Just arrived – a tasty selection of new books (100+ titles). Mostly still shrinkwrapped. Please note that we have only one or two copies of each title. Available for collection now, or postage at cost.

I’ve listed a few titles below. If you’d like a full list message me with your email address. (Or check your email if you’re on our mailing list!)

BARTRAM Jr, RICHARD. Trephine.
BOOTH, JOHN. Dramatic Magic.
BROWN. ED. Feints and Temps of Harry Riser.
DAWES, EDWIN A. Barrister in the Circle.
ERENS, OLIVER (ed). Concertos for Pasteboards.
FROST, RON. After the Force.
FULVES, KARL. Epilogue.
GALLOWAY, ANDREW. Ramsey Finale.
HARRIS, PAUL. A Close-Up Kinda Guy.
HARTMAN, J.K. Trickery Treats.
JONES, LEWIS. Encyclopedia of Impromptu Card Forces.
KAUFMAN, RICHARD. Jennings 67.
LORAYNE, HARRY. Decksterity.
MARLO, ED. Flashpoints.
MAXWELL, MIKE. Bruce Cervon’s Black & White Trick & Other Assorted Mysteries (with cards).
MINCH, STEPHEN. Spectacle.
MURPHY, T.G. Imagication.
NEALE, ROBERT E. The Magic Mirror.
NUZZO, JAMES, & MARLO, ED. Art and Ardor at the Card Table.
PIERCE, LANCE. Roger Klaus in Concert.
POWERS, MICHAEL. Top Secret Stuff.
RACHERBAUMER, JON. Lost Pages of Kabbala.
RACHERBAUMER, JON. The Wild Card Kit (with cards).
RAUSCHER, WILLIAM V. The Houdini Code Mystery: A Spirit Secret Solved.
WAGNER, BOB. Master Notebook of Magic.
WHITING, WAYNE. Terry Lagerould’s Pasteboard Presentations.
WILLIAMS, DICK & VIRGINIA. Lights Camera Magic.

Buy One Get One Free on all DVDs, new and second-hand.

(Cheapest free, but you knew that, didn’t you?)

You can download a list of our second-hand DVDs from here:

Click to access SH-DVDs-Jun-2020.pdf

Callers will have noticed that we have lots of special offers at the moment. We really to need to reduce stock levels before our move later this year!

We’ve had some nice comments about our range of special Bargain Mystery Packs. Each pack contains an assortment of tricks, books and/or DVDs to the value of between £60 and £70!

Inside you’ll probably find things you’d not thought of buying (or didn’t even know that we sold…). Exploring such items, trying them out, adapting them to suit your own style and personality*, that’s all part of the fun and excitement.

Try a pack or two today, they’re great value at just £20!

In stock now are:

  • All Card Packs
  • Close-Up Packs
  • Mentalism Packs
  • Coin and Money Packs

We’re now open daily as usual from 11:00 to 5:30 (closed Thursdays and Sundays). We can post anywhere in the UK for £5 per pack or £7 for two or more.

[* Style and personality not included.]

As Monday 12 April sees a welcome relaxation of lockdown restrictions we’re taking another look at how this might affect our lovely customers, and the rest of them too.

So, from tomorrow we’ll be open for you to call in or to make a collection during our normal opening hours.

To maintain social distancing, no more than four customers at a time, please.

We’re also going to reinstate our Saturday Mini-Sessions of up to four people. This would allow us to maintain appropriate distancing… for example, one on each end of the large settee, one on the smaller settee and one on a chair in front of (but not too close to) the second-hand book shelves.

Again, while appropriate safeguards need to be in place we’ll operate a booking system. You can ring, email or post on our Facebook page, where availability will be updated.

To widen availability, there’ll be time slots: an early slot from 11:00 until 14:00, and a later slot from 14:15 until 17:15. This allows up to three hours to show a new trick, check out our SPECIAL SALES BARGAIN LISTS, or buy a book or three. And it gives us 15 minutes to wipe down surfaces in between.

If necessary, should customers flood in (?) sessioners may be asked to relocate to the ‘Bizarre Room’.

We look forward to seeing your eager, smiling faces and open wallets.

If you’ve ordered items to collect, they’ll be waiting for you

With best wishes to all from June, Julie and Russell.

A visible penetration of a steel ball through a solid card.

You show an elegant walnut and mahogany box with holes both in the lid and in the base. The interior is just large enough to hold a single playing card or business card, which when inserted will block all passage through the holes. A heavy steel ball bearing completes the set. Should you wish, all items may be closely examined by a spectator before and after the effect.

A freely selected card is placed within the box, the lid replaced and the ball bearing placed on top of the box. The box is now tilted from side to side until the ball drops into the hole in the lid. The ball remains suspended due to the card, but then suddenly begins to melt through, falling out the other side of the box!

Remember that the card is visible throughout and there is no place for the card to hide within the box. There is nothing added or taken away. No secret locks to fumble with, no angle problems, no secret sliding panels. Nothing for the spectator to find yet the steel ball visibly penetrates and everything can be immediately handed for examination!

I think you’ll find that here is nothing like the Marbo Card Penetration on the market today. This does not work like Kaballa, Coin of the Realm or similar effects. This is a quality prop made of the finest quality walnut with mahogany accents, so is best suited to charming elegant magicians whose performance will match the quality of the prop. Nevertheless, I’m sure any of our readers would be proud to use it; indeed, it may even encourage them to progess further on the path to perfection.

The Marbo-Card Penetration was invented by John Snyder c. 1944 and was passed on to James Swoger who in turn sold the rights to Viking Mfg. Usually sells at £48 or more; find it on our Special Sales List 1 at £36, plus postage at cost.

Our second Special Sales List is now available for download. Click here.

I thought I’d add an item here from time to time to give a flavour of the magical delights on offer. So here’s…

Super Mental Die Cipher … You’ll find it on page 4 of Special Sales List 2!

Super Mental Die - b

This is great prop, precision machined in solid brass, employing a brilliantly simple secret.

Although it may appear similar to items like Dice Vision in effect, this is miles ahead in method — the performer does not bring the box to the front, or secretly look into it. Yet you are able to reveal in various ways the number that appears on top of the die hidden inside the box. There is no guess work or ambiguity about the number — you reveal it while the box is still behind your back.

In fact with Mental Die Cipher you can get a spectator to place the die in the box. He brings the box from behind his back with it resting on the palm of one hand, and you reveal the number. What gives this presentation its particular punch is that you have apparently at no time handled the box or die until after the selected number is revealed. Comes with full instructions for two routines, with the props in a handy velvet drawstring bag (of course).

Normally £35 plus post, we’re offering this at £26.25.

As many of you will know, a few months ago the premises (trophy shop and workshop) next door to us here on Broad Street was sold to a developer. He’s been pressing us to sell too as he wants to build a block of flats and use the whole site, including my bit. If I don’t he’ll build anyway and we’d lose light, etc. The pub next door is being sold as well and we’ve heard that’s likely to end up as another tall block of flats. Also we’ve been told that there are major road and tram works happening shortly next to us. So…

After considerable thought we’ve decided that this is perhaps a good time to think about downsizing. I’ve no intention of retiring (though more time to travel would be good!).

Being sensible, we’re unlikely to find premises where we can continue the shop as it is. Suppose we could buy a small house and rent a warehouse and run mailorder. But that’s a hassle and who’d want to compete with the big guys who rely on a constant turnover of new tricks with a two-month life cycle (as one of them once said to me).

We intend to keep the publishing/bizarre side going, because that’s what interests me. And the second-hand book sales too.

So we’re looking for somewhere in the Sheffield/Chesterfield area with enough space to build a reasonably-sized storage/office area in the garden. Or a bigger place with a large, dry garage. Looks possible.

Although we wouldn’t be opening as a shop as such, it would be good to find somewhere with space to continue Saturday Sessions (once we’re back to normal…). But that might not be possible. (Unless you know of anywhere?)

We did think of trying to sell Magick Enterprises with stock (with or without second-hand books), then keep Magick Words publishing going. But this is hardly the time to sell a magic business! (If you’re thinking of starting or expanding your magic business, let me know… If I can’t persuade you of the folly of your ways I’d be able to sort you out a great range of stock at a bargain price!)

In the meantime we’re doing two things: looking for a suitable property and a home for Magick Words; and preparing some special sales lists with lots of bargains for our regular customers. The first of these lists is available now.

Click here if you’d like a copy (PDF) of Special Sales List 1.

We live in interesting (exciting?) times.

I was chatting to a juggler friend the other day about juggling and magic, and the similarities and differences thereof. And that reminded me of a piece I wrote for one of the Prestidigital editorials; issue 5, I think it was. Here’s an edited excerpt…

I used to be a regular attender at the British Juggling Conventions. I always had a great time at the BJC, and enjoy seeing the skill and dedication displayed by these guys. (Except Poi – essentially, placing a ball in a sock and whirling it around your head — which I believe is derived from an ancient Japanese word for too crap at juggling to catch things.)

But there are two types of jugglers. Pro’s and hobbyists, you might say, but it’s not as simple as that. And the difference certainly isn’t based on skill. There’s a term used in juggling circles: sports juggling. Mmmm, part of me wants to say, juggling is, or should be, entertainment. It comes from a long and hallowed tradition of circus and variety/vaudeville. Sport is about running around in circles, kicking balls, or some combination thereof. Mind you, a bit of club passing or some nifty diabolo work wouldn’t half liven up the Olympics.

OK, I’m probably being too harsh. If someone wants to chuck things around as a form of exercise that’s fine. The problem is when they do it on stage and expect it to be mistaken for entertainment. Great, you can juggle seven balls while hardly ever dropping one. That’s clever and I will admire the skill. For several seconds. But you haven’t got an act, even with a sequinned waistcoat and a blue spotlight. There has to be more… let’s hear it for fewer balls and more theatre?

Here’s a video of Chris Bliss juggling three balls to a Beatles song.

So have we got a new genre developing… ‘sports magic’? I hope not as this would be even lower down the entertainment scale than sports juggling, as often there isn’t even the skill to admire.

If you wish to indulge your desire to do tricks, without any thought of structure, narrative and all the other stuff that should go with them, that’s OK (through gritted teeth). But please don’t inflict them on anyone other than members of your immediate family, who hopefully will love you enough to indulge you for a little while, while hinting that you may profitably spend a little time discovering where your true talents lie.

And if that’s outside magic, well, you can always shrug and console yourself with the thought that you may have saved yourself — and others — some proportion of the discomforts and embarassments that beset us on life’s journey. And also, you’ll have a much better chance of attracting the apposite sex.

Within magic, too, we need to find a genre that suits us. For example, I abandoned my children’s magic act some years ago after discovering that many members of my young audience had not reached the level of intellectual maturity to fully appreciate the wonders I lay before them. My cabaret and close-up performances, however, continued for several years at carefully spaced intervals. (“This man has to be seen to be believed!” — Greaseborough Gazette)

Magic is first and foremost a form of theatre, whether your stage is the street, a table top, or the kind that comes with a proscenium arch and red velvet curtains. And the magic is in the theatre (the craft, not the building), and in you, never in the trick. Or maybe ultimately it happens in the hearts and minds of the spectators…

Maybe you disagree? Everyone has a right to be wrong. And perhaps I’ve exaggerated a little in the interests of readability and/or what I’ve been known to pass off as humour. Let me know what you think.

We’re trying to understand the new Covid rules and how they effect us, The Magick Lounge and the Saturday mini-sessions…

It does seem that everyone will need to wear masks all the time except when eating or drinking. Otherwise everything else remains the same:

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Maximum of four people at the mini-session at the rear of the shop or in the ‘bizarre room’.
  • You can, of course, call in to make a purchase at any time, while wearing a mask.

Should you refuse to wear a mask on the grounds that Covid is:

A) a government conspiracy;

B) the result of mind control by little green men;

C) it was real, has now vanished but Johnson is keeping up the pretence to take attention away from the Brexit cock-up;

D) it is real but you’re young and healthy enough to survive it so bollox to everyone else;

E) any other reason, including selfishness, arrogance, idiocy and belief in some unsubstantiated theory you read on Facebook;

then we accept your decision just so long as you accept ours to refuse to admit you.

Thank you. Stay safe. X

A few years ago Jared Manley’s Bolted was one of our best-sellers. Sadly, it’s not been available for a while. That’s just changed. We received a a new supply a few days ago. Here’s a short video of Jared performing his amazing effect during one of our (pre-covid) Saturday Sessions at The Magick Lounge.

Having a card appear in an impossible location is a staple in magic. The problem that every magician struggles with is, if the object is signed then the location can’t be “impossible”. But if the location is truly impossible, then the object can’t be signed. Now there’s a solution — Bolted!

Bolted allows you to take a randomly signed card, make it disappear, and with no hesitation pull out a locked case with that very same signed card inside. There are many different ways to reveal Bolted, including from a pouch, a tuck case, and even your back pocket.

No forcing
No duplicates
Use it with business cards and predictions
Includes a sleight-free handling for absolute beginners

Bolted contains multiple routines geared towards every skill level. Whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned professional, perform the routine that works best for you. This is the perfect way to finish any signed card routine, and the best part? You can hand it out immediately afterward, so there is no doubt their signed card is Bolted inside.

Shatters the limits of what’s possible and leave your spectators with a miracle that they can’t explain, with Jared Manley’s Bolted. Available from Magick at £49 plus postage. Or call and pick yours up soon. Order from us and you get a free copy of the original DVD as well as the ubiquitous instructional download!