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Included are 'Spread-Count Poker 6', the most direct solution yet to stacking 5 cards via spread counts, a Shank-Shuffle convincer, a card stab based on a bold illogicality, an Ambitious Card with no Double Lifts, a think-a-card lie detector performed over an internet phone call, and two Ace Assemblies which avoid the usual addition moves.
Apart from two or three items including the False-Count False Shuffle (Bold and Illogical Card Moves) and Mindreader's Lucid Dream (Clairvoyant / 75% Production), none of these items has seen print before. (Those which have been published before contain additional information anyway.)
32 pages equivalent in size to A4 with over 60 clear black-and-white photos. Sent as an e-book via email (non-automated - please be patient - orders usually fulfilled within a few hours).
a collection of over 20 previously unpublished items
5 variations on the classic Drop Switch
2 Tilt moves
3 Ace switches
2 Ace controls
2 packet switches
5 effects and various other ideas (including 2 simple card productions).
Includes a cut-the-high-cards game which the spectator loses by cutting all the ‘low cards’ (the Aces), an instant sandwich where three effects happen simultaneously, a visual transition based on Geoff Latta’s ambitious card using the riffle pass, a rising card that can be performed in any bar environment, and a clock trick where a mentally selected card vanishes from a packet of 12 cards and reappears back in the deck at a thought-of hour (this does not use the clock-trick principle or other mathematics).
Includes contributions by David Davies, Peter Dudley and Will Houstoun.
25 pages, saddle-stitched A5 printed booklet with card covers and 80 photos.
This is a collection of moves and effects using the concept of Bill Simon’s well-known ‘Business Card Prophecy’ move. This concept involves forcing the position of one or more cards via a disguised-cut procedure.
Included is an effect called ‘Shared Prophecy’, where the magician writes down the name of a card in full view and a spectator then writes down any other card that comes to mind next to this. The Joker is inserted in the deck at a chosen point and the cards on either side are the two written cards.
Several non-prophecy but related items are also included.
The above three effects are the results
of improvisation. This manual explains the ‘mental mechanics’
of improvisation which allow one to perform impossible effects such
as the ones above.
In his previous book, Secrets of Improvisational Magic, Justin Higham explored the many different forms of improvisation and the fundamental (and often hidden) secrets of the art.
In this companion volume (which may be read alone), stemming from nearly two decades of experience in improvisational magic, the actual thought processes behind improvisation are analysed and explained. If you want a nuts-and-bolts explanation of how to improvise then this book is intended to give you this.
Do not be misled by the title. ‘Mechanics’ refers to the mental mechanism or system of thought that is used when improvising. This is not a book of card effects or sleights, even though these concepts form the basis of the system in question.
Based on the out-of-print (and superceded) 15-page booklet of a similar name published in 1995, this completely rewritten and greatly expanded volume, The KOSBE System: The Mechanics of Improvisation in Card Magic contains 72 pages of detailed explanation which not only answers the fundamental question, ‘How do I improvise card magic?’, but may alter your whole outlook on the art.
72 pages, saddle-stitched A5 booklet with card covers.
Mention ‘card-cheating switches’ and magicians very often shy away due to (a) the fact that such switches are not really meant for performing, and (b) they are often quite difficult to execute. In particular, switches requiring one-handed pick-ups and throw-downs or complex palm changes and re-gripping, are avoided.
The switches in the present ms. are pseudo cheating switches, and the reader may be pleasantly surprised to find that (a) they are not that difficult (requiring more coordination than manual dexterity), and (b) they can be used in pseudo-cheating demonstrations to good effect without having to reveal their methodology. Several of the switches may also be used in a magical context.
Explained is the Basic Move, 'Empty-Hands' Method, No-Palm Method (Kevin Baker), Lateral-Palm Method, Jennings-Concealment Method, Underhand Method 1 and 2, Under-Deck Method, Modified Tent Switch, Pseudo-Deal Palm Switch, Pseudo-Removal Palm Switch and Variation, Flip-and-Fan Palm Switch, Turn-and-Look Packet Switch 1 and 2 (Benjamin Earl) and Variation, and End Notes with several more ideas and applications. All but one of the switches are packet switches, not single-card switches. Most require palming (but not always in the conventional sense) but none require lapping (as in scooping or dropping cards into the lap or similar).
This updated edition of an e-book first published in April 2010 contains 25 pages and is illustrated with over 100 photographs. A5 saddle-stitched booklet with card covers.
This second volume of pseudo-cheating switches contains a wide variety of card and packet switches for both pseudo-cheating demonstrations and magical use, to be applied at the reader's discretion. As with the first volume, the moves here do not rely on advanced palm changes or hand-mucking techniques, but basic palming and switching manoeuvres well within the reach of the intermediate student.
As a Pseudo Blackjack Switch
As a Full Packet Switch
Two-Stage Sequence Switch
Push-Forward Unload Switch (with Chip Cover)
Bank-Note Unload Switch
Lateral-Palm Swivel Switch (Will Houstoun)
Ringing In a Fooler
Fake Deck Switch
The 'Appearing-Deck' Packet Switch
Casual Palm-Replacement Switch
Illogical CPR Switch
1-of-2 CPR Switch
2-for-2 Spread Version (Houstoun)
1-of-2 Spread Version
1-of-2 Squared Version
Modified CPR Switch (Houstoun)
Secret-Transfer Deal-Off Switch
Turn-and-Spread Transfer Switch (Houstoun)
As a 3-of-4 Switch (Houstoun)
Tip-Up Hole-Card Switch
With a Forward-Tabling Action
Underhand Hole-Card Switch 1
Underhand Hole-Card Switch 2
Modified Kardyro Hole-Card Switch
Two-Faced Hand Muck (Bobby Bernard)
Simulated Placement Flick Switch (David Davies)
Arm-Rest Muck (Daniel Madison/Benjamin Earl)
Pseudo Turnover Switch
As An Addition
As a 1-of-2 Switch
Mechanical Queens Revisited
Being a Magician
Spread-Cover Unload Aces
Spread-Cover Unload Switch
An Extra Layer of Deception
General Note on Presentation
41 pages, over 140 photos, A5 saddle-stitched booklet with card covers.
ALSO INCLUDES: One-Handed Slip Pass, One-Handed Pull-Out, Around-the-Deck Reversal, Svengali-ish Convincer, Up-the-Ladder Finesse, Multiple Undershuffle, Deal Shuffle, One-Handed Flip-Over Force, Third-Eye Force, Tilted Fake Removal, Cognitive Transposition, Biddle-Appearance Collectors, Chinatown Bluff, Longitudinal Monte, Mini Faro – Pseudo Centers, Subconscious Culling, Riffle-Shuffle Sandwich, Deal – Count – Spell, Sense of Touch Location, The NoBo Lie Detector (including methods by Kevin Baker), and more.
Over three dozen items in all, 68 pages, 50 photos, saddle-stitched A5 booklet with card covers.
In the early 90s Justin Higham published a method for the Hummer effect in which the dealing procedure was greatly simiplified and the book of tables eliminated. This provides the basis for this new study of 'Clairvoyant' and related effects, including Marlo's seminal 'Mental Topper': an effect where not only is a thought-of card produced, but also its three 'mates'.
The present ms. - a revised edition of Clairvoyant and Related Effects (2007) - complements, and further examines themes previously studied in, Jon Racherbaumer's 2004 ms., Dreamwork: Minding the Mindreader's Dream.
48 pages, over 40 variations on 'Clairvoyant', 'Mental Topper' and 'The Mind-Reader's Dream', plus an easy in-the-hands False Dovetail (Riffle) Shuffle for use in these effects. A5 printed booklet, saddle-stitched with card covers.
"Justin has given voice to a too-often ignored side of card magic (indeed, all magic) and his carefully considered thoughts will make you reconsider what you do. And that's a good thing." - The Magic Circular.
"...the information could be a little dangerous for the inexperienced magician" - Magic Seen (rated 5 stars).