L.I.N.T. Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians by John Luka

(c. 1997) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: This effort was kicked off in his “Thoughts On…” column which ran in The New Tops magazine from October 1993 to December 1994. John’s column was for the majority of magicians who tend to do a lot of pocket and parlor tricks for small audiences and few shows. He knew that most magic shows are informal, sometimes spontaneous events, typically being a performance of a few tricks at a party of social or business get togethers. So, he chose material for the ninety-plus percent of magicians who are not professionals. Some of the great magic in L.I.N.T. includes John Luka’s absolutely astonishing Chromo Balls (a big hit at Fechter’s), a pure sleight of hand approach to Daley’s Chromo Spheres.

Plus material from his Tops magazine columns covering several variations and simplified handlings for concepts such as Vernon’s Simple Arithmetic, the Zarrow Shuffle, the Turnover Pass, Brother Hamman’s Homing Card, and four instructive exercises in combining various card assembly sequences into cohesive procedures. Featured are several fascinating creations from Ron Bauer (author of the exciting new Ron Bauer Private Studies series of monographs), including the trick that forever changed John Luka’s life, The Magic Coin.

You’ll also find Ron Bauer’s Lie Detector, the original and unsurpassed method and presentation of what has become a classic of card magic (but it’s not about computerizing a deck or detecting lies.), and two never before published miracles, Second Sight, a comedy triple prediction effect, and Devilish Trickery, a crystal clear, technically subtle handling and presentation for the Marlo/D’Amico Devilish Miracle. Ron Bauer also renders intelligible Key to the Draw, the first trick ever published by lifelong friends Jack McMillen and Charlie Miller. Milt Kort, the man who invented the combo coin box routines, reveals his remarkable Okito Less Coin Box and Paul Chosse provides the details of his devious debugging of Erdnase’s Diagonal Palm Shift. John Luka also solicited and includes several choice items from Paul Cummins, Ron Aldrich, John Morgan, Bill Kalush, Michael Ammar, Chris Carter and Eric DeCamps.

Contents (from book ToC, including comments):

i Acknowledgment
ii Introduction
iii Foreword

1 From the Pages of the New Tops
1 The Lie Detector (Ron Bauer): Here’s one reason he’s the underground legend, the original and unsurpassed method and presentation of that has become a classic of card magic. (And it’s not about computerizing a deck!)
9 The Homing Card (John Luka): Brother John Hamman’s packet version of this old standard trick was good, but too long, until now.
14 Diagonal Palm Shift (Paul Chosse): Although “The Pump” was a dandy dry, here’s how a master card technician debugged the Erdnase classic method.
20 Key to the Draw (Jack Mcmillen & Charlie Miller): Clarification and presentation of one of the first collaborations between these lifelong friends.
27 Okito Less Box Routine (Milt Kort): The man who invented the combo box routines comes up with a way to do the Okito Box WITHOUT the box!
32 The Turnover Pass (John Luka): Some important techniques and finesses for making this difficult maneuver more deceptive.
40 Very Strange Exchange Part II (Eric De Camps): This is a novel idea transformed into a knockout transposition of a card and a coin. (Includes a new card bottom palm and coin vanish)
44 Card in Match Book (Michael Ammar): Every book on magic should include on of these “Impossible Locations”, so here’s one for this book.
51 Mental Prediction (Chris Carter): Some invaluable lessons in mentalism for magicians including some basics of “pumping” for the names of mentally selected cards.
57 The Fidgeting Card (Bill Klaush): A knuckle busting challenge for any self-styled finger-flinger, and quite a clever set of ideas, too!
65 The Magic Coin (Ron Bauer): A hilarious and surprising bit of visual funny stuff for the close-up magician or the table-hopper.
70 Wide Open Prediction (John Morgan): A cleverly worked out impromptu version of Paul Curry’s popular effect.
73 Simple Arithmetic II (John Luka): Several instructive variations and handlings of an effect that appeared in Vernon’s More Inner Secrets of Card Magic.
77 Second Sight (Ron Bauer): A comedy triple prediction effect that will convince an audience that you have special powers, maybe!

83  Bonus Section – Previously Unpublished
83 The “Birthday” Book (John Morgan): This humorous psychological method for presenting Elmsley’s “Fortuneteller’s Book of Days” even catches those who know the original.
87 Zarrow Shuffle Finesse (John Luka): Several valuable techniques for making this shuffle easier and more deceptive.
93 Chromo Balls (John Luka): A pure sleight-of-hand approach to Daley’s “Chromo Spheres” masterpiece.
99 Kings on a Fling (John Luka): An instructive four-phase exercise in combining various card assembly sequences into a cohesive procedure.
111 One Coin for Connoisseurs (Ron Aldrich): This has been called “The Best One Coin Routine around”.
118 Invitation to Imagination (Ron Aldrich): Professional, audience-tested presentation for “B’ Waved” especially effective for restaurant workers.
124 Overtwist Transposed (Paul Cummins): A clever combination of the “Twisting the Aces” and the “Hofzinser Problem” ideas.   
133 Devilish Trickery (Ron Bauer): The final solution to the “Devilish Miracle Problem” with crystal clear presentation and economically subtle handling.


  • Publisher: L&L Publishing
  • Pages: 141
  • Location: Lancashire, England
  • Dimensions: 9″x11″
  • Date: 1997
  • Binding: hardbound

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