Compiled by Doug A
Last Update: Dec 2022: Added Books: Bob
King's Opening Nite Magic; John Derris' updated Come a Little
Closer book with Roy Walton's Knifed routine; Roberto Mansilla
Cerca book (Spanish); Alexander de Cova's Burners Vol. 6; The
Magic of Johnny Thompson Volume II;
Magazines: Ralph Hull's Juggling Knives routine in Pallbearer's Review; Danny Cheng's My Favorite from The Disclaimer
Mar 2022: Added Marc DeSouza's Master Works of Conjuring Lecture.
Thanks to Lawrence O
(over at TheMagicCafe) for the French references.
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Color Changing Knives.
Adair, Ian: Adair's Ideas. 1959,
softcover. Page 12, Crazy Knife
Ascanio, Arturo de: The Magic of Ascanio, Volume 4,
Knives and Color-Blindness. 2008, hardcover, 132
pages. Ascanio's treatment of the Color Changing Knives, formerly
available as Jose De La Torre's (abridged) Ascanio's World of
Knives, listed below . Includes sleights, routines and philosophy
of the color changing knives.
Bandy, Father: Isn't That Good? The Magic of
Johnny Brown. 1974, 101 pages. Contains a
Colour-Changing Knives Routine on page 3. Published by John D.
Standridge, Mesquite, Texas.
Harry: My Best Close-Up Trick. Includes Jeans
Chameleon Knife, by Alexander Elmsley. Uses a
Chameleon/Visible Change knife and a matching color change knife,
and a third white regular knife. Teaches Sleeving a Penknife and
the Paddle Move in addition to the routine.
Bennett, Doug: Extra
Sensory Deceptions. 1984, softcover, 27 pages.
Close up magic, including Mirror Knives, a color changing
knives effect using a small mirror.
Brahams, Anthony: Karl Norman: Forty Years at the
Forks (see also Karl Norman's Here's How,
below). 1995, hardcover. Includes a four knife Color Changing
Brooke, Ken: Ken
Brooke's Magic, The Unique Years (Edwin Hooper, editor)
1980, hardcover. This collection of Ken Brooke magic includes Ken Brooke's Penknife Routine,
p. 50. A Supreme Magic publication.
Keith: Encyclopedia of Cigarette Magic. 1937.
While not covering specific knives moves, several of the sleights
used for cigarettes can be adapted to knife work.
Doug: Conn-fidential. Softcover, 1997.
Includes Switchblades, a five phase color changing knife
Conn, Doug: Connsolidated Connundrums.
2006; e-Book/PDF. Includes Switchblades, a Color Changing Knife
routine. Uses a four knife set (such as b/b, w/w, w/b, b/r). Same
routine as previously published in Conn-Fidential.
Cova, Alexander de: Burners, Vol. 6 (German). 2018, 289 pages Hardcover. Includes Färbemesser, on the Color-Changing Knives and including bringing the knives into play, banknote penetration, through the handkerchief, and more.
Millennium World Tour Lecture. 1999, softcover.
includes Daryl's unique Daryl Color Changing Knives, that
uses a unique knife with a thumbprint! I don't believe the knife
set is available anymore.
John: Come a Little Closer - New Edition.
Hardcover, 1998 L&L Publishing. Includes Roy Walton's
Knifed color changing knife routine.
Marc: Master Works of Conjuring - the Lecture.
Covers Marc's Cutting Edge Color Changing Knife routine.
(Enardo): The Color Changing Knives. Routine
that came with Enardo's Color Changing Knives.
Duraty: Magie Pour Les Amis. (In French) 1975, 117
pages. Includes, "Le Canif de Bagdad", a three knife
routine using sleights by Juan Tamariz, Bob Ostin, Alex Elmsley
and Arturo de Ascanio. The knife changes color several times to
end up, after a sucker explanation, being multicolor (p.105 to
Bruce: Classic Secrets of Magic. 1953. Chapter
4 is The Very Peripatetic Paddle: The paddle move with
knives, matchsticks, business cards and dice
Elmsley, Alex: The Elmsley-Color Changing Knife
Routine: see entry below under Stephen Minch, below.
Ganson, Lewis: The Art of Close-Up Volume I: 1996 (reprint), hardcover.
Includes a Paddle Trick chapter that features two color changing
knife routines. One knife routine is Niberco's routine using 2
knives, one gimmicked and one regular of a completely different
color. The other routine is Rink's Simplex Routine, using one
gimmicked, and two regular of each color.
Ganson, Lewis: Routined Manipulation Part II.
1950, softcover; my edition includes parts I and II in one volume,
but they used to be separate. Ganson's Colour Changing Pocket
Knife routine uses three knives: W/R, W/B, and Striped.
Frank: The Close-Up Magic of Frank Garcia, Vol. 1.
1982, 103 pages. Includes, A Handful of Entertainment, Frank's
color changing knife routine using 4 knives: W, B, B/W, and
Garin, Jean: La Magie Des Canifs (In French):
2001. Hardcover, 166 pages. A complete text in the color changing
knives, with moves and several routines.
Green, Paul: Take a Stroll With Me Lecture
Notes: 1998, Softcover, 20 pages. Notes contain
thoughts on the business side of doing Magic. Complete but not for
the beginner. Includes a Color Changing Knife routine that
appeared in Genii Magazine.
Trevor H.: The Testament of Ralph W. Hull.
1945 ARCAS. Includes in Chapter 8, - The Juggling Knives: color
changing knives routine featuring R.W. Hull's Unpublished Routine
and the Author's Routine
Haydn, Whit: The Intricate Web of Distraction.
1989, softcover. Excellent, fully explained color changing knife
routine. As usual to Whit's style, includes comedy patter. This is
a three knife routine using the gimmicked knife and two others,
one of each color. Explains moves, including a couple of unique
variants, a nice close vanish, and the routine. Recommended; also
available as a video/DVD.
Laurie L. (editor): The YearBook Reader.
Volume 1949 includes Dave Lee's "New Effect for Color Change Knife
Routine" (also listed below under magazine entries).
Jensen, Jon: Monte Too. 1988,
softcover. Collaboration between Jon Jensen, Dan Harlan, Phil
Kannen, and Gary Darwin. This book applies the "3 Card Monte"
theme to other props such as bills, Lota bowls, trash cans, film
canisters, chewing gum, coins, crayons, matchboxes, color changing
knives and the magic coloring book (though NOT the endless
Kellerhof, Alfred: Typisch Alfred! (Typical
Alfred!); 2003, 159 pages. This German language book contains many
routines of Alfred Kellerhof. Includes "Das Färbemesser", his
color changing knives routine in which the knives can be examined
at beginning and end.
King, Bob: Opening Night Magic. 1995 softcover, 42 pages. Includes Lightning: color changing knife routine for a single knifeLancaster, Lou: Tricks of the Trade Commercial Closeup Magic. 1984, softcover. Includes Lou's Lost and Found Department color changing knives routine. The routine uses the "standard" 2-knife set; the knives in the photos appear to be Enardoe style knives.
Lavand, Rene: Magic from the Soul (and Slow
Motion Magic Volume II). 1993. Magic from the Soul
incorporates Slow Motion Magic Volumes I & II, as well as the
never before published Volume III. Features tricks with normal and
prepared decks, and many essays. Also includes a section on Color
Leech, Al: Manipulating With Leech: Magic, Inc. 1952 (with lots of reprints), Softcover. Includes Bob Lotz' Color Changing Knives and a Flip Over move (among other non-knife effects). The Bob Lotz' routine is a good one, using four knives: gimmick, two regular knives (one each color), and with a tiny knife climax. Recommended.Leveridge, Mark: The 8th British Close Up Magic Symposium Book. 2003. Available separately or in a book compiled with the other Symposiums. Includes Richard Pinner's The Opening Colour Change, a novel color changing penknife idea.
Lichter, Millard: FunTASTIC Knife Routine Book.
2000, softcover. 12 phase color changing knives routine consisting
of changes (many color), transpositions, transformations, triple
climax, complete comedic script, and photos. Explains painting,
moves, routine, and analysis.
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 3 No 5 May 1980.
(Available as part of the hardcover bound set Apocalypse Vol
1-5, 2000). Harry Lorayne's Apocalypse volume 3 number 5
contains the routine Knives, Knives, Knives by Gonzalez,
Kaufman and Stone with three handlings for the Color Changing
Lorayne, Harry: Apocalypse Vol 17 No 1 Jan 1994 16th Anniversary
Issue. (Also available as part of the
hardcover bound set Apocalypse Vol 16-20, 2002). Harry
Lorayne's Apocalypse Vol 17, number 1 contains Bob King's Fantasy
Knives, which uses two knives and a total of three color changes.
Mansilla, Roberto: Cerca (Spanish). 2019
hardcover, 160 pages. Includes Las Navajas color changing knife
routine with a shrinking knife portion.
Mentzer, Jerry: Another Close Up Cavalcade. 1975, hardcover, 160 pages. Includes Knives: a routine for the color changing knives using two regular knives of contrasting color and the gimmicked knife. Follows the "Enardoe" pattern, but includes a nice flip color change and ends with both knives examinable.
Merrill, R.D.:Merrill's Knife Book:
1981, softcover or hardcover, 64 pages. A complete book on the
color changing knives. Contains everything from the basic routines
to the most advanced flourishes and moves. The Merrill knives are
a classic, and this book is very thorough. I like Ascanio's World of Knives a little bit
better, but the Merrill book is still highly recommended.
Minch, Stephen: Collected Works
of Alex Elmsley Volume 1: 1991, hardcover &
e-book, 424 pages, this routine originally from 1954. While most
of the effect are cards, the chapter "Minus Fifty Two" includes
non-card effects and features: The Elmsley Color-changing
Knife Routine, a three knife routine featuring a
visible-color change knife (uses R/Blu, W/W, Blu/R-Blu visible
Mogar, Joe: Fantasy
Knives Routine. Routine that came with the 5 knife Fantasy
Knives set by Joe Mogar.
Miracle Knife Routine. Routine that comes with the Mogar 4 knife sets
Morris, Bud : I Am Curious (Magic). 1970,
softcover, 54 pages. Includes an entry entitled, Color Changing
Knives Revisited, on page 14. Magic Limited (Lloyd Jones).
Neale, Robert E.: This Is Not a Book. 2008,
hardcover, 410 pages. Includes a color changing knife routine
around a tale of love and tragedy (not for children). Hermetic
Norman, Karl: Here's How. 51pg. 1985
Collector's Workshop. Includes Color Changing Knives using 4
knives, adapted from Schulien's routine.
Platiquini, Marcos: Platimagics II. 2011, 52
pages, e-Book. Translated from the Spanish, includes Colour
Changing Knives. Uses a visible color change knife. Lybrary.com
George: Presto! Magic for the Beginner.
Includes Color Changing Knife. How to make one and a basic
Sisti, Jim: Grandpa's Fruit Knives: 2011, 12 pages, e-book. Structured around a Michael Skinner routine, designed for strolling, and with a logical script. Lybrary.com
Paul: Lecture Notes. 1971, 12 pages. Includes The
Color Changing Knife, which uses just a standard set of two
Tahoe, T.C.: TC Tahoe Re-Thinks #5 - Color Changing
Knife. 2011, 10 pages, e-Book. a "fun, fast and
entertaining" routine. Lybrary.com
Tamariz, Juan: Bewitched Music Vol. 1 Sonata:
1989. A classic book of magic. Pages 1 through 263 include card
magic such as The Tamariz Perpendicular Control (TPC),
Sandwiches, Turnovers, Lapping, false shuffles and more. Pages
263-304 are on the color changing knife and includes The Tamariz
Twist, 3 knife routines, and multiple moves and ideas.
Tarbell, Harlan, Course In Magic Vol VII.
1972, hardcover, 400 pages. Lesson 87 Novelty Magic includes a
color changing knife routine. This routine is the "standard",
using a two knife set (one gimmicked)
Thompson, Johnny: The Magic of Johnny Thompson Volume
II. 2018, hardcover. Includes Color-Changing Knives
including the Smash-Climax.
Torre, Jose De La: Ascanio's 'World of Knives":
1958 (Spanish), 1975 (English), softcover, 96 pages. Second
edition published by Meir Yedid Magic in 2011. Jose's translation
of Ascanio's World of Knives is not a word-for-word translation,
but was meant to represent highlights of the original work. This
book presents complete instruction, from an explanation of the
knives, what makes a good color changing knife, moves, and
complete routines. Highly recommended. There is also now available
a full literal translation of the original work available as The
Magic of Ascanio, Volume 4.
Torre, Jose De La: Knives Routine. Booklet that
came with Joe's expanded Kolorfusing knife set. Book includes the
New Kolorfusing routine, Color Changing Knives and More, and Fred
Kaps' Knives Routine.
Torre, Jose De La: Routines that came
with knives - Color Changing
Knives and More. Routine that came with Jose's knives.
Smash Climax: 4 page instruction sheet; as the penknife passes through the fist, it changes into a multitude of mini-knives
Victor, Edward: More Magic of the Hands. 1938. 133 pages. The second in a series of three books on manipulative magic. The series covers cards, coins, silks, billiard balls, thimbles, cigars & cigarettes, and more. This volume contains a color changing knife routine called The Rainbow Penknife and using a set of four knives.
Warlock, Peter (editor): Come A Little Closer,
1953. Contains contributions from Tommy Vanderschmidt, Arthur
Holland, Bobby Bernard, Alex Elmsley, Roy Walton, Ted Danson, John
Derris, and Jack Avis. Among other effects, it includes Roy
Walton's "Knifed", color changing knife effect. (See
also 1998 revised edition edited by John Derris).
Wilmarth, Phil: The Magic of Matt Schulien.
1959, 178 pages. Nice color changing knives routine. This one uses
four knives, including several gimmicked. It also uses comedy.
The Books of Wonder, Volume 2. 1996, hardcover, 342
pages. Includes Tommy's Toss and Turn one handed toss
paddle move on page 59.
Yedid, Meir: Magical Wishes. 1994.
Includes a Color Changing Knife Interlude (not a routine) as well
as lots of other coin, card, and other magic
York, Scotty: Original Handling and Presentation
of the Color Changing Pocket Knives. 1998, 38
Pages. Instruction manual that was available only with Scotty's
Color Changing Knives (long out of manufacture). Includes some
history, knife design, basic moves, a Fred Kaps routine, the
Double Edge Knife Case, and an Al Cohen routine.
Bernard, Bobby: Videonics Program #04 Bobby Bernard
Close Up Moves Vol. 2. 1980, VHS, downloadable video.
Includes a color changing knife lesson along with some coin magic
and a lesson on sleeving. L&L Publishing bought the rights to
the Videonics line
Burt, Brad: Down and Dirty Color Changing Knives
Instructional DVD. DVD comes with a set of Enardoe Style
knives. Includes the Paddle Move, the Basic Thru the Hands
Change, the Flick Change, the Transposition of Knives and Brad's
favorite Vanish. $25 with knives. \
Carney, John: Greater Magic Volume 8 DVD
Includes: The Logical Bill Trick, Coin in Bottle, Strike up the
Band, Card in Balloon, Color Changing Knives, Ring on stick.
Daryl: Fooler Doolers Volume One DVD
Includes Daryl's Color Changing Knives,.
Davidson, Larry: Scripted Insanity Volume 2
DVD. 2Hr, 14 min. Includes: Cut Above The Rest, which combines
Color Changing Knives with Knife Through Coat and a Baby Knives
de Cova, Alexander: Close-Up Session Volume 4.
(In German). This German video (not available in the US as far as
I know) includes: Farbemesser-Routine (Color Changing Knife) with
demonstration of Juan Tamariz' Rainbow effect; as well as a Benson
Bowl routine, Cups and Balls, and more
DeSouza, Marc: Master Works of Conjuring Volume 1,
Stand Up Magic for Cabaret and Stage. Includes
a Bonus routine featuring the Color Changing Knives.
Draun, Steve: Standing Room Only Volume
1 DVD. Includes Steve's Color Changing Knives routine
that automatically resets and allows the knives to be handed out
After All These Years
DVD. Live performance (only) from 2003. Includes The
Disappearing Knife (color changing knife); Card Transposition;
The Puzzle; Torn & Restored Card; Bar Bets, and Card on
Griffin, Gerry: Video Magic Lessons Vol 1 (VHS): Effects include Color Changing Knives, a sponge ball routine and more. These tapes were part of the Gerry Griffin Teaching Tapes (of California Magic & Novelty).
Haydn, Whit: The Intricate Web of Distraction
DVD/Video. Includes the theory, moves, patter and presentation for
Whit's routine, plus a live performance. Available in Video or DVD
Kanter's Magic Shop: Kanter's Chameleon Knives.
Produced in the 1930's, widely advertised in The Linking Ring.
Designed specifically for the manipulation moves. Original knives
featured a Stag to Pearl color change, the "popular priced" knives
were of a different handle material, but using the same base
knife. The blades were stamped with the "Kanter" name.
Keith, Jon: Impromptu Close-Up Magic Instructional Video Tapes. Includes a Color Changing Knives routine with special handing that will fool Professionals Magicians. Was $65 for three video set.
Lavand, Rene: Close-Up Artistry Volume Five
DVD. Includes My Penknives, red and white knife change
places and colors); Mirage (gambling); Single Handed Matrix
Malone, Bill: On the Loose Vol 4. Includes
Walk Around Knives, a strolling color-changing knife routine, no
Mogar, Joe: Chameleon Knives DVD. From
Camirand Academy. Joe Mogar's encyclopedic work on the color
changing knives. 95 minutes including 7 essential moves, 13 color
changes, 4 vanishes, 7 switches, and 6 miscellaneous techniques.
Includes how to use the Pocket Pal.
Nu, Alain: Close Up Sketches DVD: Includes Alain's Switch Blades color changing knife routine where the knives change color, transpose, multiply and finally the odd knife changes to a totally different color..
Romero, Antonio: The Perfect Holdout System with video. $225. See description under Products, below.
Skinner, Michael, Master Teach In DVD. This DVD
contains all three of the Master Teach-In videos in one volume.
(The separate videos may also still be available in some places).
Volume Two covers the Color Changing Knife routine, (Vol 1 The
Linking Rings, Vol 3 Ring On Stick). Original videos were produced
in 1998. The color changing knives is an approximately 15
minute presentation of Skinner's commercial color changing
knife routine with standard and not-so-standard moves. The Linking
Rings routine uses 3 rings.
Skinner, Michael: Skinner's Legendary Repertoire
Volume 3 DVD. 2 disc set includes Safety Pins, Colour
Changing Knives, Sponge Bunnies, Ultimate Three Card Monte,
Vernon's Three Card Monte, One Card Monte, and more.
Presented as home video, non-studio footage.
Tamariz, Juan: 1st Lecture DVD-R.
Independently produced DVD. 75 minutes. Live lecture from 1990 at
the International Magic Convention in London. Performance only
includes Colour Change Knives. The Lecture explains: Spectator
Locater, Three Card Surprise, and Cards Across.
Tamariz, Juan: Greater Magic V41 DVD:
Includes Three Card Monte, Color Changing Knives (see products
below), performance of Tamariz Rabbits, and more.
Thompson, J.G.: Top Secrets of Magic Volume 3.
1968, 114 pages. Includes Colorfusing Knife, Routine using
Standfield's visible color change knife and one other ungimmicked
Thompson, Johnny: Commercial Classics of Magic Volume
4 DVD: Cups & Balls, Color Changing Knife, and more,
with an in-depth interview with Michael Ammar
Various: Bar Magic Greater Magic V49 DVD. Eric Mead's Bar Performance includes Killer Three Card Monte and more; Scotty York's Performance includes his Color Changing Knives and more; and Bob Sheets Performance includes Tonte and more.
Various: Magic of Japan, Greater Magic
Library V45 (currently still VHS only). Includes Johnny
Hirose: Triple Shock, Invisible Hole & Knife; Masao Atsukawa:
Coins Across, 2 Coin Sequence; Hiro Sakai: ESP Prediction, Duck
Change, Alibi in the Box; Dr. Masashi Neo: Neo's Knives, Card
Printing; Dr. Yoshihiko Mutobe: 3 Coin Assembly; and Dr. Hiroshi
Sawa: Piano Trick, Supernatural Rope
Various: World's Greatest Magic: Color
Changing Knives, Worlds Greatest Magic Series. Includes:
Bill Malone - Walk Around Knives (comedy strolling magic); Johnny
Thompson Color Changing Knife; René Lavand My Penknives (a
love story); Steve Draun - Color Changing Knives (another walk
around version); and Daryl's Color Changing Knives (using a unique
Wilson, Mark: Color Changing Knives Routine DVD with Knives. Mark Wilson teaches his personal routine. The knives are modeled after the legendary Sanders Color Changing Knives. Set with 2 Knives is $50, or $60 with the optional third knife.
Yedid, Meir: Strolling Knife Routine. Downloadable
Video. 15 Minutes, 2020. Quick and easy routine, using one knife
under your watchband. For a two-knife set.
Zavis, William: Videonics Program #15, William Zavis
Volume 2 (VHS). This video featured Color Changing
Knives, complete in every detail. L&L Publishing bought
the Videonics video line, but all of the videos have not been
converted to DVD yet.
Note: Many of these products are no longer available. Photos of some of these products can be seen on the Color Changing Knives article linked at the top of this page.
Prices listed below are estimated and for research purposes only. Prices below were either the list price of the product at the time it was available, or possibly a more recent price estimate. Many of these products are no longer available, and none of these products are for sale from this website.
Acer David, Camirand Academy: Keys to the Kingdom.
A Color Changing Knife effect using three keys instead of knives.
Released in the early 1990's for around $19.
Alan Alan Color Changing Knife Set. Advertised in
a 1982 Tannen's advertisement. Three knife set. Features visual
change from a plastic colored handle to a silver metal handle.
From England. Retailed for $14.50 at the time.
Bay Area Magic: Ultra-Color Changing Knives. Produced around 2001 by Michael Silver (though a review in Dec 2002 Genii mentions David Lowenstein). Similar in design to the Eric Wolf knives, but without the rivet. They featured fine wood handles in walnut and maple with chrome finish bolsters on each end. The base knives were manufactured by Frost Cutlery. Each measures 2 3/4 inches with rounded contours and uniform shape, and they handle well. They were available in a two knife set for about $100.Bertrand, Jean-Luc: No Smoking. A CCK routine performed with specially made lighters. A standard BIC lighter is designed for non-smokers, and the image jumps on and off the lighter and from lighter to lighter, ending with an "impossible object" climax. $60
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