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by erdnasephile
January 17th, 2018, 1:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Books Scheduled for 2018?
Replies: 21
Views: 1265

Re: Books Scheduled for 2018?

Sounds great, Mr. Twose! Thanks for the update.
by erdnasephile
January 15th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

Go to your local drugstore or Target/Walmart etc. Have a look at the decks of cards for sale. You will see Bicycles and lots of other kinds. That's what your audiences are used to—lots and lots of different back designs. Only magicians are suspicious of non-Bicycle cards. If you want to prevent peo...
by erdnasephile
January 4th, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Walt Disney World Magic
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Re: Walt Disney World Magic

I'm at WDW: does anyone know where the magicians are performing in the various Disney parks right now?
by erdnasephile
January 2nd, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2306

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

One of my favourite magician foolers is a version of the Open Prediction that makes clever use of a stooge. Paul Gordon gave it away for free over here: http://www.mallofmagic.com/free%20stuff/BTROMF.pdf If you are going so far as to use a non-instant stooge, why not do this: 1. You make the open p...
by erdnasephile
January 2nd, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2306

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

As an aside; while the details of the effect are slightly different, I've found the psychological stop trick to be a powerful trick for an audience. The broad effect - the spectator stops at the right card - is the same. But you don't have to deal through the whole pack. Which is a bit tedious, as ...
by erdnasephile
January 1st, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2306

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

The only exception to this is Stewart's solution published in Penumbra, which doesn't feel clean. IMHO, the Penumbra "solution" demonstrated one of Mr. James' other talents--he was a master of ad copy. While we are on the subject, I actually thought Todd Lamanske's turn on "Fool Us&q...
by erdnasephile
January 1st, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 36
Views: 4411

Re: New John Thompson Book

In this month's MUM, there is an fascinating article on the long process of how the books came into being. There is also a sampling of the material included as well. If the sample is any indicator, this is going to be a superlative set to study and apply.

I'm really looking forward to this set!
by erdnasephile
December 31st, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2017 In Review
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: 2017 In Review

Reading this annual article is my favorite part of New Year's!

Bravo (yet again), Dustin!
by erdnasephile
December 30th, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scripting Magic secret promotion
Replies: 1
Views: 446

Re: Scripting Magic secret promotion

Int---Home---Morning Erdnasephile sits at the computer, checking Genii Forum. Erdnasephile Thank goodness...that goofy thread is finally dead... Wait...'Secret Promotion'?...what the heck is that? Erdnasephile clicks on the link and cranes his neck forward. Erdnasephile "Cool! I thought I saw ...
by erdnasephile
December 30th, 2017, 1:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2764

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I like the view that the best tricks give the spectators a great story to tell their friends: "Then we did this , and that happened!" OOTW, perhaps? What better story for a spectator to tell his friends? Obviously any trick can be made to be boring; however, am I the only person who finds...
by erdnasephile
December 27th, 2017, 8:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1267

Re: Christmas loot description thread

1. Illusions. The Art of Magics. (Is this book out of print?--price seems to be creeping up) Is this the one your referencing? Illusions: The Art of Magic: Posters from the Golden Age of Magic If so, hardcover editions available for $50 on the Bezos site Yes: pre-Christmas, they were going for less...
by erdnasephile
December 27th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

I just got mine in the mail as well, they all look great except for the lime, which is duller and a slightly unrealistic color compared to the others, which are indistinguishable from the real thing. Is this normal or did I get a dud? Also, one small quibble: considering they can be made of any sha...
by erdnasephile
December 26th, 2017, 5:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

I concur with Leo. My Fab Fruit arrived in the mail. They are terrific! They look a lot better (and the old ones were pretty good) and have a slightly different size than the previous (2nd gen) set. The heft is just right and they will easily fit a standard sized cup (Johnson Products size and large...
by erdnasephile
December 25th, 2017, 6:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Christmas loot description thread
Replies: 21
Views: 1267

Re: Christmas loot description thread

Santa left me:

1. Illusions. The Art of Magic Book--really pretty book with wonderful, large images. (Is this book out of print?--price seems to be creeping up)
2. Pattrick's ProPad 2 -- what a wonderful close-up pad--works well, looks classy, and lots of space.
by erdnasephile
December 25th, 2017, 11:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2764

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Does anyone else remember a sponge ball routine called "Clones"? It began with a clever production of the "clone" (orange sponge ball with eyes and red nose) from an eye dropper. It was goofy, but at least the theme of clones made sense with the big mutliball production at the end.
by erdnasephile
December 24th, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2764

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

My answer to the question of the thread is: Ambitious Card. (I want to hate it since everyone and their mother does it, but it kills, so I keep doing it).
by erdnasephile
December 24th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2764

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Is getting the strongest reaction the same as fooling them? In the case of some sponge ball performances, I've seen, I'm 99% sure that no one was fooled, but they screamed nevertheless. I think that may be why some magicians just abhor the sponge balls. (I like the sponge rabbits :-) ). PS: I think ...
by erdnasephile
December 23rd, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4374

Re: (Coins and Fables) Magic Books 2017

A few personal notes and opinions on "Coins and Fables" by Luis Piedrahita. 1. There is a very positive review of the book in the the Jan 2018 Genii by John Lovick which I concur with. 2. To answer a specific question from a fellow GF'er: the majority of the 10 routines do not require anyt...
by erdnasephile
December 23rd, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1137

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

It's an interesting and useful tip--thanks! However, a few of the sleights I do rely on seemingly not being able to pick up cards cleanly (e.g., Michael Vincent's version of John Carney's Versa Switch). Also, having to sweep cards off the edge of the table can provide useful cover for several sleigh...
by erdnasephile
December 22nd, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2764

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

... if someone could really do magic, they would turn dollars into hundreds rather than do tricks with cards or some other prop. Perhaps. However, I'm pretty sure if a magician could really do that, they wouldn't need to be doing magic for a living! ;) PS: The best conviction for the bill switch I ...
by erdnasephile
December 19th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Paul Daniels Magic Show
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: The Paul Daniels Magic Show

David Ben wrote:Magicana will be doing an online exhibition culled from Daniel’s television appearances hopefully late next year.


Whoop! Thank you so much for this, Mr. Ben! Looking forward to this, indeed.
by erdnasephile
December 19th, 2017, 3:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamic Breakfast
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: Dynamic Breakfast

And here's the book he was promoting: https://www.amazon.com/Dynamo-Secrets-m ... 1911600400
by erdnasephile
December 18th, 2017, 3:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Paul Fox Personal Magic Bag
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: F/S: Paul Fox Personal Magic Bag

Wow! That is really something.... wish I hadn't wiped out my magic budget with so many books this month.
by erdnasephile
December 18th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4374

Re: Magic Books 2017

What we all need next Christmas (or sooner) is a new Steve Bryant book! ;)
by erdnasephile
December 17th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Ted M wrote:Wow, you'd have to sell your luxury cups to afford these fake fruit loads...

https://nippondom.com/products/fruit-en/


The turnaround time for those is pretty long as well (1 to 1.5 months) if you want the type of lemon we see in CONUS.
by erdnasephile
December 14th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

Do people really walk around with fake food in their hair?
by erdnasephile
December 14th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Re: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

The trouble with the other faux fruit I've seen is the lack of weight. The Ammar fruit that I have has just the right heft.

Do the Japanese products have the same weight as real fruit? If so, it sounds like they'd be worth looking into.
by erdnasephile
December 14th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4374

Re: Magic Books 2017

The Deluxe Set of Scripting Magic 1 & 2 arrived yesterday--just gorgeous. They have something I've not seen before: an elastic strap bound into the back cover of the book to keep the book closed and to hold the bonus worksheets.
by erdnasephile
December 13th, 2017, 10:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!
Replies: 28
Views: 2183

Ammar's Fab Fruit Available Again!

I have always liked Michael Ammar's Fab Fruit. I have set and really like them for practicing without the hassle of real fruit (Has anyone ever forgotten real fruit in your close-up case? Yuck!) Unfortunately, they have been unavailable for years and have commanded crazy prices on on-line, if you co...
by erdnasephile
December 13th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2096

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Here are two interesting approaches to the plot by Luis Piedrahita:





by erdnasephile
December 12th, 2017, 5:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Storing Magic Periodicals
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: Storing Magic Periodicals

^^ This.
by erdnasephile
December 12th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Storing Magic Periodicals
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: Storing Magic Periodicals

Question: when bookbinders bind magazines, do they remove the staples out of the magazine then bind them? Or do they just chop off the spine of each magazine and glue (or sew) them in?
by erdnasephile
December 11th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Storing Magic Periodicals
Replies: 21
Views: 1132

Re: Storing Magic Periodicals

In terms of shelf solutions, I have seen these recommended (they also come in metal also and look like the ones in our library): http://www.shopbrodart.com/Library-School-Supplies/Shelf-Organization-Supplies/Princeton-and-Shelf-Files/_/Brodart-Plastic-Princeton-Files1/?q=princeton%2bfile Whatever yo...
by erdnasephile
December 8th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 143
Views: 28578

Re: The Works

Mac Stone wrote:Issue 8 of The Works has finally landed in our inboxes.


It's quite good, IMHO.
by erdnasephile
December 7th, 2017, 10:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2096

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

I found the routine being referenced; however, I discovered the silk is used mostly to hide some devious moves and as a method to highlight the beautiful climax of the trick. There is no penetration of the silk by the coins.
by erdnasephile
December 7th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2096

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

I do remember seeing that routine---somehow I missed the fact it had a silk in it. I'll check it when I get home. Thanks!
by erdnasephile
December 7th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2096

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Many years ago at Fechter's, I saw John Carney perform an elegant routine with coins and a transparent silk. I don't recall if it was his routine. If it was his routine, I don't know if he ever published it. John, can you refresh my foggy memory? Probably the one in the Book (and Video) of Secrets?...
by erdnasephile
December 5th, 2017, 6:33 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4374

Re: Magic Books 2017

Thanks for posting that Ted M--I'll be interested in the reviews. It's hard to tell what the book specifically contains from the ad.
by erdnasephile
December 4th, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4374

Re: Magic Books 2017

With the Piedrahita and McCabe books on the horizon, 2017 looks decidedly stronger for books. I own Less is More, and I greatly respect it for what it is: a chronicle of one man's dedication, skill, thought, scholarship, and dare I say, obsession with a single plot. (I view this much like Valentine'...
by erdnasephile
December 3rd, 2017, 6:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2096

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

You know, performing for a larger group, where people might not be able to see how many coins are inside the silk, would motivate removing the coins from inside the silk each time, as you do in the Ammar routine, but not the Powers. Use coins dollar sized, or bigger, make full use of sound, and emp...

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