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by Spellbinder
May 6th, 2021, 12:31 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Silk Trick I.D. Required
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Silk Trick I.D. Required

In 2010, I released my 21st Century Silk routine, which allows the spectators to freely choose which one of three different color silks they want to vanish and reappear. Then the same spectator that chose the silk to make disappear causes the disappearance himself or herself while the silk is tucked...
by Spellbinder
February 12th, 2021, 4:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cups & Balls with different colored balls
Replies: 32
Views: 2115

Re: Cups & Balls with different colored balls

Jim Gerrish's "Colorful Cups and Balls" uses different color balls to match different color cups. It's described in The Wizards' Journal #29-03. https://www.magicnook.com/WizJ29/WIZJ29-03ColorfulCupsBalls.htm https://www.magicnook.com/WizJ29/ColorCupsADlg.jpg . Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki also contri...
by Spellbinder
February 6th, 2021, 9:54 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spirit bell
Replies: 11
Views: 8665

Re: Spirit bell

My personal favorite Spirit Bell routine is my own "Santa's Magic Jingle Bell." No electronics to break down or make your toes cramp up. https://www.magicnook.com/WizJ22/wizj22-02SantasMagicJingleBell.htm Great for use with kids at Christmas time, but the same principle could also be inclu...
by Spellbinder
January 28th, 2021, 12:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Impromptu Coin Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 1173

Re: Impromptu Coin Magic

If we can assume that in addition to being able to use ungimmicked coins (I prefer quarters but can use smaller coins) that you either have in your pocket or can borrow, you should, if you're a performing magician, always have some business cards in your wallet or a card case. With that as a minimum...
by Spellbinder
January 23rd, 2021, 9:16 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Portable Rabbit Hole
Replies: 0
Views: 1940

Portable Rabbit Hole

Jim Gerrish has been spending his time working on what he keeps claiming is his absolute LAST trick for The Magic Nook, a Portable Rabbit Hole. Yusif Tremil worked with him on it and keeps both of us thinking about magic that he then writes up for us. The Portable Hole CAN be performed with a live r...
by Spellbinder
November 17th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 3641

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

Yusif Tremil (currently working at The Magic Nook) recently released his "Penetrating Die" which includes a similar mental selection of a playing card, but chosen by the roll of an actual physical die. There are 3 magic surprises that then occur. The first one is that the die visibly penet...
by Spellbinder
September 11th, 2020, 1:01 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 17
Views: 10436

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: 6519

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: 6519

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: 6519

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: 2255

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: 6519

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: 2101

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: 1500

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: 89
Views: 6136

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: 2106

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: 2101

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: 13
Views: 4815

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: 1126

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: 2101

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: 764

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: 2101

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: 6416

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: 2450

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: 4319

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: 3080

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: 3230

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: 2528

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: 2528

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: 14538

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: 3666

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: 6179

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: 6179

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: 9160

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: 9160

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: 9160

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: 9160

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: 9160

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: 25856

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: 6342

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...

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