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by Jack Shalom
February 21st, 2018, 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 28
Views: 555

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

PhotoBooth, already on most Macs, shows on your monitor what it is recording in real time. A little external Logitech camera will provide a lot of flexibility with angles. I would guess there are equivalent Windows programs. Cool! Can you use multiple cameras at a time or switch between cameras? Mu...
by Jack Shalom
February 21st, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 28
Views: 555

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

PhotoBooth, already on most Macs, shows on your monitor what it is recording in real time. A little external Logitech camera will provide a lot of flexibility with angles. I would guess there are equivalent Windows programs.
by Jack Shalom
February 12th, 2018, 9:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Chinese Bit
Replies: 12
Views: 587

Re: The Chinese Bit

The old C-S-T gimmick
by Jack Shalom
February 7th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 20
Views: 1109

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

It's still pretty buggy and frustrating from where I sit. MacAir laptop. Lots of random navigating to get to a proper link, and then any given page may or may not load.
by Jack Shalom
February 4th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New EATCT book by David Ben
Replies: 69
Views: 20456

Re: New EATCT book by David Ben

That's what they'd like you to believe...

Farmer = one who knows all about the earth...
by Jack Shalom
February 4th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

The problem with the ES Andrews as a gambling alias theory is that I would think that that is exactly the character who he wouldn't want to get credit--not so nice to be known as the bean spiller among peers. Calling Val Valentino... That is why he reversed it to S.W. Erdnase. It prevented the situ...
by Jack Shalom
February 3rd, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

The problem with the ES Andrews as a gambling alias theory is that I would think that that is exactly the character who he wouldn't want to get credit--not so nice to be known as the bean spiller among peers. Calling Val Valentino... Here's another (though unlikely) scenario: the author's real name ...
by Jack Shalom
February 1st, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Buster Keaton disappears
Replies: 6
Views: 685

Re: Buster Keaton disappears

In the stunt where he fell from the water tower, he broke bones in his shoulder and neck; he didn't find out about them until years later.
by Jack Shalom
January 27th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?
Replies: 50
Views: 2646

Re: Your opinions wanted: what do new magicians need to know about the history of magic?

NEW! 2017 Death! Pedro Ruiz III - Monday evening, June 26, 2017. 19-year-old Killed Attempting Bullet Catch stunt gone wrong for YouTube!

http://www.bulletcatch.com/

A nice little tour through some highlights...
by Jack Shalom
January 23rd, 2018, 10:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

I'm lost. Map, please? Still have many questions about evidence vs. conjecture. We've seen lots of trees, time for the forest? If you have seen the trees, then you have the evidence. Some people can see the forest, or at least A forest, reading in between the lines, that is what makes them special....
by Jack Shalom
January 23rd, 2018, 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

I'm lost. Map, please?

Still have many questions about evidence vs. conjecture. We've seen lots of trees, time for the forest?
by Jack Shalom
January 14th, 2018, 7:19 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cy Endfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1474

Re: Cy Enfield

On the Pat Page Archive recordings, there are about 2 hours of Cy Endfield being interviewed; much of it is not about magic, but his career as an inventor.
by Jack Shalom
January 6th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

I think Mr. McCabe is on the right track. It's more effective to switch the credit card while inspecting it, than "vanish" it.
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

Thanks for your reply, Scott. I'll echo Richard Hatch here, that there's a lot of interesting matter here. But... In your presentation it is not clear a) what is pure conjecture, b) what you think is backed by circumstantial evidence (and what that is), and c) what you feel is based on hard evidence...
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

Hard to know where to begin, but: You make lots of statements about the syndicate of men who you think wrote the book. Is there any hard evidence to your conclusions that Andrews was the main writer and that Oliver Limerick was the stylistic polisher? Also, any evidence that Hilliar stole the manusc...
by Jack Shalom
January 4th, 2018, 12:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

Wow. Gasp. Any manuscripts survive?
by Jack Shalom
January 3rd, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 3093

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

Interesting new effect on the Reel Magic site Tuesday Night Tricks section called What in the World. It doesn't meet all the specifications by a long shot, but it's a pretty interesting take on the Open Prediction with quite a lot of freedom. Performer puts a prediction card face down on the table. ...
by Jack Shalom
December 29th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4850

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? Yes. Or "And then he threw the deck of cards upwards, off the edge of the boat, ...
by Jack Shalom
December 28th, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5542
Views: 1946865

Re: ERDNASE

A new Genii cover story?
by Jack Shalom
December 28th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 64
Views: 4765

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

Yes, Mark, millenia from now, when Internet archeologists seek to understand the origins of the still expanding "Ennobling Magic" thread, the last and only thread still on the Internet, having engulfed and devoured all others, the remnants of this thread will be looked upon as a kind of Ur...
by Jack Shalom
December 28th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4850

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!"
by Jack Shalom
December 26th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

Keyes Revised Bible: Jesus saith unto her, "Thy brother shall appear to, in a very visual manner rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the apparent resurrection though I make no outward verbal claim , an...
by Jack Shalom
December 24th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4850

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Here's someone you don't usually associate with sponge balls, but also very good...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D_1ztMBB6U
by Jack Shalom
December 24th, 2017, 2:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3274

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

I am truly psychic. I knew Jack posted something about this but I hadn't seen it. However, I knew instinctively he would say something negative. I just KNEW! LOL. I just have a real aversion to performers in any field who make the character choice to cover their eyes, be it with hats, hair, dark gl...
by Jack Shalom
December 24th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3274

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

Berglas's sleeving is on the DVDs. A very overlooked bonus to that book.
by Jack Shalom
December 24th, 2017, 1:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!
Replies: 46
Views: 3274

Re: The greatest female magician I have ever seen!

I found the phony reaction shots of the judges just incredibly distracting and laughable.

She's got nothing on Zabrecky, in my opinion, from a character point of view. Not even willing to show her eyes...Meh.
by Jack Shalom
December 23rd, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

jkeyes wrote: Just being able to identify "line 21" in a split second borders on the phenomenal. and You're right, Mark! It isn't that difficult. I have very bad eyesight, and I managed to do fairly well just now. So which is it? It's clear what the method was: make an estimate and if wron...
by Jack Shalom
December 22nd, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4850

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

No, I've never done so, though I know many prefer it. How do you feel about it? I like that you can show the faces of the cards in the Ultra Mental. It seems more fair to me.
by Jack Shalom
December 21st, 2017, 8:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

For one who dismisses Picasso with a flick of the mouse, Britland is but a mere gnat.
by Jack Shalom
December 21st, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2057

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I actually agree with performer: it can be an art, but rarely is. The variety arts serve mainly to entertain, and it's only a few times in a generation when there comes along an artist with the requisite craft and vision to produce superior art.
by Jack Shalom
December 21st, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4850

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Close-up? For most audiences I don't think there's anything stronger than an Ultra Mental deck routine.
by Jack Shalom
December 21st, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 2057

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Of course, magic is an art.

Two words: sponge ding-dong.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S4760
by Jack Shalom
December 17th, 2017, 12:09 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 5230

Re: Magic Books 2017

Fifty pages into Scripting Magic 2, and it's not just one of my favorite magic books of the year, but favorite magic books ever.
by Jack Shalom
December 17th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

Another version of Chan's book test, post retirement:

https://youtu.be/5jqiQ2kr3Os?t=1m58s
by Jack Shalom
December 14th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think if Mark plays his cards right, this thread can overtake the Erdnase one.
What's the over/under?
by Jack Shalom
December 13th, 2017, 11:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

Is this going to be like that final episode of Newhart where he wakes up and Suzanne Pleshette is in the bed next to him? (Apologies to those who don't get the reference. But it's apt, believe me.)
by Jack Shalom
December 13th, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

Math tricks are much more liable to be uncovered than a miscall done intelligently as Osterlind does. And when math tricks are uncovered, in my experience, audiences can feel like you're insulting their intelligence. While this effect does rely on what you would call a "math trick", it is...
by Jack Shalom
December 13th, 2017, 8:10 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 5230

Re: Magic Books 2017

Just got Scripting Magic 2. It looks great!
by Jack Shalom
December 13th, 2017, 11:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

Math tricks are much more liable to be uncovered than a miscall done intelligently as Osterlind does. And when math tricks are uncovered, in my experience, audiences can feel like you're insulting their intelligence.
by Jack Shalom
December 12th, 2017, 11:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 23132

Re: Ennobling Magic

My argument is not a moral one. I am not suggesting that certain forms of deception are more acceptable to the audience than another ... Please, we can all read, Mr. Keyes; you've continually framed your posts in moral terms, and continually claimed that certain forms of deception are more acceptab...

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