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by MagicbyAlfred
February 21st, 2018, 10:27 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: when to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: when to start?

@GBHmagic: I generally agree with Christopher's comments. I would add two things: (1) Stay away from showing things to magicians; (2) insofar as your question, "How much is enough before I can at least try?" the answer is, "Try right now." Don't be afraid to fail, as that will ke...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 21st, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 28
Views: 531

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

Hi Christopher, The best quality, 3 way mirrors are made by Joe Anderson out of Dallas Texas. They are beautiful and will last a life time. I use mine everyday. Bill Since Bill is the most tremendous sleight of hand artist I have ever seen in my almost 7 decades (not to mention entertainer) , I wou...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 20th, 2018, 11:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Close Up Practice Mirrors
Replies: 28
Views: 531

Re: Close Up Practice Mirrors

The video cam on my iPhone has been a great coach for me (and a brutally honest one). I feel I can scrutinize my performance much better by giving it my undivided intention after recording it, as opposed to trying to observe it in real time while doing the trick or move in a mirror. The video also h...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 18th, 2018, 10:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How your character influences your material
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: How your character influences your material

Excellent blog! And yes, I try to tailor pretty much every routine to fit my character and style - which is primarily comedic.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 18th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4868

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

AHA, looks as if Joe may have been right (did his "homework"). http://archive.denisbehr.de/list/person/832 It mentions Charlie Nagel in association with the trick with a date of 1950, but without mentioning where published. Inferentially, that is a reference to Scarne on Card Tricks (publi...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 18th, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4868

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Scarne states that it Traveling Aces is "One of magician Charlie Nagel's favorite tricks." Course that doesn't mean Charlie created it.

We need Philippe...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 17th, 2018, 11:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 27
Views: 4868

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Thanks to Mr. McKay and Q -- appreciate the references! The print in my Signet copy of Scarne on Card Tricks is getting a little small for these old eyes, so I decided to hunt down a copy with bigger print. I was delighted to find a hardbound book called Scarne's Tricks that contains the complete t...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 15th, 2018, 2:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Finally, a practical use for those dang advertising cards. Excellent idea.

Whoops, I forgot that I was supposed to forget...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 15th, 2018, 2:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Finally, a practical use for those dang advertising cards. Excellent idea.

Whoops, I forgot that I ws supposed to forget...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 15th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

[quote="MagicbyAlfred"]Joe, thanks for bringing that diabolically clever control to our attention. I was not previously aware of it, but I really have taken to it and will use it. The only thing about it, and this is my own personal quirk, is that I prefer not to indicate to a spectator wh...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 15th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Joe, thanks for bringing that diabolically clever control to our attention. I was not previously aware of it, but I really have taken to it and will use it. The only thing about it, and this is my own personal quirk, is that I prefer not to indicate to a spectator where to replace a card that they h...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 14th, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

There is a funny thing about this "Misdirection Pass" as Grant called it. In the next issue of the New Phoenix (no 352 de décembre 1960) Stewart James send a letter to Don Tanner (the editor) and write that this force was is Greater Magic (1938) and a lot of magicians know it. Grant reply...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 14th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I [emphasis mine] make all the sponge rabbits appear... ...I do think there are two main presentational paths to take on this: 1) where the magician causes the magic to happen in the spectator's hands and 2) where the spectator themselves do the magic. One seems more of a canceling strategy, while ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 14th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I [emphasis mine] make all the sponge rabbits appear... ...I do think there are two main presentational paths to take on this: 1) where the magician causes the magic to happen in the spectator's hands and 2) where the spectator themselves do the magic. One seems more of a canceling strategy, while ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 13th, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

It seems inevitable that there will be, as Performer might say, "tosh, old cobblers and balderdash" within the annals of magic theory literature, and certainly priceless gems, as well. For my own part, my greatest teacher in magic has been Experience, and the most important institution of ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 12th, 2018, 10:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Walter Graham - RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 320

Re: Walter Graham - RIP

Sympathies to Walter's family and friends. R.I.P.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 12th, 2018, 10:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Neil Caesar - RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 371

Re: Neil Caesar - RIP

Sincere condolences to Neil's family and friends.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I think this has been mentioned already, but worth repeating. I believe that any effect that happens in their hands is an absolute miracle. They're part of the magic and they'll remember it for a lifetime. It doesn't matter if the card is changing, or the signature is disappearing, or w/e. That's w...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Leonard wrote : "He always reserved at least one page of brief, specific bullets of advice in all of his books such as the importance of emphasizing what the magic effect was in each trick." It is an important point. And speaking of Carlyle, I believe that he was a big proponent of that e...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Fair enough, Philippe. I am far from being a magical historian. It never has, and never will be my forte. You, on the other hand, have consistently displayed formidable knowledge in this area, so I will defer to you.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Nice story, Leo. The trick was a favorite of the Man with the Million Dollar hands. And yes, it is strong (although I would generally qualify that as saying more so for the male than female gender). One of the very first magic videos I ever acquired was a Frank Garcia VHS instructional video. It had...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Q. Kumber wrote: "I learnt it from The Magic of Francis Carlyle, where it is credited to Peter Kane and Ken Krenzel. The book's author, Roger Pierre, infers that Carlyle's patter and presentation took the trick to a higher level."

Then it is not the Gun Trick without Carlyle.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 2:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Yes but Denis Behr writes :" inspired by Peter Kane Single Shot. So Peter Kane was the creator. But in that same window concerning the trick, Denis Behr also writes " Creators : Peter Kane, Ken Krenzel and Francis Carlyle." My understanding of the word "creator" is that it ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

"Why do you think Francis Carlyle can be the co-creator ?"

http://www.conjuringarchive.com/list/book/1293
by MagicbyAlfred
February 11th, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Q. Number wrote: "In Arial Frailich's book Card Stories, his routine, The Gunslinger, makes a great follow on to The Gun Trick (Peter Kane should be added to the credits for the latter)."

Sounds like a great idea!

Was Francis Carlyle also a co-creator of the gun trick?
by MagicbyAlfred
February 10th, 2018, 9:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Good analysis, Jackpot. Thanks!
by MagicbyAlfred
February 10th, 2018, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 1020

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

Al Schneider wrote : "...Well, I thought of this one night when I couldn’t sleep..." It's funny because I often actually run through the handling of tricks to get myself to sleep. Works better for me than counting sheep. Now, come to think of it, I could combine the two if I used the &quo...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 10th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Philippe Billot wrote:Hi Al,

Have you a strong reaction with your "Matrix"?


Was this meant to be a rhetorical question?
by MagicbyAlfred
February 10th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Excellent point, Joe.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 10th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Q. Kumber Wrote : "In 2010 I was at The Magic Castle and a magician asked me to show his lady companion a trick. When I'd finished, she said, 'Thank you for not doing the bunnies.'" To me, that comment is probably about as common as a 4-year old kid during the Holidays saying to his mum, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 10th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 93
Views: 4848

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Al, Thank you for sharing that story and your take-with trick! In your hands, and with your own special touches, it is undoubtedly a super-stunner. I am always fascinated to learn what trick gets the strongest reactions for a particular magician (as clearly evidenced by the fact that I started this ...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 8th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15814

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

performer wrote:Alfred. You must remember that I am psychic and know what number they are going to say!



Ah yes, I had a temporary lapse of memory - to go with those of sanity...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 7th, 2018, 10:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 135
Views: 15814

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

This is my version of Three Cards Across. It is not that different from Ponsin's version in the century before last. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlN3dR_al7Q Bravo! Very entertaining and well-constructed presentation. It also flows quite nicely from the predecessor (6-Card Repeat) routine. i hav...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 7th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Hey MagicbyAlfred - I just came across the advice you mentioned. You were right! U.F. Grant did give the advice about building a career around mastering five good close-up tricks. See page 6 of Valuable Information For Magicians. Thanks Joe, I had forgotten the name of the manuscript in which the a...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 7th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Of course, Jean Hugged has rarely mentioned anybody (See, e.g., The Royal Road to Card Magic).
by MagicbyAlfred
February 6th, 2018, 9:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Either that or, perhaps, a viagrile one...
by MagicbyAlfred
February 6th, 2018, 12:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

@lybrary,

Whoops, I blew it. Sorry! It was very late and I bought it for $5.95 from another source. Next time I will patronize you!
by MagicbyAlfred
February 6th, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Joe Wrote: "MagicbyAlfred - that advice reminds me of the famous story about David Devant."

Oh yes, good point - after the young upstart bragged to Devant that he knew, what was it, 300 tricks?

Thanks for your detailed post on U.F. Grant - a legendary figure and creative force in magic.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 5th, 2018, 10:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

Done.
by MagicbyAlfred
February 5th, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: U.F. Grant - a creative genius!

JHostler wrote : "...I absolutely treasure my old, beat-up edition of 'Grant's Fabulous Feats of Mental Magic.' Roughly 50 items, composed almost entirely of single-spaced type with very few illustrations. Absolutely no frills. Yet his brilliance is palpable." Based on that recommendation...

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