Henry Sugar

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Magic download (ebook) by Liam Montier ($14.40)

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Liam Montier presents a stunning easy to do mentalist card trick based on a well known short story by Roald Dahl, called "The wonderful world of Henry Sugar". 

The basic plot of the story is that Henry Sugar finds a manuscript that states that you can use mental yoga techniques to, amongst other things see things without your eyes. Study and practice meant that Henry was eventually able to see what playing cards were in an opponents hands just by mentally visualising them. 

He then went on to cheat all the big casinos out of loads of money – which (being a nice guy) he donated to orphanages all around the world. 

So the scene is set – the magician claims that they have seen the manuscript, and have had a certain amount of success with the mental yoga techniques involved. 

He takes a deck of cards, and is just about to shuffle them when he thinks better of it, and hands them to the spectator to shuffle. He then claims that as he is so new to this, he can only do it with very visual cards, ie the court cards. 

He explains that what he wishes the spectator to do, is to take the cards off the newly shuffled deck one by one. If the card isn’t a court card, then it is just to be discarded face down on the table, however, if it is a court card, then he is to keep the card in his hand and stare at it – visualising it as much as possible. The magician will then attempt to reveal the card. 

This happens three times. Each time the magician getting it correct. 

So maybe the canny spectator suspects marked cards are being used? 

To dispell this accuation, the cards are shuffled again (by the spectator ), and the magician tries again, but this time he turns his back, whilst the same scenario is repeated. 

Yet again, he gets it right, three times out of three.

So now the magician is feeling confident, and suggests that he will try with a non court card. He asks the spectator to think of any card at all, and then to help with the visualising, find the card and stare at it intently for a few seconds. The card is then lost in the deck. 

The magician can turn around at that point and – yes, with enough concentration. He WILL name the card.

I would just like to say that I highly recommend Henry Sugar! A very nice effect that will fry magicians! When I first read it my initial reaction apart from “wow this is great”” was “I wish I had thought of it!” This really is a trick you will enjoy performing because the baffle-factor is so high. Good luck with this one Liam Steve Dela
Henry Sugar is an incredibly clever effect and one that I will actually perform. I don’t say that for many effects. As far as I’m concerned, Liam Montier is one of the most original magicians I’ve ever met and he is my main inspiration to create new magic. Pretty much everything he touches has a big hint of creativity and an even bigger hint of “I’ll kick you where it hurts!Andi Gladwin

Henry Sugar was featured on the Ultimate Self Working Card Tricks DVD but this ebook features much more detail and ideas


Customer reviews for Henry Sugar



This is probably one of the best self working card effects of all time (right up there with "Out of this World").
Watch the Youtube video to get an idea how impossible this looks to an audience.
This effect not only fools lay people but has fooled many knowledgeable Magicians as well.
The complete presentation and method are meticulously explained in the ebook.
Very rarely have I seen an effect explained in such detail.
I truly believe that this effect is to this generation what "Out of this World" was to the last.
This effect is destined to become a classic.


Dr. Joaquin M.

If one were to observe many of the reviews on this site, you will notice that a vast majority of them are between 4-5 star ratings. There is a reason for that - the material available on this site is top-notch because Andi, Joshua and the rest of the crew really do sift through a lot to try and pick what they believe is some of the very best material. In turn, they offer it to their customers.

In my opinion they do a great job at it, especially since it is a wild guessing game. That is, trying to guess as to the tastes of a broad range and base of customers of all skill levels. Not an easy task.

That said, Henry Sugar is right up there with the other 5 star products. There is no reason at all that anyone should not be able to do this effect as far as methodology is concerned, given the proper practice. The principle at work here is not new by any means, but it is utilized in a clever way and it works very well. In fact, it can be done with other types of cards, not just playing cards per-se.

I have had this for enough time to be able to practice it and use it in a couple of parlour performances and it absolutely floored everyone because it is so clean and very direct. If you do this right, there are a few different ways that you can play this piece. If you want to get a sense of just one of those ways, check on YouTube for a video of Liam Montier doing this effect. I just happened to stumble across it myself a while ago, but only after I had already purchased this PDF.

Everything is well-covered in the PDF as far as the instruction is concerned and I cannot think of anything that was left out.

Practice this well and you will have an absolutely fantastic piece of direct mentalism at your disposal!



This a brilliant trick and I have used it for years, it's not difficult and it hits them hard. Great buy.


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