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by Brad Jeffers
August 10th, 2017, 12:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1948

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: 1948

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: 880

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: 11009

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: 753

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: 1914

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: 2919

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: 2919

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: 2919

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: 436

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: 4829
Views: 1806044

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: 1205

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: 4205

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: 2795

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: 2178

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: 20818

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: 20818

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: 20818

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: 5729

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: 2192

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: 3537

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: 7566

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: 7566

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: 7566

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: 7566

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: 7566

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: 690

Re: George Millard cone and ball

All of George Millward's products can be found HERE.
by Brad Jeffers
May 30th, 2017, 12:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4931

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

How about Buatier De Kolta ?
by Brad Jeffers
May 29th, 2017, 12:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4931

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Good question.
I always thought it is this, but as Trost seems to be a name of German origin, it's probably this.
by Brad Jeffers
May 20th, 2017, 2:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 10424

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Bill, Enjoyed your talk on Deland.
You look different than what I had imagined.
For some reason, when reading your posts, I have always envisioned you as looking like Ed Asner ...
Image
by Brad Jeffers
May 13th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 5902

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls

It seems that the offensive stereotypical Asian images used in the marketing of magic tricks is a thing of the past.

In these more enlightened times; however, you do seem to see a lot of this ...

Image :o
by Brad Jeffers
May 8th, 2017, 12:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 2257

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

Leonard Hevia wrote:Get it while it's still available.

It looks like its already too late :(
by Brad Jeffers
May 2nd, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2434

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Photographic Coins is described in Tarbell (Vol 7, I think) You are correct. It is in Volume 7 under the title "The Sensitized Paper". There is also a method by Vernon which uses only one coin. Vernon's method appears to be what was used by Skinner in his impromptu performance for the wai...
by Brad Jeffers
May 1st, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2434

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

When I worked at Tannen's in the 70's this was sold on a regular basis. Tannen's 1973 catalog lists this item as "Miracle Coins and Card Trick". It sold for $3 with extra miniature photo cards for 50 cents a package. The 1983 catalog has it priced at $9.50 and $1.25 for the extra photo ca...
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 10:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5221

Re: Penny punch

Jim Riser wrote:Results are for internal use only. Yes, I easily won my wager.

Look who's laughing now ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 9:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2434

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Correction ...
The trick requires two coins, not just one.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2434

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

The trick that Skinner performed for the waitress requires a sliver dollar, a matching expanded shell, two small pieces of "photographic" paper, one blank and one with a photo of a card on it. The paper cannot be larger than the diameter of the coin. There are no Polaroid cameras involved ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 8
Views: 1244

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

I believe that the addition of the "slow motion" aspect to an ace assembly does nothing to enhance the effect from a layman's point of view.
It's an unnecessary embellishment.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 2434

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

This very old effect is described by David Roth on his "Expert Coin Magic Made Easy" video series.
He calls it "Photo Coins".
It is on the volume that covers work with the expanded shell.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 4:17 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 5221

Re: Penny punch

So what did you learn?
What did your experiment in "typical magician's behavior" prove?
Did you win your wager?

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