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by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

Who did the set/design for the movie? The square/circle, rings, milk glass and card frame look like magic shop props. Specially designed tables, the mirror alcove and that revolving person vanish almost look like someone's stage act got a makeover.

Any sources?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

28 mins in for the eyes in the android head 40 mins for the card frame 51:30 for the orange tree action 1:02 for the vanishing person 1:03 for the optical appearance enjoy ? the tricks look awkward - did the guy in silver hair perform onstage? Some of the plotline got recycled into a Doctor Who epis...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 4344

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Deluxe annotated version of hyperbole with new adcopy illustrations?

An unexpurgated version of the erdnase text discovered that includes card counting, mnemonics and tricks with coins?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 22nd, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 1036

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

not fun - watch out for infection in the area later on lost two that way. :(
by Jonathan Townsend
May 9th, 2017, 2:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1760

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Bill Mullins wrote:Is there a way to set it up in view of the spectator? I've never done it, but it always looked like something that you'd have to bring out with the works all set up.


it's the method reset that's challenging even when you have a bottle nearby.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 9th, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Coin work in American Gods

Agreed about suggesting/recommending items which are not age appropriate. But traipsing around other folks presumed psychological issues seems limiting. Wilful transgression into known personal issues indirectly by way of entertainment product suggestions is creepy. In the Sixth Sense the question w...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 8th, 2017, 8:14 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1375

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

... Your thoughts?... Spend some time around those who were around him and figure out if you want to know more about Vernon in context. And ask them nicely if you do. The longer you wait on this indirect research the more likely you'll wind up stuck in laymanland, with stories rather than useful ex...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 8th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1375

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

influential for magic shop magicians? general public still knows Houdini.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 8th, 2017, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Coin work in American Gods

last night, episode two had a strange shot of a guy walking a coin. Choppy/sped up?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 7th, 2017, 7:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Coin work in American Gods

...screamed at me online about recommending a film that gave them nightmares. ... maybe if we put up markers like [adult] item [/adult] and [spoiler] marker [/spoiler] we can give some notice about topics and notions. I understand what you are saying about addressing other people's young children -...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 5th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Coin work in American Gods

TV has its moments/seasons. You might also like Wonder Falls and the series Dead Like Me. The latter has a grim premise about reapers but otherwise comic performances.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 2nd, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Winding up the deck

Were the safe dial, spigot and key winder (miniature of clown prop) about contemporary in the magic shop?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 2nd, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Coin work in American Gods

That coin is important. As is imagining a coin and making it appear.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 1st, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Winding up the deck

? gonna do x-cards/cardistry?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic on American Gods
Replies: 0
Views: 148

Magic on American Gods

first episode - big leprechaun who does tricks with real gold coins.
The show started tonight on STARZ. Adapted from the Neil Gaiman book.
enjoy
by Jonathan Townsend
April 30th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1158

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Leonard Hevia wrote:... a Polaroid camera that ejected the photo without that paper on it that had to be peeled off. A later model? ....


There was, the SX-70.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 29th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Re: 3 Riddles

Agreed six months - per "Three months later" and "once the jar is full" and twice.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 28th, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1610

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

erdnasephile wrote:... Has anyone ever tried Hamman's original strategy of handing out the gaffs at the beginning of the routine? I know he eventually discarded the procedure as too risky, but I'm itching to try it the next time I do Final Aces in an informal setting.


His demeanor was disarming.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 28th, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1610

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Is there a one-handed approach to the trick around?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 27th, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1610

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Sounds workable - see how well you can hide the tap action to get the gaff in place during performance.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 26th, 2017, 11:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

Thanks- Fingertip traction helps. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
April 25th, 2017, 9:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

Thanks, I'm enjoying considering the blocking/moment that goes with the method. Vernon seems to have made a lifelong study of excellence.

BTW Slydini used that idea for a different effect. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
April 25th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

Thanks, you might get some better information about the clip from David Ben. He's a frequent visitor to this forum. Recalling Vernon's other advice I was half expecting him to have an ashtray down to his right.

The force sounds sensible. Where did you find that mentioned?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 25th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

URL to recent clip online - topic?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 17th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3110

Re: Royal road to card magic

I keep thinking that I should annotate this book and self publish it. I suspect I know this book better than anyone else. I studied it backwards, forwards, zig zag and inside out. It has been the most important book in my entire life. How about a few paragraphs annotated as article for the magazine...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 14th, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 44
Views: 1799

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

The "Gypsy Witch" cards look like what you asked about.
https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Witch-Fort ... itch+cards
by Jonathan Townsend
April 13th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

I'd go with "fascination" more than "facilitation" for the iCards - more the way a layman thinks - fine for stories but not so practical for deception.

Maybe a q-card type printing overlay so cards look different when seen though a virtual reality device would be fun.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 11th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

it's nice to watch things that work for someone else in a different context. But that does not tell you how something needs to be done by you in your context.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 10th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2680

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

Alarm Clock
portable radio
large household radio
CRT tvs
non-LED lightbulbs
copper pennies
silver coins
TV Guide magazine
...more to follow
by Jonathan Townsend
April 10th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Yes, but only if in the audience's mind that impression is still firmly in the world of fantasy. Otherwise, rightly or wrongly, it's not magic but technology. So it might be cute cook to fake up a "card computer" box that looks to be full of machinery and circuits - you slide the pack in ...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 10th, 2017, 11:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

brianarudolph wrote:...
I'm not so sure about that, Bill. Think of the amount of serious facilitation such a deck would give a magician. ...


That's what a lay audience is supposed to think or imagine. The job here is to get ordinary paper cards to present that impression in performance.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 9th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2680

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

How about the little charger used as emergency battery/flashlight?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 9th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

MagicbyAlfred wrote:...maybe I should perform with one of those medical masks so I can still perform close up for the germaphobes...


disposable gloves too?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 9th, 2017, 8:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2680

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

Is this about form factor for props or nostalgia?

Pen knife -> thumb drive.
Handkerchief -> eyeglass wipe.
rope -> USB charging cable
silver dollar -> poker chip
dime/quarter -> battery
by Jonathan Townsend
April 8th, 2017, 11:17 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

The "icons" shared what works them - usually without much of the design/verification data - so take it with as much context as you can. IMHO exposing a possible method as gag is not a theory so much as a ploy. If you've got the audience engaged they are not thinking "how" but &qu...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 8th, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2680

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

everyday is not the same as identifiable. Also, social context can change. Is cigarette magic back in as long as you call it an eCig?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 8th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Reverse Faro To Order Packet
Replies: 13
Views: 765

Re: Reverse Faro To Order Packet

You can implement classic computer science sorting algorithms using playing cards. Say a binary sort via the Hofzinser cull move - first step everything more or less then the middle value gets set into half packs. Second step done with each half pack moving everything above below .... for packets of...
by Jonathan Townsend
April 7th, 2017, 8:54 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Artifacts on display
Replies: 0
Views: 259

Artifacts on display

Bizarre magicians take note: the art world is putting fauxtiques and fautifacts on display.
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesig ... nic-return

? "Look what I picked up the the museum"?
by Jonathan Townsend
April 5th, 2017, 11:57 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic goes to war
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Magic goes to war

I heard some army hid soldiers in a wooden horse before apparently retreating from the city under siege. The horse was just larger than the city gates... was in an old book.

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