Ken de Courcy: At the Drop of a Match
De Courcy, Ken: At the Drop of a Match
©1970 The Supreme Magic Co. Ltd, Bideford, England
Softcover, saddle-stitched, 35 pages

©1971 The Supreme Magic Co. Ltd, Bideford, England
©1973 The Supreme Magic Co. Ltd, Bideford, England
Ken De Courcy: At the Drop of a Match
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Contents: (from Book, updated Mar 2019):

3 Introduction

4 Part One - Match Puzzles
4 Tantalising Cocktail (Albert Sharples):  remove the olive from the match-wineglass by moving just two matched
5 Upstream-Downstream: make matchstick-goldfish change directions with two moves

6 Part Two - Match Magic
7 The Nothing To Do Match Trick: matches placed in spectator's hand one way appear to change direction
8 The Blowaway Suspension: matches fall from inverted matchbox when spectator blows on it
10 The Ringed Match: a borrowed finger ring vanishes from a match held between the fingers
12 Back, Back And Restored: broken and restored match stick
14 Witchwood: match puzzle turns into a vanished match
16 Werry's Crazy Match Routine (Werry): a topsy-turvy matchstick routine

19 Part Three - Match Mentalism
19 The Marked Match: performer removes matches from hat, with selected match at designated number
21 The Last Match: magician has spectator remove matches with his back turned, leaving selection
24 The Three Piles Divination (Martin Gardner): magician determines how many matches left on table
25 Two Line Divination: Based on card effect by Murray; another version of above
28 Up And Down: based on coin trick by Cliff Lount. Performer knows if match is heads up or down.
30 The Jackpot Matchbox: performer matches number of matches

32 Part Four - Match Gags
32 Road Hog: gag
33 The Three Bears (Martin Gardner): gag