Ryan Plunkett's Distilled is a handsome, 200-page volume of practical and professional material, plucked straight from his working repertoire. Like a fine whiskey, this collection of ten routines was distilled and refined slowly and carefully, over time.
Ryan Plunkett, a founding ensemble member and resident magician at the famous Chicago Magic Lounge, performs this material every night for sold-out audiences. He teaches clever and intriguing versions of classics like card-through-handkerchief ("Paper and Silk") and his version of ACAAN ("Any Card at Our Numbers.") Then there are more unusual plots, like "Fan Mail," in which a free selection matches a card found in a piece of fan mail, and "Gravity Deck," a strange vanish of a pack of cards wherein the spectator actually feels the weight of the deck diminish.
As Mike Pisciotta explains in the foreword, Ryan is, “a magician who takes the time to analyze the audience’s reactions to the material time and again, all while honing and fine tuning each piece for maximum impact.” And it shows: Ryan is a favorite at the Chicago Magic Lounge, and performs across the country at private and corporate events.
Any Card at Our Numbers: Two decks begin on the table. One is chosen by a spectator then shuffled thoroughly, while the other is isolated under another spectator’s hand. Two numbers are freely named. Despite nearly impossible odds, the same card is found in both decks at the named position.
Fan Mail: This unique effect can span across the course of your show. A randomly chosen card from a red deck is shown to match a card given away earlier from a blue deck, which is concealed inside a piece of fan mail. It's funny, amazing, and teaches many valuable lessons about constructing an act.
Ace on Top: The Ace through Five of a named suit are placed in order, then rearranged. Despite repeatedly changing the sequence, the order always remains the same. With several phases, this routine has a lovely build and displays Ryan’s knack for crafting elegant, impactful card magic.
Magnetic Silver: In this multi-phase routine, you cause two coins to apparently become magnetized, attracting to and repelling away from each other.
The Time Machine: This is Ryan's handling of a classic plot in which you cause a deck of cards to go back in time, step by step.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Ryan has performed and explored this Dai Vernon classic for many years. While there are many variations already in print, in this version, every moment and subtlety has been considered in order to achieve a real piece of wonder.
Versatile Transport: This approach to the Slow Motion Bill Transpo allows for the use of any borrowed bill. It's a pocket-sized miracle that you'll be able to do anywhere.
Paper and Silk: Ryan has breathed new life into the classic Cards Through Handkerchief. Justifying the use of the handkerchief to make the deck “sleight of hand proof,” the audience is left convinced that the cards were never touched by the magician. Even so, the card penetrates the cloth with ease.
Muck Off: The magician demonstrates a classic way to cheat at cards: hiding cards in the sleeve and switching them into play. The magician then grants this skill to the spectator, with a card on the table switching with a card in the spectator’s sleeve. Combined with a logical kicker, Ryan has created a routine that will challenge even the most attentive audience.
Gravity Deck: The most unusual effect in the book. Placing a deck of cards on the spectator's hand, they slowly feel the box becoming lighter. They feel the deck vanish, bit by bit until you display the box to be completely empty. You then cause the cards to reappear inside the box. This highly original effect is as clever as it is deceptive.
Appointed with over 182 gorgeous photographs and step-by-step instruction, Distilled is a collection worthy of careful study.
212 pages Hardbound.
“Ryan Plunkett is my favorite type of magician. He thinks and analyzes his repertoire like a true professional, and his passion for his craft shines through in all of his work. This book contains some of his A-list material, and you'd be crazy not to check it out!” Harapan Ong
“While The Complete and Unedited Works of Ryan Plunkett is my dream book, it was quite thoughtful of him to make the distilled version. Only brilliance.” Ricky Smith
“Ryan Plunkett’s Distilled is an excellent collection of professional, audience-tested routines. The methods are elegant and streamlined. The effects are direct and powerful.” Jared Kopf
“A wise wizard once advised (and I paraphrase), that “you only need 10 great effects.” Well, here you go! Ten deep mysteries from the mind of Mr. Plunkett.” Paul Vigil
“Each and every effect in this book is somehow both groundbreaking and a polished worker. You could spend your time being jealous, or you could get this book. Do the second one.” Michael Feldman
“I’ve seen Ryan perform the material in this book countless times for real audiences. No pipe dreams or Instagram bullish*t. If you’re looking for solid close up material that could go directly into your real world work, buy this book.” Nick Diffatte
“Distilled contains an excellent blend of strong effects and clever methods. While reading, I repeatedly thought: 'Oh, nice, that would have fooled me!' Sit down with this and a glass of single malt and enjoy.” Denis Behr
“What was Ryan’s approach to his latest book? Publish quality over quantity. There are only ten routines in this book, but they are all very strong and clever effects that use truly devious methods. Distilled has fresh new plots, stunning color photography, and strong material that Ryan performs on a regular basis. Get the book. You won’t be disappointed.” Jason Ladanye
Since the publication of Distilled, we have discovered that Mike Rose’s “The Grail” predates “Any Cards at Our Numbers” and shares many of the features of this marketed effect. The second deck used in the trick is the same procedure used in “The Grail” and the idea of doing it with two-decks was originally published by Peter Nardi in his updated release “The Grail Gold.” We wish to acknowledge “The Grail,” produced by Alakazam, as a predecessor and apologize for the detailed crediting omission in Distilled.