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by performer
March 29th, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

With regard to Henry Hay It is not generally known that he also translated Mein Kampf for an English edition of the book. I rather think I prefer his magic books.
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 28
Views: 1400

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I can actually do perfect faros nearly every time with regular cards too. However, it has to be with good quality cards and a new deck. I don't bother with it much though since I don't do any tricks that require it.
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Mosquito's Parade - The Lost Vernon Footage
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Mosquito's Parade - The Lost Vernon Footage

What I would love to see again is the TV programme shown in the UK called "Into Thin Air". It was about 30 minutes long and featured Vernon, Slydini and Cy Enfield all in their prime. I remember watching it when it was on black and white television. It was in the fifties. I often wonder if...
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 10:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 28
Views: 1400

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

I must have done more faro shuffles than anyone in history. With the poorest quality cards ever known to mankind. I expect you can all figure out why.
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 10:23 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

I am very sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting me know.
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1932

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

There are NO ace assembly tricks that match "Power of Faith" for effect on laymen! At least I have never come across it and I have seen a hell of a lot of them. It is just about the only card trick I will do with the special cards in question. It is an inconvenience but it is worth it and ...
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Best Books for Character Building?
Replies: 5
Views: 1306

Re: Best Books for Character Building?

The key to entertaining children is very simple. Make them laugh!
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1932

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

I do have to say that not only is "Power of Faith" AKA McDonalds Aces is not only the best ace assembly of them all it may even be the best card trick of them all apart from possibly Out of this World. It is really an incredible stunner. I honestly believe to get the full effect of it you ...
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1932

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

I just googled "Felicien Trewey" to see if I was correct about him and the colour change and naturally I was. However, I was quite surprised to find this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcKDB4rTaa0
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1932

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

Years and years ago. It was at some convention or other. Since I hardly ever go to conventions it must have been one of those Can-Am things but I am not sure. I don't think it was in Toronto though. Maybe Niagara Falls---I just can't remember. I remember showing you the svengali routine there. There...
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1932

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

"McDonald's Aces" was created by Johann Hofzinzser in the early to mid 1800s and called "The Power of Faith" (or "Belief"). End of story. Even the one-handed toss of the cards to show that the Ace has vanished from the packet comes from Hofzinser. Yes. I remember you g...
by performer
March 29th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 5
Views: 249

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

Vernon had the great privilege of meeting me once. I rather liked him. I recognised immediately he was an old carnie. I have associated with people like that for my whole life. I had heard he was as well known in the siillhouette community as he was among magicians. I decided to test this out when I...
by performer
March 28th, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

I know the late Bob Cassidy swore by Hay's other book, "The Amateur Magician's Handbook". I like that book a lot too and I think Roy Walton sold it to me decades ago in Glasgow. I remember him telling me there were very good card tricks in it at any rate. It is indeed an excellent book but...
by performer
March 28th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ken Kesey performing coin slights
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: Ken Kesey performing coin slights

I think that is the first trick in Henry Hay's "Learn Magic" book. In some ways I like that book even more than his far more well known classic "The Magicians Handbook" Less tricks but more quality descriptions. And superb illustrations. That coin trick is superbly written up for...
by performer
March 28th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Larry Grey???
Replies: 12
Views: 3092

Re: Larry Grey???

Coincidentally, I have just been reading about Larry Grey lately. I had no idea that he sadly committed suicide. It seems that his wife stated afterwards that he was depressed that he "was washed up in showbusiness" Not an easy business. Sometimes with a lot of the bragging going on among...
by performer
March 28th, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I just woke up. 4am. However, it is hard to sleep when "magicians" think it perfectly reasonable behavior to use bad language on stage. But Jack is not the only one. To my utter horror more and more people nowadays seem to favour this option. I find it DISGUSTING to say the least. It is sl...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

It is NOT a silly criteria! And I do NOT well know it! I mean EVERY word of it! The very SECOND you swear on stage is the very SECOND you become not only a bad magician but an ATROCIOUS one. There is utterly no excuse for this kind of disgusting low standard and it is the very WORST thing you can do...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 632

Re: Question for full-time performers

It isn't a matter of the performer getting bored. It is a matter of his audience doing so particularly if they have seen him 3000 times already. Even so brilliant an artist as Paul Daniels became over exposed on television. And if you keep doing the same crap year after year after year you do not no...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 9:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Yes, but Derren Brown uses profanity on stage and by doing so automatically becomes a bad magician. Or if you want to be pedantic---mentalist. The second you swear on a public stage is the second you become a bad magician. One does have to set standards of propriety you know. Any other option I cann...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 6:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 632

Re: Question for full-time performers

Stagnation can certainly be a problem, but it is usually one of the performer, not of the material. All: are there any tips/strategies you might be willing to share to help stave off stagnation please? There are. And I may explain them when I am in the mood. However, where stagnation is concerned b...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

A more cynical view of this is to surmise that all experience may be (and usually is in the case of magicians) is getting more practice at doing things the wrong way. And it becomes so embedded that it is too late to do it the right way. At least the inexperienced can change tactics quickly once the...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

When I was an amateur I was also very interested in those fine details. I have always been more interested in the presentation side of things than the trick itself because, thank goodness, I learned very early on how important it was and took it to heart, rather than simply pay lip service to the co...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 632

Re: Question for full-time performers

Indeed. But it is also important as I mentioned on another thread not to stagnate too, which can be a danger of doing the same material all the time. It is a good thing to, from time to time, to incorporate new material once in a while because as I stated elsewhere, your magic has to suit your perso...
by performer
March 27th, 2017, 4:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

I have heard that story told many, many times. And attributed to many different magicians. David Devant being the main contender. A bit before your time I imagine. As for Blackstone Junior his father the senior Blackstone was an amateur at heart and probably knew a hell of a lot more than twelve tr...
by performer
March 26th, 2017, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 22572

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

I saw Daryll perform in Vegas in front of laymen. It was quite pleasant to watch although I think he did far more performing for magicians. At least that is what he told me. Quite frankly I was ever overly keen on his ambitious card routine or the rop trick that he used to do. Far too long winded fo...
by performer
March 26th, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

Agreeing with all of the foregoing, I'll add another point made by Harry Blackstone Jr. Blackstone was talking to folks after a performance in Cleveland and autographing posters and programs. When a kid (mid-teens) in line ahead of me was getting his stuff autographed, he told Harry "I'm a mag...
by performer
March 26th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What separates the pro from the amateur?
Replies: 24
Views: 754

Re: What separates the pro from the amateur?

The main difference is mental attitude. A different approach to things entirely. There is a very interesting sociology book dealing exclusively with magicians which does compare the amateur outlook to to the professional's. Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/magician-culture-psychology-Canadian-expe...
by performer
March 23rd, 2017, 8:07 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5792

Re: Excusing bad writing?

I am surprised you say that. He was very detailed. However, I do know he wrote quickly. He wrote Ron MacMillan's "Symphony of the Spheres" and I was told that Ron was quite surprised at how quickly it had been written. I liked Ganson's writing second only to Harry Lorayne and I learned a v...
by performer
March 22nd, 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5792

Re: Excusing bad writing?

I thought Ganson was a terrific writer, particularly his earlier classic books such as the Routined Manipulation series, the Cy Endfield book, The Vernon book, the Vernon card books and the Slydini books. Some of his later stuff was a bit iffy but overall I thought he was a great writer and I certai...
by performer
March 22nd, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5792

Re: Excusing bad writing?

With regard to editors they can be a very good thing indeed providing they stick to what I call technical editing rather than creative editing. In other words they should concentrate on spelling errors and grammatical matters, paragraph construction--that sort of thing. But not interfering with the ...
by performer
March 22nd, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Excusing bad writing?
Replies: 28
Views: 5792

Re: Excusing bad writing?

Paul LePaul did a great job with his book. It's a model of clear writing, photos and design. Too bad it didn't catch on with other magic writers. Oddly enough although the Le Paul book is fantastic and indeed one of my favourite books I wasn't that excited about the writing. Too cursory and I wante...
by performer
March 21st, 2017, 9:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3793

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

I still remember visiting Murray the famous escapologist in hospital and when he saw me he said, "it's good to see this thief here" I took it as a wonderful compliment and I treasure it to this day.
by performer
March 21st, 2017, 7:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Question for full-time performers
Replies: 12
Views: 632

Re: Question for full-time performers

I have repeatedly said that as soon as money enters the picture the fun tends to go out of it. You are thinking money rather than art. You are thinking business, contracts, travel and a myriad of other things that have nothing to do with the art of magic itself. Your mentality changes and it DOES be...
by performer
March 21st, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3793

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

All we have to do now is send him to North Korea to calm things down a trifle.
by performer
March 21st, 2017, 8:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3793

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

I told you all that Dave would be here shortly. I am psychic and know these things. However, I saw on Facebook that Ian Kendall is going to attempt to mediate and patch things up. I understand he has ambitions to be a diplomat working for the United Nations.
by performer
March 19th, 2017, 5:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Leap of Faith and Ricky Jay
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: Leap of Faith and Ricky Jay

I have seen this movie in the company of a young lady, (or at least she was young at the time) who dragged me along to it insisting that the preacher reminded her of me. Naturally I was quite offended at this disgraceful assertion. It reminded me of a similar incident where a friend of mine, informe...
by performer
March 19th, 2017, 4:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 3793

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Nothing that can be done about it. Absolutely nothing. Mr Bonsall is in a foreign country which makes it far more difficult to sue and even if he wasn't legal action would be quite ineffective anyway as Mr Farmer well knows. One has to accept reality. This is what happens in the world of magic on a ...
by performer
March 17th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians Documentary
Replies: 90
Views: 6850

Re: Magicians Documentary

That was an interesting time. The mining company actually contacted us to try to convince their CEO that Uri was a fraud. Despite evidence, he chose to pay Uri a quarter of a million dollars sum to fly him over an island with a map and a pendulum. They ended up having to say they found minerals (no...

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