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by El Mystico
September 21st, 2016, 4:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 219
Views: 28720

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Seems there is no evidence it was Michaelangelo who said it...

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/06/22/chip-away/
by El Mystico
August 17th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 46
Views: 5491

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Adams did write a number of articles on Erdnase in Pentagram. But I don't know if they covered the same material as in his scarce book.
by El Mystico
August 4th, 2016, 4:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cervon and Daley's Last Trick
Replies: 0
Views: 461

Cervon and Daley's Last Trick

There is an interesting film of Bruce Bervon performing here http://www.magicana.com/video/bruce-cervon-close-card-magic At 3.30 he performs a version of Daley's Last Trick, with a kicker from Marlo's 'This is a Four King Trick'. But the handling is quite different. Does anyone know if the handling ...
by El Mystico
June 10th, 2016, 5:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 10250

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

While slow, the 'video notebook' project is very much alive.
by El Mystico
April 30th, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..
Replies: 35
Views: 6476

Re: Why Triumph Is A Great Routine..

The first time I used the 'Daryl display' someone suggested it was the way I got the cards back into order.
If your shuffle is convincing, it is so unnecessary, it leads to a (fake) solution.
by El Mystico
April 15th, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 7859

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

Hi; completely agree that Immediate Bottom Placement is not the Hofzinser cull!!!! But; what Marlo describes in Marlo's Magazine is: "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and has a spectator touch any card in the center. He then closes up the spread, turns the deck over, then shows the card is on top of ...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 7859

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

I'm sorry. According to the Marlo Magazine, this is what Sharp described to Marlo "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and has a spectator touch any card in the center. He then closes up the spread, turns the deck over, then shows the card is on top of the deck." This does not sound to me like Conv...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 7859

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

I might...but I couldn't see it...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 2:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse

You're right.
Even though Larry used Marlo techniques, it doesn't seem that Marlo applied these handlings to this effect.
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 1:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Larry Jennings and Mental Reverse

The trick known as Mental Reverse (Spectator thinks of one of 4, 5 or 6 cards; the mental selection is the only reversed card in the pack) goes back I think to Horowitz, who used double backed cards, in a way that would probably still be effective today. In Expert Card Technique, Zingone introduced ...
by El Mystico
April 14th, 2016, 1:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 7859

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

OK; I've got two questions. I'll put the other in a different thread to avoid confusion. Richard; regardless of who copied who; out of interest, did Larry have anything specific on "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and has a spectator touch any card in the center. He then closes up the spread, turns ...
by El Mystico
April 12th, 2016, 4:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 7859

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

Richard: I've had Jennings 66 since it was published! But in it you say that in Marlos Magazine 6, Marlo admitted that he'd been told by Sharpe how the Jennings sleight looked from the spectators point of view. But the description in Marlo's Magazine 6 is what I give above; which bears no resemblanc...
by El Mystico
April 12th, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo's Convincing Control
Replies: 39
Views: 7859

Re: Marlo's Convincing Control

Resurrecting an old thread: The Jennings story is that Jennings showed the move to Sharp who described it to Marlo. The Marlo story is that the move described by Sharp was not Convincing Control. Well. According to Marlo's magazine the move Sharp described was: "Larry spreads deck FACE UP and h...
by El Mystico
March 10th, 2016, 6:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 6
Views: 2113

Re: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History

I've got shelves full of bound copies of old magazines - Pallbearers, Epilogue, Chronicles, Apocalypse, Richard's Almanac, Pentagram, Hugard's, Jinx, Phoenix, Pabular, Ibidem, Mahatma, Swami/Mantra, Magick....I'd be hard pressed to identify 'the best' or my favourite....I think they're all great; so...
by El Mystico
February 11th, 2016, 2:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past
Replies: 56
Views: 9327

Re: Interesting Marketed Tricks From The Past

I have a few days off work, and have been looking through some Geniis from the 80s. Some of the old ads are fascinating; and it is interesting to see which tricks lasted... That Impossible Penetration trick I still have; I bought it off George Schindler. I still remember his patter line; he would ho...
by El Mystico
February 8th, 2016, 12:19 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms
Replies: 38
Views: 6978

Re: Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms

I have some sympathy with performer here. The trouble is - if you criticise a book on performance, it opens you up to the criticism that you think performance doesn't matter. I have a vague memory that Nelms put on a magic show...and it flopped (or am I confusing him with Fitzkee? If I am - did Nelm...
by El Mystico
February 3rd, 2016, 8:06 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 3457

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

by El Mystico
January 23rd, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 6602

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

The key result is is - Derren's mum liked it http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/637267 ... -Channel-4
by El Mystico
January 22nd, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 6602

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

magicbyalfred: sorry, I wasn't clear. when you say you "reserve the right to my own opinions and feelings regarding what i find to be offensive, distasteful, negative or wrong" I'm completely with you. We may have different views n the merits of the show, ad that's fine. But you also say y...
by El Mystico
January 22nd, 2016, 5:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 6602

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

Magicbyalfred; I think if I understand your post right, there is nothing anyone can do - not me, not Derren, not the participants - to change your mind?
by El Mystico
January 21st, 2016, 1:03 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Franz Harary Feature
Replies: 1
Views: 1091

Re: Franz Harary Feature

Whenever I see reference to Franz, I remember when he appeared on the UK's Best of Magic, around 1990. My wife and I were in the audience. While the cameras were being put in position, he said to my wife "Scream a lot". Those who remember Lucy (fun-loving, but gentle, reserved, upper-class...
by El Mystico
January 21st, 2016, 12:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?
Replies: 43
Views: 6602

Re: Derren Brown - Pushed to the Edge?

That link was great. In particular, I thought this quote was useful, in relation to Richard's view of the show: "The nature of the whole journey is done in a way to make sure that ultimately it’s ultimately a positive thing for them. Within five minutes of the end happening, they were fine. Sub...
by El Mystico
January 18th, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Best book of 2015
Replies: 38
Views: 7728

Re: Best book of 2015

My two best this year are
Lorayne's Jawdroppers
Gardner Impromptu (although it would have been so much better...)
by El Mystico
January 18th, 2016, 11:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB: Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: WTB: Bob Hummer's Collected Secrets

I thought you could still get them from Fulves?
by El Mystico
January 11th, 2016, 6:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo
Replies: 7
Views: 2125

Re: Day Vernon and the Kangaroo

Pretty sure there is no connection; Kangaroo Coins was in Stars of magic - so came out in 40s/50s. My (distant) memory of the kangaroo story was that it involved Larry Jennings - who didn't come into Vernon's life until the 60s. Plus, as has been pointed out, sadly the kangaroo story is an urban myth.
by El Mystico
December 21st, 2015, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Opus Reunion in London
Replies: 7
Views: 1744

Re: Opus Reunion in London

mrgoat - you said "very lovely to see you too" You imply that Matt said it was lovely to see you - but no, all he said was that he spotted you. Sadly, that is all he said about me too... It was a fun day; meeting guys I had not seen for 30 years, and bringing back memories of the Marlborou...
by El Mystico
December 21st, 2015, 11:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 3457

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

Oh; I see: sorry; as far as I recall the Ben description does not mention the owl. But, for me, when you understand how the owl turns its head,it is obvious...sorry this isn't meant to be oblique and deep; but obvious and probably superficial! It's about speed of return. Also - I'd forgotten that Th...
by El Mystico
December 17th, 2015, 4:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 3457

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

Yes
by El Mystico
December 16th, 2015, 3:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 3457

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

Sure; Ben's description is best. There is also one in the Cervon Notebooks. But it is shown performed by Vernon in The Interview; and I don't think anyone publiclally picked up on it being a different pass. Me too.
by El Mystico
December 16th, 2015, 2:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 3457

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

Interesting; the Ping Pong pass is now explained, but no one shouts about it. Turns out it was ev n on Dai Vernon An Interview. It's a great example of magicians (myself included) seeking secrets.
by El Mystico
December 10th, 2015, 4:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Groundbreaking new work on Edwin T. Sachs
Replies: 26
Views: 4959

Re: Groundbreaking new work on Edwin T. Sachs

It is true that he was really S.H. Caste?
by El Mystico
November 11th, 2015, 11:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ectoplasmic Aces
Replies: 0
Views: 636

Ectoplasmic Aces

Has anyone ever reconstructed the trick called Vernon's Ectoplasmic Aces poorly described in the Daley Notebooks?
by El Mystico
October 31st, 2015, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 13281

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

That's a great question.
My guess is - this book is more likely to be referenced in 100 years than the majority of magicians' output (including DVDs)
by El Mystico
October 31st, 2015, 2:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 17675

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

On the whistling; did she seem upset by the whistle?
There is a line in these things; and it is better to be well inside those lines; but I don't think there was an issue here; and it was certainly nothing to do with the performer.
by El Mystico
October 31st, 2015, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED
Replies: 72
Views: 13281

Re: Martin Gardner's Impromptu PRINTED

I'm almost hugely excited...but - I ordered the deluxe edition all those years ago; and I'm in the UK; so I've still got a while to wait.
I look forward to the reviews; but have little doubt that this is a classic.
Hold on - the term classic is used too often; this is likely an uber-classic.
by El Mystico
October 26th, 2015, 2:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 17675

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

To be honest, I feel real bad. I think Mark is a lonely old man. And he has some good tips from a lot of experience.
by El Mystico
October 26th, 2015, 2:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 17675

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

This is a bit sad. performer said " I never read books published after 1954." So he won't know that New Stars of Magic (like the original) is in individual monographs. So - the answer is - it is in the MacDonalds Aces monograph. A page number in the series is meaningless. He also said &quo...
by El Mystico
October 26th, 2015, 7:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 17675

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

performer is right; I should have said the original New Stars of Magic write up. performer is also right that the assembly happens under a spectator's hand in the Hofzinser book; "Four kings will now form an alliance in that small space covered by your hand.". I'm not decrying the idea; it...
by El Mystico
October 24th, 2015, 12:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Coin Routines
Replies: 115
Views: 17675

Re: Favorite Coin Routines

Seriously? performer plays all coy as if he has a big secret, and then comes out with something that is in the original Stars of Magic release...its a good point that deserves to be emphasized; but it is like an old tart holding out for a sloppy fanny.
by El Mystico
October 5th, 2015, 3:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven is okay
Replies: 11
Views: 2548

Re: Max Maven is okay

I've always thought Max was OK.

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