The Complete Oracle By Larry White & David Goodsell

The Complete Oracle By Larry White & David Goodsell

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The Complete Oracle By Larry White & David Goodsell

In recent years magic has experienced a renewed and keen interest in mental, bizarre and storytelling magic. Magic that does more than just fool the eyes and mind, magic that tugs on the heart strings, that stirs arcane fears and longing, magic that grabs the audience and won't let go. Sometimes the experience is light and airy, sometimes it probes a bit deeper and provokes self analysis and even resolve, sometimes it is just plain spooky.

David Goodsell and the late Larry White spent three years of their lives gathering the best of this kind of magic in their unique Oracle Magic Magazine, acclaimed as one of the best "little" magazines ever published. The quality of the magic as well as the artwork and creative design made every issue a unique experience. The material deserves to be shared with a much larger audience.

David Goodsell has gathered all the printed and web materials from volumes 1, 2 and 3 and has added a special all-new Larry White Memorial issue of Oracle Magic Magazine, all as PDF ebook. Over 1100 pages, 100 routines, and 85 contributors including names like Robert Neale, Jeff McBride, Larry White, Cody Fisher, Roni Shachnaey, Master Payne, Brother Shadow, Larry Becker, David Parr, Barrie Richardson, etc.

Here is David Goodsell in his own words how the Oracle came to be:

    I had the good fortune to serve as editor of M-U-M magazine, published by the Society of American Magicians, for nearly 30 years. For the last 15 of those years Larry White served as my Magic Editor. In the latter years of that relationship we found that we shared a love for bizarre and story telling magic. The occasional article grew to a regular presence in the magazine as we jointly worked on special features, such as our "Haunted" issue, and the monthly "Shadowland" column. When I stepped down as editor, Larry and I decided to venture into our own publishing project with Oracle Magic Magazine, a combination print and on-line magazine devoted to mentalism, bizarre and story-telling magic. We completed three volumes before Larry's health began to fail and we decided to end the venture. While I could have continued on my own, I really didn't want to do that at the time.


Volume 1 No. 1 Print

    An interview with Alain Nu
    Merlin's Six Tarot Repeat by Leslie Melville
    The Hunch Player by Brother Shadow
    Invisible Zone Zero by Payne
    The Ghost Bottle by Larry White
    The Ultimate Clipboard by Roni Shachnaey

Volume 1 No. 1 Web

    Alain Nu Interview continued
    Pro Choice by Alain Nu
    Flipped Out by Alain Nu
    Test Conditions Spirit Message by Larry White & David Goodsell
    In the Oracle's Ear
    Help Clean Up New Orleans by Bruce Barnett
    Wisdom of the Ages by David Goodsell
    Mindvention 2005 review
    Oracle Reviews

Volume 1 No. 2 Print

    An interview with Brother Shadow
    Bell Book & Candle by Mark Strivings
    Do You Sushi by Pascal Clement
    The Escape Artist by Bob Neale
    Bloody Simple Movie by Tony Iacoviello

Volume 1 No. 2 Web

    Feather Psychokinesis by Brother Shadow
    Bell Book & Candle, additional notes by Mark Strivings
    Teeny Genie by Kotah
    Lucky Jacques by David Goodsell
    Oracle Reviews
    ICBM 2005 review
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 1 No. 3 Print

    How to Create Story Magic by Larry White
    Bizarre Cups & Balls by Bill Palmer
    The Great Jethro by Bob Parmacek
    A Weigh Out Prediction by Danny Archer
    Through the Looking Glass by Ed Solomon

Volume 1 No. 3 Web

    Larry White interview continued.
    The Great Jethro (full routine) by Bob Parmacek
    Oracle reviews
    Andy's Gump by Bob Neale
    Developing Storytelling Magic by Bob Neale
    Veil of Glass by Ron Dayton
    The Stark Experiment by Dean Montalbano
    The Sword of Diablo by Gerald Wincklhofer
    The Cameron Gathering 2005 review
    Rapping and Tapping Table Details
    Alien Postcards by Jim Fish
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 1 No. 4 Print

    The Changing Nature of Bizarre Magick, essay
    Heart of Arkam by Michael Henry
    A Polite Nod of Mourning by Walt Anthony
    Slip of a Reading by Kenton Knepper
    Directional Pendulums by Stefan Dardik

Volume 1 No. 4 Web

    Heart of Arkam apparatus
    Mental Locket description
    Stark Experiment by Odes Odhner
    Oracle reviews
    The Saga of Wild Bill by Peter Marucci
    The Curse of Seth by Pasqual Perrino
    West Coast Gathering review
    Big Bargain Shane
    The Strange Ritual of Purification & Confusion by Felippe Fabbi
    The Essence of Yang by Stefan Dardik
    In the Oracle's Ear
    Spoon Bending by Roni Shachnaey

Volume 1 No. 5 Print

    Invisible Coinetic by Larry Becker
    The Dardik Poem Stack by Stefan Dardik
    The Power of the Curse by Alexander Roemer
    Emotional Chairs by Roni Shachnaey

Volume 1 No. 5 Web

    Dardik's Sample Psychic Reading
    Dardik's Tarot Poem Stack Bookmark
    Emotional Chairs, a discussion
    The Oracle by Ed Solomon
    Bizarre Magick at the S.A.M. Convention review
    Merlin's First Magic by Tom Crecelius
    Possessed by Leslie Melville
    The Flight of the Little Yellow Pom-Pom by Leslie Melville
    Frame of Mind by Odes Odhner
    Nevermore by Peter Marucci
    Peek A Card – business cards
    Brainwave My Way by Roni Shachnaey
    An Oracle Challenge by Pierre Barry
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 1 No. 6 Print

    Premature Burial by David Parr
    The Underhanded Undertaker by Kotah
    Kexakosioihexekontahexaphobia by Kim Walkowski
    For Justice by Marlene Clark

Volume 1 No. 6 Web

    David Parr's Interview continued
    Edna Gray's Premature Burial by David Goodsell & Larry White
    How to Make Edna Gray's Coffin Bell by Larry White
    I Am Here by Peter Marucci
    Talking Us to Death by Ed Solomon
    For Better… Or Worse by Walt Anthony
    The 27th Victim by Ron Dayton
    The Borley Rectory Séance by Ed Loveland
    A Halloween Story by Leslie Melville
    The Legend of the 13 Graves by Larry White
    Oracle Challenge Responses
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 2 No. 1 Print

    Tossed Out Deck by Cody Fisher
    Dark Knight Detectiving by Mark Piazza
    The Die is Cast by Philemon Vanderbeck
    The Shroud of Marcel by Master Payne
    Spirit Key Convincer by David Goodsell

Volume 2 No. 1 Web

    More Thoughts on the Tossed Out Deck by Cody Fisher
    The Handkerchief Frame Construction Plans
    Batman Anti-Hero Cards
    Romeo & Juliet by Geoff Goodway
    Reverie – A Poetic Presentation for the Linking
    Rings by Walt Anthony
    Band of Brothers by Doug Byrd
    Love Conquers All by Peter Marucci
    Mitos Odnalor, an introduction
    Jesusity & El Lobo by Mitos Odnalor
    Read Them Like a Book by Odes Odhner
    ICBM Gathering 2006 review
    In the Oracle's Ear
    Tickling Oracle's Funnybone

Volume 2 No. 2 Print

    SpecWriter by Roni Shachnaey
    The Tortured Bill by Robert Neale
    Food for Thought by Kenton Knepper
    Egyptian Cinderella by Larry White and David Goodsell

Volume 2 No. 2 Web

    Egyptian Cinderella by David Goodsell
    Satan's Seat (plans) by Tom Palmer
    The Elves' Gift by Brother Shadow
    Billet Buzz by Roni Shachnaey
    Sublime Success by Bob Neale
    The Lock Pick by Max McLaughlin
    Ain't Nothin' Easy by Ron Dayton
    The Dragon Box of Feng Fang Foom by Stefan Dardik
    How To Stretch Your Arm by Larry White
    Workshop: Ed Solomon's Bizarre from the Bazaar
    Cameron Memorial Gathering 2006 review
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 2 No. 3 Print

    An Interview with Denomolos
    Egyptian Curses by Ed Solomon
    The Chessman Problem by Santiago
    Sweet Intuition by Larry Becker
    Coins for the Ferryman by R. Shane

Volume 2 No. 3 Web

    Denomolos Interview continued
    Ed Solomon Interview
    Pizza Please by Ed Solomon
    The Plain Brown Box by Ed Solomon
    The Blind Men and the Elephant by Ed Solomon
    The Unexpected Return of the Traveler by Lary Kuehn
    Keep Your Trap Shut by Dean Montalbano
    Never Bet the Devil by Stefan Dardik
    Only a Paperfolded Rose by Bob Neale
    Sewing by Brother Shadow
    Royal Purple by Larry White
    The Ron Dayton Wallet Workshop
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 2 No. 4 Print

    Docc Hilford Interview
    Glass Demons by Docc Hilford
    A Moment in Time by Joe Cabral
    Fate Healing by Bruce Kalver

Volume 2 No. 4 Web

    Docc Hilford Interview continued
    Evelyn's Postcard & Letter for Moment in Time
    Demon of the Tarot by Romer
    First Lie Detector by Larry White
    Cleromancy by Chuck Smith
    Morning Breath by Ron Dayton
    Rings by Roni Shachnaey
    Magic Glasses by Brother Shadow
    Paper Fortune Cookie by Larry Becker
    It's In The Mail by Craig Browning
    Card Aging by Mary Tomich
    Stab in the Pack by Master Payne
    The Man Who Knows by Rivkin & Dardik
    Hieroglyphics? By Gene Poinc
    The Pre-Destiny Experiment Workshop
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 2 No. 5 Print

    Barrie Richardson Interview
    The Spooky Fork by Barrie Richardson
    Sophie's Back by David Goodsell
    Trauma by Roni Shachnaey
    The Mona Lisa Scream! By Bruce Ballon
    Secret Service by David Goodsell

Volume 2 No. 5 Web

    Notes on Roni's Trauma
    Art Prints for Mona Lisa Scream
    Secret Service, additional notes
    Locker Combination Theme by David Goodsell
    The End of the World As We Know It by Shane
    The Human Pencil Sharpener by Dean Montalbano
    Name in Flames by Roni
    The Gnome's Magic Copper by Joe Cabral
    The Chess Piece by Larry White
    Business Minded by Bob Solari
    An Adventure with a Leaf by Leslie Melville
    The Fountain of Youth by Brother Shadow
    How to Age a Map by Brother Shadow
    The Lone Ranger's Secret Phobia by Mitos Odnalor
    Walking Barefoot by Ron Dayton
    What Goes Around Workshop by Ed Solomon
    In the Oracle's Ear
    Tickling the Oracle's Funnybone

Volume 2 No. 6 Print

    Todd Robbins Interview
    Dreams, Death & Divinations by Odes Odhner
    The Petrified Soldier by Stefan Dardik
    The Unexplained Event at Webster's Tavern, a report by The Scribe

Volume 2 No. 6 Web

    Todd Robbins Interview continued
    Séance – A Journey Into The World of Spirits by John Coulter
    The Deadly Nut & Bolt by John Coulter
    Ghost of the Medicine Woman by Roni Shachney
    Some Methods of Spirit Rapping by Stefan Dardik
    Witchfinder General by Dr. Todd
    Steve Glaser's Séance
    Curious Coffin by Bob Neale
    Not A Kind Wiccan… She! by Gene Poinc
    Electronically Controlled Candle Workshop by Ed Loveland
    Handy Project Workshop by Ed Solomon
    Classic Vampire Cocktails
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 3 No. 1 Print

    Neil Tobin Interview
    Resurrection Mary by Neil Tobin
    The Four Sisters by David Goodsell
    The Legend of Banaue Rice Terraces by Sinnead

Volume 3 No. 1 Web

    Neil Tobin Interview continued
    The Four Sisters, version 2
    Duplicity by Harry Truman
    Just Add a Pinch for a Tasty Séance by Mark Strivings
    VCR Zodiac Sign Test by Dale Hildebrandt
    Sharing a Fantasy by John Coulter
    A Ration of Dark Rum by Ron Dayton
    Clear Vision by Roni Shachnaey
    I Shot An Arrow In The Air by Ed Solomon
    The Toe Tag Test by Larry White
    Holiday Gift Magic Workshop by Larry White
    How to Die Three Times
    The Cameron Gathering 2007 review

Volume 3 No. 2 Print

    An Interview with the Scribe
    Lion Tamer by Laura Wright
    Luke and the Beer Cans
    Prince of Darkness by Marie Toomuch
    Tony Walter's Ghost Hunt

Volume 3 No. 2 Web

    Interview with the Scribe continued
    Ghost Hunt continued
    Prince of Darkness Cards
    Doctor Broose at Circe's Rest
    Evildan Goes To Hell by Evil Dan
    Pete's Hotel by Demons Loo
    A trick for the Chinese New Year by Stefan Fisher
    Voodoo Dart Toss by Jim Magus
    Mental Fetch by Dr. Spektor
    Super Coin by Dale Hildebrandt
    Incident at Mitre Square by Ron Dayton
    Gemini Reclothed by Chuck Stylesmith Smith
    Under the Tree by Roni Shacnaey
    Holmes and Watson by Peter Marucci
    Tibetan Buddhist Sacred Monkey Skull by Ed Solomon
    A Low Budget Spirit Lock workshop by Master Payne
    Rabbit/Duck Illusion by Alan Wassilak
    London Mentalism Meeting #2 review
    In the Oracle's Ear

Volume 3 No. 3 Print

    Master Payne Interview
    The Pardoner's Tale by Master Payne
    How I Became a Jongleur by Master Payne
    One Way Ticket by Larry White
    Super Shopper by Larry Becker

Volume 3 No. 3 Web

    One Way Ticket method by Larry White
    More Payne
    Professor Payne's Gallery
    My Adventures with the Jim Rose Sideshow by Master Payne
    The Number of the Beast by Pasqual Perrino
    The Hofzinser Cards by Larry White
    Have You Ever Been Hypnotised? by Leslie Melville
    Dream Dinner by Bruce Ballon
    Spec-Break by Roni Shachnaey
    Le Bateleur by Dr. Todd Landman
    Zodical Light by Ed Solomon
    The Devil's Wand by Peter Marucci
    Frixion Pen Brainstorming
    The OM Box workshop by Chuck Stylesmith Smith

Volume 3 No. 4 Print

    Masklyn ye Mage, and essay
    The Breath of Hella by Masklyn ye Mage
    Cagliostro's Final Seecret by Alexander Roemer
    The Mark of Septimus by Stefan Dardik
    The Deryni Factor Revisited by David Goodsell

Volume 3 No. 4 Web

    The Deryni Factor Revisited continued
    Memories of Andruzzi
    Daemon Dirt
    The Ghost of Masklyn by Mark Piazza
    The Key of Imagination by Bruce Ballon
    Shoes by Mike Rogers
    Meditations on a Die Box by Frederick Turner
    Routine for Fogel's Triple Prediction by Brother Shadow
    Mad Money by Dale Hildebrandt
    A Visit to the Corner Store by Ed Solomon
    The Tell Tale Teletubbie by Master Payne
    20/20 by Ron Dayton
    Rebirth of the Phoenix by Peter Marucci
    Certainment workshop by Jim Kleefeld
    Circle of the Morning Star by Jim Kleefeld
    The Cleveland Torso Murders by Jim Kleefeld
    Nomi the Alchemist by Jim Kleefeld
    Jack's Forgotten Victims by Jim Kleefeld

Volume 3 No. 5 Print

    Fangs for the Memory by Alexandra Wallace
    The Voodoo Doll by Ed Loveland
    The Name of the Dead by David Goodsell
    Roni's Center Tear
    Then Another…Then Another… Then Another… by Leslie Melville

Volume 3 No. 5 Web

    Paulo – Priest and Scientist by Roni Shachnaey
    The Name of the Dead Illustrations
    Watering by Bob Neale
    Black Art Prediction by Don Drake
    Sea Fever by Larry White
    Signed & Sealed by Chuck Stylesmith Smith
    Woosh by Larry White and Bob Neale
    The Tears of Our Children by Odes Odhner
    How To Make Rupert's Tears workshop by Larry White
    In the Oracle's Ear
    Death Becomes Us by Peter Marucci
    The Sanitary Vampire by Lary Kuehn
    The Alphabet Block by Ron Dayton
    Séance for an Unknown Spirit by Roni Shachnaey
    Two Presentations for the Haunted Key by Stefan Fisher
    Darwin's Séance Table Gimmick by Don Drake & Gary Darwin
    Portal Rough by Ed Solomon

Volume 3 No. 6 Print

    A Conversation with Jeff McBride
    The Fire Ritual by Jeff McBride
    The Gods Play Dice by Bob Neale
    Cannibal Cards by Eugene Burger

Volume 3 No. 6 Web

    More McBride, the Interview Continued
    Gods Play Dice, Sources, by Bob Neale
    Birthdated by Dale Hildebrandt
    A Yuletide Smash & Stab by Master Payne
    The Beast in the Hall by Ed Solomon
    Seeing with the Fingertips by Chuck Smith
    A Shel Silverstein Routine by Marlene Clark
    That Magic Moment by Larry White
    Arachniphobic Anni by Odes Odhner
    Scripting Magic by Pete McCabe
    Coffins Nails Plus by Ed Loveland
    My Card at Your Number by Larry White
    The Game of the Master by Ed Loveland
    Doctor Watson's Lost Journal, a Story Puzzle by Leslie Melville
    The Mayan Spirits of Teotihuacan by Ed Loveland
    Spooked Horse by Ed Loveland
    La Casa Rosada by Mitos Odnalor
    Captain Slone's Glass Eye, a Devil of a Bar & Pub Report
    The Swastika, a Story Puzzle by Leslie Melville
    The Vampire Convention by Larry White
    Mystery of the Bells workshop by Ron Dayton
    PSYCRETS – The British Society of Mystery
    Entertainers report
    Tickling the Oracle's Funny Bone
    A Gift Card from Odes Odhner
    Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot? by Ed Solomon
    It's About Time by Ed Solomon

The Larry White Memorial Issue

    Remembering Larry by David Goodsell
    Larry White's Spirit Cabinet Presentation introduced by Leslie Melville
    A Properly Parsed Poem for The Mystery of the Five Linking Rings by Master Payne
    Hell's Bells by Jim Kleefeld
    Hellbound and Other Diversions: The Name is the Game by Robert Neale
    Animal Menagerie by Dr. H. Fredrick Reisz, Jr.
    The Devil Takes A Hand by Peter Marucci
    Dicky Dean's The Card That Never Dies by Dicky Dean
    Dicky Dean Meets Peter Marucci, or, The Devil's Hand Never Dies by David Goodsell
    Dead or Alive Blindfold Test by Roni Shachnaey
    The Legacy of "Jimmy the Giant" (The Sliding Die Box Revisited) by Alan Wassilak
    Lucky Seven by Tom Craven
    Not Yo Mummy by Ed Solomon
    Extra Sensory Deception by Larry Becker
    Cursed by Brother Shadow
    Spell-Check Mated by Ron Dayton
    Mind Lock by ERYX
    The Night I Held Hands With Larry White in the Dark! by Bruce Kalver
    The Lion Ring by Bill Palmer
    Jesusita's Haunted Railroad Crossingby Mitos Odnalor translated by Rolando Santos
    The Cursing by Bruce Barnett
    The Mesmer Deck by Mitos Odnalor translated by Rolando Santos
    The Open Book Experiment by Ed Solomon (an Oracle Workshop)


    Arguments with God by Gene Poinc
    Burlingame's Magic Tricks
    Endless Amusements
    Oracle Rogue's Gallery

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