Quirky Forces

Book by Chris Wardle
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50 different sneaky, ingenious and offbeat forcing methods from award-winning magician Chris Wardle.

Quirky Forces is a 200+ page hardcover book covering forces with words, images, cards, numbers, magic squares and grids, simple forcing gimmicks, book tests, colors and more. Chris presents a range of his favorite forces and shows how to use them to create intriguing effects that are as baffling as they are fun to watch. This includes complete routines for the working magician, something that was often overlooked in previous similar books.

"Chris Wardle has the rare knack of devising very good tricks indeed. His magical inventions are always practical, satisfyingly ingenious and slyly deceptive. Chris's creations rely on a clever force or a way to apply a familiar forcing principle in a new way. In this superb new book, Chris presents a range of his favorite forces and shows how to use them to create intriguing effects that are as baffling as they are fun to watch'" Ian Rowland (excerpt from the foreword to Quirky Forces)

"Chris is a treasure trove of inventive, commercial ideas, and this book is no different. I can always tell a good magic book by the amount of page corners I have folded down, and I can hand on heart say I turned more corners of 'Quirky Forces' down than any other book." Preston 'Spooky' Nyman (Editor of Mazel Magazine)

Quirky Forces Overview:

  • 50 different forcing methods
  • Over 200 pages
  • Over 40 graphics
  • Foreword by Ian Rowland

Here is what renowned creator and regular columnist in The Linking Ring Michael Breggar had to say about Quirky Forces:

In 1932 Theo Annemann published a collection of 101 forces that he had personally compiled over the years. Another 101 forces were collated and published just shy of two years later. In 1937 Max Holden combined these two Annemann booklets into what we know today as the classic '202 Methods of Forcing'. The book is seminal, covering some great (and some not-too-practical) forcing ideas. In the next decade, Annemann's book will be a century old. Do these forces still hold up today? Remarkably so. Still, there MUST be something new.

Lewis Jones published his 'Encyclopedia of Impromptu Card Forces' in 1994 and BigBlindMedia produced a fabulous video called 'The Forces Project' around 2012. Both dealt with, obviously, card forces, though nimble-minded magicians could easily rework these ideas to force things beyond cards.

Even with all these, there has been a need for a collection of clever and unusual forces (cards or not) that can propel intriguing magic or mentalism effects. Enter Chris Wardle. Magician, educator, writer and need-fulfiller!

Chris has compiled a terrific collection of unique and unusual forces in his book 'Quirky Forces'. And unlike the citations I mention above (and many others), after Chris explains the forces, he then demonstrates how the forces are best used in an effect (or two). One cannot underestimate the importance of this. It breathes vivid life into the forces described and (pardon the pun) forces the reader into thinking of their own application of force and method. This alone elevates Chris' text from the ordinary to the exceptional. It becomes something you read slowly to appreciate the ideas and think about their application simultaneously.

This is a book that is a must-read for creative magicians and mentalists.

For all these reasons, 'Quirky Forces' is Highly Recommended!


Customer reviews for Quirky Forces



There is quite a bit of fun material in here. I like the way the book is organized by different types of forces with different things. There’s definitely a gem or two within these pages.



First, I love the comparison of music with magic. As a musician, I find those first two paragraphs of the introduction insightful and accurate. Now, I’m not through reading the whole book yet ( I always read the book through at least once before practice).So far, this is a fun and a mind opening book. So happy to include the book to my library and the knowledge there in shared. After what I’ve read so far, this book is a great resource and acquisition. Recommend.



As my rating states I think this is a pretty good book. Is it my favourite book on forces? No, but the title does state "Quirky", and it certainly is quirky. The production value is ok-ish, the photos are actually pretty dark, and hard to discern. There is a lot of clever thinking in the book and if you are collector of magical ideas this book is perfect. Some interesting thinking and methods. Its clearly a self-published book so don't expect Vanishing Inc quality, but I still would recommend it. If you get Freedom of Expression by Dani DaOrtiz that would be first prize.


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