invisible-thread-reel.html -
Making IT Loops - http://www.ehow.com/how_7924166_make-invisible-thread-loops.html -
IT Video - http://www.ehow.com/video_2383185_use-invisible-thread.html -
Fisherman's Knots - http://www.angelfire.com/ia3/fishing/knots.htm -
OBJECTIVE FIVE - Ring on Rope Principles and a few other rope tricks - Learn some of these principles and a couple of effects using them.
Severn's Cup Hanger/Cup on Rope - pg 12, Sep 80 - http://books.google.com/books?id=cGYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - I really like this as a quickie impromptu adaptation of Ring on Rope, as it uses a rope and coffee mug. It might be best to play around with a harness ring, rather than some good china, until you have mastered the move.
More Ring On/Off Principles - http://www.ehow.com/video_2388201_ring-rope-magic-trick-revealed.html - and - http://www.ehow.com/how_2252058_do-ring-rope-magic-trick.html -
Some Miscellaneous Rope Tricks - http://www.oldandsold.com/articles02/101magictricks5.shtml -
Ring and String Bibliography - http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/magstring.htm -
Rope Trick Inventors - http://www.magicnook.com/forum/abbottsrope02.htm -
Abbott/James, Ency of Rope Tricks - http://books.google.com/books?id=OAY-fuyuJHAC&pg=PA71&lpg=PA71&dq=ring+on+rope+trick&source=bl&ots=YvzjttgTbH&sig=BuFdzfsabPe8OsQTx8kc5h-La14&hl=en&ei=2uh4Tf7qIqPp0gHywqznAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAzgU#v=onepage&q=ring%20on%20rope%20trick&f=false - Here is the standard text of rope tricks...... Browse it and enjoy.
Chefalo Rope/Ring Video - http://www.magictricklessons.com/videos-chefalo-rope-trick-and-ring-drop-%5BS4ZxkZCtxtI%5D.cfm -
Hunter Bow Knot Video - http://www.magictricklessons.com/videos-tricky-knot-rope-trick-exlplanation-%5BjdcxlJKM11U%5D.cfm -
Ben Ulin's Rope Routine - http://www.magictricklessons.com/videos-ben-ulins-magic-rope-trick-%5BnKLjEwfEKq0%5D.cfm - Great performance.
OBJECTIVE SIX - EXERCISE - THE LEARY LIST - http://ja-jp.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=322388419190&topic=13708 - http://www.penguinmagic.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?t=151833
- Use the following exercise to test yourself, mentor others, set up some mini workshops, or provide a “Teach-a-Trick” for early birds at our meetings. (Do not overlook that the paddle principle can be used to “show” both sides of pencils, cards, and other objects; google those applications and add them to your notebooks.)
1 - The Paddle Move Principle
A - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/favorite_paddle_tricks.html - Read this web page and jot down the many different applications of The Paddle Move. Jot down some patter ideas for each effect.
2 - The Thumb Tip Principle -
A - Jot down the effects demonstrated on these videos and some patter ideas for each effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9j_tnBD1FQ - http://www.freemagictricks4u.com/thumb-tip-tricks.html -
B - Read this wiki and jot down gimmicks similar to the Thumb Tip, along with applications of each. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumb_tip - Did you notice the references to the Dye Tube and the Swami Gimmick?
C - Darwin's 101 Thumb Tip Tricks - http://www.scribd.com/doc/16290373/101-Thumb-Tip-Tricks - Pick out a few of these tricks and work up some original patter for them.
3 - Two-Card Monte Move (the oldie slum version) -
A - Table Approach - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts4sn0xNNJo&feature=related - How would you use this trick as an approach to a group at a table in a restaurant?
B - Workshop - The Two-Card Monte can be made with old cards at a young-magician's group; you simply need to glue two cards face to face, making a double backer, and two different cards back to back, making a double-facer. Think about and jot down ideas for similar items you might make. -
C - Here is a great article on the use of the Double Face/Back principle; be sure to read it, and take notes. - http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/Mike%20Rogers/DoubleFacedHelpers.htm -
Back to Quick Reference
- Consider this guide as a test or workshop to provide
inspiration for YOU to brainstorm and prepare routines for a variety of
Bizarre performances. If you are looking for tricks, they are
here, but you will have to develop presentations to make them work for
An Attempt to Define: In a huge blender, mix an equal blend of Andruzzi, Brushwood, Alexander, Walden, Solomon, Marucci, Maverick, Chris, Johnson, Burger, Poinc, et. al., and you will come up with something like the definitions found in the following collection of strange and wonderful theatrical-performance material....or maybe not!! Whether or not you find the definition, please do work up some dramatic performances that are either presented as dead-serious or tongue-in-cheek parodies.
Bizarre Defined - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bizarre -
Bizarre Magic Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarre_magic -
Macabre - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macabre -
Magic and Illusion - http://phobias.about.com/od/phobiasinmoviesandtv/a/bizarremagic.htm - Please note the link to “Fear of Clowns”.
Bizarre Dramatic Performances? - Video performances:
Tony Chris - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeUGTtix1xc - Note the neat props: red velvet tablecloth, sins cards, Haunted Hank, Tarot Cards, little candle sticks, flash paper, desk bell, boxes, stone heart, keys.
Comedy Bizarre - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpjbndaFAic&feature=related - Note C. J. Johnson's video below.
Johnson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4c-nlvk9FY&feature=related - Gotta love it!
The Press - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2XUxc7nvBQ&feature=related - Depressing, because I don't have one of those....illusions.
Unspeakable Acts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b49OENb_Aos - Props/Tricks: Book, robe, scrolls, Needle Thru Arm, Keys.
Kundalini - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppm_hw52V1U&feature=related - Nice toy!
Chinese Automaton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFI1PNsV5mY&feature=related - Note the neat links.
Maverick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_evowdnwHrg - Gotta love kid shows!!
What is Magic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTwiCNmOz8k - Reality????
Alberto Giorgi interprets Modern Art - http://youtu.be/Spl9AC-5jNk – A different performance piece -
Mysterious Mysteries - Watch this video twice and figure out which character you are:
OBJECTIVE TWO - Learn/Enjoy material about bizarre people, places, themes, things, etc.
Abbott, David - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Abbott_%28magician%29 -
Book, Behind the Scenes with the Mediums: http://books.google.com/books?id=22kAAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false -
Alexander - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_%28magician%29 -
Book, The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q - http://books.google.com/books?id=sWTchVZNRoMC&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=talking+teakettle+trick&source=bl&ots=GZGycTnEIh&sig=yVCQWxKOv2w72gBr3VHpnzCKNhs&hl=en&ei=C0UkSoz4IOOMtgeKqeG_Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4#PPA6,M1 -
Andruzzi, Tony - http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/mym_intro.htm - Check out both pages.
Angel, Criss - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criss_Angel - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criss_Angel#Criss_Angel_Mindfreak - Mindfreak episodes:
Bizarre Biblical Tales - NOTE: If you are offended by bizarre biblical stories, you may want to skip this one. http://listverse.com/2008/01/31/top-10-bizarre-biblical-tales/ -
Bizarre Magic Discussion - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/bizarre_magick.html - If reading this discussion does not get your creative juices going, I do not know what will.
Bizarre Magic Dot Net - http://www.bizarremagic.net/ - Something for everybody....
Bizarre Magick Dot Com - http://www.bizarremagick.com/ - They say this is where it begins.
Book of Shadows - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Shadows - and - http://www.sacred-texts.com/bos/index.htm - and - http://www.spellbinderz.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=318_33 (Make a book, using “found” items for the cover.) - or make one to use as a scrap book: http://willows-warlok.tripod.com/charmed%20book%20of%20shadows.htm -
http://www.freewebs.com/theelementaldragon/bookofshadows.htm - Believe me! It is cheaper to make one.
Brushwood, Brian - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Brushwood - Whether or not you are into bizarre stuff, you need to check out Brian's fantastic series, SCAM SCHOOL from the beginning -
http://revision3.com/scamschool/pilot - Brian touches on about everything. (I just made a last-minute check and noticed that the Scam School web would not come up. If the links don't work, Google the web.)
Burger, Eugene - http://www.magicbeard.com/essays.php - Here is the Google search result:
http://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=eugene+burger&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 - Make a list of what he does in all the links, and learn from his performances. Use the list of what he does, and do it “your way”.
Deep Aspects of Magic Words - http://books.google.com/books?id=3SB60Wavy6MC&pg=PA18&dq=magician+patter&hl=en&ei=W9ytTeCjD8S60QHtzpyxCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFoQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=magician%20patter&f=false - Here is an interesting chapter from the book, Magic Words: A Dictionary.
Dragonskull Dot Com/uk - http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/main_map.htm - Join, and read everything on this site, especially all parts of this: http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/lecture7_bs.htm -
Fitzkee's The Trick Brain - Check out the contents of this book for bizarre effects:
http://www.angelfire.com/musicals/fitzkee/TBc.html - Pick a page at random, and select a trick from the page to make a performance piece of your own. (This link seems to be blocked; if you know of an open Fitzkee link, please let me know).
Ghoul - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoul - Take note of this definition: “By extension, the word ghoul is also used derogatorily to refer to a person who delights in the macabre.” tsk tsk....
Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling - http://www.sacred-texts.com/pag/gsft/index.htm -
Haunted Key Discussion - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/discussions/haunted_key.html - And here is my routine for the key and Glorpy:
http://forums.about.com/ab-magic/messages?msg=3710.3 - Here is a Genii discussion:
ICBM - http://www.icbmmagick.com/about.html - It has been suggested by the spirits that I attend this convention.
Leaping Lizards Magic - http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/csspages/css_bazaar.htm - Google the toys you find on the links of this web....
Lesley, Ted - http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/ted_lesley.htm -
http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/Ted%20Lesley/Decisions%20Decisions.htm - Well, I finally found a use for old Svengali decks.....make a three-card forcing deck with them!! In fact, if the backs are different, you can introduce the cards by saying, “I finally found a use for the old cards I seem to accumulate.”
Magicians' Bizarre Deaths - http://www.magictricks.com/library/bizdeath.htm - You might be surprised at some of the names on here.
Marucci, Peter - Check out his many routines on several links: http://www.online-visions.com/bizarre/index.html - http://www.bizarremagick.com/protected/pm.html (You will probably need to join the site to view this one.) - Also, he has a column, called “Storytime,” in The Linking Ring, which may be read by IBM members on line at this link: http://www.magician.org/portal/en/lronline -
Paranormal Phenomena - http://paranormal.about.com/ - Check out the links; there is some interesting material here.
Poinc, Gene - Memorial (Tricks) on Learned Pig - http://www.thelearnedpig.com.pa/magos/poinc/tricks.html - Join this web!!!! If you cannot get on the web, try http://www.thelearnedpig.com.pa - Here is a sample of Gene's work that I absolutely love:
http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/lecture5ep_2.htm - (Now, do some work on your old set of Multiplying Rabbits, with red and black marker pens, and come up with a really macabre routine.)
Randi, James - Paranormal Challenge - http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html - and http://www.randi.org/encyclopedia/mentalist.html - Some people don't believe in anything. Create a convincing paranormal demonstration that could get you a million dollars.....yeah right!!
Rowland, Ian - Cold Readings - http://www.ianrowland.com/index.php?p=ColdReading1 - and - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Rowland - Find out and share what his favorite presentations are.
Shadowlands: Ghosts and Hauntings - http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/index.html - They say that there are more than 16,000 personal experiences about ghosts and hauntings on this web, but you might have to dig them up....tsk tsk.......
Sick Humor - http://personal.palouse.net/joeh/pages/sick.htm - There are some great lines here that should fit right in with bizarre magic routines. Last night I wished I had typed up a list of some of these lines and had them for a recent round-table joke session. Don't get caught short; make a list.
Skeptic's Dictionary - http://www.skepdic.com/contents.html - Okay, memorize all the definitions on this list......Well, okay, just check a few out.
Snopes - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snopes#Lost_Legends - The bibliography on this link will take you to some strange and bizarre places.
Solomon, Ed - If you are an IBM member, you can read Ed's regular column, “Storytelling Magic,” in The Linking Ring Magazine, on line for members at - http://www.magician.org/portal/en/lronline -
There are many sides to Ed's Bizarre Magic. Check out Ed's Gospel effects on these links: http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/csspages/css_heart_and_soul.htm - and read the free sample of his penny trick routine at - http://www.leapinglizardsmagic.com/csspages/css_moneymatters.htm - At the end of the penny trick, I might take the penny, which the spectator would be holding, and change it to a larger plastic dime, with the comment, “So, when you send up a prayer, there is a good chance that it will come back tenfold.” Naturally, you leave it with the spectator to carry as a good-luck piece.
Spooky Campfire Stories - http://www.americanfolklore.net/campfire.html - Got any favorites? Select one and create a magical effect for it.
Story Telling web - http://www.thestorytelling-resource-centre.com/magictales.html - Scroll down for some nice patter routines.
Texas Folklore - http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/united-states-folklore/texas-folklore/ - I read a couple of these to Mary.....She liked them.
Vampires - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire - Check out this Colwin thesis: http://etd.lib.ttu.edu/theses/available/etd-02262009-31295005242952/unrestricted/31295005242952.pdf
Visions - There are some great links to bizarre/unusual magic on Visions: http://www.online-visions.com/effects/index-bizarre.html - Click around on the “Columns” link, and do be sure to read the routines on this one: http://www.online-visions.com/bizarre/index.html -
Walden, Chris - http://paranormalist.net/ - Chris is delving into many areas; my favorite is his Shadow Hour: http://shadowhour.com/ -
OBJECTIVE THREE - Run, don't walk, to the nearest half-price book store or Amazon, and search for Bill Severn's Complete Book of Magic, or at least a copy of the first third of that book which is Severn's Mystifying Mental Tricks. They provide introductions to bizarre/unusual mental magic. I like Severn's work, because he provides insights into PERFORMANCE. Read it here, while it is still on the web:
OBJECTIVE FOUR - Workshop/Clinic Exercise: Keep it simple and direct!!!!! Brainstorm and create bizarre presentations for the most-common and simple tricks you know and those effects which are inspired by this guide. Then craft the props to match your patter. In addition to all the above material, here are effects and/or Principles of Magic to help charge up the brain cells. (You might want to review Leary's list of magic principles: http://ja-jp.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=322388419190&topic=13708 - Brainstorm! Brainstorm! Add to the following notes, without regard to how they might apply. Here are some Magic Principles from the Leary list to help get your brainstorm/creative juices flowing: (Just pretend that every word is jotted down as it comes to you....that is what I did and here is the result.)
Animation/Mental Powers Principles - RANDOM THOUGHTS: thread; wire; string; rubber bands; breathing; magnets; heat; mouse; baby hand or claw animation; rising vampire card; rolling pencil or cigarette; rising ring on band; animated pencil, pen, knife, nail, etc.; Possible applications of random thoughts above, regardless of principle: Thread: Broken/Restored Thread; Wire: Eerie wind sounds on barbed wire; String: String/Rope/Band/Necklace Through Neck, Thumb, Spectator's Wrist; etc., etc. Dramatic presentation Ideas: Broken/Restored Thread from Mummy's coffin; Hanged Cattle-Thief Ghost and Barbed-Wire Garrot; Severed Thumb/Finger in Match Box..... Now, from these thoughts, find some applications and create some presentations:
Invisible-Thread Applications Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgxY53VGHO8 -
Thread Trick Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgxY53VGHO8 -
IT Loop Haunted Deck - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QZ_MQJn5JE&NR=1 - Check out the related IT applications on that web.
Gypsy Thread - http://vimeo.com/3021761 -
Spoon/Metal/etc. Bending - http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-bend-spoon-with-your-mind-270431/ - Check out this video and all the related “mind-bending” feats there.
PK Paper Clip Bend - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glLUpbIYbHQ&feature=related -
Floating Paper Clip and Aluminum Coin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MBHf7j7bVs&feature=related - With the mind? Nope, science. Do this at a bar for drinks.
Ash On Arm - http://www.goodtricks.net/ashoo.html - Keep thinking about applications of the principle as follows: Revelation on Mirror/Paper/Hand; soap, wax, Chap Stick; thought transferences; spirit message; card revelation; number (1089); living and dead names; favorite movie/tv stars; billet reading; billet switches; change bag; billet bag;
OBJECTIVE FIVE - Now that you have seen how I brainstorm a topic every month, allow me to return you to last-year's Mentalism collection of bizarre and unusual material. Use the approach above to prepare to mentor a topic or to present a workshop. Enjoy the review of the 2010 Mentalism Guide, and use it to help you prepare mini-workshops or lesson plans for mentoring our new members of the club. http://www.austinmagic.org/sam/studyguide2010.html#mozTocId851029 - See you at the meeting...
OBJECTIVE ONE - Learn the meanings of some important words and terms that are helpful in winning performance contests. Provide the list and questions below to several people, before your practice performances, and ask them to look over the data and be prepared to rate each item, from 1 to 10, in the space provided. Ask them to take notes during the performance, but ask that they not make any numerical ratings until after the performance. Then ask them to make the ratings and formalize the notes. DO NOT be afraid of or upset at the results. (Good friends are not the best people to ask for these evaluations.)
NOTE: Judges/evaluators should be OBJECTIVE in their formal evaluations and SUBJECTIVE in their CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM.
Appropriateness of Appearance/Dress/Costume _____ - Does the performer's attire detract from or enhance the performance? How so?
Artistry/Showmanship/Technical Ability: _____ - Is the performer's skill up to the level deemed appropriate for the “act”? How so?
Audience reaction: _____ - Does the audience generally seem to like the performer? Examples?
Connection and interaction with the audience: _____ - How well does the performer connect and/or interact with the audience? Examples?
Confidence/Poise/Stage Presence: _____ - Is the performer comfortable with his “character” and his audience? Examples?
Continuity/Routining: _____ - How smoothly do the parts of the performance connect/blend? Examples?
Personality: DO NOT SCORE - Does anything about the performer detract from the “character” that he or she portrays? What and how?
Stagecraft: _____ - Are background, props, and acoustical accompanyment appropriate to the “character” and performance? How so?
Time: _____ minutes, _____ seconds - Overtime disqaualifies the contestant.
OBJECTIVE TWO - Here are some performance videos from the web. Some of the performers are winners, but most are not. Pretend you are a judge, and pick out who you think should be the winners, on all the links on each web, and who should not be. Jot down the reasons you select the winners and reasons you do not select the others. (Except for the first couple of searches below, I try not to provide the names of the individual performers or specific contests, because it would bring too many unwanted internet searchers to the guide; sorry about that.)
OBJECTIVE THREE - Read contest rules and tips, wherever you may find them. The following links are randomly taken from the web and do not necessarily apply to our contests, nor are they necessarily current. They may, however, contain just the tip you need to fine tune your performance.
Fearson - http://www.downloadmagic.com/winningmagiccontests/ -
A Georgia Club - http://www.gamagicclub.com/MichieCompetitionRules.htm -
Ohio Convention Rules - http://www.battleofmagicians.com/rules.php -
CAM Contest - http://magicianconvention.com/?cat=8 -
PCAM Contests - http://magicianconvention.com/?cat=12 -
OBJECTIVE FOUR - Let us look at general magic theory and discussion. Here is a short collection of articles, some good, some not-so-good. You be the judge. Select a few of them, read them, and learn.
Secret Art Journal - Be sure to check out the menu on this web, to find “Authors” articles. The articles are quite good - http://www.secretartjournal.com/ -
Essays by Burger - Here are some of his early works - http://www.magicbeard.com/essays.php -
Magic Trick Articles - There are many topics addressed in these articles, including “Putting Together a Kid Show”, etc. - http://www.thisismagic.com/html/magic_articles.html -
Ask Mr. Magic - http://allmagic.com/magicshow/askmrmagic/mrmagic.html - Read especially the article about routining a close-up show (“Big Finish”).
OBJECTIVE FIVE - Take a look at material about popular and standard tricks and illusions:
Wiki's List of Tricks and Illusions - Get an in-depth look at many popular and standard tricks and illusions - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_magic_tricks - Here are some of my favorites from the list:
Bill in Lemon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucunDjoHoK8 -
Linking Rings - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOni1NPQe7M -
Cups and Balls - The routining of the trick - http://www.magic-tricks.ws/magictrick43.html - (Scroll down for great routines by Rickey Jay, et. al.) -
Cut and Restored Rope - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c7bIV5-PZU&feature=related -
Chink-a-Chink/Matrix/Assembly - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jlT8f1rAno - Check out all the other videos.
OBJECTIVE SIX - Here are some things by and about some of our friends:
Cy Albertson Comedy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcrqHGddows - It's all art!
Michael Ammar - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj5DX3zJ5tw -
Ray Anderson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjLoVQ_Yj6c&feature=related -
Ed Boswell's utube items - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9YNAnFEHAY - Go Eddie!!!
Brian Brushwood - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmoMiY0zAXA - and don't miss this web: http://shwood.squarespace.com/ -
Kent Cummins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yge4_HkOQho -
Tim Dietz - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSn_JiWDWYg -
Arsene Dupin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyOO_F3i5XU -
Marcus Eddy's Magic - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0RcBhSPDk -
Richard Garriott - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3tgg6JJBlM -
Jim Gentil - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt9Ilem5O9I -
Doug Gorman - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWm-W6-Uy0Y&feature=related -
C. J. Johnson - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvPmJzUZEW4 -
John Maverick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFeXc27iybE&feature=related -
J. D. Stewart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0LX5Y2WCrk&NR=1 -
Richard Turner - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gisLxQJOP7M&feature=related -
Austin Magic Fest Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65AUhpNdpEc -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AX6x-H8Nf8 - Check out all the videos on this link.
Rick Carruth's Road Show Newsletter - http://streetmagic.info/emagic118.html - If you do not receive this free newsletter, you are missing out on some valuable tips, tricks and even free ebooks.
Included above are several links that were addressed in last year's study guide on Street Magic.....So, despite some repetitition, here is the link to last year's fairly-comprehensive Street Magic Study Guide - http://www.austinmagic.org/sam/studyguide2010.html#mozTocId137841 - Enjoy, and then come back and see the items below.
Free Strings and String Trick(s) - http://www.gardendigest.com/string/index.htm - Use a hole punch to punch a hole in your business cards; string a card on a loop of string 52 inches long. Tie the ends. Prepare as many as you might handout to passers by, and show them some string tricks.
Coin Tricks - Boy's Life Magazine, pg 8, May 81 - http://books.google.com/books?id=lmYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - A few impromptu coin effects....
The Money Mint (Coin from Deck of Cards) - pg 6, Feb 81 - http://books.google.com/books?id=bmYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - The second production (of the mint) makes this a very effective trick.
The Aunt Trap (Torn/Restored Paper/Napkin) - pg 16, Mar 81 - http://books.google.com/books?id=jGYEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false - Nice routine for torn/restored napkin trick.Back to Quick Reference
NOTE: Think about booking some Halloween shows, but also think about visiting a hospital children's ward, gratis, for those kids who cannot play Trick or Treat. Visit the hospital staff as soon as possible before Halloween, to learn what you may and may not do. Observe the hippocratic oath: DO NO HARM!!
Objective One - Review Oct 2010 Study Guide for a comprehensive overview of Halloween-type posts - http://www.austinmagic.org/sam/studyguide2010.html#mozTocId851029 - (Some of the old links may no longer work; sorry about that).
Objective Two - Read and enjoy this month's material, but please use judgement and caution when sharing or performing the items. Not everybody sees humor in being frightened, and please do not ever scare a child.
Warning: Some of the items below contain material that is not suitable for children or the faint of heart:
Prank Web (Gags and Games) - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/prank/ - (There is a large variety of items in the links of this web; I have selected only a few for inclusion here):
Where's Waldo - click on “start” - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/waldo -
Flash Mind Reader - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/mind -
Kikia - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/kikia -
Hand and Eye Coordination - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/handeye -
Audio/Visual Coordination Test - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/avtest -
Pentagram Card Trick - http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/majick -
Objective Three - Check out these Macabre Tricks, Videos, Things to Do - (I was hoping to have some new material for this October, but last year's guide pretty well covered the web. I am trying out some new searches, so hopefully I can add something new to the Halloween season. Actually, there are some new Houdini webs, but you can Google them yourself.)
The Spider Trick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1edvZJYFZKM - Check out related videos.
Teaching Pet Spiders - http://www.ehow.com/how_2053199_teach-pet-spider-tricks.html -
Nacht Kabarett - http://www.nachtkabarett.com/Grotesque -
Paranormal wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_%28paranormal%29 -
Halloween Skits - https://people.creighton.edu/~bjs74318/bluejay/pack114/library/hall-skits.html - https://people.creighton.edu/~bjs74318/bluejay/pack114/library/hall.html -
SNL's Halloween Videos - http://joyhog.com/2009/10/04/snls-top-10-halloween-sketches/ -
Count Macabre – a bit of nostalgia - http://www.dovetailstudio.com/countmacabre/index.html -
Monster Mash - I could not pass this up; turn up your volume - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0thH3qnHTbI -
Spook Shows - I recall these as Midnight Shows, during the 50s - http://www.spookshows.com/spooks/spook_shows.htm -
Google Spook Show Images - Each image is good for a click - http://www.google.com/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=spook+shows&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1440&bih=665 -
OBJECTIVE ONE - AMBITIOUS CARD TRICK - Learn as many ways to control a card to the top of the deck as you can, but do perfect at least three that can be used to present the classic Ambitious Card Trick, wherein the selected card keeps coming to the top. Look over the performance notes below, and create your own ROUTINE, hopefully with a novel climax.Ambitious Card Effect - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAXxh66PdIY&feature=relmfu -
Note: Now that you have it all figured out, watch how some really good pros PERFORM The Ambitious ROUTINE:Tommy Wonder - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrApPgoWZqE&feature=related - Ringbox.
Further Study and Bibliography -Card Trick Central Sleight/Trick Index - http://www.cardtricksite.com//trmnolgy.htm - Denis Behr Ambitious Routines - http://archive.denisbehr.de/archive/route/entries.php?url=10,46,31,188,17 - (Much material here...)CollectedWisdom Magic Talk - http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~roy/magictalk-wisdom/ - Scroll down to Card Effects and Tips and Techniques.
Performance Notes: Rather than mess up all your decks, save and use Jokers, and have a spectator write the name of a character, such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Santa Claus, the birthday boy/girl, the CEO, or whomever, in order to make the routine topical to the audience. Don't forget to include a novel climax. Check out upcoming holidays for topical patter ideas: http://www.brownielocks.com/november.html - and - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_holidays_by_country#United_States_of_America -
OBJECTIVE TWO: Set yourself a goal of reading one or two tricks/routines/magic essays, etc. per day in the year to come. Keep a notebook or journal in which you jot down the type of trick, information, and especially any PRINCIPLES your readings reveal. For example, the first eighteen web pages below contain many more than eighteen principles, sleights, ruses, moves, or bits of useful information.
NOTE: Some of these links may have changes to the data referenced; if so, please just go on to the next item. We do not update out-dated links, and I am cleaning off my desk top.____ ALL MAGIC GUIDE INDEX - http://allmagic.com/t/index.html#top -
QUIZ: Which item above calls for a “pocket magnet” to help dispose of a ditched item? Which item uses the same basic principle as a ring-off-string routine? Which item uses a “Shuttle Pass” to switch one item for another?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OBJECTIVE THREE: Let's read and view some archival material and videos. Take notes occasionally. Don't be afraid to spend hours on them. And don't be afraid to join the webs of these guys who work hard to keep interesting and useful material on the internet.
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NOTE: Wayne has many more easy-to-do effects for beginners. Use them when you are tasked to teach a class to youngsters or when mentoring a new muggle in the Assembly. My sincere thanks to Wayne Kawamoto and the New York Times for keeping About's Magic and Illusion web alive.
NOTE: Keep reading the 3710 thread above for more Mentalism routines. But wait! There are other forums with other routines, and here are selected routines from the first 250 posts on thread number 2083, The Parrot. It was the first virtual magic bar on line.....We did have fun.
OBJECTIVE FOUR: Let's update and add to our Basic Magic Kit. Some of the items below might require a trip to our local magic stores, but most can be done with common objects you should collect from around your home. (Note: Watch your spouse, when he/she is cleaning out the kids' toy boxes, because, at the bottom of those boxes are some ready-made magic props, and they are often tossed out with the trash, e.g., marbles, small sticks or dowels, tiny boxes, animals, etc.) I have included references for the use of some items. Start keeping your own lists in a notebook.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!........... opie
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