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by Joe Mckay
April 24th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

Sent you a PM, Bob!
by Joe Mckay
April 23rd, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

Hey Bob,

This trick reference might be of interest:

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/show.php?book=987&highlight=46977
by Joe Mckay
April 23rd, 2017, 4:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Study aids
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Study aids

I recently bought one of these. They are pretty useful:

https://bookbones.myshopify.com/
by Joe Mckay
April 20th, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven - question
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Max Maven - question

Just spotted this on one of my favourite websites (it collects odd pieces of trivia, science, puzzles, optical illusions and so on...):

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2017/04/17/a-poets-arsenal/

Just curious if this Max Maven is the same as our Max Maven?
by Joe Mckay
April 19th, 2017, 5:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 26
Views: 4082

Re: Stewart James

Hey Gregg,

Are you online these days? Or do you still prefer communication via letter?

I will be in touch soon - by either method...

Take care!

Joe
by Joe Mckay
April 18th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering4Gardner - free online resource
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: Gathering4Gardner - free online resource

Simon Aronson was always one of my favourite card creators. But alas - I got burned out with card a few years ago - so never got round to reading his latest book. Anyway - there is a clever scam buried in there which you can also find on the G4G site. It is good stuff: http://www.gathering4gardner.o...
by Joe Mckay
April 18th, 2017, 2:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gathering4Gardner - free online resource
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Gathering4Gardner - free online resource

I just stumbled across something very interesting. The team behind the G4G conferences have uploaded the gifts handed out to participants to their website. So if you have an interest in puzzles, maths, science, magic, art or games - the following will be a veritable cornucopia. There is a ton of cut...
by Joe Mckay
April 15th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Craig Petty is Back with New Reviews and Rants
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Craig Petty is Back with New Reviews and Rants

I wish Craig and David Penn still did the Wizard Product Review together. They had a brilliant chemistry. They were both very smart about magic, but in different ways that complimented each other.
by Joe Mckay
April 15th, 2017, 3:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim Conover Project
Replies: 10
Views: 2012

Re: Tim Conover Project

by Joe Mckay
April 13th, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

That is a great topic. I love seeing things like this in the world of science (where it is pretty common) as well as the world of magic. I am sure magic has lots of examples. I remember seeing your post on this on your blog recently and being tickled by that story behind Zombie. One quick example th...
by Joe Mckay
April 12th, 2017, 11:33 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

It was Steven Brundage on Penn & Teller Fool Us.

Check out the end of this routine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ03AQRqhFg
by Joe Mckay
April 1st, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4420

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

When I do the Notis Cascade which requires a one hand weave I always know if the cascade is going to work properly. I can just sense it by way the cards feel after being weaved together. If I sense it isn't going to work I simply go into the one hand shuffle a la Howard De Courcy and nobody knows t...
by Joe Mckay
April 1st, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2386

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Asking yourself, 'What am I in magic for?' is always a useful thing to do. With some people, their goals are not clear to themselves and as such they can chase after mutually conflicting ones. For instance - the amateur who only cares about fooling his buddies, caring about the reset time of a magic...
by Joe Mckay
March 29th, 2017, 5:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 26
Views: 4082

Re: Stewart James

I have always being a big fan of Deddy Corbuzier's "Free Will" principle. Anyway - I just found this scrap of information in Jack Kent Tillar's book, 'Solo', on page 31: ...currently called the "Free Will" principle by Deddy (although Dennis [Marks] told me the name of the actual...
by Joe Mckay
March 29th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: an old favourite
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Re: an old favourite

Here is a cool version of 'A Match For Gravity':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZnKIPfIhAQ
by Joe Mckay
March 27th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Re: Question for full-time performers

Thanks for the response!

Being in that "flow" state with a piece of material is certainly something I envy about being a professional. Magic has to look effortless to really sing, and a lot of amateurs never stick with a trick long enough to get to that point.
by Joe Mckay
March 27th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2386

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Pros are more interested in discovering a line/detail which helps improve a trick a small amount, than they are in learning a new trick.
by Joe Mckay
March 25th, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Now Live Online!

Nice to see David Ben featured again Genii. He is an interesting guy who has done a lot of cool stuff in magic.

Also - any updates on the MAGIC magazines going online?
by Joe Mckay
March 21st, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Question for full-time performers

I am not sure how many full-time performers we have here on the forum. But there is a question that I have always being curious about. What is it that you most enjoy about performing a regular magic show? My understanding of being a pro is that you tend to perform the same tricks over and over. It i...
by Joe Mckay
March 17th, 2017, 12:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 7589

Re: Magicians Documentary

Uri Geller is a legend. He is like a modern day PT Barnum. I never care much for Uri Geller when I was younger - but as I become more knowledgeable about magic the more impressed I am by him. He has a lot in common with Houdini and will be one of the few people in magic who will still be famous a hu...
by Joe Mckay
March 17th, 2017, 1:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 58
Views: 6752

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Since that thing with the marker went viral, youtube has been filled with videos of people attempting it. I also got feedback from a couple of friends. And the results seem to be inconsistent at best. Shame. It seems the gif that went viral was of one of the few occasions where it worked like a dream.
by Joe Mckay
March 16th, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 58
Views: 6752

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Andy has an interesting bonus coming up for supporters of his site: http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/3/15/pixelatedpixilated It is a trick he created for David Blaine - that got cut out of the latest TV special. I am also really enjoying the JAMM as well. We are two issues in. Both great. I think th...
by Joe Mckay
March 12th, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 26
Views: 4082

Re: Stewart James

Here is another Stewart James tidbit for y'all... Devin Knight has a clever trick available from Lybrary.com called Far Sight: http://www.lybrary.com/far-sight-p-139291.html Devin Knight is very creative and was a student of Al Mann (who was also wildly creative). So - it is always worth checking o...
by Joe Mckay
March 5th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Showhorn" - Magic meets TED X
Replies: 1
Views: 196

"Showhorn" - Magic meets TED X

I am interested in an area that magicians seem to be tackling more and more. Presenting a magic show in the guise of a lecture with some simple takeaway messages. You see this a lot where magicians give Ted X type talks. On Twitter - Andi Gladwin came up with the word "Showhorn" which he d...
by Joe Mckay
March 3rd, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24283

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 th...
by Joe Mckay
March 1st, 2017, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24283

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Michael Ammar posted this on Facebook. It is beautiful. There’s a hole in the curtain. There in the Parlor of the Magic Castle; it’s hidden in one of the folds. Performers can check audiences or watch fellow performers. Sometimes Daryl or I would watch an audience for the other - gauging the respons...
by Joe Mckay
February 27th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24283

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

I read a profile on Daryl in the Linking Ring about 15 years ago. And this was in an old copy of the magazine I had borrowed off somebody else. A part of the profile touched on Daryl's livelihood. It mentioned that Daryl made money as a magician performing and doing lectures. And on top of that - he...
by Joe Mckay
February 24th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to levitate a small object?
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: Best way to levitate a small object?

Steve Fearson has some genius ideas for use with invisible thread. I was never keen on using invisible thread until I saw what Steve has done with the principle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5zcVugAJnc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa73IX5_vHc I also have a soft spot for one of Lubor Fiedler's...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle

Well said!
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2017, 1:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!

You are in for a treat.

His live work is even better than his TV work.
by Joe Mckay
February 12th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Edward O. Thorp - Autobiography
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Edward O. Thorp - Autobiography

The autobiography of Edward O. Thorp came out recently. I am enjoying it at the moment. It covers his life with a focus on the time he invented card counting. And goes on to discuss his work using hidden computers to cheat at roulette before using his mathematical genius to make billions on Wall Str...
by Joe Mckay
February 8th, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 5738

Re: The svengali pitch

The aura a magician creates around himself is something I have thought about in the past. My three favourite performers in magic are Derren Brown, Ricky Jay and Penn & Teller. I will leave Penn & Teller to one side for now since their work is outside the traditional realm of magic. Their suc...
by Joe Mckay
February 8th, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 5738

Re: The svengali pitch

Interesting stuff.

In my rush to learn magic tricks - I never thought much about these issues growing up.

Thanks for taking the time to give such a thoughtful response.
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 27
Views: 2411

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Great news!
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 5738

Re: The svengali pitch

Hey Mark, I wanted to ask you a question. So thought I would ask you it here. In another thread you mentioned the importance of entertainment in magic, and how if a magician is not entertaining you lose interest after the first 30 seconds. No matter how great the magic might be. Well - I was wonderi...
by Joe Mckay
February 6th, 2017, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Re: Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'

Thanks for your help.

I owe you fifty bucks!

:-)
by Joe Mckay
February 6th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'
Replies: 2
Views: 405

Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'

I am tracking down interesting uses for Bob Swading's classic Blasted trick. Anyway - I found the following reference online to a trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers': Page 160 - Ultra Blast: a clever routine using Blasted, Jr. (Tannen's); C/S coin with shell, pill bottle, Johnson Mag C/S, ...
by Joe Mckay
February 6th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 7287

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

This is the Omega Bet.

Originally a Karl Fulves idea. But then Bob Wagner varied it and made it popular.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 7287

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Also - it is interesting to note that a precursor to the Gilbreath principle appears in Rusduck's 'The Cardiste' magazine: http://archive.denisbehr.de/show.php?book=631&highlight=35411 Karl Fulves in his booklet called 'Origins' details his early unpublished ideas which were also a precursor to ...
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 7287

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Interesting!

Thanks for that, Jack.

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