On every losing lotto ticket is the opportunity to win back some of the
money earned by their sale - the ’second chance draw’. The
performer has a losing lotto ticket signed by a spectator, and borrows
a dollar bill which is also signed. Both lotto ticket and signed bill
are placed in the closed hand of the spectator. As the lotto ticket is
pulled out of the closed fist, the corner is seen to have changed into
part of a dollar bill. When compared with the signed dollar, the two corners
The easiest way to make money with card tricks. A single card instantly
changes into a dollar bill as it’s turned over. Both front and back
of the bill can be shown - the card has truly become the bill. When the
performer's wallet is opened, the original card is found inside.
A spectator finds the aces trick based around the theory that the unconscious
mind processes imagery much faster than the conscious mind, and with a
single peek of the cards, four spectators correctly stop at the exact
positions of the aces in a shuffled deck… with a little magical
Three spectators each choose a card from different positions in a spread,
with the cards kept in position. The deck is then shuffled and placed
in front of the spectators who are told to each cut to a card. The performer
tells them to flip over the top card of each pack on the count of three…
and amazingly, each spectator has cut to exactly their card.
Two cards are chosen by spectators and lost in the deck. The performer
introduces his business cards, placing two of them at the top of the deck
before they dissolve through the deck in search of the chosen cards. Spreading
through the deck, the spectator’s selections are found… but
the business cards have disappeared… until the cards are torn in
half - revealing the missing business cards stuck within.
Adam’s take on the Anniversary Waltz with an absolutely killer kicker.
A ring is taken from a couple and locked away in a box, the 'symbol of
love’ that the performer will use to divine the couple’s compatibility.
Two cards are selected and signed by the couple before both being placed
together in the spectators hands. With a wave, the two signed cards fuse
together into one impossible object. When the couple attempt to retrieve
their ring from the box, they instead find it’s vanished. Just wait
til you find out where it reappears… If you don’t already
perform Anniversary Waltz, you will now.
The performer begins by introducing the concept of amnesia - whole blocks
of memory simply gone from the brain - and that this trick is designed
to mimic that condition. Spreading through a deck of cards, he asks two
spectators to each choose a card and commit it to memory, before holding
it between their palms. The spectators are asked to name their card at
the same time… and impossibly, it’s the same one. The performer
explains that he hasn’t ‘stolen’ a memory - he’s
instead implanted one. The spectators turn over the cards in their hands
- to find they are completely blank. When the deck is spread - not a single
printed card is seen.
Working Man Q&A Session
Peter McKinnon sits down to ask Adam a number of FAQs about being a working
magician. In this session, Adam tips his real-world advice on everything
from how to develop your contacts to how to get booked in restaurants.
From the key words to use to guarantee the landing of a gig to how to
design your business card to stand out. These are the money-can’t-buy
steps that will take you from someone who does magic tricks to a performing
magician who gets paid for their work.
A Set Sequence
One of the most horrifying things to experience as a magician is arriving
at a gig and finding you’ve forgotten your close-up case, or the
airline has lost your luggage - or any one of a number of instances where
you no longer have anything you need to perform a magic show. Peter and
Adam drop by Home Depot to show you how to put together a guerrilla-style
set for under $40 in just a few minutes. Everything from a nail bend to
sponge balls, a number prediction routine to charming Chinese challenge
- more than 2 hours worth of material that will get you out of a tough
spot and keep your client happy.
Adam talks you through one of the concepts from his wildly successful
‘Creative Magic’ book, ‘Environmentally Unfriendly'
- and even shows you where to get the things you need - something Adam’s
been asked about ever since the book was released. This is a great, near-impromptu
routine to pull out when you’re at a house party.