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by performer
December 16th, 2017, 12:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4068

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Here are part of my annotations to the trick: This trick is so good in fact that I have performed it for royalty! When I was 16 years old I belonged to a youth club and one day, Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Her Majesty the Queen, came to visit. I was asked to show a trick to h...
by performer
December 15th, 2017, 11:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

Well, but there are hundreds of things of which that would be true. I have no idea about "hundreds of things". I don't know anything about them. I am talking about MAGIC which I do know rather a lot about. Yes but you see, if that is where the bar is set, then it isn't so much a matter of...
by performer
December 15th, 2017, 11:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4068

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Poker Player's Picnic has been in my repertoire for nearly 60 years. I must have performed it thousands of times. It is one of my favourite tricks. Not even ONCE has anyone ever"reconstructed" the method. On rare occasions some of the secrets to my other tricks have been detected but not a...
by performer
December 15th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

My personal sense of morality forces me to pose the following question to perhaps generate new substance and insights to this most remarkable philosophical discussion: Is Brad lying because he fails to capitalize the first word of his sentences? Yes, I noticed that too! Jkeyes beats him in that dep...
by performer
December 15th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4068

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

I LOVE Poker Player's Picnic! I wish it hadn't been exposed so much on the internet and in beginner's books and teaching kids magic which they shouldn't be allowed to learn. However, it gets a fantastic reaction if done properly. I know there are many other variations which are supposedly less convu...
by performer
December 15th, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

<> far more interesting to watch than some sober, competent but pedestrian magician who does his tricks well but does not grab our attention because of the dullness of his or her personality. <>. Well, but there are hundreds of things of which that would be true. I have no idea about "hundreds...
by performer
December 15th, 2017, 8:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

With regard to learning patter (and I thank you for not using that pretentious word "script") I take the middle ground. I think it is fatal to learn it off by heart but it is equally fatal to try to make it up as you go along. I have found the best approach is to follow the advice of Wilfr...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4068

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

I suspect the tricks in the Royal Road that fool magicians must be the boring ones that I rejected. Here’s two you wouldn't reject: (From the Perverse Magic thread): Perverse Card’s Across - First Versions Spectator - Participant Seated Effect 1 “Would you cut off about 1/3 of the deck,” the magici...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I have now been watching some videos of Jkeyes, not all of which consist of him doing magic. That is just as well because his magic is absolutely atrocious! But I am delighted to say he fits the interesting character qualification admirably. And I think that is FAR more important than being able to ...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

It has bloody well overtaken my Royal Road to Card Magic experiment anyway. I got stuck at Chapter Nine and they have overtaken me at 13 pages. I shall make another attempt to sum the matter up. There are many different skills and personalities in magic. Some people are good at sleight of hand but l...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

He is not against misrepresentation. He is against direct, downright blatant lies. There is a difference you know. I am not 100 percent convinced by his argument but fair is fair. There is a subtle difference here. I don't see how you can do magic without misrepresentation but you CAN do it without...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th
Replies: 22
Views: 1451

Re: Hofzinser Seminar in Madrid on November 18th

What impressed me about Hofzinser was the brevity of his patter. He was quite brief and direct in comparison to the long winded style of the day. A lot of the verbose modern so called hot shots of today who chatter too much could learn a bit from him. The worst of them chatter for about two minutes ...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4068

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

This is a great book and I've fooled many magicians with tricks from it. My feeling, however, is that the chapters should be read in the following order: I, IX, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XV, XI, III, XIII, XIV, XVI, XVII, I did check out that sequence of chapters in the book and I think it indeed wo...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 11:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?
Replies: 54
Views: 4068

Re: The Royal Road, all it's cracked up to be?

Oh, bloody hell! That reminds me! I have to continue with my annotations! I have been delayed by the various shows that I have to do during the Christmas period and that daft thread about telling lies in magic has quite overtaken me. I shall investigate the new order of chapters that Gerald recommen...
by performer
December 14th, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

He is not against misrepresentation. He is against direct, downright blatant lies. There is a difference you know. I am not 100 percent convinced by his argument but fair is fair. There is a subtle difference here. I don't see how you can do magic without misrepresentation but you CAN do it without ...
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 11:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

Mark Collier wrote:Maybe he should just read minds and not have to lie about it.


That is what I do.
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED - Ten Super Card Problems (The Twenty-Dollar Manuscript)
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: WANTED - Ten Super Card Problems (The Twenty-Dollar Manuscript)

I used to have it. I have no idea what the hell I did with it!
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 7:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

As the old saying goes:

"A man convinced against his will
is of the same opinion still"
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

He is hoping for the same thing you are. To have the last word!
by performer
December 13th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I did watch the Osterlind video and I couldn't really see anything much to object to. Moreover I happen to know he is a very Christian gentleman and terribly ethical in matters of this kind. I suspect he is the sort who in real life were forced to tell a lie he would be in absolute agony over the ma...
by performer
December 12th, 2017, 10:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I am in a mischievous mood! And I am also a little unclear as to which lies Jkeyes deems acceptable and which he doesn't. Therefore I see a way of killing two birds with one stone, that is satisfying my desire for mischief and at the same time clarifying which lies are good ones and which are not so...
by performer
December 12th, 2017, 6:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think he was talking about telling lies in magic rather than in one's personal life.
by performer
December 12th, 2017, 12:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I don't know much about Hoy's Book Test but I gather it is something to do with miscalling the page number of a book. I don't really see much of a problem with that somehow. I do concede that I don't know that much about the trick to make a judgement on it though. All I can say after attempting to r...
by performer
December 11th, 2017, 11:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

The accent was an important part of Slydini's presentation, I would suggest. What might come across as confrontational (and did so to some anyway, it seems) was defused by the spectator making allowance for the performer's imperfect command of the language. "You watch , but you no see !" ...
by performer
December 11th, 2017, 2:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

Maybe this "lie" dialog is about keeping the audience side of silent script (what they think is happening) internal rather than narrated? ...Slydini didn't advocate that people should emulate him... Maybe after they learned to do exactly as shown in the lesson. exactly. it was my understa...
by performer
December 10th, 2017, 10:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 32
Views: 9299

Re: Stewart James

I have one of the Stewart James books but I have to confess I have never done a single trick from it. Not the fault of the book, the author or the tricks. Just the fact that I have too many tricks already and I haven't the faintest idea what I am supposed to do with any more. However, I did pick up ...
by performer
December 10th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

mark. slydini has influence us all, but his approach to magic is inherently challenging and the fact that so few people can pull that off is proof enough that he is a bad example to emulate. the best students of slydini look and act nothing like him. Those who never grew past the stage of mimicry c...
by performer
December 10th, 2017, 7:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

but having said that - slydini was a bit of a puzzler wasn't he? Watch - try to catch me. While we as magicians loved him and what he did - how much commercial success did he have? He made his living making clothes and teaching his techniques to magicians. his tv appearances were for a magician. Yo...
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 10:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think I was lying about not lying. I just remembered that I will often babble to people before a trick starts that "I read this trick in a book this morning" or "I only learned this trick yesterday afternoon" when I have been doing the damn thing for about 40 years or so.
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I find this interesting because this thread has made me go over my own work. For some odd reason I don't think I do much, if even any, lying at all when I perform. Fairy tales yes or deceptive practices yes. Or even white lies that the audience might even recognise as lies. Tongue in cheek false sta...
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 8:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I spoke too soon! The posts are beginning to get long again!
by performer
December 8th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

Richard Kaufman wrote:You fellas really know how to tire a person out.


I have noticed that their posts are getting shorter. I think they are tiring themselves out!
by performer
December 7th, 2017, 11:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2412

Re: The Jerx Year Three

In the first video he had what grafters call a "nause". We all have our limitations and his was that he did not know how to handle a "nause". But he is not the only one. I have seen American magicians struggle with obnoxious hosts too, Letterman in particular. The way you handle ...
by performer
December 7th, 2017, 11:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I could almost swear this was a massive wind up from start to finish!
by performer
December 7th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I would imagine that barmitzvah audiences would see through lies quicker than anyone else!
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2412

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I haven't read this great wisdom yet but it should be noted that Jean Hugard once pointed out that there are two kinds of misdirection. There is mental misdirection and physical misdirection. A good magician should know how to distract the mind as well as the eyes.
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Three
Replies: 32
Views: 2412

Re: The Jerx Year Three

I never judge a magician by the amount of professional work he does. You can still be a wonderful magician even if you don't get paid. The trouble is that I don't think the stuff he writes makes sense for unpaid performances either. Still, I haven't read his latest musings so I shall reserve judgeme...
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

In that case, then, perhaps RK in his solicitous mercy will ban self-avowed Infallibles from this board. It really is unfair to us mere mortals -- we can only withstand so many repeated, crushing blows of god-like logic and exposition. I am also a self avowed infallibile and I do indeed think the r...
by performer
December 6th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

I am not sure that I fully agree with Mr Keyes but I do think he is winning the argument. At any rate I certainly admire his skilled use of words. He is a damned good writer at any rate.
by performer
December 5th, 2017, 4:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 521
Views: 12976

Re: Ennobling Magic

Oh, I think I see what you mean now. You appear to be saying that people on this thread are repeating themselves. People on this thread are repeating themselves. People on this thread are repeating themselves.

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