Written by Stephen Tucker
Work of Bob Ostin
183 pages (Hardcover), published by Alakazam
Illustrated with drawings by Stephen Tucker
Language: English
144 entries
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Peter Nardi From the Publisher...
Jerry Sadowitz Foreword
Max Maven A Few Words From Max Maven...
Stephen Tucker From The Author...
Bob Ostin Introduction
Bob Ostin, Hubert Lambert Twisted Twins mate of selection is found face up in the deck
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Bob Ostin The Ring In The Glass of Beer ring placed inside rattle box vanishes and appears in beer glass, glass covered with tissue and ring found with hook, Okito Glass
Also published here
  • "The Conjuror" Vol.1, No.2. December, 1995.
Bob Ostin Add On method to add card to the deck, while performing Vernon's Variant
Related toAlso published here
  • "New Pentagram" January, 1972.
Bob Ostin Shooting a Bullet Through a Signed Card toy gun with flash paper is used and shot on deck, selection is found with hole
Related to
  • "New Pentagram" January, 1972.
Bob Ostin Liquid Production From Cup liquid production as an ending for dice stacking routine, brief
Related to
  • "Mini Foo' Gimmick" in "New Pentagram" December, 1976.
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Bob Ostin Stack to Stack combining Lie Detector with other routine using a stack, stack management
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Bob Ostin The Hand of Destiny skeletal hand emerges from card spread to point to a position, gag
Bob Ostin Squeaker tie squeaks
Bob Ostin The Vanishing Deck half deck with pull
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Bob Ostin Vampire small cards on one is written "Vampire", cards are folded and stapled, see also page 87 for additional ideas by Bob Ostin and Bob Byrne
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Bob Ostin Focus additional ideas for David Berglas' Ad Infinitum
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Bob Ostin Focus 2 more ideas for Vampire routine
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Bob Ostin The "Fan Hide" Move one handed fan hides card, as a glimpse, to load card
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Bob Ostin, Dick Simonds Tickets Please gag, correct rolled up bus ticked is found out from several
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Bob Ostin, Dick Simonds, Captain F.W. Collins, John Ramsay Off the Handle ribbon penetrates handle of cup
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Bob Ostin My Double Lift
Bob Ostin Picking Up the Pieces
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Bob Ostin Challenge Coin Across brief, with gaffed coin
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Bob Ostin With Thanks To Jennings shell, last coin in spectator's hand
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Bob Ostin The Thumbtip Loading Box loading a thumb tip from a matchbox
Bob Ostin Demonology signed card ends up with a burnt corner, name of card appears in a flash on tissue paper
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Bob Ostin The Pinky Peeker similar to Larry Becker's Flahback concept
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Bob Ostin Silent Sleight in the hands, bottom to top
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Bob Ostin The Easy Coin Routine four coins are produced, travel from hand to hand and are placed into pocket, continuous production of coins to finish
Bob Ostin Multiple Coin Production from fingerpalm
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Pop-Up Move brief
Bob Ostin Gallo Pitch Variation brief
Bob Ostin The Poor Man's Fire Wallet self-made fire wallet
Bob Ostin The 'Helical' Card Trick gag description of impossible effect
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Bob Ostin Cheers! name of chosen card appears on bottom of can
Bob Ostin Jumping Cigar Band cigar band jumps on little finger
Bob Ostin Ambitious Cut adding a card on top, while cutting the deck
Bob Ostin Uses For The Faulty Follower ideas for Vernon's Variant (here called Faulty Follower)
  • To Add a Card
  • Lucky Charm Idea
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Bob Ostin Pipe Dream cards removed from box, later dice or any other objects are produced from same box
Bob Ostin Corner-To-Corner Dice Stack dice stacking sequence, one die balanced on corner
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Bob Ostin A Better Cigarette Pull coin attached to pull
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Bob Ostin The "Four-In-One" Routine - Plus One! variation on routine in Fingertip Fantasies, coin changes to matches, coin flurry, coin changes to cigarette and lighter is produced
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Bob Ostin Topsy Turvey strip of paper is cut to form a string of little men, one man in the center is upside down
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Bob Ostin On Holiday Thanks To Roy packet of sixteen symbol cards, words are spelled to find the four chosen picture cards
Inspired byVariationsAlso published here
  • "On Holiday Thanks to Roy" in "Club 71" May, 2003.
Bob Ostin The GONE Card Trick small plaques with letters to spell the word 'gone', chosen card packet and appears between plaques
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Bob Ostin Bandinage cards is wrapped with rubber band, card on front changes to performer's and to spectator's card, gaff with pull
Bob Ostin The Green Die Mystery selection is shuffled in the deck, die is thrown and spectator as many times as he wants, selection is found at total
Related to
  • "The Green Die Mystery" in "Club 71" Autumn 2003.
Philip T. Goldstein Die Easy selection is among five random cards, die is thrown to find it
Related to
  • "Die Easy" in "Club 71" November 2003.
Bob Ostin The Green Die Rolls card is found using a die and spelling
Related to
  • "The Green Die Rolls" in "The Magician" January, 2004.
Bob Ostin Sign Of Five Prediction matchbox is freely placed on one of five packets, inside is a prediction of the four top cards in form of four corners of the same cards
Related to
  • "The Sign of Five Prediction" in "The Magician" February, 2004.
Bob Ostin Secret Enclosed two different-colored napkins are rolled up and travel from hand to hand, as a climax, one is found inside the other
Inspired byRelated to
  • "Secret Enclosed" in "The Magician" March, 2004.
Bob Ostin Twister die starts to twist, when selection is placed on the table
Related to
  • "Twister" in "The Magician" June, 2004.
Bob Ostin Two Routines For The Pecking Bird forcing stack and rough and smooth solutions
Bob Ostin The Searcher card is placed next to its mate
Bob Ostin The"Colour Conscious" Force paper clip is used to force a name from a list
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Bob Ostin The Table-Hopper's Check Card tip for table hopping, to remember tables
Bob Ostin Sleightly Haunted with small gaff
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Bob Ostin Thought Transmitter using a box to transmit selection
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Bob Ostin On Edge writing on edge of deck changes to name of selection
Bob Ostin Star Trek discs with names of stars and planets, mental spelling and tapping ends on selected disc
Triad Cavalcade short intro on Bob Ostin
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  • "Trick Cavalcade" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 1564. January, 1976.
Bob Ostin The "Optical" Coin Production coins produced from between two cards
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  • "The 'Optical' Coin Production" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 1564. January, 1976.
Bob Ostin The Signature Fiddle signatures are written on pieces of paper and then torn in halves, performer finds matching pairs under table
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  • "The Signature Fiddle" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 1564. January, 1976.
Bob Ostin The Serendipity Card Change backpalm gag for magicians, card shrinks on back of hand
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  • "The Serendipity Card Change" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 1564. January, 1976.
Bob Ostin Inner Secret two different-colored napkins are rolled up and travel from hand to hand, as a climax, one is found inside the other
VariationsAlso published here
  • "Inner Secret" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 2087. January, 1986.
Bob Ostin The "No Load" Dice Cup Production production of playing cards or bills from cup, after dice stacking
  • "The 'No Load' Dice Cup Production" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 2741. August, 1998.
Bob Ostin Predestination spectator shuffles packet face-up into face-down under table, amount of reversed cards is predicted
  • "Predestination" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 2355. March, 1991.
Bob Ostin Spectator's Choice Coin Penetration coin of any denomination is given to the performer and penetrated with a pencil
  • "Spectator's Choice Coin Penetration" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 2355. March, 1991.
Coin Switch
Bob Ostin Signature Transposition performer and spectator sign back of two cards, signatures change places
  • "Signature Transposition" in "Abracadabra" Nr. 2355. March, 1991.
Bob Ostin Ring And Cord variation of first phase of Grismer's ring and string routine
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Bob Ostin The Cridge corner of card bends by itself, gaffed card
Bob Ostin Improved "Lie Detector" variation to Lie Detector in Fingertip Fantasies, only fragment of routine
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Bob Ostin The Multi-Card Gimmick multi card to force one out of six cards
Bob Ostin Magical Ca$h Cards two plates with letters are used to spell the word cash, bill is produced
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Bob Ostin The Nautilus Card "New Submarine Card", odd-backed card placed perpendicular in three-card packet rises up and down
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Bob Ostin Coins Through Table And Basket Vanish four different sized coins, into glass, without extra coin
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Bob Ostin The Credit Card card with slit, coin appears and vanishes again
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Bobby Bernard Sleeving a Coin
Bob Ostin Card Case Hold-Out
Bob Ostin Postmaster words noted on billets, performer divines words on folded billets
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Bob Ostin Araby Location spectator choses one of several billets, each billet has a name, performer divines which was selected
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Bob Ostin Tilt to Countdown card at named number
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Bob Ostin Paper Prison paper fold with coin, small hole in paper and coin visibly penetrates paper
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Bob Ostin Pandora's Boxes (Version 2) sympathetic matchboxes, lids open and close, without thread method
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Bob Ostin One Cup, One Ball normal cup
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Bob Ostin The Paper Clip Force forcing one of six cards, using a die and a paper clip
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Bob Ostin The Lucifer Load dice stacking with only outside cover of match box bent into tube, final load many matches
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Bob Ostin Click! in the hands
Bob Ostin The Shredder paper in shredder, number of total of two cards appear cut out on paper
Bob Ostin The Satanic Disc 666 word from list is selected and divined, using a CD and case
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Bob Ostin The Thimble Box thimble vanishes and appears in wooden box
Bob Ostin Nuts Thru The Hole two nuts penetrate hole of chinese coin, all threaded on cord
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  • "Nuts Thru The Hole" in "The Crimp" Nr. 4.
Bob Ostin A Bit On The Side card spun on table, center pip turns 90°
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  • "A Bit On The Side" in "The Crimp" Nr. 40.
Bob Ostin Ostin's Orifice card with hole is placed face up on table, spectator places his finger through hole and closes eyes, card turns over
Inspired by
  • Mr. E. Ozo's "Out Of Sight" in "The Crimp" Nr. 14.
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  • "Ostin's Orifice" in "The Crimp" Nr. 40.
Bob Ostin The Frog Princess card is folded to origami frog, transformation of card
Related toAlso published here
  • "The Frog Princess" in "The Crimp" Nr. 53.
Bob Ostin A Chinese Ghost Story two chopsticks with a hole in the center are connected with a tooth pick and placed inside a glass, they start moving
Bob Ostin The Envelope Hold-Out envelope to add cards on top of the deck
Bob Ostin The Devil's Dictionary matches used to select a page (multiplication of several piles), word is divined
Bob Ostin Status Quo card rises to named number
Bob Ostin Truly Invisible Thread invisible thread gag, using spool
Bob Ostin Bob's Magical Definitions... humorous definitions of magic terms
Bob Ostin Magic Of The Mind using cards with phrases
Bob Ostin "Is There Anyone There?" ink forms into chosen ESP sign, signed card, uses Velleda pens
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Bob Ostin The Perfect Vanish sleeving technique for thimble
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Bob Ostin Hofzinser's Key Fob photo key case with four pips of all suits, one Ace is chosen, corresponding suit remains in key fob
Bob Ostin Match-to-Flower match is ignited and then changes to flower
Bob Ostin The 'Romantic' Card Trick using the cross sum force twice, finding queen and king of hearts
Bob Ostin Skullocation Routine
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Bob Ostin Sponge Ball to Dice
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Bob Ostin The Vanishing Hole coin vanishes in slit of paper
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  • "The Vanishing Hole" in "Magic Mag" Vo. 3, Nr. 6. 1982.
Bob Ostin The Perfect Shell gag for magicians
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  • "The Perfect Shell" in "Magic Mag" Vol. 3, Nr. 6. 1982.
Bob Ostin Well Done! gag to use for kid magician, well done written on card
Bob Ostin The "Thanks To Gus" Rising Cards variation of Gus Southall's rising card gimmick
Bob Ostin The "Stand Up" Coin borrowed coin balanced on back of hand stands up by itself
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Bob Ostin Inebriation cards with names of animals and drinks, spelled sentence leads to matching cards
Inspired by
  • "Auto Suggestion" (Bob Ostin)
Stephen Tucker Stephen Tucker's Routine for Bob Ostin's Inebriation cards with names of animals and drinks, spelled sentence leads to matching cards
Paul Curry Swindle Switch brief
Bob Ostin Bamboozled water changes to beer
Bob Ostin Dicey on of six cards is chosen by paper die, when die is opened it is made from the same card
Bob Ostin Flash Cigarette Vanisher cigarette vanishes in a flash
Bob Ostin Loop Hole three cards with holes, threaded with cord, center card is penetrates cord
Bob Ostin Clear Deception sympathetic matchbox variation, without thread, with additional idea by Peter Kane
Bob Ostin The Backward Card Trick homing card, with back of cards, different handling than in Fingertip Fantasies
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Bob Ostin Predict-A-Trip comedy prediction of chosen holiday destination
Bob Ostin Pendulum finding selection with a pendulum, rubber band stretched over card on table, card moves
Bob Ostin The Peg normal and miniature deck used, selection placed inside peg, same card from miniature deck appears in miniature peg
Bob Ostin Transfusion plastic pen is placed over card and visibly ink fills up, color is missing from card
Bob Ostin Beam Shot flash light placed on several packets, torch lights over correct card
Bob Ostin The Flugle Bug box with miniature cards and "flugle bug", bug jumps on one card which matches selection
Bob Ostin Color Changing Thimble
Bob Ostin Submarine Cards card placed face up and perpendicular in three-card packet rises up and down
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Bob Ostin The Card Bug bug on string is suspended over cards, selection sticks to it
Inspired by
  • Robert Harbin's "Dippy Magnet"
Bob Ostin The Wishing Paper paper with a lot of holes changes to bill
Bob Ostin The Ostin Card-Index
Bob Ostin Spooky Dice eerie moving pair of dice
Bob Ostin Punchboard Prediction board with holes in one side and numbers in other side, pierced number is predicted
Bob Ostin Ostin's MI10 card in spectator's pocket predicts selection
Bob Ostin Bob's Wilting Flower
Bob Ostin Dice Prediction prediction in bulldog clip, dummy is dragged inside the clip
Stephen Tucker Information publishers of magic magazines
Stephen Tucker (reviewer) Seeing Is Believing by Bob Ostin
on The Bob Ostin Lecture video from International Magic
Bob Ostin The Final Word
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