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Paul Hallas

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Public service announcement! Smile
For those that missed out on a print version of this book  (the sequel to Small But Deadly) I have just made it available again as a print on demand book. AS such, it will not be available everywhere, just one spot, you order it, they print it and ship it out.

As it is a larger book, 8.5 x 11 I opted for the book to be spiral bound this time so it can be laid flat out on the table. This makes it easier for learning the tricks detailed in the book. It can be obtained here:  http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore/still-small-still-deadly/990e186c-9d82-4ec6-95ff-7484482c8d10

I'm surprised more authors don't take advantage of this option when books go out of print. Those that really want the book can still obtain it, the author has no financial risk or a garage full of books Smile

It is still available as an e-book from  http://www.lybrary.com/still-small-still-deadly-p-248770.html
So now you have options. Is that a magician's choice? [biggrin]

Here's a few comments from people that read it.

“There is gold in here people, just dig for it! Written in the usual Hallas style it is as
enjoyable to read as SBD was to me the first time “ - Dom Kabala

“This book is for magicians who want to get away from the pick a card types of effects even those performed in style” – Lawrence O.

“It contains a treasure trove of information of value to the serious student" - Payne.

"Well done, Paul. It's a masterpiece" - Jamie Ferguson
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Yet another book that i want
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Just bought this and will check it out tonight.

Thanks Paul!

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These 2 along with Max Maven's Focus are a treasure trove of packet tricks
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A Jazz Aces variation was mentioned elsewhere on the forum recently. If you have SSSD check out the version that rounds out the chapter on the plot on p.177, which will probably leave a few magicians scratching their heads too [smile] I used to do this a lot.

The last trick in the book, a contribution from Dave Neighbors, also fits into the category but has the cards face up!
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After reading and enjoying Small But Deadly, I ordered this book directly from Paul a short time ago.  He kindly autographed it for me - a benefit of purchasing direct from the author.  

I love this book!  The writing is light-hearted and often humourous, and the book is an absolute goldmine of information.  Paul has organized his vast knowledge of packet tricks into categories based on plot, creator, etc with cross references for items that fit in multiple categories.  Within categories he traces origins, variations and chronological sequences of development.  He comments on his own experiences with performing and personalizing the routines, and explains which items are suitable for strolling, restaurant work, formal shows, or casual gatherings of friends.  He gives honest appraisals of the strengths and weaknesses of the routines.

One of the things l love the most is when he describes a really great trick and then says where to find it ... and it's in a book sitting on my shelf!   It's like he's giving me a curated tour of my own library, pointing out gems that I have forgotten or overlooked.
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Thank you for your kind comments, Robin, glad you loved it.  Always good to get people pulling books of shelves to find hidden gems 😉
 
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This is a great book that belongs in every card magician's library. It extensively examines the packet trick scenario and as anyone who does packet tricks knows, these effects make a big impact. A laymen told me, after seeing my, "Headhunter," that he could understand how a full deck of cards could be manipulated in some way, but there was no way a small number of cards could be. 

Of course, I agreed and complimented him on his insight.
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I just finished another pass through SSSD - I now have 56 items bookmarked for further research - most are in books I already have.
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I just finished another pass through SSSD - I now have 56 items bookmarked for further research - most are in books I already have.


That should see you through the Quarantine Years without having to "resort" to video downloads and whatnot.

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I have both Small/Deadly books. Terrific reference works.
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Quick tip: For those that bought the e-book version of this from Lybrary.com, I've uploaded an updated edition which is slightly larger. If you have an account with them you should be able to download it.

If you don't have it you can get the e-book version there before the price goes up next month. 
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STILL SMALL, STILL DEADLY
by Paul Hallas

My review:

Whether they came with foil-embossed cards, poorly ink-stamped gaffs, or holes cut through them, letters, numbers or cartoons, we loved each and every one. Didn't matter if we had to do an Elmsley Count, followed by a Jordan or an Ascanio Spread; a group of four, six or eight cards; it was irrelevant. Their appeal created interesting story possibilities, and that was their built-in feature. Easy to carry! Simple to learn! Most importantly, compact! With a huge payoff. The staple of the magic shop owner's bottom line. They were an easy sell to the casual buyer, a father or uncle wanting to entertain the kids at Thanksgiving dinner. And the buyer always came back for more. The absurd thought, the joke, the punchlines were all built into these little marvels. As creators like Peter Kane, Ed Marlo, Alex Elmsley, Bro. John Hamman, Nick Trost, Larry West, Phil Goldstein and a myriad of others, found a niche that had its own market. People wanted these little treasures in their pocket or wallet. Suddenly, they had dated themes; some political, or based on an entertainment form like cartoons or movies. The concepts too were reusable. A card trick today using bunnies and a hat becomes tomorrow's Santa and Elves effect. Completely universal and mercurial in nature. Sometimes naughty, too.

What am I rambling about? Packet tricks, of course. These ingenious gems we were able to carry in business card wallets, were usually easily reset and ready to fire at a moment's notice. COLOR MONTE and WILD CARD helped launch thousands of hobbyists into magic. In SMALL BUT DEADLY, Paul Hallas researched the early history behind packet tricks and their creators. The story of COLOR MONTE alone is a fascinating view into what a success these pasteboard creatures are and can become when let loose into the business world. Where did packet tricks start? Who thought of what concept? Paul Hallas did all the work for you, made it interesting to read. Fascinating stuff, to say the least. Each of these little monsters taught us the counts and subtleties we still use today.

When Mr. Hallas gives you the basic effect of one of these historic gems, he then offers a version/variant of his own or one from another member of our magical society. However, this is the sequel to SMALL BUT DEADLY we're talking about here - STILL SMALL, STILL DEADLY. Time has moved forward. Paul has updated it to reflect a new era and rekindling interest. Modern magical minds are picking up and carrying forth from their fore-bearers with new and even more unique entertaining creations. Here we get to see tricks by card masters like Aldo Colombini, Paul Gordon, Peter Duffie, Howard Adams, John Bannon, Cameron Francis, Dave Neighbors, Liam Montier, Dave Gemmell, Ryan Matney, Peter Pellikaan and so many others who've broken new ground, proving that this isn't a limited area of magic and that you don't always need a full deck to win an audience's attention. Quite the contrary, it has burst forth another generation of people entertaining with a minimal amount of props. Always ready. Always armed. Always ready to get a huge response and lots of applause.

This spiral-bound volume however, isn't just a historical tome. It is filled with moves, subtleties, ideas, themes, plenty of easily created wonders waiting to be adapted into your repertoire. Paul is a master of packet effects and references. Videos by Aldo Colombini, Cameron Francis, Liam Montier, Paul Gordon and others proved beyond a doubt these were made for workers. Within these pages lie the potential future of packet trick effects. This book continues the spark from the 1970s boom into a future where they once again are carried in every magician's wallet for that quick rocket reaction. Creators like Paul Gordon continue to manufacture and update them with better quality cards or a new handling with a different twist. Many of Mr. Hallas' effect are available through Meir Yedid.

Technology has caught up creating better gaffs. There are videos on printing your own special cards. At last, you can make your own TREE OF HEARTS or mispipped cards. You can also split cards and make your own double face/split-face/backs/etc. An art unto itself. The concepts within packet magic won't stop there, they'll grow with the changes of technology. We've also gone from the FAKO deck of rough printed gaffs to superbly crafted swirled faces, card insertions and inksplots available through magic shops.

SMALL BUT DEADLY's story won't end in this updated volume. The Facebook SBS PACKET TRICKS page generates creators and magicians sharing their ideas and effects with our community. They're always fun to watch and learn from. They will always find an audience, an entertaining future, and Paul Hallas will be the guy writing about it.



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Thank you, Nick, for your kind words. 
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