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Re: Mirabill

Thanks, Harry. Not that you could tell from this thread, but Mirabill has been extraordinarily well received and reviewed. It has served to inspire many mentalists and magicians to design and share with me their own ploys. So many in fact, that I've released The Mirabill Supplement. The Supplement i...
by Bill Cushman
04/02/08 01:52 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mirabill
Replies: 15
Views: 4401

Re: Mirabill

Why pay 15 dollars for one Miraskil variation? Here is why, according to Peter Duffie: "I grinned widely as I read your elegant solution. Far from adding any complications, you have managed to simplify and actually improve an established classic card trick. I am sure Stewart James would have lo...
by Bill Cushman
03/11/08 10:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mirabill
Replies: 15
Views: 4401

Re: The Hanussen Proof Redux

Kim, Let me know when you figure out a way to control when a brainstorm comes; I'll help you market the method and we'll get rich. :p Have you performed Hanussen? Or, more like I've done, taken aspects to apply to your own work? Also, where did your research Erik Hanussen take you and what else did ...
by Bill Cushman
01/13/04 09:30 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: The Hanussen Proof Redux

Andy & Avocat, Issues with Bob's delivery of products are old news. I feel I should be able to simply review an ebook without having to cover the business end every time. Especially when it has been covered ad nauseum. For example, every review of Becker's "Stunners Plus" needn't cover...
by Bill Cushman
01/13/04 02:47 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: The Hanussen Proof Redux

You know Andy, I considered prefacing this post with a comment to the effect of "lets stay with the topic and not digress to other issues" but I figured that most people would do so without my having to make such a statement. Don't get me wrong, Andy, I have my own history of complications...
by Bill Cushman
01/10/04 01:38 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 411

The Hanussen Proof Redux

I recently checked out The Store at Bob Cassidys website, www.mastermindreader.com/cd. While most of his newer releases have sold out, I was surprised to see some older ebooks are still available. I have a few of these and thought Id offer up some reviews because there is some grade A material withi...
by Bill Cushman
01/07/04 09:23 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Penguin's Coin Bender (Boa)

Allen, you are right, "countless" is over the top but was used to drive home a point, not out of "defensiveness". Certainly you are correct that we could probably count the number of mentalists who agree with what I said, of which we would apparently have to count you! Hmmmm........
by Bill Cushman
12/14/03 02:00 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Penguin's Coin Bender (Boa)
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Penguin's Coin Bender (Boa)

Scott, A couple of points. It is Ray Koenig's Bent Cent, not Kentons, though he does market it and describe a handling in one of his books. Second, if you are going to have someone sign a coin, you might as well just come out and tell them you are going to be switching it because that is the implici...
by Bill Cushman
12/11/03 10:26 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Penguin's Coin Bender (Boa)
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: conversations with mind readers project

One more rave for Conversations. And Brad and Tony's contributions were both superb. Great work by all involved and thanks to Ben for putting such a wonderful project together.
by Bill Cushman
11/26/03 11:47 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: conversations with mind readers project
Replies: 15
Views: 4126

Re: New Low in Magic

This was over at Ted Leslie's site in the Mentalism section. Make sure you read paragraph four: "I know plenty of amazing card tricks but I'd like to find out how to perform the one where the magician produces a pack of cards by extending his arm in front of him and snapping his wrist in an up-...
by Bill Cushman
10/26/03 12:49 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Low in Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: Phil Goldsteins color series

To quote Max: "There has never been any sort of authorized "boxed set" of my early pamphlets. That someone may have put together a set and sold it is one thing, but the idea that someone was able to assemble fifty "numbered box sets" of legitimate booklets seems virtually im...
by Bill Cushman
10/15/03 06:48 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Phil Goldsteins color series
Replies: 6
Views: 227

Re: Key Melt by Arlen Studios

You can purchase it arlenstudio.com. Tell Keith Bill sent you. As long as we are on the topic, let me share the following: I was talking with Keith about a more mentalist friendly handling for Key Melt. One that has more mentalism flavor, less magic. He gave me permission to share the following. Thi...
by Bill Cushman
08/30/03 02:13 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Key Melt by Arlen Studios
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: book test

I'm a bit of a booktest nut. To name a few I have and have performed: Flashback, Ultimate Flashback, Insight, Final Exam, Unfaked BookTest, Hidden Agenda, MOAB and Double Vision. I also have quite a few force books and own Seafire but have never performed it. This is no criticism of Seafire, I have ...
by Bill Cushman
08/30/03 08:26 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: book test
Replies: 13
Views: 476

Re: Magic Squares (presentation etc.)

I have two presentations that take the magic square out of the realm of a clever math trick and I have found they get a great response. On a previous post on this subject, Larry Becker complimented me and said that my approach is original as far as he knows. Doug Dyment, my hero when it comes to the...
by Bill Cushman
08/05/03 03:51 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Magic Squares (presentation etc.)
Replies: 29
Views: 4514

Re: centre tear

I find getting the theme of what was written plays more strongly, perhaps more real(?), than revealing the word itself. And, as per Lesley, et.al., to incorporate this theme into a brief cold reading is the most powerful of all in my experience. Back to technique for a moment: My favorite instant ac...
by Bill Cushman
08/01/03 08:55 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: centre tear
Replies: 42
Views: 1966

Key Melt by Arlen Studios

Folks, Keith Lack has exceeded all expectations with Key Melt. He is way too modest in the ad at his site for this wonderful product. First of all, he stated that you rub the shaft of the key before it bends. This is a choice, you don't have to do this at all. You simply hold the key by the crown an...
by Bill Cushman
08/01/03 08:40 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Key Melt by Arlen Studios
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Don Alan on That's Incredible!

Just perfect! What a great way to start father's day. Thank you so much.
by Bill Cushman
06/15/03 03:20 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Don Alan on That's Incredible!
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: Eugene's Last Dollar

It's Patrick Thomas Murphy's modification of the gimmick in Mastering the Art of Close-Up Magic and Magical Voyages, which I believe qualifies it as a new gimmick. The handling is thus simplified.
by Bill Cushman
04/25/03 04:58 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Eugene's Last Dollar
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Eugene's Last Dollar

While not addressed in the instructions, I don't see why you couldn't as long as the foreign currency is the size of US currency (this would be to change the foreign currency with a US dollar). I also don't see any reason you couldn't make the gimmick up in foreign currency to cause the change betwe...
by Bill Cushman
04/25/03 11:07 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Eugene's Last Dollar
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: Eugene's Last Dollar

Eugene says in the info with La$t Dollar that he stopped doing the version in Mastering the Art of Close-up and Magical Voyages when co-creator Patrick Thomas Murphy showed him his improvement that resulted in the commercial release. It may very well be what he taught you at the workshop; he maintai...
by Bill Cushman
04/25/03 09:57 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Eugene's Last Dollar
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Eugene's Last Dollar

I recently picked up Eugene's La$t Dollar and am very pleased with this new handling for a favorite classic, Grant's Slow Motion Bill Transposition. For years I'd used Eugene's handling from his classic The Craft of Magic but had let it fall by the wayside as my interest turned primarily to mentalis...
by Bill Cushman
04/25/03 04:25 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Eugene's Last Dollar
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Keith Arlen Lack's Silver Shifter

I've been very fortunate to see some of the evolution of this versatile utility coin. While advertised for it's stunning visible bend, that is only the beginning. It can enhance a variety of standard coin effects and Keith has already released some interesting variations such as a copper/silver shif...
by Bill Cushman
04/25/03 04:24 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Keith Arlen Lack's Silver Shifter
Replies: 0
Views: 107

Re: Impromptu Mental Epic

Re: Richard Osterlind's StenoEsp: I like the bonus routine he includes at the end with spiral bound index cards even better, though it does require about two seconds of preparation. I've made a couple of changes I want to share with Richard (both in the set up and the routine)that I think take it to...
by Bill Cushman
04/10/03 01:44 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impromptu Mental Epic
Replies: 30
Views: 2443

Re: Al Baker Book

Where can I find out more about this book; contents, price and where to order it from? Thanks in advance.
by Bill Cushman
04/08/03 04:19 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Al Baker Book
Replies: 18
Views: 3524

Re: John Edward, Crossing Over

Opie and DrAmazo, If i'm misreading the intent of your (Opie's) words, i apologize. However (oh boy, here i go again), even Opie's response saying he wasn't taking issue with Andy had a quality sometimes referred to as "damning with faint praise." I'm referring to the statement, "He o...
by Bill Cushman
09/11/02 07:21 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: John Edward, Crossing Over
Replies: 133
Views: 11510

Re: John Edward, Crossing Over

I hope you are right, but my sense was that the comments about Andy's age had the flavor of a put down of both of them. I don't know Craig one way or another to take up for him, but i couldn't let what i saw as an attack on Andy go undefended. Also, i shared this with someone else before i posted an...
by Bill Cushman
09/10/02 08:41 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: John Edward, Crossing Over
Replies: 133
Views: 11510

Re: John Edward, Crossing Over

I tend to be a lurker but every now and then something is said that neccessitates coming out of the shadows. Attacking the age of Andy Leviss is a typical last resort of the scoundrel (i know the focus was on Craig but that just underscores the underhandeness of the comments on Andy's age). Take a l...
by Bill Cushman
09/10/02 07:52 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: John Edward, Crossing Over
Replies: 133
Views: 11510

Re: Gathering DustOMENON

just received a pocket charger and it mentions that climate plays a big part, stating that electrons travel thru moisture in the air. this seems to suggest that humidity would help but i'm no physics prof. I grew up in Michigan and recall that those dry, winter days were, indeed, the most likely day...
by Bill Cushman
06/17/02 12:16 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gathering DustOMENON
Replies: 30
Views: 437

Re: Gathering DustOMENON

could climate play a part in penonemon not working for some folks? i live in FL and it works like a charm, even better than the ads or instructions indicate! i'm getting a charge that lasts upward of ten minutes. sometimes you think the charge is gone but all you need to do is re-position. i use the...
by Bill Cushman
06/16/02 08:44 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gathering DustOMENON
Replies: 30
Views: 437

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