Al Koran's Legacy
Miller, Hugh
Mamma Mia Magic Company (1972)
In Collection
USA  eng
Miller, Hugh: Al Koran's Legacy
©1972 Repro71, England
Hardcover, w/dj, 180 pages
©1996 Repro71, England
Softcover, comb-bound, 173 pages
Al Koran's Legacy Hardcover

Original 1972 edition
Koran's Legacy - softcover
Revised 1996 edition

Comments: Illustrated by the Author. The second edition of 1996 was issued in softcover and adds additional material (see below).
Note: Martin Breese has published yet a third edition of Al Koran's Legacy with yet more additional content. This edition has been listed separately.

Contents (from book):

vii Foreword (Francis White)

7 Introduction
11 Preface (Hugh Miller)

17 Part 1 Club and Cabaret Routines
19 Five Star Prediction: card in envelope matches spectator's selection
27 Twenty Card Memory: magician instantly pulls each of 20 selections as called by the spectators
35 The Gold Medallion: three numbers selected by three spectators appear on a medallion in a box
45 Mind Shot: magician takes polaroid photo of spectator, and card selection is seen in the photo on the spectator's forehead
51 Headline Countdown: a newspaper headline prediction
63 The Astral World: a book test
71 Million Dollar Prediction: long term publicity prediction
79 Insight Spectacular: a Lottery (or other) number prediction
89 Cassette Recorder Miracle: one of five cards predicted by a cassette tape recording, could probably be adapted to MP3 player or other modern system

97 Part 2 Close-Up Magic After Hours
99 Where Did She Go?: a find the lady card trick
105 Pronto Card to Wallet: a clever double card to wallet
113 Bare-Hand Coin Vanish: needs a table
119 Stack Vanish: clever addition for the cap & pence1
125 The Pill: a sponge ball trick around birth control
133 The Wife's Favorite: a four card revelation
139 Automatic Poker: poker demo with Royal Flushes
145 Coloured Matches: pairs of red & white matches vanish and are replaced by yellow and green
153 I'll Find It: clever mind reading card trick
159 Eye of the Beholder: magician matches the number of cards chosen by spectator

165 Part 3 Gadget, Gimmicks and Presentation
167 Force Pack: an alternative to rough & smooth
167 Swami Holder: a quick and sure way to retrieve your gimmick
168 Scored Deck: quick side marking
168 Daubed Spectator: identifying a spectator when blindfolded
169 Grab Force: spectator grabs a card from a special frame, and it is forced
170 Index Card: idea for a special playing card, and a note on Koran's card index
171 Presentation of Al Koran's Magic
173 - Handling of Props
176 - Handling of Spectators
179 - Dress
179 - The Finale

-----Added in 1996 Edition (pagination is different in new edition)-----
153 Part Four New Materials for the 1996 Edition
153 Linking of Three Borrowed Finger Rings
165 The Coin in Bottle
169 Coin Ring and Handkerchief

Price 125.00

Contains classic routines of mentalism. A real collector's item.

Part I: Club and Cabaret Routines

•Five Star Prediction
•Twenty Card Memory
•The Gold Medallion (a CLASSIC)
•Mind shot
•Headline Countdown
•The Astral Word
•Million Dollar Prediction
•Insight Spectacular
•Cassette Recorder miracle

Part II: Close-up Magic, After-Hours

•Where did she go?
•Pronto card to wallet
•Bare-hand coin vanish
•Stack vanish
•The Pill
•The wife's favorite
•Automatic Poker
•Coloured Matches
•I'll find it
•Eye of the Beholder

Part III: Gadgets, Gimmicks and Presentation

•Force Pack
•Swami holder
•Scored Deck
•Daubed spectator
•Grab force
•index card
Product Details
Extras Author autograph
No. of Pages 180
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf Q
Current Value $125.00
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Al Koran (1914-1972)

Al Koran was born Edward Doe in Britain. Koran started out as a hairdresser before becoming a professional magician/mentalist.

He began his career as a close-up performer and gained a reputation for his incredible card effects; among them a card stab which fooled well-posted magicians, and which was described in "Mastered Amazement."

Though not an inventor of effects, Koran possessed the ability to see magic from a lay person's point of view; he was thus able to take long-negected magical concepts and create with them strong presentations.

After a time he shifted the focus of his performances to mental magic, and here he achieved his greatest successes, including his own television series.

Unlike many magicians who have specialized in mental magic, however, Koran often wove conventional magic into the presentation of his mental feats; he might, for example, divine the contents of a locked box-and then cause the box to vanish.

In 1964, a book titled "Bring Out The magic In Your Mind" was published, supposedly written by Koran but actually ghosted; it was a combination of self-help positive-thinking advice with a number of publicity stories about Koran.

The book has been described as the "world's thickest advertising brochure."

In 1969, Koran moved to Chicago, Illinois, and he began to build a new career in the united States making frequent appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show; shortly thereafter he was stricken with cancer, however, and died two years later.

After Koran's passing from cancer his ashes were handled by his good friend and fellow magician Billy McComb.

He invented many tricks, including a special deck of cards known as the Koran Deck, but his best known effect is "Ring Flight."

Some of his effects and presentations are described i three books " "Professional Presentations," and "Koran's Legacy," both by Hugh Miller, and "The Magic of Al Koran," edited by Martin Breese.

Information courtesy of The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians.


British mentalist (real name Edward Doe), author and magic inventor of Ring Flite.
Also Invented: A variation of the Bagshawe Deck, now called the Koran deck, The Koran Medallion
Wrote: Al Koran's Professional Presentations (1967), Bring Out the Magic in Your Mind (1988), Mastered amazement: Mainly for the manipulator(1947)
Media: Al Koran Performance CD
For more information, see Al Koran's Legacy (1973) by Hugh Miller and The Magic of Al Koran (1984) by Martin Breese.


Al Koran (1917-1972) was a British mentalist (born Edward Doe), who was also an author and the magic inventor of the effect known as Ring Flite (1968).[1] He also invented a special deck of cards known as the Koran deck.

1 Biography
2 Publications
3 Effects
4 Further Reading
5 References

In 1945, he became the youngest member ever to be awarded London Society of Magicians Gold Medal. It was after this that he selected the stage name "Al Koran" and make magic a full time job. EmbedVideo received the bad id "2233850/al_koran_on_the_ed_sullivan_show" for the service "metacafe".

In January, 1969, he emigrated to the United States. First to Cleveland, Ohio and then later settling in Chicago.

Mastered Amazement: Mainly for the Manipulator (1947)
Bring Out the Magic in Your Mind (1964) ("ghosted")
Al Koran's Professional Presentations (1967) by Hugh Miller
The Magic of the Mind in Action (1976)
The Jonah Card (1948) (sold by Abbott's) - Three cards are chosen. Magician states that he will reverse the three chosen cards while the deck is behind his hack. This is done, then the deck is spread out – but each spectator states that his card is not one of the reversed cards showing. Magician requests that the three chosen cards be named – and strangely enough – each spectator names the same card. Magician says that there must be some mistake as the card named is his JONAH CARD and that he always removes that card from the deck. To prove his words, he reaches into his inside coat pocket and removes the card chosen by all three spectators.
Medallion - A metal medallion is displayed in a jewelry box. The mentalist has a number chosen and then shown that
this same number was inscribed on the back of the medallion.

Further Reading
Al Koran's Legacy (1973) by Hugh Miller.
The Magic of Al Koran (1983) by Martin Breese.

↑ The New Tops, Vol. 12, No. 8 & 9, August & September 1972
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Genii, Vol. 36, No. 6, June 1972, OBITUARY, Koran, page 286
The New Tops, Vol. 12, No. 8 & 9, August & September 1972, AL KORAN LOSES THE LAST TRICK, page 28
The Magic Circular, Vol. 73, No. 793, January/February 1979, Show and Lecture Reports, A Tribute to Al Koran—Comrie Mackay, A.I.M.C., page 11
The Linking Ring, Vol. 79, No. 9, September 1999, OUR SIDE OF THE POND by Elizabeth Warlock, page 135