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by performer
August 19th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Matthew Field wrote:This thread makes me sick.


Indeed. I get the same feeling when I visit the Magic Circle.
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 9:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I am sure I will get all beaten up by criticizing these famous magicians, but why the hell would you do a pick/remember a card trick in this situation?! If a beginner in magic does that I understand. But these pros? If you want to do a card trick in this situation you do a color change, or a twisti...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

It sounds like the cashier's focus was diverted when Williamson offered a bet that would allow him to escape paying for part of his bill. From that point on, her focus may well have been entirely on her register not coming up short of its expected cash total, which depended on her not being tricked...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

I know it may sound odd coming from me of all people but the key to this particular situation is humility. You don't show how good you are. You show how humble you are. Even how slightly embarrassed you are. You let them underestimate you and then you go in for the kill. But I lied when I said this ...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

No reflection on these worthy chaps of course but I don't share your confidence. And of course the cashier was receptive to magic. After all she asked for it in the first place. All I can say is that I GUARANTEE that I would have had her gasping and laughing within seconds, without having to resort ...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Well, that's on me and my descriptive abilities. Both of them were doing a fine job of presenting a pick-a-card trick on the spur of the moment. There is an art to performing on the spur of the moment. A knowledge of people and psychology. And a good dollop of common sense. That includes saying the...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Q. Kumber wrote:Nor me.


I am glad to see that I am not alone.
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

From the above description I am not in the least surprised the cashier didn't react.
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 7:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MAGIC Live 2017?
Replies: 39
Views: 2105

Re: MAGIC Live 2017?

Steve Valentine was emcee, and while I always enjoy him, a friend at dinner pointed out that there were a couple of "moments" backstage that a really good emcee would have covered better. He also would make jokes at the expense of the acts which had just finished, which isn't what you wan...
by performer
August 18th, 2017, 7:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sam the Bellhop for kids?
Replies: 13
Views: 513

Re: Sam the Bellhop for kids?

That is an awkward one isn't it? I get all sorts of tricks wrong probably about 30% of the time and always have. So it isn't just age. Merely incompetence. However, in 90% of cases it doesn't make the blindest bit of difference. In fact it is often an asset because it lowers the natural resentment o...
by performer
August 17th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 51
Views: 3739

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

tdk408 wrote:
performer wrote:He is not very sociable I am afraid.


And yet he seems so amiable. Just wanted to compliment him on his presentation, is all. Pass along my best wishes.


I just did pass on your good wishes. I also passed on your compliments on his presentation. His response was "naturally".
by performer
August 16th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 51
Views: 3739

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

AMIABLE!!! Best laugh of the day! However, I will certainly pass on your good wishes to him. As for your positive opinion of his presentation I can assure you that he always appreciates adulation mixed with great praise and glory. I am afraid he doesn't get as much as he deserves, particularly here....
by performer
August 16th, 2017, 8:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hip Hip Replacement!
Replies: 11
Views: 620

Re: Hip Hip Replacement!

It seems that US health care is just as disorganised as Canadian health care is supposed to be if not more so, despite all the misinformation that Americans get about how it all works up here. All I know is that the doctors in Toronto seem to be among the best in the world and they are never stuck i...
by performer
August 16th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 51
Views: 3739

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

He is not very sociable I am afraid. What did you want to talk about?
by performer
August 10th, 2017, 9:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

jkeyes, i don't think you understand anything about magic or how it works. You clearly don't understand anything about the hoy principle. i wish i could help you. But i know that you are incapable of learning. you are the student whose cup is already full. Perhaps when you get older and mature some...
by performer
August 10th, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

You can do my “Impromptu Book Test” without the subliminal idea and eliminate a lot of the patter. You could pare it down to a few minutes if you are a fast talker. It breaks down essentially as a free choice of two books. The volunteer is asked to decide which section of the book to focus on if it...
by performer
August 10th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 948

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

A grizzled old pro I know who is even older than me said to me a couple of weeks ago that magic as we know it will be dead within 10 years with all this internet exposure and too easy access to information which is supposed to be secret. I thought he was being overly pessimistic but sometimes I wond...
by performer
August 10th, 2017, 8:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

At least with the Hoy version I can understand the effect. It sounds like you are doing the Hoy effect with the "mental haze" aspect. I still can't figure out the effect from your description but if it is the same as the Hoy effect I will go with that. The truth of the matter is that every...
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

Indeed. Don't run when nobody's chasing you.
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 9:29 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work
Replies: 18
Views: 948

Re: Magician David Kwong Breaks Down How Illusions Work

That's all we need.............................
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

I STILL don't know what the effect is! I shouldn't worry about people figuring out the method. I doubt they will even figure out the effect! However, with regard to concealing methods it seems from what I am surmising that you have a bit of a guilty conscience when performing. A good magician needs ...
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 3:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

OK. I just read the description. I still don't know what the effect is. I was almost following things until the dreaded instructions to jot things down. I got completely lost at that point. And then the awful word "algorithim" did me in completely. As a consolation for you I have no object...
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

How long does this extravaganza of a book test go on for? I haven't quite read through the description yet. I do know that a sign of a good trick is if you can describe the effect in one sentence. Let's see if you can do that!
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

OK. In that case I had better give you an example. When I was arguing with these two worthies I had noticed five minutes before the argument started that one of the said worthies was doing some long winded card trick and building it up too much with far too much waffle. I said nothing but thought &q...
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Johnny Thompson book pre-order
Replies: 8
Views: 902

Re: Johnny Thompson book pre-order

I am astonished at the price. I am sure it is a good book though. I thought Johnny Thompson was pretty good.
by performer
August 9th, 2017, 5:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

This is what I mean when I constantly preach about it being far more important to know how to manipulate the people rather than manipulate the props. You have to sum up the character of the people you are showing the tricks to. With President Trump you would have to be very careful how you would pre...
by performer
August 8th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

It is an incredibly good trick. In fact some of the greatest card tricks of all time have been more or less self working. If you think of Do as I Do, the Piano Trick, Out of this World, Poker Player's Picnic you will know what I mean. Any of these done well with decent presentation will get just as ...
by performer
August 8th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

The Piano Trick is just great the way it is. Who the hell wants to walk around with 8 pairs of socks? Or even in a set show carry that stuff around? I don't see any particular advantage in it anyway. It should be done with cards the way it is supposed to be. I have used it for decades. As for Twisti...
by performer
August 8th, 2017, 3:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Your Go to Trick or Routine
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Your Go to Trick or Routine

I think Brad is more or less correct here. I perform what trick I decide is best under the circumstances prevailing. I have certain tricks for certain people and certain groups. I have certain tricks for certain atmospheres. A quiet atmosphere gets one trick--a boisterous group gets another. However...
by performer
August 4th, 2017, 10:50 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Oddly enough I also tell people that I am using a trick deck I purchased from a magic shop when I perform the svengali deck at a trade show or other entertainment event. I sort of feel that I have to since the deck is so well known and even if they aren't when they see a deck all made up of the same...
by performer
August 1st, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

While in San Francisco, California, the early part of this year, Chester Morris called on Bob Stull at his magic emporium, and in the course of his chat with him told of a visit he had had with Jim Sherman at the latter’s magic studio in Chicago, Illinois. Jim, Chester related, told of receiving an...
by performer
August 1st, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: When Houdini escaped Britain.
Replies: 16
Views: 887

Re: When Houdini escaped Britain.

But to bring the topic back to Houdini, Murray told me how much he disliked Houdini and he would snort at the very mention of his name. He told me that Houdini would have awkward members of the audience taken out the back door of the theatre and beaten up in the alley! I suppose that WOULD make him...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: When Houdini escaped Britain.
Replies: 16
Views: 887

Re: When Houdini escaped Britain.

While I am gossiping about famous dead magicians I do have a little anecdote concerning Dante. I was selling svengali decks at some exhibition in Cardiff some decades ago and there was a grey haired old man watching me. When I finished he informed me that he used to be Dante's stage manager. He told...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: When Houdini escaped Britain.
Replies: 16
Views: 887

Re: When Houdini escaped Britain.

To this day I have no idea what he was referring to. I think that at one point Houdini was President of the SAM although I may be wrong. Yes, he was President of the SAM from 1917 to 1926. Don't know why Mulholland would say that about Houdini. I don't know why he said it either. I just know he sai...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 8:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: When Houdini escaped Britain.
Replies: 16
Views: 887

Re: When Houdini escaped Britain.

To this day I have no idea what he was referring to. I think that at one point Houdini was President of the SAM although I may be wrong. It may have been something to do with that. I heard Mulholland say it with my own ears. I found him a mite unpleasant and condescending. It was at the Magic Circle...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
erdnasephile wrote:
performer wrote:Incidentally I would never do the Dutch Looper in a performance for the public.


This is an interesting statement to me. May I please respectfully ask for your thinking behind this?
...


What do you think of Alex Elmsley's Four Card Trick?


I have no idea. I have never seen it.
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Incidentally I would never do the Dutch Looper in a performance for the public . This is an interesting statement to me. May I please respectfully ask for your thinking behind this? Is it due to the use of a gaffed card? If so, one could construct the routine to finish clean (e.g., Valentine) and/o...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

No. Not that one. And I think I have the title wrong. It is in fact "The Pimpernel Queen". Or at least that is the title attributed to it in Jon's excellent begnner's book on card magic, "The Amazing Book of Card Tricks" on page 52. Alas it is only a tiny fraction of the routine ...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 4:05 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

I appreciate Performer sharing Clive's gag/surprise kicker to OOTW with the joker. It sounds really good and I am going to use it. It IS really good! You won't regret it. I have all sorts of other simple embellishments but I am getting a vibe that for now I had better keep them to myself as I know ...
by performer
July 31st, 2017, 4:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 11040

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

A "Scarlett Pimpernel" routine and the gaffed card is described in "Three Card Monte as Entertainment" by Ganson I vaguely remember seeing this but I doubt very much it is the Tremaine routine. It is a very involved routine with many phases. I remember it using at least one doub...

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