Archive for December, 2009

From Card Tricks To Contortions

Monday, December 28th, 2009

When it comes to card tricks, there is nothing better than watching a skilled close-up magician. They can perform the theoretically impossible right under your nose. Over the years I have been to magic conventions and seen some of the world’s greatest close-up magicians. Tony Slydini has to be my all time favourite. His close-up card routine just took my breath away!

I am therefore always interested to learn of new and exciting talents in the world of close-up magic. Until recently I had never heard of Chris Cross. It was my wife who actually saw this young magician from North East England whilst he was performing as part of a street entertainment programme. What particularly impressed her was his enthusiasm and sense of fun despite standing in the pouring rain. What is even more interesting is that he was doing escapology and contortions! It was only after she showed me some photos she took that I decided to look him up and sure enough there are rave reviews about him, especially his close-up magic act. His website http://www.chris-cross.co.uk/ lists some impressive quotes by famous people including Simon Cowell and Jimmy Carr.

So next time you are walking down the street and come across a street entertainer, don’t just pass by. There might just be a fabulous hidden talent there. Nice one Chris - you can thank my wife for this plug!

Christmas Card Trick Fun

Monday, December 21st, 2009

If during the Christmas holidays you are looking to have a little fun with some playing cards, here are a couple of easy card tricks you can do …

That’s Odd - this is an easy, self-working card trick that you can do over and over again. So if your friends are a little tipsy and give you the old line ‘Do that again!” …. you should be able to do so without fear of detection.

Amazing Prediction - another self-working card trick, this requires no skill. You can even do it with a borrowed pack (as long as the pack is complete) which makes it look even more impressive.

More easy card tricks

And if you want something a little different, you can always try a mathematical card trick such as this one … Mental Agility. A great self-working trick that can be done with any pack of cards.