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by performer
June 26th, 2017, 6:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Convention Session Etiquette?
Replies: 14
Views: 865

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: 865

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: 4550

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: 4550

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: 4550

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: 4550

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 21st, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 38
Views: 4550

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Sadly, I think there may be some truth in the statement that the younger magicians would have little interest, if even any, in Larry Jennings. Not all of them of course but alas most of them. The ones who will be interested in him will be the serious students of the art and thank goodness for that. ...
by performer
June 19th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really Suzy Wandas?
Replies: 25
Views: 5235

Re: Is this really Suzy Wandas?

Thank you kindly.
by performer
June 19th, 2017, 6:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really Suzy Wandas?
Replies: 25
Views: 5235

Re: Is this really Suzy Wandas?

The video is unavailable now. What a shame! I would like to have seen it!
by performer
June 16th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Oh my God! I watched 6 minutes of that preview and after that I couldn't stand any more! It was utterly horrendous and I have never seen anything so bad in my life! Magic has gone down the drain! I think at this stage of my life it is probably time to give it up. After watching that exhibition of aw...
by performer
June 16th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I might be imagining this but I suspect that Simon Cowell is enjoying magic much more than he used to. I bet it is the close up magicians he has been seeing lately that have changed his attitude. There is nothing stronger than magic done right up close under your eyes, preferably with the most munda...
by performer
June 16th, 2017, 5:32 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I must say that I am really a master of getting things off topic.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 11:49 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

MagicbyAlfred wrote:It would seem that if the two brothers belonged to a set of triplets, that would be at least a correct (if not the correct) solution to the puzzle.


Correct!
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Simple. A married female gay couple, both pregnant with the same donator. ...or, did they maybe also have one brother who was pacifist? Dearie me! Certainly not! Well, both answers fully answer the puzzle as given. But neither gay parents nor triplets are accepted as viable solutions. So it is not ...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 10:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

I.M. Magician wrote:One or both were adopted?


Nope. I should have mentioned that they had the same mother and same father. I knew I missed something out.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 10:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Uhh.. I think the answer was already given by a certain landmark. That is perhaps what made me think of it. However, I was hoping people wouldn't notice. And they haven't. And didn't. May I remind you of the old adage "silence is golden". I rather think you should emulate Mr Mullins in th...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 361: Terry Herbert - A Right Jolly Old Elf
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: 361: Terry Herbert - A Right Jolly Old Elf

I remember first seeing Terry do the Cups and Balls on television approximately a hundred years ago or so. I remember it was black and white television anyway. I mentioned to him a couple of years ago and he was astonished I remembered it.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:38 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Brad Jeffers wrote:They were Marianists, like Brother John Hamman.


Nope.
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:36 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had...
by performer
June 15th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 2425

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

All this reminds me of an off topic question I had a lot of fun with when I was young. Call it a puzzle if you like. There were two brothers who joined the army. They were both born on the same day on the same month and the same year within a very short time of each other. Minutes in fact. They had ...
by performer
June 9th, 2017, 7:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Oh, and I don't think audiences worked out how Cardini did his stuff surveys or no surveys.
by performer
June 9th, 2017, 7:40 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

B Case in point- back palming. 99% of the time audiences aren't fooled in the slightest by stage card manipulation (sometimes because it's done badly, others because they're not idiots and can work it out instantly) yet magicians seem to think lay audiences are completely fooled by it. Audience res...
by performer
June 8th, 2017, 6:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

"Fooling" is a horrible word anyway. It implies superiority in the magician and most magicians I know are pretty inferior. Mystify or baffle is a better word. It may not be the highest bar but I don't think it is the lowest either. It is actually pretty important when you think about it. I...
by performer
June 7th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

And it is a good point.
by performer
June 7th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I was actually going to put inverted commas beside the world "magicians" but I forced myself to be polite. It was quite a strain I assure you.
by performer
June 7th, 2017, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Tom Moore wrote:He didn't fool them (in any magic sense) he dazzled them, wowed them, showed them something they'd never seen before but 10 seconds looking at the online public comments shows that he didn't fool them.


Were the online comments from other magicians?
by performer
June 6th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I don't agree that in Tsai's case non-magicians are led to the method. I am not even convinced that magicians know the full method. Yes, magicians can probably speculate correctly on some of the principles used, but does anyone think they have a blow by blow account of what happened? I think there'...
by performer
June 6th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

If you could really read minds, after proving the existence of the ability beyond reasonable doubt, people would start lining up to employ your abilities as functional, not for entertainment. "Did he cheat on me?" "Does she love me?" "Is the business worth what the asking p...
by performer
June 6th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The only thing I have learned from this discussion is a validation of my oft stated position that the trouble with magicians is that they think their opinions are important. Just get out and do the bloody thing a few times and you will soon see what is the right way to do things and the wrong way pr...
by performer
June 6th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Oddly enough I was thinking about this ambitious card signing in connection with this discussion. Alfred must be psychic! Let me start at the beginning. When I first learned this trick as a kid from Classic Secrets of Magic the author Bruce Elliott stated that at the end if the spectator grabs the d...
by performer
June 6th, 2017, 7:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The best thing is to go by instinct and have done with it. And the more you know about magic and the more you perform the more astute that instinct will become. No need to analyse and agonise too much. Just do it.
by performer
June 5th, 2017, 11:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I was the one who said "the usual vanish". Wilfrid mentioned his own vanish and said "it is admirably adapted to this situation." Since Wilfrid knows the trick and you don't I shall take his word that his vanish is better than your vanish especially when you don't even know what ...
by performer
June 5th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I see that Sweden is getting excited. However despite the outrageous claim that psychic ability does not exist I have been in touch with Mr Jonson in the spirit world and alas he was very rude concerning both Tom and this particular matter. I told him that I wanted nothing to do with the argument an...
by performer
June 5th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Will Tsai is basically doing the original Chink-a-Chink, but have made it flawed in that he have removed the part where the audience is allowed to fill in the blanks. Removed the part 'Doc' Shiels point out as being defining for what we do; the mental part - the magic part. In other words, while in...
by performer
June 5th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

I more or less believe in the "too perfect" theory but it doesn't apply in every case. What it means is that a trick should have a few "outs", so as to lead the spectator away from the method. I think it should be called the "too impossible" theory which would make more...
by performer
June 5th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 6229

Re: America's Got Talent performance

The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned personal decision as to their stance on the matter. From what I've read over the years about prominent...

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