Mike Caveney
Magical Publications (1981)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Caveney, Mike: Magicomedy
©1981 Mike Caveney, Pub. Magical Publications, Pasadena, CA
Hardcover, 171 pages
Book Size: 6 X 9 inches

Comments (Stewart Tame): Illustrated by Eric Lewis. "A serious look at some humorous magic." Quite a fun book, possibly Mike's first. He's had experience with just about all possible magical venues, and this book has something for everyone.


6 Introduction by David Copperfield
8 Foreword
10 Magician's Rules: List of 5 Requirements For A Successful Magician by Richard Neve, written in 1716
11 Close-Up Routines
13 Folding Money: Tube just large enough to contain 50 pennies opened & pennies dumped out. Tube capped & left in full view. Pennies placed in coin purse, they vanish. Tube opened & turned over, nothing falls out. Using tweezers, magician produces fifty cent piece from tube.
21 3:32: Two coins covered by hands on tabletop change places, vanish, etc.
27 Cents of Touch: Single marked penny mixed into bag containing $5 worth of pennies. Marked penny drawn from bag by magician.
33 One In A Million: Magician writes names of 2 playing cards on back of selected card. Spectator pushes face-up selection into face-down deck. Deck spread to show selection between 2 playing cards named.
37 Half A Light: Paper match torn from book is torn in half, restored.
45 The Benson Plunger: Variation on The Benson Bowl using toilet plunger. Routine using 3 sponge balls, bowl (plunger head) & wand (plunger handle).
55 Psychic Routines
57 A Bloody Prediction: Magician shows large card with outline of human body. Without showing, magician draws circle around portion of figure & puts card in envelope. Volunteer given free choice of where to "stab" another. Envelope opened, prediction correct.
63 Bent Spoons: Impromptu after-dinner spoon bending effect.
69 Cabaret Routines
71 Thumb Tips for M.C.'s: How to carry notes on stage with you without anyone noticing.
73 Comedy Load Bag: Live chicken produced from spectator's coat. Load bag disguised as fake chicken for second production.
77 The Homing Card Comes Home: 4 jumbo cards shown front & back. One by one faces turn blank. Last card completely blank front & back.
85 Tearable Times: Newspaper rolled into tube & lit candle produced. Paper torn into sections, one partially burned by candle. Paper restored except for burnt hole in middle. Restored newspaper can be examined.
95 Club Soda: Card selected, returned to deck. Deck covered with handkerchief & giant prediction card produced. Prediction wrong. Bottle of club soda produced. Deck shown to have vanished & selected card found floating in bottle.
103 Signed Bill In Cigar: Bank Night routine with cigar offered as collateral. Signed bill found in cellophane-wrapped cigar.

115 The Thimble Act (1965-1971)
118 Thimble Holders: How to make your own.
119 Temporary Parking Zone: Best place to ditch/steal thimble in mid-routine?
121 The Appearing Jumping Rising Vanishing and Reappearing Thimble
127 The Perpetual-Pinocchio Thimble: Thimble on finger stretches to impossible length.
130 The Thimble Bag: Bottomless bag shown & jumbo thimble produced. Second jewel-studded thimble produced & crushed to dust. Dust sprinkled on bag. Hands emerge from bag with jeweled thimble on each finger.
140 The Giant Thimble Production: Followup to previous. Silk streamer produced from bag. Small thimble produced from 2 handkerchiefs. Small thimble changes to red handkerchief which is added to others & streamer. Large thimble produced from bundle.
149 Stage Illusions
151 The Vacuum Cleaner Illusion: Assistant tied up in bag. Bag sucked visibly through hose to vacuum cleaner, which doubles in height. Bag with assistant inside in vacuum cleaner.
161 The Substitution Barrel: Great prop for Metamorphosis routine. Subtle touch: knothole in barrel. After lid locked down, person in barrel sticks finger out through knothole & keyring for locks hung over finger (hole too small for keys on ring to fit through.)
Product Details
No. of Pages 171
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Near Mint
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor