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by MagicbyAlfred
January 14th, 2018, 12:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: Discussion: Your opinion on designer decks?

I have been using Bicycles for decades, and one reason, among others, is that I want no observable discrepancy between tricks done FASDIU and my ID, which is the closer. However, I have gotten into collecting the so-called designer decks over the past couple years. Many of these decks, as well as th...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 8th, 2018, 7:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 82
Views: 8693

Re: Royal road to card magic

it seems like a very good idea to add the Appendix. From what I have seen of Performer's uncompleted book, it goes well beyond the designation of Card Tricks for Beginners, and includes sage advice on performance/entertainment, including, but not limited to presentation and patter.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 6th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit Card To Wallet
Replies: 17
Views: 802

Re: Credit Card To Wallet

AJM wrote:Bob

I’ll ask Mrs AJM - from my credit card statements it seems she has found a way to do this.

Regards

Andrew


That's funny! Clever line.
by MagicbyAlfred
January 4th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2002

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Yes, Leo, good point. The fun of magic! That is (and always has been) why I'm in the game...
by MagicbyAlfred
January 3rd, 2018, 3:42 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction
Replies: 44
Views: 2002

Re: David Alexander's 'Holy Grail' Open Prediction

Inquisitive Wrote : "I am inclined to agree with you that the effect *seems* impossible. However, that said, Tom is a reputed magician/mentalist. Personally, I find it hard to believe that he cooked up a hoax just to play mind games with others lasting over 10 years...Also, given the fact that...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 30th, 2017, 1:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

The first phase of John Mendoza's "Red/Black Shuffle Routine" from "My Best" DVD series, Volume 1, is a very streamlined OOTW. The red and black leader or guide cards are dispensed with all together, much less having to switch them around in the middle of the routine. It is brill...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I like the view that the best tricks give the spectators a great story to tell their friends: "Then we did this , and that happened!" OOTW, perhaps? What better story for a spectator to tell his friends? Yes. Or "And then he threw the deck of cards upwards, off the edge of the boat, ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 29th, 2017, 1:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Jack Shalom wrote:I like the view that the best tricks give the spectators a great story to tell their friends: "Then we did this, and that happened!"


OOTW, perhaps?

What better story for a spectator to tell his friends?
by MagicbyAlfred
December 28th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

TYPO ALERT: In the passage quoted from Effective Card Magic in my previous post, the sentence, "Play up the "fairness" angle underplay the "working" moments have the deck under your control or must perform some manipulation," should read: "Play up the 'fairness' an...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 28th, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

It has been fascinating to read all the various comments on this thread. It has led me to delve deeper into what makes a trick optimally strong for laymen. I am talking in general terms now, as there is wide spread agreement that a certain effect will be stronger or weaker depending on the individua...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 25th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

[quote="Tom Gilbert"]J. C. Wagner once said (not a direct quote), "you show them this killer sleight of hand with cards and coins and all they talk about is the f**** rabbits." It's true. I have had grown men - "sophisticated" millionaires at clubs in Palm Beach - come ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 25th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

No worries. Enjoy!
by MagicbyAlfred
December 25th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

I remember years and years ago seeing David Berglas throw a deck of cards behind his back and catch them in the other hand. I can't remember whether they were in a box or not but it was very impressive. I bet he doesn't do it any more! I've done that with a ball, but never a box of cards. Not as ha...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 25th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

That is an old beer mat trick. It words with a card box as well, like you said. It looks best if the mat or box flips only 180 degrees and is caught in the same hand that does the initial strike. I will post a video if I get chance. Will a beer mat placed on a table on its narrow edge (a tiny fract...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 25th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

I guess this kind of fits in with the general tenor of this thread, but I recently came up with a little flourish that's kind of cool (although I fully expect that someone will point out that it was actually published in some obscure book or periodical in the 1700's). Anyway, it is done before the c...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 24th, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4257

Re: Magic Books 2017

Did Houdini also have a ghost writer(s) for his expose on Robert-Houdin? No, Harry wrote The Unmasking himself, but as time went on he gave the writing chores to others. Thanks for the clarification, Leo. I started reading the unmasking several months ago and was impressed with the writing style an...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 24th, 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Is getting the strongest reaction the same as fooling them? In the case of some sponge ball performances, I've seen, I'm 99% sure that no one was fooled, but they screamed nevertheless. I think that may be why some magicians just abhor the sponge balls. (I like the sponge rabbits :-) ). PS: I think...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 24th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4257

Re: Magic Books 2017

Absolutely! Magical enough for Houdini to write a whole book on "Paper Magic." How true Alfred, except Houdini had his books written for him by magicians like Walter Gibson, and Oscar Teale. Thanks for educating me on that. Did Houdini also have a ghost writer(s) for his expose on Robert-...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 24th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4257

Re: Magic Books 2017

Absolutely! Magical enough for Houdini to write a whole book on "Paper Magic."
by MagicbyAlfred
December 23rd, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

Joe wrote: "As you place the deck down to the table - bevel the deck forward slightly. Then when you go to pick up the deck press down on the beveled front edge of the deck, and the deck will pivot up slightly allowing you to cleanly pick up the deck in one simple movement." I've been sitt...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 23rd, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

Thanks Leo! Have a Happy Holiday and a Magical New Year!
by MagicbyAlfred
December 23rd, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: Improve Your Card Magic Using This 1 Weird Trick!

It's a good tip. Thanx!

While we are at it, let me throw in my little holiday pasteboard tip. Ever have trouble picking up a card or cards off the floor? Just use another playing card and scoop it/them up.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 23rd, 2017, 2:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1704

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Robert77 wrote: "When I see multiple magicians do an effect, say selected card to wallet, using three different methods, odds are good they'll all look like one trick to me. Where's the 'art' in that?? As compared to what? The picture of the Jerome print you posted in which it appears the subje...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 22nd, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1704

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Robert77 Wrote: "Well for one thing there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand magic. Unless you're a magician." But could not the same thing be said about music - that there's not an objective way to rate/grade/understand music unless you're a musician? But that fact would not ...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 22nd, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1704

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

Has anyone seen Cellini's Silent Chinese Linking Ring's routine? And what about Mike Close's Frog Prince Card Routine or his Card on Forehead Routine, or Bill Malone's version of Sam the Bellhop? Reasonable minds may differ on the definition of "art," because it is somewhat of a moving tar...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 22nd, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

[quote="I.M. Magician"]Is there really just one trick that gets the biggest reaction? Wouldn't several fit that category and would it be relative to who the performer is? Yes, I.M. Magician, you are right, but the question is more specific - i.e. which trick that YOU personally do gets the...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 22nd, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Mark Collier wrote:I would say the $100 bill switch consistently gets the best reactions. People have an emotional connection with money and if someone could really do magic, they would turn dollars into hundreds rather than do tricks with cards or some other prop.


That's very good point.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 22nd, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

No, I've never done so, though I know many prefer it. How do you feel about it? I like that you can show the faces of the cards in the Ultra Mental. It seems more fair to me. Yes, that is a good point re the fairness aspect of the Ultra Mental, and you are right on the money that it is super strong...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1704

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

My understanding of Performer's point is that magic is always an art, but that it is rarely artfully performed.
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 9:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Jack,

Have you done any performing with the Brainwave deck? If so how would you compare the reactions to it with those to Ultra Mental?
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts
Replies: 34
Views: 1704

Re: Allan Slaight Chair for the Conjuring Arts

I am persuaded by Performer's defense of magic as an art, and completely agree with his arguments. If the fact that there are individuals who do a particular endeavor poorly, or even fail to do it skillfully or beautifully, eliminates that endeavor from being considered an art, then nothing is an ar...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 21st, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 47
Views: 2704

The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I thought it might be interesting to pose this question: What trick or routine that you do gets the best reaction for laymen? It can be a well-known or obscure trick, published or unpublished, original or not, or a trick or routine to which you have done your own modifications and/or variations. And...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 18th, 2017, 6:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 20711

Re: Ennobling Magic

as someone said, give them an experience they value more than knowing the method and they will work to maintain that experience - they will strive to maintain the deception even becoming willfully complicit to it It is an important point, and one which would seem to be solidly supported by the Cana...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 17th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 20711

Re: Ennobling Magic

Another version of Chan's book test, post retirement: https://youtu.be/5jqiQ2kr3Os?t=1m58s Okay, so Chan must have had the gift where people wanted to believe in him to the point where they would ignore that which could be discerned by simple observation and/or common sense. I mean, after Chan aske...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 17th, 2017, 2:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 20711

Re: Ennobling Magic

Jolly good stories and observations, Performer, about this fascinating man, who as you say, was "absolutely riveting." The secret to his being such a hit despite (or perhaps, in part, because o f) 75% of his tricks going awry? Perhaps his name provides a clue to the formula for his success...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 16th, 2017, 12:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4931

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

First, let me say that I do not have even the shadow of a doubt that the Poker Player's Picnic, in its original form, has worked like a charm for Performer in the 60 some years in which he has been performing it and that no one has ever questioned the procedure. Still in all, there are times when th...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 14th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4931

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Where would Chapter II go in the reformatted scheme of things?
by MagicbyAlfred
December 10th, 2017, 11:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 622
Views: 20711

Re: Ennobling Magic

It may be that the most important and effective "lies" of a magician are the ones he tells to himself. We must convince ourselves that the empty hand is holding the coin, come as close as possible to believing it with the utmost conviction, and convey that belief and conviction to the spec...
by MagicbyAlfred
December 8th, 2017, 6:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 35
Views: 3240

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I think Gilbreadth can be fascinating and entertaining to a layman if presented in a a fascinating and entertaining way, and one which destroys any suspicion that mathematics could be at work. I like to explain how when times were lean I could get by, by playing a gambling game in which the odds of ...

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