The Wizards' Journal #44

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Dapper Dan
by Professor Spellbinder

At the beginning of the effect, Dapper Dan is wearing only white boxer shorts. You get tired of dressing him with the audience's choices of clothing, so you decide to speed things up with magic. Four helpers choose and draw items of clothing on Dollar Store Message Boards with colored marking pens. Once it has been decided on how Dapper Dan will be dressed, the helpers wave their message boards at Dapper Dan, who has been covered with a silk handkerchief for the occasion. They just THINK of the items of clothing and before you can say "Whiz Bam!" the drawings disappear from the message boards and appear all at once on Dapper Dan. There is an optional ending where Dan's clothes disappear again and he ends up wearing polka dot underwear.



Portable Rabbit Hole
by Jim Gerrish & Yusif Tremil

Effect: The magician shows the audience his “Portable Rabbit Hole” which is a square plaque with a large black circle on it and a white arrow in the center. It can be shown on all sides. It is placed on top of some panels with bars, also shown on all sides before forming a cage. Suddenly a bunny (live or puppet) pops up out of the portable hole on top of the cage. From there you can lift the bunny out and begin your funny bunny business until it is time for the bunny to take his or her nap. The magician opens up the portable hole and the bunny is pushed down inside. It just seems to vanish! The whole cage is taken apart and shown to be as empty as it was in the beginning.



Cuff Linked
by Jim Gerrish

Starting with Harry Anderson's reasoning for NOT doing thumb ties with string or pipe cleaners, etc., or for using thumb cuffs, Jim takes Harry's solution and expands it into an escape extravaganza complete with ball and chains, full body cuffs, and challenges with members of the audience participating. And while it will keep your arms and legs in chains and cuffs, it won't cost you an arm and a leg to build up an hysterically funny escape routine with these easily available props.
Reviewed by Cliff Gerstman in his August 2021 Chain Letter



A Touch of Magic
by Jim Gerrish

You can have any number of cards, Tarot or regular playing cards freely chosen. In fact, any flat object that will fit inside an envelope can be used, including dollar bills, business cards, greeting cards, photographs of any subject, and so on. You have a spectator select one of the flat objects described above. He then selects one envelope from a stack of envelopes you have shuffled and mixed up. He places the flat object he has chosen inside the envelope, and then fills up any number of other envelopes with the flat objects he did NOT choose. He mixes up the envelopes until he himself doesn’t know which envelope contains his chosen flat object. One by one he hands the envelopes to you and you place three of them down on the table or on a music stand. He points to any two of the envelopes, and finally points to one envelope. When he opens the last envelope chosen, it contains the flat object he originally chose and hid from sight.



Coin-Card Routines
by Jim Gerrish

Matrix is only one example of combining coin magic with card magic. Here's a do-it-yourself version of the old "No-Way Coin Trick" combined with Shrinking Cards. You can make all the props yourself and no one will recognize what you have done to the old versions of these classic tricks. It will all look brand new again.



Al Mann's Glass Box Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

Al Mann's Glass Box Prediction has been around since the 1950's. During that time, things have changed, such as the absence of many paper printed newspapers (today you look on your phone for the headline news!) and materials used to make transparent plastic boxes, and so on. I have also added additional predictions that can be made on different color papers so that every spectator who picks a slip of paper from the box is shocked by a prediction of an event that happened AFTER he chose the paper and before he opened it. The final prediction of a current headline of an event that just took place or which is currently happening on the news makes a great grand finale. All of those predictions were sealed inside the transparent box weeks before the performance!



White Board Supremacy
by Jim Gerrish

In May of 1921, a slate board effect titled "Spirits?" written by the Faberlands, appeared in the pages of the Sphinx Vol. 20, No. 3. In the 1960's Al Mann described it in his book "Master Slate Secrets." Now Jim has revised and converted it to use a White Board and bright color ink pens, with new twists to bring it into the year 2021 with all its faults and foibles.



Phantasma - Revisited
by Jim Gerrish

In 1929, Ted Annemann first published "Phantasma" which combined the powers of his mind to produce a card trick that happened in the hands of a spectator. Here it is again, revised for performing in 2021. Several randomly chosen playing cards are removed from any deck. Someone merely thinks of one of the cards, and then puts all the chosen cards into an envelope which is sealed and given to someone else to hold. The mentalist uses powers of his mind to make the card, that is only being thought of, to disappear from the sealed envelope, and then to make a surprising reappearance somewhere completely different.



New Rattle Box by Jim Gerrish
Many Magicians of today are still using the exact same Rattle Box (upper left) as described by Professor Hoffman in his 1876 book “Modern Magic,”and it was considered very old back then! We decided it's time for a NEW Rattle Box that actually looks like a real box, opens like a real box, closes like a real box, and which can be handled by a spectator to make a coin or ring vanish completely. You make it yourself from wood, or buy an inexpensive craft wood box from any source (Dollar Store!) and easily convert it to make Jim's NEW Rattle Box!

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