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by webbmaster
April 24th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: I'm Reprinting ...
Replies: 15
Views: 6728

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: 480

Re: Study aids

My favorite magic illustrator is Richard Kaufman.
by webbmaster
April 19th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 26
Views: 4083

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: 39
Views: 1144

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: 480

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: 13414

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: 2100

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: 583

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: 1181

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: 1760

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: 2
Views: 448

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: 505

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: 505

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: 913

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: 4427

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: 1442

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: 2727

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: 9
Views: 786

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: 6759

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: 612

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: 24293

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: 28
Views: 2727

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: 2
Views: 448

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: 5059

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: 1570

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: 669

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: 432

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: 432

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: 1165

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: 788

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: 374

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: 1655

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: 1263

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: 9
Views: 1181

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: 5525

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: 3307

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: 906

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: 2977

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: 1106

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: 1235

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...

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