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DeSouza's DeCeptions

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DeSouza's DeCeptions
AuthorDavid Acer
PublisherCamirand Academy of Magic
Publication Date2001

DeSouza's DeCeptions is a book of Marc DeSouza's close-up magic published in 2001, featuring 12 items from his working repertoire, and, as a bonus, his presentation for Gary Ouellet's three-shell routine, Supershells, which distinguishes itself from the original by, among other things, concluding with a vanish of the shells and pea. Hardcover with dustjacket, 142 pages, photo illustrated, published by The Camirand Academy of Magic.

It was reviewed in Genii 2002 August.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Marc DeSouza

  • Miniature Bowling Ball from Briefcase (a close-up version of Howard Flint's Bowling Ball from Briefcase)
  • Picasso's Bill (novel approach to James Lewis' Mis-Made Bill effect)
  • Twin Transpo x 2 (series of transpositions using two signed selections culminating in Wesley James' Fusion plot wherein the cards fuse together, back-to-back, into one "double-faced" card)
  • Collection Agency (version of Roy Walton's Collectors plot)
  • Copper/Silver My Way (copper/silver coin routine)
  • Snowflake (non-smoking-related presentation for torn-and-restored cigarette paper)
  • Quad-Ringle Plus (four-phase finger ring and rope routine)
  • Shapeshifter (handling for Oscar Munoz card change)
  • I'D Give My Right Arm to be Ambidextrous (version of Larry Jennings' Ambidextrous Aces)
  • The Cover Change (card change)
  • Die of Destiny (card prediction based on Claude Rix routine)
  • Social Climbing (Ambitious Card routine)

Bonus: Shell-Act


  • Two routines in this book have at one time or another been sold as separate items - Miniature Bowling Ball from Briefcase and Die of Destiny.
  • Picasso's Bill later reappeared in John Lovick's book, Switch
  • Shapeshifter and Twin Transpo x 2 had previously appeared in The Trapdoor and M-U-M respectively.
  • A performance-only companion video was sold separately, but has recently been converted to DVD and now comes packaged with the book.
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