MyMagic eNewsletter #1,128
August 16, 2023
Astor’s Magic Live release was the card routine he uses to open his shows at the Magic Castle. It is more of an entire act than a routine and contains elements of many of the most powerful card effects. The surprise is that it is very easy.
You begin by giving the deck a real riffle shuffle. You then mix the cards face up and face down and miraculously all the cards are now facing the same way.
The deck is now cut into four packets and the top card of each packet is shown to be an ace.
When the four packets are turned face up the four matching kings are shown.
For the finale the packets are spread to show that all the cards are now separated by suite and are in ace to king order.
Watch and buy: HERE
In the last newsletter, when introducing the Misindex cards, I mentioned that this will likely be the end of them. The reason is that the USPC lawyers have been sending cease and desist letters to magic companies that print on blank Bicycle cards. In addition to the Misindex Bicycle Gaff Pack (HERE) I was also able to get the last of the Mixed Bicycle Gaff Packs, below.
They also stopped the manufacture of Bicycle backed close-up mats which I ended up with all the remaining stock: HERE
►Mixed Bicycle Gaff Pack:
You get thirteen different gaffed cards on red backed Bicycle stock. These are custom printed cards with various, reveals, gags, and unique looking cards. Take a look at the photo to see the different cards you get in this set.
Cards include: KC with 7H reveal, faded KH, 3 1/2of clubs, Joker with 3H reveal, Swirly 9C, QS with 5H reveal, 3C with 7H smudge, 52 on 1, 11D, Blank QH, shaken 6S, AH with 9S reveal, and Your Card gag.
Get some: HERE
►BACK IN STOCK:
Now available in Large Index Phoenix cards.
You explain that you are going to show something that was performed by a famous one-armed magician. To demonstrate you place your right hand in your pocket. With your left hand you hold up the deck of cards and instruct the spectator to peek at any card they like.
Without any suspicious moves you hand the deck to the spectator and nonchalantly snap your fingers. The spectator is now asked to go through the deck and find their chosen card. The spectator looks through the deck, but the card has vanished! (The deck can even be dealt onto the table, one card at a time, by the spectator… their card is not there!).
You slowly remove your right hand from your pocket and show the selected card!
Watch and buy: HERE
►OUR NEWEST RELEASE:
Ed Solomon, who was also known as DeNomolos, was a master storyteller who used magic to emphasize the point or moral of his stories. He wanted his magic to appeal to the intellect and touch the soul of his audiences, or as he put it: “People may not remember my name or the magic that I performed, but they will remember how it made them feel.”
Between 2004 and 2015 Ed wrote 125 columns in The Linking Ring magazine that featured short stories that used simple magic to highlight their messages. All those columns are included in this book along with some bonus tricks, essays, and more.
If you ever wanted to elevate your magic from just being a series of puzzles into meaningful moments of magic, this book may inspire you to think along those lines. Remember that all good magic revolves around solid stories and premises and this book is full of both.
Watch and buy: HERE
►Sunday August 20: Performing at Comix @ Mohegan Sun Casino. Tickets: HERE
►Sunday September 10: Performing at Comix @ Mohegan Sun Casino. Tickets: HERE
►Friday October 13: Mind Games Reloaded with Marc Salem at the Turning Point in New York. Info/Tickets: HERE
Stay happy, Meir
PS: I have been asked how I decide what to introduce in the newsletters after a convention. I try whenever possible to do it before all the other magic companies start carrying them. For example, three of the items will officially be released in October and one in November so those will likely be last.
“Regarding magical props, they must be treated as real.”
…Ed Solomon (Meaningful Conjuring, 2023)