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Topic: Cigarette manipulation
Message: Posted by: iMagic (Feb 8, 2004 08:38PM)
I've wanted to try this for a while now so I decided I would, can anyone recommend a good starting book or dvd?
Message: Posted by: C Christian (Feb 9, 2004 02:16AM)
Encyclopedia of Cigarette magic... old book, hard to find but is around not sure of the author. Cheers Chris
Message: Posted by: Paul Sherman (Feb 9, 2004 03:28AM)
Didn't A-1 Multimedia put out a 3 volume set of cigarette magic with Tom Mullica? I don't know if it's still around, but you might want to try that.

Ditto the aforementioned Encyclopedia.

Message: Posted by: Jaxon (Feb 9, 2004 07:52AM)
Abbotts Magic has the Encyclopedia of Cigarette magic in stock. I saw it there on the shelf the other day so you might want to try them.

As C Christian mentioned, it is a very old book and some of the things in it are very out of date. For instance, many of the things in it use the old filterless cigarettes. When the book was written that's what most smoked. That won't make a difference in most cases anyway. It is a very good book.

The Mullica tapes are also still available.

I have an effect called "Outsmokin'" available in my site. It's a comedy cigarette routine.

I haven't seen it yet but I've heard some pretty good things about that DVD out. I think it's called "Quit smoking" or something like that. From what video clips I've seen of people performing affects from it it seems pretty good. So you might want to check into that also.

Ron Jaxon
Message: Posted by: Jonathan P. (Feb 9, 2004 08:01AM)
The Encyclopedia of cigarette tricks is from Keith Clarke.

The DVD "Quit Smoking" is from David Stone and is very good (one routine, 3 or 4 minutes, with a lot of fun).

The 3 tapes of Mullica are definitely for the smokers (a lot of tricks involve tonguing, i.e. make the cigarette vanish by putting it completely into your mouth.)

There is a very nice french tape of "Le Nain" (edited by Duvivier) which is a kind of encyclopedia of vanishes, productions, changes, and very useful moves. Even 2 complete routines. VERY nice. I think you could get it by contacting the Mayette boutique

Message: Posted by: Xavier (Feb 9, 2004 05:35PM)
Tarbell Course!

Really great chapter on cigarette manipulation!
Message: Posted by: Conus (Feb 13, 2004 06:21PM)
Keith Clark covers just about anything you need to know. Getting the most out of the book requires focused study, thought while reading, and practice.
Message: Posted by: bunkyhenry (Feb 15, 2004 10:24AM)
Rocco John Cornelius Mullica
Message: Posted by: jimisolo (Feb 17, 2004 08:15PM)
So am I the only one around here who hated the layout of Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks? Naaawwww, I doubt it. :heckno:

The Mullica tapes intrique me though, and I may go ahead and pick up a set (depending on which auctions I end up winning on ebay :) ).

Hey Ron, would you mind either posting your site, or PM-ing me with it so I can go check it out. Thanks.

Finally, don't get me wrong about the Clark book, it DOES contain a LOT of info - the layout can become a bit tiresome though.
Message: Posted by: radiantentertainment (Apr 12, 2004 01:05AM)
Keith Clarks book is a thick read! He states that the thumb crotch is overused in C magic. LOL That is all I use as well. OK So I use the TT as well.
Message: Posted by: Jaxon (Nov 4, 2004 05:52PM)
[quote]Hey Ron, would you mind either posting your site, or PM-ing me with it so I can go check it out. Thanks. [/quote]

This is an old discussion but I just stumbled upon it. My new site is up at [url=http://www.magicjax.com]magicjax.com[/url] and the cigarette [url=http://www.magicjax.com/outsmokinadd.html]Outsmokin'[/url] is now available as a PDF download. there's a video demo of it on my site if you want to check it out.

Ron Jaxon
Message: Posted by: vinsmagic (Nov 4, 2004 06:23PM)
I saw Jaxons comedy cig routine it is one of the best.
Jax is your routine still on MVD for viewing????
Message: Posted by: Roxy (Nov 4, 2004 10:46PM)
Maybe try Quit Smoking by David Stone. My friend showed me the Expert Cig Made easy vols by Tom Mullica and I did not like it that much.
Message: Posted by: h_A_Z (Nov 5, 2004 03:57AM)
Outsmokin' looks good! I'm thinking of getting them!
Message: Posted by: Shawn74 (Nov 6, 2004 02:46AM)
Now You See It, Now You Don't 1 and 2 have a bit of cigarette manipulation in them. Nothing really hard but enough to give you some ideas. Definatly if you can get your hands on the Mullica videos or DVDs. When I started in magic (this was only in 94) Mullica was the man when it came to smokes and improv magic.

Thank You
Message: Posted by: k (Nov 6, 2004 05:58AM)
Encyclopedia of cigarette tricks keith clark
The amazing cigar books by Jon Rachenbaumer (lotta infos on cigar mani^p, stunts, tricks and teaches you how to blow the most perfect rings ever, it's a must have if you like cigar puffing with your wiskey!!!
Message: Posted by: rexgetz (Nov 23, 2004 10:31AM)
Try to find someone with the Chavez course notebooks--really excellent instruction on cigaettes
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Nov 23, 2004 10:39AM)
Cellini does a great cigarette routine on the art of street performing part 2. Lots of Chavez stuff in there.
Message: Posted by: Werner G. Seitz (Nov 23, 2004 10:49AM)
On 2004-11-23 11:39, tedb wrote:
Cellini does a great cig routine on the art of street performing part 2...lots of chavez stuff in there...
[/quote]Agreed..Cellinis cigaretteroutine is great, but it's his smoke out of the mouth that kills..that one is outstanding, taking the simple means into consideration....only a few will learn it..

I remember Carazini doing similar..not to be compared with Tom Mullica..he's EXTRMELY outstanding, but Cellinis cig-work is practical and those willing to spend a little time can learn it...in no time :) !
(Because Cellini did all the groundwork and shares his experience from years of using it!)
Message: Posted by: Kozmo (Nov 23, 2004 11:07AM)
Itís really a great routine because it gets such a reaction from the audience to do his routine you must be a smoker. But if you just want to learn some cigarette manipulations, this is also great.
Message: Posted by: icentertainment (Nov 27, 2004 12:09PM)
Get the Tom Mulica tapes. They are the best.

I love Tom's style, some may not but the tricks you'll learn are super amazing, especially with toung palming being dangerous to those you don't know how to do it I would suggest watching it instaed of reading it,

But if you don't laugh out loud at Toms Foolery your probably have no sense of humour.
David Welzman
Message: Posted by: Conus (Nov 28, 2004 11:59AM)
Read Keith Clark's "Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks."

You'll learn the tools for putting together your own routine.
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Dec 12, 2004 05:41AM)
I really don't remember where this effect is on but its the basic thumb clip and a lot of habd flourishes and boom I'm done lit or not .always gets them.
Message: Posted by: Ross W (Dec 12, 2004 09:21AM)
Keith Clarke's book (see above) is pretty comprehensive but old-fashioned and nigh-on impossible to read, owing to an impenetrable code used for explanations. I reckon you'd be better off with something a bit more recent.
Message: Posted by: magicshift (Jan 5, 2005 12:46AM)
I have a few cigarette tricks in my book "It's Magic".
Message: Posted by: GSmithson (Jan 5, 2005 07:35PM)
Keith Clark's book is the bible of cigarette manipulation. I found it easier to tackle one small section at a time, which made the turn-a-few-pages references to the photo plates easier.

It is old, but it is probably the best book available. (Old, yes. Afterall, the golden days of cigarette manipulation are well behind even me at my age!)

Don't overlook it, lads.
Message: Posted by: mrmakeithappen (Dec 19, 2013 06:40PM)
Found this on youtube - doing this type of magic for kids is hilarious!

Message: Posted by: john wills (Dec 20, 2013 12:58PM)
Search You Tube:
Borra: magic and smoke
Charly Borra zigaretten manipulationen

Borra Sr. and Borra Jr. are pickpockets and both started their act with a burning cigarette manipulation
Watch the silk through smoke ring!
Message: Posted by: john wills (Dec 20, 2013 01:14PM)
And don't forget to search on You Tube:
Cardini 1957
Watch also the humbug with the matches!
Message: Posted by: SlipperySnake (Dec 23, 2013 09:08PM)
Some good stuff listed here!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 24, 2013 12:18AM)
No one mention Slydini cigarette magic in his book "The Magic of Slydini". Close-up magic presented while seated at a table.
Message: Posted by: mrmakeithappen (Dec 24, 2013 04:15PM)
Recently watched Slydini's torn & restored cig on an episode of Reel Magic. Nice effect!
Message: Posted by: Lawrence O (Dec 25, 2013 11:02PM)
Keith Clark's book may look old but there are in there some moves that are forgotten and replaced by much weaker movve (namely on the continuous production of cigarettes)
Don't pass it by.

I've been using the book to build a penknives routine with knives of six different colors + some additional ones...

And now that Chad Long came with the brilliant idea of replacing the color changing knives with Flash drives, the books on cigarettes are the keepers of rare secrets.
Message: Posted by: JD Draws Things (Jan 23, 2014 08:25PM)
On 2004-12-12 10:21, ross welford wrote:
Keith Clarke's book (see above) is pretty comprehensive but old-fashioned and nigh-on impossible to read, owing to an impenetrable code used for explanations. I reckon you'd be better off with something a bit more recent.
[/quote]I just picked the book up yesterday and I agree that the abbreviations are rather annoying