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Artisans in Departures Magazine

Posted by Michael James on April 29th, 2013 in Playing Cards

Artisan Playing Cards are featured in the latest issue of Departures Magazine!

Departures ”Necessary Luxuries” section chronicles luxury items celebrities cannot live without. In this issue, they interviewed David Copperfield. One of Copperfield’s “necessary luxuries” was our Artisan Playing Cards, which Copperfield tagged “the best playing cards ever produced.”

The article features an awesome picture by James Wojcik of a house of cards. Artisans are back in stock and available for immediate shipping at theory11.

Mysterium: The Best Game in Town

Posted by Jason England on April 10th, 2013 in Mysterium

Editor’s Note: This article is the eleventh in a weekly series by Jason England: MYSTERIUM. Each article will be posted on Wednesday at 11:00am EST – every post on a different subject. This week, Jason discusses which games are the best in a casino, with the odds the most in your favor.

Mysterium – The Best Game in Town

To date, I’ve filmed 24 training videos on card cheat techniques – false shuffles, card controls, and the like. These videos are produced for entertainment purposes only. To win in a REAL casino, fair and square, you need to beat the odds – and that starts with choosing which game to play. In this article, I’ll review which games are the best, with the odds the most in your favor.

Living in Las Vegas, people frequently ask me, “What’s the best game to play in the casino?” To the vast majority of people I simply reply, “Blackjack”.

It’s not that I don’t want to take the time to explain the real answer; it’s just that most people are asking what they perceive to be a simple question and so I don’t disappoint them – I give them a simple answer. Continue Reading

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Now Available: Out of My Mind by Spidey

Posted by Michael James on April 5th, 2013 in General

Imagine being able to identify the color of face down cards. In the spectator’s hands. After the deck is cut – and shuffled. From a NORMAL deck of cards.

Based on a concept originally published in 1958. A spectator holds 10 cards face down in their hand. You’ve never seen the cards, yet you can identify the color of each one with COMPLETE accuracy. EVERY time. It seems impossible – but it’s simple to learn and extremely powerful.

Watch the trailer. Now available for immediate download.

Now Available: The Herrmann Pass

Posted by Michael James on March 29th, 2013 in General

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

Tannen’s Magic Camp Scholarship

Posted by Michael James on March 29th, 2013 in General

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.

Mysterium: The Words We Use

Posted by Jason England on March 27th, 2013 in Mysterium

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. Continue Reading

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Mysterium – The World’s Oldest Deck of Cards

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. Continue Reading

Now Available: Sneak Peek by Spidey

Posted by Michael James on March 15th, 2013 in General

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.

Mysterium: Total Recall

Posted by Jason England on March 13th, 2013 in Mysterium

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.

Total Recall

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. Continue Reading

Mysterium: Old Dog, New Trick

Posted by Jason England on March 6th, 2013 in Mysterium

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. Continue Reading

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