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by MagicbyAlfred
November 21st, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: Tommy Wonder's "Ring, Watch & Wallet" on eBay

The current bid is currently up over $1300. A bit rich for my blood, but to a collector with the cash, probably a bargain. Tommy is one of the all-time GREATS, and that routine was unbelievable! For me, I will just stick with the very sophisticated and stylish watch I've been wearing for a long time...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 14th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 6684

Re: Royal road to card magic

Having followed Performer for quite some time now, it seems to me that he is not just a grafter, author and entertaining magician, but a psychic who sincerely wants to be a positive force for people and give them hope. The common denominator is that grafter, author, magician, or psychic, one must pa...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 12th, 2017, 11:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5224
Views: 1870925

Re: ERDNASE

Isn't there the story that Canada Bill offered to pay the railroad agents for the right for him to play on the trains exclusively, with his promise that he would only cheat people of the cloth? Yes, Jack, there is indeed such a story. It first appeared in print in an article entitled, "Three K...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 11th, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience

I am looking forward to listening to this podcast - thanks for bringing these to us. Has anyone seen Martin's take on the chop cup, using a (I think "Green Giant") pea can for the cup and a simulated pea for the ball? I saw it on a DVD on the chop cup I bought many years ago. Very creative...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 11th, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 6684

Re: Royal road to card magic

It has been said that Rome wasn't built in a day, and that all roads lead to Rome (which would include the Royal Road). I congratulate Performer on his progress, and will look forward to reading his work, which will undoubtedly be excellent.
by MagicbyAlfred
November 8th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What ever happened to John Cornelius?
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: What ever happened to John Cornelius?

He is highly inventive and a very smooth performer - immaculate technique. Years ago, he custom made a "Pen through Anything" for me with a Mont Blanc pen! I have never had a better tip-maker. Borrowed a $20 and more often than not got to keep it. Very rarely does anyone ever ask to see t...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 8th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What ever happened to John Cornelius?
Replies: 7
Views: 1151

Re: What ever happened to John Cornelius?

He is highly inventive and a very smooth performer - immaculate technique. Years ago, he custom made a "Pen through Anything" for me with a Mont Blanc pen! I have never had a better tip-maker. Borrowed a $20 and more often than not got to keep it. Very rarely does anyone ever ask to see th...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 7th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 1148

Re: Devilish

According to Samuel, Lawrence R. (2011), Supernatural America: A Cultural History , at the age of seventeen Dunninger was invited to perform at the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay and at the home of the inventor Thomas Edison, both of whom were avid admirers of Dunninger, and President Fran...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 5th, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 1148

Re: Devilish

Here's a website showcasing many of the classic posters to which Jack is no doubt referring. It is uncanny how many of the most illustrious magicians of yesteryear featured these imps and devils on their posters. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/757167756071838461/ Furthermore, from perusing the site, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
November 4th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fascinating Concepts
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: Fascinating Concepts

Just a few thoughts for some other possible premises:

Artificial intelligence

Communication with deceased loved ones

Aliens

Mind control

Technology coming to life and manifesting will

Imparting magical powers to the spectator

How to attract wealth or love
by MagicbyAlfred
October 31st, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 19
Views: 1323

Re: Magic on Demand

Performer iso a rare breed of magician. And I, for one, like it!

I am surprised that more magicians have not seen fit to share what they would do in the impromptu scenario suggested...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 29th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 19
Views: 1323

Re: Magic on Demand

Good thoughts, Performer. I agree.

Erdnasephile, I did not literally mean "demand," in the sense of someone demanding you show a trick. I meant when someone requests. It was a figure of speech.
by MagicbyAlfred
October 28th, 2017, 11:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 19
Views: 1323

Re: Magic on Demand

Either: (1) A complete vanish of a borrowed coin. I reimburse them with a coin that is in the zipped change compartment of my wallet. If they believe it's their original coin, all the better (I certainly don't try to dispel that belief); or (2) A torn and restored bill using their bill - I use a ver...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 26th, 2017, 1:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 19
Views: 1323

Magic on Demand

You run into a friend or acquaintence on the street, or even a stranger that somehow knows you are a magician. You don't have a deck of cards or packet trick on you, or any playing cards, for that matter. There is no table or working surface accessible. You are not carrying any "tricks" or...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 10th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

It is a fascinating question, but of course, any opinion is by definition, a totally subjective one, as undoubtedly was the famous magician's at the convention (whatever said opinion might be). I will limit my own opinion to Close-Up, since that's the branch with which i have the most experience. Im...
by MagicbyAlfred
October 1st, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 344
Views: 159711

Re: Perverse Magic

Fantastic :o
by MagicbyAlfred
September 30th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Monte
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Monte

Jack, that is a beautiful piece; thanx for sharing it. You are a superb writer. Really fascinating portrait of the psychological and theatrical aspects of this notorious and nefarious scam that has parted many a fool and his money. If I was pressed to say what the strongest and most entertaining car...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 29th, 2017, 2:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalist receives death threats
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Re: Mentalist receives death threats

Well, if he's really good, then at least he will know ahead of time when and where someone might be coming after him...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 28th, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5224
Views: 1870925

Re: ERDNASE

@Roger M: "...Indeed the substance of my comments relates to Gallaway, and how he should be viewed in light of the evidence presented. If you choose to be offended on behalf of Gallaway, 'OK'!"

OK, my apologies, no offense intended, nor taken.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 28th, 2017, 1:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5224
Views: 1870925

Re: ERDNASE

I definitely do not have a horse in this race, although I've followed the thread with interest. I do, however, believe in freedom of expression, which includes the freedom to espouse any view, however outlandish it might seem to others at the time, and as long as it is not hate speech or incitement ...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 27th, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 11696

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Joe Wrote : "Most magicians perform for one of three reasons. 1) They are getting paid. 2) They want attention. 3) They want feedback on a trick they created or have just learned." After reading this, I immediately realized that I perform for ALL 3 of the foregoing reasons. But there is a...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 25th, 2017, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 10
Views: 1901

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

Outstanding! Great magic AND patter! Not the usual explanatory, "If I take this ball and place it here and tap like this etc. etc." But an engaging story, that I would guess is, at least in part, based on his own true life experience as a boy - or at least you would believe so... I am than...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 25th, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric Mead rocks!
Replies: 6
Views: 1387

Re: Eric Mead rocks!

That's some of the best coin magic/sleight of hand I've ever seen. A real pro!
by MagicbyAlfred
September 23rd, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Penguin Bicycle Elite Cards?
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Penguin Bicycle Elite Cards?

Given the number of glowing reviews from a host of talented and reputable professionals, I don't see how you can go wrong - especially at that price. I will be trying these...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 21st, 2017, 9:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Seems like we have lost a lot of our Brethren this year. RIP and condolences to Eddie's family, loved ones and friends.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 21st, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.
Replies: 3
Views: 665

Re: Eddie Gibson R.I.P.

Seems like we have a lot of our Brethren this year. RIP and condolences to Eddie's family, loved ones and friends.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 21st, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dealt: Richard Turner
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: Dealt: Richard Turner

Sounds great, Jack! Thanx for the heads-up.
by MagicbyAlfred
September 16th, 2017, 1:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2600

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Fascinating discussion. There seems to be some phenomenon in the brain and/or psyche which enables a suspension of disbelief in what a person might otherwise know, on a rational level, is fictitious. For example, in watching a movie, we know in many (if not most cases) that the story is completely m...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 15th, 2017, 11:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rachel Colombini...
Replies: 9
Views: 2090

Re: Rachel Colombini...

Maybe she just crumbled when she lost Aldo. They seemed inseparable. It wouldn't be the first time that after losing a soul mate, someone didn't want to stick around, and maybe she wanted to join Aldo. What a sweet, wonderful, guy and a very creative and entertaining magician who always exuded a lov...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 15th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2600

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Not bragging, but I may be the only amateur to have ever check-mated Kolty.

We played a game for pretty high stakes, and when it was over, I said, "Here's a check, Mate."
by MagicbyAlfred
September 14th, 2017, 3:39 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Dan Fleshman Lecture
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Re: Dan Fleshman Lecture

It's a bit of a hike to Ludlow, Massachusetts from Santa Rosa, CA; otherwise I would be at Dan's lecture in a heartbeat. One of the truly great restaurant workers of our time, and a polished, seasoned and creative performer. I believe the first time I had seen (or heard of) Dan Fleshman was back in ...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 12th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Randi & Irma
Replies: 1
Views: 611

Re: Randi & Irma

Will Uri Geller now go on a campaign to debunk Randi as a legitimate escape artist?
by MagicbyAlfred
September 10th, 2017, 1:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stack copyright question
Replies: 4
Views: 888

Re: Stack copyright question

One cannot "copyright" anything under U.S. law. Copyright is a noun, not a verb. Under federal law, a copyright arises automatically upon "creation" of a work. "Creation" occurs when the work is fixed in a tangible form or medium. Example: I come up with a great origina...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 7th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 39
Views: 3538

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

My particular "vice" has been custom playing cards. The nice thing about that is that even when you go hog-wild (as I have done especially in the last several years) it doesn't take up much square footage. And, as is the case with books, there is a practical element, as long as you don't j...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 6th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine will Appear at The Genii Convention
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: David Blaine will Appear at The Genii Convention

Here he is performing for people at one of the shelters. And, he has an ACAAN he does for an ATF agent that begins around 4:50. Now, if you want to talk Holy Grail...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc-ciFqROPI
by MagicbyAlfred
September 5th, 2017, 7:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine will Appear at The Genii Convention
Replies: 3
Views: 790

Re: David Blaine will Appear at The Genii Convention

David is a wonderful, compassionate person. I've been reading how he has been performing for the victims down in Houston to cheer them up...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 4th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 39
Views: 3538

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

My philosophy is if you can't take it with you, don't go...
by MagicbyAlfred
September 3rd, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?
Replies: 19
Views: 3515

Re: Does This Card Trick EXIST ?

JHostler wrote:Yes, this can be done exactly as depicted. And 100% reliably... roughly once in every 52 performances.



Yes, my sentiments exactly.

Or 52 out of 52 performances

(with stooge)
by MagicbyAlfred
August 31st, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Original Lee Noble Wallet
Replies: 37
Views: 5386

Re: Original Lee Noble Wallet

The Ross Bertram wallet beats all of these. It's really clever and really simple. I have one Ross gave me. It's described in one of his books but the photos there do not do it justice. I did a card in wallet with a Himber. You are wearing a jacket. The Himber is under your right arm held in place. ...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 29th, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 6054

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

I agree with Performer's "pet peeve" regarding long-winded preambles to a trick or routine. My own pet peeve is a running commentary of explanatory patter, e.g. "OK, the deck was shuffled and you had a free choice of a card, and the card has been replaced in the deck. Now, I am going ...

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