An appreciation by John Derris At this moment, wherever magicians are counting three cards as four, there is an enveloping sadness. The man who came up with a simple sleight that bore his name which is used by thousands every day is no longer with us. Alex Elmsley, acknowledged around the world as one of the greatest and most inventive brains in magic, died of cancer on 8th January, ironically the same date as his close friend Jack Avis who passed away two years ago. I knew him for nearly sixty years, as a cravat wearing, Cambridge university student, rolled umbrella over his arm and a cigarette between his slender fingers.
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I enjoyed a lot the workshop. Now comes the lecture. Power Poker: From ten cards, spectators make free choices of five cards and you will always win. Dream trick: The spectator discards some cards from a pile until one is left totally free choices , you still be able to say the name of the card. I think that there is better ways of doing this, but the method is clever. Ten Plus: I loved the final part of this, just imagine this, a spectator freely thinks of a card from a fan of ten cards and you can say what card he is thinking of!
Loved it! You show eight cards, four reds and four blacks, all alternated, then you put them inside a handkerchief, after that you visually pull out the black cards one by one! This is pretty cool, I liked it. Kasual Kosky: Great switch for a sandwiched card, easy and casual.
Pinky Steal: This is very good, Mr. Elmsley teaches a variation that is also good. I definitely going to try it. Three in hiding: A very strong effect. The magician makes three piles made of the number of cards three spectators freely selected, then each spectator takes the top card and hide it in his pocket the magician is turned around , even in that impossible conditions, the magician is able to call out the three cards.
Oyster shells: This is for comedy magic, you take out sunglasses and say that you can find the aces with them. After that, you give the sunglasses to a spectator so he can find the aces with them, too. The back of the aces are now red, so the spectator can easily find them, then you change them back to the original back color and end clean.
I liked it, I may try it. Cross of Lorayne: A transposition between two cards with no dupes. Elmsley in his lecture. While most other UK magic shops hide what happens behind the scenes, we want you to know exactly how things work. This way you avoid expensive international shipping fees and taxes. We keep our most popular products in stock in the UK so often this step is skipped. Repacking and sending to you We send packages out via MyHermes the same day that we receive them.
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