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by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 4105

Re: On the Pass

Casualness, which takes experience to achieve, does a lot at disarming viewers. Also, figure ways to enlighten your viewers that finding their card is not the be-all-and-end-all of their trick...it is what ELSE happens during the middle and end of the trick that makes it magical instead of just puzz...
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 19
Views: 1782

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

I think you have it backwards. In the arts the ones that keep at it keep getting better and those that thought they mastered something after six months or whatever aren't delving deep enough.
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 16
Views: 1092

Re: Carlyle's Law

A number of old-timers told me that Francis felt that in copper and silver, that he felt the spectator just FORGOT where each coin was so when he himself did it he would emphasize very strongly where each one was so they wouldn't just conclude that they really didn't remember where they were to begi...
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

For non-gaffs, and even with different color backs, see Ken Krenzel's Blues Progression from Ingenuities from Minch's Hermetic Press. As for people asking about or wanting to touch or examine the cards with McDonald's, it is interesting to note that you are less safe in a true closeup (and impromptu...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1244

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

I'd say call Tannen's. Ask for Rich or Magick and just ask if they have this (photographic coins) or whatever it may be called now. Describe the effect. If no luck, just ask for a real English penny, a non-expanded (regular) shell English Penny, and a Cut-down English Penny. Also, don't forget to as...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 3573

Re: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas

A very similar trick, the one that starts out as a torn and restored tissue trick then turns into a fancy hat for a girl child, and the pieces from the torn tissue, wadded up, make the 'flower' on the hat or bonnet...this trick is very useful for kid shows and family shows. Much better than the othe...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: set the bar too high
Replies: 27
Views: 4111

Re: set the bar too high

Perhaps a Miser's Dream that you can bring yourself to, or Billiard Balls - see Roy Benson. I don't think a particular dealer item (trick) is what you're after. Rising Cards is very strong. Then there's a Transept with an Egg and Rice in the Eggcyclopedia from Hermetic Press. We changed the rice to ...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion

Conus, were you the guy sitting next to us ? And, did you see the Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo which was a textbook example of bad lighting and you went by on a conveyor belt (like in the 'future') ?
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic

Over the weekend I obtained a book that I never had before, but heard of, Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic. It is packed with very old magic from the day when magicians could cut or drill holes in the stage to make tricks work. Many forerunners of tricks we know better now such as 2 Card Monte and ...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1244

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

When I worked at Tannen's in the 70's this was sold on a regular basis. You got a english penny shell (not expanded, regular size hollowed out) and a cut-down english penny which would fit in the shell. Also a regular english penny. Also a photographic print of a deck of cards spread out. You'd forc...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 24
Views: 2243

Re: Steranko

In his comic books, he used to hide in the background art (you'd have to hold the book at an angle) the words, elongated to the point that you couldn't tell they were letters when looked at head-on, A Steranko Effect. Anyway, I probably know more about his artwork than his magic which I've only hear...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: types of magic tricks would you
Replies: 3
Views: 3162

Re: types of magic tricks would you

Sponge balls with the baby sponge balls ending.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: illegal to reveal magic tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 3488

Re: illegal to reveal magic tricks

And that's why so many of us keep trying to innovate variations on tricks so IF someone knows the standard way, if they see the new variation on the same trick that it will fool them...not that fooling them is the be-all-and-end-all of this but if someone is yelling out 'I know! I know!' it hurts yo...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 7
Views: 2389

Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

With this in mind, I tried to come up with tricks that seemed like the one they might know, but really it had some difference built in. Such as, the 21 cards (three piles) trick. After having a card selected and returned from a 21 card group, I controlled and glimpsed their card, then let them shuff...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Suitable material for deaf / blind audience.
Replies: 6
Views: 1061

Re: Suitable material for deaf / blind audience.

That did happen to me years back and I turned the whole event into letting them hold and pet my doves. I didn't know what else to do, but it worked out. I remember being miffed that I wasn't told about that MINOR hurdle to doing a magic show. That was for the blind. Since I am or was a silent manipu...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 41
Views: 2616

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Instead of the net in the 3-ball trick, which spectators would hold, Charles Reynolds favored a wooden tray with a rim, and the rim had cutouts at each end for a handhold. With two spectators, one at each end, holding the tray, I don't see why not do cups that way too. I know it doesn't really answe...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs Routine
Replies: 41
Views: 4692

Re: All Backs Routine

Same as Kelly Bottom Replacement, yes. I worked with Derek's routine and Darwin's too. Now I'm interested in the Quick 3-Way, which I always heard the guys talking about but never learned.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

I hope it is apropos to mention the grip Ricky Jay uses on the deck for the classic color change. Every time I've seen it I've been struck with the novelty of that handling but have never heard if it is his own handling or if he learned it from someone.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 10:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 19
Views: 1782

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

Yet I know people in a number of fields who have put entire lifetimes into various areas and still consider themselves to be trying to learn something new every day. These people never feel they've mastered anything but see it all as an ongoing process.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 4105

Re: On the Pass

True for lay audiences. But I remember Geof Latta doing the pass for magicians as a 'card rises bit by bit up through the deck with one magician holding onto the protruding end of the card that rises' and the method was a number of passes of small amounts of cards, and I couldn't see it. So maybe it...
by webbmaster
April 24th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: I'm Reprinting ...
Replies: 15
Views: 7205

Re: I'm Reprinting ...

Great news about the David Williamson book. As crazy funny as he can be on stage...when offstage he is a really great guy and he deserves the best. Plus his 'take' on magic is amazing.
by webbmaster
April 24th, 2017, 10:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Study aids
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Study aids

My favorite magic illustrator is Richard Kaufman.
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 29
Views: 4951

Re: Stewart James

Great research by Joe McKay.
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1875

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Many people who work with Tarot cards don't do sleights of hand but more sleights of mind (equivoque and just good meaningful readings). The better looking decks aren't good for palming and it seems to me the ones that are good for palming and real 'moves' don't look old or authentic. There are some...
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Study aids
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Study aids

Over the weekend I was thinking about how much I learned from the Kaufman and Greenberg books, and now the Kaufman and Company books. But, what I remembered most was how I had two new clean bricks that I'd use to hold the book open so it wouldn't close up when I had two coins palmed and a desk with ...
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 1:31 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 37
Views: 14168

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

As for the psychics, I think it is because you can't disprove a negative or something like that. As for bound collections, I guess I'm different than most, but I like to first decide which tricks or articles I'm NOT interested in and I make a note or sometimes a pencil dot or the like so the next ti...
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2615

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

now, now. Anyway, I think what I got out of this thread is 'figure out what works for you. Invent your own tricks and patter based on what works for you. Then don't even worry about what works for others.' Also, what works for one guy probably doesn't work for everyone or maybe even anyone else. As ...
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to levitate a small object?
Replies: 2
Views: 698

Re: Best way to levitate a small object?

I found that if you buy a set of black sneaker laces from Footlocker that you get a lifetime supply of invisible threads. Both the outer and inner strands unravel into countless strands of the real deal Invisible Thread.
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Topit advise
Replies: 9
Views: 1314

Re: Topit advise

tangentially...it was originally called a poacher's pocket and was for making things disappear but not magically. In recent history rumor has it that some use it again more for it's original purpose and steaks from the meat department are are made to disappear but not magically.
by webbmaster
April 12th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 1988

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

I had heard that Francis Carlysle had one set, pawned them numerous times, and I think it was this set that ended up with, was it Percy ? Am I wrong ?
by webbmaster
April 12th, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion

Thanks Doug Thornton ! I knew someone would know !
by webbmaster
April 12th, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

Luckily I got more time today, so thanks to the inspiration I'll explain more about Princess. Right from the start I considered the trick to be a thing for a real show with a real audience, because there was some expense for the film packs, plus you need lots of people. The idea was to mingle with t...
by webbmaster
April 12th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 5
Views: 651

More on Bob Cassidy

I recently mentioned the passing of Bob Cassidy and mentioned several long phone conversations I was lucky enough to have with him...we were discussing a trick (feat) I had invented/innovated and was trying to get published in a psychic newsletter he was involved with at the time (I forgot the name)...
by webbmaster
April 10th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Effects for those who believe in spiritism
Replies: 6
Views: 989

Re: Effects for those who believe in spiritism

I just found out today about the passing of Bob Cassidy and I want to say that he and I had some great long phone conversations, and he had no attitude of superiority with me, an unknown to him, and was very supportive of ideas I had. Anyway, this topic one we covered. Bob felt strongly that it was ...
by webbmaster
March 29th, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 5209

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: 1531

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: 28
Views: 3005

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: 81
Views: 4105

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: 40
Views: 7110

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: 751

Geoff Latta book from Hermetic Press

Has anyone heard a date for release of the new Geof Latta coin book from Hermetic Press ?

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