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by webbmaster
March 29th, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 33
Views: 1509

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

But I think the question still is 'how to use real moves' in entertainment. Of course we can work on whatever we want in the privacy of our own homes. But in a show, mainly you don't want to get caught (or in a real game) but I still remember Steve Forte who I think said he was dealing centers when ...
by webbmaster
March 29th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best Books for Character Building?
Replies: 5
Views: 1314

Re: Best Books for Character Building?

Many people misunderstand what children enjoy. They are too young to understand much of what they would need to know to "get" magic. There are some visual things, silks, or whatnot, but really clown bits are better for them. Balloon animals, simple juggling, silliness. Any trick that takes...
by webbmaster
March 29th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1960

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

The precursor to MacDonald's was with gaffs, the one in Lost Hilliard Notebooks. What I wondered today was if assemblies with coins, sugar cubes etc. predate assemblies with cards but maybe inspired the idea ?
by webbmaster
March 27th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 2
Views: 285

On the Pass

I just recently screened Richard Kaufman's On The Pass video for the first time in a long while and I just wanted to say that it really has held up and is an excellent piece of work. For all the guys looking at Erdnase, try to get a copy of this to really see how the real work evolved. By the way, I...
by webbmaster
March 22nd, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5803

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Richard Kaufman is my favorite writer.
by webbmaster
March 22nd, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Geoff Latta book from Hermetic Press
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Geoff Latta book from Hermetic Press

Has anyone heard a date for release of the new Geof Latta coin book from Hermetic Press ?
by webbmaster
March 22nd, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22631

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Online after several days they changed it to 'accidental death' and I haven't figured out what that means or meant. I'm going to check on the web to see what they've said more recently there.
by webbmaster
March 20th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1960

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

....I seem to remember a precursor to MacDonald's Aces in Hilliard's Lost Notebooks. Maybe take a look. I remember I found it interesting.
by webbmaster
March 20th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion
Replies: 1
Views: 192

world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion

I recently saw Tomorrowland with George Cloony and a scene in it got me thinking about the White Owl Cigar pavilion which had an illusionist with (spoiler alert) twins. I was a kid at the time and every illusion was perfect. I seem to only remember Asrah, the Thin Sawing and a Doll's House built as ...
by webbmaster
March 20th, 2017, 1:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?
Replies: 20
Views: 4865

Re: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?

This is all very interesting and I use dreaming for a lot of creative work, but for me the best thing is to get ideas for effects or new versions of old tricks or ways to streamline a technique (edit an existing trick) . During meditation or self-hypnosis I give myself the suggestion that my dreams ...
by webbmaster
March 20th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mind, Myth & Magick by T.A. Waters
Replies: 7
Views: 1413

Re: Mind, Myth & Magick by T.A. Waters

I seem to remember that Waters put out a video that contained instructions for some of the more practical items from the book and you might like that too, or instead of. Also be aware that Waters didn't include real patter, only bare bones, because you should work up your own, or so he thought. Also...
by webbmaster
March 8th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Harry Lorayne telephone book stunt
Replies: 5
Views: 561

Harry Lorayne telephone book stunt

I've been seeing Harry Lorayne's name popping up a lot lately, and one thing that comes up is the telephone book memory test which Darwin or Michael Pizzolla told me about years ago and part of the story was that a student of Harry's, a basketball star, could do it too. It seems amazing. Anybody kno...
by webbmaster
March 8th, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: thanks to John Gustaferro
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: thanks to John Gustaferro

I think spellcheck changes m-a-g-i-c-a-n-a to magician. Sorry.
by webbmaster
March 8th, 2017, 12:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: thanks to John Gustaferro
Replies: 2
Views: 309

thanks to John Gustaferro

Just wanted to post that John Gustaferro who is handling Magician is a class act ! Also, I wanted to find out about a video version of tricks in Magician. How does one view these ? Thanks all.
by webbmaster
March 8th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Himber Wallet Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 1025

Re: Himber Wallet Recommendation

A prop that does the same thing and is catching on are the Buddha Papers. There are two sides and therefore you can make things disappear or appear or change. If you eliminate the smallest folded papers inside each side, playing cards will fit and therefore, instead of coins which are the most used ...
by webbmaster
March 6th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Favorite Harry Lorayne Books
Replies: 5
Views: 710

Re: Favorite Harry Lorayne Books

I just wanted to mention that they are running old Tonight Shows on cable and Harry Lorayne was on the show last night from 1975 or so. The memory act still held up.
by webbmaster
March 6th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I promised the consiglieri...
Replies: 1
Views: 312

I promised the consiglieri...

...I did, I promised to report which brand of restickable (reposition able) glue stick I use and it is Elmer's. I like it because it is flexible, you can bend the double (well, curved) without the glue cracking. This is how I make double-facers in emergencies. In fact, the double nature (double-thic...
by webbmaster
March 1st, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best professional close up card table.
Replies: 20
Views: 1509

Re: Best professional close up card table.

Going along with Richard's idea to use what is there, I remember that I once did a series of shows for the Cancer Fund and I was the opening act for Minnesota Fats the pool trick shot expert of the day. Anyway I did flourishes and ribbon spread turnovers and poker deals on the pool table where the c...
by webbmaster
March 1st, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Glue
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: Card Glue

I promise to look at the brand on my restickable glue stick and report on next Monday. (I think both work) In the meanwhile I have a lawyer joke; 'At a party a doctor goes up to a lawyer and asks "If someone asks my professional opinion at a party, can I bill them?" The lawyer says only &q...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2017, 1:35 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Topit advise
Replies: 8
Views: 916

Re: Topit advise

Darwin Ortiz has some very interesting 'work' on topics with features I didn't see elsewhere. I think it is his 4th book but the name escapes me. Sorry !
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 27
Views: 5358

Re: Laypeople

What I think may be getting lost in the shuffle is the fact that we don't (or shouldn't be) using the term 'layman' or laymen' IN OUR PERFORMANCES...just in our discussions about our art. In public we should use terms like 'member of the audience' or such. But in our discussions of our art is is ver...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Eight kings threatened..." Card Order
Replies: 11
Views: 3177

Re:

So the suits and colors don't seem so regular there are ways to randomize the suits and colors. If the card is 'even' you follow the usual C-H-S-D order for suits, and if 'odd' you do a variant - switching to same color but opposite suit. A five of spades would be followed by the Queen of Clubs, see...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Starting in coins - Bobo Study Guide?
Replies: 6
Views: 774

Re: Starting in coins - Bobo Study Guide?

I can relate to you because I still remember when I first arrived in NY after having read Bobo etc. Now after studying coins for 54 years I remember like it was yesterday seeing Roth and Latta and also Presto, and because I read Bobo I thought they were sleeving all the time. (Jack Chanin in Philade...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Intellectual Property Question
Replies: 11
Views: 2819

Re: Intellectual Property Question

I'm reminded of this story about IBM the computer company, not the magic club, because I came from an IBM town. Well anyway, the deal everyone signed (signed away) was the fact that if they invented a new mousetrap at home...nothing to do with computers, off the clock, IBM owned it ! Spooky. Anyway,...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2017, 12:39 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Printed matter on Stack & Culling ect
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Printed matter on Stack & Culling ect

Mickey MacDoughall has some interesting material in his book. Also, the Scarne book (on cards) has many items that, along with false shuffles and cuts, can be amazing demos. The best things I've seen are the Steve Forte tapes. I remember Darwin Ortiz telling a group of us how many hours he practiced...
by webbmaster
February 22nd, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Rights to make my own (insert your favorite RS) deck
Replies: 9
Views: 1104

Re: Rights to make my own (insert your favorite RS) deck

Meanwhile, the Ultramental Deck (similar) is probably a better trick...a more suspenseful and theatrical ending. And, Krylon Matte Finish Spray, available in art supply stores, is better than store-bought roughing fluid. Also but not least, many recent instructions say to use MORE pressure when sepa...
by webbmaster
February 22nd, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Top 100 Magicians of the Century
Replies: 7
Views: 1913

Re: The Top 100 Magicians of the Century

Are we talking about LAST century or this century ? Last century, I'm guessing. Also, I like the idea of including inventors and innovators. Bobby Baxter always said he was an 'innovator'. Presto (Earle Johnson) was great but I don't think he ever got famous...almost did. Anyway, who are the great o...
by webbmaster
February 22nd, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: sweaty palms
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: sweaty palms

David Roth once recommended to me to use rosin, and rub it around the rim of your coins. Rosin is used by violinists, and available in music stores, and is rubbed on the hairs of the bow. Regards, Gregg Webb
by webbmaster
February 22nd, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 39
Views: 1826

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

All the books listed are great. I just remembered that when I was starting out that Jack Chanin (of Philadelphia) told me to get Magic Without Apparatus by Camille Gaultier ! Loved it. Regards, Gregg Webb (ps...and oh no Erdnase)
by webbmaster
February 22nd, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Glue
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: Card Glue

Restickable (Repositionable) glue stick is my favorite because it is flexible. Regards, Gregg Webb
by webbmaster
February 22nd, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Garcia
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: Frank Garcia

Once a year Frank used to do the whole show with David Suskind on TV. You can probably find these on youtube and that way you'd really get the Frank Garcia experience. Other things to know, he had a really professional speaking voice, which helped him, but he was very good at various types of magic ...
by webbmaster
February 15th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Why is the magic community so adverse to change?
Replies: 25
Views: 4753

Re: Why is the magic community so adverse to change?

First and foremost, magic has to come across as magic or else you've failed. There are so many considerations of timing and pacing etc. that have to be correct for the audience to 'get' what is supposed to be going on and then to have the realization that wow something magical just happened. I would...
by webbmaster
February 15th, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9512

Re: Cups and Balls

David Roth's routine for the Chop Cup is the best I've seen, although I think the Chop Cup should be in a different category than the 3-cups versions. Anyway, several things to keep in mind are, first, don't make too long a routine; second, even though Vernon used an expose' ploy to set up for the e...
by webbmaster
February 13th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 8248

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

I can remember Tony Spina of Tannen's telling me the Frank Garcia videos sold the best in 'the day' because they were of do-able material. I also remember, maybe from Meir, that at some portion of the 20th century that Paul Harris was considered the big influence. Of course I'm trying to come up wit...
by webbmaster
February 13th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4777
Views: 1746619

Re: ERDNASE

One context to see Erdnase in is as history of cards at that time. I think it is important to decide if you are looking for something to use in the 'real world' or to study as an academic field. Meanwhile, in memory of Geof Latta, I seem to remember he had a pretty good Diagonal Palm Shift. And a re...
by webbmaster
February 13th, 2017, 12:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 33
Views: 1509

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Unless you want to become a real card cheat, meaning you want to entertain with stories and pseudo demos of skills, you can find self-working tricks, usually based on stacks and false shuffles and false cuts, that with the proper delivery of your story about how you could cheat if you want to, that ...
by webbmaster
February 1st, 2017, 1:57 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: This or That style routine? Suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 1319

Re: This or That style routine? Suggestions?

I don't know if this will help you but Ricky Jay does a card routine where he puts out a row of cards horizontally and asks if they want to use the card from one end or the other and then the one not picked gets discarded. I think that is what happens. Ends up with a winning poker hand I think. I re...
by webbmaster
February 1st, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: faith healing with roses
Replies: 0
Views: 188

faith healing with roses

I saw a movie about a faith-healer and the 'bit' that was new was that as he 'healed someone, something else nearby died, or at least got really unwell. It is as if the power to make one person better came from sort of stealing some of the health of someone near to the event. These are presentationa...
by webbmaster
February 1st, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Secret Subtraction" substitution?
Replies: 22
Views: 1521

Re: "Secret Subtraction" substitution?

I think ATFUS, the anytime face-up switch might help you. I find it often interchangeable with the Secret Subtraction, and I learned it in The Apocalypse but it is described elsewhere, maybe look in Card College. Regards, Gregg Webb
by webbmaster
January 30th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?
Replies: 22
Views: 1949

Re: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?

I think Steve and Max are right. Steve referred to the market situation years ago as being a 'glut'. Chris from Library has mentioned in conversations with me that he 'sees' it that a specialized book, say on coins, would do better than a book on lots of props...because if someone is looking for a c...

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