The Wizards' Journal #39

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Double-Deck Mind-Match
by Jim Gerrish with P. Dennis

Two decks of cards are shuffled by the magician and four spectators, all of whom participate in shuffling the cards. One spectator freely chooses one of the decks for the spectators, and one for the magician, and the decks are placed into boxes labeled MY CARDS for the Magician and YOUR CARDS for the spectators just so there is no doubt. The spectators' cards from the YOUR CARDS box are cut by each of the four spectators into four piles, and from each of the four piles, each spectator digs around and freely chooses one card face down. The magician removes four cards from his deck of cards. One by one, the cards are turned over together to reveal that he has correctly divined all four cards freely and randomly chosen by each of the four spectators.



Dancing Clowns
by Jim Gerrish

This is a great way to involve a parent and child together, or a brother and sister, or any two friends. You reach into a bag and pull out two clown marionettes, one for each of them. You demonstrate how to work the simple cross-shaped handle, and then send them off to practice while you go on with the show. In a few minutes, you bring them back and announce the Dancing Clown Contest. Music is played and the two contestants operate their clown marionettes to make them perform and dance. At the end, the audience decides the winner of the contest by applause. Then the contestants make the clown marionettes climb up the "Ladder of Success" and climb back into their bag to find the prize that awaits them. But no! The bag is ripped open and it is completely empty! No prizes! No clowns! There is a loud knocking from a box on the other side of the stage. You open it, and to the tune of "I've Got No Strings on Me" the two stringless marionettes appear in a pile of prizes that can be shared with the whole audience.



Card Board Cartomancy
by Jim Gerrish

You will build a sticky "post-it" surface board on which shuffled playing cards are randomly displayed by the spectators who shuffled the cards. From another well-shuffled deck, several audience members may take the deck in their hands and pick out any random card. The "Card Board" then is used to reveal what card was chosen, and in turn the chosen card reveals things about the spectator who chose it, as every good Cartomancer knows. If you do, or want to do Cartomancy in public, this is a great way to start your performance. Based on a 1940s inspiration of Walter B. Gibson.



Emoji Trix
by Jim Gerrish

You'll spend a lot of time LOL as you perform these Emoji Trix with giant Emoji cards, flying Emoji saucers, Emoji masks, badges, coins and more. You'll need special Emoji napkins to wipe the smiles off the faces of your helpers. If you are looking to entertain pre-teens, teen-agers and maybe some of the cooler dudes who never grow up (like me!) then you've come to the right place. Slap down your $7 and learn what's up, where to get it, and how to make it happen.



Bird Brain
by Jim Gerrish

Idea credited to Del Ray. You uncover, or make appear by magic, a small bird cage and introduce your pet bird. The bird chirps, flutters and flits at your command. You explain that it isn’t a live bird, but a mechanical bird made by your great grandfather, who was also a great grand-wizard, to help him perform "mechanician magic." You inherited the bird and every once in a blue moon, you dust him off and let him join you in your magic performances. Then you proceed to demonstrate the magic of the bird who can reveal secretly chosen cards, how many spots are showing on a die, make predictions about the future, and more. As a BONUS, I include my "mechanician" version of Zoltan, the side-show automated predictor. The bird can be made for about $20, and Zoltan for about $30. No electronics (or magi-tronics), but you must be able to solder and glue without hurting yourself or others.



Jack & Jill Twister
by Jim Gerrish

In this variation of John Bannon's Twisted Sisters, we use Four Jacks and Four Jills (Queens) handed to us by a spectator from two jumbo card decks- one red-backed and one blue-backed. One spectator chooses a particular Jill (Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, or Spades) and a second spectator chooses a particular Jack. While in THEIR hands, the two cards change places. The non-chosen cards turn into Jokers, and for a special Gender Reveal Party presentation, the cards give away the secret "It's a Boy!" or "It's a Girl!" You don't have to do the Gender Reveal part, but just in case you get called upon to announce the happy event, you'll be ready with this.



Best Guess
or "Do You Feel Lucky?"
by Jim Gerrish

A spectator takes a box of jumbo cards, and removes one of the cards face down, without looking at it. The chosen jumbo card is then sealed inside an envelope and the spectator signs his name across the seal. All of this is done in secret. The rest of the cards are returned to the card box and the spectator then sits with the sealed envelope during the show until the magician is ready to perform Best Guess. Everyone in the audience participates in this: a regular deck of cards is shuffled by several people, face up or face down. 11 or 12 cards are plucked from the shuffled deck. Spectators whittle away at the smaller number of cards one by one until at last a single card remains. No one knows what it is, nor what jumbo card is in the envelope. When the two cards are shown, they are found to be identical under these seemingly impossible conditions of people just making their best (wild) guesses. Do YOU feel Lucky?



by Professor Spellbinder

Effect: A random seven digit number is generated by having spectators choose cards from Ace to Nine representing random digits for the number. When all seven random digits have been written on a large pad of paper, chalkboard, or whiteboard that everyone can see, four spectators are each dealt six more random cards from the shuffled deck.

The four random six-digit numbers are then written on the large pad. The four six-digit numbers are added up, both manually and using a calculator as a check. The total is seen below the columns of numbers on the large pad so everyone can check the math at any time.

As proof that there are no such things as random events in the universe, the numbers add up to that first random million number the audience provided made up of seven random digits. What are the odds? Incalculable!



Grandma's Ghost
by Jim Gerrish

The effect is similar to Jolyon Jenkins’ Ghost Frame in the Magi-Tronics section of the Magic Nook - EXCEPT, no electronics are involved and batteries are not needed.

A vintage black and white wedding photo is shown in a simple (Dollar Store) picture frame

As spectators watch, the image of Grandma fades away and disappears from sight. Now her spirit travels about the room knocking things over and causing whatever ghostly mayhem you wish to happen. Then, you can have Grandma return to her picture frame and finish by removing the photo from the frame and passing it around so everyone can see that it is just a normal photograph. Grandpa just sits there and watches it all.



by Jim Gerrish

The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used by doctors to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart.

My Electro-Cardio-Gram (note the two hyphens) is a pseudo-scientific use of an “Energy Stick Toy ” ( ) to locate a thought-of playing card when it comes within reach – plus other spooky stuff like that. After we get done "fixing up the stick" it does stuff that the other kids' Energy Stick toys won't do; like float, spin, work with one hand, work with no hands. All kinds of mental magic effects are possible, as well as turning your ordinary magic wand into a 21st century Zapper-Dapper to put some WOW into your ordinary wonders.

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