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Mongolian Pop Knot Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

Whit Haydn is the creator of The Mongolian Pop-Knot routine. In order to use this e-Book , you will need to thoroughly know and use his Mongolian Pop Knot Routine, because you will NOT learn it here. This e-Book, published with Whit's permission, takes you in another direction, for those who need or want to perform the Pop Knot routine in a busking or table hopping situation. To learn the original routine, go HERE:



The Hand Bag Sponge Ball Routine
by Professor Spellbinder and Jim Gerrish

Comes with access to a video tutorial which helps illustrate the various moves of the routine. This is the basic sponge routine that is taught to all Wiz Kids when they first join. Later, they are encouraged to add more parts and change it to adapt to their own styles of performance. The routine uses a Halloween Hand Bag so that it can be performed sitting down, or without the use of pockets or pouches. The bag is NOT a change bag, but an ordinary bag that can be examined and used for collecting tips, etc.



by Professor Spellbinder

Mutus Nomen Dedit Cocis is the name of a classic card plot in card magic and whose basic principle was first described in 1769 by Gilles-Edme Guyot. My Santa-Mental “Do-It-Yourself” version is a way to get younger children interested in mental magic by asking the question: “How does Santa Claus know what to bring each boy and girl on Christmas? The answer is, he reads your mind so he knows what you are thinking.” Then I ask four children to each think of a toy on the cards that I printed and cut out myself, and see if I can read their minds like Santa Claus. Using a variation of the Mutus Nomen Dedit Cocis principle, I can reveal the toy they have chosen, concluding with “And that’s how Santa knows what you want for Christmas. It’s also how he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, so let’s all try to be as nice as we can from now on.” It also knocks the socks off adults when you ask them to pretend they are children and you read their minds, too.



There's An Egg In Your Hat
by Jim Gerrish

You ask a child to lend you his or her hat so you can show them a marvelous magic trick, however, before you accept the hat from the child, say: “Please take the egg out of your hat before you give it to me. The trick doesn’t work if there is an egg in your hat.”

The child will protest that there is no egg in the hat. Take the hat and hold it out to another child. “Let’s get a second opinion on that. Do you see an egg in the hat?”

The second child looks in and nods. He sees an egg in the hat. And that is the beginning of a very funny routine where you and other children can find eggs in the first child's hat, but when he takes the hat and turns it inside out, there is no egg to be found. At the end, he finally finds a HUGE egg in his hat that is discovered to be filled with candy or toys, etc., which can be shared with the other helpers, and usually enough for everyone in the audience.



Make Your Own Silk To Egg
by Jolyon Jenkins

The silk to egg trick is a modern classic, invented by Colonel Stodare c.1860. Known as the Stodare Egg, it was used by magicians in what came to be known as the "Kling Klang" trick, where an egg in a drinking glass and a handkerchief in the magician's hand are transposed. The most popular use of the egg was invented by British magician Fred Culpitt , about a century ago. It's a “sucker trick” in which the magician appears to teach the audience how to do a trick in which a silk “turns into” an egg. But first you need the special egg, and in this e-Book, Jolyon shows you how to take a real egg from your refrigerator and turn it into a gimmicked egg for the many tricks that require it.



by Jim Gerrish

How to turn any lock into a gimmicked lock that is easily opened with or without a key. Enough said.



The X-Box
by Professor Spellbinder

How to turn any wooden, cardboard or non-magnetic metalic box into an X-Box, in which things appear, disappear, or transform as if by magic. Enough said.



Clown Clones
A JUMBO Variation of Michael Close’s Close’s Clones
by Jim Gerrish

The basic premise: Nine cards are shown to be blank on both sides. Then, one by one, clown faces appear on the blank cards. Then multiple clowns begin appearing until the last card is filled with a crowd of clowns. The spectators look up and you, too, seem to be turning into a clown, red nose and all! Jim's version is made to perform with Super Jumbo Cards (8.5" x 11") and five children (or adult) helpers who each have an "inner clown" hiding inside.



Tommy Windsor's Pop Corn Dye Box Revisited
by Professor Spellbinder

Tommy Windsor invented his Pop Corn Dye Box in the early 1940's. It has been remade and remarketed many times, but totally unchanged, even though most people now get their Pop Corn in tubs or buckets these days. Professor Spellbinder was given a set of solid plastic pop corn boxes this past Easter (3/27/16) with a challenge to come up with a new invention. Darned if he didn't do it! It works NOTHING like the old Windsor Dye Box, or any other magic trick we know of, but it does the same tricks as the Windsor Dye Box, plus many new ones. For example, it can start by filling up with real popcorn, and then do all those silk tricks, but with a lot more silks and bigger silks. How about adding liquids? You wouldn't dare with a cardboard box, but now you'll be able to push in a red silk and pour out a glass of red liquid!

You can buy the plastic boxes in any Dollar Tree Store or on-line for about a buck, but you'll have to make the magic parts yourself following the Professor's step by step directions because this can't be found in any magic shop... yet!



Blocks and Tube Magic Revisited
by Professor Spellbinder

Today's magicians only seem to know the version of this trick known as "Strato-Sphere" by U.F. Grant (1962), but there are many variations of this going back in time to Professor Hoffman's 1918 "Bewildering Blocks" published in "Latest Magic" and to Donald Holmes' 1920 "Tea Chests of Wang Fu." They are all described in this e-Book, with enough detail for building any one of them, but most attention is given to rebuilding the Tea Chests of Wang Fu from wood or chipboard.



Nuffin' to Niffen
by Professor Spellbinder

The main problem with the 1876 Reversible Cannister (sometimes known as a Niffen Bottle) is the same as with all switching props- too much attention is paid to the prop for the wrong reasons. In 1876 you could apparently get away with stuffing a handkerchief into a bottle, turning it into a liquid, and get away with it just because you were playing the part of a wizard or magic person, for whom such odd behaviors were considered normal. Today’s magician would be under tougher scrutiny for doing such an odd thing … yet, I will show you a way to make it possible for those who want to get away with it using a technique I call "Whammys"!



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