GENIUS  - THE BRILLIANCE OF BILLY O'CONNOR

GENIUS - THE BRILLIANCE OF BILLY O'CONNOR

Although he died way before I was born, Billy was my idol. A man who entertained huge crowds with nothing but a deck of cards, in a time without amplification or video cameras. Yeah... he's my hero.

O'Connor has become an obsession with me, I have searched high and low to find his methods and analyze WHY his act worked. This ever growing list will contain all my discoveries on Billy, as well as new effects that they have inspired.

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GENIUS  - THE BRILLIANCE OF BILLY O'CONNOR
  • WALLET COLLECTION 5 - NULLI SECUNDUS

    THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING!
    Ever since reading about this in an antique Davenports catalogue I have been fascinated by this high octane version of the Card to Wallet.

    I wanted this effect for the launch of my one man show back in 2015, but found too many inconstancies in the methods available ...

  • 1 INTRO TO BILLY O'CONNOR + LIMIT FOUR ACES

    Welcome to the Genius of Billy O'Connor. A performer from the golden age of magic who used to tour the world and perform for thousands with just a deck of cards.

    Billy published very little, but one of his greatest was a quick paragraph in The Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, so quick it has bee...

  • LIMITLESS ACES

    Inspired by the Limit Four Aces, this is my massive, self working version with a kicker finish... only up on MOTG for short time.

  • 2 BILLY O'CONNOR - SHORT CARD KING

    In this section Steve discusses the history and idiosyncrasies of Billy O'Connor and starts to delve into his act. Revealing why all magicians knew him as THE SHORT CARD KING.

  • 3 BILLY O'CONNOR COUNTING THE CARDS

    A routine from Billy O’Connor’s act called COUNTING THE CARDS, the audience yells out a number of cards, and you instantly cut off that exact number, again and again! It's fairly easy to do and again, looks like enormous skill.

    The routine was found by accident when described by another mag...

  • 4 BILLY'S BLINDFOLD CARD READ

    Within the descriptions of Billy's act was a nod to his 'stunning blindfold card reading'. A secret that most thought was lost to antiquity.

    Steve's relentless hunt to find Billy's secrets lead to a happy accident and discovery of his simple and brilliant method.

    This is a TOP secret, gu...

  • 5 POKER FACE

    POKER FACE.
    AL BAKER, who’s gave so much to magicians over his life time, and who’s works continue to do so, published an effect called POKER FACE. It was so simple that pretty much one everyone skipped past it. BUT here’s the thing, POKER FACE is one of the most entertaining, commercial and ...

  • 6 BILLY O'CONNOR ON STEROIDS

    If you’ve already watched and tried out the material within the playlist THE GENIUS OF BILLY O’CONNOR (and if not, why not?) you will know how strong that card act is. I’ve been performing the COUNTING THE CARDS sequence a LOT lately and its grown into a fast, funny and commercial routine, one t...

  • BILLY O'CONNOR.pdf

    1.38 MB

    A collection of descriptions of Billy's act

  • SI STEBBINS SYSTEM.pdf

    3.46 MB

    The basics of the classic Si Stebbins card stack.