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by Bob Farmer
February 22nd, 2017, 4:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Glue
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: Card Glue

Gregg: is that the Scotch brand or the 3M brand?

Also, for a non-repositionable adhesive I use:

https://www.xyron.com/en-us/products/cr ... a-sticker/

and to align the cards:

http://www.toddlassen.com/coins/lrg/card_gaft.jpg
by Bob Farmer
February 22nd, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

There are easier methods for, "Card on the Ceiling."
by Bob Farmer
February 19th, 2017, 11:00 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: no, not that Powell....
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: no, not that Powell....

I loved this quote:

"Elliott Ness, then Safety Director of the city, rounded up 1,500 suspects, many of them lunatics."

I checked the dates and there was an IBM convention in the city going on so Ness's work was easy.
by Bob Farmer
February 9th, 2017, 7:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109190

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

See:

https://www.vidivodo.com/ricky-jay-toni ... allon-e2tv

The book is now completely sold out and there are no plans to reprint it. Thank you for all the support.
by Bob Farmer
January 31st, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Submitting to Magicana
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Re: Submitting to Magicana

How about, "Luthor Chickenfug."
by Bob Farmer
January 23rd, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 1392

Re: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died

A wonderful and talented guy with a great sense of humour. My condolences to Julie and David.
by Bob Farmer
January 18th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Secret Subtraction" substitution?
Replies: 22
Views: 1286

Re: "Secret Subtraction" substitution?

I've always thought those off the top switches looked weird. My version is much more flexible than most and allows for all kinds of switching. A small portion of the manuscript can be found in Harry Lorayne's BEST OF FRIENDS II, see: The Packet Transfer (PAT) Switch at pp. 415-433.
by Bob Farmer
January 4th, 2017, 10:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2407

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

This book is a must read for this subject.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/1106
by Bob Farmer
January 3rd, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2407

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

I've tried all kinds of inks and pens, including the ink mentioned. The problem with the pens is that at certain angles the color vanishes and you see a blackish color. The problem with the inks is the application. I finally decided to go with one color--white, which doesn't have the color change pr...
by Bob Farmer
December 20th, 2016, 8:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: playing cards factory
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: playing cards factory

I believe that for customs tax reasons, the uncut sheets of cards were printed in Ohio, then shipped to Windsor where they were cut into decks and packaged. The tax would have been higher if the completed decks had been shipped into Canada.
by Bob Farmer
December 13th, 2016, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Denny's Magic Shop in Las Vegas Has Changed Hands
Replies: 11
Views: 1293

Re: Denny's Magic Shop in Las Vegas Has Changed Hands

I wish the new owner well and hope he is very successful---opening a B & M magic shop in this day and age (or any day and age) takes a lot of guts. Especially in Vegas. Too many magic shops there. I couldn't believe it when I saw two competing magic shops doors away from each other. I asked the...
by Bob Farmer
December 9th, 2016, 4:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Edition of Shigeo Takagi's One Cup Routine Now for Sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1294

Re: New Edition of Shigeo Takagi's One Cup Routine Now for Sale

Yes, the demo needs work. The performer might well read the Classic Secrets of Magic by Bruce Elliott to get the Benson one-ball vanish right. The best one-cup routine for me has always been by Ottawa's Roy Cottee. I think I published it in Genii. Any cup. The ending produces two large spheres of de...
by Bob Farmer
December 1st, 2016, 7:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2121

Re: Rope With Magnet

I don't buy or review many tricks but let me recommend Fantasma Magic's "Ring Escape." The props are great, the booklet is good and the DVD is excellent. I thought I'd come up with a new way of using the Rope and Tape Principle (Tarbell Vol. 1, p. 321, Discoverie of Witchcraft 1584 p. 200)...
by Bob Farmer
November 27th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Riser RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 1519

Re: Harry Riser RIP

That's very sad. His legacy is some great magic.
by Bob Farmer
November 22nd, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2121

Re: Rope With Magnet

Thank you Jim. When I track down the velvet, I will be in touch.
by Bob Farmer
November 21st, 2016, 3:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2121

Re: Rope With Magnet

Thanks guys for all the tips. I've ordered a couple of the tricks from Fantasma. Eventually, the trick I'm working on will appear in Genii. You'll need a skull. I got mine in the aquarium department at Walmart. It's grayish and slightly smaller than a real skull. On the bottom there is a sticker tha...
by Bob Farmer
November 19th, 2016, 12:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2121

Re: Rope With Magnet

Is the Tenyo version still available?
by Bob Farmer
November 18th, 2016, 6:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2121

Rope With Magnet

I'm working on a new trick with a skull and some discs from an old hard drive but I need a gimmick that my pathetic manufacturing abilities cannot create. Ideally, it would be two pieces of velvet ribbon, each about 38 inches long (preferably red, but black would do). In the middle of each ribbon, h...
by Bob Farmer
November 4th, 2016, 7:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: No Get Ready Double - Bro. John Hamman
Replies: 9
Views: 1310

Re: No Get Ready Double - Bro. John Hamman

Where is it explained?
by Bob Farmer
October 29th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 5
Views: 1581

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Fans of locked room murders, Japan, astrology and a certain kind of two-dimensional puzzle should read Soji Shimada's, "The Tokyo Zodiac Murders."
by Bob Farmer
October 17th, 2016, 6:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Monte makes a return to NYC
Replies: 10
Views: 1237

Re: Monte makes a return to NYC

Here's the routine he was using:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0Xo68frPQk
by Bob Farmer
September 12th, 2016, 3:43 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Headhunter
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: Headhunter

Don--it's on its way.
by Bob Farmer
August 27th, 2016, 6:54 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Magic Path
Replies: 7
Views: 1955

Re: The Magic Path

The only Spanish fluid I'm familiar with is Tequila.
by Bob Farmer
August 26th, 2016, 5:43 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Magic Path
Replies: 7
Views: 1955

Re: The Magic Path

Tom, I'll be there for this year's celebrations and I'll let you know.
by Bob Farmer
August 26th, 2016, 10:13 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Magic Path
Replies: 7
Views: 1955

The Magic Path

I just wanted to say that "The Magic Path to the Way of the Journey (p. 60, September 2016 Genii) actually made sense in the original Spanish and the English translation doesn't really do the article justice, thus necessitating a certain amount of reading between the lines to get the full flavo...
by Bob Farmer
August 2nd, 2016, 10:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109190

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Thank you for the compliment.

My next book will be the Bammo Flim-Flam CONglomeration and the book after that will be the Bammo Think-of-a-Card Encephalon. No dates yet.
by Bob Farmer
July 31st, 2016, 8:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109190

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

The book is nearing sell-out and will not be reprinted, so if you don;t have a copy, better buy now.
by Bob Farmer
July 29th, 2016, 8:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Fitzkee Redux
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: Fitzkee Redux

There are some analogous studies about how to write a hit song. Again, the authors of these studies haven't written any. As with the magic analysis, a "formula" is identified and the argument is that if you follow the formula you'll end up with a great magic trick or a hit song. https://ww...
by Bob Farmer
July 28th, 2016, 3:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Fitzkee Redux
Replies: 8
Views: 1985

Re: Fitzkee Redux

I'll bet the authors have never invented a really good magic trick.
by Bob Farmer
July 18th, 2016, 7:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gaffed cards
Replies: 13
Views: 3233

Re: Gaffed cards

The Card Gaffing Genii works very well.

For a better way to stick cards together get one of these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPV0Cybwz6s

https://www.xyron.com/en-US/Products/Cr ... a-Sticker/
by Bob Farmer
July 12th, 2016, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 5440

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

For the finale, the magician, streapped into the chair, is covered with a foulard and turns into a horse.
by Bob Farmer
July 11th, 2016, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong
Replies: 31
Views: 5440

Re: Smash & Stab Goes Wrong

I've got an idea for a similar effect. First you need an electric chair, preferably a very old one that looks really nasty. You have a box with five large knife switches. A thick electrical cord runs out of this box into a 220 volt receptacle. A dummy is placed in the chair and the magician pulls on...
by Bob Farmer
June 28th, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ten-Card Poker
Replies: 76
Views: 12926

Re: Ten-Card Poker

The comment above is wrong: the spectator cannot examine all the cards in "Ha, No Jonah." If he did that, he'd discover the gaff. In the Ellis routine the gaff is always in the magician's hand, never in the spectator's. The difference between the two is that in the Ellis routine the gaff a...
by Bob Farmer
June 19th, 2016, 8:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ten-Card Poker
Replies: 76
Views: 12926

Re: Ten-Card Poker

I reference the Weber effect in my book in the section related to Tim Ellis's very good routine. In Tim's routine there is no Jonah in the traditional sense. It's a very good routine. You need two sets of Tim's cards for the additional material I included. See:

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S133
by Bob Farmer
June 11th, 2016, 8:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Palace revolt at Blackpool Magicians Club ? Derek Lever off committee
Replies: 45
Views: 7251

Re: Palace revolt at Blackpool Magicians Club ? Derek Lever off committee

Anyone suffering from depression should not watch that Blackpool video. Anyone not suffering from depression will be if they watch that Blackpool video.
by Bob Farmer
May 26th, 2016, 10:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: NY Times article about obscure magic magazines
Replies: 7
Views: 2867

Re: NY Times article about obscure magic magazines

Yes, she seems completely incoherent. See my prior post.
by Bob Farmer
May 25th, 2016, 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: NY Times article about obscure magic magazines
Replies: 7
Views: 2867

Re: NY Times article about obscure magic magazines

Attention! Attention! The window Pane Acid is bad! I repeat: the Window Pane Acid is bad. Please refrain from ingesting and return immediately to your magician belief system.
by Bob Farmer
May 17th, 2016, 8:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Yorker cover
Replies: 2
Views: 770

Re: New Yorker cover

That's a great cover and the latest in a long tradition of magic-themed political cartoons. Someone should do a compilation. See: https://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/directory/m/magicians.asp http://theenemyreader.org/tricks-politics-magic-negro http://kavehadel.com/blog/2012/10/political-cart...
by Bob Farmer
May 17th, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 22
Views: 3999

Re: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

I say, "Sure I'll do that. However, before I do, you'll have to embrace Satan and all his works, pay homage to the demons of the Pit and be blindfolded for the 'Ceremony of the Blood Feast.'" This is more effective if you pull back your eyelids to reveal the pentagrams tattooed on their un...

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