Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Does this illusion from this magician fool you?

Here is a short little illusion I was playing with a while ago. I felt like it was time you saw it. It is something I did with three ropes but it will make you look twice or more...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Another trick from a couple years ago

I like messing with some cards. I find it relaxing. Here is a magic trick with some jokers. It was from a couple years ago but I still perform it once in a while or some other variation. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Here is something that will stretch your imagination

Another fun trick but from a while ago. I hope you enjoy what magic I can do with just two rubber bands and a webcam. From your pal magician tommEE pickles

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Here is something fun to watch

I was just messing about in the Starbucks. He you can see me float my ring!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Oh, I love buying new sneakers.

You might be curious how I search and find my correct sneakers. Sometimes it is price. Normally it has to be red and fun to wear. I like Converse and Keds but I recently found a new sneaker to wear that I haven't seen in years. It is a pair of Airwalk Men's Red Canvas Men's Legacee Sneakers. They are just like Converse and they also have a rock bottom price.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

How to learn magic, Amazing Magic Tricks Apprentice Level

Oh the wonders you will find in the public library. Today I found Amazing Magic Tricks Apprentice Level by Norm Barnhart. It is part of a set of four books by the same author. I would have started with the  Amazing Magic Tricks Beginner Level, but that was not available.

This book and the other appear to be very short. The Apprentice Level book only has 32 pages with 10 tricks. The book is loaded with photgraphs and explanations about the tricks. 

In the first couple of pages, Norm relays the main rules of magic, such as secrets and practicing. He does add another note about Magician's Assistants. He does go through the common rules with some explanation. He also talks about creating a case for your magic props and also making a magic wand. 

I actually liked a bunch of the tricks here. There are tricks very appropriate for the younger kids but also can apply to adults just as well. At least two of the tricks employ the use of an assistant which helps kids as they start magic. There is also tricks with making up folders or bags to accomplish many things. Two tricks I liked were a a popped balloon is blown back up and another where a puzzle is magically solved.

There is a small glossary in the back and some site you can go to find out more. I was a little skeptical about the online content but I actually thought it was very age appropriate. It showed more magic tricks and referenced more magic books. This is a great book that I found in my local library and I have included a link in case you cannot find it in yours.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How To Learn to be a magician. 50 Nifty Super Magic Tricks

While in the public library today I found the book 50 Nifty Super Magic Tricks by Elizabeth Wood and Shawn McMaster. I was happy to find this book because I know Shawn McMaster and I know his as a great magician and friend.

The book 50 Nifty Super Magic Tricks is 80 pages with illustrations and the tricks are rated with a difficulty indicator. 

It starts out with the rules of a magician that every magician should abide by and then dives right into trick number one. There is no specific order to the tricks and illusions but each one is well represented by images on the same page.

There are tricks in the book that a lot of working magician use in their acts. The Big Squeeze is a trick that I have from Abbott's Magic Shop that I keep in my bar set. 

There is a section on the Cups and Balls but I would not recommend learning this particular trick from this book since it doesn't have a complete routine. There are better resources for the Cups and Balls.

Some great things in this book are;

Four Aces a trick where the aces vanish from the deck to the table.  

Colorized an effect where a card changes from dropping a deck down on a table. 
Breakthrough where a performer is tied with two ropes and can magically escape. 

50 Nifty Super Magic Tricks is a very easy book to read and will give any young aspiring magician some ideas for a show.

I do not know if you will find this book in your own library. I found mine in the section 793.8

If you cannot find it, there is a way to get it from below.