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by jkeyes1000
June 3rd, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4149

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I trust that when we speak of a "fake pronunciation" of a French word, we mean that the speaker (not being French) is pretentious. Otherwise I cannot understand the concept.
by jkeyes1000
June 3rd, 2017, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4149

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Or eh-kee-vok.
by jkeyes1000
June 3rd, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 4149

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Always being the philosophical sort, I would ask, What do we mean by “how to pronounce?” In regard to proper names, it is only a matter of respect for how an individual utters it himself. Whereas he may have corrupted it from its original form. To whom do we defer the authority--to persons who prefe...
by jkeyes1000
May 9th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 2659

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

No disrespect to Paul Diamond (whom I never met), but yes, this thread could easily be rewoven into a dental dam encomium. Having just now read up on it, I find its history fascinating. There is even a PDF explaining the science of it in great detail online. I don't know if my memory is playing tric...
by jkeyes1000
May 9th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 2659

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

I agree that the "Gozinta" or whatever it was called trick is visually impressive, but I will never forget Clarke Crandall's hilariously cynical references to it in TOPS magazine in the early 1960s. He considered it essentially a rip-off, just a piece of "dental mastic" and a set...
by jkeyes1000
May 6th, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Last Resort"
Replies: 3
Views: 492

Re: John Keyes' "Last Resort"

Thanks Alfred! And Mark, I welcome and fully expect criticism. I myself never stop finding fault, improving routines wherever I can. For instance, I would rather dispense with the little finger break. It always seemed awkward to me. I find it’s much better to extend the little finger, keeping it in ...
by jkeyes1000
May 4th, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Last Resort"
Replies: 3
Views: 492

John Keyes' "Last Resort"

Recent discussions in this forum about The Pass and other matters inspired me to come up with an uncharacteristically simple card routine which I think novel enough to submit for approval. Mind you, it’s virtually impossible to be both simple and novel. This is a sort of compromise for me, a refrain...
by jkeyes1000
May 1st, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 16
Views: 1441

Re: Carlyle's Law

I don’t especially like lengthy routines, but in some cases, it is necessary to execute a good number of manoeuvers in order to achieve the effect, and to justify them in the minds of the spectators. I mean, the simpler the move, the more one ought to embellish it in order to thoroughly deceive anyo...
by jkeyes1000
April 18th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 4210

Re: Royal road to card magic

I have started work on the book. Once the first chapter is done I will announce it. Then you will know that I am serious. I haven't bought a magic book in years Mark. But this is one I must include in my collection. The reaffirmation of the value of Royal Road and your experience with it will be we...
by jkeyes1000
April 18th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 4210

Re: Royal road to card magic

I have started work on the book. Once the first chapter is done I will announce it. Then you will know that I am serious. I haven't bought a magic book in years Mark. But this is one I must include in my collection. The reaffirmation of the value of Royal Road and your experience with it will be we...
by jkeyes1000
April 17th, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 4210

Re: Royal road to card magic

Don't encourage him. I was quite inclined to procrastinate over the matter but because of your mean spirited remark I am now determined to do it. I really do not wish to be disrespectful so I shall merely say that if your intelligence were two points higher you would be a plant. May I respectfully ...
by jkeyes1000
April 5th, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 7934

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Perhaps the best way to write a magic book with universal appeal and practicability is to express each method according to both the learned and the beginner’s sensitivities. Give it the lavish full-blown treatment, then slow it down and simplify it in italics, or in a distinct block of text, so thos...
by jkeyes1000
April 4th, 2017, 9:48 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 40
Views: 7934

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Writing may be deemed “bad” for a number of very different reasons, most of them quite subjective. An author may construct a perfectly clear, succinct article and yet come across as dull due to a cultural bias on the part of the reader. Also, readers of different age groups and different skill level...
by jkeyes1000
April 4th, 2017, 10:46 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Card Dowser"
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: John Keyes' "Card Dowser"

I failed to mention in the above routine, the importance of establishing that the chosen card is neither in the top nor the bottom half of the deck. The effect is much stronger (and funnier) if you have the volunteer exhaust all the remaining cards by means of counting down to the number, spelling o...
by jkeyes1000
April 3rd, 2017, 10:26 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Card Dowser"
Replies: 1
Views: 415

John Keyes' "Card Dowser"

I have an ambition to create a full length magic act based on the premise of 'teaching’ the audience how to perform a variety of effects. Done for laughs, of course. The crowd is only going to be astonished by a series of unpredictable climaxes. Here is my latest card routine. **********************...
by jkeyes1000
March 31st, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 7019

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Pardon my ignorance concerning effects that require a perfect faro shuffle, but just how might one determine that it were perfect during the course if a performance? I mean, you can't stare at the deck and scrutinise it. Would an imperfect faro ruin the outcome? Or is it possible that some of us are...
by jkeyes1000
March 19th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 59
Views: 8621

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Obviously I've got nothing better to do than work on this lame effect. In my final analysis, I have concluded that glass is the optimal surface to use, but glazed China and reflective metals such as stainless steel and chrome do fairly well too. Unfortunately, most plastics are too adhesive. I have ...
by jkeyes1000
March 18th, 2017, 11:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 59
Views: 8621

Re: The Jerx Year Two

The water and dry erase markers I have didn't get that result. But... did get a surprise when trying the black marker. <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/comment_embed.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fjon.townsend.148%2Fposts%2F1464236733587034%3Fcomment_id%3D14642464402527...
by jkeyes1000
March 17th, 2017, 7:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 59
Views: 8621

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Okay, I've watched a few of the YouTube vids showing the dry erase marker trick, and they confirm my supposition that you need a smooth non porous surface. And the more ink the better. In other words, the thicker and heavier it is, the more likely it will retain its shape when dislodged by the water...
by jkeyes1000
March 17th, 2017, 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 59
Views: 8621

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Jonathan Townsend wrote:It's an experimental verification problem. What will reliably lift the dry-erase ink?


I would think that would depend on the lubricity of the surface. Glass, celluloid, chrome maybe. Varnished wood. You want to avoid porous surfaces that will absorb the ink.
by jkeyes1000
March 17th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 59
Views: 8621

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Since that thing with the marker went viral, youtube has been filled with videos of people attempting it. I also got feedback from a couple of friends. And the results seem to be inconsistent at best. Shame. It seems the gif that went viral was of one of the few occasions where it worked like a dre...
by jkeyes1000
March 13th, 2017, 10:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

There is a lot to be said for Mr Keye's approach. I used to use it myself when I was much younger and it can be devastingly effective. They underestimate you and then you go in for the kill. I still do it to a degree nowadays but it is much harder since my personality has changed over the years. It...
by jkeyes1000
March 13th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

The level of respect I gain from this approach is far greater than anything I ever felt when presenting myself as a magician. I exceed their expectations far more now . Which is why I am reluctant to return to the profession. I fear it would be a let down. Even if I managed to make good money I sti...
by jkeyes1000
March 13th, 2017, 12:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

@Jkeyes1000: "Even if I managed to make good money I still wouldn't get the satisfaction of truly blowing people away." IMHO, both are attainable... Two very different sensations for me. The reaction one gets as a magician is born of credulity, or the "suspension of disbelief". ...
by jkeyes1000
March 12th, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

:) Thanks What do you make of Jerry's approach to sharing magic with the audience? http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=6561 Yes I am of a similar mind to Mr. Deutch. Most of my original routines start off in a very low key. Humble, awkward, ineloquent. The ultimate success of th...
by jkeyes1000
March 12th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

It's simpler to speak from experience to illustrate theory rather than vagueries of "them" and "it" and have this discussion degenerate into squabbling over semantics. Presuming you have performed for others - what have you found works for your audiences? What would you like to ...
by jkeyes1000
March 12th, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

I don't think any of us here question the importance of character in the presentation of a trick, whether it be deadly serious or comedic. The ability to tell a story, or to dramatise an otherwise simple effect can make all the difference. But I am speaking in general terms about the average magici...
by jkeyes1000
March 12th, 2017, 12:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

I don't think any of us here question the importance of character in the presentation of a trick, whether it be deadly serious or comedic. The ability to tell a story, or to dramatise an otherwise simple effect can make all the difference. But I am speaking in general terms about the average magicia...
by jkeyes1000
March 11th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

My impression from the many comments over many years, is that the spectators know or believe I accomplished these effects by means of skill, but that they saw nothing and have absolutely no idea of by what method it could have been accomplished (with the exception, in some cases, of the floating bi...
by jkeyes1000
March 11th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

What sort of magic is most impressive to an audience? Sleight of hand, clever gimmickry, or stage illusion? The answer is ... Clever gimmickry! Clever gimmicky is akin to cheap novelties, practical jokes. It makes audiences feel more cheated than treated. Au contraire! Clever gimmickry is at the he...
by jkeyes1000
March 11th, 2017, 4:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

...The "skilled handling" is of course something every performer ought to strive for. But from the audience's point of view, I think that props which are clearly ungimmicked make for the most amazing routines, and are more praiseworthy due to the fact that the effect must have been a resu...
by jkeyes1000
March 11th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

... Personally I believe that skilled handling of ordinary objects is the classiest kind of act one can do... That's called juggling and audiences love it. The magical effect of animation has evolved into puppetry/ventriloquism and audiences love that too. Most of the time folks look at paintings t...
by jkeyes1000
March 10th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

I have cursorily read the thread and now have a headache from it. I am still terribly vague about the matter and at first sight it all seems far too intellectual for my tired brain. I think my mistake is trying to read all the learned responses. Or possibly unlearned. I cannot yet say which is whic...
by jkeyes1000
March 10th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

It is certainly understandable that those who perform, for lack of a better word, the “commercial” variety of trick or illusion to be defensive here. Believe me, I know where you are coming from. But that is exactly why I asked. How many of us ever really thought about it when we were starting out? ...
by jkeyes1000
March 10th, 2017, 3:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

Another way of asking this question is, Do you think audiences find it more awesome when you seem to achieve an effect with ease, or by means of practiced dexterity? More often than not, tricks are either obviously gimmicked, or are performed in a manner that disguises your skilled manoeuver. Does i...
by jkeyes1000
March 10th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 3214

Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

What sort of magic is most impressive to an audience? Sleight of hand, clever gimmickry, or stage illusion? All have their potential of course. But which elicits the greatest admiration? Which lends more dignity to the art? I think stage magic tends to reduce it to the level of generic entertainment...
by jkeyes1000
March 9th, 2017, 5:47 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Blind Luck"
Replies: 0
Views: 418

John Keyes' "Blind Luck"

EFFECT: The magician asks, “Does anyone want to know how to do a card trick? This one is dead simple, it’s what we in The Biz call a 'self-worker’. No skill required”. “Alright! I’ll need someone to perform the trick, and someone to act as a volunteer”. “Now, the best way to allay any kind of suspic...
by jkeyes1000
March 2nd, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buying magic now, vs. then.
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: Buying magic now, vs. then.

What has changed is the fascination, the wonder and the awe of the magic buying experience. I don’t think it was only because we were young that we felt this, but because there was, well, a magical character to a shop tended by someone who was glad to share their secrets, not just with a paying cust...
by jkeyes1000
January 20th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: South Tyneside International Magic Convention returns in March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: South Tyneside International Magic Convention returns in March 2017

You ought to offer your services Mark. Suppose an American magician hears a pitch for the classic "Coops and Bulls" routine, only to realise after paying too dearly that no livestock is included. Bad joke, I know, but I couldn't resist the urge! Glad to see that you are still going strong....
by jkeyes1000
January 18th, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Sure Shot" (Coin Toss)
Replies: 2
Views: 541

John Keyes' "Sure Shot" (Coin Toss)

EFFECT: The performer boasts that he or she can toss a coin into a drinking cup, placed anywhere that the volunteer wishes! Three cups are provided, as the magician claims that he or she can accomplish the feat in "one of three attempts". The cups are examined and determined to be ordinary...

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