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by Jonathan Townsend
October 21st, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 19
Views: 812

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

The idea of "naturalness" did not exist at this point, either in theater in general or in magic. How did you come to that opinion? These lines from a previous century come to mind on the topic: ...with this special o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the ...
by Jonathan Townsend
October 21st, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 19
Views: 812

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

...JN was totally ruthless when it came to method. Whether it be pure skill or amazing gimmicks, he went for directness of effect. Agreed. Even to directly argue along those lines about props being deceptive and correct ("ne plus ultra") for performing in his letters. Look how far he was ...
by Jonathan Townsend
October 20th, 2017, 1:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Applying Occam's razor, any chance the italicized a is simply the result of having run out of the regular ones? Jack, see the image below. Note that the 'a' slants the wrong way; not only that, but its width is appreciably exaggerated compared to the other type (especially the letters in the italic...
by Jonathan Townsend
October 12th, 2017, 8:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 780

Re: Forces

Perceived fair choice?
Maximum perceived available choices?

The force of denial can be very strong in these places.
by Jonathan Townsend
October 10th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

My own belief is that none of the major candidates so far meet these standards (and I also believe it is ..., I think studying the linguistics of Erdnase is our best hope to identify him. At least it is much better than arguing about his reason of using S.W. Erdnase as his pseudonym. Are there some...
by Jonathan Townsend
October 9th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 10
Views: 751

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Joe Mckay wrote:...
I love Andy's work. Although I almost have to fight against my instincts to do so...


He got my vote with the commentary about counting. You can see where that went on another thread.
by Jonathan Townsend
October 7th, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 973

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

Derek Dingle counted from dealer's grip. I use it all the time. Yes, he did. Tony Spina showed that procedure at Tannen's long ago :). I was using that till recently. It's a tough habit to break too. I had to start by moving the cards to Overhand grip parallel to the floor and move the cards up to ...
by Jonathan Townsend
October 4th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lighting for closeup
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Lighting for closeup

Agreed about lighting the performer. Imagine the lighting bar on the table in front or to the side to throw lighting focus / cues on the props when appropriate.
by Jonathan Townsend
October 4th, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Lighting for closeup
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Lighting for closeup

Folks might want to consider putting something like this:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bi ... e-in-color
at the front of their table to help light the props etc.
by Jonathan Townsend
October 4th, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 973

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

That's interesting - he's been working on a version of wildcard since 1969 and before. His item "Philosopher's Stone" is in the February 1970 issue of Genii Magazine. Not sure about his count though - here's what he was doing then: Hold the packet backs up in the left hand as though for de...
by Jonathan Townsend
October 3rd, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Thanks for the link to the 1902 book about magic - which includes some interesting comments about DeKolta's larger birdcage vanish and a trick with an apple's shadow. ;)

What brings you to nine authors for the "swerdnase" text?
by Jonathan Townsend
October 2nd, 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 8
Views: 743

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

Thanks Brad - looking at those now - Also just a moment ago via email Piatnik US: Jon I am sorry, these cards are not sold in the US. From time to time you will find them on ebay/amazon from individuals that have brought them back from Europe. Wishing you success on your project Kind Regards, **** *...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 30th, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 973

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

Just curious ... What trick that utilizes an Elmsley count, do you think would be improved by using an "Elmsley shuffle"? I'm working on Elmsley's Four Card Trick and going from there. Whether thumbing through the cards, counting or shuffling... no change in grips. Let's call it an "...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 29th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 8
Views: 743

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

Okay, I sent them a note - will see what happens next: Hello, A friend recommend your cards for a project. I'd like to buy a few packs. Where may I find a US retailer for the packs of cards: "Französisches Karo SF PIATNIK deck 32 playing cards 1811" Thanks, Jon Townsend Piatnik of America,...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 29th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 973

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

That's exactly the approach I'm exploring where the consistent action becomes that of an overhand shuffle. The Elmsley count is kinda interesting done that way. UPCT users --- ask. Any thoughts on putting focus on the card at the face of the pack rather than the one you just thumbed out of the way t...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 28th, 2017, 11:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

That's a good find. As it happens, "(?)" and similar have a long history going back to inline annotations by copyists and marginalia. Here's an example of a stylebook which recognizes the practice: https://books.google.com/books?id=j_01AQAAIAAJ&pg=PA227&lpg=PA227&dq=question+ma...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 28th, 2017, 9:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5006
Views: 1831582

Re: ERDNASE

Hello all. Lybrary mentioned Houdini's book on Paper Magic. I found the book in Google books as linked below. If you open the link and scroll down to page 104, I do believe you will find something of interest to yalls Erdnase mystery. It's what a linguistic forensic Investigator would identify as a...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 27th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 973

Re: The Casual Card Count? question

Sounds encouraging. Someone did the work to make the display/counting process consistent with an overhand shuffle action? It just seemed a natural step to keep the grip and display angle toward the audience - the thumb pulling single cards as the counting/display action instead of pulling blocks for...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 27th, 2017, 8:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Casual Card Count? question
Replies: 14
Views: 973

The Casual Card Count? question

Good morning, After much fussing and frustration and a glimpse at the forum to see a post by Andy of MCJ/Jerx... a minor thought about motivating that counting thing we do - Elmsley/Hamman... that display procedure. What Andy mentioned as having odd logic about what we are doing (display vs count) a...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 25th, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 8
Views: 743

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

Thanks Brad :) I went and misinterpreted your image as if the cards were out of print .. went to ebay. Enjoy the laugh. :) Next stop on this ... three packs... or given the shipping costs maybe a half dozen. Guess I'll find out how large a wallet I need shortly...) Any chance for cards with white bo...
by Jonathan Townsend
September 25th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Royal Fantasy Assembly ...got a pack of cards to match?
Replies: 8
Views: 743

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

Hi Folks, Back on track - I like the Fiedler card change. The procedure looks like a natural setup for a glide-like action to table the court cards... for an assembly routine. You deal the spot cards from the top of the packet. A nice old card trick done using nice old cards... Any suggestions for t...
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: 8
Views: 743

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: 31
Views: 2835

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: 8
Views: 743

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: 12
Views: 1211

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: 553

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: 31
Views: 2835

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: 12
Views: 1211

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: 9
Views: 1331

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: 5267

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: 1584

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: 632

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: 632

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: 632

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: 39
Views: 3117

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: 31
Views: 2835

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: 31
Views: 2835

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: 31
Views: 2835

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: 31
Views: 2835

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: 31
Views: 2835

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.

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