The Creative Card Magic of William P. Miesel
Miesel, William P
Unikorn Magik (1980)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Hardcover 9780960401604
USA  eng
Miesel, William P.:The Creative Card Magic of William P. Miesel
©1980 Ed Eckl, Published by Unikorn Magik, Beverly MA
Hardcover, 177 pages
ISBN-13: 9780960401604
ISBN-10: 0960401601


by William P. Miesel
by Neal Elias

Chapter I
In The Beginning

I'll Find It the Easy Way... 12
Two methods of doing a trick that does not
appear to be one.
An Ambitious Surprise... 15
Two Ambitious Card Routines
with a real kicker.
The Double Lift... 23
A different slant on making the
Double Lift appear deceptive.
Double Lift Second Deals... 28
A simple approach to the Second Deal for
magical purposes.
The Buckle... 30
The correct handling of he Buckle to make
it invisible close-up.

Chapter II
The Four Aces

Introduction Of The Aces... 35
A flashy production of Four Aces.
The Solitary Aces... 37
A gimmick makes a good trick look great.
The Progressive Aces... 43
A very subtle avenue to the Successive
Aces that is completely impromptu.
Still Thinking Of An Ace... 48
In this version of the "Think Ace" theme,
a repeat is not only possible but is

Chapter III
Favorite Routines

Rapid-Fire Reversals... 53
Card reversals are always interesting,
especially when they happen over and over.
Loving Couples... 56
An "Oil And Water" principle with a
"Royal Marriages" presentation.
An Alternate Puzzle... 59
You can He can't.
Col orfusing Monte... 63
One change after another.
A Quick-Change Act... 68
The spectator will be sure that he is
color blind.

Chapter IV
Spades On Parade

A Spade Of A Different Color... 74
A different type of prediction.
Count Down... 77
A clever small packet quickie.
Ambitious Five... 79
A very popular version of a classic.

Chapter V
Feature Tricks

Visual Transportation... 86
Different approaches to transpositions.
Things Aren't What They Seem... 89
Another look at the "Universal Card".
On The Make... 96
A modern direction for an old effect.
Take Three... 101
Some thoughts on a relatively little
used theme.
Unforeseen Interchange... 106
A transposition that isn't, but it
really is.
Turning Over Another Leaf... 114
A Hofzinser classic.
Down The River... 118
A routine with lots of surprises.
Ten Hand Poker Deal... 123
An interesting discussion on a modern day
routine that is destined to become a classic.

Chapter VI
Wild Card

That's Wild... 134
Let's get rid of the gimmicks.
Whole Deck — Wild Card... 138
A rather elaborate routine that is
very baffling.
Wildest Dreams... 142
This is really wild.

Chapter VII
Classic Card Effects

Follow The Leader... 150
Some very clean thoughts on this
Dai Vernon classic.
Oil And Water... 156
A couple of very good reasons for
performing this Ed Mario classic.
Oil, Water, And The Oil Barons... 159
This is real entertainment.
Face The Ace... 163
Thank you, Hofzinser, for this premise.
Everywhere And Nowhere... 167
This has been a classic for over one hundred
Backward Everywhere And Nowhere... 171
This routine is extremely subtle.
The Rising Cards... 174
Still looking for that ever elusive
impromptu rising card routine.

Publisher's Afterword... 177
by Ed Eckl


by William P. Miesel, Marshall Philyaw (Illustrator), Ronald F. Zollweg, Philip Reed. Willmarth

After many years of contributing his creations to magic magazines Bill Miesel decided to write his first book that features his brand of card magic. The forward of the book explains his mission:

“The most important element of any magical effect is its entertainment value. Every one of these effects is designed to entertain someone. Most of them should prove entertaining to either a lay audience or and audience composed of magicians. Some are designed basically to be performed before magicians because of their surprise endings to familiar effects. A few may prove to be entertaining to the performer himself but may be lost on an audience. I feel that a couple of these are worthwhile it they amuse someone and provide inspiration, which they will, to others.”

Routines include:
I’ll Find It The Easy Way, An Ambitious Surprise, The Double Lift, Double Lift Second Deals, The Buckle, Introduction Of The Aces, The Progressive Aces, Still Thinking Of An Ace, Rapid-Fire Reversals, Loving Couples, An Alternate Puzzle, Colorfusing Monte, A Quick-Change Act, A Spade Of A Different Color, Count Down, Ambitious Five, Visual Transposition, Things Aren’t What They Seem, On The Make, Take Three, Unforseen Interchange, Turning Over Another Leaf, Down The River, Ten Hand Poker Deal, That’s Wild, Whole Deck-Wild Card, Wildest Dreams, Follow The Leader, Oil And Water, Oil Water And The Oil Barons, Face The Ace, Everywhere And Nowhere, Backward Everywhere And Nowhere, and The Rising Cards.

First Edition. Published by Unikorn Magik in 1980. 180-pages, 6x9 inch, hard-cover. Written by William P. Miesel with an introduction by Neal Elias.
Product Details
No. of Pages 177
First Edition Yes
Rare Yes
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor