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by Max Maven
June 19th, 2017, 8:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jack Yates - An Appreciation
Replies: 2
Views: 579

Re: Jack Yates - An Appreciation

The Fulves citation is misleading. Yates' 1954 "Clip Line" is a prediction using a column of newsprint, but the method is very different from the 1964 Spackman trick that is the basis for the countless variations since. If the attribution is simply for the use of a newspaper column as gris...
by Max Maven
June 8th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?
Replies: 5
Views: 974

Re: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?

I recall this as proposed by Arthur C. F. Carter, specific to the Dennis Wheatley novel To The Devil A Daughter. No anagram required, as there are only four names in the entire book. Appeared in Magigram in the 1970s.
by Max Maven
June 5th, 2017, 2:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5067

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Regarding pince nez, I was referring to this not uncommon American rendering:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvfE8ZmDEE
by Max Maven
June 3rd, 2017, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 5067

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I have said this for years, and without tongue in cheek. When words travel, their pronunciations often mutate. Consider the huge differences between the French and English pronunciations of pince nez . Or, the surprising historical reason that "orange" in Spanish is naranja . I say it's sp...
by Max Maven
May 26th, 2017, 1:04 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 1511

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

A few years ago, at the Magic Castle, I did an interview in front of an audience with Ib Melchior, who wrote and directed that movie. We screened clips of the magic segments, and discussed them, along with various anecdotes from his long career. At the time (2014), he was 96 years old, and still ver...
by Max Maven
April 20th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven - question
Replies: 3
Views: 1002

Re: Max Maven - question

Yes, that was my article in Word Ways.
by Max Maven
April 17th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 14
Views: 2083

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Max Auzinger developed the "Black Art" principle when he realized during rehearsal for a play (he was a director) that all he could see from the black face of an actor before a black background were his white eyes and teeth. But the principle had been used by Pinetti almost a century earl...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: an old favourite
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Re: an old favourite

Oh, thank goodness, it's "The Love-Sick Tennis Ball."

From the billing, I immediately envisioned "A Match For Gravity" involving a leash...
by Max Maven
March 16th, 2017, 8:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about marlo routine
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: question about marlo routine

If memory serves, "Triple Transposition" was a related plot, but a bit convoluted.
by Max Maven
March 15th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about marlo routine
Replies: 5
Views: 1114

Re: question about marlo routine

This was a favorite of Fred's.

It is the Marlo routine cited. It's worth noting that it was also claimed by Irv Weiner, who did it using Braue Additions.
by Max Maven
March 5th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 1956 Magic Trick Sent BBC Viewers Into a Panic
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: 1956 Magic Trick Sent BBC Viewers Into a Panic

The writer's research was insufficient. He references the news-making fire walk by Ahmed Hussain in 1937, but that was done in the wake of the first modern fire walk done in England two years earlier, by Kuda Bux. He states that in the wake of the sawing on the live broadcast being unresolved, the l...
by Max Maven
February 12th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon

On occasion, the Professor would play this on others. I know this from personal experience.

I wouldn't say it was sadistic, Richard, but it was primarily for his own amusement. If and when a good piece of magic came about as a result, that was a fine side product—but not the goal per se.
by Max Maven
February 7th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 27
Views: 3368

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Okay, let me try to clean up a claim about me that has appeared in two different threads on this board: For years I have been working, slowly, on a book devoted to the Gilbreath Principle. That project is ongoing. It has not been canceled. At no time have I ever stated, or even suggested, that the b...
by Max Maven
February 6th, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 48
Views: 10702

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Joe McCay writes: "So apparently the Max Maven book is not happening."

On what do you base this statement?
by Max Maven
December 30th, 2016, 4:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 4
Views: 1364

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

The shooting is completed, but yet to be done are editing, graphics, and so on. In some ways, this is a more complicated project than the other EMC DVD sets. While Luis had hoped to have everything done by the end of this year, I told him at the time that his was probably unrealistic -- all the more...
by Max Maven
December 5th, 2016, 6:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tezuma, japanese magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1313

Re: Tezuma, japanese magic

There are a number of Japanese terms for performance magic (just as there are in English, &c.). Wazuma is probably the most appealing, as the "wa" in this case means "Japan," hence "Japanese lightning." Other terms include tezuma ("hand lightning"), kijuts...
by Max Maven
November 29th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 1332

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

The trick you're looking for was Roydon's "Fantastic."
by Max Maven
October 16th, 2016, 5:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!
Replies: 18
Views: 3788

Re: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!

The basic puzzle was created by Winston Freer. It requires opaque pieces that are hollow so additional pieces can be hidden inside. Tenyo's new version by Komichi Komiya works very differently: the puzzle pieces are transparent. It's a huge innovation on the original. Sorry, Richard. Your informati...
by Max Maven
September 19th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 16
Views: 4193

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Don't forget Fredric Brown's Madball.
by Max Maven
July 25th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: milk pitcher principle
Replies: 9
Views: 2633

Re: milk pitcher principle

I'd be interested in a citation regarding Stanley Collins in this regard.

So far as I know, the precursor to the Milk Pitcher was the DeMuth Milk Bottle, devised in the early 1930s. The pitcher format was claimed by Richard Himber, who marketed it in 1943.
by Max Maven
July 22nd, 2016, 3:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick
Replies: 7
Views: 1696

Re: U.F. Grant / The Brassiere Trick

It is embarrassing that I can provide information on this. The trick began as a feature in the act of Howard Brooks, in the late 1930s. After U.F. Grant marketed it, other dealers put it out (it was relatively easy to make), and there were other claimants (Eddie Cochran in the U.S., Vivante in Engla...
by Max Maven
July 10th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel Called Out for Copying Other Vegas Magician's Tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: Criss Angel Called Out for Copying Other Vegas Magician's Tricks

Actually, the guy with the eyepatch is the doyen of Las Vegas showbiz writers, Norm Clarke. But, Mike Weatherford is probably the most highly positioned reviewer.
by Max Maven
July 6th, 2016, 1:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Is It With Florida?
Replies: 7
Views: 3060

What Is It With Florida?

Recent court ruling regarding copyright issues, citing a particularly foolish decades-old case involving magic;

http://www.billboard.com/files/pdfs/Bul ... lletin.pdf
by Max Maven
June 26th, 2016, 11:10 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Elephant hotel
Replies: 4
Views: 1331

Re: Elephant hotel

Yesterday I was walking down the street in Seoul, with Satoshi Onosaka. We passed a restaurant called "Hotdog New York" which prompted him to say that the hot dogs in Manhattan tasted better than anywhere else, which got me reminiscing about the Nathan's on 42nd street, years ago, that sol...
by Max Maven
June 22nd, 2016, 6:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Joy of Slum Magic
Replies: 56
Views: 9231

Re: The Joy of Slum Magic

The soft/hard corner idea is properly known as the Tan/Fillman Principle.
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2016, 9:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 4250

Re: Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016?

If there really was a trend or pattern based on "generational" celebrities, then 2015 would have also been filled with such deaths. But it wasn't.
by Max Maven
April 23rd, 2016, 2:27 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Some Like It Hot?
Replies: 13
Views: 3562

Re: Some Like It Hot?

Not that obscure a story. Donna Delbert was favorably reviewed in various magic magazines in the 1940s and '50s, and the army problem was also reported in several magic journals, as well as major newspapers. As of the mid-1970s, she was still performing. I saw her MC and do fire-eating at a Larry We...
by Max Maven
February 11th, 2016, 9:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 3213

Re: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards

Richard Hatch wrote:Dr. Zina Bennett of Detroit was noted for his manipulation of jumbo cards.


Plus he married well.
by Max Maven
February 8th, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Submitted for your Consideration
Replies: 15
Views: 6261

Re: Submitted for your Consideration

Joe Mckay wrote:You can see the interactive routine using hands here. I think it is a Max Maven idea. But I am not sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXyT9dxH5xo



Not mine.
by Max Maven
December 9th, 2015, 3:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 17225

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

Taped at the first Gathering for Gardner in 1993.
by Max Maven
December 7th, 2015, 12:51 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Clayton Rawson movie
Replies: 5
Views: 1520

Re: Clayton Rawson movie

One of three movies based on Merlini novels -- although in one of them, the story was tweaked to be about a different and better known print detective.
by Max Maven
November 26th, 2015, 2:22 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Source for this peek
Replies: 16
Views: 5219

Re: Source for this peek

Just to clarify the chronology, Dan Tong developed his book test using this methodology in the 1950s or early 1960s. It was eventually published in the New Jinx ; I believe the title was "Teletact." Related work appeared in the Linking Ring in the 1950s, by Charles Miller (not Charlie; I t...
by Max Maven
October 8th, 2015, 6:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: question about Persi and Gadner
Replies: 5
Views: 1652

Re: question about Persi and Gadner

Pace Richard Hatch, but your message suggests that Persi Diaconis was the first to bring Prevost to the attention of English-speaking magicians. That credit is too broad. It is, however, fair to say that although many knew of the book, few had much knowledge of its contents, given that to understand...
by Max Maven
October 5th, 2015, 12:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 3056

Re: Max Maven is okay

My thanks to the many people who sent messages during my unexpected four-day stay in the hospital this past weekend. Not how I'd planned to experience Orlando... But although I'm still in the process of recovering, the worst is over, and I'm feeling better with every passing hour. Sorry I was unable...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 12:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 4405

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

But Lee Noble's wallet was not the original Himber design...
by Max Maven
October 1st, 2015, 10:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...
Replies: 13
Views: 4405

Re: Let's discuss the HImber Wallet...

Nobody ever topped the Lee Noble Himber. Those old enough to remember it will know what I mean.
by Max Maven
September 15th, 2015, 7:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]
Replies: 25
Views: 4237

Re: What Are The Most Used Gimmicked Cards? [NEED HELP]

I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Syl Reilly’s Fa-Ko Deck, marketed in 1928. While there have subsequently been other gaff assortments on the market, all of them built on this one. It was later revised and sold by Ronald Haines, in 1962. That incarnation begat a companion booklet, published in...
by Max Maven
August 25th, 2015, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 62
Views: 12292

Re: [censored] Troll Forum

performer wrote:[I]t should be carefully noted that I NEVER ATTACK ANYONE UNLESS THEY ATTACK ME FIRST.


I will politely comment that while this may be currently so, it has not been true in the past.
by Max Maven
July 24th, 2015, 1:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 16
Views: 4315

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

I would frame it this way: A "Restricted Kruskal" is to the Kruskal Principle as a Perfect Faro is to a Riffle Shuffle.
by Max Maven
July 23rd, 2015, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mathematical Card Trick Source
Replies: 16
Views: 4315

Re: Mathematical Card Trick Source

A few days ago, Colm e-mailed me this same question. This is what I wrote in reply: Hi, Colm. While I have not seen this precise trick, the method is not new. One might define it as a Restricted Kruskal Principle. One of the earliest related items in print is an effect by Karl Fulves entitled (if me...

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