106 entries categorized "A trick a day"

A trick a day for a year

APRIL 3

OUTA-SHAPE PENETRATION

'Another Book' by Karrell Fox (Page 67)

Here's another brilliant twist to a an old classic by the foxy one himself.

The original is the trick where you place a coin under a glass that's covered with a sheet of paper.

You know the one.

The effect is the coin will vanish.

The twist is the glass vanishes.

In Karrell's version, neither the coin or the glass vanish, they just get hilariously distorted after being slapped by the magician.

Great stuff.

 


A trick a day for a year

APRIL 2

WINGED SIGNATURES

'The Books of Wonder - Volume II' by Tommy Wonder (Page 80)

This is a wonderfully original (pun intended) close up act that blends matrix with signed card to envelope.

Tommy Wonder has routined this perfectly and explains it beautifully. If anyone was to learn this and add it to their act they'd have an excellent closing routine!

 


A trick a day for a year

APRIL 1

ROLL SIX OR EIGHT BEFORE SEVEN

'Games You Can't Lose' by Harry Anderson (Page 51)

This book is truly a joy to read, plus it's a great guide to cons and scams.

This simple scam with dice is a beauty, and all it relies on is the fact that the sucker doesn't understand the odds. (And to be honest, if he understood the odds, he wouldn't be a sucker now would he?)

You bet him that he will roll a six or an eight before a seven and, with the odds stacked heavily in your favour, you'll win way more than you lose.

Not really a magic trick, but money for nothing is almost as good! 

 


A trick a day for a year

APRIL 2

WINGED SIGNATURES

'The Books of Wonder - Volume II' by Tommy Wonder (Page 80)

This is a brilliant, highly original effect combining elements of matrix and signed card to envelope. 

It's really a wonderful routine (pun intended) that I've never seen anyone perform.

Look it up and start doing it. You'll definitely stand out from the crowd!


A trick a day for a year

MARCH 31

THE CHECKERBOARD PARADOX

'Mathematics Magic and Mystery' by Martin Gardner (Page 129)

There may be some who dispute this as being "true magic"... and they'd be right. But is anything we do "true magic"?

The key to our art is to disguise the methods, hid the secrets and create the illusion of "true magic".

The question is, can this be done with The Checkerboard Paradox?

It's the very simple yet intriguing geometrical vanish of one square from a checkerboard. It really is a fascinating effect, and one that surely could be reworked and incorporated into a much more magical demonstration.


A trick a day for a year

MARCH 30

CHEATING THE CHEATER

'The Feints & Temps of Harry Riser' by Ed Brown (Page 217)

A variation of Cervon's 'Dirty Deal', this routine is almost an entire close up show on it's own.

It really could be a reputation maker if you were willing to put the time in to perfect it.

Cards change their backs and their faces with a logical plot and engaging routining. 

Definitely worth looking into


A trick a day for a year

MARCH 29

IMPROVED LIGHT COMMUNICATOR

'13 Steps to Mentalism' by Corinda (Page 252)

There are certain basic principles and methods in mentalism that really can be used to create an extremely realistic illusion of genuine mindreading.

Yet a lot of mentalists prefer to do book tests, predictions, esp symbol reading etc.

 Take a look at this simple idea, and adapt it.

Then apply it to the stage and you could do a whole show using this one method alone!


A trick a day for a year

MARCH 28

STOLEN KISS

'100 Ways To Win A Tenner' by Paul Zenon (Page 139)

This is not a trick, but a great proposition bet that you'll LOVE to perform and your friends will immediately want to do it to their friends too.

Plus, you could win money.

You state that you will have any man stand on this sheet of paper (standard A4) together with a woman of his choice, and you will cause him to be unable to kiss her.

The two will stand on the same sheet of paper - but he won't be able to give her a kiss.

This is one bet there's bound to be people who'll take you up on it.

If you like this sort of thing, make sure you get our free iPhone App from the AppStore now!

Just go to the AppStore and search 'ELLIS WEBSTER CUNING STUNTS'

Make sure you spell it correctly or you'll get something completely different...

 


A trick a day for a year

MARCH 27

MAGIC WASHING

'Pocket Book Of Magic' by Peter Eldin (Page 91)

This is probably the ideal trick for the kids show performer.

It plays HUGE and has lots of helpers on stage.

Takes a fair bit of time and has ample room for comedy.

Plus it has a visually spectacular ending.

By why am I doing all the work for you? Go look it up, but just use the trick as the beginning to create a wonderfully original routine!

 


A trick a day for a year

MARCH 26

THE ORGANISED SHOW AND WHY IT MATTERS

'Kids Stuff Five' by Frances Marshall (Page 282)

This article by Karl Wagner, though extremely dated, is still full of absolute gems when it comes to getting organised for kids shows.

He discusses a variety of different travelling tables as well as simple systems so that your show can be reset (or at least ready to put straight in the car) at the end.

Worth checking out!