Written by Stephen Minch

1991
Work of Alex Elmsley

404 pages (Hardcover), published by L&L Publishing
Illustrated with drawings by Amado Narvaez.
Language: English

(138 entries)

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Louis Falanga A Note From the Publisher i
Stephen Minch Alex Elmsley: The Man and His Book iii
Alex Elmsley Alex Elmsley On the Theory and Practice of Magic 3
Alex Elmsley The Automatic Producer An outline of points designed to analyze an act for problems and to find solutions for those problems 11
Alex Elmsley On Misdirection 15
Alex Elmsley The Four-Card Trick back and face of a card changesRelated toVariations 23
Alex Elmsley The Elmsley Count 23
Alex Elmsley Cigarette Switch 27
Alex Elmsley Flight to Witch Mountain 30
Frederick Braue, Alex Elmsley Braue Addition Variant 31
Alex Elmsley Shale Fellow Well Met Oil and Water combined with Follow The Leader, 4&4 34
Alex Elmsley Shale Fellow Well Met - The Contrasting Backs Variant 39
Alex Elmsley A Rebours 4&4 39
Alex Elmsley, Bert Douglas Elmsley's Ghost variation of Bert Douglas' "Ghost Card Trick", one of four queens changes into selectionVariations 46
Alex Elmsley Hoftwister combo 47
Alex Elmsley Addition to Packet 50
Persi Diaconis Avoiding Grip Shifting handling tip (now standard) 51
Dai Vernon Through-the-fist Flourish 51
Alex Elmsley Mini-Milton five cards 54
Alex Elmsley Five-as-five Ghost Count combining Elmsley Count and Eric de la Mare False Count, Five-as-Five while hiding one 55
Alex Elmsley Mixed Marriages two royal flushes from two decks, they magically arrange in same order and one selected value transposes 58
Alex Elmsley Serendipity two unknown cards sandwiched between three of a kind turn out to be later selections 61
Alex Elmsley One Poor Lion aces, kings, queens and jacks perform some transposition with story presentation 65
Alex Elmsley The Great Pretender card in the middle of kings changes to multiple selections 69
Unknown Half Pass with small packet 70
Unknown Tip-Over Change with one-handed get ready 72
Alex Elmsley Everchange Count four as five while hiding oneVariations 74
Alex Elmsley Twister's Flush with five cards (Royal Flush), final card vanishes and travels to pocketRelated to 77
Alex Elmsley Thoughts In Transit chosen ace travels from ace packet to odd-backed ace packetInspired by 80
Alex Elmsley Neverchange Count four as five, hiding one 81
Unknown Transfer from Packet to Packet 84
Alex Elmsley Break Time - Battling the Bulge shifting left little finger break to right thumb 92
Alex Elmsley A Bluff Hand-to-hand Transfer while maintaining a break 92
Alex Elmsley Taking a Break in a Spread when selection is returned 93
Alex Elmsley Preparing for the Double Lift two ways to pick up a break 94
Alex Elmsley Fan Shuffle Strategies to control a selection or as a false shuffle 96
Alex Elmsley The Hook-Strip Shift overhand shuffle action multiple shift 99
Alex Elmsley Aces turn over at once 100
Frederick Braue Braue Bottom Palm 101
Alex Elmsley Top and Bottom Card Interchanges two methods 103
Alex Elmsley The Tabled Cover Reverse secretly reversing top card to second from top 104
Alex Elmsley The Tabled Top Change one-handed 107
Alex Elmsley Two Novel Slip Cuts - The Swivel Slip Cut
- The Undercut Slip
109
Alex Elmsley The Tipsy Turnover Pass 112
Alex Elmsley A Polished Push-Off eccentric method for block push-off 114
Alex Elmsley A Biddle Displacement with Follow The Leader application 116
Charlie Miller, Jack Merlin Tip-Over Change Handling 117
Alex Elmsley The Thumb Palm Addition adding cards from bottom to top 119
Alex Elmsley A Card Fan Production alternative to split-fan productionRelated to 121
Alex Elmsley New Techniques for the Rear Palm several applications and transitions 124
Alex Elmsley The Top-card Rear Palm 126
Alex Elmsley, Edward Marlo The Misdirection Rear Palm 128
Alex Elmsley The Tap Replacement from Rear Palm 129
Alex Elmsley The Center-card Rear Palm as fan is formed 130
Alex Elmsley A One-handed Center Steal 133
Alex Elmsley Trouser-pocket Loading Technique from rear palm 135
Alex Elmsley Variations on Erdnase's First Transformation: Transformation with Outjog Related to 137
Alex Elmsley Erdnase's First Transformation as a Vanish 140
Alex Elmsley Flying Squad card vanishes and reappears next to selection 141
Alex Elmsley, Edward Marlo The Misdirection Slide Palm 141
Alex Elmsley Two Pocket Deck Switches introRelated to 143
Alex Elmsley The Climax Pack Switch 143
Alex Elmsley The Empty-handed Pack Switch Related toVariations 145
Alex Elmsley Puncture! hole moved on business cardRelated to 149
Alex Elmsley The Nodding Skull small skull is nodding as the performer wants it to 154
Alex Elmsley The Visual Torn and Restored Newspaper 157
Alex Elmsley Ring and Paper Clip ring magically links to paper clip 166
Alex Elmsley The Twister (A Puzzle) 169
Alex Elmsley Two Thimble Changes Also published here 172
Alex Elmsley The Elmsley Color-Changing Knife Routine 175
Alex Elmsley The Perpetual Cigarette cigarette is lit while it is torn and restored 181
Alex Elmsley A Cigarette Vanish Also published here 185
Alex Elmsley A Production of Cigarettes in Holders four cigarettes in holdersAlso published here 187
Alex Elmsley Magnetic Monte three miniature wands, one is shown magnetic 192
Alex Elmsley Ring on Silk ring is thrown into silk and is instantly threaded onto silk, using Jardine Ellis ringAlso published here 195
Alex Elmsley Physical Medium jacket is removed while thumbs are tiedAlso published here 200
Alex Elmsley Sleeve Loading for the Cups and Balls 202
Alex Elmsley The Elmsley Cups and Balls Routine salt as final loadAlso published here 205
Alex Elmsley 1002nd Aces Variations 213
Alex Elmsley, Brother John Hamman The Atomic Aces four phase variation on Hamman's "Final Ace Routine", including Oil & Water and Follow the Leaders PhaseInspired byVariations 217
Alex Elmsley Repulsive Aces cannibal card routine with different presentation, two selections vanish 229
Eric de la Mare de la Mare False Count four as five, variation of Stanyon Count 232
Alex Elmsley Double Finders four packets, face up ace on each, all put together, two sandwiches with selections are visible when spread 234
Alex Elmsley Apprentice Aces two cards found by performer, two by spectator 236
Alex Elmsley Pick of the Litter four touched cards are aces, strip out switchRelated to 238
Alex Elmsley Strip-Out Addition and Switch different handling than Vernon's 239
Alex Elmsley The Four Blanks blank cards get faces 242
Unknown, Alex Elmsley Double Deal from Small Packet 243
Alex Elmsley Five-Card Sam five Card Repeat with rhyming patter 247
Alex Elmsley Bare-Aced Hofzinser clean handling with aces in posession of spectator from the startVariations 253
Alex Elmsley A Minor Triumph with ten cards 256
Alex Elmsley All Backs with Aces cutting to aces presentation 259
Frank Kelly Kelly-Ovette Bottom Placement 261
Alex Elmsley A Triple Reverse with three selections 267
Alex Elmsley Infinity: Round Trip card vanishes from face of packet and reappears reversed in deck 269
Alex Elmsley Chosen Cards Across three (signed) selectionsRelated to
  • "A Card in Flight" (Paul Rosini's Magical Gems, 1950, p. 14)
Variations
271
Alex Elmsley Invisible Card in Cigarette named card in borrowed cigarette, cigarette indexRelated to 274
Alex Elmsley New Pieces to an Old Puzzle Variations 280
Alex Elmsley Liars' Club with spelling, setting up in front of spectators 284
Alex Elmsley One at a Time Collectors selections appear one by one between four AcesRelated to 288
Alex Elmsley Snap Swap one under hand, one reversed in deck 291
Alex Elmsley Double Swap two selections with two Aces in breast pocket 293
Unknown Forceps Double Lift using two cards to handle the double 293
Alex Elmsley Ambitious to the End three phases 296
Alex Elmsley Ambitious Stranger ambitious card has different back, in the end deck changes color 299
Unknown Push-In Change 302
Alex Elmsley 7-16 down under deal, ace of spades remains, game presentationVariations 309
Alex Elmsley A Double Prediction two cards, progressive spelling set-up, one-ahead, sixteenth card principleVariations 311
Alex Elmsley Melbourne position and card at that position are thought of, card turns up with down-under-dealRelated toAlso published here 314
Alex Elmsley Australian Self-Help involving counting, spelling, down-under dealVariations 317
Alex Elmsley Chance and Choice strange selection process involving down-under-deal, three cards 319
Alex Elmsley Returned to the Nest two decks, using automatic placement like selection procedure 325
Alex Elmsley Arith-Mate-Ic some cards are cut, rest is cut into two piles, number of cut-off cards determines coincidence in two tabled packetsVariations 328
Alex Elmsley Pother one deck, mathematical selection procedure from one half, Penelope Principle, all mates twenty-six apart 331
Alex Elmsley Brownwaves I one deck version, quite mathematical with dealing 333
Alex Elmsley Shadowed sunken key is used for selection 337
Alex Elmsley Buried Treasure I one deck, distant key, fair selection process 340
Alex Elmsley The Memphis Matchmaker one deck, faro placement 343
Alex Elmsley The Right Place, The Right Time one deck, procedure heavy 345
Alex Elmsley The Book of Fortunes humorous presentation, selection derived at by "power-of-thought"-coincidence is predicted in book 347
Alex Elmsley Buried Treasure II distant keys, performer stops at selection 355
Alex Elmsley Hair Cut using a hair to mark position, selection out of performer's hands 358
Alex Elmsley Calcolate X 2 two selections made out of performer's hands, three keys 361
Alex Elmsley Cross-25 two selections made out of performer's hands, re-matrixingAlso published here 363
Alex Elmsley Weight with small packet, marked key cardRelated to 366
Alex Elmsley Choosey 368
Alex Elmsley Rough Tracker edge marked and roughed locator card 370
Alex Elmsley, Martin Gardner Card Hopper selection is found by moving a prop from card to card in a row, Martin Gardner's Parity Principle 371
Alex Elmsley Penny Plain performer brings card to special position corresponding with cut-off packet behind back, principle similar to Penelope PrincipleRelated toVariationsAlso published here 374
Alex Elmsley The Clock Runs Down automatic placement 376
Alex Elmsley Mathematics and Mentalism clever presentation comparing mathematical methods with real mindreading, reverse faroRelated to 378
Alex Elmsley Misogynist's Monte card vanishes in the end 383
Alex Elmsley The Bridge Builder all picture cards and aces are dealt to dealer and partner, ungaffedRelated to 388
Alex Elmsley Just Lucky riffle stacking for four players in which top card is lost every time 391
Alex Elmsley Aces Up stacking with faro shuffle for any number from two to five 395
Alex Elmsley, Charles Sanders Peirce Pierce Arrow unusual game in which one deals through twelve cards and tries to predict position of reversed card, actually "Peirce Arrow" 397
Alex Elmsley Four Flusher stacking all four royal flushes one after the other, faro stacking 399
Alex Elmsley A Strange Story great presentation about a poker game 401