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by Gerald Deutsch
December 15th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4275

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Poker Players Picnic I’ve always liked Poker Players Picnic from The Royal Road To Card Magic but I’ve always felt that the repetition makes it so that the spectator may be able to reconstruct the effect of ‘three to the bottom and one to each pile’.” But this can be remedied. I posted these thought...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 14th, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4275

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Where would Chapter II go in the reformatted scheme of things?


In another book.
by Gerald Deutsch
December 14th, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4275

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

I suspect the tricks in the Royal Road that fool magicians must be the boring ones that I rejected. Here’s two you wouldn't reject: (From the Perverse Magic thread): Perverse Card’s Across - First Versions Spectator - Participant Seated Effect 1 “Would you cut off about 1/3 of the deck,” the magicia...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 14th, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4275

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

This is a great book and I've fooled many magicians with tricks from it.

My feeling, however, is that the chapters should be read in the following order:

I, IX, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XV, XI, III, XIII, XIV, XVI, XVII,
by Gerald Deutsch
December 1st, 2017, 7:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Vernon’s Variant Background I previously wrote on this thread: “Perverse Magic is a form of presentation that puts the magician with the audience rather than, as is the case with the presentation of most magic, above the audience. It has the magician saying ‘I don’t understand.’ Instead of ‘Tada’!” ...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 1st, 2017, 7:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Coin Thru Card Sometimes an effect can be made into Perverse Magic by presenting it as the 6th category (see discussion under David Roth’s Legendary Four Coin Trick above, this thread, December 1, 2005) – The performer explains something that will happen but he doesn’t understand why it happens. Eff...
by Gerald Deutsch
November 1st, 2017, 8:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

CONFUSING THREE WAY Background “Quick Three- Way”, as I understand it, was originally published by Ed Marlo back in 1958 and since then there have been variations by many, including, Jerry Mentzer, Richard Kaufman, Derek, Dingle, Wesley James, etc. The basic effect is that a card is selected and los...
by Gerald Deutsch
November 1st, 2017, 8:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Make A Profit Effect 1 “Do you have a quarter?” the magician asks his dinner companion. She smiles and reaches into her purse and gives him a quarter. “I just read that if you sprinkle salt on a quarter---“ He does—“It will change to a half dollar—“ It does. She smiles again. “But wait,” he says, “I...
by Gerald Deutsch
October 1st, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

If You Get The Wrong Card – Use Perverse Magic Background It sometimes happens – you go to produce the selected card but – but – you found the wrong card. This is an abbreviated version of Perverse Ambitious Card routines that I posted above on this thread. Effect 1 “What was your card?” asks the ma...
by Gerald Deutsch
October 1st, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Magic Vibrations Effect 1 The effect is done seated and I like doing it with a woman. I ask her to say “stop” as I shuffle and when she does I show her the card and ask that she remember it. I deal the card face down on the table and I ask her to put her hand on the card. I put my hand on hers and c...
by Gerald Deutsch
September 1st, 2017, 6:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Voodoo Effect 1 “Look at this weird deck I got from some woman from somewhere – Haiti I think. She told me that it’s sort of a voodoo deck. I’m not sure what she meant. Let me try. Say ‘stop’ as I shuffle.” The spectator does and the magician deals the card stopped at face down to the spectator and ...
by Gerald Deutsch
September 1st, 2017, 6:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Bob Hynes’ All My Marbles Background Bob Hynes was one of the “regulars” at Reuben’s and on Saturday December 12th 1988 he showed me his ball routine which he told me originated with the John Scarne routine in “Stars Of Magic” and was modified by Sol Stone on page 1249 of “Apocalypse”. (There is als...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 1st, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

The Fingerprint Card Trick EFFECT 1 “I’ll tell you how I find your card,” says the magician to the attractive young lady. “I just look for your fingerprints. I’ll show you. Take a card.” The young lady does and the magician has her return the card to the deck and he shuffles the deck. 2 The magician...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 1st, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Some Sundry Thoughts A lot of the Perverse Magic I do is very quick simple things that most magicians would scoff at but, as I’ve said many times in this thread, I believe that in doing magic, entertainment is the most important thing. --------------------------------------------------- For an exten...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 1st, 2017, 7:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Poker Players Picnic – Cutting The Aces - 3 Effect 1 You and your wife are invited to a friend’s house and there are others there too. “Show my friends a trick,” says your friend as he hands you a deck of cards. You don’t think it’s an appropriate time or place to perform so you decide to d...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 1st, 2017, 7:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Card Transpo Background And Comment I, like so many magicians don’t do magic professionally and therefore, when I perform I can stop when I want. I say this because I find it’s better to do less than too much. So many amateur magicians just don’t know when to stop and can wind up boring the...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 1st, 2017, 7:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Two Dollar Bill Back on this thread – June 1, 2013, I posted the Perverse Two Bill Trick that I had contributed to the July 1996 issue of Apocalypse. There is a similar effect that I, together with my friend Peter Marshall contributed to the October 1997 issue (page 2853) which is also good Perverse...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 1st, 2017, 7:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Thanks To Dr. Daley Comment Chapter Twenty-One of the Dai Vernon Book of Magic is “The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley”. I’ve never been that interested in this effect until I saw my friend Dan Miller perform it in a much simpler and more direct way than the way it was originally written, Dan did not ...
by Gerald Deutsch
May 1st, 2017, 7:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Charmed! Effect The performer has just performed “Cooper-Silver With a Dime and a Penny” in the spectator’s hand (see above – this thread – October 1, 2007) and now he takes her two hands, has her cup them and holds them in his hands. Suddenly a Charm candy falls into her cupped hands. The magician ...
by Gerald Deutsch
April 1st, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Spelling Tricks Background Spelling to a selected card – that is – dealing one card for each letter – as for example “f-o-u-r—o-f—c-l-u-b-s’ and finding the 4C at that spot is a popular effect of card magic and can be presented as Perverse Magic in the 6th category of Perverse Magic – the performer ...
by Gerald Deutsch
March 1st, 2017, 7:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

The Ambitious Stranger Effect 1 The magician has a card selected and then goes into an Ambitious card routine with the selected card. 2 After a few “to the top” sequences the magician has a spectator shuffle the deck. Once again the selected card comes to the top. 3 The magician has the spectator si...
by Gerald Deutsch
March 1st, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Magic And Routining I said before on this thread (February 1, 2012 above) that “the whole act need not be Perverse Magic – an incident (or maybe two) may be enough. I recall Roy Benson doing his beautiful billiard ball routine using 2 inch white balls when suddenly a red ball appears and Be...
by Gerald Deutsch
February 18th, 2017, 7:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 13850

Re: Cups and Balls

I contributed a "Bill - Cup" routine using dollar bills and a coffee cup to Harry Lorayne's Apocalypse and it appears in the May 1985 issue on page 1064.

I also posted that routine to the Perverse Magic thread of this forum on January 1, 2012.
by Gerald Deutsch
February 1st, 2017, 8:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Coin To Rock Background I’ve previously explained in this thread how I think rocks that can be found in a garden make excellent props for Perverse Magic (see above on this thread February 1, 2004 Rocks In Shoe and February 1, 2006 Perverse Rock using a woman’s diamond ring, and December 1, 2009 Unus...
by Gerald Deutsch
January 1st, 2017, 8:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Confusing Cards Effect 1 I walked into the party with my wife Linda and immediately my friend Frank handed me a deck of cards and told me to do a trick for Carol and Bob, a couple standing there that I hadn’t met before. Linda looked up at the ceiling. “Well, okay. I just learned a mind rea...
by Gerald Deutsch
December 1st, 2016, 7:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Larry Jennings Prefiguration This effect was brought to my attention by old friends who are no longer with us, Peter Marshall and Harvey Cohen. This effect appears on page 156 of The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings but I changed the effect a bit so that it can be presented as the second cla...
by Gerald Deutsch
November 1st, 2016, 7:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Coin When Not Prepared To Perform Sometimes someone will come up to you and want you to “do a trick” and it’s not a good time for you. I would perform a very quick Perverse Magic effect. I would ask if that person had a coin and I would take it. I would appear to place the coin from my righ...
by Gerald Deutsch
October 27th, 2016, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 22
Views: 5342

Re: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

Sometimes seeing a magician and then learning a simple trick could get a spectator interested in magic.

I have taught magic to children at schools and libraries and when I do I teach simple tricks like the pencil (or pen, or straw) that clings to your finger.
by Gerald Deutsch
October 1st, 2016, 7:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

JINX MATE On this thread I’ve noted numerous Ambitious or Jinx Card effects (see December 21, 2002, January 2, 2003, November 1, 2006, March 1, 2007, March 1, 2008, ) This effect is meant to be performed AFTER an Ambitious or Jinx Card effect. I contributed this to Harry Lorayne’s Apocalypse and it ...
by Gerald Deutsch
September 1st, 2016, 7:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Perverse Aces Are Good; Jacks Are Better I loved Harry Lorayne’s “Aces Are Good; Jacks Are Better” from his book Jaw Droppers. I made some changes to make it a Perverse Magic effect. Effect: 1 A card is selected – say the 4 of Hearts, signed by the spectator, and shuffled back into the deck and the ...
by Gerald Deutsch
August 1st, 2016, 7:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

CARDS AND PAPER SLIPS – ANOTHER WAY Last month I posted Cards And Paper Slips and this is another way of handling the spectator’s dealing and the revelation of the 4 (in my effect) 7s. At a “magic meeting” in the summer of 2014, Danny Miller did an effect but was not sure where he learned it. Others...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 24th, 2016, 9:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slydini Coins Thru Tsble using coin clip.
Replies: 12
Views: 2845

Re: Slydini Coins Thru Tsble using coin clip.

I've been a Slydini student and he taught me a number of "Coins Thru The Table" routines and none of them used a clip. See the various Slydini books where these are published. (I've posted some comedy Perverse Through the Table ideas on this forum on the Perverse Magic thread on April 2, 2...
by Gerald Deutsch
July 10th, 2016, 1:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Is Your Opener...
Replies: 30
Views: 6374

Re: What Is Your Opener...

Getting a quarter from a spectator's cel phone.

See Perverse Magic thread of this forum (under General) June 2015.
by Gerald Deutsch
July 1st, 2016, 7:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

CARDS AND PAPER SLIPS This was taught to me by Bob McAllister. I believe it’s from Dean Dill and Allan Ackerman from “Las Vegas Kardma”. It was done with dollar bills but I’m using 4 slips of paper with the number 7 on each. Effect 1 “I just learned a new trick which I really don’t understand at all...
by Gerald Deutsch
June 1st, 2016, 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

JO ANNE – THE CARD DUCK Background When I was in high school I worked part time at Holden’s Magic Shop under Ande Furlong and my pay was $5 worth of tricks a day. So over one holiday I worked 3 days and took home Jo Anne, the card duck. When the Jo Anne starts to act “independently” (as card ducks w...
by Gerald Deutsch
May 1st, 2016, 7:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Only The Mates Effect 1 I just learned a new trick,“ says the magician. “Here, take a card.” 2 The spectator takes a card which is looked at, shown to all and then shuffled back into the deck. Assume it is the 2H. 3 “Watch,” says the magician, “I’ll make your card turn face up in the deck. What was ...
by Gerald Deutsch
April 27th, 2016, 3:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slydini's Helicopter Card
Replies: 7
Views: 3042

Re: Slydini's Helicopter Card

It’s not so much the “method” but the “method” is a good lesson in “misdirection” or using one’s natural movements – natural to that person – to cover what is done.
Slydini’s misdirection is excellent here.
by Gerald Deutsch
April 1st, 2016, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

Silver Extraction This is a popular effect and appears in, among other places, Bobo page 187, Coinmagic page 134 (Geoff Latta), Funny Stuff (Tom Ladshaw) The effect usually has the magician give the spectator a half dollar to hold and he runs a lit match around the spectator’s hand and when the hand...
by Gerald Deutsch
April 1st, 2016, 6:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

On May 1, 2008 I posted Quadruple Coincidence on this thread and recently someone pointed out that there is an error in number 3 under “The Routine” of that write up and so I’m reposting it with the correction. Quadruple Coincidence Effect “It’s our second date,” the magician says to the woman he ho...
by Gerald Deutsch
March 1st, 2016, 6:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 347
Views: 161051

Re: Perverse Magic

BIG STOP Effect The walk around magician has just finished doing a coin effect for a group of people at a party. “Would you like to see a card trick I just learned?” he asks and the four men nod and one of the four women smile. The magician takes out a deck of cards. “Please take out a card,” the ma...

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