Written by Charles Hopkins

Work of Charles Hopkins

80 pages (Stapled), published by unknown publisher

Language: English

(94 entries)


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Charles Hopkins Preface 5
Charles Hopkins Introduction 10
Charles Hopkins Whose Fault When Things Go Wrong? 15
Charles Hopkins The Psychology of Failure 16
Charles Hopkins Use of "Sucker Gag" Technique 17
Charles Hopkins Secret And Open Outs Difference between rectifying mistakes secretly (before audience knows about it) and openly (when the mistake is known to everyone) 18
Charles Hopkins When Error Is Still Under Cover Techniques to get out of mistakes before audience catches on 18
Charles Hopkins 1 - Card correctly identified, but slips out of control. Use of peeks, cut / pass to re-establish control. 19
Charles Hopkins 2 - Identification correct, but placement for climax is wrong. For counting / spelling tricks (double/triple lifts, pilot card technique)Related to 19
Charles Hopkins When Error May Be Visible Techniques to get out of mistakes when audience knows 20
Charles Hopkins 3 - Incorrect identification of selection card. 20
Charles Hopkins 4 - Card lost before identification. 21
Charles Hopkins 5 - The selector forgets what his card was. 21
Charles Hopkins Either You Know You Are Wrong - Or Else... 21
Charles Hopkins This Time You MUST Be Right Importance of rectifying the mistake clearly to end successfully 22
Charles Hopkins Attitudes That Get Co-operation After finding wrong card, how to get selector to reveal the correct card for magician to try again 22
Charles Hopkins 6 - When they refuse to tell. How to deal with "You are doing the trick... you tell me!" 23
Charles Hopkins 7 - For the extreme "hold out". Extreme cases where audience will not name their selected card 23
Charles Hopkins 8 - Use a thumb writer. How to use thumb writer to get out of sticky situations 24
Charles Hopkins 9 - Impression methods. Using carbon paper to make a copy 25
Charles Hopkins 10 - Pencil reading. 26
Charles Hopkins 11 - Friendly mirrors. Using reflective surfaces 26
Charles Hopkins 12 - To meet an absolute refusal to tell. Using the 220 Count methodRelated to 26
Charles Hopkins Old Ideas Brought Up To Date; Also, A Few New Ones Useful sleights to use for outs 27
Unknown 13 - The "Top Peek". While preparing for overhand shuffle 28
Unknown 14 - Fan Crimp. Crimping corner in a fan of cards 28
Unknown 15 - The "Deck Crimp". 29
Unknown 16 - The "Crimp" as a Locator. Uses for corner crimp 31
Unknown 17 - Fan jog. Control of card after inserting in fan 31
Unknown 18 - The quarter-bridge. Way to bridge the deck so spectator will cut within bank of cards. 31
Unknown 19 - Gambler's Bridge. Bridging the deck in the context of a cut 32
Unknown 20 - The "Change" Throw. The Throw Change 33
Charles Hopkins Other Useful Standard Sleights 36
Charles Hopkins Fit The Weapon To The Needs 36
Charles Hopkins Getting Down To Brass Tacks--- And The Selected Card 37
Unknown 21 - Just a gag. Gag to reveal card by miscalling 37
Charles Hopkins 22 - Out-in-the-open changes. Using top/bottom changes, or double lifts 38
Unknown 23 - Forced replacement of wrong card. Stab wrong card into pack to find right card 38
Charles Hopkins 24 - Using "locators" for "outs". Use of short cards, scraped/nicked edges 39
Charles Hopkins Methods For Counting And Spelling Effects How to deal with errors in counting/spelling tricks 39
Charles Hopkins 25 - The "Pilot Card". 39
Unknown 26 - New start from wrong turn-up. An out if the card turned up at the end of count/spell is wrong 41
Charles Hopkins 27 - The "220 Count" as an "out". Mentions the 220 CountRelated to 42
Charles Hopkins "Outs" Productions From Pockets And Other Places 42
Charles Hopkins 28 - In performer's pocket. 43
Charles Hopkins 29 - Pocket index. Mentions pocket index gimmick in Jinx magazine, No. 82, p. 528, Pocket Prophecies. 43
Charles Hopkins 30 - Card in wallet. 44
Charles Hopkins 31 - Use of spectators for "outs" 44
Charles Hopkins 32 - The "Eveready Life Saver" If card is lost without having peeked at it previously 45
Charles Hopkins Apparatus Alibis Outs when apparatus is used to reveal cards, but goes wrong 46
Charles Hopkins 33 - When force is missed. 46
Charles Hopkins First Aid For Feeble Memories What to do if spectator forgets card 47
Charles Hopkins 34 - Confusion as to suit and values. 47
Charles Hopkins 35 - Spectator's mind a complete blank. 48
Charles Hopkins "Outs" Compared with Challenges 51
Charles Hopkins A Word of Caution 52
Charles Hopkins Try To Keep As Much Control As Possible 53
Charles Hopkins 36 - Controlled returns. 53
Charles Hopkins 37 - Use of "Locators". Short cards, nicked edges, scraped edges, crimps 54
Unknown 38 - The "Gimmicked Cut". Use salt to mark the cut (credits it as "Sleight of Foot") 54
Unknown 39 - The "Cut Break". Way to preserve the break after the deck is cut 55
Unknown 40 - Estimating the cut. 56
Max Holden 41 - The "Cut Force". Basically Max Holden's Cross Cut Force 57
Unknown 42 - "Blindman's 'Bluff'." Way to glimpse a card when met with a heckler, even when deck is held behind back the entire time (card also chosen behind the performer's back) 58
Charles Hopkins 43 - The "220 Count". Counting all the pips, sum up to 220 (ignore picture cards)Related to 60
Charles Hopkins 44 - Pre-Arrangements. 61
Charles Hopkins How "Plenty of Rein" Trips Them 63
Charles Hopkins 45 - Look for informal "readers". Check for telltale nicks/dirt/scrapes on cards 63
Unknown 46 - Scrapes and nicks. How to nailnick 64
Unknown 47 - Daubs. 65
Charles Hopkins The Magician's Little Helpers Mechanical aids 66
Charles Hopkins 48 - Secret reflectors. 66
Charles Hopkins 49 - Wide and narrow decks. 67
Charles Hopkins 50 - The indexed pocket deck again. Mentions 1939 Summer issue of The Jinx 67
Charles Hopkins When Information-Getting Becomes Ticklish How to gain information not by pretending to confess to failure, but by proper methods in performance 68
Charles Hopkins They Commit Themselves In Writing 69
Charles Hopkins 51 - Pencil reading. 69
Unknown 52 - Billet switching. 69
Charles Hopkins 53 - Billet index. 71
Unknown 54 - Pad impressions. 71
Charles Hopkins 55 - Trick notebooks. Carbon paper in notebooks 71
Charles Hopkins 56 - A "Case of Hambuggery" Annemann's "Mental Masterpiece" 71
Charles Hopkins A Prophet In his Own Land 72
Charles Hopkins 57 - Thumb writers. 72
Charles Hopkins Special Decks On Taps 73
Dai Vernon 58 - "Brain Wave Deck" 73
Unknown 59 - "New Era Instanto Deck" Performer can cut to any card desired, described in No. 115 Jinx. 74
Charles Hopkins What Makes Audiences Get That Way Why do audiences heckle? 74
Charles Hopkins Circumstances That Lead Up To Challenges 75
Charles Hopkins Specific Handling of Various Situations 76
Charles Hopkins The Heckler... Ding Bust His Buttons! 76
Charles Hopkins For The Intelligent Analyst Type 77
Charles Hopkins Troubles Arising Out of Pure Friendship 78
Charles Hopkins More To Come?... Well, Maybe! 79