Collected Works of Alex Elmsley, Vol. 2 by Stephen Minch

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Details: In The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley, the magic of this extraordinary inventor is brought together for the first time. Gathered here are his published tricks and an equal number of previously unpublished items. Much of this material has been guarded jealously by the privileged of magic, and some of it has been kept a secret from everyone. All of it is innovative, astonishing and marvelously entertaining.

Volume II contains the pageant of scintillating Elmsley magic. A remarkable collection of more than 103 exquisitely conceived, entertaining and unfathomable tricks, ranging from baffling predictions and feats of mind-reading to glittering coin magic and bewildering card mysteries. Many Elmsley classics are included, plus original flourishes, a chapter on tricks with the faro shuffle, and a detailed description of Elmsley’s “Cardworks,” a brilliant act that was one of Elmsley’s crowning achievements.

512 pages.

Written by Stephen Minch and illustrated by Amado Narvaez.


1 The Microcosm of Magic

3 Chapter One – Flourishes
7 The Tower Bridge Cut
11 Little-finger Spinner
13 The Multiplying Aces
19 The Rosette
22 Two-ball Roll

27 Chapter Two – Hidden Thoughts and Future Deeds
29 The Fan Prediction
33 Hidebound Forecast
37 The Mexican Prediction
39 Face Your Brothers
45 A Delicate Balance
48 It’s a Small World
51 Halfway to Heaven
43 Verbum Sapienti
56 Open Intruder
60 Brownwaves I
64 Brownwaves II
67 Multiple Mind Reading
69 Double-cross
73 Like a Rolling Bone
76 Failure
80 Auto-prediction
83 Divina-sign
85 A Card from Cagliostro
87 Aussi-mental
89 Animal, Vegetable and Mineral
93 The Octal Pencil
97 Verbum Veritas
100 Pack of Lies

107 Chapter Three – Exotica
109 Still Taking Three
118 Point of Departure
122 Economy Class Departure
129 The Fiddle with the Biddle in the Middle
133 The Red and the Blue
136 The Shy Chameleon
140 Turn-about Card
144 A Small Revelation
149 Fool’s Mate
153 Jubilee
161 Separating the Men from the Boys
166 A Problem with Duplicate Identities
168 The Imp of the Inverse
171 Sum Talk of Alexander
175 Switchy-coo
178 Half Packed
183 Second Link
186 Diamond Cut Diamond
189 Signing Off
192 Signature Piece
197 Shakedown

205 Chapter Four – Marsupial Favorites
207 Pocketpick
211 Pockets Full of Miracles
217 Reluctant Cards to Pocket
222 Duplicitous Cards to Pocket
228 Flight Plan
233 En Voyage
241 Processional
243 Daley Double
246 Between Your Palms
250 Only Child
254 Incommunicado

259 Chapter Five – Coinages
261 Devaluation
264 Revaluation
268 Boston Two-step
273 The Astral Coin Rides Again
280 Milling a Coin
282 Sucker Silver
287 The Spider’s Treasury

293 Chapter Six – Faro Tapestries
295 Indulgences
295 Deck Preparation for Faro Shuffles
297 Weave Corrections for Miscuts
300 Placing a Key at Twenty-sixth Position
302 The Mathematics of the Weave Shuffle
303 Out- and In-weaves
304 The Odd Pack and Weave
304 Equivalent Odd Pack
305 Returning a Pack to the Same Order
306 Solving the Shuffle Equation
307 Stack Transformations
308 Royal Flush Deal
309 The Constant Stack
309 The Restacking Pack
311 Binary Translocations
312 Double Control
313 Penelope’s Principle
315 Penny Wise
317 Prediction by Proxy
319 Tuppence
323 Meet Me on the Road
325 A Woven and Cut Case
326 Autopilot
329 Direct Link (Featuring Bill Redi’s “Automatic Discovery”)
333 The Custodial Card
335 The Fan and Weave Controls
335 The Fan and Weave Control
337 The Fan and Weave Double Control
338 Brainweave
346 The Obedient Faro
349 Spell by the Numbers
353 Paraspell
357 Collinspell
365 Arab Roto-pack
369 What a Party!
372 Late Night Location
374 Auto-discovery
376 The Elmsley Rising Card

383 Chapter Seven – Stray Stacks
385 Computer Dating
387 Empty and Full
389 Wedded Ambitions
391 Topsy-turvy Stray-stack
392 Parity Failure
396 Tell Me Three Times
398 Future Stock
401 Through Darkest Peirce
406 Blind Stud
410 Mental Boxer
414 Kingfisher
419 Pursuit of Thought

423 Chapter Eight – The Dazzle Act
425 The Dazzle Act
427 The Properties
433 Fate’s Datebook
440 Cold Steel
449 The Tale of the Old Timer
463 Dazzle
471 Tour de Force
481 Notes on Structure

485 Bibliography of Works by Alex Elmsley

  • Publisher: L&L Publishing
  • Pages: 495
  • Location: Tahoma, CA, USA
  • Dimensions: 7″x10″
  • Date: 1994
  • Binding: hardbound

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