The Collected Works Of Alexander Elmsley Volume One This is an in-depth review of "The Collected Works Of Alex Elmsley" Volume One, It's a Hard bound book with a dust jacket & 404 pages. On the front of the dust jacket is the title of the book written in gold, & a picture of a young Alexander. I've had this book for many years, it's more Card effects & Sleight's but does have some other Close-Up effects. I always find myself reading this book from time to time as it has excellent effects, Sleights, & two excellent subjects on Misdirection & theory on practice. L&L Publishing, Written by:Stephen Minch & Illustrated by Amado Narvaez. I'll go through the Contents of the book adding notes on the way, enjoy. A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: Is about how the book came about, as Mr Elmsley had alot of unpublished work. If you buy the book you'll see all of the people involved & there's alot (Until this time, none of us at L&L had any idea what a wealth of material existed). INTRODUCTION-ALEX ELMSLEY:The Man & His Book The Introduction is an excellent read, (Dai Vernon, Paul Lepaul & Slydini visited England, a point was made of introducing them to Alex Elmsley. When they returned to the states, they brought with them stories of a new British lad who did some remarkably original magic. They had been fooled & most of them openly admitted it). It's more like a mini bio. CHAPTER ONE: Alex Elmsley on the Theory & Practice of Magic The Automatic Producer On Misdirection These subjects are an excellent read, easy to understand & very useful. CHAPTER TWO: Spirited Counts & Revenant Tricks The Four-card Trick (Featuring the Elmsley count) Flight to Witch Mountain Shale Fellow Well Met A Rebours Elmsley's Ghost Hoftwister Mini-Milton (Featuring the Five-as-Five ghost count) Mixed Marriages Serendipity One Poor Lion The Great Pretender (Featuring the everchange count) Twister's Flush Thoughts in Transit (Featuring the neverchange count) Chapter two has some excellent effect’s using the Everchanging Count & Neverchanging Count, which are also taught . When learning the effects, as you read the Method there’s some history on the effect also. CHAPTER THREE:Sundry Sleights Break Time Battling the Bulge A Bluff Hand-to-Hand Transfer Taking a Break in a Spreasd Preparing for a Double Lift Fan Shuffle Strategies The Hook-Strip Shift Top & Bottom Card Interchanges The Tabled Cover Reverse The Tabled Top Change Two Novel Slip Cut The Undercut Slip The Tipsy Turnover Pass A Polished Push-off A Biddle Displacement The Thumb Palm Addition A Card Fan Production New Techniques for the Rear Palm The Top-Card Rear Palm The Misdirection Rear Palm The Tap Replacement The Center-Card Rear Palm A One-Handed Center Steal Trouser-pocket Loading Technique Variations on Erdnase’s First Transformation Transformation with Outjog Erdnase’s First Transformation as a Vanish Flying Squad The Misdirection Slide Palm Two Pocket Deck Switches The Climax Pack Switch The Empty-handed Pack Switch Chapter three is just Sleights as you can see, the learning of the Sleights I found easy as the text is clear & easy to understand. There’s also illustrations of where the fingers should be & how the Sleight should look etc. You don’t have to learn the Sleights to be able to use the effects, they are Mr Elmsley’s preferred handlings. CHAPTER FOUR:Minus Fifty-two Puncture! The Nodding Skull The Visual Torn & Restored Newspaper Ring & Paper Clip The Twister: A Puzzle The Thimble Changes The Elmsley Colour-Changing Knife Routine The Perpetual Cigarette A Cigarette Vanish A Production of Cigarettes in Holders Magnetic Monte Ring on Silk Physical Medium Sleeve Loading for the Cups & Balls The Elmsley Cups & Balls Routine Chapter four has no Card effects, but again some of these effects are excellent take “The Perpetual Cigarette” . The plot is the torn & restored cigarette, but with one important addition to the standard effect. Paul LePaul commented that he had never been so badly fooled in his life, when Slydini first came to England to lecture in August 1958. Mr Elmsley saw him do his masterful version of the torn & restored cigarette, several days later they met again & Mr Elmsley demonstrated his own method. Slydini was complimentary, but it wasn’t until Mr Elmsley noticed the master’s eyes searching the floor for an extra piece of cigarette that he knew Slydini had been fooled. CHAPTER FIVE:Twisted Classics 1002nd Aces The Atomic Aces The Repulsive Aces Double Finders Apprentice Aces Pick of the Litter The Four Blanks Five-card Sam Bare-aced Hofzinser A Minor Triumph All Backs with Aces A Triple Reverse Infinity:Round Trip Chosen Cards Across Invisible Card in Cigarette New Pieces to an Old Puzzle Liar’s Club One at a Time Collectors Snap Swap Double Swap Ambitious to the End Ambitious Stranger Chapter five has some nice Ace’s routines, like “The Atomic Aces” a excellent version of McDonald Ace’s. “Invisible Card in Cigarette” is another excellent effect I seen Derren Brown’s version of this effect excellently performed. CHAPTER SIXown & Dirty Deals 7-16 A Double Prediction Melbourne Australian Self-help Chance & Choice CHAPTER SEVEN:Welcome Correspondences Returned to the Nest Arith-mate-ic Pother Brownwaves I Shadowed Buried Treasure I The Memphis Matchmaker The Right Place, the Right Time The Book of Fortunes CHAPTER EIGHT:Where It’s At Buried Treasure II Hair Cut Calcolate X2 Cross-25 Weight Choosey Rough Tracker Card Hopper Penny Plain The Clock Runs Down Mathematics & Mentalism CHAPTER NINE:No Gamble Misogynist’s Monte The Bridge Builder Just Lucky Aces Up Pierce Arrow Four Flusher A Strange Story Chapter Six, Seven, Eight, & Nine are Mentalism & Gambling effects, again there are some excellent effects in these Chapters. This volume contains over 110 original Elmsley tricks & Sleights, plus a ground-breaking essay by Mr Elmsley on presentation, psychology & misdirection. Which appears here in its entirety for the first time. Welcome to the secret world of Alex Elmsley, creator of some of the most outstanding magic of the twentieth century. Most of today’s magicians will find this book an excellent read, as well as learning some excellent Magic. Mr Elmsley is a very clever creator as you’ll found out when reading his work, I always find myself reading this book over & over again. Most of Mr Elmsley work does not use gimmicks, & the one’s that do Mr Elmsley goes over every last detail so in some cases you can end clean. There are many gems in this book, that I know magicians will use as part of there routines. This is magic of the highest calibre from one of the greatest minds in close-up magic. An easy 10/10.