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by erdnasephile
April 28th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 18
Views: 1196

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: 5
Views: 130

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: 14
Views: 1153

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: 771

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: 771

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: 268

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: 771

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: 38
Views: 1594

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: 771

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: 38
Views: 1594

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: 38
Views: 1594

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: 2229

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: 38
Views: 1594

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: 112

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: 589

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: 1336

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: 1336

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: 1336

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: 2149

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: 2149

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: 2149

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: 2024

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: 323

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: 461

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: 323

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: 1116

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: 461

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: 461

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: 461

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: 461

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: 14
Views: 1153

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: 2168

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: 2168

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: 2168

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: 2168

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: 2168

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: 2168

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 ...

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