Achive: 2011 Program Study guide
This page contains Opie Houston's recommended study guide for the Assembly 206 Programs in 2011.  Archives of other years can be found here: 2012 2011 2010 2009  2008 2007 2006  2005  2004

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January 2011 - Oscar Munoz - Routine Topics - Mentoring Tips

MEMBERS ONLY MEETING/LECTURE. Bring a current SAM National Membership Card and/or a receipt for current local and National dues or a checkbook, as this Oscar Munoz lecture/performance is for members in good standing ONLY. Come early to get your dues paid and to get a good seat. (If you only plan to attend this meeting this year, your national and local dues will have been well spent. AND you will still receive 12 great issues of M-U-M Magazine and the opportunity to attend at least another 11 fantastic SAM 206 Programs, not to mention the annual National convention. Modesty almost prevents me from mentioning this humble little monthly SAM 206 study guide.)

(I - LEARNING OBJECTIVE ONE - Start a notebook and jot down some principles of magic demonstrated by our lecturer(s). Jot down one or more tricks/routines that can be accomplished with those principles. Make a note to apply yourself to learning more about the principles. I wish to continue posting learning objectives throughout the year, mostly geared to principles that are suggested by the monthly topics and performances. I believe that this goal setting will help everyone. So take notes.)

Oscar Munoz performs about 500 shows per year and is one of the top professional magicians in the world. But most of you know that. Here is a hint of what you might see or hear in his lecture:

Great Rope Routine - -

Kid, Change Bag, Balloon Dog - -

Oscar's Community Work - -

I hope he might bring his lovely sister......sigh!!!! You gotta love Carolyn: -

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(II - LEARNING OBJECTIVE TWO - Jot down at least two special routine ideas, using the holidays or special observances in the following links. Work on at least one of them. )

1 - Routine Topics and Patter - Holidays -

January 2011 - -

February 2011 - -

This holiday site provides information that will assist you in preparing timely material with which to present your magic. Some general information includes bizarre, crazy, unknown, silly and traditional holidays and observances. These observances bring to mind several performance pieces and provide us with many, many varied themes and topics. Read the holiday background information for the month and especially the daily related links near the bottom of the web that bring you historical and other topical information.

NOTE: When clicking on some links, you will get “Cookies” pop ups; just click on “Reject” a few times, and they usually go away.

(III - LEARNING OBJECTIVE THREE - Using your own date of birth, pick out some historical events that happened on your special day. Then think about somebody you may be entertaining shortly who is having a birthday; find out what interesting events might have happened on his or her day. Find a routine that might leave the birthday person with your card or other document that contains notations about special events in history that happened on the day he or she was born. Unless the YEAR of birth is being announced at the venue, use ONLY the date without the year. )

2 - Timely Historical Topics - Allusions to events during your performances add interest and depth to the material you are presenting, but don't over-do it. Of course the birthday boy or girl should find it entertaining that you know what famous events occurred on his/her birthday or other special day.

Today in History - -

This Day in History - -

Brainy History - -

Answers dot com - -

Famous People's Birthdays - - Betsy Ross was born on 1 January, which might be a patter point for use in a trick involving the U.S. Flag.
The Torn and Restored Paper might have important events in history about the “birthday boy's” day. - -

3 - Mummer's Parade - -

Costume changes - - Look for “character” material that is timely.

4 - New Year's Day - -

Coin to Alka Seltzer - You could just switch it under a hank that you toss over a glass of water or use the Bobo Switch - -

5 - Tournament of Roses Parade - -

Napkin to Rose - - -

(IV - LEARNING OBJECTIVE FOUR - Learn at least one trick/routine that demonstrates an ability to control a person's mind.....a Hypno Trick, if you will. Even the suggestion of hypnosis in a routine that purports to demonstrate the magician's power over individuals can be an effective entertainment addition. As a minimum, find an old trick that you no longer use that might be helped out of the drawer by the addition of some hypnotic patter.)

6 - World Hypnotism Day - Now there is one we don't want to miss. -

Stage and other hypnosis Data - -

Magnetic Fingers Trick - -

Self-Hypnosis Video -

7 - Bizaar and Unique Holidays - -

National Blood Donor Month - Promote this one with some vampire teeth and the Cut Thumb Trick - - You can stick pins through the carrot before removing it. Chris Angel and Johnny Thompson fool Carrot Top with a Finger Chopper.. - -

Well, those are ideas about using timely topics in your patter routines. One other tip: National Puzzle Day on 29 January - - Who doesn't like puzzles? Couldn't pass up the opportunity to share the link.

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MENTEE GOALS - Although this item is primarily for new members who might like to learn a basic magic principle or two every month, all members are encouraged to take a look, in order to help with our mentoring program. For the record, let us call this month's learning goal the principle of “The Magician's Choice.”

NOTE: Keep in mind that a principle, like a sleight, is not a trick or effect; it is merely the means or method with which the magic is accomplished. Notice that there are many tricks that can be done with that principle.

(V - LEARNING OBJECTIVE FIVE - As you read the following links, jot down a few tricks and routines that use “The Magician's Choice.” Think about the distinctions between an equivocation and a Cross-Cut or Classic Force. And DO recognize that the force or choice is NOT a trick but merely the means to accomplish a trick or routine.)

1 - “Magician's Choice” Principle and Forces - See Annemann's 202 METHODS OF FORCING on the Learned Pig web. Join that web!!!! - -

2 - Coin Prediction - - Variation on “choice” trick - -

3 - Wiki/Equivocation - -

4 - Equivocation Article - -

(VI - LEARNING OBJECTIVE SIX - Make a note of a trick or routine on the web and learn it. There are many magic links which change tricks or information every month to allow you to plan a study. “AllMagic” is one of those. Oh, and don't wait too long to learn that routine, as they tend to drop off the web page after a while.)

1 - Want Something Different???? - Okay, check out this link every month: “AllMagic”...... It has something new every month - - Find and perfect a routine to present at a SAM 206 meeting. You are not going to find much better material and instruction anywhere. If you are just interested in sleights and tricks, try this - -

2 - Strolling/Bar Approach - Did you join in the performances at the Omni Bar at the last meeting? Even if you are certain that everything about your routine is perfect, there may still be some hesitation to approaching strangers and getting them to watch you. Here is a cold approach by Tim Ellis: - While you are there, be sure to check out some of the great videos, especially Tim's Runaround Sue and any of the succulent Sue's wonderful presentations (sigh) - -

MENTOR MATERIAL - Those of you who are sold on our internal mentoring program should be interested in much of the following material. Give Doc Seaton a buzz and ask what you can do to help.

1 - Teaching-Tips Index - This web is probably one of the best tips webs I have seen. Those of you who teach or who have taught will find it most interesting - -

2 - If you find all that a bit imposing, at least read this effect of “memorizing” names of and personal information about a class full of students, using a magic “one-ahead” method - -

(VII - LEARNING OBJECTIVE SEVEN - Check out the links in 3 below. Distinguish between Leary's list of principles and Ellis's list of Tricks and their inventors. These are lists that you might want to use in training sessions and to keep for future reference.)

3 - Magic Inventors' Principles - Check out the many principles of magic, and please do help explain to beginners in magic that a principle or sleight is not a trick and that it is merely the means or method to do the trick. You should enjoy this list: - - Here is Tim Ellis's list of tricks and their inventors - -

4 - Community-Service - Let us look into some locations where our new members, led by some old timers, can help bring magic to those who can use it. The State School and children's hospital wards come to mind. Help Doc Seaton get an on-going program started. Here are some articles on the topic:

From Charles the Clown - -

Dewey Dinkles - -

Chicago Program - (Read this one) - -

Heroes Night Out - - IBM Ring 60
has this program, led by J.D. Stewart. Get on board.



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February - Classic Secrets of Magic

(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.)

  1. Elliot, Bruce - Classic Secrets of Magic - Here is an overview of the Contents - -
  2. One Magician's Favorites - Here are ten favorites from a working professional's blog - - (His whole blog is interesting; give it a read.)
  3. Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks - Here are some more favorites, illustrating that opinions differ: -
  4. Stars of Magic Review - Here are more time-honored routines - -

(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.)

  1. Study Guide Review - Looking back over these guides, which have appeared for some 73 months (from 2004 to present), I find that there have been many tricks, illusions, ruses, devices, techniques, etc., that have become “Classic” magic, through universal use and appeal to both spectators and magicians alike. So, I am about to take an enjoyable read from the beginnings of these dusty pages, in search of what I believe to be classical magic.....Hey! Everybody has a right to decide what he/she likes and enjoys making memorable. Anyway, here are choices of material from the past, picked for your evaluation and/or approval, from back study guide issues: (Just remember that some of those old links don't work).
    1. March 04, Kid-Show Favorites: -
    2. April 04, Card and Impromptu Skills: -
    3. May 04, Rope, Ring, and String Magic: -
    4. Famous Magicians' Favorites and Recent Favorites: -
    5. The Fitzkee Trilogy - Read all three books, by using the chapter links across the top of the page of each of these classics: -
    6. Teaching Youth (Basic Classics) - -
    7. Dec 05 - Bobo Study Guide (Classic Coin Magic) - -
    8. Closeup Notes and references - -
    9. Ancient Magic - -
    10. Dec 08 - An Index of Sorts - If you cannot find what you seek on this list, it probably is not on this guide - (Remember, some links don't work any more) - -
  2. My personal favorites for years were: Card Productions to Hat which changed to a long rope; Cut and Restored Rope Routine; Temple Screen production of gillions of silks; some knot effects with a long skinny silk, leading into Sympathetic Silks; Walking Thru Ribbons/Ropes; Canary Cats; Some card effects, using animal or alphabet cards; Square Circle or Dove Pan to produce a bunch of candy and “Goodnight Silk.” I did that same routine or variations thereof for years.
  3. More On-Line Material??????? - I always found plenty of material, but you have to know where to look to get the good tips. Take another look at the collected Magic Talk webs; there are some good people who contributed ideas and suggestions there: - Just skimming over the pages, I see some good tricks that require a closer look. So, here are some random items taken from the web. They provide ample material for you to select and make a couple of them your “Classics.” NOTE: If the videos do not work, try entering the title of the effect and utube on Google.
    1. Body Self Levitation - -
    2. Card Thru Window - -
    3. Card Through Hank - (video) - and -
    4. Cigarette Eating (Yuck) - -
    5. Chop Cup - Google videos -
    6. Coin Through Hank - -
    7. Coin and Poker Chip Flourishes - -
    8. Drill of Death - -
    9. Death Saw - -
    10. Doves - -
    11. Flying - -
    12. Haunted Key - -
    13. Linking Rings - Google videos -
    14. Metamorphosis - Sub Trunk - Here are Google's videos -
      - and Google's Images -
    15. Spoon Bending - -
    16. Vanishing Bird Cage - -
    17. Zig Zag Illusion - Here are Google's Videos -
      - and Google's Images -
    18. For more magic video classics, see Jan 10 study guide at: -
(III - LEARNING OBJECTIVE THREE - Jot down at least two special routine ideas, using the holidays or special observances in the following links. Work on at least one of them. ) -

February - - and March - - 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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March - Miscellaneous - Keeping Magic Notebooks and Scrapbooks

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 - - -

TIHOIP - roaches - -

Goshman - -

Three-Ball Routine - -

World's Greatest Magic - -

Garcia's Sometime Bowl Routine - -

Garcia's TIHOIP (Sacrosanct) - -

Two-Balls w/Watch Steal - -

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 - - (Try this with candy kisses or any objects you can comfortably thumb palm.)

Floating Paper Ball - -


Ten Count Trick - -

Simple Cups and Balls - -

OBJECTIVE THREE - Look over holidays and/or special events over the next couple of months, and select themes for patter ideas - -

World Rattlesnake Roundup Week - Rattlesnake Egg Gag - - (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 - -

Magic Talk - -

Fan-ta-stik - -

Shrinking Stir Stick - -

Knife/Sticker - -

Knife/Coin - - bill finale -

Snapper Pen Trick - - use as a finale to a pen-paddle effect, claiming that an invisible rubber band is responsible for all....

Knife and Paddle Moves -,922 -

Stir Stick - -

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 - -

Sign Trick - -

Stupid Compass Trick - -

Compass Trick - -

Magic Compass - -

Thoughts on Patter - -

Real Compass Routine - -

Demo Video - -

Han Dynasty Patter Material - -

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) - - Read the articles; they are quite good.

Puppets for Kids - - Scroll down to right for routines.

Book - Creative Clowning - Read chapter that starts on p. 103 - -

Book - Puppet Theater of Japan - Not illustrated but a good read - -

OBJECTIVE SEVEN - Learn and play with Ring On/Off String/Rope AND Ring On Stick/Wand -

Bev Bergeron - Ring on Stick - -

Ring Off String - - Excellent instructions for two methods of removing a ring from a string.

Ring On/Off String/Rope - - Scroll down to ring and string tricks -

Diamond Jim's Routine - -

Ring and String - See page 9 - -

Ring on/Off Rope - -

Ring/Other Off String/Chain - - 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 - -

Here are some samples of scrapbooks and notebooks that collectors have put together:

“Magicians Scrapbook, uk” - - Click on the Houdini article to see the whole scrapbook sample.

Scraps to Works of Art - - 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 - -

TAOM Scrapbook, 1943-66 - -

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. - -

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 - -

Bill Palmer - Merlin the Magician Scrapbook - Great on-line collection of personal material and THE collection of Cups and Balls information and photos - -

Wikipedia - Looking for magician biographies or specific topics? Do a “wiki” search - -

Magic Clip Art - -

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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April - Magic Auction Wish Lists/More Notebook and Scrapbook Items

AUSTIN MAGIC AUCTION, 16 April - - 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 - - and do read the history of Abbott's book: - great old pictures.

ALLESI'S - - Have a drooling look at this stuff.



EBAY - - and magic catalogs - -

Wait until you see how much better our prices might be.


HOCUS POCUS.COM - - You gotta love this stuff.

KTMAGIC - - Good source of prices that items received in past auctions.

MAGIC AUCTION.COM (NOT AUSTIN) - - 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.



MARTINKA - - Don't get in a hurry; buy Austin.

POTTER AUCTIONS - Download the FREE catalogs on the menu and enjoy some great photos, etc. - and Seven auction pages of gambling and magic books - -




T.MYERS MAGIC (GUS DAVIS) - - Buy local.


OBJECTIVE TWO - Check out the magic tricks and routines on these two webs:

ABBOTT'S MAGIC - - Click on the free-magic link for some really good stuff.

STEVEN'S MAGIC - - 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 - -

The Nut Cup and Balls (Benson Bowl Routine) - -

The $36.00 Wallet - a ready-to-go mentalism effect - -

The Hindu Cups - several pages of Hindu Cups handling - -

Twin Book Test - -


Only an Illusion (Match Stick Thru Wishbone) - pg. 46, Jun 1911 - -

Harry Kellar donates $100 to Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop - pg. 32, Sep 1911 - -

Christmas Puzzles and Tricks - pg 12, Dec 1911 - - 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 - - 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. -

Four Times X is Why (One-Way Principle) - pg 12, Apr 1980 - -

Here are some other “trick-deck” principles - -

Svengali Deck handling - -

Sock Away Buck - pg 8, May 1980 - - 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 - -

OBJECTIVE SIX - CALENDAR - Adapt some holiday themes to some of your routines, using the topics on this web: -

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May  -  More Magic Principles and Resources, Cards, Rings and Ropes

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.  -  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.   -   (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:   -   

Card Trick Basics  -   -   

Kid/Beginner Stuff  -   “Magic with Noggin Bodd”  -  -   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”  -  -  pg 6.  

Severn's Do-Anywhere Card Tricks  -  pg 20, Jan 81  -  -   

Talk Magic/uk Discussion  -   -   

MagicTalk-Wisdom  -  -  

Ogden's CIGTMT  -  -  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  -   -   

Genii Forum on Crimps and Keys  -   -   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  -   -   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  -   -   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.)  -  -  -  -  -  -  -   -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  A MUST-READ!!!  -  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  -  -   

Cards Across Discussion  -;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:  -  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    -  -   

Invisible Thread Tips  -  -   

IT Reel Discussion  -  -   

Making Invisible Thread  -   -   

Bottle Cap Levitation  -   -   

Spinning Card  -  -   

Invisible Thread Discussion  -  -   

Making IT Reel  -  -  

Making IT Loops  -  -   

IT Video  -  -   

Fisherman's Knots  -  -   

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  -  -   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  -   -  and  -  -   

Some Miscellaneous Rope Tricks  -  -  

Ring and String Bibliography  -   -   

Rope Trick Inventors  -   -   

Abbott/James, Ency of Rope Tricks  -  -   Here is the standard text of rope tricks...... Browse it and enjoy.    

Chefalo Rope/Ring Video  -  -   

Hunter Bow Knot Video  -   -   

Ben Ulin's Rope Routine  -   -   Great performance.    


  -      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   -  -   Read this web page and jot down the many different applications of The Paddle Move.   Jot down some patter ideas for each effect.

B   -  -  Read this interesting discussion on the Paddle Move.  Add to your effects and patter ideas.  NOTE:  You might want to bookmark or download the link to Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft, using the link on the second post there.   Here is a link to a tutorial for the move:   -    and here is probably more than you ever wanted to know about the principle:  -  

2   -   The Thumb Tip Principle  -      

A   -   Jot down the effects demonstrated on these videos and some patter ideas for each effect:   -  -   

B   -   Read this wiki and jot down gimmicks similar to the Thumb Tip, along with applications of each.   -   Did you notice the references to the Dye Tube and the Swami Gimmick?  

C   -   Darwin's 101 Thumb Tip Tricks  -   -   Pick out a few of these tricks and work up some original patter for them.

D   -   Another Link to Read  -   - 


3   -   Two-Card Monte Move  (the oldie slum version)  -   

A  -   Table Approach  -  -  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.   -   -   

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June  -  Table and Walkaround Magic /Friends and Family/Free Roadshow ebook 

OBJECTIVE ONE  -  Work on a couple of Table/Walkaround routines of between five and seven minutes each, not tricks, but “sets” of one or two effects that can be done for diners between the time they order and the actual receipt of their meals.  You only need a half-dozen or so sets to do an evening of restaurant work.....Think about it!!  

Below are some NON-CARD effects and other material to help you get started.  I normally do not do card tricks in restaurant work, but I do keep a deck of cards in my pocket for those occasions when there are repeat customers or requests.  If you don't have a set or two of card tricks, I recommend that you get a copy of Royal Road to Card Magic and study it, using the following study guide:  -   

Be sure to record the principles of each of the selected effects in your notebooks, and think about related effects that might be worked into some lull spots.   You might want to start by looking over this web,  before you start on the actual tricks/routines   -  -   and do skim  this one on pocket tricks   -  -   (I have spent 50 years or so sorting through  tricks that I can carry in my pockets.)

3 Shell Game  -  I recommend that you start with an inexpensive set of plastic shells and “pea” from a magic shop or some of the many magic sets that can often be found in toy stores.   I made my first set LONG ago, using English Walnets and a little wood putty to smooth the inside of the shell.   I made a pea, using a broken green balloon and some glue, but it did not work well.  Just buy a cheap set!!!   -  -  wiki  -    -  Mats Kjellstrom -    -   -  Harry Anderson  -    -  Tony Comita Pea Under Shell  -    -  Andy Large Ball Finale  -    -  Ivar Glass Finale  -    -  Pea on bill  -    

Three-Coin Vanish Routine  -  Click on “routines” on the following link:  -  

See Bobo's Modern Coin magic  for more coin effects and the study guide for his book:  -  Study guide:  -   Here are  some fan mail and early copies of  both the Bobo guide and the RRTCM guide:  -   

Poker Chip Tricks  -  There are all kinds of quick tricks with chips.    Try these:  -  
This kid is good:  -  How about a Muscle Pass:  -  
How many of these can you do:  -   

Arm Twister  -   This trick is best done while standing at a table, with a  spectator  at the other end, apparently doing the same thing you do  -  -   and  -   

Double Arm Twister  -  I love this  -   -   
Paper-Towel Critter  -   -  This is really a fun opener for some groups, like friends who are having a few drinks.  Or, at a bar, get a lemon from the bartender and go to the restroom.  There, simply grab a paper towel and wrap it over the lemon.  Return to the bar and announce that you caught a mouse in the restroom.  Roll the thing across the bar and hope nobody gets hurt jumping away...

Ash Thru Hand  -   (You can do this seated or standing.)  -   -  -  -  -   Here is a British explanation of Blain's routine; scroll down to “And Finally,” about a third of the way down the web page:   -   

Two-In-Hand  -   (My favorite principle of magic!   One can use almost any four small objects, such as paper balls, dollar bills, nuts, olives, sugar cubes, etc., even (gasp) rubber cockroaches!!!)  -   -   -   

Torn/Restored Bill -  -  -    

Pen Thru Bill  -   All you need is a pen, a bill, and a Post-It Note  -   -  

One-to-Two Dollar Bill  (or any denomination you can afford)  -  -   

Bill Origami  -  Interesting ways of folding bills  -  -   

Bill Origami Book  -  
Rubber Band Effects  -  This is a very-good video  -  -   

Rising Ring on Rubber Band  -  -   Introduce your ring by saying, “My ring has a homing device; if I lose it, it will defy physical laws to come back to me.”  -  Here is another video   -  -   Click on the “Print” link for written instructions.  

Ring on Chain  -  This might be a nice quickie to end a routine with a ring; just take off your necklace and casually drop the ring onto it  -  -   

Endless Chain  -   Look over these sources of material regarding The Endless Chain, aka On the Barrelhead and some other names that one does not use in polite company.  Go to a hardware store and buy a “ball chain” of 52 inches long.  You will find that length perfect for the chain.  You can graduate to a silver or gold chain, when you have established a great routine.  Here are the sources:   -   Here are some photos of various chains from Whit's Scoundrels web:   -   Here is my stand-up routine from an old post on the Magic and Illusion Forum;  check it out:  -  

Basic Tarot Reading  -  There are six videos on this web that might inspire you to come up with a reading of sorts.  -   

Chop Cup Videos  -  -  -    Go back and watch all the Chop Cup routines, and take notes about what you want in your routine.  Make a checklist of effects, using the cup.   

The Pendulum  -  How to use:  -   Here is a Hypno-trick to set the mood for The Pendulum:  -   Here is a good article that should inspire some patter ideas:  -   Here are some chapters from Webster's Pendulum Magic for Beginners:  -   If you don't think The Pendulum has a startling effect on people, check out the comments on Facebook's Pendulum page:  -   

Spoon Bending  -   There is quite a bit of information here:

Business Card Tricks  -   Here is the paddle-move sleight with cards; it is a useful principle, but it needs a routine.  I thought about using totally-blank cards with hearts drawn on one side of them; the idea is to tell a story of a couple who found each other.  Work out the details and show me what you get.    -  Here is some more business-card material:   -   
and more:  -   Here is a good routine, using the Magician's Force/Hot-Rod Force:  -   and I really love this routine:  -   

OBJECTIVE TWO  -   Look over the Table of Contents  of Fitzkee's TRICK BRAIN, with emphasis on his “Nineteen Basic Effects” at: 
  -   Then, beginning with Appearances/Productions in the Table of Contents,  jot down tricks for your notebook that you might wish to learn and work on.  Brainstorm and take notes through the remainder of Fitzkee's effects/chapter titles.  That should keep you busy, and don't forget to make notes about topical patter and routine ideas as you go.  So, be sure to check out holiday topics at:  -    

OBJECTIVE THREE -   Read a few of Bill Severn's routines from Boy's Life Magazine:  

Dip for a Dollar  -  pg 16, BL Dec 81  -  bill and paper-ball trick  -  -   

Do Anywhere Rope Tricks  -  pg 10, BL Nov 81  -  

World's Smallest Spacecraft  -   pg 6, BL Oct 81  -  -   

OBJECTIVE FOUR  -  Take a break and just watch some masters of magic:

Blackstone Sr   -  -   

Cooper, Dobson, and Nixon  -  -   

Paul Daniels  -  -   

Fred Kaps  -  -   

Fred Kaps again  -   You do not get much better than this guy  -  -     

Rene Lavand  -   And how about some sleight of hand with just one arm?  -   -   

Rene Lavand  -  Was the last one too fast for you?  Well, “No se puede hacer mas lento.”   or “You cannot do this much slower.”   -  -  

OBJECTIVE FIVE  -  Whether you are a Mentor or a Mentee, you can use Rick Carruth's new ebook, Tricks and Tips.  It is FREE and contains material which would be perfect for beginner and advanced workshops.  Here is the link for Rick's Magic Roadshow; go there and is FREE.   -  -   Then scroll down about a third of the page until you see Tricks and Tips, and download the book.  It is a good read, as it will teach newbies needed principles and old hands will find some fond memories.  -  Rick was delighted, when I asked to share his web and ebook with our members....Give him your thanks by subscribing to the Magic Roadshow and enjoying his monthly free lessons and turorials.  Thanks Rick!!!!! 

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July  -   Bizarre Magic, the Ultimate Manipulation of Emotions

OBJECTIVE ONE  -   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 you.

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  -   -  

Bizarre Magic Wiki  -   -   

Macabre  -  - 

Magic and Illusion  -  -  Please note the link to “Fear of Clowns”.

Bizarre Dramatic Performances?    -   Video performances:

Tony Chris  -   -  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  -   -   Note C. J. Johnson's video below.

Johnson  -   -   Gotta love it! 

The Press  -   -   Depressing, because I don't have one of those....illusions.

Unspeakable Acts  -  -   Props/Tricks:  Book, robe, scrolls, Needle Thru Arm, Keys.  
Kundalini  -   -    Nice toy!    
Chinese Automaton  -   -  Note the neat links. 

Maverick  -  -   Gotta love kid shows!!

What is Magic  -   -  Reality???? 

Alberto Giorgi interprets Modern Art - – 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  -   -  
Book, Behind the Scenes with the Mediums:   -  
Alexander  -  -  
Book, The Life and Mysteries of the Celebrated Dr. Q  -,M1  -    

Andruzzi, Tony   -  -   Check out both pages. 

Angel, Criss  -   -  -   Mindfreak episodes:  -  

Bizarre Biblical Tales  -  NOTE:  If you are offended by bizarre biblical stories, you may want to skip this one.   -  

Bizarre Magic Discussion  -   -   If reading this discussion does not get your creative juices going, I do not know what will. 

Bizarre Magic Dot Net  -  -   Something for everybody.... 

Bizarre Magick Dot Com  -  -    They say this is where it begins.  

Book of Shadows  -  -   and  -  -   and  -   (Make a book, using “found” items for the cover.)  -   or make one to use as a scrap book:  -  -   Believe me!  It is cheaper to make one. 

Brushwood, Brian  -  -   Whether or not you are into bizarre stuff, you need to check out  Brian's fantastic series, SCAM SCHOOL from the beginning  -  -   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  -  -   Here is the Google search result:  -  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  -  -  Here is an interesting chapter from the book, Magic Words:  A Dictionary.

Dragonskull Dot Com/uk  -  -   Join, and read everything on this site, especially all parts of this:  - 

Fitzkee's The Trick Brain  -   Check out the contents of this book for bizarre effects:  -   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  -  -  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  -  -  

Haunted Key Discussion  -  -   And here is my routine for the key and Glorpy:  -   Here is a Genii discussion:  -  

ICBM  -  -   It has been suggested by the spirits that I attend this convention.

Leaping Lizards Magic  -  -  Google the toys you find on the links of this web....

Lesley, Ted  -  -  -   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  -   -   You might be surprised at some of the names on here. 

Marucci, Peter  -   Check out his many routines on several links:   -  (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:  - 

Paranormal Phenomena  -  -   Check out the links; there is some interesting material here.  

Poinc, Gene  -    Memorial (Tricks) on Learned Pig  -  -   Join this web!!!!  If you cannot get on the web, try  -   Here is a sample of Gene's work that I absolutely love:  -  (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  -  -   and   -   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  -  -   and  -  -   Find out and share what his favorite presentations are. 

Shadowlands:  Ghosts and Hauntings  -    -   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  -  -   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  -   -   Okay, memorize all the definitions on this list......Well, okay, just check a few out.

Snopes  -  -  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  -  - 
 There are many sides to Ed's Bizarre Magic.  Check out Ed's Gospel effects on these links:   -   and read the free sample of his penny trick routine at  -  -  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  -  -   Got any favorites?  Select one and create a magical effect for it.

Story Telling web  -  -   Scroll down for some nice patter routines.

Texas Folklore  -  -  I read a couple of these to Mary.....She liked them.

Vampires  -  -   Check out this Colwin thesis: 
Visions  -   There are some great links to bizarre/unusual  magic on Visions:   -   Click around on the “Columns” link, and do be sure to read the routines on this one:  -  

Walden, Chris  -  -   Chris is delving into many areas; my favorite is his Shadow Hour:  -  

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:   -  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  -  -
Thread Trick Video  -  - 

IT Loop Haunted Deck  -  -  Check out the related IT applications on that web. 

Gypsy Thread  -  -  

Spoon/Metal/etc. Bending  -   -  Check out this video and all the related “mind-bending” feats there. 

PK Paper Clip Bend  -  -
Floating Paper Clip and Aluminum Coin  -  -  With the mind?   Nope, science.   Do this at a bar for drinks.
Ash On Arm  -  -    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.  -   See you at the meeting...

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August - Competition, Theory Articles, and Miscellaneous Tricks and Friends  

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  -  -  

A Georgia Club  -   -  

Ohio Convention Rules  -  - 

CAM Contest  -  -  

PCAM Contests  -  -  

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  -  -  

Essays by Burger  -   Here are some of his  early works -  -  

Magic Trick Articles  -   There are many topics addressed in these articles, including “Putting Together a Kid Show”, etc.  -  -  

Ask Mr. Magic  -  -  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  -   -   Here are some of my favorites from the list:

Bill in Lemon:  -  

Linking Rings  -  -  

Cups and Balls  -  The routining of the trick  -  -   (Scroll down for great routines by Rickey Jay, et. al.)  -  

Cut and Restored Rope  -  -  

Chink-a-Chink/Matrix/Assembly  -  -  Check out all the other videos.

OBJECTIVE SIX  -  Here are some things by and about some of  our friends: 

Cy Albertson Comedy  -  -  It's all art!

Michael Ammar  -   - 

Ray Anderson  -  - 

Ed Boswell's utube items  -  -  Go Eddie!!! 

Brian Brushwood  -  -  and don't miss this web:  - 

Kent Cummins  -   -  

Tim Dietz  -  -  

Arsene Dupin  -   -  

Marcus Eddy's Magic  -   -  

Richard Garriott  -   -  

Jim Gentil  -  -  

Doug Gorman  -   - 

C. J. Johnson  -  -

John Maverick  -    -  

J. D. Stewart  -   -   

Richard Turner  -  -  

Austin Magic Fest Video  -  - 

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September - Street Magic - - - - - - - Check out all the videos on this link.

Rick Carruth's Road Show Newsletter - - 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 - - Enjoy, and then come back and see the items below.

Free Strings and String Trick(s) - - 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 - - A few impromptu coin effects....

The Money Mint (Coin from Deck of Cards) - pg 6, Feb 81 - - The second production (of the mint) makes this a very effective trick.

The Aunt Trap (Torn/Restored Paper/Napkin) - pg 16, Mar 81 - - Nice routine for torn/restored napkin trick.

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October - Scare for a Cure

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 - - (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) - - (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” - -

Flash Mind Reader - -

Kikia - -

Hand and Eye Coordination - -

Audio/Visual Coordination Test - -

Pentagram Card Trick - -

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 - - Check out related videos.

Teaching Pet Spiders - -

Nacht Kabarett - -

Paranormal wiki - -

Halloween Skits - - -

SNL's Halloween Videos - -

Count Macabre – a bit of nostalgia - -

Monster Mash - I could not pass this up; turn up your volume - -

Spook Shows - I recall these as Midnight Shows, during the 50s - -

Google Spook Show Images - Each image is good for a click - -

Happy Halloween...

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November/December - Happy Holidays - Miscellaneous Stuff and our Basic Magic Kit

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 - -
Ambitious Card Effect - -
The Full Routine - -
Hermann Pass - -
Another One - -
An Ambitious Card Extra - -
Slip Force Control - -
Tilt, etc., Controls - -
The Pirouette Card Spin - -
Written Instructions - -

Note: Now that you have it all figured out, watch how some really good pros PERFORM The Ambitious ROUTINE:

Tommy Wonder - - Ringbox.
Run a Google search on the guys listed on this page: -

Further Study and Bibliography -

Card Trick Central Sleight/Trick Index - - Denis Behr Ambitious Routines -,46,31,188,17 - (Much material here...)CollectedWisdom Magic Talk - - 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: - and - -

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.

____ Face-Up Four Ace Trick (Buckle Count) - -
____ Hoffmann's Modern Magic Card Force - -
____ Coins, a Switch - -
____ Close-Up Okito's Coin Vanish - -
____ Mental Coin and Card Routine - -
____ Silk/Knot Routine - -
____ Mr. Magic Theory - -
____ Lovell's Card Advice - -
____ Classics - -
____ Thimble Pull-Off Vanish - -
____ Videos: Ball Production, Modern French Drop, Shuffled Out Aces, Swivel Cut - -
____ Mental Card Work - -
____ Holmes' Paper-Cone Production - -
____ Carton's Four Ace Trick - -
____ Bedazzled Bead Off String Trick - -
____ Bottle Cap to Half Routine - -
____ Less Trouble Double Lift - -

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?

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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.

____ Lu Chen's Berglas Effect - -
____ Rene Lavand - Oil and Water - -
____ Copperfield for George Bush - You have to love the handling of the Senator - -
____ Little Egypt Gazette - -
____ MAGIC Archives (from the 90s) -!/500.html -
____ Magicians - -
____ Copperfield wiki - -
____ The Buck Twins (for card guys) - -
____ Steve's Favorite Magazine Links - -

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2 - Movie, MAGICIANS - Watch on line - -
4 - MAGIC ROADSHOW - Join!!! - - Lot of free stuff. Here are some items from just this issue: Redemption (a mathematical card trick), Link to The Card Trick Teacher, Link to Magic Squares, Link to Arthur Benjamin Mental Act, Glassman's Card Rising, The Amazing Book Test, Link to Si Stebbins Stack and Card Tricks, Link to Making your Own Gaffed Cards, Bluff Pass and Bluff Cut Tutorial, 117 Free Magic Video Tutorials, A plug for his Magic Tips and Tricks Book (yes, there is a Kindel edition), “Only Three” card trick, Link to Free Magic Tricks 4U, Link to Memory Videos, Making Loaded Dice ( ), 10 Free Ebooks for Subscribers, Links to other Rick Carruth web sites. JOIN!!!!
5 - Magic Roadshow Archives - -
6 - ABOUT.COM - - A nice web to explore and JOIN!!! -
____ Tricks for Muggles just Starting Out - -
____ Magnetic Pencil - -
____ Rubber Pencil - -
____ Linking Paper Clips - -
____ The Necklace - -
____ Jumping Rubber Band - -
____ Water to Ice - -
____ Easy Balloons - -

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.

7 - Here are a few routines/ideas from one of the Mentalism Threads (3710) of the Magic and Illusion Forums....JOIN!! - Not many secrets here, just routine ideas; you work them out.
____ Haunted Key/Glorpie - -
____ Mental Mix-a-Can - -
____ Changing Curfew - -
____ I Saw It Yesterday - -

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.

8 - Magic at Watermelon and Parrot - -
____ Match Toss Bar Bet - -
____ Mumblepeas Pickpocket Act - -
____ Drink Bet - -
____ Match - Paddle Move - -
____ A Dollar Drink - -
____ Next Card over - I like this one for the patter - -
____ A Little Help from the Wait Staff - -
____ Quickie Smoke Routine - -
____ Snap Bet - -
____ Free-Drink Card - -
____ Bakery or Ice-Cream Parlor Trick - -
____ Double Heads, Double Tails - -
____ Opie's Rubber Band Routine - -
____ Cigar/Cigarette Routine - -
____ Pea Can Routine - -
____ Note on Pea Can - -
____ Five-Drink Bet - -
____ Cards Under Glass - -
____ Double Thumb Cuff Routine - -
____ Coin Date Prediction - -
____ Coin in Ball of Wool - -
____ Dime to Penny with Flash - -

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.

* Recommended buys.

1 - Two decks of Bicycle Cards, one red and one blue, and a collection of old and odd cards.
____ *Hugard & Braue, Royal Road to Card Magic - Buy this book!! - - -
____ Annotated RRTCM - -
____ RRTCM Study Guide - Select one that is easy to copy - -
____ Visible Revelation - -
____ The Pass and Riffle Pass - nicely done with an ace trick bonus - -
____ Card Trick Central - - Huge collection of tricks.
____ Learn Cards Net - -
____ Learn Magic Tricks - -
____ The Daily Card Trick - -
____ Colm's Column - -
____ Six-Card Repeat - -
____ Card Sleights - -
____ Easy Card Tricks - -
____ Money to Burn - -
____ Slip Force Envelope Trick - -
____ Zarrow Shuffle - -
2 - Large Paper Clips -
____ Jumping Paper Clips - - -
____ Clip Up Nose - Yuck!!! - -
____ Paper Clip/String Thru Neck - - -
____ TIHOIP with Finale of the three links not only re-joined but also linked, IN SPECTATOR'S HAND.... You figure that one out.....think about it!!
3 - Safety Pins -
____ Linking Safety Pins - Could be used as a Pin Vanish also - - Note: Drop a dab of super glue on the linked pins for an additional bit of fun.
____ Unlinking Pins - Piff Paff Poof - -
____ Garrett's Pin-damonium Linking Pins - page 5 - -
4 - Sharpie, Pen, Dry Marker, Pencil -
____ Wiki Pen Spinning - -
____ Superhandz Web - -
____ World Cup Spinning - -
____ Sharpie Manipulations - - Here are several videos; click on “Videos” and then on individuals' performance videos - -
____ Pencil Stuff - - -
____ Sharpie/Pencil Paddle Move - - -
____ Snap Vanish - -
____ Pen Thru Dollar - -
____ Snapper Pen Trick - -
____ Spinning Pen - - -
____ Bonus: Phone Spinning - -
____ PK Sharpie Discussion - -
5 - Trick Wallets - Make one using dollar store wallets, change purses, check book covers, etc. Just think about the general principle and put a couple together with glue or whatever.
____ Trick Wallet Images - -
____ Himber Wallet Images - -
____ Himber Wallet Demo - -
____ Magic Change Wallet - -
____ Wallet Types - -
____ Sew a Trick Wallet - -
____ Wallet Instructions - -
____ Flexagon - a distant cousin principle - -
6 - Post-It Pad/Small Paper Pad/Newpaper/Paper Napkins/etc. -
____ Coin Fold/Vanish - -
____ Torn and Restored Paper - -
____ Torn and Restored Napkin/Towel - -
____ Origami Resource Center - - - -
____ Mind Reading Magic - -
____ Snip Snip (Clippo) - Click on “Contents” for more tricks - -
____ Cut and Restored Bills (Clippo principle) - -
____ Origami Dragon - -
____ Napkin Rose - - -
____ Napkin/Hank Mouse - - -
____ Houdini's Paper Magic - -
____ Fulves - Self Working Paper Magic - -
____ Blyth's Paper Magic Contents - -
____ Buddha Papers Envelope - -
7 - Handkerchiefs, Silks, Cloth Napkins -
____ Gilbert's Handkerchief Tricks - Read it on The Learned Pig - -
____ Fulves' Self Working Hank Magic TOC - -
____ Ganson's The Sympathetic Silks TOC - -
____ Hugard's Silken Sorcery TOC - -
____ 20th Century Silks - -
____ Patter - -
____ E How web - -
____ Silk Color Change (pull) - -
____ Jumping Mouse - -
8 - Rubber Bands - (Recommend Number 19 bands for general use and Number 16 bands for kids' hands) -
____ Ring on Band and Rising Ring on Band - - -
____ E How - Use the menu on the left and lower right of this web to view several RB effects, including Vanishing RB, RB up Nose, Jumping RB, etc. - -
____ RB Video collection - -
____ Crazy Man's Handcuffs - (Search for more RB tricks). - -
9 - Envelopes, Pay Envelopes, Coin Envelopes, Assorted Sizes -
____ Card Prediction in Envelope (Slip Force) - - -
____ Card Prediction in Envelope (Cross-Cut Force) - -
____ Rattle Snake Envelope - -
____ Math Teaser - -
10 - Tarot/Zodiac/Astrology/Palm-Reading Stuff -
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11 - Bills, Stage Bills, Jumbo Bills -
____ Two-Dollar Bill Trick - -
12 - Matches/Toothpicks -
____ Tip-Over Box - -
13 - Straws____ Straw Thru Neck - -
14 - Miscellaneous Bar/Party Stuff -____ Thumb Thru Beer Can - -
____ Lighter Vanishing/Reappear Flame - -

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!........... opie
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