After Hours Magic: A Book of Al Thatcher Card Magic by Gordon Boyd

This 155 page e-book contains 72 card effects by Al Thatcher. 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; 155 pp. e-book with 72 card effects by Al Thatcher, intended for the intermediate card magician.

*Book revised, edited, and updated January 2018

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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 ($20) is truly a bargain for a magic book with over sixty effects. But, to get this book of Al’s card magic out to as many magicians as possible, we are temporarily making the *pdf version available for the unbelievable price of only $4.99.
Gary Thatcher, January 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.

About Al

Al Thatcher  International Brotherhood of Magicians Order of Merlin Excelsior  Albert Thatcher

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 Meisel 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 Boyd
July 6, 2013

About the Author

Gordon Boyd
Gordon Boyd

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 conventions with other magicians and a few family get-togethers.

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