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A Brief History of the Diminishing Cards
by Professor Spellbinder

From Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin’s performance using a standard deck of playing cards and fanning to produce the illusion of diminishing (1868), to various sleight of hand versions using different sizes of cards by Charles Bertram and David Devant, to the first mechanical version by Martin Chapender, and improved versions by Ed Massey and Steve Duschek, I humbly add my own version which starts with a jumbo pack of cards (2010). Contains templates for printing your own cards and assembling Ed Massey's version and my own Jumbo version.



Cards Across Variations
by Professor Spellbinder

There are two main types of “Cards Across.” One form is “Cards to Pocket” in which some cards disappear from your hand, apparently skitter up your sleeve, across your body, and end up in your pocket, or some variation on that theme. The other is usually in the form of cards in two sealed envelopes or boxes, in which cards disappear from one and end up in the other. This e-Book studies methods used in the past and comes up with some new variations for the present.



Baffling Blocks and Traveling Bricks
by Professor Spellbinder

It goes by the name Traveling Bricks, Egyptian Bricks, Baffling Blocks, Conradi Magic Cubes, Cube Libre, and my own Wizard's Playful Blocks. It began in the early 1900's and continues to mystify to this day. Follow the effect from its beginnings to the present day as each improvement and variation added one more dimension to the mystery.



Spirit Lights
by Professor Spellbinder

Based on The Spirit Light of Lucifer, combined with the Spook Room, both items manufactured and sold by Floyd Thayer in the 1940s, this new version, touched by a Wizard, uses no batteries, no threads, no sorcery. A genuine clear glass 100 watt light bulb lights up with a full 100 watts of power (no weak battery light). It blinks on and off to answer questions, even while held by a spectator. Then the spirit moves it... lifting it into the air and using it to answer more questions by applying its mysterious light to a jumbo translucent Ouija board. Finally, the medium (that's YOU!) tries to extinguish the light by covering it with a cloth while it is still floating. Suddenly the cloth vanishes and is found INSIDE the light bulb just as it lands back in its socket.



Jamison's Production Box Revisited
by Professor Spellbinder

If you like clever little wooden props you can build yourself, you'll enjoy building my modern version of this Jamison Production Box invented by a well-known amateur magician, R.M. Jamison. This particular Production Box, invented around 1926, never made it into the Rice Encyclopedia of Silk Magic and managed to avoid the attention of magic dealers in favor of its more popular cousin, the Wonder Box.



Shadow Carton
by Professor Spellbinder

This is based on one of U.F. Grant's Victory Carton Illusions, combined with Cyril Yettmah's Shadow Box Illusion, to make a very mysterious shadow appearance from a cardboard carton that is assembled and unfolded in front of the audience. A variation called "The Genii From The Lamp," is included as a bonus.



Flying Quarter Mystery
by Professor Spellbinder

Based on the Lippincott "Quarter Go," here are some new ideas on this old mystery. You don't need woodworking skills to make Spellbinder's ungimmicked locked box that replaces the tricky (and expensive) Lippincott boxes. Buy any small wooden box from a craft store, or make a plain box with no need for extensive woodworking skills. Also includes a method for performing this effect with a cell phone or deck of cards.



Ink to Goldfish Variations
by Professor Spellbinder

In the 1950’s magicians all over the world were performing Ink to Goldfish just the way it was advertised in the catalogs. It may have been invented by Hofzinser who was becoming well-known in the magic world for his many inventions by 1846, one of which was known to be his Ink Goblet trick. However it got here, the effect stayed exactly as described in the ads, and is rarely seen today because of the demise of liquid ink fountain pens and quill pens- no more bottles of ink, so no more Ink to Goldfish. Too bad, because as this e-Book shows, it is capable of so much more.



Holiday Candy Box
by Jim Gerrish and Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki

Based on the Bean Box by Stillwell, a.k.a. Mean Bean Machine by U.F. Grant, this small box of candy or other small gifts – not beans – can be the highlight of your holiday shows. When filled with candy, small toys to fit the theme or season, or pirates’ treasure of (fake) gold coins and jewels, it will be more attractive than a box filled with beans. I’ll show you how to make it receive much more than a signed coin, but also cell phones, wallets and other things of more interest to today’s audiences. Best of all, it is easily made of cardboard or hardboard and windows of clear plastic sheets or glass from the Dollar Store. Or you can make Qua-Fiki's version from a clear plastic candy tub found at the corner drug store. Your choice.



Neu Cage
by Jim Gerrish

Based on the Lion's Bride Illusion by German magician Sigmund Neuburger (whose stage name was Lafayette) and premiered by him in 1901, this Neu version is designed for the appearance of small livestock. What makes it so Neu is that you can see completely through the cage from all sides, before and after the livestock appears in it, and naturally you can perform it completely surrounded. Because you build it yourself, you can make it fit around your livestock, but it is not for goats or cows or lions; stick to doves or rabbits because you have to lift it up with one hand to show it all around.



Grant's Potato/Orange Box Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

Originally sold as two separate tricks, both of these U.F. Grant inventions were pretty much the same box with different holes and a different plot. You can make these and perform them just as they were, or apply Jim's new ideas for construction and presentation and come up with a fresh approach.




…or Expelling Demons of the Super-X Suspension
by Professor Spellbinder

This special e-Book is only sold to those who already own a Super-X illusion and who can prove it by e-mailing me a photo of themselves performing it (such as the photo of Qua-Fiki on the right). Then you will be instructed how to use PayPal to send the $15.00 to purchase this e-Book explaining how to X-orcise the Eight Demons of the Super-X that can ruin the illusion.


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