Classic Books-Required Reading Part Two: Down Under Deals
The next book I would like to put under the spotlight is an excellent study called “Down Under Deals”. This booklet was written by my friend Andrew Wimhurst and contains 56 pages of solid card magic.
The material in this booklet is very similar in style to that found in the work of Darwin Ortiz. This is not a surprise because Andrew was inspired as I by Darwin’s work. However, Andrew’s card work is outstanding.
There are a total of nineteen items and I have picked out two items to discuss. The first item is called “The Awesome Foursome”. This routine is Andrew’s interpretation of an original effect by Harry Lorayne namely “Foursome, DECK-STERITY, 1967″.
“The Awesome Foursome” involves two selected cards and as a result, gives you four separate climaxes. You would think this multiple climax would be too much for a routine, but it works beautifuly, it is logical and powerful card magic.
Here is a video of my performance:
What makes the routine so great is the fact that it is totally impromptu, even better with a borrowed deck. It is also one of those routines which I consider a “signature effect”. The audience will be in no doubt about your ability with a deck of cards.
Now, the next effect in “Down Under Deals” is a thing of beauty, it is “The Ultimate Topsy Turvy Aces”. This routine was originally created by Edward Marlo and was first published in his private manuscript “The Patented False Shuffle”. Andrew’s routine builds on Marlo’s original effect with a number additions and enchantments. This is high calibre card handling and the effect is worth whatever time you put in to master it. The effect combines two classic plots, “Cutting the Aces and Triumph”.
Combining effects very often discredits both effects, in this context, the presentation makes for a very logical discussion and conversation on card cheating. I have added a video of Andrew performing the routine so that you can study how the effect and presentation are a perfect match for each other and experience the card artistry of Andrew Wimhurst.
To get the most form “Down Under Deals”, you will need to be up on your card technique. The material ranges from fairly straight forward/intermediate technique to requiring very advanced card skills. It is a book that will challenge you but you will be rewarded for your efforts with some solid material which will last you a lifetime.
This booklet, like “CARDSHARK”, is a post graduate study and I am grateful to Andrew for releasing this because it formed a whole new context for my understanding of what constitutes great card magic. While I don’t see myself as a gambling expert, I have embraced a number of gambling routines and techniques into my card work and the results have proven to be very powerful for me. Magical effects and gambling routines can live side by side in a performance set because they form the branches of the tree we refer to as “Card Artistry”.
I want to thank Andrew for allowing me to write this reflection on his book and for granting me permission at Michael Vincent Productions to promote his book to a wider audience.
Let’s end with one more performance from “The Devil Down Under”.