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by performer
May 18th, 2017, 9:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 20
Views: 810

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

Actually the first trick in the David Berglas trick is with a hooked coin! Although he was using it more as an illustration of how you can do a simple vanish of a coin in a large theatre and make even more amazing than a large illusion. I had one of those when I was a kid but never used it. I think ...
by performer
May 15th, 2017, 4:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

In that case anyone can accuse anyone several years later without any evidence just because they have a personal grudge against them. And in magic there are plenty of grudges to go around. Come to think of it I have a few myself. Let me think who I can accuse of something or other--it doesn't have t...
by performer
May 14th, 2017, 10:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

I don't even know who he is so I thought I would look him up. He seems to have been deemed respectable enough in the past to have a cover page in some magic magazine or other anyway:

http://www.mum-magazine.com/past-issues/43-dec-2015
by performer
May 14th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

The lady mentions she had spoken to her attorney. It seems that as a result of that conversation nothing very much could be done. One would assume this was because there was no evidence. An allegation is just that. An allegation. My gut feeling is that it is true. And it seems that everyone else's g...
by performer
May 14th, 2017, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

I didn't say that I thought that they didn't think they should. I am stating that they should think before they think they shouldn't. And it appears that they didn't. Think that is. Before they thought they shouldn't. Don't you think so? Besides what they think or what their members think isn't what...
by performer
May 14th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

The alleged incident happened three years ago and it seems to me that this fuss has taken rather a long time to come to the surface. One wonders why it did not come to the boil sooner. Now simply because of one facebook post it indeed has with all sorts of people taking sides without knowing all the...
by performer
May 13th, 2017, 5:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17656

Re: The Works

Again the problem is that everybody knows each other. When in the outside world you are dealing with companies and people you do not know you tend to be less forgiving. Familiarity breeds forgiveness.
by performer
May 12th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

I understand the legal expression for that is "consciousness of guilt".
by performer
May 12th, 2017, 3:47 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17656

Re: The Works

jayadkins: if you've received "harsh" replies I want you to prove it by forwarding them to me at moobooks@verizon.net Agreed. But to be fair he should provide his emails to them too. Sometimes harsh messages from the complainant provoke harsh messages from the recipient. If you say, "...
by performer
May 12th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations
Replies: 18
Views: 1885

Re: IBM SAM / Jade serious accusations

Although we all love gossip I do agree with point 3 above. It all seems a bit one sided. I would like to see some evidence first. He may well be guilty but they are right in being fair about it and having an "appropriate investigation". Presumption of innocence you know. It would be nice t...
by performer
May 12th, 2017, 6:55 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17656

Re: The Works

I don't want to comment on this specific situation but harsh or irritable replies are a major mistake in mail order. You can lose a customer for life that way. Better to give some insincere polite flannel to keep the punter happy or at least temporarily keep the wolves from the door. Of course not e...
by performer
May 11th, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17656

Re: The Works

I agree with the silence. That is what bugs customers more than anything else. If the worst happens (and it shouldn't) then the very first thing you must do is contact the customer and tell them what is happening. They still won't be deliriously happy but at least the sting of it will be taken away....
by performer
May 11th, 2017, 6:19 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17656

Re: The Works

I am not going to comment on this particular situation specifically. However, the little I know about mail order generally--and I am not just talking about the magic business---is that it is absolutely fatal not to fulfill orders. Customers really don't care what your personal problems are. They hav...
by performer
May 10th, 2017, 7:27 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Works
Replies: 115
Views: 17656

Re: The Works

I have noticed over the years that non delivery of products seems to happen a lot where magic merchandise is concerned. It is very rarely deliberate and is usually the result of inefficiency or in some cases financial problems. For this reason I very rarely buy online and only when I am forced to. A...
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

You don't need a bottle, cork, or anything else to set the coin up. Balance the coin on your second or third fingertip and stretch the damn out with the thumbs and fingers of both hands. Your finger pushes the coin upward. That's how I've done it for 50 years. Yes. That is the way I used to do it. ...
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

I suppose I will have to pretend I am a dentist if I go the wholesale route and have to purchase a large quantity. I am going completely off the idea.
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

I have no desire to visit the dentist just to find out where I can buy dental dam. Where do the magic dealers get it?
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Where does one purchase dental dam?
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

If it is less than a second then there is no problem. A tiny bit of misdirection should be easily acheived. But how can it be done in less than a second? I did read of a method where you use a thin sherry glass or something but I can't be bothered with extra stuff like that.
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Indeed. There would have to be a 5 minute break between shows. This is possible at a trade show but not when pitching. Mind you, I would never sell this trick to the public anyway. There is enough exposure around today as it is. The svengali deck has always been different because it is an entry leve...
by performer
May 9th, 2017, 4:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

I am now wondering how practical it would be at Dental trade shows after all. The dentists might figure out how the trick is done since they are familiar with the stuff. And the other problem is that you have set it up for every show. I am not sure I can be bothered with that since I do one show rig...
by performer
May 8th, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

The first time I saw the Dental Dam trick I was utterly astonished by it and couldn't fathom the secret at all.
by performer
May 8th, 2017, 6:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

I had forgotten all about that Dental Dam trick. It truly is astonishing. I have been doing a lot of dental trade shows recently. This trick would be a natural for them. I have no idea why I never thought of it. Thank you Alfred for reminding me of it. As for Paul Diamond I met him once years ago wh...
by performer
May 7th, 2017, 5:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 29
Views: 4817

Re: Stewart James

I have never performed Miraskill and on the face of it one would assume that it is not much of a trick. However, having said that I have seen writers who have actually performed it rave about the trick's effect on laymen so I would have no idea until I actually try it for myself. You just can't tell...
by performer
May 7th, 2017, 4:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

I was actually in a room once with Ross Bertram. I never spoke to him directly but I overheard his conversation with Bruce Posgate, a very well known children's entertainer. It was in a magic shop and there were some young guys sitting at a table doing all sorts of hot shot technical stuff. I heard ...
by performer
May 6th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

Bob White was telling me Charlie Miller swore by the Charles Bertram pass. Anyone familiar with it? It's in a book by C. Lang Neil. Charlie told him the description was very good, accompanying pictures terrible. Is the pass you are asking about "Bertram's Square-up Invisible Pass" as desc...
by performer
May 6th, 2017, 6:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Keyes' "Last Resort"
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: John Keyes' "Last Resort"

I haven't read it yet but I bet they will alll criticize it even if it is wonderful. That is what all nitpicking magicians do. It is in their DNA I am afraid.
by performer
May 5th, 2017, 9:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3044

Re: Royal road to card magic

No money in that for me I am afraid. I am not a bloody philanthropic society you know! I think your problem is that they all own the Royal Road to Card Magic already! If they don't they are missing out on a wonderful book.
by performer
May 5th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3044

Re: Royal road to card magic

Nonsense! Several hours have gone by and you still seem to be there! And I bet my little intervention has got you lots of business!
by performer
May 5th, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3044

Re: Royal road to card magic

Very improper indeed. You are supposed to be posting in the correct section. You never see me mentioning that I have the most wondrous book on the svengali deck for sale at a mere$25. Or an entire DVD course on pitching magic for sale for a hundred bucks. Or my most wondrous memoirs,"The Lives ...
by performer
May 4th, 2017, 2:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 51
Views: 3044

Re: Royal road to card magic

There is someone here on the Genii Forum offering brand new shrink wrapped standard Hardbound copies of the book with dust cover for only $12 including shipping to the US. You can find it being offered in the post offering the book MY BEST. In other words you! I have been and I have seen. Very snea...
by performer
May 4th, 2017, 7:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

Indeed. I have to confess that I wasn't really watching his tricks and it was all in French so I wouldn't have understood it anyway. I was more concerned with the concept he was using of plonking a table and chair down in the street and getting to work. So it isn't the magic I was particularly inter...
by performer
May 3rd, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 19
Views: 1730

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

I can assure you that nobody delves deeper into magic than I do. However, I still managed to master card magic after 6 months. And my other skills in less than 6 years. However, that doesn't mean to say that you stop learning. I study magic and everything else I do every day and will probably do unt...
by performer
May 3rd, 2017, 3:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

The story I like the best about Howie Schwartzman was the time he attended a trade show and told trade show legend Eddie Tullock he would not make it in the trade show business because among other things he used bridge sized cards. He had no idea who he was talking to........... When he found out it...
by performer
May 3rd, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

I don't particularly like using gaffed cards either but this trick is so bloody strong I have to make an exception. It really is no problem loading the cards onto the deck whenever you want to. I have the three cards loose in my pocket and do other tricks galore until I need the cards in question. T...
by performer
May 2nd, 2017, 11:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

Not a whole lot to be honest. Sometimes I would just practice until passersby got curious and stopped to watch. Other times I would just sit there with a pack of cards in front of me. It wouldnt take long before a couple would stop to see what it was about. Did you get around the same size crowd as...
by performer
May 2nd, 2017, 7:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

He even seems to do the cups and balls that way. A rather good version too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=estUuSq1RHg
by performer
May 2nd, 2017, 7:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

Interesting. Thank you for the information. I rather like the sound of it. How did you get the first people to watch in the first place?
by performer
May 2nd, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3838

Re: On the Pass

I have received more information about the matter. It seems he does not do any hat lines. Just the bowl with the money in it is enough. They pay when and if they feel like it without prompting. And it also seems there is no set show. He just keeps going until he gets fed up or the audience do. You c...
by performer
May 2nd, 2017, 1:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Winding up the deck
Replies: 12
Views: 551

Re: Winding up the deck

I just checked! Yep! I was right! Page 54 of the Bert Allerton book. I KNEW I read it somewhere! The first time I saw this was performed by Jon Tremaine but later I also came across it in the Bert Allerton book. I read there that George Coon invented it but it faded from my memory which is normally ...

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