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by performer
August 16th, 2017, 9:07 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 49
Views: 3529

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: 9
Views: 393

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: 49
Views: 3529

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 921

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 921

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 881

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 1939

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: 10946

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: 10946

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: 880

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: 880

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: 880

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: 880

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: 10946

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: 10946

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: 10946

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: 10946

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: 10946

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...
by performer
July 30th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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

I will tell you the best monte routine of them all. It has nothing to do with the Dutch Looper though and it does use gimmicked cards. Hardly anyone has seen this and I never see it mentioned. I saw it well over 50 years ago. It was called "Tje Scarlett Pimpernel" or something. It was quit...
by performer
July 30th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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

At the recent Peterborough Day of Magic (where I was lecturing) I bought two boxes containing 100 old issues of GENII, including the September 1942 issue mentioned above. Here's the relevant discussion on OOTW, and I've added an interesting anecdote from the same issue that has nothing to do with t...
by performer
July 30th, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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

Leonard Hevia wrote:No mention of Bob Sheets' Killer Kitson Miracle, his walk around version of this effect.


Not only did I mention it I posted a video of it.
Out of the three versions, that is the Valentine version, the Page Version and the Sheets version I like the Patrick Page version the best.
by performer
July 29th, 2017, 6:42 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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

What was the Milbourne Christopher method?
by performer
July 28th, 2017, 10:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: When Houdini escaped Britain.
Replies: 16
Views: 880

Re: When Houdini escaped Britain.

ANOTHER book about Houdini! There must have been more biographies written about him than any other magician in history. I still like the William Lindsey Gresham one the best. Murray (who actually coined the word "escapology----or at least claimed he did) once complained to me, "All these p...
by performer
July 28th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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

Yes. I watched that video the other day. The trouble is that I don't trust it. It reminds me of videos performers put out to promote themselves. A few seconds here and a few seconds there. You can't tell a thing from that kind of video. I would far prefer to see the routine performed in its entirety...
by performer
July 28th, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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

Mr. Jeffers: is the gaff that you have something that could be made by yourself relatively easily? I'll answer my own question--Nope--unless you have some intermediate card gaffing skills. (I realized that I actually had this sitting on my shelf the whole time--ugh--getting old.) If you can't make ...
by performer
July 27th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 10946

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: 77
Views: 10946

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: 77
Views: 10946

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: 77
Views: 10946

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...

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