Originally posted by John M. Dale:
I don't know about the Max Maven routines mentioned, but Slydini's cigarette routine has been published.
Which part of the routine, in your opinion, qualifies as "pure magic" in the way I have tried to define it here? I only have the book "Slydini Encores" and both cigarette effects contained therein require the "lapping" move which seems to disqualify them from my "pure magic" category.
I think the paper balls over the head stands a better chance of being included, but it is not Slydini's invention and it also depends on a "move," such as it is. Still, I'm not certain about it. For one person and one moment, it is very magical. For most of the audience, it is just a clever trick.