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by Brad Jeffers
April 28th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: 3 Riddles

Brian Douglas wrote:
About how long will it be until then?
I believe the answer to that question is 3 months.
by Brad Jeffers
April 27th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 827

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

I did try to rationalise that this complicated Vernon/Ganson method did at least appear to show the faces of all the indifferent cards (which they actually didn't) but there was no doubt that it was indeed somewhat convoluted. I learned MacDonald's Aces from the "New Stars of Magic" manus...
by Brad Jeffers
April 27th, 2017, 2:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 829

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

Speaking of photos of Vernon, I think this one has to be my favorite.

Wouldn't it be great to be sitting at that table; drinking a 5 cent cup of coffee; having a conversation with Vernon and Miller.


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by Brad Jeffers
April 27th, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 39
Views: 1694

Re: On the Pass

John M. Dale wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote: If using a regular deck, this would necessitate _ a _ m _ n _

Palming is the word your looking for.
I felt sure it was daemons.
by Brad Jeffers
April 26th, 2017, 11:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 827

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

I found the initial switch and layout to be pivotal and intriguing. That is the foundation for the routine. Does anyone know if the laydown logic is his? I don't believe the switch and laydown sequence used by Earl Nelson in his performance on "The Magic Palace" is original with him. It's...
by Brad Jeffers
April 24th, 2017, 5:43 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 24
Views: 1338

Re: Penny punch

Jim Riser wrote: The Penny Punch is a tool for real performers.
As a tool, is there a practical advantage that a punch made from a penny has over a more traditional card punch?
by Brad Jeffers
April 23rd, 2017, 10:55 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 24
Views: 1338

Re: Penny punch

Yeah, it's not easy to modify a penny. It's a wonder that the company that sells pennies modified to this extent , can do so for just 50 cents apiece! But then again, they have found a way to pass the costs of raw materials and labor on to the consumer, as each customer must supply their own penny, ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 21st, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1349

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

HERE is another clip of Dingle doing the Riffle Pass.
by Brad Jeffers
April 20th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?

In his article "Should I Learn the Pass", Jim Swain writes ... "Larry was a larger than life character who'd performed close-up magic at the Magic Castle and also beat the casinos in Nevada using sophisticated sleight of hand. There was nothing Larry hadn't done." This is the fir...
by Brad Jeffers
April 10th, 2017, 3:57 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Effects for those who believe in spiritism
Replies: 6
Views: 918

Re: Effects for those who believe in spiritism

degrisy wrote: ... it is unpractical because I can not go around with a tarot deck.
Really?!
by Brad Jeffers
April 10th, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3124

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

JordanB wrote: I really wish they would reprint The Georgia Wonder book by Barry Wiley.
There is a pristine copy for sale on Ebay right now for $99.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2017, 11:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2176

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

brianarudolph wrote:I generally don't like tricks with cellphones
The ironic thing about tricks with cellphones is that there is not a single cellphone trick that is more amazing than what a cellphone already does in everyday use.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2176

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

All of the items you listed can be found at WalMart.
They are still everyday objects.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2017, 2:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

I've played with similar "full bore" (as in "hole" not "boring"!!!) gimmicks and I do love the fact that you can show the penetration from both sides of the quarter. But in the end I've always liked the flap coin a bit better Derek Dingle used both types of gimmicks in...
by Brad Jeffers
April 6th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4572

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Jason England wrote: Incidentally, I'd also say the same thing about an Elmsley Count and that's a far easier move!

So you say your offering $1000 to anyone who can do 50 perfect Elmsleys in a row?

Let me know when you get to the glide. ;)
by Brad Jeffers
April 2nd, 2017, 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4572

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Was it Vernon who said you should never do a trick with more than one (or at most, two) faros? (Obvious exception: "Unshuffled") Another exception would be Mike Skinner's "The Monkey's Paw". Vernon probably said no more than two, as his excellent trick "Vernon's Aces",...
by Brad Jeffers
April 1st, 2017, 10:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1465

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

MesPhantasma wrote: I'm afraid if I wait 2 weeks they're just gonna be sold out since he's gotten so big.

Not to worry MesPhantasma.
He did get big at one point, but not so much anymore...

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by Brad Jeffers
April 1st, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4572

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

My assumption (and I believe it is a reasonable one) is that Christopher1979 was kidding.
I base this assumption on the combination of the word haha and a smiley face being strategically placed at the end of his sentence.



:geek:
by Brad Jeffers
March 30th, 2017, 2:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

performer wrote:I am very sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting me know.
How quickly you forget.
by Brad Jeffers
March 24th, 2017, 2:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?

I purchased something from them just a few weeks ago. They were in business then. I went on their website and acted as if I were going to purchase a book they had for sale, and I placed the item in my cart. I went through the checkout process (except I did not complete the process by actually purcha...
by Brad Jeffers
March 20th, 2017, 2:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4392

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

He does want about $40 for the little hand $20.65 for non EU customers. If I wanted to do a trick with a little hand, I would definitely go with the Ammar version. It's just funnier looking than the other one. In the words of David Letterman ... "That's among the stupidest things I've ever see...
by Brad Jeffers
March 19th, 2017, 3:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4392

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Note that my name appears nowhere The PropDog site does say this ... Due to Bob Farmer in the USA owning the copyrights to any choreography of a small hand making an item vanish in a hand, we can not provide any instructions, videos, photos or any other material showing of the handling of the this ...
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2089

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

What sort of magic is most impressive to an audience? Sleight of hand, clever gimmickry, or stage illusion? The answer is ... Clever gimmickry! Clever gimmicky is akin to cheap novelties, practical jokes. It makes audiences feel more cheated than treated. Au contraire! Clever gimmickry is at the he...
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 911

Re: Wildcard... plot published precedence

Bob Farmer wrote: I should do a video, but I'm hopeless with video production.

Someone was nice enough to do it for you.
However ...
After reading your add copy, I must say, this is a case of the book being better than the movie ;)


by Brad Jeffers
March 7th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone know this cardiste?
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Anyone know this cardiste?

The cardist in the IBM video is Matt Fox.
by Brad Jeffers
February 28th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24462

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

From Daryl's website ... Daryl would have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support for his family and the many fond memories spontaneously shared by friends around the world in response to his sudden and unexpected passing on February 24th 2017. In a magical career that spanned more than 50 ye...
by Brad Jeffers
January 29th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Houdini became the King of Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1041

Re: How Houdini became the King of Cards

Sorry, nope. It was Arno the Frogman. Ar d o the Frog Man invented split fans, not the backpalm ... "The first time I ever saw Split Fans, which was before I ever met Cardini and probably before Channing Pollack was even born, was shown to me by a fellow named Ardo the Frog man. He was an Aust...
by Brad Jeffers
January 16th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 58
Views: 6819

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Is anyone here of the opinion that some of Andy's anecdotes concerning his one-off performances may be apocryphal?
by Brad Jeffers
January 9th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Alexa skill "Magic History"
Replies: 24
Views: 2793

Re: New Alexa skill "Magic History"

Joe,
I don't know if it's already been done, but it occurred to me that a possible Alexa skill would be to create a two person code act with Alexa playing the part of the Medium.
Consider this a challenge! :)
by Brad Jeffers
January 4th, 2017, 4:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 3303

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

Ondrej Psenicka's Butterfly Deck looks interesting.
by Brad Jeffers
December 27th, 2016, 10:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days
Replies: 10
Views: 1886

Re: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days

Here is a puzzle ... I am performing Fate's Datebook using my customized Fortune-Telling Birthday Book . Someone tells me they were born on Christmas Day. Her card is the King of Spades. Another is born on Halloween. His card is the the Three of Diamonds. The Ace of Hearts belongs to the fellow born...
by Brad Jeffers
December 27th, 2016, 5:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days
Replies: 10
Views: 1886

Re: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days

An alternative to using the L&L product is to make your own using the Fortune-Telling Birthday Book , which can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, and upon which the Fortuneteller's Book of Day's is based. It will require quite a bit of work to write the name of a playing card 365 times; and al...
by Brad Jeffers
December 11th, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 5618

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

Mark,
In reference to reading palms, you say ...
performer wrote:One caveat I have is to do it for real. In other words do it properly using standard palmistry divination meanings.
Whereas in reference to reading Tarot cards, you say ...
performer wrote: YOU write the meanings! You will get the best results if the cards mean something to YOU rather than some standard meaning written up in some book.
Why the difference?
by Brad Jeffers
December 1st, 2016, 12:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 1087

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

Steve Mills wrote:I'll run down the instructions.
You can get the instructions HERE, for $2.
by Brad Jeffers
November 23rd, 2016, 11:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4

Andru,
HERE is a copy for sale ...
Or if you want, I will sell you my copy for $50 plus postage.
by Brad Jeffers
November 21st, 2016, 12:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4
Replies: 8
Views: 1147

Re: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4

Andru,
I'm not in the habit of selling my books, but if by chance you have a copy of Gambling To Win by Mickey MacDougall, I will offer a trade, for my copy of Card Cavalcade Four.
by Brad Jeffers
November 9th, 2016, 1:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 1931

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

observer wrote:We are talking about a book being sold by the library of the Magic Circle.

What's your point?
by Brad Jeffers
October 20th, 2016, 12:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 9682

Re: Sachs and Sack's

by Brad Jeffers
October 19th, 2016, 5:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 9682

Re: Sachs and Sack's

performer wrote:Think of a window. A good window does not draw attention to itself. It merely lets the light in.

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