John Ramsay was one of the world’s greatest exponents of visual and psychological misdirection. His most famous application of these ideas was in his brilliant Cylinder and Coins, and Coins in the Hat.
Coins and Cylinder: Four silver dollars vanish from the hands to appear under a small slice of cork, in a small open ended tube. The coins are left in the cylinder, and then instantly change places with the cork held in the hand.
Coins in the Hat: Several coins appear, penetrate the back of the performer’s hand, and jump through the air into the magician’s hand. The coins are then made “invisible” and dropped into a hat. A snap of the fingers, and all the coins jump out of the hat, and into the performer’s hand.
John Carney is one of Ramsay’s greatest admirers, owing much to that master teacher.
In this enlightening video, John offers his insights and interpretations of the Ramsay technique, explaining concepts which may be applied in tricks of every description, from close-up magic to stage illusion. Here are the real secrets of sleight of hand; how to effectively apply knowledge of the machinations of the spectator’s mind and eye toward a more perfect illusion.
These are lessons for all who wish to understand the art and science of misdirection.