Pete McCabe by same

Professionally, for the last 25 years I have been a computer programmer, a writer and scriptwriter—in advertising and television at every level from local San Diego rent-a-car software company datasheets to a prime time network sitcom staff—and a teacher. Not to mention a Domino's delivery driver—I still hold the box-folding record at the Pacific Beach branch.

I'm currently an English teacher, the best job in the world for a family man with a beautiful wife and two young sons.

Other than that I'm a classic amateur magician. I love magic and I spend a lot of time on it. I write about it, because I'm a writer, and I create tricks, because I used to be a computer programmer (programming and trick creating are very similar, at least the way I do them they are), and I write scripts for tricks for myself and others, because I think it's the best way to make great magic.

Free Download
Magic has given me many great friends and experiences over the years. So to give a little something back, I plan to post things here for free download. They could be anything: a trick, a script, an essay, who knows. Mostly it will probably be tricks—I have a lot of unpublished tricks. My plan is to put up something different every month or so; we'll see how long that lasts.

The first free download is a card trick called "The Card At Your Number." The effect is this: You take a deck out of a cardcase, which has a thin paper band taped around it. On the front of the band it says: Prediction. The spectator shuffles the deck and returns it, and then names any number from 1 to 52. You remove the band from the case and show what it says on the back, which is this: The card at your number is the Jack of Clubs. You count down to the spectator’s number and it’s the Jack of Clubs.

Click here for the free download.