A guaranteed way to improve your magic and creativity

A bold claim – but true. Not a brilliant new gimmick. Not a new routine from the Vernon archives. Not something requiring a big investment but a proven procedure that does really work. Group magic. Vernon and the greats used it. Fred Kaps used it.Peter Warlock, Jack Avis, Francis Haxton and other names used it. […]

important news after a long pause.

HAVEN’T SAID MUCH ON THIS BLOG FOR THE PAST FEW MONTHS.. No particular reason other than I was pumping out news and trivia almost on a daily basis and I think this could devalue the content of the information.  There’s too much info around today in my view.  Therefore I will only release news that I […]

Watch out for The Phantom Queen

RECENTLY I WROTE THAT I WAS GOING TO PUT OUT a monte routine originated by Jack Avis that involved three like cards and a queen that mysteriously appears and disappears during the effect. In itself it’s very good as Jack showed it to me but I did it for a close friend, Tom Whitestone (an excellent magician […]

Watch out for some new performance proven effects!

A FEW GAPS IN THIS BLOG  but we are now back on stream and able to announce that shortly we shall be releasing two new routines. One is just about the best Mix and Mingle trick I have ever found in many years – I use it all the time.  Very visual and it looks impossible I […]

Discovered! A Jack Avis Gold Mine.

IN GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE PERSONAL EFFECTS JACK AVIS left me, I have found a whole mass of new notebooks in which are recorded many of his original thoughts on card and close-up effects with many routines, ideas and exchanges with some of the world’s greats. Give me a little time but what I […]

Close-up magic – the greatest?

I’M OFTEN ASKED WHO WAS THE GREATEST CLOSE-UP MAGICIAN I’ve ever seen? Well, I can go back fifty years and give you my opinion acknowledging that by reputation alone there were obviously some greats in the period before my time. I thinking here of Nate Leipzig and Max Malini and whilst I know that time […]

John Derris – who he?

THAT’S EXACTLY THE REMARK MADE BY ED. MARLO when Jack Avis sent him a John Derris effect in one of the hundreds of letters they exchanged for nearly thirty years. Fame indeed and perhaps a sentiment shared by many magicians. For John Derris is not a name in the heady firmament of the stars of magic […]

Sideways Rising Card – from Jack Avis’s notebook

I STILL HAVE MANY OF JACK’S NOTES that he compiled over the years filled largely with original card effects and moves plus notes on things he had seen at meetings and conventions. Many of these require detailed drawings of the set up for the effect but perhaps I’ll work some of these out later..However, amongst […]

A Little More Ambition

FOR YEARS I RESISTED PERFORMING  the ambitious card effect. It’s such a good trick that everybody was doing it but I found that the magical impact was such that I could just not leave it out of my close-up programme. The  routine I finished with is part classic, part Vernon, part Pat Page and for the […]

My good friend the ghost.

THERE ARE MANY GHOSTS IN MAGIC. People who are heard but not seen. People buried in the scenery of the magic landscape. People who make a tremendous contribution to the intellect of magic by their profound thinking and creativity often stimulated by their isolation from the magic tribe. People who rarely or never perform magic in […]