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by brianarudolph
April 14th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 25
Views: 830

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

The "Gypsy Witch" cards look like what you asked about. https://www.amazon.com/Gypsy-Witch-Fortune-Telling-Playing/dp/0880790415/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492185398&sr=8-1&keywords=gypsy+witch+cards I had a deck of those oh so many years ago. But do take a look at the pictures b...
by brianarudolph
April 13th, 2017, 11:50 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 25
Views: 830

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I think Tom and Brad are Wright.

The minute I mentally said it in Steven's monotone, I remembered it (correctly.)
by brianarudolph
April 13th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 25
Views: 830

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Who used to say something like "... I accidentally used a Tarot deck for card magic and three members of the audience died"?

I think it was meant as a joke. At least I hope so.
by brianarudolph
April 11th, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (April 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (April 2017)

And you can always check the current schedule here: http://www.magiccastle.com/now_appearing/ Schedule is subject to change without notice As a non-resident member, I like having your schedules a lot, Dustin, because your schedules show more weeks into the future. Yes, schedules can and do change w...
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1982

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

Here is a rather tedious presentation of the trick and I couldn't watch it because I found it hard to keep awake. It is a prime example of why I do not regard magic icons as particularly iconic. I have no idea if he borrowed the coin or the cigarette since I tuned out remarkably quickly. I am sure ...
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2017, 7:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1982

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

I do of course have one advantage over you apart of course from my vast experience. Don't forget your other advantage too: proving that you can squeeze a gallon of gall into a pint bottle. Perhaps, one of these days many, many years from now when I'm as old and experienced as you, I'll be so lucky ...
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1982

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

1. Borrowing things slows up the pace of the trick and makes people fall asleep. Then I'd suggest that you stop doing close-up magic like Cigarette through Quarter in a football stadium since we know how you pack 'em in, Mark, and try doing it in venues where your spectators are a little closer to ...
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2017, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2965

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

At the risk of getting my hopes up way too high, and casting absolutely no aspersions whatsoever on our phenomenal authors and publishers nor on my own selfish desire to see more excellent new magic books and updated reprints of long out-of-print magic books released, but I'm hoping that whatever th...
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1929

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

... I'm not so sure about that, Bill. Think of the amount of serious facilitation such a deck would give a magician. ... That's what a lay audience is supposed to think or imagine. The job here is to get ordinary paper cards to present that impression in performance. I totally agree, Johnathan. My ...
by brianarudolph
April 10th, 2017, 10:46 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1929

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

While this is possible, I doubt you'll ever see such tech in common use. For the same reason robots haven't replaced humans: humans a more fun to produce, and easier to program. The technology to create a color change "deck" not only exists but would be fairly easy to implement at a reaso...
by brianarudolph
April 9th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1929

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Glutton for punishment that I am, Alfred reminded me of another point on which I disagree with many active performers (many of them "icons") who, at least to my pea-brain, are completely missing a point stressed by another icon (who I've disagreed with on other points.) I've seen many top ...
by brianarudolph
April 9th, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1982

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

I have never done cigarette through quarter but I don't see an issue there either. People know what a quarter is and they know what a cigarette is so there really is no problem. And if you can't borrow one then use your own and have it examined later. The point here is not that you cannot do effect...
by brianarudolph
April 8th, 2017, 10:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1982

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

My definition of an "everyday" object hasn't changed in my 40+ years of doing magic. It is and always has been "something that I have a very large chance of being able to borrow from a very small group of spectators, with the odds improving even more the larger the group of spectators...
by brianarudolph
April 8th, 2017, 3:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1929

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Sorry, but I think Dingle's routine for "Cigarette Through Quarter" is perfect: because he's already shown a gimmicked coin, it never occurs to the spectators that the second coin might not be ordinary. Every time I've seen someone else perform "Cigarette through Quarter," every...
by brianarudolph
April 8th, 2017, 1:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1929

When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Spurred by another thread in which I posted that I disagreed with a part of Derek Dingle's Cigarette Through Quarter routine, I'm curious in what other tricks, routines, principles, theories, etc. my fellow forum figures have felt "Magic Sacrilege" by being a mere magic mortal but daring t...
by brianarudolph
April 8th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

As Brad noted, the rolled-up bill is probably the best option I've heard so far because it will expand to fill the hole just like a poster expands to fill a mailing tube (obviously avoid using ratty bills.) And the bonus of coins and bills both being money makes for well-integrated patter. But even ...
by brianarudolph
April 7th, 2017, 11:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

Use a Crayon. Or a Sharpie ultra fine point. Or a rolled up dollar bill. Don't use the usual fake coin with the flap. I recall the Camirand Academy had a routine with a quarter with a hole. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zVzgDMX4UY http://www.showbizmagic.net/product/cigarettebill-thru-quart...
by brianarudolph
April 7th, 2017, 2:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2965

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Where are you guys hearing this news? Why tease with 10 posts? Don't count my post as one of the ten ... I have no idea what the other nine are referring to. My reference is, however, to something I've confirmed with a 100% reliable source, but it doesn't sound as earthshaking as what I'm feeling f...
by brianarudolph
April 7th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 566

An Old Favorite and the March of Time

One of the effects I always got killer reactions performing in my youth was the classic Cigarette Thru Quarter. I still have several of these gimmicks from all those years ago on hand. And I still get killer actions when I do perform it. But I've been performing it less and less as time marches on d...
by brianarudolph
April 7th, 2017, 9:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 36
Views: 2965

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

I was just thrilled to learn about JD2 which I've hardly seen talked about anywhere.
by brianarudolph
March 26th, 2017, 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2242

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I have heard that story told many, many times. And attributed to many different magicians. David Devant being the main contender. A bit before your time I imagine. As for Blackstone Junior his father the senior Blackstone was an amateur at heart and probably knew a hell of a lot more than twelve tr...
by brianarudolph
March 26th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2242

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Agreeing with all of the foregoing, I'll add another point made by Harry Blackstone Jr. Blackstone was talking to folks after a performance in Cleveland and autographing posters and programs. When a kid (mid-teens) in line ahead of me was getting his stuff autographed, he told Harry "I'm a magi...
by brianarudolph
March 2nd, 2017, 10:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buying magic now, vs. then.
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Buying magic now, vs. then.

I agree with everyone here. I miss that sense of wonder that going into a brick and mortar magic shop used to evoke. I still get s faint twinge of it nowadays when I do, but's it's very faint compared to what it used to be. And that's not a slam on the brick and mortar shops at all. The world (espec...
by brianarudolph
March 2nd, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buying magic now, vs. then.
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Buying magic now, vs. then.

They do it this way now because they can. There wasn't much recorded (video) magic instruction for sale prior to the home VCR that I'm aware of (did anyone ever sell magic instruction on 8mm film or such? Certainly couldn't have been too widespread a practice if they did.) What used to be a serious ...
by brianarudolph
February 27th, 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 27
Views: 5494

Re: Laypeople

I generally refer to the farternity as Magicians and magic club members, although not all members of the faternity are magic club members. No offense meant here, Leo ... with everything going on I'll take some humor anywhere I can find it now. That said, and while I'm sure they're both typos, I've ...
by brianarudolph
February 25th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24041

Re: Daryl Committed Suicide at The Magic Castle

Like everyone else, I was and am completely stunned to see this on my first visit to the forums today. I have had several opportunities throughout my life in magic to benefit from Daryl's experience, wit and charm. From when I first got into magic when I was in high school, his performances and lect...
by brianarudolph
February 8th, 2017, 10:22 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Magician TV Series Bill Bixby Playing Cards
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: The Magician TV Series Bill Bixby Playing Cards

I don't understand what you're offering ... is this the promotional deck created when the TV show was originally telecast, or is this a later reproduction from some unknown source? I am the proud (and fortunate) owner of the last full deck of these that John Parnell had. John even saw to it that mi...
by brianarudolph
January 5th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 15
Views: 1312

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

And that is how you replace subtext with exposition. At least now (hopefully) it will now get through to the right people, performer. Thanks!
by brianarudolph
January 5th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 15
Views: 1312

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

I looked at that. I just can't enjoy doing something poorly. I just can't. If I can't master something I just give up. I can certainly try hard but if it is not to be it is not to be. And I surrender. My sarcasm via the despair poster was not meant for folks like you who will work to achieve master...
by brianarudolph
December 31st, 2016, 10:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hahahahahahahah
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Hahahahahahahah

PS And, of course, as many here are acutely aware, even virtually every new magic trick is billed as the Holy Grail I was stunned/disappointed/pissed off by a recent ad that included an endorsement blurb touting how the purchaser performed the effect in a show on the same evening he received it. Wo...
by brianarudolph
December 31st, 2016, 10:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hahahahahahahah
Replies: 11
Views: 1168

Re: Hahahahahahahah

And let's not forget that other great advertising device of "limited edition." Thankfully, I do find that it is used far more often much more accurately in the magic world than in the rest of the world. So we still got that going for us.
by brianarudolph
November 30th, 2016, 7:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers

Tim Ellis wrote:"He performed his prior Vegas show, BeLIEve, to over a million paying customers and generated over $150 million dollars for the Luxor in one year. "


Most likely from all of the early theatre exits back into the casino.
by brianarudolph
November 30th, 2016, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: DC & Angel = Fake Twitter FOllowers

Criss probably suspects that a good portion of DC's followers are just misguided fans of English literature as well.

And "bot clusters" sounds like something to talk to your doctor about.
by brianarudolph
November 16th, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available
Replies: 62
Views: 8090

Re: Vanni Bossi Book Now Available

Ditto.

Looks and sounds incredible.
Very high production quality.
And less than 300 1st edition copies remaining.
by brianarudolph
November 5th, 2016, 1:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4751

Re: Puzzles wanted

The two children one on Tuesday is a stumper. One year at the Gathering for Gardner, Gary Foshee did a talk on this one. This is a room with a couple of hundred high-powered mathematicians (John Conway, etc.), and I'm not sure he convinced everyone. Like the Monty Hall problem, people gonna argue n...
by brianarudolph
November 4th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4751

Re: Puzzles wanted

What about this one? http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlePlayground/Giraffe/Giraffe.htm Too easy - just look for four matches that already have symmetry as a group and move the other one. Actually, Martin Gardner wrote of this item: "I consider this the finest of all toothpick puzzles." ( Improm...
by brianarudolph
November 4th, 2016, 3:30 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 4751

Re: Puzzles wanted

erdnasephile wrote:What about this one?

http://www.puzzles.com/PuzzlePlayground ... iraffe.htm

Too easy - just look for four matches that already have symmetry as a group and move the other one.
by brianarudolph
November 3rd, 2016, 8:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel
Replies: 9
Views: 1396

Re: David Penn's puff piece on Criss Angel

performer wrote:Oh, I think Criss Angel could do with a puff piece. I wouldn't begrudge him one. After all he gets so few of them..............................

Criss puffs a lot of pieces.

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