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by erdnasephile
April 25th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: On the Pass

Richard:

Just curious (if you're willing to share): after not doing the pass for a while, how much practice (i.e., how long) does it take you to get back into trim (i.e., exhibition level)?
by erdnasephile
April 22nd, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Lassen or Schoolcraft Copper/Silver Set
Replies: 0
Views: 109

WTB: Lassen or Schoolcraft Copper/Silver Set

Looking for a Lassen or Schoolcraft Walking Liberty/English Penny Copper/Silver Set.

If you have one in excellent condition for sale, please PM me. (If you have just the Copper/Silver gaff, that would be fine as well)

Thanks!
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2017, 3:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven - question
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: Max Maven - question

If you click on the link to the actual issue cited on the website, there are more interesting things from Mr. Maven. (pg 144 and following)
by erdnasephile
April 20th, 2017, 10:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1291

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

Currently, I have been unable to locate a US based dealer who carries the Derek Dingle DVD referenced in Genii Speaks (which is weird, since the Larry Jennings companion volume is readily available). Normally, I like to buy direct from the creators, but I also don't like giving away money to the pos...
by erdnasephile
April 19th, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1291

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

Thanks, Richard! I'll ask you (and everyone else) a question that you asked Lord Baltimore: did Vernon have a good pass? I don't hear his name come up very often when people talk about pass legends. One other thought: I enjoyed reading Jim Swain's case for mastering the pass. I tend to agree with it...
by erdnasephile
April 19th, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1291

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

The article on the Dingle Riffle Pass is great--the important fine points included are really helpful. I'm really enjoying studying it! The problem for me is trying to undo years of muscle memory with regards to the left first finger. (I thought the point of curling the left index finger under the d...
by erdnasephile
April 17th, 2017, 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2051

Re: Royal road to card magic

Mr. Lewis: Conjuring Arts sells a pdf of Royal Road: http://shop.conjuringarts.org/store/pc/The-Royal-Road-to-Card-Magic-Text-Based-PDF-52p742.htm If it's an open pdf, one could easily annotate the manuscript and save them in the file itself with Adobe Acrobat or other pdf editors. (I'm not a lawyer...
by erdnasephile
April 17th, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2051

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 erdnasephile
April 17th, 2017, 2:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2051

Re: Royal road to card magic

I think Amazon has a kindle version as well.
by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tim Conover Project
Replies: 10
Views: 2012

Re: Tim Conover Project

This is marvelous news---I wish I could have seen him in person...
by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cash Card Instructions
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Cash Card Instructions

You're very welcome--happy to help!
by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?

Thanks, everyone, for your helpful input!
by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2017, 1:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cash Card Instructions
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Cash Card Instructions

Is this the trick "Cash on the Corner" & "Cash Card" (Goldstein & Takagi) you are referring to? https://tricksupply.com/product/cash-ca ... eo-takagi/


by erdnasephile
April 15th, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Another example of what Mr. Farmer's talking about is the story of Tom Burgoon's Timmy Toilet Paper (as related in Genii)
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2017, 7:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?

Thanks, Alfred. I'm familiar with Mr. Lassen (and own a few of his pieces), but have never handled his "Chinese" set. I was wondering if they were really better than some of the other sets around. He's really busy and it can sometimes be quite a bit of a wait to receive items since they ar...
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?

Just found out: no shells that fit the regular Johnson Products Chinese coins currently exist. The "Hong Kong Half" is a cut down coin and shell apparently. (I suppose I could buy 4 of the "Hong Kong Half" sets, but that could get a bit pricey). Anyone own any of the other sets o...
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?

PS: This is a really good routine with this set of coins:




(and it's in print)
by erdnasephile
April 14th, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?

Hi! I own several ungaffed Johnson Products "Chinese" Coins (the black brass ones in half dollar size--new style) I was wondering: does the shell of their "Hong Kong Half" fit over the regular "Chinese" Coins? If you have the "Hong Kong Half" , is the shell de...
by erdnasephile
April 13th, 2017, 6:05 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: Steranko

He's appearing in KC at the end of the month: http://planetcomicon.com/guests/jim-steranko/
by erdnasephile
April 12th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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

Of all the items a magician might use as a prop, I believe the coin purse is probably the most obsolete (anachronous?). I have seen wallets with a coin pocket, but not lately. The closest thing to a coin purse I have ever seen anyone carry was one of those soft plastic, oval-shaped things with a sl...
by erdnasephile
April 11th, 2017, 9:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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

erdnasephile, For me no apology is necessary. I apologize if I wrote anything that made you think that I was questioning what you wrote. My post was not directed at you. There are two threads currently running in the forum which have made reference to some peculiar reactions to color changing knive...
by erdnasephile
April 10th, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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

I just reread what I initially wrote. I should clarify (and I apologize for not being clear): I've not had untoward reactions to a color changing knife in a performance situation. What I meant to say (and should have made clear) is the reaction I was referring to was what I've noticed with pocket fo...
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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 I've seen Chad Long's "Flash", but do people still carry thumb drives? Most of the kids I'm around have...
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2017, 7:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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

Is there anyone who doesn't have a fear of medical needles ... The degree of fear seems very variable and is not always predictable (at least for me). Some of the toughest patients are the slightest in stature and mildest in manner, while some of the most phobic are the largest and most outwardly m...
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2017, 5:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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

People recoil from a small pocket pen knife Erdnasephile? I don't believe that. Hi, Leo...I wouldn't have thought so either. However, even a relatively small 3 inch folder makes some folks nervous. I think they see it as a weapon instead of a tool or perhaps they had a horrible experience in their ...
by erdnasephile
April 9th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2099

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

You can add "pocket knife" to that list. (In some parts of the country, when you pull out a pen knife, people recoil and look at you like you're Jack the Ripper"
by erdnasephile
April 8th, 2017, 11:56 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2095

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Michael Ammar had a very good solution to this as well--I cannot remember in which book he published it, but he switched the gimmicked coin AS he slid it off the end of (I think) a pencil. Perfect timing. It's in "Command Performance 2" and in "The Magic of Michael Ammar". It re...
by erdnasephile
April 8th, 2017, 11:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2095

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

OK, I'll bite. I disagree with Mr. Rogers on "kickers" (too absolutist for me). I disagree with Dr. Krenzel's hard line Re: mentioning methods (I favor the psychology of Dai Vernon's loading sequence as written). I'll readily admit that I agree with the icons far more often because I figur...
by erdnasephile
April 8th, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

Richard Kaufman wrote:Use a feather--I think Doug Henning did that. (The trick was invented by Pressley Guitar.)


Wasn't the feather idea Doug Bennett's?

I think it's stronger than the usual cylindrical objects because it seems to melt through without giving the idea of a circular hole.
by erdnasephile
April 6th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 3090

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Is it bigger than a breadbox? ;)
by erdnasephile
April 5th, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Grandma does a magic trick
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Grandma does a magic trick

So awesome!
by erdnasephile
April 5th, 2017, 12:03 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 6759

Re: Excusing bad writing?

You can produce a good book but still not be a good writer. I learned quite a bit from Bruce Elliott but I always thought he was not a good writer as his explanations were just not clear enough. Frank Garcia was the same. I still remember the late Howard Lyons complaining about "Frank Garcia's...
by erdnasephile
April 4th, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Bang On" ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: "Bang On" ideas?

I actually own one of Mr. Miller's fabulous indexes, and highly recommend them. However, since I have a set of "Bang On", I'm going to take Mr. Lewis' cue and share some preliminary thoughts about how I'm thinking about this effect. One of the choices is to do a version of "Premonitio...
by erdnasephile
April 3rd, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Bang On" ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: "Bang On" ideas?

As a starter, I have researched Denis Behr's rather outstanding Conjuring Archive regarding the principle involved and have found some interesting ideas in "Encyclopedia of Card Magic".
by erdnasephile
April 3rd, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Bang On" ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 481

"Bang On" ideas?

All: Thanks to the generosity of a fellow magician, I recently acquired "Bang On" which is clever and practical if you are willing to accept the big constraint. However, it really is a one off effect and so direct that I don't think it stands well on it's own as published, at least for me....
by erdnasephile
April 2nd, 2017, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4420

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I've always maintained that nobody should undertake any faro work for any reason whatsoever that requires a specific interlace of the cards if they can't do it perfectly 100% of the time. Pulling the halves apart to re-try for a desired interlace is as good as saying "oh - excuse me, I have to...
by erdnasephile
March 29th, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best Books for Character Building?
Replies: 5
Views: 1441

Re: Best Books for Character Building?

If you want a reference on performing for kids, I'd recommend, "Seriously Silly" by David Kaye

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