The Wizards' Journal #20

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Free Will 21st Century Silks
by Professor Spellbinder

No, that is not “Free Willy” and this is not a whale of a trick. As much as I despise change bags, this effect is from a time when I was attempting to change the change bag and this effect actually uses one, but not the type you are used to seeing in a magic show. Let me explain... and so I do.

The effect is a variation on the 20th Century Silks, brought into a new century by a free choice of which of three silks will be vanished, and how the spectator fools himself by vanishing the freely chosen silk. It's all so open and honestly free will that you may want to take up a collection.



Think A Card
by Professor Spellbinder

I don’t usually do card tricks. In fact, I hate most card tricks. “Pick a card and then watch me cleverly find your card” does not appeal to me. But if I have to do a card trick… if I am absolutely forced into it and it would be impolite of me to refuse…this is the one I do.

Effect: Show a deck of blue backed cards and shuffle them, showing them to be different. Mention how much you hate having a magician tell you to pick a card, any card and how you have always suspected that they cheat and somehow make you choose a particular card of their own choosing, not yours. So you will do something different. You will turn the cards face up and allow a spectator to freely select any card that she is absolutely positive is a completely free and fair choice.

“That’s it,” you declare. “The card trick is over. I just made you pick the (name the card that is face up on the table). You can all go home now.” When they refuse to believe you, spread out the deck of cards and show them all the blue backs. Point to the face up card and say, “That is the one card I put into this deck that has a red back. I knew you would choose it. Go ahead. Turn it over and see.” When the card is turned over, it does, indeed, have a red back, but it also has a message written on the back “I knew you would choose the (name of the card).”



Exposing What's Next
by Professor Spellbinder

“What’s Next?” has always been exposed… it’s part of the trick. I won’t go deeply into the history, but it started as a card puzzle without the movable pips or spots. Next, it was a jumbo card with movable diamond pips on little loops of monofilament (Pop Eye Pips, c. 1955). Tenyo came out with a metal version that used big domino-like dots ( What's Next? c.1968) , and that seemed to be the end of it. It was now a finely tuned, easy to handle, packs-flat-plays-big prop. According to the ad copy, the exposure went like this: A jumbo card is shown to the audience. It has one spot on one side and four spots on the other. It is shown again to have three spots on one side and six on the reverse side! The magician proceeds to explain to the audience how the trick is done and everyone thinks they understand that is until they find out that he has been fooling them. The real surprise is at the finish, when eight spots are found on the reverse side. So the exposure was a fraud and explained nothing... until Youtube came along. That's about when Spellbinder began to change the way the trick worked, added colored dots, silk productions, spongeballs and a whole lot more.



Banker's Dream
by Professor Spellbinder

This is a variation of a classic magic effect called “Bank Night,” invented by Tom Sellers of Scotland, and published under the name “It’s Only Chance” in 1935. Through the years, many variations have appeared but I believe my version, first published in 1986, is the simplest and best. It is performed entirely in the hands, with no need for tricky trays or body work. It uses ordinary Dollar Store security envelopes, and best of all the method works with almost any "Bank Night" routine that has ever been developed. That's why I call it the "Banker's Dream."



One Fish, Two Fish
Color Sponge Ball Routine
by Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

This isn’t a card trick, so it didn’t make it into my “Go Fish Card Tricks” book, but because I usually like to warm up my audience with a sponge ball routine, just to “make sure everyone is paying attention and can see without having to stand up”, I began playing around with a sponge fish routine to combine with my fishy themed card tricks. I'm told that it is very unusual to do a sponge ball routine with different color spongeballs, but here it is anyway. I even show you how to make your own sponge fish balls.



Fish or Cut Bait
by Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

Qua-Fiki came up with this new prop as an ending for his "Go Fish" themed show that features tricks from his Go Fish Card Tricks, along with other Go Fish tricks like the Sponge Ball Routine above.

Effect: The magician shows an empty BAIT Bucket and allows six kids from the audience to take turns drawing silken fish from it using a magnetic fishing pole. Now two taller children (or adults) produce a long rainbow streamer that they hold up on the ends of their poles over the heads of the fishing trophy display. Finally, the magician produces a very large silk containing a drawing of a fish bowl with goldfish in it, and the words THE END proclaiming the end of the show. At this point, everyone with a camera or a cell phone camera has a photo opportunity to get a great picture of the event!

Includes complete instructions for painting your own silks for this effect, as well as for a variety of other suggested themes.



Easter Bunny Surprise Illusion
by Jim Gerrish

Effect: The magician produces some Easter Eggs magically, and while doing so, a large costumed bunny rabbit comes out and stands behind him watching. The person in the bunny costume is holding a basket, and with pantomime indicates he wants the magician to give him the Easter eggs for his basket, which the magician does. The bunny takes a count of the house and indicates that the magician should make some more Easter eggs appear. The magician struggles to do so, but the bunny is not satisfied and the magician tries to get away. The bunny ties up the magician with a rope to keep him from getting away, and then the bunny builds a “Hen House” from panels of hardboard, which he forms around the magician. Now when the bunny wants an Easter egg, it bangs on the roof of the Hen House and an Easter egg comes tumbling out of a door in the front, down a chute and into the Bunny’s Easter basket. The bunny begins to pound the roof harder and harder and the eggs roll out faster and faster, then all of a sudden stop. The bunny looks puzzled and begins taking the hen house apart, discovering that the magician has vanished. The bunny removes his head mask and it is the magician!



Visible See-Through Nest of Boxes
by Professor Spellbinder

Effect: Three nesting boxes are displayed from all angles, and it is obvious that all three are empty, because their sides are made of clear glass.

The magician borrows an object from a spectator- a ring, a coin, a bill, a wristwatch, a wallet, a cell-phone or anything else about that size.

The borrowed object is wrapped in a red silk handkerchief. Suddenly the handkerchief and the borrowed object vanish from the magician’s hand.

At the same time, a red handkerchief appears visibly inside the innermost box of the glass-walled nesting boxes. The boxes are opened one by one. When the smallest box is opened, the red silk handkerchief is lifted from the box and is obviously holding something inside it. That something happens to be the original borrowed object, which is handed to the spectator for confirmation of ownership. Visible vanish, visible reappearance in see-through nesting boxes!



ABC Block Production Boxes
by Professor Spellbinder

Effect: A set of alphabet blocks are shown to be three empty boxes nested together. Each box is shown empty before they are stacked up, one on top of the other. Then, from the smallest box is produced a large load of production items. One of the items produced is a clown hand puppet large enough to fill the small box on its own. The puppet is given to a child from the audience to hold while each of the other block boxes is magically emptied of more production surprises. From the other boxes are produced various silks which attach to a PVC pipe frame, creating a small puppet theatre that the helper can use to show off the clown puppet, as you continue to produce flowers and other props that a clown puppet might use to entertain (like a squawk horn, squirt flower, etc.).

The boxes are finally emptied of all their “treasures.” Now the clown puppet is made to disappear from the hands of the helper. Suddenly, it pops up, like a Jack-In-The-Box from the smallest block box.



Wizard's Wallet
by Professor Spellbinder and Steve Dusheck

This is an inexpensive (I found mine in a Dollar Store) wallet that you gimmick yourself to perform several mind-boggling effects. The mind boggling effects include Steve Dusheck's Dollar Punch and Pad-I-Add Trix, which he was kind enough to give me permission to fit to my Wizard's Wallet. But the Wallet can also be used to good effect with a signed Ambitious Card that jumps from the deck to the Wallet, and a Mind Reading effect. Combining all of the effects mentioned gives you a nice close-up routine that has a surprising beginning, mystifying middle and an astounding end.



Easter Egg Jelly Bean Surprise!
by Wiz Kid Wilhelmina

Six plastic Easter Eggs are shown. Each egg is a different color. A spectator opens up each egg and looks inside. Each egg is empty. From a small jar of jelly beans, each of different colors, one color jelly bean is chosen.

One of the empty plastic eggs is handed to the magician and the chosen jelly bean is dropped inside. The Egg is closed and shaken so everyone can hear the jelly bean inside.

Now one of the other eggs is chosen and closed. The spectator shakes the egg and of course, hears nothing. He checks inside and the egg is still empty. Once more the magician shakes his or her egg, and the jelly bean is heard rattling inside…then suddenly the noise stops. The spectator is encouraged to shake his or her egg and at first nothing is heard, but then suddenly the egg begins to rattle. When both eggs are opened up, the jelly bean is discovered to have vanished from the magician’s egg, and it is found inside the spectator’s egg.

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