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by Pete McCabe
April 24th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: Carlyle's Law

You guys should watch some good mentalists.

Meanwhile, if you really want to see a magic trick that's complicated and hard to follow, try watching a card magician!
by Pete McCabe
April 24th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: Carlyle's Law

You should watch a good mentalist. All their tricks are extremely direct.
by Pete McCabe
February 13th, 2017, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Raymond Smullyan
Replies: 5
Views: 741

Re: Raymond Smullyan

Smullyan's books were an important part of my formative years. It sure sounds like he had a wonderful life.
by Pete McCabe
February 10th, 2017, 8:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Hatch
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Re: Richard Hatch

I am delighted to find that the headline was just annoying clickbait. What an unpleasant experience this thread was.
by Pete McCabe
January 28th, 2017, 1:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Open Prediction Question
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Open Prediction Question

Sounds interesting. But where do you put the D/F so that it doesn't get exposed in the deal but still ends up near where it's supposed to be?
by Pete McCabe
January 12th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2017)
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2017)

Only caught one show this week but it was great. Jack Nasher gave a fantastic performance of mentalism in the parlor. Highly recommended.
by Pete McCabe
January 2nd, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 38
Views: 3316

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

If I may self-promote, my PM Card Mark system produces marks that can be read while spreading. That was one of my goals for the system. You draw the marks—letters and numbers—with a sharpie.

http://saythemagicwords.com/pm_marking.html
by Pete McCabe
November 12th, 2016, 2:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 9240

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Seems to me the best way is to have access to tons of great material all at once, so you can find the single book which you devour and truly come to understand.
by Pete McCabe
November 6th, 2016, 1:36 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4835

Re: Puzzles wanted

Bill I knew that Y was tricky, but since the puzzle technically only asks for the next letter, X is the answer regardless.
by Pete McCabe
November 5th, 2016, 12:40 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4835

Re: Puzzles wanted

Bill, The letters C O P S V W all are the same shape in both lower and upper case. So the next letter would be X, then not Y, then Z. Again, I never showed this to anyone so I have no idea if it seems valid, if that's the right word. Anything based on the shapes of letters is tricky because there is...
by Pete McCabe
November 4th, 2016, 7:46 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4835

Re: Puzzles wanted

I created this one for a spec script I wrote many years ago, about a younger detective who trades these puzzles with his older partner. What is the next letter in this sequence: C O P S V W __ This is sort of a hint: This is a bit weird because it's not about the sequence, really, more about what th...
by Pete McCabe
October 30th, 2016, 11:45 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 5
Views: 1738

Re: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

This is one of the very best mystery novels I have read. The solution of the crime is so uniquely satisfying, especially the way in which the "method" reveals the guilty party. Highly recommended.
by Pete McCabe
September 1st, 2016, 9:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 9449

Re: Jason Ladanye

In addition to his Sunday lecture (on 9/18), he is also the late closeup performer the week of 9/12-18.
by Pete McCabe
July 18th, 2016, 1:12 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"
Replies: 18
Views: 5387

Re: Behind the Scenes of "Fool Us"

Nathan I thought your routine showed a wonderful way to make the magic happen and then expand the moment at the end, leaving with an impossible souvenir. Well done.
by Pete McCabe
April 19th, 2016, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 62
Views: 11170

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

Just an FYI: the new forum software has an ignore feature, in your user control panel under "Friends and Foes". So if you find Mark Lewis (or me or anyone else) a troll, you can list him as a foe and none of his posts will show up. Well, you can see that he made a post but not the content.
by Pete McCabe
April 19th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Passover Friendly Magic tricks?
Replies: 26
Views: 6493

Re: Passover Friendly Magic tricks?

Non-Passover-Friendly magic tricks:

Pig Zag
Water into Swine
Lubor Fiedler's trick with Dental Ham
by Pete McCabe
April 8th, 2016, 5:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New P&T Magic Set
Replies: 65
Views: 13003

Re: New P&T Magic Set

I.M. Magician wrote:Perhaps it would have been more worthwhile if Teller wrote a book with his ideas for classic props like Money Maker, Penetration Frame, and the other items in the magic set.


Based on this thread it sounds like that's exactly what this is. Or am I confused?
by Pete McCabe
March 26th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You
Replies: 16
Views: 4684

Re: Tom Stone Shares a Video With You

The bag looks normal in everyday life. But Tom is demonstrating a cups and balls, which is not really an everyday-life trick. In any kind of formal show it would look weird for anyone, man or woman, to wear a handbag, unless it was part of a costume. I bet the same techniques could be used to create...
by Pete McCabe
March 26th, 2016, 2:53 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Replies: 1
Views: 1568

Re: The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

I read this on your recommendation and it was great. I thought the ending was extremely satisfying, both in the solution and in how you figure it out.
by Pete McCabe
March 17th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 5458

Re: Pocket magic

Pete, I think your magician identification assertion applies to close-up magic, yes? Because in general I believe most people still identify a magician as someone who does magic on a stage. I am not trying to make an assertion about close-up magic, or stage magic. My assertion is about audiences. I...
by Pete McCabe
March 17th, 2016, 2:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 5458

Re: Pocket magic

I think that when people identify with a magician—when they imagine being able to do magic (i.e. perform magic tricks, not have actual magical powers)—the thing that is most attractive is being able to grab something handy and do a trick. That's what seems coolest about magic. The idea of spending t...
by Pete McCabe
March 17th, 2016, 12:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 5458

Re: Pocket magic

The best thing about using ordinary, ungimmicked objects is that they can be gimmicked and no one will suspect.
by Pete McCabe
March 14th, 2016, 5:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mystery vs Suspense
Replies: 13
Views: 3280

Re: Mystery vs Suspense

I was just posting the Vonnegut quote because I thought it provided another perspective on a topic which, I think, depends mostly on perspective. If it got Jonathan to admit that something he wrote was obtuse, that's a bonus.
by Pete McCabe
March 10th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hard questions
Replies: 13
Views: 3125

Re: Hard questions

"what is the last name of the guy from canada whose nickname was like a teacher?"

One nice thing about this problem is you can just google the question and see if the bots will be able to answer it. It looks like this one is beyond them, for now at least.
by Pete McCabe
March 9th, 2016, 5:05 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Mystery vs Suspense
Replies: 13
Views: 3280

Re: Mystery vs Suspense

"Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense."
—from "8 Rules for a Good Story" by Kurt Vonnegut
by Pete McCabe
February 26th, 2016, 12:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 4298

Re: Irene Larsen, 1936 – 2016

Another sad day. She truly was #1 at the Magic Castle.

The email from the AMA mentions "The family has asked that in leui of flowers, donations be made to Last Chance for Animals, or any animal welfare organization of your choice. Irene supported them all."
by Pete McCabe
February 18th, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 37
Views: 13553

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

I occasionally tear a trick or article out of my paper Genii and save it in a file. The David Ben/Ross Bertram issue is the only one I've ever kept the entire issue.
by Pete McCabe
February 18th, 2016, 12:54 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Reflection by Bill Goodwin
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

Re: LF: Reflection by Bill Goodwin

I spoke with Bill at the Castle last night. You can get most of his stuff at his website:

http://www.billgoodwinmagic.com/

But for the Reflection DVD, he is directing people to the Dan and Dave site.

http://shop.dananddave.com/reflection.html
by Pete McCabe
February 12th, 2016, 2:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Automata convention in NJ
Replies: 9
Views: 2373

Re: Automata convention in NJ

I bought this paper automata at Grand Illusions. It arrived yesterday and I haven't even opened the package yet, but if anyone is interested in automata this might be worth checking out. They have a few other models. http://www.grand-illusions.com/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2egrand...
by Pete McCabe
February 11th, 2016, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 62
Views: 13205

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

Terri Rogers' Blockbuster and the Anverdi trick with a pin are very different. I had an Enchanted Ring and there's a wooden block with a slot. You slide the bracelet in the slot and lock it in place with a pin running across. This bracelet passes through the pin and everything can be examined. In Bl...
by Pete McCabe
February 11th, 2016, 11:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Contact info for Pete McCabe?
Replies: 1
Views: 975

Re: Contact info for Pete McCabe?

I sent Joe an email.
by Pete McCabe
February 5th, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7105

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

Tom I have no idea how many "3D cad draughstman, designers and engineers all who work in an entirely 3D computer design" are employed by Tenyo, but I think it's beside the point. The vast majority of magicians and magic producers do not fit this description. For them, the availability of 3...
by Pete McCabe
February 5th, 2016, 12:32 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo using 3D printing?
Replies: 25
Views: 7105

Re: Tenyo using 3D printing?

I made a series of gimmicks for Michael Weber's "Thinkerprint" effect, which were 3D printed. I created the design(s) using the free google Sketchup program, and had them printed by a few different online services. They are all quite durable for their purpose, and since they are never seen...
by Pete McCabe
February 2nd, 2016, 6:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 13356

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

Brad Henderson wrote:What else could possible be in the box that is relevant to a real person?


A trapdoor.
by Pete McCabe
February 2nd, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason
Replies: 88
Views: 13356

Re: "This beats them all!"— Doc Eason

I've always thought examinability is a professional/amateur divide. Professionals do a trick and put the props away. People aren't asking "can I see that box" as you put it away, and if they do, you can easily decline because you are moving on to the next trick. If the spectator handles th...
by Pete McCabe
January 22nd, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Do you remove your dust jackets? I need one!
Replies: 7
Views: 2049

Re: Do you remove your dust jackets? I need one!

Jason,

Pretty sure I still have mine—have to check when I get home—and you are welcome to it. If you are at the Castle next Wednesday I can give it to you there, or I can leave it with Billy. Let me know.
by Pete McCabe
January 16th, 2016, 2:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thumb Tip Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 7948

Re: Thumb Tip Magic

Scripting Magic includes Eric Henning's presentation for this trick, which is a wonderfully engaging routine developed for use in family restaurants. Very clever with handling for the appearance and vanish that I've never seen anywhere else. The book is out of print but when I finish Scripting Magi...
by Pete McCabe
January 12th, 2016, 3:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Long haul - smooth pull
Replies: 12
Views: 2930

Re: Long haul - smooth pull

I would have a look at Steve Fearson's Vectra Cobra. I don't have one but I think it might do what you want.
by Pete McCabe
January 8th, 2016, 2:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wronglsley's count / almost beaten
Replies: 13
Views: 3349

Re: Wronglsley's count / almost beaten

The Spring 96 issue of The Looking Glass has a piece called "Rolling Elmsley" that shows both sides of all cards, with no discrepancies, and hides the bottom surface of the third card. Handy for "printing" a business card from a stack of blanks. JT and other interested parties sh...

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