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This routine fooled a number of magicians and was a feature of Alan's act for more than fifty years.

Effect
As per the classic Nudist Pack or Mental Photography plot, a pack of blank playing cards gradually becomes printed on the faces and then the backs. Finally, a complete printed pack is handed out for examination.

Supplied
All the gaff cards and additional items are included together with a regular Bicycle deck. Fully illustrated instructions with Alan's patter.

£15 plus P&P

UK First Class (£3.55)
UK Second Class (£3.37)
Europe (£9.75)
USA (£10.85)

 

This was a favourite routine of Robert Harbin's and he often used it in his cruising programmes. At sea, he called it "The Captain's Card Trick" and, on dry land, referred to it as "The Provost's Card Trick". After Alan Shaxon wrote about it in Abracadabra magazine, it was used by Paul Daniels during an episode of his television series. Ideal for weddings, corporate events and close-up.

Effect
Three cards are chosen by three people while the pack is in their hands. The pack is shuffled before being returned to the performer. The magician now attempts to read their minds and name the three cards, but he fails miserably. The three chosen cards are then revealed in an unusual and entertaining way.

Supplied
A pack and all the other necessary cards. Full instructions with Alan's patter.

£10 plus P&P

UK First Class (£3.55)
UK Second Class (£3.37)
Europe (£9.75)
USA (£10.85)

 

In MAGIC Magazine Stan Allen described Alan's Hydrostatic Glass routine as "...possibly the best ending to a talking act I have ever seen."
On the surface, this age-old effect hardly seems like the type of trick that would be strong enough to close an act. That said, Alan never found another trick that topped this as a closer - it always got the applause at the end, which is right where he wanted it.

Effect
A drinking tumbler is shown and filled with water, a piece of paper is soaked in water and placed over the mouth of the glass, the tumbler is turned upside down and the water is apparently being held in place by the piece of paper. When you remove the paper the water stays in the glass. On your command the water spills out from the tumbler.

Supplied
A Deluxe Hydrostatic Glass and Gimmick. This quality tumbler is made from highly durable Polycarbonate. Virtually unbreakable, looks and feels similar to glass. Dimensions Width:75mm, Height: 117mm, Capacity: 284ml, 10floz. Full instructions with Alan's patter.

£15 plus P&P

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The same effect as above but we now have a larger, one pint glass for stage work or larger venues. A deck of cards in relation to the glass gives an idea of how big the glass is. Cards are not included and are for scale purposes only.

Effect
A drinking tumbler is shown and filled with water, a piece of paper is soaked in water and placed over the mouth of the glass, the tumbler is turned upside down and the water is apparently being held in place by the piece of paper. When you remove the paper the water stays in the glass. On your command the water spills out from the tumbler.

Supplied
A Jumbo Deluxe Hydrostatic Glass and Gimmick. This quality tumbler is made from highly durable Polycarbonate. Virtually unbreakable, looks and feels similar to glass. Dimensions Width: 92mm, Height: 167mm, Capacity: 568ml, 20floz. Full instructions with Alan's patter.

£25 plus P&P

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In the early 1970s, this mind reading effect was first marketed exclusively by Ken Brooke. It has been one of the mainstays of Alan's cabaret performances over the years. Thanks to the kind agreement of Paul Stone, who purchased the rights to the Ken Brooke Magic Place product range when Ken retired from dealing in 1981, Paul has let us have a limited supply.

Effect
The magician asks a gentleman from the audience to total up the loose change in his pocket. While the gentleman is doing this, the magician asks another volunteer to name what would be his "dream" car (let us say a Jaguar has been selected). Next, a third volunteer is asked to pick a colour (we will assume it is black in this example). The magician records this selection on his note pad. He then asks the first gentleman for the total for the loose change – say it is £3.29. The magician makes a note of this and then tears off the page and hands it to a spectator to keep.
The magician now recounts a story of how that morning he had written a letter to his local car dealership. He reaches into his jacket pocket and brings out his wallet. He opens the wallet and unzips the compartment inside and pulls from within a small sealed envelope. A spectator examines the envelope and confirms that it is indeed sealed. The magician now tears open the envelope and pulls out a piece of folded paper and asks the spectator to read out loud what is says.
It is a letter to a dealership placing an order for a new car – it is for a Jaguar, black in colour with a proposed available deposit of £3.29!

Supplied
Hand crafted leather wallet, which can also be used for 'Card in wallet' effect. Gimmicked note pad plus a supply of additional items required for this effect. Fully illustrated instructions PLUS a DVD of Alan's performance and detailed preparations and explanation by Alan. A bonus on the DVD is Paul Stone's different method and handling. Another bonus is two comedy routines and ideas from award winning comedy magician and mindreader Mel Mellers.

£115 plus P&P

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When Alan was stationed in Egypt for his National Service, he saw Al Koran present his Headline Prediction. Koran never published this effect but Alan created his own interpretation of it. Top mindreader Graham Jolley also recalls Koran performing the Headline Prediction to great effect on Eamonn Andrew's 1960's TV show What's My Line.

Effect
During your act a member of the audience is called to the stage and told that a glass phial containing a prediction is inside a jar, wrapped in a red ribbon, the end of which protrudes through a slot from the lid that has been sealed with sealing wax on the outside of the jar. Pulling out the ribbon, the audience member unravels the package revealing the glass phial rattling around inside the jar. The lid is removed and the phial is tipped in to your hand. The phial is opened and, needless to say, the prediction inside matches perfectly a freely selected number, word, date or sentence outlining a series of happenings that took place during the show.

Originally designed for predicting newspaper headlines for publicity stunts, this effect can be used in many ways during a live performance.

Supplied
Gimmicked 3lb Kilner Jar
Two small phials
3m of ribbon
Full instructions

£40 plus P&P

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Effect
The magician announces that he would like to reward the members of the audience who assisted during the show and he points to a large box isolated on the table. This box is said to contain a bottle of champagne. The box is locked with a large padlock which obviously requires a key to unlock it. Showing six keys the magician says that only one of them will open the box and he states that, "I believe that key number six will be tonight's lucky key." With the keys dropped in a small box, the magician goes amongst the audience inviting those who have participated in the show to take a key and come on to the dance floor to try and open the lock. Small processions of people try their luck, until the sixth person gets a key and tries the lock. The music builds up, the lock opens and number six gets the bottle of champagne!

If six spectators are not used in the act then of course the presentation can be easily adapted for those who had not previously participated, leaving the one spectator who had proved the star of the act winning the prize.

A great presentation for weddings can be used with the bride winning the bottle of Champagne.

Supplied
Bottle box and key box

The original was very much of its time and was made with lots of fablon, sparkly fabric and aluminium angle. Colin Rose has improved the prop by creating a more elegant and streamlined look which would bring this beautiful effect right up to date and create a real ‘showstopper’ for Stage, Cabaret & Corporate Presentations.

£300 plus P&P

To purchase this limited edition item please order at wwww.fiveofheartsmagic.com

 

After a considerable amount of trial and error, the Aerial Fishing became Alan's signature routine and the actual working was been kept very secret over the years, but was released for the first time in Alan's third book The Sophisticated Sorcerer.

Effect
Introducing a rather unusual way of going fishing, the magician takes a chromed cigarette case from his inside jacket pocket. He says, "If you have recently given up smoking and are wondering what to do with the old cigarettes, try using them instead of bait!"

Removing a cigarette, it is broken in half, one piece tossed aside and the other clipped onto the end of the line of his fishing rod. Swinging the line over the audience, a fish appears on the end, and this is taken off the line, dropped into a fish bowl, where it swims around. This is repeated again with another piece of cigarette bait, producing a second goldfish. Lastly, fish number three is caught in a glass of drink held by a member of the audience.

Supplied
Three fish cartridges, telescopic gimmicked rod with reel, four bait gimmicks, polished aluminium table, glass bowl with stand and LED uplighter, cigarette case and flight case.

£950 plus P&P

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