Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Vernon Meets Bro. Hamman

A few years ago, I had an incomplete effect that utilised the idea from the late Professor, Dai Vernon. I am using his famous plot "Twisting the Aces" to work on with other effects but it seemed didn't work well and the dissatisfaction part was the handling. Due to that, I considered that was my incomplete project and today, I managed to combine this initial plot with Bro. John Hamman's famous effect which is a nice seamless effect.

I truly believe that the traditional "Twisting the Aces" effect has been a widely acceptance tool for every magicians in their impromptu card magic performances. Due to that, I refreshed some of the handling and adding some other plot to make this effect more interesting and powerful. Sometimes, we as a magician if we don't changed any current effect or to create something fresh that we usually do in our performance, there is a high probability that the spectators will feedback to you that they have seen this magic performed by other magicians. They will less impress by watching the same magic again and again. It all depends, you may vary the presentation too and sometimes a good presentation that you incorporate in an effect will create the impact as well.

Andrew Loh

Monday, December 29, 2008

An Ace-assembly Effect

This morning, I managed to come up an ace-assembly effect using non-gimmick cards. I am proud to be able to come up this effect as all these years, I always strive to come up at least one ace-assembly effect which base on my own version and ideas. I have read many versions but the disappointment part is, I lose interests quickly especially using gimmick cards to achieve this plot or there's ditching of cards at the end of the act.

I also dislike to bluff the spectators (I know as we always do), meaning that when you say you are using twelve cards, you really mean twelve cards you will use and not fourteen cards. If you do so, at the end, it seems this act will restrict you to perform other effects and you have to "ditch" the cards. Some versions using sticky-tape to achieve this plot which I think too much of hassle to take up this plot. In this version which I came up, I have to do extensive research whether my version is original or published elsewhere. If it's my own originality, perhaps I will reserve and include in my hardcopy for next year.

I believe my handling is very clean and each of the ace is travelled one at a time to join the leader ace (spades). At the end, your spectators can examine everything. Absolutely no ditching of cards and what I say is what you will get in my this effect.

Andrew Loh

Thursday, December 25, 2008

"Forest Fruit Cake" as our Christmas Celebration

Yesterday was a wonderful evening. At first, we thought of going "Sunway Pyramid" which is located at Subang Jaya but we knew that there would be a lot of people to celebrate Christmas. So, what we do?

My girlfriend and I, we decided to buy a Forest Fruit cake to celebrate Christmas at home. So, without thinking much, at the end we bought the cake. It's my first time to buy a cake and celebrate together. The cake was so delicious until both of us couldn't resist the temptation of quickly enjoying the cake. The cake was finely made and best of all, I really like the cake which is not so sweet. I dislike to eat cake that is sweet and with too many icing sugar on top and the like. The only thing I found is, this cake only had two "baby" strawberries on top of the cake with chocolate.

On top of that, I wish I will have the chance to enjoy trying another cake with my girlfriend. I hope in the near future or before Chinese New Year, I will buy a cake for my parents to try and I believe they will like it.

Andrew Loh

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My New Ebooks - Coming Soon!

Recently, I toyed around with a deck of playing cards and somehow I did come up a few card magic effects.

I just have no time to put up everything in scripts but I do hope after my final Business Financial and International Human Resource exams, I would be able to back on track and move things up. I just would like to update my readers that, soonly my new ebook will be on sales.

Again, my materials are mainly cards and I focus in delivering impromptu card magic. As a cardician for all over the years, one thing I notice is that, impromptu card magic is still the best. I am not condeming other card magic that uses gimmicks or special set-up, what I am trying to say is, it is better to perform any magic that can be performed anytime and anywhere. My principle in card magic always aim that vision to create a powerful magic without the use of heavy card sleights. In my "The Loh of Attraction" ebook, I include three of my favourite card effects. There are "A Quick Sandwich", "Metamorphosis" and "Shift the Signature" which are my all-time favourites.

Perhaps I will sell another effect of mine which I called "Collectors Card Case" which is inspired by Roy Walton. In this effect, this involves two selections. The idea is you place the three Kings inside the card case. Any two cards are freely selected and lost in the deck.

Instantly when the card case is opened, the performer tips out the contents and the Kings are seemed to interlace two face-down cards between them. When the face-down cards are removed, these cards proved to be spectators' selections. Spectators may sign their cards if you wish. There are no gimmicks involve in this effect and you can performed with a borrowed deck. There is no set-up, this effect is ideal for walkaround and table-hopping magic.

My next ebook the highlight effect is "Divide & Conjure" and this is my variation to "Spectator Cuts to the Aces" theme with a different climax at the end. I incorporated this effect with some transposition concept and the magic happens right in front of the spectator's face. The spectator cuts the deck and magically the four court cards will do wonders.

If your spectators have seen many versions of the usual "Spectator Cuts to the Aces" plot, in this effect, it will entirely different. On top of that, the "Divide & Conjure" meets the following criteria:

4100% no set-up or gimmicks
4Can be performed with any deck
4The spectators' selections can be signed
4Ideal for close-up or table-hopping magic
4Spectators can freely select any card in the deck
4Everything can be examined before and after the routine

Andrew Loh

Monday, December 22, 2008

Magical Tips

I will share with you the following tips when you perform magic to the public or friends. The tips below are just merely a basic or essential rules to obey in magic. I hope you find it useful and any feedback is much appreciated.

4 Do not overdo it! -- It is not a wise idea to do too many tricks in one session. Four or five knockout tricks should be quite enough for one session. Leave them wanting more.

4 Never divulge your secrets! -- If an audience asks you "how do you do it?" Just answer: "Very well!" or "It's magic!"

4 Never repeat a trick! -- You can repeat the trick unless you can create the same effect by using a totally different method or handling. Forewarned is forearmed - if an audience knows what is about to happen, there is high percentage that they will discover how it happens or you do the trick.

4 People will be watching your hands! -- It's wise to make sure that your hands are clean and well manicured if you are going to do a performance especially in close-up magic.

4 Know what you are going to say before you say it! -- Your patter has to be practised as much as your technique. There is nothing worse than a waffling magician. You could write yourself a script or record it on tape to help you develop a smooth flow.

4 Practise! -- It is essential that you practise until you know the trick backwards - until you can perform it in your sleep. The more you practise, the slicker you will become. Practise in front of a mirror so you can see how it looks from the spectator's point of view.

4 Do not try to make your audience looks foolish! -- Some people get annoyed if they cannot work out a trick. Explain beforehand that your objective is to entertain them. If they knew how you did your tricks, it would be worth doing them in the first place, would it?

4 Tricks sometimes go wrong! -- It happens to the best of us. Sometimes you will be able to disguise your embarrassment because you very seldom tell an audience what you are going to do until you have done it! If it is not possible, the best policy is to laugh off and go on to your next trick. Try not to be thrown off your stride by the problems. Find out what went wrong and at your first opportunity, get in some more practice so that you do not make the same mistake again.

4 Smile! -- Do not take your newly found skill as a wonderworker too seriously. You will not be entertaining if you do. Nobody likes a smart Alec.

Andrew Loh

Egyptian Magic

Egyptians were the masters magicians in the ancient world. It was said that "ten measures of magic" were given to the world. Egypt took nine, the rest took one. A few thousands years ago, the studies of religion, magic and science were intimately interwoven. The paintings on the wall and tombs, for instance, there were actually signify magical spells.

Sometimes, it also regarded as the "Book of the Dead", a source where it details spells, rituals, and incantations to ward off danger and evil in the soul's long journey into the afterlife. The first recorded magicians were in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. Magic was an enormous force in Egypt at the time of Exodus. It is known that in the past centuries, those people have the abilities to predict the future recognised as two different gifts. It is said that magicians were also skilled in phophecy at that time.

To Egyptians, words were magical and in order to preserve them, hieroglyphics were created. One of them is the "Eye of Horus", which is often used in magic. Horus was the son of the two chief deities, Osiris and Isis. Osiris's brother Seth killed Osiris out of jealousy. Horus avenged his father by attacking Seth, but during the battle, Seth gouged out Horu's eye. The eye was considered a symbol of the soul in ancient Egypt, so without it, Horus would be denied entry to the afterlife.

Thoth, the bird-headed god of reckoning, returned the eye to Horus in the form of amulet. To guarantee entry into the underworld, ancient Egypts used to place precious amulets featuring the eye on their dead. Haitian, Wiccan, Voodoo, Obeah and Indian mystical traditions inherit the symbolism of the eye as the "all-seeing eye" or the "third eye".

Andrew Loh

Buatier de Kolta

Buatier de Kolta (real name Joseph Buatier) is perhaps the greatest inventor of stage tricks and illusions in the history of Magic. From his brain came, among others: The Vanishing Bird Cage, The Handkerchief Pull, The Multiplying Billiard Balls, Spring Flowers, and The Human Cage. He had a patent for Black Art and, according to some authors, introduced the use of silk handkerchiefs in Magic.

He was a Frenchman, having been born in Lyon the 18 of November, 1847. He gave his first magic performance as an amateur in 1868 and became a professional magician in 1870 when he partnered with an excentric Hungarian showman named Julius Vido de Kolta, from whom he took his stage name. Bautier de Kolta is a world famous illusionist. He developed a very famous trick known as "Expanding Die".

The magician walks on the stage which carrying a satchel, de Kolta states that the satchel contained his wife. He opens the satchel and remove a die which the size approximately 6 inches on a side and it is placed on the table. However, the die grew in size until it was a cube measuring two and a half feet on a side visibly. Then the cube is lifted to reveal his wife.

Another illusion known as "Vanishing Girl" which considered very astounding. A plain metal bridge chair is placed in the center of the stage. Then, a few sheets of newspapers are spread and placed under the chair to eliminate the idea of trap doors.

Next, the magician's assistant is sat on the chair and covered with a cloth. The magician make a conversation with the assistant, whose voice still can be heard and in a sudden, the sheet was whisked aways to show that the girl has vanished. Since this illusion performed at the center of the stage and free from fancy props and in a strong light, this appears that there are no answer as how the girl vanished.

Andrew Loh

Ching Ling Foo

Ching Ling Foo was born Chee Ling Qua in 1854, Beijing, China. He studied traditional Chinese magic and he moved to United States which he became a headliner in vaudeville following a successful career in his native China.

In his performance, he breathed smoke and fire, produced ribbons and a fifteen foot long pole from his mouth. He caused a sensation when he took an empty piece of cloth, produced a huge bowl, which the bowl full of water, and then pulled out a small child!

In New York, he was offered a reward of $1,000 which a great deal of money in those days to anyone who could produce a bowl full of water like he did. He did it for publicity and he never actually meant to hold a contest, but American magician William Robinson didn't know that.

On the other hand, Chung Ling Soo was the stage name of American magician William Robinson. He was inspired to take the name by the work of magician Ching Ling Foo. William Robinson was a New Yorker which he came from a Scottish family who sometimes worked by himself as a magician, but also worked on-stage and built props for other magicians such as Harry Kellar, Adelaide Herrmann and Alexander Herrmann.

Not long after that, Ching Ling Foo refused to let William Robinson try for the $1,000 reward, Robinson went to Europe with a new Chinese-style show of his own and recreated himself as Chung Ling Soo, a Chinese magician. Robinson called himself as "The Original Chinese Conjurer." Even offstage, he was also known as Chung Ling Soo. When the press wanted to interview him, he brought an "interpreter" because he claimed not to speak English.

From the newspaper stories, many European believed that he was a Chinese. However, after a few years later, Robinson's make-up was removed at the hospital due to a fatal performance of the bullet-catching performance. Since then, the public found out that he was not a Chinese.

Andrew Loh

Dai Vernon

Dai Vernon was born on June 11, 1894 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His real name is David Frederick Wingfield Verner. He got the nickname of "Dai" when a typo in a newspaper gave him Dai instead of David. His last name "Vernon" came from the dancer, Vernon Castle, who with his wife was a dancer in the 1920's. While in New York, his name Vernon was carried over since most New Yorkers could not pronounce it correctly. Vernon is the most influential conjuror of the 20th century.

Magicians know him affectionately as ‘The Professor’ because of his apparently endless fountain of magical knowledge and also regarded as 'The Man Who Fooled Houdini.' Harry Houdini boasted that no one could fool him if he saw a trick performed three times in a row. In 1919, in Chicago, Vernon took up his challenge. He performed an old version of 'The Ambitious Card' eight times in a row, and Houdini had no idea how it was done. He also known as the man who "fooled" Houdini.

At the age of 12, Vernon learned and mastered all the sleights of hand tricks in the classic book on card handling - The Expert at the Card Table. Vernon fell in love in magic and he spent his rest of his life baffling everyone with his great ability. He spent the last 30 years of his life in Hollywood, as a mentor for many great close-up magicians.

Conjurors, amateur or professional will immediately have their undivided attention if you mention his name. Vernon improved known tricks and created new ones such as Twisting the Aces. He knew old magicians like Max Malini and Harry Houdini. He had friendship with magicians such as T. Nelson Downs, Allan Shaw, Manuel, and Welch Miller just to name a few.

In 1963, Dai Vernon visited the Magic Castle for the first time to see Jay Ose. Vernon is probably the most notable resident magician of the Magic Castle. Magicians from all over the world came to the Magic Castle to learn from the him. His clinical mind was responsible for many modern classic routines adopted by numerous magicians today. He set new standards, and elevated the art of conjuring more than almost any predecessor.

He is probably the greatest contributor to the art of close-up magic. However, he was a modest person blessed with indescribable charm. He was a true gentleman and everyone loved him. It was very rare to hear Vernon say anything unkind about anybody. Even if the person deserved it, he would always find something positive to say about them. He had the rare ability to fill anyone in his company with renewed enthusiasm for their art, magic. There was only one conjuror that he spoke of negatively, and that was Harry Houdini.

Many of today's great magicians such as Michael Ammar, Bruce Cervon, John Carney, Larry Jennings, Ricky Jay, just to name a few came to learn from Dai Vernon and many of their ideas are came from Dai Vernon. In October 1965, journalist, and amateur conjuror Richard Buffum recorded a series of interviews with Vernon.

This amounted to seven miles of tape. An edited transcript of these interviews appeared in the book, The Vernon Chronicles - Dai Vernon a Magical Life, published in 1992, and edited by Bruce Cervon and Keith Burns, both very close friends of Vernon. It is sad that ‘The Professor’ passed over shortly after the publication of the book. He died at the age of 98, in Hollywood, California in 1992.

Andrew Loh

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Card Magic - Terminology

In this section, I will list the important card magic terminology that a cardician uses in their language. I will update this section often if I have the time and feel free to drop by if you are a magician. I hope this section will somewhat help you in your exploration of the magic art and any feedback is much appreciated.

Act -- The collected tricks and routines that you present at a single seating or performance.

Break -- A break is a small space between two cards, or two sections of cards in a deck. The function of the break is to control or locate card.

Clean -- As used by magicians, a method or technique is clean if it's straightforward without complicated distractions or free of gimmicks. A trick finishes clean if everything (including your hands) can be examined at the end.

Close-Up Trick -- Any trick that can be performed at close quarters to an audience. Coin and card tricks are generally regarded as Close-Up tricks.

Court Card -- Also called as a royal card, picture card or face card in a deck of playing cards: a Jack, a Queen, a King of any suit.

Cut, Complete the Cut -- To magicians, a cut consists of removing the upper portion of cards from the deck and setting them beside the lower portion of the deck. The cut is completed by placing the lower portion of the deck on top of the cut-off portion.

Double Lift -- This is very well-known to most magicians. The idea is you show the top card as one but in reality, you are actually flip the top two cards as one. Normally, a fingerbreak is held between the two top cards before the sleight is executed.

Double Undercut -- To control a selected card to the top or bottom of the deck.

Effect -- What you intend your addience to perceive when they watch a magic trick performed.

Face Card -- The face card is the bottom or lowermost card of a face-down deck or packet of cards, so called because its face can be seen. Court cards (Jacks, Queens, Kings) are also referred to as face cards.

False Cut -- A deck is cut several time and the deck still retained in the same order.

False Shuffle -- A shuffle that leaves the deck in the same order.

Free Choice -- Legimately free selection of a playing card from a deck.

Gimmick -- Gimmick or "gaff", is a secret device that's been specially prepared to allow you to accomplish a magic trick.

Glide -- This sleight has been used in many card tricks. The idea is to show the bottom card to the spectator and unknowingly to the spectator, you actually deal the second card from the bottom of the deck to the table.

Glimpse -- It is a technique to note a card secretly during the deck is held or shuffling the pack.

Handling -- The moves, methods, and techniques (not limited to hand movements) used to achieve magic effect.

Jog -- A playing card is said to be jogged when one of its edges is deliberately extended out of the deck, usually a quarter or an inch. An out-jog protrudes from the outer or front side of the deck; an in-jog sticks out of the inner or back side; a side-jog protrudes from either side of the pack.

Key Card -- A card that is used as a "locator."

Legerdemain -- A French term for magic of the hands or sleight of hand.

Misdirection -- Distracting the audience's attention from one place to another during crucial portions of the magic presentation.

Palming -- A method of concealing a card(s).

Patter -- It is a presentation or talk that a magician uses in presenting their magic or trick.

Ribbon Spread -- A long, ribbon-like display of playing cards on a table, or the move to produce such a spread.

Self-Working Tricks -- Tricks that don't require sleight of hand.

Switch -- It is a move in which an object is secretly substitued for another.

Andrew Loh

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fred Robinson Book - The Wait is Finally Over

I have just visited Martin Breese's website and I was very excited that finally, the Fred Robinson book is going to release. I have been waiting this book for so many years and I am going to secure a copy.

If this book is available, I think I would like to say a big "thanks" to Peter Duffie which he had done a wonderful job in writing and compiling Fred's materials. There is no doubt about that.

Just like Peter's previous book on Dave Campbell, I think this book is truly excellent and Peter explained all the effects or routines in great detail. In most Peter's publications, the thing I like to read his manuscripts or books are he is very organised in his writing and plus, the credits are covered in vivid detail. To be honest, throughout the years, I learned many things in terms of broadening my magic crediting or knowledge by reading Peter's eBooks and books especially his writing style to be included too.

Well that's all I can say and I am now waiting for the arrival of my order.

Andrew Loh

My New Gadget

I just started to use a broadband connection today. I am using the Celcom's service and I am quite satisfied in terms of the service provided. The speed is 7.2 Mbps and the surfing time is fast.

Previously, My girlfriend and I we share the internet connection with someone. To tell you the truth, I am not so fond of sharing things with other people (except my loved ones) even though we pay or share the costs. I just hate some people (without using their brain even though they are genius or whatever) just because of a small matter, we end up being scolded in a rough manner. The thing is, there was no sincere apology and still would like to show their ego. I think they behaved that way due to childish attitude is still imbued in them. I really have no respect to this kind of people and my reputation would be tarnished if I continue to befriend with this person.

I have no regret to opt for this new option. My girlfriend and I, now both of us can surf the internet anytime and anywhere. Well, I guess now I have more time in using the internet and spend my time in web portal to access more useful information in my study.

Andrew Loh

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Scotland Up Close - My Review

I am very excited the new ebook as I am a big fan of Scottish card magic.

As soon as I read the descriptions and the number of contributors involved in this ebook such as: Peter Duffie, Roy Walton, George McBride, Euan Bingham, and other contributors, this ebook really made me eager and excited to read all the effects. Just read the names of the contributors and the contents, my instinct tells me that this ebook is a "gem". Without elaborating much, please allow me to give my review on each of the effects as follows:


Autograph Hunter (Roy Walton)

Effect:
Roy causes a spectator's signature to jump from one card to another. You'll love this!

- This particular effect has added in my list as the effect itself is practical. It's just visual and has a great element of surprise. I like this effect very much!


The Hands of a Surgeon (Gordon Bruce)

Effect:
Gordon compels an unwitting spectator to cut to the four Aces. It's not often Gordon publishes material, so this is a real treat.

- This is a very nice version of spectator cuts to the Aces using "suspense" patter in the presentation.


The ESP Shuffle (Gavin Ross)

Effect:
In this first routine, Gavin creates an incredible coincidence with an ESP deck despite the cards being mixed by a spectator.

- This effect is easy and self-working. Just follow the steps, and you will amaze this works every time although the spectator has the free choice of cutting, mixing and turning the cards.


Hot Flush (Gavin Ross)

Effect:
In this 2nd routine, a randomly cut deck results in a Royal Flush in Spades!

- This effect is very easy and the ending, it's totally a surprise. At first, it seems like you screw up the effect, but in the end, you produce Royal Flush in Spades! I like this kind of effect especially it has the element of surprise.


Justice is Mine (Jim Boyd)

Effect:
Jim explains how he deals from the Bottom - then he fools you!

- Exactly the effect sounds as above, you may want to read and try this out. Very clever!


Hofzinser 2001 (Peter McLanachan)

Effect:
Peter revisits the Hofzinser Ace Problem and dispenses with the deck, using only four Queens and a freely selected card.

- Another easy yet nice transposition effect. It's practical and I will perform this whenever I have the chance.


A Hobbit's Tale (Euan Bingham)

Effect:
In this 1st routine, Euan vanishes the black Aces. When he tries to produce them again he finds the black Queens instead! This is no problem because the Queens suddenly change into the missing Aces. The black Queens are now found reversed in the middle of the deck.

- This is a nice transposition effect. There are 2 handlings for this effect. I like the way the Aces vanish from top and at the bottom of the pack one at a time. In the end, the Aces and Queens changed places.


Phantom Aces (Euan Bingham)

Effect:
In this one, Euan causes Four signed aces to magically pass from inside a wallet to a deck of cards; he then makes the Aces travel from the deck back into the wallet. All without the use of duplicates or palming!!

- This effect requires you to use a very well-known wallet in order to perform this effect. It's very nice especially the transposition of the cards.


Diamond Snatch (Gary Middleton)

Effect:
Gary makes the four Kings magically rise to the top of the pack, one by one, in search of a Diamond haul - the last King finds it!

- This is a very nice effect, completes with nice patter and presentation. I think Gary's patter goes very well with the routines and spectators would definitely enjoy the routines as well.


King for a Day (Gary Middleton)

Effect:
Gary loves the Hofzinser Ace problem; especially when the rest of the cards change to the mates of the selection. And this is precisely what happens here!

- Nice effect and visual. I like Gary's idea of incorporating the Hofzinser Ace problem with element of surprise.


Captives of the Cranium (George McBride)

Effect:
The is an impossible card discovery where one spectator helps find another spectator's card.

- This effect is very effective. There are some setup required and the effect is just brilliant. There are no difficult sleights involved. I just like it! Awesome!


Stebbins Prediction (George McBride)

Effect:
A terrific prediction effect where you will also admire the ingenius methodology!

- Well, I think this effect from George McBride is a true "gem." I thought that was a KILLER and worth the price of this ebook. I am sure you will DEFINITELY love this - it KILLS people when you perform this effect. Just awesome!


Veeser Meets Steranko (George McBride)

Effect:
A spectator cuts the deck and finds the four Aces. Just like that!

- Just as the effect stated above, this is another nice and neat version of spectator cuts to the Aces, the handling is different with other version of this which can be found in this ebook too.


Thanks to Collins (Steve Hamilton)

Effect:
A professional mind-bender from the late Steve Hamilton. Clever stuff.

- Another powerful routine. It's just excellent and brilliant thinking. I just love this as soon as I read and tried out this routine. For those who loves restored card in lemon or sealed envelope, you will definitely love this one.


Big bank Hunt (Scotty Johnston)

Effect:
A sandwich trick that fooled the a**e off me!

- This is a neat and nice version card sandwich. At first, I thought the method is difficult to do but after I tried out, it's very clever and not so difficult to do. I would say the sandwich process is very visual and fast. This is one of my favourites.


Stranger (Richard James)

Effect:
Richard uses two Kings to cause the back of a freely selected card to change colour, then it changes back to normal again. You'll love the simple direct method here.

- Very nice! I am very surprise that the method here as the effect is easy and practical. I would say if you like colour changing effect, I think you may like this one.


Total Recall (Iain Girdwood)

Effect:
Iain memorises the colour order of a deck of cards after it has been shuffled by a spectator. 100% every time. Combining a system with a principle, you really do memorise the cards!

- I have spent huge amount of time and tried to understand the principle which applicable in this unique effect. At first, it was very difficult to understand the principle but as you keep on trying, you will soon understand the principle. I am extremely surprise that Iain came up this amazing principle.

- After you understand the princple, I would say it's a KILLER. I think the principle is very useful and maybe can be applied to other effects. Excellent!


New Wave Oil & Water (Val Le-Val)

Effect:
Val's lovely Oil & Water routine using cards with O & W printed on them. So easy, yet so effective.

- As soon as I read the effect, I just would like to say, it's excellent! The effect is very easy to do and does not depend on heavy sleights.

- This effect also added in my list as it's a packet trick. I showed this to my friends even though I did it in a very slow manner, but still managed to fool them. I carry these cards in my card wallet and if anyone requests me to perform a trick, I definitely will perform this one. Brilliant!


Walkaround (David Walsh)

Effect:
David tips his full walk-around card routine - a lot happens! Ambitious Card / Repeat Card to Pocket / Deck to Pocket / Card in Wallet. A 4 minute entertainment.

- As the effect above said it all, the routine is well-constructed and with a nice flow on each of the effects. Excellent!


Eight of Two Kings (David Forrest)

Effect:
David presents a showy production of Four Kings and the Four Aces appear as a stunning kicker!

- I always love four of a kind productions. For this one, I just like the way Dave's approach and I am sure you will like this one.


Skinned (David Forrest)

Effect:
A selected card appears folded inside a packet of cigarette papers....in a flash!

- Based on what I read, I think David came up a neat idea. I think the effect is very cool.


Finishing Touch (Peter Duffie)

Effect:
Peter allows a spectator to choose any four cards at random - then he changes them visibly into four-of-a-kind as they are dealt to the table - or onto a spectator's hand!

- This is my favourite as the effect at first, the spectator randomly chooses four cards and you instantly cause the random cards to change into the Aces as you deal them on spectator's hand. Very nice and clean. I really like this!


52 Minus 1 (Peter Duffie)

Effect:
A demonstration of psychic powers where only the audience touch the deck.

- I think you will like this one. I regard this effect as one of my favourites.


Thinking Cap (R. Paul Wilson)

Effect:
Paul lets a spectator just think of a card, then he finds it - no set-ups, and no difficult sleights!

- Just as the effect exactly stated above. For those of you favour to reveal thought of card genre, I believe you will like this one.


ConCam Cards (R. Paul Wilson)

Effect:
Paul's rendition of the classic Cards Across. Three cards travel from one packet to another, despite both packets being enclosed inside envelopes. No Palming! But if you like Palming, Paul offers a method with that, too.

- This is a nice version of cards across effect. I really like the approach and you will surprise its simplicity in this effect.


L.K.D. Monte (Dave Robertson)

Effect:
Dave places a Queen between the two red Aces. So, the Queen is in the middle? No it's not. An easy and deceptive move that will enhance any 3-Card Monte routine.

- Yes, I truly agree with the above description; it's fooling and effective. The move is valuable to add into your card Monte effect. I think this move alone can be applied into many areas. Excellent!


In a nutshell, I am really enjoyed this ebook very much as there are quite a number of effects that I will actually use in my act. There are many wonderful effects in this ebook to explore. In addition, the contents and the presentation of this ebook is awesome and fully illustrated. Highly recommended!

Andrew Loh

Monday, December 1, 2008

Effortless Card Magic - My Review

Effortless Card Magic was first released in a hardback format and now it's available in electronic version. You can purchase this electronic version at Peter's website.

This book is one of my "gold" list and is my favourite card magic book. The reason is simple; sleights free and crammed with excellent card magic.

To perform the card effects in this book, all you need is a few basic moves or subtlety. This book has opened the path way to many readers whether their levels are beginners, intermediate or advance card workers. This book is worth of your investment and most of the materials you will use in your repertoire.

The materials are simply using a deck of cards which associate with the use of small diary, dice, coins and you are ready to do wonders with a deck of cards. Peter has created a vast amount of great card tricks that will astound your audience anytime, anywhere.

Best of all, the materials most of them can be done in impromptu situation. A spectator hands you a deck of cards, you can immediately show a couple of card effects without worrying the use of heavy sleights or moves. Some of the card effects require a stack or little setup. There are more than 60 card effects to explore which most of them are explained in vivid details and fully illustrated. Peter also covered some useful and convinving card moves, controls, false cuts as well.

This book covered quite a number of spelling card effects, some are very interesting number principle, predictions, card sandwich, Ace-Productions and etc.

If there is a favourite trick, it would be "We Can Work It Out" trick. The effect is a real miracle and this miracle seems like quite similar to Dean Dill's "Blizzard Deck".

I think effects such as "Short Deck Baffler", "Dream Machine", "Torn, Folded, and Sealed" and "Clear to the Point" are very strong card magic. You will like to check out "Vanished or Gone" effect which many claimed that this effect alone worth the price of this book.

In a nutshell, if you are a magician that does not have ample time in practising and would like to show off a few great card effects in no time, then get this book.

I highly recommended this book.

Andrew Loh

Card Secrets Unlocked - My Review

Card Secrets Unlocked is an excellent ebook. There are more than 20 card effects and fully illustrated. Majority of the card effects can be done without the need to special set-up the deck and some required set-up in advance.

There are a few card effects require to use the Faro Shuffle, Himber Wallet, business cards, glass tumbler, etc. All in all, there are many great card effects in this collection.

The ebook also has a section that specifically devoted to stack deck, Orbital Stack & Magnum Stack. For those of you that favourite stack deck routine, perhaps this might interest you.

Below are some of my favourites:

Crystal Clear Transpo
A wonderful little effect and one of my favourites. For those of you card transposition lovers, I am sure you will like this. It's very simple and very eye appealing. There is no duplicate card used in this effect.

Here Lies the Truth
I find that almost every magicians love Lie Detector plot and I am one of them. In this version, believe it or not, there is no heavy card sleights used and it's just self-working. This is one of my favourites.

It's in the Stars
This effect is quite strong and I love this effect. There is no setup and you are able to find two spectators' thought of cards in an amazing manner.

The Problem with Hofzinser
I like Hofzinser's Ace Problem and in this version, it's very easy to perform and this effect is just sounds great.

There is a bonus section and Peter providea his great effect "Miracle Thot" for free which marketed in the 1990's. It's a great effect I would say.

Highly recommended!

Andrew Loh

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Flooded Zone

Yesterday after my class, while I was driving home, the weather changed suddenly. It was a dark and gloomy evening. And that time, I faced with a heavy downpour and my exodus was kind of difficult. It was my second time to face with this kind of shock.

I think the reason of having a heavy downpour recently was due to quite a number of days I saw the clouds were very dark and didn't rain for days. I would say a horrible experience to us.

At that time, when I was trying to brake my car, the brake function couldn't function properly due to the slippery of the road and I really hope in the future, this event won't occur again.

Andrew Loh

Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Contributions

Some people are asking me, what are my favourite card effects that I normally perform? It's kind of difficult to say because sometimes, while reading and watching some other awesome magicians' stuffs, I may somehow use them in my act which depend whether the effects or routines suit my style or not.

I contributed a total of three card magic effects to "The Linking Ring" magazines, which you can find under the "Card Corner" column.

Due to the secrecy of magic, I can't tip out or scan the pages for you but I have somewhat scanned and combined them as a sample which is shown in the photo. If you have the chance, check them out as the effects had served me well over the years and I regard them as "workers". Both the card effects are impromptu which means that you can perform the card magic anytime and anywhere without the need to prepare anything in advance. There are no special setup of the deck or special gimmicks too. All you need is a borrowed deck and you do wonders. My card magic is specially catered to that kind of category, direct and effective to laypeople without the need to do any preparation.

Andrew Loh

Fried Rice

This morning, I fried rice with long beans, chicken balls, carrots, and eggs. It was a simple breakfast though. As the food in Subang Jaya is quite expensive, so we think it would be a great idea to prepare our home food.

I find that prepare own food is more economical and hygienic. My girlfriend helped me to prepare all the essential ingredients and I was the cook. It's very easy to fry rice and does not consume a lot of your time. We will treat today's fried rice as our breakfast and lunch.

I thought of cooking other dishes but due to time constraints, we decide to cook other food next week. I look forward to cooking stew chicken with carrots, potatoes, bean curd, mushrooms and baby corn. It may take quite some time to cook this dish but hopefully next week, I would be able to prepare this special dish.

Andrew Loh

Japanese Ice Dessert

Let me share with you a truly nice dessert which my girlfriend and I we tried that day. The shop is simply known as 100 Yen (red signboard) which is located at UEP USJ 9, Selangor. For those of you who loves ABCs or Ice-Kacang lovers, you may perhaps consider to try 100 Yen dessert. Their dessert I believed is made from Japan.

When we first arrived, that shop is somewhat looked like a 7-Eleven shop. Upon entering the shop, we saw many products that being sold but majority of them were Japanese products which range from scissors, plastic pencil holder, bags, chopsticks, soups, candies, snacks and many more. I guess for those of you who love Japanese products, it may be worth to drop by and see a few things that being offered there.

So, back to our dessert topic again, my girlfriend chose mango and I (as always) chose green tea. The dessert is made from purely fine ice and I find that, it's not so sweet and the taste is fantastic. Normally, when we eat ice-kacang or ABCs, you will find that the ice is not smooth. 100 Yen's dessert is truly different and the ice is not easily melt albeit the ice is fine. It is ideal to eat ice dessert especially hot days and so it happened that day was a raining day. I really couldn't resist the temptation so I suggested to have a try that day. It's worth a try and the price is quite reasonable too.

Andrew Loh

My First Experience in Japanese Food

Let me share with you a rather silly experience that I ate Japanese Sushi (first time) in my life on 11 October 2008 and also bought Dunkin Donuts too at Sunway Pyramid. We bought some chocolate-coated, green tea, blueberry and green-lime flavoured donuts as shown in the photo. My girlfriend and I, both of us are "Donuts-Freak" and if you haven't try before, maybe you should get a try. I heard in Melaka, there is a nice donut shop which is located at Dahtaran Pahlawan. I can't remember the name of that shop but I heard some people say that the donuts are very nice too. I think one fine day I will drop by that donut shop.

Alright, back to my sushi true story again. What makes me wanted to try sushi? Now I tell you the story. I have been watching many celebrity shows on the television such as from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and the like. The thing is, in that show, most of the games they follow the rule of thumb, whoever losses in the game, they have to choose or pick a sushi (based on their luck) from a plate which of course, there are a number of them. And, among that sushi, 50% of them have the Wasabi. It's a form of punishment in that game to pick a sushi. If you are lucky, you will choose the sushi that has no wasabi of course. If you haven't try to eat sushi with wasabi before, well read on and you will get something nice.

When you see the celebrities eating the sushi filled with wasabi, you will almost laugh them but to tell you the truth, I am now laughing but rather built my curiosity to try what wasabi is all about. Well, if you never try wasabi before, I urge you at least to try it then when people discuss wasabi, you will know what are they talking about. Do you feel hungry by looking the photo that I took? One thing for sure Japanese sushi is made in a very attractive and graceful manner. I really like the outlook of the arrangement of the sushi.

Let me share with you, wasabi is a green-paste kind of sauce which the Japanese favours in dipping the sushi with wasabi before consumption. The fact is, when the wasabi enters your mouth, you will feel your nose somewhat like burning sensation. It's not like chilly and is very difficult to describe or I would say you imagine by eating pepper in your mouth that kind of idea. Only a bit of wasabi can make you feel almost crying.

My girlfriend was shocked to see me, well, when my girlfriend was opening the wasabi which sealed in a package, I dipped the wasabi on my finger and immediately ate it. Wow, I almost with tears due to the wasabi. I guess, next time I won't do it again. Sometimes, I think curiosity pays off when you try something at least is worth trying and not just listening to what other people say. You be the judge.

Andrew Loh

Andrew Loh's Bibliography



4 Magic Performances

Stamford College Malacca - Jalan Panjang, Malacca (May 2008)
Second Year Business Degree Class performance (July 2007)
Nouvo Club - Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur (June 2006)
The Magic Swan - Kuala Lumpur (April 2006)


4 Contributions

Thanks to Goldstein -  (Linking Ring Magazine) (February 2012)
The Summoner - Magicians Do Red Nose Day (March 2011)
Divide & Conjure (Linking Ring Magazine) (August 2010)
Flight Off! - Wild at Heart E-Book (June 2010)
Cold Calling - Linking Ring Magazine (August 2008)
Transboxition - Linking Ring Magazine (March 2008)
Meltdown Cardbox - The Second Deal (May 2007)
Collectors Card Case - The Second Deal (March 2007)
Chameleon Card - The Magic Den (December 2004)
Astral Projection - The Magic Den (November 2004)


4 Books

Pasteboard Unleashed (July 2007)
- Kings Apparition
- Astral Projection
- The Devious Heist
- Visitor in my Pocket
- Collectors Card Case


Pasteboard Obsessions (January 2007)
- Flight Off
- The Keepers
- Transboxition
- Divide & Conjure
- Meltdown Cardbox


4 E-Books

A Blissful Marriage (February 2012)
Do As Chameleon Do (January 2012)
Majestic Jesters (December 2011)
The Mystery Sigil (November 2011)
The Conjuror Card (October 2011)
TransWave (September 2011)
Miracle Hands on Deck V (August 2011)
Miracle Hands on Deck IV (July 2011)
Miracle Hands on Deck III (June 2011)
Miracle Hands on Deck II (May 2011)
Miracle Hands on Deck (April 2011)
Collectraction (March 2011)
The Charred Cards (February 2011)
Trans-Case (January 2011)
Clairvoyant (January 2011)
Royal Productions (January 2011)
A Royal Party (December 2010)
The Essence of Colours (October 2010)
Cardrology (October 2010)
Majestic Triumph (October 2010)
The Confusing Jokers (October 2010)
The Manifold Effect Revisited (September 2010)
Triu2ph (August 2010)
Instant Transposition (August 2010)
Kollectors Revisited (July 2010)
Hallucination (June 2010)
Jacks Union (January 2010)
Come Together (November 2009)
Divide & Conjure (May 2009)
The Loh of Attraction (January 2009)
Healing Portal (November 2007)
Meltdown Cardbox (November 2007)
Lord of the Rings (October 2006)
Royal Highness (March 2006)
Ambitious Finders (February 2006)


4 Packet Tricks

Oil & Royal Flush (March 2012)
Lucky Charms (March 2011)
The Eiffel Connection (October 2010)
Friction Burnt (January 2006)


ALSH

Friday, November 14, 2008

My "Friction Burnt" Card Effect

My "Friction Burnt" card effect has been in my repertoire for years and each time when I do my act at a party, corporate events or for strangers, I usually will perform "Friction Burnt" as my all-time favourite opener.

The effect is very direct and easy to do. It's not a requirement for you to break your precious fingers in order to perform this visual and highly entertaining piece of card magic. The plot is very simple, you tell a story during your schooling life, your science teacher taught you an interesting topic that is related to friction in which when an object (say a ruler) is rubbed, it creates a static electric on the surface of that ruler. When you put this ruler near to a strip of paper, it will stick onto the ruler and that's my kind of effect.

You ask the spectator to initial a freely selected card in a red deck, you tell the story as mentioned above in which you rub your hand onto a colour material (say blue) and you cause sensation by applying that static energy onto their freely signed card, they can see their red-backed card visually changes to a blue-backed card. The best part of this effect is at the end, they will remember your magic and the spectator can keep that card as a souvenir.

I am still selling this effect which only available exclusively at my online magic shop which you can't get elsewhere. Drop me an email if you are interested to make an order.

Thanks!

Andrew Loh

The Art of Illustrations

It has been my great pleasure to be in the art of magic for the past 16 years. I learned many things throughout the years and the best thing I learned in my life are to be able to create some of my own unique ways or ideas in card magic and drawing illustrations in my own work.

Until now, instead of taking colour photographs to show my handling or explanation in my materials, I prefer to do black & white illustrations to show my handlings. I think it's somewhat to retain the classic "feelings" and the professional look. Most of the magic book that we come across during the 1800's majority were all black & white illustrations, right? I am not saying that colour photographs are not good, it's just my personal preference though I like to read magic books or ebooks that have the colour photographs too. Sometimes, colour works better than just black & white. I would like to say, well, it has its own pro and cons. When you take colour photographs, it is easy to recognise an object with its colour but for black & white illustrations, you have to state what is the object that being used in the context. Some of the great illustrations that I have seen in my life are the works from Tom Stone, Richard Kaufman, Jason Alford, Kelly Llyes and others.

However, in order to do excellent black & white illustrations, the works are very tedious. You need to purchase essential devices that support your work and the proper software. You have to take photos or someone helps you to take photo on you (your hands & cards or whatever) and after completing that process, you have to be patience and willing to sit long hours (depend on the number of photos) to do the drawings. But, the final output is, you will feel rejoice after you complete everything. It's just like you feel you have done something that is worth doing in the first place. And do you believe me? You won't say tired or exhausted if magic is your blood or soul in you. I will keep the momentum going and magic has been part of my inferno for all over the years.

Andrew Loh

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Did I see Flying Cars - Hollywood Show?

Well, I would like to share an amazing true story today... Or... How about I put this way, a Hollywood's flying car effects? No, I maybe exaggerate quite a bit but actually today, this afternoon while I was driving to school, I saw there were two cars they seemed to be racing on the road. Both drivers I should say, they drove in a reckless manner and could harm other drivers. I should put at as people's life would be at stake. I just couldn't believe with my own eyes witnessing somewhat like a Hollywood's video camera tricks.

I saw the lady, open her window shield and finger-pointing the other driver perhaps to call him stop the car. I believe they seemed to be involved in a fighting or quarrelling and perhaps they are husband and wife? Well, I really have no idea but they really performed a truly outstanding show today. They overtook with each other and truly dangerous in the middle of the highway. I think other drivers were facing the same trauma like me today. I just don't know how to explain that kind of fear while you are facing that kind of scene. They overtook me from left to right and then sped I think 140km/h. Are they crazy? Is it a stunt? You be the judge, ok?

I just wish that I won't meet this kind of scene in the future. It was a heart-throbbing experience for me today. I also hope that you won't meet this kind of incident while you are driving on the road.

Andrew Loh

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Time Constraints

Things are pretty hectic recently with my personal study and business. Yet, I am still able to juggle between my time to pursue my magic. Recently I am not so much in reading magic books but I just hope that after completing my thesis and assignments, I would be backed on track again. If I have the chance, I guess I will go through or explore the card principles which I have been enamoured the idea quite long ago.

From time to time, I will contribute or review some of the magic stuffs or books that I did in the past for the benefit to the magic fraternity.

Andrew Loh

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Cardboard Capers - My Review

I remember I got this book a few years ago and I really like some of the interesting ideas from Euan.

The materials are not difficult to do and this book also includes "Utility Sleights" which I find interesting. This booklet is comb-bound and the size is a small thin booklet.

Effects such as "Return to Sender", "Twisted Assembly", "Thanks to Walton" and a few others, are very nice effects and you may combine the mentioned above effects into a solid routine. I think the materials would play very well to laymen too.

If you have the opportunity, hope you are able to secure a copy of this book which I highly recommended.


Table of Contents:

Introduction -- 2

Utility Sleights
On the Kelly Placement -- 3
A Palming Idea -- 7
Pressure Palm -- 9
Seconds Out -- 11

Card Effects
Return to Sender -- 12
The Artist -- 15
Instant Switch -- 17
Homage to Hummer -- 19
Twisted Assembly -- 21
The Jacks Came Back -- 23
Thanks to Walton -- 25
Dark Side of the Moon -- 29
Ultra Violet -- 31
Snapping the Aces -- 34
Au Revoir -- 36

Andrew Loh

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Artists - My Magic Tidbits

This morning while I was toying my deck, I came up an effect which is a card sandwich effect. Sounds boring? Well, I am not really sure how it goes to magician but I think it will go very well to layman. This effect is not just a basic card sandwich effect but it applies to many wonderful ideas which depends on your creativity as well. Believe me or not, you can perform this effect with the card fusion concept.

The plot is spectator's selection is placed in the centre of the deck and somehow the two mates which previously are placed one on top and the other on the bottom of the deck; they seem vanish one at a time and at the end, they sandwich the spectator's selection. When the spectator's selection is turned over, on its back, it bears a message or to have its back change colour.

Or if you prefer, you can present the selection as your business card to the spectator which anything is possible. It is a wonderful souvenir which at the same time to promote yourself. If I have the time, I will write this effect and publish as an ebook or otherwise, I will keep this effect for myself.

Andrew Loh

Nick Trost's Subtle Card Miracles - My Review

Nick Trost's Subtle Card Miracles book is an excellent book. This book covers lots of wonderful stuffs. Some readers might claim that the materials are awfully boring but really contradict to my own beliefs.

Although this book is not as good as the previous "The Card Magic of Nick Trost", but there are quite a number of wonderful items. The only similar attributes you can find in this book and "The Card Magic of Nick Trost" are the sleights section where the author provides detail explanations on the sleights which I find very informative and the credits are very detail as well.

I would say reading this book will somehow make you creative or should I say "mind-stimulating". Each time when I try to read the new effects, my mind will come up something why shouldn't be done that way or how about applying this principle to another card effects and so fourth.

In a nutshell, I highly recommended this book!


Table of Contents:

Foreword -- xiii
Introduction to Volume 1 -- xv

1. Unique Card Effects
Everywhere and Nowhere -- 1
Jacks are Wild with an Elevator Finish -- 3
Trost on Hamman's "Multiplying Kings" -- 6
Trost on Hamman's "Magic Cards" -- 8
Another "Oil and Queens" -- 10
Following Suit -- 11
Ultimate "Even Money" - Improved -- 14
A Compatibility Tests -- 16
Two Compatibility Tests -- 18
Four Grand Slams -- 21
Do As I Do Suit Separation -- 25
Omega Suits -- 28

2. Coincidences
A Simple Coincidence -- 33
The "One-Two-Three" Trick -- 35
Ned Rutledge's "Cards Concordant" -- 38
ESP Card Version -- 41
The Mystic Threes -- 42
Psychic Coincidence -- 43
The Telephone Number Trick -- 45
The Couple's Lucky Number -- 46
Paradoxical Pairs -- 47
ESP Card Version -- 49
Sympathetic Suits -- 50
Trost on Hudson's "Sorcerer's Sevens" -- 52
Four Times Nine -- 55
Cards of Coincidence -- 58
Another Version -- 60

3. Court Card Capers
The Royal Pair Puzzler -- 63
The Burglar Trick -- 64
Trost on Hamman's "Twins" -- 66
The Restless Court Cards -- 69
Court Card Conclave -- 70
The Court Card Swindle -- 73
The Reunited Families -- 74
A Puzzling Assembly -- 75
The Married Hearts and Four Cupids -- 77
The Queen of Hearts and Her Suitors -- 79

4. Gambling Tricks
Optical Three-Card Monte -- 85
Pinocle, Blackjack and Poker Puzzler -- 88
Duck or Deal Blackjack -- 89
Classic Euchre Deal -- 91
Gilbreath Plays Euchre -- 92
The Contrary Euchre Deal I -- 93
The Contrary Euchre Deal II -- 95
Exchange Euchre -- 96
Six-Handed Exchange Rummy -- 98
Five-Handed Version -- 100

5. Poker Tricks
Wild Bill Revisited -- 101
Wild Bill's Poker Hand I -- 102
Wild Bill's Poker Hand II -- 104
Spectator's Royal Flush -- 105
The Lucky Royal Flush -- 106
The Insurance Card I -- 108
The Insurance Card II -- 109
Another Version -- 110
The Spectator's Straight Flush I -- 111
Another Handling -- 112
The Spectator's Straight Flush II -- 113
The Gambler's Luck -- 114
Lucky at Poker -- 116
Strictly Straight Poker -- 117

6. Predictions
Bob Longe on "A Premonition" -- 121
The Prophetic Phone Number -- 123
Prophecy in Color -- 124
Numerology in Color -- 126
Trost on Al Koran's "Prediction Supreme" -- 127
The 20/20 Prediction -- 128
Color Prediction with Three Spectators -- 131
Three-Way Miracle Prediction -- 133
Prediction Red, Black and Courts -- 134
Climax Prediction -- 137

7. Transpositions
Five in a Row -- 139
Ace to Five - The Easy Method -- 140
Ambitious Ace to Five -- 143
Jazz 1-2-3-4 Revisited -- 145
Ambitious Deuce Sandwich -- 146
Fifteen-Card Mystery -- 150

8. Fake-Card Foolers
Trost's Open Prediction -- 153
Revolving Aces - A Clean Version -- 154
Double-Back Effect -- 156
The Hotel Mystery - Updated -- 158
Trost on "The Muleshoe Gambler" -- 160
Super Showdown -- 164
The Card Puzzle - Gaffed Version -- 170

9. Special Decks - Part 1
Destiny Deck -- 173
Matrix Miracle -- 176
Incredible! -- 179
Half Wild -- 181
Rich Bloch's Presentation -- 184

10. Packet Tricks - Part 1
Hokey-Poker -- 187
Mexican Monte -- 190
A Packet of Backs -- 194
Twisto Blank -- 195
Wacky Packet -- 198
Un-Cards -- 200
Bill Miesel's "Red Card Prediction" -- 202
Ausralian Aces -- 204
Sixth-Thot -- 208
Bigfoot -- 202
Al Thatcher's Version -- 216
Tom Hubbard's Version -- 218

11. ESP Cards - Part 1
Una-Minds -- 222
The Power of Three -- 223
Design by Accident -- 225
ESP Do As I Do -- 226
Dr. Jaks' Symbol Mystery -- 227
Extrasensory Deception -- 228
ESP 7-Card Draw -- 230
Double Deck Version -- 231
Dual ESP Test Location -- 231
Triple ESP Miracle -- 233
Pair-a-normal Perception -- 235
The Almost Perfect ESP Test -- 239
Four-told -- 240
The Symbol Separation Test -- 242

Appendix: Sleights and Subtleties
Aronson Mark-a-Place Move -- 245
Ascanio Spread -- 247
Biddle Move -- 249
Bottom Stock Control -- 250
Braue Addition -- 251
Braue Reversal -- 252
Breather Crimp -- 253
Buckle Count -- 254
Carlyle False Turnover -- 255
Charlier Shuffle -- 257
Criss-Cross Force -- 259
Curry Swindle Switch -- 260
Cut-Deeper Force -- 261
Diminishing Count -- 262
Double Undercut -- 264
Elmsley Count -- 265
False Charlier Shuffle -- 266
False Riffle Shuffle -- 268
Flushtration Count -- 269
G. W. Hunter Shuffle -- 271
Gilbreath Principle -- 272
Hamman Count -- 273
Hamman Flip-Flop Force and Control -- 274
Hamman Small-Packet False Shuffle -- 275
Jordan Count -- 276
LaGerould Countdown Force -- 276
Olram Subtlety -- 277
Ose Cut -- 279
Reverse Double Undercut -- 280
Riffle Force -- 280
Rumba Count -- 281
Si Stebbins System -- 283
Simon Prophecy Force -- 285
Slop Shuffle -- 286
"So Simple" Force -- 287
Svengali Shuffle -- 288
Swing Cut -- 289
Takagi Turnover Count -- 290
Ten-Twenty Force -- 292
Tenkai Move -- 292
Through-the-Fist Flourish -- 294
Up-the-Ladder Cut -- 295

Andrew Loh

Applications - My Review

Applications is a wonderful card magic book written by Peter Duffie. The materials are excellent and some of the effects are truly a beauty.

This is a wonderful book and don't miss this book. It covers not only card effects but also a few utility sleights which perhaps you may find them interesting. Some of the effects are quite technical demanding whereas there are some which I find not very difficult to do.

All in all, most of the materials are excellent and very strong as well. My personal favourites are "The Odin Sequel", "Audience Participation", "The Scottish Assembly" and a few others.


Table of Contents:

Introduction -- 7

Centre Forward -- 9
Jointly Does It -- 11
The Auld Curse -- 14
I Give Up! -- 15
Boxed-In -- 17
Mind Games -- 20
An Odin Sequel -- 24
Women -- 27
Palmed Addition Utility Sleight -- 30
A Turn-Up for the Book -- 33
A Curious Incident -- 36
Collusion -- 38
Rising Crime -- 40
Audience Participation -- 43
Fireside Aces -- 45
The Scottish Assembly -- 47
Once Again -- 50
Duffie on Keyboards -- 53
A Change in Mood -- 54
Glasnost -- 56
Guardian Angels -- 58

Andrew Loh

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Visiting a New Place...

It was a rather gloomy day and this morning I encountered a heavy rain while I was driving to school. The traffic was extremely busy and I took almost 1 and a half-hour to reach my college. It was a normal lecture and learned a few new things today.

After my class, my girlfriend and I, we went to Mid-Valley Megamall. I was overjoyed as this is my first time I drove car to reach there. At first, I was worried because I really didn't have the idea or the roadmap how to reach there. So, I would say today my driving was just merely using my instinct to reach that place.

When I reached there, my girlfriend and I, firstly we dropped by MPH bookstore and it was a huge bookstore I ever seen in my life. I think is much bigger than the Time Square Borders bookstore. After that, we went to have our lunch at the foodcourt. We ate chicken rice and after our lunch, we went back MPH bookstore again. I haven't visit The Gardens yet which I have been told that there is another Borders bookstore there. Well, I hope one fine day will pay a visit.

Andrew Loh

Mental Deflect & Downfall - My Review

This is my review that I posted at the "Magic Cafe" on 11 August 2006.

This is Peter's excellent packet card trick ebook. This effect is inspired by John Bannon's Twisted Sisters. There are 5 pages and fully illustrated with colour photos.

I always love packet card trick simply because it can be carried in wallet, flexible etc. And this effect immediately added to my repetoire simply because the nature of this effect is very powerful which I believe in the ending part and it's very easy to perform. There is only one move involved in this effect. What you need is just to create a suitable patter (if you wish) and concentrate the presentation on this effect. Peter provided the patter as well. If you like a card trick in conjunction with mentalism, I believe you will simply love this packet trick.

This ebook is on sales now and I understood that purchasing this ebook would get another free ebook, "Downfall" which I think the price is a "steal". The reason is simply because "Downfall" is yet another excellent packet trick which based on Roy Walton's Cascade effect. For those of you who are familiar with Walton's packet trick "Cascade", I believe you will have the urge to find out Peter's handling in this effect.

Peter's handling of "Downfall" is just awesome and the cards can be examined at the end of the trick. For Downfall, in this effect, Peter explained everything in great detail with the aid of colour photos showing the handlings.

All in all, I highly recommended Peter's "Mental Deflect" and at the same time, you will get Downfall for free. If you are looking great piece of card magic without using any complicated card sleights, "Mental Deflect" is for you. For those of you who favour great card magic, I am sure you will like "Downfall" as well.

Andrew Loh

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

What a Day!

I am glad today I managed to deliver my module's presentation this morning. The requirement is to do a presentation approximately 5 minutes and if I exceed the time, I would be penalised. But to my surprise, I took about 2 minutes to complete my presentation and that was fast!

I told my girlfriend to observe the time if I do the presentation exceed 4 minutes, then she has to give me a sign. To me, I thought I exceed the time limit but unfortunately, I couldn't see her clearly due to the reflection of the extreme lightings from the projector.

I am really happy today as the day has over which there were a huge croud at the auditorium this morning. I guess if there is another presentation which sets no time limit, I think I would do better and I can deliver my presentation in a relaxing manner. It couldn't be helped and the professor has to set the time limit was due to there were about 72 students in my batch. So I guess you can do the rest calculations if no time limit, I don't think the professor can meet the dateline of covering all of our course modules.

Well, I guess I can sleep well tonight.

Andrew Loh

Peter Duffie's Kolor Killer - My Review

This is my review that I posted at the "Magic Cafe" on 17 January 2008.

I went through Peter's "Kolor Killers" and tried out the routine. I would like to say that this is an excellent routine and another excellent approach to Roy Walton's Oil and Queens plot. I really love the ending climax and each of the phases. The reason is because the nature of this routine itself I can see will fry the spectators many times in the process with the great impact. A well-constructed routine. To be honest, the first time I watched Peter's performance at his site, firstly I thought and I told myself "I think Peter is going to separate the colours of the cards and I am sure at the end, he will produce the Queens." - But I am wrong, he produced the Kings, Queens and the big excitement for me is, the Queens have the cross at the back of the cards!

And another bonus is that, the "cross" patter fits in nicely with the climax. I think this routine is flexible too, you can change your patter to suit you preference. Perhaps instead you use red-backed cards, you may use blue backed as a substitution and at the end, perhaps you change your patter to the "Queens turn angry" and at the end, you produce the red-backed Queens. Anything is possible. Another question I asked myself "Hey, so, what happened to those spot cards then?" This is where my curiosity comes in, and I am surprised that the method is simple.

Perhaps you would like to check out Peter's "Laughing Queens" in his 7 ebook, another great version too. Perhaps I am a little bias as I favour Walton's Oil and Queens plot. As you can see, when I watch a magic show or clip, I always put my position as a layman perspective and based on my thoughts, I am sure this routine would play very well to laymen.

Highly recommended!

Andrew Loh

Monday, November 3, 2008

Mark Wilson's Magic Book - My Review

While I was looking for a book on my bookshelf today, I saw Mark Wilson's "Complete Course in Magic" and I would like to say this book is very meaningful to me. I bought this book few months ago and this book is very thick. But I think is worth of your money. Perhaps allow me to tell you a true story of mine which related to this book during my childhood time.

Why did I say this book is very meaningful to me? The reason is because during my childhood time which was my birthday, my father presented me a very special present. What was it? Well, to my surprise, Mark Wilson's magic book (Close-up magic - thin pages) was my first special gift that I ever received. I was extremely delighted that time which I can almost feel the feeling of overjoy now.

I still can recall my birthday that night, I didn't sleep and the reason is simple; I was really happy to receive the magic book and I explored the tricks within the book. It meant so much to me and very enjoyable to read.

For this book (as shown in the photo), the tricks contained within the book are fantastic and excellent as well. If you are interested in magic, don't miss this book! I guarantee that you can put a smile on someone's face if you perform some of the tricks in this book.

This book not only touches on close-up magic parlour magic, but it covers some nice magic illusion as well which can be performed on stage. I really like there are numerous and very detail black & white illustrations to support your learning throughout the tricks in this book.

The materials you need to perform those magic are very easy to find or to construct one by yourself. Some require you to do some preparation and others are impromptu which means you can perform the magic using daily ordinary object anytime upon request by your friends or anyone. You can purchase some of the apparatus at your local favourite magic dealer or order through online magic shop.

All in all, I would say this book is a "all-rounder" book which means it covers a wide range or varieties of magic which I believe you will be delighted to read. If you are an amateur magician, don't pass it by this book and if you are a season perfessional magician, perhaps you would like to invest or collect this book in your collection.

Andrew Loh

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Introduction

Before I embark my exodus in writing my blog, perhaps it is better for me to introduce more about myself. My name is Andrew Loh Shang Hai and I have been in the art of magic about 16 years. During that time when I was a child, one day, I watched David Copperfield performed magic in the television. Ever since then, my interest in magic gradually increasing and my father used to purchase a few small simple magic stuffs for me.

Until now, my interest in card magic has never been drained and I am still continue striving my best to come up some of my own unique card magic. Yes, I should admit that most of the time, the ideas that I came up with are actually variations or as an improvement on the original effects.

If you are interested to purchase some of my stuffs, you can do so by clicking the ads below which will bring you to the respective pages.

Thanks!

Andrew Loh

Out of Curiosity?

Today I managed to purchase a card magic book which is specially written for amateur. You may ask at my level, why am I still purchased a beginner's card magic book? It sounds foolish isn't it? To tell you the truth, I bought this book was due to this book somewhat attracted me to buy it.

How many times you find yourself attract to a particular book at a bookstore? This book at first attracted me to pick up and I gone through briefly the pages. My finding was this book is written in a very organised and vivid detail manner.

I really like the layout of the book which I believe I can learn from it and I hope I can derive the benefit from it. Another bonus for this book is, it is a hardback version. All in all, I really like the design of this book and I hope this book gives me some ideas of producing a beautiful card magic book in the near future.

Andrew Loh

Peter Duffie's Monumental - My Review

This is a new ebook by Peter Duffie. A truly stunning and effective routine that you can perform anywhere.

Few weeks ago, I managed to watch and learned the routine. What I would like to conclude is; this ebook is fantastic! I find that the handling is very clever and plus, I really love all the phases. The invisible prediction phase I really like it and really fooled me badly. This effect is explained in a form of video clip which require some considerable of time to download the clip which I think is worth the effort. Peter explained everything details and as a bonus, there is a free effect which called "Beyond".

I highly recommended this ebook as it is very good. Excellent purchase!!!

Andrew Loh

Peter Duffie's Previous Convictions - My Review

Few weeks ago, I spent my time to go through the materials in this ebook. I would like to say the materials are quite excellent. I personally will use 7 effects in my repertoire. The materials contain within the ebook are some impromptu, others need some preparation to setup or gimmick to make the effect possible.

All in all, I really like the materials in this very ebook and most of them are not difficult to do. Some of them immediately added in my repertoire. Allow me provide you the breakdown or list of effects that really interest me:

- The Go-Between -

I really like the nature of this effect as I find it's quick and quite entertaining. While I was reading this effect, this effect reminds me of David Solomon's Kissing Cousin. What I am trying to say I really love the mates miraculously vanish and sandwich the selection in the centre of the deck.


- Trans-Collection -


I would say this effect is excellent and I really love this. I am not going to elaborate on this effect further but what I can say it's excellent. For those of you who loves the selections vanish kind of routine and ends with the collectors-genre, you will love this one. I first time read this effect in Duffie's Card Compulsions.


- Bullet Proof -


I find that this effect is very entertaining especially to laymen. I did perform this effect to my girlfriend, and she was shocked in amazement. There you are, the above effects which I stated I find that there are interesting to perform and worth of your investment. There are other effects which I haven't stated above doesn't mean that there are not my favourites.


I will post my further thoughts if I find there are other effects which worth mentioning when I try out the effects to my peers.


Andrew Loh

My Current Life...

Things are pretty hectic recently as I had a few group assignments and thesis which kept my busy with my coursework. I really wish that I can get back to my hobby which to start writing and publish my work but I can't at this moment. But when things are settled and once again I am available, I will get things going and I hope that a brand new year is around the corner so that I can invest some of my leisure time in my card magic.

I am very delighted that through my thick and thin, my girlfriend is always be with me and support me throughout my studies as well as my endeavours. Thank you so much darling!!!

Andrew Loh

My Products

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Or if you prefer, you can visit my personal magic homepage at: www.freewebs.com/cardicians for more information about my products.

Thanks!

Andrew Loh

Monday, June 9, 2008

My Recent Gathering with Singapore Magicians

Recently, I was very happy as on 2 June 2008, I had a wonderful gathering with a bunch of magicians in a hotel at 5.30pm and I had a chance jamming with them until 8.30pm. It was a fun gathering.

At that time, I was at home doing some cleaning of my bookshelf and my most respected magician; Uncle Bob Chua from Singapore, I was delighted he called me up and asked me to come and join the gathering. So, I gladly replied. Yes, why not?

It was my great pleasure to be able to meet up with uncle Bob Chua because I LOVED his card magic. His card magic is filled with great surprise always.

On top of that, Uncle Bob Chua is a very popular and the most respected magician among the peers in Malaysia. You must SEE his card magic which will captivate you. Uncle Bob, firstly, he showed me his own collections of card magic. His card magic such as his own versions of reset, cannibals, professor’s revenge, and the like really astonished me with his simple structure of the routines and built in with a very strong climax.

After his performance, I showed him a few some of my own materials and we had some feedback to each other after we did our routines. What I do know, I really enjoyed Bob’s card magic and I look forward to meeting him in the near future which this coming July 2008, I would travel to Singapore.

Shade did some of his "knuckle-busting" card magic to me and I was impressed. His card magic was influenced by Martin Nash which also known as the "charming cheat". His second, centre and bottom dealings are really impressive.

Well, you may ask how about Gordon. To be honest, he was busy as a "cameraman" with his small very advance gadget and whereas Shade was the bright star in the performance session. I hadn’t see any single of Gordon’s materials but I heard he is a cardguy. I really hope I will have the chance next time to see his card magic.

Uncle Dominic Lim came quite late as I understood that they had functions at other places so we had a short meeting with him as well. He didn’t perform anything but he kept on asking me "Do you know this?" and "Can you do it?" I can tell you this uncle is very funny at times. He is an expert in magic clowning and also as a stage performer. When you have the chance to see his stage magic performance. You will feel very relax as his performance is very lively as though he is dancing a "cha-cha".

I would like to end here but before I leave, I would like to say to Uncle Bob Chua. Congratulations on your new card magic book. I was lucky had a glimpse of his book which contained 12 materials which range from ropes, cards and coins magic. Uncle Bob, I am still waiting the arrival of your book and hopefully, either today or tomorrow your book must arrive to my home.

I hope Uncle Bob you can produce more of your especially card magic materials in the near future to the magic fraternity and I can attest that your magic books would be selling like "hot-cakes" and most importantly, as a card magician we really hope that your legacy for all these years would be cherished and appreciated by those who read your materials.

Andrew Loh

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Assignments Week

My God, this week I felt kind of relief after submitting my two heavy assignments. I thinked these two assignments weighted about 20kg. Well, I am pulling your legs. Trust me, the loads were extremely heavy.

I am still owing two assignments to my two lecturers. The first one is a group project and the other is about researching in terms of the company’s competitive advantage in using information technology. I am glad with the supports from my lecturers and peers, all the assignments can be done in a smooth-sailing manner.

I will do my best to complete my other assignments hopefully by this week and after that, exams are coming soon and my upcoming new student life would commence in KL. It should be a good way for me to learn to live independently while studying for my final degree in KL. The only thing I phobia the most is... Thesis!

All in all, this morning I was extremely happy. There were many things happened this morning. Since tomorrow is a public holiday, I guess I should focus in completing my assignments. That is my golden time and I have other functions for this entire week. So many things to do but I am happy with it.

Andrew Loh

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Feel the Heat...

I really can feel the heat of exams. It’s coming. I’m writing this not because I am an "informer" but actually I treat this blog as a "sanctuary" for me to pour out some of my grouses. After writing, I may feel better that’s why I call it a "sanctuary".

As usual, exams seems like a norm to students, we all think that it is a suffering 3-hour sitting in the torturing chamber. Ya, I think is true in the sense that if I never prepare any thing or revision. The next coming exams would be "Asian Business Environment (ABE)" & "Technology Knowledge Management (TKM)".

These two modules if I want to make a comparison, ABE is more tougher in the sense that the exam requires you to read more what iss happening around the Asian market such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries. I just not so fond of answering questions such as NAFTA, ASEAN, EU, WTO and other organisations. To me, the thing is like my brain memory is going to memorise and load all the respective information, their functions, obligations, and etc. Wow, I just don’t like to answer these kind of questions. Instead, I think I will aim more towards the country’s market.

I just hope that the TKM is not as "tough" as it sounds but I hope my past diploma in computer studies would be able to help me answering better in terms of the question structures. =)

Andrew Loh