If you have not read and learned the magic contained in this book you have no business calling yourself a close-up magician. The magic by John Scarne, Dai Vernon, Bert Allerton, S. Leo Horowitz, Emil Jarrow, Francis Carlyle, Dr. Jacob Daley, Tony Slydini, Ross Bertram, Nate Leipzig, and Max Malini helped shape the art of close-up magic as we know it.
It has often been said that mastering the magic in this book will make you an accomplished close-up and sleight-of-hand artist. In many ways it contains all the magic you need to build a professional caliber repertoire. Many have earned a living performing these routines and now you can too.
This book contains 36 Lessons in Magic, 39 different effects, a lesson in lapping, 9 magic stars, 340 photographic illustrations by George Karger. To purchase these individual lessons, thousands paid $94.00. Now a beautifully bound volume with every word of the original text. Look at these stars and some of their choice effects, described so you can perform them.
DAI VERNON: Triumph Card Miracle, Cutting the Aces, Spellbound, Kangaroo Coins, Cups and Balls Ambitious Cards, Ring on Wand, Slow Motion 4 Aces, Vernon on 3 Malini effects and four famous Leipzig effects. Plus his Royal Monte.
SCARNE: Classic Ball Routine, Copper and Silver, Triple Coincidence.
SLYDINI: Miracle Torn and Restored Cigarette, Flight of the Paper Balls, Fly a way Coin Routine. Plus his Art of Lapping.
DR. DALEY: Cards up Sleeve, Itinerant Pasteboard, and Cavorting Aces.
ROSS BERTRAM: Five feature coin effects.
CARLYLE: Decapitation Match, Homing Card, Wristwatch Steal and Coin.
9 Series 1 John Scarne
9 Classic Ball Routine: small ball routine
15 Triple Coincidence: Three cards are exchanged with performer from two decks. All the pairs match.
18 Silver and Copper Trick: C/S Transposition and coin through the pocket using normal coins
23 Series 2 Dai Vernon
23 Triumph: Cards are mixed face up and face down, yet magician rights the deck except for the selection
27 Cutting the Aces: magician cuts the deck four times, each time to an Ace.
31 Spellbound: Visual color changing coins
35 Kangaroo Coins: Coins to Glass routine
39 Series 3 Allerton, Bey, Jarrow
39 Pump Room Phantasy (Bert Allerton): Red Aces placed in the center of the deck repeatedly jump to the top or the bottom of deck, turn into Black Aces, and more.
43 Bamboozle (Bert Allerton): A short-change money routine
46 Malini-Bey Chink A Chink (Mohammed Bey a.k.a. S. Leo Horowitz): With sugar cubes and the hands for covers.
50 The Egyptian Ball Mystery (Mohammed Bey): Red ball is wrapped in a silk and placed in a glass. It transposes with a white ball in the hands.
54 Hanky Panky (Jarrow): Cigarette burns through a newspaper, leaving the handkerchief unharmed.
57 Series 4 Francis Carlyle
57 Decapitation: Match head is scraped off on both sides, but it still lights. This is repeated.
61 Homing Card: Marked Card to pocket, twice!
65 Wrist Watch Steal: A copper coin joins a silver held in a handkerchief by a spectator. During a repeat, the spectator’s wristwatch is cleverly stolen
69 Series 5 Dai Vernon
69 Impromptu Cups and Balls: performed with glasses wrapped in paper, paper balls, and incorporates final loads. Four phase routine can be performed standing or sitting.
76 Ambitious Card: Card repeatedly jumps to the top or bottom of the deck (teaches Double Lift)
80 Mental Card Miracle: Spectator mentally thinks of one out of 5 cards shown. Magician puts one card away, and is found to be correct. This is repeated two more times. Teaches False Count, Gambler’s Palm, and Snapping Two Cards as One.
84 Series 6 Dai Vernon
84 The Ring on the Wand: 3 methods. Ring is removed from a wand even though the ends of the wand are held
90 Slow Motion Four Aces: 3 Aces join the other Ace one at a time. 2 methods are provided.
97 The Travelers: Four cards are distributed in the deck but vanish and appear in the magician’s pockets.
101 Series 7 Dr. Jacob Daley
101 Cards Up the Sleeve: Cards vanish one at a time “up the sleeve”
107 The Itinerant Pasteboards: Selected card is placed in the pocket, another placed between the Deuces. The selected cards transpose. Next one card is placed in pocket and the other face up in the deck. They transpose again. Teaches Instantaneous Double Lift.
111 The Cavorting Aces: Aces move through the deck, transpose, vanish, and are found in the pockets.
115 Series 8 Slydini
115 Cigarette Miracle: Torn and restored cigarette, twice
121 Flight of the Paper Balls: Paper balls vanish directly before a spectator’s eyes, to the delight of the audience.
125 Flyaway Coin Routine: coin vanishes and appears repeatedly in the spectator’s pocket
129 Series 9 Ross Bertram on Coins
129 Rubdown: Half dollar is rubbed through the hand. On the second try, it turns into a dime, and the rest of the change is found under the hand.
131 Double Cross: Coin transposition. When repeated, becomes a coin across.
132 Passing the Half Bucks: Three coins across, fourth fails, then all go back to the start.
135 The Porous Paws: Coin through the hand
136 Coin Assembly: A coin matrix routine
141 Series 10 Vernon on Leipzig: History
142 Leipzig’s Opener: Selected card appears on the bottom of the deck when placed on the spectator’s palm. This is repeated, but the performer places his hand between the spectator’s hand. The card penetrates the hand.
144 Leipzig’s Acrobats: Bottom cards of two halves of the deck transpose
145 Leipzig’s Pride: Cap and Pence routine using a pivoting stack. The coins penetrate the spectator’s hand.
146 Leipzig’s Tear Up With a Twist: torn and restored cigarette paper
150 Series 11: Vernon on Malini: history
152: Malini’s Card Stabbing: while blindfolded
154 Malini’s Own Color Change: card color change
155 Malini’s Favorite! Coin is tossed from hand to hand, flipping head or tails. Spectator is asked to guess heads or tails, but finds the coin has vanished.
158 Lesson1: Royal Monte by Dai Vernon: A four card Monte effect. From a “straight” Poker hand, the 10, J, Q, and K are shown. The spectator needs only to find a picture card out of the four, but fail as they all turn into 10’s and can be examined. (requires a palm)
162 Lesson 1 (yes, 1!): The Art of Using the Lap as a Servante by Tony Slydini
Publisher: D. Robbins
Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
Edited by: George Starke