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P R E C U R S O R
This is PRECURSOR XLVI. It is edited by William P. Miesel and is published in October 1994. The editorial offices are at 2215 Myrtle Street, Erie, Pennsylvania, 16502. PRECURSOR wi11 be published more than three times a year, and it will be sold for $16.00 (U.S.) for three issues. Outside the United States, Canada, and Mexico, three issues are sent Air Mail for $19.00 (U.S.). "The Buffalo Tunnel" is Mike Gallo's answer to the "Puzzle Problem" which began with Nick Trost's "Card Tunnel" from NICK'S TABLE TRIX and in the New Phoenix #364. This method here is totally impromptu and not that difficult to perform, but be sure to compare this with other methods by Hartman, Dingle, Kaufman and, most especially, Krenzel. Dan Block's "O'Henry Gambler" is an excellent version of "The Gambler Makes Good" to perform in a session with other magicians. The whole key to this is to do the absolute best Double Turnover you can and then do your best Second Deal at a slightly slower pace with no wrist turns or misdirection. The second card should be seen coming out from under the top one. "I've Got Your Number" by Nick Trost is an interesting combination prediction and coincidence effect. It uses several old principles in new and different ways. "Royally Wild" by Joe Rindfleisch is Really Wild. Five Tens of Spades change to five Jokers and then to a Royal Flush performed with regular cards and no gimmicks; the only requirement is a lot of skill. Michael De Marco's "Joker Predicts" is a technical handling of an Ed Mario "Open Prediction," but the effect, which is very similar to Alex Elmsley's "Diamond Cut Diamond," is totally different in that the prediction is not made openly before the predicted card is selected. Pete Lentini's "Down With The Depth Deception" is a very deceptive control of a selected card down to the face of the deck. David Ben's "Keying In On The Push-Thru" provides some very useful handling on making the "Push-Thru Shuffle" very deceptive. "The Master Move From The Rear" is a very useful move contributed by Warren Stephens. This is a variation of the "Kelly Bottom Placement" from the TARBELL COURSE IN MAGIC, VOL. 3. The handling here is so much more deceptive and cleaner appearing. In PRECURSOR XLIV, I ran Norm Houghton's "You Take It From Here." I hope that it may have given some readers ideas - I know it gave me a couple, and one of those is presented here under the title "I'll Take It."
R E V I E W
Over twenty years ago, a very good friend, Jerry Mentzer, began publishing his famous CARD and CLOSE-UP CAVALCADES. These were two very good series of magic books that contained cutting-edge material of the 70's. Probably, because of greater demands on his time from his engineering position, this Series came to an end. These demands no longer exist, and new books published by Magic Methods are again appearing regularly. CARD FILE and CLOSE-UP FILE are very reminiscent of his famous Cavalcade Series, and I hope that these books are the beginnings of two new Series. CARD FILE is a large book of varied card ideas by contributors, much of which could be considered the cutting-edge material of the 90's by the cutting-edge magicians. CARD FILE runs the gamut of Card Magic from ideas, sleights, selfworking tricks, feature effects, excellent routines, and even a couple of packet tricks. Some are impromptu, and others require advance preparation. Be sure to check out Paul Swinford's "Stay-Stack Finale", Bob Farmer's "Jazz Pieces", the "Reverse Faro Substitute", Aldo Colombini's "'Clean' Parade of the Kings", Paul Swinford's "P.S. Card to Wallet", John Murray's "One Hand Bottom Deal", Danny Block's ideas on a couple of different Palms, and the work on the Breather Crimp by Bob King, Al Thatcher, and Gary Plants. CLOSE-UP FILE is similar to CARD FILE but contains all non-card close-up effects and routines by twenty contributors of the same high quality that was found in the Cavalcade Series. CLOSE-UP FILE contains cup-and-ball, coin, and bill routines along with miscellaneous routines using rings, dice, and you name it. Some of the items that I liked are: Warren Stephens' "Double Surprise", Danny Tong's "One Cup & Balls" and his "Ring Flite", the bill tricks of Scott Edwards and Mike Bomstein, and Karl Norman's "Three Shell Game". These books are available from Jerry Mentzer at Magic Methods, P.O. Box 4105L, Greenville, South Carolina 29608. CARD FILE sells for $39.50, plus $3.00 shipping, and CLOSE-UP FILE is also $39.50, plus $3.00 shipping. Both of these books should be in your library. William P. Miesel July 19, 1994
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This is a technical handling of the "Tunnel" effect based on Ken Krenzel's "Ultimate Tunnel" from the book THE CARD CLASSICS OF KEN KRENZEL. The principle attraction of this routine is that it is totally impromptu with no stranger cards and no force. 1. Remove any pair of mates from the deck, show them around, and drop them face up on the table. I generally use the two red Jacks, the Jack of Hearts and the Jack of Diamonds, so for the purpose of this description, those are the two cards we will use. 2. Two cards are now selected and controlled using the following handling of Ed Mario's "Convincing Control" (Mario Magazine Vol. 5 ) . Start spreading cards slowly off the top of the deck until the spectator calls "Stop," or points to a card. This first selected card should be in the top half of the deck, maybe about fifteen cards from the top, so spread slowly. 3. When a card is indicated, split the deck at this point, taking the fifteen or so top cards in the right hand. The remainder of the deck is retained in the left hand. Tilt back the left hand so that the faces are again facing the spectator and push over the top card, the stopped-at one, and ask a spectator to remember it. 4. Lower the left hand and bring it back under the cards in the right hand, and at the same time, the right fingers cull the first selection under the spread in the right hand to the right. 5. Continue to spread cards from this point from the left hand into the right hand but the spread cards from the left hand go between the right hand cards and the culled first selection. A second spectator now calls, "Stop," or indicates a second selection in the bottom half of the deck. 6. Split the deck again at this point and tilt back the left hand. The left thumb pushes over the top card of those it is still holding and have a second spectator remember it. 7. Lower the left hand back down and return the cards from the right hand back on top of the cards in the left hand. As the right hand releases its grip on the upper packet, the right fingers pull back the face card of this upper packet, the first selection, in-jogging it. 8. In squaring up the deck with the right hand from above, the right thumb presses down on the in-jogged first selection and catches a break above it. The right hand cuts all of the cards above the break to the table and then comes back completing the cut and bringing the two selections together to the top of the deck. 9. Pick up the deck face down in the left hand in dealing position. The right hand now picks up the two face-up red Jacks and holds them for a second, fanned