Presentation/Demonstration 10/97-12/97

OFFICIAL I.C.O.M PAST LESSON ARCHIVE

PRESENTATION/DEMONSTRATION FORUM
10/97-12/97

MAGIC FOR SALES PEOPLE AND PRESENTERS


Welcome to this new page at I.C.O.M!
For quite some time, I.C.O.M has known that many people will want to use a magic effect to break the ice, make a point, make something memorable or just add some fun and variety to a sales presentation, lecture/demonstration, etc.. We realize that, more than likely, you might enjoy the entire Inner Sanctum, even though your interest in actually becoming a magician has not been at the top of your priority list lately.

At the very least, you will more than justify your membership in I.C.O.M by checking out this Presentation/Demonstration Forum page each month because being in sales myself for many years (retail, commercial, industrial, in-home), I have a pretty good idea of what you would like to get the edge on the competition and most importantly, be REMEMBERED!

This month I am just giving you a taste of what is to come, but believe me when I say, your membership will be paid back many times over if you just check in and study this Forum each and every month.

The Presentation/Demonstration Forum is for salespeople, teachers, demonstrators, trainers, public speakers, bartenders, etc…..anyone who would like to use “ICE BREAKERS AND POINT MAKERS for all occasions!

The effects, tips, and ideas in the Forum will be simple, direct and powerful…NO FLUFF! I can attest to many of the items since I used them myself, and many more items have come from numerous contacts made during mylecture/demonstration career.

A picture is worth a thousand words!

There’s no business without show business!

These are “truisms” to anyone that has ever tried to get someone happily involved in their product or service. I’m going to close this brief introduction this month with one of the truest “truisms” I know…..“You don’t have to be a magician to love I.C.O.M”!

See you next month.


October 1997

“Business Card Turnover”
Routine By
Bill Wisch
This is a must if you’re a salesman or anyone who gives out lots of business cards. Why just give your card to someone? Make it an experience! One of the things Bobby and I try to convey in our salesforce training seminars is that getting someone to remember you (without making a jerk out of yourself) is more than half the battle in this highly competitive environment.

There are a number of ways to give out your business card in a memorable way (check out our audio tape “ULTIMATE MAGIC RAP ™”, which includes a great method entitled “Give Them The Business”. I will be giving you more fun ways in the future editions of this forum, but this is one that both Bobby and I have used for many years. It’s simple, easy to do and QUICK!

Effect:

A blank card is taken from your pocket, wallet or card case. With a little “magic”, the card becomes printed on one side with your business information. Then the card is made to be printed on “both” sides! Finally,one side is wiped clean and the card is handed out as your business card.

Method:

Remove the card from your pocket, wallet or case making sure that the blank side shows. Handle it naturally and place it flat onto your lefthand, which is open and face up. Place it so the card is on the fingers rather than the palm.

1) This next “move” is what accomplishes the effect and is used several times in the trick, so let me describe what happens and you can practice this over and over until you get it smooth. If you were going to actually turn the card over at this point to show the other side, your thumb would come on top of the card, the hand would turnover and the fingers would move back allowing the reverse side to be seen, right? Well, here is a devastating move created by FRANCIS CARLYLE back in
the 1930’s that you will have to try to believe.

2) The left thumb tip pushes UNDER the card and the fingertips at the outeredge go OVER the top of the card. Now if you turn the hand over and at the same time continue to push the thumb until it comes directly under the fingertips on the other side, you in appearance have turned the card over but have only showed the same side twice! It takes a little practice and “feel” to get smooth but if you try it slowly at first and then build up it up to be done in a natural fashion, you’ll have one heck of an illusion.

3) The best way to practice any sleight (move) is to do the natural move (in this case actually turn the card over a number of times) to see how fast or slow you naturally do it and how the fingers and thumb work, etc., then try to duplicate the natural handling using the false handling. Be careful that you don’t “flash” any of the printed side during the turnover.

4) If you want, reverse the moves at the same pace to get the card back into the original position. It isn’t as difficult as you might think and the illusion of casually showing both sides is perfect. Otherwise, just take the card with the right hand…turn the left hand palm up again and place it back onto the left fingers to repeat the move a couple of times.

5) After showing the card blank on both sides a couple of times (don’t overdo it), take the card with the right hand and rub it against your arm,or sleeve, or whatever and turn the card over showing that now one side is printed.

6) Now rub the blank side against the same place and repeat the turnover move to show both sides being printed…simple enough? Show it printed on both sides a couple of times and then rub it on something and show that now it’s back to being printed on one side only. Now you hand it out…miracle completed.

Naturally, you can embellish this effect with whatever patter you like, especially after you become comfortable with it. I usually don’t make it into the Gettysburg Address, I just say something like, “my printer gave me these blank cards…he said I might enjoy them because they are magical (I’ve already removed the card and started my turnover sequence while talking). Watch! If I just rub the card on the sleeve the side becomes printed (show it). Now if I rub the blank side it becomes printed on both sides (use the turnover move, showing the same side each time). Now, if I rub the card on the sleeve again the side goes blank…don’t ask me! My printer was right…these are magical cards and they may be just as magical for you as well…if you give me a call.”

Make it a habit to use this little effect as much as possible. It will give you practice and, again, be REMEMBERED, which is “real” magic, right? It’s a great way to “turnover” your business card…it has meant business for me!


November 1997

YOUR CARD, MY CARD
by
Ronald J. Dayton
“Promotional magic at its finest”
EFFECT: Performer openly shuffles the deck several times end-to-end, then cuts and completes the cut. Holding the cards at one end in his left hand, he states that he will riffle through the cards until the spectator tells him to stop. This is done, and the card stopped at is removed and tabled face up.

You ask the spectator, ” Is this your card?” He will confirm that it is. You then continue…” Well, you may be surprised to know, it’s my card too!” And with that announcement, you turn the card over to reveal your business card permanently glued to the back of his selected card. The card assembly is then given as a momento of your performance.

METHOD: You will need a deck of cards, a glue stick, and two of your own business cards. Apply glue to the backs of the business cards, then stick one card each on to the backs of two indifferent playing cards. When dry, these cards are placed in second and third position from the front of the deck.

When you shuffle the cards, the halves are held by their ends between the thumbs at the inside ends and fingers at the opposing ends. The first three cards of the left hand or bottom half are allowed to fall first. This retains the position of the two gimmicked cards. When you cut and complete the cut, the two special cards are placed at the approximate center of the deck.

Since the business cards add thickness to the cards, they have been transformed into a type of key-card, or locator card, PP. 106 of the •’ Cyclopedia of Magic. “ As you riffle thru the cards from front to back with the thumb of the right hand, you’ll find that the deck will automatically break or open after the first gimmick card, revealing the face of the second gimmick assembly. The front half of the deck is tabled face up without flashing the back of the top card. The front card of the right hand half of the deck is tabled face up. It is then that you ask your curious question…” Is this your card? ”

By purchasing a deck of matching Pinochle cards, you have a ready source for extra or replacement cards from which to make new business card assemblies.

Also, if for some reason you do not hand out the card assembly ( perhaps they already have your business card ), you may replace their chosen card IN FRONT of the other gimmick in the deck and you’re ready for an instant repeat with a different person, which allows them to ‘choose’ a different card from the first individual.


December 1997

TOPSY TURVEY BILL
By
Bill Wisch
Tricks with money are always in demand for “Ice Breakers & Point Makers for All Occasions”. This effect is age old but perfect for that thought or idea you wish to have “magically remembered”. All you have to do is adapt it to the task at hand.

Effect:
A dollar bill is made to turn over, without actually doing so.

Procedure:
The face of the bill is facing the spectator. Fold top half AWAY from you (downward) and crease. Now fold right half AWAY from you to the left and crease. Do the same thing again. Now you have a small bundle. Open the bill up carefully TOWARD yourself and then lift up horizontal flap. The bill is now upside down, without actually turning it to the right or left!

Patter example:
“There is a need for lower costs in today’s world (show front of bill). In the real world we know that lower costs mean lower performance (show back of bill by flipping it over).  But the boss doesn’t want to look at the other side. He wants lower costs with higher performance (turn bill over a few times) at the same time.

When you try to do this you end up turning your department upside down.  Yet, there IS a way to get from lower costs to higher performance WITHOUT turning your department upside down! (Do procedure carefully and cleanly.)  What it takes is a new way of doing things and that is what I’m here to discuss with you today.”

Notes:
Naturally this is a sales presentation and it works quite well. I know because I used this exact method and patter many times in the field while in sales. It captures attention and is simple, quick and different. After you do it a few times it becomes second nature and you have greater facility in performance.  Bartenders could easily adapt this as well as any other person who must make that normal face-to-face meeting memorable.

Notice: This material “IS NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN” and is intended for the personal and performance use of International Conservatory Of Magic members only. This entire page is under copywrite 1998 by the International Conservatory of Magic and its respective contributors. No part of this page or its contents may be re-produced without the expressed written permission of I.C.O.M. All marketing and publication rights are reserved. Violation of this is considered intellectual property and information theft and carries penalties under federal law.
 

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Throughout I.C.O.M courses, you will be given references to sleights needed to work with various routines. This page is here to explain any moves that may need clarification by providing simple explanations and stop-action photos. If there are any sleights that you would like us to list and describe, please let us know, we will include them as soon as possible for the benefit of all I.C.O.M Online members.


Classic Sleights

By the hands of Bobby J. Gallo

Billiard Ball Sleights

Fig#1: Billiard ball in classic palm position. (Magician’s view)


Fig#2: Billiard ball in finger palm position. (Magician’s view)


Fig#3: Billiard ball in touch palm position. (Magician’s view)


The French Drop
The standard vanish of all small hand-held objects.

Fig#4: Ball or object is held at the tips of right hand, left hand comes over the top to shield the ball from view.

Fig#5: As left hand covers the ball, it is allowed to drop into the waiting right hand palm where is is then classic or finger palmed. Left hand pretends to come away with ball only to make it appear to vanish in thin air.


The following series of examples illustrate a complete billiard ball roll flourish from start to finish. Fig#6 through #10

End sequence.


Classic billiard ball multiplication moves.

Fig#11: Billiard ball is held between the forefinger and tin the with the second finger beneath the ball. With an upward shift, the ball is…

Fig#12: …brought up between the first and second fingers. The shell still being held between the thumb and forefinger. (audience view) The audience now see’s two balls. If the move is reversed, two balls can be made to transform into one.

Fig#13: The ball and shell held in the fingers. (Magician’s view)

Fig#14: Ball previously held between the first and second fingers in shifted up between the third and fourth fingers by bringing the third finger below the ball as in the previous move and shifting upwards.

Fig#15: Another ball is secretly introduced in to the shell and the first move repeated after first bringing the ball between the second and third fingers between the third and fourth fingers. This example shows the final result. All billiard balls fully produced (audience view)


Coin Sleights

The Palming of coins

Fig#16: “The classic palm” (Magician’s view)

Fig#17: Coin held in finger palm position. (Magician’s view)

Fig:#18: Thumb Palm Position (Magician’s view)

Fig#19: Finger squeeze palm using a silver dollar sized coin (Magician’s view)


Coin production move

Coin starts in thumb palm position.

Fig:#20: Fingers are brought inwards. First and second fingers clip the coin from thumb palm position. (Magician’s view)

Fig#21: Straighten out the fingers bringing the clipped coin between the first and second outstretched fingertips


The backpalming (vanishment) of a coin.

Fig #22: Coin is first held in finger squeeze palm position. Coin remains clipped between the first and fourth fingers, while the second and third fingers are curled inwards, pivoting the coin along its axis.

Fig #23: Audience view of final result. Coin is hidden in back of hand clipped between the first and fourth fingers.


Card Sleights

Shuffles

Fig#24: Classic overhand shuffle

Fig#25: Riffle Shuffle

Fig#26: Bridge

Fig#27: Poker Shuffle


Fanning

Fig#28: Standard two-handed fan-Position of hands prior to making the two-handed fan

Fig#29: Right hand applies pressure with fingertips or thumb to upper left hand corner of cards.

Fig#30: Cards are spread clockwise to form the two-handed fan.

Fig#31: Reverse Fan-By reversing the fan in a counter-clockwise direction when formation occurs, the entire deck appears blank.

Fig#32: One-handed fan-Hold the deck as illustrated.

Fig#33: By shifting the humb upwards at the same time the hand other four digits are shifting downwards, the fan is formed.

Fig#34: Twin one-handed fans-By duplicating the process with half of the deck in each hand, a decorative flourish results. Move shown here with a magician’s fanning deck.

Fig#35: Flourish complete.


Card Palming

Fig#36: Top card of deck stolen off the top of the deck in the process of being palmed.

Fig#37: A card in palm position. Remember, keep the hand in a natural position.

Fig#38: By using similar moves described in Fig#22, a card can be backpalmed to show the same hand seemingly empty.


One handed cuts
Charlier Pass

Fig#39: Cards are held at the tips of fingers as half of the stock is allowed to fall into the palm.

Fig#40: Forefinger is brought under the bottom stock and shifts them up as the entire hands spreads out. The result is that the bottom half clears the top and the cut is completed.

Fig#41: Edge Cut-Cards are gripped in the talon hold as shown.

Fig#42: Thumb clips off the top half of the card stock and shifts it back while the second, third, and fourth fingers squeeze inwards causing the bottom half of the deck to spring upwards making same to clear the top half of the deck. Cut is then completed.


Ribbon Spread Flourish

Fig#43: Cards placed on working surface as shown.

Fig#44: Cards are then spread from left to right in a smooth ribbon-like row with forefinger helping to keep control of spacing the cards out equally.

Fig#45: Turnover-By turning over the left hand end card, the entire ribbon spread can be made to turnover.(Hence the name!)


Other Popular Card Sleights and Flourishes

Fig#46: Springing the deck– hold the cards in right hand has shown, bending the cards inwards.

Fig#47: Cards are released on-at-a-time, into the left hand in rapid succession. Student must gain a feel for this.


Double Lift

Fig#48: Hold card as in illustration. Lift up the top two cards as one keeping them squared.
(Magician’s View)


Top Change

Fig#49: Hold cards as illustrated. As indifferent card comes down onto the deck, the intended card is out jogged and clipped between the second and third fingers and brought away. Simultaneously, the indifferent card is deposited on top of the deck. All this is done in one fluid motion.


Card Slip

Fig#50: Selected card is on the top of the deck. With the deck held end for end in the left hand, the right hand comes underneath and grasps the top card slipping it to the bottom. This move can also be reversed to bring the bottom card to the top.


Fan Control

Fig#51: Card is selected and returned to the card fan. Pressure is maintained with the forefingers and thumb to keep the card from fully re-entering the fan.

Fig#52: Fan is closed and injogged. The selected card will be jutting out approx: 1/8 in. Thumb presses down on the card and pushes it home. A break in the deck results allowing the performer to control the card as desired.


The Glide

Fig#53: Cards are held as shown. Second, third, and fourth fingers cause the bottom card to slide back thus allowing the next card to be removed. This may be repeated any number of times.


Hindu Shuffle

Fig#54: Selected card, card to be forced etc., is on the bottom of the deck. Top half of stock is removed. Hand containing the bottom half then begins to strip off small piles of cards in rapid succession giving the appearance of shuffling the cards. The bottom card(s) are never disturbed.


Thimble Sleights

Fig#55: Thumb palming a thimble.

Fig#56: Thimble production moves #1.

Fig#57: Thimble production completed #2.


Fig#58-59: Jumping thimble move


Fig#60: Thimble vanish move-Thimble is held as is Fig#56. Thimble is then brought behind the left hand where it is then thumb palmed as in Fig#54. Left hand is then brought way pretending to hold thimble. Vanish is then enacted.


Fig#61: Thimble is on right thumb to start. It is then brought into the left fist and is grasped at the same time with the right hand forefingers and is stolen back in the right hand.


Advanced Sleights

By the hands of Bill Wisch

Fig#62: The One-Handed Card Palm.
Cards are held as per illustration. Pinky shifts upper right hand corner of card slightly out and down. This causes the top card to spring up into the palm of hand.


The following series of shots explain the Bill Wisch coin clip vanish.

Fig#63:


Fig# 64


Fig# 65: Notice the coin now being clipped under the fist…(Only half of coin is visible)


Fig# 66: Coin is grasped in finger-clip position with the middle and third fingers during the action of poking the forefinger into the left fist.


Fig# 67: Middle and third fingers are shifted back into palm along with the clipped coin.


Fig# 68: This next series show the correct way to effect a coin vanish using the classic palm. A Slydini technique would be to use the forefinger to correctly position the coin into the palm prior to vanish as shown.


Fig # 69: Coin appears to drop into left hand while it is retained in right hand classic palm. (Even though not visible in this photo, coin is in palm position)


Fig# 70: As hand appears to grab coin, fingers rub against skin creating a grasping sound to facilitate the illusion that an object is being taken.


Fig# 71: Position right before magician effects the vanish proper. Note that the left hand pretends to hold the coin that is actually classic palmed in the right hand.



Fig# 72: The first-step of the the famous “Farrow Shuffle”


Fig# 73: Preparing for the weave.


Fig# 74: Executing the weave. Notice the position of the forefinger to keep the two halves flush.


Fig# 75: A perfect “Farrow”


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Miracle Course in Writing for Magicians

DR.OM’S MINI MIRACLE COURSE IN WRITING FOR MAGICIANS

Posted October 1998

Ok I.C.O.M’ers, this will definitely NOT be for everyone. But for those with the drive to go the extra mile in this art, dig your heels in and prepare yourself! This is an exercise is the betterment of your magical knowledge from a University point of view! Who knows? After this, you may be the NEXT Tarbell!!!… Also, please be aware that any mistakes in this course are my fault and not that of Dr. Om. Due to web-page restrictions, I had to restructure much of it…BJG


Magician Harry Lorayne has written two books for the general lay public of special interest to magicians and mentalists: THE MEMORY BOOK and MIRACLE MATH. Magician colleagues, knowing of Dr. OM’s (Oscar Muscariello) background in the scholarship and teaching of prose composition, have expressed interest in and need for sharpening their writing skills for the purposes of notating magical self instructions, writing effect descriptions and instructions for others, and composing advertising copy, news releases, and professional articles for magic trade journals. In answer to the many requests, Dr. OM provides, in this CyberMagic Textbook ™ and the issue to follow, a programmed course of study which possesses the power to rapidly and easily improve writing skills in the prose mode, by identifying the most common fault in writing, THE USE OF TOO MANY MEANINGLESS JOINING WORDS, and by providing specific and systemic means for correcting the fault.

The course of study presented in two parts is entitled: DR. OM’S MIRACLE MINI COURSE IN WRITING FOR MAGICIANS PART A: THEORY (in the August 1998 installment), and PART B: APPLICATION (in the September 1998 installment).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Lorayne, Harry. MIRACLE MATH. Barnes and Noble Books, New York: 1966.

Lorayne, Harry and Jerry Lucas. THE MEMORY BOOK. Ballantine Books, New York: 1974.

Muscariello, Oscar Francis, Ph.D. COMPARISON OF GUIDED DISCOVERY AND RECEPTION STRATEGIES APPLIED TO SENTENCE CLARIFICATION. Dissertation Abstracts International. Volume XXXIX, Number 11, Order No.7911210. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 1979.


DR. OM’s MIRACLE MINI COURSE IN WRITING FOR MAGICIANS PART A: THEORY

IDENTIFYING FIRST CATEGORY WORDS

EXPLANATION: A. All words in the English language may be assigned to one of three categories. First category words refer to physical objects, animate or inanimate; natural or ;T’anuf actured, which can be experienced through the senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch. E.G., stone (natural; inanimate, house (manufactured; inanimate), dog (animate), and John (animate; nominal). To identify first category words, close your eyes. If you can imagine an object for which the word stands, the word may be assigned to the first category.

EXERCISE
Underline all first category words on the list.

WORDLIST WORKSHEET 1
UNDERLINE FIRST CATEGORY WORDS
town, a, sharp, honest, forever, kind, Sweet, clearly, beautiful, box, triangular, clear, wind, it, kidney, string, cake, love, tragic, jaw, luminescent, cape, king, blue, loud, murky, short, griddle, latter, all, angry, tall, confusing, had, read, square, swift, despite, many, be, intelligent, you, rough, rich, athletic, pepper, tender, frightening, house, activate, comical, brute, teach, muscular, above, cards, panda, slow, just, stone, operating, each, heavy, certain, enclosed, profane, hat, aunt, gracious, pungent, etching, fattening, running, dark, grave, Jersey City, remarkable, plain, then, prudent, lift, now, second, because, stale, crab, artistic, dish, spaniel, requires, subdue, paltry, we, nest, rebut, lung, few, recognize, John, spine, mother, party, intend, horrible, chair, sensive, screech, were, fort, creaky, tangy, hurry, former, music, ant, seemed, lemon, fat, that, she, generalize, sandwich, steep, when, respectable, monotonous, horrify, evening, awesome, reason, foot, affected, fish, delicious, the, whether, courteous, us, its, inanimate, decode, inauguration, should, too, I, lion, need, gravitate, correspond, cobra, obviously, metal, better, always, way, president, joyful, seem, cruel, strew, Mrs. Murray, nutritious, of, drab, poor, inch, perfect, nitrogen, comfortable, from, corrupt, your, perhaps, although, rusted, liquid, encase, place, fall, meter, preceding, them, sell, moon, etc., predict, angelic, sky, feel, adjust, noose, long, am, dewy, complex, if, scraps, affection, behave, do, their, playpen, curious, others, which, island, you, probably, quite, spicy, some, pastry, lucky, engine, ore, has, labyrinthine, crow, posture, round, root, pigeon, scramble, insipid, been, scuffle, interrogate, comb, my, may, store, calendar, it, himself, bat, boat, pole, camper, goldsmith, frizzy, Paris, lake, staple, garish, courtly, turnip, catch, collapse, these, like, due, on, admonish, could, his, there, refer, head, have, me, how, corrode, but, sandal, dandelion, pretend, they, cringe, leaf, thing, an, Louis Pasteur, train, being, ornate, one, beetle, who, graph, jail, injured, frog, simple, our, bridge, he, herself, grapevine, rollicking, big, this, first, foregoing, cloud, lamb, shoulder, nobody, decorated, golf course, estate, following, portray, none, medal, someone, commodore, ever, clique, however, fancy, neither, brick, myself, iodine, cloudy, believe, everybody, think, new, frozen, British, Honduras, little, anyone, gong, old, bright, no, flashy, itself, cabbage, seems, grape, trumpet, crisp, lance, to, and, prescribe, only, below, apparently, ours, every, never, grasshopper, for, dull, feather, her, flag, gargoyle, must, bed, whom, altered, cotton, might, monstrous, no, everything, don’t, automobile, candle, fresh, him, article, any, at, bread, escape, book, everyone, organization, watchman, nor, manuscript, by, frost, in, landlord, sometimes, stated, cross, those, medicine, would, into, mine, not, one’s, guitar, diamond, column, store, office, pea, room, sand, pleasant, goose, stork, tobacco, something, airplane, eat, woman

IDENTIFYING SECOND CATEGORY WORDS
EXPLANATION B: Second category words refer not to physical objects themselves, but to that which can be experienced through sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch in physical objects as a quality or behavior. Examples of qualities perceivable in physical objects are:
tall, loud, sweet, pungent, and rough. Examples of behaviors perceivable in physical objects are: run, swift, love, thinking and intelligent . To identify second category words, close your eyes. If you can, imagine a quality or behavior of an object signaled by a first category word, the word signaling the quality or behavior may be assigned to the second category.

EXERCISE Underline all second category words on the list placing a capital Q after quality words and a capital B after behavior words:

WORDLIST WORKSHEET II
UNDERLINE SECOND CATEGORY WORDS:
town clearly , wind, a, beautiful, it, sharp, box, kidney, honest, triangular, string, forever, clear, cake, kind, love, tragic, sweet, jaw, luminescent, cape, king, blue, loud, murky, short, griddle, latter, all, angry, tall , confusing, had, read, square, swift, despite, many, be, intelligent, you, rough, rich, athletic, pepper, tender, frightening, house, activate, comical, brute, teach, muscular, above, cards, panda, slow, just ,stone,operating ,each, heavy, certain, enclosed, profane, hat, aunt, gracious, pungent, etching, fattening, running, dark, grave, Jersey City, remarkable, prudent, second, crab, spaniel, paltry, rebut, recognize, mother, horrible, screech, creaky, former, lemon, that, steep, monotonous, awesome, affected, the, us, decode, too, lion, correspond, metal, way, seem, Mrs. Murray, drab, perfect, corrupt, perhaps, encase, fall, sell, etc., feel, noose, complex, affection, their, curious, you, quite, lucky, ore, posture, root, plain, lift, because, artistic, them, predict, sky, long, dewy, scraps, do, others, island, spicy, pastry, has, crow, pigeon, insipid, requires, we, lung, John, party, chair, were, tangy, music, seemed, she, sandwich, respectable, evening, foot, delicious, courteous, inanimate, should, need, cobra, better, president, cruel, nutritious, poor, nitrogen, from, although, liquid, meter, whether, its, inauguration, I, then, now, stale, dish, subdue, nest, few, spine, intend, sensive, fort, hurry, ant, fat, generalize, when, horrify, reason, fish, gravitate, obviously, always, joyful, strew, of, inch, comfortable, your, rusted, place, preceding, moon, angelic, adjust, am, if, behave, playpen, which, probably some, engine, labyrinthine, round scramble been, scuffle, interrogate, my, may, calendar, it’, bat, boat, camper, goldsmith, Paris, lake, garish, courtly, catch, collapse, like, due, admonish, could, there, refer, have, me, corrode, but, dandelion, pretend, cringe, leaf, an, Louis Pasteur, being, ornate, beetle, who, jail, injured, simple, our, he, herself, rollicking, big, first, foregoing, lamb, shoulder, decorated, golf course, following, portray, medal, someone, ever, clique, fancy, neither, myself, iodine, believe, everybody, new, frozen, little, anyone, old, bright, flashy, itself, seems, grape, crisp, lance, and, prescribe, below, apparently, every, never, for, dull, her, flag, must, bed, altered, cotton, monstrous, no, don’t, automobile, fresh, him, any, at, escape, book, everyone, comb, store, himself, pole, frizzy, staple, turnip, these, on, his, head, how, sandal, they, thing, train, one, graph, frog, bridge, grapevine, this, cloud, nobody, estate, none, commodore, however, brick, cloudy, think, British, gong, no, cabbage, trumpet to only ours grasshopper feather gargoyle whom, Honduras, might, everything, candle, article, bread, organization, watchman, nor, manuscript, by, frost, in, landlord, sometimes, stated, cross, those, medicine, would, into, mine, not, one’s, guitar, diamond, column, store, office, pea, room, sand, pleasant, goose, stork, tobacco, something, airplane, eat, woman

IDENTIFYING THIRD CATEGORY WORDS
EXPLANATION C: Third category words are words which refer neither to physical objects nor to qualities or behaviors perceivable in physical objects through sight, hearing, taste, smell, or touch, but refer rather to other words. To identify third category words, close your eyes. If you imagine nothing, the word may belong to the third category.

EXERCISE Underline all third category words on the list.

WORDLIST WORKSHEET III
UNDERLINE THIRD CATEGORY WORDS:
town, clearly, wind, a, beautiful,. it, sharp, box, kidney, honest, triangular, string, forever, clear, cake, kind, love, tragic, sweet, jaw, luminescent, cape, king, blue, loud, murky, short, griddle, latter, all, angry, tall, confusing, had, read, square, swift, despite, many, be, intelligent, you, rough, rich, athletic, pepper, tender, frightening, house, activate, comical, brute, teach, muscular, above, cards, panda, slow, just, stone, operating, each, heavy, certain, enclosed, profane, hat, aunt, gracious, pungent, etching, fattening, running, dark, grave, Jersey City, plain, then, remarkable, lift, now, prudent, because, stale, second, artistic, dish, crab, requires, subdue, spaniel, we, nest, paltry, lung, few, rebut, John, spine, recognize, party, intend, mother, chair, sensive, horrible, were, fort, screech, tangy, hurry, creaky, music, ant, former, seemed, fat, lemon, she, generalize, that, sandwich, when, steep, respectable, horrify, monotonous, evening, reason, awesome, foot gravitate, lion, cobra, obviously, correspond, better, always, metal, president, joyful, way, cruel, strew, seem, nutritious, of, Mrs. Murray, poor, inch, drab, nitrogen, comfortable, perfect, from, your, corrupt, although, rusted, perhaps, liquid, place, encase, meter, preceding, fall, them, moon, sell, predict, angelic, etc, sky, adjust, feel, long, am, noose, dewy, if, complex, scraps, behave, affection, do, playpen, their, others, which, curious, island, probably, you, spicy, some, quite,pastry, engine, lucky, has, labyrinthine, ore, crow, round, posture, pigeon, scramble root, insipid, been, scuffle, interrogate, my, may, calendar, it’s, bat, boat, camper, goldsmith, Paris, lake, garish, courtly, catch, collapse, like, due, admonish, could, there, refer, have, me, corrode, but, dandelion, pretend, cringe, leaf , an, Louis Pasteur, being, ornate, beetle, who, jail, injured, simple, our, he, herself, rollicking, big, first, foregoing, lamb, shoulder, decorated, golf, course, following, portray, medal, someone, ever, clique, fancy, neither, myself, iodine, believe, everybody, new, frozen, little, anyone, old, bright, flash, itself, seems, grape, crisp, lance, and, prescribe, below, apparently, every, never, for, dull, her, flag, must, bed, altered, cotton, monstrous, no, don’t, automobile, fresh, him, any, at, escape, book, everyone, comb, store, himself, pole, frizzy, staple, turnip, these, on, his, head, how, sandal, they, thing, train, one, graph, frog, bridge, grapevine, this, cloud, nobody, estate, none, commodore, however, brick, cloudy, think, British, gong, no, cabbage, trumpet, to, only, ours, grasshopper, feather, gargoyle, whom, might, everything, candle, article, bread, organization, watchman, Honduras, nor, manuscript, by, frost, in, landlord, sometimes, stated, cross, those, medicine, would, into,. mine, not, one’s, guitar, diamond, column, store, office, pea, room, sand, pleasant, goose, stork, tobacco, something, airplane, eat, woman


Part #2
Posted November 1998

Dr. OM’s MIRACLE MINI COURSE IN WRITING FOR MAGICIANS PART B: APPLICATION.

Before beginning part B of the mini course, please read and consider the news release below, written by the great magician Claude Alexander, himself and published on April 9,1919 (even the date is in mystical nines), in the TAMPA FREE PRESS. Notice that Mexander frees himself from the restrictions of first person address; free, that is, to report wonderful things about himself, as though reported by someone else. Dr. OM could not resist some bracketed comments along the way.

ALEXANDER THE MAN WHO KNOWS AT THE MAJESTIC

“To those who witnessed and were mystified by the unusual performances of Alexander, “The Man Who Knows,” [self testimonial] during his previous engagement, the news that he is to return for a special stay will be welcome. [positive assumption] While those who failed to see him will doubtless be on the QUI VIVRE [literally, among those who live; among the living; among those to be present], for his encore appearance [notice; not reappearance, but encore appearance; note, too, how he later informs the reader that the show will possess newness, not be just a repeat performance], scheduled for the Majestic Theater here in Tampa for a period of 2 days.

Alexander has enlarged the magical part of his show this season until the press, wherever he has appeared, has conceded the Alexander attraction to be the greatest [hyperbole] mystery show that has ever toured. Of course it is the famed [hyperbole] Simla Seance that has caused his name to be sesame to the world of science for it is in this [demonstration; he might have employed the subject of the discourse here, rather than the vague word “this”] that while gazing into a crystal ball he answers any and all questions, written in any language and sealed in any manner desired. Something in human nature compels every individual to knock at the door of the future [answers to their heartfelt questions is what they want and Alexander will know how to answer them] and Alexander gives a most interesting as well as astonishing example of opening the door at least a little way and letting each one in turn [everyone’s questlions will be answered] have a peep into his coming fate. Alexander does not claim any supernatural power nor pretend to be a medium of spiritualistic communication [prudent disclaimer]. But he does claim that his success in the psychic field is owing to a lifetime study and to his power of concentration and his use of the positive knowledge that lies in the field opened by that power [reclaims professed powers].

While the Simla Seance is admitted by scientists the world over to be the ultimate in occult [testimonial], Alexander is this season presenting a series of tests that have never before been given publicity [brand new] Included among these is the famous slate test, in which a question is selected at random and a related verse in the Bible appears mysteriously upon the slates, the same being held by a prominent person in the audience, thereby obviating any probability of trickery on the part of the mystic. As Alexander explains, ‘lf there is any fake attached to the experiment it is the auditors themselves who must of necessity be held responsible for it, as they cleanse the slates, [and] tie and hold them during the demonstration.’

The Nartel Sisters, vivacious twins from the Far East are introducing to lovers [promise of romance] of oriental dances the best from an extensive repertoire, including a recent creation, the Dance of Abbal Radhid Myrai, or the crystal dance of India [exotica], a subtle number which allows them ample opportunity to display [a loaded word] their knowledge of esoteric theosophy in motion [notice that Alexander nowhere employs the term: ‘belly dancing,’ but is genteel in his teasing the imagination of the reader; a far cry from the crassness of the present day]. They are proud of the land of their nativity and are conscientiously endeavering to perpetuate their own folk dances.

Ullian Moore, a prima donna [first lady] soprano of renown in light and grand opera circles, will be heard and seen to advantage. She was especially engaged for the present tour and this special scene [note the emphasis upon the speciality of the present production]. Her [Miss Moore’s] pleasing voice, commanding stage presence [she is easy to look at] and unusual personality fitting consistently with the atmosphere engendered by the impressive stage setting and incidental music [Is he claiming that the whole production is as sexy as Lillian Moore?].”

The writing of such remarkable production copy is not necessarily a lost art. Take note that Alexander’s language is image evoking by virtue of the predominance of his use of FIRST AND SECOND CATEGORY WORDS and his use of meaningless THIRD CATEGORY WORDS sparingly, as necessary to “glue” the image evoking words together. Dr. OM considers Alexander’s news release to be a bit of a work of art and a model to be taken heed of.

As a bonus attached to the mini course, Dr. OM will publish in a later edition, under old business, his SIMPLEX COURSE IN PUNCTUATION. Punctuation is easier than you think.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

O’Connell, Sheldon with Lon Mandrake. MANDRAKE Incomparable. Hades Publications, Inc. Canada: 1998. (The source of the above Alexander release, among many other magical riches. A must read).

BIRDS GOTTA FLY

You who are jealous of the birds, think how they are aliens to rest. Exiled to air, they beat their frantic wings, and trace the conic circle of despair; alighting, one claw held aloof, upon some cold, inhospitable roof, still finding breath to sing

Yet we would fly in spite of this surrendering the firmer home, for that cool, secret, airy kiss, which lingers on the lips of stone, and then, exulting toward the sun, to fly, to sing, to die, and then to sing again.
OM

Below is an alphabetical list of all third category words abstracted from the wordlist worksheet. The list does not encompass all of the third category words in the English language, but includes those which are the most frequent offenders in causing obscurity in writing.

Third category words are termed SYMPTOM WORDS because they are symptomatic of obscurity in writing. When an excessive number of ineptly used symptom words occur in writing, there may be suspicion that obscurity occurs.

The checklist may be used to identify symptom words in student compositions. However, the checklist is not needed by the student who is able to identify symptom words by the concepts acquired in the previous exercises.


CHECKLIST

a, certain, few, above, clearly, first, all, cloud, following, although, for, always, foregoing, am, despite, forever, an, do, former, and, don’t, from, any, due, anyone, apparently, had, at, each, has, enclosed, have, etc., he, be, ever, her, because, every, herself, been, everybody, him, being, every, one, himself, believe, everything, his, below, how, but, however, by, feel, perhaps, if, place, in, preceding, into, probably, it, its, quite, quite, itself, requires, just, reason, latter, like, many, may, me, might, mine, my, myself, second, seem, seemed, seems, she, should, some, somebody, someone, something, sometimes, stated, need, neither, that, never, the, no, their, nobody, them, none, then, nor, there, not, these, now, they, thing, think, obviously, this, of, those, on, to, one, too, one’s, only, others, us, our, ours, way, we, were, when, whether, which, who, whom, would, you, your


The symptom words listed are logically related. Each word listed depends for meaning upon a referent word in the larger written context. E.g., “One can write each one down and explain it, but to separate them is impossible.” The words, “one,” “each,” and “them,” require a contextual referent word for meaning. If the referent word is distant from the symptom word, or if the referent word is nonexistent in the written context, the symptom word is obscure. If too many of the words in a paragraph depend on other words for meaning, the paragraph is obscure. Frequently, even after twelve years of English language study, student writing samples contain symptom words in excess of fifty percent of the context.

Providing students with the Symptom Word Checklist alone is not sufficient. Students are required to revise their own written work. The following list of rules and steps is designed to help students revise their own written work.

REVISION: RULES AND STEPS

STEP 1: Isolate a sentence form the context and underscore all symptom words.

STEP 2: With a pair of scissors, cut out each sentence and attach to a legal size (8-1/2 x 14) sheet of paper.

Example: For someone you can depend on, he’s the one.

Rule A: Do not indiscriminately delete symptom words. Symptom words can be essential to a given sentence. The occurrence of a symptom word does not necessarily signal obscurity.

STEP 3: Determine whether obscurity is actually a fault in the sentence, as signaled by the symptom word. There are three possible alternatives:

Rule B: If the sentence is clear in spite of occurrence of symptom words, do not alter the sentence.

Rule C: If the sentence is obscure, the sentence should be altered by application of the revision steps and rules.

Rule D: If the student is uncertain whether or not the sentence is clear or obscure, the sentence should be altered.

STEP 4: Cover each symptom word in the sentence to determine if the symptom word is necessary to the sentence meaning. Delete the covered symptom word if the symptom word is not necessary to the sentence meaning.

STEP 5: Substitute a specific referent in the context for the symptom word, if necessary for the meaning.

Example: First Draft: For someone you can depend upon, he’s the one.

STEP 6: Remove all contractions.

Example: First Draft: For someone you can depend on, Sam is the one.

STEP 7: Rearrange (turn around) the sentence in a manner allowing deletion of symptom words.

Example: First Draft: For someone you can depend on, Sam is the one.

Revision: Sam is someone you can depend on.

STEP 8: When possible add a suffix to a word in the sentence allowing deletion of one or more symptom words.

Example; First Draft: Sam is someone you can depend on

Revision: Sam is dependable.

Note: The sentence, For someone you can depend on, he’s the one is specially contrived to allow illustration of the Symptom Word Revision Method. In actual writing practice, the necessity of applying every step and rule to every sentence under revision is not likely.

Explanation D: First category words are most concrete and specific. Second category words are less concrete and specific than first category words, but more concrete and specific than third category words. Third category words, termed symptom words, are the least concrete and specific, and produce no images in the mind of the reader. Symptom words have no meaning of their own, but depend upon other words for meaning. Clear, specific, and concise writing consists of more first and second category words and fewer symptom words. Third category words are called SYMPTOM WORDS because their occurrence in a sentence is a signal of possible confusion or loss of meaning.

EXERCISE G – II: Compare the SYMPTOM WORD CHECKLIST with the words you underlined in Exercise F. Answer the following questions.

1. Does the SYMPTOM WORD CHECKLIST contain all of the third category words in the English language? YES NO

2. Should clear, concise writing contain no symptom words? YES NO

3. Do SYMPTOM WORDS have no meaning unless used with first or second category words? YES NO

4. Are first category words more concrete than second or third category words? YES NO

5. Are third category words called SYMPTOM WORDS? YES NO

6. If the answer to question #5 is YES, explain why in your own words below; if the answer is NO, explain why in your own words.

7. Do SYMPTOM WORDS (third category words), if used effectively, perform the important function of joining first and second category words to form complete sentences? YES NO

8. Do unnecessary SYMPTOM WORDS in a sentence cause obscurity? YES NO

9. Does eliminating all SYMPTOM WORDS from sentences result in telegraphic or telegrammatic writing (writing in the style of a telegram)? YES NO

10. On the same of 100 words from your essay on the meaning of love, underline and count the symptom words contained in the sample. What is the percentage of symptom words in your one hundred word sample?

11. What might you suspect about your writing sample?

12. Revise the one hundred word writing sample by employing the revision Steps and Rules.

EXERCISE H – I:

Remove all the symptom words from the one hundred word writing sample. Replace only those symptom words which are essential to join the first and second category words in the sample. Avoid the Love is Syndrome. E.g., Love is a child with a puppy. Love is not a child with a puppy. Love might be manifested or exemplified by a child’s love for a puppy.

EXERCISE I – TELEGRAPHIC STYLE:

1. Write a message of one hundred words in telegram style. Do not use first person pronouns.

FIRST Nominative-(Singular) I (Plural) We

PERSON Objective-(Singular) Me (Plural) Us

Possessive-(Singular)My (Plural) Our

Possessive-(Singular) Mine (Plural) Ours

Do not use the second and third person editorial pronouns:

SECOND Nominative (Singular) You (Plural) You
PERSON Objective(Singular)You (Plural) You
Possessive (Singular)Your (Plural) Your

THIRD Nominative (Singular)He, She, It (Plural) They
PERSON Objective (Singular) Him, Her, It (Plural) Them
Possessive (Singular) His, Her, Its (Plural) Their, Theirs

(Note that the possessive form of it is spelled without the apostrophe. The spelling it’s signifies: it is)

(Note that the possessive form their is used when the pronoun precedes the noun, e.g., Their house; the form theirs is used when the pronoun follows the noun and verb, the house is theirs. The E preceeds the I in the spelling of both forms).

2. Insert symptom words wherever essential to join the first and second category words in the telegram, in order to complete basic sentence units.

EXERCISE J – II: Compose 10 sentences. The sentences need not be related to the same topic. Underline all SYMPTOM WORDS in each sentence. What is the total number of words contained in the ten sentences? How many symptom words are contained in the ten sentences? Revise each sentence by applying the SYMPTOM WORD REVISION METHOD. Count the total number of words remaining in the revised sentences. How many symptom words remain in the revised sentences? Are the revised sentences clearer than in the rough draft? YES NO

Are the revised sentences more concise than the rough draft? YES NO Which sentences do you prefer? Rough draft Revisions

Explain why:_____________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________
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_________________________________________________________________________
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By reducing the number of symptom words in a piece of writing, the total number of words is consequently reduced. When assigned the composition or an essay of five hundred words, the student might well have to compose a rough draft of many more than five hundred words in order to end up with a five hundred word composition, after revision by by the SYMPTOM WORD REVISION METHOD. Symptom words cause padding.

3. Which groups of words most vividly communicate? To which of the three categories does each group of words belong?

A. Moonlight/lake/palm treel guitar music/boy/girl

B. Swiftly/ jumping/ leaping/ diving/ swimming

C. Long/ grey/ hard/ sharp/ pointed/ straight

D. Sometimes/ it/ seems/ as/ if/ 1/ do/ and/ at/ other/ timesi not/ so/ much/ as/ it/ can/ be

A suffix checklist is available. Due to it’s layout, we were unable to include it here. If you would like a copy, we would be happy to fax it to you free of charge. Just e-mail us and ask!

Presentation/Demonstration Forum

PRESENTATION/DEMONSTRATION FORUM

MAGIC FOR SALES PEOPLE AND PRESENTERS

Welcome to this new page at I.C.O.M!

For quite some time, I.C.O.M has known that many people will want to use a magic effect to break the ice, make a point, make something memorable or just add some fun and variety to a sales presentation, lecture/demonstration, etc.. We realize that, more than likely, you might enjoy the entire Inner Sanctum, even though your interest in actually becoming a magician has not been at the top of your priority list lately.

At the very least, you will more than justify your membership in I.C.O.M by checking out this Presentation/Demonstration Forum page because being in sales myself for many years (retail, commercial, industrial, in-home), I have a pretty good idea of what you would like to get the edge on the competition and most importantly, be REMEMBERED!

I am just giving you a taste of what is to come, but believe me when I say, your membership will be paid back many times over if you just check in and study this Forum.

The Presentation/Demonstration Forum is for salespeople, teachers, demonstrators, trainers, public speakers, bartenders, etc…..anyone who would like to use “ICE BREAKERS AND POINT MAKERS for all occasions!

The effects, tips, and ideas in the Forum will be simple, direct and powerful…NO FLUFF! I can attest to many of the items since I used them myself, and many more items have come from numerous contacts made during mylecture/demonstration career.

A picture is worth a thousand words!

There’s no business without show business!

These are “truisms” to anyone that has ever tried to get someone happily involved in their product or service. I’m going to close this brief introduction this month with one of the truest “truisms” I know…..“You don’t have to be a magician to love I.C.O.M”


“Business Card Turnover”
Routine By
Bill Wisch

This is a must if you’re a salesman or anyone who gives out lots of business cards. Why just give your card to someone? Make it an experience! One of the things Bobby and I try to convey in our salesforce training seminars is that getting someone to remember you (without making a jerk out of yourself) is more than half the battle in this highly competitive environment.

There are a number of ways to give out your business card in a memorable way (check out our audio tape “ULTIMATE MAGIC RAP ™”, which includes a great method entitled “Give Them The Business”. I will be giving you more fun ways in the future editions of this forum, but this is one that both Bobby and I have used for many years. It’s simple, easy to do and QUICK!

Effect:

A blank card is taken from your pocket, wallet or card case. With a little “magic”, the card becomes printed on one side with your business information. Then the card is made to be printed on “both” sides! Finally,one side is wiped clean and the card is handed out as your business card.

Method:

Remove the card from your pocket, wallet or case making sure that the blank side shows. Handle it naturally and place it flat onto your lefthand, which is open and face up. Place it so the card is on the fingers rather than the palm.

1) This next “move” is what accomplishes the effect and is used several times in the trick, so let me describe what happens and you can practice this over and over until you get it smooth. If you were going to actually turn the card over at this point to show the other side, your thumb would come on top of the card, the hand would turnover and the fingers would move back allowing the reverse side to be seen, right? Well, here is a devastating move created by FRANCIS CARLYLE back in
the 1930’s that you will have to try to believe.

2) The left thumb tip pushes UNDER the card and the fingertips at the outeredge go OVER the top of the card. Now if you turn the hand over and at the same time continue to push the thumb until it comes directly under the fingertips on the other side, you in appearance have turned the card over but have only showed the same side twice! It takes a little practice and “feel” to get smooth but if you try it slowly at first and then build up it up to be done in a natural fashion, you’ll have one heck of an illusion.

3) The best way to practice any sleight (move) is to do the natural move (in this case actually turn the card over a number of times) to see how fast or slow you naturally do it and how the fingers and thumb work, etc., then try to duplicate the natural handling using the false handling. Be careful that you don’t “flash” any of the printed side during the turnover.

4) If you want, reverse the moves at the same pace to get the card back into the original position. It isn’t as difficult as you might think and the illusion of casually showing both sides is perfect. Otherwise, just take the card with the right hand…turn the left hand palm up again and place it back onto the left fingers to repeat the move a couple of times.

5) After showing the card blank on both sides a couple of times (don’t overdo it), take the card with the right hand and rub it against your arm,or sleeve, or whatever and turn the card over showing that now one side is printed.

6) Now rub the blank side against the same place and repeat the turnover move to show both sides being printed…simple enough? Show it printed on both sides a couple of times and then rub it on something and show that now it’s back to being printed on one side only. Now you hand it out…miracle completed.

Naturally, you can embellish this effect with whatever patter you like, especially after you become comfortable with it. I usually don’t make it into the Gettysburg Address, I just say something like, “my printer gave me these blank cards…he said I might enjoy them because they are magical (I’ve already removed the card and started my turnover sequence while talking). Watch! If I just rub the card on the sleeve the side becomes printed (show it). Now if I rub the blank side it becomes printed on both sides (use the turnover move, showing the same side each time). Now, if I rub the card on the sleeve again the side goes blank…don’t ask me! My printer was right…these are magical cards and they may be just as magical for you as well…if you give me a call.”

Make it a habit to use this little effect as much as possible. It will give you practice and, again, be REMEMBERED, which is “real” magic, right? It’s a great way to “turnover” your business card…it has meant business for me!


YOUR CARD, MY CARD
by
Ronald J. Dayton
“Promotional magic at its finest”

EFFECT: Performer openly shuffles the deck several times end-to-end, then cuts and completes the cut. Holding the cards at one end in his left hand, he states that he will riffle through the cards until the spectator tells him to stop. This is done, and the card stopped at is removed and tabled face up.

You ask the spectator, ” Is this your card?” He will confirm that it is. You then continue…” Well, you may be surprised to know, it’s my card too!” And with that announcement, you turn the card over to reveal your business card permanently glued to the back of his selected card. The card assembly is then given as a momento of your performance.

METHOD: You will need a deck of cards, a glue stick, and two of your own business cards. Apply glue to the backs of the business cards, then stick one card each on to the backs of two indifferent playing cards. When dry, these cards are placed in second and third position from the front of the deck.

When you shuffle the cards, the halves are held by their ends between the thumbs at the inside ends and fingers at the opposing ends. The first three cards of the left hand or bottom half are allowed to fall first. This retains the position of the two gimmicked cards. When you cut and complete the cut, the two special cards are placed at the approximate center of the deck.

Since the business cards add thickness to the cards, they have been transformed into a type of key-card, or locator card, PP. 106 of the •’ Cyclopedia of Magic. “ As you riffle thru the cards from front to back with the thumb of the right hand, you’ll find that the deck will automatically break or open after the first gimmick card, revealing the face of the second gimmick assembly. The front half of the deck is tabled face up without flashing the back of the top card. The front card of the right hand half of the deck is tabled face up. It is then that you ask your curious question…” Is this your card? ”

By purchasing a deck of matching Pinochle cards, you have a ready source for extra or replacement cards from which to make new business card assemblies.

Also, if for some reason you do not hand out the card assembly ( perhaps they already have your business card ), you may replace their chosen card IN FRONT of the other gimmick in the deck and you’re ready for an instant repeat with a different person, which allows them to ‘choose’ a different card from the first individual.


TOPSY TURVEY BILL
By
Bill Wisch

Tricks with money are always in demand for “Ice Breakers & Point Makers for All Occasions”. This effect is age old but perfect for that thought or idea you wish to have “magically remembered”. All you have to do is adapt it to the task at hand.

Effect:
A dollar bill is made to turn over, without actually doing so.

Procedure:
The face of the bill is facing the spectator. Fold top half AWAY from you (downward) and crease. Now fold right half AWAY from you to the left and crease. Do the same thing again. Now you have a small bundle. Open the bill up carefully TOWARD yourself and then lift up horizontal flap. The bill is now upside down, without actually turning it to the right or left!

Patter example:
“There is a need for lower costs in today’s world (show front of bill). In the real world we know that lower costs mean lower performance (show back of bill by flipping it over).  But the boss doesn’t want to look at the other side. He wants lower costs with higher performance (turn bill over a few times) at the same time.

When you try to do this you end up turning your department upside down.  Yet, there IS a way to get from lower costs to higher performance WITHOUT turning your department upside down! (Do procedure carefully and cleanly.)  What it takes is a new way of doing things and that is what I’m here to discuss with you today.”

Notes:
Naturally this is a sales presentation and it works quite well. I know because I used this exact method and patter many times in the field while in sales. It captures attention and is simple, quick and different. After you do it a few times it becomes second nature and you have greater facility in performance.  Bartenders could easily adapt this as well as any other person who must make that normal face-to-face meeting memorable.


“Preparation”
By
Bill Wisch
 

Happy New Year! This is the first segment of this Forum for the year and I felt it necessary to mention a few things about PREPARATION, instead of any specific trick or effect this month.

We designed this page of ICOM for anyone and everyone who was in a position of needing an “Ice Breaker or Point Maker for All Occasion”. You may be a teacher, salesperson, attorney, bartender, trainer, or any other professional that needs some pizzazz, and this Forum will be of great value to you. Following this page monthly, as well as visiting the Beginner’s page; the ICOM Library, and any and all other parts of the conservatory, will give you a tremendous amount of ideas, tips, techniques and strategies to incorporate, depending on your aptitude and motivation. But as you know, it’s not WHAT you do but HOW you do it, and PREPARATION for any effect is no exception.

Here are a few guidelines I try to follow before using an effect as an Ice Breaker or Point Maker:

1) What’s the point?
There should be a definite point to why you’re using that specific effect. If there isn’t one it could be more of a negative than a positive, and cloud up the procedure rather than be the picture worth 1,000 words. I was called by a fortune 500 company one time to help design a sales meeting. The first question I had for the Sales VP was what the one , major point of the meeting was for. I know it was an oversight but he didn’t have one! I suggested “The Magic is You” and then every piece fell into place. If you don’t know where you’re going, it’s a cinch you’re going to get there! That’s an old axiom that bears repeating. Each effect you use should have a definite point or justification or don’t use it in this context…use the effect just as entertainment if you get the opportunity.

2)Is it simple?
You can check back in the archives for my article on simplicity and get the full gist of this, but for the most part I recommend you keep the effect as simple and uncomplicated as possible. Any multiple stage routine is difficult to use to drive home a major, simple point (there are exceptions, but they are rare).

3)Am I proficient?
You must know ALL the handlings and ALL the patter and ALL the outs and ALL the “business” BEFORE you even think of performing the effect for anyone, especially a serious client or person you want to impress. This is just common sense. Learn any moves or sleights thoroughly before you devise the patter. This was Slydini’s method (I specifically asked him).

4)Does it fit me?
Only trial and error can tell this but give it a good, sincere try before canning a nice idea or effect.
I try a number of new effects out at Caesar’s every month or so and most of the joy of performing close-up is making an effect that you don’t think you can pull off become one of you’re favorites. If you follow the formula…premise…moves…patter, then you will literally create many effects that fit YOU and adapt and adopt many others.

5)What’s my follow-up?
This isn’t necessarily the point of the effect, but what you will do after making the point. Will you put the props away immediately or just let them sit? Will you hand them out for examination or not?
The point here is not to do anything after you make the “magical” point, to diminish the power and effect. Does that make sense?…think about it and I believe it will.

6)What will you say when they say “How did you do that?”?
My advice is to stay on the point rather than be led off by the mystery. No matter how much they are impressed with the effect they will be mystified and will wonder how you “did it”. Don’t be taken off your purpose. Say something like, “That’s exactly the point…”, or “This is why I used this little effect, to demonstrate the_____________(hit them with the benefit or point you want to convey).
Use the effect like you would use a trained sheepdog to keep a flock of sheep controlled.

These six points just touch the tip of the iceberg, but there is enough here for you to get the idea. To put it simply…you are a surgeon and the effects are your implements. “Go ye and operate!”

ICOM Cyclopedia of Magic

I.C.O.M Cyclopedia of Magic

Compiled And Exclusively Written By Bobby J. Gallo & Ronald J. Dayton Copyright 1998 International Conservatory Of Magic All Rights Reserved

More Than 187 definitions Every Magician Should Know. We feel this is the world’s most complete magician’s glossary.

A

Acquitment: The sleight involved in showing both hands empty where an object is concealed. The Changeover palm is a popular “aquitment”.

Accordion Pleat: To fold a handkerchief or paper in such a fashion as to appear like an accordion when viewed from the side. The purpose of which is to allow the object to expand in a rapid manner during production.

Afghan Bands: A unique effect in which cloth or paper bands are torn in half along their length producing different and amuzing results at the conclusion of each tear.  The effect uses the mobius principle.

Angles: The viewing path of the audience.

Apparatus:  The equipment used by a performer to present his magic.

Appearance: The production of a single article apparently out of thin-air.

Assistant:  That person or persons who assists or helps in the performance, either directly or indirectly.

B

Balloon Worker:  A novelty or speciality act in which different style balloons are inflated in entertaining ways,  often coupled with the creation of balloon sculptures.

Billiard Ball: In magic, the name of an object used by magicians in the art of manipulation. A small ball of sorts.

Bill Tube:  A tube and cap made to hold a rolled up dollar bill, often with a screw on or locking cap.  Apparatus is usually machined of brass. Vanished bill appears in tube.

Billet:  A small piece of paper upon which information is written,  used in mental effects.

Bizzare Magic: A form of the magical entertainment that relys on occult, supernatural, or offbeat presentations to add drama to a magic effect.

Black Art:  An old, and very deceptive method of stage magic in which the fact that  black on black background is almost inperceptible.  A near perfect form of visual camouflage and concealment.

Blendo:  Usually referring to an effect in which items such as silks or bills are caused to magically blend together in various ways.

Blindfold Drive:  A very risky form of X-ray vision act in which the perfomer’s vision is obscured with layers of gauze, bandages, metal shields etc.,  then an additional blindfold and possibly a cloth sack for good measure.  Still, in some mysterious way, the person is able to drive and navigate a car through streets he has never seen before.

Blue Room:  A Principle in magic as well as a classic illusion in which the graduated reflective properties of a mirrored cheet of glass are employed.

Book Test:   A specific routine in mentalism in which chosen lines or words in a book are divined by the medium.

Botania:  Effect in which an impressive feather flower bouquet is produced from under a large tube previously shown empty.

Bow Knot: A specialized knot used during certain rope sequences.

Bridge Size Deck: The smaller of the two American sized playing cards. Width measures 2-1/4 in.

C

Card Discovery: The act of revealing a selected card after being lost in a deck during a magical routine.

Card Index:  A pocket file which separates certain cards from one another so they may be instantly located and openly removed from the pocket.

Card Location: The act of revealing a selected card after being lost in a deck during a magical routine.

Cape: Rarely used apparel of a magician. Early on used as a cover for the concealment and production of articles.

Center Tear:   A method for secretly obtaining a message or image from the folded piece of paper upon which it has been written as the paper is being torn into pieces.

Change Bags:  Cloth bags which have secret compartments to switch one object for another. Some bags have attached handles, others do not, some are even made of clear plastic, but the principle remains the same.

Chapeaugraphy:  A specialized form of entertainment, not necessarily magical, in which a large, donut shaped ring of heavy felt is manipulated to form a  wide variety of hats for the performer to wear.  The changes are rapid, and the patter witty.

Classic Palm: The standard method of concealing an object in the hand unaware to the audience.

Clatter Box: Comedy prop box which falls apart when handled by a spectator.

Clippo:  Term used for a unique cut and restored  effect employing a strip of paper and principles of adhesion.

Close-up: The term for magic that is performed less than ten feet from an audience.

Coin Fold: A vanish of a coin or small object involving a small piece of paper coupled with sleight of hand.

Coin Roll: A Master Flourish involving a coin to travel in between each of the performers fingers over the back of his/her hand.

Confederate:  A secret assistant in the audience, who plays the roll of an ordinary spectator, and relays information to you needed for the completion of certain effects.

Conjuring: A term used in magic to indicate the acting out of magic or, a variation of conjuration, or the summoning of demons to gain supernatural assistance in performing miracles. The term conjuring is synonymous with magic.

Conjurer: An actor playing the part of a magician.

Control: A means by which the performer may secretly cause an object to appear where he / she desires at any given point in time unaware to the audience. Mostly associated with card magic.

Commercial: Material tailored to appeal to the mass public.

Coring: The act of removing the center part of magician’s cotton rope.

Coiling: The act of wrapping a length of rope around the hand.

Crimp:  A bend secretly placed into a card to facilitate finding its location in the deck.

Cull: The secret removal of, and repositioning of a certain card or cards within a deck.

Cut: To separate the cards in the center and reverse the packet positions.

D

Daub: A secret substance which may be placed under the nail of the thumb or on the pad of a finger so secretly  mark cards.

Dealing: The distribution of playing cards to a number of players/spectators.

Deuce: Another name for a two use in magic and card games.

Diminishing:  Becoming smaller, i.e. Diminishing cards, bills, golf balls, die, etc.

Do-As-I-Do: An effect where a spectator attempts to duplicate the feats of the performer, often with humorous results.

Double Cut: The act of cutting a deck twice rather than the standard single cut.

Double Face:  Special cards printed with  suits and values on both sides.

Double Walled: A gaff where the prop has two compartments, one disguised. Often used to produce, change or vanish an object.

Dropper: A device or holder which is worn under the jacket, near the side edge, which will drop or deliver an object into the performers waiting hand.  i.e. Cigarette Droppers,  Ball Droppers, Coin Droppers etc.

E

Effect:  A term often used by magicians to refer to the apparent magic as witnessed by an audience during a given trick.

Equivoques’ (Magician’s Choice): An extremely useful and valuable method by which the magician’s influences the out come of an apparent choice by a spectator.

F

Face: The side of a playing card that shows the value and suit.

Face Card: The cards with values Jack through King.

Face of Deck: The position of the deck where the values show and not the backs.

Fake:  A hidden device which assists in the completion of an effect. Unlike a gimmick, the             fake is visible at all times.  It is an object which appears to be one thing…but acutally has a special purpose.

False Cut: The act of convincing the audience that the cards were legitimately cut when in fact they end up in the identical state as they were prior to the move. Used many times when a False Shuffle is not practical.

False Shuffle: The act of convincing the audience that the cards were legitimately shuffled when in fact they end up in the identical state as they were prior to the move.

Farro Shuffle:  A specialized shuffle in which the cards are divided into two packets, then these butted together, end to end, and the cards interspersed in an alternating fashion.

Fakir: An East Indian magician specializing in physical magic.

Finger-Palm: A type of Palming where the concealed objects is hidden the curled fingers.

F.I.S.M : An international convention and competition…which takes place in Europe every four years.  It is like the olympics of magic.  The very best in the world compete for highly esteemed awards.

Flash: A method by which the performer allows the spectator to briefly see an object used in a magical routine for forcing or misdirection purposes.

Flash Paper: Chemically treated tissue paper which has been allowed to dry.  Contact with fire instantly ignites the paper with an intense burst of fire and light.

Flash Pot: A special container, usually activated by an electrical current which will set off a special powder inside the container, creating a puff of smoke.

Foulard:   A large scarf or covering cloth.  Heavier than a silk.

Flourish: A feat that is a mixture of mystery and dexterity. Often used to demonstrate the skill of the performer. Very pleasing to witness.

Foo Can:  A specialized container which may be shown to be empty even though it actually contains a quantity of liquid.

Force/Forcing (card): The ability of a performer to make a spectator unwittingly choose an object secretly selected by the magician. One of the most guarded secrets in magic.

Free Choice: A truly free selection of an object by a spectator to be used in conjunction with a magical presentation.

French Drop:  An older sleight, used mostly with coins for a vanish. Seldom seen  since newer methods have evolved.  Still effective with modifications.

G

Gag:
A joke or funny visual climax to a magic or comedy routine.

Glimpse:
A technique used by magicians as well as card sharps to gain the identity of a particular playing card chosen by a spectator or dealt during a card game.

Giant Card: A jumbo version of a normal size playing card generally used in stage magic for visibility reason.

Gimmick: The general term for the a secret device often responsible for the magic effect in a given routine.

Glimpse: The act of the performer secretly noting the identity of an object during a magical routine. Mostly used in card work.

Glide: a sleight used to in-jog the bottom card of the deck to facilitate the illusion of the bottom card being withdrawn.

H

Hat Coil:  A paper production coil…very visual.  Usually produced from top hats or rice bowls. When inverted releases a streaming flow of paper ribbon.  Great cover for the production of livestock.

Hat Trick: The classic routine of producing empty articles from a top-hat or similar receptacle.

Hold Out:  A secret mechanical device which will deliver objects secretly into or from the performer’s jacket sleeve.

Hooked Coin:  A coin which actually has a hook attached to it for vanishes or productions.

Houdini: The most famous name associated with magic. A Turn of the century magician who specialized in escapes, small magic and spiritualistic stunts.

Houlette:  An old term which indicates a decorative or specialized card case or holder.

Hindu Shuffle: A type of shuffle uses to force of control a card or number of cards.

I

I.B.M: Acronym for “International Brotherhood of Magician’s ™”.

I.C.O.M: Acronym for The International Conservatory of Magic ™

I.C.O.M Online: A division of I.C.O.M, designed for world-wide students via the Internet.

Illusions: Though a term which can be applied to to all of magic, Illusions generally donate large effects wherein a person is used to illustrate the magic.

Impromptu: In magic, a terms that refers to effects that can be done at any time without special apparatus.

Indicator: Widely used in card magic, a card or object that can be sued to locate the selected object.

In-Jogging: The act of shifting a card or number of cards inward toward the body to facilitate a location of same.

J

Jinx: In magic, usually refers to a popular magician’s publication from the earlier part of the twentieth century.

K

Key: A list of code or prompt words used mainly in mentalism effects.

Key Card: A card used as a location device in a card routine.

L

Lapping: The act of dropping objects into your lap during the course of sit-down close-up magic for subsequent vanishment.

Legerdemain:  A word which translates literally to mean, ” light of hand “.  A fancy way to refer to manual manipulation.

Levitation: The act of seeming to cause an object to rise into the air without visible means of support.

Line: A scripted piece of speech used by an entertainer to give justification to a trick or routine.

Livestock:  The animals used in a magic act.  i.e  Rabbits, Doves, Ducks etc.

Load:  Items which are secretly introduced into a specific place or container for future production.

Locater: See Indicator.

Long Card:  A card which is longer than the rest in the deck.  Used as a locator card.

M

M.A.E.S: Acronym for the Magician’s Alliance of Easter States ™.

Magician’s Logic: Reasonings that the magician uses to persuade an audience that a given routine is fair and above board. This technique aids in misdirection and keeps the spectators from questioning certain handling in the effect.

Master Flourish: The most technically demanding of the flourish genre. Master flourishes often take years of rehearsal to perfect.

Mechanics grip: The standard way to hold a deck of card prior to dealing.

Mentalism:  The field of magic in which various information is seemingly divined purely by the power of the mind.

Mexican Turnover: A card move in which, during the process of using one card to turn another tabled card over, the cards are secretly switched.

Micro Magic:  Closer than, and more specialized than close-up magic. This is where the performer is usually working for only one or two people.

Misdirection: An action of interest capserpents the audience attention. The process of guiding the audiences attention away from the modus operandi of an effect.

Modus Operandi: In magic, a term which refers to the secret method of an effect.

Mouth Coils:  Specially made packets which will fit into a person’s mouth and allow them to extract yards and yards of  three dimensional paper streamer.

Move: A physical action used in a magical routine. A move may either be obvious or invisible depending upon the demand of the trick.

N

Nail Nick:  The procedure of using the edge of the thumb nail to press down upon and there-by secretly ‘nick’ or mark a card or object.

Nail Writer:  A secret device, very small, often worn under the thumb nail or on the thumb. This gimmick holds a piece of pencil lead, and allows messages to be secretly written.

Nesting/Nested: A type of gimmick where a number of identical objects are manufactured to be concealed within each other.

O

Occult: Subject matter dealing with the darker side of the Supernatural.

One Ahead:
 A system or principle in mental magic for discovering information before the audience is aware you are doing so.

One-Way: A term generally referring to a deck of cards of which all are identical. Made mainly for forcing purposes. Term may also be applied to the back design of certain playing cards.

OOM:  Oil of Milk.  An oily substance which, when mixed with water produces a liquid which      resembles milk.

Out-Jogging: The act of shifting a card or number of cards outwards toward from body to facilitate a location of same.

Out To Lunch:  An effect and a principle all rolled into one.  The images on a printed card, usually of business card size and held as the top card of a stack with a rubber band, magically changes.

P

Palming: The act the concealing a small object in the hand unaware to the audience.

Paddle Move: A valuable sleight which give the illusion of two sides of a hand-held article being identical.

Parlor Magic:  In decades past, a parlor was a room in a home in which guests were entertained.  Parlor Magic refers to the style of magic given in intimate surroundings for small groups of people.

Patter: The scripting used in a magical routine.

Penetration: A type of magic which exhibits solid-through-solid.

Platform Tricks:  Magic which must be performed on platform or stage due to the size of the equipment or the distance required to make the trick effective.

Playing Cards: The single most extensively used prop in the entire realm of magic. Originally developed in the middle ages as a form of entertainent. Others claim that they are a modernized version of the infamous “Tarot Deck”. Modern day decks contain 52 different cards not counting jokers. They come in two sizes, Bridge and Poker. Two primary back colors, red & blue.

Poker Deck: The larger of the two American standard size playing cards.

Poker Shuffle: A type of riffle shuffle used by casino dealers.

Prearrangement: To set-up a deck or other prop beforehand to facilitate a magic trick.

Presentation: The entire magical effect including, the workings, speech and staging of the magic act.

Prestidigitation: French translation for “fast fingers”. Means quite literally, ” rapid fingerwork,”.  It refers specifically to handmovement, but in modern times has come to mean magic of all kinds.

Practice: One of the most important and neglected ingredients for the successful performance of magic.

Production: The article of a number of production apparently out of thin air.

Props:  Short for the technical term derived from the theater, ” properties”…refers to any object, seen or unseen which is handled by the magician.

Q

Q & A: A type of mental magic routine where the performer reveals information written down on small slips of paper by the audience. The information having been secretly obtained beforehand.

R

Reel:  A small device, spring activeated, which will retrieve or wind a length line back into it.

Release: The freeing of a number of ied or bound objects. Term used in escapes and penetration effects.

Repetition:  A ploy used to fool an audience by doing an innocent action often enough that it is not noticed when it changes into a secret move.

Retension: A charastic of human vision in which the image of an object is held by the optic nerve after it is no longer visible. A perfect example is the Retension Coin Vanish.

Reveal:  The means by which the end result of a certain effect,  such as the value of a chosen card, or the re-appearance of a coin is accomplished.

Reverse: In card magic a term used to in the indication of a selected card by magically reversing same.

Roll Down: a difficult flourish used in coin magic.

Rope Worker:  Yet another specialized act in magic.  This individual works the majority of his effects with rope…also utilizing ribbons, silks or rings to facilitate certain routines.

Roughing Fluid:  A substance which, when applied to cards causes them to slightly adhere to one another.

Ruse:  Fooling an audience by doing something openly which at the same time acts as cover for a secret move or action.

Routining: The act of combining individual magic effects to ascertain the best possible combination in an overall magic performance.

Roving: A style of performance where the entertainer strolls around to small groups of spectators exhibiting close-up magic rather than a set stand-up program.

S

S.A.M: Acronym for the “Society of American Magicians ™”.

Sandwiched: One card between two others, used in certain effects.

Scaling: The act of throwing cards out into an audience in such a way, and with such force that they often travel remarkable distances.  In some instances, the cards are sometimes made to circle back and return to the stage.

Seance Act: (see spirit act)

Self-Working: A misleading term used to indicate a trick which requires no sleight-of-hand.

Servante’: A secret ledge or bag used in the disposal of attainment of small object unaware to the audience.

Shaved Deck:  Deck which has been tapered at each side, making it wider at one end than at the other.  This allows specific cards turned end for end within the deck to be stripped out.

Short Card:  Playing card which has been made intentionally shorter than the rest in the deck. This card is used as a locator.

Shuttle Pass: A basic sleight in which an object in one hand is seemingly placed into the other  with a dumping or tossing motion.

Silent Act:  An act in which pantomime replaces the spoken word…usually performed to music.

Sleight: A physical move used in magic to bring about a misdirecting action.

Sleight-Of-Hand: General term for th use of sleights in the magical arts.

Simulation: Pretending something is so when it is not.

Spirit Act: The pretended use of spiritualism to seemingly contact those who have passed away.

Spot Card: Any playing card ace through ten.

Spring: A difficult flourish used to cause a deck of cards to fly from one hand to the other.

Spread: To lay a deck of cards out in a row on a table in a long even pattern.

Steal:  A term for the manner in which small objects which are attached to the body in a position of concealment are secretly obtained.

Stock: A portion or packet of cards used in a routine. A portion of a standard deck of cards.

Sucker Trick: An effect in which the spectator thinks he has figured out the secret, or caught the performer making a mistake…only to be proven wrong.

Supernatural: Subject matter dealing with the spirit world.

Suspension: Similar in concept to the levitation…but without the movement.  The object simply appears to be suspended in mid air.

T

Tarot Deck: An ancient deck of cards consisting of two sections. (Major & Minor Arcana). Used primarily to tell fortunes, the modern day magician often uses them to create magical effects with am occult mood. (see: Bizzare Magic)

Top of Deck: The position of the deck where the backs are uppermost.

Transposition:The act of causing one object to magically change places with another object. The act of causing an object to magically travel elsewhere.

Transformation: The act of causing one object to magically change into another object.

Trey: Another term for a three used in card games and magic.

Turnover: The act of simultaneously reversing an entire deck of cards after using the spread.

Trick: General term used to describe al forms of magic feats, stunts or experiments.

Trick/Gag:
A routine that starts off as a magic trick, but winds up having a humorous conclusion that may or may or may not be magical.

Traps: Secret Compartments in the magician’s table top or passageways in the floor of a stage.

Turn-Up: To deal a number of playing cards upwards during a routine.

Tumbler: A drinking glass or large cup used in magic.

U

Undercut: To cut the lower portion of a deck of packet of playing cards.

Underground: A potentially popular form of entertainment or communication that is not usually considered mainstream or commercial.

V

Vanish: Technical term for an effect in which a person or object disappears.

Volunteer:  An audience member employed by the magician to assist during a trick.

W

Wand: The sign of the magician. a small hand-held rod used for misdirecting purposes as well as the production of hand-held objects.

Waterfall: A difficult flourish used to drop cards singly from one hand to another in an apparently solid ribbon.

Wax (magician’s): A tacky type of wax used for conjuring purposes.

Wiztax: Double sided tape used to mimic the effects of magician’s wax.

Working pure: Performing magic utilizing sleight-of-hand as the main form of modus-operandi.

X

X-Ray Vision: A term used in magic to convince the audience of the performers ability to peer through solid objects.

Y

You-Do-As-I-Do: A premise in which the spectator mimics the actions of the magician. Often with humorous results.

Z

Zarrow Shuffle: Named after 20th century magician who developed it.

Zinab Deck: A once popular fanning deck produced by Abbott’s Magic. No longer made.

Subject not listed? Just e-mail us and ask, or check out the Devil’s Dictionary in the Dr.Om’s Treatise on Stagecraft for Magicians Cyber-Magic Textbook ™

 

Dr. Om’s magicschool program of study #3

MAGICSCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDY
BY DR. OM

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DR.OM’S SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTARY MAGIC LESSON XVII

MISDIRECTION

Because MISDIRECT1ON is essential to performing any magical illusion, Dr.OM is devoting the present installment to this important subject, at a juncture in the magic course at which the topic of misdirection is loomingly important The student should gain both concepts and techniques of misdirection from this, chapter and comprehend the component parts of the art of misdirection.

MISDIRCTION is the art of distracting audience attention away from the “dirty work” (hidden method) and focusing audience attention upon the magical illusion being overtly displayed. MISDIRECTION CONSISTS OF: 1) STEALING; 2) HOLDING; 3) WAITING; 4) PRODUCING; 5) VANISHING: AND DITCHING.

STEALING

Stealing, simply put, means obtaining an object from a body load, utility holder, pocket, table servante (hidden secret shelf), or chair servante. An assistant, dancer, or show band member are used to “slip” objects to a magician, for his later production, as well. Looking away from the source of the steal and fixing the eys on an object in the other hand, an on or offstage noise, the magician being upstaged by the motion of another actor or object onstage within the audience’s view, and/or distracting patter (talk) are misdirective, i.e. misdirecting the audience’s attention from what they should not see to what the magician wants them to see. If the magician looks at the audience, the audience will look at the magician. If the magician looks at a person or object, the audience will look.

HOLDING AND WAITING

A stolen object should not be immediately produced, but should be secretly concealed and held until the magician has moved his hand (when stealing small objects from the pocket, for example) or has moved his whole body (when stealing larger objects from a table, for example) away from the source of the steal, after the magician has had the concealing hand grasp another misdirective object such as a wand or after the magician has moved his whole body onto an open space away from furniture or other actors on the stage and has waited long enough before producing the concealed object.

VANISHING AND DITCHING

Vanishing is the effect experienced by the audience. Ditching is the method whereby the effect is achieved. A hand secretly holding an object may ditch (put) the object into a pocket in the apparent act of taking another object out of the same pocket, usually for use in a subsequent effect. The object to be ditched should be held in finger palm position, leaving the thumb and first and second fingers free to pick up from the pocket the object to be openly revealed, as motivation for going into the pocket, in the first place. An object concealed in finger palm position allows the hand to pick up the further misdirecting object, such as a wand or pencil, leading the audience to believe that nothing else but the wand or pencil is being held by the concealing hand.

FINGER PALMING A COIN
(From I.C.O.M Sleight-of-Hand Gallery)

OTHER USEFUL PALMS

ITALIAN THUMB PALM
(From I.C.O.M Sleight-of-Hand Gallery)

CLASSIC PALM
(From I.C.O.M Sleight-of-Hand Gallery)

SWITCHING CLOSE-UP

THE BOBO DROP

The Bobo drop is a method for switching one object for another. For instance, A penny is held in RIGHT finger palm position as a nickel is displayed held by the thumb and the first and second finger tips.

INITIAL BOBO DROP POSITION

The nickel is seemingly placed into the magician’s own LEFT hand, but is allowed to drop by gravity into RIGHT finger palm position as the penny is actually simultaneously dropped into the LEFT hand. The LEFT hand fingers simultaneously close to mask the falling penny and continues to close into a fist. The RIGHT band picks up a pencil from the RIGHT side pants or suit pocket, simultaneously ditching the nickel into the pocket and then with the pencil taps the LEFT hand, as the Left hand fingers squeeze the supposed nickel which is the actual penny against the palm, seeming to grind and compress the coin. The LEFT hand, then opens to reveal that the nickel has been transformed into a penny. Then, the RIGHT hand replaces the penny and pencil into the RIGHT pocket, thereby resetting the effect for the next performance.

SWITCHING ON STAGE

The magician moving from left to right stage holding a bouquet of white roses, passes behind a stage scenery tree with a shelf (servante) invisible to the audience holding a bouquet of red roses. The magician switches bouquet by dropping the white bouquet onto the shelf a picking up the red bouquet. The actions are executed quickly, such that when the magician emerges from behind the tree, the bouquet seems to have instantly and miraculously changed color. This effect is a piece of choreography which must be practiced until perfect.

READING LIST OF PLAYS DEALING WITH ILLUSION AND REALITY

Plays by Luigi Pirandello
August Strindberg’s “The Dream Play”
Kopit’s Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma Hung You in the Closet and I’M Feeling so Sad


DR OM’S MAGIC LESSON XVI

TO RESTORE TO WHOLE A PHYSICAL OBJECT WHICH HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN, CUT, TORN, SEVERED, MUTILATED, DECOMPOSED, BURNED, OR DESTROYED 

THE BACKGROUND

Robert Frost defined poetic metaphor as “.. .talking about something while seeming to be talking about something else.” In the poetry of the magical arts, Frost’s definition rings true. David Copperfield’s beautiful presentation of the classic “Snowfall In China” is marvelous, not only in the magical effect of the falling snow filling the entire stage but also, and perhaps primarily, in the metaphor of his storied recollection of the first snowfall he witnessed as a child. The story and the effect appeal because each of us has witnessed a first snowfall. The metaphoric meaning addresses the newness of all first time experiences to a child. That child and that thirst for newness are still within us. Show me a puzzle and I shall be bewildered. Show me a magic effect and I shall be amazed. Tell me a story and I shall remember it forever.

The metaphor of another classic, “The Miser’s Dream,” appeals to audiences because they experience a metaphoric expression of the universal need and desire for money. In “The Miser’s Dream,” coins are snatched from the air-would that it could be so.

Magicians of the historical past were able to create the illusion of severing the heads from animals and humans and then restoring them. Destroyed and restored effects appeal metaphorically to the audience desire to make whole again not only the physically but also the spiritually and emotionally destroyed in their lives. The “Guillotine Illusion” is one later version of head severing and restoration. “The Sawing a Lady in Half Illusion” was especially metaphorically meaningful during the nineteen thirties when so many were economically and emotionally trying to get their lives back together. The question might be asked: from what was Houdini escaping in the subconscious minds of his audience? Recently, David Blaine performed a variation of the old flagpole-sitting publicity stunt, which was popular during the great depression.

Was Blaine’s two-thousand-and-two audience subconsciously and metaphorically sitting it out and waiting with the performer for an ailing stock market to turn around?

After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the “Immolation Stage Illusion” would have great psychological impact. Seeing a beautiful young lady cremated in a coffin shaped oven and then seeing her restored to her whole self again would provide a metaphoric sub-text suggesting the restoration of the twin towers and all the lives so sadly lost when they fell in flames. There would be no need to back project images of the towers on a scrim. That would be funky over kill, and the metaphor of the effect would be powerful enough.

On a lesser scale, torn and restored effects would produce a similar catharsis in a close-up audience. Close- up magic or small prop stage magic employ simple props in miniature, which are no less metaphorically potent, by subconsciously suggesting the restoration of that which has been destroyed in metaphor by the actual props in use. The effect selected for this lesson may be performed almost impromptu anywhere with found objects.

THE TORN AND RESTORED NAPKIN

Overview

Do not underestimate the audience impact of this seemingly simple “trick” when well handled and presented with a story line patter tailor made to suit the persona of the performer.

Materials:

For the larger magician’s hands, whole paper napkins may be used. For smaller hands the napkin may be carefully cut into halves or even into quarters, preferably with scissors. Importantly, the two napkins or portions of a napkin must be identical.

Preparation:

The first napkin or portion is rolled into a tight ball and concealed in the left hand finger palm position.

The second napkin is held hanging by a corner between the first finger and thumb of the right hand and stroked downward by the left hand without flashing or dropping the concealed rolled napkin.

1) With the first, to be restored, napkin in finger palm position of the left hand, the second, to be torn, napkin is displayed downstage to the audience in hanging position by the right hand.

2) The right hand gently waves the napkin three times in the air and then performs a series of three passes of the right hand napkin through the left upward held palm.

3) On the first pass, the right second and third fingers and pinky, clip the first napkin ball, carrying it away hidden behind the second displayed napkin, as the left hand is gracefully and casually turned to the audience to reveal the palm empty.

4) On the second pass the rolled ball is re-deposited into the left hand, in the finger palm position, as the extended second and third fingers and the pinky of the right hand are held as if the right first finger and thumb are holding a tea cup, and gracefully and casually turn to the audience to be revealed empty.

5) The third pass is a misdirecting feint during which nothing happens. The second napkin is merely pulled through the left palm.

6) The free fingers of both hands now tear the second napkin into pieces and roll it into a tight ball, which is held between the first an second fingers and thumb of the right hand and displayed before the audience. (Never move too quickly. The audience must see everything of what you want them to see and see nothing of what you do not want them to see).

7) As the audience is so misdirected to look at the right hand display, the left hand forming a fist is turned thumb side upward.

8) The torn and balled napkin is stuffed gradually and by degrees into the well at the top of the left fist and pushed downward into the fist.

9) Before completely out of sight, the right fingers begin to alternately stuff at the top and pull at the bottom of the fistgradually and by degrees revealing the restored napkin. The stuffed torn napkin must be entirely concealed in the fist, before the restored napkin is entirely exposed to view.

10)When totally revealed. The restored napkin is conducted through a series of three passes, similar to that at the beginning.

1 l) On the first pass, the torn ball is carried away and the left hand revealed empty.

12) On the second pass, the torn ball is re-deposited in the left hand and the right hand is revealed empty.

13) On the third pass, the torn ball is again clipped, removed, and concealed by wrapping it secretly in the whole napkin and rolling both into a tight ball between the palms of both hands held with the back of the left hand facing the floor.

14) The Slydini vanish move (See Dr. OM’S lesson I) is performed.

15) The ball concealed in the right hand is sleeved.

16) Both hands are shown empty.

17) The magician bows and de-sleeves the rolled double napkin ball and ditches the ball, as reaching into the side coat pocket for a prop, perhaps a coin or a deck of cards, to be used in the next effect.

Tips:

Practice before a mirror to avoid flashing (exposing that which is concealed to the audience) and to move the hands gracefully and slowly for maximum display. Do not perform publicly, until your image in the mirror fools even you. DR. OM’s version of THE TORN AND RESTORED NAPKIN combines handling techniques of the napkin effect with dye tube color changing silk technique. Let your patter TELL A STORY compatible with your magician’s character. Only you should compose your patter. Do not use anyone else’s. PRACTICE and GOOD FORTUNE.

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Dr. Om’s magicschool program of study #2

MAGICSCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDY
BY DR. OM

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DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON V

I. TO TRANSPORT (CHANGE THE PLACES OF) TWO OR MORE PHYSICAL OBJECTS (Actually: two vanishments and two reproductions)

II. REQUISITE PROP MATERIALS: A deck of playing cards. (See Lesson IV)

III. REQUIRED SLEIGHT MASTERY: THE DOUBLE LIFT. (Review Lesson IV)

EFFECT: FOUR CARD TRANSPOSITION
This marvelous effect was revealed to Dr. OM by Master Magician BILL WISCH.

A spectator examines a deck of cards and picks any card from the deck. The magician culls three like cards from the remaining deck, for a total of four like cards, e.g: four aces, and arranges them in the order of: Ace of Spades, at bottom (with faces facing the magician), then: Ace of hearts; Ace of Clubs; and Ace of Diamonds, at the top of the packet. The important matter is that the four cards should be alternatingly black and red. The magician then turns the packet over with backs facing up, in the mechanic’s grip (See Lesson IV of the left hand. The order from the top of the turned over packet is now: A-S, A-H, A-C,and A-D.

The magician requests that the spectator hold out his hand, palm upward, to form a little table, upon which the magician may place cards.

The magician executes a double lift with his right hand turning the two cards over, revealing the face of the second card: the Ace of Hearts.

The magician replaces the two cards held as one back on top of the packet, still held in the mechanic’s grip. Lifting only the top card (Actually the Ace of Spades), he says: “I am going to place this Ace of Hearts on your hand.” He does so, actually placing the Ace of Spades face down on the spectator’s hand, saying: “Now you are holding the Ace of hearts.”

Simultaneously, he overhandedly grasps the remaining three cards in his left hand mechanic’s grip, by placing his right hand three fingers at the front edges and his thumb at the back edges of the packet.


PHOTO #1
Holding the cards so, in the overgripping right hand, he peels off the top card (Ace of Hearts) to the left, with the ball of his left thumb sliding it onto his left hand fingers and he places the Ace of Hearts at the bottom of the packet.


PHOTO #2
Doing so, he retains a thumb break, at the back of the two top cards (Now, the Ace of clubs on top of the Ace of Diamonds), by squeezing a bit of the the flesh of the ball of his thumb between the Ace of Hearts at the bottom and the two top cards and by angling the front edges of the two top cards downward at the front, to conceal the break being held at the back.


PHOTO #3
The magician’s hand is thusly positioned to execute the second double lift, which he does so, by turning his right hand over to the right, as before, to reveal the face of the bottom of the two cards (the Ace of Diamonds) to the spectator; the Ace of Hearts remaining on the palm of his left hand.

The magician replaces the two cards held as one back on top of the Ace of Hearts still held on his left palm, saying “Now, I’m going to put the Ace of Diamonds crosswise on top of the Ace of Hearts on your little platform.” He does so (Actually placing the top card: the Ace of Clubs on the spectator’s palm.

The magician says: “Now which card is on top? The Ace of Diamonds. Right? And which card is at the bottom. The Ace of hearts. Right? Now don’t forget which is which. Do you think I can make them change places by merely waving the two black cards over them-without touching them?”Doing so he says: “Ace of Diamonds on top and Ace of Hearts on the bottom.” He stops waving, saying: ‘There. I think that is done. Now turn over the top card to see if they have changed places.” The spectator does so and to his surprise reveals the Ace of Spades and then the Ace of Clubs. The magician turns over the Aces of Diamonds and Hearts he is holding, saying: “I don’t know how that happened. I guess I waved too hard.”

THE SURPRISING DENOUEMENT OF THIS REMARKABLE EFFECT IS
ENHANCED BY THE COINCIDENT COLOR CHANGE. THANK YOU, BILL WISCH.


DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON VI

DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON VI: TO CHANGE THE FORM OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT [METAMORPHOSIS] (Actually a vanishment and production)

PROP MATERIALS:

The principle and method for changing one small object into another small object remain the same, no matter what those small objects may be. For the sake of easily obtaining the prop materials for lesson VI, Dr. OM suggests using a penny and a nickel; the penny is to be transformed into the nickel. In addition, a small magic wand should be placed into either the right side jacket pocket or, if performing without a jacket, into the right side pants pocket. The penny and the nickel should be stored in the same pocket with the wand.

TECHNIQUE DESCRIPTION: THE FINGER PALM AND THE BOBO DROP OR THE ALTERNATIVE LEFT HAND PRECONCEALMENT

THE FINGER PALM

Concealment of a small object, in this case a nickle, in the crotch of the second and third and fourth fingers:

NICKLE IN FINGERPALM
THE BOBO DROP

With the nickel concealed in right hand finger palm position, the penny is held and displayed between the index finger and thumb of the same right hand. The right hand seems to place the penny into the open left hand but actually drops the right hand finger palmed nickel into the left hand as the left hand fingers close to mask the dropping nickel as the penny falls from the right index and thumb into the same finger palm position previously occupied by the nickel. The left hand is now holding the nickel and the right hand is holding the penny. Do not allow the two coins to clink together (talk) ,as the noise will give away the dirty work and the spectator will catch on.

SEQUENTIAL PHOTOS OF THE BOBO DROP MOVES

BOBO DROP #2

BOBO DROP #3
Exaggerated Magician’s Rear View

1. Penny display and finger palm concealment of nickel

2. Bobo drop of Exaggerated and retention of penny

ALTERNATIVE LEFT HAND PRECONCEALMENT

If at first, the BOBO DROP proves too difficult, use the left hand concealment, until able to execute the Bobo Drop in a smooth, continuous and quiet motion. The left hand concealment method simply requires holding the nickel in the in the left hand finger palm position and pretending to place the penny into the left hand while retaining it in the right hand, just as with the pom pom in lesson number one. Of course, when the LEFT HAND PRECONCEALMENT METHOD is used, the nickel should be stored in a left hand side pocket and the penny and wand in a right side pocket.

PRESENTATION (Using the Bobo Drop method)

Reach into the left hand pocket and scoop the nickel into finger palm position as grasping the penny between index finger (first finger) and thumb. Display the penny right in the spectator’s face, asking: “Do you see this penny?” Execute Bobo Drop with left hand now holding the nickel in your left fist with closed palm upward still in the spectator’s face and reach into the right hand pocket dropping (DITCHING) the penny and picking up the wand. (Reaching for the “wand” provides covering motivation for the ditch. While saying:“In ancient times, the alchemists were able to change a less valuable metal into a more valuable metal; lead into gold. All they had to was whisper the magic spell and wave a magic staff around the base metal.” Wave the wand back and forth under the back of your left hand. At the right instant, say. “DONE,” simultaneously opening the left hand to reveal the metamorphosed nickel.

When the alternative left hand preconcealment method is used, conceal the nickel in the left hand finger palm position before beginning the effect and wait a while before beginning. CONCEALING AND WAITING ARE MISDIRECTION TECHNIQUES.

After mastering the effect using a penny and a nickel, try the same method with other small objects. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.

NOTE: The BOBO DROP is named for its inventor, magician and author: BOBO.

NEXT INSTALLMENT VII, VIII, IX, X and XI.


Dr. OM’s Magic Lessons VII, VIII, IX, & X

Having exercised your imagination about the use of the BOBO DROP (switch) taught in lesson VI, you may have already devised the transpositions (substitutions; switches) for lessons VII, VIII, IX and X. If you have not, here’s how:

VII. TO CHANGE THE SIZE OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT-DIMINISHMENT (make smaller) or AUGMENTATION (make larger) (Actually a vanishment followed by a production).

1) Display a small red pom pom at the finger tips of the right hand.

2) BOBO DROP a right finger palmed larger or smaller red pom pom into the left hand.

3)With the right hand, reach into the right pocket ditching the smaller pom pom into the pocket and picking up a pencil or a mini-wand (which you can make by painting a four inch length of quarter inch dowel black and then painting about 1/2 inch of each tip white-use masking tape for neatness sake).

4) Wave the mini-wand OVER the left hand. Whisper a spell, if you wish.

5) Open the left hand revealing the “GROWN” pom pom.

VIII. TO CHANGE THE COLOR OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT-(Actually A vanishment followed by a production).

Perform with a red pom pom and a pom pom of another color and employ the same procedure as for VII, above.

XI. TO CHANGE THE WEIGHT OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT-(Actually a vanishment followed by a production).

Dr. OM’s ORIGINAL OVERWEIGHT SPONGE BALL

MATERIALS:

1) Two (2) identical One and one half (1 1/2) inch sponge balls

2) One (1) single edged razor blade

3) One (1) tube of TESTORS CEMENT FOR PLASTIC MODELS

4) One (1) one half (1/2”) steel ball bearing or lead ball, or a goodly quantity of steel nuts without bolts

PREPARATION

1) Place one sponge ball aside to be used as is.

2) With the single edged razor blade, cut the other sponge ball exactly in half as neatly as possible. Pressing the sponge ball flat makes the operation easier.

3) Hollow out each half as neatly as possible being careful not to tear the outer shells. If you do tear an outer shell, repair it by gluing a bit of left over rubber fragment to the INSIDE of the shell.

4) Glue the ball bearing to the inside of one shell, OR, if you are using steel nuts, fill both shells as full as possible with nuts letting them literally swim in glue. Make sure that all are securely glued or else they will “talk” (make a bean bag noise) during performance. Of course, a ball bearing will cause no such problem. Let dry thoroughly, and then glue the two shells together again at the cut edges, matching the edges which will inevitably be somewhat irregulary cut. Let dry thoroughly.

5) When dry pick off any residue glue and trim irregularities with a pair of manicure scissors. Apply dish soap and rub with a piece of fine sandpaper, then rinse, squeeze to get rid of excess water, fluff up, and let dry thoroughly. When dry, the loaded sponge ball should look reasonably like the unloaded. If not, go the other way and dirty up the unloaded ball by smearing it with a bit of glue, imitating the smears on the loaded ball.

6) Clean your fingers and hands with paint solvent or nail polish remover and lots of soap and water. It was a messy job.

Kids, do not attempt this project without help from an adult to help with cutting the ball and using the model cement.

PERFORMANCE

1) Place both sponge balls in right side coat or pants pocket with the pencil or mini-wand.

2) In concealment in the pocket, right finger palm the loaded sponge ball and emerge displaying the unloaded sponge ball at the right finger tips. Being careful not to expose the finger palmed loaded ball, exchange the unloaded ball from right to left fingertips while saying:

“As you well know, everyone is weight concious these days. Some people diet, some people exercise, and some people do both. Exercise alone tightens up but doesn’t necessarily take weight off. Take this rubber ball (handing it off to spectator), for instance. Weigh it in your hand. Light as a feather, isn’t it (taking the ball back with the right fingers and apparently tossing it into the left hand, but actually executing the BOBO DROP. Let the loaded ball show through the left grasping fingers an instant, for further misdirection, as turning the left hand over, palm downward and rubbing the displayed back of the left hand with the right index finger, for a moment. Then reach into right pocket for the pencil or mini-wand, saying:) This ball exercises, so it looks slim enough, but feel how heavy it really is.” (Drop the loaded ball into the spectator’s hand). FINIS

X. TO CHANGE THE TEMPERATURE OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT-(Actually a vanishment followed by a production).

Cut a piece of plexiglass into the same size as an ice cube from your own freezer tray. Finger palm an ice cube. Have the spectator hold and feel the plexiglass cube. Employ the BOBO DROP and the pencil or mini-wand ditching ploy and drop the ice cube into the spectator’s open hand. Watch the surprise at how cold it is. Magic is principally a visual art, but whenever possible, appeal to the other senses, as well.

NEXT INSTALLMENT: XI. TO PENETRATE A SOLID PHYSICAL OBJECT WITH ANOTHER SOLID PHYSICAL OBJECT


DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON: XI

To Penetrate a Solid Physical Object With Another Solid Physical Object

COMEDY CUT AND RESTORED NECKTIE & SHIRT THROUGH COAT ROUTINE AS PERFORMED BY DR.OM

EFFECT: A spectator is called up from the audience and asked to remove his tie and unbutton the top buttons of his shirt and to unbutton his shirt cuff buttons, as well. The spectator, having done so, is then asked to relax as the magician grasps the back of the spectator’s shirt collar and yanks the shirt upward and off, apparently passing through the spectator’s arms and coat.

INTRODUCED BY:
· pick pocketing;
· cut and restored necktie; and
· mock vanishment.

MATERIALS:
· Spectator/Assistant, Stooge (a stooge is a secret assistant), pre-dressed in rigged shirt;
· A somewhat oversized white dress shirt to fit spectator loosely;
· Two identical neckties;
· A two piece business suit worn by spectator/assistant;
· A pair of scissors;
· A large white bed sheet;
· A chair;
· A small applause sign concealed in stooge’s left inside suit coat breast pocket;
· Dinner table flatware wrapped in a large white napkin.

RIGGINGS:

CUT AND RESTORED NECKTIE: Identical necktie #1 is tied into a Windsor knot, but the broad end is not allowed to hang down as normal. Instead, it is tucked into the shirt leaving only the knot visible.

The broad end of the identical #2 necktie is cut to the same length as the concealed portion of tie H 1 and is neatly tucked into the knot to resemble a whole tie. The broad end of tie #2 is the portion to be cut during performance.

The concealed portion of tie #1 provides restoration.

SHIRT THROUGH COAT: The oversized shirt is donned cape-like, in that the arms do not go through the shirt sleeves. Instead, only the cuffs are buttoned around the wrists. The top three front buttons from the collar are buttoned; the remaining lower buttons are left unbuttoned. The tie to be cut and restored is donned, as described in cut and restored tie rigging above.

The shirt tails are loosely rolled upward and tucked into the pants belting so that they will not be sat on and prevent shirt removal. A loosely secured belt may be worn. NO suspenders or braces.

The suit coat is donned and buttoned to cover the unbuttoned bottom of the shirt.

The dinner table flatware is rolled into the white dinner napkin and placed into the
spectator/assistant’s right side coat pocket. The stooge is then seated in the audience.

NOTE: Some experimentation by magician and stooge, in order to get the costume rig right is recommended. Practice and rehearsal are required. Dr. OM has hilariously performed this classic routine with school principals, male teachers, social club presidents, and corporate executives, before school and adult audiences who just love the fun!

PERFORMANCE AND (PATTER)

Sir, yes, you sir. Would you be kind enough to come up on stage and assist me. Why thank you, and what is your name?

STOOGE: (tells his name)

MAGICIAN: Oh my, the Principal of the school, and where were you earlier?

STOOGE: (The Principal replies that he was at lunch at a popular local restaurant).

MAGICIAN: And what is that bulge in your pocket? (The magician grasps the napkin corners and pulls the napkin out of the stooge’s pocket allowing the flatware to clatter to the floor).

(AUDIENCE LAUGHTER)

MAGICIAN: Oh, I’m sorry for blowing your cover Mr. __________. I should have known you are the principal by the way you are dressed. What a beautiful suit (feeling the downstage lapel between the right thumb outside and the fingers under lapel with thumb rubbing outside of lapel). But your tie. It’s a bit too long, isn’t it? Don’t worry, I’ll fix it (producing scissors from upstage special pocket sewn into the magician’s coattail; magician grasps end of stooge’s tie and begins to clackingly open and close scissors menacingly).

STOOGE: (pleadingly) No! Nol (but magician cuts off bottom of tie and repeats cutting two more times, for a total of the magic three of a running gag, finally leaving only a stub of the tie remaining).

MAGICIAN: Don’t worry Mr. _________, I’ve done this a thousand times before. Now if you will sit down in this chair, firstly, I shall vanish you (holds up one finger). Secondly, I shall bring you back (holds up two fingers); and thirdly, your tie will be in one piece again (holds up two fingers again, implying that the magician can’t even count, much less bring the principal back with his tie restored).

STOOGE: I don’t know if I want to go through with this.

MAGICIAN: Don’t worry, (urging him into the chair) I’ve done this a thousand times and I’ve never been hurt.

STOOGE: OHHHHHHHH! (groaningly, as magician covers him almost entirely with the bed sheet leaving only the principal’ s feet conspicuously sticking out of the sheet. The magician pulls stooge’s shoulders back [through the sheeti into the chair from behind. As he does so, stooge raises legs horizontally from floor necessitating that the magician run around him downstage to push feet down to the floor again. Of course, then he must push shouldes [through the sheet] into the chair and then again has to push legs down to the floor finally getting it right by pushing on stooge’s shoulders and knees at the same time).

MAGICIAN: Now we are ready to vanish you. (Magician makes grandiose magical gesture with waving hands).

STOOGE: OHHHHHHHHH! (groaningly).

MAGICIAN: Are you still in there Mr. ____________

STOOGE: Yes (in a small fearful voice).

MAGICIAN: Let’s try again (repeats gesturing). Are you still in there?

STOOGE: Yes.

MAGICIAN: ONE MORE TIME! (repeats gesturing). Are you still in there?

STOOGE: No (pulling feet under sheet to vanish them. As all of this sight gag nonsense has been going on, the stooge has put the remaining stub of cut tie #2 into his coat pocket and pulled the tucked in broad end of the whole tie #1 from under his shirt. He has unbuttoned the top three buttons of his shirt and cuffs [make sure he does so or you’ll hang him].

MAGICIAN: There, it’s done. He is gone.

(AUDIENCE OBJECTIONS AND BOOING)

MAGICIAN: I’ll prove it. Are you in there?

STOOGE: No.

MAGICIAN: You see, he’s gone. Now to bring him back. (arm gesturing) ABRACADABRA! Have you come back yet?

STOOGE: No.

MAGICIAN: I’ll have to try harder. ABRACADABRAt HOCUS POCUS! SIM SALA BIM!
Are you returned?

STOOGE: Yes.

MAGICIAN: AHA! (pulling sheet away) You see I have made him come back (bowing), and

EUREKA: Mr. ____________‘s necktie is again in one piece (holding up the broad end of the tie on the palm of his left hand for audience to view).

STOOGE: (saying nothing takes out and displays applause sign from the inside left breast pocket of his suit coat)

MAGICIAN: And now Sir, prepare yourself for I shall remove your shirt right through your coat. (He does so by reaching under stooge’s suit coat collar by standing behind the stooge’s chair and grasping the back of the shirt collar and yanking the shirt off vertically.)

STOOGE: OHHHHHHHH! (in a high pitched voice). He is left in his undershirt and embarrassedly rushes to right stage and off into the right wings.

MAGICIAN: A big round of applause for Mr. __________. What a good sport.

FINIS


Dr. OM’S MAGIC LESSON XII

To Levitate a Physical Object

This lesson XII will be devoted to the flotation of a “SNOWBALL” ZOMBIE by employment of a MECHANICAL GIMMICK.

The next lesson XIII will be devoted to the classic FLOATING HANK utilizing a WIRE contrivance.

Lesson XIV will teach the THREAD method of performing the rising pencil from test tube.

The mechanical gimmick, or concealed MACHINE, for large stage illusions; wire; and thread provide the means for LEVITATION, FLOATATION, and ANIMATION of large or small physical objects. In close-up magic, so-called INVISIBLE THREAD or INVISIBLE ELASTIC are used. In stage magic, heavier wire or thread, larger gimmicks, and concealed heavy mechanical equipment are used.

Until the student can afford to purchase a ZOMBIE BALL set from a magic dealer, instructions for making an experimental set are included in this lesson. Sets may be purchased from BOBBY J. GALLO through I.C.O.M.

THE FLOATING SNOWBALL

Materials:

A. From a craft shop, obtain a STYROFOAM BALL, about three (3) inches in diameter.
B. Prepare a DOUBLE SILK thirty-six (36) inch square FOULARD (scarf), by having the two silk squares neatly stitched together as close to the edges as possible along the entire periphery.

Black silks are preferred, but the silks may be of any color, as long as they are opaque (cannot be seen through).

C. A sturdy WIRE HANGAR, from which the GIMMICK is fashioned, as follows:

1) From the hangar, cut a straight length of wire about fifteen (15) inches long, providing excess which can be trimmed later.
2) Straighten the length of wire, as cleanly as possible where the bends in the hangar occur, then rebend the wire in the following manner:

3) Pierce the center of the 3” Styrofoam ball with the 2 1/2’ portion of the gimmick thus formed:

4) Form a slight bow in the 12” length of wire to finish the gimmick.

Use white adhesive tape to reinforce attachment of the gimmick to the styrofoam ball. CAUTION: Do not use household or model cement to further reinforce, as the solvents will melt the styrofoam. If further reinforcement is desired, use white glue.

If the looped wire hurts the inserted third finger of the right hand, cover the loops with adhesive tape. Paint the entire gimmick with flat black metal paint.

Basic Performance

1) Place the gimmicked ball on a table facing the audience and. cover it with the foulard, in. such manner as the right hand third finger may be easily inserted in the loops:

2) Grasp upstage edge of the foulard consistently with first and second fingers anct pinkies of each band showing OVER edge of foulard and thumbs and third fingers UNDER foulard with right hand third finger inserted in the gimmick loops. Picking up the foulard and conceald gimmick and ball must be ptacticed until both hands move perfectly consistently and syncbronizedly without hesitancy in inserting the right third finger.

3) Holding the two corners, raise the foulard such that the gimmick and ball are hidden behind by slightly angling the gimmick downward. The third right finger and thumb are used to guide and lift the gimmick and ball.

4) Waving the foulard downstage toward the audiece, or practice mirror, or ‘ICR Camera, walk or dance gracefully downstage of the mounting table while with the thumb and third finger causing the gimmick to rise such tat the ball becomes visible from behind the foulard at the top edge; then, cause the gimmick and ball to fall behind the foulard in a vanishment.

These are the most basic moves of ZOMBIE. Once you have experimented and are convinced that you wish to add the full effect to your repertoire and have purchased a professional set, DR. OM recomends: Tim Wright’s video, titled ZOMBIE, as the difinitive study of the Zombie routine. Copies are available trough BOBBY GALLO and I.C.O.M.

Next Lesson : The Floating Hank


DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON XII

THE BACKGROUND

Roughly thirty years ago, in the realm of his musical performing, Dr. OM, while shopping for a new guitar, had thrust into his hands a quite beautiful instrument, by a salesman. The guitar was beautiful but encumbered with all kinds of heavy metal levers and gadgets. Dr. OM drew a laugh from the salesman by commenting: “This is a great guitar but what is all the plumbing for?”

The salesman replied through a chuckle, “Well, for instance, this chromed lever, if depressed, will stretch the strings and bend the tones into a smear.” “But I produce a smear with my fingers. I don’t need a lever,” answered Dr. OM. “Yeah, but these young rockers can’t do it with their fingers. They need a lever.” “So skill and technique is driven out by technology,” lamented Dr. Om. “I guess so,” shrugged the salesman. Needless to say, Dr. OM chose an even better guitar: a Gibson L-5, which he has been playing, ever since. Dr. OM fancies himself to be a minstrel-mountebank of an innocent bygone time.Earlier in the day, on this Sunday, before sitting down to write up the current lesson, Dr. OM and Mother Goose, Mrs. OM, visited their daughter. The grandchildren were watching television. Dr. OM was attracted to a toy company’s advertisement with the same feeling he had experienced when holding the plumber’s special. The toy is a levitation device which will cause a ball, about the size of a ping pong ball, to levitate, float through a limited air space, and land in a cup shaped receptacle; additional small objects are provided by the manufacturer, for the sake of variety. The clever device appears to be a miniature version of a piece of apparatus given to Dr. OM by a retired magician, which, by means of an air pump, serves to levitate a balloon.

Dr. OM, thinking of all the study and practice that magicians undergo, in order to perform animation and levitation, suffered consternation at the reduction to toy land he had witnessed; another instance of skill and technique driven out by technology. However, knowing how way gives way to way, and being aware of the obsolescence of the popular toy, Dr. OM has decided to purchase the levitation device and save it in a drawer. Dr. OM will wait until the toy is forgotten. Perhaps, he will mount it where it cannot be seen in his magic table top, in the manner of a black art well, and employ it to levitate small objects, as a modulation to the levitating balloon, in a sequence, yet to be organized into an animation routine.

What is a minstrel to do in this modern age of chromed levers? What is a magician to do in this modern age of cinematic special effects? Is not a magician dependent upon the innocence of the audience? How could Houdin get away with his magnetic box these days?

How could Merlin get away with vanishing and producing potatoes from his sleeves? How does the modem magician without the funds to produce a ten-million-dollar illusion on the grand scale get along?

MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AND BEAUTIFUL MAGIC, IF YOU CAN. BE AN ENTERTAINER. PLAY UPON YOUR UNIQUE PERSONALITY. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INTIMACY OF LIVE PERFORMANCE, BOTH ON STAGE AND CLOSE UP. INTERACT WITH YOUR AUDIENCE. EN JOY YOUR WORK. THAT’S THE ONLY ANSWER.

Furthermore, incorporate any technology, gaff, or gimmick, which will enable the transformation of a conjuring effect into a minor miracle. Do not hesitate to utilize a device, thinking that to do so is cheating, if it will enhance your performance. The great magicians, throughout the history of magic and to the present day, have done so. Devices do not necessarily preclude skill and technique in the masterly employment of a slight, move, subtlety, or misdirection. In any case, if effective, the audience has no idea but guesswork about how you did it.

THE FOREGROUND

Levitation, treated in a previous lesson, is in fact, a species of ANIMATION, as defined in the title of this present chapter. A variety of methods exist for the animation of an object, such as masked thread, invisible thread, wire, and mechanical and electronic gimmickry. As an introduction to animation, the masked thread method is treated herein, because it is the easiest to manage. The effect presented is:

THE ANIMATED HANK IN BOTTLE.

Without the aid of offstage assistants, the performance of The Animated Hank in Bottle is possible in a limited fashion.

The Effect

The audience sees a dormant hank (red silk) lying in a crumpled heap at the bottom of a gallon jug sitting on a table. The magician mysteriously approaches the jug, lifts it from the table, peers at the hank within, and resets the jug on the table. He then, by means of magical gestures, causes the hank to move within the bottle, rise upward and partially emerge from the mouth of the bottle, and then descend to the bottom. The sequence isrepeated, but the second time, the hank sinks to it’s original sleeping posture at the bottom of the jug.

PROPS

1) A GALLON WINE JUG WITH A HOLE DRILLED THROUGH AND POLISHED SMOOTH, BY YOUR LOCAL GLAZIER. THE HOLE SHOULD BE AS CLOSE TO THE FLOOR OF THE JUG AS POSSIBLE, WHILE STILL ALLOWING CLEARANCE FOR A THREAD OR FILAMENT TO PASS THROUGH.

2) A FILAMENT: PREFERABLY, STRONG BLACK NON-GLOSS THREAD SUCH AS BUTTON THREAD OR UPHOLSTERING THREAD, OR BLACK FISHING LINE OF AN APPROPRIATE GAUGE TO BE STRONG ENOUGH, YET INVISIBLE ENOUGH TO DO THE JOB. IN THE OLD DAYS, A MAGICIAN WOULD PLUCK A LONG HAIR FROM HIS WIFE1 S HEAD TO OBTAIN A PROPER FILAMENT FOR LIGHT OBJECTS SUCH AS A PLAYING CARD. CURRENTLY, INVISIBLE THREAD IS EASILY AVAILABLE OR CAN BE DRAWN FILAMENT BY FILAMENT FROM A PAIR OF BLACK PANTY HOSE. THREAD FOR HEAVIER OBJECTS IS MORE DIFFICULT TO COME BY, BECAUSE OF POTENTIAL BREAKAGE OR VISIBILITY.

2) A THREE WAY SCREEN COVERED IN BLACK CLOTH OR BLACK CLOTH THREADED THROUGH WITH MULTI COLORED THREADS. SOMETIMES GLOSSY IS BETTER; SOMETIMES NON GLOSSY IS BETTER. THE CHOICE MUST BE DETERMINED BY EYE AND BY THE NATURE OF THE THREAD EMPLOYED. STUDY A SPIDER WEAVING ITS WEB. KLAMM MAGIC SELLS AN EXCELLENT BLACK DROP CLOTH SUSPENDED ON A WOODEN FOLDABLE FRAME, WHICH IS MUCH BETTER THAN OTHER ALUMINUM FRAMES. DR. OM WEIGHTS DOWN HIS FRAMES WITH COMMON BRICKS COVERED IN BLACK SOCKS STITCHED CLOSED. BACKDROPS OF ANY SORT OTHER THAN STAGE FLATS PAINTED FLAT BLACK ARE NOT EFFICIENT OUT DOORS IN A BREEZE OR WIND, BUT THEN, NEITHER IS THREAD WORK EFFICIENT UNDER SUCH CONDITIONS. THE PURPOSE OF A BACK DROP IS, OF COURSE, TO RENDER THE THREAD WORK NON VISIBLE.

3) A TWELVE INCH RED SILK FOLDED IN HALF CADDY CORNER WITH A KNOT TIED AT THE TOP TO APPEAR AS THE “HEAD” OF THE HANK WITH A SHORT LENGTH OF THE SILK EMERGING ABOVE THE KNOT AND THE LARGER BALANCE OF THE LENGTH OF SILK HANGING BELOW THE KNOT.

RIGGING

ONE END OF THE FILAMENT IS TIED OR SEWN JUST BELOW THE HANK KNOT, THE OTHER END OF THE FILAMENT IS PASSED THROUGH THE OUT SIDE HOLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE JUG AND PASSED UP THROUGH THE MOUTH OF THE JUG. TURN THE JUG UPSIDE DOWN TO MAKE THE PROCESS EASIER. THE SECOND FREE END OF THE FILAMENT, NOW EMERGED FROM THE JUG MOUTH MUST BE SEWN, NOT TIED TO THE TIP OF THE TAIL OF THE HANK. (CAUTION DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO THIS INSIDE THE JUG AS IT WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT.) BOTH ENDS OF THE HANK ARE NOW ATTACHED TO A LARGE LOOP OF FILAMENT. DROP THE HANK THROUGH THE MOUTH INTO THE JUG WHERE IT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY JUST LIE THERE AT THE INSIDE BOTTOM OF THE JUG. THE APPARATUS IS NOW RIGGED AND SET. THE HEIGHT OF THE TABLE AND LENGTH OF THE FILAMENT MUST BE DECIDED BY THE INDIVIDUAL PRACTITIONER’S COMFORT LEVEL, AND SOME EXPERIMENTATION WILL BE REQUIRED.

METHOD

WHEN INITIALLY PICKING UP THE JUG, AS DESCRIBED UNDER “EFFECT” ABOVE, BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT THUMBS ARE SLIPPED THROUGH THE FILAMENT LOOP. WHEN THE JUG IS SET DOWN AGAIN, THE LOOP REMAINS HOOKED INTO EACH THUMB CROTCH. SEPARATING THE HANDS ABOVE THE JUG IN A MAGICAL GESTURE WILL DRAW THE FILAMENT TAUGHT. RAISING THE RIGHT HAND, WITHOUT RESISTANCE FROM THE LEFT, WILL CAUSE THE HANK TO ASCEND; LOWERING THE LEFT AND RIGHT HANDS WILL CAUSE THE HANK TO DESCEND. RAPID MOTION OF THE HANDS WILL CAUSE THE HANK TO WIGGLE IF THE FILAMENT BREAKS, A HEAVIER DUTY IS NECESSARY. FROM HERE ON IN THE REST IS UP TO THE MAGICIAN’S EXPERIMENTATION, ACTING, AND INTERACTING WITH THE MOTIONS OF THE HANK. AS WITH THE DANCING CANE, TOO LONG EXPOSURE MAY RESULT IN DETECTION BY AUDIENCE DEDUCTION THAT THE HANK IS ON A STRING. DO NOT OVER KILL.

GOOD LUCK.


DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON XIV

Rising Pencil From Test Tube (The Thread Method)


The three effects in floatation or levitation treated in this series are chosen for the express purpose of illustrating the three possible methods: 1) Mechanical Gimmick 2) Wire; and 3) Thread. If you can floatate or levitate without employing one of these methods, you are either using forced air or you are a supernatural magician. To further clarify Dr. OM defines LEVITATION, as causing the self or another physical object to rise from the floor or ground; he defines FLOATATION, as not only causing the self or another physical object to rise from the floor or ground, but also to cause the self or another physical object to move through the air: up and down and side to side, that is to FLY.

THE PENCIL RISING IN THE TEST TUBE illustrates the thread method. Be it clearly known that once you have learned the methods, the rest is left to your own imaginative invention: the what and how to float, and the presentation, as an actor performing the character of a magician in a play.

See DR. OM’S TREATISE ON SHOWMAANSHIP AND STAGECRAFT FOR THE PERFORMING MAGICIAN, to learn about assuming a persona and all the other critical ingredients of theatrical performance. It don’t mean a thing, if it a’int got that swing.

MATERIALS:

1) One standard laboratory test tube;

2) One three quarter length of sharpened pencil. The top of the pencil must not protrude above the mouth of the test tube, once inserted;

3) Superfine black thread, or, better INVISIBLE THREAD purchased from I.C.O.M (or magic dealer) or drawn carefully from easily obtained panty hose; and

4) One button to color match the suit coat or vest.

INVISIBLE THREAD RIGGING:

PRESENTATION:

The test tube and pre-inserted pencil are removed from the outside breast pocket of the suit coat and are extended by the left hand. As the magician makes several magical gestures at the props with his right hand, his body moves gradually, slowly, unnoticeably back from them. He does not farther extend his left hand. The movement backward of the body causes the invisible thread to grow taut and magically raise the pencil such that it protrudes from the mouth of the test tube.

ADVICE:

1) Move backward slowly;

2) Do not allow the pencil to rise too high or it will fall out of the test tube and hang there, thereby blowing the effect; and

3) Do not extend the left arm to cause the levitation; let the body’s backward movement do it all, in order produce the illusion.


DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON XV THE FLOATING HANK (Thread Method)

As previously stated, the three effects in flotation or levitation, treated in this series, are chosen for the express purpose of illustrating the three possible methods: 1) Mechanical Gimmick Method; 2) Wire Method; and 3) Thread Method. There is a fourth method which employs air forced out of a machine, not unlike the blower side on a vacuum cleaner, which is used to float light objects, such as balloons, feathers, and confetti.

THE FLOATATION OR DANCING HANK represents the WIRE METHOD:

MATERIALS

1) A red magician’s silk, about nine inches square; and
2) A piece of piano wire.

(A commercial version called “DANCING MATILDA” may be purchased from I.C.O.M or your favorite magic dealer)

The color of the silk is left to the student to choose. DR.OM uses either red or white. The term HANK should be used with audiences. Do not say SILK.

METHOD

With the right hand thumb thrust into the wire loop and hidden behind the silk, the fingers of the right and left hands move magically to right and left of the silk. Never expose the right thumb, but wiggle it behind the silk to secretly cause the silk to bounce and dance. Practice before a mirror moving the dancing silk downstage toward the audience and upstage toward your face and vertically up and down keeping your eyes always on the silk. ACT. . .ACT.. .ACT Use your imagination. Have an idea of what the silk represents and accordingly kiss it or bite it, have it elude you, cause it to tickle you under the nose, sneeze. The presentation is up to you and must fit your show. The expressions on your face are of utmost importance. The silk becomes a puppet OR A PERSON with whom you interact.

For a more sophisticated version of The Dancing-Floating Handkerchief, which requires an offstage assistant, see BOBBY J. GALLO’S description in the I.C.O.M KID SHOW KONSERVATORY. Some of his ideas may be applied to this one man version.

See as well: DR. OM’S TREATISE ON SHOWMANSHIP AND STAGECRAFT FOR THE PERFORMING MAGICIAN, For for tips on stage presence and acting. ENJOY.

Dr. Om’s magicschool program of Study #1

 

MAGICSCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDY
BY DR. OM

Here it is! The world’s first step-by-step course on “How To Become A Magician!” We are honored a proud to have the world’s finest magic teacher, Dr. Oscar Mucariello teach “you” the I.C.O.M member the CORRECT way to perform magic. Over time, lessons will be added to this forum until it becomes the DEFINITIVE course on legerdemain. So strap yourself in, get a big bowl of popcorn, a deck of cards, some coins and a generous supply of pom, poms, (you’ll see) and open up your mind to the most prolific man in magic…Dr. Om!


Lesson I

ANNOUNCING..ANNOUNCING…ANNOUNCING..ANNOUNCING

HEAR YE:
Hereby is initiated the new
INTERNATIONAL
CONSERVATORY OF MAGIC (I.C.O.M) MAGICSCHOOL PROGRAM OF
STUDY,
on four successive levels:

1) RUDIMENTARY MAGIC; NOVICE LEVEL; INSTRUCTOR(S): Dr. OM

2) INTERMEDIATE MAGIC; APPRENTICE LEVEL; INSTRUCTOR(S):

3) ADVANCED MAGIC; JOURNEYMAN LEVEL; INSTRUCTOR(S):

4) MASTER CLASS; WIZARD LEVEL; INSTRUCTOR(S)

The student may begin studies at any appropriate level, and yet review earlier levels of study, as needed, or desired.


I.C.O.M MAGICSCHOOL CURRICULUM SYLLABUS ON EACH LEVEL.

STATED IN:

STUDENT BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES

1) TO VANISH A PHYSICAL OBJECT;

2) TO REPRODUCE A PHYSICAL OBJECT;

3) TO PRODUCE A NOT PREVIOUSLY VANISHED PHYSICAL OBJECT;

4) TO TRANSPORT (TO CHANGE THE LOCATION OF) ONE PHYSICAL OBJECT (Actually: a vanishment and reproduction);

5) TO TRANSPOSE (CHANGE THE PLACES OF) TWO OR MORE PHYSICAL OBJECTS (Actually: two vanishments and two reproductions);

6) TO CHANGE THE FORM OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT (Actually a vanishment and a production);

7) TO CHANGE THE SIZE OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT-DIMINISHMENT (smaller) or AUGMENTATION (larger)-(Actually: a vanishment and a production);

8) TO CHANGE THE COLOR OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT (Actually a vanishment and a production);

9) TO CHANGE THE WEIGHT OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT Actually a vanishment and a production);

10) TO CHANGE THE TEMPERATURE OF A PHYSICAL OBJECT-Hot to cold or cold to hot-(Actually a vanishment and a production);

11) TO PENETRATE A SOLID PHYSICAL OBJECT WITH ANOTHER PHYSICAL OBJECT;

12) TO LEVITATE A PHYSICAL OBJECT;

13) TO ANIMATE (seem to bring to “life;” to cause to move) A PREVIOUSLY INANIMATE (lifeless; motionless) PHYSICAL OBJECT;

14) TO RESTORE TO WHOLENESS A PHYSICAL OBJECT WHICH HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CUT, SEVERED, MUTILATED, DECOMPOSED, OR DESTROYED; and

15) TO ACCELERATE A NATURAL PROCESS SUCH AS INDUCING THE GROWTH OF A SEED RAPIDLY INTO A FLOWER.

MENTAL MAGIC (MENTALISM; MIND CONTROL);

16) TO PRECOGNATE (FORETELL; PREDICT; AGUR; SOOTHSAY; PROGNOSTICATE; PROPHESY; FOREBODE) AS AN ACT OF SEEMING CLAIRVOYANCE;

17) TO COMMUNICATE TELEPATHICALLY THROUGH EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION (ESP);

18) TO TRANSFER A THOUGHT TO THE MIND OF ANOTHER;

19) TO IMPOSE A THOUGHT UPON THE MIND OF ANOTHER;

20) TO HYPNOTIZE ANOTHER MIND;

21) TO SELF HYPNOTIZE; and

22) TO MENTALLY INFLUENCE, MOVE, MUTILATE, OR AFFECT IN ANY WAY, EITHER ANIMATE OR INANIMATE OBJECTS (TELEKINESIS).

23) TO ACCOMPLISH EACH OBJECTIVE BY FIAT OF (means of; way of) ONE OR MORE OF THE CONJURER’S TECHNIQUES, AS FOLLOW:

A) SLEIGHT OF HAND;

B) MAGICIAN’S MISDIRECTION;

C) ACTOR’S MISDIRECTION;

D) VERBAL LIFE MISDIRECTION (Patter);

E) PHYSICAL LIFE MISDIRECTION (Body Language);

F) GIMMICK (A mechanical or electronic aid to the manipulation of a prop);

G) GAFF (An alteration of the original state of a prop, for instance: changing one of the pips (suit indicators) on a card, e.g: diamond to heart);

H) UTILITY PROP: (Hidden mechanical, electronic, or chemical device);

I) PREARRANGEMENT ( e.g: a stacked deck);

J) SALTING (Hiding objects about the venue before a performance);

K) SECRET ASSISTANTS PLANTED IN THE AUDIENCE (Stooges);

L) MATHEMATICAL INFLUENCE OR DETERMINATION; or

M) BY ANY OTHER KNOWN OR UNKNOWN SUBTERFUGE UNDER THE MOON. LESSON MODEL FOR UNIFORMALLY FAMILIAR FORMAT OF STUDY

I. OBJECTIVE STATEMENT

II. REQUISITE PROP (Properties) MATERIALS

III. TECHNIQUE DESCRIPTION (Sleights, moves, gaffs, gimmicks, etc.)

IV. CHARACTER ESTABLISHMENT (PERSONA)

V. MOTIVATION

VI. BELIEF IMPROVISATION:

VII. PRACTICE TIPS

VIII. REVIEW AND ELABORATION

IX. EFFECT APPLICATIONS (For carry-over of learnings to other magical effects)

X. CRACKERBARREL THOUGHTS


Lesson II

 

LESSON NUMBER ONE

I. OBJECTIVE: TO VANISH AND TO REPRODUCE (Reappear) A POM POM

II. PROP MATERIALS: POM POMS ARE EASILY OBTAINED FROM HOBBY AND CRAFT STORES, IN A VARIETY OF SIZES TO SUIT EACH STUDENT’S HAND SIZE. PINK POM POMS ARE PERHAPS THE CLOSEST TO HAND PALM SKIN COLOR FOR AVOIDANCE OF DETECTION.

III. TECHNIQUE DESCRIPTION:

(MOVE A)

PRACTICE PLACING A POM POM INTO YOUR LEFT HAND, AFTER PICKING IT UP FROM THE TABLE WITH THE RIGHT HAND. NOTICE THE WAY YOU NATURALLY PLACE THE POM POM INTO YOUR LEFT HAND AND YOUR PERSONALLY NATURAL WAY OF CLOSING YOUR LEFT HAND AROUND THE POM POM. REPEAT AND OBSERVE, OVER AND OVER AGAIN, UNTIL YOU RAISE THE ACTION TO THE LEVEL OF YOUR OWN CONSCIOUSNESS

IV. CHARACTER ESTABLISHMENT (Your character must captivate and hold your audience from the first moment “on stage”):

BELIEVE YOU ARE AN AVARICIOUS PERSON, A MISER.

V. MOTIVATION:

BELIEVE YOU ARE PLACING AN OBJECT OF GREAT MONETARY VALUE INTO YOUR LEFT HAND.

VI. BELIEF IMPROVISATION:

BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE A MISER PLACING AN OBJECT OF GREAT MONETARY VALUE INTO YOUR LEFT HAND AND LEAVING IT IN YOUR LEFT HAND, WHICH IS ACTUALLY EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

VII. PRACTICE TIPS

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETAIN THE POM POM (Object of great monetary value) WITH THE RIGHT HAND, UNTIL PLACING THE POM POM NATURALLY BECOMES SECOND NATURE. DO NOT “ACT OUT” THE ACTION, THE CHARACTER, AND THE MOTIVATION,

SLEIGHT A:

RETAIN THE POM POM IN YOUR RIGHT HAND WHILE SEEMING TO PLACE THE POM POM INTO YOUR LEFT HAND, IN THE SAME WAY AS WHEN ACTUALLY DOING SO. BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY LEAVING THE POM POM IN THE LEFT HAND. REMEMBER WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE TO DO SO (Sense memory, in this case sight memory); REMEMBER WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO DO SO (Body memory) SEE AND FEEL THE SAME WAY.

Practice placing a small pom pom into the left hand with the right hand, by actually doing so and memorizing how your own action appears to you. Do so, over and over again, before REST PALMING it in the right hand and closing the left hand fingers over the now empty left palm, but BELIEVE that the pom pom is in the left hand. The left hand fingers close, as the pom pom is seemingly deposited into the left hand. The left hand moves about five inches to the left, as if taking the pom pom away, as the right hand remains perfectly still and in place. If the right hand were to move and the left hand remain still, the illusion would be lost., because the right hand would be seen as taking the pom pom away, which in actuality it would be doing, but your intent is to have the spectator see the left hand taking the pom pom away.

1) In the case of vanishing a small object such as the pom pom, have the fingertips of the left hand close to rest upon the “Life Line,” at the base of the ham of the thumb.

 
2) In the case of vanishing a somewhat larger object, have the fingertips of the left hand rest as far over the ham of the thumb as they can reach.

 
3) In the case of vanishing a yet larger object, have the fingertips of the left hand rest as far over the ham of the thumb, as in (2), but extend the tip of the first finger to rest upon the first joint of the second finger and puff up the hand implying an object of larger size is being held in the left hand.

 
Meanwhile, retain the pom pom in the THUMB PALM (ITALIAN PALM), at the base of the thumb and first finger, allowing the tip of the thumb to protrude above the first finger knuckle, lending a naturally empty appearance to the right hand. Do not move the right hand.

THE SLYDINI MOVE

Having registered that the pom pom is in the left hand, rub the left hand fingers against the the left hand thumb and thumb ham, as if massaging the pom pom. Turn the left fist over upstage toward you and and for the first time moving the right hand, magically rub the back of the left fist with the right hand extended fingers with thumb upstage toward you. Rub magically, as if the action is vanishing the pom pom, and simultaneously incline your head to the left looking down at the back of your left hand with your face half-downstage toward the audience. All of the hand action is to be performed at about breast level.

Once the vanish is registered, turn the left hand over again and, with palm facing upward, lightly toss the now seemingly invisible pom pom into the air, letting the eyes follow it in its assent. The tossing left hand should not rise above the chin. Say one thousand to yourself (marking one second); reach up with the right hand pushing the pom pom to the right hand fingertips with the right hand thumb, as you pull the right hand back down again about three inches producing the pom pom at the tips of of the right hand fingers at the stopping point.

NOTE: Other small objects, other than pom poms may be so vanished and reproduced, such as: sponge balls, coins, dice, jacks, cotton balls, rolled up pieces of napkins, cherries, olives, or grapes (being careful not to squish), in other words: any small object.

IX. EFFECT APPLICATION: ONE, TWO, THREE, AND OUT (WITH OPTIONAL CLIMAX)

WHAT THE SPECTATOR SEES:

Three small pink pom poms are displayed in a row on the table top. The magician places two of the pom poms into his right hand and the third into his right side pocket. When the magician opens his left hand, it holds three of the pom poms which he pours back onto the table top. Advising the spectator to pay closer attention, the same actions are repeated a second time, but, again, the pom pom placed into the side pocket magically rejoins the two in the magician’s left hand. The magician then causes all three pom poms to be vanished from the left hand, to be replaced by a climactic giant pom pom.

PROPS:

Four small pink pom poms ( Notice that you are showing three, but are working with four; the fourth is concealed) and one pom pom about three times the size of the small. Note: pink provides the best camouflage against the skin color of the palm of the hand. If the student prefers, sponge balls may be used, instead.

SET-UP:

Place the four small pom poms and the giant pom pom in the right side coat or pants pocket.

PERFORMANCE, PART I:

1) With the right hand, remove the four small pom poms from the right pocket. In the confines of the pocket, hidden from view, first place the fourth concealed pom pom in rest palm position,at the bases of the third finger and pinky, then grasp the three to be displayed with the first and second fingers and thumb. Remove the right hand from the pocket, first displaying them and then laying them in a row on the table top.

2) Point to each of the tabled three pom poms with the right first finger ( Thus avoiding suspicion that the right hand is concealing a fourth pom pom. if you wish, a wand may be used to point, providing even more misdirection, because a hand holding a visible object is psychologically not suspected of holding a non-visible object), Saying: “One, two, three. This is an arithmetic test.”

3) Pick up the first pom pom, at the right, with the right fingers, and display it and actually placing it on the left palm, saying: “One.”

4) Pick up the second pom pom with the right hand, actually placing it in the left hand, saying “two,” but as well drop the rest palmed concealed pom pom into the left hand, at the same time. Curling the left hand fingers upward will mask (conceal) the action and not reveal that the left hand actually holds three pom poms, as the fingers close over the three pom poms.

5) Casually reveal the right hand empty, as picking up the third pom pom from the table, saying: “and the third goes into my pocket.” Do not make a flourish of displaying the right hand empty.

6) Seemingly place the apparent “third” pom pom remaining on the table, into the right side pocket. While still in the pocket conceal the pom pom in rest palm position.

7) Remove the right hand concealing the pom pom from the pocket and tap the left clenched fist, saying: “Now, how many are in my hand?” The spectator will generally say “two.”

8) Pour the three pom poms onto the table saying: “You have to pay closer attention.” (OUT): If the spectator guesses, saying: “three,” say: You know, you’re pretty good at this. Let’s try it again.” (In performance, “outs” are most important. An “out” is A WAY OUT of an undesired response, when a spectators try to out trick you, as they often will, or when something goes wrong, in the execution of an effect, because of your own error).

9) Pick up one pom porn with the right hand, placing it in the left hand, saying: “one.”

10) Pick up the second pom pom, with the right hand, placing it into the left hand, saying: “two,” but drop the rest palmed concealed pom porn, into the left hand at the same time. Curling the left fingers upward will again mask the three pom poms, actually held in the left hand, as the fingers close over the three pom poms.

11) Casually reveal the right hand empty, as picking up the still tabled “third” pom pom, again, saying: “and the third goes into my pocket.” Do not make a flourish of displaying the right hand empty.

12) Actually place the “third” pom pom into the right side pocket, leaving it there and steal ( secretly pick up) the giant pom pom concealed, in the rest palm position.

13) Remove the right hand from the pocket, concealing the giant pom pom and tap the left clenched fist, saying: “Now, how many are in my hand?”

14) If the spectator says “two,” say: “I told you, you have to pay closer attention.” If the spectator guessingly says: “three,” say.” You know, you’re getting better at this,” as you pour the three pom poms onto the table.

FINALE, PART III:

15) Point to each of the tabled three pom poms, with the right first finger, still concealing the giant pom pom in rest palm position, saying: one,two, and three.”

16) Pick up one pom porn with the right hand, actually placing it in the left hand, saying: “one.”

17) Pick up the second pom porn with the right hand and seemingly place it in the left hand, but actually steal the first om pom from the left hand, with the right hand, and drop the giant pom pom into the left hand. quickly curling the left hand fingers upward and closing them in a fist will mask the giant porn pom.

18) With the right hand pick up the third pom pom from the table (with the first two pom poms concealed in finger palm position, at the bases of the second and third fingers of the right hand), saying: “and the third goes into my pocket,” actually depositing all three small pom poms into the side pocket.

19) Remove the empty right hand from the pocket, casually revealing it to be empty. Tap the back of the clenched left hand, saying: “Now, how many do I have in my hand?”

20) Irrespective of the spectator’s response, ask the spectator for his hand. When offered, say: “No, the clean one.” Receive the back of the spectator’s hand, in your right hand, both held palm upward. Place the giant pom pom into the spectator’hand with your left hand held palm downward. Close the spectator’s fingers over the giant pom pom with your right hand, asking: “Now, how many do you have in your hand?” Irrespective of the response, say. “Would you please open your hand.” When the spectator does so, revealing the giant pom pom, say: “How did you do that?” as if the spectator performed the magic.

NOTE:

If the giant pom pom is the same color (pink), as the small pink pom poms, a TRANSFERENCE and TRANSFORMATION (size) or METAMORPHOSIS has been effected; if a different color (red) giant pom pom is employed, a COLOR CHANGE has been effected, as well.

ONE, TWO, THREE, AND OUT was Houdini’s favorite impromptu table effect, which he performed with pieces of paper napkins, obtained from the table or napkin holder,as found objects and secretly rolled up into pom poms beneath the table top; his lap serving as a shelf or servante. Houdini did not provide a giant pom pom climax, but twirled the fingers of both hands outward, to finally reveal both hands empty. When performing for children, remember that they prefer productions to vanishes. Generally, every effect should present a climactic surprise. As an impromptu for adults, Houdini’s ending is appropriate and practical.

X. CRACKERBARREL THOUGHTS

On more than one occasion, Dr. OM has seen a skunk illuminated and transfigured by moonlight. The light flooding on the skunk, in the otherwise darkness, makes the white of its fur gleam brightly
and as purely as new fallen snow against the jet blackness of the dark side of its coat. Lesson: A magician, in white tie and black tails, in general lighting on stage, or in other irridescent costume, can be made to glisten in the eyes of his audience, in a way that casts a magical aura over his entire person.

A Raccoon, in moonlight, is translucently silver and seems transformed and glorified larger than life. Dr. OM has seen magicians and other actors who are rather nondescript, in ordinary daily life, so transformed and glorified by make-up, costuming, and lighting, that they appear on stage to be heroically larger than life.

There came to Dr. OM’s back yard, for a period of time, a thin and bedraggled raccoon who would look so forelornly and pleadingly at him with her nose quiveringly pointed downward and her eyes peering over her nose, so pitiably upward through her mask at him, that Dr. OM felt compelled to feed her table scraps each evening. Evening after evening, she returned to be his dinner guest, until one evening she appeared no more.

She had been growing fatter eating the table scraps, and Dr. OM was fearful that something had happened to her, else, why had she not returned, when she did so enjoy being invited to dinner. One evening, some time later in spring, she suddenly reappeared at dinnertime, but she made her reappearance with four newborn cubs, Dr. OM happily fed the five of them, for a time, until one evening, there appeared Mrs. Raccoon, her four cubs, and Mr. Raccoon. Dr. OM fed the six of them.

On it went, until on a later evening, there clamored to Dr. OM’S dinner table: Mrs. Raccoon, her four cubs, Mr. Raccoon, Mrs. Raccoon’s sister with her four cubs, and Mrs. Raccoon’s brother-in-law.

Lesson: Perhaps the fascination with the magical multiplication of objects such as pom poms, sponge balls, billiard balls, and coins derives from nature. MULTUM EX PARVO (MUCH OUT OF LITTLE) appears to be magically caused, even in nature. Perhaps, deep within what Jung termed THE PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS resides the primordial memory that spirit magic (Nature Deity) causes much to come out of little, thereby, current illusion based on the form stimulates an ancient recall of that magical belief.

All of art depends upon unconscious mythic recollections and illusions which evoke the mythic past by stimulating the audiences into associations causing a vicarious emotional experience, an alternative reality. Music can cause the feelings of fear, peace, love, agitation, excitement, happiness, and sadness, in a listener in whom, only a moment before, the emotion was entirely absent. Foreshortening in painting can cause a viewer to see three dimensionality in a two dimensional object. The removed fourth wall of the proscenium arch stage, on which a so called realistic drama is being performed, can produce the illusion for an audience that reality is actually being witnessed.

Dr. OM has been complimented by other musicians, for his musical performances. A classical pianist once told him that it was a pleasure to hear his music so correctly played; another musician praised his harmonies; but the greatest compliments occur on those occasions when an emotionally moved, lovely lady whispers a thank you for his music, with a tear in her eye. Applause for Dr. OM’s magical effects is always pleasing, but the sound of the audience drawing its breath, at moments of shared illusion, is so much more pleasing.


PUZZLE ME THIS

Where is Dr. OM When he is dreaming of Dr. OM dreaming of Dr. OM?

REFLECTIVE

I found a weed
that had a

mirror in it and that mirror

looked in at
a mirror in

me that hada weed in it.
A.R. AMMONS


Dr. OM’s magicschool lesson number III

As was lesson number one, lesson number two is again devoted to those forms of magic termed:

1)To Vanish a Physical Object; and 2)To Reproduce a Physical Object, but this time with playing cards, instead of pom poms or other small objects. In the case of burying a card in a deck and then finding it again, the envanishment is a mere matter of losing the card from sight; the reproduction is a mere matter of finding the card again–no mere matter without technical device, however.

OF CARDS

The choice of a brand and size of cards is individually important. Adults with average or large sized hands should certainly use poker sized cards. Adults with small hands should use bridge sized cards, a The conventional wisdom is that all adults should practice with poker sized cards against the times they must perform with borrowed decks. In fact, professional magicians with small hands do use bridge sized cards, especially for the purpose of palming. Dr. OM, himself uses poker sized red Bicycle Rider back decks, but would have no compunction about using a bridge sized deck, if his hands were smaller. As in all: whatever works, works.

Pre-teens should use either bridge sized or miniature cards. Miniature cards are readily available at magic stores, hobby shops, and party supply shops. Card size advice is here intended for the ladies, as well as the gentlemen.

The student should experiment with the variety of card brands offered on the market. Some brands are stiffer than others; some brands are thicker than others; and some brands are more slippery than others. The choice of both card size and brand is entirely personal.

GENERIC OBSERVATIONS

The card lost in the deck and then found by the magician effect, may not be seen as an envanishment and reproduction by justifiable purists who, should such be the case, may assign it to an additional magical form of preference such as LOST AND FOUND or BURIED AND EXHUMED, but still, the effect is certainly a sub species of envanishment (the card being put out of sight) and reproduction (the card being located and identified).

A LOCATOR CARD is a card used to find a selected (Dr. OM prefers the term: TAKEN) card by deceptively placing the locator card next to the taken card.

A MARKED CARD is a card, the back of which, has been imperceptively and encodedly marked to indicate the value and suit of the face of the card, e.g, value: three; suit: hearts.

The LOCATOR CARD and the MARKED CARD are familiar devices known even to the novice and layman, however, herein is described a most unusual, deceptive, misleading, and misdirective employment of both devices.

EFFECT

A spectator freely TAKES a card from the spread or fanned deck. The magician cuts the deck, requesting that the spectator place the taken card ( Always say: “TAKE a card”, rather than “Pick a card” or “Select a card;” and then say: “CONCENTRATE ON THE CARD,” rather than “Remember the card.”) on top of the tabled or magician’s hand held bottom packet. The magician then replaces the top packet ( a packet is any portion of the deck smaller than the whole deck) on top of the taken and replaced card, and executes a series of cuts (three or five; odd numbers being more consistent with statistical randomization than even numbers) each packet cut is randomly placed on the table top. The magician then reassembles the packet in a random order, causing the taken card to appear hopelessly lost in the deck.

The magician next requests the spectator to do likewise. When the spectator has randomly cut and reassembled the deck, the magician spreads the cards vertically with the faces facing the spectator, such that only the backs of the cards are visible to the magician.

Looking over the top edges of the cards in the deck so spread and directly into the eyes of the spectator, the magician UP JOGS* the taken card such that it rises above the top edges of the rest of the pack, saying: “I sense that this is your card,” and, of course, it is.

SECRETS

Unlike the result of a shuffle, cutting a deck of cards, even many times, will not disturb the adjacency of two cards. The statistical probability of a cut or a series of cuts separating two cards buried next to one another in the deck is highly unlikely.

Unlike a completely marked deck, only the locator card is a marked card. Being the only marked card in the deck, its detection is remote. Dr. OM marks his card with commercially manufactured white transfer marking sheets, placing a white S at each corner of the card just within, not on, the white border. The white S is camouflaged by the white filigreed decoration on the red back of a Bicycle Rider back card. Card handlers usually prefer blue backed cards as more deceptive to the eye, especially in the cases of a double lift or a false count, but Dr. OM prefers the hotter festive look of red backed cards, as more consistent with his style of performance. Until the student is able to obtain commercial markings, an extremely well sharpened hard leaded pencil may be used to impress a barely discernable dot at each corner, just within the white border, which is just as easy for the magician to glimpse as a commercial white marking, but may be easier for spectator’s to detect in later use of the deck when the backs are shown, in a subsequent effect.

Having marked the single card (Dr. OM uses the QUEEN OF HEARTS, his magical muse),

  • preplace the marked card at the bottom of the deck.
  • Have the spectator take a card.
  • Holding the deck in the left hand mechanic’s grip.


Mechanic’s Grip
Swivel cut the top half of the deck to the left by grasping the front edge of the packet with the index (forefinger; first finger) and the back edge of the packet with the thumb of the right hand and twisting the top packet to the left.

Place the top packet on the table and request that the spectator replace the taken card on top of the tabled packet. Make sure that the spectator previously concentrates on the card and shows it to the others in the audience for their concentration, as well.

Execute the series of random cuts and reassemble the deck. Request that the spectator do the same. Pick up and vertically spread the deck with faces toward the spectators. Look over the top edges of the spread into the spectator’s eyes. Glimpse the back of the marked locator card. The spectator’s taken card will be the card immediately to the left of the marked locator card from the magician’s position of view (vantage). UP JOG (elevate) the marked card above the edges of the other spread cards, saying: “I sense that this is your card.”

Remove the taken card and give it to the spectator, but DO NOT say: “For your your examination,” or anything else of the sort. If the spectator does examine the card, it will prove clean. Close the spread, burying the marked locator card. The dirty work is on the marked locator card buried in the pack, once the spread is closed.

MISDIRECTION is provided by the multiple cutting of the deck, the magician looking at the backs rather than the faces of the cards, and the spectator’s attention misdirected to the clean taken card as the dirty marked locator card is buried in the spread.

NOTE: Given appropriate presentation style, the effect is performable as a straight card effect, a mind reading experiment, a feat of ESP, an act of psychic phenomenon, or any other manifestation your imagination can conjure up. Try it; you’ll like it.

*If you need help with any terms, please e-mail us.

Co-Director’s Notes: This lesson was created at approximately the same time as “The Perfect Card Trick” last month in the Beginner’s Study. Though it does have a few similarities in concept there are a number of different subtilties that the student may wish to take note of. See if you can find them!…BJG


DR. OM’S MAGIC LESSON IV

(The first installment incorporated lesson I, II & III)

I. In accordance with the I.C.O.M MAGICSCHOOL CURRICULUM SYLLABUS, THE CURRENT MAGICAL FORM OBJECTIVE TO BE STUDIED IS:

4) TO TRANSPORT (TO CHANGE THE LOCATION OF) ONE PHYSICAL OBJECT (Actually: a vanishment and reproduction).

In each lesson, Dr. OM strives to provide an excellent professional magical effect by way of example of the form under study, even though the primary goal of the course is to convey to the student the CONCEPT of each of the twenty-three forms. The student is encouraged to reread the course description before pursuing each lesson, as a reminder of proper practice procedure.

II. REQUISITE PROP MATERIALS: A DECK OF POKER SIZE PLAYING CARDS, OR A SIZE MORE SUITABLE TO THE STUDENT’S HAND SIZE.

III: TECHNIQUE DESCRIPTION: THE DOUBLE LIFT

Variant executions of the DOUBLE LIFT (lifting two cards as one) are in practice among professional magicians. Dr. OM has elected to present here an easy and efficient method, as follows:

1) Hold the deck in the left hand mechanic’s grip (NOTE: Some but not all, left-handed professional magicians of Dr. OM’s acquaintance choose to reverse the order of the hand manipulation, i.e: using the left hand, when the right hand is indicated and the right hand, when the left hand is indicated. The student should make the choice as early on as possible, for long term growth. Switching horses in the middle of the stream results in loss of time).

2) With the left index finger, push against the front edge of the deck, thereby in-jogging the top of the deck to cause a beveled back edge of the deck, allowing for easy pick-up of the two top cards.

3) At the back edge, lift the top two cards as if one card, at the right side back corner, with the right hand thumb and first finger. The right thumb, striking against the back edge of the two cards, push slides them forward on top of the deck.

4) The right hand thumb on top and the first and second fingers beneath, grasp and pinch the two cards together, at the front right corners, holding them as one card.

5) Turn both cards as one over m a sweeping forward, then backward, lengthwise motion, lining them up with the top of the deck.

6) Hold a left-handed pinky break under the back right corner under both lifted cards. A pinky break is effected by pressing as little as possible of the fleshy ball of the pinky under a card or cards, in order to hold them ever so slightly elevated in preparation for a later pick up.

7) Pause, Displaying top face up card (both lifted cards are of course now face up; the actual top card lies hidden under the second card) See photo below.

This is an exaggerated view of the DOUBLE LIFT. In reality, the two cards are squeezed together as they are lifted upwards and are not separated as shown. But here is shows the basic mechanics of the sleight.

8) Place first and second right fingers under back right corners of both cards held in the pinky break. Place the right thumb on top of the same corner and pinch the two cards together as one.

9) Slide the left long edges of both pinched cards as one from left to right along the top of the deck holding the long side edges of the cards in vertical position on top of right edge of deck top.

10) Still pinching corners, turn both cards over as one in turning of book page motion and LET FALL FACE DOWN as one card, on top of deck.

(NOTE: Thought, the left hand continuously squares up the two cards such that they constantly appear as one. With practice, all moves are to be interruptedly executed in a smooth continuous motion. As in the study of anatomy, the parts are broken down for clarity of explanation and progressive learning, but cannot exist and are not to be executed piecemeal. Do not perform any effect before an audience until all moves are mastered as one continuous, integrated motion)

EFFECT:

Having executed the double lift moves through Number Eight, turn over only the top card, which will appear as a transportation to the audience who have been seeing the face of the second card, as it were the face of the top card. Herein are the bare bones of the top lift and disclosure. Imaginative ways of disclosing the apparently transported cards are in practice by professionals and should be imaginatively devised by the student. For Example, after having displayed the second card as if it were the top card and having executed the final drop move, the magician might pinch just the top card and extend it at arm’s length, saying: “Are you sure this card is the Three of Hearts? (the name of the previously displayed second card) The spectator should answer: “Yes.” Upon which the performer says: “Are you really sure?” and flip over the card to face the audience, revealing that it and the previously displayed card have apparently been transported. The effect may as well be regarded as a transformation of one card into the other. The lines among forms are at times not finely drawn. More elaborate card effects employing the top lift will be presented in subsequent lessons, as Dr. OM recycles through the study of magical forms.

ASSIGNMENT A: Devise at least one other novel way of disclosing the transformation.

ASSIGNMENT B: Referring to previous lessons one through three, presented in the last issue, effect a transformation of size, color, or entire object, utilizing pom poms or other small objects.

Over the years, Dr. OM has found himself to be amazed by magical effects performed by others, many of them quite simple effects, at that, only to be dismayed, upon having learned the effect himself, to discover that the magicality had passed. Please refer to Dr. OM’s TREATISE ON STAGECRAFT AND SHOWMANSHIP FOR THE PERFORMING MAGICIAN, ongoingly published by I.C.O.M, and read about believing and believability. The magician-actor must believe that magic is actually happening, in order that the audience believes. The treatise is a most important companion piece to the lessons presented in the MAGICSCHOOL. Just “DOING TRICKS” is not the goal of the magicschool. Rather, magical psychology, misdirection, concepts of magical forms, stagecraft, showmanship, and ultimately becoming professional performing magicians are the objectives ambitiously set by Directors Bobby J. Gallo and Bill Wisch for the students of MAGICSCHOOL.

NEXT INSTALLMENT: V. TO TRANSPOSE (TO CHANGE THE PLACES OF)
TWO OR MORE PHYSICAL OBJECTS
(Actually: two vanishments and two reproductions)
 

ICOM Simplified Fortune Telling System

The I.C.O.M Simplified Fortune Telling System For “Entertainment“(tm)

As a magician, in time you will inevitably be asked if you tell fortunes. In this Co-directors opinion, it is acceptable to perform this entertainment for your spectators so long as it is understood by those watching that it is indeed done for entertainment purposes only and is clearly stated prior to the performance.

The feature that makes this system practical is that it uses ordinary playing cards. Tarot cards are usually associated with fortune telling but it is justifiable that some audience members may feel a bit uncomfortable with them due to the imagery usually associated with them.

Performance:

Ask the spectator to shuffle the cards. then lay out seven cards, face up in a row onto the table. These are the cards that it is said will reveal the past. The same is now done with another row. This row claims to foretell the future!

Study the key chart below to learn the representations of the various pips and values. It may be a good idea to print the chart out and keep it with you as a guide until it is memorized.

Ron Dayton suggestion: Special thanks to Ron Dayton for his excellent suggestion regarding the placement of the following key card. Ron recommends printing the key on a small business card size piece of paper and then sliding it into the cellophane wrapper in-between the wrapper and card box which accompanies all decks of better playing cards. With this set-up, the box may be placed aside and casually glimpsed when the reading takes place. This way you are always ready!

Interpreting the cards:

Suppose the seven cards selected are the the King of Clubs, Ten of Diamonds, Eight of Hearts, Three of Spades, Two of Clubs, Five of Diamonds, and the Jack of Spades.

  • The King of Clubs indicates that your father will be involved in something that interests you (could be a hobby or a trip?)
  • The Ten of Diamonds show that you are going to acquire money!
  • The Eight of Hearts says that you are going on a long journey to visit a friend or relative.
  • The Three of Spades foretells that you must be cautious with a decision concerning your job. (ain’t that always the case!?)
  • The Two of Clubs reveals that you are going to love your next hobby (Possibly membership in ICOM with your father as stated by the King of Clubs?)
  • The Five of Diamonds seems to know that the money you will acquire through the Ten of Diamonds will be the subject of a possible argument. (Remember to share!)
  • Finally, the Jack of Spades proclaims that you may someday be your own boss! (A world Class magician by being a member of I.C.O.M!)

The student may or may not wish to elaborate on this system with cold reading and/or palm reading. I feel it is fine as it is as an adjunct to a close-up magic performance. However, this is a personal decision that must be made by the individual performer. For further references and texts relating to the art of fortune telling, e-mail us and I would be more than happy to recommend further reading on the subject. Just use your “Virtual Lessons”.

Remember to weave the answers together with the other cards and always keep it positive and enjoyable. Never, Ever give negative fortunes, remember, this is entertainment!

A First aid kit for magicians

A First Aid Kit For Magicians

“ A FIRST AID KIT FOR MAGICIANS “
By
Ronald J. Dayton

The scenario is this; You’re away from home, doing an away show when a series of events begins to go wrong…what do you do?! If you are prepared in advance…you can be ready for the vast majority of problems.

1. Make sure your car has been run through the same series of checks you would do if you were going on a standard trip. Tires up to suggested pressure, a good spare in the trunk, fluid levels capped off, horn, lights, belts etc.

2. Have extra money along with you, or credit cards in case of an emergency. Be sure you have your drivers license, insurance cards for auto and hospitalization.

3. If at all possible, have a second change of clothes.

4. Double check your props and how they are stored. Do you have everything? Do you have at least two extra items incase one prop fails, or the host asks you to do a few minutes more?

5. Have a list of phone numbers which may be needed in an emergency. Next of kin, doctor! care provider etc. Insure you have any medical emergency bracelets needed to identify conditions which require special care.

6. If you are working with livestock, insure they are properly secured and comfortable.

7. If you are unfamiliar with the area you are going to be performing at, give youself plenty of time to get there. Take a map with you.

8. Take items such as asprin, bandages, antacids etc. that may come in handy.

9. Take along some standard tools; small wrench! socket set, screwdrivers, pliers, needle nose pliers etc. for both auto and equipment repair.

10. Have a small case with Scotch tape, electrical tape, an extra pair of shoe laces, small sewing kit and spare buttons, a few safety pins and rubber bands, small pocket knife, nail clipper with file, hair brush! comb, clothes brush, toothbrush & paste, packages of moist towlettes, travel pack of kleenex tissue, a few paper clips, elastic cord, shoe polish and cloth, dental floss, breath mints.

11. Be sure to have extra business cards with you in your wallet as well. Nothing looks less professional than to be asked for one and not be able to supply it.

12. For a major trip, you may want to have a cell phone with you as well as a travel iron or steamer.