Best effect you've found from a book (non card)

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Postby Guest » 04/18/06 12:46 AM


First time poster here just getting back into magic after a 30 year hiatus.

I posted this at another forum and would like to get the viewpoint from here as well.

What is the best effect that you've found in a book and have used?

Here's the criteria. It has to be practical ie not vanishing the Statue of Liberty and non card (in the sense of a conventional card trick)

Please note the book as well.

I'll get the ball rolling with my two choices

This post isn't all too altruistic. It's a swerve to help an old "never has been" on his road back to magic. :)

Newspaper Magic - Gene Anderson Torn and Restored Newspaper
The Magic of Michael Ammar - Crazy Man's Handcuffs aka Uncanny Penetrating Rubber Bands from Tarbell 7

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 08:41 AM

While I've never really used one, I was thinking about non-card effects and came up with a magic square. To me this can be presented simply as a math feat or it can be given a different presentation or setup. A friend of mine does a nice routine with one after doing some other mental ability type effects. Anyway, all you need is something to write on and the knowledge of how it works so you can do it really anytime for one or a big crowd. A great intro to this may be found in Harry Loraynes The Magic Book discussed elsewhere in this general beginners area.

Postby Harry Lorayne » 04/19/06 09:32 AM

Hi: There are more "handling" of magic squares in MATHEMATICAL WIZARDRY. Check 'em out; they're all good, all easily "presentable." HARRY LORAYNE.
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Postby Pete Biro » 04/19/06 10:09 AM

Dai Vernon's TRIUMPH.
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Postby Guest » 04/19/06 10:20 AM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Dai Vernon's TRIUMPH.
On the non card side, open up The Stars of Magic and have a look. Also Ganson's The Dai Vernon Book of Magic. Lots of goodies.

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 10:22 AM

"Out of This World" by Paul Curry.

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 11:03 AM

guys, he did ask for non-card items.

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 12:31 PM

It could be the type of thing where you go whoa...this is too good to be in a book (it should be sold separately) or this one effect is worth the price of the whole book.

Here is what I am looking for.

What is the best effect you've found in a book and used? No card tricks please

What is the name of the effect and what book did it come from?

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 01:34 PM

Dai Vernon's TRIUMPH, Stars of Magic 1946. Still the best version (my opinion).

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 03:06 PM

I stated the idea of magic squares because of the practical nature as you really dont need props. Recently Ive been experimenting with bill switches and re-read the Roger Klause $100 bill switch in Ammars ebook edition of Encore 3 (not sure if it is exactly the same as the original Encore 3). Im not sure if this was the original source for the routine but it has seen other mediums besides print before. In fact Ammars Encore 3 is chock full of great routines and not all of them are cards but the card items are great. You can buy this ebook edition as a download from Michael Ammars website

Im anticipating this weekend when I pickup the new Switch book by John Lovick from my friend Eds magic shop. The bill switch could be the perfect routine for you to try out and Im sure there are more than enough things to read in the new Switch book to keep you happy for a long time.

Postby Guest » 04/19/06 08:46 PM

Tenkai Rope Through Neck, in Fulves Big Book of Magic Tricks.

Postby Pete Biro » 04/19/06 11:18 PM

OK, non card... Conrad Haden's double copper and silver from Modern Coin Magic by J.B. Bobo... then when I bought the coins, from Mr. Haden, he taught me the handling.
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Postby Guest » 04/20/06 01:50 AM

Flutter, a John Kennedy effect, which is and effect with a coin and a napkin. It's great and it's in the Paul Harris AOA series.



Postby Guest » 04/20/06 12:17 PM

From here and elsewhere are the non card suggestions thus far

Crazy Man's Handcuffs aka Uncanny Penetrating Rubber Bands - The Magic of Michael Ammar (Michael Ammar)/(Tarbell 7)
Fingerling (David Harkey) - AH-HA! (David Harkey & Eric Anderson)
Flutter (John Kennedy) - Art of Astonishment Volume 2 (Paul Harris)
Klause's Bill Switch (Roger Klause) - Encore III (Michael Ammar)
Pop Art - Simply Harkey (David Harkey)
Rebate (David Williamson) - Williamson's Wonders (Richard Kaufman)
Tenkai Rope Through Neck - Big Book of Magic Tricks (Karl Fulves)
Torn and Restored Newspaper - Newspaper Magic (Gene Anderson)
The Instant Magic Square - The Magic Book (Harry Lorayne)
The Silver and Two Copper Tranposition (Conrad Haden) - The New Modern Coin Magic (JB Bobo)

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