On the other side of the mirror

Prearrangement and plot in close-up card magic
by Cushing Strout

Easy card magic with interesting plots

Softcover, 5.5" x 8.5" (14 x 21.5 cm), 48 pages
Published by I Saw That!

USA:$ 20.50
Canada:C$ 18.50
UK:£ 13.50
EU:€ 14.95
All other countries:C$ 21.50

In the tradition of Eugene Burger, Robert E. Neale, Ariel Frailich and others, here is a collection of card tricks that will interest your spectators as much by the magic as by the interesting presentations with which they are clothed.

The tricks are based primarily on prearrangement and most require no sleight-of-hand; the ones that do require only minimal skill. The tricks use ideas from the likes of Stewart James, Jim Steinmeyer, Jack Avis, Alex Elmsley, Henry Christ, Aldo Colombini and many more.

The trick plots are multiple and varied. There are predictions, revelations and forces based on zodiac signs, a spectator’s birthday, a do-it-yourself murder mystery, fortune-telling, lie detection and more. There are interesting variations on tricks such as “Further than that”, “The lie detector”, “The clock trick”, “The dead man’s hand” and other classics. There are story tricks based on learned pigs, Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland.

A unique feature of this book is that many tricks have been adapted to make use of unusual decks, such as Tarot cards, fortune-telling cards and Alice in Wonderland cards, in addition to ordinary playing cards. There is even a book test with a Holmesian theme, complete with a Sherlock Holmes book and a Sherlock Holmes deck of cards.

“On the Other Side of the Mirror” is a thoroughly enjoyable collection of entertaining close-up card magic suited to beginners as well as experienced magicians who want to add something with an aura of mystery to their repertoire.

Critiques

Martin Gardner: "If you like card effects that require prearrangement, and lend themselves to colorful story lines, you'll find 'On the Other Side of the Mirror' a marvelous collection of fresh ideas. It's as up to date as Jim Steinmeyer's famous nine-card spell, and swarming with references to the work of notable inventors of mostly self-working card tricks. Like Lewis Carroll's Alice, the book will take you through a mirror into a Wonderland of novel card magic."