Saturday, 9 April 2011

The Happy Wanderers by Roy Walton

The Complete Walton Vol 1. by Roy Walton 1981
Page 31 et seq.

Personal Comment: Can anybody name the plot? I am not sure. Lately I have seen quite a few effects where cards that are in a group spread out in the deck. Is it a reversed Sandwich? I don't know. This is the first video that I redo, simply because I messed up the first time I did it. Somehow I forgot to add the whole second part of the routine. And that changes everything. Suddenly it is a routine and not just a cute interlude. The reason why I forgot it.... well I forgot to turn the page in the book. My brain somehow said "done" and I didn't bother to recheck. My bad.

Difficulty 3/5


  1. This is horrible. It's not even Happy Wanders.

    Your comment is disturbing too. Love ya still, but this is horribly poor. Read the book. Don't just do one pass infront of laymen and say "They just really didn't care for it". Your T.O.P isn't fooling anyone is the problem. It's not the routine....which your not even doing. The routine has more stages.

    Lastly it's Cavorting Aces.

  2. PS. Hope the Double Deal boyz aren't watching. We have had conversations in the past this is one of our favorite routines of all time. So what I guess. But at least do the routine as written and do a decent T.O.P. This is why I hate card magic videos online most of the time. Indirect exposure and a comment that it's "Not much of a routine in the eyes of laymen".


  3. Proper description would make me feel better.

    Three court cards are placed on the bottom of the deck very fairly face down.

    The cards are shown to be cut in the middle of the deck.

    The deck is turned and waved, and in Cavorting style one court card has gone to each end while one stays in the middle. This defeats all magician logic BTW. Laymen it's solid as is also.


    Some reason Roland stopped here.

    The court cards go back to middle again in cavorting style. They are taken out and openly shown one at the top, one at the bottom face up in a face down deck. The last card is called and dribbled into the middle (or any convincing loss).

    The deck is turned and the card put to middle has flipped and attracted the end cards to the middle.

  4. You know you shouldn't take this too personal.

    I think your biting off more than you (or most) can chew going through this book.

    I've been studying it for over 15 years as 1 book of 5 of my "bread and butter routines".

    Unlike Focus this is not a book to read a routine one day, then make a video so brashly. Even after 15ish years of going through the same two books near every day, video notes, real life performing etc....I still wouldn't do any of this material online in any form. It's been a blessing so few have posted anything from these books openly.

    Just a request. Do another book. I don't want to come across as an overzealous fan. These routines are just NOT camera friendly for the most part, and they are much too complex in theory to be reading and then putting up a "it's like this" video.

    Hopefully you can understand.

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  6. Jeez! Come on Roland. You can do better than this! :-)

    Firstly - you missed out the last two phases of the trick. This is one of Roy Walton's best tricks and you cannot appreciate the beautiful (and sneaky) construction without including the last two phases.

    Some books have great material which is also easy to learn. FOCUS would be a good example. But - other books take alot longer before you can do even presentable versions of the effects. The Larry Jennings books, the Ernest Earick book, the Guy Hollingworth book and so on. So - it is not just Roy Walton. Alot of magic can be learned quite quickly and some cannot. And I really feel it is unfair to post up material from a book which deserves being studied for years (and not hours). It doesn't do yourself or the creator justice.

    It would be like me posting up a video of THE REFORMATION after first reading the description on the same day. Would just be a bit dumb.

    Anyway - I love you, Roland. And I have recommended this blog in the past since I feel it can be very useful. When you uncover cool card tricks that are buried in APOCALYPSE or RICHARD'S ALMANAC then I think that is neat. Kinda' like a video version of David Regal's 'Speaking Volumes' article.

    So - I just want to second what Darkstar has said earlier. I mean some of Roy's stuff really can be learned very quickly. OIL AND QUEENS is a good example of that. But the majority of it takes a long time before it looks good. You need to shape the effects so they fit your natural style of performing. And you need to make sure you aren't executing the sleights in a sloppy manner.

    Indeed - alot of my favourite Walton routines are ones I never get to perform since I feel my execution of the sleights won't do justice to the power of the ideas. I can still admire the thinking involved - but it would be unfair to Roy to not give the tricks the proper practice they deserve. Even if that means spending a couple of years mastering a turnover pass or what not.

    So - I really hope you think twice about this, Roland.

    There is a ton of great material out there - and alot of it can be learned quite quickly. The Walton material isn't that - and I hope you will think again about covering this material in this way.

    I hope that doesn't sound too harsh. I do enjoy this site - and I have recommended it (on the DOUBLE DEAL blog) in the past. So - I hope you take my sentiments in the right way since I really enjoy seeing somebody else who loves card tricks as much as I do. We are a rare breed and I treasure all those similarly infected.

    Kind regards,


    PS I deleted my earlier comment to correct a couple of spelling mistakes.

  7. Fair dues, Roland. This version is a big improvement on the previous attempt. Thanks for taking the time to show you care about such things.

    All the best,