Seventy-three (73) of the tricks were created by a Magician by the name of Al Thatcher. Al was a good friend and cohort of Nick Trost. They both resided in Columbus, Ohio, and spent many hours together creating. If you have ever read any of Nick’s books you probably have seen Al’s name mentioned several times. His hand-written files have been assembled and incorporated into a book. Along with that 13 other magicians have each contributed a trick to be incorporated into this book.
A big thank you goes to the magicians who contributed tricks to the addendum of this book. Their generosity should not be overlooked. It is with their kind help that the card magic of Al Thatcher might become better known. These magicians are listed below.
Tom Craven, Stephen Bargatze, Gary Plants, Mike Powers, Dan Block, Steve Beam, Del Copley, Wynn Mertz, Nick Trost (Courtesy of H & R Publishing), Robert Bengel, Evert Chapman, Gordon Boyd, and Richard Bartram Jr.
Twenty-five dollars, again, not a typo! Only $25 will get you this fine book of magic and will introduce you to a talented card man who has so far traveled in the shadows of other great creators of card magic. It will also provide you with 13 card tricks from other well-known card magicians. This is the deal of the year!
While not for the beginning card magician, the effects contained in this book are certainly within the reach of the intermediate card magician. The most difficult sleight would probably be an overhand stock shuffle or the “Elmsley Count”–pretty basic indeed. If you like effects that use the “Breather Crimp,” you will be pleased with what you find in these pages. Al liked creating effects that used the “Breather” and there are many such effects in this book. In short, it is a book that will satisfy the most discerning magician and provide him with several effects that are worth many times the price of the book.
After Hours Magic, a Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic; 176 pp. e-book with 73 card effects by Al Thatcher and an additional 13 bonus tricks from Tom Craven, Stephen Bargatze, Gary Plants, Mike Powers, Dan Block, Steve Beam, Del Copley, Wynn Mertz, Nick Trost (Courtesy of H & R Publishing), Robert Bengel, Evert Chapman, Gordon Boyd, and Richard Bartram Jr., intended for the intermediate to advanced card magician.
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My sister Vicki and I will be forever grateful to Gordon Boyd for putting together this book of our dad’s card magic. Al would be truly honored to know there is a book on Amazon with his name and photo on it. Growing up, I bought my dad many magic books he requested for birthdays, Father’s Days, and Christmases. I know how much quality magic books cost. Any intermediate to advanced card magician realizes the regular price of After Hours Magic ($30) is truly a bargain for a magic book with over 80 effects. Gary Thatcher, March 2018.
Sleights and shuffles mentioned and used in this book include the Australian deal, Biddle Count, bottom slip shuffle, breather crimp, Charlier shuffle, Cull place shuffle, double buckle, double undercut, Elmsley Count, false cut, false shuffle, gambler’s cop, half pass, halo cut, Hamman Count, Hindu shuffle, jog shuffle, overhand shuffle, pinky break, reverse Faro shuffle, riffle force, running overhand shuffle, spectator peek, straddle Faro shuffle, swing cut, swivel cut, thumb break, and top change.
Al Thatcher was born November 28, 1917. He became interested in magic around 1930 at the age of 13. The first few years, Al was pretty much on his own but as time passed he became acquainted with other people who held his same interest. In March 1939 he joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). Over the many years until his death on August 5, 2005, Al remained a loyal member to Ring 7 in Columbus. He held the position of President of Ring 7 more than a few times and many more times as Secretary-Treasurer.
Al did a club style act with a humorous style distinctively his own. He preferred card magic and was considered the “Card Expert” of the Ring. He was well versed in all phases of card magic and could session for hours with others who held the same interest. Nick Trost was probably the most frequent visitor to Al’s home for “Card Sessions”. Wynn Mertz and I spent many hours with Al and he was always ready with new effects of his own creation. Gary Plants, Evert Chapman, Del Copley, and Ed Weiss were also visitors for card sessions with Al. He was also a fixture at the Precursor suite at many Magi Fest conventions. He always amazed those in attendance and often provided Bill Miesel with effects for his periodical.
Al never lost his love for card magic and was still reading, practicing, and creating until his death in 2005. He is deeply missed by all.
Gordon became interested in card magic in December, 1980, when he found “Scarne’s Card Tricks Book” in a book store in Bradenton, Florida. He attended his first Magi Fest Convention the following February where he was introduced to close-up magic for the first time. Soon after he attended a Ring 7 meeting as a guest and there met Del Copley and Al Thatcher who would become his mentors.
He became a FFFF™ attendee in 1985 and has never missed a convention. Strictly a hobbyist, he loves to read and practice, but limits his performances to late night sessions at…