who killed the king kostya kimlatHalloween has passed and fireworks are almost upon us. As the nights draw in, why not invest in some new magic? We’ve got some book recommendations at the end which would be ideal for snuggling up with in front of a roaring fire!

Who killed the king sounds like an intriguing effect from the inventive Kostya Kimlat. What appeals to me about this is the engaging plot and the simple props – and it sounds like it will play even in a stage context. Looks worth a look. £24.99

hidden handThis recent release seems to be somewhat dividing the magic community – and we’ve not yet had a chance to look at it ourselves. The Hidden Hand is a way of performing very visual vanishes and the like. Certainly the trailer looks very impressive (don’t they always), but what do you think? £27.99

We’ve seen a glut of new cards arriving – and will feature a few more in a post in the next few days.  But here’s a deck which has caught our eye.

bicycle disruption deckThe Bicycle Disruption Deck features a really striking and busy back design with some wacky court cards and distorted pips.  Really unusual, very collectable, and great fun for magic or card games. £8.49

Some of you may overlook this final suggestion, but it comes highly recommended. I am a big fan of working hard on your presentation and in my own work, story-telling often plays a significant part. And so I am delighted to see this Collectors Edition of Leslie Melville’s two volumes of Magictales produced.
leslie melville magictales Many of the routines use standard or easily made props – but the stories which bring them to life are what you are really buying. Highly recommended. £69.50. (and if you like this sort of material – check out Robert Neale’s latest release – The Sense of Wonder too!)

That’s all for now. Don’t forget to check back for the latest news, reviews and Bicycle cards! And if you’re reading this early in the month, don’t forget to enter our competition to win a stylish Divine Deck.

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