Magishing My Way by Scott F. Guinn 2001 Self Published OOP Spiral Bound Book
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Magishing My Way by Scott F. Guinn 2001 Self Published OOP Spiral Bound Book

Magishing My Way by Scott F. Guinn 2001 Self Published OOP Spiral Bound Book

Comb bound with 128 (8.5"x11") pages, each effect and routine is presented with quality photographs that will help guide you to quickly understand and learn the information presented. Smile 

The book is divided into two distinct sections, having a total of six chapters. The first section is all cards, and contains the following: 

Part One: Pasteboard Prestidigitation 

Chapter One - Plain Pack-ages 

The beginning has five (5) routines which require nothing more than a standard deck of cards. 

Hi-Ways & Bi-Ways 

Scott has taken the J. K. Hartman effect Bi-Way, changed the handling somewhat and added a couple kickers. The moves are not at all difficult, but the key here (like all magic) is in the presentation. Nice. 

Direct Decision 

Based on John Bannon's Directed Verdict, this Spectator Cuts to the Aces routine has done away with the bottom deal, and uses a sleightly different method. The effect is good, but will take some work to present well. I like this one. 

A-Jacks Transposition 

This is Scott's answer to a card problem that Karl Fulves proposed in the book Transpo Trix. The original idea was called Snark Hunt, and the challenge was to obtain the results while using no gaffs. I found Scott's solution interesting, and while his handling is not difficult, good knowlege of both a Jordon and Elmsley Count is required. For those who do not know these counts, Mr. Guinn provides full instructions. Smile 

What the Devil? 

A very clever card transposition effect involving two spectators. This is not self working, but not that difficult either. 

Lumberjack Stew 

Cards signed by three spectators vanish and appear back inside the cardbox itself. A nice effect that reads very well. 


Chapter Two - A Little Something Extra 

This chapter contains six (6)routines that require a regular deck, plus one or more extra cards or easily attainable gaffed cards. 

Coeur d'Alene Assembly 

Scott is obviously a John Bannon fan, but that's okay because so am I! Smile Here he has taken the Bannon effect Menage a Quatre, and made it possible for the spectators to count and handle all the cards at the start and finish both. I thought the end result was great! Very cool, but will take a little work. Smile 

Ransomed Back 

A multi-phase routine which involves a spectators chosen card vanishing into the deck. The magician removes three cards from the pack, and suddenly all of them become the selection. Then just as quickly they all have a back printed on both sides, leaving no faces at all! If that were not enough, they all change into an indifferent card, and the spectators chosen card finally appears face up in the center of an otherwise face down deck! Smile 

This very cool effect is based on a Karl Fulves trick called All Backs which originally appeared in issue #12 (July 1971) of Epilogue, and was itself based on a Johnny Thompson routine. Scott and a friend tweeked it a little, and came up with this version. The handling is super easy, and the only sleight required is a double lift. I like this one a lot! Smile 

Universal Appeal 

Based on Karl Fulves' Universal Card plot, Scott has added the Guinn touch, making a very clean and easy to do version. Not my cup of tea, but then I was never keen on the original idea anyway. 


Harry Lorayne's book, Best of Friends, Vol. 2 contained a Louis Falanga effect called Jo-King, in which four jokers change into four kings. Scott has worked out a handling that among other things, eliminates any gaffs, and invites examination of the cards. Clever. 

The 'X' on Val Dees 

Red and black cards are repeatedly mixed, and seperate in a very mysterious manner. Scott has taken Ed Marlo's Oil & Water plot, and mixed in a little Aldo Colombini, Dan Fleshman, and Ray Kosby to boot. 

This recipe makes for an interesting variation that may be to your liking. Worth your consideration. 

Dearly Departed 

As stated earlier, I am a big John Bannon fan. I have always loved Bannon's Timely Departure, which is of course a variation on Alex Elmsley's Point of Departure. Mr. Guinn apparently enjoyed the effect so much, he has added his own unique twist to the mix. 

His solution is an interesting one, but I feel the Bannon routine works better for me as is, you may feel different. 


Chapter Three - Worth the Trouble 

This chapter contains three routines that will take a little planning and/or preparation on your part. 

Mr. Collins' Opus 

Scott has taken a very old Stanley Collins effect called Mystification Follows Explanation, and really streamlined the handling, making it virtually a no brainer to perform. Purist may not be excited, but I found this version to actually be superior in both structure and effect. Very good. Smile 

McCall of the Wild 

This is Scott's version of the standard Wild Card effect. You end clean, the actual wild card is the spectators selection, and you can even let the spectator keep the packet! Very, Very cool. Smile 

The Legend of Scott Star, Trader Vic & Slick JackSpade 

This has the usual card location plot, but involves a very cool story line and characters portrayed in an old west setting. Though there is a little prep work involved, this looks to be a worthwhile endeavor, and reads very well. 


Chapter Four - Double Time 

This chapter presents two powerful effects that employ the use of two decks. 

Tri-Optical Illusion 

A triple prediction effect in which cards the performer removes from a red pack, ultimately match those a spectator selects from a blue. I believe this has promise in the right situation. Smile 

Brundle-Fly Transposition 

I have very mixed feelings about this particular effect. The trick itself is a real killer, and I love the storyline that Scott makes use of in this routine. My only gripe is it exposes a couple of gaffed cards. Much like Doc Eason's Anniversary Waltz, the effect is awsome, but I just don't like the spectator leaving with a gimmicked card, and in this case, two cards. If you don't have such reservations, then you must consider doing this. Very strong, and easy to do. Smile 


Section Two: Cunning Chicancry 

Chapter Five - A Familiar Ring 

Chapter Five contains three routines using borrowed finger rings, and one routine with the classic Jardine Ellis. 

Stick Around 

This is essentially Scott's take for the classic Ring on Stick effect. Using a wand or chopstick, this is an easy to do trick that is sure to please any audience. 

Wedded Bliss 

Scott has worked out a stand-up routine with the marketed trick Wedding Rings, and it reads well. It will require you to own the gimmicked lock, and if not, Scott does offer those for sale. Good stuff here. 

You Bet Your Ring! 

This is basically a borrowed ring in nest of boxes routine done like a game show. The idea is pretty clever I think. You will need to own a Nested box set (four boxes), and if you do not, this routine may encourage you to head to your favorite dealer. Yes, it is good. 


I was very excited to see this effect, mainly because the Jardine Ellis Ring is so seldom used. The trick itself is pretty cool, but you will need to put together a small group of props, and of course, a Jardine Ellis Ring. I also should point out that this is pretty much a small act in itself, and will require a little effort on your part. Way cool. Smile 


Chapter Six - Just Kid-ding 

This chapter includes two of Scott's favorite routines for audiences comprised of children and/or families. 

Plumber's Bottle 

Combining the old Topsy Turvey Bottles aka Tricky Bottles and the infamous Plunger Hat, Mr. Guinn has worked out a routine that not only makes the magician the butt of all the jokes, but leaves the spectator looking like the hero as it were. This is great, as I feel there are far too many effects that brutalize the audience. Awsome thinking. 

Million Dollar Chocolate 

This is a Miser's Dream effect using chocolates instead of real coins. There are no gimmicks involved, and any kid show performer should take a moment to give this a try. It's not that difficult, and your audience will love you for it. Smile 


BONUS ROUTINE! Bernard Sims' Really Linked! 

An amazing and convincing linking rubber band routine, in which two rubber bands are held at the fingertips of each hand. The hands magically link the bands together, and then hand the bands out for inspection! This routine was put together by the Café's own Bernard Sims, and is included in Scott's book with permission. Way cool! 

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