So, you bought a $60.00 Nielsen Vanishing Coke Bottle Trick and
are performing the one trick it does, vanishing in a
paper bag. Are you getting your money's worth? Here's how
to get the most mileage from the magic bottle by spending
only a few dollars more to make it a Bottle Miracle. You
can start by opening the bottle and pouring out some soda
into glasses. "It's the Real Thing!" Then, as
usual, you put the empty bottle into a paper lunch bag.
Other magicians just crumple up their bags, but you
completely tear up the bag into small pieces. That bottle
is REALLY gone! Now you gather up a few of the torn bag
pieces and restore them... but only into a very small
paper bag. But inside the bag is a real glass miniature
Coca-Cola bottle which you give someone to hold while you
search for more of the torn bag pieces so you can
continue restoring the paper bag to its full size. Once
the bag is restored, you take the miniature Coke bottle,
insert it into the bag and twist the top of the bag so it
can't get away. You hand the bag to a spectator and you
all sing the Coca-Cola song. When the bag is opened, it
contains a real glass bottle of Coca-Cola - full of
liquid coke once more. Now THAT'S a Miracle! And there's
MORE inside this e-Book!
magician shows an empty cardboard box on all sides. A
spectator is handed the box and asked to look inside.
Do you see any flowers, silk handkerchiefs, flags,
rabbits, secret trap doors, mirrors? asks the
magician. The helper says, No.
The magician takes the box from the
helper and suddenly it falls open, showing silk
handkerchiefs, flags, flowers, a mirror, and a secret
trap door in the center. After the audience laughs and
recovers from seeing all that stuff in the previously
empty box, the secret trap door
flies open and a rabbit puppet makes its appearance
through the door. After an entertaining puppet routine,
it all goes back in the box and disappears, leaving the
spectator with an examinable empty cardboard box once
No offense meant to those magic
inventors who have come up with clever tricks involving a
Diary in which a spectator can locate a chosen card, but
as I get older, my memory gets worse and I can no longer
remember complicated card stacks and mathematical rules
for locating selected cards. So in my own defense, I came
up with a way that can use any simple (Dollar Store)
monthly calendar or monthly planner (no switching
required and NO MEMORIZATION required, either!). It can
also use any deck of playing cards, including a borrowed
deck. The spectator freely names any day of the year, and
freely chooses one from among all 52 cards in the deck.
Both the Monthly Planner and the deck of cards can be
from the Dollar store and the trick prepared and learned
in one evening. The date chosen matches the card chosen,
with no switching of either planner or deck of cards, and
no mathematical calculations nor memorization required.
Here is an easy method to discover the
secret Zodiac sign of any person, or the Zodiac sign of
anyone they secretly choose - spouse, friend, or enemy.
Simple single digit mathematics addition and subtraction
is the key. Print the four beautiful jumbo cards from our
images using your own computer printer.
by Jim Gerrish
One of the favorite prediction tricks of
Wiz Kid Mentalists in years past has always been my 1979
trick, PLOTTO. Most of the kids grew up knowing about
lottery numbers and that probably explains their interest
dreaming of the big win. But being able to predict
all six (or so) Powerball Lottery numbers in the
correct order in which they were drawn is always
exciting for any audience to watch. Using a simple deck
of 52 (or so) randomly mixed numbered cards for the
choosing of six (or so) random numbers in an imitation
Powerball Lottery, the spectator shocks himself and the
audience by predicting every single number in order
on the winning card!
About the year 1930, mentalist-dealer
Martin Sunshine of New York invented a trick he named Color
Vision. Soon afterwards, when marketed by S.S. Adams
and Co., it became one of the most popular pocket magic
tricks of all time. Unfortunately, because so many people
know how it works, something new was needed. Jim provides
new containers for sealing the old color cubes, plus new
shapes that go beyond the cube... can you say
dodecahedron? Welcome to the twenty-first century!
In 2017 I published Rip-Rite in The Wizards Journal #34, as a
basic torn and restored newspaper performed with a
supermarket advertising paper from our local store,
This time, I will describe my TWO versions of what has
become known as a No Tear Newspaper. You have
already clipped out coupons from a supermarket
advertising flyer, with jokes for each coupon bargain,
but then you read the fine print and learn that the joke
is on you. Coupons must be clipped out only when
you check-out of the store. So you'll have to restore all
the coupons back to the original flyer. Can it be done?
Are you magician enough? Complete with Coupon Cut-up
Jokes and Coupon Couwickie.
A borrowed Quarter from one spectator
vanishes and then reappears to locate a freely chosen
Card from a second spectator. Both Quarter and Card are
signed. Well, there goes that card, so the deck is now
useless... but wait... one of the Jokers has been asking
for a promotion, so you give the Joker his wish and
transform him into the missing card with no signature.
Now your deck is minus a Joker, but otherwise complete.
The other Joker undergoes a playing card
"Mitosis" and duplicates itself so now the deck
is fully restored with all 52 cards and two Jokers. What
will you do for an encore?
Perfect for noisy, boisterous venues
where you either have to shout to be heard, or perform
silently, mime style. Your lines are printed on large
cards for the audience to read: "Want to See Magic?
Watch!"; "Pick a Card!"; "Show It to
Everyone!"; "Not Me!"; "Try Again.
Pick Another Card. Don't Let Me See It!"; "Hold
It Against Your Body." ... and so it goes. You
perform a Card Trick in which a Six of Diamonds changes
magically into the Nine of Diamonds (the chosen card);
You make a Presidential Prediction, and you're in it; You
end with a Three Card Monte Surprise. All without
uttering a word. Plus more suggestions for Mime Magic.
According to the dictionary,
"Blankety-Blank" is a euphemism for a lot of
"unspeakable" words better left unspoken. But
my Blankety-Blank Cards really are blank on both sides,
all 52 of them. Spectators can handle them and look for
card faces and backs, but only those who truly believe in
magic can cause any card they merely think of to appear
with the color back of their choice (red or blue - let's
not get crazy!). Once you "show them how it's
done," you hand the blank cards to the spectators
and they make the next thought-of card appear all by