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by Jonathan Townsend
August 16th, 2017, 9:09 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 51
Views: 3662

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I have been searching for weeks, but I can't find a Tarot deck that has the size and feel of a regular bicycle poker deck. Can anyone suggest some? I'm specifically looking for playing cards to incorporate into a magical routine. White border, poker-sized, regular playing card thickness, 52 cards.....
by Jonathan Townsend
August 14th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: My next book on Professor Hoffmann may be pre-ordered (soon) . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: My next book on Professor Hoffmann may be pre-ordered (soon) . . .

Is there some backstory on the model for the portrait in More Magic?
by Jonathan Townsend
August 12th, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 934

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

? I was wondering if the book etc were David's demographic as intended ideal reader/consumer.
by Jonathan Townsend
August 12th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 934

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

erdnasephile wrote:Ugh...When I asked my question above, I failed to recognize the context of the video...


The usual crutch/PUA sell to that ethnic demographic?
by Jonathan Townsend
August 11th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 934

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

... Then why not post performance-only videos? ... At a guess it's related to folks exploring the differences between deceived and fooled. A social mis-step when exploring the shifting boundaries between foreground, background and presumed context? We're in a strange relationship with our fiction, ...
by Jonathan Townsend
August 11th, 2017, 10:42 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 934

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

Unfortunately in the minds of those who are the target consumers for this kind of content (and even more unfortunately in the minds of most of the producers of this kind of content) methods = secrets. This is a performing art - the consumer is the audience seeking entertainment. Backstage intrigue ...
by Jonathan Townsend
August 10th, 2017, 3:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1948

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

If you had the opportunity to perform just one trick or routine ... what would it be? If I knew about the occasion in advance - a custom version of Steve Dusheck's UPCT. As much as I'd want to show off a coin item... it's what the audience gets from a trick that counts... so again I'd go for ... pr...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 31st, 2017, 2:50 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11009

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

erdnasephile wrote:
performer wrote:Incidentally I would never do the Dutch Looper in a performance for the public.


This is an interesting statement to me. May I please respectfully ask for your thinking behind this?
...


What do you think of Alex Elmsley's Four Card Trick?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 30th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11009

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Q. Kumber wrote:...Incidentally, Joe Riding's Three Card Trick With Four Cards does not use any fake cards.
...


Getting a feeling folks keep their monte routines distinct - index/flap....
by Jonathan Townsend
July 29th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11009

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

... Steve Valentine's gaff actually differs in a couple clever ways from the typical Dutch Looper gaff. It's well worth the investment, IMHO. Does Steve connect his routine to the Joe Riding "Three Card Trick with Four Cards" item? Figure folks who've been performing a while would want to...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 27th, 2017, 8:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11009

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Hi Bob,

That item as needing an angular tap to reset, since something needs to get into place for show/tell. How did you make the item reset? The gaff was also a bit fragile to mishandling when fanning the card since...

Curious in NY ,

JonT
by Jonathan Townsend
July 27th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11009

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Bob Farmer wrote:The Bloom Monte is a wonderful method. I created a lot of material with it, which, for the most part, remains unpublished.

Maybe someday for the material. Did you find a handling that lets you set/reset the thing in performance?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 27th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11009

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

What do you think of the version you tap to protrude the gaff rather than fold over? Anyone finding that easy to manage (to reset) in performance?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 7th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer
Replies: 10
Views: 1184

Re: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer

Two episodes again tonight
by Jonathan Townsend
July 7th, 2017, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

How did this come from Brad's comment that he wished we'd have a craft category for media-based performances? i have long advocated for accepting and promoting a genre of magic which is magic for media. this would solve so many issues among magicians. it would allow those interested in that type of ...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 4th, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Tom Stone wrote:..."Captain Attention Junkie" is at it again. ...


What don't you like about the guy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT_bTnkwLuE
by Jonathan Townsend
July 3rd, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

...instead of relying on a gaffed table and post-production digital wizardy.... I get you about presentation (dismal you say) - but wait a second - which is it that you're objecting to, the use of black art as method or AGT's production staff fixing up the video after? (or both - let's just get the...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 3rd, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

IF all he did was show Will's clips and demonstrate the use of post realtime digital effects would your reaction to his video be less?

If all he did was show the AGT clip and demonstrate the use of digital cleanup would you be surprised?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 2nd, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

...there are ways to define the use of illusion and deception in order to differentiate between the use of camera tricks and other strategies in magic. From whose perspective? The comment (and not even complaint) was using post production digital cleanup to alter what the realtime audience saw from...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 1st, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

jkeyes1000 wrote:... If you don’t like being lumped in with performers that use video editing etc...


The topic was post real-time digital cleanup. Fine for "storybook" depictions of magic. Not sure it's part of "practical" effects.
by Jonathan Townsend
July 1st, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 4205

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izJbgzP1tRA

The question comes down to what you want folks to expect when you are present and doing the entertaining.

If you have the video camera/big screen thing happening as part of your show - seems a shame not to use available technology to maximum effect.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 30th, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Masters of Illusion on TV

Looks like the season is starting tonight on the CW
by Jonathan Townsend
June 20th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 20818

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

... do something fun like put an item he used to get pulled off on ebaY.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 17th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 20818

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

erdnasephile wrote:I do not wish to open old wounds, but has Michael Weber ever officially published his Card Warp ending?


:(
by Jonathan Townsend
June 16th, 2017, 4:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 20818

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Didn't we go through this a few years ago with the Cardwarp Tour book?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 16th, 2017, 8:15 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3537

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Jack Shalom wrote:Uhh.. I think the answer was already given by a certain landmark.


multiple births -

how many do you know about (for sure...) ?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3537

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Jonathan Townsend wrote:...
Quintuplets with early transgender issues handled and one who runs the lighting?


@Tom, we've names for a few more including octuplets, or less including triplets.

Sextuplets taking turns doing the act? :)
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3537

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

... that final reveal would undo all the magic they had created previously and leave an audience bitter and disheartened. There was a contestant with a cat act - and much fuss after when there turned out to be more than one cat in the named role. Whoops - that was a dog. Link: http://www.telegraph....
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3537

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Tom Moore wrote:... that final reveal would undo all the magic they had created previously and leave an audience bitter and disheartened.


There was a contestant with a cat act - and much fuss after when there turned out to be more than one cat in the named role.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 11:49 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3537

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

The act was entertaining.
Quintuplets with early transgender issues handled and one who runs the lighting?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 9th, 2017, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Funny how apparently flexing the jumbo coin, which is more a gag than effect, gets a reaction.

When's the next time Will appears on AGT?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 9th, 2017, 10:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Pretty, yes. Magical, yes. Deceptive... not sure.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 8th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

fooling is the lowest of the bars. That bar, basic deception, remains a distinction between our craft and its brethren in the performing arts. At least till jugglers use mini-drones programmed to fly patterns. ;) The word "fool"(ing) labels the writer/speaker more than their craft. The pe...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 7th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

He didn't fool them (in any magic sense) he dazzled them, wowed them, showed them something they'd never seen before but 10 seconds looking at the online public comments shows that he didn't fool them. Were the online comments from other magicians? Depends on what you mean by magician, there were n...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 7th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Could it not be simply stated that Will was not performing for magicians? He did not "fool us." He fooled "them." He certainly engaged them. As to deceived... not sure there was any serious attempt to attach the weight of convictions to the items or to claim agency. The act was ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 6th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

If your peripheral vision picks up an abrupt action - you wonder what happened there. Tom, you wrote about that problem in a Genii column (May 2011 page 45) where you suggested using a slower mechanism. The cover is cognitive focus of attention on the performer - or a basketball being passed between...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 6th, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

@Brad there was a Triumph presentation like that.

It's simpler to address confidence and agency. What's on display and what's supposed to be happening? Does the narrative engage or does it seem like "confuse a cat"?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 6th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Watching Tommy Wonder - I wish I did not know about any of the magic methods before seeing him perform. His routines work. I think we're taking the long way around to discussing notions of confidence/conviction and agency as regards deception. A routine may be pretty but is it deceptive? For example...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2017, 10:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 7566

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Got your unicorns... kinda: http://www.tor.com/2013/09/24/equoid/ (not safe for unwary... he writes scary stories) Narrative threads, perceptual and cognitive, being incomplete and having necessary gaps is still a difficult topic. Establishing that narrative thread and keeping your method work to th...

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