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by performer
April 24th, 2017, 10:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Yes. I would be interested in having a look at it. I know I will be at the Browser's Den on Wednesday for sure. And yes. I already looked at the Wikipedia link as well as this very interesting blog. https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/what-every-newbie-tarot-reader-should-know-about-the-histo...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 9:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoiler Alert!
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Spoiler Alert!

I didn't know about this book. Ryan has my congratulations.
He just told me a few days ago he wants to become a svengali pitchman. May God have mercy on his soul.......................
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 260

Re: Carlyle's Law

I have seen many mentalists even famous ones and they all bore me to tears. There have been however a tiny few I enjoyed, usually the less long winded ones. Come to think of it there was only one long winded one I ever liked and he wasn't really a mentalist. I have no idea what the hell he was come ...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

After researching the matter it seems that the game I was wondering about was some sort of Bridge related thing. I still don't know what the Death Card, the Hanged Man and the Tower card have to do with Bridge but I won't worry about it too much.
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

One book that explored the idea of magic trick using tarot cards was Stephen Minch's Book of Thoth (a title it shares with Crowley's book on the subject). It might be of interest to some to note, that while the tarot is understood as the ancestor of the playing card, modern scholarship has turned t...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 260

Re: Carlyle's Law

Nor me!
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 260

Re: Carlyle's Law

Pete McCabe wrote:You should watch a good mentalist. All their tricks are extremely direct.


Yes, their tricks are often direct. However, they have a certain genius for making them complicated. A few less words on their part would help.
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 2:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 7
Views: 260

Re: Carlyle's Law

I agree with this. Complication makes people tune out very quickly. Particularly mentalists. They get so complicated that by the time the end of the trick comes around you forget what the hell the beginning was. I can never follow the effect let alone work out how it is done. A trick should be direc...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Oh, and if any of you have any interest in using Tarot cards for the purpose that they are more generally known for there is only one source which is the way, the truth and the light in these matters. I know the presenter personally and can confirm that he is an unadulterated genius in this sort of ...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

Many more people are familiar with tarot cards than you might imagine and in fact many amateurs dabble in it for their own entertainment. In general regular playing cards give vastly more scope for magic than Tarot cards too. However, there are a few tricks around that you can do with them and I vag...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

There are certainly bridge size tarot decks. I actually own one. Alas, although I handle Tarot Cards probably more than anyone else here the idea of doing tricks with them horrifies me no end. It seems sacrilegious to me and I fear I might be struck down by lightning if I did so. However, I wish yo...
by performer
April 24th, 2017, 7:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 38
Views: 1053

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

It appears that I am being followed.
by performer
April 22nd, 2017, 5:28 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

MagicbyAlfred wrote:I really like Performer's Dotty Spots routine - very entertaining!


Thank you. I have been doing it a long, long time......................
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4791
Views: 1756036

Re: ERDNASE

I also have the Coles edition. It is falling to bits just like myself. No picture of Erdnase on the cover though. I like it far better than the Dover effort as the print is at least bold and readable. I remember reading the book years ago and being astonished that I could do many of the sleights alr...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

Terry is a brilliant children's entertainer and I even remember him doing the cups and balls (of all things) on British television about a thousand years ago or so. His spot routine is a very good one but I wish he would dump that awful Yorkshire accent! Here I am doing the Dotty Spots at 5.48 https...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

I believe I can state that I know for a fact that Performer's assertion is correct: Harry was approached to annotate the Royal Road, and he had zero interest in doing so. Anyone who hopes that Harry may take on that project will surely do so only in vain. I don't believe that Harry has ever had any...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

Anyway, I thank Alfred for his support and I am now making further progress on the book. The ironic thing is that it is the begrudgers who have spurred me on. If they had said nothing I would have lapsed into writer's procrastination which is an awful disease. Ironically, it was a magic writer who h...
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

AJM wrote:I despair at what this forum has become.


Then I suggest you amuse yourself better at the Magic Cafe. There are people there more suited to your calibre of work. Methinks your presence would be enhanced by your absence.
by performer
April 21st, 2017, 3:18 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Ken Brookes Spotty Dots

Neither have I and it is STILL my favourite trick!
by performer
April 20th, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

BOLLOCKS!
by performer
April 20th, 2017, 6:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

Harry has mentioned in the past that he was approached to do it but turned it down. I am grateful that he did. And I am not grateful to you for stirring it up again. Your motives for posting this are quite transparent and I don't appreciate it. Having said that I have always considered Harry the gre...
by performer
April 20th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis
Replies: 37
Views: 13377

Re: Cool Stuff in Old Geniis

As for the psychics, I think it is because you can't disprove a negative or something like that. Indeed. That is why religion has lasted so long. With regard to magazines I am surprised nobody has mentioned the Hugard's Magic Monthly magazines unless I have missed it. I had never read them or even ...
by performer
April 20th, 2017, 7:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 842

Re: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back

You are safe. I won't put a hex on you. You have been far too good as a customer. Besides I am too old to care. By the time someone gets around to stealing my work and putting it out I will be dead anyway. Mind you, I suppose I can still come back to haunt them.
by performer
April 20th, 2017, 6:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 842

Re: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back

I read the article. The author of that piece seems to have a lot of time on her hands! She could have written three new books by the time she went to all that trouble! it reminds me of the old saying "choose your battles wisely" And apart from the first incident the rest of it was none of ...
by performer
April 18th, 2017, 10:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back
Replies: 6
Views: 842

Re: Like a Weed that Keeps Growing Back

Ah! The Irish Independent! I know it well! I used to write horoscopes for many Irish newspapers. This was not one of them.
by performer
April 18th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Psychics on the radio
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Psychics on the radio

I have been on the radio many, many times as a psychic. Oddly enough for some reason it is far better than being on television from a business point of view. However, the most wonderful interview of them all was conducted by Liam Nolan, a prominent Irish broadcaster of the time. A very skilled inter...
by performer
April 18th, 2017, 1:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

I have started work on the book. Once the first chapter is done I will announce it. Then you will know that I am serious. I haven't bought a magic book in years Mark. But this is one I must include in my collection. The reaffirmation of the value of Royal Road and your experience with it will be we...
by performer
April 18th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 28
Views: 2670

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

Cy Endfield had a pretty good version described in his Ganson book. Aces For Connoisseurs. You can tell that it is really based on the Stanley Collins version.
by performer
April 18th, 2017, 4:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

I have started work on the book. Once the first chapter is done I will announce it. Then you will know that I am serious.
by performer
April 17th, 2017, 8:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

I am the one to write it. And I can assure you I am a damn good writer. I might just do it.............................. Do it!!! Do it!!!! I will buy the first edition!! It WILL be done. And as soon as possible. I am not a young man so I shall have to get to work on it before I join the authors in...
by performer
April 17th, 2017, 7:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

I'd love to read it too! There have been a couple DVD "Versions" of Royal Road. The Paul Wilson version is really good. Paul makes quite a few comments during the course of his instruction regarding things he agrees with and several things he believes the description I think book is eithe...
by performer
April 17th, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

Don't encourage him. I was quite inclined to procrastinate over the matter but because of your mean spirited remark I am now determined to do it. I really do not wish to be disrespectful so I shall merely say that if your intelligence were two points higher you would be a plant. May I respectfully ...
by performer
April 17th, 2017, 5:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

Indeed. I suppose the thing which deters me somewhat is the technical side of things. I would somehow have to scan the contents of the book into my computer and then go from there so I can add the annotations beneath the text in red type the way I did with the 13 Steps. The copyright holder of this ...
by performer
April 17th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

It is not generally known that I annotated Step Two of the Thirteen Steps to Mentalism.
by performer
April 17th, 2017, 5:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 41
Views: 1959

Re: Royal road to card magic

I keep thinking that I should annotate this book and self publish it. I suspect I know this book better than anyone else. I studied it backwards, forwards, zig zag and inside out. It has been the most important book in my entire life.
by performer
April 16th, 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1042

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I have posted this in the past. This was DEFINITELY from Leipzig anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2OAiIXcDyw
by performer
April 16th, 2017, 5:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1042

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I shall have to check it out but I have a vague recollection that Leipzig invented it but Allan Shaw heard about it and stole it. I vaguely remember something about Horace Goldin telling Shaw about it and then he claimed it as his own.. Of course I may well have my facts all wrong but I will check i...
by performer
April 16th, 2017, 8:00 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 1042

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

I can't remember the full story but I know Nate Leipzig invented the coin roll because of some accident with a button.
by performer
April 16th, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 49
Views: 2325

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I think it is a vice whether they wish to become professionals or not. It is a very bad thing indeed and not good for magic at all. When I was an amateur I knew presentation was VITAL! And I spent as much time on patter and presentation as I did with the moves and tricks. The only difference between...

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