Cause & Effects Volume 2:
Comedy Magic Routines That Will
Make You Money!
Want to learn a HUGE
secret for entertaining audiences?
Make them laugh!
Here’s the cold, hard truth for most magicians: Most of
us will never have our own TV show or Las Vegas stage show, so
we’ll never become household names like David Copperfield,
Doug Henning or Harry Blackstone.
Most of us will have to make our money the old fashioned way;
by earning it!
Unless you are a household name, you can’t afford
to let your audience’s attention wander for even an instant
or else you’ve lost them.
||I’m Cris Johnson, writer
of the Cause & Effects weekly
blog and for the last 15 years, I’ve performed
hundreds of times a year in front of audiences all across
the United States and Canada from coast to coast.
Quite frankly, after performing for thousands of audiences,
I’ve found that the EASIEST and most EFFECTIVE way
to hold everyone’s attention during my show is to fill
the show with as much comedy as possible!
People want to be entertained and people want to laugh. It feels
good and most importantly, it’s good FOR you.
If you can combine strong magic with laugh-out humor, you’ve
created a winning combination that’s going to get you more
bookings, more money and more
Here’s the problem… writing comedy is TOUGH. I should
know, as it’s sometimes taken me up to 10 years to fine-tune
and fully develop a script for a single 5-minute routine!
the success of the first “Cause & Effects”
book of effects and routines, I’ve decided
to release Volume 2, which contains six more
fully developed routines right out of current performing set lists.
These routines have been fine-tuned over hundreds or
even THOUSANDS of performances and they now are guaranteed laugh-getters.
Let me clarify one thing: with these routines I’m not doing
stand-up comedy where I poke fun at the latest Hollywood gossip,
like a stand-up comic might do.
The comedy from these routines is situational, meaning
the laughter springs from the magic. In other words,
the humor of each routine compliments and enhances the magic rather
than detracts from it.
in this volume:
The Magic Snake!
This is my presentation for the Pro Viper
prop, the effect where a spring snake jumps out
of the basket and finds a selected card in its mouth.
The effect is incredible, but quite frankly, after
watching the creator’s routine on the instructional
DVD, I thought his routine was lacking. He burned
through the routine in around 2 minutes, and didn’t
really take full advantage of this wonderful prop.
This routine is packed with laughs from beginning
to end and best of all, it’s suspenseful,
not shocking, meaning you won’t come off as
“cruel” presenting this kind of effect.
The Very Funny
Tossed Out Deck
The Tossed Out Deck is a classic in Mentalism,
but like any Mentalism or magic effect, without
a good routine, a good hook or SOMETHING, it’s
just another card trick. The key to making a routine
like this play is to realize one thing: Its not
about the cards. No one cares about cards. The journey
leading up to the reveal better be interesting or
else your whole audience will be thinking, “Yup,
a card trick. Zzzzzzzzz….”
This is a very funny way to present virtually
ANY Tossed Out Deck routine out there.
In my routine, you’re not doing the mind reading.
Your “assistant” is going to read minds…and
your audience won’t believe who your assistant
Opening A Mental
This is my presentation for Banachek’s
wonderful (and severely under-priced) Psychokinetic
Touches. The routine in Banachek’s
booklet was something I could never imagine myself
performing. In Banachek’s own words, he never
intended that routine to be the ‘end all,
be all’ of PK Touches. After working with
the effect, I’ve come up with a funny, engaging
stage routine that plays just as well for middle
and high school students, family audiences and of
course, corporate audiences. It’s fast, fun
and easy to follow!
(NOTE: Banachek’s method is NOT taught
here, but the original manuscript is available for
$11.95 right here at Hocus Pocus.)
This is based on Marin Lewis’ wonderful Technicolor
Prediction, which has always been a fun effect,
but I always felt that the two gag predictions were
not enough humor, so I crafted this routine, which
adds three colored balloon animals (that match the
envelopes) to the mix. After three funny psychological
quick ‘readings,’ we continue on with
the prediction. This is VERY funny, adds
a LOT more laughter and length to the routine and
gives three audience members some silly keepsakes
of your show!
Teaching Someone to Read Minds
The old “split deck” has been around
forever. You know the trick: a deck of cards has
been sliced in half. Two people each pick half of
a card. Both halves match. It’s a decent trick
you can do anywhere, but without a good ‘hook’
it’s dry as dirt! What I’ve done here
is create a routine where I’m teaching one
person how to read minds. By copying my actions,
I claim the volunteer will be able to successfully
pull off an amazing psychic feat. Sight
gags galore make this a hilarious interactive routine
that I’ve fine-tuned over 10 years!
Arm Chopper Routine Ever Created
This is the one item on this list I debated about
releasing. This is another routine (it plays
great for ANY arm chopper or even Disecto)
that took me 10 years to finish. Most arm chopper
routines use the same tired bits of business; the
bloody newspaper, the fake hand, etc. but this routine
doesn’t use those things. There are about
two dozen specific laugh-moments in this routine,
and here’s the amazing part: 10 of those laughs
come BEFORE the prop is even introduced! I generate
belly-rolling laughs with a carrot that play wonderfully
for family audiences, kids’ shows and even
the hard-to-please middle school age kids. This
is NOT B.S. or hype – this is so hilarious
and original that the only reason I’m releasing
it is because I want the credit before someone else
The Dream Letter
I’ve always been fascinated by the Confabulation
plot, but I always thought that pulling the prediction
out of a wallet that you’ve been holding onto
was a little weak. In this routine, the prediction
is in a sealed FedEx envelope that’s out in
the audience before the routine starts! The plot
is simple: one person from this group will be receiving
a letter of appreciation for all of their hard work…and
the audience gets to decide on the details of the
letter, from the salary she’ll receive, names
of famous clients and much more – 8 items
predicted total! Later, after she opens the letter
herself, there’s a note card inside that reads
like a letter and yes, the 8 suggestions made moments
ago are incorporated seamlessly throughout the letter!
I paid $1,000 as part of another package to learn
the physical handling. I then modified it, added
some psychological convincing, created a compelling
plot, and Voila! It’s been a corporate closer
for me for over 10 years! All of the gimmicks, physical
handling and construction is covered in incredible
detail. A quick trip to your local office supply
store and after spending around $10 or so,
and you’ll have everything you need to perform
a miracle that people WILL talk about for years!
None of these routines were created just to put
into a book. EVERYTHING is straight out of my current
2010 performances and I use them hundreds of times a year to make
a very nice $100,000+ per year salary.
70 pages comb-bound
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