Al Koran's Legacy
Hugh Miller

Al Koran's Legacy by Hugh Miller

Announcing Al Koranís Legacy

"Your new edition of Koran's Legacy is spectacular, doing full justice to the great magician who entranced me on television as a boy.  For combined showmanship and simplicity he had few equals as a performer and the directness of his methods is one of the qualities that shines through this volume.  Fred Kaps considered Al 'the greatest,' a wonderful compliment from a man many later felt deserved that superlative.  This book explains why." -- John Fisher UK


At long last this wonderful edition of Al Koranís Legacy has been printed and is on its way to us now by sea. It will arrive at the end of this month. I have already received a few advance copies by air and I am truly proud of this book.

The book contains most of the original material but virtually everything has been re-written and benefits from the skill of an expert editor. There is a host of additional material written by Lewis Ganson and previously published in the Routined Manipulation series published by Harry Stanley.

Along with my close friend Graham Jolley, I have always been a follower of Al Koran and his amazing material. I missed a great era of magic that was taking place in London in the 50s and 60s while I was living abroad and everything that was happening seemed to be the brainchild of the late Harry Stanley. My way of being in touch with the magic happening in the UK was by reading each monthís copy of The Gen magazine. Al Koranís name appeared on almost every page. And thanks to Harry Stanley his material has been preserved for future generations to study and use.

I would like to thank Graham Jolley for helping us to unravel a very complex effect in this book. In previous editions of Al Koranís Legacy the instructions for Headline Prediction were hard to follow but Graham persevered in working out the correct method for the effect. And that is probably why, up to now, he is one of the few to perform this baffling routine. Graham usually closes his act with this effect as it is so powerful. He has written it up for us showing exactly how it should be performed and having seen Graham perform it many times I can confirm it is completely baffling.

Lewis Gansonís Routined Manipulation series on Al Koran has also been included as a very special added bonus and this includes Alís Koranís Miracle Blindfold Card Act. It is one of the finest routines in this book. I have just filmed Brian Barnesís is method for this staggering routine and it will be released shortly on DVD. Brian has performed this routine for nearly 50 years and I saw it 30 years ago and have never forgotten it. Watch this space for further news.

If you are not familiar with Al Koran you have a great journey ahead of you. He was an original thinker with a great creative mind and a consummate performer.


Price £20.00 (plus postage)   


Al Koran's Legacy

Review by David Lindgreen

Al Koran (1914-1972) was an English hairdresser with a keen interest in magic and mind-reading. In just a short time, he gained a fine reputation, but alas, when he travelled to USA in an attempt to build a career there, he failed. He left some very fine effects, of which the most well-known are Ring Flite, The Gold Medallion and the so-called Koran Deck. We are lucky that most of his tricks were published in magic magazines, especially in Pentagram but also in books. In collaboration with Jack Lamonte, he wrote Mastered Amazement; still, his most famous books, Professional Presentations and Al Koran's Legacy, were written by Hugh Miller. Besides the two books mentioned above, Martin Breese has had The Magic of Al Koran published.

Of more importance to us, here and now, is the fact that the same Martin Breese owns the copyright to practically all old English magic magazines and a number of books as well, which has enabled him to re-publish Al Koran's Legacy including some supplemental stuff which he found in some of Lewis Ganson's books. The result is an extremely fine book.

Koran's tricks are uncluttered, which means that he heads straight towards the goal, and the methods are just as uncomplicated so, apart from a few card tricks, you won't find anything which demands finger-breaking sleights. Nevertheless, during the showing of an effect, all the small things fit into one another like cogwheels in a clock-work, there is no hesitating or fumbling. Unfortunately, Koran's accompanying 'patter', which played a major role in his presentation, is not included. Let's take a closer look at the tricks which are all intended for close-up work or the small stage.

It is only fit and proper that the book open with The Five Star Prediction, still one of the very best tricks around and sufficiently strong to be the closing trick of your program: A spectator is handed a pack of cards, face-up, and starts dealing the cards down onto the table top. He continues until he decides to stop. The performer points to an envelope which has been lying on the table, in full view, from before the start of the effect. The envelope is opened, a card is shaken out and proves to be a duplicate of the chosen card. Even today, so many years later, it is still one of the funniest tricks for a lay audience.

Another routine which will floor any audience is Twenty Card Memory. Twenty spectators select a card each; the cards are returned to the pack which is placed into a jacket pocket. When the cards are selected, each spectator is given a number between one and twenty. Now the performer says a number, and the spectator whose number he mentions tells those present the name of his card. Standing on the stage, blind-folded, the magician puts his hand into the side pocket and withdraws the named card. This is continued until all cards have been named and produced. A whale of an effect Ė and easy, too.

t is also here that you find the legendary The Gold Medallion. Three spectators each names a number which, when put together, constitute a number with three ciphers. The conjuror shows a little box and taking out a gold medallion from its interior, he hands it to a spectator. When encouraged to do so, the spectators turns the medallion around, and upon the back of it he finds that very number inscribed.

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