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On 2003-05-18 20:03, ChrisMagic52 wrote:
Jay Sankey's Secret Files have a couple of really good matchbook tricks. I don't use them though.

I enjoy Jay's Chameleon in his Secret Files Vol. 1/ It's a really fantastic trick where a matchbook changes into a selected card! It requires some set up though..
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Martin Gardner wrote a book called 'Match-ic', but it's been out of print for quite awhile. There are also many match tricks and stunts in his 'Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic'.
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On 2004-03-11 20:42, DanHarlan wrote:
On my Ultimate Impromptu Volume 1 (L&L) are:

Traveling Match -- full routining of Milbourne Christopher's Flying Match, including a repeat phase. Shows how to cleanly vanish a match at your fingertips.

Then There Were Nine -- quick mental effect with any borrowed matchbook.

Make Ten -- a few short puzzles end with the performer visibly changing a paper match into a ten dollar bill.

Mark Sicher's A Perfect Match -- a beautiful torn and restored match (a la Slydini)

Penetrating Matches -- a classic, finally properly explained.

Magnetic Match -- causing one match to jump strangely when touched by another.

Invisible Hangman -- magically popping the head off of a match.

Al Koran's The Same Only Different -- can be done with any small, countable items, but works great with matches.

Also, I have a couple of gimmicked effects from the Premium Blend series:

Under Covers (vol 1) -- the name of a card appears painted inside a matchbook that was shown empty. No switch.

Spread 'Em (vol 4) -- the five remaining matches in a marked book spread out in a line yet remain attached.

There are also a few puzzles on my Mindbogglers series (vol 4 for matches) which has just been re-released on DVD.

You can also apply some relatively standard concepts to matches. Matrix, chink-a-chink, two in the hand - one in the pocket, coins across, spellbound, etc.
--Dan Harlan


Dan, you beat me to it! I had in mind to mention your tapes...some of the coolest matchbook effects in the world are on those tapes!

Highly recommended!
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Match IC is available as an ebook from Lybrary.com. A pretty good deal for 4 or 5 bucks. Many of the tricks mentioned in this post are included. It covers wood matches, paper matches, puzzles and stunts/gags.
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I like to open with Daniel Garcia's Warning which uses one match. I don't think that this is available anymore because its not the healthy to perform all the time, but you could probably find it somewhere.

Since I've already lit one match, I'm set up for my voodoo ash on the specs palm routine (which gets me more girls phone numbers than any other trick I do for some reason). If I want to keep going with the matches theme I vanish the SECOND match (that I just used for the voodoo ash) and it reappears burned and reconnected in the match book.

To close, I explain that I always put the matches back in the book because I hate wasting matches. When the spectator questions this logic, I take the burnt match and "re-light" it.

A very easy routine that plays big at the bars I frequent.
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On 2004-03-07 01:25, MacGyver wrote:
While on the semi-topic on matches, Does anyone know of a commercially availible "Card to BOX of matches"?

Where a card folds into a match box? like the bill to matchbook....

I have made my own but they aren't very good, I'm looking for a commercial version that might be pastic or otherwise handle and look better.

This effect is in Jay Sankey's Secret Files; however, the card is folded into a book of matches, not match box.. Hope this helps.
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That reminds me of a killer on those DVds. Chameleon is one I have used a lot, and it leaves 'em with jaws dropped. Worth the price of the entire DVD.
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There is also a neat card transforming into a matchbook with a gimmecked card in Dan Hauss very first Penguin Live lecture from 2012. I think he is also selling the gimmick himself.

Part of the lit and restored routines mentioned above are explained in the Penguin Magic's "The Greatest Beginner Magic DVD Ever featuring Oz Pearlman and Jessie Geneva", which I think is free for download from Penguin.com
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Here is an interesting matchbook trick. Not difficult and does play well.
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5831
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BTW, I can't find the Firetrap trick mentioned in the first posts. Does anyone have hints to share about it?

Thanks!
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