The Wizards' Journal #29

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Monkey Business
by Jim Gerrish

The Monkey Bar (Tom Sellers and Ken Allen c. 1955) is a popular children's sucker effect in which a ring, attached to one cord of three that dangle from a short wood stick, switches to the other end when held behind the magician's back; then, when the spectators cry foul—he only turned it around behind his back—the ring is shown to have “jumped” to the middle cord. As they say in TV... but wait! There's more! Jim explains several variations and then gives directions for making a new old-style Monkey Bar of your own, with or without monkeys. As usual, Jim has a way to hand the monkey bar to a spectator so it appears the spectator did all the magic, and he hasn't a clue how he did it!



Avenger Monte
by Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

Qua-Fiki has reworked the old (c.1950) 4 Card Monte so that it can be done with four completely different cards. This makes it possible to buy a pack of jumbo licensed character cards (like Avengers Assemble) and perform miracles as you tell the story of Thor and Loki (just as one example). As a bonus, Qua-Fiki also realized that the same cards could be used to perform an Avenger's version of Edwin Hooper's Farmyard Frolics, so he shows you his improved version in Avenger Frolic, where all the characters disappear from their cards and end up in a family portrait.



Colorful Cups and Balls
by Jim Gerrish

I decided to take up the challenge to develop a Cups and Balls routine using three different color balls to match the different color cups – red, yellow and blue. By modifying some techniques of Al Schneider and Milton Kort, as well as adding some of my own... I think I have succeeded.

04/08/17 - I came up with a greatly simplified version of this that I call "Pseudo Color Cups and Balls." I decided to attach it as a BONUS addendum to this e-Book. It has already been sent to previous purchasers and will go out to future purchasers as part of the original e-Book.



Card Critters
by Professor Spellbinder

The original “card critter” was “Otto, the Automation Duck” invented by Laurie L. Ireland c. 1936. From there the Americans produced a variety of 3-D ducks and chickens, while the British produced 2-D critters of all sorts. The 2-D critters are easily made in a home workshop, so this e-Book concentrates on them, ending with Spellbinder's Rudolph and Elf which pick out toy cards for Santa. The card picking principles can be used with a variety of critters as you will see. You just have to choose the right one for YOU.



Tricks With a Pop-Away Wand
by Jim Gerrish

Most magicians use Maurice Phillips' (c.1970) Pop-Away Wand just to get the gag of having a wand end fly off as you hand the wand to a helper. If that's all you do with it, you are missing out on a lot of good magic effects and other "bits of business" that you could be doing with your Pop-Away Wand. I particularly like the "Puff-Away Mis-Made Flag" or the "Wand Boojum Production," but you'll find your own favorite from the many given.



Val Evans’
STOP Card Trick Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

Val Evans (1896-1981), invented his version of the Stop Card Trick in the 1940's. Unlike Attaboy, it was not designed for kid shows, but for adults and serious mentalism. I have made a "kitchen workshop (no power tools)" version which can be presented on stage, or up close, even tablehopping. As a bonus, I include a cardboard version which can be made from a card box and a pair of scissors - my Oracle Box from 1989.



Cabana Illusion
by Jim Gerrish

My old Cabana Illusion, made with PVC Pipes and Hula Hoops, just got an upgrade thanks to a new $30 Portable Umbrella Cabana I found on the Internet. Now Spellbinder and I could perform our old Cabana Inscape Routine if we weren't too old to be crawling around in and out of illusions... but don't let that stop you youngsters from a great illusion that two people can perform together in almost any venue, including a living room at a birthday party. The old principles work just fine and I include plans to build my original model, as well as give sources for buying the parts on-line for the Umbrella Cabana if you prefer. The Umbrella packs down even smaller than my original Illusion and comes with a carry bag for transportation. This also makes a great "backstage dressing room area" for privacy in setting up small shows, indoors or out.



Anniversary Two-Step
by Jim Gerrish

The basic premise for Anniversary Waltz was invented by New York City magician Wesley James in 1965, but it was Doc Eason who linked the premise to the plot and named it Anniversary Waltz in 1994. It has always been performed with an entire deck of cards, but I began to explore the possibilities of performing the effect with a smaller packet of cards, and finally ended up with the main two characters King and Queen of hearts, and Parson Jack to do the honors. This three card version is ideal for performing with Ultra Jumbo Cards (8.5 x 11 in.) on stage or in front of the room at a wedding reception, and so on. Because you print out the cards yourself, you can, if you wish, have the happy couple sign the King and Queen cards that join together at the end and let them keep the single signed card for their Wedding Album. No need to limit it to weddings- anywhere there are two people in love (yes, you can include gays if you wish!).



Blinking, Bouncing, Floating Beach Balls
by Jim Gerrish

The original floating ball was invented c.1910 by David Abbott. Since that time until now it has always been performed sedately, gracefully choreographed, treated with awe and respect. Now Jim comes along and puts a little bounce into the old floating ball, making a game out of it with the audience by using a beach ball, challenging them to catch it, knock it out of the sky, have fun pursuing it and try to figure out what makes it avoid and evade them as if it were alive. The beach ball we are using has LED blinking color lights inside, so it's almost like a combination of the floating ball and the floating light bulb. The important thing is that when the ball finishes performing its aerial flight, it gets tossed into the audience for its reward - beach balls love to play!



Genii In The Bottle
by Jim Gerrish

This is not just one trick, but a combination of many old effects built around the idea that a silk, on which a Genii is printed, appears and disappears in a bottle and does various other mysterious and mischievous things. Some of the old effects recreated for the Genii to play with include: The Imp Bottle, The Prayer Vase, The Hoo-Coin, The Demuth Milk Bottle, Floating Bottle, Dancing Hank, Silk-Kola, Appearing and Disappearing Bottle and a "Magic Carpet." You know all of those old tricks? Think again! They've all been reinvented!

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