The Wizards' Journal #41

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Make Me
by Jim Gerrish

"Make me choose the seven of hearts, I dare you!" And with the Make Me deck of Jumbo Playing Cards, you can do just that. You don't have to use Jumbo Cards, but this is a forcing deck you make yourself that can be used with cards of any size, for use on the largest stage. Any card in the deck can be forced. YOU decide which one it shall be.

First, the Jumbo Deck of cards is fanned out so everyone can see that all the cards are different. The cards are then shuffled and cut several times by you and a spectator taking turns. The spectator freely selects a number card (two to ten) from the deck, and then is handed the deck to deal off that number of cards onto the table. It seems like a perfectly fair way to choose a random card from the deck, which can be immediately fanned out again and shown to consist of all different cards in random order, but the card chosen by the spectator is, in fact, forced.



by Jim Gerrish

A new set of Zener design cards consisting of ten different symbols for revealing extra sensory perception (ESP), clairvoyance, and other para-normal powers in you and members of your audience. You can buy a set of 52 Zen-Ten cards in either color or black and white from our Make Playing Cards Store. Or you can use any two sets of Zener design ESP cards combined together and print out your own Zen-Ten faces.

Use the Zen-Ten deck to perform a matching card routine that goes beyond the usual five symbol version. Predict the order of five or more cards that will be randomly dealt by a spectator. And more...



3-D Magic
by Jim Gerrish

First, get yourself a pair of 3-D anaglyph glasses BEFORE you order this e-Book, so you'll know what kind of magical world you are entering. If you have the red-blue (or red-cyan) glasses, look at my hidden mountain cave. This is just the beginning. You can create an entire show of visual wonders using 3-D projections, 3-D cards, 3-D games and 3-D posters. Of course the audience will have to be equipped with glasses, but these days they are used to that when attending 3-D movies, and I'll even show you how to sell them the glasses for a small profit and on-going advertisements for your 3-D Magic show.



Gizmo Box Magic
by Jim Gerrish

A spectator opens up a box tied with a red ribbon and removes a wine glass. The wine glass is handed to the magician and the empty box is reclosed and retied with the red ribbon by the spectator, who then holds the box. The magician, in the course of using the wine glass for magic, makes the glass disappear. The spectator then unties the red ribbon and reopens the box he has been guarding to find that the wine glass has returned to it. A new effect for the old 1930's Gizmo Box that no one will suspect could possibly be a Gizmo Box.



Dollar Store Christmas Magic
by Jim Gerrish

Using Christmas Themed Coloring Books from the Dollar Store, you will find all the illustrations you need to make a variety of Christmas Magic on paper and cardboard... a version of Instant Art, Two Card Monte, Four Card Monte, D'Lite-ful Cards, Forgetful Santa ... and more. New methods of performing these old faithful tricks guarantees that no other magicians will be performing YOUR show, and no kids will be shouting, "I saw that before!"

When Christmas is over, the same effects can be made with new themes from Dollar Store Coloring Books for Valentine's Day, Easter, The 4th of July, Halloween, etc! But this is MY Christmas Gift to YOU! Merry Christmas!



Impuzzable Lite
by Jim Gerrish

This is based on my “Impuzzleble!” e-Book that was published in 2014 for Hardboard & Duct Tape Book 3 – item 7. While the trick is essentially the same, the method is much simpler and with the addition of some animal blindfolds, it is a lot more fun. I'm using puzzles with fewer pieces, like the Bob Ross Mighty Mountain Lake puzzle from Dollar Tree. The simplest version uses a 16 piece Dollar Store puzzle that is just right for performing for kids. Spectators mix up the pieces, then draw out three pieces while blindfolded. The rest of the pieces are scattered on cardboard and covered with a cloth. When the cloth is whisked away, the puzzle is completed except for the three pieces held by the spectators, which now can be used to finish the puzzle for a round of applause.



Special Delivery
by Jim Gerrish

Christmas Season, 2019: I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of years now, ever since I first saw a “carry-on” costume on the Internet. This year I took the plunge and bought one for my Christmas shows in December and January of 2019. There are many other types available which can be adapted for other seasons and themes.

I have an announcer introduce me as I stand behind the curtain in my costume, jingling some sleigh bells in my free hand. I enter, carried on by Santa Claus himself, working him like a huge puppet, "Ho, Ho, Ho-ing all the Way." Sometimes he boosts me up so I can add an ornament to the Christmas tree. Eventually we enter the "Phantom Chimney" which I invented just for this trick. The Chimney is opened up and turned around to be shown empty from all sides. Santa and I enter from the back, but I come out the front on my own two legs... Santa has completely disappeared and the Chimney is again shown empty, inside and out. Later, if you have a small assistant who can keep a secret, you can produce him or her dressed as an Elf from the Chimney, which has other uses for a magician that are described in the e-Book.



Magic Meter
by Jim Gerrish

The Magic Meter is a prop for “measuring” audience applause, laughter, or belief in magic. It is contained in a small plastic suitcase attached to a sensor or a microphone or a facsimile thereof, and has a needle pointing to a dial that rises and falls according to the whim of the person carrying the Magic Meter. At the end of your act, you can make the meter seem to explode and fall apart from all the fun and excitement you are apparently recording with it. You can buy all the needed parts to make it for $20 or less.



Best Friends Forever
by Jim Gerrish

This is like my Anniversary Two-Step, except this time I will be using inexpensive decks of small heart-shaped Valentine’s Day Cards from Oriental Trading. Because it is designed for bashful kids who always squirm from admitting that they really like a member of the opposite (or same) sex, it can use any two cards to represent them, from King, Queen or Jack to Ace or any of the number cards. The two cards are freely chosen by the two Best Friends, signed by each of them on the card face, and at the end, the two signed cards merge into one just as in the other Anniversary card tricks.



Swag Bag
by Jim Gerrish

You borrow someone’s swag (ring, earring, coin, trinket). You make the swag vanish in your favorite way (or you can borrow any of my favorite ways – included in this e-Book). Then, you call attention to the Swag Bag hanging from a hook, or attached by cord to the inside of your wallet, etc. You allow the swag’s owner to feel the bag from the outside… it feels like there is a something inside the cloth bag. The owner opens the bag and his or her vanished swag is found inside. Make or buy any small bag with tie strings and easily turn it into a magic Swag Bag. OR use flat swag (cards, coins, credit cards, business cards) and after vanishing it, it appears inside TWO sealed paper envelopes that were in plain sight since the beginning.

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