Tag Archives: Biddle Grip


Rock On – Jon Racherbaumer – January 2011

Tony Slydini consults with a young Jon Racherbaumer Some gimmicked cards have a sporadic life. They come on the scene, arouse interest for a time, and then fade from view. Such a gimmicked card is the Acrobatic Card, a card with a tensile, longitudinal half-flap that folds over from side-to-side. It is like the spring-flap […]


Rock On – Jon Racherbaumer – Sept 2010

“If you follow all the rules, you miss all the fun.”– Katherine Hepburn “It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s whether I win or lose”– A Wise Guy Spade & Archer Henchman Before Hurricane Katerina blew into the Big Easy five years ago, blowing away in the process Harry Anderson’s “dreamy situation,” he had […]


Personally Speaking – Jon Racherbaumer – Jan. 2010

ROCK ON – Jon Racherbaumer I am very proud and fortunate to have my good friend and respected magician/author – Jon Racherbaumer, providing contributions for Stevens Magic Emporium. Jon and I have a long, rich history and I have always admired his sharp mind and wit. The man is exceptionally well read and equally talented […]

Personally Speaking – Jan08 – Part 3

QUICK DEPARTURE This uses similar techniques to achieve a slightly different end. Ask someone to choose either the Red or Black Kings. Suppose the Red Kings are chosen. Place them face up onto the face-up Black Kings and place all four onto the face of the deck. Lift three Kings from the face with your […]

Personally Speaking – Jan08 – Part 2

Speaking of "Snow White," there is a scene in that film where Snow White is standing beside a well explaining to a flock of doves about a wishing well. She demonstrates how it works, then we see her from the bottom of the well, right through the water. We see her face, shimmering in the […]


Mike Rogers – Do Magicians Speak English?

Columnist: Mike Rogers Do Magicians Speak English? by Mike Rogers Quite often there will be two or three magicians working the same trade show. These magicians will frequently spend time together during breaks and slow periods. Once at a show Paul Gertner, Dick Stoner and I were standing around my booth solving the problems of […]


Aldo Colombini – Twistand Shout

Columnist: Aldo Colombili Twist & Shout Card Apparitions are always welcome and seem to have a great appeal among magicians. I have something similar in my routine Nobody At Home (written elsewhere in this book) which is done on the table. The following variation is done entirely in your hands. It can be used as […]


Aldo Colombini – Take Off

Columnist: Aldo Colombili What you will find here in Take Off has its origins in a trick by Roy Walton written in his booklet CARDBOARD CHARADES. I have changed the handling a little bit here and there, adding some subtleties. It is an almost impromptu routine requiring only a very small set up and offers […]


Aldo Colombini – Sandwich

Columnist: Aldo Colombili This is a sandwich-type routine that uses the Elmsley and Siva Counts. In this case, the “sandwich” plot is combined with the “twisting” plot to obtain a strong two-card revelation. Effect: The four Kings (or any other four-of-a-kind) are removed and placed aside. Two cards are selected and replaced. The four Kings […]


Aldo Colombini – Nobody At Home

Columnist: Aldo Colombili I think this is a showy routine, full of magic and I am very fond of it. It was published in Linking Ring Magazine (my third Parade, October 1994.) The approach is at least a different one, giving to the Assembly Type routine the variation of using a progressive theme. EFFECT: The […]