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L. I. N. T.
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AuthorJohn Luka
PublisherL&L Publishing
Publication Date1997
Preceded bySecrets for the Part-Time Magician (1992)
Followed byUncovered (2006)

L.I.N.T.: Pocket Stuff for Close-Up Magicians is a 1997 book by John Luka. Starting in October 1993, Luka wrote a column in The New Tops. When the magazine came to an end in 1994, he had already acquired enough material for several more columns. This book is a compilation of all the published and unpublished columns. L. I. N. T. is an acronym for Luka in the New Tops.


  • Page i: Acknowledgments
  • Page ii: Introduction
  • Page iii: Foreword

From the Pages of The New Tops

  • Page 1: The Lie Detector (Ron Bauer): Here's one reason he's THE underground legend, the original and unsurpassed method and presentation of what has become a classic of card magic. (And it's NOT about computerizing a deck!)
  • Page 9: The Homing Card (John Luka): Brother John Hamman's packet version of this old standard trick was good, but too long, until now.
  • Page 14: Diagonal Palm Shift (Paul Chosse): Although "The Pump" was a dandy try, here's how a master card technician debugged the Erdnase classic control.
  • Page 20: Key to the Draw (Jack McMillen & Charlie Miller): Ron Bauer's clarification and presentation of one of the first collaborations between these lifelong friends.
  • Page 27: Okito Less Box Routine (Milt Kort): The man who invented the combo box routines comes up with a way to do the Okito Box WITHOUT the box!
  • Page 32: The Turnover Pass (John Luka): Some important techniques and finesses for making this difficult maneuver more deceptive.
  • Page 40: Very Strange Exchange Part II (Eric DeCamps): This is a novel idea transformed into a knockout transposition of a card and a coin. (Includes a new card bottom palm and coin vanish.)
  • Page 44: Card in Match Book (Michael Ammar): Every book on magic should include one of these "Impossible Locations," so here's one for this book.
  • Page 51: Mental Prediction (Chris Carter): Some invaluable lessons in mentalism for magicians including some basics of "pumping" for the names of mentally selected cards.
  • Page 57: The Fidgeting Card (Bill Kalush): A knuckle busting challenge for any self-styled finger-flinger, and quite a clever set of ideas, too!
  • Page 65: The Magic Coin (Ron Bauer): An hilarious and surprising bit of visual funny stuff for the close-up magician or the table-hopper.
  • Page 70: Wide Open Prediction (John Morgan): A cleverly worked out impromptu version of Paul Curry's popular effect.
  • Page 73: Simple Arithmetic (John Luka): Several instructive variations and handlings of an effect that appeared in Vernon's More Inner Secrets of Card Magic.
  • Page 77: Second Sight (Ron Bauer): A comedy triple prediction effect that will convince an audience that you have special powers, maybe!

Bonus Section - Previously Unpublished

  • Page 83: The Birthday Book (John Morgan): This humorous psychological method for presenting Elmsley's "Fortuneteller's Book of Days" even catches those who know the original.
  • Page 87: Zarrow Shuffle Finesse (John Luka): Several valuable techniques for making this shuffle easier and more deceptive.
  • Page 93: Chromo Balls (John Luka): A pure sleight-of-hand approach to Daley's "Chromo Spheres" masterpiece.
  • Page 99: Kings on a Fling (John Luka): An instructive four-phase exercise in combining various card assembly sequences into a cohesive procedure.
  • Page 111: One Coin For Connoisseurs (Ron Aldrich): This has been called "the Best One Coin Routine around."
  • Page 118: Invitation to Imagination (Ron Aldrich): Professional, audience-tested presentation for "B'Waved" especially effective for restaurant workers.
  • Page 124: Overtwist Transposed (Paul Cummins): A clever combination of the "Twisting the Aces" and the "Hofzinser Problem" ideas.
  • Page 133: Devilish Trickery (Ron Bauer): The final solution to the "Devilish Miracle Problem" with crystal clear presentation and economically subtle handling.
  • Page 142: Epilog


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