The Wizards' Journal #43

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Animal Hunter Revisited
by Yusif Tremil

The good old Animal Hunter Mental Mystery on steroids! You make (or buy) this deck of 50 Animal Picture cards. Several spectators MENTALLY choose one Animal from the deck and hold the name in their thoughts only. You turn the deck face down and simply begin tapping the face down cards as the spectators MENTALLY spell the name of the animal to themselves. They each say ONE WORD (Stop!) when they THINK the last letter. Each card is turned face up and it is the exact Animal they were only THINKING about.



Penetrating Die Drop
by Yusif Tremil

A solid die is rolled by a spectator on top of a pack of six randomly chosen cards from an ordinary deck of cards that have been spread out on a table. The number rolled is used to select one of the six cards. The spectator peeks at the card, then gathers up all six cards and mixes them. The cards are gathered up and the die is placed on top of the pack of six cards. Suddenly the die is pushed down through the six cards penetrating them and drops onto the table (1)! The cards are turned face up on the table one by one and are seen to be all different, but only five cards remain (2)! The one card that was chosen by the spectator has vanished from the pack! The magician uses the number rolled by the die when it dropped to the table to count down in the remaining deck of cards. When the card at that number is turned over, it is the missing “vanished” card (3)! Three magic moments in a row!



Tiny Hank Box
by Yusif Tremil

This easy-to-make tiny (4" cube) box can do almost everything its larger cousin, the Hank Box, or its grandfather, the “Jap” Hank Box could do. You can make it from cardboard or hardboard and use it to produce two hidden 18” (or larger) silk handkerchiefs, as well as other stuff that will fit inside the box (a baseball, a small statue, a bell...for example) and surprising stuff that is bigger than the box, like 8 foot poles, giant bouquets of flowers, etc.



by Yusif Tremil

It's the latest SCAM on the Internet- the cute little doggie that runs and jumps and does all kinds of tricks, only once you buy one, you discover you have been SCAMMED! It is a cheap, shoddy import from China that just lies there looking nothing like the cute doggie you thought you were buying. But I'm a magician! I'll show you how to take a realistic doggie hand puppet and make it act just like the commercials of the SCAM dog. So naturally, I named mine SCAMP! Directions and sources are included.



by Yusif Tremil

Using $10 decks of playing cards with 54 different movie posters on the faces (Western, Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy, etc.), you perform a variety of Mix and Match card tricks with a spectator. Example: Spectator freely chooses a card face up for himself, attaches a sticky note to it with his name signed, and then freely chooses a Western Poster card face down for you, to which you attach your own signed sticky note. The two cards trade places instantly. More card tricks with these cards are explained. Also, you can save money by using your computer printer to make your own themed playing cards and posters if you prefer.



Pongolian Pom Poms
by Yusif Tremil

Based on ideas from Ali Bongo's 1987 Book of Magic (a Whizz Kids Special) I began to make my own Pom Poms (I couldn't afford sponge balls) and discovered the advantages of performing sleight of hand using my wooly creations instead of the more expensive sponge balls. Buy a ball of yarn from the Dollar Store and you are on your way!



Coined in the USA
by Yusif Tremil & Jim Gerrish

Using materials available from Littleton Coin Company, perform the ultimate coin trick of all coin tricks. For example, show your collection of USA Quarters from all 50 states. Hand the board to a spectator and ask him to remove one of the quarters without showing it to anyone, then drop the coin removed into a small envelope. The coin removed is named and is seen to be missing from the display board. Suddenly the envelope containing the coin bursts into flames, and the coin is now back in place on the display. That's just one of many great coin tricks you'll learn: Coin magic for Coin Collector Magicians*!

* Verified Magicians who are skilled and knowledgable in coin magic.



Krampus Amongus
by Yusif Tremil

I learned about Krampus from the Wiz Kids, who saved him for rare Bizarre Christmas performances. In European folklore, Krampus is described as a "half-goat, half-demon", who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. This contrasts with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.

You display a deck of bizarre playing cards (Krampuskarten), each bearing a different image of Krampus. The deck is haunted by evil spirits who can cut the cards and deal them to spectators who may dare to take them for exciting adventures featuring Krampus. During the course of the magic routine, Krampus proves he is present and knows who the good "children" are and which children to mark for carrying off on Christmas Eve (or any date at midnight). Not for the faint-hearted.

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