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by Jonathan Townsend
March 27th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 556

Re: Question for full-time performers

How do you describe the dynamics between what the director wants for the audience by intention with the work, what the performer does for the director to realize that intention, and what the performer does for the audience in performance?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 26th, 2017, 8:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22327

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

The Product says Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot - what pertains to Pakistan?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 21st, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mystic Coin trick
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Mystic Coin trick

Are the old cap and gaff with three regular palming coins items still easily available? The item came in a plain cardboard box with black printing. The props were a black cap, maybe said mystic coins on it, and three silver coins. They are are shown. the coins are piled on top of your hand and one v...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 21st, 2017, 10:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3717

Dave's Little Hand

The little hand is designed to be used on your middle finger

the image in the video shows "little finger/pinky" while the text says "middle finger".

Is the attractive feature built into this prop?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 20th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 13
Views: 1758

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

webbmaster wrote:....I seem to remember a precursor to MacDonald's Aces in Hilliard's Lost Notebooks. Maybe take a look. I remember I found it interesting.


Is this about the gaffs? - Gregg, it's in Hofzinser's Card Conjuring - there was something using a newspaper and gaffs too in a journal.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 19th, 2017, 9:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3717

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Hey Bob, any thoughts on extending the notion into a puppet show using thimble sleights to manage the puppet switches?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 18th, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 58
Views: 6242

Re: The Jerx Year Two

The water and dry erase markers I have didn't get that result. But... did get a surprise when trying the black marker. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjon.townsend.148%2Fposts%2F1464236733587034%3Fcomment_id%3D146424644025273...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 17th, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 58
Views: 6242

Re: The Jerx Year Two

It's an experimental verification problem. What will reliably lift the dry-erase ink?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 16th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 58
Views: 6242

Re: The Jerx Year Two

... did not get into magic because of a desire to perform, but a desire to understand... It gets worse with imagined, inner or virtual audiences. That disconnect between real people feedback and ad copy effect description ... How's it going with the wet ink? - Any chance two colors and some paper w...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 15th, 2017, 10:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6789

Re: Magicians Documentary

"quiet desperation" was done last century. Behind the glamor, on the other side of the footlights are people who've made tough choices to bring magic to their audiences.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 15th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Believe it or not...
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Believe it or not...

The TV camera/cameraman vanish?
by Jonathan Townsend
March 14th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Believe it or not...
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Believe it or not...

Looks like someone duplicating a magic trick effect as a live action athletic stunt: http://boingboing.net/2017/03/14/man-ge ... groun.html
by Jonathan Townsend
March 12th, 2017, 9:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

:) Thanks

What do you make of Jerry's approach to sharing magic with the audience?

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by Jonathan Townsend
March 12th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

It's simpler to speak from experience to illustrate theory rather than vagueries of "them" and "it" and have this discussion degenerate into squabbling over semantics. Presuming you have performed for others - what have you found works for your audiences? What would you like to b...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 12th, 2017, 1:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: Wildcard... plot published precedence

As you can see from the basic plot (don't mind the handling as shown) it's not your run-of-the-mill wildcard. If you caught the opening effects you might have liked that the odd card in the packet is used for a few tricks before the big change. And the theme ... Peter Samuelson's take on classic sci...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2017, 11:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

jkeyes1000 wrote:...We need to consider the audience's perspective...

There's the effect :)
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2017, 8:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

... Clever gimmickry is at the heart of many of magic's greatest effects. The shell in a billiard ball routine. The magnet in a chop cup. Everything produced by Todd Lassen, who's clever gimmicks, while often novel... Clever gimmickry may be at the heart of the method - but please don't confuse tha...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

...The "skilled handling" is of course something every performer ought to strive for. But from the audience's point of view, I think that props which are clearly ungimmicked make for the most amazing routines, and are more praiseworthy due to the fact that the effect must have been a resu...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: Wildcard... plot published precedence

Thanks Bob, I didn't want to tip anything about your novel approach to the trick or it's presentation framing or plot setup. Any thoughts on a gaffed card switching demonstration? We've seen lots of dealing and shuffling but this would be a straight faced collection of lies about skills/mechanics/hi...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

... Personally I believe that skilled handling of ordinary objects is the classiest kind of act one can do... That's called juggling and audiences love it. The magical effect of animation has evolved into puppetry/ventriloquism and audiences love that too. Most of the time folks look at paintings t...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 11th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

...I can be moved by Macbeth without thinking that I was in the presence of mass murderers. Otherwise, I would get out of my comfortable theater seat and run to the nearest exit screaming. ? you forgot about the jig at the end of the show where the actors dance and bid the audience adieu? What happ...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2017, 10:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Re: Wildcard... plot published precedence

Isn't that Sadowitz's "Student Exchange"? I think that's the title. Looks like "The More Things Change" predates "Reset" which then got Gary Kurtz and Dave Solomon on the pocket interchange plot from a pack of cards. Any precedents on presenting "wildcard" as...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2017, 7:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 698

Wildcard... plot published precedence

Hi Folks, I'm stumbling through Bob Farmer's take on the classic "they all become" card trick and while posting on another thread another question came to mind. Wildcard presented as impossibly clean card switches I recall someone doing a four card transposition (maybe a routine for Paul H...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

Editing your post by inserting some spacing: Another way of asking this question is, 1) Do you think audiences find it more awesome when you seem to achieve an effect with ease, or by means of practiced dexterity? 2) More often than not, tricks are either obviously gimmicked, or are performed in a m...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

You can test that for yourself with decorated props. Maybe a trick with a pack of matches or Matrix? Props: Tacky/Classy/Mundane See what you get.

If anything looks gimmicked or your actions appear tricky... you're very likely not doing magic.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 1514

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

[sarcasm]A guy vanishes your wallet, changes your wife into a poodle (gives you the leash) and then shows you your house on a tv screen -waves hands and it's gone. What's gonna affect you more?[/sarscasm] Yeah, guessing you probably meant something about some "Ben Stein" or "Vegas&quo...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 10th, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22327

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

We could discuss integrity/despair and how to elicit a condition of cognitive dissonance ... Back to our shared world of magic : That six way display stuck with me - and in terms of fun magic... been tempted to get that sound transposition trick he offered using squeaky toys. Of the items he showed ...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 9th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22327

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

... but when I did some research into this issue, I learned that ... I hope whatever you learned has helped you. We lost the Daryl who would show up with new/fun magic. Whatever took him left a ghost at the Magic Castle and moved Michael Ammar to write that post on FaceBook. Any thoughts on what mi...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 9th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6789

Re: Magicians Documentary

Seconding the "lonely loser" / "price of wonders" framing. Agreed about the " that's what the film makers chose" opinion. The sequence showing a guy changing shirts and leaving the hotel with luggage in tow may as well have been a film student assignment. I'd prefer dro...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 8th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Himber Wallet Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Himber Wallet Recommendation

webbmaster wrote:A prop that does the same thing and is catching on are the Buddha Papers. There are two sides and ...


The paper switch item might predate Himber's Wallet. ;)
by Jonathan Townsend
March 5th, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: "Showhorn" - Magic meets TED X
Replies: 1
Views: 158

Re: "Showhorn" - Magic meets TED X

? You're asking for a script for the six card repeat trick to use while explaining the benefits of outsourcing and showing graphics from nostalgiac weight loss product advertisements? Or... one of the genii forum members, Master Payne may have some practical performing experience on how to creativel...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 3rd, 2017, 2:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22327

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Hi Richard, were you there at the Governor that Saturday when Daryl visited? His triumph had that six way cut display that impressed folks.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 2nd, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The envelope, please... gimme that
Replies: 2
Views: 492

The envelope, please... gimme that

After the awkwardness at this year's Academy Awards... the notion of card in an envelope being the wrong card or wrong envelope from a group started to tweak my interest. How much work is there around doing material with small envelopes with cards inside? Change envelopes with business cards? Au cou...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 1st, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9488

Re: Cups and Balls

... What prompted you to wonder or consider the idea of the 4 balls stuck together in the shape of a pyramid as a load? I've been going back to basics and looking for the magic in the tricks. I was thinking of the story about a youngster who takes off his hat and finds another underneath... - about...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 28th, 2017, 3:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs Routine
Replies: 40
Views: 4081

Re: All Backs Routine

Anyone comfortable doing a classic force of a double backed card to start that trick?
by Jonathan Townsend
February 27th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9488

Re: Cups and Balls

...Actually the hermit crab idea is probably more workable. I used to work at a place that sold hermit crabs and when the are closed up in their shells the are very well protected. You could probably palm one in without harm without the load device I was working on with a bit of careful practice. I...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 24th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9488

Re: Cups and Balls

I watched the final load productions in Mendoza, Ammar and Kendall. The video for Mondoza cut away just at the instant you'd expect to see some reaction from the woman to his left. :( No huge hollar from the guy who's usually noisy front and center. The Ammar video similarly misses some reaction sho...
by Jonathan Townsend
February 22nd, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Rights to make my own (insert your favorite RS) deck
Replies: 9
Views: 1093

Re: Rights to make my own (insert your favorite RS) deck

webbmaster wrote:Meanwhile, the Ultramental Deck (similar) is probably a better trick...a more suspenseful and theatrical ending. ...


The Invisible Deck was someone's working routine for using an ultramental deck.
by Jonathan Townsend
February 20th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cups and Balls
Replies: 75
Views: 9488

Re: Cups and Balls

The "behind the cup" and false transfer mentions come right before the larger balls appear. I'm going to guess that for previous generations the surprise cancelled out the learning. Guessing the net effect was the same as what Penn and Teller do in their routine where what you see, hear an...

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