Magic/conjuring employs entirely rational means in order to create an abstract moment… the experience of something truly impossible.
The ‘trick’ is just the tip of the iceberg; a Trojan Horse for techniques which warp your perception of reality. Beneath the surface there is a constant dialogue between objects and ideas, between psychology and dexterity, between art and entertainment.
Ben has been studying, teaching and performing for almost twenty years and is one of the world’s leading practitioners.
FACE VALUE (eBook)
'Face Value' is a completely reconstructed and polished handling of Eddie Fechter's 'Be Honest. What Is It?' sometimes referred to as 'Two-Card Monte.' This new handling is a powerful lesson in the use of simplicity, psychology and choreography.
RED HERRING (eBook)
'Red Herring' is an impossible card location: A card is selected and lost, in the cleanest way imaginable, yet the performer is able to locate or produce the card instantly. This routine has fooled some of the best minds' in magic.
EYE CANDY (print)
Eye Candy contains three hyper-visual magic effects; no high-concept just pure eye-popping, brain-frying, visual magic to melt faces and destroy minds! This is perfect when you want to do something which doesn’t require very much presentation, audience management, or psychological control… just assault someone’s eyes!
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Framework is a revolutionary new deck vanish which looks like a camera trick or special effect! This is an amazing optical illusion! the spectator can see a full deck in the performer’s hand… and the cards SLOWLY shrink and dissolve away (visually… with no cover)! Yep! The best part is that this is impromptu! No gimmicks… any deck can be used.
For example: a card is selected and signed. The performer takes the signed selection from the spectator and cleanly inserts it into the middle of the deck. The performer now asks the name of the card (let’s imagine it’s an Ace), SLOWLY all the cards visually begin to melt away, the pack appears to be shrinking until finally all the cards seem to disappear leaving only the four Aces!
This can leave the two, three or four cards (which can be selections) it’s up to the performer. The point is that this looks real; it looks like trick photography or some very clever gimmick… even though it isn’t!
Framework is completely impromptu and can be performed with any deck anytime, anywhere! No gimmicks, flaps or special equipment! It ends completely clean and everything can be inspected! This is something special.
The performer offers to give a spectator a memento: the spectator signs a playing card in a couple of separate places, the card now performs several extremely magical, visual, gymnastic manoeuvres (appearing, vanishing, impossibly jumping to different places in the deck, and onto performers person), before the deck is placed away so only the signed card remains in full view.
Now, with only the signed card in use (deck or any other cards are set aside)… the spectator chooses one of the signatures and in front their eyes it transforms into the performer’s signature! They actually see the lines move and form into something new! The spectator takes this home as memento signed by both themselves and the performer! Everything can be inspected!
The construction of Memento is extremely devious; it’s not only visual fooling but deeply psychologically deceptive; this is one of those effects that gets loud screams or WTF’s! This is a perfect close-up effect for working close-up professionals or those simply looking for something super visual. Once again, no duplicates or gimmicks needed… just a deck of cards and a Sharpie pen.
3) THE SDS VANISH:
This is an extremely magical, ‘complete coin vanish’: A coin is held above a spectator’s hand and it melts away leaving both hands completely empty! I cannot stress how magical this looks… it simply appears as if the coin slowly dissolves into thin air above their hand.
The SDS Vanish is a pure expression of magic and will become one of your favourite impromptu effects. It can be performed in any environment, with no bad angles, no lapping, sleeving, special gimmicks or equipment and can be performed in a t-shirt and in slow-motion… all you need are your hands and any coin (which can be borrowed).
The visual element within these effects is the entire trick – just by watching, you experience everything. The best part is that these effects are not difficult to learn! Their construction and the principles involved do most of the work for you! I have kept these effects a secret for many years… but finally it’s time to release them.
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THIS IS NOT A BOX (print)
This is Not a Box explores the use of honesty and truth within magic effects, while attempting to cultivate new relationships between the performer and the audience. This is extremely powerful stuff… you have been warned!
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Real Magic & The Empty Space: essays which might fundamentally alter your perspective on the art of magic.
1) Fingertip Time Travel
An extremely powerful card effect in which a spectator experiences time travel in their own hands! This effect will immediately find its way into your repertoire… it’s genuine a killer and one which EVERY magician will be able to do immediately.
2) A Choice Illusion
Every person watching can experience a completely different effect; even though in reality everyone sees exactly the same thing! If a single person watches they can experience multiple effects! This illusion is achieved with nothing but words!
3) The More You Know…
The spectator is told and shown exactly how this effect works… and yet the spectator is still completely fooled! This might just be one of the most original card effects you’ve ever read and should be reserved for when you need something particularly impressive.
4) Confirmation Bias
The performer reveals a card that the spectator is thinking of; however, this looks and feels completely real. Simply put, this looks like genuine mind reading and deductive reasoning… REAL! This doesn’t look like a trick, be warned! The spectator can also FEEL what it feels like to have the thoughts extrapolated from their mind… as it’s happening! Yep! Cults have been started on much less!
5) Primary Movement
A coin cleanly travels from one hand to the other under seemingly impossible conditions! That’s it! This looks like you have real magic powers! Can be performed surrounded and with a borrowed coin! The most amazing thing is that Primary Motion can be performed on a single spectator (or a group) with people physically holding your hands apart! This routine has some ingenious choreography and staging which makes a visual miracle.
6) Pocket Time Machine
The spectator witnesses the impressive power of time travel and ‘nothingness’! Any small object you can carry in your pocket is perfect for this effect such as a coin, sweet, piece of gum, pen lid, button, marble, sugar packet, small toy or USB stick etc. This might be one of the best ‘anytime/anywhere’ impromptu effects you’ll come across. More than just a trick with an ‘object’, this looks like you can manipulate space and time… with whatever small object you happen to have in your pocket!
PSYCHOLOGICA (numbered & signed)
‘Psychologica’ is a devastating, in-the-hands handling of ‘Triumph’: it feels like real mind-control, fused with visual and mental magic. Forget every other version you’ve seen, this devious handling pushes ‘Triumph’ into brand new deceptive territory.
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The performer legitimately mixes a deck of cards face-up and face-down (so that they are in a complete mess), the spectator now takes the deck, and the performer never touches the deck again. The spectator also mixes the cards and sees the chaotic mess of cards spread between their hands! Without the performer touching the deck, every card goes the same way except for a card that the spectator was thinking of! While the deck is in their hands! This feels like real magic with an ordinary deck!
No table, no difficult techniques, no gaffed cards or gimmicks and no bad angles. It can be done with a borrowed, shuffled deck if you want. This routine isn’t a pipe-dream; it has been developed and refined over many years of performance in the real world. I have used this routine at professional engagements for many years, but more interestingly… it is one of my favourite ‘go-to’ effects in a private, informal environment when I want to do something special.
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F FOR FICTION (print)
F for Fiction features three killer routines, all of which work in close-up, parlour and stage settings. These effects can be performed with a borrowed, shuffled deck and look like real magic. This is card magic at its finest and will fool laymen and magicians alike.
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1) Four-Card Impossible
A spectator shuffles a deck of cards and then impossibly locates four-of-a-kind! This devastatingly fooling routine leaves no clue to its methodology; it just looks like a miracle. This gem can be performed with a borrowed, shuffled deck and will fool the heck out of everyone.
2) Finish 52
A freely named card is impossibly located from a shuffled deck. A spectator shuffles a deck of cards and the deck is then placed into the performer’s pocket. The spectator now names any card they want, despite the fact the deck cannot be seen, and has been genuinely shuffled, the performer is able to reach into his pocket and remove their freely named card! Remember… the spectator genuinely names any card they want and the deck has been shuffled! This effect is impossible to fathom.
This is my handling of Dai Vernon’s ‘The Travelers’, however, ‘Followers’ is not only cleaner and easier to perform, but it has a climax that nobody sees coming! ‘Followers’ also has a post-modern presentation, which transforms the routine into a stunning, virtuosic, spectacle. This is a very special routine, which will be immediately adopted by many.
Switch contains two amazing transpositions; one with playing cards and the other with coins. There are no duplicate items, just pure sleight of hand. Both routines simply look like magic and can be performed in any environment.
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1) Paper Switch
An impossible transposition effect between two playing cards; one card held by the performer and one held by a spectator. No double lifts, top changes, duplicates or gimmicks are used, the deck isn’t even in play! It’s just two cards, that’s it!
2) Metal Switch
An impossible transposition effect between two coins; one held by the performer and one held by a spectator. No duplicates, gimmicks or gadgets are used, just two coins, that’s it!
I have taken great care to describe every technical, psychological and presentational secret in great detail. If you study this publication thoroughly, you will have two devastatingly magical routines at your fingertips – spectator’s will be left with the unquestionable impression that either they are hallucinating… or you are Gandalf.