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by magicfish
May 12th, 2017, 10:38 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 2545

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I would've loved to have seen him at Bigs.
I too drove from Toronto to see him in Rochester in '97. I was lucky to have been able to spend considerable time with him there on one particular evening at the bar. Very magical experience.
by magicfish
May 7th, 2017, 8:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

There are two Charles Bertram techniques offered by Neil in this wonderful text. The first is a two handed "classic" style pass while the second is a one handed pass akin to the Charlier. According to Neil, Bertram learned the shift from Charlier himself. EDIT: There are two Charles Bertr...
by magicfish
May 7th, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

There are two Charles Bertram techniques offered by Neil in this wonderful text.
The first is a two handed "classic" style pass while the second is a one handed pass akin to the Charlier. According to Neil, Bertram learned the shift from Charlier himself.
by magicfish
May 6th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: One of those days (mentalism books)
Replies: 1
Views: 1688

Re: One of those days (mentalism books)

It is a delightful book. I only do one item from it but it is one of my favourite impromptu card effects.
by magicfish
May 2nd, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

But back to the pass, Howie Schwarzman's is the best I've (not) seen in person apart from Dingle. But when I saw Dingle I never new weather he was "passing" or not. So maybe his was the best Ive never seen.
by magicfish
May 2nd, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

Not a whole lot to be honest. Sometimes I would just practice until passersby got curious and stopped to watch. Other times I would just sit there with a pack of cards in front of me. It wouldnt take long before a couple would stop to see what it was about.
by magicfish
May 2nd, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

I have received more information about the matter. It seems he does not do any hat lines. Just the bowl with the money in it is enough. They pay when and if they feel like it without prompting. And it also seems there is no set show. He just keeps going until he gets fed up or the audience do. You ...
by magicfish
May 2nd, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

That is an excellent Turnover Pass.
by magicfish
May 2nd, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

Oddly enough I have just been watching videos of a street magician doing close up magic at a table in the street. He seems to be doing the Pass time after time after time and having no trouble getting away with it. No misdirection-nothing. A magician would notice the slight giveaway with the hand m...
by magicfish
May 2nd, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 795

Re: Winding up the deck

I think i first saw this done my Michael Ammar in the late 80's. He does it very well. He makes it sound so real. There is a real knack to making sound right.
by magicfish
April 28th, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reg Holden's Note Pads
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: Reg Holden's Note Pads

Wow Lybrary, that sounds great. I would definitely be interested in the "thickness" pad.
by magicfish
April 27th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reg Holden's Note Pads
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Reg Holden's Note Pads

Hi guys, my old friend Reg Holden used to sell these great little note pads for mentalism. Each sheet was slightly thicker than the previous one and the cycle repeated itself every four sheets throughout the pad. I used to use them for closeup living and dead tests. When the folded pieces were retri...
by magicfish
April 27th, 2017, 6:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 2545

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Hi Mark. You can start here if you're interested in what's known about the original game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot_card_games Apparently there's a lot of textual evidence in the historical record. I'd be happy to lend you a DVD of my documentary on the Tarot if we can figure out where an...
by magicfish
April 26th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

Richard Kaufman wrote:You do not shuffle after doing a Pass.

Riffling the deck is an action like snapping the fingers, or a gesture.

Agreed. If you're going to shuffle, there is no sense doing a pass in the first place.
by magicfish
April 25th, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 5761

Re: On the Pass

Very much looking forward to this article Richard.
by magicfish
April 24th, 2017, 11:00 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 2545

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Crowley is always good subject matter.
I often point out the masonic symbolism in the Rider Waite Smith deck without actually saying so. Waite was a member of more than one esoteric fraternity as was Crowley.
by magicfish
April 24th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 2545

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Several years ago, when looking for the Esoterico Tarot deck, I located some in an occult shop in Toronto in one of the seedier neighborhoods. So I popped over there and went in to find a dark, smokey cave, populated by what appeared to be Rastafarians, all looking hooded, gloomy and dangerous. The...
by magicfish
April 24th, 2017, 6:40 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 2545

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

There are certainly bridge size tarot decks. I actually own one. Alas, although I handle Tarot Cards probably more than anyone else here the idea of doing tricks with them horrifies me no end. It seems sacrilegious to me and I fear I might be struck down by lightning if I did so. However, I wish yo...
by magicfish
April 24th, 2017, 2:41 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: A new method for crystal ball reading
Replies: 8
Views: 2743

Re: A new method for crystal ball reading

Anyone here remember the Mike Rogers Crystal Ball?
by magicfish
April 22nd, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4813
Views: 1791455

Re: ERDNASE

I got very lucky. Mine is in very good contition.
by magicfish
April 21st, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3916

Re: Royal road to card magic

Today Im giving a pristine hardcover copy to
A young man I know who wants to learn cardmagic.
It is from my personal library so I will have to seek out a new/old copy.
It was tough to part with, but Im glad to be able to help a newcomer.
by magicfish
April 21st, 2017, 4:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4813
Views: 1791455

Re: ERDNASE

I still cherish my Coles edition. I found it in a bargain bin for $2.00 in a used book store.
by magicfish
April 20th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3916

Re: Royal road to card magic

Not quite sure what you mean by "motives" Or "stirring up". It is quite a good book and I hope Mr. Lorayne takes it on. Always have, always will. Regardless of who else attempts it. Good luck to them. Im sure they/he/she/you will do fine. My hope was/is always that Harry would do...
by magicfish
April 20th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3916

Re: Royal road to card magic

Many of us are still hoping Mr. Lorayne takes this on. Perhaps after his next book.
by magicfish
April 9th, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

In fact, now that Im an amateur again (and have been for many years now), I think about how much my magic has changed.
There is good and bad on both sides and only the individual can know which is better for him/her.
by magicfish
April 8th, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Deluded amateurs also borrow money too, you know. And they continue to delude themselves that technical skill equals being a good magician. It most certainly doesn't and in fact tends (although not always) to indicate the opposite. I am delighted that at least I have never had to borrow money. I ei...
by magicfish
April 7th, 2017, 6:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

The main difference is mental attitude. A different approach to things entirely. There is a very interesting sociology book dealing exclusively with magicians which does compare the amateur outlook to to the professional's. Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/magician-culture-psychology-Canadian-exp...
by magicfish
April 6th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 3329

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

The main difference is mental attitude. A different approach to things entirely. There is a very interesting sociology book dealing exclusively with magicians which does compare the amateur outlook to to the professional's. Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/magician-culture-psychology-Canadian-exp...
by magicfish
March 20th, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mind, Myth & Magick by T.A. Waters
Replies: 7
Views: 1848

Re: Mind, Myth & Magick by T.A. Waters

Yes I have, cover to cover. And yes, it is excellent.
by magicfish
March 6th, 2017, 6:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 2872

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

Slow and steady wins the race.
I love Americans.
The Scots enjoy Blackpool, always have- as long as they didn't wander too far along the beach and end up in Clevely's...
by magicfish
March 5th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 2872

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

I can relate. I always felt the same about the Glaswegians- hardworking, delightfully simple.
by magicfish
March 4th, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: H&R Used Book Sale...
Replies: 2
Views: 658

Re: H&R Used Book Sale...

Thanks Dustin! Just bought a couple of oldies!
by magicfish
March 4th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention
Replies: 23
Views: 2872

Re: Man plummets 25ft @ Blackpool convention

Good old Blackpool, my family's roots.
Been awhile since I've been there. Can't wait to go back.
by magicfish
March 4th, 2017, 7:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 27796

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Here in England - this is a very famous poem. I felt like sharing it here since this thread deals with the subject of death and grief. Apologies if it seems mawkish... Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep By Mary Elizabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a t...
by magicfish
March 1st, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 27796

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Thankyou.
I first met Daryl in Toronto and he was very kind and nice. He performed superb magic and he was very helpful.
I perform a little bit of his original magic and Im a proud owner of his excellent Omnibus book.
Goodbye Daryl. You are a legend and I will always miss your smile.
by magicfish
March 1st, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 27796

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Daryl was a master of his craft. A true Close-Up Magic artist. One of the best ever.
by magicfish
February 6th, 2017, 8:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 4175

Re: Charlie Miller

John is a very fine and clever magician. I noticed he does two (2) different color changes from Erdnase. The first is immaculate. The technique on the second one (the one at issue on this thread) is good, but the patter line may invite suspicion. As he places his hand on the top card in preparation...
by magicfish
February 5th, 2017, 11:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 4175

Re: Charlie Miller

Carney on the Erdnase Color Change: https://www.artofmagic.com/products/color-change-erdnase Not too bad. I've seen him do it even better. The camera is stationary. In performance he uses a body turn and his arms and hands move in tune with the narrative of the effect. Thanks for sharing that link ...
by magicfish
February 5th, 2017, 11:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 24
Views: 4123

Re: Okito boxes

I bought mine from Herb Morrissey in the late 80's. Beauty little box.
by magicfish
February 5th, 2017, 10:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 4175

Re: Charlie Miller

I wouldn't say it was a mess but there is a better way of doing it which I figured out many decades ago. Virtually everybody I see do the move makes me cringe. It is so obvious to a perceptive layman that the card is being pushed forward and back no matter who does it. I recognised this problem man...

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