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by Q. Kumber
June 22nd, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 64
Views: 14181

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Tom Gilbert wrote:I got to see Petrick and Mia demo a bunch of their items and also bought a number. Whatever happened to them?


So what did happen to them?
by Q. Kumber
June 20th, 2017, 5:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Unmasking of Bill Malone
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: The Unmasking of Bill Malone

So how come Bill got to read the July issue before anyone else?

Now that it is online I've had a quick browse. When I saw the review of Magicians In Action, I first thought it was about magicians in the armed services. It isn't.
by Q. Kumber
June 16th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 118
Views: 16097

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Bob Farmer wrote:I'll have to publish my Cardwarp routine at some point. Part of it is a single card version and the handling is smooth and angle-proof.


I'll have to publish mine too. It has the best ending of any such routine to date.
by Q. Kumber
June 8th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?

I recall this as proposed by Arthur C. F. Carter, specific to the Dennis Wheatley novel To The Devil A Daughter . No anagram required, as there are only four names in the entire book. Appeared in Magigram in the 1970s. As I was reading down the posts, I was going to mention the Arthur Carter routin...
by Q. Kumber
June 5th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5967

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned personal decision as to their stance on the matter. From what I've read over the years about prominent...
by Q. Kumber
June 3rd, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 5967

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Some years ago Brian Glover, Walt Lees and a layperson were judges at a magic society close-up competition. One of the performers did a Fiber Optics rope routine and had a good presentation for it. Another performer did the Victor C&R Rope with a pretty bland presentation. When the judges got to...
by Q. Kumber
June 3rd, 2017, 3:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 24
Views: 4220

Re: Okito boxes

I'm very new to working with coin boxes but recently bought the Sinbad Max Okito Box, and I'm very pleased with it.

https://lostartmagic.com/shop/physical/ ... cba1185463
by Q. Kumber
May 25th, 2017, 2:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1272

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

What an interesting and well researched article. Dr Ian Ellis-Jones has done his homework.
by Q. Kumber
May 24th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1272

Re: The most entertaining card magician I have ever seen!

The best stand-up card magician I have seen was Johnny Hoffman who mostly performed with carnivals in the summer and schools and halls in the winter. He died in Ireland in 1975. I never saw him do any close-up but he could and did do 30-40 minutes with just a deck, using mostly the pass, the classic...
by Q. Kumber
May 21st, 2017, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP James Hamilton
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: RIP James Hamilton

Deeply saddened to read this. James was delightful company and a good friend.
by Q. Kumber
May 19th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Glossy billets needed...
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: Glossy billets needed...

Try using index cards, cut to size.
by Q. Kumber
April 21st, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 353: Jarrett & Raja - New Kids on the Strip
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: 353: Jarrett & Raja - New Kids on the Strip

They did a season at Blackpool's Hilton Hotel about ten years ago. While I enjoyed the show, there was never a reason given as to why a classical pianist was working with a magician. A possible explanation would be for Jarrett to say, "I was walking along the beach and found this old bottle in ...
by Q. Kumber
April 21st, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 1508

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

Here's a clip of Terry Herbert performing a different paddle trick, sold by Ken Brooke. As a teenager Terry Herbert learnt from legendary magic dealer Ken Brooke a great close-up trick by R.M. Jamison, the Spot Sticks. At the time Terry was so influenced by Ken's presentation, he still performs it i...
by Q. Kumber
April 12th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 20
Views: 2356

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

The first thing Paul Daniels did when he started using the Chop Cup was to dull the finish. It reflects light. I think using brightly polished cups is a daft idea, even in close-up as, it attracts the eye too much and reflects the light. The cups are props and should not be the main focus of attenti...
by Q. Kumber
April 11th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3611

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

This quote from Ludwig Van Beethoven might help clarify the difference between consummate performers, be they amateur or professional, from everyone else in the same discipline. Noah Levine's article on David Ben in the April GENII is well worth reading for the thoroughness a professional will go to...
by Q. Kumber
April 8th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 3866

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

Every single one of them is recognisable by the general population, even if not regularly used. And besides, a bit of thought and some good patter will cover almost anything. I've a feeling that Vernon would no longer say, "Magicians stop thinking too soon," and instead say, "Magician...
by Q. Kumber
April 8th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 3594

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Now Brian, you are disagreeing with TWO magical icons.

And if I were an icon, that would be three. ;)
by Q. Kumber
April 7th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 5886

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

PRISM is being reprinted.
by Q. Kumber
April 6th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3611

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Yes, Albert le Bas had a day job as manager of Archer's Ford dealership in Dun Laoghaire. Trevor Lewis was an engineer on the car ferry between Holyhead (Wales) and Dun Laoghaire (just a few miles south of Dublin, Ireland). Back in the 60's they didn't have drive on drive off ferries, so it would do...
by Q. Kumber
April 6th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3611

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

"The Understanding of the importance of time" In the stage & illusion world I generally find the amateurs want to buy a routine/idea/prop all complete and ready to go and will be presenting it on stage within days of receiving it (I've seen people take delivery of one of my designs an...
by Q. Kumber
April 6th, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 2137

Re: 101 Deck

Richard Kaufman wrote:Amazing! That has to be the greatest single thing Harry has invented.


Of all the contributions he has made to card magic, 99.999% of it with a regular, borrowed pack, the best idea being a gimmicked deck. How wonderfully ironic.
by Q. Kumber
April 5th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 101 Deck
Replies: 19
Views: 2137

Re: 101 Deck

The Dream Deck and the 101 deck are two different methods and effects. Withe the Dream Deck, audience members simply think of cards.
by Q. Kumber
March 27th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3611

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

MagicbyAlfred wrote: "Experience is the best teacher."


After forty years as a professional, experience is what I think I have lots of, until I get more of it.
by Q. Kumber
March 26th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3611

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

You are correct (in order to make a decent living) , but I was specifically referring to performance related details, to do with prop management, dress, staging, blocking, show construction, applause cues, showmanship, audience control and management, and the art of presenting oneself to an audience...
by Q. Kumber
March 26th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3611

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Arguably the biggest difference between the consummate professional and everyone else is, in addition to the tricks, the attention to the details of things that aren't the tricks.
by Q. Kumber
March 24th, 2017, 7:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 1435

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

The April magazine arrived in Manchester yesterday by post. It is an exceptionally good issue.
by Q. Kumber
March 16th, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Harbin: Eight inches of thread
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Harbin: Eight inches of thread

Will Dexter ghosted some books for Harbin.
by Q. Kumber
March 14th, 2017, 9:21 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Bob Koch's Sticks
Replies: 6
Views: 1065

Re: Bob Koch's Sticks

Thank you for the review. Very interesting. I have a set of the Millward sticks and am very happy with them. One thing mine will do, I discovered, is allow the string to lengthen all on its own, which is handy to be able to do when you want to show both long. For close-up work I have a set of the Gr...
by Q. Kumber
March 12th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Chriss Angel passes out on stage.

He was copying Keith Barry's act. http://www.dailyedge.ie/keith-barry-passed-out-on-stage-recovery-522622-Jul2012/ I was in the audience when Keith had difficulty escaping, and I knew he was going to be in trouble as soon as he started the routine. It was Thursday, August 4th. 2011. However the lin...
by Q. Kumber
March 10th, 2017, 3:53 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?
Replies: 3
Views: 3857

Re: What Else Can You Do with a Pop-Away Wand?

Thank you for crediting the originator, Maurice Phillips. It was probably around 1970 when he developed it. I believe it was September 1972 when Supreme Magic first launched it. I wish Trixie Bond who sells it as the Topsy Popsy Wand would credit where it came from. John Kimmons remembers Edwin tell...
by Q. Kumber
March 7th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone know this cardiste?
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: Anyone know this cardiste?

He's very good at what he does. And I'm delighted to see that someone has found a way to make money from card flourishes.
by Q. Kumber
March 2nd, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for a set of RNT Mendoza cups.
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Looking for a set of RNT Mendoza cups.

I bought a set from John Mendoza when he lectured in Ireland in the early 80's. I no longer have them as I sent them as a present to Doc Shiels when I republished 'The Shiels Effect' in 2006.
by Q. Kumber
March 1st, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs Routine
Replies: 41
Views: 5219

Re: All Backs Routine

Anyone comfortable doing a classic force of a double backed card to start that trick? Yes, I've been doing that for the past three years. If I miss the force, I do a different trick. My thinking was, "What better way to convince a spectator that all the cards are 'all backs' than to give them ...
by Q. Kumber
February 23rd, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle

Quartermaster is a wonderful routine and those who like the principle used might like to check Michael Weber's more recent published works for some excellent presentational premises.
by Q. Kumber
February 10th, 2017, 7:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood

A non-magic friend sent me this article about a new magic venue in Hollywood.
Does anyone know any more about it?

http://edit.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... les-972808
by Q. Kumber
February 7th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Dr Albo's CLASSIC MAGIC SERIES, FOR SALE
Replies: 12
Views: 1488

Re: Dr Albo's CLASSIC MAGIC SERIES, FOR SALE

A password is needed to see the photos.
by Q. Kumber
February 6th, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 9641

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

In his Master Notebook, Bob Wagner published as his own a full trick of Brian Glover's, taken word for word from its original publication in Abra.
by Q. Kumber
February 5th, 2017, 4:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best professional close up card table.
Replies: 20
Views: 2109

Re: Best professional close up card table.

May I ask where you are performing professionally that you might use such a table?
by Q. Kumber
February 2nd, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Show in London Jan 10 - Feb 18, 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: Houdini Show in London Jan 10 - Feb 18, 2017

Ian Keable has been to see the show and gives it a thumbs up in his newsletter.

http://iankeable.co.uk/index.php?option ... =component
by Q. Kumber
February 1st, 2017, 6:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 14
Views: 2653

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

The third reference in Michael Weber's article is to one of my favourite books, Magic Digest by George B. Anderson. Not only is it full of gems but he also teaches you how to routine the tricks. One chapter always stood out for me, and that is about the rope escape. It is a complete act that could m...

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