Chris Wardle has been developing the theme of cut and restored for some years: the basic plot of cutting and restoring a ribbon goes back at least to the 1930s. In this trick Chris has come up with a way of putting a borrowed £5 polymer note between the two halves of a bent playing card. The magician takes a pair of scissors and cuts right through this ‘sandwich’. The card ends up in two pieces but, surprisingly, the magician restores the note to as good as new. Any faint hearted magician can perform the same trick on a ribbon rather than a bank note.

This is a good example of the direct, practical magic invented by British magician Chris Wardle. The magician shows the six standard ESP cards and places them in a row. A spectator freely chooses a number from one to six. It turns out that the magician’s prediction, which has been right under the spectator’s nose all along, is correct. Complete with instructions.

This is a clever combination of a traditional optical illusion and new thinking. It builds on the plot of the traditional boomerang trick. The magician shows two plastic strips with cats on them. To the eyes of the spectators, it appears that the two strips stretch and shrink. For the climax, the magician proves that the two plastic strips have actually changed size. The trick was originally available in Japan from Tenyo. Complete with instructions in Japanese and English.

The padlock comes with two keys. Whenever a spectator tries to open the lock, neither key works. When the magician tries to open it, both keys work. The trick can be presented in many ways, for example a Just Chance routine, betting the spectator that if they choose the key which opens the lock, they win £5. Produced by David De-Val Magic Company, Stockport, England. Complete with instructions.

With this brass ring the magician can perform a variety of tricks involved with getting the ring on or off a borrowed walking stick. The ring can be examined. This was a popular trick invented by Jardine Ellis, who died in 1923. The item was found in the Davenport Demon envelope, as illustrated. Complete with duplicated instructions.

With this brass ring the magician can perform a variety of tricks involved with getting the ring on or off a borrowed walking stick. The ring can be examined. This was a popular trick invented by Jardine Ellis, who died in 1923. Note the Davenport demon head trademark and the initials ‘LD’ for Lewis Davenport on the box label. Complete with instructions.

A ball is placed inside a transparent box tied to two cords. The magician magically manages to free the ball. This is number 7 of a series of 12 Mr. Magic tricks put out by Magicmania, Florence. Made in China. Complete with instructions. The trick was purchased at Museo della Magia, Cherasco, Italy. The museum was run by Mago Sales, the stage name of Don Silvio Mantelli. For more information, visit www.magosales.com.