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by MagicbyAlfred
October 10th, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 750

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: 342
Views: 158262

Re: Perverse Magic

Fantastic :o
by MagicbyAlfred
September 30th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Monte
Replies: 3
Views: 413

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: 752

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: 4998
Views: 1826671

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: 4998
Views: 1826671

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: 11297

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: 9
Views: 1282

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: 1182

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: 633

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: 535

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: 535

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: 513

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: 2445

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: 1894

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: 2445

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: 317

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: 524

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: 744

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: 3076

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: 697

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: 697

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: 3076

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: 31
Views: 2801

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: 5294

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: 5606

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 ...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 26th, 2017, 10:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 15
Views: 1357

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

Leonard Hevia wrote : "Just because audience members are aware of the secret of an effect, it does not mean that they can't be fooled by it." I completely agree with Leo on this. Watching the above video of Richard Ross is living proof. The moves are so smooth and undetectible, the choreo...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 24th, 2017, 1:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2229

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

Kent, Thanks for that informative post and your creative routine. I am intrigued with what you said about it getting the best reaction from laymen, but somehow I am not surprised. Everything Bill does gets a fantastic reaction, and deservedly so, but I would venture to say that Sam the Bellhop could...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 23rd, 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2229

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

@tdk408: "...I guess I am not making myself clear. If you are performing Sam the Bellhop, and you botch a false shuffle even slightly, obviously you are hosed. If you say two dollar tip and it's a six, for example. What do you do? What do you say? None of the answers so far have addressed this....
by MagicbyAlfred
August 21st, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4166

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Leonard Wrote : "Perhaps a bit of flash paper would have dazzled that otherwise recalcitrant cashier. Eugene Burger once noted that there is no magic trick that can't benefit from the addition of flash paper." So true (and magical), Leo. I never leave home without it. Or even a change fro...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 21st, 2017, 10:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4166

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

@Bill Mullins : "If I had realized that several here would use my tale to suggest that David Williamson and Mac King, two of the finest magicians I can name, don't know how to do a pick-a-card trick (my mind reels at even typing those words . . . ), and to promote themselves as more knowledgea...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 20th, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4166

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Agreed. And my concern is that this woman will now be biased against all magicians - maybe forever. I don't know when I first heard it, but it struck a chord when I heard the saying that we are all "ambassadors of magic." It is no wonder, given some of the encounters people have had with m...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 20th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 65
Views: 4166

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

One magician used magic to challenge her and as a means of trying to bet and win a prize from her that she was not authorized to bestow, and placed her in an awkward and uncomfortable position, with the only possible outcome being to make her wrong, and possibly put her job in jeopardy; the other ma...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 19th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2229

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

Brad, I believe that you meant tdk408, as opposed to Luigimar. tdk408's question regarding what to do if you get a card in the wrong place, appears to be in response to Luigimar's recommendation of the Guy Hollingsworth routine as a "Sam the Bellhop" for children. In any event, I definitel...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 18th, 2017, 8:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2229

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

@tdk408: "how do you cover an occasional goof, like one card in the wrong place?" You don't. There is no way to avoid all mistakes. I occasionally goof a move I have done thousands of times. So when a wrong card comes up you just day Oops and move to another trick,? What'do you do? You se...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 17th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 32
Views: 2229

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

@tdk408: "Also, if you perform Sam the Bellhop, how do you cover an occasional goof, like one card in the wrong place?" You don't. If you have a card in the wrong place, depending on where it is, it could have repercussions beyond just one mistake and mess you up beyond recovery. Since the...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 16th, 2017, 1:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hip Hip Replacement!
Replies: 15
Views: 1626

Re: Hip Hip Replacement!

Best wishes for a successful procedure and speedy recovery!
by MagicbyAlfred
August 13th, 2017, 10:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: question about Uncle Sam & Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 850

Re: question about Uncle Sam & Houdini

Bill Marquardt wrote:It looks like Uncle Sam is wearing a thumb tip.


Ha ha! It really does.

Maybe he produced a silk bearing the stars and stripes, or more likely, used it for a bill switch to turn taxpayers' 10 dollar bills into fives...
by MagicbyAlfred
August 12th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 45
Views: 5606

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

Leonard Hevia wrote:A gift from Kozmo:

Part #1
https://kozmomagic.wistia.com/medias/qwzef9bojy
Part #2
https://kozmomagic.wistia.com/medias/8x9umt9bnt

We shot this a few years ago....



Thank you for this, Leo!
by MagicbyAlfred
August 10th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1358

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

I was shocked to learn, when I looked it up today that the world's population has almost tripled since 1947 and Orson Wells' prophesy. That titanically increases the odds that there will be spoilers out there, exposing secrets of magic. They are probably of the same people who gleefully told their l...

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