As if we haven't given you enough choices in our Shell
Game Store, here are a list of other sources of information (compiled
from various sources including Doug
Atkinson's wonderful Magic Reference pages:
Anderson, Harry: Hello
Sucker! Harry at his magic and comedy best. The show was
taped in 1985 at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach,
CA and aired on the Showtime cable network. Watch Harry perform
his trademark routines: Buffalo Bill, Cuff Links, Needle Through
Arm and Monarch Monte. Watch as Harry The Hat uses popular con
games to rip people off. Most importantly be prepared as the
self proclaimed, liar, thief, braggart and cheat makes you laugh,
smile and be amazed. Contains adult language. FOR SHELL WORKERS:
Harry performs a pantomime version of the shell game from overhead.
A very poetic performance!
Avis, Jack: Vis A Vis (Kaufman): Cards, coins, mentalism,
ring and rope. Christmas Coin Vanish, Movie Coin Vanish, Salute
to Ramsay, Alaskan Poker, Autodeck, Mystery of Dr. Elliott's
Legacy, Variations on Scarne Run Up Systems, Nu Way Shell Game,
Pinochle Caper, Hofzinser Ace Trick, Siva Ace Cutting, Houdini
Ring, Escape from Ellis Island, Cuball, Loops Entwined, Magical
Sucuba, Poker Chip Chicanery, Spirit Detection, Spooky, Rara
Avis Card Stab, Hole in the table, and more. $40
Brahams, Anthony: Karl Norman: Forty Years at the Forks
(see also Karl Norman's Here's How, below). Think Of A Card Part
One and Part Two, Pass Finesse, Spring Fever, Photo Parade, Card
on Ceiling, Key Card Routines, Follow-Up Routine, The Coin Collection,
Follow Up to Coin Collection, Coin in Bottle, Coins and Silk
and Ring and Wand, Bill in Cigarette, Impromptu Torn & Restored
Cigarette, Color Changing Knives, Linking Pins, Matchboxes Routine,
Multiplying Rabbits, Ring Flight, Ring & Rope Routine, Sucker
Egg, Polish Rocket, Carnival Loop, and the Three Shell Game.
82pg Hardbound. $30
Carroll, Harrison: The Shell Game. Routine is presented
in three columns. First column lists the method, the second column
provides the patter, and the third column presents any line drawings
as needed. This routine is based on the Karl Nelson routine found
in the Nick Trost "Expert Gambling Tricks" book. While
this presentation is a little more clear, you certainly don't
need both references. 25pg comb bound 8.5x11" (c) 1994 Harrison
Cass, Phil: The
Phil Cass Video.
Chanin, Jack: Encyclopedia of the Three Shell Game (1948),
DeCamps, Eric: Compositions
of Conjuring. 52 pages, black linen cover with gold foil
stamp, Wire-O bound, written by David Regal, 81/2 x 11, 8 routines:
Ends of My Rope, Slip Away Coins (think 3-Fly-esque), Four coins
in the Counting, Okito's Box, 3 Shells & a Pea, Two Cup routine,
Stogies (think Leipzig Cigars), Cards of A Feather... (Collector's-type
Ganson, Lewis: Dai Vernon's Secrets of Magic. Includes
3 shell game, 3 card monte, and more.
Garcia, Frank: Stars
of Magic. Frank Garcia: Magical Classics Volume 2. Video.
Gibson, Walter: The Bunko Book. Con games & bunko schemes.
Shell game, dice, cards, street swindles. 64pg.
Johnson, Dusty: Diversions
for the Shell & Pea Game. Two entertaining and fully
illustrated routines for the classic Shell & Pea Game. Features
triple surprise finish.
King, Bob: Bob King's Close Up Tutorial 5 The Shell Game.
Entertaining and baffling routine using tongue-in-cheek patter.
Includes Vernet shells and four green rubber peas.
Kohler, Bob: Bob
Kohler: The Golden Shells. A Professional Routine for the
Shell Game. A professional tips his routine for the legendary
Three Shell Game. Bob has honed and performed this routine in
every possible professional scenario, from corporate events to
private functions and it never fails to amaze. On this video
nothing has been left out. You'll learn the sleight-of-hand maneuvers,
choreography, strategies, presentational touches and, of course,
Bobs complete patter. Video.
Mentzer, Jerry: Close Up File: Table Hopping, Money Magic,
Cups & Balls, Coins, 3 Shell game, more 195pg, HB.
Miller, Hugh: The Secrets of Gambling published by Harry
Stanley. Includes cheating at cards, strippers, holdouts, shiners
and more. Crooked dice, Find the Lady (three card monte), three
shell game, endless belt, and more.
Norman, Karl: Here's How. 51pg. 1985 Collector's Workshop.
Card on the Ceiling, Change for A Quarter (torn & restored
card transposition), Coin in the Bottle, My Coin Collection (CSB
& Okito box), Symphathetic Matchboxes (commercial props),
Multiplying Rabbits (using 3 adults & 6 babies), Polish Rocket
gag, Impromptu torn/restored Cigarette, Bill in Cigarette, Color
Changing Knives (uses 4 knives, adapted from Schulien's routine),
Ring Flight (commercial prop), Linking Pins with handkerchief,
Karl Norman's Three Shell Game Routine (uses brass cups, can
use regular shells as well), Carnival Loop Routine (Chain of
Chance; with comedy, fake knot, etc.).
Osborne, Tom: The
Three Shell Game. Detailed booklet on 3 shell game. 60pg.
Ouelett, Gary: Super
Shells. The familiar shells and pea game. After the spectator
cannot find the pea, the spectator covers the pea with a shell,
then puts a saucer over the shell, and covers that with a bowl.
An empty shell is then covered with a clear glass, and still
the pea jumps from one shell to the other. Includes the Pinky
Pinch steal, the Sidesteal sequence, and the Pinky Acquitment.
44pages, 77 photos.
Page, Patrick: Secret
Seminars of Magic With Patrick Page. The Three Shell Game.
Piacente, Sal: Street Monte. Comprehensive 3 Card Monte
and 3 Shell Game, highly rated.
Read, Ralph: Three
Shell Game. Good coverage.
Sheets, Bob: Absolutely
Nuts. Bob Sheets was begged not to reveal these awesome techniques.
The new information on this video has fooled many of the most
knowledgeable Three Shell practitioners in Magic.
Shute, Merlyn T: Cups Cups Cups. Mostly on cups and balls,
but contains some info on 3 shell game. 45pg.
Tarbell, Harlan: Complete Course in Magic Vol 7. Card in
Wallet, Walsh's 3 card monte, Thimbles and pea, and more.
Tarr, Bill: Now You See It Now You Don't (Lessons in Sleight
of Hand). Lots of line drawings. Cups & Balls, 3 Shell game,
3 card monte, cards, ropes, coins, balls, and more!
Thompson, J.G. Jr.: Top Secrets of Magic. Sponges, pins,
shell game, paddles, cups & balls, and more.
Trost, Nick: Expert Gambling Tricks. The first part deals
extensively with variations on the game of Nim. Includes a section
on the Endless Chain (or Loopy Loop or Chain of Chance), and
the Three Shell Game as presented by Karl Norman. 26pg stapled