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by erdnasephile
May 22nd, 2017, 8:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 15
Views: 518

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

Since Steve Martin is a magician, this seems somehow darkly appropriate:


by erdnasephile
May 18th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 20
Views: 857

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

This is great info--thanks, Mr. Riser!
by erdnasephile
May 17th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Shiva Wallet
Replies: 9
Views: 787

Re: The Shiva Wallet

One left! ;)

(Penguin and MJM also have them in stock)
by erdnasephile
May 17th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: "Expurgated" Greater Magic?

When this was first published, a buddy of mine somehow ended up with one of these. He didn't recognize the significance of what he had and traded it back in!
by erdnasephile
May 17th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Re: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1

Good for you, Brad! I was going through Dingle's Deceptions when I was in 7th grade. I didn't know better, so I just learned the routines. It's a tribute to how clearly Mr. Lorayne writes--I always felt like he made the tough things sound like you could actually do them, and he took the time to desc...
by erdnasephile
May 16th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17684

Re: The Works

As an FYI: The Works - Number 6 arrived today, along with the ad for The Works - Number 7

The method for 6 uses a unique item from the box and a clever method. 7 is a tribute to another mentalist.
by erdnasephile
May 14th, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

As an FYI: S.A.M. has an official response (from Jeff Sikora, S.A.M. National President; Steven A. Spence, Ethics Chair, S.A.M. and Mark Weidhaas, S.A.M. Conference Executive) posted in the comments section of Jade's Facebook post. (It was posted by Mark Weidhaas about half-way through the comment s...
by erdnasephile
May 13th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1909

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

Sad situation--glad to see that something was done.

Official statement from Oscar Munoz of the IBM: http://www.magician.org/blog/statement- ... blogid=380
by erdnasephile
May 10th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17684

Re: The Works

I totally understand (and sometimes feel the frustration as well). There are several big names who owe me stuff (some of which is likely never, ever coming--with no refunds forthcoming either. I'm not happy about that, but on balance, the excellent products I've received largely outnumber the few th...
by erdnasephile
May 9th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike O'Dowd Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1040

Re: Mike O'Dowd Has Died

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. O'Dowd at SAM/IBM--heck of a nice guy. RIP, Sir.
by erdnasephile
May 9th, 2017, 1:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1648

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Andi Gladwin published a clever version in his first (or one of his first) Magicana columns (I think--not near my stack of Genii's at this time). The routine allows one to show the penetrating coin as separate from the rubber sheet.
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2017, 10:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1337

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

Michael Perovich's book is another worthy look at Vernon from the Castle's golden era.
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1337

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

Another resource on Dai Vernon that crossed my desk recently is Steve Spill's wonderful, " I Lie for Money ". As a close friend of Mr. Vernon, Mr. Spill offers some unique takes on what it was like growing up knowing and being mentored by the Professor. Further, Larry Jennings was quoted i...
by erdnasephile
May 8th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1337

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

In the issue of Magicol that Leonard cites, David Ben makes the case that Dai Vernon was the most influential magician of all time. He also invites scholarly articles advocating others who might be candidates for this title. Any takers? PS: I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Leo has some really cool ...
by erdnasephile
May 6th, 2017, 11:19 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Tony Giorgio on MST3K
Replies: 9
Views: 587

Re: Tony Giorgio on MST3K

Doomo wrote:Just watched it! Big fun! I laughed so much it hurt. Well that is mainly because I was just in a car totaling accident. But still fun.


Ouch! I hope you feel better soon, Doomo.
by erdnasephile
May 4th, 2017, 5:53 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2849

Re: Penny punch

Doh!!!
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2017, 9:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2849

Re: Penny punch

Richard Tremblay wrote:Mine has #1981 !!! ;) :lol:
Should be a lot of fun!


May I ask: where did you see the numbers? I see "James P. Riser" stamped on mine, but no number?
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

Re: On the Pass

Mike Powers posted a video on Howie Schwarzman doing his passes at the 1987 St. Louis Jubilee here: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?forum=2&topic=578408#0 Very cool--thanks for posting that. He's really funny (and skilled). I also noticed that he (like Dingle) didn't curl the l...
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2017, 2:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

Re: On the Pass

Also regarding Howie and his tiny, tiny hands. I was bemoaning the fact that I have small hands so Howie bet his were smaller, they were but by just a little. He asked if I've ever read Erdnase, to which I said yes, and he then became a living version, showing me about 15 to 20 moves out of the boo...
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 16
Views: 1014

Re: Carlyle's Law

A number of old-timers told me that Francis felt that in copper and silver, that he felt the spectator just FORGOT where each coin was so when he himself did it he would emphasize very strongly where each one was so they wouldn't just conclude that they really didn't remember where they were to beg...
by erdnasephile
May 3rd, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

Re: On the Pass

HocoPoco wrote:Alex Pandrea "Turnover Pass"

https://youtu.be/rDofulhlr3g?t=5


Thanks for posting this--there's absolutely nothing to see when he does his pass. (First time also I've seen a money back guarantee for a download).
by erdnasephile
May 2nd, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1114

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Richard Kaufman wrote:The trick of using a small photograph was pretty popular: I remember one good version was Frank Kelly's "Z Ray." That must have been from the 1950s.


Was that the one that ended with the picture of the skeleton hand and the card?
by erdnasephile
May 1st, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R. Paul Wilson seminar
Replies: 0
Views: 246

R. Paul Wilson seminar

Just saw this in the AMA email update: http://www.magiccastle.com/product/rpaulwilsonseminar/

You don't have to be a member to participate. Sounds really cool--would love to see a syllabus posted prior.
by erdnasephile
April 30th, 2017, 7:39 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2849

Re: Penny punch

Yes. Hardware stores like ACE have a variety of nylon washers that would work. You could easily do a "reverse blister" (a small depression) in the leather too. BTW - this (any blister form) is not how I would mark a Himber wallet for touch. Perhaps embossing the leather would be the way t...
by erdnasephile
April 29th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic v. Math at the Craps Table
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Magic v. Math at the Craps Table

Mystical thinking?

...or is there something else at work?

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-veg ... story.html
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 11:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2849

Re: Penny punch

Thanks! Just so I understand, the nylon washer goes on one side of the leather, and the punch goes on the other side, correct? (Sounds like I might need to find a thick washer) Yes. Hardware stores like ACE have a variety of nylon washers that would work. You could easily do a "reverse blister...
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 6:54 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2849

Re: Penny punch

Thanks! Just so I understand, the nylon washer goes on one side of the leather, and the punch goes on the other side, correct? (Sounds like I might need to find a thick washer)
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2849

Re: Penny punch

Two ordered---the envelope marking applications and the portability sold me--plus, I want to support this worthy experiment.

Mr. Riser: I've been looking for a way to mark the sides of a leather Himber wallet so they can be told apart by feel. Can these punches do that?
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 893

3 Riddles

I saw this article linked in R Paul Wilson's twitter feed https://twitter.com/rpaulwilson and found it a fun read (The riddles were provided by Adam Rubin):

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... pickle-jar
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 23
Views: 2026

Re: Steranko

In his comic books, he used to hide in the background art (you'd have to hold the book at an angle) the words, elongated to the point that you couldn't tell they were letters when looked at head-on, A Steranko Effect. It wasn't Steranko who did that, it was Neal Adams , doing an homage to Steranko....
by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1578

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

... 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. Agreed--that was what...
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2017, 8:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1578

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

I do know that on a tiny few occasions I have accidentally turned the double faced cards over. It didn't make the blindest bit of difference. Somehow it just doesn't seem to register with them. I saw Tom Ogden do something like that at the Castle once when he was pulling out a double-facer for a tr...
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Reflections by Helder Guimaraes
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: WTB: Reflections by Helder Guimaraes

You might try http://byronwalkermagicbooks.com/ Byron Walker has a lot of books.

Andy Greget also is someone who is likely to have a copy.
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2017, 4:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1578

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Brother Hamman's "Final Aces" had been mostly forgotten by the early 1970s. When Garcia repopularized "McDonald's Aces," Gene Maze found his old set of "Final Aces" and was killing all of us. Then another cardman found Marlo's routine with the split-back cards (half ba...
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

Re: On the Pass

DISCUSS METHODS, please. Thanks! (Reading ], turtle, sh_ll or the like in certain locales is somewhat tiresome) Back to methods: I've practiced the Dingle Riffle pass ever since it first was published in the big book. However, I've always wondered how sliding the left thumb to start the pass square...
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1578

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Gary Kurtz published a terrific McDonald's routine in "Notes from the Summit."

I like McDonald's Aces, but I have never been fooled more badly than when I saw Bro. Hamman perform Final Aces in person. So very, very sneaky.
by erdnasephile
April 27th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

Re: On the Pass

I guess I may need to re-evaluate. The tactic of running 3 cards onto the selection and then showing it is not at or near the top nor bottom strikes me as a very good one, which I will try... Daryl's ambitious card routine starts exactly in this way. Also, thanks to those that weighed in on my firs...
by erdnasephile
April 26th, 2017, 4:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

Re: On the Pass

Can I ask some respectful questions please? 1. If we have decided we are going to shuffle after doing a pass, wouldn't it be the same as doing a control that involves a shuffle? Wouldn't what the layperson perceives to be essentially the same (i.e., "I replaced my card then the magician shuffle...
by erdnasephile
April 26th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 7
Views: 2342

Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

In later years, I have never seen any layperson do the 21 card trick---I guess attention spans have changed over the years (at least in my neck of the woods). The Dunbury-esque routines have dominated in the tricks I've been shown by laypersons. I was fooled by a layperson when they actually palmed ...
by erdnasephile
April 25th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3867

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)?

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