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by Spellbinder
September 13th, 2015, 9:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A new method for crystal ball reading
Replies: 8
Views: 6993

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: 4408

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: 6993

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: 5654

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: 5654

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: 1074

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 ...
by Spellbinder
August 17th, 2015, 2:00 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?
Replies: 3
Views: 7831

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

Jim Gerrish has put together a collection of routines that start with a Pop-Away wand and end up with, perhaps, a trick you never thought of using it for. You'd be surprised, for example, what a great blow-dye tube it makes for doing a mis-made flag. And yes, you can still use it for popping off the...
by Spellbinder
July 20th, 2015, 1:35 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Profile on Boswick The Clown
Replies: 7
Views: 6312

Re: Profile on Boswick The Clown

Children are not afraid of getting their faces painted, so why should they be afraid of clowns? I used to work with a face painter who would paint my clown face bit by bit between working on the kids' faces. While this was going on, I did some introductory funny stuff to entertain the kids and attra...
by Spellbinder
July 20th, 2015, 1:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: creative modern rope magic
Replies: 4
Views: 1727

Re: creative modern rope magic

You might want to take a look at the use of color ropes in a routine like Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki's Blendo Ropes from The Wizards' Journal #16 ( http://magicnook.com/WIZj16/WIZ16-06Ble ... uaFiki.htm ).
by Spellbinder
March 11th, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Elusive Elephants
Replies: 0
Views: 3996

Elusive Elephants

This is a trick that has been around a long time in various forms and with various methods for vanishing the elephant. Basically, you have a number of cards (the usual number is three but there is no reason why you can't begin with more than three). Typically, the cards show various circus acts and ...
by Spellbinder
February 11th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

The same can be said of the floating ball and the floating lightbulb, but not, I believe, of the dancing handkerchief or a GOOD Zombie or Astro-sphere performance. The floating table ... I haven't seen one yet I could believe.
by Spellbinder
February 10th, 2015, 6:43 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

It might be useful to examine why many of us feel one way about the cane, and most do NOT feel the same way about the even older Dancing Hank. One thing the Hank has that the Cane lacks is: personality. The Hank is treated as a mischievous little sprite that plays with the magician (and audience) in...
by Spellbinder
December 4th, 2014, 4:30 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: There's An Egg In Your Hat
Replies: 0
Views: 3904

There's An Egg In Your Hat

"There's An Egg In Your Hat" is the title of a new e-Book by Jim Gerrish in which he makes a case for getting rid of the "egg bag" and replacing it with a borrowed knit hat from a child in the audience. At the same time, he proposes doing away with the sucker part of the classic ...
by Spellbinder
December 4th, 2014, 4:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins thru silk
Replies: 17
Views: 7132

Re: Coins thru silk

"Ergo decipiatur."

That's seven dollars for a set of three juggling scarves. There are other sources, and once you know what you are looking for you can hunt them down.
by Spellbinder
December 3rd, 2014, 12:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins thru silk
Replies: 17
Views: 7132

Re: Coins thru silk

You might consider juggling scarves, which are sheer by nature.

http://www.amazon.com/Juggling-Scarves- ... B001AZ2FMU

or just Google "juggling scarves" for a wide variety of sources.
by Spellbinder
November 21st, 2014, 11:09 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 7612

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

It is a pleasure to see these projects. I started making props on our kitchen table when I was twelve. At sixteen I made the complete show, 'The Magic Bricks' from Peter D'Arcy's book, 'Children's Parties a Speciality'. Making your own props seems to be a forgotten craft. Pity. I congratulate you o...
by Spellbinder
November 17th, 2014, 10:28 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 7612

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

We have a lot of Magic Nook props that can be printed on a regular printer right now, without waiting for a 3-D printer. Naturally, these include a lot of jumbo card props, but also others that can be folded into boxes and such. One that I forgot to mention from Jim's Kitchen Workshop is his "S...
by Spellbinder
November 16th, 2014, 10:49 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 7612

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

Just an update: Jim Finished his Roy Benson String Sticks project:\\ http://magicnook.com/WizJ27/BensonSticksAD01.JPG Then he went on to a small and easy to make and handle version of the Selbit Traveling Blocks, more recently known as Cube A Libre, or Jim's Version which is called "Bouncing Bl...
by Spellbinder
October 19th, 2014, 1:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spirit bell
Replies: 7
Views: 5527

Re: Spirit bell

fredreisz wrote:I love mine (although at the moment it is not working!) Peace Fred (Reisz)


There's the best reason for building your own. Having built it yourself, you know how to repair it when needed.
by Spellbinder
October 10th, 2014, 11:38 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Siamese cylinders aka Kuma tubes
Replies: 4
Views: 2433

Re: Siamese cylinders aka Kuma tubes

Jim Gerrish has a rectangular version you can make from hardboard and duct tape (or wood and brass fittings if you want elegance more than utility) in his "Hardboard and Duct Tape Magic Book 1" under the name "Production Tubes." http://magicnook.com/hardboard/tube05.jpg You start...
by Spellbinder
September 14th, 2014, 9:50 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

The "Phantom Saucer" is another good reason for abandoning the "Dancing Cane" to teens and other show-offs. It reminds me of the words of Louis Nikola regarding the mirror glass: “The magician thinks that it (a Mirror Glass) looks empty — nobody else thinks so.” Louis Nikola as q...
by Spellbinder
August 31st, 2014, 4:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: performing magic for animals
Replies: 2
Views: 2103

Re: performing magic for animals

http://magicnook.com/WizJ27/FidoFikiAndKittyFiki.jpg Our new busking buddy is a real "people magnet," but gets more territorial attitudes from live animals. This is Fido-Fiki, the Busking Dog, from The Wizards' Journal #27. He travels with his own retinue of performing fleas and a supply ...
by Spellbinder
August 24th, 2014, 5:51 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 7612

Re: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

After publishing his new version of a Silk Cabby designed specifically for the Mis-made Flag and working like no other Silk Cabby in magic history has worked... http://magicnook.com/WizJ27/FlagCabbyADlg.JPG ...Jim's plans took a couple of turns in two different directions to next make a Teeny Tiny T...
by Spellbinder
July 12th, 2014, 3:00 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children
Replies: 6
Views: 7612

Kitchen Workshop Magic for Children

So far the first three Kitchen Workshop projects from Jim Gerrish have been new variations on old Kid Magic Tricks. First, let me define Kitchen Workshop projects as those which can be easily built in the ordinary kitchen without the use of power tools. Jim's preferred material is 1/16 inch thick sh...
by Spellbinder
June 16th, 2014, 8:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: are there any books and dvds on how to make illusions
Replies: 8
Views: 2751

Re: are there any books and dvds on how to make illusions

All we have at The Magic Nook are instructions for making magic yourself; all kinds from close-up to stage illusions.
by Spellbinder
April 30th, 2014, 10:55 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Three ideas for magic use
Replies: 11
Views: 3904

Re: Three ideas for magic use

Jim:
Good heads up on these items. I've used battery operated Christmas LEDS before : http://magicnook.com/WizJ19/wizj19-03Ch ... mMouth.htm but these look more compact.
by Spellbinder
February 25th, 2014, 7:17 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 6111

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

Here's an opening that my friend Jim Gerrish gave at a recent show where he was hired as a mentalist. He started off giving the audience a talk about the difference between what a magician does and what a mentalist does, then he decided it was better to give an example. First he had a volunteer from...
by Spellbinder
February 19th, 2014, 11:28 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86OLzxIHl_8 Give Turbo the resources of an "Appearing Broom" and David Copperfield's "Flying" apparatus and you'd have a routine that would be the envy of every magician. Notice that Turbo refrains from excessive flying of the broom and that he cou...
by Spellbinder
February 19th, 2014, 11:10 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

What part of "tricky" do you find difficult for a magician to make clear? Isn't it our business to do "tricky" things and make them seem like magic?
by Spellbinder
February 19th, 2014, 9:10 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Here's an idea for you. Make the "cane" the center leg of a magic table. Assemble the table and toss a tablecloth on top- the table lifts off the ground and begins to float around (ask Lossander how that's done!). When you finally get the table to settle down, being inquisitive, you try to...
by Spellbinder
February 18th, 2014, 8:39 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

There's more than one way to swing a stick. Keep that in mind if anyone is taking my idea for animating drumsticks seriously.
by Spellbinder
February 14th, 2014, 2:44 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

I still would like to see a dancing drumstick - or even better, a pair of them. I remember a guy who was able to swing around two dancing canes, one with each hand, so it should be possible to do without knocking yourself out.
by Spellbinder
February 14th, 2014, 7:46 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 26173

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

It has the same basic flaw as all other dancing canes - the performer never knows when to quit. However, I am surprised that the drummer didn't have "dancing drumsticks." THAT would be original and could stand going on for an extended period of time.
by Spellbinder
February 14th, 2014, 7:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring Vanish Ideas
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: Ring Vanish Ideas

Check out Al Schneider's "Off." You can learn it from: "The Al Schneider Technique - Vol 2: Close-up - DVD". It works with a ribbon as well as a rope and solves the first part of your problem. Either a thumb steal or any retention vanish solves the second part of the problem, dep...
by Spellbinder
January 28th, 2014, 12:28 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Clown Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 6482

Clown Magic

We've always had a lot of magic that could be used by clowns who perform magic, but Jim Gerrish recently got bored with "cabin fever" from the recent snowstorms and sub-freezing weather so he got to work on some of his old clown repertoire - enough so that I decided to open up a new sectio...
by Spellbinder
January 28th, 2014, 12:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: State Coin Designs Pro-Con
Replies: 8
Views: 2097

Re: State Coin Designs Pro-Con

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki loves playing around with matrix, and in his new "Impromptu Matrix" as described in The Wizards' Journal #25, he shows how he uses four different state quarters borrowed from spectators. In most versions of matrix, you depend on the coins being anonymous and interchangeabl...
by Spellbinder
January 23rd, 2014, 1:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 5810

Re: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?

Since this is in the Close-Up section, I might mention that a bill in lemon is barely close-up unless you are used to carrying lemons in your pockets. However, using a walnut might be more appropriate to the close-up venue, and if the walnut happens to also be on a string around your neck, as sort o...
by Spellbinder
January 8th, 2014, 11:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 5810

Re: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?

In my own "Most Amazing Card Trick" published in The Wizards' Journal #21, I add another impossibility to the card in orange that I'm not sure you would dare apply to the dollar bill in lemon, but it might be something to take your thinking in a new direction. The reason I did it with a ca...
by Spellbinder
December 23rd, 2013, 9:46 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 6111

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has another approach to the magic/mentalism mix- that of "amazing coincidences." His latest effect in The Wizards' Journal #25 is called "Ultra Coincidental." From a deck of giant (jumbo) cards, one card is selected face down. From two decks (one red backed, one ...
by Spellbinder
December 11th, 2013, 4:36 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Choo Choo Train Illusion
Replies: 0
Views: 4432

Choo Choo Train Illusion

This is a great portable illusion for children's shows, small enough to be used in a living room setting and large enough to be presented on a stage in a school auditorium. It makes use of a commercial "Locomotive Play Tent" that sells for $20 - $40 depending on the source (Wiz Kid Qua-Fik...

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