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Tom and His Merry Men Lecture

(a.k.a. I want to be a Spanish magician when I grow up)


BBQ Ribs Three Coins Across - Jeremiah Zuo
Here is one of my favorite coin routines that my friend Jeremiah can often be found performing. It is a simple handling of the 3 Fly/Visible Coins across which maximizes each magical moment by reducing the number of coins in the hands during each phase.

The Contest: Poker Players Picnic REDUX - Ed Oschmann/Tom Dobrowolski
This handling of the classic lazy man’s ace trick makes the routine actually fun! You will use this....a LOT!

Poor Old Uncle Joe - Jack Carpenter
The ever generous and industrious Jack Carpenter has graciously allowed me to share this simple and fun laymen pleaser.

Streamlined Prediction - John Carey
My good friend John Carey so generously allowed me to share this prediction effect which I ABSOLUTELY love performing.

Blackjack for Brother John - David Kuraya
Richard Kaufmans described the Pinochle Trick this way in The Secrets of Brother John Hamman: ...four cards, lots of changes, and four completely different cards show up at the end. (p. 97) If you like the sound of that, then one, get that book! And two, you'll love this.

Right Down the Street - Tom Dobrowolski
This is my handling of the Out of This World plot inspired by the genius Dani's your life….

Hana Ho Card - Curtis Kam
"Hana Ho" means "Do it Again!" in Hawaiian. And Hawaii magician Curtis Kam uses this simplified moving hole effect to answer that call, it's a quick encore to any effect using a signed card that transforms that card into something just a little more special for the lucky person who gets to keep it.

25 pages 


The Experts at the Breakfast Table

(bacon not included)


Naked Deck Opener - Trent Ketchmark
The perfect opener to a card or close up set. A blank deck becomes instantly printed with faces and backs. Very fun simple visual magic

Cheater Cheater Pumpkin Eater - Tom Dobrowolski
My take on the Lie Detector plot influenced by Solomon-Steinmeyer-DaOrtiz My new FAVORITE impromptu trick.

Poor Old Uncle Joe 2 - Jack Carpenter
The prolific and generous Jack Carpenter has supplied an updated handling of the routine he published in my earlier set of lecture notes, Tom and His Merry Men. The routine includes a new kicker and is less jiggery-pokery. I didn’t think it was possible, but Jack outdid himself yet again!.

The Portal - Jeremiah Zuo
Cards travel through a portal! No really they do!

I ♥ U-Patrick Flanagan
After seeing and learning this effect you will NEVER perform Anniversary Waltz again! Lovely memorable magic!

After Effect - Richard Hucko
Prediction transposition and more all in one beautifully routined effect.

Neither Short-Sighted nor Mad - John Carey
Johns great take on Tamariz’ classic “Neither Blind nor Silly” This one like so much of John’s brilliant material is SO much fun to perform!

OOTW Opener - Benny Lau
A great opening routine for OOTW in which the magician demonstrates his card divining skills.

Earfun - Jeff Prace
A quick, visual and very clever update of a classic trick. This was previously published as a part of a download “Organik” Jeff did through

Away We Go - Tom Dobrowolski
A no-fuss and direct handling for selected “cards across.”

Haunted Bolt - Curtis Kam
A demonstration of the world’s worst magic power.

45 pages.



Jack Carpenter
Jack Carpenter and Tom.

Juan Tamariz
Juan Tamariz lecturing (Tom seated to right).

Eugene Burger with Tom
Eugene Burger at Tom's Lecture.

"I really enjoyed your lecture last night. After I got home, I was talking with Max Maven about your idea of letting the audience member..."

"Feel free to pass this on if you wish. Again, thanks for a thought provoking lecture."
- Eugene Burger

"Okay, "The Contest" by Tom and Ed Oschmann:  Best. Party. Trick. Ever. Hands down, they've crafted the finest handling of the classic "Poker Players' Picnic" I've seen.  What a great trick!"
- John Bannon  

"Your notes are inspirational."
- Ross Johnson

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