Al Schneider Volume 1 Project Codeword: Heavy Metal Series CONFIDENTIAL – For Your Eyes Only This DVD contains a collection of classic coin effects that Al Schneider has been working on for the last 50 years. The experiments presented are an attempt to move these classic 20th century effects into the 21st century. Fifty years of Al’s magic experience has been focused on making these effects more streamlined and more magically powerful with the spotlight on coin routines that depend on gimmicked and extra coins.
Al Schneider – Volume 2 Project Codeword: Natural Elements Series CONFIDENTIAL – For Your Eyes Only Research in this DVD is dedicated to locating routines that do not use gimmicks. In general, one can carry some simple props or even borrow something from someone to accomplish miracles. Though the props are simple, the experiments presented here are about high complex and advanced logic. There is some new stuff, some old stuff, and some new twists on old stuff – but it’s all natural!
Al Schneider – Volume 3 Project Codeword: Rare Earth Series CONFIDENTIAL – For Your Eyes Only In this set of experiments, we are looking for odd and novel methods and effects. The goal is to locate more effects that are cerebral. We want things that twist the mind. Who would think of a broken and restored potato chip? (The method is weirder than the effect…!)
World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians – 4 new DVDs!
The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley
As one goes through the literature of magic, the name of Dr. Jacob Daley crops up quite frequently, particularly in reference to card magic. Dr. Daley was a New York plastic surgeon but also an avid amateur magician who was skillful enough to keep company with many sleight-of-hand legends of the era, including Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, Al Baker, and many others. Also a brilliant innovator, Dr. Daley’s original tricks appeared in Stars of Magic, Annemann’s Practical Mental Effects, and many conjuring periodicals. One of the tricks he was working on before his sudden and tragic passing in 1954 at the age of 56 was a transposition of the red Aces with the black ones. He had demonstrated this idea for Dai Vernon who then immortalized it after Daley’s passing in The Dai Vernon Book of Magic as The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Daley.
Dr. Daley’s Last Trick – Bill Malone
The Last Trick of Dr. Daley – Daryl
Weighted Aces – Gregory Wilson
Intuition – Dan Harlan
The Last Trick of Dr. Daley – Michael Ammar
Dr. Daley’s Last Trick – Martin Nash
The card trick popularly known as Chicago Opener had its origins in an effect invented by Al Leech that was originally called Hot Card Trick No. 1 and then later rechristened Red Hot Mama. The trick became immensely popular and many working performers immediately added it to their repertoires, notably Frank Everhart and Jim Ryan, who each sometimes get credit for its invention (Everhart’s version was published in a Frank Garcia Book as Chicago Opener and Ryan’s as Red Hot Mama in a book on Ryan’s magic by Phil Wilmarth.)
Despite its muddled origins, it remains one of card magic’s rare effects – an astounding miracle that is relatively easy to perform. What the audience sees is that the magician causes a freely-selected card to change its back color (say from blue to red), which is then tabled. The performer then claims to be able to repeat the effect and a second card is selected. This second attempt fails – no second red card is found – but the performer makes good by turning over the first red card and showing that it has now magically changed into the second selection.
Mind Reading Magician – Bill Malone
The Dumbest Casino in the World – Michael Close
Bluefield Debut – Michael Ammar
Bluefield Debut 2 – Michael Ammar
Chicago Opener – Daryl
Momma in My Wallet – Dan Fleshman
Red Hot Mama – Michael Ammar
Silk Magic – Volume 1
Handkerchiefs have been a part of the magician’s arsenal at least since the 1500s but it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that handkerchiefs made of silk made their appearance as magical apparatus. The first recorded use of silk handkerchiefs in the literature of magic was by none other than Robert-Houdin for a vanishing handkerchief routine (which also coincided with his invention of the first pull.) The first full routine using silks was performed by de Kolta and written up in Professor Hoffman’s Later Magic in 1903. At that point, tricks and routines using silks became a very common part of conjurors’ acts.
Spectral Silk – Daryl
Color Changing Silk – Fielding West
3D Photograph – Henry Evans
Coins Through Silk – Michael Ammar
The Berg Knot – Dai Vernon
Ring on Silk – Paul Wilson
Silken Dream – Dan Harlan
Jumping Knot – Petrick and Mia
Silk Magic Volume 2
Silk Through Transparent Bag – Henry Evans
Silk Through Silk – Jeff Sheridan
Silk Cut – Karrell Fox
Coin Through Sheer Silk – Petrick and Mia
Sucker Egg and Hanky – Steve Dacri
Color Changing Silk – Dai Vernon
Sympathetic Silks – Paul Potassy
Time Machine – Henry Evans
Silk Through Cup Handle – Bob Read
It seems to be commonly believed that the genre of card magic known as packet tricks – that is, card tricks that use a small number of cards rather than the entire deck – are a relatively recent invention in the history of conjuring but this is not the case. While it’s true that packet tricks became insanely popular in the magic community of the 1960s and 70s (Jon Racherbaumer even coined the word “packeteer” to describe magicians who specialized in these types of tricks), effects with a small number of cards date back to the late 1800s. Though many use the term “packet trick” disparagingly, the truth is that, if well-conceived and performed, they can often be more astounding than effects performed with an entire deck of cards. Don’t underestimate the power of the packet! Armed with just a small bunch of cards and the wisdom gleaned from the masters on this DVD, you’ll be a “packeteer” in no time!
On Volume 1 Larry Jennings starts with a trick that uses only three cards yet produces a remarkable visual illusion of one of the cards melting effortlessly through the other two. Martin Nash follows with a four-card trick where two Queens and two Jacks turn into four Queens and then four Jacks – that is, until they finally change into four Aces! Then, Michael Close shows off four blue-backed Jokers that turn red-backed one at a time and then instantly return to their original blue-backed condition while Michael Ammar performs and teaches a brilliant swindle with three blank-faced cards and an Ace – or so it appears. Next, the legendary Alex Elmsley offers a demonstration of the trick (and the sleight) that arguably started the modern packet trick era while Bill Malone twists some Aces and then turns them into something totally different. John Guastaferro combines two wonderful effects that combine the best features of the Hofzinser Four-Ace Problem and Paul Harris’ Reset while Darwin Ortiz rounds out the volume with his version of Peter Kane’s classic Ace transposition trick.
On Volume 2 Daryl starts off with a Sam Schwartz classic where four blue-backed Kings turn face up one at a time and are then shown to have red backs. For the stunning finale, the Kings have mirrored backs! Then, Michael Ammar demonstrates a game with four cards where the object is to guess which card has been turned face up behind the performer’s back. One at a time, the cards magically turn face up and then, for a big finish, the cards are turned over to show that they’re marked with big, bold letters! Paul Wilson uses four Jacks and two Queens to relate an amusingly risqué but magical story while John Mendoza demonstrates the ability of three blank cards to change into three selected cards. Michael Ammar turns four blank cards into a four-of-a-kind one card at a time while Larry Jennings causes the Aces to turn face up magically one at a time in an impossible fashion. Finally, Darwin Ortiz rounds out this volume with a whirlwind of magic which begins with the Two of Hearts constantly rising to the top of a four-card packet. However, just when the audience thinks that the performer merely has four identical cards, they’re shown to now be all the Ten of Spades. For a finale, the cards are displayed one last time and are now the four Kings!
On Volume 3 Bill Malone starts off with a super-powered version of Paul Harris’ Reset as the Aces and Kings keep changing places in startling and visual ways. Paul Wilson continues with an in-the-hands version of Nick Trost’s classic effect where the spectator selects a card and it’s found to be the only one with a differently-colored back. Then, Pavel introduces his audience to a card-eating turtle that visibly “eats” four freely-selected cards while John Guastaferro shows off four cards with pictures of frogs that turn face down one at a time and then into four princes before finally turning back into frogs once more. Michael Ammar uses just a few cards from an ordinary deck to spin the tale of Brother John Hamman’s Twins while Dan Fleshman presents a short and sweet interlude where the four Aces turn into all Aces of Spades and then instantly change into the four Kings. James Swain then performs his modern-day classic where four face-up Queens are each shown to have a different back color and design than the other three, whose backs are alike. As a finale, all of the Queens are shown to have different backs. Michael Ammar then closes out the volume with Dai Vernon’s classic effect where the four Aces each turn over one at a time as if by magic.
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T.A. Waters - Miracles of the Mind
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Meet the mind behind the myth…and the magic!
One of the cornerstone books in the field of mentalism is inarguably T.A. Waters’ magnum opus, Mind, Myth & Magick. This massive tome – a monument to a lifetime of work in the mystery arts – has become an almost standard reference work for anyone aspiring to become a mentalist.
Now, you can meet the man behind the legend and watch him as he brings his creations – many right from the pages of Mind, Myth & Magick – to life in front of an enthusiastic and justifiably amazed live audience. Then, T.A. Waters will take you behind the curtain to show you the diabolical machinations behind the miracles. In addition, you’ll be treated to his timeless thoughts about creating and performing magic and mentalism in his insightful “T.A. Talks.”
Strong effects…strong opinions…and one unforgettable performer. T.A. Waters’ Miracles of the Mind, like his book, is destined to influence yet another generation of mystery entertainers.
Signature effects and unreleased gems from one of mentalism’s great innovators!
Despite over four decades of magic and mentalism experience, Rick Maue has always managed to remain a bit elusive…until now! On this DVD set, Rick presents a number of his signature pieces, as well as several unreleased items, with many of the effects coming from his working repertoire.
Mental Deceptions is loaded with strong mentalism for stand-up or close-up performances and remarkably, none of the effects require expensive gimmicks or props – just everyday items such as envelopes, poker chips, paper, playing cards, etc. (It’s why Michael Weber dubbed Rick “OfficeMax Maven.”)
What’s more, no sleight of hand is required. Rick calls it VdM Magic – material that’s so technically easy that the Venus De Milo could perform it! In other words, everything is well within the technical reach of every performer.
You’ll also be able to step inside the mind of Rick Maue during informative interview segments conducted by magician Francis Menotti. You’ll see for yourself why Marc DeSouza once asked Rick, “Why is it that when I see you lecture, I feel like I am watching a mad scientist at work?”
Complete Set Includes:
The 17 original volumes re-mastered on 8 DVDs
Vernon Lectures – 1973, 1976, 1977 restored on 3 DVDs
Vintage Vernon Audio Tapes, Now on Four CDs
Notes on Dai Vernon’s Farewell Lecture by Dr. Gene Matsuura
1983 Videonics Catalog Facsimile
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From the L & L Underground Research Facility
These experiments push the envelope of existing Cups and Balls technology far beyond its normal limits. The goal for this project is more repeatability, more shock, and more practicality. We believe these goals have been realized in the Vessels and Orbs Project. What’s more, you’ll be privy to new and innovative strategies, subtleties and moves never before seen, including the Tweezers Palm, Al Schn
eider’s new and devilishly deceptive small ball vanish. Many of magic’s greatest minds have been taken in by this move.
Today’s tendency is for magicians to walk around more and to stand at a table
side when performing. Several of these routines were specifically designed to do that. The others were created for more formal, full-feature Cups and Balls performances.
Popularly known as “The King of Korn,” Karrell Fox was truly one of magic’s singular characters. He was a superb performer in almost every branch of the magical craft – comedy, mentalism, children’s entertaining, trade show presentations, and more. At sixteen years of age, he managed a magic shop and then went on to appear on famous television shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show. He also appeared weekly in his own TV spots as Milky the Clown, a series which lasted many years. As an ideas man, Karrell topped the lot with clean-cut notions that are practical in working and effective in performance.