The Wizards' Journal #33

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by Jim Gerrish

You may call them Dollar Store Plush Dolls. But bring them to "life" and they become what I call "POPPETS." They aren't puppets. You don't put your hands inside of them. They aren't marionettes; they have no strings or rods. This e-Book shows the techniques I use to bring any floppy plush doll to "life" and even the grumpiest toddler will greet them with smiles and laughter on seeing their life-like antics. Because they only cost a dollar (less when purchased wholesale), you can sell them to parents right along with your balloon animals, and these are guaranteed not to burst and cause tears! You can also make mass productions of them from a variety of props (sources given). Liven up any magic show by having a new poppet appear when least expected. Although the ones pictured on the right are for the Christmas season, you can find plush poppets in Dollar Stores for every season and theme.



In Their Hands Hippity Hops
by Jim Gerrish

The effect is the same as the Great Norman's 1947 Elusive Rabbits, or Hippity Hop Rabbits as we call them today, but with a major difference. The rabbits are printed on large cards and are covered with a cloth instead of hiding in a wooden tube. The other big difference is that two spectators hold the rabbits. The rabbits change places and change colors as in the original Hippity Hop Rabbit trick, but the spectators (and audience) haven't got a clue as to how it is happening. Because you print the cards yourself, you can Hippity Hop more than just rabbits. Try Santa and a reindeer, or two super heroes, or two photographs of famous people, etc. The choice is yours.



Puzzle Box Mystery
by Jim Gerrish

Many different decorative and clever puzzle boxes are currently on the market (sources are provided for the inexpensive ones shown as examples). Begin by borrowing a woman's finger ring and carefully wrapping it in a handkerchief. The wrapped ring is given to a third party to guard (perhaps her boy friend or husband). She is then given a decorative wooden puzzle box to open. When the box is opened, a small cloth bag tied up in string is found inside. When the string knots are untied and the bag opened, she finds her ring inside. The ring being held by the ring guardian has either disappeared or been changed to something amusing.



Wizard's Production Book
by Jim Gerrish

From the Hot Book by Billy McComb (1945), through a variety of Flaming Books and Dove Production Books, to my NEW (2017) and OLD (1982) Wizard's Production Book, here is, in my humble opinion, the BEST Production Book you can't buy in stores (you'll have to make it yourself). I first had to make sure that none of my former Wiz Kids, who made these for their own shows as they grew into adult magicians, objected to my passing on the secrets. So at last, here is the only Production Book you can open up time and again to pull out your next trick, or a load of silks or flowers, or to perform my favorite, the floating ball that rises out of the 1/2 inch thick book, floats around in your favorite floating ball routine, and then sinks back into the book to be transformed into a photograph of the ball on one of the pages of this magic book. And yes, you can still open with flames, flash paper or, where fire is not permitted, a brilliant flash of light coming from inside the book.



NEW Ace Chaser
by Al-Quadir Marsh

Thanks to Jim Gerrish's new "Attractive Card Principle", former Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki was able to take his older version of Ace Chaser from The Wizards' Journal #21 and make a NEW version of it. Those who are "in the know" can see the difference in the cards he is holding on display in the photo at the right. You could never do that with older versions of the trick, going back to the beginnings in 1940. But now you can, and you can even allow the spectator to hold the card when the Angels on the back travel up the card to be together at last!



6-Way Box Prediction
by Jim Gerrish

This is an improved version of a 5-Way Prediction Jim invented in 1987 and published in Genii Magazine in 1988. The NEW 2017 effect is that a spectator is given a nice little Dollar Store Gift Box like the one pictured. The spectator opens the box and removes a cube. This can be a Rubik's Cube, a Die, a child's Alphabet Block or a cube you create yourself with six different pictures or photos on its sides. The sooth-sayer (that's YOU!) removes the blank gift card attached to the top ribbon and writes a prediction on it. The spectator makes sure the box is empty, and then drops your prediction inside the box. Now the spectator begins rolling the die, or spinning it, or using any method you wish to choose one side in as fair a manner as possible. Once one of the six sides of the cube has been chosen, and the spectator is given a chance to change his or her mind and do it all over again, the spectator once again opens the box and removes the prediction which proves that SOMEHOW you KNEW which side of the cube would be chosen. An alternate method for predicting a playing card is also described.



Light Bulb Magic
by Jim Gerrish

Based on an old idea (1929) of Frank Hall, and now made with new (2017) technology and at Dollar Store prices, Jim shows how to make a REALLY bright Atomic (Comedy) Lamp, which can then be converted to a Silk to Light Bulb, Milk to Light Bulb, Live Goldfish to Light Bulb, Card to Light Bulb, Floating Light Bulb, Multiplying Light Bulbs, and if that doesn't get you started on using these brilliant but lightweight and inexpensive light bulbs for even more magic, you have no imagination! Sources for all materials are given in the e-Book.



Rabi-Duck Surprise!
by Jim Gerrish

Yup! It's the old Rabi-Duck trick, done completely in your hands (no props except for a magic wand) but with a surprise ending. Also, you get to make it yourself (no sewing) and learn to paint silks following our easy coloring templates, because you can't buy all the silks in the sizes and colors that you need in any magic store.



Alice's Wonderland Monte
by Professor Spellbinder

This uses three Ultra Jumbo (8.5" x 11") Playing Cards that you print and assemble yourself, using the original Alice's Adventures In Wonderland art of Sir John Tenniel, illustrator of the 1865 novel written by English mathematician Professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll. The audience is asked to "chase" the White Rabbit until the Red Queen gets annoyed and ends the game her own way.



McD's JUMBO Aces
by Al-Quadir Marsh

Based on Jon W. "One-arm Mac" McDonald's $100 Ace Trick from the 1950's, here is my second variation for performing a JUMBO card solo version of the effect on stage with lots of magical appearances and disappearances of the cards, thanks to Jim Gerrish’s “Attractive Card” principles used. Jim helped me make the cards and I showed him what to do with them.

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