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by performer
April 30th, 2017, 10:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Carlyle's Law

Indeed. Darryl did perform a very convoluted rope trick and ambitious card routine but I am sure he had the sense never to do such nonsense for an audience of laymen. I am quite sure he kept that silliness for an audience of magicians for whom such complication and lack of understanding of the human...
by performer
April 30th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Carlyle's Law

I do agree about millennials but I don't think it matters a damn what age you are. Direct and uncomplicated plots are ALWAYS the way to go. What happens if you are working to drunks or inattentive audiences? Or you are a street performer? Or a trade show magician? Or working anywhere where you have ...
by performer
April 29th, 2017, 5:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Murray
Replies: 0
Views: 150

Murray

I was delighted to find this article on the internet. I gave the author some assistance with it and this is mentioned in the article. Murray was a real character. http://www.adriancraddock.com/murray-the-magician/ And of course I mentioned him in this clip about 8 minutes in: https://www.youtube.com...
by performer
April 28th, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoiler Alert!
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Spoiler Alert!

I didn't know about this book. Ryan has my congratulations. He just told me a few days ago he wants to become a svengali pitchman. May God have mercy on his soul....................... I've pitched on and off for the last ten years different items and even sold the Svengali deck but never done a fu...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 9:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1292

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Indeed. They don't seem to notice for some odd reason. Mind you I wouldn't make a habit of it!
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1292

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Brother Hamman's "Final Aces" had been mostly forgotten by the early 1970s. When Garcia repopularized "McDonald's Aces," Gene Maze found his old set of "Final Aces" and was killing all of us. Then another cardman found Marlo's routine with the split-back cards (half ba...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 4:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1292

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Yes, I would agree that it is the best lay down procedure I have seen although a bit of a nuisance to prepare. I prefer to have the gaffed cards in my jacket pocket and load them when I need them. However, I do quite like Ricky Jay's work. Alas I have never been over keen with his overly theatrical ...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1292

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

Appreciate you taking time to share your insights, guys! I still remember the first time I saw the effect performed by a demonstrator at Tannen's. Although I had limited experience in magic at the time, to this day, I remember the anticipation expecting the 2nd and 3rd aces vanish. Once the first a...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 6:55 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Hi Mark. You can start here if you're interested in what's known about the original game. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot_card_games Apparently there's a lot of textual evidence in the historical record. I'd be happy to lend you a DVD of my documentary on the Tarot if we can figure out where an...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 6:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1292

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

This is the strongest trick in my repertoire. It gets an astonishing reaction. I think the key is to make sure the spectator puts his hand on the cards. In fact decades ago when I first started doing it I got the spectator to actually sit on the cards and I think the reaction was even stronger. Howe...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 5:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

Re: On the Pass

If using a regular deck, this would necessitate _ a _ m _ n _ Palming is the word your looking for. I felt sure it was daemons. I have finally figured it all out. It has taken me a couple of days to do it though. I did figure out number one pretty quickly but the latter two took a bit of effort. On...
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 5:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 856

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

I am more intrigued that Vernon smoked like a chimney and somehow managed to live until 98 than any card trick he used to do.
by performer
April 27th, 2017, 12:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: illegal to reveal magic tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 3383

Re: illegal to reveal magic tricks

I wish to God it WAS illegal but alas that ain't gonna happen! Mind you Hitler made it illegal to publish magic secrets in German newspapers so he did get one thing right anyway.
by performer
April 26th, 2017, 11:58 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 7
Views: 2257

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 performer
April 26th, 2017, 11:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

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 performer
April 26th, 2017, 11:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

Re: On the Pass

Dearie me! It appears that I shall have to educate the masses on these matters. Still, some of us are born to lead and some of us are born to follow. I fully accept that many of you know a lot about how card tricks work. However, it also appears that many of you know little about how the human mind ...
by performer
April 26th, 2017, 11:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

Re: On the Pass

You do not shuffle after doing a Pass. Riffling the deck is an action like snapping the fingers, or a gesture. Agreed. If you're going to shuffle, there is no sense doing a pass in the first place. CORRECT! There IS no sense doing the pass in the first place! At least not if you are using it as a c...
by performer
April 26th, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

Re: On the Pass

Richard. It is the "than not" that would make me nervous. Paul Le Paul also stated that one should aim to perform sleights that require no misdirection other than the misdirection inherent in the move itself. In other words no misdirection. I think that is an extremely daft idea. Having sa...
by performer
April 26th, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

Re: On the Pass

Oh, I don't perform for other magicians. I have never understood why anyone would want to do that but each to their own. I believe if you make a habit of it there is a possibility it can affect your work for laymen if you are not very careful indeed. In any case I am very sceptical about invisible p...
by performer
April 26th, 2017, 11:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 17
Views: 1479

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

Actually in many cases the longer you have been doing it the crappier you get. I bet if the majority of the people on this forum were to examine their competence now compared to their competence when they were in their early twenties they will realise they have gone downhill rather than forwards. Th...
by performer
April 26th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 42
Views: 1937

Re: On the Pass

The key to the pass is to do it when nobody is looking at your hands.
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Yes. I would be interested in having a look at it. I know I will be at the Browser's Den on Wednesday for sure. And yes. I already looked at the Wikipedia link as well as this very interesting blog. https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/what-every-newbie-tarot-reader-should-know-about-the-histo...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoiler Alert!
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Spoiler Alert!

I didn't know about this book. Ryan has my congratulations.
He just told me a few days ago he wants to become a svengali pitchman. May God have mercy on his soul.......................
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Carlyle's Law

I have seen many mentalists even famous ones and they all bore me to tears. There have been however a tiny few I enjoyed, usually the less long winded ones. Come to think of it there was only one long winded one I ever liked and he wasn't really a mentalist. I have no idea what the hell he was come ...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

After researching the matter it seems that the game I was wondering about was some sort of Bridge related thing. I still don't know what the Death Card, the Hanged Man and the Tower card have to do with Bridge but I won't worry about it too much.
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

One book that explored the idea of magic trick using tarot cards was Stephen Minch's Book of Thoth (a title it shares with Crowley's book on the subject). It might be of interest to some to note, that while the tarot is understood as the ancestor of the playing card, modern scholarship has turned t...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Carlyle's Law

Nor me!
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Carlyle's Law

Pete McCabe wrote:You should watch a good mentalist. All their tricks are extremely direct.


Yes, their tricks are often direct. However, they have a certain genius for making them complicated. A few less words on their part would help.
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 2:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 12
Views: 474

Re: Carlyle's Law

I agree with this. Complication makes people tune out very quickly. Particularly mentalists. They get so complicated that by the time the end of the trick comes around you forget what the hell the beginning was. I can never follow the effect let alone work out how it is done. A trick should be direc...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Oh, and if any of you have any interest in using Tarot cards for the purpose that they are more generally known for there is only one source which is the way, the truth and the light in these matters. I know the presenter personally and can confirm that he is an unadulterated genius in this sort of ...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Many more people are familiar with tarot cards than you might imagine and in fact many amateurs dabble in it for their own entertainment. In general regular playing cards give vastly more scope for magic than Tarot cards too. However, there are a few tricks around that you can do with them and I vag...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

There are certainly bridge size tarot decks. I actually own one. Alas, although I handle Tarot Cards probably more than anyone else here the idea of doing tricks with them horrifies me no end. It seems sacrilegious to me and I fear I might be struck down by lightning if I did so. However, I wish yo...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 7:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 41
Views: 1334

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

It appears that I am being followed.
by performer
April 22nd, 2017, 5:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

MagicbyAlfred wrote:I really like Performer's Dotty Spots routine - very entertaining!


Thank you. I have been doing it a long, long time......................
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4794
Views: 1759648

Re: ERDNASE

I also have the Coles edition. It is falling to bits just like myself. No picture of Erdnase on the cover though. I like it far better than the Dover effort as the print is at least bold and readable. I remember reading the book years ago and being astonished that I could do many of the sleights alr...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

Terry is a brilliant children's entertainer and I even remember him doing the cups and balls (of all things) on British television about a thousand years ago or so. His spot routine is a very good one but I wish he would dump that awful Yorkshire accent! Here I am doing the Dotty Spots at 5.48 https...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2237

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 any...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2237

Re: Royal road to card magic

Anyway, I thank Alfred for his support and I am now making further progress on the book. The ironic thing is that it is the begrudgers who have spurred me on. If they had said nothing I would have lapsed into writer's procrastination which is an awful disease. Ironically, it was a magic writer who h...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 2237

Re: Royal road to card magic

AJM wrote:I despair at what this forum has become.


Then I suggest you amuse yourself better at the Magic Cafe. There are people there more suited to your calibre of work. Methinks your presence would be enhanced by your absence.
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:18 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

Neither have I and it is STILL my favourite trick!

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