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by El Mystico
January 25th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Andrew; this book is basically most of the good material I've developed and used over the last 30 years. It is largely cards, although there are a few other close up things. Very little of it has been published, except for a handful of tricks in The Crimp. As the title says, it is all impromptu; and...
by El Mystico
January 24th, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

I've now had confirmation that my book, Impromptu Secrets, will be launched at Blackpool in February by International Magic. You haven't heard of Dominic Twose...that's OK; for geographical reasons I don't mix much with other magicians. But I'm touched that magicians I admire, like Peter Duffie, Gor...
by El Mystico
January 19th, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Brad; I understand your marketing argument. This book is being produced by Linda. As she has emphasized to me, her goal with this project is to celebrate and record her late husband's contribution to our art. The idea of including the linking ring description in order to sell more copies and to sell...
by El Mystico
January 17th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

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. Hi To answer...
by El Mystico
January 15th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Bruce Cervon's book should be out this year.
by El Mystico
January 2nd, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3074

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

Sorry to have taken this off-topic... Joe; to add to your thoughts: In The Chronicles, Fulves published a lovely handling by Wurst, involving the spectator dealing the cards. And Terry Guyatt - a superb magician - showed me a wonderful out, which I don't think has been published; deal the cards face...
by El Mystico
January 2nd, 2018, 6:16 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3074

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

As an aside; while the details of the effect are slightly different, I've found the psychological stop trick to be a powerful trick for an audience. The broad effect - the spectator stops at the right card - is the same. But you don't have to deal through the whole pack. Which is a bit tedious, as w...
by El Mystico
July 26th, 2017, 5:31 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

It's well worth obtaining; good material, good teaching
by El Mystico
July 17th, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

I've spent many hours working with videos that Bruce made in the last ten years of his life. He comes across as an intelligent, talented guy, keen to share the details of his ideas; and keen to to give credit to others where warranted. He also had a great self-depreciating sense of humour. Also - de...
by El Mystico
July 15th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

I'm sorry; another question!

You say; 'Cervon was extremely jealous of Jennings' ideas and creations, as well as his close relationship with Vernon.'

What is your statement based on?

I appreciate your help; I'm keen to get credits right.
by El Mystico
July 10th, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

If you check what I've written I have very few opinions on the subject - apart from expressing a preference for the Jennings' handling. I do have questions, which no one is answering. Here is another; if Vernon couldn't stand Cervon, and had a great relationship with Jennings, and would only tip stu...
by El Mystico
July 8th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

Wow;so Cervon changed the dates in his personal notebooks, and now he was Marlo's spy! Since you aren't bothering with any evidence, why not also suggest he drank the blood of babies? I asked: What was the evidence for Cervon changing the dates; your reply is pure bluster (yes, I don't like the word...
by El Mystico
July 8th, 2017, 3:56 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

Thanks for these replies. They raise a few questions. Richard says Cervon changed dates in the notebooks. That's a pretty serious charge! And quite a character attack. What's the evidence? And why would he do it, when he didn't show the notebooks around? Richard says Cervon never invented any classi...
by El Mystico
July 7th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 26605

Re: Jennings 67

It seems to me that the issue of the parenthood of the Open Travellers is now well settled: When it was first published in Expert Card Mysteries (1975), it says; 'If it were not for...Mike Skinner's suggestion of the cover up steal of the first ace...Jennings states that he would never have come up ...
by El Mystico
May 2nd, 2017, 6:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 1676

Re: Winding up the deck

Thank you!
by El Mystico
May 1st, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 1676

Winding up the deck

Who should be credited with the idea of 'winding up the deck'? - riffling the corner with the left thumb, while the right hand does a winding motion?
by El Mystico
February 4th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 7466

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

I'm completely ignorant about the world of magical publishing; so I probably shouldn't even ask this; but - wouldn't sales of the Jennings book vastly outweigh sales of those others?
by El Mystico
January 22nd, 2017, 5:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: Quicksilver

Thank you! Problem resolved!
by El Mystico
January 21st, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quicksilver
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Quicksilver

Rick Johnsson's Quicksilver is described in Mentzer's Close Up Cavalcade. It seems like an interesting ring-off-rope effect. But every time I try it, I end up with a knot. I'm following the instructions as carefully as I can; but the photos aren't particularly clear. Can anyone familiar with this gi...
by El Mystico
October 17th, 2016, 2:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine
Replies: 24
Views: 3204

Re: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine

I think it is a great effect!
But, as has already been commented, the psychological presentational angle is key; you are as bemused by this weird pack of cards as they are. You need to be able to ACT to sell it.
Performed right (and without over-proving) it is a strong, unique effect.
by El Mystico
September 21st, 2016, 4:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 50640

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Seems there is no evidence it was Michaelangelo who said it...

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/06/22/chip-away/
by El Mystico
August 17th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 10754

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Adams did write a number of articles on Erdnase in Pentagram. But I don't know if they covered the same material as in his scarce book.
by El Mystico
August 4th, 2016, 4:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cervon and Daley's Last Trick
Replies: 1
Views: 1306

Cervon and Daley's Last Trick

There is an interesting film of Bruce Bervon performing here http://www.magicana.com/video/bruce-cervon-close-card-magic At 3.30 he performs a version of Daley's Last Trick, with a kicker from Marlo's 'This is a Four King Trick'. But the handling is quite different. Does anyone know if the handling ...
by El Mystico
June 10th, 2016, 5:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 14765

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

While slow, the 'video notebook' project is very much alive.
by El Mystico
April 30th, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 35
Views: 10863

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

The first time I used the 'Daryl display' someone suggested it was the way I got the cards back into order.
If your shuffle is convincing, it is so unnecessary, it leads to a (fake) solution.
by El Mystico
April 15th, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 10071

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

Hi; completely agree that Immediate Bottom Placement is not the Hofzinser cull!!!! But; what Marlo describes in Marlo's Magazine is: "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and has a spectator touch any card in the center. He then closes up the spread, turns the deck over, then shows the card is on top of ...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 10071

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

I'm sorry. According to the Marlo Magazine, this is what Sharp described to Marlo "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and has a spectator touch any card in the center. He then closes up the spread, turns the deck over, then shows the card is on top of the deck." This does not sound to me like Conv...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 10071

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

I might...but I couldn't see it...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 2:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse
Replies: 2
Views: 1038

Re: Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse

You're right.
Even though Larry used Marlo techniques, it doesn't seem that Marlo applied these handlings to this effect.
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 1:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse
Replies: 2
Views: 1038

Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse

The trick known as Mental Reverse (Spectator thinks of one of 4, 5 or 6 cards; the mental selection is the only reversed card in the pack) goes back I think to Horowitz, who used double backed cards, in a way that would probably still be effective today. In Expert Card Technique, Zingone introduced ...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 1:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 10071

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

OK; I've got two questions. I'll put the other in a different thread to avoid confusion. Richard; regardless of who copied who; out of interest, did Larry have anything specific on "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and has a spectator touch any card in the center. He then closes up the spread, turns ...
by El Mystico
April 12th, 2016, 4:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 10071

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

Richard: I've had Jennings 66 since it was published! But in it you say that in Marlos Magazine 6, Marlo admitted that he'd been told by Sharpe how the Jennings sleight looked from the spectators point of view. But the description in Marlo's Magazine 6 is what I give above; which bears no resemblanc...
by El Mystico
April 12th, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 10071

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

Resurrecting an old thread: The Jennings story is that Jennings showed the move to Sharp who described it to Marlo. The Marlo story is that the move described by Sharp was not Convincing Control. Well. According to Marlo's magazine the move Sharp described was: "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and h...
by El Mystico
March 10th, 2016, 6:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 6
Views: 2888

Re: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History

I've got shelves full of bound copies of old magazines - Pallbearers, Epilogue, Chronicles, Apocalypse, Richard's Almanac, Pentagram, Hugard's, Jinx, Phoenix, Pabular, Ibidem, Mahatma, Swami/Mantra, Magick....I'd be hard pressed to identify 'the best' or my favourite....I think they're all great; so...
by El Mystico
February 11th, 2016, 2:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 64
Views: 16789

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

I have a few days off work, and have been looking through some Geniis from the 80s. Some of the old ads are fascinating; and it is interesting to see which tricks lasted... That Impossible Penetration trick I still have; I bought it off George Schindler. I still remember his patter line; he would ho...
by El Mystico
February 8th, 2016, 12:19 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
Replies: 38
Views: 10965

Re: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms

I have some sympathy with performer here. The trouble is - if you criticise a book on performance, it opens you up to the criticism that you think performance doesn't matter. I have a vague memory that Nelms put on a magic show...and it flopped (or am I confusing him with Fitzkee? If I am - did Nelm...
by El Mystico
February 3rd, 2016, 8:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 4341

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

by El Mystico
January 23rd, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 8803

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

The key result is is - Derren's mum liked it http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/637267 ... -Channel-4
by El Mystico
January 22nd, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 8803

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

magicbyalfred: sorry, I wasn't clear. when you say you "reserve the right to my own opinions and feelings regarding what i find to be offensive, distasteful, negative or wrong" I'm completely with you. We may have different views n the merits of the show, ad that's fine. But you also say y...
by El Mystico
January 22nd, 2016, 5:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 8803

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

Magicbyalfred; I think if I understand your post right, there is nothing anyone can do - not me, not Derren, not the participants - to change your mind?

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