Originally published in 1897, the Herrmann Pass is a technique for secretly transposing two halves of a deck in order to control a card (or cards) to the top or bottom of the deck.
Jason England, one of the industry’s leading card mechanics, goes over extreme detail to cover nearly every aspect and nuance of the move and it’s history.
This is a move that’s both versatile and invisible. Trust me, it’s something you’re gonna want to learn!
See Details: The Herrmann Pass with Jason England
Last year, we did a first annual theory11 scholarship to Tannen’s Magic Camp. The experience at camp is amazing – with one full week of non-stop magic guided by the best in the business, right outside of New York City and Philadelphia.
This year, the theory11 scholarship starts now. What’s up for grabs? Free registration to the camp – a value of over $1,300! To enter, just fill out the entry form HERE. One winner will be selected and chosen to receive camp registration, free of charge.
You have four weeks to enter, ending May 1st at 11:00am EST.
Editor’s Note: This article is the tenth in a weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article in this series will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week, Jason discusses the merit of using a script during a magic performance.
The Words We Use
There is debate in the magic world about whether or not a performer should work from a script or whether it’s sufficient to decide what you’re going to say in the moment (and perhaps make changes from one show to another). My own opinion is this: I believe in scripts for the vast majority of situations, but don’t necessarily have a problem with working from only an outline in informal performances. Let me explain. (more…)
Posted by Jason England on March 20th, 2013 in Mysterium
Editor’s Note: This article is the ninth in a weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article in this series will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week, Jason shares the history of playing cards – and the world’s OLDEST deck.
The World’s Oldest Deck of Cards
Playing cards weren’t “invented” in the sense that other objects are invented. There isn’t a single day or week in history that we can point to and state that playing cards were invented during that period. Rather, playing cards evolved into their present form. We know that the Chinese were using paper objects very much like playing cards for various games as early as the 9th century and perhaps as much as 500 years earlier. These cards had traditional Chinese pictogram images on them and were related to both dice and dominoes. (more…)
See the Unseen. Know the Unknown. Do the Impossible.
Have the spectator think of a name, a number, or drawing – anything. They write it on a piece of paper, fold it, and put it in your closed fist. This technique was designed to eliminate every possible flaw. The ONLY time the paper is in your hands, it is in your CLOSED fist. Your head is turned away. After the prediction, all trace of evidence is ERASED. No one is the wiser.
Within seconds, you INSTANTLY know the secret information concealed within. From the mind of Bedros “Spidey” Akkelian, the ultimate billet peek.
You gotta see the trailer to believe it.
Editor’s Note: This article is the eighth in a weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article in this series will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week, Jason talks about the the psychology and method behind memorizing the order of an entire deck.
Years ago, I read a story about how Dai Vernon would often try and memorize a deck of playing cards before going to bed. This wasn’t to perform magic with a “Mem-Deck” as we now understand the term, but rather as a pure memory stunt. Although I haven’t been able to locate this story again, I believe Vernon stated that he got his time down to around a minute or so with practice.
The current world record for memorizing a deck of cards is under 30 seconds.
Actually, 21.90 seconds to be exact. It’s held by Simon Reinhard of Germany. Other sub-60 second past champions are Ben Pridmore (24.9 seconds), Andi Bell (32.9 seconds), and Dominic O’Brien (38.29 seconds). Dominic O’Brien appears to be the first person to break the 60-second “barrier” in an official event, although other memory experts are likely to have duplicated the feat long before official records were kept. (more…)
Editor’s Note: This article is the seventh in a weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article in this series will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week, Jason shares his experience from a recent cruise ship gig, where he performed close up shows for 10 days, while cruising around the tip of South America.
Old Dog, New Trick
As some of you know, I was recently on a cruise ship that sailed around the tip of South America. I was hired to perform close-up magic in a small theater on the ship for up to 22 guests at a time. This meant that I did two shows per day for about 10 of the 21 days I was there. When not performing in the theater, I had full guest status and was encouraged, but not required to mingle with the other guests and to do some informal performing if the situation was right and I felt comfortable doing so.
Although I’m known primarily for my abilities with a regular deck of cards and for my penchant for gambling-related routines and moves, I’ve never let go of my magic roots completely. I still enjoy a wide assortment of great close-up magic effects both with and without playing cards, even though I rarely perform with anything other than cards these days. (more…)
Rising Card, our best-selling magic app on iTunes, has a new update! Created by Chris Kenner and theory11 in 2009, Rising Card is back and better than ever.
New features include:
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone! A free, limited-time feature in promotion of the new movie. You can enable this special mode from the Settings panel to change the default “Rising Card” screen.
- Updated for iOS6 and iPhone 5. Now the app is more compatible than ever, and looks amazing on a Retina screen! Re-designed in high resolution for iPhone 4s and 5.
- Choose Your Deck! From the settings screen, you can now choose what kind of playing cards you want to display in the app. More choices coming soon!
This month only, Rising Card is only 99¢ in iTunes! Download it now.
Today, we’re launching a massive, EPIC contest in collaboration with Warner Brothers: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Contest!
Your challenge is to create and submit a 60 second short film showcasing your magic or cardistry skills. The winner will take home an epic trophy, 500 decks of playing cards, 4 tickets to Burt Wonderstone, and 4 front row tickets to the David Copperfield show! Special thanks to Warner Brothers, David Copperfield, and David Kwong for making this event possible.
Not only that, but David Copperfield will personally call you to announce your victory!
You have TWO weeks to make it happen! See details HERE and good luck!
With ReCord, you can STRETCH a pair of headphones like chewing gum. VISUALLY and AUDIBLY tear the cord in two. Then restore it before your spectator’s eyes. No Setup. No Extra Pieces.
Now available for instant download. Check out the ridiculously awesome trailer.