by Dee Christopher
A collection of effects and routines straight from the underground.
Dee Christopher is making a name for himself in the magic 'underground' with his brand of mental and visual magic. Proximity Effects is a collection of powerful card routines that range from visual card magic like Deviance - a visual pip through window whereby a pip from a signed card penetrates a glass window; to the more dark and eery side of mental magic with effects like Cold - the telethesia cards. In Cold you divine a card that the spectator has merely looked at from a shuffled deck. Dee also teaches you his method for his impromptu book test - Words that go unspoken, and a clever idea for when you just can't make the spoon bend (anyone who has indulged in a bit of spoon bending will know what we mean!) None of the routines are 'technically' hard so you can concentrate on your presentation which is important when performing magic or mentalism of this calibre.
Action = Reaction
The Barnum Effect - Reaction enhancement with reading technique
Cold - The telesthesia cards
The deck is shuffled, 5 cards are dealt off into a pile on the table or into the spectator's hands. The spectator merely THINKS of one of these. The card is never touched, selected physically, written down or spoken to anyone. The magician eerily reveals the spectators THOUGHT OF card, the first time the card's value is spoken is from the magician's lips
Words that go unspoken - Impromptu book test
A book is selected from the shelf of a store or from the spectator's own possession, The magician proceeds to flick through the pages to show that they are all different and contain different words.
He explains to the spectator that a page number will be chosen at random and that he (the magician) will then divine the first substantial word on that page, he goes through a few examples of this to demonstrate how the experiment is to be carried out.
The page is chosen, either by mathematical sum or simply by flicking through the pages and asking the spectator to call stop at any point. The magician then slowly and methodically reveals the first substantial word on that page with the utmost accuracy - If the page contains a picture, he could also reveal what this illustrates or the caption.
The Synthetic arc technique (Impromptu spoon bend)
This is a metal bending routine geared towards the performer who is caught off guard; if you can use a routine where the spoon actually bends I highly recommend doing so. When this is not possible, this is the only routine of its kind.
Solitary Confederate (Invisible deck routine)
A strong commercial routine which will breath new life into your work with an invisible deck.!
Deviance - Visual pip thru window
A spectator selects a card and signs the face - the card they select is fully examinable and has no gaffs.
Taking the spectator's signed card, the magician draws attention to a glass door/window/pane of glass and asks the audience to watch carefully.
The card is slapped against the window and one of the pips flies visually straight through the glass into the magician's waiting hand.
Shift - Signed card transportation
This effect is a really nice card transportation. It's a simple method, simple effect and with the correct patter and theatrics it can be made in to a miracle. There are many creative ways the concept of this effect could be used, it's such a versatile move. The good news is there's absolutely no palming involved!
The spectator selects and signs the back of a card, which is lost in the middle of the deck. The Card is then IMMEDIATELY, with empty hands and no funny moves, removed from your top pocket or your wallet or practically anywhere else.
The spectator verifies the value of their card, the card is flipped and the spectator's signature revealed proving it is in fact the very same card.
"You certainly have some thought provoking theories, the overall concepts of which I found fascinating, whilst most of these concepts have been covered in depth by the likes of Banachek, Kenton Knepper and the like in the past it was refreshing to see that you had taken these theories and expanded on them adding further dimensions of your own."
- Adrian Sullivan (Creator of Eliminator)
"My idea in writing this was to put together a collection of effects that got magicians thinking. This book teaches some very powerful routines that I use on a day to day basis in all sorts of surroundings, I have taken some classic plots in magic and stripped away pretty much all the sleights and complexities to create the simplest methods possible so that you can put your all in the the presentation."
- Dee Christopher on Proximity Effects
Pages 36 - Saddle Stitched