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by Bill Duncan
August 25th, 2016, 1:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 1455

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

Out of curiosity what is the difference between a hobbyist and an amateur? This is a distinction I have not come across. An amateur gets paid for the occasional show, while a hobbyist might simply be a collector, or show the tricks he collects to a few friends or at the magic club. To extend Mark's...
by Bill Duncan
August 24th, 2016, 12:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: How long to finish/master Card College series?
Replies: 37
Views: 12893

Re: How long to finish/master Card College series?

Bill Mullins wrote:Expert: An ex is a has-been, a spurt is a drip under pressure.


Ex means outside of or formerly, and pert attractive. So I guess I'm an expert now.
by Bill Duncan
August 23rd, 2016, 11:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardtoon - magic exposure
Replies: 33
Views: 1455

Re: Cardtoon - magic exposure

The reason that magic has never been taken seriously by the public is that most magicians are crap. There. I figured it out for you. Wasn't hard was it? I don't disagree with that, but I wonder why other performing arts are taken seriously? I mean, as we learned from Ted Sturgeon, ninety percent of...
by Bill Duncan
August 9th, 2016, 3:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 5739

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

OK, let's get this back on target. I'm getting sick of hearing about the Duncan guy. I'm sure he's an egotistical asshat... also a general question, is there a list anywhere of a logical order of good tricks to learn as skills progress? PhantomMenace, Mr. Giobbi built Card Collage to be a progressiv...
by Bill Duncan
August 8th, 2016, 10:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Handsome Jack's new book
Replies: 8
Views: 1489

Re: Handsome Jack's new book

Love the Amer!can G0th!c graphic.

After reading the quotes on the Squash website, I was struck by the irony that John Lovick and Handsome Jack are one person but Dan and Dave Buck are two.
by Bill Duncan
August 7th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 5739

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

Completely understandable Mark. I realize that American isn't your first language, which might be the cause of your confusion.

Script is just an American word that means "patter that wasn't included with the trick."
by Bill Duncan
August 7th, 2016, 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 5739

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

I know all about Mr Duncan's ability as a performer. I have seen him on Scottish television. He used to be reasonably good but he ain't any more. And I am a far better tub thumper than he is anyway. Not sure who you're thinking of Mark, but I've never seen Scottish television, let alone been on it....
by Bill Duncan
August 3rd, 2016, 10:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 5739

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

performer wrote:And I am perfectly happy with a journalist and a professional magician of many years experience writing a book. I would think that such a combination to be perfectly qualified.


I'll stick with recommending an actual living/working 21st century magician who specializes in card magic.
by Bill Duncan
August 2nd, 2016, 11:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie
Replies: 38
Views: 5739

Re: card college DVD's and list of card tricks for newbie

All you really need is the Royal Road to Card Magic. When the only tool you have is a hammer... Mark, have you read Card Collage? Or met Giobbi? Hugard did a fake Chinese silent act, and was well known for the bullet catch. Braue was a journalist. Both were part time card trick guys, from a time wh...
by Bill Duncan
August 2nd, 2016, 10:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Handsome Jack's new book
Replies: 8
Views: 1489

Re: Handsome Jack's new book

More importantly, are you bringing them when you visit Seattle?
by Bill Duncan
July 28th, 2016, 5:45 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 8514

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

The most magical part is how Madhi gets an audience involved in Oil and Water. Aldo would have been proud.


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by Bill Duncan
July 26th, 2016, 10:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool Us - Season 3
Replies: 111
Views: 8514

Re: Fool Us - Season 3

I have no idea what Seinfeld, Mash etc; have to do with MAGIC. I don't give a tinker's cuss (no pun intended) what other so called "entertainment" options consist of. I am only concerned with magic-nothing else. I maintain and will always maintain that the very SECOND a magician stoops to...
by Bill Duncan
July 24th, 2016, 10:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Close-up video Tribute to Derek Dingle and Others
Replies: 9
Views: 1062

Re: Close-up video Tribute to Derek Dingle and Others

The Card on Forehead handling was published as The Card For Head Trick in The New York Magic Symposium Close-Up Collection One (by Mr. Kaufman). When I showed Simon Lovell my presentation (from by booklet Tubthumping ) and variation on this he informed me that it was not the way Dingle actually did ...
by Bill Duncan
June 29th, 2016, 1:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: DVD Backup Strategy
Replies: 27
Views: 3222

Re: DVD Backup Strategy

I too have many hundreds of VHS, and DVDs (TV/Film/Magic) and would love to have them as digital, but the one problem no one has solved to my satisfaction is that making digital copies of my existing media is work. I can't see spending 1000 hours creating digital copies of them all.
by Bill Duncan
June 12th, 2016, 1:27 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 44
Views: 16333

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Those looking for a coin set should check out Roy Kuppers's site. If you scroll down, he has a "common" sets as well as Morgans, Walking Liberty an the like.

American Half, Canadian Twonie, or Ike dollars.

http://www.roykueppers.com/nonlockingcoins.html
by Bill Duncan
May 27th, 2016, 12:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 35
Views: 5718

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

Richard Kaufman wrote:I always thought that Michael's performance was antithetical to good presentation.


I'm gonna need you to elaborate. Are you referring to his script, or to that particular performance?
by Bill Duncan
May 25th, 2016, 10:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A Gypsy Thread Question
Replies: 11
Views: 2167

Re: A Gypsy Thread Question

Wow. Just wow.

Can you post a link to the product?
by Bill Duncan
May 8th, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 25
Views: 3564

Re: Laypeople

Has anyone bothered to look the word up?
by Bill Duncan
March 18th, 2016, 2:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pocket magic
Replies: 26
Views: 3953

Re: Pocket magic

I thought the point was for the spectator to be fooled and enjoy the experience. Who cares if they think you are skillful or not. Then you might as well be juggling. I would suggest that while a spectator might consider that you have a "tricky" rubber band after the fact, it's unlikely th...
by Bill Duncan
March 3rd, 2016, 11:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Banachek Lecture & Public Show - Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 2
Views: 939

Re: Banachek Lecture & Public Show - Pittsburgh, PA

As a hard core lover of coin and card magic, I was only moderately interested in him when he came to lecture in Seattle some years ago. My friend Sheila Lyon encouraged me to attend his lecture, and I did so mostly to support the club. I have to say his lecture was one of the best I've seen in over ...
by Bill Duncan
March 2nd, 2016, 9:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: New Photo of Charles Jordan
Replies: 18
Views: 3577

Re: New Photo of Charles Jordan

Maybe someone could clarify what "hacked" means and why if the site has been compromised the URL is still active on this site?
by Bill Duncan
February 26th, 2016, 10:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card
Replies: 53
Views: 9592

Re: What Say You? JP Vallarino's Wild Card

I guess i'm a dissenting opinion. I think he over uses a couple of overly discrepant moves.

I prefer Peter Samuelson's handling with or without his wonderful script...
by Bill Duncan
February 20th, 2016, 11:41 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 3
Views: 1576

Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

A layman friend of mine used to force a card with the Hindu Shuffle force, and pass the pack to someone other than the person who selected the card to shuffle. He'd then remove the selected card, noting the bottom (face of the pack) card and force that. Repeating two or three times. Other than that,...
by Bill Duncan
February 6th, 2016, 11:48 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Life Savers
Replies: 7
Views: 2204

Re: Life Savers

I could be tempted to part with mine for a price like that. Or a copy of the Don England book I stupidly sold years ago.
by Bill Duncan
January 2nd, 2016, 2:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So, what did you get?
Replies: 17
Views: 2568

Re: So, what did you get?

Josh Jay's Triad Coins, which is proving to be lots of fun to experiment with...
by Bill Duncan
December 22nd, 2015, 1:49 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: LF: Ben Earl's Past Midnight DVD Set
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: LF: Ben Earl's Past Midnight DVD Set

Penguin has it for $75.00.
by Bill Duncan
November 24th, 2015, 1:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: DelGaudio Sez
Replies: 166
Views: 15324

Re: DelGaudio Sez

Anyway - before you shout me down. Just remember that any laypeople who watch the great magicians such as P+T, Ricky Jay and Derren Brown - come away feeling they have seen some amazing entertainment. But - they would never class it as art, no matter how much we may want them to. I would remind you...
by Bill Duncan
November 18th, 2015, 10:46 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Shin Lim's tribute to Paris
Replies: 18
Views: 2862

Re: Shin Lim's tribute to Paris

If it was more than an add for his new product, then it missed the mark.

Had it ended at the 3:02 mark it might have approached being a touching gesture. Making the tribute vanish (in a puff of smoke????) and continuing with the rest of the routine of color changes erases the message.
by Bill Duncan
October 30th, 2015, 9:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gregory Wilson on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Re: Gregory Wilson on The Can-Am Conjuring Lecture Series

Well crap. That's problematic.

How long is the lecture?
by Bill Duncan
October 23rd, 2015, 1:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic in their hands
Replies: 21
Views: 2604

Re: Magic in their hands

I am not sure what Mr Duncan means by people talking to or at you. With kid show entertainment you can't avoid having a conversation with the kids whether you like it or not. But perhaps the gentleman means something else. Perhaps a little clarification would help. OK. Here goes: The reason sponge ...
by Bill Duncan
October 22nd, 2015, 12:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic in their hands
Replies: 21
Views: 2604

Re: Magic in their hands

A simple question: As a human, would you prefer to have a conversation, or just listen while someone talks to (or at) you? I suspect layman feel just like you do. And Richard is right. EVERYONE should ready David Kaye's excellent book. I'm not a kids performer and have no interest in being one. But ...
by Bill Duncan
October 13th, 2015, 11:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 16928

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

My personal favorite plot is Roth's Portable Hole. I have two versions, one for formal stand up and one for strolling. It's one of the most brilliant presentational concepts in magic and one of the most under-explored. As for coin magic I like to watch, there have been two releases this year that ga...
by Bill Duncan
September 28th, 2015, 8:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 26315

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

I still can't figure how the spectators could have handled the coins and not felt anything, especially at the end. Extremely strong magic. The turtle conversation was hilarious! Remember that at that point they have all four coins in their hand, and half dollars aren't common so they don't have a l...
by Bill Duncan
September 24th, 2015, 12:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 26315

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

Eric was the best I've ever seen him, and that's a pretty high bar to exceed.

He looked as at home on that stage as Penn and Teller do.
by Bill Duncan
August 23rd, 2015, 1:44 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 14102

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

Jack Shalom wrote:For written English, there's nothing wrong with "s/he" IMO.


Well, there's the part where it's a sexist joke... but apparently it's so visually jarring most don't notice that.
by Bill Duncan
August 23rd, 2015, 1:32 am
Forum: Columns
Topic: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice
Replies: 47
Views: 14102

Re: Stephen Minch's Writing Advice

Bill Marquardt wrote:I find totally repugnant such phrases as, "When a baseball player says to themselves..." yet I see this construction on a daily basis. Horrid.


Easily fixed: When a baseball player thinks...
by Bill Duncan
August 23rd, 2015, 1:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 26315

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

The whole thing is ruined. I"m afraid you couldn't be more wrong*. It may be ruined for you, but a person's individual response doesn't make a universal truth. This magazine/forum wouldn't exist if that were a universal truth. No one loves magic as much as an amateur magician, who by definitio...
by Bill Duncan
August 22nd, 2015, 1:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 26315

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

I think Fool Us is a seditious. It uses the hook that Penn and Teller know everything there is to know about magic methods, and that it takes something very special to fool them. Laymen buy into this, and watch the show. And then they see stuff that doesn’t fool P&T, but which is wonderful, and ...
by Bill Duncan
August 20th, 2015, 11:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2
Replies: 145
Views: 26315

Re: Penn & Teller: Fool Us - Season 2

I was just telling a magician buddy about this over coffee, and I told him that my impression was that Teller had convinced himself it was a cheek to cheek deck (because of the bit where the cards a dropped and flip as they fall to the table), and missed the culling action because of that. Kostya's ...
by Bill Duncan
May 17th, 2015, 2:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn on Celebrity Jepoardy tonight!
Replies: 14
Views: 1748

Re: Penn on Celebrity Jepoardy tonight!

Dustin Stinett wrote:The only thing that makes me think about Patrick Swayze is Chris Farley.


I am so sorry to hear that. Some things you can't un-see.

I'd recommend the application of Ghost or Roadhouse and single malt scotch.

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