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by Leonard Hevia
February 18th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 2467

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

When I purchased the three limes, the lemons and oranges were already sold out.
by Leonard Hevia
February 18th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 2467

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Mike Kaminskas has thrown his hat into the ring so in addition to the cups, chop cups, and wands he sells, he now supplies fake fruit. I picked up three of his limes and they are wonderful! He sells the lemons, limes, and oranges with faux versions of those little barcode stickers one would see in g...
by Leonard Hevia
February 13th, 2018, 9:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 14
Views: 1062

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

jamessmith wrote:Now available on Quicker than the Eye for $19.

https://quickerthantheeye.com/p/cardist ... /peau-doux


They seem to be sold out as well.
by Leonard Hevia
February 13th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Martinka Auctions
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Martinka Auctions

I think Ted is involved in the coin gaffs manufacturing end of things. I also noticed the end of their auctions.
by Leonard Hevia
February 11th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4778

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Frank did have an eye for those effects that garnered great reactions. He paid his magic dues behind the counter of brick and mortar shops demoing effects and knew what got the money. He always reserved at least one page of brief, specific bullets of advice in all of his books such as the importance...
by Leonard Hevia
February 11th, 2018, 3:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4778

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

The Gun Trick impressed my older brother many years ago when he was dating his wife. Her father knew a few card tricks and this was one of them he performed for my brother. When he got home, he told me: "He turned the deck into the shape of a gun, and my selected card shot out the top!" Ap...
by Leonard Hevia
February 9th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini Decks Now Available
Replies: 14
Views: 1062

Re: Cardini Decks Now Available

Damn--I bought two of them last night immediately after that Art of Play ad for this deck showed up in my e-mail inbox.

Whew!
by Leonard Hevia
February 8th, 2018, 11:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15771

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Never understood the appeal of Cards Across. Paul Potassy warned that modern audiences don't have the attention span to sit thru this effect. As compared to the coins across trick? Compared to Cards Across, Coins Across can be more direct and reach the finish line fairly quickly. Lots of fussing an...
by Leonard Hevia
February 6th, 2018, 11:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15771

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

Never understood the appeal of Cards Across. Paul Potassy warned that modern audiences don't have the attention span to sit thru this effect.
by Leonard Hevia
February 4th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deck Recommendation
Replies: 18
Views: 1296

Re: Deck Recommendation

Vol 2 of the big Alex Elmsley books by Stephen Minch has a suggestion for preparing a deck so it will faro easier. It involves rubbing the ends of each card with sandpaper so that they are rounded in profile, instead of bluntly cut. Those are wonderful books! The tip was to use an emery fingernail ...
by Leonard Hevia
February 3rd, 2018, 9:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946332

Re: ERDNASE

I think the one thing we can deduce from the pseudonym is this: If the author was reasonably intelligent (as his/her writing tends to suggest), a simple name reversal wouldn't have been employed to mask their identity. So this is either (as has been suggested) an Andrews with nothing to hide OR som...
by Leonard Hevia
February 1st, 2018, 7:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946332

Re: ERDNASE

Forgive me for posting a non-contributory message, but I was just thinking how cool it would be if Erdnase and Jack the Ripper turned out to be the same person. Two mysteries solved at once some day, perhaps. I believe the chronology fits, assuming Jack emigrated to the States after his misdeeds in...
by Leonard Hevia
February 1st, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 20440

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

Christopher1979 wrote:Sorry, rather the other two volumes.


Negative--the other two volumes have not been published yet.
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2018, 9:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

Thanks, guys (another magic history lesson!). Wow--that method is absolutely diabolical! Pretty evil how Fulves and Slydini made it even more hidden by keeping it out of the Table of Contents! ;) You're welcome E. Pretty darn sneaky to keep it hidden like that. Dean was a clever man, but then there...
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2018, 7:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

Joe Mckay wrote:I was hoping to keep this trick hidden from other magicians. Can somebody delete this thread? :-)


The secret is safely hidden cuz it's published. ;)
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

erdnasephile wrote:Thanks, Leo. I pulled that book of the shelf, but I can't for the life of me find it.


Page 76. For some reason it's not listed in the table of contents for that chapter.
by Leonard Hevia
January 27th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

The trick isn't Dean's, it's actually from Slydini. It's described in The Magical World of Slydini.
by Leonard Hevia
January 20th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Cups for Sale Here Rnt, RNT2, Johnson, James Riser
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Re: Cups for Sale Here Rnt, RNT2, Johnson, James Riser

Jim Riser wrote this on his website:

No cup sets are available...nor are any planned for the future.

Anyone who is contemplating about obtaining a set of Riser standards might want to contact Mr. Phillips.
by Leonard Hevia
January 15th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3624

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

El Mystico wrote:Bruce Cervon's book should be out this year.


That's news to me. Do you know who is authoring and publishing it? I wonder if it will include his linking finger ring routine. I was told by people who witnessed it that it was indeed the best linking finger ring routine they had ever seen.
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hemp Playing Cards
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: Hemp Playing Cards

"Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man." Dazed and Confused. I knew I had heard this line ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 10:13 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1460

Re: Cy Enfield

I had no idea Cy directed Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island. This film enchanted me as a child, and it still does. There are some movies that transport you out of the TV room and into another world. This is one of them.
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

I recently discovered the 24 page Karl Fulves manuscript 51 Faces North in my library and read several methods that do meet all of James' conditions. The hands off force of the prediction that's credited to Lin Searles is very interesting. There must have been a time when solutions to this effect we...
by Leonard Hevia
January 14th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946332

Re: ERDNASE

Why would the president of a bank need the money, as Erdnase noted in the book? Of course, that might have been a lie on author's part. That's a high profile job, he took a risk publishing that book if he was the author.
by Leonard Hevia
January 13th, 2018, 11:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

I'm more concerned about the faces than the back design and prefer the look of Bicycles. The court cards are beautifully designed and the number cards have a nice symmetry. They have a classic appeal that goes back a long time. There are designer decks on the market with strange looking court cards ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 5th, 2018, 8:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bob Swadling Changing Card
Replies: 15
Views: 1395

Re: Bob Swadling Changing Card

I recently got my hands on one of these gimmicked cards. It really is a thing of beauty, which leads me to believe that Erdnasephile is a connoisseur of the good stuff. The illusion is perfect of the card changing in mid air. This probably works best in a multiple selection routine where one card is...
by Leonard Hevia
January 3rd, 2018, 11:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It seems there are two choices here: (1) An effect which, under the stated conditions, "seems impossible" (by the OP's own admission) is, in fact, impossible; or (2) although the effect seems impossible, it actually is possible because it's alleged creator and his (as yet unknown) support...
by Leonard Hevia
January 3rd, 2018, 1:33 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Tom's effect does not use a stooge (instant or otherwise), nor does it use a switch or any gaffs/gimmicks, etc. Based on what he says, it also meets all 18 of Stewart's conditions. It also does not, as I mentioned earlier to you, use a nail writer, as the predicted card is known to all before the d...
by Leonard Hevia
January 2nd, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David Alexander noted: 'It takes an audience of magicians to really know how impossible 51 Faces North is." This really is an impossible effect without a stooge or some other contrivance like a switch, nail writer, or a gaffed card. One can try it and get lucky if done cleanly but it's a one in...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2018, 11:54 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Interesting that Baxter supposedly wrote the name of the card down openly, but we are never told the identity of that card. If the identity of the card was openly revealed to all, it should have stayed in memory. How about a nail writer? It's so devious it just might work. You pretend to write down ...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It certainly IS possible to meet all 18 of Stewart James' conditions. Also - I agree with the comment above. One of Stewart's biggest talents was his ability to write ad copy. It is part of the charm of his approach to magic. You can meet all of Stewart's conditions with the solution published in P...
by Leonard Hevia
January 1st, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

It's quite possible David used a stooge or some other method. I don't believe it is possible to perform 51 Faces North and meet all 18 of Stewart's conditions. A borrowed deck and allowing the spec to handle the deck at all times without touching any card puts this in the impossible category. The on...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1453

Re: 2017 In Review

Joe Mckay wrote:Yeah - weird thread. Not sure if anyone ever mentioned this in that thread - but Jerry Andrus had an obsession with never uttering a single lie when performing magic.


Somebody did mention that in the thread.
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1453

Re: 2017 In Review

Also - anyone know what thread Dustin is referring to here? With a Bullet … In less than a month, a single post made on November 24 turns into a thread with 15 pages totaling 575 replies and over 15,500 views (and continues growing). I’d be lying if I claimed to agree with the initial statement. Th...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

I looked over it, yes. David mentioned how 30-40 magicians have seen his effect, several of which post here. But I did not find any further comments by any of them. You looked it over but you didn't actually read the entire thread. There is a difference between skimming and reading. Here is what Th...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 1:24 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David's method remains unpublished. Thomas Baxter compiled a book with great methods called The Open Prediction Project. You can obtain it at Penguin and Vanishing Inc. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=26593 I know David's method was never published. I was just wondering if the effec...
by Leonard Hevia
December 31st, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3063

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

David's method remains unpublished. Thomas Baxter compiled a book with great methods called The Open Prediction Project. You can obtain it at Penguin and Vanishing Inc.

viewtopic.php?t=26593
by Leonard Hevia
December 30th, 2017, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4778

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

The Sacks dice routine has never failed to garner great reactions. The dice are kosher and can be examined afterwards. Once you get it down pat, it will stay with you for a lifetime. And the pocket space is minimal.

Daryl's packet version of OOTW is called Out of This Hemisphere.
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2017, 11:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946332

Re: ERDNASE

Leonard Hevia wrote:
observer wrote:Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's a nobody.


Ben Earl included a relevant Erdnase passage in the final chapter of his new book. He still has much going for him beyond the mystery of his true identity.
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2017, 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946332

Re: ERDNASE

observer wrote:Being unknown is all that whoever he is has going for him. Without that, he's a nobody.


Ben Earl included a relevant Erdnase quote in the final chapter of his new book. He still has much going for him beyond the mystery of his true identity.
by Leonard Hevia
December 27th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 31
Views: 2467

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

My limes look perfect, and as Erdnasephile pointed out, it's a bit darker than the older version. These Fab Fruits are a bit on the oblong side but as E points outs, just load it along the axis of the fruit. Real limes and lemons are usually oblong shaped and loading them can present the same proble...

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