The Wizards' Journal #42

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Goldfish Glass
by Jim Gerrish

Start with a small goldfish bowl filled with clear water, a large drinking glass, a blue paper cylinder, a turkey baster and a silk with a goldfish design. Remove a paper lunch bag from your pocket and open it. Show it empty. Now the magic begins. The glass will be filled with water using the turkey baster, it will then disappear, taking the water with it and leaving only the empty blue paper cylinder. In the process, the image of the goldfish will vanish from the silk handkerchief, leaving only a blank space to show where it was. Next, you allow a spectator to reach into the paper bag and remove the glass filled with water, now with a live goldfish swimming in it which can be poured into the goldfish bowl possibly to be given to the spectator to take home.



Balloon Twisting MAGIC!
by Jim Gerrish

Many magicians are also balloon twisters. However, it surprised me recently to learn that there are some balloon twisters who are NOT magicians. Some of those twisters may know a few card tricks, but they don’t know how to do MAGIC with their BALLOONS. This e-Book is dedicated to both – magicians who want to learn some MAGIC they can perform WITH their balloons, and balloon twisters who can ADD MAGIC to their balloon twisting performances, becoming MAGICIANS in the process. Includes: Cut and Restored Blown Balloon, Color Changing Balloons, Multiplying Small Balloon Animals, Puppetry with Balloons, Balloon Through Body, Pushing a Small Balloon Animal INSIDE a Large Round Balloon... and many more.



Imp Hank
by Jim Gerrish

The French "Le Mouchoir du Diable" or "Devil's Hank" dates from about 1876, and is in every magic store on the planet, unchanged since then.

In 2006, Professor Spellbinder released the secret of his “Angel’s Hank” for vanishing a ring to use with his “Ring to Nest of Boxes” trick as found in The Wizards’ Journal #11-07. He also used a variation of his “Angel’s Hank” when publishing his “Pink Panther Mystery” for the same Wizards’ Journal #11-04.

The following year (2007) I came up with yet another variation, a sort of cross between the Devil's and Angel's Hanks, that I called the Imp Hank. I don't know where the idea came from, but here it is described in print for the first time. Just the Thing to Vanish a Ring!



Telediction Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

This is based on U.F. Grant's "Telediction" as published in 1970. I originally made variations for using it as a mental effect for kid shows, and then I made Grant's idea even more impossible by having 48 designs from which six are randomly chosen. But before that happens a prediction is written on a note pad which is then folded and locked inside a toy bank and given to a child to guard. Another child shuffles the 48 Toy Cards and randomly chooses any 6 cards, which are strapped to a display board as pictured. Someone else removes any one of the 6 choices. Let's say the Basketball is chosen. The bank is opened up by the child guarding it and he removes the prediction which reads: Basketball! Even kids are impressed with this one! Other variations are included to perform with playing cards, zoo animals, sports teams, etc. You are not limited to 6 choices out of 48.



Mental Escapade
by Professor Spellbinder

Effect: The Escape Artist and a person from the audience are chained up using combination locks chosen at random by another member of the audience. He escapes easily, but to free his "victim", 4 random numbers are chosen by 4 members of the audience and called out so everyone can add them up to reach a total. Yet another audience member uses the total arrived at to open her combination lock.

If performed by an escape artist, he or she has nothing to do but organize everything and let the audience participate in letting his innocent "victim" escape. If performed by a mentalist, it is an example of his or her ability to mentally control random acts and events to free the “prisoner”. (Reviewed by Cliff Gerstman in the May 2020 Chainletter!)



The Grim Reaper
by Jim Gerrish

Bizarre Magic for those who like a Touch of Spooky.

A spectator, playing the part of the Grim Reaper, chooses which royal playing card will be next to pass away but tells no one. He writes it down for the “Book of Life and Death” then gives the folded paper on which he wrote the name of the chosen card to one of his friends to hold, not to the magician. No one sees it until the “Moment of Truth.” The chosen card just vanishes from the pack. Moments later, it is found rising up from the magician's pocket on its way to paradise.



Counter Intuitive
by Jim Gerrish

An envelope marked only with a large question mark has been hanging in plain sight. Now the mentalist takes it down and hands it to a spectator. From several sheets of newspaper or advertisements, the spectator draws out one sheet and hands it to the mentalist. The newspaper is folded and torn, until the performer is holding and shuffling 16 pieces torn from the newspaper that the spectator chose. The spectator chooses a number from 1 to 16. The mentalist counts to the number selected, handing that piece to the spectator and tossing the rest of the papers away. The spectator is asked to read the information on the newspaper and say out loud anything that stands out. Afterwards, the mentalist has the spectator open the big envelope, remove the prediction, and show everyone what is written on the paper inside. Contrary to what one would intuitively expect, it matches the information from the newspaper exactly.



Tulip Trick
by Jim Gerrish

Based on the old Indian Mango Trick of ages past, I pass out a dry brown bulb and request the audience to imagine the flower that might grow from it if we had enough time to wait. But I know a magic way to speed up time. I cover the brown bulb with a simple ungimmicked handkerchief, and reveal that the bulb has turned green. Cover and uncover and it has sprouted some leaves. Another cover/uncover and a stem appears with the hint of growth on the top. The final cover/uncover reveals the small tulip you see pictured in my hand. You can end it there, or if you have the resources, give the artificial tulip to someone in the audience to take home as a souvenir. The real magicians among us will turn it into a live tulip to be given away.



Budgie Baby
by Jim Gerrish

The Budgerigar, also known as a common pet parakeet, is easy to train as a magic partner and while not as showy as doves or bigger birds, nevertheless grabs audience attention from the moment it first appears until it magically disappears. This e-Book shows many ways to use your pet in a magic show that can be fun for both of you. While I don't recommend that you go out and buy one and use him for magic the next day without a long period of training for both of you, if you already live with one and appreciate it like a pet or a friend, you might want to try some of these effects to see if your little buddy is willing and able to perform for a group of kids or adults in a magic show setting.



Mouse Power
by Jim Gerrish

Since this is likely to be my last post on The Magic Nook, I decided to finish up with my version of Del Ray's 1950 Mechanical Mouse that cost hundreds of dollars back then, but which can be made for about $10 today.

Just to show you what else can be done with the idea, I'll demonstrate by handing out wooden parts for a spectator to construct a little wooden car and “endow it with life” by using the spirit world to make the wooden car move around the table like Del Ray’s mouse, find chosen cards like a self-motivated Koornwinder's Car and more. Using the same "modus operandi" you'll find instructions to make a Spirit Bell, a Spinning Flashlight, a Moving Voodoo Doll, and a Toppling Desk Frame. Those projects will probably inspire you to come up with more uses for your Mouse Power.

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