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by brianarudolph
October 11th, 2017, 9:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel leaving Luxor
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Criss Angel leaving Luxor

Consider the magic world rocked - and we're talking an actual rock here.
by brianarudolph
October 8th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 778

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

My guess for a) (where "effect" = "trick") would be cups and balls - purely based on my observations in and around the convention. If we're talking generic magic effect for a), I'd go with a transformation (changing one object into another, which itself could just be considered a...
by brianarudolph
October 7th, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 46
Views: 3716

Re: Genii Convention

Not that anyone would not believe the Chief Genii, but Richard said it so much better than I clumsily did in haste from my phone. How could I have omitted the word "rope"??? :oops: Hopefully I'll have a few more minutes to post some other takes during the proceedings ... from my hotel room...
by brianarudolph
October 6th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 46
Views: 3716

Re: Genii Convention

Merlin has only done his lecture so far (a nice range of clever stuff) but his one-man show is scheduled for an hour tomorrow. I can say a lot more after that.

Jim Steinmeyer's tricks lecture is being introduced by Randy Pitchford now ...
by brianarudolph
October 6th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 46
Views: 3716

Re: Genii Convention

Loving me some (as in all of) Pit Hartling among many others - scheduled performers (such as J.J. Savert, Bernard Bilis, Jean Merlin) and attendees (like Tom Gagnon and Ricky Smith) alike. Axel Adler was really great during the close-up show which ended a little over an hour ago. With all due respec...
by brianarudolph
August 19th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big News For The Genii Convention
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Big News For The Genii Convention

Any bets that Richard's X's should be stars?
by brianarudolph
August 11th, 2017, 4:20 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1372

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

This is a performing art - the consumer is the audience seeking entertainment. Backstage intrigue and illicit/secret stuff ... meh Then why not post performance-only videos? Or is creating videos exposing to the "method = secret crowd" considered just another way of "performing magic...
by brianarudolph
August 11th, 2017, 7:41 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1372

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

Unfortunately in the minds of those who are the target consumers for this kind of content (and even more unfortunately in the minds of most of the producers of this kind of content) methods = secrets.
by brianarudolph
August 10th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1372

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

The digital world and its audiences have an insatiable appetite for content that grows exponentially. And people absolutely love being let in on (or think they're being let in on) "secrets" be they of magic tricks or anything else. Guess how many clicks an article or video would get if you...
by brianarudolph
August 9th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 5695

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

I just had the pleasure of seeing Eugene this past May at AbraCORNdabra in Des Moines where he was the surprise guest of honor. I've seen Eugene many times over the years going way back to my first Abbott Get-Togethers in the late 70s. His thoughts and philosophies on magic had a big influence on me...
by brianarudolph
July 24th, 2017, 9:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Live Tickets For Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: Magic Live Tickets For Sale

Mr. Kaufman, I think we all benefitted and are appreciative because you spent your time writing and illustrating magic books rather becoming more knowledgeable about game show trivia. I totally agree, especially since it took me that same amount of time in intensive comparative study to distinguish...
by brianarudolph
July 23rd, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Live Tickets For Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: Magic Live Tickets For Sale

Richard Kaufman wrote:... so as Monty Hall used to say, "Come on down!"


Sacrilege! How dare anyone confuse the legendary Monty Hall (host of Let's Make a Deal) with the legendary Johnny Olson (announcer on The Price is Right)!!! :D :D :D
by brianarudolph
May 24th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: STEALTH REVEAL
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: STEALTH REVEAL

Thanks so much, JH - count me IN!!!
by brianarudolph
May 24th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: STEALTH REVEAL
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: STEALTH REVEAL

I presumed that the name of the card shows up, but exactly what will that look like in performance? For example, does the name of the card appear over the image of the jack, or is the image of the jack temporarily "replaced" by a blank background and the name of the card? Given it's size, ...
by brianarudolph
May 23rd, 2017, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 2460

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

The Dalai Lama always refuses novocaine when he goes to the dentist.
He prefers to transcend dental medication.

(Hope you're feeling better, Richard ... that bad joke notwithstanding.)
by brianarudolph
May 23rd, 2017, 8:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: STEALTH REVEAL
Replies: 6
Views: 953

Re: STEALTH REVEAL

Two questions, JH:

1. Which Jack figure would it be? My own personal interest would be for the head of the Jack of Spades, a one-eyed Jack.
2. Can you tell us a bit more about what the spectator would actually see when the card is revealed?

Thanks,

Brian
by brianarudolph
May 15th, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike O'Dowd Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1530

Re: Mike O'Dowd Has Died

I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Mike was always someone I checked with whenever I was looking for hard to find books. I finally met Mike in person for the first time at the 2012 Magic Collectors' Weekend in Chicago. He gave me an absolutely incredible deal on five out-of-print titles that I ...
by brianarudolph
April 29th, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic v. Math at the Craps Table
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Re: Magic v. Math at the Craps Table

It's just the whims of mathematical probability. Once in a while, you'll get some long runs. And there's nothing saying that a shooter won't experience several long runs reasonably close together. Look at those folks who manage to hit the lottery multiple times in relatively close succession. But th...
by brianarudolph
April 14th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 53
Views: 4757

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: 53
Views: 4757

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: 53
Views: 4757

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: 7
Views: 1610

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: 5050

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: 5050

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: 5050

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: 47
Views: 6795

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: 4638

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: 4638

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: 4638

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: 5050

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: 5050

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: 4638

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: 4638

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: 1495

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: 1495

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: 47
Views: 6795

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: 1495

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: 47
Views: 6795

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: 5102

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: 5102

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...

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