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by Ian Kendall
January 12th, 2017, 4:29 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: carton box illusion
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: carton box illusion

My guess would be a rerun of a Doug Henning show.
by Ian Kendall
January 10th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2017)
Replies: 11
Views: 693

Re: Magic Castle Happenings – The Good Stuff (January 2017)

I'd like to put in a wee plug for Mat Ricardo in the Palace. Go along, be amazed and amused, and compliment him on how good a magician he is. He loves that :twisted:
by Ian Kendall
January 9th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Alexa skill "Magic History"
Replies: 21
Views: 2007

Re: New Alexa skill "Magic History"

Heh. I mentioned exactly that on another forum. Working on it now :)
by Ian Kendall
January 7th, 2017, 3:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 8
Views: 1043

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Heh. Yesterday I got a delivery from Lulu of a few ebooks I had printed. The Book That Doesn't Exist was one of them :) Over the years I have found that my tastes in magic have changed by quite a lot. One thing I enjoy doing is digging out old magazines from the 90s (mainly Magic and Genii, TBH) and...
by Ian Kendall
January 7th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 8
Views: 1043

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

And that mass clicking noise is everyone popping over to the Lybrary to get hold of Scarne's Magic Tricks...
by Ian Kendall
January 5th, 2017, 6:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1945

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

I still have a Piatnik marked deck I bought in Davenport's in 1987. I think they stopped making them shortly after...
by Ian Kendall
January 3rd, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1945

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

My eyesight has long passed the point were normal marks are useful in performance. It's obviously time to break out Blob-o-vision :)
by Ian Kendall
January 2nd, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1945

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

I researched the exact colours for blue and red bikes - they are Prussian Blue and Vermillion.

I tried Harry's marking system, but couldn't find a suitable way to apply the ink without it smudging :(
by Ian Kendall
January 2nd, 2017, 6:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1945

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

_so_ many :)
by Ian Kendall
December 29th, 2016, 8:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for Bob Neale trick
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Looking for Bob Neale trick

Heh. I remember bookmarking the Minotaur routine when I got it in 94, but I never got round to making it (I got locked out of my flat, and had other things to worry about...)

I'll make one of the Neale version as well, just for comparison :)
by Ian Kendall
December 16th, 2016, 9:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Dubious. I think in the Canadian Vernon documentary it was mentioned that the cups were given to him engraved to begin with.
by Ian Kendall
December 14th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Many years ago Mark Leveridge put out a Chop Mug that used the carry bag as a close up mat on the spectator's hand.
by Ian Kendall
December 14th, 2016, 9:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Also, I have the Magic index up to 2011, and there's nothing in there. Sorry.
by Ian Kendall
December 14th, 2016, 9:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

The Peter Rosengren routine?
by Ian Kendall
December 12th, 2016, 7:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 1986

Re: 2016 tricks?

Have you played with the Tiny Plunger yet?
by Ian Kendall
December 12th, 2016, 4:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 1986

Re: 2016 tricks?

I'm looking for a proper marketed trick - not just something that could have been in a book or magazine. No problem. I think 3FC is a tad more complicated than a magazine trick, but I take your point. You want a new toy to play with. I don't buy many props these days, so I can't offer a suggestion.
by Ian Kendall
December 12th, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 1986

Re: 2016 tricks?

Ian, does it have a name?


Yes, but I was reticent to plug it too much. But hey, since we're here, this is what people thought of it at Blackpool...

Hmm. Youtube embedding is not working. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDFChCNGgEg
by Ian Kendall
December 12th, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2016 tricks?
Replies: 35
Views: 1986

Re: 2016 tricks?

I put out a routine that I use all the time for real people. Although it did seem to 'fool' a lot of magicians, that was never the primary goal.
by Ian Kendall
December 11th, 2016, 4:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How is Simon Lovell doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Re: How is Simon Lovell doing?

There will be more recent news from others, but I spoke with him last year (to sort out his dad's computer initially). He seemed to be in an ok state, and we chatted for a while about moves.

I think Matt Field is in more constant contact.
by Ian Kendall
November 27th, 2016, 12:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Life Savers by Michael Webber
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: Life Savers by Michael Webber

It's moments like this when you realise that a link will exponentially increase the number of people who check on that...
by Ian Kendall
November 15th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 7945

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

*sticks head above parapet*

90% of material published in books is not workable in the real world.

*ducks*

<note for pedants: completely made up subjective statistic>
by Ian Kendall
November 14th, 2016, 10:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 7945

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Quoth the Brad: so if having access to so much data is a boon, why haven't we seen an improvement in magicians' performances as data becomes more easily available ? As has been mentioned several times, one has to know how to use the tool, and have the desire to use the tool correctly in order to mak...
by Ian Kendall
November 13th, 2016, 7:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 7945

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

I would disagree with Brad that a large digital library is not an effective tool. Like all tools, one has to know how to use it, but it's still a tool. If you want to consider how efficient digital access is, a scenario; let's say you are writing a post on Facebook about the Argentinian currency cra...
by Ian Kendall
November 12th, 2016, 1:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Add up coins
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Re: Add up coins

There are several versions in print and on video.

Jim Steinmeyer has a version in one of the Conjuring articles - that will be in the big book. Mike Weber has a version in Lifesavers.

My preferred version (for method and presentation) is Giovanni Livera's DVD The Pennies.
by Ian Kendall
November 11th, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 7945

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

The scans are good (I have several of the individual ebooks). If you want to check for yourself, llepub has one of its sales running now, so everything is at 50%. You can grab a book for ten bucks, see if you enjoy reading it in that format, and then buy the flash collection. Edit: As for searching,...
by Ian Kendall
November 11th, 2016, 11:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 7945

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

The llepub site (which handles the download side of things) lists 55 items in the books section. Of those, two are Swain books, and three are combination deals. So basically, this flash drive has everything on llepub less the Swains.
by Ian Kendall
November 11th, 2016, 10:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 7945

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Hmm. I wonder why the Jim Swain books are the only ones not on the flash drive...
by Ian Kendall
November 6th, 2016, 11:59 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 3936

Re: Puzzles wanted

Joe; very true :)
by Ian Kendall
November 6th, 2016, 4:05 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 3936

Re: Puzzles wanted

Egypt one.

Greece two.

Turkey two.

Iraq one.

What am I referring to?

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World


One could also argue that 'vowels' would be a legitimate answer :) (especially when the total in the puzzle is only six...)
by Ian Kendall
November 4th, 2016, 3:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 3936

Re: Puzzles wanted

Only with the 2's, Ian? Obviously there's at least 1 of everything in the sentence ... but then all those 1's you put in the blanks alter the number of 1's in the sentence. So then you have to adjust that. And don't forget that if you write a number like 10, that puts another 0 and another 1 in the...
by Ian Kendall
November 3rd, 2016, 8:05 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 3936

Re: Puzzles wanted

Joe posted that one above. I never found it deceptive, but I realise I'm not normal...
by Ian Kendall
November 3rd, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 3936

Re: Puzzles wanted

Bit of a paradox with the 2s in that one...
by Ian Kendall
November 3rd, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Puzzles wanted
Replies: 44
Views: 3936

Re: Puzzles wanted

There are 52 weeks, and then the extra day, Without that, New Year would be on the same day every year.
by Ian Kendall
November 1st, 2016, 7:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vic Pinto R.I.P.
Replies: 1
Views: 341

Re: Vic Pinto R.I.P.

A shame. I had many of his VHS tapes. He was always willing to chat at Blackpool (one year, he playfully berated Pat for not including his ten second paper tear on the Paperific tape, which led to Pat giving me a private lesson on the routine at the stand...)
by Ian Kendall
October 27th, 2016, 3:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 22
Views: 3908

Re: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

Things can backfire; a couple of years ago there was a young girl, perhaps ten or eleven years old, who was interested in magic. I chatted to her a little at the table, and talked to her father. I explained that, if he was ok with it, I would email here a magic trick when I got home. He said that wo...
by Ian Kendall
October 16th, 2016, 4:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!
Replies: 18
Views: 2561

Re: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!

There are two approaches to the effect; one requires overlapping, and the other involves removing a piece surreptitiously, either by hiding in a hollow piece, or palming out during the shuffle.
by Ian Kendall
September 26th, 2016, 3:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Jerx, Volume One
Replies: 16
Views: 2475

Re: The Jerx, Volume One

As I recall, the idea of the price was to enable Andy to write the blog pretty much full time; everyone who subscribed basically bought him a coffee every week, which worked out at the $260 price tag. It was not a reflection on the production cost of the book itself.
by Ian Kendall
September 21st, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Odd One Out Puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: Odd One Out Puzzle

Do you want answers here, cos I think I have one...

Didn't we have a spoiler function on here before?
by Ian Kendall
September 12th, 2016, 5:37 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Handsome Jack's new book
Replies: 13
Views: 3350

Re: Handsome Jack's new book

Heh. This evening I was perusing my box of small booklets, and found my original instructions for the Reformation. It's going to be fun comparing that with the instructions in the new book :)
by Ian Kendall
August 31st, 2016, 8:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 8439

Re: Jason Ladanye

George McBride showed me a handling years ago that had no sweeping action at all, but the card appeared unaligned. It would be hard for me to forego this for a different technique, TBH...

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