Milson Worth: Top Magic Product Producer

The following history comes from the back page of the Milson-Worth catalogue.

milson-worth catalog #3 magicIn the early sixties, Jim Simon manufactured quality wooden magic in Texas. He sold many of his items to Joe Berg in Chicago. When Joe Berg sold his National Magic Company and moved to Los Angeles, he persuaded Jim Simon that the climate for magic was better in California. Jim Simon moved to California and settled in Sun Valley. He renamed his company Worth Magic Novelty Company in honor of his former home. His business flourished, and he soon engaged the services of Eric C. Lewis, a well known inventor and magician.

Meanwhile, Charles Johnson was starting Johnson Products, which was to become the standard of excellence for magic coins around the world. Charlie Johnson sold Johnson Products to Sam La Porte who continues enlarging on principles established by Charlies early work. But Charlie couldnt stay retired from magic. How many can? He soon began marketing a line of close-up magic under the name of Milson Magic.
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When Charlie passed away, his son Lynn, an engineer with his own career track, felt obligated to fill his fathers outstanding orders. He did so. But while he was building these items, more orders came in. So, he filled those. But while he was doing that, more orders came in. And while he was filling those

When Jim Simon passed away in 1974, Lynn Johnson, now completely hooked on creating and building quality magic products, bought Worth Magic form Jim Simons estate, merging the two companies under the name of Milson-Worth Magic. With augmented facilities Lynn set out to establish Milson-Worth as a major quality manufacturer and supplier

Etienne Pradier Live at Houdini’s by Etienne Pradier – Trick

Etienne Pradier Live at Houdini's by Etienne Pradier - TrickEtienne Pradier’s new DVD consists of 14 close-up effects.

Included for the first time are his famous Pablo Aces, crazy card tricks, a commercial rope routine, unbelievable disappearing coins, and a sensational effect using a spectator’s watch!

The varied mix of tricks were filmed live at the Houdini bar, Broadstairs, Kent, and are followed by a detailed explanation in the studio.

For the finale, don’t miss the extras, including bonus tricks.

“Etienne Pradier is just as amazingly talented as he is funny!”
– Eric Jones

“A new DVD is always a big event and always worth the wait – I love his magic!”
– Eric Leblon

“I’ve traveled the world performing alongside Etienne for 20 years. These tricks are truly fantastic… but his feet bloody stink!!”
– Paul Martin

Trick List

– Card Under Pen
– Rope Routine
– Pen Sandwich
– In My Wallet?
– Memory with a Twist
– ESP Aces
– Coin Voyage
– Watch Coincidence
– Pablo Aces
– Magic Castle
– Best of 4
– PDQ Change
– Cosack Pen
– Marriage

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String of Flag (Large) by Mr. Magic – Trick

This String of Flags is a fantastic production item. Made of 100% pure silk and printed in FULL color. You can produce this amazingly visual assortment from your mouth, a square circle, cones, tubes, etc. This is a “must have” for all parlor performers!

Bicycle Syzygy Playing Cards by Elite Playing Cards

Bicycle Syzygy Playing Cards by Elite Playing CardsSyzygy, from the Ancient Greek suzugos (s??????) is an obscure phenomenon where three celestial bodies align in a perfect straight-line configuration. The term Syzygy is often applied when the sun and moon are in conjunction (new moon) or opposition (full moon). This fits perfectly with the opposites being equal and opposing, yet complementary, balancing, and mysterious.

When the first man became conscious of the light that was emitted from the sun, and the relationship that exists between light and day, darkness and night, they attributed it to the sun and moon’s opposite values:

The sun causes day – but the moon causes night.

During the day it’s hot – but at night it’s cold.

The day is filled with light – the night if filled with darkness.

Both are in the sky for 12 out of 24 hours daily. That’s exactly half of each.

A Mayan legend says that in the days when the gods were still mortals there existed a love so deep and pure that its strength created the sun and the moon, the day and the nights and the stars that shine above. The Mayan civilization believed that the gods guided the sun and the moon across the sky. Even in the darkness of the night, they believed that the sun and the moon continued to journey through the underworld. Eternally. Aligned. In Syzygy.

Each Bicycle® Syzygy deck is crafted with the finest hand picked materials, the highest grade of card quality (Q1) and unprecedent attention to detail. It is the most unique and intricate deck of playing cards ever produced. Every line of every single card was designed from scratch and spent over a year in development.

Features:

  • StarFire red premium vellum stock tuck box
  • Premium antique gold foil
  • Q1 quality (the highest grade of card quality available)
  • Embossed finish stock
  • Custom-made inks
  • Limited edition red/gold closure seal
  • Magic coating (the cards handle smoothly and last longer than regular decks)
  • Gorgeous artwork: 56 unique hand-crafted playing cards
  • Quality, durable, Bicycle® stock
  • Manufactured by the USPCC – worldwide leader in playing cards manufacturing
  • Special limited edition run of 5.000 decks

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Gibecière 12, Summer 2011, Vol. 6, No. 2 – Book

This issue completes the first dozen issues and marks the end of the 6th volume. Happy anniversary, Gibecière!

As usual, there is a rich variety of contributions from a number of authors — this makes for some fascinating reading. In addition to some historical works, we even delve into a historical feud!

The first article is an intriguing look into the fascinating character, Ishii Black, by Mitsunobu Matsuyama. That is a continuation of his superb series of articles investigating magic in Japan. In addition to the look into Black’s life, there is also a reproduced series of articles that he contributed on Japanese magic, complete with commentary by Mr. Matsuyama.

The next series of articles are a present day look at what amounts to a historical feud! In the Summer 2009 issue, you will note that there was a translation of Spain’s first magic book, Engaños a ojos vistas (Deceptions in Plain Sight) by Pablo Minguet è Yrol. Well, the book was not without controversy — one of Minguet’s contemporaries, Diego Joseph Zamorano, took him to task in Thesoro atractivo de curiosos… or Attractive treasury of curiosities…. Dr. Lori Pieper provides us with a translation of this interesting magical work. We are also treated to an introduction by Enrique Jimènez-Martinez, and some present day commentary by Stephen Minch!

NUMERUS by Raphael Macho – Trick

NUMERUS by Raphael Macho - TrickOn this DVD, you will learn a method to show an incredibly direct variation of a “Card-at-Any-Number” effect. The goal was to achieve the cleanest handling possible in the CAAN plot. No unnecessary movements, clean, direct and strong. But not just that! Also, two other strong variations of Numerus will be found on the DVD, with additional ideas for presentation.

The Numerus Routine

You place a card with a different back pattern as a prediction on the table, (it even can be held by the spectator). Now the magician takes the shuffled deck, and the spectator freely calls out a number between 1 and 52, (no force). The cards are turned over face-up from the top, and placed one after another on the table. The number is counted up to the number of the spectator. The card that falls on the selected number remains hidden for a short moment. It is then revealed together with your prediction card, it turns out they match perfectly! 100% success guarantee, with each number called out.

Key Points

– Shuffled deck
– Can be performed with any deck of cards
– 2-second setup
– Ideal for table hopping
– Any number can be named, no force
– Concept can also be used as a force
– Can be performed surrounded

The DVD was recorded in English, but you get a link from which you can download a complete German translation with pictures and additional ideas, free of charge! You also find in this section additional presentation ideas on the three effects, in English and German as well.

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DJT’s 10 DVD Box Set by Diamond Jim Tyler – Trick

This collection comprises all 10 of Diamond Jim Tyler’s DVDs. You get Pockets Full of Miracles, Mirrors, DiaMonte, Sweet & Birthday Card, Collateral – DJT’s Ring & String, Quadrare Caan Opus, The Squeezer, Diamond Jack, his highly-acclaimed Penguin Lecture DVD and the brand new Telekinetic. All in all, it’s over 50 effects. Many of the necessary gizmos are included. This has a retail value of $295.00, but you can buy it for only $195.00. This is Jim’s amazing, life work in one tidy package!

Giant 3-D Bunny (Steve Dacri) Deluxe Version by Goshman – Trick

Giant 3-D Bunny (Steve Dacri) Deluxe Version by Goshman - TrickThe best-looking sponge rabbit available, Magic by Gosh’s 3-D Rabbits are perfect for the classic multiplying rabbit routine. Cream in color with brown ears and spots. The 3-D Rabbit deluxe measures 5 inches from nose to tail and 3 inches tall. Comes with one large bunny and five small bunnies measuring 3 inches from nose to tail and 1.5 inches tall.

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Svengali Note Book (A5 size 4.25 x 5.5 inch) by Alan Wong – Trick

The Svengali Note Book looks like an ordinary blank note book with a plain black cover.

However, it is constructed in a way such that all the pages in the book have alternate long and short pages at the long edge of the book, from front to end. It will work the same way as a Svengali deck of playing cards, in which you can achieve forcing and changing anything by customizing your own book, and so much more:

  • Forcing: You can force any objects, pictures, words, numbers, symbols, colors, shapes, cards, dates, names, as you want to customize for your effect.
  • Prediction: If you can force anything planned, then you can prepare the predicted outcome and reveal it in ways you wanted. The last prediction box on your next Mental Epic does not always need to be a forced card.
  • Mathematical Tricks: Adapt a mathematical trick where you can force a specific number that looks randomly selected to get to your desired outcome, such as a magic square.
  • Transformation: Change colors by drawing your own magic color book, make anything appear or disappear in the book.
  • Mind Reading: Make your own book test with words, journals, drawings and be able to read minds of what the spectators are seeing.

These are only a few ideas of what you can do with the Svengali Note Book. The idea is to provide you with a blank canvas on a precision made gimmicked note book that looks ordinary.

YOU HAVE TOTAL CONTROL

Dimensions: 4.25 x 5.5 inches

Black Mint Playing Cards by 52kards

Luxury for the Modern Cardician
Over two years in the making, our first offering from the Mint Collection is the highly anticipated Launch Edition MINT Playing Cards. A modern approach to classic playing card design that radiates elegance, class, and luxury.

Learn the secrets of the Mint design below.

A Merger of Form & Function
We wanted to create a worker’s deck. A pack of 52 cards that merges form with function. Using a classical approach to design, the goal was to develop a look that is familiar, but fresh. The elegant repeating pattern evokes the decks that have survived the test of time.After we established the look, we focused on the feel. The true mark of a card is how it handles. Mint is printed by the United States Playing Card Company on the highest quality card stock available. Each card coated is with the legendary Air Cushion Finish to provide for the smoothest spread, fans, and shuffles. Your hands deserve nothing but the best.

For Magicians, by Magicians
Mint playing cards were developed from the ground up with practitioners of sleight of hand and illusion in mind. The custom design offers a modern, yet familiar look to classic playing card design. The back design features a groundbreaking marking system and each Mint deck includes several powerful gaff cards for magicians to take clever advantage of.

Features

Modern Design
The Mint design offers a graceful balance between modern and classic playing card design. It’s a classy look while still coming across as a completely ordinary pack of cards.

Groundbreaking Marking System
The Mint Marking system is incredibly subtle, yet easy to read. It’s based on a clock design so if you can read the time, you can read the Mint markings.

Traditionally Cut
Traditionally Cut cards help facilitate faro shuffling and other card weaving techniques.

Premium Card Quality
Mint is printed by the US Playing Card Company on premium card stock and air cushion finish. The cards have that perfect snap and spread like butter. Higher quality cards do not exist.

Bonus Gaff Cards
Each Mint deck includes an extra double backer, and double facer card. These gaff cards can be incredibly powerful tools for the magician.

Thin Borders
The extra thin white borders that frame Mint design help create more aesthetic spreads and fans.

The MINT Marking System
Mint playing cards are a tool; and like great magic, they hide their best kept secret in plain sight. An innovative marking system opens up and endless world of possibilities. The system is perfectly camouflaged by the Mint design and is dead simple to read if you know what to look for. If you can read a clock, you can read the Mint Marking System.

  • Unique 16 spot system
  • Intuitive Clock Based Design
  • Subtle, yet quick to read
  • Suits in SHoCkeD order
  • Markings readable in low light
  • Clearly Visible from a distance

MINT versus Bicycle
Bicycle playing cards have served card handlers and magicians well for many years. With Mint, we aim to provide a modern alternative with custom design, greater functionality, and premium quality card stock.

PROUDLY FUNDED WITH KICKSTARTER
2,140 incredible backers came together and raised over $125,000 to make this deck a reality.
Mint is one of the top ten most successful playing card projects ever.

Raspberry Mint Playing Cards by 52kards

Raspberry Mint Playing Cards by 52kardsLuxury for the Modern Cardician
Over two years in the making, our first offering from the Mint Collection is the highly anticipated Launch Edition MINT Playing Cards. A modern approach to classic playing card design that radiates elegance, class, and luxury.

Learn the secrets of the Mint design below.

A Merger of Form & Function
We wanted to create a worker’s deck. A pack of 52 cards that merges form with function. Using a classical approach to design, the goal was to develop a look that is familiar, but fresh. The elegant repeating pattern evokes the decks that have survived the test of time.After we established the look, we focused on the feel. The true mark of a card is how it handles. Mint is printed by the United States Playing Card Company on the highest quality card stock available. Each card coated is with the legendary Air Cushion Finish to provide for the smoothest spread, fans, and shuffles. Your hands deserve nothing but the best.

For Magicians, by Magicians
Mint playing cards were developed from the ground up with practitioners of sleight of hand and illusion in mind. The custom design offers a modern, yet familiar look to classic playing card design. The back design features a groundbreaking marking system and each Mint deck includes several powerful gaff cards for magicians to take clever advantage of.

Features

Modern Design
The Mint design offers a graceful balance between modern and classic playing card design. It’s a classy look while still coming across as a completely ordinary pack of cards.

Groundbreaking Marking System
The Mint Marking system is incredibly subtle, yet easy to read. It’s based on a clock design so if you can read the time, you can read the Mint markings.

Traditionally Cut
Traditionally Cut cards help facilitate faro shuffling and other card weaving techniques.

Premium Card Quality
Mint is printed by the US Playing Card Company on premium card stock and air cushion finish. The cards have that perfect snap and spread like butter. Higher quality cards do not exist.

Bonus Gaff Cards
Each Mint deck includes an extra double backer, and double facer card. These gaff cards can be incredibly powerful tools for the magician.

Thin Borders
The extra thin white borders that frame Mint design help create more aesthetic spreads and fans.

The MINT Marking System
Mint playing cards are a tool; and like great magic, they hide their best kept secret in plain sight. An innovative marking system opens up and endless world of possibilities. The system is perfectly camouflaged by the Mint design and is dead simple to read if you know what to look for. If you can read a clock, you can read the Mint Marking System.

  • Unique 16 spot system
  • Intuitive Clock Based Design
  • Subtle, yet quick to read
  • Suits in SHoCkeD order
  • Markings readable in low light
  • Clearly Visible from a distance

MINT versus Bicycle
Bicycle playing cards have served card handlers and magicians well for many years. With Mint, we aim to provide a modern alternative with custom design, greater functionality, and premium quality card stock.

PROUDLY FUNDED WITH KICKSTARTER
2,140 incredible backers came together and raised over $125,000 to make this deck a reality.
Mint is one of the top ten most successful playing card projects ever.

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