Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mystery eBook

An exciting new eBook is on the way... Stay tuned...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thoughts that Count

“Thoughts that Count” is based on my work on card mentalist effect where a spectator is asked to remember a card and you reveal her thought selection without asking any single question.

This is a cool little routine that you can do without the need to set up the packet and it is impromptu. There is a bonus routine that deals with two thought selections.

The routine is very flexible as it can be done for table-hopping situation or to be surrounded by a group of spectators and the like. There is no gimmick or special card involved. In fact, you can let you spectators to remove whatever cards randomly from the pack and it does not limit to certain cards in the process.

Do not miss this wonderful thought-of-cards routine and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Here's what a few of them say:

"I really enjoyed your routine. Very nice ebook."
-- Peter Duffie

"Andrew Loh Shang Hai is a very clever magician! His effect, Thoughts That Count combines his brilliant handling of a couple of well-known magic principles to produce a routine that smoothly combines mentalism with magic! Your spectators get the 'best of both worlds' in this routine and it is easy to do. This is one of those routines that will leave your spectators with their mouths wide open! Better yet, Andrew provides you with a bonus routine - Thoughts That Count - Plus which allows the performer to read the thoughts of two spectators!"
-- Paul Lelekis


Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Review - Showcase Magic

Recently I had a great time in going through Paul Lelekis' "Showcase Magic!" that contains 7 excellent routines along with a bonus item. This is my first time to post my review on Paul's latest eBook. For those of you who may not familiar who Paul is, well, he is a regular contributor of The Linking Ring. If you would like to know more about the author, read the pdf at the prologue section and I think you will find something useful. In addition, this section also covers some golden advice as a performer that I find it invaluable as Paul is a professional magician and I am sure his advice would benefit to fellow readers. 

The eBook is divided into three sections; the "Prologue" section as mentioned earlier is worth of your time to go through as it provides you very useful insights and advice, the second part is "Gambling" routines and the final section is "Magic for Children and Adults" that I really enjoyed very much in terms of the routines. It's a 33-page eBook and most of the routines are fantastic and highly practical. 

I really enjoyed reading each of the routine as Paul provides you the patter as well as the psychology behind of the particular routine. In other words, what you purchase is well worth of your money. You will gain lots of insights from Paul as well. Perhaps the word "addicted" would be best described throughout my journey while exploring the effects in the eBook. However, having said that, this eBook is not recommended for beginners.

The material ranges from intermediate to advance card handling skills. If you were to ask me what are my favourites. I would say it's well worth of your time to check out Paul's version on "Out of this World" featuring his "Lelekis Full Deck False Shuffle" that can be found in the bonus section. Perhaps you may think that you have to go through the hard way to learn this particular shuffle by reading and following photos or illustrations. Well, worry not, you will be given a password to access the performance and explanation on the particular false shuffle that can be found at Mike Powers' website.

I also strongly urge you to check out the "Spectator Deals a Royal Flush!" and I really like the construction of the routine. It's just excellent and in fact, I did try to perform it yesterday and my circle of friends just enjoyed it very much! "Stickman" is a novel way of making a hand-drawn stickman to transfer from one card to another. It's very clever and I really like the mechanics involved as it's not very difficult to do. Other routines that attract my attention are "Location, Location, Location", and "1, #2, 3 Coin Routine". I don't have the chance to try out the "Card Under Glass" as when the occasion is right, I will give this a shot.  

All in all, "Showcase Magic" is an outstanding eBook that you would not want to miss. I am not going to disclose the rests of the items as I think it's well worth of your time to check them out. I am sure you will find many usable routines in this eBook if not, will actually attempt some of the routines for your own enjoyment. Most of the eBooks that Paul released are worth of your investment and his passion in card magic really shines throughout in his writings.

Highly recommended!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Spirit Cards

“The Spirit Cards” is an entertaining card routine culled directly from my working repertoire. This is an audience-tested card routine that I have been performing for many years and it is one of my favourites. I received wonderful feedback both from my circle of friends as well as lay audiences. 

As you know, any card effects that associate with the use of double blank cards with mystery messages on them may create astonishment to any lay audience. This is what you are about to discover in this routine. 

A card is freely selected and lost in the pack. You summon the ghost cards (blank cards) as a resort to locate the spectator’s selection in an amazing manner along with a bizarre revelation at the end of the routine. The revelation here is an interesting one as one of the ghost cards vanishes and it goes into the pack to find the spectator’s selection.   

The best part is, the cards can be handed out for examination and the magic takes place in the spectators’ own hand. I always believe that this kind of magic has its own merit where the spectator involves and feels the magic takes place in her own hand. They can examine the entire pack and there is nothing to find. 

I believe you will have lots of fun in performing this card routine as much as I do for years.

Here's what a few of them say:

"I LOVE Spirit Cards! What a great, commercial routine! Congratulations!"
-- Cameron Francis

"One more strong routine from Andrew Loh. An easy to do trick with an easy to follow plot. Perfect choice for professionals who work for lay people."
-- József Kovács

"The Spirit Cards is a performer's dream! I performed it at a corporate function the day after I received it and my spectators were elated! After the trick appears to be over, you then "floor 'em" with an even stronger kicker!  Highly Recommended!"
-- Paul Lelekis


Saturday, October 19, 2013

My Review - CCARN

I had a pleasure in going through József Kovács' CCARN (Chosen Card At Random Number) recently and I would like to say it's a very clever and nice little routine. Please do not get confuse with the ACAAN plot as this is a different effect and the title says it all. 

It's a 3-page (includes the front cover) pdf, well laid out and mind you, there is no single illustration that you could find. The steps are explained in a very straightforward manner and I think it would be better if the author could include some simple illustrations on the cutting cards sequence so that the reader could follow the steps easily. There is a simple formula that you need to follow but I believe with practice, you will remember its sequence easily.

The beauty of this routine lies in its simplicity and elegant construction that involves two decks in the performance. However, there is a set-up you need to do beforehand and surprisingly, it's not difficult at all. The only requirement is that you must have more than three decks (includes the set-up) at your disposal. In terms of the routine, what I like is that apparently, the entire sequence looks very fair as the spectators can shuffle and cut the packets. In spite of the fairness of the procedure, this works 100% automatically all the time; that is the spectator is able to locate the chosen card in the pack. 

To sum up, in performance, suppose any card is selected (the King of Spades) and then buried into the deck by the spectator. Using a second deck, a number is very fairly generated, again by the spectator (let's say 25). You won't believe this, but the 25th card dealt to is in the first deck - the King of Spades!

In a nutshell, this is a simple and effective card routine. If you don't mind with the setting up of the pack, I think this routine is very strong and plays very well to any audience.

Get this pdf at the price of $7.50 at lybrary.com. 


Monday, September 30, 2013

The Hand is Quicker than the Eyes

I am very excited to announce that "The Hand is Quicker than the Eyes" is available now after a long battle with my busy work schedule.

Basically, this is a card fusion routine with a presentation hook in terms of catching a spectator's card in a slow motion manner. In other words, this is a card routine that has a link to perhaps a little on the "sucker" side as your audience will not believe you could do such feat despite of their eyes nail closely in terms of what you do. This is the kind of effect that I cherish so much for over the years.

I really like the reaction from my audience each time I perform this little miracle. After performing this, somehow your audience will believe that you have a magical dexterity with a pack of playing cards!

This eBook is only available exclusively at my online card magic shop. Having said that, this e-book is not suitable for beginners. While all the moves are explained clearly but some previous card handling experience is preferable.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tips on Managing Nervousness

Performing close-up magic can be a challenging task especially if you perform for a group of people. If it's your first time to perform, you are bound to be nervous. Of course, this applies to everyone and the question is how well you manage your nervousness. 

One of the most useful techniques that I learned over the years is "pattering" that really can effectively bring down your adrenaline. The reason is because when you patter with your hand movement as well as your eye contact, you take your time to relax and at the same time, you build a rapport with your audience. Performing magic is meaningless if you do not build a relationship with your audience. You have to make them like you, your magic as well as your charisma as a performer. 

By the time you patter, say after 30 seconds, you will find that you may in a relax mode. When you patter, as I mentioned earlier, you must build an eye contact with your audience. Just remind yourself that a good magic should start with a good storyline. Once you are in a relax mode, and then you are able to give full concentration in performing your magic.  Performing any magic should be in a relax manner that includes your whole body should not be in a stiff mode. Tell yourself that performing magic should be a lively and fun experience. 

If you are like me, performing card magic stresses on your hand movement and it should be gentle and graceful in handling cards. As the old tip still proves to be very useful; that is to perform in front of a mirror and try to practise and see for yourself how well you carry yourself when you perform on real situation. The level of confidence that you have also proves to be of paramount importance as well.

In addition, choosing an ideal spectator or table for you performance is one of the crucial factors in increasing your confidence in your performance. For instance, when you approach a spectator, the first thing to do is try to find a suitable table or a spectator that tends to be friendly and thus, giving you the confidence in building a rapport with your spectator. How do you know whether you have chosen the ideal table for your performance? The answer is if that group of spectators show their warm and easily entertained by your magic, this is regarded as an ideal situation for you to put up a good show. 

I always find that women are the most responsive to magic, you can tell by judging their enthusiasm and expression by your magic. If you spot the ladies, by all means show your magic to them.

Once you have chosen the ideal spectators, approach and greet them confidently. Introduce yourself and explain to them that you are about to show them something special or spectacular to cheer up the day. It is crucial not to forget to seek their permission whether they would be interested in watching some magic. Based on my experience, especially some people they would like to have a private conversation or meal with their partner. Therefore, it is advisable not just chip in and perform your magic. Seek their approval first before performing and remember, be courteous always as a performer.  

Another tip I would like to share is you must familiar with your routine on what you are going to say on each of the phases because I believe any routine you do is somehow divided into phases. Each of the phases is very critical because it has elements of surprise, misdirection, execution of moves or sleights and so on. Plan each of the phases well and of course, you could start performing a routine that you find very easy to do that stresses on effortless card magic.

For example, card magic that utilises card principle and you may ask your willing spectators to do all the work and the like. That is the time where your patter comes into play. Once you find yourself in a less nervous mode, you may proceed to performing something that you find challenging. 

Perhaps allow me to share with you an example that I went through in those days when I first time to perform for public as a part-time performer. I remember vividly when I tried to perform for a group of 5 people as I know they loved gambling. So, the first routine triggered my mind was “Royal Highness” (you may find this at my online store) and I set up the cards earlier beforehand. Without undue hesitation, I performed and pattered accordingly to the requirement of that routine. Surprisingly, I realised that my nervousness slowly fades away. Eventually, I had the confidence to go on with my challenging card routines. 

In a nutshell, managing your nervousness is critical to your performance success as well as the brand that you carry as a magician. As we know it, we hate to screw up our tricks or doing mistakes during our performance that due to our nervousness. It is our goal to present our professionalism being as a magician. If you are a person that easily become nervous, perhaps try to apply some of the techniques above and I hope you are able to manage your nervousness well. 

I sincerely wish you in every success of your magic performances. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New eBook - Coming Soon!

Surprise awaits you on the coming weekend...


Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Hand is Quicker than the Eyes

I am very excited to announce that very soon, I am going to complete my favourite card fusion routine and release as an eBook. 

If you are looking for an offbeat, practical yet entertaining card fusion routine, this is the item that you might be interested to take a look. Basically, this effect involves two spectators each select a card and both cards can be signed.

You remark that all over the years, you prove that whether the magicians' favourite quote "the hand is quicker than the eyes" really proves its effectiveness or otherwise. You demonstrate the phenomenon in which the spectators will look very closely on your hand while performing this little miracle.  

In spite of the spectators really look closely in terms of what you do and perform this miracle as slow as you could, you manage to deliver them a huge wave of surprise; that is their signed cards are now fused together. Best of all, you may hand out the card for a thorough examination or simply give them as a souvenir.

The routine is perfect for walkaround situation and is great for breaking the ice especially if you perform this as your opener for close-up performance. I have been performing this routine for quite some time now and I think it is time for me to share it with the magic fraternity. I really, really enjoy the reaction from the audience when I perform this routine that is well received over the years. 

The release date still remains unknown, however, once everything is finalised, I will keep this post updated.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

New Card Magic PDF and Promotion

It has been quite some time since the last I updated this blog. I was terribly busy with my work schedule and am glad that I am back on track.

I am very excited to share with you that there would be a new eBook coming soon, which you will find a huge collections of magic effects from excellent contributors and including myself. However, the released date still remains unknown but I am very certain it will available for the next few days. 

I contributed two card effects and one of them was published in my "Miracle Hands on Deck" series. It's a two-packet transposition effect that looks impossible and magical. Don't miss those series as you will find some of the gems in there. The other effect is my unpublished item that you need to check out especially for those who love gambling theme; this might be your favourite item and you will fry your audience out from the blue.

As a bonus, once this book is available and if you purchase the pdf directly from me, I would be happy to send you a pdf (below $10 value) for FREE! Just choose and quote the name of the eBook of your choice and send me the list through email. 

Well, that's it! I hope you will drop by my blog again as I will announce my next card magic eBooks to be released very soon.

Thanks for reading.

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


Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 2013 Card Magic

A brand new card magic eBook is on the way...

Stay tuned...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Magnificent Queens

“The Magnificent Queens” is regarded as one of my favourite pet routines that have been with me over the last 8 years. It is easy to do as there is no card sleight involved and very entertaining. Did I mention there is no gimmick at all?

The effect sounds like this, imagine you have a spectator named Janet, she is given a chance to call out any number within a range and deal that number of cards onto the table. She will be amazed to locate her own selection without knowing how. In addition, she discovers that not only one of the Queens successfully hypnotises her to choose the particular number but all the mates of the particular Queens emerge on each of the piles.  

Some magicians may call this kind of routine as self-working but I would rather regard it as effortless card magic. As a bonus, I also provide a handling where you cause the whole deck to turn blanks and best of all, the whole deck can be given out for a thorough examination.

Here's what a few of them say:

"This is a very direct effect and has multiple moments of magic combined with a simple procedure. I am sure this will garner lots of very good reviews."
-- David Gemmell 

"What is great about the effect is the number of free choices that the spectator gets to make. If the performer reminds the spectator of all of these choices as the effect goes along, the climax will absolutely floor them. The ffect was clearly explained with wonderful diagrams and the little set up is easy and can be done on the fly. Overall, this is a great effect and I would recommend to one and all."
-- Andrew Galanter

"As I like semi-automatic tricks and tricks and ebooks produced and published by Andrew Loh. I read Andrew’s ’The Maginificent Queens’ with high expectations. I wasn’t disappointed after reading the trick: it became one of my favourites Andrew Loh-trick. The trick is very easy to do: you need to do only one ’move’. The spectator finds her own selection and finds a four of a kind. Andrew also shares a terrific variation in the end notes. You should try it out!"
-- József Kovács

"This is a BEAUTIFULLY constructed routine! I love it. I have about 30 or so tabled magic to do tonight for some friends birthday party and I'm going to do your trick for them! I love the blank deck idea, too. It really does add an element of impossibility for the laity, that's the way I'm gonna do it for these guys. I love the work/reward ratio in your effort here, Andy. You have basically zero work needed for a deep, deep, fooler.  The Queens come as a complete surprise, this is a really well constructed fooler."
-- Shannon Clark

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