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A Ray of Magic Review

January 26th, 2010 12:18pm
Reviewed by Thomas Sciacca
I purchased 'A Ray of Magic' awhile back as it had that 'old school' look to it. I tend to sometimes look for dated booklets hiding in forgotten corners of the U.S. Toy / magic book section. The book contains two card effects that I spend time with - 'The Berlin Swindle', and 'Backdoor Aces'. The latter, is a twist type effect, except that aces turn face up one by one. When I do this, I use jacks. The method here allows for a kind of trap door sudden appearance of the jacks, which people are surprised and amused by. 'Backdoor Aces' is also something I practice with to keep my fingers nimble. I revisit my books often and there's more I haven't commented on, but, 'Backdoor Aces' is a novel, 'peekaboo' effect that is cute and visual enough to use as a quickie effect.

Product info for A Ray of Magic

Author: Ray, Jimmy
Publisher: Morrissey
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $4.50
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Manufacturer's Description:

The effects described in the text cover a range necessary in any commercial close-up artists repertoire. Jimmy Ray details his novel approach to Card Through Silk, his Locator Card Process which is the ultimate in key card locations. A vaiety of ace tricks including his stunning Bermuda Aces, plus his Ace Color Change and a completely routined Swindle with a chain are a few examples of the Gems that await the reader. 40 pages of text accompanied by illustrations.

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