Real Craftsmen in Magic

IF YOU LOOK AROUND TODAY AT MAGIC that is sold by the ton to the fraternity, there are hundreds of gizmo cards,  bits of cardboard, fake coins, routines and things that are cooked up from such sources as stationers, hardware shops and the like. There are few pieces of beautifully handmade magic that are created and […]

Dealer’s “Balls Up” big success at Eastbourne

DESPITE THE CREDIT CRUNCH, SOME DEALERS AT EASTBOURNE scored with the one thousand conventioneers. They were those who demonstrated their wares rather than just standing behind a array of polythene packets with coloured graphics and watching the money walk by. Notably Bob Swadling who works hard to show you what real magic is like by demonstrating all […]

How do you hop round tables?

AS THE MAINSTREAM OF COMMERCIAL MAGIC  entertainment today is possibly table hopping at banquets and restaurants, it’s interesting as to how various performers present their magic with the variety of props on hand. Some keep it small and have everything secreted on their person but perhaps this does restrict the number of effects that can […]

Fancy an On/Off Chop Cup?

WE ALL HAVE A CHOP CUP. In metal, in wood and other materials accompanied by a couple of fabric covered balls, one straight and one gimmicked. It’s a great effect and nearly every magician approaching a dining table will launch into the tried and tested routine. There’s nothing wrong with the standard routine but just think […]

Master Craftsman in Magic

IV’E JUST VISITED ONE OF BRITAIN’S GREATEST  craftsman in magic making magic props in fine woods and other superb materials. Not only an outstanding craftsman but a magical inventor and designer who has produced in the last decade some of the most original and devious apparatus for the working magician. He is perhaps the modern day […]

Miser’s Dream – 2008

A CLASSIC OF MAGIC -  The Miser’s Dream has been performed for a century or more, achieved with pure sleight of hand, mechanical aids, a gizmo magic wand or a combination of all of these.  Some time ago that master craftsman Colin Rose repaired a coin producing wand for me and introduced many modern improved […]