Machinations

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Machinations

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Book by Ben Harris ($40.00)

In stock. Order in the next 3 hours, 55 minutes and it will go out today!
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With Machinations, Ben Harris builds upon an unusual and unbelievable puzzle developed by Martin Gardner and Bob Neale known as “The Trapdoor Card”. This topological effect allows you to essentially turn a card INSIDE OUT.

In effect, you display a playing card (or piece of paper, or ticket, or ANYTHING similar) with a small door cut out just off-center. The spectator can then hold onto this tab as you fold around it and cause absolutely impossible and visual miracles happen. You can cause images to vanish, the paper to turn inside out or even make the entire shape change.

Ben Harris has meditated on this principle and taken it in wild, new directions. If you love "Card Warp" or playing card art, and enjoy whimsical presentations, this is THE book for you.

This gorgeous volume features 100 pages of detailed illustrations and instructions. The book is tactile - the props you need are part of the pages, and additional gimmicks have been tipped in, so that you can follow along in real time. Every effect is incredibly easy to perform and requires no practice.

You’ll learn handlings that involve playing cards, schematics for magical doors, Houdini-based escapes, and how to use "The Trapdoor Card" in a packet of cards.

Machinations features more than TWENTY effects using this principle, including:

Zoo Ticket - Cause a zoo ticket printed with donkey images to impossibly transform into a ticket with penguin imagery.

Houdini's Escape - Using a paper "padlock," you assist the famous Houdini in a trapdoor escape.

The Wishing Paper - Showing a paper with birthday candles, the spectator makes a wish. When the paper is unfolded again, their wish appears on the other side.

The Wad of Paper (by Bob Neale) - In this impromptu effect, you and a spectator contemplate the meaning of life while performing the powerful and direct “Trapdoor Card”.

And so much more!

100 pages. Hardbound. Gimmicks included.

Need extra gimmicks? Machinations gimmick refills are also available.

A most entertaining, beautiful, and wonderful book." Richard Kaufman

"Machinations is more wicked than I could have imagined. The glory of seeing a great idea get the 'all in' treatment twists my brain inside-out in a good way." Jonathan Friedman

"A stunning book... dedicated to one mystery, but opening up doors to a whole new world of endless possibilities." Paul Romhany (Vanish Magazine, July 2020)

 

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    jduffty asks: Are the printed cards (available separately) also included? All of them?

    • 1. Daniel answers: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-accessories/machinations-gimmicks/
    • 2. Eberhard answers: Yes, I have the same question : Does the book include all the gimmicks available in the Machination Gimmicks set ?
    • 3. Garry answers: The answere is yes, you receive all the gimmicks with the book, the gimmicks are in an insert in the back of the inside cover. Plus you get a download zip file off all the gimmicks too, Plus you can by just the gimmicks as a seperate from vanish ink. Hope this helps.
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    Patrick asks: Isn't Trapdoor Card a modification of Robert E. Neale and David Britland's Wonder Bill??

    • 1. James answers: Right in the description: Ben Harris builds upon an unusual and unbelievable puzzle developed by Martin Gardner and Bob Neale known as “The Trapdoor Card.”
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    Josh asks: Will this be available as an E book anytime soon?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: Unfortunately not.
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    Michael asks: Does the pdf file provide the ability to print the tricks in the book as a giveaway?

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    Alan asks: Does buying the book give me the copyright to modify the pdf to alter the art to make my own version?

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    Jay asks: Are the "gimmicks" which are included with the purchase of the book completely separate from the book? Or does the buyer have to remove them from pages within the book?

    • 1. Vanishing Inc. Magic responds: They are separate, we also stock replacement gimmicks too.
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Customer reviews for Machinations

Reviewer

Jack

Vanishinginc as once again produced an outstanding book in both quality and material. Of course the author of the material is the ever thinking Ben Harris who must have many sleepless nights getting brain-locked on a premise and juicing it for every drop possible. He truly is a visionary and one I've been a fan of for a long time. The book met and in ways exceeded my expectations, though I've gotten spoiled to Vanishinginc's level of production I tend to take it for granted.
As usual, the book is solid, heavy(ish) and very well produced. It even has a pocket inside the back cover for holding the props. I recommend purchasing an additional set of the props where those in the book can just stay there until the extras become worn. I love also the full size images within the pages for later scanning and printing. This sort of detail make this a complete book for a fascinating principle by one of magic's greatest thinkers.

 
Reviewer

Axel

I love topological magic. I love Bob Neale. And now I love Ben Harris too.
It's fun to read and it's fun to play with the attached cardboard samples at the same time.
Very creative variations. Many thanks to everybody who was involved in this project.

 
Reviewer

Rene

Great book and I think Jack summed it up very well .I had so much fun reading it that I went thru all of it the same day I got it. Great ideas from mentalism to physics,I kept thinking on that story of quantum mechanics and time travel where the main character ,a woman named Jane becomes a man in the future and gets pregnant by herself , there is a template that allows you to get in to this sort of story and performed it to my brother and loved it. I have always enjoyed mixing this sort of tricks in my shows and the author gives you so many options on how to present it and make your theme either for kids or adults , love that versatility .Scan and print the templates from the book and you will have a portable little miracle.

 
Reviewer

Garry

Machinations, a good quality hard back book, very easy to read, and very well explained, the book is printed in colour, comes with the templates, which are in a sleeve on the inside back cover, also this comes with a download link for the templates too, these are also in colour,
Once you type in the address, it automaticaly downloads the templates, which is a first for me.
Great fun, and very enjoyable.

 
Reviewer

Steve

Really great book!! Easy to read and understand!!

Machinations by Ben Harris