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by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 21
Views: 1320

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

What impressed me about Hofzinser was the brevity of his patter. He was quite brief and direct in comparison to the long winded style of the day. A lot of the verbose modern so called hot shots of today who chatter too much could learn a bit from him. The worst of them chatter for about two minutes ...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 42
Views: 3736

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

This is a great book and I've fooled many magicians with tricks from it. My feeling, however, is that the chapters should be read in the following order: I, IX, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XV, XI, III, XIII, XIV, XVI, XVII, I did check out that sequence of chapters in the book and I think it indeed wo...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 42
Views: 3736

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

Oh, bloody hell! That reminds me! I have to continue with my annotations! I have been delayed by the various shows that I have to do during the Christmas period and that daft thread about telling lies in magic has quite overtaken me. I shall investigate the new order of chapters that Gerald recommen...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

He is not against misrepresentation. He is against direct, downright blatant lies. There is a difference you know. I am not 100 percent convinced by his argument but fair is fair. There is a subtle difference here. I don't see how you can do magic without misrepresentation but you CAN do it without ...
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 11:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

Mark Collier wrote:Maybe he should just read minds and not have to lie about it.


That is what I do.
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED - Ten Super Card Problems (The Twenty-Dollar Manuscript)
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: WANTED - Ten Super Card Problems (The Twenty-Dollar Manuscript)

I used to have it. I have no idea what the hell I did with it!
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

As the old saying goes:

"A man convinced against his will
is of the same opinion still"
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

He is hoping for the same thing you are. To have the last word!
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I did watch the Osterlind video and I couldn't really see anything much to object to. Moreover I happen to know he is a very Christian gentleman and terribly ethical in matters of this kind. I suspect he is the sort who in real life were forced to tell a lie he would be in absolute agony over the ma...
by performer
December 12th, 2017, 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I am in a mischievous mood! And I am also a little unclear as to which lies Jkeyes deems acceptable and which he doesn't. Therefore I see a way of killing two birds with one stone, that is satisfying my desire for mischief and at the same time clarifying which lies are good ones and which are not so...
by performer
December 12th, 2017, 6:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think he was talking about telling lies in magic rather than in one's personal life.
by performer
December 12th, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I don't know much about Hoy's Book Test but I gather it is something to do with miscalling the page number of a book. I don't really see much of a problem with that somehow. I do concede that I don't know that much about the trick to make a judgement on it though. All I can say after attempting to r...
by performer
December 11th, 2017, 11:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

The accent was an important part of Slydini's presentation, I would suggest. What might come across as confrontational (and did so to some anyway, it seems) was defused by the spectator making allowance for the performer's imperfect command of the language. "You watch , but you no see !" ...
by performer
December 11th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

Maybe this "lie" dialog is about keeping the audience side of silent script (what they think is happening) internal rather than narrated? ...Slydini didn't advocate that people should emulate him... Maybe after they learned to do exactly as shown in the lesson. exactly. it was my understa...
by performer
December 10th, 2017, 10:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 32
Views: 9256

Re: Stewart James

I have one of the Stewart James books but I have to confess I have never done a single trick from it. Not the fault of the book, the author or the tricks. Just the fact that I have too many tricks already and I haven't the faintest idea what I am supposed to do with any more. However, I did pick up ...
by performer
December 10th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

mark. slydini has influence us all, but his approach to magic is inherently challenging and the fact that so few people can pull that off is proof enough that he is a bad example to emulate. the best students of slydini look and act nothing like him. Those who never grew past the stage of mimicry c...
by performer
December 10th, 2017, 7:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

but having said that - slydini was a bit of a puzzler wasn't he? Watch - try to catch me. While we as magicians loved him and what he did - how much commercial success did he have? He made his living making clothes and teaching his techniques to magicians. his tv appearances were for a magician. Yo...
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think I was lying about not lying. I just remembered that I will often babble to people before a trick starts that "I read this trick in a book this morning" or "I only learned this trick yesterday afternoon" when I have been doing the damn thing for about 40 years or so.
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I find this interesting because this thread has made me go over my own work. For some odd reason I don't think I do much, if even any, lying at all when I perform. Fairy tales yes or deceptive practices yes. Or even white lies that the audience might even recognise as lies. Tongue in cheek false sta...
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I spoke too soon! The posts are beginning to get long again!
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

Richard Kaufman wrote:You fellas really know how to tire a person out.


I have noticed that their posts are getting shorter. I think they are tiring themselves out!
by performer
December 7th, 2017, 11:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2390

Re: The Jerx Year Three

In the first video he had what grafters call a "nause". We all have our limitations and his was that he did not know how to handle a "nause". But he is not the only one. I have seen American magicians struggle with obnoxious hosts too, Letterman in particular. The way you handle ...
by performer
December 7th, 2017, 11:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I could almost swear this was a massive wind up from start to finish!
by performer
December 7th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I would imagine that barmitzvah audiences would see through lies quicker than anyone else!
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2390

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I haven't read this great wisdom yet but it should be noted that Jean Hugard once pointed out that there are two kinds of misdirection. There is mental misdirection and physical misdirection. A good magician should know how to distract the mind as well as the eyes.
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2390

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I never judge a magician by the amount of professional work he does. You can still be a wonderful magician even if you don't get paid. The trouble is that I don't think the stuff he writes makes sense for unpaid performances either. Still, I haven't read his latest musings so I shall reserve judgeme...
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

In that case, then, perhaps RK in his solicitous mercy will ban self-avowed Infallibles from this board. It really is unfair to us mere mortals -- we can only withstand so many repeated, crushing blows of god-like logic and exposition. I am also a self avowed infallibile and I do indeed think the r...
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I am not sure that I fully agree with Mr Keyes but I do think he is winning the argument. At any rate I certainly admire his skilled use of words. He is a damned good writer at any rate.
by performer
December 5th, 2017, 4:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

Oh, I think I see what you mean now. You appear to be saying that people on this thread are repeating themselves. People on this thread are repeating themselves. People on this thread are repeating themselves.
by performer
December 5th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

Damn! You are now on page eight while I am still stuck on Chapter 7. I cannot allow this lead to stand and tomorrow I will try to catch up. Mark, I am assuming that in each chapter of your book you try to put forth new information and ideas, rather than merely repeat what you have said in previous ...
by performer
December 5th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5425
Views: 1904620

Re: ERDNASE

I think this is true. People that read a lot tend to be good writers although I concede not in every case. It does come naturally to some people. I think Harry Lorayne's first book on memory became an immediate best seller. Of course in many cases people get to learn a bit about writing when they go...
by performer
December 5th, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

but let's take a step back - you want us to take up your approach to magic even though you admit that you've had no real financial success doing so, that the only times you perform are for people who don't know who you are, In actual fact most professional magicians have no financial success either...
by performer
December 5th, 2017, 12:35 am
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: South Tyneside International Magic Convention returns in March 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: South Tyneside International Magic Convention returns in March 2017

You ought to offer your services Mark. Suppose an American magician hears a pitch for the classic "Coops and Bulls" routine, only to realise after paying too dearly that no livestock is included. Bad joke, I know, but I couldn't resist the urge! Glad to see that you are still going strong...
by performer
December 4th, 2017, 10:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne - Indefatigable!
Replies: 1
Views: 480

Re: Harry Lorayne - Indefatigable!

In Harry's "How to Develop a Super Power Memory" book he details the best method I have read of the Day for any Date stunt. I have read other systems but found them quite cumbersome. His method still takes some work but it is worth it. I use it at every psychic reading I do. I have to do n...
by performer
December 4th, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

Damn! You are now on page eight while I am still stuck on Chapter 7. It is a long chapter and I have a bad cold which is hampering my writing. However, I cannot allow this lead to stand and tomorrow I will try to catch up. I have to describe how to do a one hand palm and I am not looking forward to ...
by performer
December 4th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think it is more of a comfort level thing than a Christian thing.
by performer
December 4th, 2017, 10:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5425
Views: 1904620

Re: ERDNASE

The problem is that not enough of us pay attention to gorillas. And that includes Brad. I shall prove it by asking you to watch this video. I think it will teach us all something about misdirection.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
by performer
December 3rd, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

At this point I rather feel that we need a message from Ireland concerning this matter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtfTWqXHQFc
by performer
December 3rd, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Grays after spelling trick.
Replies: 12
Views: 794

Re: Grays after spelling trick.

I have just written up one of my cherished routines in the Royal Road. It is the annotated version of Now You See It. I must be insane giving it away. Still, doing this book is making me insane anyway. If I am insane enough I might reproduce it here. On the other hand I might not. Now You may See it...
by performer
December 3rd, 2017, 3:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 495
Views: 12221

Re: Ennobling Magic

This seems to be a good moment to draw everyone's attention to a splendid Paul Curry trick called "YOU'RE A LIAR" on page 110 of Bruce Elliott's book "Magic: 100 New Tricks". Curry recommends this for female audiences. I am not sure what the implication is. As for Randi I quite l...

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