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by performer
July 20th, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 70
Views: 21430

Re: Jennings 67

Mark, I can testify that Larry was a great performer in person. I was fortunate to meet him at Joe Steven's convention at the Tropicana (1989?). He had some of the largest hands I've seen and a very low key performing style. With certain exceptions, video has a way to dull the viewers senses, at le...
by performer
July 17th, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 70
Views: 21430

Re: Jennings 67

My opinion of Bruce Cervon has just gone up dramatically now that I have read he thought the best book on magic was the Royal Road to Card Magic! I must say I get a bit uncomfortable about saying rude things about dead people although I don't mind a bit if they are alive. It is not so much the feeli...
by performer
July 17th, 2017, 2:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1249

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Performer Wrote : "It is indeed an excellent item. I never ask the spectator where the Queen is except for one point near the end where it doesn't matter whether he gets it right or wrong. It is probably a good idea to avoid that question." I agree. Proving a spectator wrong is not genera...
by performer
July 17th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett
Replies: 20
Views: 1249

Re: Frank Garcia on Dick Cavett

Bill, no more street monte. I think I have a famous Svengali pitch man recorded on the streets of New York. Naturally I would be interested to see that. As for the Vernon 3 card monte I have been doing it for decades. It is indeed an excellent item. I never ask the spectator where the Queen is exce...
by performer
July 12th, 2017, 10:17 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 54
Views: 18676

Re: DeLand

I think the De Land Deck is a fantastic trick deck of cards. Quite ingenious. I used to advertise it heavily when I had a magic studio. It actually used to be a pitch deck many years ago. There was a guy called Seewald who used to pitch them and keep Adams going from his sales alone. In fact he was ...
by performer
July 11th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How to make money doing close up magic!
Replies: 25
Views: 8561

Re: How to make money doing close up magic!

I just noticed this thread. I bet not a single person in the last seven years has done anything with the idea. And that includes me the inventor. Maybe somebody should.
by performer
July 11th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Levante Book
Replies: 12
Views: 1330

Re: Levante Book

Oddly enough I once saw Levante work once. I even stole a gag of his which I use to this day. Mind you, it wasn't funny when he did it and it isn't funny when I do it either. I do remember he was way past his prime when I saw him. He should have read my famous essay on "dropping details". ...
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Oddly enough it WOULD work perfectly with a svengali deck! I might just try it since I have the deck so often in my hand! I would never do that display of the top half though. Complete waste of time and energy. When you slow the action of a trick down like that it loses the impact.
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I see that Harry is discussing this on the magic cafe. I like his version the best although I do agree with Kent about his way of ending. I can do it but I have never been comfortable with it although I am sure Harry does it to perfection. I may well investigate alternative methods for doing this. V...
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I thought of a svengali deck but I can tell by looking at the ends if that is the case. However, the Mirage Deck (what we British in our superior wisdom call the Rough and Smooth deck) could be used instead. However this entire conversation, amusing and intriguing as it is brings back the old saying...
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Oddly enough although this is not the way that Kent did it, it COULD be done with saliva! Just a moment. I am going to test it out! Good God! It works! I remember that Malini would do a colour change and show that the two cards were not next to each other by using saliva so they would stick together...
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Luigi Anzivino wrote:This is… devious and wonderful! But unless I'm mistaken (and I probably am) you told one great big lie which is having all the magicians scratching their heads.


Yes. I sense a lie too and have done from the beginning.
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Quite frankly I don't like the showing of the upper packet. It wastes time and lessens the impact. If your reasoning is simply that the spectator will name the wrong card deliberately then that can easily be solved by the spectator showing the card to the rest of the audience. However, I am suspicio...
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 12:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I watched the video again and have no idea what you were up to. I was suspicious of saliva for a moment because of you wetting your finger but it doesn't seem to have been that after all. Anyway best of luck with it.
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

Then there must be some kind of bloody mark since I saw it before you tossed the card. And the card ended up just where I saw it. Perhaps you forced the card and it had some kind of marking down the edge or maybe there was a key card marked or something. I had better watch the video again.
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I knew where the card was going to be since I saw a little step in the deck but of course I am psychic and know these things. And it appears there IS a reason, after all, that the card has to be named. It does give a warning if you have missed I assume. And I bet it does miss from time to time. But ...
by performer
July 10th, 2017, 4:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stabbed in the Pack
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Stabbed in the Pack

I have messed about with this trick for years. I have only done it once for a layman and he said it was the best trick I had ever showed him. I do it rarely because I am not that good with it and it only works about half the time because of my uselessness. However, nowadays I have great outs if it d...
by performer
July 7th, 2017, 8:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3836

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Bloody hell! Are they still arguing?
by performer
July 4th, 2017, 4:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 3836

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

My only objection to these kind of special effects is that everybody finds out about it too soon!
by performer
July 1st, 2017, 8:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2618

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

It sounds like a very difficult job. Stressful and tiring I imagine. I must say the ad is terrible and liable to scare people off instead of entice them. Yeah, I'm thinking about dressing up as that ad for this coming Halloween. Should get me an unprecedented amount of candy, while scaring off any ...
by performer
June 30th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 2618

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

It sounds like a very difficult job. Stressful and tiring I imagine. I must say the ad is terrible and liable to scare people off instead of entice them.
by performer
June 26th, 2017, 6:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

I never watch the trick because to be frank watching tricks bores me stiff. However if the presentation is good I might pay attention to that. In fact I have often watched something and quilte liked it even though I have no idea what the trick was. If the patter is good (I refuse to use that pretent...
by performer
June 24th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 1203

Re: Convention Session Etiquette?

When someone asks me to explain a trick that I am doing I also refer them to wherever I learned it. I refuse to divulge the method there and then not because of ethical reasons which quite frankly are the last thing I am worried about but because I can't be bothered. Even if I do a lecture somewhere...
by performer
June 23rd, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4995

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

I can already do about a hundred or so and indeed very well. And about another hundred or so I can half do. How many more am I supposed to bloody do? I know too many already. It is about time I gave up magic not learn more of it. I have already done 60 years of it. It is about time I took up stamp c...
by performer
June 22nd, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4995

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Mark, you might actually like my book that Richard is publishing soon. It's all easy to do card tricks that work for real people. Oh, are you one of the new hot shots? Still, I suppose that is OK since not only have I heard of you, you have actually spent money with me so that does raise you somewh...
by performer
June 22nd, 2017, 6:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4995

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Well said, Mark. Richard is a hero. His efforts will be treasured for a very long time to come. I am glad that someone has noticed it anyway. It reminds me of the fact that Harry Stanley got little recognition from the magic community at the time he brought out the incredibly influential Vernon and...
by performer
June 21st, 2017, 5:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4995

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Mark, you might actually like my book that Richard is publishing soon. It's all easy to do card tricks that work for real people. Oh, are you one of the new hot shots? Still, I suppose that is OK since not only have I heard of you, you have actually spent money with me so that does raise you somewh...
by performer
June 21st, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4995

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Sadly, I think there may be some truth in the statement that the younger magicians would have little interest, if even any, in Larry Jennings. Not all of them of course but alas most of them. The ones who will be interested in him will be the serious students of the art and thank goodness for that. ...
by performer
June 19th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really Suzy Wandas?
Replies: 25
Views: 5525

Re: Is this really Suzy Wandas?

Thank you kindly.
by performer
June 19th, 2017, 6:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really Suzy Wandas?
Replies: 25
Views: 5525

Re: Is this really Suzy Wandas?

The video is unavailable now. What a shame! I would like to have seen it!
by performer
June 16th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Oh my God! I watched 6 minutes of that preview and after that I couldn't stand any more! It was utterly horrendous and I have never seen anything so bad in my life! Magic has gone down the drain! I think at this stage of my life it is probably time to give it up. After watching that exhibition of aw...
by performer
June 16th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I might be imagining this but I suspect that Simon Cowell is enjoying magic much more than he used to. I bet it is the close up magicians he has been seeing lately that have changed his attitude. There is nothing stronger than magic done right up close under your eyes, preferably with the most munda...
by performer
June 16th, 2017, 5:32 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I must say that I am really a master of getting things off topic.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 11:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

MagicbyAlfred wrote:It would seem that if the two brothers belonged to a set of triplets, that would be at least a correct (if not the correct) solution to the puzzle.


Correct!
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Simple. A married female gay couple, both pregnant with the same donator. ...or, did they maybe also have one brother who was pacifist? Dearie me! Certainly not! Well, both answers fully answer the puzzle as given. But neither gay parents nor triplets are accepted as viable solutions. So it is not ...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 10:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I.M. Magician wrote:One or both were adopted?


Nope. I should have mentioned that they had the same mother and same father. I knew I missed something out.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 10:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Uhh.. I think the answer was already given by a certain landmark. That is perhaps what made me think of it. However, I was hoping people wouldn't notice. And they haven't. And didn't. May I remind you of the old adage "silence is golden". I rather think you should emulate Mr Mullins in th...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 361: Terry Herbert - A Right Jolly Old Elf
Replies: 1
Views: 329

Re: 361: Terry Herbert - A Right Jolly Old Elf

I remember first seeing Terry do the Cups and Balls on television approximately a hundred years ago or so. I remember it was black and white television anyway. I mentioned to him a couple of years ago and he was astonished I remembered it.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Brad Jeffers wrote:They were Marianists, like Brother John Hamman.


Nope.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 3124

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...

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