Working the Tables

by David Drake

Commercial close-up from a working pro

Softcover, 8.5" x 11" (21.5 x 28 cm), 38 pages
Published by David Drake

USA:$ 24.95
Canada:C$ 22.50
UK:£ 17.50
EU:€ 19.50
All other countries:C$ 27.50

David Drake earned his living performing close-up magic for over 25 years. In this book, he has released 20 of his most commercial and entertaining routines — off-beat, original and innovative tricks.

The tricks are all within the abilities of the average close-up magician, and the clear instructions — David was a professional writer — and illustrations make them easy to learn. Here you will find gems such as:

  • The Pill Trick: Eight pills instantly vanish from the performer’s hands
  • The Steel Balls: 3 small ball bearings to 2 medium ones to one big one
  • Pengali: a blue Bic pen becomes red–cap, plug and ink
  • Frog Cut: secretly reverse cards while cutting the deck
  • Dreamwave Deck: “Brainwave” plus card to wallet
  • Cross-Pollination: clever, off-beat, multiple divination
  • The Singing Card Trick and I Can’t Spell: two highly entertaining tricks that prove you can neither sing nor spell, but can find selected cards anyway!
  • Spellbound Surprise: a totally off-beat ending to a classic
  • Penny Ring: a big coin shrinks to pass through a ring and instantly snaps back to its original size
  • Three-Sided Coin: exactly that; a coin is shown to have 3 sides
  • Key/Ball Balance: a skeleton key refuses to obey the laws of gravity
  • Loupe Da Loop: lovely linking finger ring routine
  • Four Ring Assembly: “Matrix” with small rings and a smash ending

and a few more, with cards, coins, keys, balls, nuts and bolts, string, etc.


Mike CloseMagic, Oct. 1997: "This is commercial material from the repertoire of a working pro, and it is certainly worth your consideration."

Peter EldinMagic Circular, June 1997: "All the effects... are excellent. I wholeheartedly recommend this work to everyone who does close-up magic"

David GoodsellM.U.M., Jan. 1997: "Learn these routines and you will have several fine acts to do at the close-up table. Good stuff and excellent value."

Stephen TuckerThe Budget, April 1997: "... there really is something here for everyone, regardless of skill level... the overall production of this book(let) screams quality, which for once, is matched by the content... I can't recommend this book highly enough... almost any one of the 20 items detailed is worth the price asked."

Phil WillmarthThe Linking Ring, Dec. 1996: "And, there's not a weak effect in the lot... There are several I'm going to play with and I expect to add them to my close-up work. I'll bet you do too. Highly recommended."