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Topic: Do-It-Yourself Packet Tricks
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Sep 23, 2007 07:03AM)
Magicbob has a new book in the making, called "I Hate Card Tricks." In it, he basically teaches you how to make your own packet style card effects especially designed for those who don't want to do the standard card magic. Instead, each of the effects in the book uses playing cards to simulate a stage illusion. He plans a total of ten card "illusions" for the book, and right now the first four are complete and ready to go as separate packet effects. They are: The Divided Queen, The Zig-Zag Queen, The Mismade Queen, and The Spiked Queen (which includes a bit of Assistant's Revenge in it). You make each of the packets yourself following his photo directions, and he includes templates to print out on your computer if special artwork is needed.

Magicbob is an independent author, so I don't make a cent from his using my website to distribute his e-books, but I am happy to give him space to do so because his ideas are really good. I have used some of his other card tricks in The Wizards' Journal #13 (also on my site) and it looks as if he will be a regular contributor from now on.
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Sep 23, 2007 09:14AM)
These look interesting. Thanks for the heads up!
Message: Posted by: Kex (Sep 24, 2007 12:28AM)
Very intriguing... thanks for the post!
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Sep 24, 2007 09:44PM)
Thanks for the kind words, Spellbinder!

I'm working diligently on writing the manuscripts for the effects listed as "coming soon."

Spellbinder can vouch for the fact that I'm now filling those 3-4 hours per night that I used to waste on sleep with putting this project together! :napping:

Thankfully, he's doing a great job catching the typos that inevitably crop up at 2 am! :goof:
Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Sep 24, 2007 10:48PM)
Thanks for the information
Message: Posted by: owln_1 (Oct 9, 2007 05:55PM)
I’m looking forward to see this e-book , I really enjoy card magic and stage illusions but arthritis has taking it’s toll on my hands and I'm now limited to the sleights I can use.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Oct 10, 2007 09:25PM)

"The Kremated King" is now available. I'm working diligently on finishing the other two effects listed as "coming soon." The R&D is complete. It's just a matter of sitting down and writing the manuscipt, taking photos, etc. Also, I have just finalized the line-up for the remaining effects. We'll probably get previews posted in the next week or so.

My goal is to have the book completed before Christmas. So far, I'm tracking with my projected timeline. I might even get it out by Thanksgiving (but don't hold me to that) so I can begin work on the next project. Yes, there's already a next project in the works! Sleep? What's that?

For those interested in getting the entire e-book, Spellbinder made the following suggestion to me: offer a way to take advantage of the discount without having to wait until all the effects are published. Here's what I came up with:

Contact me by e-mail or PM and let me know you want the complete e-book. You can go ahead and begin ordering the individual effects immediately. I'll track your purchases. When you purchase your 7th effect, I'll send you a $1 refund and automatically send you the remaining three effects as soon as each is complete. Do the math. It adds up.

If you prefer not to be bothered with having to do seven separate transactions (two of which you cannot make just yet), you can also (here comes the dreaded "P" word) "pre-order" by sending a single payment of $20. I'll send you the five completed effects immediately and automatically send the other five as soon as each one is complete.

Ok, enough of that. Self-promotion is not my goal. But I did want to present those alternatives to Café members since some have expressed an interest in such an offer. Since this thread was about the e-book in question, I figured it was as good a place as any to get the word out.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Oct 23, 2007 12:30PM)
I just added Magicbob's "The Disembodied Prince" to his collection of card "illusions." The Jack has a hole right through it that the spectator can put his finger through, or you can pull a handkerchief through, etc. At the end, the Jack is in one piece and all is left in the spectator's hands to puzzle over. I like this one!
Message: Posted by: pabloinus (Oct 23, 2007 01:35PM)
Hi Professor, Is the Disembodied Prince part of the I hate card tricks or is an additional trick? Either way I don't see it under your cards trick section (last one is mummy mischief)Can I buy it separately?

Thank you
Message: Posted by: pabloinus (Oct 23, 2007 04:54PM)
I found it, never mind
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Oct 23, 2007 08:13PM)

Thanks for your interest. Your effects are on the way!

For anyone else interested in the "pre-order" option described above, effect #7 will be complete soon and the rest will not be too far behind.

Here are the effects included in the complete e-book:

The Divided Queen (Modern Art performed with a Queen)

The Zig Zag Queen (self-explanatory I think)

The Mismade Queen (self-explanatory I think)

The Spiked Queen/Assistant's Revenge (A bed of spikes is driven through the Queen, but in the end, she has switched places with the King)

The Disembodied Prince (Disembodied Princess performed with a Jack... using an entirely different method than the actual illusion)

The Kremated King ("Burned Alive!" performed with a King... using REAL FIRE!)

In Over His Head (A Water Torture Cell Escape using a King)

Harry & Bess (A reenactment of the Houdini's "Metamorphosis" using a King & Queen)

Jack B. Nimble ("The Stretcher" and "Compressed" are combined into a single effect... can also be performed separately)

Twisted Sister (Not to be confused with John Bannon's "Twisted Sisters", this is my take on "The Twister" illusion using a Queen)
Message: Posted by: poesjenel (Oct 27, 2007 10:36AM)
I love packet tricks and the idea of performing classic illusions with them sounds very nice. I just ordered the complete ebook from Magicbob.

Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Oct 27, 2007 12:36PM)

Greetings. Your order is on the way.

On a personal note, I had the opportunity to visit Antwerp, Bastogne, and Brussels several years ago when I was living in Europe. I hope to make it back for another visit. Are there some specific venues in Belgium where I can attend a magic show?
Message: Posted by: poesjenel (Oct 28, 2007 01:16AM)
Hi Magigbob,

I received the first six and I must say they look great. You have put a lot of work into this with: good photo's and extended explanation. I'm looking forward to make them all. Personally I do not know of any good venues for a magic show in Antwerp but I'll ask around in the magic club.

Message: Posted by: martini (Oct 30, 2007 11:52PM)
Greetings Guys;
O.K. this really should be in the gaffed & funky section as well as e-books section since it fits so well. But for now we'll keep it here.

Most of you know me from my dvd on card splitting, I love to tinker with cards and various gaffs. the more unique the gaff the more I just want to play with it.
I recently spent a very entertaining weekend playing with 6 e-books from MagicBob.
I made up the cards Saturday night and played all day Sunday and today with the cards. To just say I like them is an understatement, these are great.

MagicBob is putting together a book titled "The "I Hate Card Tricks" Book of Card Magic. At the present time he has six of the mini illusions done with the rest to follow shortly. This review is on the first 6 effects.

#1 The Divided Lady - 19 pages long, Imagaine doing the Modern Art illusion with a Queen of Spades. In effect you take a deck of cards and turn over the top card (QS) This card is freely shown and placed face up on top of the deck. Next a card with two circular cut outs is placed over the card and you can see the faces through the two holes. With a pretend slicing, you next move the deck sideways and the top half of the Queen moves with it???? Yes it is that visual. & no it is not black art. You can immediately slide the cvard back together and hand it out or sign your name and let them keep the card.

The entire construction process on how to make this up is in full detail with 16 pictures and text that takes you step by step in the construction process to make this up. This is very highly recommended, and you will not be disappointed with your purchase. Like I said earlier I am a gaffed card fanatic and I just love this trick. MagicBob has produced what I feel will become a classic in magic.

Check it out and the other great effects that MagicBob is offering ;
http://www.magicnook.com/magicbobarticles/I hate card tricks/I hate card tricks.htm

This is worth far more than the reasonable price he is asking for it.

I give it a 10 out of 10 Tomorrow I will let you know about some more of these great effects from MagicBob's The "I Hate Card Tricks" book of card tricks.
All the Best
Message: Posted by: martini (Oct 31, 2007 11:06PM)
Greetings again;
here are some more reviews of more of these great mini magic illusions done with cards from MagicBob:

#2 The Zig-Zag Queen 21 pages of detailed construction and performing with pictures. Many of you may remember the various models put out in the past, this one far surpasses them all. A frame that is made of cards has a Queen of Hearts inserted in side. The three sections of the face of the card can be seen clearly, yet you are able to slide the center out to the side, allowing them a clear view to the back of the deck. The frame is not hard to make at all, and like I said before, these instructions are very detailed down to the last minute detail.
I give it a 10 out of 10

#3 The Mismade Queen 27 pages of very detailed information and instructions including templates. I really like what MagicBob has come up with here, a cabinet made of cards that enables you to do a variation of the famous mismade lady illusion but done with a single Queen. After being mixed up, she is restored to normal. The visual effect is stunning, the mechanics involved are super, I really like the cabinet he has created with this one and can see more possibilities down the road.You can make this card cabinet with 1 window (lots of possibilities here) 2 windows, three windows or four, you can also make a four window frame like a window pane with a corner in each of the four corners. The handling on this is very easy. magicBob has thought every step through for you and these e-books are a fantastic value. You can also order the whole book, and he will send you what is finished now and the last couple as soon as they are done. These are definately worth every penny and more.
I give the Mismade Queen 10 out of 10 also.

#4 The Spiked Queen 22 pages This is a mini illusion known as thge spiker cabinet, where a lady is placed in a box and a sheet of spikes is passed through her body. In this mini illusion version MagicBob has used a card box as the cabinet. A queen is placed inside and a panel of spikes is passed through her body, she escapes, but now in true Assistant's Revenge fashion switches places with the magician (King) A penetration, and a transposition built into a very good and entertaining card trick that is really a miniature illusion. The E-book comes with all the details, pictures (17) plus the templates you need to make the card box. A material list giving you a listing of everything you will need to make this trick up. This one will take you about an hour to maybe an hour and a half to finish it up. But you are taken step by step through everything.

Again this gets a 10 out of 10 If it sounds like I really like these tricks, that is because I really do. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to have something different that has been thought through to the n'th. degree.

If you do not order the full book, then definately grab the individual tricks that tickle your fancy, once you get one and see the amazing detail and time that was put into these, you will go back and buy them all.

Tomorrow I'll give you a review of two more of these great mini illusions.
Grab one today and take a look, you'll be glad you did.
All the Best
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Oct 31, 2007 11:13PM)
Thanks Marty!
Your endorsement is good enough for me. I was planning to wait for the full book release, but now I'm not sure that I can.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Nov 1, 2007 06:30AM)
"In Over His Head" (effect #7) is almost done. It's a mini-water torture cell escape. I'm getting pictures taken now and then it will be ready for proofing/editing.

In addition to the pre-order option outlined above (pay now, receive 6-7 completed effects immediately and the rest as soon as each is released), I'm willing to let folks who purchase 1-2 and later decide to purchase the complete book apply what the already spent towards the total price.

In other words, if you purchase 2 effects for $6 and then decide you want the complete book, you can just send the difference ($14) and take advantage of the discounted price for the complete e-book.

P.S. Marty, Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you are having fun with these. I certainly am having fun coming up with them.
Message: Posted by: martini (Nov 9, 2007 09:59PM)
Greetings Guys:
After numerous E-mails asking me what happened to teh reviews of the other two e-books as promised, here they are. I got very busy with Metro Magic, Kutztown coming up tomorrow and Bob Littles in a week plus filling orders.

#5 The Kremated King 16 pages of very detailed information with more than 14 pictures to guide you.
The effect is different, A cremation chamber (two card folder one being a paper covered frame) is placed on the table. Now from a deck of cards the top card is turned over and seen to be the King of Clubs. A spectator signs the back of the card and it is placed in the chamber. A match is lit and touched to the frame of the chamber where the paper goes up in a flaming flash. When the flames die down the king is seen to be charred and the flesh burned away leaving a skeletal king of clubs. The spectator removes the king from the chamber and it is turned over revealing the spectators signature on the back. If you wanted to, you could give the chamber and the king out for examination.
Like I said above, this one is different, I think there is a lot more that can be done with this in various presentations and handlings, but it is a good one to show the boys at the next club meeting. My only holdback here is the use of the flashpaper, but that is me personally and does not deter from the trick itself.
In the end of the book is a cute variation for children that is kid friendly called the X-ray king. This solves the part that I am uncomfortable with.
Of all the e-baooks from MagicBob, this one is my least favorite, but the detailed instructions for construction and working is perfect.
I will still give this 10 out of 10 even with my reservations about the trick only for the fact that what I may not like 100%, may be exactly what others do like, so it gets the good rating based on what you are given and the detail.

#6 The Disembodied Prince 14 pages of detailed construction with 14 pictures to guide you step by step through the construction of the prop.
A Jack is placed in a playing card cabinet with both ends remaining in full view. A snap of the fingers and doors on both sides of the cabinet are opened showing that you can see right through and the center of the Jack is gone.
Now get this...when you move the top exposed part of the jack, the bottom portion moves with it, yet you can still see right through the center, You can even put your fingers through the openeing, or I like to draw a 9 inch silk through the center. A spectator can put his or her fingers through the opening as well. The doors are closed and the jack is removed from the card cabinet unharmed and back to normal.
This is *** clever and if marketed as a ready made individual trick, would easily be a $30 trick. You will smile when you see the method used, pure genius.
This definately gets a 10 out of 10 also.

So there you have my reviews for the first six effects.
My personal favorites in order are:
1. The Disembodied Prince
2. The Divided Lady
3. The Mismade Queen
That is not to say anything bad about the others, I like them all, but these three to me are hands down the best. If any of you have been on the fence about getting this book, I highly recommend that you buy it. There have been zig zag cards in the past, but nothing like these effects. MagicBob has taken standard illusions and downsized them and made them up with playing cards, now that is the work of a genius for sure. You cannot go wrong with any of these e-books, or better yet, just order the whole book, MagicBob will send you what is done now, and the rest as they are completed.
Highly Recommended by me.
All the Best
Message: Posted by: pabloinus (Nov 11, 2007 10:22AM)
I also bought the full ebook from magic Bob, and received 6 of the tricks. His service is very good and he also sent me 2 other pieces of information, the last one is how to print cards on an inkjet that helps in making some of the gaffed cards.
So far I made the Mismade Queen, it started as a project together with my son (9years old), but ended been only myself doing the job. I believe I don't have the skills that Marty has on working with cards, so I need some try and error until I get it right, mostly on how to position the scotch tape to make sure the "door" of the box is kept close. The instruction came with a "box" with 3 windows or openings, but also has models for 2 and 4 windows.
Because I have an already mismade queen in my OOPS deck, I made mine with 2 windows.
All along I used 1 1/2 hour from looking for the cards and supplies (you need several duplicates cards and some other gaffed cards) to the time I started performing with the final product.
The routine is very good and have only a simple sleight.

If you like gimmick tricks, these are all very good, as I said I made only one, but the other 5 has same type of clear instructions with too many photos that take you step by step in the construction of the props.

I will do next the Disembodied prince, looks easier to build

Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Nov 11, 2007 01:19PM)
I've decided to re-work "In Over His Head" somewhat, because after further research, I determined that my method was too similar to an existing effect. In the end I may replace it with something else entirely.

In the meantime, however, I've just finished "Harry & Bess" (Houdini's "Metamorphosis") and will be sending that out very soon. It's just got to be proofed and converted to .pdf format.

I'm also doing a lot of work this weekend on "Jack B. Nimble" and "Twisted Sister." I'm still shooting for having the e-book complete by Thanksgiving.

Concerning the information on printing your own cards... I must confess that I picked up those tips here on Magic Café. But what I've done is taken those general tips and written out a step-by-step guide. I'm not selling this article but, rather, including it FREE with any of my effects that utilize custom-made cards. The results are far superior to using stickers, etc. as I did for my first attempts.

I personally found this method to be quite easy and produced really good results. Anyone who is on the fence about these effects because you don't have a lot of skill in making your own cards need not be concerned. If you know how to print something with your computer and can use a spray paint can, you've got pretty much all the skills you need!
Message: Posted by: edh (Nov 11, 2007 04:35PM)
Magicbob, do you have to have a certain model printer in order to print gaffed cards?
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Nov 11, 2007 04:41PM)
I didn't use any sort of "special" printer to make them... just the ink jet printer I already use for general purpose printing. It's an hp psc 1350 (all-in-one) ink jet printer. I think just about any ink jet printer will give you comparable results. Of course, the better your printer is, the better the end product will probably be. I have read that ink jet printers actually work better than laser printers for printing cards. But I've only used my ink jet, so I can't verify that.
Message: Posted by: edh (Nov 11, 2007 05:05PM)
Thanks for the info magicbob.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Nov 12, 2007 08:12AM)
"Harry & Bess" (Houdini's Metamorphosis) is now available online. It's been sent out to everyone who pre-ordered already.

Seven effects are now complete. I'm working diligently on the last three.

Anyone wishing to pre-order now will receive all seven effects (plus the supplemental article on printing your own cards) right away. It will probably be the same day, but no later than the next day. So you'll save $1 immediately (cost to buy them individually would be $21). You'll receive the remaining three effects automatically as each is released. I'll also send an additional .pdf of the entire e-book in one volume (all of the effects in a single file) once it is complete.

Send me a PM for details.
Message: Posted by: tedski (Nov 12, 2007 09:03PM)
Just received the material. I knew it would be good based on Marty's recommendation/review. I have to add that after skimming these manuscripts it is clear that Bob really put a lot of effort into this - great job!
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Nov 12, 2007 11:22PM)
I've been getting a lot of inquiries via PM so I've decided to expedite things a little by adding my e-mail address to my signature block below.

If you want to order the complete e-book, it's not an option on the website yet, since there are still three more effects "coming soon." But you can send $20 via Paypal and I'll add you to the "pre-order" list. I'll send everything that's complete now and the rest as each is released. Please make a note in the remarks section that you are ordering the complete e-book. Thanks.
Message: Posted by: martini (Dec 1, 2007 10:47PM)
Greetings Guys;
Here is another review for the latest Magicbob creation.."Harry & Bess"
Before I describe this to you, I have to say that I have been having a blast putting these effects together. This is the type of stuff that I just love.
The creativity here is superb, and the effects are all winners, and none are beyond the average magicians ability to make.
Most important of all, YOU WILL USE THESE TRICKS!
A card box is turned into a metamorphosis trunk, (it hinges open much like a standard card box prop would) But there is a hole through both sides, which is important to keep in mind. A queen of hearts to represent Bess Houdini with a hole in her center is placed inside and a piece of rope is passed through locking her inside. The case is left partially opened so you can see everything is fair and above board here.
The case is closed and banded with several rubber bands locking Bess inside.
Now Harry being represented by a king of spades with a hole in his cente is rested on the top of the box while a spectator or two can hold the ends of the rope. A hank is brushed in front of the case and card and instantly Bess is free of the case and rope. When the rubber bands are removed, and the case opened, there inside is Harry and he is securely inside with the rope running right through him as well. Not only do the cards switch places inside the case, but the ropes ends never leave the spectators hands, and when you make this up and use it, you will find it just about self working.
You get a 21 page e-book that again gives you a material list of everything you will need, and step by step directions for making everything you need, complete with 26 photos giving all the details. I have said it before and I'll say it again, Magicbob has not only created some outstanding magic here, but his instructions and construction details are the finest I have seen in magic today.
It took me a couple of weeks to get to this review as I was busy lecturing and attending a couple conventions, but once I got back, I sat down and assembled
this prop in about two hours, taking my time as I went along. I highly recommend this, and also recommend that you order the whole package from Magicbob because once you make one up, you'll want to make them all.
This gets a 10 out of 10.
All the Best
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 2, 2007 09:48AM)

Thanks again for the kind words!

Good news... "Jack B. Nimble" (based on "The Stretcher" illusion) is very near completion. I'll be putting the finishing touches on it this afternoon. It should be available in a day or two.

After much consideration, I decided that the "compressed" phase needed to be a separate effect. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, combining them felt somewhat like overkill when performed in succession and actually seemed to weaken the impact of both phases.

Also, I completely redesigned the "cabinets" and refined the methods for all three of the remaining effects (thus the slight delay from my goal of finishing by Thanksgiving). Alas, the new and improved method for the "compressed" illusion cannot be accomplished using the "Jack B. Nimble" gaff.

On a positive note, however... my re-engineering efforts resulted in a much more VISUAL compressed card effect, which I've entitled "The Kompressed King" (homage to Kenton Knepper).
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Dec 2, 2007 07:18PM)
I am absolutely loving these! Anyone reading this thread who has not already purchased the book(s) is seriously missing out. These are fun to build, fun to perform and worth many times the price. Thanks Magicbob!!
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Dec 3, 2007 12:51AM)
Some good news; bad news.

First, the bad news: as of January 1st, 2008, all the $3.00 e-books at The Magic Nook will be increased to $5.00. The prices for collections (10 or more e-books) will increase from $20 to $40. E-books that currently sell for $5 and collections that currently sell for $40 will remain unchanged.

The good news: There is still time to purchase Magic Nook e-books and collections at the current prices, right up until December 31st, 2007. Even with the increased prices, you'll still find the best values in magic e-books at The Magic Nook, and Magicbob's e-books are certainly worth many times the increased price as many purchasers have already noted.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 3, 2007 11:29PM)
Jack B. Nimble is now available!

The Kompressed King and Twisted Sister are coming SOON.

As Spellbinder mentioned above, the prices at Magic Nook will be going up. I plan to have the last two effects completed before January 1st, but just in case I run into a slight delay, you can still order the complete e-book at the current price until January 1st. I'll send the completed effects (plus some bonus material) right away. Then you'll receive the remaining effects automatically as soon as they're done.

Please note that you don't have the option of purchasing the complete e-book from the website yet. As soon as the last effect is done, there will be an "add to cart" button for the complete e-book. In the meantime, you'll need to PM or e-mail me and let me know you want the complete e-book.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 16, 2007 08:59AM)
Glad to see the Café is back up and running!

Quick update on the "I Hate Card Tricks" Book of Card Tricks... "The Kompressed King" is now available.

The book is now very close to being finished. One more effect to go! I'm in the process of writing up "Twisted Sister" (the "Twister" illusion performed with a Queen as your assistant). It should be ready before Christmas.

Reminder: if you order now to lock in this year's price, I will send the nine completed effects, plus bonus article right away. You'll automatically receive the final effect the moment it's complete (well, maybe a few moments after). I'm also getting all of the effects compiled into a single volume (.pdf file) and will automatically send that to you when it's done as well.

I've got two more exciting projects lined up for the new year! I hope everyone will visit Spellbinder's website ([url]www.magicnook.com[/url]) often. I'll be posting an announcement sometime with more details about these upcoming e-books.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 17, 2007 10:43PM)
I've just finished writing up "Twisted Sister" and submitted it to my esteemed editor. Be on the lookout for this to be available in a day or so.

This means that anyone interested in purchasing the complete e-book will no longer have to "pre-order." You will receive everything at the same time.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Dec 18, 2007 12:14AM)
As the esteemed editor, I must say that editorially wise, this is the best effect yet. I didn't have to crack whips to get Magicbob to provide more pictures or anything. My personal favorite is still The Disembodied Prince, but let's face it, they are all good, solid effects. Job well done, Magicbob. Now on to the next book! Crack!
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 18, 2007 09:24AM)
The book is now complete!


You can now order directly from the website (click on link in my signature block). Look near the bottom of the page for the "add to cart" button if ordering the complete e-book (don't forget... you have until December 30th to order at this year's prices).

Announcement time. Drum roll, please...

For 2008, In addition to working on the "Kards for Kids" book that I mentioned in another thread, I will be releasing The "I STILL Hate Card Tricks" Book of Card Tricks. For those of you who loved the miniature illusion theme of this book, I will be included similar effects for about half the book. For those of you who weren't so turned on by that theme, the other half of the book will contain effects not related to stage illusions. But there will still be NO "pick a card" effects. All of these will be unique visual effects. Many offbeat and funny premises. One will even have a "clean" and a "bawdy" variation. The effects will also be available individually, so you can always pick and choose the ones that suit your personality best.

I hope there will be a little something for everyone in this next e-book.

One final note... Thank you to Marty Grams who, not only has been kind enough to review many of the effects here, but has honored me by writing the foreword for the book. Thanks again, Marty!!
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Dec 18, 2007 02:27PM)
(don't forget... you have until December 30th to order at this year's prices!)

Special! We have added one more day to December, so Magicbob's special offer is now good until December 31st! Thanks to everyone in the world for updating their calendars and adding one more day in December to accomodate our sale!
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 18, 2007 08:11PM)
Darn those typos... I almost did away with New Year's Eve!

Maybe we can come up with a new rhyme... 30 days has September, December, and Paris Hilton. :goof:
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 28, 2007 11:51AM)
There are only 4 days left to save 50% on the complete e-book.

Just in case I can't get the e-book e-mailed before January 1st because of the spotty internet service where I'm at (I'm visiting relatives out in the country this week, and have limited access to very SLOW internet connection), rest assured... all orders placed before January 1st qualify for the lower price. I will have good internet connectivity again by January 4th. So, even though I don't anticipate ANY delays in delivery, if it does occur, it won't be a long delay.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 28, 2007 01:04PM)
I've had several questions from those of you who received all the effects as separate files as they were released. You WILL also receive a single .pdf of the complete e-book, but I wanted to do more than just slap all of the files together.

I'm making some adjustments (table of contents, headers for each chapter, renumbering pages/appendices, minor edits of early effects to maintain consistency of format, etc.) to make it a more professional final product. I'm just putting the finishing touches on it and will e-mail it to everyone once I return home from my holiday travels (early Jan).
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Dec 29, 2007 11:29PM)
Thank you to everyone who has posted kind words about this project. In addition to the reviews on this thread, there is also now a review here: [url]http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=239346&forum=159&0[/url]

I probably won't be posting any more on this particular thread, but I will monitor it just in case someone posts a question. I'm also happy to answer questions anyone might have via PM or e-mail.

Thanks again for the great support I've received on this project from Spellbinder, Marty "Martini" Grams, and everyone else who has had such kind words about this e-book. It truly was a labor of love for me and I'm very excited about the two projects I have planned for 2008:

The "I STILL Hate Cards" Book of Card Tricks which is, of course, a sequel of sorts to this e-book, and "Kards for Kids" which will be a compilation of card tricks developed with the children's entertainer in mind. I challenge the conventional wisdom that you can't (or shouldn't) perform card tricks for children. These will utilize more traditional card sleights, but within the context of colorful, kid-friendly themes (using many custom-made cards) and routines.
Message: Posted by: yeahidomagic (Jan 1, 2008 11:54PM)
Thank you spellbinder , sounds very good!
Message: Posted by: impossible man (Jan 19, 2008 12:09PM)
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Mar 3, 2008 09:43PM)
I've been getting a lot of inquiries about the effects in the e-book I'm currently working on ("I STILL Hate Card Tricks"). Since I also offer them separately as individual effects, I've decided to go ahead and release the seven that are currently complete.


The following effects are now available to order at The Magic Nook:

[b]The Origami Queen[/b]
This effect was inspired by Jim Steinmeyer's "Origami" illusion made famous by David Copperfield. As I stated in the preface of The "I Hate Card Tricks" Book of Card Tricks, a literal adaptation of this effect would not be very deceptive using a flat playing card. I felt that this remarkable illusion deserved to be represented, however, so I set out to develop a method using cards that would be astonishing. A signed Queen is placed into an envelope. The envelope is folded into a small packet. When it is unfolded, the signed Queen is removed completely intact. It has not been folded.

[b]In Over His Head[/b]
How long can a playing card hold its breath? The King of Hearts reenacts the death-defying "Water Torture Cell" escape made famous by Houdini. The King is locked into the cell and placed “underwater.” The spectator verifies that the King is securely shackled. Yet, he escapes effortlessly right before the spectator’s eyes. The spectator handles all the props before and after the effect. You can even let them take the whole thing home as a souvenir!

[b]Royal Interlude[/b]
This effect was inspired by Jim Steinmeyer's "Interlude" illusion. A signed King is placed into a playing card "cabinet." The Queen passes directly through the King. Both cards (as well as the "cabinet") can be examined before and after the effect.

[b]Jack B. Quick[/b]
The Jack moves so quickly that the spectator can't keep up. Each phase becomes progressively more impossible. Just when it seems as if Jack has vanished completely, he turns up in an impossible location such as a wallet or even the spectator’s pocket! The Jack even jumps right into the spectator’s own hands! Finally, the Jack is signed. The card is shaken rapidly back and forth causing the Jack to become visibly blurred. Includes a bonus handling that allows you to perform this effect as a follow-on to "Jack B. Nimble."

[b]The Fifth Beatle[/b]
Each of the “Fab Four” is pictured on a card. On a fifth card is some unknown guy... “The Fifth Beatle.” You are their manager. Which Beatle is going to get fired? As you show the cards, the band members keep changing. In the end, you are fired and go on to manage a new group, "The Beetles." The cards are shown again and they have all changed into beetles (insects). Whatever became of “The Fifth Beatle?” He is transformed into a Volkswagon Beetle.

Originally, this title was just a place-holder (TBA = "to be announced"). But given my penchant for puns, I decided to stick with the name. Only, in this case, it stands for TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY! Three cards are shown and placed face-down on the table: a Jack, a Queen, and a time bomb. The included patter is based on the popular television series "24." The effect, however, is not dependent upon that theme. Feel free to develop your own storyline if you like. You introduce Jack Bauer (the Jack, of course) and his assistant, Chloe (the Queen). As usual, they are up against the clock to find and disarm a terrorist bomb. The cards are mixed up (no fancy Three Card Monte moves required). No matter how hard he tries, the spectator can't avoid the bomb. The reason... terrorists never plant just one bomb. You reveal that all three cards have changed to bombs. Just to make things fair you give him one last chance. Not only does the spectator choose the bomb, it has exploded and made a mess of the other cards!

[b]Girls Gone Wild![/b]
In this "naughty" effect, Jokers represent guys on spring break in search of some ladies. You alternate between showing Jokers and Queens. For the shocking finale, you show (in perhaps the most revealing revelation ever) four TOPLESS Queens! Also includes a 100% clean version ("Totally Wild Jokers") with a Poker theme. Jokers change into five different cards and back. Then they change into a Royal Flush with different color backs!


The remaining three should be finished up before too long. I'm getting "Geometric Queen" finished up (hopefully this week). "Connecticut Yankee" is technically complete, but I still have one loose end to tie up before it is released.

A number of people have expressed interest in pre-ordering this e-book. I'm going to do one better and offer a $5 off pre-order discount. Just add seven effects from [i]this[/i] e-book to your shopping cart and notate that you are pre-ordering the complete e-book. I'll send you the remaining effects automatically as they are released. I'll also send the final version of the e-book as a single .pdf file with the preface, foreword, table of contents, etc. added.

One last caveat... I may decide to substitute a different effect for "Up, Up & Away." Let not your heart be troubled, though. If I do, it will be because I decided on something even better!

In case you missed out on Book 1, it is still available either as a complete volume or the effects can be purchased individually.


Day 3
Message: Posted by: Magiguy (Mar 3, 2008 11:02PM)
If this book is half as good as it's predecessor, then it will be twice as good as the majority of new e-releases (which is clearly saying a lot). I had the good fortune of previewing "In over His Head" and then jumped at the opportunity to pre-order the remaining items. Magicbob has struck a nerve in me and tapped into my already dominating love for creating gaffs and such. Not only am I excited to receive the new book, I am already anxiously in line to purchase the upcoming kids cards book.

Many thanks to you, Bob!
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Mar 4, 2008 07:07PM)
Thank YOU for the kind words, Magiguy! I've got a lot of the work done on "Kards for Kids" but it's on the back-burner until I get this one completed. I promise to work diligently on it as soon as I pull this iron out of the fire.


Day 4
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Jul 17, 2008 10:03AM)
Printed books will be available soon. I've got copies on the way so I can proof them and ensure they are ready for public release.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Aug 3, 2008 03:13PM)
Update: Printed books are now available on the website. I'll also be producing some of the effects ready-made in the (hopefully) near future.
Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Aug 10, 2008 06:06PM)

You asked for it, you got it! You no longer have to "do it yourself." I now have many of the "I Hate Card Tricks" effects available ready-made. And, more coming soon.


Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Jun 22, 2009 06:00PM)

I'm currently hard at work on [b]Volume 3[/b] of "I Hate Card Tricks." I'm also pleased to announce the launch of my newest book, [b]"Sticky Situations"[/b] which is a collection of somewhat more traditional packet effects (although several of them incorporate my usual twisted sense of humor).

For more information, visit the website:

Message: Posted by: magicbob116 (Jul 6, 2009 02:35PM)
The initial response to "Sticky Situations" has been positive. Martin Lewis had this to say:

Well you have done it again Bob! I personally like "Carter Beats the Devil" and "Beam Me Up Scottie." All the effects in the book are strong magic along with interesting plots and devious methods - what more could one ask for.

Kind regards,

Things are progressing well on the next installment of "I Hate Card Tricks." After months of developing the effects (which was slowed down a bit becuase I was concurrently preparing the manuscript for "Sticky Situations"), I'm now hard at work getting everything typed up, photographs taken, etc. I'm looking at a release date in the next month or so. I'll keep everyone posted.