Williamson's Wonders is the only book ever published on the magic of award-winning magician David Williamson (written by Richard Kaufman) and includes many tricks that have since been featured on national television by David Blaine. If you're looking for visual walk around street magic using cards and coins than this will prove to be a worthwhile read.
Wonderful Coin Vanish: A nice vanish and reproduction with the hands seen empty.
Cross-Eyed Coins Across: An uncomplicated 3 coins across using a table.
Rebate: A rattling sounds is heard in pen and 25 cent rebate falls out (2 dimes & nickel). Coins are placed back in pen.
The Striking Vanish: An excellent utility move that every magician should know, especially for Cups & Balls. Includes Open Hand Vanish, Closed Hand Vanish, Visible Change, Coin From Pen Cap, and Coin in Bottle.
Copper, Silver and Purse: A Copper & Silver coin is dumped from a purse, the copper is replaced. Silver on outside visually changes into the copper. Silver is found inside coin purse.
Wishing Well: A coin changes size and color as the magician wishes when dipped into fist.
When You're Behind, You're Ahead: Three coins produced, vanished, and produced again. Very clean!
The Change Bag: A unique routine with a coin purse and coins. The coins transfer to the coin purse, the purse changes size, and a jumbo coin makes an appearance. A full routine.
Floating Assembly: Clean chink-a-chink, cards appear to never touch the coins.
Cello-Feign: Dime vanished from hand to appear inside cellophane wrapper in deck of cards.
Don't Cut Me Out: A coin and card routine.
He Who Spelt It, Dealt It: Cute spelling card trick with humorous ending.
Interlaced Swindle: Four Kings are shown. An Ace, Two, and Three are mixed in between, and the 7 cards are shown. Suddenly the Ace, Two, and Three vanish from the packet.
Stabbed From the Back: A card is tossed into the deck and locates the selection.
Double Time Travelers: 4 Aces travel from deck to 4 different pockets.
The Famous 3 Card Trick: Magician tries to show three cards but keeps winding up with more. Very funny!
The Hypnotist: Two spectators pick only blue cards among reds, then all cards get blue backs.
Torn and Restored Transposition: An awesome torn & restored card routine.
51 Cards to Pocket: 51 cards "selected" by spectator travel to pocket. Signature on 52nd is actually peeled off the card in this comedic routine.
Whirlybird Silk Vanish: Silk cleanly vanished from hand with a wave of the wand.
Beelzebub's Blade: Knife through napkin, knife vanishes, and napkin is restored
The Gold Cups: Dave's famous 2 Cup and Ball routine. Great squeaker ploy included.
Specs: hardcover, 96 pages.
Williamson’s Wonders is an amazing book complied by the talented Richard Kaufman, that was for quite some time out of print. Luckily for all of those who missed it the first time, it has been re-released. This book has many wonderful effects using coins, cards, cups and balls, silks, and a table knife.
The famous Striking Vanish is written up here and is in and of itself worth the price of the book. If you are unfamiliar with Williamson’s striking vanish you are in for an amazingly deceptive and useful move.
Another noteworthy effect is Rebate where any regular pen is borrowed and shaken. Coins can be heard rattling in the pen’s cap, upon which the magician removes the cap and two dimes and a nickel fall out. You then put the coins back into the pen and shake it where they can be heard again in the cap. The pen is then handed out for inspection.
There are no bad effects in this book, it is packed full of amazing effects, routines, and moves that are part of why David Williamson is so well respected in the magic community. If you are serious about magic and like utility moves, and very commercial routines this book is for you. This is one of the rare items that I would have been happy with my purchase even if I had paid two or three times more than the price that I had paid for this book.
I cannot recommend this enough, get it.