Card Delusions, the first book from Ryan Matney in over ten years. Featuring these amazing card routines:
The WhiteChapel Solution - The acclaimed packet trick with a spooky Jack the Ripper presentation. One single standard sleight (Elmsley Count) and a lot of theater and mood. Ryan gives away his full script and the exact ending he has previously held back.
The Court Card Murder Case - Inspired by the Whitechapel Solution, this is a quick and deceptive routine with a great commercial premise. Again, Ryan gives away his full script.
A-Proxy-Mate - The spectator cuts the cards and matches one that you cut to. Then, she cuts to all four aces. The best part, she handles the cards through-out and this routine is nearly sleight free. You must be able to hold a break. Once.
Discard Dating Service - Hofzinser's Royal Marriages but this time the spectator helps shuffle the cards before the first magical match happens. Concludes with a triple match finale. Entirely self-working and impromptu.
Grifter's Game - Something with a little more effort. First published by Joshua Jay in MAGIC magazine. A 'cheater's move' is demonstrated with magical results.
Without a Clue - You won't believe the amount of magic that Ryan wrings out of one DL and one false cut. A little workhorse routine that you will use!
Harmony - A two person coincidence effect. Ever want to do an effect with a presentation like Anniversary Waltz but didn't want to expose a gaffed card. This has a similar impact and presentation but a completely different effect. Self-working and uses regular cards.
Primal Scheme - A packet trick with an entertaining story and a surprising finish.
Nepomuk - Hozinser's Four Ace Problem meets Vernon's Twisting the Aces but with a multiple kicker that nobody sees coming.
The Pallbearer's Aces - An intriguing premise, a bullet proof method, and an ending that kills. What more could you ask for? Oh yes, it's entirely self-working and you need never touch the cards. Ryan has used this routine to fool many magicians. Get the full details and script.
Penultimate Man - Ryan started with John Bannon's "Last Man Standing" and then turned left.
Psi-Caustic - For the price of one double undercut, you have a strange card at any number type effect that uses regular cards and is completely impromptu.
The Conqueror Worm - A card trick with a "horrific" premise. Regular cards.
Amara Rises Again - Hailed as a self-working neo classic and featured on Big Blind Media's "Ultimate Self-Working Card Magic Vol. 2" DVD. Get the full details from the creator, including script, thoughts on performance, and full details on how to construct a special prop used in Ryan's original ending that is virtually unknown!
Supremo Divinator - Combining two ancient principles to create a trick that will blow your spectator's mind flap. Regular cards.
Now it's Now Again - Inspired by effects from Sankey and Walton, this multi-climax routine takes the audience on a short time trip.
What I like about Ryan Matney's card magic is the tight construction and his attention to detail. He understands what makes a trick work, and he takes the most direct route, eliminating unnecessary sleights, thus keeping his routines lean and mean.Peter Duffie