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by Lemniscate
May 7th, 2009, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: No More Gaffed Cards from USPPC?
Replies: 33
Views: 6031

Re: No More Gaffed Cards from USPPC?

This has been known for some time. They will no longer print anything that alters the backs of their trademarked cards. What's interesting is that the Bicycle Rider back has been used since at least 1906 (when DeLand first started marketing gimmicked cards), and I don't know of anything from before...
by Lemniscate
April 17th, 2009, 8:17 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: sources for force matrix
Replies: 9
Views: 3168

Re: sources for force matrix

Thank you, sir!
by Lemniscate
April 7th, 2009, 8:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn and ... Twitter?
Replies: 23
Views: 2674

Re: Penn and ... Twitter?

Hmmm, I guess I fall more in terms of Francesca. It's fashionable to say "It's awfully fashionable to 'hate' on twitter" but I also am not very big on wearing logos all over my clothes either. I think both fall into the "convince them that it is cool to do free advertising for us/let ...
by Lemniscate
April 1st, 2009, 8:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: To Peek or Spread
Replies: 11
Views: 1750

Re: To Peek or Spread

You hit the nail on the head, each has their pluses and minuses, it's all about what you want to convey. Peaking a card, for example, is interesting in that it allows a card to be selected without the performer (or the spectator) seeing the back of the card. Spreading is the opposite. Spreading also...
by Lemniscate
March 31st, 2009, 5:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph
Replies: 308
Views: 64341

Re: Triumph

While I refuse to say anything about what shuffle is superior (it's a silly point of contention anyway) Being somewhat oblique, can I ask another question? What's more convincing to the uninformed viewer - Wile E. Coyote ending up covered in ash when the TNT goes off, or CNN footage of a roadside b...
by Lemniscate
March 31st, 2009, 5:45 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: sources for force matrix
Replies: 9
Views: 3168

Re: sources for force matrix

I was relatively disappointed with Daniel Peris' "Peristance" book. However, he did offer an interesting take of a force matrix-TYPE (not a force matrix, a force matrix-TYPE) effect. I've tried it a few times and have been a bit shocked at how strongly it plays for a math trick (please don...
by Lemniscate
March 31st, 2009, 5:30 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Best “Book Test”…
Replies: 85
Views: 20913

Re: Best “Book Test”…

Best is highly subjective. Even something more objective as "most useful" can be subjective as well. However, I'll offer my limited feedback on what I have found to be the "most useful" booktests. First, "most useful" is defined, BY ME, as: used the most often, generall...
by Lemniscate
March 25th, 2009, 12:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph
Replies: 308
Views: 64341

Re: Triumph

Kent, I enjoyed watching your video, very nicely done. I look forward to seeing it in Genii but I'll say the following: I think it is a great effect regardless of the audience. It has built-in throw-offs for the magi in the house but has a emotional hook for non-magicians. Keep it up, man! I first r...
by Lemniscate
October 20th, 2008, 4:56 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Suggestions for Walk-around Mentalism
Replies: 19
Views: 6314

Re: Suggestions for Walk-around Mentalism

I expected this to be a waste of a thread. I expected some people to list effects they happen to like, some to complain about the question itself, and maybe one or two posts that added something insightful, which the original poster would ignore. It's a trend that one sees over and over again, in ev...
by Lemniscate
September 4th, 2008, 7:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: riffle stacking
Replies: 148
Views: 40217

Re: riffle stacking

The triumph shuffle is a false shuffle that in my opinion has fallen by the wayside in magic. ... One more comment about my video - IT IS "NOT" A PERFORAMCE! Only a "SHORT DEMOSTRATION" TO SHOW WHAT IS POSSIBLE. When using the triumph shuffle to cull and stack three different ha...
by Lemniscate
September 3rd, 2008, 8:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Docc Hilford's Monster Mentalism DVDs - Released
Replies: 10
Views: 6335

Re: Docc Hilford's Monster Mentalism DVDs - Released

Click... on... a... link... Didn't I already do that to get here? Jeez, click on more than ONE link? What the heck, is this the dark ages? I mean, jeez, when you would actually have to try to get information before the internet... wait... there was a before the internet? Lem- Still waiting for the s...
by Lemniscate
September 3rd, 2008, 8:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: riffle stacking
Replies: 148
Views: 40217

Re: riffle stacking

Several points are being missed here. First off, one would assume there is something else than staring at GB's hands going on, so his methodology probably flies by. With that being said, I actually riffle shuffle by riffle shuffling, so I happen to think his way looks inferior in several ways compar...
by Lemniscate
August 29th, 2008, 3:35 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Force of a body part?
Replies: 13
Views: 3248

Re: Force of a body part?

There are several marketed effects, as well as effects in print, where body parts or "injuries" are predicted ahead of time. In the ones I have seen, they involve forces but generally not verbal forces. Since you didn't specify (unless I missed it), I recommend checking them out. Maybe sta...
by Lemniscate
August 27th, 2008, 3:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: culling - the frustration mounts!
Replies: 43
Views: 6171

Re: culling - the frustration mounts!

How specifically do you know (feel, see) when the card you wish to cull is over the place on your finger(s) where you move it? Not sure I follow the question, so I'll answer (for me, of course) all the ways I read that. I handle the cards very loosely with all the cards to the left slightly spread....
by Lemniscate
August 22nd, 2008, 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 122
Views: 21862

Re: Card Warp

L - you blew it when you presumed my ignorance regarding that term. Ok, you made an idiotic statement but not out of ignorance. Keep in mind, ignorance was providing you the benefit of the doubt but I guess you neither need nor deserve it. Your analogy was completely tasteless, utterly insulting, a...
by Lemniscate
August 19th, 2008, 5:57 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Advice 4 closer
Replies: 10
Views: 2986

Re: Advice 4 closer

What would you suggest? Read Annemann and Corinda. Then read Waters. BTW, a book test where all you get is a word is NOT mindreading. It's word guessing. I've got to totally disagree. One could make any number of arguments that this or that is guessing on some level or another. I think you've falle...
by Lemniscate
August 19th, 2008, 5:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 122
Views: 21862

Re: Card Warp

I don't like Townsend's general attitude or the way in which he couches his arguments ("To have such data abused or even publicly compromised by those with merely venal interests is pretty much the equivalent of robbing the cradle." REALLY? I mean... REALLY? Do you even have a conception o...
by Lemniscate
July 21st, 2008, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 48188

Re: Best Quote

So many quotes that my eyes are now bleeding. Forgive this if it has already been mentioned (and it probably has) but it represents the kind of thinking that convinced me to start making money with my "hobby": "You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to ...
by Lemniscate
July 16th, 2008, 6:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quote
Replies: 184
Views: 48188

Re: Best Quote

Information is "Tomatoes are really a fruit"; knowledge is not putting them in a fruit salad.

No idea who said it originally but it was repeated by "docsteve" over on the cafe (do a search for fruit salad and look for his name for the original post).
by Lemniscate
June 10th, 2008, 6:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 122
Views: 21862

Re: Card Warp

I was very close to sending him funds for the item - as he'd mentioned it a few times over the last five years ... and now just feeling conflicted here. I'm going to wait to see how this is resolved and that is what I would recommend. Always put yourself in somebody else's shoes. I mean, if somebod...
by Lemniscate
June 4th, 2008, 5:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Academic Exposure
Replies: 39
Views: 6795

Re: Academic Exposure

My bachelor's degree is in NPB (Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior) from the University of California, Davis for the record. I also have a Masters. Now that that is taken care of... To answer your points in order: re: what gave me that impression. That would be your posts. I quoted one specifi...
by Lemniscate
June 4th, 2008, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Academic Exposure
Replies: 39
Views: 6795

Re: Academic Exposure

My opinion that perception research need not involve any exposure of magical items or even any implied magical context stands. I there is where we have a difference of opinion. You take the stance that a psychological response that is used in magic now can no longer be used in psychology. I believe...
by Lemniscate
June 4th, 2008, 2:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Floating the [censored] Dolls
Replies: 52
Views: 5482

Re: Floating the [censored] Dolls

it is not even close to a (decent or otherwise) cabaret show. Yeah, I happen to agree. The music is hard on the ears but they do have a great choreographer and, obviously, magic consultant. That is just my opinion, though, I also don't happen to like country music (although I can see artistic merit...
by Lemniscate
June 3rd, 2008, 9:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Academic Exposure
Replies: 39
Views: 6795

Re: Academic Exposure

I'm so confused, by most of the posts in this thread. I'll try to home in on what we are trying to discuss... Jonathan, are you seriously asking "why academics are involved in such?" I can only assume you are being sarcastic. However the other verbiage in your post contradicts that assumpt...
by Lemniscate
May 30th, 2008, 12:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CELEBRACADABRA
Replies: 214
Views: 51424

Re: CELEBRACADABRA

Originally Posted By: Richard Kaufman Hal Sparks didn't do as well with Regal as his coach because he's turning into an arrogant schmuck... The whole house wanted him to lose this week. Absolutely zero personality appeal to five people. I was mildly curious to see what he would do instead of the sna...
by Lemniscate
May 27th, 2008, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CELEBRACADABRA
Replies: 214
Views: 51424

Re: CELEBRACADABRA

...The magic, music, movement, and wardrobe in Kimberly's act all worked together to create a specific, clear aesthetic experience. Everything worked together to create a unified, coherent whole. You're kidding right? Her wardrobe was an absolute disaster. She "tried" to set the stage and...
by Lemniscate
May 23rd, 2008, 4:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CELEBRACADABRA
Replies: 214
Views: 51424

Re: CELEBRACADABRA

Hal is Rocco's student: what do you expect? There is no logic apparent in Rocco's act to anyone but Rocco, but it works for him. I see what the judges see--it's amazing that he's been able to pick this up, technically, in so short a time. There was no way to keep Kimberly--you can't have your final...
by Lemniscate
May 20th, 2008, 7:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Presentations & Considerations for Redesigned US Money
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: New Presentations & Considerations for Redesigned US Money

For coins, I tend to carry a "non-State" quarter and a "State" quarter. Generally speaking, I select from the face-up coins in any situation, which may indicate State versus non-State quarter, but not much else (like which State). As such, I am generally unaffected by the numerou...
by Lemniscate
May 2nd, 2008, 12:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wayne Hoffman on the radio
Replies: 4
Views: 2350

Re: Wayne Hoffman on the radio

I have to agree here, anybody who has done radio work has to expect something like this, this is the whole reason they have you on the radio. It's the performer's responsibility to entertain the audience and Wayne failed by allowing his routine to be too transparent. No offense, Mark, but your attit...
by Lemniscate
May 2nd, 2008, 11:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The MAGIC Castle?
Replies: 13
Views: 2864

Re: The MAGIC Castle?

I've never failed to have a great time at the Castle, even on the one or two trips where the food ended up being only ok instead of great. Please, trust me when I say you experience was NOT representative. I'd also recommend that you arrive early if you have a late dinner seating as there is so much...
by Lemniscate
April 24th, 2008, 5:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Contest for Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique
Replies: 7
Views: 2555

Re: Contest for Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique

My bad, for some reason I kept looking and ignoring the month... my mistake sorry.
by Lemniscate
April 24th, 2008, 5:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Contest for Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique
Replies: 7
Views: 2555

Re: Contest for Marlo's Revolutionary Card Technique

I hope that is a typo, the 21st?
by Lemniscate
April 24th, 2008, 5:02 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sense of Smell
Replies: 11
Views: 3254

Re: Sense of Smell

Hi JonP, The effect I was referring to (had to do some hunting) is Into the Madhouse from Finley's Random Acts of Kindness (<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://outlaw-effects.com/outlaweffects/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=81">http://outlaw-effects.com/outlaw...
by Lemniscate
April 24th, 2008, 4:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: First trick I saw that fried me...
Replies: 36
Views: 5582

Re: First trick I saw that fried me...

High school algebra class. I shuffled the deck, my friend took it and pulled out two predictions while I made sure he didn't change the order of the cards. I cut the deck and my friend fairly marked it by turning one half 90 degrees and placing it on top (whoosh <--- the sound of everybody moving on...
by Lemniscate
April 17th, 2008, 7:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One exposure site feels the pain...
Replies: 103
Views: 37897

Re: One exposure site feels the pain...

Took the words right out of my mouth, Naphtalia. In this type of case, a decision not to pursue one's rights can (and has) been interpreted as a waiving of these rights. mrgoat can argue the effects or the points all he wants but the fact remains: if you want any type of protection, you need to purs...
by Lemniscate
April 16th, 2008, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: One exposure site feels the pain...
Replies: 103
Views: 37897

Re: One exposure site feels the pain...

I think that Bob has hit the nail on the head.
by Lemniscate
April 16th, 2008, 9:06 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sense of Smell
Replies: 11
Views: 3254

Re: Sense of Smell

Jerome Finley has a something coming out/recently came out that might fit your criteria. I've been impressed to no end by his recent works and recommend them. Let me get details (unless somebody else has them) and get back to you.

Lem

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