Doug Gorman

What a great web site! I have spent hours pouring over your collection. Then last week, I had the good fortune of visiting you in Austin to see the collection first hand. Your hospitality and willingness to share your time and collection with me were most appreciated. Truly, a first-class guy with a first-class collection. Thanks!

Review by Ted Leon for World's Beyond by Paul Curry

Review by Ted Leon for World's Beyond by Paul Curry
Review by Ted Leon for World's Beyond by Paul Curry
5 out of 5

World’s Beyond-complete review

I must tell you that my focus is mentalism…. in particular, two-person mentalism. My better half and I perform as the team, “Liz and Leondo” in Las Vegas. As I was ordering this book, I remember asking myself, “why are you buying another book on card tricks?”. Heaven knows I have enough of them in my library!

Here’s the reason: Like you, I remember very significant things in my life…Where I was when President Kennedy was shot or when I heard Elvis was dead. I can picture my surroundings as the news of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy’s assinations were announced. Our younger brothers and sisters will, no doubt, have the same thoughts about the Challenger explosion or the bombing of the World Trade Center.

Well, I may be odd, but I can remember the exact setting and feeling of “astonishment” (to coin a phrase) I had when I first had “Out Of This World” shown to me. It haunted me for years. It is for that very reason that I bought Curry’s “World’s Beyond”.

The book is broken down into sections titled:

“PASSPORT” in which he teaches some card moves. No doubt will be greatly appreciated by the card folks among us, in particular the Curry “Turn Over Change”. I have no personel use for them but I enjoyed them. Nothing earth shattering.

“PACKING” is the section in which I realized that Paul Curry had a very serious bent for mentalim. It has some coin work using fire to reveal some amazing revelations. Also included was some card work used in a poker setting reminesant of John Scarne. He also describes a two card trick (Sure Thing) that will make some people talk to themselves. His “Color Changing Deck” routine is so free of “moves”, and in the truely startling catagorie that I’m considering doing it myself… don’t tell Liz I particular liked “Don’t Lie To Me” as it is a prognostication slant. “Houdini’s Legacy” is a cool sceance type effect with cards that, under the right circumstances, could scare sombody. “Out of the Past” is Curry’s variation of Devant’s “The Triangle” card effect found in “Our Magic”. I love Curry’s working but lean towards Devant’s version for stage.

Ther are many more card effects in this chapter including some “Haunted Card” type effects under glass. The main thing I like about Curry’s card magic is it’s rare that a spectator would hear, “take a card”.

“POSTCARDS” is a section of no card work but some excellant mental effects. The first is “Probability Zero” that uses buisness cards that can be added to the short list of truelygreat stunners with buisness cards in my opinion. “Alias Sherlock Holmes” is a rational use for center tear work.”Matchmaker” is an ESP effect using 5 Zenner cards that I am going to add to our repertoire. It can also be used over the phone! There is much more to this chapter but I think you have the idea.

“SUITCASES” is the chapter that contains the original version of “OOTW” and the thoughts on it over the decades since he invented it. This chapter also contains his thoughts on the “Open Prediction” effect which has had the attention of some of the greatest minds in magic.

“TRAVEL TIPS” concerns itself with Paul’s thoughts on the “Cigarette Switch” and more on the “Center Tear”. He offers some good tips on “Psuedo-psychometry”. his “Miscalled Palm” is one I’ve already used to excellent results. Is it possible for an amazing trick to be “too easy?”

I will stop here because, so far, this is all of the book I’ve actually read. There is more. Even rope tricks. More, cards. More mentalism. More real magic.

Is this book worth the money? It’s worth, well…. more!

Highly recommended. $40 from YFD

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Review by George Guerra for Jack the Lad by Alan Warner

Review by George Guerra for Jack the Lad by Alan Warner
Review by George Guerra for Jack the Lad by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

Cute and Clever!

The props are, as usual, beautiful to behold. Teak sure has such a wide variation in color and grain that as your Warner collection grows, you begin to wonder if Alan does’nt use other exotic woods. This item has an entertaining story and interesting props – only the case with a “J” is teak. The method is clever and the piece a definite must for the Warner collector.

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Review by Andy Martin for Chaplin Candle by Collectors' Workshop

Review by Andy Martin for Chaplin Candle by Collectors' Workshop
Review by Andy Martin for Chaplin Candle by Collectors' Workshop
4 out of 5

A great bit of Comedy for any bill routine

There are many types of candle on the market where the candle moves and burns the bill without the performer realising. This one from Collector’s Workshop is one of the better ones I have owned. It is very easy to reset, and the movement of the candle is not just slowly towards the bill. It actually moves away from the bill for a while too. The clockwork motor is silent. One of bonus with this version is that it uses a regular candle, so its easy to replace.

I like this prop!

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Review by Andy Martin for Man Eating Plant by Unknown

Review by Andy Martin for Man Eating Plant by Unknown
Review by Andy Martin for Man Eating Plant by Unknown
5 out of 5

Beautiful, Unusual, Funny, and Rare

This is a beautiful prop custom made based upon the Karrell Fox Man Eating Plant. It is very well made indeed and one day when I perform it I know it will cause a lot of commotion.

After a big build up you reveal the Man Eating Plant box, then after some byplay you are left with the spectators card partially bitten in one of the many sets of chomping teeth. Or something like that!

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Review by Andy Martin for Mind's Eye Deck by Phil Goldstein/Ton Onosaka

Review by Andy Martin for Mind's Eye Deck by Phil Goldstein/Ton Onosaka
Review by Andy Martin for Mind's Eye Deck by Phil Goldstein/Ton Onosaka
5 out of 5

Max Maven is very Clever!

I think this is a very ingenious effect: a spectator freely chooses any one of the cards in the deck – all with different shapes on – and you immediately can tell them your card without having to touch or riffle through the deck.

It works by a very clever use of a old card principle – that defies detection. I like this a lot!

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Review by Andy Martin for Runes Surprise by Martin's Magic

Review by Andy Martin for Runes Surprise by Martin's Magic
Review by Andy Martin for Runes Surprise by Martin's Magic
4 out of 5

Two Rune Prediction with a Snappy Climax!

You show a bag of Runes and ask a specatator to grab a handful to ensure they are all different. Then you make a prediction and place it in the spirt box for safe keeping.

Now the first spectator freely chooses any rune from the bag and places it on the table. You now make your second prediction before the second rune is chosen and place it again in the spirit box for safe keeping.

The Second spectator freely chooses his rune and places it on the table. You now ask the first spectator to pay the spirts in the Spirit Box for looking after the predictions. They place a half dollar in the box and … wallop it explodes giving the spectator and those viewing a well needed surprise!

In the debris of the box are two predictions: both of which match the spectator’s choices.

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Review by Andy Martin for Millennium Mini-Magic Collection by Alan Warner

Review by Andy Martin for Millennium Mini-Magic Collection by Alan Warner
Review by Andy Martin for Millennium Mini-Magic Collection by Alan Warner
5 out of 5

So much beautiful magic!

When I first saw this I wasn’t sure how strong each effect in the set was. As usual however, Alan Warner very plesantly surprised me! This really is a beautiful set of small close-up magic.

Maybe the individual pieces don’t have the strength of some of Alan’s larger items, but the magic is still very strong. And the outfit is just a delight to have!

Thank-you as always Alan for producing some wonderful works of art.

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