Search found 1263 matches

by Joe Mckay
February 18th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 25
Views: 4723

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Indeed - here is a link to what Denis Behr has to say:

http://archive.denisbehr.de/list/person/832?highlight=37716
by Joe Mckay
February 18th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 25
Views: 4723

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

I just looked up Traveling Aces. I am pretty sure that is a Stewart James trick. Check out Simplicity Four-Ace Trick in 'Stewart James - The First Fifty Years.'
by Joe Mckay
February 16th, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/search?keyword=weber+photocopier

Goodness I am giving away all the good stuff in this thread! Please forget I ever mentioned this trick.

Thankyou.
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

U.F. Grant's Cheek-To-Cheek deck is interesting. Not so much for the U.F. Grant version but for the routine using it that Michael Weber put together. It is one of the strongest tricks in magic.
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Remember To Forget next time. :-)
by Joe Mckay
February 15th, 2018, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

This control has a lot going for it. First of all - I would be tempted to use the advertising/poker rules card that comes with most decks of playing cards. It is usually a double-sided card, and you can pretend you left it in there by mistake. You would then cut the card to the top and remove it. Th...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

The Whoops! Control Here is a sneaky card control by U.F. Grant from The New Phoenix. The bottom card of the face-down deck is secretly reversed. Dribble the cards and have a spectator choose one by calling slop during the dribble. As the spectators note the chosen card, replace the rest of the dec...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 12:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4795

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Ha - you got me beat!
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4795

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Andy has some interesting thoughts about what makes a good souvenir for the end of a magic trick: http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/4/28/remembrance-of-things-past He also came up with the best souvenir in the history of magic. http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/3/15/pixelatedpixilated
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9814

Re: Roy Walton

Thanks for the correction. I was sure you had grabbed a copy of the wrong magic magazine altogether!
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 25
Views: 4723

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

In the July, 1993 issue of MAGIC magazine - Michael Weber did something unusual with his product review column. Instead of reviewing the latest books - he recommended books that were published 40-50 years earlier that he felt more magicians should be familiar with. There is a lot of great material '...
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9814

Re: Roy Walton

John Derris interviews Roy Walton in the October, 1999 issue of The Magic Circular. And it is the August, 1998 issue of GENII that has the cover story on Roy Walton. This is Volume 61, No.4. Dan Witkowski is on the cover of the April, 1988 issue of The Linking Ring. He has never been on the cover of...
by Joe Mckay
February 13th, 2018, 9:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 33
Views: 11140

Re: Stewart James

One of my main interests in magic is the study of principles, where they come from and how they can be applied in new ways. It is clear that this was Stewart's main goal in magic as well. More than inventing a new trick, new sleight or new effect - his main goal was to discover a new principle . And...
by Joe Mckay
February 11th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: David Williamson & Colin Cloud performance and interview for Google in London

Great to see David nail the Unshuffled routine. He also has the best presentation for this trick I have seen.
by Joe Mckay
February 10th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4795

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Joe Mckay wrote:The invisible deck. And it is one of the first tricks that most magicians learn in their first couple of months in magic.

Sorry - just wanted to correct my massive typo from earlier in the thread. Even though I am sure most people knew what I was trying to say!
by Joe Mckay
February 10th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4795

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I have this weird theory about magic. The invisible deck. And it is one of the first tricks that most magicians. As such - magicians spend most of their time learning tricks that interest them rather than tricks that will impress laypeople. Since any new trick they learn is bound to be weaker than t...
by Joe Mckay
February 9th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Roy Walton
Replies: 44
Views: 9814

Re: Roy Walton

There was a brief Q&A with Roy in an old issue of Opus magazine. In a different issue there is a tribute from Roy to mark the death of Dai Vernon. Roy really admired Vernon. No surprise there. I am hoping the old issues of Opus issue will be scanned and available to download online sometime soon...
by Joe Mckay
February 9th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 38
Views: 4266

Re: The Jerx Year Three

by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Lodestones
Replies: 13
Views: 8612

Re: Lodestones

Just realised that the Tommy Wonder deck switch is another example of Change Blindness in magic.
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

'They're Off' by U.F. Grant and Frank Lane contains a sneaky principle that allows you to read cards as a spectator holds them. Recently I saw this same principle used by Tenyo in one of their Plus One mentalism effects.
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Zenith Master Mental Act contains a brilliant telephone trick designed to be done over the air on live TV. See page 5. You can find a free copy of the manuscript online over at the Australian state library of Victoria. http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/view/action/singleViewer.do?dvs=1518026573057~821&a...
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Hey MagicbyAlfred - I just came across the advice you mentioned. You were right!

U.F. Grant did give the advice about building a career around mastering five good close-up tricks. See page 6 of Valuable Information For Magicians.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 11:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Future of Magic Collectibles?
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: The Future of Magic Collectibles?

There is a great post over here about a magician's first visit to see Ken Klosterman's legendary collection:

http://www.themagiciansforum.com/post/a-story-about-one-of-our-great-collectors-ken-klosterman-7939671

Ken seems like a very generous and very kind gentleman.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 11:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Sacred Altar Lights is another unusual trick (and method) from U.F. Grant. https://www.lybrary.com/sacred-altar-lights-p-893256.html And I remember Bob Farmer saying he used to perform a clever dancing silk handkerchief effect by U.F Grant. Apparently the method involved the sneaky use of a record ...
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 11:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

MagicbyAlfred - that advice reminds me of the famous story about David Devant. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=10776 As for U.F. Grant - one of his more unusual ideas was an act based around the challenge of performing with any object handed to him. I haven't checked this one out yet...
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 11:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

25 Mind Reading Secrets also has a sneaky use for the Svengali deck that I have not come across before.

Magician fooler.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Ditto.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2150

U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

I have spent a few days digging into a lot of U.F. Grant's work and want to discuss some of it here. Over at lybrary.com - Chris Wasshuber has a lot of U.F. Grant manuscripts for sale in case any of you are inspired to check out his work. I first became interested in U.F. Grant after falling in love...
by Joe Mckay
February 4th, 2018, 10:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Espionage, Deception and Magic
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Espionage, Deception and Magic

I was doing some googling and stumbled across an interesting looking book. It is by Bart Whaley who is famous among magicians for his Encyclopedic Dictionary of Magic and his book about the search for the real identity of Erdnase. Well - it turns out Bart was high up in the world of intelligence and...
by Joe Mckay
February 4th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Future of Magic Collectibles?
Replies: 13
Views: 982

Re: The Future of Magic Collectibles?

Penn Jillette described vising the Copperfield collection on an old podcast. The key point he made was that the tour would be ten times was if the collection was open to the public. Since security concerns would mean that everything would be behind glass cabinets. As opposed to the relaxed and infor...
by Joe Mckay
February 3rd, 2018, 7:50 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 5
Views: 1204

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

These are wonderful books. Michael Close is my favourite writer (and reviewer!) in magic. He puts so much thought into each of his effects. You see a similar thing with Simon Aronson as well. I love seeing Michael's brain at work as he irons out the problems in his tricks. Either one he has created ...
by Joe Mckay
January 31st, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now
Replies: 5
Views: 1204

Re: Michael Close's "The Paradigm Shift" Volumes One and Two Available Now

Just ordered! Michael is a great writer and a wonderful teacher of magic. He always has something interesting to say when he puts pen to paper. And as with his buddy, Bob Farmer, he always buries interesting subtleties and ideas throughout his descriptions. Can't wait to start another treasure hunt ...
by Joe Mckay
January 27th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

I was studying this trick a couple of weeks ago. I also stumbled across Dean's handling on Facebook. What is neat is that Dean adds a couple of little tweaks that really sells the effect. It took me a couple of viewings to see the touches Dean added to this trick. I was hoping to keep this trick hid...
by Joe Mckay
January 26th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2510

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

Andres? About the Sands of the Desert trick. Did you ever see Andy's take on it. It is a version of the trick that you may have overlooked in since it is buried away on a blog:

http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2016/3/7/th ... s-in-water
by Joe Mckay
January 26th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2510

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

The importance of studying history to understand current events is something that really interests me. Since it is something I am sceptical about. Take for example the current occupant of the White House. In the last election cycle - half the country were half-worried he could be the next Hitler. An...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: THE CRIMP, Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 40
Views: 19064

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Before I got burned out with cards, I had complete file of The Crimp . At point that added up to 47 issues - but more have come out since then. Wow - what a resource! Easily the most fun I have ever had in card magic. What is great about the magazine is that each issue might only be 6-8 pages long -...
by Joe Mckay
January 24th, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 38
Views: 4266

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Andy is back for another year. It is official! He will start again on Friday, February 9th. http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2018/1/24/xynlplmagfbrvxhx00np2dtoy9f21m And here are the rewards for those who want to sign up. And the best news is that Andy is writing another book! http://www.thejerx.com/seas...
by Joe Mckay
January 23rd, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 48
Views: 2510

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

Knowing magic history and the providence of ideas is a great way to discover tricks buried in print that will appeal to you. It is like an algorithm for discovering unknown unknowns . You won't know what you are looking for - but you will know when you have found it. It is a case of letting the tric...
by Joe Mckay
January 17th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 35
Views: 3633

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Joe Mckay wrote:Andy over at The Jerx has yet to announce his plans for Season 3 of his blog. But there is always a chance that he may be working on another book as well.

Great news! He is planning on writing another book if Season 3 goes ahead!

Go to advanced search