Tom Mullica Starring in Showtime At The Tom-Foolery by Richard Kaufman


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This is came from a magician’s estate purchase . Copyright 1992; second edition. Hard covers with dust jacket; 222 pages. Very good to excellent pre-owned condition! All pages clean and unmarked.

Book Size: 8-¾ inches by  11-½ inches.

A full night at the Tom-Foolery magic bar in Atlanta, GA, with explanations of effects, several black and white photos and line drawings. Much of the book consists a second by second breakdown of the effects caught on the Evening at the Tomfoolery video. This book also includes a short autobiography of Tom Mullica and the story of his Tom-Foolery bar.

The tricks in the first section consist of almost exclusively card stuff done behind the bar with a few gags thrown in. Tom opens with a four selections sequence in which the cards are lost, produced using Lepaul’s Acrobatic Aces technique. Then they are lost again only to be found under the ashtray and then again lost and immediately found under the ashtray. Tear A Diddle comes next which is the torn bill followed by a torn and restored card followed by returning the restored bill. Tom does a gag in which he removes a giant contact lens from his eye and puts it back. Tom does Jim Ryan’s cards across. He does a version of card to mouth. His infamous cigarette swallowing effect but he doesn’t tip that in this book. He closes with a really nice card to apple.

This book is full of good solid card and cigarette magic that works for real people. Also, it’s one of the best examples of seeing how a professional takes solid effects and makes them fit into a longer routine and fit with their personality. That also makes it really difficult to take the effects out of context and do them yourself. Anyone doing a routine straight from the book will look like a Mullica clone and some of the effects aren’t as strong by themselves as they are in the full show. The book is full of gags, like the frog in throat, and an excellent handling of cigarette up the nose, and jokes that some people might find of interest.

The last part of the book contains things that were not part of the “evening at the tom foolery” performance. The real gem of that section is Tom’s cups and balls. He started with Jim Ryan’s routine and modified it with his own presentation and changed the structure a bit. He also has some card tricks and a routine with cigarettes and cigarette smoke that gets captured in glasses that looks interesting.


xiv Time Table
xv Introduction (Richard Kaufman)
xvii Foreword (John Thompson)

1948 to 1991: My Magical Life (An Autobiography by Tom Mullica)
1 The Birth of Tom Mullica (1948)
5 His First Three Tricks (1954)
7 A Fascination for Cigarette Magic (1957)
11 Ken Grunwald at the Airport Bar (1964)
13 From Europe to Waupun to Alaska (1969 to 1988)

1965 to 1978: The Evolution of the Tom-Foolery Magic Bar Theatre
23 The Shed (1965 to 1966)
23 The Abbey (1974 to 1975)
24 Clarence Fosters – The Tom Fooler Magic Bar (1976 to 1977)
29 The Tom-Foolery Magic Bar Theatre (1978 to 1987)
37 Doty and His Plan
38 The Setup Behind the Bar and Servante
40 The Music System
41 STOP! It’s Crazy to Put Lit Cigarettes Inside Your Mouth

1984: A Saturday Night Show at the Tom-Foolery Magic Bar Theatre
43 6:30-7:00 Tom’s Set Up
44 7:00 Entering the Tom-Foolery Front Room
45 7:45 Entering the Bar
46 7:54 Tom’s Entrance
48 7:56 Prologue: “The Number Trick”
52 8:00:20 Pasteboard Overdose Begins: fast paced opener consisting of multiple card effects
59 8:02:37 Schizophrenia: throw-away with a lit match on the tongue!
62 8:03:21 Pasteboard Overdose Continues
74 8:08:16 Cheek to Cheek: Jim Ryan’s Cards Across Routine (palming)
82 8:19:08 Gum Gozinta Balloon
99 8:29:54 Taradiddle Begins: Tom’s version of Jim Ryan’s Bill Tear
102 8:30:55 Karrell’s Kaput Kard: torn and restored card
104 8:32:29 Mullica’s Complete Restoration Finale: a full restoration for the above
105 8:32:35 Taradiddle Continues
108 8:35:44 Nicotine Nincompoop: Tom’s famous cigarette eating routine
114 8:38:38 The Apple Trick: card in apple finale
128 8:56:00 The Show Ends

Other Scenarios
131 Card Is Cigarette (or Chicken is Elephant): card becomes cigarette, required tonguing a lit cigarette
136 A.E.R.O.B.I.C.: a reworked classic
141 Clockwise Cigarette Restoration
144 It’s Matchic: with wooden match sticks
147 The Mullica Wallet: originally developed in 1968, and released to the fraternity 7 years later
151 Shenanigan Matches: a simple throw-away with a quick set-up
153 Torn and Restored Cards to Pocket
161 The Signature Trick: signed card routine
164 Double-Ended Jarrow: a reworking of Jarrow’s Hanky-Panky, with shot-glasses
167 Machiavellian Bill in Cigarette: borrowed & signed bill found in cigarette smoked by the bartender
172 The Oviparous Sack: Tom’s egg bag routine, with glass & bottle climax. Two Bags.
182 The Card in Mouth: a lesson in misdirection
190 Rouge de Paris: Cup and ball routine using sponge balls
205 Smoke Cocktail: a cigarette production routine
216 The One-Hour Show Skeleton Timetable