4 New World’s Greatest Magic DVDs

World’s Greatest Magic by the World’s Greatest Magicians – 4 new DVDs!

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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

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Chicago Opener

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

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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

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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

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