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by MagicbyAlfred
May 22nd, 2017, 8:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 13
Views: 402

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

This specialist (all he does is root canals) uses blue dental dam. You can't use it for the trick because it leaves a bluish shadow over the coin. The best I've ever come across for making it look like the coin is realistically sitting on top was the kind of tannish color I originally got when I fi...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 22nd, 2017, 6:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 13
Views: 402

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

Maybe this would be a good time to ask the dentist if he has any dental dam to spare - latex rubber only, of course. The last root canal I had was by a by a highly skilled illustrious endodontist in San Francisco, and this lowly, not so illustrious magician talked him into a barter deal - the root c...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 21st, 2017, 7:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP James Hamilton
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: RIP James Hamilton

RIP to James, and condolences to his family and friends.

But perhaps now, he will get to session with Herrmann...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 21st, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: The Bammo Tarodiction Toolbox

That sounds like a PHENOMENAL and very entertaining effect, and which gets the spectator involved. It's too bad that the BTT won't be available in stores, as my shoplifting abilities eclipse even my card-cheating prowess...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 16th, 2017, 11:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: BEST OF FRIENDS, Vol 1

Richard Kaufman wrote:Seventh grade?


I've got really fond memories of seventh grade.

Three happiest years of my life!
by MagicbyAlfred
May 14th, 2017, 9:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1893

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

Innocent until proven guilty. It is a presumption accorded even to those charged with murder where the police have sworn eyewitness evidence. There are even many people who have been convicted in a court of law, of murder or rape, by a jury of their peers, and spent many years in prison, unjustly in...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 13th, 2017, 1:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike O'Dowd Has Died
Replies: 7
Views: 1031

Re: Mike O'Dowd Has Died

Never had the pleasure of going to Devoe's, or of meeting Mike O'Dowd, but from what I've heard from others, it was kind of like the Tannen's of the Mid-west (the old Tannen's, that is), as far as being a hang-out for magicians. My understanding, through the grapevine, is that Mike used to hang out ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 12th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lance Burton Video Magic Lessons
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: Lance Burton Video Magic Lessons

Thanks for calling this to our attention. I'm definitely in. It's hard to imagine not receiving value of 10 times or more the cost of the rental for that price. I just got home from a 10-day trip to Maui and paid more than that for a pack of gum at Los Angeles International Airport! And what have I ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 8th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1602

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Here is a link to a discussion of the dental dam trick on the Genii Forum in 2003: http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=3876 Performer, you are most welcome, and I am certain you will blow minds tremendously with the trick, as I am sure you are already aware, when you start performing it ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 7th, 2017, 11:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1602

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

One of those larger than life characters - brimming with personality, very skilled, and a born salesman! I met Paul in his magic store in Ft. Lauderdale many years ago. He demonstrated the trick where the spectator apparently pushes a quarter through a piece of rubber (dental dam) stretched tightly ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 6th, 2017, 3:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Last Resort"
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: John Keyes' "Last Resort"

Thank you for sharing this. Some clever handling. Sounds like it would be an entertaining routine...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 3rd, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

I don't perform for magicians much, but inevitably some make their way into the bar to "check me out." On those occasions, I like to tell them about the new invisible pass I've been working on (not to be confused with Harry's wonderful invisible pass, which is an adaptation - very deceptiv...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 1st, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 3433

Re: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas

I have heeded the admonitions of our honored members as to the impropriety and questionable taste of performing the trick.

Rather than waste the money I had spent on purchasing it, I have found that they make very functional apparel - I was getting low anyway...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 1st, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 329
Views: 150026

Re: Perverse Magic

It is a wonderful - and yes - charming idea! Great thinking, thank you! And it has given me an idea (happens at least once per decade). When I do coins across I do it with 4 coins, from my hand to the spectator's hands (especially a female). I started doing it that way many years ago when I saw the...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 1st, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic
Replies: 329
Views: 150026

Re: Perverse Magic

It is a wonderful - and yes - charming idea! Great thinking, thank you! And it has given me an idea (happens at least once per decade). When I do coins across I do it with 4 coins, from my hand to the spectator's hands (especially a female). I started doing it that way many years ago when I saw the ...
by MagicbyAlfred
May 1st, 2017, 2:42 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1113

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

That was a great trick Alfred! Thanks for recounting that for our edification. You are most welcome Leonard! It also makes a wonderful memento and conversation piece for the host. Having his/her special guests and/or family members in the photo with the Blimp high above them in the sky brings toget...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 30th, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1113

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

For many years I have been doing trick called "Say Cheese." It was invented and marketed by Mike Bent. There are several effects you can do using a Polaroid Joycam and the film for that camera Polaroid Captiva 500. I don't know if either the camera or film are manufactured anymore. Probabl...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 30th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 11
Views: 465

Re: Probability Question

Bob wrote :"1,307,674,368,000 in the trillions?" Yes, one trillion, 307 billion, 674 million, 368 thousand Easy way to figure is to first segregate the number on the right that is in the hundreds of thousands (in this case 368,000). Then working your way LEFT, the next three-digit number ...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 30th, 2017, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

I may be one of the few magicians who has never learned or performed McDonald's Aces, although I absolutely do not question those who testify that the effect is an absolute BLOCKBUSTER. I was wondering whether anyone (1) Has ever had the spectator ask to examine the cards or express skepticism about...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 28th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

PS to previous post. Performer does have me convinced that it might be unnecessary to have the spectator shuffle (unless, of course, they ask or demand), that having them shuffle may unduly slow things down, and that the tactic of running 3 cards onto the selection and then showing their selection i...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 28th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

Leonard Wrote : "To add to Alfred's 3 alternatives to the Pass, the magician can g _ i _ p _ e the selection before allowing the spectator to shuffle the deck." That is an excellent suggestion. I did have to glimpse it for a minute or so to decipher it. Perhaps we may end up making this i...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 27th, 2017, 12:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

I guess I may need to re-evaluate. The tactic of running 3 cards onto the selection and then showing it is not at or near the top nor bottom strikes me as a very good one, which I will try...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 26th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

In the eyes of many laymen, once a card has been selected and returned to the deck, the magician then controls that card. They may not be able to specify how and/or when that card was controlled, but they believe (and justifiably so) that the magician is able to contrive to get that card to the top ...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 26th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 7
Views: 2340

Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

Erdnasephile Wrote : "Question: do you (more often than not) take the time to watch a spectator who offers to show you a trick?" I always do so. I believe that one of the primary reasons I am there (particularly when performing at paid events) is to make the spectators feel special and go...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 26th, 2017, 10:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

Perhaps the most valuable and useful things I ever learned in regard to misdirection are (1) that "They will look where you look," and (2) Addressing a comment or a question to a spectator is a very strong diversionary tactic. Used in combination, the two foregoing principles result in sup...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 25th, 2017, 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3841

Re: On the Pass

Webbmaster wrote : "I just recently screened Richard Kaufman's On The Pass video for the first time in a long while and I just wanted to say that it really has held up and is an excellent piece of work. For all the guys looking at Erdnase, try to get a copy of this to really see how the real w...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 24th, 2017, 3:50 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference
Replies: 10
Views: 706

Re: Rubik's Cube Routine Reference

"Tarodiction" sounds like it's going to be phenomenal, and I like that it will use Tarot cards because that will add color and intrigue, and Lord knows, there are more than enough effects using regular playing cards. It seems unfathomable that 14 cards can be arranged over 87 BILLION ways,...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 22nd, 2017, 1:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 1185

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

I really like Performer's Dotty Spots routine - very entertaining!
by MagicbyAlfred
April 20th, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3046

Re: Royal road to card magic

I believe I can state that I know for a fact that Performer's assertion is correct: Harry was approached to annotate the Royal Road, and he had zero interest in doing so. Anyone who hopes that Harry may take on that project will surely do so only in vain. I don't believe that Harry has ever had anyt...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 20th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?

PS OK, now I know who to credit: Jerry Somerdin.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 20th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?
Replies: 3
Views: 549

Re: Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?

Almost 25 years ago I was a guest at the Magic Castle. I was a newborn card man at that point (now I'm a toddler), and the next thing I knew I was being introduced to Larry Jennings. It seemed surreal, but we were sitting at the bar talking and at one point in the conversation, he said: "Show m...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 18th, 2017, 5:01 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Psychics on the radio
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Psychics on the radio

Richard Kaufman wrote:I feel your presence, Bill ... as if you're sitting next to me.



Good one!
by MagicbyAlfred
April 18th, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3046

Re: Royal road to card magic

PERFORMER WROTE : "I have other books which I treasure but the Royal Road is something special to me. Authors should know and ponder what an incredible thing they do when they write a good book. It can affect people's lives and probably 90% or more of the time they have no idea whose life they...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 17th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3046

Re: Royal road to card magic

It is not generally known that I annotated Step Two of the Thirteen Steps to Mentalism. Funny, I had the strongest premonition that Performer was going to do so! As to the Royal Road, I have no doubt that there would be no-one more well suited to annotate the book than Performer, and that if he dec...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 17th, 2017, 2:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3046

Re: Royal road to card magic

Based on the consensus from about a half dozen websites I've checked out (sites of both rare book sellers and independent/non-bookseller sources), The Royal Road to Card Magic was first published in 1948 (Harper). If, in fact, it was advertised on the cover of The Sphinx in December 1947 (i.e. the l...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 14th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Shell for Johnson Products "Chinese Coins"?

Erdnasephile, I am no authority on shells. The only one I currently have is part of the Silver, Copper, Brass, Transposition set I purchased from Johnson 20 years ago. However, I have repeatedly heard and read good things about this custom coin guy. Not sure what you'd be looking at in terms of cost...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 12th, 2017, 10:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

@Performer: "I never knew Beethoven did the cups and balls and cut and restored rope. Still one learns something new every day."

@ Jack Shalom: "He used empty liquor bottles. Surely you've heard of Beethoven's Fifth?"

Clever lines, gentlemen!
by MagicbyAlfred
April 12th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2618

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

Bill Marquardt Wrote : "I would not doubt that someone somewhere uses a form of coin purse, but the old type with the metal frame that is commonly used (frame only) for producing things from an "invisible" corn purse has got to be almost non-existent in the real world." The fram...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 12th, 2017, 2:38 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 2542

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Incidentally, and in connection with this matter I also seem to remember Hugard also stating that too many people give the game away that a card has been forced by being too eager to offer the deck for shuffling after the selection. I think this is correct and even after I do a classic force I neve...

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