Comments (Stewart Tame): Illustrator: Richard Kaufman
(Cartoons by Sandra Kort). Harris sometimes uses sleights beyond
my ability, but his books are fun to read so I buy them anyway.
2 Chapter One: A Fun
4 Biological Shuffle: Magician shuffles fingers into deck, each
on top of King, Kings back into deck, spectator’s hand on kings,
cards on top of spectator’s hand, magician’s hand on top of that,
cards on magician’s hand, four Kings found in top of stack.
11 Bee Bop: Card case does a back flip onto the deck, changing one
15 Language of the Cards: Three cards selected, first two revealed
arranging tabled cards into letters 7H, 10S, last selection dealt
but card dealt to is wrong, card split into three, all three
22 Hi There Baby Cakes: Magician writes name on one card, phone
on another, spectator of desired sex holds name card, phone number
travels to join name on card.
26 Chapter Two: A Gutsy Kinda Guy
28 Double Suicide: Spectator holds King of Hearts at fingertips,
Spades balanced on back of hand, deck placed on Ace, Ace travels
32 Bad Estimate: Card selected, magician counts down seven cards,
selection not there but on top, selection buried in pack, seven
counted again, still not there, seven cards counted again, no sign
selection, magician cuts seven card packet in half, gives half to
spectator, magician and spectator somehow have one card each, two
put together, counted one after the other seven times, selection
37 Mike’s Dwarf by Mike Powers: Deck removed from case and top
given to spectator, spectator attempts to return card to deck only
see that deck has shrunk to half size.
40 Mr. Biller’s Wild Ride (Steve Biller): Four Jacks removed from
deck, they turn face up one at a time, then change to four Aces,
Jack removed from magician’s pocket, one from deck, one from card
spectator sitting on fourth one.
45 Hard Core Travelers: Four Aces travel one at a time from
hand to table.
54 Chapter Three: A Semi-Impressive Kinda
Guy: The next three
effects are designed to flow from one right into the other to form
57 The Perfectionist: Magician attempts to re-distribute blacks
reds in the deck into a more random arrangement, cards separated
two red packets and two black packets, each red shuffled into
cards spread to show one half red, other half black.
61 Transposed Perfectionist: Deck divided into half red, half
black, spectator given blacks, magician looks at reds and finds
they’re now all blacks, spectator holding reds.
64 Mixed Up Perfectionist: Reds split into two packets, blacks
packets, one red shuffled into one black, other red into other
packets ribbon spread to show blacks and reds segregated again,
magician squares up packets, snaps fingers, spreads packets again,
and black now mixed in each.
68 Chapter Four: A Strange Kinda Guy
70 Pyramid: King displayed and placed face down on table, deck
on top of King, leaving behind three cards in Magician’s hand in
of triangular prism, deck cut and cut completed, deck riffled at
which is dismantled to show King.
76 Screwed Deck: At end of performance, magician unscrews deck
halves (like a pool cue) and places them into a velvet lined box
82 Chocolate Coin (P.H. and Dick Ryan): Coin borrowed from
has bit of wrapping peeled off to reveal chocolate center, peeled
is restored, coin returned to spectator.
85 Twilight Restoration (Doug Bennett): “A torn card and its
image become one.”
90 Headache: King of Hearts sticks sword into head.
94 Whirlpool: Card torn in spiral fashion, restored.
100 Chapter Five: A Never-Satisfied Kinda
102 Bizarre Penetration: Card openly penetrates two others, one at
time, then both at once.
108 Bizarre Stretch: Card placed crosswise between two others
115 Bizarre Shrink: Card placed crosswise between two others
spectator, other two cards removed as spectator’s visibly shrinks.
119 Interlaced Vanish II: Aces interlaced between Jacks vanish.
124 Chapter Six: A Determined Kinda Guy
126 Instant Replay: A flourish in which one card shoots off deck
magician’s other hand, then jumps back to top of deck.
130 Simple Switch: (Requires mastery of Instant Replay flourish),
in one hand changed for card on top of deck without bringing hands