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by Bill Duncan
August 5th, 2017, 10:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13
Replies: 13
Views: 1396

Re: Reminder: "Fool Us!" starts new season tonight! 7_13

Richard Stokes wrote:I was surprised when Penn & Teller failed to spot the Tamariz displacement ruse when Siegfreid Tieber performed an updated version of Tamariz's Neither Blind nor Stupid.

+1

Damn fine variation of both the trick, and of Juan's persona. I'd like to see more of this guy...
by Bill Duncan
July 15th, 2017, 11:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1533

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Thanks for your efforts Max.

I found that I couldn't watch it. The endless string of cliche's and banalities is painful.

I did enjoy seeing the man on the street however. Is there any more of that sort of thing in the archives?
by Bill Duncan
July 5th, 2017, 2:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2798

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Richard Stokes wrote:I really like Antonio Cabral's column on card magic.

And the Product Reviews are strong


Thanks for the kind words.

I brought Tony on board when Mike asked me to edit the reviews column.

He exceeded both our expectations.
by Bill Duncan
June 13th, 2017, 12:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Kaye on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series
Replies: 1
Views: 453

Re: David Kaye on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series

As a guy who will never do a kid show, and who is interested primarily in coin and card magic, let me say that David's last lecture in the Seattle area (which I attended mostly to see what all the fuss was about), is one of the best magic lectures I've seen in the 35 years I've been attending them. ...
by Bill Duncan
May 1st, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1689

Re: Coin work in American Gods

Thanks for the head's up. Fuller's work on Pushing Daisies, and Dead Like Me made me very happy.

Looking forward to what American Gods has to offer.
by Bill Duncan
April 30th, 2017, 5:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4829
Views: 1806119

Re: ERDNASE

If you've not seen Elementary, I would recommend watching the first season on NetFlix instead of this offering, as an introduction. In many ways Elementary is better than Sherlock, but this episode is more plot driven.

The strength of this show is the new take on Holmes' personal demons...
by Bill Duncan
April 30th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2434

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Sounds like Skinner used a Polaroid camera to take a photo of the card. The resulting instant photo is blank and takes about 5 to 10 minutes to fully develop. He managed to get the waitress to his table fairly quickly, asked her to examine the still blank photo and laid it on her hand face down wit...
by Bill Duncan
April 30th, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 1540

Re: 3 Riddles

The Pickle Jar riddle is a cheat. No one would exclaim "Incredible" in the circumstance described in the solution, and line exists only to prevent a solution.

Those who are still struggling with an answer should ignore that sentence, after which the solution is pretty simple.
by Bill Duncan
April 13th, 2017, 3:14 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 4197

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

I'm not so sure about that, Bill. Think of the amount of serious facilitation such a deck would give a magician. Again, I'm talking about (future imagining) a deck of 52 cards, each of which has the same thickness, feel and flexibility of an ordinary deck by today's standards - but whose faces and ...
by Bill Duncan
April 9th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 4197

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

...what would eventually prevent someone from releasing a deck of cards with the same form factor, thickness, flexibility and feel of great quality playing cards as we know them today, but whose faces and backs are actually electronic displays that can be controlled by the performer either personal...
by Bill Duncan
April 9th, 2017, 10:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 4541

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

Tom Gilbert wrote:Don Alan's selected card in paper bag wouldn't be the same without a switchblade.


Which is probably the best argument for using something else. Too many people try to be Don Alan, and none of them succeed.




And +1 to what Mark wrote, above.
by Bill Duncan
March 31st, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8108

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I wasn't there on merit, I know the guy who wrote his books.
: )

I will say that he was as nice, and as cool, as you imagine he was.
by Bill Duncan
March 31st, 2017, 11:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 8108

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I sat across the table from Martin Nash and watched him cycle a deck twice with his tabled faro. That's a better success rate than a lot of people have with their strike double lift.

I don't imagine anyone is 100% on any move, but clearly there are folks who get close enough for practical use.
by Bill Duncan
March 31st, 2017, 5:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 4530

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

performer wrote:Magic should be a wholesome art not something that one should view as pigsty entertainment.


Agree. Except the buzz saw illusion. That's some F'd Up S#!+ right there.

Also, we should all wear tuxedos so people will take us more seriously.
by Bill Duncan
March 22nd, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 8500

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Jonathan Townsend wrote:How about a director insisting that an actor duplicate the performance of another actor?


Kevin Smith has a wonderful story about asking Bruce Willis to duplicate the delivery of a line like something he did in an episode of Moonlighting many, many years earlier in his career.
by Bill Duncan
March 22nd, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 8500

Re: Excusing bad writing?

The solution, some have found, is to hire an editor. What Matt said. Also, as he can personally attest, the two strongest voices in our generation (Minch and Kaufman) bring to bear considerable editorial review. Look in the front of any of their books and you'll see, along with Matt's name, several...
by Bill Duncan
March 21st, 2017, 11:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 6266

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Richard Kaufman wrote:Mr. Bonsall has already marketed that classy item with the extended middle finger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLGtun8T-Ow


Oh [censored]. I totally want one of those.

Bob, please release your version of the little birdie... It can be right handed.
by Bill Duncan
December 8th, 2016, 1:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Flash Cash using Playing cards
Replies: 6
Views: 1134

Re: Flash Cash using Playing cards

A few other releases. I think in order of their release.
Pimpin' Ain't Easy by Nathan Kranzo
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S16937

Bash by Xeon Steel
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S19784
by Bill Duncan
October 29th, 2016, 12:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gary Kurtz coins across
Replies: 5
Views: 2536

Re: Gary Kurtz coins across

i believe the routine mentioned by the OP is The Deep from Kenner's book Totally Out Of Control , page 112. I believe it's also taught on Homer Liwag's DVD COINONE. The move described is called Palm Appearance in TOOC and is described on page 114. Denis Behr's site credits it to Homer Liwag and Gary...
by Bill Duncan
September 10th, 2016, 4:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 10628

Re: Jason Ladanye

Duncan old chap. Pitching svengali decks is a highly skilled profession. That is why you see so few people doing it. They just aren't capable. They don't have the timing, the showmanship and the knowledge of people. It is perfectly evident to me that you would not have what it takes. You can't even...
by Bill Duncan
September 3rd, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 10628

Re: Jason Ladanye

Oh dear. It appears that the more obscure Bill Duncan who has not been on Scottish television after all is once again contradicting me despite the fact that I am never wrong. Well, someone has to... otherwise we'd all be pitching Svengali Decks. I never suggested there weren't good ideas in old stu...
by Bill Duncan
September 2nd, 2016, 12:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 10628

Re: Jason Ladanye

And I suggest some of the dafter people here investigate books from before that time. They will learn a lot. And one of the things they will learn is that all this allegedly newer stuff is old stuff rehashed. I used to think that too Mark. All the old guys (before I was an old guy) used to tell me ...
by Bill Duncan
September 1st, 2016, 1:39 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: The Secrets of So Sato
Replies: 48
Views: 14689

Re: The Secrets of So Sato

Gotta say I'm pretty impressed. This is the sort of book I used to look forward to in the pre-Genii days, when the books were coming out fast and furious.

Thanks Richard, for bringing him to our attention.
by Bill Duncan
September 1st, 2016, 1:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 10628

Re: Jason Ladanye

I'm amazed the Genii regulars didn't know of Jason's work. His YouTube channel is almost three years old, and Vanishing Inc promoted his book and still sells it. The book was reviewed in Genii. I understand Mark, he doesn't read books from this century, but Brad? I thought you got around more... :ro...
by Bill Duncan
August 25th, 2016, 1:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 5296

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

Out of curiosity what is the difference between a hobbyist and an amateur? This is a distinction I have not come across. An amateur gets paid for the occasional show, while a hobbyist might simply be a collector, or show the tricks he collects to a few friends or at the magic club. To extend Mark's...
by Bill Duncan
August 24th, 2016, 12:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: How long to finish/master Card College series?
Replies: 37
Views: 17196

Re: How long to finish/master Card College series?

Bill Mullins wrote:Expert: An ex is a has-been, a spurt is a drip under pressure.


Ex means outside of or formerly, and pert attractive. So I guess I'm an expert now.
by Bill Duncan
August 23rd, 2016, 11:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 5296

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

The reason that magic has never been taken seriously by the public is that most magicians are crap. There. I figured it out for you. Wasn't hard was it? I don't disagree with that, but I wonder why other performing arts are taken seriously? I mean, as we learned from Ted Sturgeon, ninety percent of...
by Bill Duncan
August 9th, 2016, 3:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 10068

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

OK, let's get this back on target. I'm getting sick of hearing about the Duncan guy. I'm sure he's an egotistical asshat... also a general question, is there a list anywhere of a logical order of good tricks to learn as skills progress? PhantomMenace, Mr. Giobbi built Card Collage to be a progressiv...
by Bill Duncan
August 8th, 2016, 10:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Handsome Jack's new book
Replies: 13
Views: 3929

Re: Handsome Jack's new book

Love the Amer!can G0th!c graphic.

After reading the quotes on the Squash website, I was struck by the irony that John Lovick and Handsome Jack are one person but Dan and Dave Buck are two.
by Bill Duncan
August 7th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 10068

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

Completely understandable Mark. I realize that American isn't your first language, which might be the cause of your confusion.

Script is just an American word that means "patter that wasn't included with the trick."
by Bill Duncan
August 7th, 2016, 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 10068

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

I know all about Mr Duncan's ability as a performer. I have seen him on Scottish television. He used to be reasonably good but he ain't any more. And I am a far better tub thumper than he is anyway. Not sure who you're thinking of Mark, but I've never seen Scottish television, let alone been on it....
by Bill Duncan
August 3rd, 2016, 10:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 10068

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

performer wrote:And I am perfectly happy with a journalist and a professional magician of many years experience writing a book. I would think that such a combination to be perfectly qualified.


I'll stick with recommending an actual living/working 21st century magician who specializes in card magic.
by Bill Duncan
August 2nd, 2016, 11:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 10068

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

All you really need is the Royal Road to Card Magic. When the only tool you have is a hammer... Mark, have you read Card Collage? Or met Giobbi? Hugard did a fake Chinese silent act, and was well known for the bullet catch. Braue was a journalist. Both were part time card trick guys, from a time wh...
by Bill Duncan
August 2nd, 2016, 10:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Handsome Jack's new book
Replies: 13
Views: 3929

Re: Handsome Jack's new book

More importantly, are you bringing them when you visit Seattle?
by Bill Duncan
July 28th, 2016, 5:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 17875

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

The most magical part is how Madhi gets an audience involved in Oil and Water. Aldo would have been proud.


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by Bill Duncan
July 26th, 2016, 10:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 17875

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

I have no idea what Seinfeld, Mash etc; have to do with MAGIC. I don't give a tinker's cuss (no pun intended) what other so called "entertainment" options consist of. I am only concerned with magic-nothing else. I maintain and will always maintain that the very SECOND a magician stoops to...
by Bill Duncan
July 24th, 2016, 10:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up video Tribute to Derek Dingle and Others
Replies: 9
Views: 1967

Re: Close-up video Tribute to Derek Dingle and Others

The Card on Forehead handling was published as The Card For Head Trick in The New York Magic Symposium Close-Up Collection One (by Mr. Kaufman). When I showed Simon Lovell my presentation (from by booklet Tubthumping ) and variation on this he informed me that it was not the way Dingle actually did ...
by Bill Duncan
June 29th, 2016, 1:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 6985

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

I too have many hundreds of VHS, and DVDs (TV/Film/Magic) and would love to have them as digital, but the one problem no one has solved to my satisfaction is that making digital copies of my existing media is work. I can't see spending 1000 hours creating digital copies of them all.
by Bill Duncan
June 12th, 2016, 1:27 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 52
Views: 22986

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Those looking for a coin set should check out Roy Kuppers's site. If you scroll down, he has a "common" sets as well as Morgans, Walking Liberty an the like.

American Half, Canadian Twonie, or Ike dollars.

http://www.roykueppers.com/nonlockingcoins.html
by Bill Duncan
May 27th, 2016, 12:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 35
Views: 10004

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

Richard Kaufman wrote:I always thought that Michael's performance was antithetical to good presentation.


I'm gonna need you to elaborate. Are you referring to his script, or to that particular performance?

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