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Apocalypse Vol.1 No.11


Force Able (Dai Vernon)
This is a “riffle force-esque” type force. So, it looks like you riffle up the deck with your fingertips, stop, and then lift the packet up to show the spectator’s card to them. This won’t always work in situations where a riffle force is suggested, however, it will work in times where you only need to force one card. It can also be used as a glimpse and then you can go right into the force, which is actually how it is taught originally. That method of glimpsing and preparing can look a little suspicious if not done under misdirection, so personally I like doing a slip cut to get to the required position. It will not take you long to figure out your own way of getting to position after reading it. Angles are a little more sensitive then a normal riffle force, but in this force, you do not have to hold a break and you actually do pick up the cards exactly where they said “Stop.” I think this is a good force to use along with the riffle force to throw people off, as far as methods go. Plus it’s Dai Vernon.

Mental Symmetry (Looy Simonoff)
In effect, a woman and a man, preferably that are involved in a relationship, are invited to help in an experiment to see how connected they really are. The woman then thinks of a card from a fan and the man is able to tell her the card. Then the procedure is reversed as the man thinks of a card and the woman is able to tell him the card he is thinking of! Yes, that’s what really happens. Now, when you read the method you’ll probably be a little disappointed, but you must remember the unbelievable impact of such an effect! Plus it has a nice premise (Two lovers or people being connected in a supernatural way). The conditions will not always be right for this one, but when you are able to do it, it’s a killer.

The Absolute Touch (Pavel)
A piece of paper, or dollar bill, is tossed into the audience and somebody places a coin of each denomination into it. They crumple up the dollar and bring the coin package on stage. They magician shows an empty cloth that he sys will shield the coins from his eyes while he tries to feel the dates on each one. The package is placed inside, and the magician reaches his empty hand inside. One-by-one, the magician reaches in and says, “I believe this is the _______ and I think the date is_______” The coin is pulled out and the date is verified. When all the coins are exhausted, everything can be examined. For some reason, possibly for personal reasons, this one settles really well with me. I feel like I could perform this with absolute confidence and just have a lot of fun with it. Something about the trick seems so pure and clean to me.

Ultimate Ace Assembly (Buddy Anckner)
Four red aces are shown and then twelve blue indifferent cards are also shown. The aces are laid out in the traditional ace assembly layout, and then three indifferent cards are added to each ace. The aces vanish from each packet individually and each time an ace vanishes it is shown to have appeared in the leader ace packet. I personally like revealing all of the aces to have travelled at one time, instead of showing one more ace each time. The routine is a fooler and the idea of using different colored backs is very appealing, but I’m not convinced enough to completely switch over to this version.

Remembrance of Cards Past (Phil Goldstein)
A card is selected and signed on the face by a spectator. The card is placed in the middle, and it subsequently comes to the top. It is placed in the middle again, and this time the card rises out of the deck (sort of). You tell the spectator that they will always remember what card they picked because it has your, the magician’s, signature on the back and it has changed back-color. This just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. There are much better color changing back routines out there. And the rising card action looks very unnatural, because you’re hand holding the cards is turned upside-down and the back of hand is towards the audience. It doesn’t seem very magical, and a two-phase ACR is just not very substantial.

Marked Transpo (Bob King)
A penny and a quarter are both marked with a Sharpie so that they can be identified at all times. The penny is placed under one hand, and the quarter under another. A few seconds later they change places instantly! Everything can be examined. This is a simple effect that I think could be very effective. It’s virtually impromptu, but you do need to be seated at a table.

One Hand Flourish Cut (Ken Krenzel)
This kind’ve looks like a charlier cut onto the table, but not exactly. It’s hard to describe it, but the cut is very easy to do. I was able to do it immediately. Not only is this cut somewhat flourishy, it is also completely false! I’m always looking for more false cuts and shuffles, and this makes a nice addition. You should probably only use this cut one or two times during your show, because if you keep performing this cut it might start looking a bit suspicious. Used moderately, it’s a nice cut to know.


Out To Lunch
Starting chain reactions with your table magic, and answering the question; “How long should I spend at each table?”

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An addition/clarification is made for Brother John Hamman’s card effect, Two Shuffles Harry.

Reviews of Jon Racherbaumer’s book Arch Triumphs, the Ross Bertram book, a couple convention reviews, a new Frank Garcia book, and the announcement of Richard Kaufman’s new card magic book.

Wow it’s been such a long time since I completed my last Apocalypse review! I’m still going to continue writing these reviews, but they will not be on a weekly basis. School has picked up, snow has fallen, and time seems to be going faster and faster! Maybe I’ll start the weekly schedule up again in the summer, I guess we’ll figure that out when we get there.  (UPDATE: Evidently, that didn’t happen)

And just a reminder, the main reason I do these reviews is because I feel that there is such great material in Apocalypse that needs to be shared and this is my way of letting you know why you should buy Apocalypse. Of course I don’t get any money from sales, but I just feel good knowing that I have possibly helped somebody find the really good magic. How about instead of buying the latest $30 dvd that came out, you save that money and later buy a volume of Apocalypse. Trust me, you’ll get WAY more out of these books than all the dvd’s that are out there.

As always, if you have any questions about the material in this issue of Apocalypse please feel free to ask.

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Apocalypse Vol.1 No.10


Mystery of the Gold Pins (Slydini)
Two pins link and unlink several times. I hope you don’t turn away from this effect just because of the cheesy title, because you have to realize the following-this piece was submitted by Slydini himself. Slydini was a legend in magic and this was a routine that he did to great response. There are other variations of this effect that are available, but I think you should at least take a look at Slydini’s routine. You may not particularly like certain moves in the routine, so just come up with your own moves with the simple, do-it-yourself gaff. With an easy clean-up at the end, everything can be examined, which is great. Sure you most likely won’t perform this “on the streets” but it is a nice formal close-up piece. Oh, it should also be mentioned that the write-up for this effect is explained so clearly among five pages of instructions and illustrations.

The Summer Change (Russell Barnhart)
A card is displayed on the face of the deck. Both of your hands are shown undeniably empty, then with just a wave of the right hand, the card changes. I really, really like this color change! I’m not sure whether I like this change or The Winter Change from last issue better. I think I’ll probably use the Winter Change more, but I like the overall look of this change better. It seems even more “open-handed.” Angles are pretty good if you block things correctly.

Utility 4 Insta-Change (Harry Lorayne)
This is a utility move that enables to exchange four cards for four other cards in an instant action. You can also: exchange almost any number number of cards, perform a visual change of a card, use it in a sandwich effect, use it in a color changing deck routine, use it as an add-on, and those are just the things that Harry suggested! This is a versatile move that you should learn and some day you will find that it fits perfectly in a routine. It’s a super easy move that I was able to get down the first few times I tried it. The main thing you will have to practice is your attitude and your motivation for the move; when you actually learn the move you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Tannen’s One-Hand Okito Box Sequence (Tannen brothers)
A coin is placed into the box, and it is shaken so the audience can hear it. then you flip open the lid of the box and the coin has vanished. Now, I know, I know; you don’t want another okito box effect. It may seem that there has been a large amount of okito box routines in the first few issues of Apocalypse, but don’t let that scare you away from buying the book. After a few more issues, there are very little to zero more routines of this type. But nevertheless, this is a good little vanish of a coin that looks quite clean. Also, there is a nice convincer that is used in this effect that I think could be incorporated into any other part of your okito box routine.

No Sleeve Sleeve (John Bentz)
This is a coin change that looks a lot like that old sleeving change where you brush your hand over the coin (sleeving it) and then it changes (leave a new coin there). The only thing is that it doesn’t use a sleeve, as the title implies. However, it’s a very difficult move that, in my opinion, isn’t worth the practice time. Sure it may look good, but I think it’s more impressive to fellow magicians than spectators. Harry actually describes it as “something to practice.” Both Harry and Richard say they can’t do the move well and/or at all, which speaks of it’s difficulty. It requires a certain knack to “get it,” and again, I just don’t think it’s worth your time.


Harry talks about seeing the act of Dominique. Then he goes into the evolution of his linking cards effects, and how other people were claiming to have invented his effect.

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Harry tells a pretty cool riddle about birthdays that I like very much.

This issue didn’t have a whole lot of full routines simply because of the large amount of space that was used to explain Slydini’s effect fully. I personally didn’t mind that too much because I was able to learn one great card utility move that I’ll be able to use forever, and also a card change that looks breathtaking. All in all, I was happy with the contents of this issue.

Let me stress something again; the first routine, The Mystery of the Gold Pins was created by Slydini! Even if you do not perform that routine, I think you will be happy to have a little piece of history. In addition, Slydini was a master who certainly knew what he was doing, so you can’t go wrong by studying his routines.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going go eat Christmas cookies, read some more of my new books that I just received, and join my family in cultural, square dances around the Christmas tree dressed in old Disney costumes.  For those of you that are a bit slow, that last bit was a joke. But seriously, I hope you had a very “magical” Christmas! (I had to throw in that last cheesy magic reference)

Apocalypse Vol.1 No.9


Silver Quick (Derek Dingle)
You display four coins on your left palm, your other empty hand is over your spectator’s outstretched hand. In an instant, the spectator feels a coin travel across to their hand. Now you only have three coins in your right hand. This happens three more times until all of the coins have traveled across. This is an alright routine, but it seems repetitive to me, because the actions are about the exact same for every coin that goes across. Also, I’ve never liked routines where the magician holds their hand over the spectator’s so that a coin can appear “in their hand.” This just isn’t my cup o’ tea. If you do want to perform it, however, you will need a standard coin gimmick.

Sirius (Andre Robert)
A card is selected and shuffled back into the deck. Then the spectator and you eliminate cards until only one remains; of course it is the selected card. This is only one of the endings that can be applied to this effect. Essentially, you can use it as any card location type effect. It seems like a good effect, but it utilizes a faro shuffle and something that I don’t like very much. I can’t do a faro shuffle consistently, so this effect is, for the most part, unusable for me. If you are able to do a faro shuffle, then I think you should take a good look at this.

Break Up (Les Shore)
A silver dollar is displayed on your left fingertips. The right hand shakes the left, and the half dollar visibly and audibly splits into two half dollars. I liked this effect because of the visual nature and the open handling employed. It’s very quick, but like many of the shorter coin routines in Apocalypse, it could be incorporated into a larger routine. The moves are pretty easy, I got it down after trying it just a few times. This effect is similar in effect to Sol Stone’s effect, A Bird In the Hand, but the method seems much better in this version. Play around with both and see which one you like better.

Flippant (Looy Simonoff)
This is an interesting, utility color change. Perhaps you have seen Oz Pearlman perform this in a demo video. Basically, you flick your wrist and the top card changes visibly. You can also do this as a delayed change; when the spectators don’t actually see when the card change. I actually like doing the change this way, rather than visually. Either way you do it, it requires a bit of a knack to master it. I’ve been working on it for a while, and I still am not able to do it consistently. When practicing it, make sure not to do it many times in a row because it will become much harder to do the move after doing it so many times. Just set the cards down, do a few hand exercises to make your hands feel fresh, and then practice some more. Also, Harry gives some good suggestions to get the most out of this change.

The Winter Change (John Cornelius)
This is another card change that looks completely different from Flippant. A lot of you are most likely familiar with the mechanics of this change but you may have not known where it originated; right here in Apocalypse baby! To the audience it looks as though you are holding the face-up deck in dealer’s grip in your left hand, and then your open, fingers-spread, empty right hand waves over the deck, causing the face card to change to a completely different card. This is quite possibly my favorite color change that I find myself doing most often. It is well-worth your time to learn it.


This is simply a message to the readers thanking them for their support and asking them to contribute their effects. It’s not much use now, obviously.

Guest Tidings (Frank Garcia)
This is a hilarious story about a “magic” act that portrayed the act of Jesus being nailed to the cross, for real! This is a must-read!

Ah, yes. Christmas time is here (UPDATE: It was when I wrote this), and everybody is in a cheery mood. I’m in a particularly happy mood, because I’m getting the third Apocalypse book! Finally I will be able to say that I have all of Apocalypse. I’m getting a warm feeling as I type this right now!

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Apocalypse Vol.1 No.8


Two Shuffles Harry (Bro. John Hamman)
The deck is shuffled and two cards are selected and replaced. The deck is then shuffled face-up and face-down and then again for good measure. The deck is cut in half and a magical gesture is made. When the halves are spread they are completely face-down except for the two selected cards! Then it is revealed that the chosen cards are the only ones of opposite color in their halves! This is a KILLER trick that is based primarily on one move. Please, please try this out, because it is so good. Harry does not explain the move because it is not his to teach, but most of you will know it. I love this effect with a burning passion!

Flipswitch (Bob Elliot)
A coin is laying on the palm of your hand. You turn it over. Oh, and in that simple action you have switched a coin easily. Here is another fantastic utility coin switch that you can use in many situations. As I have told you, I don’t really “do coins,” I just dabble, but I was still able to pick this move up after the first or second time I tried it. If I can do it, so can you! Definitely learn this one.

Fibonacci Fantasy (Martin Gardner)
I’m not even sure what the effect is here, but essentially it’s several mathematical effects based on the Fibonacci pattern, which most of you probably don’t know what it is. I personally can’t stand most mathematical effects. They don’t make much sense and often require too much thought on the part of the spectator to even understand what the effect is. Plus, they will just assume that you had no part in making the magic happen and that the mathematics just work out by themselves. Ehhhhhh.

Shovel Coin Shuffle (Frank Paglia)
A silver coin and a copper coin are several inches apart on a table. You cover each coin with a card, snap your fingers, and the coins have changed places. You then put the silver and the copper coin away in your pocket. They have reappeared under the cards. One more transpo follows. I like this routine quite a bit. It requires no gimmicks, it’s fun, it has three phases, and it’s a fooler. The only requirement is to have a table that you can perform the standard coin matrix on; most experienced magicians will know what I mean. This will require some practice, but it’s a nice, “pretty much” impromptu, coin routine.

Torn and Restored Coin (David Roth)
You show a half dollar to be normal and then you make a vicious tear down one side of the coin, bending it back slightly. The spectators clearly see the tear, and then you rub the tear and, lo and behold, the coin has restored! Now, you can either choose to restore it or not. I think it would be cooler to do it with a quarter, so that way you can just borrow or “find” a quarter and then proceed to rip it and give it away. This reminds me of a Paul Harris type of effect because it is just…different. I can imagine it having a big impact on an audience. It’s like the “Bite Off Coin,” but a little bit more “real.” So do you guys think that it would be stronger to rip, and then give away the coin, or restore it andthen give it back?

Psychic Poker (Jon Racherbaumer)
The magician deals five hands to the spectators and himself, then each “player” thinks of the best card in their hand. The hands are assembled and shuffled into the deck. Then they are dealt out again: the magician shows his hand to be a royal flush, which is made up of all the thought of cards! This flush is set aside and the spectators freely think of another card from their hands. The cards are gathered and shuffled, then a spectator deals out the hands. You ask a spectator to choose one of the hands. When they do, it turns out to contain all of the thought of cards! Sorry for the long explanation, but I wanted you to really get a feel for what this is. The effect is VERY good. When you see the method, you may be turned away. You don’t need gimmicks, but you will need a set-up deck with some extra things. You will not be able to use this deck for anything else except this trick if you leave it set-up, so that is a sacrifice you will have to make. To me, the strength of the effect outweighs the method. Decide for yourself.

The Jarred Coin (Sol Stone)
You show a baby food type jar with two different coins inside. You dump them out onto the table and ask the spectator to examine/select one of them. The other is placed back into the jar, and the lid sealed on top. Then you take the selected coin and slam it against the bottom of the jar; it penetrates through the glass! This is an interesting method/approach to the coin-through-something plot. Certainly you could have fun making jokes about the baby food jar and what not; however, I think I will stick to effects like Abyss. The plastic bottle looks much more natural and can be examined, the baby food jar can only partially be examined. A restaurant worker may like the aspect that the jar takes up less space than the typical bottle, so that’s something to consider as well. Almost instant reset, and no folding coins either! I won’t use this, but you may like it a lot. Let your mind run wild with presentations. I’m sure you’ll come up with something!


Out To Lunch
How Harry got his job at the Little Club and he talks about tips.

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A To Tell the Truth Variation with six people.

A review of “Magic Pipe Monday” at the Player’s Club, reactions to Herb Zarrow’s Zig-Zag effect, talk about Father Cyprian’s new effects, a typo correction for Hanging Coins, and finally, a discussion about accusations of a man “exposing” Uri Gellar’s keybend method. That last one is funny, make sure to read it!

Let me know what you think would be a better ending for Torn and Restored Coin, and if you differ in opinion about Fibonacci Fantasy or anything else, please comment. It’s always cool to hear other people’s views on things.

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Apocalypse Vol.1 No.7


Contingency Aces (Jon Racherbaumer)
Four aces are shown and the spectator thinks of one of the aces. The spectator names the ace he is thinking of and when the magician spreads the aces, the one that they named is now face up. This is repeated again, and possibly, again. The explanation for this effect is quite large and may seem complicated at first, but it really is a pretty fast effect and a direct effect. It’s certainly a nice lead-in to a Twisting The Aces effect, or just as a middle piece in an ace routine. Make sure you practice this effect many times before doing the effect for live people because you need to be very familiar with the actions of the routine. It requires no table space, it’s quick, it only uses four aces, I really like it.

Slippery Silver (Geoff Latta)
Four coins one at a time travel across to the other hand. It’s a simple effect accomplished in a good way. Let me reiterate, I am NOT a coin worker so I haven’t even tried this out. From what I read of it, it looked like a pretty good clean handling of a coins across, but nothing earth-shattering. You need a standard coin gaff which, if you “do” coins, you will most likely have.

Staple and Stab (Paul Harris & Looy Simonoff)
A spectator selects and signs a card which is lost into the pack. Two back-to-back stapled jokers are displayed and given to the spectator who stabs them into the deck. When he looks at the card next to the stapled jokers it is seen to be a joker with staple holes and all! The spectator turns over the stapled cards and now their SIGNED card is stapled to the joker! I love this effect! I think it’s simple, surprising, original, memorable, different etc. You get the point! Obviously there are some practicality factors that have to be taken into consideration, you are using stapled cards! This is excellent, don’t overlook it!

Stapled Stunner (Richard Kaufman)
You ask a spectator to staple two jokers back-to-back, which they do. A spectator then selects and signs a card which is shuffled into the deck. You make a “magical gesture” and then rip one of the jokers off of the stapled pair and, lo and behold, their card is seen to have been sandwiched in between the two jokers that the spectator stapled! This is pretty cool but one thing about it just seems a bit “not right”, if you know what I mean. I’m a bit torn on this one, what do you guys think about it? (Directed at the people who own it)

Ken Krenzel’s Version (Ken Krenzel)
This is Ken Krenzels’s Version of the effect (of course). In this version Ken uses a stabled business card and makes it visually attach to the spectator’s signed selection. This one is a killer give-away and is something that I could see myself performing. It’s practical and the main move can be substituted for other similar moves (You’ll see what I mean when you read it). Probably my second favorite or favorite version of this line of effects.

Circular Spell (Jonathan Townsend)
Another darn spellbound change. You make a circular magic pass over a copper coin and it changes to a silver coin. I personally can’t stand the spellbound plot and I’ve never understood it. It just seems like one of those plots that magicians love to obsess over and come up with hundreds of methods that all accomplish the same thing. My opinion aside, it’s a fairly good change. Looks nice, but it will take some practice to make it look really smooth.

Monte Plus Plus (Ken Krenzel)
This is the improvement I was talking about last week for the Monte Plus effect. The working is about the same but the small(?) improvement makes the effect SO much better. Oh, and also a bent corner is added to effect that gives it more depth. It still doesn’t seem like a routine by itself. Learn Monte Plus and then immediately learn this. You’ll be glad you did!


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Harry Summarizes his trip to the Eddie Fetcher close-up convention

A conversation between two unnamed magicians talking about a mentalist putting down other mentalists for the sake of making himself look better. Also, writing about more exposure in a magazine, a story about a performance of The Two Card Trick, and a short credit for Kenomental and a death notice.


(Wipes sweat off head) I almost was late, but I delivered! :D I had another paper to do for science so I was doing that most of today and yesterday and I had some other things to do so I *almost* had to push it back, but I got it out anyway! Now I just have to study for that Latin test…

If you have any comments, as usual, just write them below. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about the effects.

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Apocalypse Vol.1 No.6


To Tell The Truth (Gerald Kosky)
Two spectators secretly decide which one of them will be the truth-teller and which one will be the liar. Then a ring is secretly placed into one of their fists. The magician asks one question and he is able to immediately know who has the ring. You may have seen other effects like this out there, but I believe this may be the first version. Please correct me if I’m wrong. To me it just seems not so impressive. I mean, if you can read minds, why do you need to ask them any questions? The methods have developed over the years and I would suggest you check out a modernized version of this effect if you like the plot.

Interlocked Card Production (Vic Sendax)
Your hands are interlocked and shown on both sides; you produce a card from them afterward. God bless you card manipulators out there, I could never do the mechanics of this move! Obviously I won’t use it, but if you do card manipulation you should learn it, maybe you’ll want to add it to your act. Have fun practicing!

Four by Four (Scott Weiser)
This is not an effect but rather a four for four coin switch. As in four coins are switched in for four other coins. This change can be used as visual coin change or a secret switch. You do have to be seated at a table, but it is a pretty good switch. It ma come in handy if you want to switch out some of those gimmicked coins you use (Don’t act you don’t know what I’m talking about!). What else can I say? A utility move is a utility move. Just learn it cause you might need it when you’re “under fire”.

Monte Plus (or Hallucination) (Trevor Lewis)
This is monte move, but not like the usual three card monte type toss move. This is an in the hands monte move. What happens is you show the audience an ace of spades in the middle of two queens, then turn the cards over and the middle card has been switched in the process. This is a nice little move, but just wait a few more issues from now and there will be a variation on this that makes it SO much better!

Hanging Coins (David Roth)
This is a classic! Variations upon variations have been developed, and if you have not seen any version performed before, you must have never seen a coin at all! The basic effect, for those of you who don’t know what the effect is, (Lord, help us all) is that you show four coins, then vanish them one-by-one, and then reproduce them one at a time. The patter is that you’re hanging them on invisible skyhooks, which doesn’t make too much sense to me, but the routine is good. Sure, better versions have been developed, but it can never hurt to learn the original routine, right?


An editorial about why copying Apocalypse is bad! Curse those Xeraniacs!

More books are talked about, some talking about how some effects are buried in books, and some more talking about an effect’s unknown roots.

Three of the effects in this issue have been improved over time, but it is still really cool to see the original product and the different thinking processes involved. If anyone else has tried To Tell the Truth, please tell me how it went over. Harry says it’s a strong piece, but I still think a spectator wouldn’t go crazy over it.

Learn the basic Monte Plus move in preparation for the new addition that is coming very soon in the next few issues. (That comment was directed to anyone with the Apocalypse book)

If you have any comments, as usual, just write them below. I’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Buy Apocalypse for everything in this review, as well as TONS (like 500) other effects.

Apocalypse Vol.1 No.5


Noah’s Mix Up! (Gene Castillon)
Five red backed cards and five blue backed cards are shown. Each card has an animal sticker on its face. You ask two spectators to each think of an animal from the card set they were given. They mix the cards, you mix the cards, and somehow, you are able to tell them the animal they’re thinking of! This is pretty cool, and even though the animal stickers may seem childish, there’s some great presentation ideas that could revolve around those stickers. Something about how you were going through a box of old stuff from when you were a kid; think about a happy thought from your childhood, these stickers will get you in the childlike state, etc. I imagine this having a good effect on an audience. It’s like an ESP card trick but more fun. Obviously, you’ll have to decide if it fits your performing style.

Hi Ho Silveroon! (Ken Krenzel)
A card is selected and lost into the deck. A coin is placed on top of the deck and vanished in a very convincing way. You cut the deck and the coin has arrived at the selected card. This is a variation of Paul Harris’s “Hi Ho Silver.” There aren’t any huge differences between the two from what I can tell. The vanish is a nice one, and if you put this into a larger routine, this can be good.

Zigs and Zags (Herb Zarrow)
A spectator thinks of a card at a certain position and the magician does the same thing in the other half of the deck. Both you and the spectator deal to your cards and they transpose. Sounds confusing, doesn’t it? Well to be honest, I think it is a little confusing. If you’re going to make two cards transpose, why not just show two cards, and make them change places? Instead you have to have a spectator think of the position as well as the name of their card, and your card is not even shown…you get my point. In my opinion, it’s just a little too confusing. It would take a very good performer to present this right.

A Bird in the Hand (Sol Stone)
I am not a “coin guy” at all, so I can’t compare this to any similar routines or give you the difficulty level on a lot of coin routines. I find most all coin routines to be very difficult for me! So, I’ll just describe this effect and give you the stripped down details of it. A silver dollar is split into two half dollars, and then melted back into one silver dollar. That’s it. It’s a quick effect that you might want to incorporate into a larger routine, or just do it as a “quick trick.” There are no gimmicks, and it’s based on one fairly simple move.

Dream Deck Switch (Richard Kaufman)
Sorry guys, this is not the perfect deck switch that you all have been trying to find for so long. This is a supposed expose of a deck switch that “a gambler might use under fire.” In effect you show a red deck and a blue deck. The blue deck is placed into your pocket and the red deck is on the table. You spread the red deck and when you square it up you, apparently, switch the decks at lightening speed. Now in your hands is the blue deck and in your pocket is the red deck! All can be examined. You have to be standing at a table to do this. It is a startling routine that makes sense and is just good overall. What a great routine this is!

Marksmanship Bill(et) Switch (Dennis Marks)
This is a switch to be used for folded dollar bills (in eighths) or similarly sized billets. It can also be used for coins, although it is harder to execute using coins. This is very nice, and it is great for switching in a flash bill, or for a serial number reading of a bill. And as I said, you can use it with billets, so all you mentalists may find this useful. There is no TT and no folding like the $100 bill switch. This really is a wonderful switch that I will definitely practice up on and put into my “bill switch toolbox.”


Out To Lunch
Harry tells a story about a bill to lemon routine that he once saw and he also shares his way that he used to make tips “back in the day.” Honestly, you could use his approach in a restaurant today!

Gene Castillon provides several tips to avoid making a mistake when performing Noah’s Mix Up. Read this addition if you are going to perform Noah’s Mix Up, because it will help you avoid any potentially embarrassing situations.

A bunch of upcoming(?) books are listed and comments are made about them. It’s slightly useless now, but it still is fun to read.

If you are a mentalist, there are two good effects that you can use in this issue, which I think is quite good. Zigs and Zags, as I said earlier, seems confusing to me. Let me know what you think about it, because I feel like maybe I just don’t “get it.”

We’re five weeks into this series and I’m going strong! To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I would get past the first one!

As always feel free to leave your comments about Zigs and Zags, or just anything else, below.

Buy Apocalypse for everything in this review, as well as TONS (like 500) other effects.