World’s Beyond by Paul Curry

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Publisher: Hermetic Press
Location: Seattle, USA
Date: 2001
Pages: 382
Layout: 7"x10", hardbound
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Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
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Paul Curry is a name to conjure with. If you have ever been fooled by his “Out Of This World” then you know his mind works on another plane. Very few effects remain as strong as this effect, even after fifty years and the plethora of variations spawned indicates how much his thinking has stirred other thinkers.

This new release written by Paul Curry and published in typical quality by Hermetic Press, is by far a treasure trove of sound workable routines. If I had to pick a couple of examples to whet your appetite I would say that Circle of Fire, Exchange of Fire and The Sliding Knot would fit the bill.

Circle of Fire (Paul’s version of the Photographic Card) deals with an old idea but in his hands, becomes a real miracle. Exchange of Fire is so off-beat and so delicious, I couldn’t wait to put it into practice. This effect is sheer genius. And if you remember Doug Henning cutting a length of rope, then tying it and moving the knot to various locations on the rope and then untying the rope again, you will now know who invented this and exactly how to do it. This alone could be worth twice the price you pay for this book.

Over eighty effects, mostly dealing with cards; but there is a section on ropes and a couple of bewildering coin effects that will keep you in awe for hours. This is a book you will read, and you will use the material, GUARANTEED!

Over 370 pages, dozens of explicit line-drawings and tons of great Magic. What else could you ask for? Order this now, or someone will be fooling you badly at the next get-together and you’ll discover it’s from Paul Curry!

1 review for World’s Beyond by Paul Curry

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ted Leon

    World’s Beyond-complete review

    I must tell you that my focus is mentalism…. in particular, two-person mentalism. My better half and I perform as the team, “Liz and Leondo” in Las Vegas. As I was ordering this book, I remember asking myself, “why are you buying another book on card tricks?”. Heaven knows I have enough of them in my library!

    Here’s the reason: Like you, I remember very significant things in my life…Where I was when President Kennedy was shot or when I heard Elvis was dead. I can picture my surroundings as the news of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy’s assinations were announced. Our younger brothers and sisters will, no doubt, have the same thoughts about the Challenger explosion or the bombing of the World Trade Center.

    Well, I may be odd, but I can remember the exact setting and feeling of “astonishment” (to coin a phrase) I had when I first had “Out Of This World” shown to me. It haunted me for years. It is for that very reason that I bought Curry’s “World’s Beyond”.

    The book is broken down into sections titled:

    “PASSPORT” in which he teaches some card moves. No doubt will be greatly appreciated by the card folks among us, in particular the Curry “Turn Over Change”. I have no personel use for them but I enjoyed them. Nothing earth shattering.

    “PACKING” is the section in which I realized that Paul Curry had a very serious bent for mentalim. It has some coin work using fire to reveal some amazing revelations. Also included was some card work used in a poker setting reminesant of John Scarne. He also describes a two card trick (Sure Thing) that will make some people talk to themselves. His “Color Changing Deck” routine is so free of “moves”, and in the truely startling catagorie that I’m considering doing it myself… don’t tell Liz I particular liked “Don’t Lie To Me” as it is a prognostication slant. “Houdini’s Legacy” is a cool sceance type effect with cards that, under the right circumstances, could scare sombody. “Out of the Past” is Curry’s variation of Devant’s “The Triangle” card effect found in “Our Magic”. I love Curry’s working but lean towards Devant’s version for stage.

    Ther are many more card effects in this chapter including some “Haunted Card” type effects under glass. The main thing I like about Curry’s card magic is it’s rare that a spectator would hear, “take a card”.

    “POSTCARDS” is a section of no card work but some excellant mental effects. The first is “Probability Zero” that uses buisness cards that can be added to the short list of truelygreat stunners with buisness cards in my opinion. “Alias Sherlock Holmes” is a rational use for center tear work.”Matchmaker” is an ESP effect using 5 Zenner cards that I am going to add to our repertoire. It can also be used over the phone! There is much more to this chapter but I think you have the idea.

    “SUITCASES” is the chapter that contains the original version of “OOTW” and the thoughts on it over the decades since he invented it. This chapter also contains his thoughts on the “Open Prediction” effect which has had the attention of some of the greatest minds in magic.

    “TRAVEL TIPS” concerns itself with Paul’s thoughts on the “Cigarette Switch” and more on the “Center Tear”. He offers some good tips on “Psuedo-psychometry”. his “Miscalled Palm” is one I’ve already used to excellent results. Is it possible for an amazing trick to be “too easy?”

    I will stop here because, so far, this is all of the book I’ve actually read. There is more. Even rope tricks. More, cards. More mentalism. More real magic.

    Is this book worth the money? It’s worth, well…. more!

    Highly recommended. $40 from YFD

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