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by Spellbinder
September 16th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 33
Views: 4080

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: 435

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: 15
Views: 1614

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: 15
Views: 1614

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: 1926

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: 1926

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: 1926

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: 1926

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: 1926

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: 11931

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: 1081

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: 93
Views: 7873

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: 1356

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: 4092

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: 1514

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: 6011

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: 6011

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: 1423

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: 1849

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: 2229

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: 1849

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: 774

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: 15780

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: 4810

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: 4780

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: 4810

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...
by Spellbinder
May 2nd, 2016, 9:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Gypsy Thread Question
Replies: 11
Views: 3520

Re: A Gypsy Thread Question

The way to do it, if you insist, is to toss someone the spool of thread and ask him to break off a piece of thread about "so long," showing him the length with your arms spread. Have him hand you the thread in one hand and the spool in the other, pocket the spool and begin. Do NOT mention ...
by Spellbinder
April 3rd, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: The Floating Ball hook up
Replies: 10
Views: 5252

Re: The Floating Ball hook up

If the balls are light enough, the twisted hooks can be made from clear plastic, cut from soda straws. Jim Gerrish tried such a set on his floating beach ball and it was easy on, easy off, but only for "normal" sedate floating and not the bouncy type he prefers, so he is currently using a ...
by Spellbinder
February 8th, 2016, 6:49 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Stage Illusions for Children's Shows
Replies: 2
Views: 1641

Re: Stage Illusions for Children's Shows

When I was growing up in the age of "buy everything from a magic store," I used to think of illusionists as "rich boys" whose fathers bought them the latest and biggest stuff available. Not having a rich father, and being of poor means myself, my equally poor friends and I went a...
by Spellbinder
February 8th, 2016, 1:57 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Stage Illusions for Children's Shows
Replies: 2
Views: 1641

Stage Illusions for Children's Shows

Most children's entertainers are not looking to perform stage illusions at junior's birthday party and instead search for "packs small and plays big" at those events. However, once in a while, they might discover that their "plays big show" is not quite big enough for a gymnasium...
by Spellbinder
February 8th, 2016, 1:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lip Balm Ball & Vase?
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

Re: Lip Balm Ball & Vase?

Yes, thanks for the inspiration and for paying attention to what's going on around you. I still use the little Chap Stick tube myself and didn't notice that women were using the spheres... something about aroma-therapy. My biggest problem was that while Lip Balm spheres screw closed, the regular bal...
by Spellbinder
February 5th, 2016, 11:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lip Balm Ball & Vase?
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

Re: Lip Balm Ball & Vase?

After experimenting with converting a real lip balm spherical container into a Ball and Vase trick, I concluded that it is much easier to convert a large plastic ball and vase to a make-believe lip balm container. It involves slicing off the top knob and the stem and base of a large size ball and va...
by Spellbinder
February 2nd, 2016, 9:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lip Balm Ball & Vase?
Replies: 4
Views: 2399

Re: Lip Balm Ball & Vase?

The "no-gimmick" method would work great for these, substituting a superball for the actual lipbalm, taking it out and bouncing it, then performing the no gimmick sleights to make it disappear from the container while in the hands of a spectator, and when it reappears it actually is lip ba...
by Spellbinder
September 21st, 2015, 11:40 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 5-Way Colouring Book
Replies: 4
Views: 2386

Re: 5-Way Colouring Book

3-way, 5-way only matters to those who still perform the same coloring book that was described in 1584 (Prevost and the Discoverie of Witchcraft)and even then have to purchase one commercially made, rather than make one from scratch even in these days of computers and inkjet printers. For those who ...
by Spellbinder
September 13th, 2015, 9:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A new method for crystal ball reading
Replies: 8
Views: 4413

Re: A new method for crystal ball reading

For a Halloween seance, the electronic "crystal ball" available at most Halloween shops (for less than a "real" crystal ball, adds a bit of pizzazz to the reading. Also, as I show in The Wizards' Journal #2, item 11, you can cause bits of information to appear in the globe, as sh...
by Spellbinder
September 13th, 2015, 9:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring Flight
Replies: 28
Views: 3699

Re: Ring Flight

It IS a wonderful trick, but you don't need a commercial "Ring Flight" to gently vanish a ring and bring it back to a gentle conclusion. It is easier to vanish a ring than to vanish a coin, but the same moves make it possible, and the shape of the ring gives you new options for grabbing an...
by Spellbinder
September 6th, 2015, 10:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A new method for crystal ball reading
Replies: 8
Views: 4413

Re: A new method for crystal ball reading

That's a good method. A piece of black lace fabric over the phone should allow the medium to still see the phone and tap it, but keep any side views from escaping.
by Spellbinder
August 31st, 2015, 11:26 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism For Children
Replies: 13
Views: 4810

Re: Mentalism For Children

The same rule applies to all types of tricks - you don't want too many rope tricks, or coin tricks, or silk tricks, either. Same thing with too many plaque tricks- Hippity Hops + Forgetful Freddy + Choo-Choo Charlie can leave you gasping for air. I think we can all agree that a performance for child...
by Spellbinder
August 25th, 2015, 12:24 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism For Children
Replies: 13
Views: 4810

Mentalism For Children

There are those who think that Mentalism and Children don't mix, but I am not one of those. I see the results that Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki gets out of his "Small Medium at Large" in The Wizards' Journal #23 - item 9, in which a child can read the minds of others in the audience, and even make a p...
by Spellbinder
August 23rd, 2015, 8:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Anniversary Two-Step
Replies: 0
Views: 984

Anniversary Two-Step

Jim Gerrish recently published a new version of the Anniversary Waltz (by Doc Eason) which eliminates the deck of cards and whittles it down to just three cards - The King of Hearts, The Queen of Hearts, and The Jack of Hearts (who plays the role of the "parson"). This made it possible to ...

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