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Williamson’s Wonders by Richard Kaufman

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Details: David Williamson’s Wonders are many, and he has honed them to perfection through a decade of professional work. His praises have been sung for many years by those in the know, and now everyone is talking about his wonderful magic.

This book, the latest masterwork by magic’s most admired author and illustrator. Richard Kaufman, will teach you the true secrets of how to perform each and every one of David Williamson’s pet routines. Not only are ail the details of the handling taught in the step-by-step manner for which the author is well known, but the patter and psychology behind it are also dealt with at length.

These are practical routines – designed to be done under any circumstances. Whether working at tables, strolling, standup, or even platform, Williamson’s Wonders is a book to delight both the professional and hobbyist.

Among the twenty-three superb routines contained in this volume are nine unique coin routines, each one demonstrating Willlamson’s ingenuity in a different way. There are also three routines utilizing both coins and cards, including his “Floating Assembly” with which he shocked some of the experts at The Magic Castle. Eight fabulous card routines follow, and they range from the simple to the difficult – each creating a huge reaction when performed by Williamson in his shows. Finally there is his award-winning Cup and Ball routine, a masterpiece and perfect for someone looking to do this classic a little differently.

Williamson’s Wonders is 95 page hardcover with a laminated dustjacket, printed on acid-free paper and bound to last a lifetime.


7 Foreword by Max Maven

9 Coins
9 Wonderful Coin Vanish: Vanish and repro, hands seen empty. Retention Clip Vanish
12 Cross-Eyed Coins Across: An uncomplicated 3 coins across, uses a table
14 Rebate: Rattling heard in pen, $25 cent rebate falls out (2 dimes & nickel). Coins are placed back in pen.
17 The Striking Vanish: Excellent utility move, especially for Cups & Balls. Improved explanation from original detailed in Encore II. Includes Open Hand Vanish, Closed Hand Vanish, Visible Change, Coin From Pen Cap, and Coin in Bottle.
21 Copper, Silver and Purse: Copper & Silver dumped from purse, copper replaced. Silver struck with coin purse, to change into the copper. Silver is found inside coin purse. Uses Sriking Vanish and LePaul French Drop.
23 Wishing Well: A coin changes size and color as the magician wishes when dipped into fist. Retention Clip vanish and Roth’s Edge Grip handlings. Includes Jumbo Coin variation
27 Money Talks: Coins are heard but not seen, and appear one by one
32 When You’re Behind, You’re Ahead: Three coins produces, vanished, and produced again. Very clean
35 The Change Bag: A unique routine with a coin purse and coins. The coins tranfer to the coin purse, the purse changes size, and a jumbo coin makes an appearance. A full routine.

42 Coins and Cards
42 Floating Assembly: Clean chink-a-chink, cards appear to never touch the coins
45 Cello-Feign: Dime vanished from hand to appear inside cellophane wrapper in deck of cards
48 Don’t Cut Me Out: A coin and card routine

54 Cards
54 He Who Spelt It, Dealt It: Cute spelling card trick with humerous ending. Hofzinser Spread Cull.
58 Interlaced Swindle: Four Kings are shown. An Ace, Two, and Three are mixed in between, and the 7 cards are shown. Suddenly the Ace, Two, and Three vanish from the packet
62 Stabbed From the Back: A card is tossed into the deck and locates the selection
64 Double Time Travelers: 4 Aces travel from deck to 4 different pockets
67 The Famous 3 Card Trick: Magician want to show three card trick, but keeps finding more…
69 The Hypnotist: Two spectators pick only blue card among reds, then all cards get blue backs
70 Torn and Restored Transposition: Awesome torn & restored card routine
77 51 Cards to Pocket: 51 cards “selected” by spectator travel to pocket. Signature on 52nd is actually peeled off the card in this comedic routine

80 The Rest
80 Whirlybird Silk Vanish: Silk cleanly vanished from hand with a wave of the wand (regular wand, TT)
83 Beelzebub’s Blade: Knife through napkin, knife vanishes, and napkin is restored
86 The Gold Cups: Dave’s famous 2 Cup and Ball routine. Great squeaker ploy included.

  • Publisher: Kaufman and Greenberg
  • Pages: 96
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Edited by: Matthew Field, Mark PHillips, Jane Mansour, Richard Kaufman, Marsha Casdorph
  • Dimensions: 9″x11″
  • Date: 1989
  • Binding: hardbound

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Approx. Price: $40.00 (2004) ***

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1 review for Williamson’s Wonders by Richard Kaufman

  1. Sean Waters

    Modern Classic!!!!

    If you are looking for a great book full of usable and practical material, look no more! You will love this guy (for sharing his creative masterpieces). Great routines. Find it, you’ll love it.

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