Every now and then I meet people who seem to possess superhuman powers. Elliott Terral is one of those individuals and his official title is Director of Magic at a company called Art of Magic.
How cool is that?!
After speaking with Elliott for a few minutes, I asked if he was a performing magician to which he didn't answer. Instead, he began patting down his pockets for a deck of cards. I beat him to the punch and handed him my very own deck of Erdnase 1902 Green Acorn Playing Cards. One thing to know about this deck, is that you either own it because you're a genius with a deck of cards, or you're a poser.
And for the record, I am not a genius with a deck of cards.
Elliott took my fancy cards and did the impossible. He showed me a King of Hearts and slowly flexed it back and forth as the card changed from king to an ace and then back again. His movements were slow and it was real magic to everyone that was with me. If you'd like to see the effect performed by the guy who invented it you can watch it here.
And if you'd like to purchase the method, it's only $5.00 but you need to know it isn't a trick you can do just because you bought it. There's a reason an "EXPERT LEVEL" descriptor is attached. But the good news is that there are other effects and concepts on the website that are far more approachable and equally satisfying.
One of my favorites is The Great Rubber Band Escape trick that's taught by my talented friend Jordan Gold.
Visit the website and begin developing superpowers of your own.
Besides having some of the best, current magical techniques and concepts, Art of Magic has hours and hours of free audio content to pour through.
Elliott manages a very entertaining podcast for ARTOFMAGIC called Magical Thinking where he and famous magicians discuss how to approach magic, entertainment, and art in general. Below is Elliot's interview with Homer Liwag, who is known for creating magic with and for David Copperfield.
Andy at The Jerx (previously) describes a surprisingly effective tactic for putting a heckler in his place during the performance of a magic trick.
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