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by MagicbyAlfred
July 23rd, 2017, 11:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 33
Views: 4911

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

Leonard Hevia wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote:The Chinese knock off folks managed to get past defenses and into the dealer's room at the IBM/SAM convention in Kentucky?


Perhaps the powers that be were plied with knock off sour mash whiskey...


Yes--distilled in the back woods of Kentucky.


Way back where the Moon shine's brightly...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 23rd, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 33
Views: 4911

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

Leonard Hevia wrote:The Chinese knock off folks managed to get past defenses and into the dealer's room at the IBM/SAM convention in Kentucky?


Perhaps the powers that be were plied with knock off sour mash whiskey...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 23rd, 2017, 11:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?
Replies: 33
Views: 4911

Re: The Future of Magic in the Hands of...China?

erdnasephile wrote: For some reason, that dude pulling jumbo Chinese money from his sleeve cracks me up

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/t9y012/th ... r-illusion


Yes, LOL! I think what really makes it funny is that it's not meant to be funny.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 22nd, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 85
Views: 22293

Re: Jennings 67

Performer, you are most welcome.

Maybe you like the dead ones, in particular, because there is no chance of them either yapping or flashing...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 22nd, 2017, 4:01 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 85
Views: 22293

Re: Jennings 67

Performer, I must say, you hugely help to keep this place lively, and anything but boring. When you are actively posting, I am certain to stay awake. I greatly appreciate your candor and wit. Thanks for keeping it real...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 17th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1302

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Performer's approach when doing the monte for kids makes a lot of sense. I rarely perform it for kids, but I can see how they are a distinctly different audience, with a different paradigm from adults, and how the psychological factors are different than when performing it for adults. The only thing...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 17th, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1302

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Performer Wrote : "It is indeed an excellent item. I never ask the spectator where the Queen is except for one point near the end where it doesn't matter whether he gets it right or wrong. It is probably a good idea to avoid that question." I agree. Proving a spectator wrong is not genera...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 16th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 85
Views: 22293

Re: Jennings 67

I think what this illustrates is that we're all multifaceted and the facets we display are affected by things like age, time, situation, disease, and whom the observer happens to be. None of us are 100% Knight or Knave. I wish I had met Mr. Cervon. When he put out word that he'd like it if people w...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 15th, 2017, 7:09 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 85
Views: 22293

Re: Jennings 67

Richard Wrote: "This does not, by the way, mean that Cervon was not a creative magician and a talented performer. He was, but he was also a nasty egotistical guy and a liar." I have no reason to doubt any observations Richard has made, especially since they were firsthand. I believe he is...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 15th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1302

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Yes, thank you for making that video footage available to us - fascinating! The 3 Card Monte, as magical entertainment, when performed well, is one of the most entertaining and intriguing routines that can be performed for a layman. I always perform it at bookings whenever there is a table or space ...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 14th, 2017, 10:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 20
Views: 2827

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

Man Oh man! I paid ten times that for the one I picked up at a yard sale! Did I get ripped off? That kind of thinking can drive one mad, Alfred. You pay X amount for a book or prop and then discover that a magic buddy paid far less than you did for the same item at a yard sale. Bear in mind that ev...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 14th, 2017, 9:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 20
Views: 2827

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

I think the point is that, at least in this case, there's really no excuse for an uninformed seller. Pretty much. It's not at all like finding a first edition Erdnase with a "ten cents" sticker on it at a yard sale, that's for sure. Man Oh man! I paid ten times that for the one I picked u...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 13th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 365: Day One - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Re: 365: Day One - IBM/SAM Combined Convention 2017

Thanks for the report.

My money's on Richard Turner to fool the pants off P & T.

PS If Kent Gunn went on there and performed Stabbed in the Pack exactly as he performed it on here - using a deck he asks P & T to provide, I can't imagine them not being fooled by him, either...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 12th, 2017, 11:10 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 54
Views: 18722

Re: DeLand

Or, perhaps, the law of Kardma...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 12th, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

They are averaging about 90 bucks per volume from various vendors.

I have learned quite bit over the years from my volumes - stuff that I actually use regularly, including magician foolers, with an actual bona fide, ordinary or borrowed (non-gaffed) deck.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 11th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

If this was done (and can be done) with a borrowed deck, I'm going to start believing in real magic!

Maybe even start a religion around Kent...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 10th, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

erdnasephile wrote:I think Brad is correct. This isn't likely a Mirage deck--you can count on it! ;)


What makes you say that, Erdnasephile?

Can you please explain?
by MagicbyAlfred
July 10th, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Performer, you clearly picked up on the clue. And my theory is consistent with what Bob Coyne observed about the face up spread and what you can see. It is also consistent with how the card is selected (which is Not a free choice), how the "selection" is shown to the spectator, the fact th...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 10th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I thought I left a huge clue, but nobody has seemed to pick up on it, much less agree or disagree.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 10th, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I think we are talking more like the whole thing is a mirage.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 10th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Luigi Anzivino wrote:
Bob Coyne wrote:Nice trick/method. My assumption is a gaffed deck...clue is the way the 2H is displayed/held.


That's my guess too… I think that's the big lie: it's not a borrowed deck!



Agreed.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 10th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2595

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Phenomenal!

But I do not see any possibility of any "sleight" having occurred at the time it is represented that one is being done.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 9th, 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

That was a great remembrance Alfred! Thanks for posting that! Klause's In Concert is in the pantheon of underrated magic books. It's filled with great material and practical tips like the concept of half moves. Roger also shares a few great stories at the end of the book like his first encounter wi...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 9th, 2017, 5:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

Priceless tips abound if one is paying close attention to the book or DVD. Roger Klause's In Concert contains a great tip on the correct way to hold a purse frame for a production and on the cleanup following David Roth's Coins Across. Michael Skinner used to say you haven't learned an effect until...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 9th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: John Moehring Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: John Moehring Has Died

Saddened to hear this. Sincere condolences to John's family and friends.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 7th, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3888

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Lybrary Wrote : "Say a magician performs an illusion that nobody watches (happens often when I perform). Did the illusion exist? Nobody experienced the illusion. So the illusion cannot exist. Or can it? The magician still performed it. This is quantum mechanics for magicians..." Strikes m...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 4th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Color Changing Knives
Replies: 9
Views: 992

Re: Color Changing Knives

If i get these (beautiful) knives, the folks at my upcoming show - in Transylvania - are going to be disappointed.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 4th, 2017, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy July 4th from the Folks at Genii
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: Happy July 4th from the Folks at Genii

Thank you; same to you!
by MagicbyAlfred
July 3rd, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best practical tip I've come across this year
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: Best practical tip I've come across this year

That is an excellent "tip," indeed. I have always had that same nettlesome friction problem with the TT. Thanks for sharing it, and going forward I will follow it - - as a rule of thumb.
by MagicbyAlfred
July 2nd, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3888

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Richard Kaufman wrote:Brad, Derek Dingle's business card and promotional material always contained the phrase "sleight of hand artist."


And aptly so, I might add. Interestingly, when he gave me one of those cards at the Castle, I fooled the pants off him when I Tenkai vanished it...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 1st, 2017, 9:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3888

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

It's interesting because the proliferation of "magic" accomplished by camera tricks on fake reality TV shows and YouTube generally sets up in-person close up performers to have an even stronger impact on spectators than they were able to have prior to camera tricks having become a far more...
by MagicbyAlfred
July 1st, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2634

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

It sounds like a very difficult job. Stressful and tiring I imagine. I must say the ad is terrible and liable to scare people off instead of entice them. Yeah, I'm thinking about dressing up as that ad for this coming Halloween. Should get me an unprecedented amount of candy, while scaring off any ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 30th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2634

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

I just read that job posting. It sounds like an exceedingly challenging position, requiring an exceptionally multi-faceted and motivated individual. I think they are going to have a tough time finding someone who: (a) meets the stated necessary qualifications; and (b) is willing to take it on, given...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1205

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

Thanks for the advice, everyone! I plan to be quiet, watch and learn more than talk (which is my nature anyway), but if I somehow end up performing something I'll know better how to handle this. [I'm going be like Mr. Close and work on a couple of couple of magician-killers just in case ;) ) Good i...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2017, 9:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19369

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

That reminds me of the time years ago when I had a strolling gig at an event held at a very upscale hotel in Manhattan. When I walked into the lobby, I was greeted by numerous girls, screaming and tearing at their hair. And if you don't believe me, you can ask Paul McCartney - he was right behind me.
by MagicbyAlfred
June 25th, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer
Replies: 10
Views: 1126

Re: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer

Jonathan Pendragon wrote:Not trite, hype.


I don't know what that means. My intention was to convey some positive thoughts and well wishes, but I guess like the song, Masquerade, says, the words got in the way...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1205

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

Erdnasephile, IMO, the most important set of ethics are the ones that come from within our own consciences or sense of right and wrong. I think you have gotten some good advice here from some very knowledgeable people who have been in the game a very long time, and it appears that your own feelings ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 24th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19369

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

I never met him or purchased/ordered anything from him. But from the descriptions and stories I've read on this thread and elsewhere, it sounds like he was partly con man and, at least at a certain point, went off his rocker. Perhaps the old saying, "crazy like a fox" (no pun intended) is ...
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2017, 11:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer
Replies: 10
Views: 1126

Re: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer

I know that I am far from alone in being a fan and supporting your fabulous work, Jonathan. I would wish you "Good Luck" in the upcoming performances, but that sounds kind of trite, so, Good Skill!
by MagicbyAlfred
June 23rd, 2017, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 131
Views: 19369

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Wonderful that this thread has become a fascinating discussion of cups and balls by some very knowledgeable members - my favorite topic in magic, and I could read about it with unbridled delight for days on end.

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