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by performer
July 27th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

Good God! I have just found a VHS video by Patrick Page devoted entirely to this trick! I didn't even know I had it. I shall now have to watch it and save me wading through his instructions!
by performer
July 27th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

I just made one. It took me ten minutes. I was wrong about the Scotch tape though. That was another way of making the flap I have seen in the past. Pat's version does not use Scotch tape after all. I used a glue stick and a pair of scissors. It is a very delicate business and I am quite sure that bo...
by performer
July 27th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

Patrick Page's "Kitson Miracle" is a fabulous version of the Monte trick. You can show the fronts and backs of all three cards. I pleaded with him to include it in "Magic Page by Page", which I edited, but to no avail. The trick is marketed by Patrick Page Magic, based in Englan...
by performer
July 27th, 2017, 5:40 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

I don't have it, but there seem to be some gaffed versions in Ganson's Teach-In on the Three Card Monte: http://archive.denisbehr.de/show.php?book=979 There's also this, which mentions Jerry Mentzer's English Monte: http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/magmonte.htm Ah, this is now ringing a bell! At l...
by performer
July 26th, 2017, 4:54 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

Dunno. I vaguely remember a written photographic description, possibly by Ganson, somewhere of an "English Monte" but I can't remember if it is the same as the Dutch Looper. It might even have been in one of those Supreme Magic teach-in booklets. I wish I could remember more. Mind you, I w...
by performer
July 25th, 2017, 8:00 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

I actually purchased the Kitson Miracle from Pat when he came to Toronto to do a lecture. I have it somewhere. I seem to remember being vaguely disappointed with the instructions which weren't very clear. Or perhaps the print was too small or something. I wish I could remember what bothered me. I sh...
by performer
July 25th, 2017, 6:39 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

Yes. Closing the sale is the most important bit! Without that there is no point me being there! And yes. The main thing you learn as a grafter is the timing. Absolutely vital. You miss a second here or there and you can lose money. Every word has to be timed to the split second and you have to empha...
by performer
July 25th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 43
Views: 8996

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

You don't need to purchase his routine. Just watch the video and there it is in all its glory. Once you have the gimmicked card you can figure out the rest. Now of course the next step is the gimmicked card. Well it all depends on what kind of gimmicked card you want. There are two kinds. You can ma...
by performer
July 22nd, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22745

Re: Jennings 67

Indeed. The greatest magicians are all dead. Come to think of it I don't feel that well myself.
by performer
July 22nd, 2017, 5:53 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22745

Re: Jennings 67

Performer, I must say, you hugely help to keep this place lively, and anything but boring. When you are actively posting, I am certain to stay awake. I greatly appreciate your candor and wit. Thanks for keeping it real... Thank you Alfred for your kind comments. Some daft people probably think that...
by performer
July 22nd, 2017, 12:37 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22745

Re: Jennings 67

Like so many good magicians, Jennings was someone you really need to see in person. But the Paris tapes are the best he made. Agreed. I did like the DVD of Larry at Louis' house too. That is a fun DVD to watch as well--very instructive as well. If I might offer a respectful question about Mr. Lewis...
by performer
July 21st, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22745

Re: Jennings 67

Yes, but he babbled too much between moves. I kept thinking "Get on with the bloody trick!" This is a major fault of American magicians for some reason. They equate unnecessary chattering with "presentation" when it is anything but. You should only talk when something is happenin...
by performer
July 20th, 2017, 11:48 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22745

Re: Jennings 67

And this is Bruce Cervon. He talks too much on this video and I got bored with him too!

http://www.magicana.com/video/bruce-cer ... card-magic
by performer
July 20th, 2017, 8:12 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Jennings 67
Replies: 86
Views: 22745

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: 86
Views: 22745

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: 1340

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: 1340

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: 18763

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: 8586

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: 1368

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 2784

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: 3926

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: 3926

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 1231

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: 1231

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: 5052

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: 5052

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: 5052

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: 5052

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...

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