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by Jonathan Townsend
September 22nd, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

Brad Jeffers wrote:...
I suggest you find a deck of THESE and make your own gaffed court card.


Thanks. Guess it's back to looking for cards. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
September 22nd, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

hmmm curious - recalls an item in Apocalypse where Harry Lorayne and Ken Krenzel explored an idea. http://weeklymagic.blogspot.com/2011/04/tidal-wave-by-harry-lorayne-and-ken.html I like the table cloth and green rubber bands. And your persistence is admirable. Learning from audience feedback is an ...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 21st, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?

Hi folks, First a nod to Lubor Fieldler for the base trick he did using Jumbo cards - video of product ... https://www.martinsmagic.com/allmagic/cards/royal-fantasy-regular-by-lubor-fiedler/ That's a nifty card change trick ... that sparked an interest in the classic Hofzinser card assembly plot ( P...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 21st, 2017, 8:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Bannon's Queenpins
Replies: 10
Views: 746

Re: John Bannon's Queenpins

Is that the trick with "but when the hotel detective knocked on the door..."?

for the asymmetric transposition - folks might like Bill Goodwin's work on that plot:
https://www.artofmagic.com/products/off-balance-transpo
by Jonathan Townsend
September 21st, 2017, 8:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.

He's already missed. Do folks remember those plastic wallets with his Kangaroo Coin sets, or his well made Slippery Sam Combination Coin sets, or that vanish of a stack of half dollars inside a tube with brass caps?
by Jonathan Townsend
September 21st, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

magicianmind wrote::o :o :o https://www.theory11.com/forums/threads ... 704.49218/
my mind blow!
thought..


"theory11 forums - Error
The requested thread could not be found."

...about as amazing as expected.
by Jonathan Townsend
September 20th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Bannon's Queenpins
Replies: 10
Views: 746

Re: John Bannon's Queenpins

Yes, there's some similarity of effect and method in Harris's Grasshopper and Bannon's recent item. Grasshopper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maXF-wafPy4 Greg - have a look at Larry Jenning's "Visitor" in Expert Card Mysteries. In effect: A freely selected card is placed between two fac...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 18th, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

Maybe he added a page from Tom Stone and Eric Decamps?
by Jonathan Townsend
September 17th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Turnantula
Replies: 24
Views: 5039

Re: Turnantula

Richard Kaufman wrote:I cannot get a video pasted into here successfully!


:o :shock: :?
by Jonathan Townsend
September 17th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Strange Brew
Replies: 19
Views: 1329

Re: Strange Brew

Starting to look like you can do a routine that amounts to an inverted chop cup with a full cup of coffee... hmmmm

Any logistical problems swapping one appearance gaff for another mid-routine for "final loads" ?
by Jonathan Townsend
September 14th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Jonathan, you're asking for references to executing various card techniques with the cards held vertically , right? I'm also interested in that approach and would appreciate any references. I'm looking at that count by Farmer and some items which look as if they are done that way in Counthesaurus ....
by Jonathan Townsend
September 13th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Mark, folks - There's a chest-height version of Elmsley's count in print. The item as usually cited is the trick with tombstone cards. The cards are held faces-out toward the audience. Where are the basic logistics (ease of view, actions which read correctly from audience view ...) of displaying car...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 13th, 2017, 9:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.
Replies: 5
Views: 495

At the table dinner table - displaying the cards.

Hi folks, Where can I find some discussion of how to adapt/use card sleights for occasions where the audience is directly across rather than looking down on the cards? I 've been toying with a variation of Bob Farmer's Spiritu count and would prefer not to reinvent some classic wheels. Yup, now the ...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 7th, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 36
Views: 2352

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

not a fan of agent orange... http://www.businessinsider.com/niffler-in-fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-2016-11 Still it was neat to see the Hofzinser card rise in the hands of the guy who built it - and Ramsay's wand in that collection ... then later on to see the copper and silver coins in ...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 7th, 2017, 11:00 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

magicianmind wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH78m0bmVgo
thoughts..please. :o :o :o :o


To start - the deck needs to be in their hands. Also, they count.

If you want the cards displayed face up... have them count the cards that way to the table.

I like the tablecloth.
by Jonathan Townsend
September 7th, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

How about a writeup of the basic "french drop" in English? Why would this be a holy grail? The literature is full of such writeups. Try any of them. Does it make sense, include how to know if you've done the action(s) correctly? What's the "tourniquet" part? "The literature...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 6th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

I think there are many holy grails in card magic. The one that comes to mind, for me, is The Hooker Rising Card. How so? Something practical for closeup, perhaps? Unicorns... kinda got strange when grownups started fussing with "my little pony". How about a writeup of the basic "fren...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 5th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

Borrowed deck of cards?

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/ ... h=7953080e

Anyone selling the wineglass trick?
by Jonathan Townsend
September 3rd, 2017, 7:18 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

The impressive part is real-time selective blurring with an empty wineglass. For the card trick... ask the guy who's been doing that bit for years what he thinks of your version - better yet see how it works if you get a chance to perform it for him.
by Jonathan Townsend
September 2nd, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2033

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

magicianmind wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuCfKkn5OJE:o :o :o :o
Arcanumbers.
its so impressive..
is this jeremy weiss version?


You can blur anyone's face? Does it work without the wineglass?
by Jonathan Townsend
August 30th, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Scotsman Crossword - 23rd August

AJM wrote:Info on eleven spirits (5)


context?
by Jonathan Townsend
August 29th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2086

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Has anyone asked the patent holder for an opinion?

Anyone doing a chop cup with the 4d surprise prop? How about switching out the Lubor Lens for a regular Fresnel lens after the trickery ?
by Jonathan Townsend
August 29th, 2017, 10:15 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2086

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

@Chris - Lybrary , folks There's a design matter (use this optical material in this way to make this happen) which pretty much amounts to "method". There's more than "credit" going on here since they table guys are not publishing an article in a magazine about their table design....
by Jonathan Townsend
August 29th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2086

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

Look at the optics in Lubor's patent application -what is concealed (figures 3a, 3b) , how a point is spread (figure 6), and how the device exploits the background to effect concealment (figure 12) . Why so much discussion about someone using the material in mid-scale rather than in small scale (fin...
by Jonathan Townsend
August 28th, 2017, 4:18 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Clear table by CS illusions
Replies: 37
Views: 2086

Re: Clear table by CS illusions

? A link to the item? Is the fuss about putting a lenticular panel on a table front?

Lubor's patent is direct about using the optics to conceal items - as are the figures.
by Jonathan Townsend
August 23rd, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Stars of Magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1648

Re: Stars of Magic

Is there a preservation effort on the original negatives etc?
by Jonathan Townsend
August 21st, 2017, 8:55 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 53
Views: 4358

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Gordon Meyer wrote:It appears the Arcana tarot deck might not have been mentioned yet in this thread.

https://deadonpaper.com/collections/pla ... arot-light


Impressive - thanks for finding/sharing that link
by Jonathan Townsend
August 16th, 2017, 9:09 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 53
Views: 4358

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: 1867

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: 1281

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: 1281

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: 1281

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: 1281

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: 2742

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: 11657

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: 11657

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: 11657

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: 11657

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: 11657

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?

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