Mentzer, Jerry: Professional Close-Up of Curtis Kam - Deceptions in Paradise
©1996 1st Edition Jerry Mentzer, Published by Magic Methods
Illustrations by Richard Bartram, Jr.
Hardcover, 109 pages
The Professional Close-Up of Curtis Kam Deceptions in Paradise
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Comments: Each effect is explained in detail with many clear line drawings. At the end of each description, a "patter" section is provided that outlines the whole routine again, but with suggested flow and words.


1 Introduction (Jerry Mentzer): about Curtis Kam and the book

3 Chapter One - Professional Coin Routines
5 Twisted Trio: three coins are produced from nowhere, pass from hand to hand, are placed in the pocket yet produced again, and vanish one at a time. Features the "Twist Production" and the "Twist Shuttle Pass". Uses four coins.
22 Framed Wild Pocket: A "Wild Coin" routine. Three Silver Dollars are produced from a coin frame one at a time. A small Chinese coin is shown, and turns each silver coin into a large Chinese Coin, then one Chinese coin shrinks. Uses a purse frame, 3 silver dollars, one silver dollar sized Chinese coin, and one quarter sized Chinese coin.Good for restaurant as only a small section of a table is needed momentarily and resets as you perform the effect.
29 Coercive Purse: An English Penny is produced from a purse frame, and then a half dollar. The English Penny then vanishes into the coin purse, and transposes with the Half dollar. The Half is then removed from the purse. This is repeated. Then the Penny is placed in the pocket, yet comes out of the purse. On the repeat, the Penny gets stuck, because the half has turned into a jumbo coin. Requires a purse frame, C/S coin, English Penny, and a jumbo 3" Half Dollar.
36 The Flying Shuttle Pass: from Kam's 1993 lecture notes
38 Chink-A-Chink: four coins in a diamond pattern assemble to one location. Uses 5 coins
43 Copper/Silver Flurry: Spectator holds a Chinese coin and the magician does a flurry with a Silver Dollar. The Dollar suddenly changes to the Chinese coin, and the spectator finds she is holding the silver dollar. Uses two dollar coins and one Chinese coin.
45 Hopping Half: a "hopping half" routine using a C/S coin rather than the Hopping Half set.

49 Chapter Two: Professional Card Routines
51 Kamnibal Cards: Cannibal Cards with a happy ending; no gaffs
59 Shrink A Card: Deck shrinks and a small card is removed. Deck grows back to normal, and the small card turns out to be the original selection, which the spectator may keep. Uses a regular deck and one mini-card
64 Move to the Front of the Glass: a selection penetrates the deck in a glass, the first time "faded", and the 2nd time the full signed card penetrates
68 About Face!: the selection ends up on the magician's forehead even though the deck is handled behind the magician's back
71 Hard Boiled Detective: Story effect using a stacked deck
73 Greensleeves: Four Cards to Pocket, actually four different places and reproductions

83 Chapter Three: Professional Close-Up Routines
85 A Girl's Best Friend: Uses two Jumping Gems rods modified to look like earrings
93 Ring, Ring, & Rope: ring and rope routine using the magician's finger ring (and a gimmick)
103 The Twenty One Cent Murder Mystery: a approach to the commercial 21 Cent coin trick
105 Tablehopper's Salt Trick: a quickie salt production
105 The Las Vegas Dream Routine: in this prediction effect, the spectator completes the dream with an amazing coincidence
107 Coffee and Dough: Single cup and ball routine using a torn dollar bill and a coffee cup. The spectator's torn bill is restored at the end, and a final load appears