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Re: The Square Circle IS a Classic!

A deck of Bicycle cards is an old Victorian object with 19th century ornaments on the backs.

So are Morgan dollars.

I, personally, prefer those traditions in magic entertainment over "contemporary designs" such as Mikame boxes.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
05/25/10 02:36 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: The Square Circle IS a Classic!
Replies: 69
Views: 9419

Re: What is your favorite close-up effect you read about FIRST in Genii?

My favorite is Larry Jennings' Chop Cup Routine from 1965? I have continued doing it all these years and it is still my favorite.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
06/17/08 01:47 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is your favorite close-up effect you read about FIRST in Genii?
Replies: 9
Views: 1028

Re: The Fun Shop Cups and Balls

Kent's Cups and Balls is a fabulous routine...and it is the only one that has fooled me in decades. I have seen them all and this one is so ingenious in methodology, I am betting that very few of the most experienced magicians will not be fooled. Kent's work is right up there with Tommy Wonder's. Bu...
by Glenn Godsey
06/11/08 11:58 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Fun Shop Cups and Balls
Replies: 22
Views: 4719

Re: Card Warp

I would say that if Michael Weber has documentary evidence that it is his, let him bring it forward. Otherwise, we only have hearsay from him and a few of Weber's friends based on memory. This is a damaging accusation to Paul Green with zero hard evidence. Memories are notoriously unreliable and cer...
by Glenn Godsey
06/11/08 11:47 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 122
Views: 17347

Re: Biro's birthday!

Pete and I have the same birthday. I turned 71 today.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
06/01/08 02:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Biro's birthday!
Replies: 13
Views: 1021

Re: Elmsley count with mechanics grip

I don't remember where I got this or what it is called. It is to hide the third card and give the impression that you you show both sides of each card: Face up packet of four...third card card is an ace. Do the first two moves of the Elmsley...then the take hand turns over at the wrist to show the b...
by Glenn Godsey
05/22/08 02:22 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elmsley count with mechanics grip
Replies: 64
Views: 7805

Re: T Nelson Downs

Sometime back around 1980, I sat next to Alan Ackerman at a session and he had extremely long fingernails. In the times I have seen him since, his nails have been much shorter. I didn't ask him at the time, but I imagine that he had grown long nails for a specific sleight he was working on. Best reg...
by Glenn Godsey
05/22/08 02:00 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: T Nelson Downs
Replies: 11
Views: 1746

Re: Magic Magazine: 10 Funniest Magicians - My Humble Opinion

The funniest magician to me, personally, is Aldo Colombini. I have seen Aldo many times in the past 15 years and he always has me in stitches. It is not an act...it is genuinely spontaneous verbal humor. His wife, Rachel, is laughing just as hard as I am...and Rachel says that Aldo is that way 24 ho...
by Glenn Godsey
05/15/08 12:30 AM
 
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Magic Magazine: 10 Funniest Magicians
Replies: 26
Views: 7219

Re: Elmsley count with mechanics grip

OK, I just got out my Garcia "Wild Card Miracles" book and went through his instructions for The "Frank Thompson method" ("also a favorite of Ricky Jay and Derick Dingle"). The method is exactly what I do, but backwards...you end up with the packet counted into the left...
by Glenn Godsey
05/14/08 04:57 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elmsley count with mechanics grip
Replies: 64
Views: 7805

Re: Elmsley count with mechanics grip

Sound like you are left handed? No, the movements are like holding a deck in the left hand and counting four cards into the right hand, reversing their order...the same motions as right hand dealing. I have the Garcia Wild Card book for many years and I went through his description more than a few ...
by Glenn Godsey
05/14/08 04:09 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elmsley count with mechanics grip
Replies: 64
Views: 7805

Re: Elmsley count with mechanics grip

I hold the packet in the left hand, thumb above and two fingertips below...and peel the cards into the right hand...1, 2, 3, 4...ending with an empty left hand. The left hand doesn't move as the right hand does the moving... peeling the cards off into the right hand. I have done it this way for deca...
by Glenn Godsey
05/12/08 10:30 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elmsley count with mechanics grip
Replies: 64
Views: 7805

Re: David Regal's "Approaching Magic"

Raj Madhok wrote:....
If the book is not enough to satiate you can get a get a real live Regal fix by attending Close Up and In The Parlour in Minneapolis/St.Paul the last weekend in June.

http://closeupandintheparlour.com/


I'll be there, Raj!

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
05/12/08 08:56 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: David Regal's "Approaching Magic"
Replies: 89
Views: 32780

Re: Pecking Bird

Somewhere in the basement, I still have an original Don Alan wind-up Ranch Bird from Magic, Inc....early 60's.

Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
05/12/08 08:49 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Pecking Bird
Replies: 27
Views: 7139

Re: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count

"Wada Wild Card" become a nice part of a longer routine that is one of my favorites. Then there is Bruce Cervon's "Dirty Deal" which I renamed "The Nine Card Strange Back Routine" in a patter story about my visits to famed card men as I performed the routine about 30 ye...
by Glenn Godsey
05/10/08 10:04 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Trick that uses the Elmsley Count
Replies: 80
Views: 13548

Re: Elmsley count with mechanics grip

Dingle did--it's in one of his Innovations pamphlets. Dingle was the first I saw do it. Unfortunately, I have a poor memory for dates...but it seems to me like the early 70's. I have done it this way ever since, and it is probably my most practiced card move. Now it is as natural as breathing. If y...
by Glenn Godsey
05/10/08 09:45 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Elmsley count with mechanics grip
Replies: 64
Views: 7805

Re: Magic Friday?

I am an avid reader of Magic Friday. It is very informative in a way that no other sort of review can be.

It is also the only worthwhile column in the "Buffet" section. All the rest of the "buffet" should be trashed and your part expanded.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
05/07/08 12:03 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Friday?
Replies: 16
Views: 3591

Re: The Professor

I am baffled by the revisionism regarding Dai Vernon that seems to crop up about once a year. The Professor was a genius, whose influence on magic was and is pervasive, arguably beyond that of any other person during the 20th century.... I am with you, Max. I am amazed at the hear-say stories propa...
by Glenn Godsey
04/21/08 08:55 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 256
Views: 71845

Re: First trick I saw that fried me...

I had seen Blackstone Senior, Bill Neff, and a few others in the 40's, but the first to really fry me was J.B. Bobo, in the early 50's doing a little red silk and TT. I was totally fooled and had no clue how it could have been done even though I had owned a metal TT since I was 9 years old. I still ...
by Glenn Godsey
04/21/08 08:42 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: First trick I saw that fried me...
Replies: 36
Views: 3833

Re: Am I getting Old?

Maybe you just have good taste.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
04/19/08 03:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Am I getting Old?
Replies: 12
Views: 1259

Re: The Professor

If Vernon was blunt about what he considered to be mediocre, he was equally effusive with praise about talent he admired. I did the painting of the cups and balls that has hung in the Vernon nook all these years. Dai lavished praise on me both in long letters and in person. He went to the trouble of...
by Glenn Godsey
04/18/08 08:22 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 256
Views: 71845

Re: Double lift mistake

I use the Martin Nash push-off double. It flies by everyone, but it takes a few decades of practice.

Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
04/16/08 11:40 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Double lift mistake
Replies: 44
Views: 5840

Re: Injecting Comedy into Card Tricks

Vernon said that magic is inherently funny...I agree with him. He was also saying that too many magicians try to be comedians when they don't have the talent for it.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
04/01/08 01:39 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Injecting Comedy into Card Tricks
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Have you met any great characters in magic???

"Senator" Clark Crandall...
by Glenn Godsey
06/25/05 05:56 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Have you met any great characters in magic???
Replies: 73
Views: 2337

Re: Carney Fingertip Vanish

I am very taken with this little move. Which Ammar book is it in?

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
05/09/05 08:43 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carney Fingertip Vanish
Replies: 17
Views: 292

Re: BoM: Magicomedy by Mike Caveney

Originally posted by Randy Gastreich: .... it seems to me that "regular" people are more impressed with magic using items they can relate to and use themselves, such as money, pencils, matchbooks, etc. Any thoughts? I can't think of a single magician who became successful with the public ...
by Glenn Godsey
05/02/05 09:03 PM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Magicomedy by Mike Caveney
Replies: 24
Views: 8819

Re: BoM: Magicomedy by Mike Caveney

Well, "Mis-led" is a fabulous illusion. I first saw it when Copperfield did it on TV, and I was blown away. After 60 years of fooling around with magic, I am rarely fooled, but the pencil passing slowly and visibly through the bill fooled me and it fooled me with grace and beauty. IMHO, al...
by Glenn Godsey
04/28/05 10:43 PM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Magicomedy by Mike Caveney
Replies: 24
Views: 8819

Re: BoM: Magicomedy by Mike Caveney

I bought the book from Mike a couple of years ago to study his thimble routine. I enjoy Mike's work, but I am not a big fan of the concept of doing magic with everyday objects. I have a great nostalgia for the apparatus and faux oriental settings that I saw in shows like Blackstone, Senior, when I w...
by Glenn Godsey
04/27/05 08:45 PM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Magicomedy by Mike Caveney
Replies: 24
Views: 8819

Re: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues

I'm not having any problem with the ads. I have a 19" screen and I am using Firefox.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
04/27/05 08:33 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re: Amazon affiliate and display issues
Replies: 11
Views: 375

Link to video clips?

Hi folks. I have lost the link to that site where everyone sends in clips of their tricks. I saw a very good performance of "La Dame Inquiete" by Amaud Chevrier and now I can't find the site.
Any help will be appreciated.

Many thanks,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
04/18/05 04:38 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Link to video clips?
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Your Favorite Stand up/Stage effect?

Could someone describe Apples and Oranges (Steinmeyer), Black Confetti, by Jim Steinmeyer, and Duke's Dye Version? I have led a sheltered life in close-up.

Many thanks,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
04/16/05 10:55 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Your Favorite Stand up/Stage effect?
Replies: 14
Views: 637

Re: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks

Originally posted by Glenn Farrington:
gaffed...color monte, gypsy curse, skinner's 3 card monte and Peter Duffies-Pick me Pick me not.

...
I don't think that Color Monte is gaffed.
by Glenn Godsey
03/22/05 08:31 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks
Replies: 120
Views: 23096

Re: color change

I'll have to disagree with my friends. I like this change a lot. It's just my personal preferences: I like "hand washing" when it is effective. I am going to play with this one.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
by Glenn Godsey
07/05/04 04:38 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: color change
Replies: 10
Views: 286

Re: Stud Double Lift

Martin Nash taught his "Knock-out" stud double in his trilogy of books which are, unfortunately out of print. He also taught it on a couple of his videos. Greg Wilson teaches the Nash double on his video, "Double Take", which is still available and has a lot of good stuff on it. ...
by Glenn Godsey
07/22/03 08:20 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stud Double Lift
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Your best video

Originally posted by Reed McClintock: Well nobody asked me but I will say my favorite video is a toss up between Don Alan video from Stevens, or Albert Goshman... Ah, Reed. You are a man after my own heart. Few of your generation would have the insights to zero in on Alan and Goshman. Many of the y...
by Glenn Godsey
06/20/03 07:01 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your best video
Replies: 24
Views: 759

Re: Crochet Balls

Leather thongs tied in the "monkey's fist" knot work well. They are heavy, textured, and don't roll too well. Denny sells them or you can make your own. The knot is taught at: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.angelfire.com/pa4/t173/monkeyfist.html">http://www.angelfire.com/pa...
by Glenn Godsey
05/30/03 07:59 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Crochet Balls
Replies: 97
Views: 5012

Re: Blizzard

I really like Columbini's Joker Dilemma: You lay down a face down prediction card on the table, preferably with an odd back. The spectator freely chooses a card from the face down spread deck, say a 9 of hearts. The prediction card is shown to be a 9 of hearts also. The spectator thinks that the car...
by Glenn Godsey
05/29/03 09:32 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Blizzard
Replies: 20
Views: 424

Re: Miniature baseballs for cups and balls

Magicsmith has a set of 1" red mini-baseballs on sale 60% off. This sale is the real thing, but they may be gone already. Chris had two sets and I bought one set today.
by Glenn Godsey
05/23/03 06:31 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Miniature baseballs for cups and balls
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Brett Sherwood Cups

Originally posted by Glenn Farrington: Originally posted by Lisa Cousins: [b] Well, that seals it. They will be Glenn's...oh yes they will be Glenn's. Oh yes...they will soon be mine. You should take up mentalism Lisa...er...I mean knee-hi. [/b] Yes, this is wonderful of you, Lisa. I will never for...
by Glenn Godsey
05/22/03 09:17 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Brett Sherwood Cups
Replies: 55
Views: 1600

Re: On the Slant: Jon & Francis

Originally posted by Jeff Eline: ... In Jon's column he mentions that he had dinner with Francis Ford Coppola. FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA?!?! I think that's pretty cool. If you don't mind me asking... how did that happen? ...As a huge fan and student of his work, I'm very envious!! I am a huge fan and st...
by Glenn Godsey
05/22/03 09:11 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: On the Slant: Jon & Francis
Replies: 8
Views: 1802

Re: Playing Cards

Originally posted by Pete McCabe: That's funny. When I see someone using Stud cards I just assume they're not gaffed, because most gaffs are only available in bicycle backs. [/QB] Back in the 60's, gaffs were only commonly made for Aviators (Fox Lake), and when magicians saw Bikes, they assumed tha...
by Glenn Godsey
05/12/03 04:37 PM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Playing Cards
Replies: 46
Views: 3273
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