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by Pete McCabe
January 11th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

Go to your local drugstore or Target/Walmart etc. Have a look at the decks of cards for sale. You will see Bicycles and lots of other kinds. That's what your audiences are used to—lots and lots of different back designs. Only magicians are suspicious of non-Bicycle cards. If you want to prevent peop...
by Pete McCabe
January 9th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 40
Views: 2465

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

That sounds like a lousy end result for her. She spends all this time and effort developing an identity and then throws it all away to start over from scratch? That's a tough way to make a living.
by Pete McCabe
January 6th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5471
Views: 1934128

Re: ERDNASE

Scott, this is all fantastically interesting.

On the last page of the Other Connections section, there's a photo of an article from The Blue Pencil Club Magazine that mentions TEATCT. Is there a readable scan of this paper?
by Pete McCabe
January 6th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 857

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

Bob, This is the only version of Card to Wallet that ever made sense to me. Problem is you would want the card to appear in a standard credit card slot and I don't know any wallet that allows that (and it's not as impossible as a zippered compartment, etc.) I used to have a Real Man's Wallet, which ...
by Pete McCabe
January 4th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2382

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Stewart James's published solution may meet all the conditions, but it is not the Open Prediction. It's a different effect, and not just because it has been routined with other tricks (in a very clever way, but still). It is, sadly, an effect that is much less impressive and less interesting than th...
by Pete McCabe
December 29th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scripting Magic secret promotion
Replies: 1
Views: 451

Scripting Magic secret promotion

Every one of the 500 deluxe boxed sets of Scripting Magic Volumes 1 and 2 has, glued into the front cover of Vol 1, a bookplate signed by me. To make that happen, a courier brought me 500 bookplates one day, which I signed. Pretty sure that’s the only time I’ve ever had an actual courier bring me so...
by Pete McCabe
December 13th, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2107

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Watching the Ammar routine, it seems to me that the final coin would be a perfect place for the old move where you put the coin under the cloth, pull back the front layer of cloth to show it, then flip over both thicknesses of cloth. You can do Osmosis with a copper and silver coin under the silk, a...
by Pete McCabe
November 30th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for Robert Neale
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Looking for Robert Neale

I need to send Robert Neale a free copy of Scripting Magic 2, since he contributed a script to the book. I have three email addresses but they all bounced. Bob if you can read this, pm me your address.
by Pete McCabe
September 28th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 1745

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

There's a chapter in Scripting Magic called "Scripting Counts" that addresses this issue. Most Elmsley/Hamman/Biddle steal/etc. counts have significant blocking issues. These are easy to fix, a process that makes it much easier for the audience to see what's going on and helps conceal the ...
by Pete McCabe
August 17th, 2017, 4:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hip Hip Replacement!
Replies: 15
Views: 2165

Re: Hip Hip Replacement!

Best of luck, Tom.
by Pete McCabe
August 8th, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 23390

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I do not own a set of cups, but if you want to know which of two cups is bigger, you can fill one with water and pour the water into the other. You will have your answer immediately.
by Pete McCabe
July 20th, 2017, 6:53 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 95
Views: 15488

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

Bob,

I used to think that everyone in the world was at your mercy. But then I realized I had forgotten about the Post Office.
by Pete McCabe
July 18th, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 95
Views: 15488

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

More unsolicited comments from purchasers: "That sounds great. I can't wait to get it." —Pete McCabe "I'm really looking forward to getting it." —Pete McCabe, again "When will it come? Why doesn't it come?" —Still Pete McCabe "Where the hell is my book, damn it?&qu...
by Pete McCabe
May 4th, 2017, 10:58 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 6552

Re: Penny punch

Very glad I bought two, as Richard Hatch's idea of squeezing the card between has produce a wonderful key card. No idea how long the work will last, but it seems to cut as consistently as the breather I used to use and the Scarne pinch I use currently. And it's much less visible on the back of the c...
by Pete McCabe
April 24th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 21
Views: 2942

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: 21
Views: 2942

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: 1169

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: 1718

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: 1573

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: 1786

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: 5819

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: 11995

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: 8499

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: 8499

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: 8499

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: 2730

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: 11351

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: 7021

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: 65
Views: 13871

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: 8257

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: 15026

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: 5142

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: 1782

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: 6873

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: 6873

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: 6873

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: 3796

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: 4023

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: 3796

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

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