Book 2 - Mini-Mysteries - Touched by a Wizard

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Rice Bowls - Past and Present

The Rice Bowl effect dates back to the late 1800's (at least!). Many modern magicians know only two types, the expensive metal "Brahmin Bowls" and the cheap plastic magic set "Rice Bowls" invented by Frank Ducrot around 1900. This e-Book explores many other variations you may not know about, AND gives you something new at the same time... Spellbinder's Wizard Rice Bowls.



OM Billet Box Revisited

The OM Billet Box, named after its inventor, Otis Manning, was introduced to mentalists in the 1940's by Theo. Annemann through his writings in his magazine The Jinx, and later in his book Practical Mental Magic. In this e-Book, I revisit the beginnings of this effect, and add on some of my "wizard-touches" to bring it up to date.



Dr. Q's Haunted Door

The man behind Dr. Q was known professionally as "Alexander, the Man Who Knows." Many of his ideas were manufactured or published by Floyd Thayer, either under his own name or as the mysterious (and fictional) Dr. Q. This e-Book gives you the history of the Haunted Door, and brings it up to date in ways Thayer and Alexander never dreamed possible.



The Mongolian Silk Mystery - Revisited

Fred Johansen's Mongolian Silk Mystery, invented in the 1930s and used by him to entertain Mongolian tribes during his world travels with the U.S. Navy, is one of the few silk dying effects that uses no gimmicked dye tube and pretty much operates on pure sleight of hand, making it of no interest to the typical "magic store magician." I have brought it "up to date" and include ways to combine it with C. Stephensen's Half-Dyed Silk, the Mis-Made Flag, Duke Stern's Dye-Version, and Frank Ducrot's Blendo.



The Handkerchief Box - Revisited
by Professor Spellbinder

First, we delve into the various names and histories of this little used prop. Yes, this is the box formerly known as the Jap Hank Box, and for those who find that name somehow offensive, I apologize, but it is the name most magicians associate with it. It is not, however, either The Inexhaustible Box or the Japanese Inexhaustible Box described in Professor Hoffman’s 1876 Modern Magic, and this is the source of much confusion among magic historians. I will explain the difference, show you how to build different versions, and show you how to make Thayer's fanciful ad drawing displayed on the right actually happen in your hands.



Space Thought Revisited

This is another U.F. Grant idea from the 1950's, which has been brought up-to-date by making it available for whiteboard instead of blackboard, as well as by tweaking other aspects of the original effect. It is a clever way to force a jumbo playing card for stage mentalism. It is not limited to working with playing cards, but can force numbers, ESP symbols, photos of celebrities, and so on. It is also an easy wood working project which you can make without power tools in your kitchen or workshop in a few evenings of satisfying prop construction. You can use the effects provided, or use it as a tool to come up with your own routines.



TV Card Frame

Invented by Jack Hughes in 1936, and almost immediately pirated by every magic manufacturer as soon as he began making them for Davenports, we look into several variations that have made the rounds over the years, add some new routines and some new ideas on building one of your own from Dollar Store materials.



Topsy Turvey Jumping Clown

My version of this combines the original Topsy Turvey Clown idea by Harold G. Beaumont (as manufactured by Jack Hughes for Supreme Magic) plus the Jumping Clown of Eric C. Lewis that he predicted would be too difficult for the average magician to build and so would never be used. With today's technology and materials (and my wizard modifications), construction is easy and you'll have an animated children's prop and routine like no other to be found in magic stores.



Whiteboard Citation for Mentalists
By Professor Spellbinder

Just in case you’re not familiar with U.F. Grant’s Streamlined version of Citation, it was a variation of Hen Fetsch’s Mental Epic that shrank the board to half its size. The predictions are made on one side of the board and the events as they happen or items as they are chosen are written on the other side of the board. As in the Hen Fetsch original, one item is forced and the other two are freely chosen. The original was a chalkboard, but Citation can take on new life if you convert it into a whiteboard and write on it with dry erase markers. I’ll show you how to make several versions, including a Dollar Store version made for under $5.00.



The Spirit Mirror Revisited
By Professor Spellbinder

In 1945, Loring Campbell wrote about an effect he called a Spirit Mirror that was a direct descendant of the Spirit Slates used by mediums in sťances in the 1870s. His effect required sand blasting a mirror and did not catch on with the general magic public, but it intrigued me enough to remember it, and when technology caught up with the concept, I was ready to apply it to this effect. These days it is relatively easy to construct and in this e-Book I show you how. As an added bonus, I also reveal my Devil's Corner, which is my own variation that turns a Devil's Hank from a passive prop to an active one. It is also a useful accomplice in performing my version of The Spirit Mirror.

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