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by MagicbyAlfred
April 22nd, 2017, 1:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 915

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: 41
Views: 1855

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: 360

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: 360

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: 209

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: 41
Views: 1855

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: 41
Views: 1855

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: 41
Views: 1855

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: 408

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: 2247

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: 1993

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: 1930

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...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 11th, 2017, 12:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Brad, At this point you are shadow-boxing with yourself and I honestly don't need you to lecture to me. I call em' as I see em. I am an entertainer, and that brings great joy to me, and apparently to those for whom I perform. The people that I perform for night after night are my teachers, and they ...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 11th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

@Performe r: Nice idea as to getting the selection 4th from top and doing an acquitment with the top 3 and then several of the bottom cards Brad Wrote : "and what you still overlook alfred is that there are more things than just the dance of the cards that impact the level of conviction that a...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 10th, 2017, 6:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

PS I think this discussion raises the broader issue of how a performer of a card effect that involves the selection of a card supposedly unknown to the magician and which is supposedly lost in the pack, can create the maximum conviction in a spectator's mind, such that the ultimate effect will be of...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 10th, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

Brad, I am going to try to reiterate my point, and maybe clarify a bit. My original comment was specifically directed to the situation where a card is selected by a spectator, then supposedly irretrievably lost in the deck, and ultimately discovered or revealed by the magician in an astonishing and/...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 10th, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1993

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

I just reread what I initially wrote. I should clarify (and I apologize for not being clear): I've not had untoward reactions to a color changing knife in a performance situation. What I meant to say (and should have made clear) is the reaction I was referring to was what I've noticed with pocket f...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 10th, 2017, 2:20 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

alfred, how a card is best returned to the pack depends upon the effect which is to follow. for example, it is best for an ambitious card effect for the audience to know precisely where the card was returned. i mean, if it were returned randomly and shuffled you could have intentionally or accident...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 9th, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

I disagree with the ploy used by Ron Wilson (and others) to break the ice for walk-around performers by "finding" something lying on the floor and asking if someone lost it. First of all, why would you want to pick up something off the floor, let alone handle it and hand it to people? It ...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 9th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1993

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

Agree with the comment re Don Alan and the switchblade, although personally I know that's one I would not be comfortable performing - the image that it conjures up, and all... Plus, I might have to get a Magician's Insurance Policy that requires premiums! The discussion about the pocket knife remind...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 9th, 2017, 1:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?
Replies: 51
Views: 1930

Re: When Have You Disagreed With A Magic Icon?

I am not going to mention any names - to protect the guilty - but I have seen many illustrious card men, who have been all but deified, routinely cut the pack after a card has been selected and instruct the spectator to: "Place your card here," or "Place your card back in the deck&quo...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 8th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 1993

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

I can only speak from my own experience. I agree with Steve's point that the items in his list are no longer ordinary every-day objects (with the possible exception of the lighter). But I think the broader issue becomes what props are going to be most instrumental in creating the greatest impression...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 7th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 570

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

Brian, Yes, the cigarette through quarter trick is an endangered species, and it would be a shame if it went extinct. I used to do the effect years ago, and you're right, it is a layman killer. I don't do the trick anymore because I have been living in California now for the past 7 years and there a...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 5th, 2017, 9:43 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Grandma does a magic trick
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Grandma does a magic trick

That was the most entertaining trick I have seen in quite a while. It just goes to show that while the hand may not be quicker than the eye, the water definitely is... I really wish Granny would be around to do it as a "guest artist" the next time i happen to encounter a heckler at the bar...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 1st, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4203

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

OK, time to change the subject from this rather unpleasant discourse. People often ask me if I ever sawed a lady in half. To which I respond, "Well, yes, I did once. And now she lives in New York and Chicago." Whoops, looks like I violated Mr. Ben's stern admonition, and now I will have to...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 1st, 2017, 9:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4203

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Christopher, Let me explain something. Nobody that I know of ever said it was not OK to air your views. Just be aware that if you do, others might have another viewpoint, and they get to express their views as well. We can disagree in a gentlemanly fashion; it happens all the time on here - and some...
by MagicbyAlfred
April 1st, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4203

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Brad Jeffers wrote:My assumption (and I believe it is a reasonable one) is that Christopher1979 was kidding.
I base this assumption on the combination of the word haha and a smiley face being strategically placed at the end of his sentence.




:geek:



I respectfully disagree.
by MagicbyAlfred
April 1st, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4203

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

After the fact you can tell just by looking at the halves prior to pushing them together. Realistically (and with a bit of experience) you actually know the moment you've missed a card. Hey Roger, how do you know you have missed a card if you never miss?..... haha. :) I actually didn't read anythin...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 31st, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2247

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

This thread has somehow led me to contemplate what I guess is kind of a profound question: "Why do I perform magic?" Well, of course, I love and am fascinated by magic like most everyone else on here - I have since my first trip to the magic store at age 6 and began giving magic shows soon...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 31st, 2017, 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2247

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

i would not disagree with your astute observations, ZigZagger. But I would add that attempting to categorize anything into "top 3," or top anything, we are immersed into the realm of subjectivity and opinion - which i guess is what you are asking for in any event. As to the detours taken o...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 31st, 2017, 10:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 4203

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I was thinking about Roger's comment of not being able to do a deceptive pass despite over 25 years of trying, and yet the fact that he is able to nail a tabled Faro with unerring accuracy. There just seem to be some moves and flourishes that elude me despite my best efforts. Others have come easy f...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 28th, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 14
Views: 1037

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

I think that is the first trick in Henry Hay's "Learn Magic" book. In some ways I like that book even more than his far more well known classic "The Magicians Handbook" Less tricks but more quality descriptions. And superb illustrations. That coin trick is superbly written up fo...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 28th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 14
Views: 1037

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

Thanks for the link! I had very low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised... This Esquire article by Chip Brown from 1992 mentions his view of himself as a magician and some of his tricks: http://www.chipbrown.net/articles/kesey.htm Yes. A quick little off-the-cuff coin trick, that would be ea...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 27th, 2017, 9:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 861

Re: Question for full-time performers

What Brad said. Each interaction is a new one. Each time you communicate with a spectator that's a new interaction: if you pay attention to the people and their reactions, and interact with them, you won't get bored. I agree. The people are primarily what it's all about, at least if you are into th...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 27th, 2017, 1:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2247

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

"Experience is the best teacher." After forty years as a professional, experience is what I think I have lots of, until I get more of it. Well said. So I guess that one of the things experience "teaches" is that we thought we knew more than we did. She is also a very tough teach...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 27th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2247

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Fascinating topic, with a variety of intriguing and thought-provoking comments by those who have responded. Part of the challenge in trying answer the question "What separates the pro from the amateur?" is in nailing down a definition of terms ("pro" and ""amateur"...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 27th, 2017, 2:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24056

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Oh well, what can I say? Except that in the future I will knot be jumping...

to conclusions.
by MagicbyAlfred
March 26th, 2017, 9:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24056

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

The Product says Daryl's Amazing Acrobatic Knot - what pertains to Pakistan? The trick was originally entitled and marketed as the "Jumping Knot of Pakistan." It is even currently advertised, marketed and sold by various dealers as such. See, e.g., Martin's Magic Collection website: http:...
by MagicbyAlfred
March 26th, 2017, 5:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 24056

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

Here is Daryl's Performance of The Jumping Knot of Pakistan." (Personally, I do not see how that title can be construed as politically incorrect, although I would not disagree with ZigZagger that avoiding the use of the title would be political OVERcorrectness). I have to admit, though, that I ...

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