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by Spellbinder
April 22nd, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Re: "Let me show you a trick"

The best intro is just "making magic happen" as if it usual for you to pull money out of the air or flashes of fire or whatever. Let THEM ask YOU to show them a trick, and then answer: "Tricks? I don't know any tricks. I'm into ... (pause for a quick effect) ... magic!"
by Spellbinder
April 22nd, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Re: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events

I am happy to report an increase in rescheduled conventions for later this year, and of course, advance notices for 2021. You'll find the listings in GREEN on both calendars.
by Spellbinder
April 19th, 2020, 12:22 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Balloon Twisting Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 571

Balloon Twisting Magic

Most Balloon magic consists of secretly making a balloon pop and apparently causing something magical to happen. Jim Gerrish had better ideas than just popping balloons and has included them in his "Balloon Twisting Magic" e-Book in The Wizards' Journal #42 - https://www.magicnook.com/WizJ...
by Spellbinder
April 18th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Idea for a video game-themed mentalism routine
Replies: 5
Views: 407

Re: Idea for a video game-themed mentalism routine

When David Parr appeared on Penn & Teller with his little "Ding Bell" game of "Copy Cat" (8/10/17) it opened up some ideas for other game-show type presentations that I called "Follow the Leader Magic Games." https://www.magicnook.com/WizJournal/WJ-37ALL.htm#FollowT...
by Spellbinder
April 18th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Re: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events

But now things are starting to change. There are on-line lectures and events. We list those in GREEN so you'll know it's safe to GO and look on your computer. Some events will begin to come back with distance rules and safety measures worked in. We'll try to keep our calendars up with the times so y...
by Spellbinder
April 5th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Magician's Patter Collections
Replies: 0
Views: 297

Magician's Patter Collections

Remember when Robert Orben used to publish books of Patter and Jokes for Magicians (and other entertainers)? That job has been taken over by the Internet. You can Google up hundreds of jokes on all topics, but not necessarily useful to magicians. The Magic Nook has started with a FREE page of Corobn...
by Spellbinder
April 5th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events

We keep our two Calendars up-to-date every day at midnight, so if you want to know if the event you were looking forward to attending has been cancelled because of the Corona (COVID19) virus you ought to check in on it from time to time. Calendar 1 is for EVENTS like Conventions, Get-Togethers, Auct...
by Spellbinder
December 30th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: There's An Egg In Your Hat
Replies: 2
Views: 5208

Re: There's An Egg In Your Hat

This e-Book also contains a Bonus for those magicians who like to end an egg routine by cracking the egg open to show that it is real. It's Jim's "broken and restored" egg trick, never before revealed. The egg is broken and the contents dumped into a glass, along with the broken egg shells...
by Spellbinder
December 11th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Old Principle - New Illusion
Replies: 1
Views: 1875

Old Principle - New Illusion

Jim Gerrish's "Phantom Chimney" is based on the Phantom Tube principle, put to a new use in his "Special Delivery" Illusion that vanishes a "Carry-On" Santa Claus costume, and then continues to be used in large silk productions and finally the production of an "Elf...
by Spellbinder
May 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Something for the Older Children
Replies: 0
Views: 3711

Something for the Older Children

There is a great deal of magic available for younger children, but as they creep into their teens to twenties, not much is available targeting them. But :lol: these guys (called Emojis) :o are part of their lives as they communicate on smartphones :evil: and create mischief and :roll: jokes for othe...
by Spellbinder
April 26th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?
Replies: 6
Views: 2656

Re: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?

For me, my favorite presentation is always the one I am currently working on. In this case, it is applying the Brainwave Principle to a deck of blank-both-sides playing cards. My presentation is described at The Magic Nook in The Wizards' Journal #38 under the name "Blankety-Blank Cards". ...
by Spellbinder
April 25th, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Help forcing a numbered enevelope
Replies: 5
Views: 2492

Re: Help forcing a numbered enevelope

There are many ways of forcing items like envelopes, from six or even more envelopes, but it would take all day to guess which method you are referring to. Here's a bunch from The Magic Nook: https://www.magicnook.com/wizJ08/wj0801.htm https://www.magicnook.com/WizJ20/wizj20-04BankersDream.htm https...
by Spellbinder
January 23rd, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Transforming Box
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Re: Transforming Box

Jim (Gerrish) acknowledges Blake Vogt's more recent version (Jim's dates from 1987) in his writing, and you can easily see the difference between the two versions in photos: https://blake-vogt.myshopify.com/products/examinable-box and https://www.magicnook.com/WizJ38/WizJ38-02TransformingBox.htm, so...
by Spellbinder
January 22nd, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Transforming Box
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Transforming Box

What a boring name for such a great trick! The magician shows an empty cardboard box on all sides. A spectator is handed the box and asked to look inside. “Do you see any flowers, silk handkerchiefs, flags, rabbits, secret trap doors, mirrors?” asks the magician. The helper says, “No.” The magician ...
by Spellbinder
September 16th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 48
Views: 11773

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

I remember seeing Milbourne Christopher present his version of the "Three Graces" calling it the "Sidi Bou Saide" mystery. This was in his 1960 show, "Christopher's Wonders" at the Maidman Theatre in New York City, using a Modern Cabinet Illusion as the central prop. It...
by Spellbinder
August 14th, 2018, 12:13 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: domino magic
Replies: 6
Views: 2749

Re: domino magic

From The Wizards' Journal #36 - "Dominoes Vos Biscuits" by yours truly. You can use regular dominoes from any source and any size, children's dominoes with pictures instead of spots, or giant multi-colored dominoes for stage from sources provided. Basically, a spectator shakes up a set of ...
by Spellbinder
July 1st, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 27
Views: 4857

Re: Gravity Holdout

I didn't mean to put anyone's nose out of joint in a snit. The humor goes back even further than with Jack Miller's $10 holdout. After paying that exorbitant amount of money (well, it seemed exorbitant at the time!) to Jack after one of his lectures, and working with his hold-out for almost two year...
by Spellbinder
June 25th, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 27
Views: 4857

Re: Gravity Holdout

That's funny! I remember when Jack Miller came up with his gravity holdout made from a fish weight, a wooden clothespin and some cord, and sold it for $10.00.
by Spellbinder
May 5th, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magicpedia
Replies: 9
Views: 6850

Re: Magicpedia

The "greater problem" is made up of "smaller problems" each of which can be fixed one by one. Don't put off fixing the little problems to fix the "greater problem."
by Spellbinder
May 4th, 2018, 11:37 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magicpedia
Replies: 9
Views: 6850

Re: Magicpedia

It takes two seconds to cut and paste a new link to replace an old one. I know because I do it all the time on my own Web site. I hope you're not paying them too much for such a simple task.
by Spellbinder
May 4th, 2018, 9:00 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magicpedia
Replies: 9
Views: 6850

Re: Is Magicpedia gone forever?

Are you unable to change the links on the buttons?
by Spellbinder
May 3rd, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magicpedia
Replies: 9
Views: 6850

Re: Is Magicpedia gone forever?

Holey Moley! You are right. Yet when I go up to the top of this page and click on the black and white "Magicpedia" button, I get an error message: Fatal error: require_once(): Failed opening required '/home/geniimag/public_html/magicpedia/includes/profiler/ProfilerFunctions.php' (include_p...
by Spellbinder
May 3rd, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magicpedia
Replies: 9
Views: 6850

Magicpedia

For the past month or so I have been unable to link on to Magicpedia, and only get error messages. Is the site down? Is it a permanent problem? If so, a great resource is lost to us.
by Spellbinder
April 1st, 2018, 12:28 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Haunted Hank
Replies: 32
Views: 22585

Re: Haunted Hank

If anyone is still looking for a routine for the Haunted Hank, Ghost Hank, or Glorpy you might want to check out Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki's "Babushka of Baba Yaga" in The Wizards' Journal #21. Combined with the Sefalaljia magic of Stewart James, Paul Curry, Elizabeth Warlock, Jim Gerrish and Profe...
by Spellbinder
April 1st, 2018, 12:19 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Silk to flower on Lapel
Replies: 4
Views: 4689

Re: Silk to flower on Lapel

Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic, Volume 1 describes a spiral fold that would work in reverse by pulling a thread through it. In the same volume, Max Holden's Silk to Rose can be used by simply pulling a pleat-folded silk up into the green leaves. The other method is a ribbon that pulls up into a r...
by Spellbinder
December 26th, 2017, 9:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 25659

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

"Close's Clones" is a card trick, not a sponge ball trick. My own "Pompom Critters" from The Wizards' Journal #13 comes close to that concept, and with Jim Gerrish's "Clown Clones" in Mini-Mysteries Book 4, which is a jumbo card variation of Michael Close's "Close'...
by Spellbinder
December 1st, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Where Do The Duckies Go?
Replies: 0
Views: 4034

Where Do The Duckies Go?

http://magicnook.com/WizJ35/DuckiesAD8x8.jpg "Where Do The Ducks Go?" was a nightmare for stage magicians to perform ever since Servais LeRoy invented it in 1909. Every duck produced had to have a trained duck handler to bring it off. Not so with Rubber Duckies. This small scale version u...
by Spellbinder
April 27th, 2017, 8:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 6152

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Based on Jon W. "One-arm Mac" McDonald's $100 Ace trick from the 1950's, Qua-Fiki's version "McFiki's Jumbo Aces" from The Wizards' Journal #23, inspired by John Guastaferro's "Famous Aces" has JUMBO aces vanishing and reappearing right from and to the hands of the spec...
by Spellbinder
April 21st, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Study aids
Replies: 3
Views: 2456

Re: Study aids

That reminds me of my own study habits of past years. It also reminded me of the wonderful illustrations contained in "The Award-Winning Rope Magic of Francis Tabary" with illustrations by Jeff. The illustrations are the clearest and most complete I have ever seen in any magic book. Most o...
by Spellbinder
March 10th, 2017, 4:58 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?
Replies: 3
Views: 9142

Re: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?

Jim and I both love magic history and we always try to track down the originators of the tricks we expand upon whenever possible. In this Pop-Away Wand e-Book, he tells the complete story as he researched it: "The Pop-Away Wand is a product of the 20th century, made possible by discoveries in m...
by Spellbinder
March 10th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?
Replies: 3
Views: 9142

Re: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?

I just updated the information on Jim's "Tricks With a Pop-Away Wand." I had forgotten just how many different effects were included in that one e-Book until a customer recently made me go back and check. Here they are: Dog-Gone Silk Trick Rabbit-in-Hat Silk Trick Wand Boojum Production Pu...
by Spellbinder
February 20th, 2017, 5:01 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Wizard's Production Book
Replies: 0
Views: 4585

Wizard's Production Book

It started with the Hot Book by Billy McComb (1945), then to an idea for a production of a dove from a book, by the same Billy McComb, through a variety of Flaming Books and Dove Production Books from all sorts of manufacturers (currently from India), each one basically reinventing the same trick ov...
by Spellbinder
December 19th, 2016, 10:09 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Six Rabbit Repeat
Replies: 1
Views: 4400

Re: Six Rabbit Repeat

The attractive card principle is being used to make a new "In Their Hands Hippity Hop" trick which uses spectators to hold the bunnies (or whatever, since you print them yourself) from beginning to end. The bunnies are covered with handkerchiefs rather than being covered with suspicious lo...
by Spellbinder
December 19th, 2016, 10:02 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: P&L Candle Tube
Replies: 2
Views: 3678

Re: P&L Candle Tube

I have a P&L Candle Tube in the Wiz Kid Museum and there it will stay, because it has one basic flaw - it's too obviously a magic trick and not magical at all. I replaced it years ago with a magical vanish of a real wax candle which then seems to reappear by magic, lit, from a spectator's pocket...
by Spellbinder
October 29th, 2016, 10:14 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Six Rabbit Repeat
Replies: 1
Views: 4400

Six Rabbit Repeat

For the past year or so we here at The Magic Nook have been working on "Attractive Cards" and one of the outcomes was a new way to perform the old Six Card Repeat. I liked the Abbott's 1940 playing card version of "Rabbit Repeat", but once we applied the new principles, we discov...
by Spellbinder
May 27th, 2016, 8:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 21st Century Gemstones
Replies: 0
Views: 931

21st Century Gemstones

Something new has been made from two old favorites- Ken Allen's Jumping Gems and Jim Zee's Hot Rod are combined in Jim Gerrish's 21st Century Gemstones in the Wizards' Journal #32. It is so named because it uses 21st Century technology not available to the two originators in the 1960's. You can't bu...
by Spellbinder
May 22nd, 2016, 8:21 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: performing for teenagers
Replies: 26
Views: 20000

Re: performing for teenagers

"Some people just can't handle children and/or teenagers. If you know how to, great. If not, then forget it." So you are saying that magicians, who learn complicated skills of sleight of hand and psychological audience control, are incapable of learning how to handle children and/or teenag...
by Spellbinder
May 5th, 2016, 10:51 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism For Children
Replies: 13
Views: 5981

Re: Mentalism For Children

Mentalism is not what puts children to sleep, nor do card tricks, nor any of the other tricks that "traditional magicians" have decided are boring for children. Boring magicians and boring magic presentations are what put children to sleep.
by Spellbinder
May 4th, 2016, 11:52 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: A birthday cake trick?
Replies: 7
Views: 7823

Re: A birthday cake trick?

Since your request was to "link a card trick to her cake", here's how I do it: when it comes time to make a wish and then blow out the candles on the cake, I have the (forced) card rise up out of the center of the cake in the midst of the candles. The back of the card has a message written...
by Spellbinder
May 2nd, 2016, 9:29 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism For Children
Replies: 13
Views: 5981

Re: Mentalism For Children

Including as many of the children in the mentalism performance as possible, some moms and dads, too, seems to keep their attention as each person wants to see if you can read his or her mind (or guess his or her secret card) on a personal level. Passing out cards with pictures of different toys is g...

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