Mark Elsdon had a great eBook, called Hidden Gems, in which he pointed out 100 items in print that you might have missed, and where to find them. Ever short on blog material, I have unashamedly stolen his idea. I’m just investing 3% of the effort though, and pointing you towards 3 of my hidden gems… sorry, buried treasure!
- Transmutation by George McBride (From ‘The Best of Osmosis‘ page 35) – George is, in my opinion, one of the unsung heroes of kick-ass card magic, and this routine is one I’ve used since I was a kid. It is easy to do, has great uniformity of action, 3 phases and one of the things I like most is that it doesn’t ‘close the circle’… it is a routine with 2 Jokers and 2 Black Aces, and after a few phases, the Jokers suddenly change into Red Aces, and all you are left with is the 4 cards… the Jokers are not reproduced, and that leaves people literally stunned. Solid gold!
- Jubilee by Alex Elmsley (The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley Volume 2, page 153) – The Elmsley books are literally astonishing, and every time I go back to them, something else strikes me as the best trick ever. Jubilee deserves a special mention, because it’s so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a fox. In fact, it’s even better than that – it’s a version of Royal Marriages that will firstly fool you, secondly you’ll want to do, and thirdly, fool you again. It’s a beast.
- Gambler Outgambled by Cy Enfield (Cy Enfield’s Entertaining Card Magic Part 3, page 38) – An astonishing routine that has a real kicker finish that literally shocks people – it’s old school, but it’s sexy. The initial control sequence, with the reversed card and the slip cut, is literally wonderful – I have no idea why this hasn’t replaced a lot of weird looking multiple shifts! Over the years I’ve tweaked a few bits… instead of the slip cuts, use overhand slip shuffles, tabling the packets you run off. This means you can keep the deck in your hands through the lot, which saves a LOT of motion (it eliminates picking up / putting down the deck, which happens 8 times through the routine). Also, as you cut the Tens, don’t just place them off to one side – this makes the packets building on the table seem more important than the Tens, and in my experience, tips off to your spectators that ‘something else is going to happen’. So instead, I use a wine glass, and drop the Tens into that – it keeps them higher and more in focus than the packets on the table, so when the kicker happens, it’s a total shock – and taking the glass in one hand, and removing the fan of cards in the other, is a natural applause cue.
There you have it! If you track them down, let me know what you think, AND let me know some of your buried treasure. Except you Mark – I’m still working through the first 100! 😀