Instructions for Miracles features 10 beautifully constructed performance pieces for advanced card workers straight from the repertoire of Friedrich Roitzsch. While the plots may sound familiar to you each piece has been updated with some new ideas. The book is hardbound with an extravagant, relief-varnished cover designed by Jörg Willich. It contains 98 pages, 87 crystal clear illustrations by the author and a foreword by Pit Hartling. It’s written in English, measures 5.8 x 8.3 inches.
Friedrich Roitzsch has been astounding his audiences for over 20 years, and that not only by the unorthodox spelling of his name... As a professional specialized in close up and card magic he has a clear understanding of what makes an effect commercial. At the same time he is still enthusiast enough to put in the extra time and effort to make his tricks stand out from the crowd. With his impressive skill, intelligent presentation and contagious smile he is a well booked performer for business events and private parties.
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Foreword by Pit Hartling
After demonstrating an impressive hand muck the magician outs an innocent spectator as professional card cheat and coaxes him into performing an even more incredible card switch!
Offering to demonstrate how marked cards work, the magician shows a special pair of glasses that he claims reveals hidden markings on the back of the aces. One spectator is allowed to wear the glasses, and he notes that when he wears or removes the glasses, the backs of the aces change colors. The entire audience can see, however, that the aces are changing colors and the glasses have nothing to do with this. This is an updated handling and hilarious presentation to an often overlooked trick by Alex Elmsley.
Remember how Robin Hood was so accurate that he could shoot an arrow and split it in half from another arrow in the target? The magician offers to demonstrate this with playing cards. A card is selected, signed, and shuffled back into the deck. The magician tosses another card 12 feet into the air, it boomerangs back, and lands in the deck. Spreading through the deck, the card is found not just next to the signed selection - it's actually ripping straight through the signed card!
Fastest Card Trick in the World
A two-phase visual transposition of the kings and aces, all of which can be signed. No gimmicks involved, and this trick is as visual as it is technically demanding!
Three times in a row, the spectator selects a card at random (no, there is no force) and magically finds its mate. For the finale, the entire deck is spread face up and check thoroughly for any mates. In an instant, every single card winds up paired with its mate! If you're looking for a strong trick to close a set or a show of close-up magic, this effect is hard to beat.
Nine Card Monte Revisited
A game of follow the queen is played with eight jokers and one queen. When the spectator still loses, the magician shows that he tried to help them - every joker has magically changed into a queen except for the one the spectator chose. This version of the plot uses some easy to obtain gaffed cards so you can display the jokers in an extremely clean and fair manner, but at the end, the gaffs are gone and everything on the table can be examined. Honestly, this is probably the best version of the Nine Card Monte that we've read.
This is the magician fooler in the book! Based on Steve Ehlers' Three Card Location, three spectators cut, remember a card, and shuffle their packets. The magician divines all three cards without touching the cards once. And for the finale, the magician names every card in one of the spectators' packets. No sleights required.
Out of this Card Box
A combination of sleight of hand and a mathematical idea allow you to perform Out of This World from a borrowed, shuffled deck. The entire deck is sorted by two spectators, there is no "discard pile", and there's a good chance that you already can do the one sleight required.
Four chosen cards from a special number deck add up to a freely selected number. This is repeated until a full magic square is on the table, where all the columns, rows, diagonals, and more all add up to the freely chosen number.
Instructions for a Miracle
A small, comb-bound memo pad is shown that contains the instructions to a magic trick. The spectator can flips each page and reads the instructions one at a time. First a card is selected, then signed, then cut into the deck. Then it vanishes. The spectator flips the last page to find their signed card is now bound into the book. Probably the most practical and direct version of José Carroll’s fantastic plot.
Disclaimer: Instructions for a Miracle is based on Juan Manuel Marcos’ El Milagro, which is a marketed trick. Friedrich's handling is fully explained, but the core detail of loading the card into the booklet is omitted out of respect to Juan Manuel Marcos. You'll need to get the $10 download separately to learn this clever technique.