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by Joe Mckay
August 16th, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hip Hip Replacement!
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Hip Hip Replacement!

Only thing worse than surgery - having your operation cancelled!

Let's get that hip fixed tomorrow! Good luck!
by Joe Mckay
August 16th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hip Hip Replacement!
Replies: 11
Views: 608

Re: Hip Hip Replacement!

Good luck, Tom!

Hope you get to see the back of that limp soon.
by Joe Mckay
August 9th, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 4
Views: 1290

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

Is there any update on this project?

Cheers!
by Joe Mckay
July 9th, 2017, 5:03 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Full Contents Jim Klein's Mortimer's Magic Magazine
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Re: Full Contents Jim Klein's Mortimer's Magic Magazine

Hey Doug,

Your site has been a massive help to me over the years. Thanks for all your efforts. If I remember correctly - it was the first of the sites devoted to archiving the contents of magic books. It is like an old friend to me.

Thanks once again!

Joe
by Joe Mckay
July 7th, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 60
Views: 10040

Re: The Jerx Year Two

I have really enjoyed JAMM over the past few months. But the latest issue (JAMM No. 6 - July) is very special. Probably the two strongest tricks I have ever read in magic. I love the outrageous Lubor Fiedler (or perhaps Winston Freer?) style method in the first trick. And I love the kicker ending th...
by Joe Mckay
June 22nd, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 64
Views: 15153

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

I heard they divorced.

They had some great ideas in the past.

Shame.
by Joe Mckay
June 22nd, 2017, 3:22 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 43
Views: 6127

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Well said, Mark. Richard is a hero. His efforts will be treasured for a very long time to come.
by Joe Mckay
June 20th, 2017, 1:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 20852

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I liked the guy. He was a great writer. And nobody could write a more compelling advert than him. I used to love his gossipy reviews and newsletters as well. He really shaped the way I thought about card magic when I first became interested in it. He made it seem important and academic. He was one o...
by Joe Mckay
June 20th, 2017, 3:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jack Yates - An Appreciation
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Re: Jack Yates - An Appreciation

Thanks for that, Max.

Also - the citation above is something I found on The Magic Café. It is not something that Karl Fulves wrote. Apologies for giving that impression.
by Joe Mckay
June 19th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Hollow Men by Jonathan Pendragon
Replies: 5
Views: 1373

Re: The Hollow Men by Jonathan Pendragon

I think it is tough being a guy these days. Marriage is no longer a good deal for men (even putting aside the ruinous expense of divorces these days). Scott Adams (the Dilbert cartoonist) has some interesting thoughts about the issues facing men today in the traditional family set up. He is not a fa...
by Joe Mckay
June 19th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jack Yates - An Appreciation
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Jack Yates - An Appreciation

I think Jack Yates is a creator who deserves to be more well known. I will start by looking at his main book - 'Clue and Other Mysteries. It is available as an ebook from lybrary.com: http://www.lybrary.com/clue-and-other-mysteries-p-148045.html Recently somebody asked about this book on The Magic C...
by Joe Mckay
May 22nd, 2017, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The February Issue of Genii is Now LIVE Online!
Replies: 24
Views: 3990

Re: The February Issue of Genii is Now LIVE Online!

This year?

Great news!
by Joe Mckay
May 19th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 10436

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

I have spoken a lot about The Gilbreath Principle in this thread. Well - here is an important update. Tomas Blomberg has extended this principle with an idea called Interlocked Gilbreath. You can find it in his book called Blomberg Laboratories. It is a great book and his work on this principle is p...
by Joe Mckay
May 19th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 10436

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

It was great seeing your talk on Theo Deland, Bill!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzK9dCO_tr4

I really hope the book comes out some time this year.
by Joe Mckay
May 19th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 60
Views: 10040

Re: The Jerx Year Two

For those who want to learn more about Andy's monthly magazine (called JAMM) - you can find a useful thread here:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=642048&forum=218

Joe Mckay (Bob_Hummer in the thread above).
by Joe Mckay
May 18th, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ibidem No. 28 (April 1963)
Replies: 12
Views: 1943

Re: Ibidem No. 28 (April 1963)

That said - my favourite Gilbreath effect is probably Ben Harris's 'Invertz' from his book 'Off The Wall' and 'Magnetic Bipolar Miraskill' by Michael Weber which can be found in the August 2006 issue of GENII magazine. The Weber effect is great but it does make use of one-way backs. I just stumbled...
by Joe Mckay
May 18th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 10436

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Here is a presentation by Max Maven on The Gilbreath Principle from the latest Gathering 4 Gardner conference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht_2ai4N9BY
by Joe Mckay
May 16th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 53
Views: 13158

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

I also agree with Dustin. Over the years, I always considered my writings to be stimuli or trigger points or flash points or prods...so that readers could take over and let their imaginations go wild. I wanted to coax readers to think and open themselves up for discovery. My next audio in Genii put...
by Joe Mckay
May 6th, 2017, 10:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 29
Views: 6767

Re: Stewart James

Let's talk a bit about Miraskill. Firstly - I just read a nice trick by Roy Johnson in 'Pure Gold'. This trick combines The Trick That Fooled Einstein with Miraskill. The trick is done with copper and silver coins. And I will share my favourite approach to this effect. My approach is based on the wo...
by Joe Mckay
April 30th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 29
Views: 6767

Re: Stewart James

After the large Stewart James books came out - Allan Slaight felt it would be useful to have a condensed "best of" collection for those who did not want to work through 2500 pages of Stewart James material. My understanding is that he asked a number of different magicians to each name thei...
by Joe Mckay
April 28th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Mamet-->Ricky Jay's Director
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Re: David Mamet-->Ricky Jay's Director

Looks interesting. Thanks for the heads up. This is one of those things that would have passed under my radar.

Also - I am a big fan of David Mamet's books covering his thoughts on writing. Really great essays.

Glengarry Glen Ross is my all-time favourite movie. I love David Mamet.
by Joe Mckay
April 24th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 1209

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: 1209

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: 1019

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: 970

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: 29
Views: 6767

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: 558

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: 558

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: 629

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: 2410

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: 1921

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: 1209

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: 8114

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: 4543

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: 29
Views: 6767

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: 1371

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: 1278

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: 4543

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: 1622

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: 1278

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...

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