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by performer
October 19th, 2017, 6:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5005
Views: 1827528

Re: ERDNASE

Sometimes I wonder if the magic community should hire an outside private detective agency to investigate this matter.
by performer
October 18th, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

Some laymen do know about forces but not because of the svengali deck. I don't sell it as a force deck but as a deck that changes to the same card. Besides as soon as they get it home they play with it for half an hour if even that and stick it in a drawer never to be seen again. No. Laymen know abo...
by performer
October 17th, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stars of Magic photo quality
Replies: 14
Views: 896

Re: Stars of Magic photo quality

I am more intrigued by the palmistry aspect of the photographs than anything else. Ironic that Scarne was a gambling expert because his hand shows someone who doesn't take risks! Oh, and there are also signs he was inclined to chop and change his mind before coming to a decision. I also see from the...
by performer
October 13th, 2017, 3:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Luís de Matos // IMPOSSÍVEL
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Luís de Matos // IMPOSSÍVEL

I shouldn't bother Mahdi. You won't get a response from this boring bunch. They are far too busy trying to figure out who Erdnase was. Still, here is another video of you. This should scare them off altogether. Pity. I think they could learn something from it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vYiair...
by performer
October 12th, 2017, 8:02 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

Oddly enough I was thinking about this force myself. You must be psychic! I know Johnny Paul used to do it quite a lot. I have tried it but have never got great results from it. I just don't have the knack somehow. I should probably work on it more but it doesn't quite fit my style. I imagine you ha...
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

I have now deigned to exert myself to read your post. However, it would seem that you have not read mine properly. Alas this is the sacrifice that genius has to make so I suppose I had better enlighten you further. First it would behoove you to realise that I am never ever wrong about magic. Second,...
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

I haven't read your post except for the last line but I am disagreeing with it in advance. It does save time that way.
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 2:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: The Jerx Year Three

In that case it is best to read the other thread.
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

Mark, as Andy found out to his surprise, the concept of forcing a card was known beforehand by about 95% of the lay participants. So nothing was exposed. One can perform many years and still be deluded as to what the audience has actually perceived or brings to the experience. Admittedly it's a sma...
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 10:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

I did read about how it was set up. Even though there was no actual force made (with the exception of what he even conceded to be an important one) just showing the action used gives the game away and telling laymen that a card could be forced in the first place is disgraceful. There is so much tosh...
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: The Jerx Year Three

You only have to read it.
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: The Jerx Year Three

Yes. Fascinating nonsense. This guy knows very little about magic or how to go about doing it. Sorry.
by performer
October 11th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: The Jerx Year Three

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by performer
October 11th, 2017, 8:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Forces
Replies: 14
Views: 760

Re: Forces

My opinion is that he shouldn't be exposing methods to laymen in the first place.
by performer
October 9th, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 65
Views: 12869

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

You know, something has occured to me. In that interview Mahdi expressed quite a lot of interest in my wonder mouse routine. It has just dawned on me that he could probably learn it very quickly because the hands don't really have much to do with any of it. He could easily do it on his forearm I ima...
by performer
October 8th, 2017, 11:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 65
Views: 12869

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

There is nothing like a good British cup of tea and in Canada you get nothing like a good British cup of tea.
by performer
October 8th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Beginning of the Sentence
Replies: 14
Views: 752

Re: The Beginning of the Sentence

There is no such thing as the "greatest effect in magic". Either a trick suits you or it doesn't. The greatest trick for you may be a dud for me and vice versa. Tricks don't matter. They never have. It is what you do with them that is important.
by performer
October 6th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I probably shouldn't find this funny but...
Replies: 1
Views: 391

Re: I probably shouldn't find this funny but...

Oh, I remember this guy! I think I saw him on a video with Mahdi Gilbert! I remember thinking he was only about 14 years old! It seems he is much older. This is what happens when you use untrained assistants that have not been with you for years. I suppose sometimes you have to do this for logistica...
by performer
September 28th, 2017, 10:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalist receives death threats
Replies: 4
Views: 754

Re: Mentalist receives death threats

Oh, he is from the Holy Province of Ulster! I have had death threats there too just from selling svengali decks and insulting the natives. I think the last straw was when they refused to buy anything I retorted, "I've got the last laugh. You have to live here!" That did upset them a trifle...
by performer
September 28th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Itinerant Pasteboards discrepancy
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: The Itinerant Pasteboards discrepancy

I could contact him if you like. I will have to do it after this weekend though since I have a psychic fair to do.
by performer
September 28th, 2017, 12:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 21
Views: 2376

Re: Carlyle's Law

Yes. They probably will as an outside stunt. I can quite see that. However, on a theatre stage it may well be more problematic. In fact, even in Houdini's day I can't quite see how he got away with it. I have often thought there must have been something missing in the descriptions somewhere. There M...
by performer
September 27th, 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 11308

Re: The Jerx Year Two

So now that is four reasons instead of three! I am going to add a fifth though. At least it is an important reason for me even if it isn't a priority for anyone else. More of a metaphysical reason I suppose and hard to put into words. I suppose the nearest I can get to it is "artistic fulfillme...
by performer
September 27th, 2017, 5:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 11308

Re: The Jerx Year Two

But alas - the brilliant work they do takes place in the format of a formal stage show. And is not one you can really emulate when performing for friends in a casual situation. I read your autobiography, Mark. And am looking forward to your upcoming one as well. And I have no doubt that if I met up...
by performer
September 27th, 2017, 4:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 68
Views: 11308

Re: The Jerx Year Two

I hate that awful word "script" but I shall let that pass for the moment. I see utterly no reason why you cannot use entertaining patter when performing impromptu for family and friends. You don't have to a be a professional to do that. You have to be a MAGICIAN. And if you are a magician ...
by performer
September 27th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 21
Views: 2376

Re: Carlyle's Law

The standard way of helping spectators to remember the selected card is to show it to other people present. Of course if there are no other people present you had better hope your volunteer is compos mentis.
by performer
September 26th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Klosterman - help with upcoming biography
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Ken Klosterman - help with upcoming biography

I have seen some forums come up with some legal gobblygook saying that agreeing to post is a licence for the forum to use the material as they see fit. Almost as if they own the content.
by performer
September 26th, 2017, 6:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric Mead rocks!
Replies: 6
Views: 1191

Re: Eric Mead rocks!

My problem is that I have seen too much magic and have become very cynical and jaded. I sometimes see faults that others don't see. Whether real or imagined I have no idea. Still, I have been doing this stuff for about 60 years and you do pick up some knowledge over such a long period particularly i...
by performer
September 25th, 2017, 10:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Klosterman - help with upcoming biography
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Ken Klosterman - help with upcoming biography

Rudy Tinoco is the guy in charge. He has the rather daft idea of trying to make everyone love each other on his forum. He is a Christian pastor and will feel that it is his holy duty to assist you. Worth a try.
by performer
September 25th, 2017, 7:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 1293

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

I did watch right to the end and that is a very rare thing for me as I detest watching magic. Most of it bores the crap out of me. However, this wasn't too bad at all in the end. A very good finish although a bit long winded as American close up magicians tend to be. And a bit artificial sounding to...
by performer
September 25th, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller Fool Us
Replies: 9
Views: 1293

Re: Penn & Teller Fool Us

I am an old cynic and very hard to please. I just watched up to 3.30 and my first impressions so far is too much talk and not enough action. It seems to be the American way of doing things. Still, I have not yet given up hope. I shall watch the rest and see if my low attention span can manage to get...
by performer
September 25th, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Klosterman - help with upcoming biography
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Ken Klosterman - help with upcoming biography

Why don't you contact that Rudy chap who runs the forum?
by performer
September 22nd, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: JAW DROPPERS TWO
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: JAW DROPPERS TWO

Note: Higher pricing for Paypal violates Paypal's terms of service and can get your account shut down if someone reports it. In that case why publicise it for the whole world to see? There are a lot of people out there with malicious intent. A private message to Harry would have been enough I think...
by performer
September 22nd, 2017, 5:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: JAW DROPPERS TWO
Replies: 7
Views: 749

Re: JAW DROPPERS TWO

I don't care about the book but I think the advertising copy is terrific!

But OK. I know the book is wonderful without even having read it! I have never seen a less than terrific book from Harry! Not even once! And I own many of them! And that includes some of the memory books too!
by performer
September 21st, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 385: Saratoga Ballantine - My Father
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: 385: Saratoga Ballantine - My Father

Does he confirm the story that his father was devastated when Tommy Cooper allegedly stole his act? Just curious.
by performer
September 20th, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

I see they have a facebook page where various people are complaining but there are also people giving advice on computer matters to get things to work. It might be worth those of you who have issues to give that place a visit. Perhaps you can even send them a facebook message. Aha! I have an idea! I...
by performer
September 20th, 2017, 6:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

What the hell is wrong with them? They are going to go out of business very soon if they carry on like that. If and probably when they do I would advise them to start up under another name and get it right the next time.
by performer
September 18th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Blue Crown - Help contact
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: The Blue Crown - Help contact

I am astonished at how many people sell magic merchandise online end up not sending the goods. It is incredible how frequent it is. And it is nothing new either. Even before the internet there were very established names in magic selling their material by mail order and not sending the goods. It is ...
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 8:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2454

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

I have done literally hundreds of stage hypnotism shows and naturally am rather good at it. I am no Reveen but I get by very well indeed. In fact i sell a course on the matter for a mere $150. It is a hard copy set of three DVDs and an audio CD. Just contact me privately. However, if you wish to mak...
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.
Replies: 26
Views: 2454

Re: RIP Peter Reveen Sr.

Bob Farmer wrote:
I don't know why the Hypnosis Act was repealed, but maybe I had a bit to do with that.


Actually no. I got the law repealed single handedly. I have powers you know. The whole story is described in my most worthy memoirs, "The Lives of a Showman.
by performer
September 16th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Skinner in Europe 1974
Replies: 5
Views: 1212

Re: Skinner in Europe 1974

I think that the closest you will get to information on the lecture is from the pdf that is included with The Skinner Talks Set that Richard Kaufman released a few years back. As for pictures from the lecture etc.. I don't remember ever seeing any. That doesn't mean that there weren't any taken of ...

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