OFFICIAL I.C.O.M PAST LESSON ARCHIVE
Here it is! Part II of the marketed magic of Bobby J. Gallo! What is funny about this effect is that when it was originated over 15 years ago, I had no idea that there were similar methods out in the magical world. I really thought I had an original method never before discovered! However, many magicians after purchasing my effect claimed that my handling was actually superior than most. So here it is……BJG
(Quite possibly the most direct and effective version of Ring Flight)
Bobby J. Gallo
The Wizard borrows any finger ring from the audience. After certain by-play on the part of the performer, the ring is wrapped in a handkerchief and held by the spectator! (that’s right the spectator actually feels the ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Then the wrapped ring is tapped by a pencil and vanished right before the spectator’s unbelieving eyes!.
The performer then patters that the ring is in mid-flight transit from the handkerchief to his pocket.
A small handsome key case is now taken out of said pocket, shown on both sides, and is completely sealed. It is unzipped and opened in front of the spectator, and as impossible as it may seem, THE RING IS SECURELY FASTENED TO A HOOK ON THE INSIDE OF THE CASE! FEATURE EFFECT THAT IS WITHOUT PEER!
Obtain a small leather key case. The kind that can be zipped up the side and has small hooks for fastening the keys inside. You must have the kind with hooks! No other variety of key case will work. I used to supply a really nice genuine leather case with the trick when I marketed it years ago which back then sold for $10.00. The only preparation is to take one hook inside of the case near the middle and open it more than the others so that and object such as a key or ring (heh, heh) can be easily slipped on and off the particular hook easily. This hook is now stuck up, out of the case so that it hangs outside and is clipped to the front of either the shirt or inside jacket pocket. In other words, have the whole case inside the pocket with the opened hook clipped on the top edge of the pocket.
You also need the special handkerchief ring vanish. This is easily made by dropping either a ring of your own or a metal washer into a devil’s handkerchief and your all set.
The case is in your pocket with hook on top. and the devil’s hank is in your right jacket pocket, or on your table.
Start by Pattering that you are going to give everyone a flying lesson. You ask to borrow a ring, then having obtained it you display it while taking out the handkerchief with the other hand. You then make a switch under the hank, letting the spectator feel the duplicate ring instead of the real ring! Palm the real ring, (either in the classic palm or finger palm) put hand under the coat to get a pencil. At this point, you are actually hooking the ring into the key case hook in one continuous motion as you take out the pencil. Practice this move thoroughly because it happens to be the most important move of the effect. The spectator’s attention must not be drawn to it but rather just think that you were actually trying to obtain a pen or pencil. (use a pencil or small magic wand. Pens leak and will ruin your shirt!)
After having obtained the pencil, you execute the ring vanish. Take the devil’s hanky by the corner and shake it. Thus proving that rings really do fly. The just do so invisibly. (hank can either be held by the spectator the whole time or placed on the table, the latter is the safest but it is not as effective.) After a little bit more by-play, reach undercoat, grasping the key case, and holding the clipped ring that is sticking out well into palm position.
Bring the key case out making sure that none see that the ring is in your palm. Rotate the case showing that it is sealed. Unzip the case and turn the case over. At the same time, the keys are dropping* you remove hand covering ring, This makes it look like the ring dropped out of the case along with keys. Ask the spectator to identify his ring, and bow to thunderous applause.
Note: when taking the ring out of the case to hand back to the spectator, make it look like your having a small bit of trouble taking the ring off the hook, thus proving that the ring was tightly in the case, to begin with. (That’s Magic!)
* (oh, I forgot to mention. Go to your local hardware store and get a bunch of those neat multi-colored blank keys and fasten them to the other un-gimmicked hooks in the case. This makes for dynamite and showy presentation when you finally fling open the case at the climax!)
Additional ways of obtaining the spectator’s ring.
I. Abbotts Ring Box.(available at Abbotts Magic Mfg.)
2. The old thimble move. (Magic without apparatus by Camille Gaulter, Tarbell Course or I.C.O.M Sleight of Hand Gallery)
3. The Devils Cannister. (No longer available, but was a great method for the stage. I just didn’t like the asbestos lining)
End Notes: The method of Modus Operandi used in this effect is based on an idea I found out later, was originally used by Karrel Fox. But in his version, a Trifold case is used. This version in this utter miracle uses the zipper case. Making the effect, handling, and the impact on the audience different to certain degrees.
Try this at your next kid show! I used to give out monster rings as inexpensive prizes to the kids. Since they were all different colors, I could then borrow one, have the color noted, and proceed with the trick. The kids LOVED it! (Hey, maybe I should do this again? hmmmmm.)
Always take care when borrowing a spectator’s ring. In this day and age, it is not uncommon for someone to claim that you damaged the ring that they lent you. How to eliminate this risk? Unfortunately, there is little you can do other than 1. not perform the effect. or 2. have your own collection of inexpensive rings in a small box (similar to the kid show method), have the spectator choose one, and proceed with the effect. Is this method just as effective? Probably not unless you have a stellar presentation, but it is a lot safer!
Please practice this at least a dozen times before performing it. Such an effect does not deserve anything less.
According to the late Al Koran, whose magical genius is legendary, the perfect place for a ring flight is either in the middle of your act or to close it. It is that Powerful.
This month as well as next month I will be featuring two “previously marketed effects” of mine from a decade ago. These two effects are actually the two “first” effects I ever released and both were well received within the magic community. I have included the “actual instruction sheets” from the effects with the only addition being the inclusion of instructions on making the necessary props. I hope you enjoy them…BJG
(Visible Card Index Wallet)
Bobby J. Gallo
You will need to obtain an inexpensive bill-fold type wallet. These can be found at any dollar store and are usually made out of vinyl to look like leather. The inside must have the obligatory plastic sleeves where pictures, credit cards, and identification usually reside.
Now, take scissors and cut a small “V” notch in each of the plastic sleeves so that any card or slip placed into the sleeve can be easily removed in a few seconds without fumbling. Do this with all the sleeves. Cutting the notches in locations that will make it easy for you to locate them when the time comes. Then fill the sleeves with pictures, cards, or I.D. to make the wallet look genuine and normal.
The wizard displays a handsome leatherette wallet. Out of this wallet he shows a prediction business card, back towards the audience. He replaces the card in the wallet for all to see. The Wizard then asks the spectator to choose any ESP symbol, color or single-digit number*. When they finally do this, the prediction card is taken out of the wallet AND IT IS SHOWN TO BE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT IN MATCHING THE SPECTATOR’S CHOICE!!! (Remember, the choice by the spectator is Free) “NO FORCES”
This effect seems to good to be true. To the audience, there seems to be no way that trickery exists. But remember the unique construction of the wallet, you will see that the windows that normally carry your credit card, pictures and I.D. Are now a visible Index that lies right under the spectators nose. First you will need a number of your own business cards. Put on them a number of ESP symbols etc (* as above). Then load each one into one of the windows in the wallet. On the reverse side of the card, put a card, picture or I.D. in the window so that it covers the the prediction side. repeat this procedure with all the windows Now make a duplicate set of the E.S.P symbols, etc. for your performance. You are now set to perform an impossibility.
Spread your second set is prepared cards out on your table or if working on a platform have your assistant hold them up high. Use a great deal of showmanship in having one of the symbols selected and placed into the wallet. Tell the audience that you are doing this merely to show that you cannot tamper with it in any way (which is exactly what you ARE doing!).
When it is finally known that a decision is reached and the secret move has taken place, ask the spectator if he is really satisfied with his choice. What you are really doing is locating his card in the index and pulling it out while you are pattering.
After you locate the card, take the phony prediction and slide it into the back of the sleeve into the inner lining of the wallet (this should just take a few moments) Now close the wallet around the correct prediction that you have taken out of the index. bring the wallet down to the table and slide it out. Proceed to show that you are correct and bow.
This is one of those moves that takes so long to explain but in reality, takes just a few moments. Try it and you’ll see. It is one of the cleanest prediction effects possible.
- Show phony prediction, back towards the audience.
- Place in the wallet in back inner lining sleeve out of sight or wherever you can hide it quickly.
- Ask spectator to make a choice.
- Locate the choice in the index and pull it out in the two blinks of an eye.
- Reveal it to the audience and be prepared for millions of screaming fans!
The Card Putter
Bobby J. Gallo
Here is an effect that is equally effective with kids as it is for adults for two entirely different reasons. Just do me one favor. Before you jump ahead to read the method, please visualize the effect that it would have on an audience.
The magician has a card selected from a shuffled deck and returned to same. The deck is again shuffled and then tossed face down on the floor where the cards are scattered with the performers foot over an area of about 4 ft. square.
A golf putter is then introduced. If performing for children, this can be a miniature golf putter. What child cannot relate to miniature golf? Of course you would tailor your presentation accordingly.
The performer then places a golf ball on the floor and with a great deal of concentration, puts the ball toward the cards where it then comes to rest on or near one card. The other cards are then cleared away very fairly and slowly so there is no mistake as to which card the ball is resting upon. When that card is picked up and turned around, it is seen to be the selected card!!! This blows them away big time!
Don’t hate me for the simplicity of this stellar presentation that can actually play on the largest of stages! Besides the putter and ball, it uses a one-way forcing deck! (deck where all the cards are the same) Yep, that’s it! So it doesn’t matter where the ball lands when you put it. It will always be the selected card. Sneaky huh?
So with the phenomenal popularity of golf these days, do yourself a favor and give this a try. And if by chance you work in country clubs, Card Putter is the absolute best trick on the planet.
Well, it looks like it didn’t take too long to explain this one, but sometimes the real good tricks are the simple ones. That doesn’t mean this will not take some practice hitting the ball so that it will at least stop rolling within your 4-foot circle. And since the method is so easy, I expect each and everyone reading this to put together an academy award-winning presentation for it!
Remember, this I.C.O.M Beginner’s Study trick may become the highlight of your show, and that would be a real hole in one!
Easy Encore Card Stab
Bobby J. Gallo
In his book “Professional Presentations – Supreme”, The late great Al Koran explains the routine that he used as his encore effect. The one trick that could top even his closing effect. It was a card trick called The ENCORE CARD STAB. It went something like this. A spectator would select a card and place it in his pocket. Al would then say that he could not locate the card due to the fact that the spectator was holding it so instead he would find the card that was opposite the card in the audience members’ pocket. For instance, if the card was the five of clubs he would locate the five of spades, etc. etc. After much by-play, he would pick-up a butter-knife from one of the tables (these were always available due to the fact that he was a supper-club magician). He would then thrust it into the pack locating the card that was opposite the spectator’s, then revealing it with as much drama as he could muster.
I will not reveal “his” method because it is not my ethical right to do so. If you want to learn Al’s method you will have to locate the very hard to find, now out of a print copy of “Professional Presentations” to do so. But even if you had the good fortune to find a copy (it’s one of my favorites), good luck. Why do I say that? Well, being very intrigued by the fact that there existed a card trick that had the power to act as an encore, I set out to learn it and put it to use. When I read Al’s method I nearly fell over from shock. It was incredibly involved, made the use of a “stacked deck”, using the butter knife as a “shiner”, and a method of locating the opposite card that was anything but dependable. So much so that Al gave “outs” in the likely event that the trick did not even work! But hey, that’s the price you pay for a miracle I guess!
That being the case, I set out to develop the exact same presentation but with a method that would work 100% of the time so that I could devote all of my effort to the presentation. This is what I came up with.
To perform this trick, merely locate two opposite cards (let’s say the five of clubs and the five of spades). Place one on top of the deck in preparation for the “Slip-Cut Force” (See I.C.O.M Forcing Primer in the Archives), and the other five anywhere in the deck with sizable “Crimps”(See I.C.O.M Glossary) in the corners of the card.
Now, “False Shuffle” the cards keeping the top card intact. Execute the Slip-force, have it noted and ask the spectator to place it in his pocket. Now take a butter-knife (always use a dull knife. Even Al was wise enough to point this out in his book!) Hold the deck by the ends and you will easily spot the crimps in the card you are looking for. Guide the knife blade slowly under the card (easy due to the crimps) and insert it. Now cut the deck at this point and have the audience note the card that you “randomly?” cut to. Then have the audience name the card that “should” be in the spectator’s pocket. Have him/her take out the card and dramatically reveal it to the audience……….. I think Al is smiling!
Impromptu Marked Deck
Bobby J. Gallo
At first reading, the I.C.O.M members may dismiss the method as being “too simple”. Indeed, this lesson is more about a “method”, “technique” or “modus operandi” than it is a particular trick. But please keep in mind that this way of gaining knowledge of a selected card has been used by no less a legend than England’s celebrated Al Koran who used it with teacups rather than playing cards. It has also appeared in ancient texts such as “Hermann’s Wizards Manual” So we know that it is at least 100 years old.
The magician asks a spectator to select a card from a shuffled deck and note it’s value. He/she is then asked to hand it to the magician “face down” in the magician’s palm. The magician takes a moment to study the weight of the card and then asks the spectator to take it back and bury it into the deck of cards. The cards are now shuffled.
The cards are taken by the magician and dealt onto the table slowly and deliberately. The magician taking time to carefully weigh each one in the hand. At one point the performer stops, dramatically turns over a card and it proves to be the selection!
Requirements and method:
Needed is a “well-worn deck of cards”. You will notice that after a bit of handling, most decks of cards will develop all sorts of markings on the faces and backs. You might say that they turn themselves into an impromptu MARKED DECK! and that is the secret.
The key to success in this method is to perform this slowly (dramatically). Once the spectator selects a card and you have it placed face down on your palm, you pretend to note the weight of the card. You are in fact examining the back of the card for any telltale mark! With a little practice, this becomes very easy. I myself have used this method in gambling demonstrations and found it to be VERY effective. The rest is just pure showmanship.
It is easy for me to see why this would be such a popular method 100 years ago. I imagine new decks of playing cards were harder to come by (not to mention expensive) and thus almost all of the decks’ magicians used would be prime for this trick. But in our modern-day and age, this is a gem that is perfectly suited to those occasions where you would borrow a deck of cards from a friend or at a party. Little do they know that they indeed have in their possession a professional MARKED deck of cards…
“Magic Under Cover Work”
Ronald J. Dayton
What a bizarre title for a discussion of magic…wouldn’t you agree!? But it seemed logical enough to me when you consider I intend to talk about silks. They are, after all, the most widely used object with which to cover another prop I can think of other than the hands themselves.
I would imagine that the number of effects created for, and using silks in combination with other props is surpassed only by the number of card effects we have at our disposal. Silks are so beautiful and elegant by nature, they hold strong appeal for all individuals in your audience. In particular, they are enjoyed by women. This is important for the performer because you want to include and please as many spectators as possible. Things of a more romantic nature tend to draw the ladies more deeply into your routine.
Those among you who have never worked with silks before may well wonder just that the range of their potential may be. Some members of the magic community who are more knowledgeable than I may disagree…but I firmly believe that the purchase of a number of quality silks in varying sizes and weights may well be one of the most significant purchases you can make for yourself. Your first purchase however should be the three-volume set of books…Rice’s Encyclopedia of Silk Magic. This is a veritable treasure trove of information. You will learn not only hundreds of effects…but more importantly, the care and handling of your silks. That knowledge alone will allow you to protect your investment in silks, and they could well last you your entire performing career.
Silks will achieve almost any effect you can name in magic. They are used in color changes and blendo effect, productions, vanishes, transpositions…burned and restored, cut and restored. Performers have presented growing and shrinking silks, silk fountains, animated and self-tying silks. Color choice effects fall into the realm of mentalism. Silks have been transformed into liquids, caught at fingertips, floated and danced in mid-air. When tied to a cord or ribbon length, silks of different colors will visibly release themselves when their color is named. Silks have penetrated rings and ropes, cards, coins, and wands…and in turn, have been penetrated by wands and burning candles themselves. Printed drawings on silks have visibly changed while the corners were held at the fingertips of the hands.
Almost every object you can name within reason has either vanished, transformed, or been produced from beneath a silk. In certain card effects, silks have been created to reveal the value of the chosen card. Beautiful Dragon Silks have graced the stages, and been used as foulards for the floating Zombie Ball. Dramatic dancing silk routines have been presented by men such as Copperfield. Classics such as the Sympathetic Silks, and Patriotic Silk Blendo effects as well as presentations such as Soft Soap routines have been offered for our enjoyment. Incredibly beautiful printed silks and streamers have been used as backdrops for the grand finales to large stage productions.
There are also many marvelous ways in which to ‘gimmick’ a silk to enhance or indeed, enable you to create a given effect. One of the first to come to mind of course is the thread attachment. The hem of a silk will also allow thin wires and things of this nature to be inserted. Snap fasteners, velcro, and magnets may be positioned where needed on the silk to facilitate its attachment to another object, silk or pull. I have an opening silk production at fingertips of my own creation in which one end of several rolled silks are attached to each fingernail of my hand with rubber cement. A bit extreme perhaps…but, very effective and unexpected.
Silks of course may be altered by sewing in special pockets or forming the halved silk into a container itself. Many brilliant pieces of magic are made possible by attaching the end of a reel to a silk. Entire booklets have been produced on the subject, and are readily available through your favorite dealer. Booklets are also available detailing entire routines with silks and related objects. With a bit of work and thought, entire acts can be created around the majestic silk.
This entire discussion may well seem a bit trite to those who have been around magic for a while… but I felt it was a worthwhile topic to bring to the attention of those among you who are just learning to walk before they can run. The economics of the purchase of silks…quality silks, may dictate that you buy only one or two at a time…and gradually build your supply. The good ones are not cheap. But as with any quality prop…your investment will be repaid many fold. The silk is one of the most diversified articles of magic I can think of. It may be combined with a greater number of other props than any I can think of. And, as I have stated earlier…there is not one effect I can name which the proper silk or streamer will not achieve.
Buying ‘tricks’ is the initial compelling thought in the mind of most beginning magicians…but in all honesty…it is not the best way to go. A single trick, unlike a specific prop or utility device, is nothing more than a single trick. Very few can be expanded upon to give the novice magician good dollar value. Things such as a thumb tip…top-it, a wand, silks, ropes, rings, certain mechanical coins, and cards all provide good value as physical props. They are tools to be used with the most valuable purchase you can make in my estimation…and that is BOOKS ! Videotapes are an excellent second choice as well.
This is where the very heart of magic can be discovered. Books are the element that allows you to breath life into the physical props you have gathered. And the physical props we assemble have a definite order of value and range as well, which will be discovered as your knowledge of the art increases. It is our task to determine their worth to us as individuals and performers. I am certain that silks will be very, very high on the list.