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by Brad Henderson
May 18th, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 21
Views: 1036

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

back of hand is way to go. false transfer then as your fingers stroke the back of the alleged receiving hand you stick the coin in place. it doesn't hurt. far less than the rising pencil at least.

you can also deposit it on the back of an audience member standing or seated beside you.
by Brad Henderson
May 17th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1

yep, seventh grade. I got it the same year i got the tarbell course. BoF was way over my head for the most part, but i tried to work through everything that had moves either described or that i already knew. i used the Tarr books to help figure out some of the basics i didn't already know. Couldn't ...
by Brad Henderson
May 16th, 2017, 6:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1

i consider this to have been my first 'real' magic book. It was a little over my head (being in 7th grade at the time) but i enjoyed the challenge of trying to find out what an elmsley count was, or a faro shuffle, and then the next step of learning how to do them. There is a lovely little card case...
by Brad Henderson
May 7th, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1758

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

i had no idea he was alive.

always enjoyed seeing him do his thing. one of magic's great 'characters'.
by Brad Henderson
April 30th, 2017, 10:58 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1149

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

i believe it's in the roy benson book as well.
by Brad Henderson
April 15th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

Playing Devil's Advocate for Karma: Karma had nothing to do with his warehouse burning down and I'm pretty confident that he had insurance. Karma comes into play when you decide to or not to buy his discount vouchers and the energy you put into that process. really, my decision not to buy something...
by Brad Henderson
April 15th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

O tempora, o mores! Magic dealers trying to actually SELL their stuff. Magic dealers declining to share secrets or product details prior to purchase. Magic dealers publishing rehashed or reinvented tricks or concepts (often inadvertently). If you wanted to see the store of every magic dealer who ha...
by Brad Henderson
April 15th, 2017, 11:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

OK, let me get this equivocation correct. Christian released a CARD TRICK that was missing some possible, or definitive crediting that some here feel needed to be there ... or perhaps Cardshark needed to withdraw the trick from the market ... but he didn't And for that, the release of an uncredited...
by Brad Henderson
April 13th, 2017, 9:29 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1791

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

i believe the joke was closer to "i once played poker with a deck of tarot cards. i got a full house and 5 people died."

it was steven wright.
by Brad Henderson
April 13th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

i've danced this dance before. no need to rehash it here. his synchophants don't care. and those who already know, know. if we ever meet and have a moment i'm happy to share what i know. but my comment re karma was really all i needed to say.
by Brad Henderson
April 13th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

to what end? those who know have made up their mind and those who do not likely really don't care since much of it was hashed out in the public eye. unfortunately not all the information offered was the truth. but i won't betray confidences to serve my own ends. What i have written publicly i stand ...
by Brad Henderson
April 13th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

for those who know, no explanation is necessary. for those who do not, none will likely suffice. some people in magic fight to prevent credits from being made known. some people in magic lie about what is said to them. some people in magic care only about their own bottom line. those people make cho...
by Brad Henderson
April 11th, 2017, 7:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

it's not that i disagree with the proceedure, only that it is a misplaced concern. The proceedure is irrelevant if they are either convinced you are real or have no faith in your abilities. a smart performer structures his or her magic to tell a consistent story. if the card is meant to be lost, one...
by Brad Henderson
April 11th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

says the man who wants all of us to know how clever he is because he has found a flaw in the icons to which he never refers by name or whose example he never identifies. seems to me like you are more interested in making yourself feel good than being accurate. first it's every card trick. then it's ...
by Brad Henderson
April 11th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

it only becomes relevant when the other more important factors are ignored. case in point - why do those magical icons who you know should know better don't feel it important enough to bother with them? do you really believe it's because you know something they don't or that their audiences are just...
by Brad Henderson
April 11th, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

and what you still overlook alfred is that there are more things than just the dance of the cards that impact the level of conviction that an audience member has. some performers CAN have a card returned to a specific place without diminishing the conviction of the audience because the audience is n...
by Brad Henderson
April 10th, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

alfred, how a card is best returned to the pack depends upon the effect which is to follow. for example, it is best for an ambitious card effect for the audience to know precisely where the card was returned. i mean, if it were returned randomly and shuffled you could have intentionally or accident...
by Brad Henderson
April 10th, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

alfred, how a card is best returned to the pack depends upon the effect which is to follow. for example, it is best for an ambitious card effect for the audience to know precisely where the card was returned. i mean, if it were returned randomly and shuffled you could have intentionally or accidenta...
by Brad Henderson
April 9th, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire
Replies: 31
Views: 3200

Re: Card-Shark Warehouse Fire

karma is a bitch.
by Brad Henderson
April 8th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2590

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

unless you are that magic icon i can't imagine why you COULD possibly agree with them. Some of us are fat. Some funny. Some have accents. Some of us make you want to like them, some of us push you away. there are moves and strategies an experienced magician can make work than a beginner can't - even...
by Brad Henderson
April 7th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 4294

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

you guys didn't hear the full story. it's actually much more amazing than we thought at first.
by Brad Henderson
March 31st, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2779

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

"we demand to be taken seriously."
by Brad Henderson
March 27th, 2017, 10:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 976

Re: Question for full-time performers

live performance is never repetitive. every person in front of whom you stand brings a new energy to the experience. every show is a brand new act of creation, even if you are doing the same tricks with the same lines. when you see only the same tricks and same lines, however, you are no longer perf...
by Brad Henderson
March 18th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

i think that's painting with an overly broad brush. We can disagree as to what is good art, or art we like - but the idea that what constitutes art cannot be defined is a stroke too far.

otherwise nothing is art, or everything is art.

obviously neither is true, or useful.
by Brad Henderson
March 17th, 2017, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

oh, but i think you are mistaken. play the piece again and tell me honestly that there is 'no sound' i can tell you that is patently untrue. And must be untrue - in any condition on earth. the thing is, you may have listened. you definitely didn't hear. But sound is there.really listen. if you need ...
by Brad Henderson
March 17th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New York Times profile today on Derek Delgaudio

why is it not music? what is music but sound organized by time? what makes art art? according to duchamp and others it is the artist's intention that conveys the condition of art. when we place a frame around an object it becomes something more than the object. is a birds song not music? what if tha...
by Brad Henderson
March 13th, 2017, 10:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

i used to run from magic. hid from its power. i was a 'skeptic' after all then i learned that i was holding myself back and cheating my audiences. people crave the experience of the wonderful, extraordinary. they want stories they can tell their friends. they want to be a part of something singular....
by Brad Henderson
March 12th, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

I don't think any of us here question the importance of character in the presentation of a trick, whether it be deadly serious or comedic. The ability to tell a story, or to dramatise an otherwise simple effect can make all the difference. But I am speaking in general terms about the average magici...
by Brad Henderson
March 12th, 2017, 4:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

erdnasephile, yes. method does affect effect. but it is relevant to this discussion only to the degree it does. what type of method it is is irrelevant in its own sake. the only thing that matters is how it affects the effect - and as the audience should be completely unaware of the method, we can d...
by Brad Henderson
March 12th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

maybe it's his body's way of telling him it can't watch that show one more time.
by Brad Henderson
March 11th, 2017, 11:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

all that matters is how you make them feel.

if you want them to feel respect, make choices that convey that feelingful respnse.

method is irrelevant unless you choose to make it so
by Brad Henderson
March 11th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

jack, we agree on the issue. we are merely quibbling over timing. the neurochemcal response to the experience of a thing is identical regardless of the reality of that thing. a convincing falsehood triggers the brain intne same way as reality. if you want that to stop when the curtain comes down, so...
by Brad Henderson
March 11th, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

but WHILE you are watching macbeth (skillfully performed) you allow yourself to believe and be affected as if you have been.
by Brad Henderson
March 10th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

jkeyes1000 wrote:but what is the real mystique? Know-How or ability?


power

specifically the power to intentionally convey feelingful responses.

everything else is a matter of taste and interest.

and you keep conflating/confusing method and media.
by Brad Henderson
March 10th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

do you think it wise to speak of others and their work when you know nothing of either? YOU may not be able to convince people you have supernatural powers. That doesn't mean others can't. and i can prove it. 1) uri gellar 2) david blaine 3) when you watch lord of the rings, do you say to yourself '...
by Brad Henderson
March 10th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

you seem to have a limited view of the possibilities of presentation or the implication of those possibilities. if i perform something and the audience is aware it is accomplished via skill, then can i even be said to have done 'magic' in the strictest sense? is that not really more akin to juggling...
by Brad Henderson
March 10th, 2017, 2:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2360

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

your question is built on several false premises not the least of which is confusion of the method with the effect. An audience shouldn't know or care how the trick is done unless the magicians makes that an issue. the only people who would know are other magicians. but there is no real answer to yo...
by Brad Henderson
March 5th, 2017, 4:25 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: San Francisco Airport
Replies: 3
Views: 602

Re: San Francisco Airport

a few years back that had an amazing collection of automata from the guinness collection on view there.
by Brad Henderson
February 26th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Puckered Lips Pressed to an Angel's Bottom

let's hope somebody got paid by the word.

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