Carl: Magic From
©2003 Carl Andrews. The Cairn Press, Norwich, U.K.
Softcover, perfect-bound, 8.5x11", 96 pages
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Comment: Illustrated by Tony Dunn. Design, Layout, and
Editing by Anthony Brahams. Carl Andrews presents some well done
walk-around, or restaurant magic. The effects are quick and have
impact, and most don't require any knuckle-busting skill. The
are not highly detailed, so some knowledge of basic sleights is
expected. In most cases, Carl provides references on where to find
detailed descriptions of the sleights. The first third of the
provides some general discussion of getting restaurant work and
promote yourself. The latter two thirds of the book includes some
excellent, practical routines. Recommended.
7 Foreword by Dan Garrett
8 Further Foreword by Greg Wilson
10 Carl's Comments
11 Introduction by Tim Trono
13 Magical Beginnings: a brief history
14 Work: Why work restaurants, pay, and not soliciting tips
18 More Opportunities: Magic Bars, restaurants, theaters
21 Booking Agents: tips
23 Promotion: get a good video!
24 Advice on Strolling: 16 tips such as keeping it short, arriving
early, and how to break the ice
27 Material: originality is key
28 Approaching a Table: tips on not being rude
29 The Two Coin Trick: Non-gimmicked hopping half. Uses 2 half
& 1 English penny & a coin purse. Uses the shuttle pass and
Benzais Friction Palm.
31 The Jumbo Penny: Carl's presentation of Greg Wilson's commercial
effect Dishonest Abe. Uses
the Bobo Switch (explained in next trick)
33 Double Scotch and Soda - With a Twist: Half dollar changes to
English Penny and back. In the spectator's hands, they turn into 2
Chinese coins. Uses C/S and 2 Chinese coins. Bobo Switch.
35 Three Coins Across: Hand 2 hand, last 2 to spectator's hand. Uses
half dollars and expanded shell and "your favorite vanish".
37 Blackjack: Blackjack hand finds the selected card, and the hand
turns into a "21". (Tilt and Double Lift)
39 Amazing: Two cards peeked by spectators. The first is named, but
revealing the second card fails until the failed card turns into the
2nd selection. (peek, double lift)
42 B.S. 101: Spectator names a number and performer cuts out that
number of cards. Spectator's selection is found at that number. This
repeated to supposedly show how it was done, but the audience is
surprised again. (Hot Shot Cut by Daryl, not explained)
45 Easy All Backs: Card is selected and deck is shown to be all
and then gains faces with one card reversed, the selection (tilt,
quadruple lift, turnover pass (though with an alternate ending to
47 Flash: Flash paper turns into card selection
49 Hula-Fusion: Carl's version of Doc Eason's Anniversary Waltz. Uses
deck and leaves the couple with a "fused" signed card.
52 Card to Ceiling Handling: Carl's version
55 Deja Vu: Carl's favorite opening card trick. A Red backed folded
card is shown in a paper clip. A Blue deck is mixed face up and face
down, then is corrected with only the selection showing face up. The
clipped red back card then becomes the signed selection. (Mercury
58 Note on the Slop Shuffle
59 Picture Perfect: Image of a selected card appears between two
cards. Uses a blank deck and the FISM Flash by John Cornelius
61 Impossible: A card stab routine. Stabbed card matches a randomly
selected card. Teaches the Si Stebbins stack.
64 Shrinking Deck: Uses the John Cornelius Shrinking Card Case and
provides a new ending.
66 You Don't Know Jack: Resettable fast version of Michael Close's The Frog Prince. How to fold
card into a frog is not described. Uses Tamariz' Crossing the Gaze
technique which is briefly described.
69 Card Stab: Selected card is stabbed through a paper bag
71 Triumph In the Hands: In the hands, no table needed. Requires 2
passes and a non-perfect Faro shuffle.
72 Pair O' Dice: Carl's version of Dr. Sach's dice routine
76 Lei'd Back: A clever use for a mouth coil
78 Sweet and Low: A packet of sweetener is opened and poured into
fist, followed by the package. When placed into the spectator's
the packet is restored. The introduction mentions patter using the
"Equal", but no patter is actually provided in the description.
81 Carl's One Cup and Ball Routine: Based on Scotty York's routine;
be performed standing. Uses paper cups and 2 golf ball final loads.
Moves are described only briefly, such as the Charlie Miller Push
83 Beanie Weanies: An alternate ending to the above routine to be
performed seated; the cup turns into a solid can of Beanie Weanies.
85 Two Cups and Balls Table-Hopping Routine: A standing routine, no
jacket required. Used as a lead-in to a sponge ball routine.
Williamson's striking vanish is briefly described.
89 Ain't No Mo': Carl's sponge ball routine using 2 one inch balls
1 two inch sponge ball. Teaches the "pit stop" ball load technique.
92 About Sponge Ball Magic: the importance of an in-the-hands effect
93 Ring Flight Presentation: Carl's approach using a selection of
rubber band tricks to introduce the effect. Carl uses Sterling
Power Flite hardware. The full effect is not explained, just the
effects Carl uses to lead up to the trick.
95 Card in Wallet Presentation: Carl prefers the BKM wallet, though
others will work. This presents the basic flow of the routine.
a 2 card palm.