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Those who have 'Ellis in Wonderland' (lecture notes or DVD) will be familiar with this article, but for those who aren't... enjoy!

A GLOSSARY OF FREQUENTLY

MISUNDERSTOOD MAGICAL TERMS

By Tim Ellis & Christof!!

(Originally published in 'Australian Magic Monthly.)



PATTER: v. Polite applause from your relatives.

SILENT ACT: n. An act without patter.

MENTALISM: n. A predictable act.

ILLUSIONS: n. Thinking that you are entertaining.

SLEIGHT OF HAND: adj. Having small hands. "Digitally challenged".

MAGICIAN'S CHOICE: n. Get a real job or continue to be a bankrupt outcast.

MISER'S DREAM: v. The fantasy that you can go another year without buying a new costume.

SPRING FLOWERS: v. Pieces of paper that look more like springs than flowers.

AFGHAN BANDS: n. Groups of musical dogs.

GUNG HO SILK BOX: n. An enthusiastically performed silk box.

DOVE PAN: n. A device used for cooking birds.

ZOMBIE BALL: n. The Magic Club's annual dinner dance.

SUCKER TRICK: n. Any trick purchased by mail.

ELECTRIC DECK: n. A battery operated device for lonely magicians.

BLINDFOLD: n. Something you can see through.

SPIRIT SLATES: n. The tab kept at the bar at a Magic Convention.

PRESTIDIGITATION: n. The uncontrollable fidgeting that takes over the audience two minutes into a magic convention gala show and continues for the next seven hours.

MENTAL EPIC: n. Trying to work out exactly what percentage of your fee your agent has actually taken.

SUB TRUNK: n. The area below your torso.

HEAD CHOPPER: v. The person in charge of the swords.

ZIG ZAG: med. A spinal condition peculiar to illusionists assistants.

MISDIRECTION: v. Following an agent's instructions on how to get to a gig.

KID'S PARTIES: v. Getting paid $80 to do something that even the parents, who love their child very, very much, aren't prepared to do.

SERVANTE: n. Term used by the booker to describe the magician she has hired to 'entertain' the kiddies.

PACK: n. Term used by the magician to describe the audience at a children's party.

BREAKAWAY: n. A small child who wanders into the middle of your show - and suddenly has no parents.

FRENCH DROP: v. Wrestling move used to control children.

PALM: n. Part of the hand used to stun a child before executing the French Drop.

BOBO SWITCH: Aust. Sending another clown to a party when you've got a better paying gig.

GLIMPSE: n. Sneaking a look at your watch after every trick to see how long you have to continue.

DOUBLE FACE: v. All your friends in the magic fraternity.

DOUBLE BACK: n. What you need to hold the knives if you have a lot of friends.

GAFF: coll. The tape that holds all your props together.

BOTTOM DEAL: n. A novel way of distributing the cards without using your hands.

BICYCLE CARDS: v. The things that go in your spokes to make that really cool motorbike sound.

MARKED CARDS: v. Damaged cards at cheaper prices.

THE PASS: Aust. Chatting someone up after the show.

ELMSLEY COUNT: n. A technique of giving change at a magic shop.

PROPS: n. Used to hold up old magicians.

FLASH PAPER: v. Fancy letterhead.

SEMI PROFESSIONAL: n. A truck driver.

BLINDFOLD EFFECTS: n. Magic you can do with your eyes shut. (See: 'Self-Working')

BOOK TESTS: n. Attempting to perform a trick while reading the instructions.

BREAKAWAY PROPS: n. Tables, Square Circles, Milk Jugs... anything bought by mail order.

DITCH: n. What magicians would like to crawl into when using 'Breakaway Props'.

FLIES: n. What Copperfield does, but most of us leave undone.

HOUSE CURTAIN: n. The curtain at home you take publicity shots in front of.

LAYMAN: n. A good lover.

MAGICIAN'S WAX: n. A substance found in magician's ears when the conversation drifts away from themselves.

PASSE PASSE: n. Most magicians' patter.

PULL: v. Most magicians have one on stage.

SELF WORKING EFFECT: n. A term used by dealers to fool magicians into buying a trick. Most 'self working effects' are way too difficult for the majority of magicians anyway. (NB: The author of 'The Expert At The Card Table' was S. W. Erdnase. "Self Working"?)

SIGHTLINES: n. How much of the audience you can see when you put your hand above your eyes like a salute and peer out at them.

STOOGE: n. An assistant you train to pretend to be a 'volunteer' who, once on stage, behaves like Larry, Curly or Moe.

STRIPPERS: n. The next step down on the entertainment ladder below magicians.


Article © Magic Unlimited 2000
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That's hilarious! Stop making me laugh at work. I'll get fired!
"But where did the lighter fluid come from?"
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Not FIRED....The correct term is DISILLUSIONED
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SELF WORKING EFFECT: n. A term used by dealers to fool magicians into buying a trick. Most 'self working effects' are way too difficult for the majority of magicians anyway. (NB: The author of 'The Expert At The Card Table' was S. W. Erdnase. "Self Working"?)
Article © Magic Unlimited 2000


Are you saying that magic dealers are dishonest?
Have you been burned by them?
I have.
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Actually I was once, he was trying out some new flashpaper in the store and I was just a little too close.
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On 2006-03-08 22:36, Tim Ellis wrote:
Actually I was once, he was trying out some new flashpaper in the store and I was just a little too close.


So are those Maybelleen eybrows?
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Maybe I was born with them...
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On 2006-03-08 17:46, Tim Ellis wrote:
Not FIRED....The correct term is DISILLUSIONED


That's made even more funny by the fact I am quite disillusioned at work!

I'm a full-time engineer and a part-time musician and magician. I'd like to flip those roles. But I have silly things like bills and loans to pay....so until the music and the magic can pay for my extravagent lifestyle....I'm stuck.

This forum is cheering me up no end though! Keep up the good work!
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