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My Best

My Best
by J.G. Thompson

The pages of this book contain the best tricks from the best brains in magic ? not just any effects, but the best and most jealously guarded originations of over 100 magicians. A compilation consisting of 193 tricks in all branches of magic, contributed by 115 well known professionals as well as amateurs.


Chapter 1: Discoveries & Revelations. 21 Effects.

The Card Between: Bobo. A card is selected and returned. Two ared are turned face up, the selected card appears between them.

Dick Tracy Card Trick: Clyde Carny. A card is selected and returned. Five cards are pulled off, the third card appears to be the selected card, but it turns out to be the fifth.

Kolar Card: J.J. Kolar. Fake card with 1/2 circle, tape and ribbon pulls card out of middle of deck.

Are You Sure?: Paul Morris. Four jacks are found, but not selected. Then it is discovered among the Jacks.

Alternative Terminations: Charles Nyquist

Well, Well! Ned Rutledge. Ace of spades locates a card after an apparent miss.Uses 1 rough & smooth, 1 double side

Chapter 2: Cards In Motion:

A. Transpositions

Saturn's Card Transposition: Harlan Tarbell. Card changes under rubber banded deck

Parade of the Lamas: Bruce Elliot. 3 Jokers placed down, tapped with others. They move one at a time to other pile

B. Flying Pasteboards (card to wallet)

C. Rising Cards

The Impromptu Floating Card: Sid Fleishman and Bob Gunther. Balducci levitation for cards!

The JM Rising Card: Jack McMIllen

Chapter 3: Meeting of the Minds

Sensitive Fingers: Eugene Bernstein. 5 cards chosen by 3 spectators from 3 piles are revealed by the backs

Extra Joker Prediction: John Crimmins Jr. Uses dozen blank backed cards

Bi-Mentalism: Ronald Edwards. Svengali Deck. Written card winds up next to selected card

Silent Stop: Professor El-Tab. Deck split. 2 specatators pick card and exchange them; they are mixed in. Performer finds the cards.

DigiVision: Val Evans. 1 card is removed from the deck. The deck stays behind the magician's back, but the card is named.

In The Mind: Fetsch. Contains the The Fetsch Force

Spread, Shuffle, Spread: Martin Gardner. Split deck, but not apparent

Turnabout: Martin Gibson. Interesting red/blue pack discovery

Coincidence? No. Prevision? Yes: Geroge Kaplan. 2 card decks and one brainwave deck

PredictoPack: Orville Meyer. Blank back/blank face rough & smooth deck

The Mental Broadcast: Clayton Rawson. Good build up presentation for subtle discovery

Peek Deck: Dr. Franklin Taylor. Gimmick deck with 10 ideas

Chapter 4: Potpourri

Flighty Aces: Lu Brent: Good Switch A Roo trick

Hallucination: Eddie Clever. 4 cards in one, can't trust what you see

Telepathic Routine: Maury Kains. Comedy audience ESP

The King Can Do No Wrong: Gerald Kaufman. Interesting double faced card trick

The Four Burglars: Sid Lorraine. Needs top change and Erdnase diagonal palm shift

Chapter 5: Pocket Tricks

Strung: Joseph Barnett. Borrowed ring and prepared string trick

Ghost Coin & Key: Bobo. Coin changes to a key in the hands

Paper Napkin Vanish: R.C. Buff. Impromptu

Paper Money: Milbourne Christopher. Quick impromptu newspaper to dollar bill with coin wand.

IOU: Paul Curry. Cute flash paper coin transformation

Ring of Thoth: Nelson Hahne. Ring on handkerchief

A Hole in One: L. Vosburgh Lyons. 4 cards have hole punched, 3 are restored

Ghost Coins: George Starke. 5 coins soldered in open format

Horswagled: George Starke. Miscounted bills, close up

Materialization: Franklin Taylor. Folding Quarter in clothes pin

Double or Nothing: J.G. Thompson Jr. Good follow up to the above

Chapter 6: Tricks for the Home

Vanishing Salt Trick: Jack Chanin.

Marbles and Marvels: Stanley Collins. Marble manipulation with climax

The Morris Plan: Chester Morris. Folding 1/2 thru ring in hanky

Chapter 7: Tricks for Home and Stage

Paper Cone, Silk, & Water: Lu Brent: use Tarbell double cone, cup

A Ring in Transit: Eddie Clever

Magnetic Spheres: Mark Jacobs

The Rise and Fall of Pall Mall: Art Lyle

Linking Rings: Greer Marechal, Jr. A 4 (5) ring routine using one oversized ring.

Tear Supreme: Howard D. Wice. Torn & Restored magazine papers

Chapter 8: Stage Effects

Fountain of Silks: Franklin M. Chapman

A Flash Opener: Sid Lorraine

Windsor's Egg Bag Routine: Tommy Windsor

M.F. Zens Magic Table

Walk Thru Ribbon Illusion

Chapter 9: Biographical sketches of the contributors

380 pages, illustrations, Softcover.

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