Most everyone knows Denis Behr as “the dude with the awesome magic archive” and yes, Denis’ website is a wonderful resource for magic references. Denis is obviously a student of magic and he is also a good friend of another fine magician, Pit Hartling. Back in 2007, Denis released a hardback book called “Handcrafted Card Magic” and I recently ran through the book again.
For those of you who do not have this book, I would highly recommend putting it on your list of magic books you may want to add to your library. Denis has put together a very fine book of very clever card routines that have been audience tested. There is definitely something for everyone and at any stage you happen to be at in card magic.
“Brute Force Opening”, as the name implies, is Denis’ preferred opening effect in which a peeked card changes places with an indifferent card that is in the spectator’s hand, then it changes back to the indifferent card and the peeked selection appears in the empty card case.
For those people who work with a stacked deck, there are some great effects worth studying. “Plop” is a procedure and an effect – the spectator places the deck in the case and the performer asks for any value (for example – the 7s), and while pressing the top of the card case, the four 7s plop out and into the spectators hand. Denis also gives some very practical advice on how to get into these stacks with preceding effects, and how to preserve stacks, which are clever and very disarming (and practical!).
For fans of “Oil and Water”, Denis offers up a wonderful three phase routine and a gaffed version that has to be seen to be believed.
The book is only 94 pages but filled with some very creative effects, some brilliant applications and a bunch of practical routines you may want to perform. There is also a DVD lecture from International Magic of Denis performing and explaining some effects from this book at the MacMillan Magic Convention in London (2008).
I highly recommend the book and the DVD and both are available at Denis Behr’s website: http://www.denisbehr.de/
If you order the book from his website, he may even sign it for you!