|Tricks for the Few
by Lance Charles
Here's a terrific book containing ten tricks, using cards, a magic wand, rope, and other items associated with the magic arts.
Most of the effects require no special apparatus. What little is needed can easily be constructed.
We think modern performers will really enjoy the card rise, where the action takes place with a borrowed deck!
Also of interest will be "Through the Five-Spot," which is an impossible solid-through-solid effect where a five of spades visibly melts through the center of the magician's wand.
We've especially had fun performing the ball bearing mental test, which is a great ice breaker at parties or as a pre-show experiment to identify sympathetic subjects for a later ESP effect. We use ping-pong balls, but pencils, face-down playing cards, brass figurines or idols, sponsor's business cards, or any four identical objects may also be used.
Here's what the experts say about this great book:
PDF format. Expanded reprint of the 1933 Lantz edition. Includes important edits, clarifications and updates, completely reset in crystal clear type, with added publisher's notes and author biography. 32 pages + supplement. ($3 US)
Tricks for the Few is now available for purchase at Lybrary.com.