Random Acts of Magic
|Random Acts of Magic|
|Publisher||Camirand Academy of Magic|
Table of Contents
- 09 Introduction to the Foreword by Barry Julien
- 10 Foreword by Barry Julien
- 13 Introduction by David Acer
CHAPTER I: Extrovert at the Card Table
- 17 Over Easy
- 21 Changes
- 29 Over Easier (Max Maven)
- 32 Lucky Day
- 36 Splittant Aces
- 39 Splittant Jr.
- 41 Colour Inversion
- 46 Uppity
- 51 The Madden Force (Ryan Madden)
- 53 Separation Anxiety
- 57 Count On It (with Jay Sankey)
- 61 Repeat Offender
- 64 The Charlier Control (Huot/Duperre)
- 68 Overtime
- 71 Child’s Play (with Jay Sankey)
- 76 Unlawful Entry (with Richard Sanders)
- 80 Rub Down
- 82 Over Easy Scrambled (Joshua Jay)
- 88 The Flipwiches of Eastwick (with Jay Sankey)
- 95 Assimilation
- 100 Royal Flash
- 105 Misguided Angels (with Jay Sankey)
- 113 The Sliding Double Lift
- 116 Open Time Traveller
- 120 Mad Card Disease
- 130 Tangent
- 134 New Millennium Ace Deuce Trey
- 139 Time Boards (with Richard Sanders)
- 144 King’s Ransom
- 150 MouseHunt
- 156 Switchback
- 166 Jim’s Pick
- 172 Photo Finish (with Michel Huot)
- 175 Meta-Four
- 180 Twice Removed (with Simon Lovell)
- 184 The Painted Deck
- 189 Party of Six
CHAPTER II: Magic By Mister Direction
- 201 Coke Induced
- 205 Unflappable
- 212 Ringworm (Richard Sanders)
- 217 Make This Disappear
- 220 Upon Receipt
- 227 New Millennium Tenkai Pennies
- 234 Unburnt (Barry Julien)
- 239 Breakneck
- 240 Pocket Exchange (with Richard Sanders)
- 246 Hot Pursuit
- 251 High Invisibility
- 255 The Edible Coin (Torkova)
- 258 Bespectacle
- 261 Seedling
- 264 Cap In Hand (with Jay Sankey)
- 269 Fresh Mint
- 273 Plop! (Richard Sanders)
- 275 Packs a Wallet!
- 280 Under Foot (with Jay Sankey)
- 285 Get Bent!
- 287 Take a Seat (with Michel Huot)
- 290 Mitosis
CHAPTER III: Confessions of a Road Warrior (The First 12 Genii Essays)
- 297 Introduction
- 299 Bombing
- 301 The Suits Vs The Talent
- 303 Books Vs Videos
- 317 Oh Canada!
- 320 The “Witness” Approach
- 322 Prop-aganda
- 324 Pet Peeves
- 330 The Dark Side
- 334 A Piece of the Rock
- 335 The Fine Art of Bio Writing
- 344 The Julien Incident
- 345 Five Card Mental Farce
A Few Highlights
- Mitosis: Predict a cellphone number during walkaround work, at someone’s home, or on stage.
- Misguided Angel: The angel on the back of a signed, selected Bicycle card visibly rotates 180 degrees, whereupon every angel in the deck follows suit. The selection can then be handed out as a souvenir, and the deck can be examined.
- Ringworm: A borrowed finger ring that's been dropped into a coin purse changes places instantly with a knot tied at the center of a piece of rope.
- Unflappable: A jaw-dropping torn-and-restored matchbook.
- Time Boards: The magician performs a strange version of Triumph in which the deck becomes a time-keeping device, ultimately revealing the correct time at the end of the trick.
- New Millennium Tenkai Pennies: A coin initialed by a spectator travels invisibly to join a coin initialed by the magician, then, during a second attempt, only the initials travel, leaving one coin blank and the other coin with both sets of initials.
- Changes: The impromptu card routine David used to open his Magic Castle close-up act in which the pips on two chosen cards travel back and forth from one to the other in eye-popping ways.
- Fresh Mint: Mint a piece of foil into a coin at your fingertips.
- Open Time Traveller: The magician offers disturbingly convincing proof of having travelled back in time during a card trick and changed something in the past.
- Coke Induced: A cap is removed from a Coke bottle and visibly changes into a beer-bottle cap, whereupon the Coke bottle is shown to have become a beer bottle.
- Party of Six: Six people each choose a card from a shuffled deck, then line up on stage, whereupon the people are shuffled. An audience member who was holding a prediction from the start is asked to choose one of the people. The chosen person shows his chosen card, which matches the prediction.
A Sampling of Reviews
“...the great bulk of the material is excellent. This is some of the stuff David actually uses in his act, excellently credited, and a pleasure to read.” Matthew Field, The Magic Circular
"Random Acts of Magic is a hefty tome, filled to the brim with the type of close-up magic that will bring tears of joy to Acer fans around the world." Michael Close, MAGIC
"I’m reluctant to mention my favorite effects because I don’t want to encourage readers to skip over the rest of the material and miss out on making some discoveries... David’s writing style is something of a rarity in magic books: it’s actually entertaining. The book made me laugh out loud a number of times. Especially amusing is a satirical essay originally printed in Genii magazine about the efficacy of Vernon’s Five Card Mental Force. It’s a brilliant piece of writing." David Parr, www.mylovelyassistant.com
"David Acer’s reputation suffers, I think, from his surfeit of wit, leading one to perhaps assume that the magic he performs is only for those with a comic bent. Of course this is not at all true... In this book are many terrific effects, most with a presentation included that can be augmented or adjusted to suit personal taste." David Regal, Genii Magazine
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