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A Ray of Magic

by Ray, Jimmy

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(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Close Up
Media Type: Book
Publisher: Morrissey

Product 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.
Date Added: Mar 16th, 2003
MLA SKU: LEJt93K8MPfo8cc


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January 15th, 2007 10:56am
Reviewed by David Acer
While much of what is considered "old school" in magic continues to stand the test of time, there are some strategies, both methodological and presentational (and anything involving a fez) that can fairly be considered obsolete. For example, imagine laying eight coins on the table, four copper and four silver, picking up the former (one by one) in your left hand and the latter (one by one) in your right hand, then slamming the coins back down on the table to show that one copper coin has transposed with one silver coin. Now imagine repeating this three more times until all four coins have changed places. It's certainly not a bad effect, but for today's audiences, it would definitely benefit from:

  1. A procedure that doesn't require you to dump, then pick up eight coins after each transposition.

  2. A method that doesn't necessitate being seated.

  3. The use of fewer coins.

  4. A twist or additional challenge with the last coin.

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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.

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