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by Brad Jeffers
October 16th, 2017, 11:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: What is the story behind this printing of SOM?

If someone wants to solve this mystery and get to the truth, here's a cover card copy for only $37.
by Brad Jeffers
October 12th, 2017, 1:28 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Original Stars of Magic in Binder
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: WTB: Original Stars of Magic in Binder

You will be able to bid on this nice one in 16 days 9 hours and 31 minutes.
by Brad Jeffers
October 12th, 2017, 1:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 754

Re: Forces

Besides I don't trust his "test" even if it exists in the first place which I highly doubt. I somewhat doubt it myself. On a scale of 0-100 I would rate my level of doubt at around 45. If someone cares to delve more into this scientific study of "the most free and fair" selectio...
by Brad Jeffers
October 8th, 2017, 10:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

The strongest effect in magic is the creation of life.
by Brad Jeffers
September 29th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 938

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

Just curious ...
What trick that utilizes an Elmsley count, do you think would be improved by using an "Elmsley shuffle"?
by Brad Jeffers
September 25th, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

Jon, Must I do all the legwork for you!? :) The url of the picture of the cards that I suggested, should have led you to HERE . From there you translate the page to English and then click on Paitnik playing cards (unless you are fluent in German - then you skip the translation and go directly to Pai...
by Brad Jeffers
September 22nd, 2017, 2:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

You can find a pack to match the Royal Fantasy cards HERE.

Why you would want to do so is beyond me, as the back design on these cards is without a doubt the ugliest I have ever seen!

I suggest you find a deck of THESE and make your own gaffed court card.

That's what I did.
by Brad Jeffers
September 17th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2445

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

and although I've never seen Kolty perform the Knights Tour, I would posit that he, being a chess player as opposed to a performer capable of the absolute command of any given stage, likely couldn't hold a candle to Peter Reveen when speaking of a PERFORMANCE of the Knights Tour that was designed t...
by Brad Jeffers
September 15th, 2017, 3:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2445

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I actually saw Reveen do the Knight's tour live. It was the best I have ever seen do it. Mind you the fact that I have never seen anyone else do it may have some bearing on that matter! I too have only seen one performance of the Knight's tour. It was not done by a magician, but by Chess Grandmaste...
by Brad Jeffers
August 19th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2229

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

If you perform Sam the Bellhop, how do you cover an occasional goof, like one card in the wrong place? It is not possible to have just one card in the wrong place. The smallest number of misplaced cards you can have is two. The most likely scenario is that if you turn up one wrong card, there will ...
by Brad Jeffers
August 10th, 2017, 12:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 3120

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

jkeyes1000 wrote: They fail miserably, but I get it right.

This type of denouement is not something that I'm particularly fond of.
I do like the "I get it right" part.
by Brad Jeffers
August 9th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 3120

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

jkeyes1000 wrote: ... and proceed to ask a volunteer to select ANY BOOK from a bookstore or library.

This would seemingly slow down the presentation ...
Unless you happen to be performing in a bookstore or a library.
by Brad Jeffers
August 1st, 2017, 5:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: When Houdini escaped Britain.
Replies: 16
Views: 1031

Re: When Houdini escaped Britain.

Tait also has another interesting book coming out in 2018 ...
The Great Illusionists
by Brad Jeffers
July 27th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11989

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

performer wrote: I am looking at the Pat Page thing as we speak. It is NOT difficult to make it yourself! All you need is some scissors and a bit of Scotch tape.
I have one of these made by Neil Lester.
The way he made them definitely required more than some scissors and a bit of Scotch tape!
by Brad Jeffers
July 26th, 2017, 3:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Celeste Evans – RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Re: Celeste Evans – RIP

MagicbyAlfred wrote: I read in the Magicpedia article that, "On 'To Tell the Truth,' Celeste escaped from a straight jacket in nine seconds
HERE is that episode.
HERE is an interview with Celeste from 2007.
by Brad Jeffers
July 18th, 2017, 1:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Busby Auction Catalog link
Replies: 25
Views: 2157

Re: Busby Auction Catalog link

I believe that all works published in the United States before January 1, 1923, are in the public domain. And even for letters written after that date, what Mike does to them is so transformative that the copying is classic Fair Use. I love the Classic Correspondence books, but what does Mike do to...
by Brad Jeffers
July 11th, 2017, 11:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 3591

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Kent, I have a question.
That little thing you do with the King of Clubs at exactly 5:05 ...
Is that also a red herring?
If so, it's super subtle!
If it was intentional, it was ingenious!
by Brad Jeffers
July 11th, 2017, 4:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 3591

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I think he's using a hybrid gaffed deck.
A Sven-Cristo.
Or Monte-Gali, if you prefer.
by Brad Jeffers
July 10th, 2017, 8:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 3591

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

David Penn wrote:Kent is a true Mastermind!

That's what I thought.
But how do you explain the Jack of Spades above the selection?
by Brad Jeffers
July 8th, 2017, 5:21 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Anybody have Abbott's instructions?
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Re: Anybody have Abbott's instructions?

You can get the instructions for Nu Power Rising Cards from Mickey Hades for $2.
by Brad Jeffers
July 2nd, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4998
Views: 1826672

Re: ERDNASE

a bit?
by Brad Jeffers
July 2nd, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1488

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

The use of silicone spray ...
A practical tip for making a tip practical.
by Brad Jeffers
July 2nd, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4611

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

And as I read Brad's post, I looked at a Cardini poster on the wall, which proclaims him to be "a deft manipulator".
Will Tsai is a "visualist" - whatever that is.
by Brad Jeffers
June 30th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 3058

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

Reminds me of an add I once saw in Genii magazine ... "Long hours - hard work - little pay." It was an add looking for an assistant to work with Ken Griffin & Roberta. I would have loved to had that job, but unfortunately I was only fourteen years old at the time, and you needed to be ...
by Brad Jeffers
June 26th, 2017, 1:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Does anyone remember Ernie Bryan?
Replies: 14
Views: 2368

Re: Does anyone remember Ernie Bryan?

Slip King – Sleight of Hand Master By Brenda DeVore The 1969 Seymour High School Yearbook, The Tomahawk, was dedicated to Ernie Bryan also known as Slip King. The dedication referred to Bryan as Seymour’s number one booster. Ernie graduated from Seymour about 1936 and never forgot his hometown, eve...
by Brad Jeffers
June 23rd, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 21666

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

i leave for my summer tour tomorrow or would hunt down my tale of Buzzy the Bee and Paul the Fox. if i find it, i will post it. Jeez Brad, i'ts not like you have to plow through cartons of loose papers to find it. This is the 21st century after all ;) . The Tale of Buzzy the Bee and Paul the Fox .
by Brad Jeffers
June 23rd, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 21666

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Sorry to burst your bubble Steve, but I'm pretty sure Ed Marlo was the first to use "Buzzbee".
It was I believe, one of twelve variations he had on the spelling of Jeff's name.
by Brad Jeffers
June 23rd, 2017, 1:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 21666

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I'm looking forward to the upcoming auction.
I have a slight hope that something I've been trying to find might reside in the Busby collection; as it very likely once resided in the Lloyd Jones collection.
by Brad Jeffers
June 19th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really Suzy Wandas?
Replies: 25
Views: 6093

Re: Is this really Suzy Wandas?

Here it is Mark ... Suzy Wandas?
by Brad Jeffers
June 17th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Poster Book
Replies: 25
Views: 2465

Re: Magic Poster Book

The image on amazon is not what the book looks like. There's no dj. It's a black cloth cover with blind stamping. https://dynamic.indigoimages.ca/books/8874397585.jpg?altimages=true&width=260&quality=85&maxheight=400&lang=en $59.95 direct from the McCord Museum ... https://boutiquem...
by Brad Jeffers
June 15th, 2017, 3:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4091

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

They were Marianists, like Brother John Hamman.
by Brad Jeffers
June 6th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8218

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Tom Stone wrote:Or instead of the scarf used as cover by Billy McComb and Tommy Wonder?

I see your point.

That transparent scarf makes all the difference.

For Will Tsai's next appearance, perhaps he will perform the same effect, but this time drape a large piece of Saran wrap over the table.
by Brad Jeffers
June 6th, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8218

Re: America's Got Talent performance

an idea of putting the card face up in the pack, and bringing it to the top using the pass (startling and visual)... Mark, haven't you learned anything from this discussion?! Startling and visual = "too perfect" = flawed = no mystery = direct link to the method. Too bad Harry Blackstone d...
by Brad Jeffers
June 6th, 2017, 1:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8218

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Bill Mullins wrote:I liked Darci Lynne's vent act much more.

I wholeheartedly agree with you Bill.

Darci Lynne was certainly deserving of the reaction she received from the judges and the audience.

Magicians can learn a valuable lesson from a good ventriloquist.
by Brad Jeffers
June 5th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8218

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Will Tsai is basically doing the original Chink-a-Chink, but have made it flawed in that he have removed the part where the audience is allowed to fill in the blanks. Removed the part 'Doc' Shiels point out as being defining for what we do; the mental part - the magic part. In other words, while in...
by Brad Jeffers
June 5th, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 8218

Re: America's Got Talent performance

In a discussion of the too perfect theory from 2005, John Lovick wrote ... "Magic tricks simulate a violation of the laws of the universe to create an illusion of an impossible act. The simulation will always fall short of the ideal, the illusion will only be so good. Once you realize this, the...
by Brad Jeffers
June 4th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: George Millard cone and ball
Replies: 4
Views: 769

Re: George Millard cone and ball

All of George Millward's products can be found HERE.

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