Card Tricks Make a Comeback in Show Stopper Style

Show StoppersLike any other type of magic, card tricks have gone in and out of popular favor. I love card tricks, but as a distributor of magic, I am constantly pitched new products. By 2002, I had seen enough card tricks and was looking for just about anything else.

It wasn’t that I was burned out on card tricks already published, it was that card magicians really weren’t making epic strides like they were in the nineties. Plus, the market wasn’t buying card tricks. I would get calls at the office, “What’s new? And isn’t a card trick?”

Today, however, cards are starting to make a comeback. Card magicians have taken advantage of new technology and reduced modern printing costs, cranking up the gears of innovation once again, producing top-quality card magic. And the best part of all, card tricks are selling!

Still, with all the leaps and bounds forward, one of my favorite card tricks is an oldie – the “Dunbury Delusion by Charlie Miller.”

Few magicians are familiar with the plot, and those who have seen it, probably have no idea where Charlie published it originally. I learned it from a remarkable little booklet called “Show Stoppers by Hugard and Braue.

The book is very good – filled with so many amazing card tricks – I just had to have a copy for myself. It was long out of print though, so I purchased the rights and brought it back to life for the next generation of card magicians. You can own it now in hard copy or digital format.

The reason I like the “Dunbury Delusion” is both because of Charlie Miller’s streamlined handling (easy for beginners, but strong enough for pros), and the impact of the final revelation. It’s one of those tricks that makes a wonderful performance piece at parties, high-class shows, or even a money-making bar bet. In other words, you can perform for your friend, your date, or the president!

Another thing I like about “Show Stoppers” is it has Frederick Braue’s original handling of his infamous “Homing Card.” Fred Kaps performed Braue’s “Homing Card” so often, he is often credited for inventing it. In fact, Kaps performed it on black and white TV, making it one of the first card tricks ever performed on television.

If you would like to add a couple Show Stoppers to your act, get the book!

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A Must Read: Sands of the Desert Simplified

sands_of_the_desert_originalThere are many choices when it comes to Sands of the Desert, but that doesn’t mean the decision has to be complicated.

Sands of the Desert is one of the best stage, parlor, and even closeup routines you can perform for modern audiences. The trick is as colorful or as dark as you want it to be, and it’s relatively easy to do.

So why all the different options?

Well, there are a lot of different performers out there and there is a Sands for each of them. The diversity of Sands of the Desert is no surprise when you consider it’s been performed for nearly 300 years. Imagine how diverse you will be after three-hundred years of performing!

But if you are new to Sands of the Desert, there is no reason to put off trying it just because of all the options. Start with Sands of the Desert (Synthetic) Original Colors.

Why? Synthetic Sands are extremely easy to use—both in performance and in cleanup—and the Synthetic Sands work with a variety of routines.

If a customer asks you which Sands of the Desert they should start with, hand them Sands of the Desert Synthetic Originals and the Black Water Pouch Kit. Keep this combo in stock and you will always have a stage trick to offer magicians, especially those looking to transition from closeup into stage, parlor, or street venues.

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