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by Jonathan Townsend
April 17th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1882

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: 27
Views: 870

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: 1950

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: 1950

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: 2005

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: 1950

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: 1950

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: 2005

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: 1950

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: 2005

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: 1950

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: 2005

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: 580

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: 189

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: 343

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.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 4th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vantablack
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Vantablack

by Jonathan Townsend
April 3rd, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Bang On" ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: "Bang On" ideas?

@erdnasephile - ask Doomo about options.
by Jonathan Townsend
April 2nd, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vantablack
Replies: 8
Views: 707

Re: Vantablack

AJM wrote:This Vantablack stuff has obviously stunned the Genii Forum into silence...


um... not for us. :( But material science will progress.

But you might want to talk to the folks over at Plattmagic about applying light absorbing...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 31st, 2017, 8:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Matrix
Replies: 15
Views: 2872

Re: Magnetic Matrix

Are we looking at the same item? Much as I like the single card pickup sleight/ruse - the one I'm looking at is the gaffed item for use on a hard surface. It's at the bottom of the Dingle Coin Mystery instructions. You spread the two cards and set down the topmost of the two over where the coin shou...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 31st, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4208

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I thought the Faro shuffle was not a secret gambling sleight but instead done openly as a way to card combine packets after a game/round.
by Jonathan Townsend
March 31st, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magnetic Matrix
Replies: 15
Views: 2872

Re: Magnetic Matrix

The pickup move is fine if you've got a soft surface or edge of the table nearby. But there's something about using physics to do the heavy lifting that appeals. Especially for the steal(s) earlier rather than after-the-fact activity. What is the credit history on that pickup/spread steal for the co...
by Jonathan Townsend
March 27th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 865

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: 24086

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: 231

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: 4336

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: 28
Views: 2616

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: 4336

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: 6713

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: 6713

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: 6713

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: 7552

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: 489

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: 489

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: 2018

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

:) Thanks

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

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=6561
by Jonathan Townsend
March 12th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2018

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: 877

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: 2018

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: 2018

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: 2018

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: 877

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...

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