100 Greatest Tricks
100 Greatest Tricks of the last 50 Years.
This is a special collection of the best tricks hand selected by Leo Benke. They are the most clever effects that have ever been assembled from some of the finest magicians in show business.
For example: OKITO’S VANISHING WAND
One of the most colorful magic acts to ever thrill audiences was that of Okito. A Dutchman with the real name of Theo Bamberg he was sixth in an unbroken line of seven Bambergs to become famous magicians. He actually invented the vanishing wand by accident one day while helping his father. David Tobias Bamberg, court magician to King William lll and Princess Wilhelmina. Later, in the 1920’s the Petrie-Lewis magic company of New Haven, Connecticut, started manufacturing the trick and making it a popular with magicians everywhere.
Shortly before his death in 1926, Houdini was working on a book of magic to be published for the public. This was one of the tricks to be included and is a perfect example of the man – an escape under impossible conditions. Also like his escapes, it is fairly simple to do, once you know the secret.
BLACKSTONE’S PAPER BALL TRICK
“This trick has been performed by the author for many years, and it has come to be recognized as one of the best of impromptu tricks.” – Harry Blackstone, ‘Secrets of magic,”
This is the best cut and restored string trick you can learn. It’s a shame it can’t be done with rope or more magicians would be doing it on stage. Back in the days when Joe Berg had the Princess Magic Shop in Chicago he came up with a new principle using the twisted paper cord made in Japan. Someone took that Idea, made one slight improvement which lets you use a common string, and you have the following miracle.
This baffling card trick was invented by Stewart James and was first published in a magazine for magicians called “The Jinx” it was in the September 1936 issue and warranted the front page for its description. Theo Annemann the publisher of Jinx, raved about the trick for two paragraphs before describing if for the benefit of the rest of the magic world. Now it’s yours–
THE TRICK: As the spectator shuffles the deck of cards you ask him if he wants the red or black cards. You then write a prediction on a piece of paper, fold it once, and place it on the table so everyone can keep an eye on it. The deck is divided and then the prediction is read. It says, “You will have four more red cards than I have black ones, and it s absolutely correct.” You repeat the trick, using different numbers, and you’re correct again!
A TOTAL GUESS
THE TRICK: A pair of dice are rolled out. The top numbers are added together, plus the bottom of one die, and then it’s rolled again and its new top number also added to the running total. In spite of the fact that your back has been turned up to this point you are now able to name the final total.
Houdini’s has a vast library of magic tricks, gags and routines that are owned by Houdini’s Magic Shop. That means we own the Intellectual Property Rights to these items and we can share with you. You will find just about every type of magic trick that is available in our library. We have books, videos and manuscripts that you will find to study and learn.
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