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by Bill Wheeler
April 1st, 2010, 11:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tricks in Card Craft
Replies: 9
Views: 1796

Tricks in Card Craft

Good Morning! I recently purchased Card Craft. However, despite the fact that magic is a hobby that I am passionate of, I don't want to invest any time in going through the material. Please spare me the burden of mining good material and tell me what you found worthwhile in the book. Thank you in ad...
by Bill Wheeler
April 17th, 2009, 4:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: OiATER - Dobrowolski/Zhang/Jones/Kam
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Re: OiATER - Dobrowolski/Zhang/Jones/Kam

I've seen the development of the routine over my visits to Midwest Magic. And can attest that it is clever, concise, and within range of the intermediate card worker.
by Bill Wheeler
December 1st, 2008, 11:47 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Collins and the "Invisible Deck"
Replies: 2
Views: 1551

Re: Collins and the "Invisible Deck"

I will reread the text later today just to make sure. But Collins doesn't provide a year. From what I've read so far, Collins does provide some credits fairly casually, (i.e., a reference to a name but not the book) and then Fleming provided specific citations.
by Bill Wheeler
December 1st, 2008, 11:08 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Collins and the "Invisible Deck"
Replies: 2
Views: 1551

Collins and the "Invisible Deck"

I was reading "A Conjuring Melange" on the train this morning, and it appears that Stanley Collins claims credit for the invention of the "Invisible Deck." He doesn't call it that, referring to the deck as "a variation of the Brain Wave Deck". Does he really get the cre...
by Bill Wheeler
July 8th, 2008, 11:31 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Chop Chop's routine for the Chop Cup
Replies: 3
Views: 1886

Chop Chop's routine for the Chop Cup

Is Chop Chop's routine for the chop cup in print? I was sort of curious to see how it may differ from what we see today.
by Bill Wheeler
June 24th, 2008, 7:29 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 256
Views: 88995

Re: The Professor

I am fairly certain that this advice was also mentioned in the Ricky Jay article in "The New Yorker" as well.
by Bill Wheeler
May 9th, 2008, 5:16 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The Modern Conjuror
Replies: 9
Views: 3140

Re: The Modern Conjuror

That is my edition as well. I read the intro by Walter Gibson to imply that the book was even older; but I could be mistaken.
by Bill Wheeler
May 9th, 2008, 4:33 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: The Modern Conjuror
Replies: 9
Views: 3140

The Modern Conjuror

I managed to pick up a copy of C. Lang Neil's long out of print book. And it has been a lot of fun to go through.

What was the original publication date for this book?

Thanks in advance

Bill
by Bill Wheeler
May 7th, 2008, 11:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic
Replies: 37
Views: 4321

Re: Discussing a Disgusting Habit—Cigarettes and Magic

I agree that there is quite a bit of cigarette magic that will simply be unable to be performed (at least in growing portions of the US). And regretfully, there just aren't many substitutes that seem to be able to compare, particularly with lit cigarettes. But there is a whole litany of effects that...
by Bill Wheeler
May 2nd, 2008, 5:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Catching a break
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: Catching a break

If that is the case, why not just do a block pushoff instead? There may not be a need to secure a break under the bottom card.
by Bill Wheeler
May 2nd, 2008, 3:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Catching a break
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: Catching a break

Not sure what Daryl's technique is, but I use a pulldown technique of Larry Jennings where the middle section between the joints of the pinky is used to secure a break.

I can't remember where I read the specific handling but I think it was in "The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings"
by Bill Wheeler
April 17th, 2008, 3:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Houdini...The Musical
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Houdini...The Musical

I didn't see any threads about this topic (so let me apologize if it has in fact been started), but they've announced a new musical on Houdini.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/116881.html
by Bill Wheeler
April 8th, 2008, 10:20 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Curtis Kam's First Chicago Area Lecture April 7 !!
Replies: 5
Views: 1848

Re: Curtis Kam's First Chicago Area Lecture April 7 !!

That lecture was a lot of fun; with a nice range of interesting material with coins, cards and other objects (and even theory too). I say all this as a guy primarily devoted to cards.
by Bill Wheeler
March 27th, 2008, 3:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Publication Date of 2 specific Genii Magazines
Replies: 12
Views: 2308

Publication Date of 2 specific Genii Magazines

The subject says it all :) The first of these is a semi recent one where Hiroshi Sawa's magic was described. I think Juan Tamariz was on the cover...is this the correct one? The other one was published I guess 10 years ago. I think it had Ton Onosaka on the cover and was primarily black and blue. It...
by Bill Wheeler
March 27th, 2008, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Poor Charlie
Replies: 18
Views: 3194

Re: Poor Charlie

RK wrote up a revised handling of Poor Charlie in the Derek Dingle issue.

One of my very favorite issues of Genii.
by Bill Wheeler
February 20th, 2006, 3:36 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Secrets of an Escamoteur
Replies: 8
Views: 1994

Re: Secrets of an Escamoteur

What an outstanding book, and worth the wait. I fooled myself working through "Yours, Mine and Ours".
by Bill Wheeler
February 10th, 2006, 12:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Care and Feeding of Metal Cups
Replies: 6
Views: 588

Care and Feeding of Metal Cups

I have some cups (copper) that were sitting in a cabinet that I would like to remove the tarnish off of. Is there a good/proper way to go about doing this? I'd hate to do something like in the "Antiques Roadshow" where I cleaned it improperly or removed a finish and my item isn't worth as ...
by Bill Wheeler
January 30th, 2006, 12:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What's the big Bottom Palm?
Replies: 34
Views: 2213

Re: What's the big Bottom Palm?

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman: The Jennings One-Hand Bottom Palm is excellent, but it hasn't been properly described in print (and seems excrutiatingly difficult because of this). I must agree here, it wasn't until I saw him perform it with "Ambidextrous Travellers" that I could pu...
by Bill Wheeler
January 30th, 2006, 5:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What's the big Bottom Palm?
Replies: 34
Views: 2213

Re: What's the big Bottom Palm?

I learned the bottom palm from Bob White's DVD "Practical Card Palming". He runs through several, but was most impressed with his instruction of both of the Erdnase Bottom Palms. Its a good resource.
by Bill Wheeler
January 26th, 2006, 8:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: oil and water
Replies: 17
Views: 1047

Re: oil and water

I thought John Bannon's routine in "Smoke and Mirrors" a full deck routine and does not use a packet at all. There is an effect by Lee Asher that is probably close enough to warrant investigation. However I never made it look smooth enough to include in my own performances. It is in one of...
by Bill Wheeler
January 19th, 2006, 10:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cannibal Cards Opinion?
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Re: Cannibal Cards Opinion?

This is all starting to get very interesting.

Where is the Bob Stencel version of "The Cannibals" written up?

Many Thanks,

Bill
by Bill Wheeler
January 18th, 2006, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cannibal Cards Opinion?
Replies: 20
Views: 904

Cannibal Cards Opinion?

I have revisited the Cannibal Cards plot recently. The last couple of performances, I decided to end the routine with the Kings eating the "Missionaries" and not reproducing them at the end. (I would produce them if someone asked about them, but no one bothered to ask yet). The small chang...
by Bill Wheeler
January 15th, 2006, 8:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: lost books?
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Re: lost books?

There is also the Henry Christ material that was handed over to a "Particularly Devilish" individual (RK's quote).
by Bill Wheeler
January 15th, 2006, 10:52 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: lost books?
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Re: lost books?

There was a faro manuscript that Alex Elmsley and someone else had collaborated on (I can't remember the other guy's name, but the story I'm citing is from one of the Elmsley books). If I recall the story correctly, Roy Walton may have a copy, otherwise the manuscript is presumed lost. Nectar of the...
by Bill Wheeler
January 7th, 2006, 8:29 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Faro (the game) Simulator
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Faro (the game) Simulator

The following is a link to "Wichita Faro" and gives you a good idea of what the game was like. I think its a Flash game. This leads to an interesting historical aside: was there a strategy in print that can be employed to (ostenisbly) help optimize your play? <!-- m --><a class="postlink" ...
by Bill Wheeler
December 25th, 2005, 6:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: JESmagic Squatty Cups now shipping!
Replies: 2
Views: 592

Re: JESmagic Squatty Cups now shipping!

Can you give us the height and width of the cups?

Many thanks,

Bill
by Bill Wheeler
December 20th, 2005, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best source for in the hands out faro
Replies: 7
Views: 1043

Re: Best source for in the hands out faro

I personally learned the faro shuffle from "The Complete Works of Derek Dingle". But I think you could learn it from Marlo's RCT book. But it wasn't until I saw Cervon perform one in one of the Vernon Chronicle videos that I was able to put it all together and consistently faro. Hope these...
by Bill Wheeler
December 16th, 2005, 8:44 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Secrets of an Escamoteur
Replies: 8
Views: 1994

Secrets of an Escamoteur

This was reviewed in the latest Genii and I am genuinely pleased this is finally going to be published soon. "Feints and Temps" was an awesome book. Does anyone have more details about when this book will be available for purchase (or advance purchase)?
by Bill Wheeler
December 8th, 2005, 8:25 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: On eBay ending Monday: Kaufman, Sheets, Ogawa, and Alexander DVDs
Replies: 0
Views: 246

On eBay ending Monday: Kaufman, Sheets, Ogawa, and Alexander DVDs

Hello! All items are at 99 cents with no reserve. Specifically the items are: Cultural X-Change 2 with Shoot Ogawa and Apollo Robbins On the Pass by Richard Kaufman Its the Rules by Bob Sheets Scott Alexander's 10 O'Clock Show and Midnight Show <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://search.ebay....
by Bill Wheeler
December 1st, 2005, 1:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: best effects using faro
Replies: 37
Views: 2742

Re: best effects using faro

A few items I use all the time are:

Deja Vu Poker by Darwin Ortiz

Poker Interchange by James Swain

Ultimate Topsy Turvey Aces by Andrew Wimhurst
by Bill Wheeler
November 22nd, 2005, 8:59 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: On Ebay: Nyman, Sanvert, Green and more
Replies: 0
Views: 221

On Ebay: Nyman, Sanvert, Green and more

I am offering the following items on eBay (all items start at 99 cents with no reserve): DVDs-- Get Nyman: Live in London (Nyman) Impossible Card Magic (Kosby) Jamy Ian Swiss: Live in London (Swiss) The Best of JJ Sanvert (Sanvert) The Classic Force (Green) Books-- Lulu Hurst The Georgia Wonder The ...
by Bill Wheeler
November 14th, 2005, 5:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ed Marlo's Linking Ring routine.
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: Ed Marlo's Linking Ring routine.

Harold--

Thanks for the follow up reference. I forgot that "The Book of John" has a 3 ring routine; and both the Marlo routine and Mendoza routine are supposed to be related to the Dietrich routine (whether or not it is in print). I'll have to compare the two.

Bill
by Bill Wheeler
November 14th, 2005, 9:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ed Marlo's Linking Ring routine.
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Ed Marlo's Linking Ring routine.

The actual routine I have a question on is written up in "Arcade Dreams". I practiced the routine with rings in hand yesterday, and I can't figure out why you would need the oversized ring. It seems like the routine would work fine with 3 rings of the same size. Did I miss something in the...
by Bill Wheeler
November 9th, 2005, 12:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hofzinser Book
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Hofzinser Book

Does anyone know if there are there any plans to eventually translate Magic Christian's book on Hofzinser into English?

The Genii magazine issue on Hofzinser has really re-whetted my appetite on learning about him.
by Bill Wheeler
November 3rd, 2005, 12:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most memorable Genii issues
Replies: 14
Views: 810

Re: Most memorable Genii issues

The Michael Skinner issue is probably my favorite in recent memory. I even put aside my cards and learned some great magic without cards.

The card magic was excellent too :)
by Bill Wheeler
October 31st, 2005, 8:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: On eBay: Racherbaumer, Cervon, Chanin & More
Replies: 0
Views: 275

On eBay: Racherbaumer, Cervon, Chanin & More

This auction has been up for a little while. It ends Tuesday evening. All items start at 99 cents with no reserve. I have placed the following items up for auction: Cardfixes by Jon Racherbaumer Chanin the Man with the Magic Hands Five Times Five Japan The Cervon File <!-- m --><a class="postlink" h...
by Bill Wheeler
August 29th, 2005, 9:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Normal looking Himber wallet
Replies: 2
Views: 439

Normal looking Himber wallet

Hello! I have a Himber wallet from a long time ago; and while it is nice to use to see how a routine looks, it isn't something that looks like a secretary-style wallet you may find at a department store. Succintly, the wallet looks terrible. I was wondering if anyone could make some recommendations ...
by Bill Wheeler
August 22nd, 2005, 7:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Rolling 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 in order
Replies: 0
Views: 234

Rolling 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 in order

In "The Magician and the Cardsharp" (an outstanding read), the author describes an incident where a young man (I think he was 12) managed to roll 2-12 in order from a glass instead of a dice cup. Are there any resources for learning this technique and getting it consistent? I have been dri...
by Bill Wheeler
August 22nd, 2005, 11:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs Routine
Replies: 40
Views: 4320

Re: All Backs Routine

"Thanks to Pepys" is a collection of tricks by Bob Read. An excellent book; the name of the trick is "All Backs and Additions".
by Bill Wheeler
August 17th, 2005, 7:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Warlock book! Why aren't we excited?!?!
Replies: 6
Views: 996

Peter Warlock book! Why aren't we excited?!?!

There is an ad for "100 by Warlock" in September's Genii!! Let me be the first to scream and crow about how I am excited about this collection from one of Magic's clever thinkers.

Why isn't there more of a fuss? Its on page 26.

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