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by Spellbinder
September 11th, 2020, 1:01 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 17
Views: 8728

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

Today there are cameras that contain their own printers: https://www.amazon.com/Kodak-PRINTOMATIC-Digital-Instant-Sticky-Backed/dp/B07BB5FDS2 ESP is real and many people have it. The initials simply mean Extra Sensory Perception and don't necessarily mean spooky business like reading minds or predic...
by Spellbinder
August 15th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4255

Re: Multum im Parvo

The Kool Aid might lose its opacity because so much water is added to it during the course of the routine. Ditto for wine. Not if you know how to add red food coloring to the mix as you pour. It's an easy way to solve the problem. As for changing the shape of wine glasses - it's already been done: ...
by Spellbinder
August 15th, 2020, 12:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4255

Re: Multum im Parvo

@Spellbinder (et al) would the trick work if you started with a shotglass of water and added a packet of that red "Kool-Aid" powder to start the routine? The Kool-Aid idea is a good one. I would also include a spoon to stir it into the first water glass, and a broken off spoon handle to p...
by Spellbinder
August 8th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4255

Re: Multum im Parvo

The use of milk creates a murky performance with many types of plastic "glasses." Adding some red (strawberry) coloring helps a bit, but even better is to begin by using a deep red wine and start by filling the small glass with the deep red liquid from a regular wine bottle. Perform the tr...
by Spellbinder
August 8th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1294

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Reason for using a duplicate card- in one of my tricks, I have the spectator sign the chosen card and then when it is finally found, I give it to her to keep. Now I am apparently missing a card from the deck, so I take one of the two Jokers and transform it into the missing card (minus her signature...
by Spellbinder
July 28th, 2020, 12:12 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 4255

Re: Multum im Parvo

In our Dollar Store Magic section of The Magic Nook, you'll find an e-Book on DIY Milk Pitcher which also contains other projects made from the same materials, including a set of Multum in Parvo glasses (spelled correctly). You make them yourself from Dollar Store plastic glasses, so they aren't rit...
by Spellbinder
June 13th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

Re: Check the Magic Nook Calendar for Cancelled Events

Shortly after I posted above (April 23rd) both Jim and I came down (separately - no connection) with some serious internal problems that made us realize that our time is growing short. As a result, we have decided to let the Magic Nook drop off the face of the earth, along with us, and stopped stayi...
by Spellbinder
June 11th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot Day By Day
Replies: 12
Views: 846

Re: Tarot Day By Day

Similar to what you describe is Jim Gerrish's "Cardless Card Trick" based on a concept by mentalist Ford Kross and adapted by mentalist Bob Cassidy. It could easily be performed with Tarot cards, but Jim uses regular playing cards in the explanation. It is basically a Dollar Store daily Di...
by Spellbinder
June 11th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3469

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

If you are still performing with all alike (duplicate) cards, you might want to check out Jim Gerrish's "Death and Taxes" performed with all different Tarot cards that can be shown on both sides, and then he turns them into all alike "Death cards" with a skeleton (#13 - XIII). He...
by Spellbinder
April 22nd, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1413

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: 7
Views: 1359

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: 8
Views: 2072

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: 560

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: 7
Views: 1359

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: 387

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: 7
Views: 1359

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: 5568

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: 2011

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: 3864

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: 2781

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: 2644

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: 2017

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: 2017

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: 52
Views: 12723

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: 2980

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: 5249

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: 5249

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: 7577

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: 7577

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: 7577

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: 7577

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: 7577

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: 23561

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: 5283

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: 27274

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: 4388

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: 6506

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: 2616

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: 9598

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: 9598

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...

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