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by Q. Kumber
October 21st, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Charlie Miller's published works...
Replies: 21
Views: 518

Re: Charlie Miller's published works...

JustinM wrote:He performs a No. 2 here....


Could you rephrase that please.
by Q. Kumber
October 21st, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 19
Views: 748

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

Richard Kaufman wrote:Yes, but he used his own invention: the so-called "Electric Deck"!


It's obvious (at least to me) that JN was totally ruthless when it came to method. Whether it be pure skill or amazing gimmicks, he went for directness of effect.
by Q. Kumber
October 21st, 2017, 4:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Charlie Miller's published works...
Replies: 21
Views: 518

Re: Charlie Miller's published works...

There's a detailed review of his show in The Jinx #140
There's video footage of him performing on The Magic Palace TV Shows at http://www.magicana.com/screening-room
by Q. Kumber
October 20th, 2017, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 19
Views: 748

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

The most interesting thing I learnt from the Magic Christian Hofzinser books was that old JN himself opened his card section with lots of flourishes including switching in and out trick decks. These flourishes were regularly mentioned and complimented in contemporary newspapers and not one of those...
by Q. Kumber
October 20th, 2017, 7:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 19
Views: 748

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

The most interesting thing I learnt from the Magic Christian Hofzinser books was that old JN himself opened his card section with lots of flourishes including switching in and out trick decks. These flourishes were regularly mentioned and complimented in contemporary newspapers and not one of those ...
by Q. Kumber
October 16th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

I.M. Magician wrote:
AJM wrote:Why does it matter?


It doesn't matter really. Just another bit of trivial pondering I suppose...


No more trivial than the Erdnase thread.
by Q. Kumber
October 14th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?
Replies: 19
Views: 843

Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

That's the version I have. I believe it was the first edition of the hardback, or perhaps a collector's edition - if they had them in 1961.
by Q. Kumber
October 12th, 2017, 6:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 37
Views: 3092

Re: Genii Convention

Since the age of the fast internet, very little attention is given to the reporting of major conventions in magic magazines, and indeed to the intelligent reviews of magic shows. Even on the internet it appears to be more about individual highlights or grouses by those posting. While this isn't much...
by Q. Kumber
October 9th, 2017, 9:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 4
Views: 766

Re: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Arrived this morning in Manchester, England.
by Q. Kumber
October 3rd, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Daryl: Live from London, vol 2.
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Looking for Daryl: Live from London, vol 2.

Try contacting International Magic in London as it was at one of their conventions the lecture was taped.
by Q. Kumber
September 25th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roni Shachnaey R.I.P.
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Roni Shachnaey R.I.P.

Roni Shachnaey (b: 21 March 1944.) passed away early on the morning of Monday 25th September. With friends all over the world, an inspiration and mentor to many, and a wonderful sense of humour he will be sorely missed. Roni specialised in mentalism and bizarre magick. Originally from Tel Aviv, wher...
by Q. Kumber
September 24th, 2017, 3:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric Mead rocks!
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

Re: Eric Mead rocks!

Expertly staged, framed and performed.
Fearless and executed with with cold-blooded ruthlessness.
He went for the jugular and showed no mercy. Bravo!
by Q. Kumber
September 20th, 2017, 7:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Eddie Gibson R.I.P.

Sad to report that Eddie Gibson of Preston, England has passed away. A fine creator and manufacturer of coin gaffs, as well as crafted metal turned tricks. As far as I know he was the only manufacturer of the trick known as the Chinese Bit, a version of CSB, that was more complicated to make, but no...
by Q. Kumber
September 18th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 4
Views: 766

Re: The October Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

How wonderful that the piece on Eugene started on page 78. He would have loved that.

And thank you Max for including your Thirteen For Dinner handling.
by Q. Kumber
September 17th, 2017, 4:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2454

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

It is the nature of threads that they go off on tangents. I saw Reveen perform in Blackpool back in the 80's. It was then a one day (Sunday) convention but there was a get-together on the Saturday night in the HQ hotel on the south shore - possibly The Gables Hotel. I recall Reveen having the large ...
by Q. Kumber
September 16th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Skinner in Europe 1974
Replies: 5
Views: 1212

Re: Skinner in Europe 1974

A few weeks back I spent a pleasant afternoon with Trevor Lewis. Trevor recalled meeting Fred Kaps in 1975 and (nervously) telling Kaps that he didn't like Kaps' ending for the eleven bill trick (based on the 11 Card Trick). Upon discussion, Kaps agreed with Trevor and between them worked on a new e...
by Q. Kumber
September 12th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Al Smith's new (?) Magazine, LaBal - Check it out
Replies: 19
Views: 7279

Re: Al Smith's new (?) Magazine, LaBal - Check it out

Re: "While all three were happily sipping tea, Ken suddenly reached across the table, grabbed Bob by the lapels, yanked him up and screamed, "You bastard, you made my wife pregnant!" When I heard the story from Bob years back, I remember it that the place was full and they had not be...
by Q. Kumber
September 12th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1569

Re: Strange Brew

John,

Is this effect currently available and if so, ????
by Q. Kumber
September 12th, 2017, 2:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1569

Re: Strange Brew

Perhaps this could work with Strange Brew? Back in the 1960's when Clark "Senator" Crandall visited the UK, Fabian, the then associate editor of Abracadabra magazine took him to a local cafe. After his coffee arrived, Crandall dropped a glass eye into it, and using a spoon lifted it so onl...
by Q. Kumber
August 31st, 2017, 3:14 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 766

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

Jack Shalom wrote:British cryptic style puzzle clue:

gen=information (yup, look it up)
11=eleven
genii=spirits


Bravo, Mr. Shalom.
by Q. Kumber
August 29th, 2017, 7:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 5635

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Back in the days of his magic shop, Alan Alan and I discussed this. Alan used the analogy of buying clothes. You can go into a shop and find clothes off the peg that fit perfectly. Or it might be like a cloak where one size fits all. The clothes won't fit you at all or do not suit you or your style....
by Q. Kumber
August 27th, 2017, 8:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1362

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

I've been performing Vernon's Symphony of the Rings for over 40 years. Eric Sharp taught it to me as a great routine to gather a crowd before my outdoor Punch & Judy shows, or at shopping centres. It always worked. I've also used it to open the second half of my theatre shows as the effect is ea...
by Q. Kumber
August 23rd, 2017, 3:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2230

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

The title page of Last Word on Cards states the book was compiled by Rufus Steele and edited by Robert Parrish.
No credit is given for the Moe and Sam routine, so it may will be a Rufus plot.
by Q. Kumber
August 23rd, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2230

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

The effect is in the book, The Final word on cards, by Rufus Steele. Check it out. The name is of the trick is Sam and Moe. Frank Everheart popularized it. I added shuffles, flourishes and in between bits to the story. Bill Bill, thank you for the reference. I always thought it was Frank Everhart's...
by Q. Kumber
August 23rd, 2017, 7:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2230

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

It is unlikely that many cards would be out of order, most likely a small bunch together, so look through the cards and rearrange. Tamariz has a section on this in Mnemonica. If badly messed up, just fan the faces towards you and pull out the necessary cards as you need them. The story will carry yo...
by Q. Kumber
August 21st, 2017, 1:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4172

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Dear Bill, Please do not regret your post. What it raised is a very important point that deserves its own thread. Earlier I mentioned that it is the context of the situation that we often fins ourselves in. Here it is being in the position of 'A Performing Pig'. "Right Magic Boy, show me a tric...
by Q. Kumber
August 20th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4172

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Richard Kaufman wrote:Both Mac King and Tom Mullica do (did) the Card from Fly. It is/was a highlight in their acts.


In the context of a professional performance.
by Q. Kumber
August 20th, 2017, 5:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Slipcases and Books
Replies: 15
Views: 1246

Slipcases and Books

Two recent sets of books in my library came in slipcases, Hofzinser and Tenyoism. Each set comprises of two large heavy volumes. And the upcoming Thompson books will be the same. So I feel they should reside in their slipcases on my shelves. But the slipcases are a bloody nuisance. To refer to any o...
by Q. Kumber
August 18th, 2017, 6:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4172

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

No reflection on these worthy chaps of course but I don't share your confidence. And of course the cashier was receptive to magic. After all she asked for it in the first place. All I can say is that I GUARANTEE that I would have had her gasping and laughing within seconds, Having seen performer in...
by Q. Kumber
August 18th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4172

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Nor me.
by Q. Kumber
August 15th, 2017, 3:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4172

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Thank you Bill for your detailed post.

Larry Hass had mentioned a new book by Eugene Burger on the subject of teaching magic, and according to Richard's post there will be another book as well. That's excellent news.
by Q. Kumber
August 12th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic In The Real World. What You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Day Job
Replies: 0
Views: 578

Magic In The Real World. What You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Day Job

Magic In The Real World What You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Day Job by Christian Painter This publication is not about routines, tricks, or sleights. It is much more valuable. It is about how to use those moves and props to earn you hard cash and provide you with a comfortable living from pe...
by Q. Kumber
August 11th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 94
Views: 12775

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Right now I'm working on the next release, The Bammo Gaffus Maximus, a manuscript of 21st century gaffed decks. Release date is September and all Tarodiction Toolbox supporters will be advised as soon as it is available. Will it be hardbound and in a slipcase? On what stock will you be printing the...
by Q. Kumber
August 10th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: Johnny Thompson book pre-order

Johnny Thompson is the Guest of Honour at The Session convention, London, in January 2018.

http://www.sessionconvention.com
by Q. Kumber
August 10th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: Johnny Thompson book pre-order

I ordered as soon as the email arrived. It's not due for a few months so hopefully I will have forgotten I ordered it, and it will be a surprise when it's delivered.
by Q. Kumber
August 9th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 5635

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Back in 1998, I brought Eugene to Dublin for a special event. One of the places I took him to visit was Newgrange, an ancient structure that well predates the pyramids. On the winter solstice it's entrance is in alignment with the rising sun which illuminates an inner passage and chamber. The experi...
by Q. Kumber
August 9th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

I received an email from them about a month ago. I don't recall a release date, though there may be one. But I'd imagine it's soon.
by Q. Kumber
August 4th, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: They Lived By Tricks - Expanded Edition

Is it written in English or Italian?
by Q. Kumber
July 30th, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 12023

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

No mention of Bob Sheets' Killer Kitson Miracle, his walk around version of this effect. Bob released this without realising it was a Patrick Page trick. After he found out he called to see Pat and made a handsome donation to his retirement fund. Pat responded, "Is there anything else of mine ...
by Q. Kumber
July 30th, 2017, 8:50 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 12023

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

At the recent Peterborough Day of Magic (where I was lecturing) I bought two boxes containing 100 old issues of GENII, including the September 1942 issue mentioned above. Here's the relevant discussion on OOTW, and I've added an interesting anecdote from the same issue that has nothing to do with th...

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