Sunday, December 2, 2012

Triple Charms

This eBook features 3 of my favourite personal impromptu miracles that culled directly from my working repertoire.

In this collection, you will find popular effects such as card sandwich, Hofzinser Ace Problem and a signed card transposes magically between cards that is ideal to perform for couples.

The material in this collection is not very difficult to do with the exception that the card sandwich routine may require only a little dexterity in executing the card control.

However, please note that for the card sandwich features in this eBook, I presume you are familiar with the Neil Elias's "Multiple Shift" as there is no explanation included.


CONTENTS & EFFECTS

A Sign of Time: This effect is ideal to perform for couples. A kiss card (signed) magically transposes under impossible condition and everything can be left for examination.

Astral Projection: Four Kings are removed and placed onto the table. A card is selected and it's placed under the spectator's covered palm. The performer casts a magical gesture and one of the Kings changes places. The performer has the spectator's selection and the King that matches the spectator's selection (suit) is now under the spectator's palm.

One Cut Sandwich: One of the fastest card sandwich that you could do with the use of Neil Elias's "Multiple Shift" that is very direct and magical.


Here's what a few of them say:

"I really love your 'A Sign Of Time' and 'Astral Projection' tricks. The plot is so beautiful in 'Sign Of Time'! I think that all its readers will put it in their repertoire immediately. And one more thing which could be very important, very easy to do. Ideal trick for a couple. I think that 'Astral Projection' is a nice solution of the Hofzinser's Four Ace Problem. I like that the magic happens in the spectator's hand."
-- József Kovács

"I just got done reading Triple Charms and it's very good! I really enjoyed the effects. Solid, simple methods and very strong effects! Well done!"
-- Cameron Francis


Available at: http://www.cardicianden.com

ALSH

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Metabolism in Card Magic III

This collection features a final collection of my 3 favourite card magic effects.

In this volume, you will find some challenging card effects, which require intermediate skill in sleight of hand. As before, I include a mixture of plots and I cherished these routines all over the years in my career as a close-up cardician.  

You will discover all the three effects in this collection are impromptu card magic. For over the years, I really appreciate the impact of impromptu card magic as you need not to worry when someone comes to you and say, “Please show me a card trick”. There you go; you can perform the magic straight away without the need to worry any gimmicks.

If you like card sandwich, “Instant BandIt” may be one of your favourites as this item is based on my previous release and in this version; there is no Modified Stanyon Count Switch. “Invisible Entities” is an effect where great presentation and patter are come into play. If you have what it takes, I am sure your audience will be entertained with this very simple, yet direct effect.

For the final piece, “The Paradox Spades” is one of my pet routines. I will let you to discover this on your own and this item has been in my repertoire for many years until today I am still using it in my performance.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Good stuff! Elegantly constructed routines as always."
-- Cameron Francis

"I really enjoyed the material. This series of books could be your strongest yet. I look forward to a 4th in the series!"
-- Peter Duffie


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.


ALSH

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Confession...

Ever since I got my first job this year, writing card magic eBook seems very rare to me, let alone practising card magic at home. I hope with the upcoming public holidays, I would be able to get back on track again with a deck of playing cards in my hand.

For those of you who have been following up my blog closely, you may aware that one of my biggest projects would be publishing a hardback card magic book. I really appreciate those fans out there that signed up for my mailing lists as they have shown their interests as well as their supports in my project. However, since I could not cope up with the costs of production, I have to put the project on hold until the time is right for me to publish the book. I sincerely hope that my first hardback card magic book would be available on sales next year.

Just to make an announcement that I will contribute a new card magic effect of mine to one of my friends in card magic soon. I am still in the process of deciding whether to contribute one or two unpublished card effects and the eBook is expected to be available this year. 

I will keep this thread posted once I finalised everything.

Thanks.

ALSH

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Metabolism in Card Magic II

This collection features a further collection of 3 favourite card magic effects. As before, in this collection, you will find a mixture of plots and these routines have been in my repertoire for quite some time for my close-up act.  

In this volume, you will find that the material is much easier to do compare to my previous volume. The reason is because the material features in this volume focus on presentation with very minimal sleights.

There are two impromptu card magic effects; “Jacketeers” and “Camouflage”, which serve as my all-time favourite openers. If a spectator were to ask me to show a trick, these are one of the items that I will actually perform.

If you like to fry your audience, try “Jokers on the Wild Side” which is the third effect in this eBook. However, you need to have a double backer for this routine. This is a nice routine where you hand out the signed card as souvenirs. Your audience will witness the Joker miraculously go through a series of magical changes right in front of their very eyes.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Good stuff! Elegantly constructed routines as always."
-- Cameron Francis

"I really enjoyed the material. This series of books could be your strongest yet. I look forward to a 4th in the series!"
-- Peter Duffie


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.


ALSH

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Metabolism in Card Magic

This collection features 3 of my favourite card magic effects. 

The material features my personal repertoire card magic that constitutes a body of work that dates back to 2010. 

As always, most of the effects are not very difficult to do if you consider yourself as an intermediate cardician. If you like impromptu card magic, try “Double the Impact”, which is a lovely card transposition between two spectators’ selections. In addition, I include a bonus idea as well which I usually use it to end the famous “Ambitious Card Routine”. 

If you like something extraordinary, try “Molecule Splitter” and you will have an interesting chemistry lesson that to be shared with your audience. For this item, you need to have 3 blank facers. Everything can be given out for examination.

If you like to surprise your audience with a signed card, try “A Magical Encounter” and I am sure your audience will enjoy it. However, this routine requires you to have a LePaul Wallet to end the routine with an impact that will leave your audience speechless.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Good stuff! Elegantly constructed routines as always."
-- Cameron Francis

"I really enjoyed the material. This series of books could be your strongest yet. I look forward to a 4th in the series!"
-- Peter Duffie


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.


ALSH

Saturday, August 25, 2012

My Reflections

"My Reflections" eBook is available now featuring 10 of my personal repertoire card magic. 

The material ranges from variations on classic routines and with the objective of delivering entertaining card magic to your audience. The routines explained in this work are all audience tested. They constitute a body of work that dates back to 2006 and there are a number of new items included as well. 

The book is divided into 3 sections; Simple Effects, Impromptu Effects and Effect with Set-Up Cards. It is structured that way for ease of referring to a particular routine.

I sincerely hope you will find something to share with your audience and enjoy the routines as much as I do for years.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Nice item (Royal Mates)! It’s quick and easy and is also strong. A very good combination of qualities."
-- Mike Powers

"Great quick trick (Royal Mates). I like a lot. Very simple and effective construction."
-- Peter Duffie

"I really enjoyed it (Royal Mates); nice and simple, but a really novel production."
-- John Gelasi

"I have read the book and liked it. My personal favourites are Royal Mates, Divide & Concure, The Hackers, Cannibals Journey and Clandestine Twister. As I like simple and powerful magic, I think the two tricks in the Simple Effects chapter are especially great. The layout of the book is beautiful as always. I've just read your trick (Royal Mates) and I can say that I love it. Because very easy to do and the effect is very powerful!"
-- József Kovács


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.


ALSH

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Review - Cheque This!

Recently, I had my wonderful time in going through Cameron Francis' latest "Cheque This!" pdf. Judging its title, you may think that perhaps the author has come up a magic routine that has something to do with cheques or money magic. Believe it or not, this is a wonderful card routine that I look forward performing for my next gathering with the use of a single cheque. 

Of course, the above is not just merely a card magic routine with a cheque but I should say it's a complete wonderful routine. At first, when I watched the complete performance, this reminds me of the "Bill in Lemon" routine. Obviously, this routine has a difference in terms of incorporating card magic to enhance the overall effect with the use of the single cheque. 

In addition to the above props, of course you need an "extra" something that most magicians have in their arsenal. The author also explains how to use that certain something to do a very magical transformation on the bill. Let's start off by reviewing what's the contents in the pdf.

The pdf contains 7 pages and I really like the author covers every nuances in terms of the handling in the video clips that can be accessed at Vimeo. Of course, there is a password you need in order to access those instructional clips. The pdf is well laid out and there is a template section where you can print out the cheque to incorporate into the routine. Lastly, there is a bonus section where the author explains a bonus revelation that is the very well known "1089 Force". This is actually an extension to the above routine and it's optional to include this in the performance. 

In a nutshell, I really enjoyed everything as laid out and explained by the author in the pdf. If you are like me, who always do not like to do set up or having a mess with the lemon juice (Bill in Lemon) during your act, you may like to give this routine a try as I can see there is a lot of magical happenings and I think your audience will enjoy such magic routine. In addition, you may carry this mini miracle in your pocket which takes a very little of space and perform wonders in no time. 

ALSH

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Delicious Card Magic is on the way...

My next card magic eBook is coming soon...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Colour Flight

This is a mini card effect that I usually carry around in my card wallet and I regard this effect as my pet routine. This effect can be done using normal cards and can be handed out for examination after the performance. 

If you like a packet card effect that has a connection with a lesson in gambling, this is the card effect that you are looking for. Basically, in performance, you show two packets of cards, you place one of the packets onto the table and magically, one at a time, the cards transpose with the other. While the spectators are busy looking onto the cards, you nail them with an unexpected revelation; that is the Jokers have different contrasting backs! 

Best of all, as I mentioned earlier, everything can be handed out for examination. Also included a bonus handling for those who like the "phantom" theme.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Great routine, Andrew! The two additional effects are equally good. I particularly like The Messengers. Words and letters on cards always play well. This one is excellent."
-- Peter Duffie


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.

Available at: http://www.cardicianden.com

ALSH

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Magic References

If you have been visiting my card magic blog from time to time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a loyal visitor or reader.

I would be glad if my blog serves as a portal where to help you in decision making such as whether or not to purchase certain magic products, reviews and among other reasons.

Having said that, I am going to implement a list of useful references in the context of card effects as well as other plots in magic. I hope this blog would serve as a useful portal for magicians to find something they are looking for.

ALSH

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Liquid Cards

This is my personal favourite Oil & Water routine that uses 7 cards!

Oil & Water routine has been around for few decades simply because it is easy to understand and entertaining. In addition, the separation of the cards looks very magical. 

Today, there are numerous versions available in the market. What I would like to offer is something that I have been performing in my act for about three years that based on my own handling in tackling this wonderful plot.   

In my version, the cards are regular and can be examined both before and after the performances. 

Comes complete with the necessary Bicycle cards, a transparent card wallet and an instruction sheet.


Here's what a few of them say:

"I really like this routine. I also like the idea of using 7 cards - 3 water and 4 oil."
-- Peter Duffie



ALSH

Monday, April 30, 2012

New Card Magic Ebook... Coming Soon!

New Ebook coming soon!

I am going to release an exciting eBook that contains 10 delicious card effects with an emphasis on easy and entertaining card magic. The material ranges from easy to intermediate level card handler.

The 10 card effects featuring in this eBook are culled directly from my working repertoire. All the routine described in this work are all audience tested.

In this exciting upcoming new eBook, you will learn:

- a super-easy and effortless four-Ace production.
- a cyber intrusion card routine based on a clever card principle.
- an impressive and unexpected two-phase revelation card routine.
- and plus many more exciting card effects await you.

Would't you want this e-book in your collection?

Watch this space!

ALSH

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mix Up & Match

In the year of 2006, while I was shopping, I discovered unique rubber bands that have various shapes in them such as fruits, vegetables, animals and others. 

I bought a few of them and started to create some of my favourite routines. I realised that these special rubber bands have been in the market for quite some time and there are many versions available in the market. 

In this version, this routine has two phases and involves two spectators. Basically, it involves a prediction and your spectators will not realise until they come to the final revelation. Best of all, everything can be given out for examination. In addition, it instantly resets. You may carry this little effect in your pocket which it does not take up a lot of space. You can perform this effect at anytime and anywhere.  

I have been performing this little gem ever since I came up with it. I regard this item as one of my pet routines. This routine is very flexible and the prediction can be changed from time to time. 

Comes complete with 20 Bicycle cards, 5 high quality silicone rubber bands and an instruction sheet. 
ALSH

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Review - Wave Epic

Here is my review of Wave Epic by John Gelasi. In the pdf, it contains a collection of 8 brainwave (B'Wave) card effects. Ever since Phil Goldstein released B'Wave, the plot appeals to me a lot and many magicians came up with their own versions that you can find in many sources. Some indeed very powerful and highly entertaining. If you have no idea what I am talking about, perhaps John Gelasi's "Wave Epic" may kickstart your new journey to the B'Wave world.

I really like the front page of the pdf is nicely designed, sleek and very professional. The pdf contains 22 pages and as mentioned earlier, it contains 8 card effects all related to B'Wave. Well, not exactly all the effects 100% that relate to B'Wave but you will appreciate the author's thinking and approaches to the plot.

You will find the B'Wave plot fuses with card sandwich, blank facers developed themselves with the image of the spectator's named card, and many other interesting revelations. Each of the effects is provided a video link and you have a chance to watch how the effects look like in real performance. So, allow me to review each of the following effects.

The Royal Wave
This is a very simple and yet a powerful revelation at the end of the routine. One of my favourites and I really like the simplicity of this effect. Excellent!

Another Wave Pun
The only difference in this multi-phase effect with the usual B'Wave plot is instead of revealing the unique selection in a packet of cards, the performer shows "Pick Me!" or "Don't Pick Me!" on the back of the cards. I still prefer the original because the back of the cards provides a striking revelation. Perhaps other readers may find this to their fancy. 

Joker' Wave
This is another interesting effect which emphasises on presentation and patter. The routine is not very difficult to do. However, I personally think that it would be great to reveal the written AH first and after that comes with the revelation of AH. That way, the climax may be great. Just my humble two cents. 

Making Waves
This is a multi-phase effect involves that two packets of cards; the Aces and the Queens. This is a great and powerful routine. In addition, I really like the author's approach in the efficient use of both packets to end the routine with a great climax that stresses on gambling theme. Nice!

iWave
Another interesting item. I like the effect but I will end the routine in a slightly different way with the use of George Sand's Prime Number Principle. Instead of using the AC, AS and AH, I will end them with the 3S, 3H and 3C to match the spectator's selection. The reaction would be much better as you claimed from the beginning you were not sure what cards (perhaps the four Queens) and at the end, you nail the selection along with locating the mates of the selection. 

B'rainteaser
This is one my favourite items. This effect requires careful patter and presentation. The blank cards seem to develop into the named Jack of Diamonds. The whole effect looks very magical. However, in this kind of effect, as usual, at the end of the routine, the cards cannot be given out for examination. But, I like the effect!

Scatterbrain
This is a nice effect with an emphasis on the production of the Aces in a visual manner. Another one of my favourite items. 

Prism Wave
This effect has multiple phases but to be honest, I think it can be improved in terms of the "what if" phase. Please don't get me wrong; this is not a complaint as I like the effect. This routine just reminds me of John Bannon's "Spin Doctors" and I know it's not related to Gelasi's effect. If you are familiar with John Bannon's "Spin Doctors", you know what I am talking about. There is a discrepancy involved I just feel the phase where the production of the AH needs a solid patter to support the revelation. Again, this is just my humble two cents!    

My mind is now full of "Brainwave" juices because of toying around too much with the plot. I am sure John Gelasi's "Wave Epic" may kickstart your journey in exploring the wonderful possibilities of "Brainwave" effects. I quite enjoyed the effects in this collection and you may find some of his approaches in the above effects refreshing and usable. There are few effects that require magician's choice or equivoque. Worry not as the author provides the patter in great detail along with great credits at the end of each effects. I look forward to performing some of the effects above for my next gathering events.  

ALSH

Friday, March 2, 2012

Oil & Royal Flush

"Oil & Royal Flush" is one of my pet routines that I perform regularly in my close-up performance.

If you like Roy Walton's "Oil & Queens", perhaps you will like my handling for this wonderful plot. I should say that this version is an extension to the original routine.  

I designed this particular routine by incorporating the elements of surprise along with a double climax that the spectator will not realise until to the end of the routine.

Your audience will witness one of the cards changes its colour and concludes the unexpected revelation. The good news is that this routine is not very difficult to do. If you are familiar with the Hamman Count and the Elmsley Count, you will entertain your audience in no time with this entertaining routine. 


Here's what a few of them say:

"I like this a lot."
-- Peter Duffie

"Got it! VERY nice effect! I really like this. A lot of magic going on!"
-- Cameron Francis

"I have just tried it out with cards in hand, and it plays very, very nicely!"
-- Liam Montier



ALSH

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Review - Emoticon

This is the second item that I received from Andrew Galanter. I was one of the lucky readers to receive a review copy. This is Emoticon and it is a routine that you can do with a packet of cards.

The pdf has 12 pages and the file size is 447 KB. The price of this pdf is $3. This effect requires you to use some different backed cards which I think most readers should not have any problem in obtaining these items. In addition, this routine is not very difficult to do.

In terms of the pdf, the author provides a very detailed explanation on each of the phases with great credits at the end of the explanation. In addition, the author also includes Youtube links on each of the phases so that the reader may grasp or have a clearer picture how the particular phase should look like. So, without further ado, let's examine what Emoticon is all about.

Emoticon is a packet trick that talks about emotions. I think the basic patter line serves as a good starting point. Personally speaking, based on the overall effect, the routine seems very strong because at the end of the routine, the performer shows the cards with different backs and a magical card is produced that shows "Therapist". However, I think the reader must familiarise himself with the overall effect before attempting the routine. The reason is because the routine is not merely "do and show" kind of act. Otherwise, the audience may have the difficulty and confuse what the effect is all about.  

However, the author did provide a very basic patter but I guess the reader still needs to think something that is more suitable and interesting to fit the routine. There are many technical sleights involved in each of the phases but as I mentioned earlier, I think it would be great if there is a great patter to support each of the phases. Or in other words, to make sense of it what you actually going to attempt. 

Overall, I like the routine. As mentioned earlier, if you could provide a good patter line to support those phases, I think the end climax may serve as a killer catalyst and the best part is, you may hand out the cards for examination and it instantly resets. I think $3 is a great deal for this little powerful routine. I couldn't ask for more.       

ALSH

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Review - Principles and Deceptions

Card Magic is a fascinating subject. The fascinating subject that I am referring to is not the experience that I gained from watching television or live performances in this context. The subject I am talking about is card principles.

It is because after reading and trying out some of the card principles, I discovered that card principles are very magical and even though if you know the secrets, still, if you follow each steps precisely, they will work! At times, they are very strong especially the cards can be given out for shuffling or cuts and yet, they still work as miracles!

Loyal readers know that I am a huge fan of Peter Duffie, who seems to spend a good deal of time in writing and publishing numerous wonderful eBooks. Previously, I was too occupied with my studies and I considered that as an inactive period in magic. Recently, with a deck of playing cards in my hands, I spent my spare time in going through Peter Duffie's Principles & Deceptions, which is a truly wonderful and mind-stimulating eBook.

It is an 18-page pdf, the size of the file is 925 KB and there are 6 parts detailing each of the principles. Each parts is hyperlinked and it makes the reader very easy in terms of navigating the whole pdf. In addition, there is a bonus section that explains Dave Campbell's Automatic Speller which is a fantastic routine!  

The card principles covered are not brand new and I am sure if you have been in card magic for long, you may come across the following names before such as "Gilbreath Principle", "Rusduck's Stay Stack", "Hummer Principle", "Finnel's Free Cut Principle" and among others. What makes this pdf stands out is after learning each of the principles, the author provides a test to challenge the reader's understanding.

I find that the tests are some sort of "mind-stimulant" foods which to induce the reader to explore more possibilities after learning a particular card principle. Another interesting side is that I learned quite a number of interesting facts and important bits of history on the creators of the card principles. 

Overall, I really, really enjoyed this eBook and hopefully, this ebook would serve as a progress in terms of my thinking and approaching in card magic principles. In addition, I also believe that this eBook would serve as a stepping stone to those who love card principles. I always find that the author's approaches to card principles are brilliant which not only can be found in this pdf, but also in his other eBooks such as Ulterior Motifs, and Cards in Principles which are commendable. Just do yourself a favour by visiting the author's online shop and you will be surprised with the large varieties of eBooks available.

Available at: http://www.peterduffie.com/

ALSH 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Blissful Marriage

This routine is inspired by Hofzinser's Royal Marriages plot. It is a three-phase routine coupled with other interesting plots.

I came up this routine in 2009. As usual, packet tricks appeal to me a lot and this leads me to come up this version of Royal Marriages. At that time, it has 5 phases which I thought the routine was too lengthy.

I realised that the audience feels bored after many attempts of showing the splitting and matching of the packets. In addition, I also realised that too many phases actually cluttered the mind of the audience. So, I narrowed down this routine to three phases that is much easier to comprehend and follow.

Last but not least, this is not a very difficult routine and if you are familiar with the Elmsley Count, you should have no problem in performing this routine.


Here's what a few of them say:

"A Blissful Marriage is an excellent routine. The three phases work very well and build up, both logically, and magically. I love Royal Marriages effects, but only good ones - and this is indeed a good one!"
-- Peter Duffie

"Thanks a lot for the new effect. I love it. It is a very nice variation on the theme. You tied the phases together organically and made an entertaining routine from them. A powerful starting followed by two very strong phases."
-- József Kovács

"I had a chance to look check this out today and really loved it. You've really put together a great routine with some really clever phases. I must admit that I've never been one for the royal marriages plot, but your approach is definitely something I could see myself using! Great stuff as usual!"
-- John Gelasi



ALSH

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Upcoming eBook - My Reflections

Andrew Loh introduces you to ten of his most cherished effects direct from his working repertoire. 

The material ranges from variations on classic routines and with the objective of delivering entertaining card magic to your audience. The routines explained in this work are all audience tested. They constitute a body of work that dates back to 2006 and there are a number of new items included as well. 

The book is divided into 3 sections; Simple Effects, Impromptu Effects and Effect with Set-Up Cards. It is structured that way for ease of referring to a particular routine.

I sincerely hope you will find something to share with your audience and enjoy the routines as much as I do for years.


CONTENTS & EFFECTS

Royal Mates: An effortless four-of-a-kind production that you will use. Simple, direct and very magical! You will use this in less than two minutes as soon as you read it!

Divide & Concur: This is an amazing two-phase card revelation routine where the work is done by the spectator. There are no difficult sleights involved. In addition, it is so unfair that you devastate your audience in silence.

The Hackers: A story based on cyber intrusion. Two spectators are given an opportunity in witnessing how the Jacks hack certain information on the cards as input by one of the spectators. Be prepared for an unexpected outcome! This serves as a good lesson in "Pasteboard Intrusion" and additional ideas are included as well!

The Proactive Jacks: Perform a card sandwich routine that emphasises on the pro-activeness of the Jacks!

Sandwich in My Pocket: A three-selection card sandwich routine that fries! Three Jacks visually vanish and find the two selections in an amazing manner.

Hofzinser Meets Balducci: A revisit to the classics. As the title says it all, this routine can be done in an impromptu situation and if you are lucky, you may end this routine with another climax that they will never see it coming!

A Double Journey: An amazing and visual  two-phase two-packet card transposition effect.

Cannibals Journey: This is an unusual Cannibal Cards routine where the cannibals devour the missionaries. One of the missionaries hypnotises the rest of the cannibals until an unexpected event takes place!

Clandestine Twister: This routine is a combination on Dai Vernon's "Twisting the Aces" with a card revelation. I presume you are familiar with the original routine before attempting this routine.

The Intuitive Couples: The Kings and Queens work together in locating the spectator's selection in a very magical way. Two minds work at its best.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Nice item (Royal Mates)! It’s quick and easy and is also strong. A very good combination of qualities."
-- Mike Powers

"Great quick trick (Royal Mates). I like a lot. Very simple and effective construction."
-- Peter Duffie

"I really enjoyed it (Royal Mates); nice and simple, but a really novel production."
-- John Gelasi

"I've just read your trick (Royal Mates) and I can say that I love it. Because very easy to do and the effect is very powerful!"
-- József Kovács


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.

Available at: http://www.cardicianden.com

ALSH

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Review - Just Cards Vol.1

Recently, I read another new release by John Gelasi. I am quite excited because being as a card guy, I always look forward to reading any card material from any magician. 

Honestly speaking, the pdf contains some great card material in this collection. There are a few items that I find appealing to me and in fact, I will use them in my performance. The pdf contains 15 pages and the file size is 490 KB. There are five items in this pdf. There is no illustration shown in this pdf but the author films his own performances and uploaded to Youtube where the links are accessible.

This is great as you can see the author in performance on how the effects looks like before you discover the secrets. Alright, without further ado, I will review each of the following items.

Fine Feathered Finks
This is a two-phase routine inspired by the Homing Card plot. I think the first phase is excellent where the selection is placed in between the Jacks and somehow it vanishes and appears on top of the pack. In the second phase, apparently, the selection is back in among the face-up Jacks and a magical gesture, the selection seems to have vanished once again and appeared in the main deck. The transposition looks nice between the phases.

Yes We CAAN
This is an unusual version of ACAAN plot. However, the methodology does not appeal to me much because I believe that the effect of the original ACAAN is very simple, clear and very straightforward. A number is named and the selection is found at that freely called number. In the author's version, a few cutting of cards, a number is written down on a card then re-dealing the cards in the process and finally it reaches to the spectator's selection. Perhaps other readers may find this version appealing.

And Another Thing
This effect is inspired by Richard Sander's "King Thing" which has a few phases but this version also does not appeal to me much as there are lots of cutting, then the Kings jump to the top. And later, they jump back to the performer's hands and at the end, the Kings appear in the card case as well as the performer's pocket. I think this will cloud the spectator from understanding and following the routine. Perhaps other readers may find this to their liking.

J.G. Monte
This is a very nice routine! The construction is good and the handling is efficient as well. There are a few phases and I really like the transposition between the Queen and the Tens which is very magical. Nice!

Estimation
I really enjoyed this item very much and it is very strong! It is excellent and the author applies a very good card principle to produce a wonderful effect! I really like all the phases. The apperance of the Aces really sells the idea. The spectator is given a free choice in naming a certain number and arrives to a certain card and at the end, all four Aces are produced based on the "estimation" theme. I really like the selection transposes with the final Ace. This is nice and I think it is the strongest item!

I think that the author once again has produced some great and quality card magic material. Please keep in mind that even though the above items do not appeal to me do not mean that they are not suitable to you. Perhaps you will find them interesting. Last but not least, I enjoyed some of the items in this collection particularly "Estimation" and "J.G. Monte" and most of them are practical.

ALSH

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Review - Trinities

I have spent quite some time in going through Trinities. So, what trinities is all about? Basically, if you are a mentalist who like to perform an entirely different two-phase mind-reading routine; card divination and an electronic book test, perhaps you would like to take a look at Michael Daniels's routine.

However, if you expect to just read-and-go kind of pdf, perhaps this does not suit you because there are a great deal of things you need to go through as well as a solid understanding on how each of the things fits in nicely into the routine.

Let's start off by listing some of the basic information on this pdf. "Trinities" contains 23 pages, the size of the file is 1.08 MB and also included 10 eBook. The eBook are used for the electronic book test performance. Each eBooks contains at least 400 pages long and has the "full text" of the original literary works.

The entire pdf is well laid out. The author introduces how the effect should look like by listing out in the effect section. In addition, the conditions of the routine along with the patter and presentation are covered in detail as well. I think the author has done a wonderful job in terms of explaining the basic card principle behind of this routine. To me, it is like a brainstorm session and once you get the idea, it is easy to follow the rest of the explanation.

However, if you familiar with the principle, you might skip through this session but I find there is something that is worth a visit. After describing the principle, next, the author will walk you through the Trinities Stack. In addition, references and credits are well done, too.

Alright, let's get down to the details of the particular routine. First and foremost, I do not have the right to disclose the card principle used in this routine as this will give too much away. The card principle involved is very well known in card magic.

The first phase takes place where the mentalist correctly divines attributes (colour, suit, value) of playing cards which the spectator has shuffled, dealt and covered fully with his hands while the mentalist has turned away. Is it 100% correct all the time? Yes, it works all the time and you always have the correct divination. However, there is some sort of set up or stack that you need to do beforehand. Once the set up is done and combined it with the card principle, it 100% works all the time. The best part is the spectator can shuffle the deck. I regard this phase as playing a game or warm up exercise with the spectator.

In the second phase, the spectator is asked to form a page number by combining the values of three freely selected cards from the deck. Without the mentalist seeing, the spectator then opens up and freely examines an eBook (standard PDF) from a collection of classic literary works stored on a computer, eBook reader or smartphone. Turning to the chosen page, a word is selected which the mentalist exactly identifies.

I find that the second phase is quite challenging because there is a memory system or code that you need to remember. Once you learn this by heart, I am sure you do not have any problem of remembering its sequence. The strength of the second phase is any books can be freely selected and there is a very cunning way which allows the spectator always to land herself on pages where the performer is able to determine the selected words. That is the page where you, as the performer divulge the particular phrase or word on that very page. This is very good!

In a nutshell, perhaps I should make something clear. Once again, this is not a "touch-and-go" pdf where you will learn this routine overnight by simply glancing it. As mentioned earlier, there are a great deal of things that you need to go through fully before attempting this routine. If you are a patient reader and willing to spend your time in learning and familiarising yourself with the card principles and other memory system, I think this pdf will somehow make you discover the creative side of the author.

ALSH

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Do As Chameleon Do

I remember fondly the first time I learned the Do-As-I-Do effect in a beginner card magic book since I was 9 years old. I was very excited at that time because I feel the routine plays well to any lay audience.

I am sure most readers would familiar with this basic routine where a few cards are involved and the spectator is asked to follow the magician's instruction such as turning and flipping a number of cards in the packet. However, if you don't, I have added an extra something to enhance this plot further and of course, everything can be given out for examination. This is done with a regular deck.

I really enjoyed the effect as audience participation is of paramount importance in the routine. This routine is not limited only to a few spectators. I have performed this routine for a number of years.

I realised that the more people that are involved, the better it will look. And as it gets interesting it will seem more and more comical to the audience watching and those participating. At the end, somehow the spectators manage to follow exactly the instructions given by the performer with an exception when one of the cards is turned over, it has an odd back! Did I say both the magician and the spectator exchange each of their own packets in between the phases?


Here's what a few of them say:

"Do As Chameleon Do is a great audience-participation effect. I particularly like the odd back ending. Gives it a great kick."
-- Peter Duffie

"I like the Do As I Do theme and I think that your packet version is very amazing. The climax is very strong for the spectators because they handle the cards!"
-- Jozsef Kovacs

"The "Do as Chameleon Do" effect was awesome, very neat handling and a great finish; I'll definitely be using it."
-- John Gelasi

"These are two very strong effects. The "Do As Chameleon Do" is really unique and interesting. Very cool trick. I also love "Majestic Jokers". Lots of magic going on. Really fun. Andrew has once again stared two powerful and effective routines with us!"
-- Cameron Francis

Do As Chameleon Do is great with a surprising twist. Good thinking!
-- Raphaël Czaja


Available at: http://www.cardicianden.com

ALSH

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Majestic Jesters

I really enjoyed performing Majestic Jesters during Christmas festival. This is a non-impromptu item but towards the end of the routine, it packs a punch to those who like gambling. A story on how the Jokers help a gambler wins in gambling. Basically, this effect is inspired by Jack Parker's "Court Jesters" and I have added a few plots to enhance the effect with a final kicker.

In performance, you introduce the four Jokers and have a card chosen and lost in the deck. The spectator is asked to cut the pack into four piles and each of the Jokers is placed on top of each of the piles. Magically, you cause the Jokers to appear one at a time into your packet. At the end, you will show the Jokers transform into odd backs with an amazing revelation that your spectator will never forget! Everything can be given out for examination.

I released this routine just before Christmas and I would like to thank to those who support my works and products. I consider this as my pet routine and it has been in my repertoire for years. This routine is quite challenging because I assume you have the experiece or skills in handling cards.


Here's what a few of them say:

"Majestic Jesters is a powerhouse routine of magical effects. Really strong."
-- Peter Duffie

"I very like Majestic Jesters!! It's very strong. I like that it has more climaxes than the spectators expect. I am sure that many magicians will put it in their repertoire. This trick is one of my favourite at the moment. Thanks a lot for this great trick!"
-- Jozsef Kovacs

"It's a great routine packed with magical moments. The Jokers transpose from the table to your hand, fuse into the selection, and change color on the back (one of my favorite finales). The selected card also reveals an additional surprise with a production of a royal flush at the end of the routine. Definitely one to check out!"
-- John Gelasi

"These are two very strong effects. The "Do As Chameleon Do" is really unique and interesting. Very cool trick. I also love "Majestic Jokers". Lots of magic going on. Really fun. Andrew has once again stared two powerful and effective routines with us!"
-- Cameron Francis


This e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.


ALSH