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by Spellbinder
October 6th, 2013, 8:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 6112

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

My heresy is now complete. I have combined magic, mentalism, magik, and witchcraft in my newest release "The Invisible Tarot." I'll call it for what it is... magic TRICKS for use with a GAFFED set of Tarot Cards. That's right, I am selling my soul, cheap, not to the devil, but to anyone wh...
by Spellbinder
September 12th, 2013, 11:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 6112

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

A magician can do magic and can mix in mental magic as well and doesn't mind if his audience thinks it's all a trick; a mentalist must stick to pretending he would never stoop to performing magic tricks and that his "powers" are real. A mentalist is a magician with attitude. That's my take...
by Spellbinder
September 12th, 2013, 11:33 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: rope credit
Replies: 7
Views: 1913

Re: rope credit

It's a variant of "The Bachelor's Needle" found in Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks, compiled by Stewart James, and published in 1941.
by Spellbinder
September 3rd, 2013, 2:08 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Bunny Business
Replies: 1
Views: 4770

Re: Bunny Business

Qua-Fiki's "Big, Bad Bunnies" starts with a plot like Tenkai's "Homing Card", in which the Big Bad Wolf keeps reappearing among the bunnies, but then the wolf begins reappearing wearing different disguises (which are obvious to the kids and get them screaming when they see each n...
by Spellbinder
August 22nd, 2013, 6:21 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mental Epic whiteboard -- which is best?
Replies: 13
Views: 10998

Re: Mental Epic whiteboard -- which is best?

I had a chance to see Jim Gerrish getting ready for a show for which he was MC and was surprised to see him performing - not his own Mental Epilogue - but just using a regular Whiteboard (bulletin board size) from Staples - no gimmicks at all. He used large post-it note paper squares to cover his pr...
by Spellbinder
June 18th, 2013, 1:13 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Bunny Business
Replies: 1
Views: 4770

Bunny Business

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has come up with a flurry of cute jumbo card packet effects based on the theme of cute bunny rabbits for his last offering to The Wizards' Journal (#25) as a Wiz Kid. His birthday is at the end of this month and he will no longer be a performing Wiz Kid, but an adult trustee of The ...
by Spellbinder
April 27th, 2013, 5:40 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?
Replies: 24
Views: 8575

Re: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?

Dimitri, the "Mystery Artist" from Argentina, has just joined the Magic Nook as an Independent Author and coincidentally his first published e-Book is a "Sock Routine" that he has perfected from various sources. In his version, the sock chosen by members of the audience is found ...
by Spellbinder
April 20th, 2013, 5:16 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Piaget's conservation tasks
Replies: 3
Views: 4864

Re: Piaget's conservation tasks

A good example of how adults can be turned into 4 year olds, Piaget-wise, is by using the Paul Curry "Case of the Missing Hat," also revised as Marcom's "Leprechauns" and most recently Qua-Fiki's "The Mystery of the Missing Carrot" from The Wizards' Journal #25. Qua-Fik...
by Spellbinder
March 24th, 2013, 3:59 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 8734

Re: Silken Saga

Tyler's original version was published in The Magic Wand without his permission. Eric Sharp's handling and routine was published in one of his books. Leave it to a Q. Kumber to mention a magic magazine without listing the issue number, month and year of publication (page would be nice as well). It'...
by Spellbinder
March 23rd, 2013, 3:58 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 8734

Re: Silken Saga

As April of 2013 draws nearer, I have to quell the rumor that Tyler's Silken Saga will be released this year, or any year in the foreseeable future. I am already getting requests for reservations, so as not to waste anyone's time please put me down for two if anyone else is bringing it to market, ot...
by Spellbinder
January 27th, 2013, 6:38 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Spirit bell
Replies: 7
Views: 5527

Re: Spirit bell

If you have enough electronics skills to build one of your own following directions for getting and assembling the parts, you might consider one of Jolyon Jenkin's two Spirit Bell plans. Worth learning how to do if you're into saving money by doing it yourself.
by Spellbinder
November 14th, 2012, 9:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey Mouse Plate
Replies: 2
Views: 1032

Re: Mickey Mouse Plate

There's a whole chapter on "Soup Plates and Silks Magic" in Volume 3 of the Rice Encyclopedia that hasn't seen much use since the demise of the fancy soup plate at elegant dinners. With these themed plastic party plates at Dollar Stores and Party supply stores, there ought to be a new mark...
by Spellbinder
November 14th, 2012, 9:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gypsy Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 8487

Re: Gypsy Thread

Cotton Basting Thread in bright colors is my favorite: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.thesewingplace.com/cotton-hand-basting-thread-p-4252.html">http://www.thesewingplace.com/cotton-ha ... -4252.html</a><!-- m --> It's easy to see and easy to break. It's also easy to dye with floures...
by Spellbinder
September 20th, 2012, 5:48 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jumbo/stage-size Monte w/Queen -- print references?
Replies: 12
Views: 3432

Re: Jumbo/stage-size Monte w/Queen -- print references?

Make sure you get a permit, and let us know if you get arrested for performing political magic.
by Spellbinder
September 14th, 2012, 1:00 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jumbo/stage-size Monte w/Queen -- print references?
Replies: 12
Views: 3432

Re: Jumbo/stage-size Monte w/Queen -- print references?

The method used by Qua-Fiki for his "Sooper Dooper Looper" as described in The Wizards' Journal #22 would work for this. His method allows you to make your own cards of any size, and in the video, although he shows the cards being removed by a spectator from a deck of cards, that part is n...
by Spellbinder
August 15th, 2012, 3:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Magic with neckties
Replies: 14
Views: 4324

Re: Magic with neckties

Eleazar's "Necktie Tear & Necktie Tricks" from his book "Tear-able Magic."
by Spellbinder
August 12th, 2012, 1:52 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Silken Saga
Replies: 10
Views: 8734

Re: Silken Saga

I have heard that it may be released in April of 2013. Just a rumor, of course, but rumors are usually spread for some purpose.
by Spellbinder
April 19th, 2012, 11:56 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 11980

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

Time to start thinking about Patriotic magic and themes ahead of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Wiz Kid Eleazar (who is now known as Wiz Kid Ee-Gee-Fiki - kids, go figure!) has a nice tissue paper tear to Uncle Sam Hat, in which the Uncle Sam hat is NOT made of tissue paper but of fabric (and ...
by Spellbinder
April 5th, 2012, 1:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: found this on vimeo - basic
Replies: 3
Views: 1852

Re: found this on vimeo - basic

Jim Gerrish posted one of my Mental Effects on Vimeo. I like the quality of the videos better than YouTube, as well as the environment, which isn't so crowded with kids. Here is my "Predict-velope." <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://vimeo.com/39723753">http://vimeo.com/39723753</a...
by Spellbinder
January 6th, 2012, 12:48 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Specialized Change Bag
Replies: 2
Views: 4170

Re: New Specialized Change Bag

It depends on Qua-Fiki and squeezing in the time between his high school, marching band, magic shows, babysitting and all the other stuff a teen-ager gets into. I expect we'll have one eventually, but it's not a top priority.
by Spellbinder
January 5th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Specialized Change Bag
Replies: 2
Views: 4170

New Specialized Change Bag

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has designed a change bag specifically for performing the Mis-made Flag (or any other mis-made silk type of trick). It's described in The Wizards' Journal #22 on my site. One advantage of having a special change bag that looks and works nothing like the "traditional change bag&...
by Spellbinder
November 28th, 2011, 12:14 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Quality multiplying wands
Replies: 7
Views: 6607

Re: Quality multiplying wands

Jim Gerrish describes how to make "Multiplying Crayons" for his "Coloring Book Routine" in the Kid Magic section on my site. It's just like the Multiplying Wands, but they appear to be large crayons for use with any tricks that involve coloring. He makes them from jumbo sized pla...
by Spellbinder
November 24th, 2011, 10:23 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 11 Stage Props To Vanish In 2011
Replies: 59
Views: 9777

Re: 11 Stage Props To Vanish In 2011

It seems historically that magicians have always taken a "good thing" and run it into the ground with overuse and making it the center of attention. This can be said of the Mirror Glass, the Mirror Box, the Change Bag, and a whole lot more. The Change Bag was never the center of attention ...
by Spellbinder
October 12th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 11980

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

It looks good. Remember, a lot of our early history is mixed in with myth and legend, such as the details of Paul Revere's ride (which leaves out the guys who really did the work that night). Revere has a good publicist in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Years later, in 1896, Helen F. Moore wrote: 'Tis ...
by Spellbinder
July 31st, 2011, 5:17 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "vest with special pockets"
Replies: 5
Views: 2733

Re: Tommy Wonder's "vest with special pockets"

Tommy Wonder put his vest together for HIMSELF and HIS ACT. Even if you had his original vest in front of you, you would have few clues as to what the various pockets, rings, holes, grommets and so on were used for. This is the kind of thing you make for yourself and attach various pockets as needed...
by Spellbinder
July 14th, 2011, 9:23 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 4777

Re: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?

Like the reference to Jack that Magicpedia used to have a few days ago, the other references to Jack have come from sources who probably got them from Whaley, Maven or Magicpedia, as I did. What is needed is a study of the Linking Ring articles that Jack contributed and inquiries to the IBM Ring mem...
by Spellbinder
July 14th, 2011, 2:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 4777

Re: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?

The Martin's Magic Shop ad in Genii is identical to the one from the September 1949 Linking Ring with the exception of the last line "Routine as used by Mal Lippincott." I'm not convinced that is a statement intended to identify him as the creator of the box, but only of the routine. To me...
by Spellbinder
July 7th, 2011, 4:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?
Replies: 21
Views: 4777

Re: Which Jack Lippincott invented the box?

Does anyone have a photo of Jack Lippincott? I'd like one for my Brief Biographies of Magic Inventors: http://www.magicnook.com/forum/bioKLM.htm
by Spellbinder
June 1st, 2011, 10:39 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 11980

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

Thanks for the information about Carl S. Lohrey, Joe. I have added it to the advertisement and inserted it as a footnote in the e-Book itself.
by Spellbinder
May 31st, 2011, 9:44 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Birth of a Nation Magic Show
Replies: 25
Views: 11980

Re: Birth of a Nation Magic Show

At the risk of boring you with more gushing of a proud grandpa over his precocious magic grandchild, reading this effect gave me an idea of how to use Wilhelmina's Transparent Dye Tube in connection with your evolution of flags. She is using currently a clear plastic mailing tube (1.5" in diame...
by Spellbinder
May 19th, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3445

Re: New Magic from a New Magician

Qua-Fiki's little cousin, Wiz Kid Wilhelmina, is not only giving magic a new viewpoint from a nine-year old, but from a girl magician, as well. She was always playing with craft projects, making boxes and tubes from plastic, cardboard, cans, styrofoam cups and what-not, but when she began transformi...
by Spellbinder
April 6th, 2011, 11:54 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Jack The Ripper Seance Kit
Replies: 9
Views: 3167

Re: Jack The Ripper Seance Kit

Every good seance kit needs a self-contained self-lighting radio-controlled candle like the one Jolyon Jenkins published on my site as the first article in a new Magic-tronic Book section. His YouTube video is here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNjazKsm4gU&f...
by Spellbinder
March 4th, 2011, 1:32 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 3441

Re: Odd difficulty with mouth coil--am I doing something wrong?

I suggest you learn to make your own mouthcoils, and then just make up as much as you will need for a short period of time using strong tissue paper bought from a gift shop. The Wizards' Journal #5 (item 10) is one way to learn if you don't know how. For really strong mouth coils, I suggest making t...
by Spellbinder
January 3rd, 2011, 11:35 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: how to dye flash paper
Replies: 13
Views: 5534

Re: how to dye flash paper

I always used food coloring dyes, mixed in water, painted on and let dry completely. No color flames, but the paper can be any color you want. Also, you can print on flashpaper with an inkjet printer, so card designs, etc. are possible.
by Spellbinder
October 9th, 2010, 4:18 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!
Replies: 10
Views: 3030

Re: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!

It might be more suitable to do the "six dog biscuit repeat." You could cut out cards in the shape of dog bone biscuits and use the Ed Marlo variation in which you get rid of only one dog biscuit at a time instead of three, except the dog is the one that gets rid of it by "eating"...
by Spellbinder
October 4th, 2010, 6:56 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!
Replies: 10
Views: 3030

Re: Wanted: Magic so cool a dog can do it!

Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki has the English Sheepdog puppet, which he uses for his "Wonder Dog" act as part of his "Super Hero Magic." In his act, he has the dog eat various items by having cut a slit in the back of its mough and just pulling the stuff into its mouth with his inside hand. T...
by Spellbinder
September 15th, 2010, 11:18 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3445

Re: New Magic from a New Magician

Qua-Fiki has done it again, this time with a Stepladder Escape/Substitution Illusion he calls "Stepladder Revenge." He figured out that the "Assistant's Revenge" was appropriate for an Illusionist, because the poor assistant is always the victim, getting pierced, cut in half, or ...
by Spellbinder
August 6th, 2010, 7:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Monte Routine on YouTube
Replies: 10
Views: 2233

Re: Monte Routine on YouTube

Richard:
Thanks for clearing that up. I guess I have to do some research on Canadian magicians.
by Spellbinder
August 5th, 2010, 11:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Monte Routine on YouTube
Replies: 10
Views: 2233

Re: Monte Routine on YouTube

"Color Monte" was orignally done with regular cards--it's in Ibidem (issue 16, March 1959) under the title "Three-Card Monkey Business" and was in print for years before "Color Monte" was put on the market. Of course the creator, Bill Elliott, received neither credit n...
by Spellbinder
August 3rd, 2010, 3:14 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: New Magic from a New Magician
Replies: 4
Views: 3445

Re: New Magic from a New Magician

Before this post disappears again, I should point out that my intent was to find out if any other members of the magic community have spotted new talent among the youngsters just starting out? Has anyone met the next Harry Blackstone, or Edwin Hooper or UF Grant? Do kids even try to emulate the old ...

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