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by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

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: 3095

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: 3340

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: 2229

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: 981

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: 20
Views: 1803

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: 4398

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: 822

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: 17
Views: 1456

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: 38
Views: 1594

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: 6770

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: 520

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: 4140

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: 41
Views: 1280

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: 520

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: 13473

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: 2171

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: 601

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: 1207

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: 1793

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: 465

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: 535

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: 535

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: 918

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: 4565

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: 1457

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: 2764

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: 38
Views: 1594

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: 6794

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: 653

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: 24452

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: 2764

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: 465

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: 5073

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: 1590

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: 678

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: 448

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: 448

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: 1180

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: 797

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.

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