This was the first Wandering Mummy that I ever saw, and I was instantly smitten, like so many before and after me. I have owned five sets of this version of the wandering mummy and this is the best one yet.
This wonderful effect was invented by Al Baker c. 1932 using a simple but extremely effective method. P&L were the first company to manufacture a version of Mr. Baker’s effect and it remained the gold standard for decades afterwards. The method was first described in Greater Magic c. 1938 (pg. 512). and it is also discussed in Dr. Albo Vol. 3.
The method has been used in many other card effects over the years and a few of them can be seen here.
Two of the good features in this P&L version are the stand is easy to swivel around so that the audience can choose the queen without any fumbling and the backs of the gimmicks are cleverly painted to blend in to the stand.
The method behind this great little set of miracles is based upon Al Baker’s Cherchez la Femme. One of the effects included in the instructions makes me think it could have been inspired by the Wizzo Card Box sold by Kanter’s c. 1942 (but I have no actual evidence of this).
What I particularly like about this set is how Dusheck and Hill have included four other routines to expand from the standard switch between king and queen. Even though the standard effect is very strong, I believe Kangaroo Cards and Vanishing card are even better with a little bit more meat to the routines.
Whichever you choose to do I’m confident your audience will be amazed 🙂
Stephen Tucker creates some very clever and entertaining routines and when he released Himbering Ways in 2009 with Tony Curtis I remember being very impressed with the routines that came with the wallet. The wallet itself has a couple of features not always found on other Himber wallets and Stephen has maximized the routines for these features.
Of the six routines included in the booklet, my favorite four are:
The Card That Never Was
Prints Of Darkness
These are all very strong and Prints of Darkness and The Card That Never Was will even fool magicians if they don’t pay attention 🙂
The problem with the original package was that it came with no extra gaffed cards and although they are not that hard to find, it would have been nice if a complete package had been created. So I have included all of the cards and extras required for the above four effects and instead of using good old bicycles I used the wonderful Jerry’s Nuggets Modern Feel cards produced by Conjuring Arts. The routines are that good so I thought I would spice them up a bit.
It is not possible to perform all the effects in one sitting but you’ll now have all the cards you need to perform any of the above routines.
There is some really great magic here, in a neat ready to perform package 🙂
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