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Diamond Jim
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Dear readers,

I am doing research on any or all close-up effects that use mirrors. The list I have is a small one. Search your brain, your books, your videos or any magic archive at your disposal. Should you find something, then if you would be so kind as to include the source as well.

Thanks in advance.

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Twilight -> David Roth's Sleeve Routine
There is an old Ken Brooke trick where a card reflection appears in a mirror.
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Paul Harris has a few. Twilight, the reflections of coins become real. Another from AoA is called, I think, Super Twilight and it's a similar effect with a gimmick. Harris has ANOTHER routine where a card is torn and the mirror used to restore it. He has yet ANOTHER where me uses a mirror to move the angel on the back of a bike card around.
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Tenyo's in-the-hand zig zag card (I've forgotten the "official" name).
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One of my favorites was called (I think), Bent Outta Shape. A half dollar and its reflection are made to appear to bend with a mirror. The coin is then shown actually bent.
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Gary Ouellet's "The Silver Passage", a coins thorugh table routine published by The Camirand Academy of Magic, used a small circular mirror.

Roy Johnson's 'The Boy Friend' - published in "Final Call" [1979].

Mel Stover's marketed effect "Illusory Reflex" used a mirror together with a die. This effect was reviewed in Jeff Busby's "Epoptica - Number 11" [February 1988].

The routine referred to in Jonathan's post was called 'Pranky Mirrors'. It was created by a gentleman named Ken Perks. The effect was sold by Ken Brooke.
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Someone also made a smaller close-up version of the Flexible Glass (glass in frame, frame inserted into knit bag, darning needle thrust thru bag at different locations, frame bent back and forth and finally glass and frame removed and glass intact) using a mirror.
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... as well as smaller, pocket versions of mirror penetrations with pens, silks, spongeballs, etc.
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I assume we're talking about close up tricks that use mirrors overtly, as opposed to being part of the method. In that case,

The best has to be Gary Kurtz's "Mirror Image" (I think) from "Unexplainable Acts" in which two written words transpose with their own reflections.
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Spanish magician Pepe Carrol (he died this year) has a effect with mirrors in his book "52 lovers"


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Shattered, the paddle mirror effect.
Its All Done With Mirrors - the card effect wherein each card in a small stack mysterioiusly turns over. When asked if they want to know how it's done, you show that all cards, front and back, have turned into mirrors.
Blue Light Special - I think it has other names if followed back historically, but it is where the individual stares into a hand-held mirror and their face starts to warp or change to different people.
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Marc DeSouza's "Alice Thru the Looking Glass".

I also put out an effect back in the early 90's called "The 4th DIEmention" where a pair of dice and a pocket mirror merge into one leaving the performer with a mirror that has a hologram of the dice in it.

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After doing a search on elm, I found numerous effects involving mirrors. The following shortcut takes you to a booklet (Extra Sensory Deceptions) that contains two mirror effects which are described. http://www.elmagicshop.com/cgi-bin/webc.......56466.76
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I beleive that Tenyo had a version of Paul Harris's Twilight that used a mirror and a pretty cheap looking platsic holder thingy.

Also there is a version of the money paddle that ends with a mirror on either side of the paddle.
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A Doug Bennet effect called Bewildering. A ring is strung on a velvet cord. When a pocket-mirror is placed onto the ring it looks like it's off. When the mirror is lifted it IS off. And vice versa.
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Michael "Doc" Dougherty (of Pittsburgh) created and marketed a packet effect called "Mirroraculous" about 20 years ago. Its a twisting with a "done with mirrors" explanation.

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I gave away something in a lecture in 1987, about using a playing card shaped mirror for a trick. Four selected cards acquired silver backs when touched to a mirror, then on was chosen and vanished INTO the mirror, to be found still signed and glued to the tabled mirror. Cute trick. I like the use of the Ghost Count and the rub-a-dub vanish into the mirror.

Since I'm spilling beans here today, maybe one more. A round mirror is introduced as a puddle of liquid silver, and 'droplets' scooped from it to become coins. The coins are used in routines, then all together dropped back 'in' only to bounce back as a silver ball. The ball would be used for another trick or two, then vanished back into the mirror. I had fun with that in college. The flat headed coin covered with lacquer is now over 25 years old, so I guess the method can go public. Special thanks to Curtis Kam for showing me Sol's paddle move for coins that is featured in the trick.
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The Ken Brooke marketed effect with mirrors was called The Eye Sight Test - it used pocket slates and mirrors.

This was linked to another effect using the mirrors titled IMAGE.

Both routines were the brainchild of a brilliant English Magician called Roy Johnson; a close friend of Ken Brooke that wrote many bits and pieces for routines around effects Ken sold, as well as marketing some of his own material through Ken. The approx date of these mirror effects are 1968 - 1972.

If anyone wants a set of the mirrors I know a dealer that has them - PM me if you want more details.

I was fortunate to pick a set up along with the mini-slates in pristine condition. The quality of Ken Brooke's effects in their manufacture must rate amongst the best ever produced. His instruction sheets have never been bettered either.
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Barry, John was correct though, Ken did market briefly Ken Perk's Pranky Mirrors.
(Ken Perks originated the Baby Gag). I think Roy Johnson also has another one in print somewhere.

Steve Tucker also does a Matrix with small mirrors (current lecture notes).
Ali Bongo's Dice Through Mirror (the authorised version available through Cliff Lount of Bradford Magic studio).

Harris also used the Twilight idea for restoring a card (to be found in "Close -Up Kinda Guy")

Vic Pinto Showgirl (actually nothing special about the mirror, simply used to reveal the back of the scantily clad woman and reveal the card).

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