During my 50 year career, I have had the honor of lecturing more than 600 times for my fellow colleagues in magic. I am always thrilled to show sleight-of-hand artists, mentalists, and illusionists of all skill levels something they might be able to use in their routines, development or learning.
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"Bill Wisch on Slydini"
On Monday April 13, 2020 Bill Wisch presented one-time only lecture about Slydini. The lecture included discussion about The Slydini Linking Pins, the Slydini Palm, Bill Wisch Palm Change, and Slydini's Timing Techniques. Bill also demonstrated the Wisch Wedge and its many uses, including what Dai Vernon, Slydini, Charlie Miller, Larry Jennings, Derek Dingle (and many others) called "the most natural double lift."
Current Lecture: "Slydini Inspiration"
Approximate Runtime: 1.45-2 hours (no intermission).
Lecture Requirements: One table to perform at, two chairs, a sales table and two bottles of water.
“The Killer Set”
“I.C.A.A.N.” – Impromptu Card At Any Number
“Slydini’s Helicopter Card – Standup Version”
“One Wonders” – Powerful, new coin sleights in an impromptu, 1 Coin Routine
“X Box” – A totally new, card folds itself while inside the box, effect.
“The Slydini Knots Routine”
“Wisch-Craft Overhand Shuffle System”
“The Invisible Die”
“The NEW Wisch-Craft Wonder Deck”
Slydini Inspiration Tour Introduction
2019 Lecture Video Clips
Ring Reports and Testimonials - Slydini Inspiration
"What more can I say? It was great!"
Scott Wells, Award-Winning magician, creator of "The Magic Word" Podcast and Southern Lecture Tour Coordinator on the "Slydini Inspiration" Lecture in 2019
Magic Word Podcast/Lecture Review with Scott Wells and Bill Wisch in 2012
Collage design: Scott Wells
Ring 211 - Grand Rapids, MI
RING 130, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA –
First Coast Magic – Bob Hutchings Ring
Meets 3rd Tue at Hampton Inn, 4681 Lenoir Ave. S., Jacksonville, FL.
Meetings/Lectures at 7:30 (subject to change).
DR. DAVE COLL, Secretary, Secretary (number redacted for privacy)
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Ring President Dan Joubert made several announcements including our plans to have a holiday party for our members. Dan then introduced our lecturer for the evening, the incomparable Bill Wisch. Bill was selected as the only protégé of Tony Slydini. As such, he is the only student of Slydini’s given the honor to present his magic on his behalf. However, Bill is so much more than an expert on Slydini’s magic. He has invented over thirty sleights, and the large majority of the magic he performs is of his own creation.
Bill Wisch began his lecture with his incredibly deceptive “Impromptu Any Card at Any Number,” a variation of the famous card effect we are all so familiar with. This was one of the most deceptive ACAAN effects we had ever seen, and it truly plays as it sounds. Guest David Buss chose a playing card from a normal unprepared and shuffled deck, the card was shuffled into the deck and Ring Sergeant-at-Arms Laura Buss called out a number between five and forty five (the number thirty-three in this case). The cards were counted and dealt from the top of the deck, and, with no apparent sleight of hand or funny moves, the selected card was found at the thirty-third position! The simple misdirection required to perform this miracle has to be seen to be believed.
Bill then performed a stand-up version of Slydini’s “Helicopter Card,” and followed this with his “Stand-up One Coin Routine.” Most of us have seen more one-coin routines than we care to even think about, but this one is so deceptive and practical, it was a highlight of the lecture for me. And I’m not even a coin guy! His next trick was “Ultimate Card in Box” in which a freely selected and signed playing card was thoroughly
shuffled into the deck, the deck placed into the box and, upon reopening the box, the signed card was found to be folded in the center of the deck. This trick utilized the Wisch Fold, a great alternative to the Mercury Card Fold. Bill fully explained the effects he had just shown us (a set of tricks he simply calls “The Killer Set”), providing tips on the sleights used and incorporating anecdotes about Slydini.
He moved on to one of Slydini’s gems, “Slydini Silks,” in which two silks are unmistakably tied together but magically come apart instantaneously with no apparent effort on the part of the magician. Bill is the world expert on this wonderful silk routine, making it look much easier than the practice it absolutely requires. The next trick was his “Invisible Die” routine, which is actually an extremely fooling card trick. Bill then demonstrated the Slydini Switch by performing a “Torn and Restored Napkin” routine. He showed another napkin trick, the “Standup Paper Balls to Box.” Bill ended his lecture with the “Wisch Craft Wonder Deck,” a specially prepared set of gimmicked cards that allows many different miracles to be performed. He discussed and demonstrated the Wisch Wedge card control technique, an amazingly useful sleight for performing card tricks. It is quite clear that Bill is an extraordinary magician, and one can see why Slydini chose him to perform and teach his magic. If you have the opportunity, do not hesitate to see and learn from Bill Wisch, protégé of Slydini. ---David Coll, MD
RING 194, HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA –
Space City Magic Club
Meets 1st. Thu., 7:00pm Madison Christian Church, Hughes Rd., Madison, AL
BRETT BOYER, President / E-mail: (redacted for privacy)
Monday , October 21, 2019
In late October we hosted a lecture by magician Bill Wisch. Bill was an actual student of Slydini and the only magician authorized to tour with Slydini’s lecture. We delighted in the performance of Slydini material, presumably just as the master did it, as well as original magic and sleights by Mr. Wisch.
He opened with his “Killer Set,” a card selection to “Any Number,” “Helicopter Card,” and “One Coin Routine.” “X Box” is another card routine in which the selection appears folded in quarters in the middle of a cased deck. Bill also demonstrated his method for an overhand false shuffle in which you can preserve either the top or bottom stock. His overhand full deck false shuffle is very deceptive: it is just a series of straight cuts, but the movement of the thumb and middle fingers make the sound of shuffling.
His performances of Slydini’s “Knots” and “Balls in Box” routines were worth the price of admission. Mr. Wisch closed the lecture with the “Invisible Die” card routine, based on an effect by Claude Rix. A spectator deals the deck into six piles and then rolls an imaginary die, eliminating packets one at a time. The final packet is also dealt into piles, and the spectator continues eliminating cards until one card remains. This card matches the prediction that has been in view the entire time. Throughout the process, the magician shows eliminated cards to be indifferent.
Overall a great lecture, and so nice to see some classic effects performed by a former student of one of the all-time legends of magic.
RING 93, DUBUQUE, IOWA – Tri-State Magic Club
3rd Sun., 7:00pm, Hy-Vee meeting room, 400 Locust St., Dubuque, Iowa
BOB BEARDSLEY, President, (number redacted for privacy) E-mail: (redacted for privacy)
On Sunday, November 27th, Bill Wisch treated our club to an outstanding lecture. Bill not only demonstrated and taught some terrific magic effects, but also told a number of stories about his early experiences in magic. Bill’s passion and the lecture was truly one from the heart. Bill was honored to be Slydini’s protégé, and was the only student ever sponsored to lecture on his behalf. Almost to the member, it was agreed that the Bill Wisch lecture was one of the best they had ever attended.
RING 268, LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – Cajun Conjurors
Meets 3rd Mon.. each month, 7:00pm. at Mr. Gatti’s in Lake Charles
PERRY VINCENT, President / (number redacted for privacy)
Web site: www.scorpius.spaceports.com/-conjuror
Monday, November 11, 2019
Attending the November 11th Bill Wisch lecture were Perry Vincent, Bob Fry, George Mullican, Chip Romero, Robert Vallin, Craig Boudreaux, Scout Semmes Barrilleaux, and George Labove.
Wisch’s lecture was titled Bill Wisch - Slydini Inspiration and he began by performing and explaining what he called his “Killer” set. This is the set that he does whenever he wants to ensure the audience is absolutely killed. These effects were chosen because they floor audiences and he believes they embody the spirit of misdirection, wonder, and fun that Slydini inspired in him throughout his forty-eight year career in magic.
The “Killer” Set included “Impromptu Any Card at Any Number,” his version of “Any Card at Any Number.” It is, to his knowledge, the only version that requires no gimmicked/set-up deck and no props besides a single, standard deck of cards. Slydini’s “Helicopter Card Stand-up Version” is Bill’s stand-up version of the Slydini classic “Helicopter Card.” He believes this version embodies the spirit of the original effect while allowing the performer to do the effect standing up. “My Stand-up One Coin Routine” is his one coin routine that he has performed literally tens of thousands of times and was inspired by Slydini’s seated version. The “Ultimate Card In Box Effect” effect showcases the Wisch Fold and its many uses. In this effect the spectator selects a card, signs it, the card is put back into the deck, the deck is put back into the box, and the card folds itself inside the box!
He then performed and explained the classic, “Slydini Knotted Silk” routine. He chose this routine because it was the first effect he wanted to learn. Slydini told him personally that he was his best student with the knots. Other routines and magic featured in the lecture were The New Wisch-Craft Wonder Deck; a “Double Take Monte” demonstration; The Magic Die (Claude Rix) demonstration; and an explanation of available personal lesson videos including: Wisch-Craft Overhand Shuffle, Any Card at Any Number, and The Wisch Wedge video (which includes a demonstration of Slydini’s “Oil and Water”).
Ring Reports and Testimonials - "Slydini- The Lecture", 2012
"It was almost as if Tony Slydini’s hands had returned from the grave.”
"The FlashPaper" - Fort Worth, Texas - Magician's Club Newsletter – May 2012
“Bill, my friend - you put on one of the best lectures I have ever seen….and believe me I have seen sooooooo many !!!”
---- Mickey Silver
"One of the highlights is his way of performing 'Paper Balls to the Hat (Box)' while standing. I was completely fooled! Bill's stories are also entertaining and instructive. As a side-note: Bill's 'Wisch Wedge' as applied to an 'Oil & Water" routine gives Rene's routine a run for the money. If you get a chance, check out this lecture-session."
----Jon Racherbaumer - The Genii Forum (https://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=38767&p=264108)
"This one is a loooong time in coming...to get Tony's material, including some things that have never been given out before, by the only student that Tony gave permission, IN WRITING, to teach and lecture about, makes this one lecture that MUST NOT BE MISSED!"
---- Eric Appel, John McNicholas Magic Round Table
“Bill Wisch is the only student that Slydini recommended to lecture his work. I heard Slydini say it many times.”
---- Artie Miller, Slydini's long-time friend and final student
If you have any interest in the magic of Slydini, you will find Bill Wisch a source of true insight; if you have any interest in performing fun effects that involve audiences, you will find Bill Wisch to have a treasure-trove of them that he willingly shares.
"I was lucky enough to catch Bills lecture in Las Vegas and I must honestly say that it was definitely one of the best lectures I have seen in years. Not only is he a top rate magician but he is truly a very nice and classy person who will go out of his way to be as helpful as possible."
---- Jack Gallardo III
"No matter what style of magic you perform, after attending a Bill Wisch lecture, you will become a better performer and thinker of magic.'
---- Chris Kavanaugh
"I do not usually make comments but this is one time I have to. If you missed last night's lecture than you missed one of the VERY BEST lectures ever in Austin. Bill Wisch is a gentleman and scholar and a darn impressive magician. His stories about Slydini were mesmerizing as well as entertaining. His card work was a joy to watch and make any non-cardican want to grab a deck and start learning. Thanks to IBM Ring 60 and JD (and the boartd) for bring Bill Wisch in. This will be a difficult lecture to top in the future."
---- Carl Seagren, Austin, TX
"The lectures [in Houston] are almost always excellent but I thought this one was particularly good. Most lectures concentrate on skills and effects. This lecture had a lot of that material too, but used it to tell the story of a magician who was one of the most influential figures in modern magic. I walked away thinking about the way the Slydini techniques could be used to enhance the magic I already perform and am eager to try and create some things using the techniques and ideas that Bill shared with us at the lecture. This is something that every magician would benefit from seeing."
---- Ed Cotham, Houston, TX