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by Tortuga
March 26th, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2410

Re: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?

Curtis nailed it, I think. Set your props on the pad and play around with angles and distances until it feels right and then burn that arrangement into your memory. I would also add that moves of this type call for boldness, fearlessness really. You can't double clutch or it becomes obvious. Develop...
by Tortuga
March 13th, 2016, 3:53 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Lost Stars of Magic Tricks
Replies: 7
Views: 2147

Re: Lost Stars of Magic Tricks

Chris Kenner studied a lot of Bertram routines and methods. I'm sure he can pull that routine off smoothly. He has a knack for making difficult moves like the Bertram switch look easier.
by Tortuga
February 11th, 2016, 3:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards
Replies: 8
Views: 1481

Re: RIchard Ross---Jumbo Cards

Magic Christian did jumbo card manipulation.
by Tortuga
December 31st, 2015, 12:28 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tiny Rings
Replies: 4
Views: 641

Re: Tiny Rings

Dragonfly rings are likely much easier to find. Pretty cheap as I remember. Personally, I think the Ninja size are fine for close up and I wouldn't go smaller, but YMMV.
by Tortuga
August 29th, 2014, 10:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Introduction and Second Dealing
Replies: 7
Views: 1399

Re: Introduction and Second Dealing

Thank you for the warm welcome. In case you're interested in my shuffle work aswell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9ql2zzjXBs this is a short riffle stacking demonstration for a seven handed Hold 'Em game. Welcome Joey. I assume you are aware of BASF? I work in the Construction Chemicals divisio...
by Tortuga
August 29th, 2014, 10:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Introduction and Second Dealing
Replies: 7
Views: 1399

Re: Introduction and Second Dealing

Tom Pilling wrote:And I always thought BASF made cassettes...

Ah. Analogue.


Used to. Sold that off years ago!
by Tortuga
August 28th, 2014, 11:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Introduction and Second Dealing
Replies: 7
Views: 1399

Re: Introduction and Second Dealing

Welcome Joey. I assume you are aware of BASF? I work in the Construction Chemicals division. Your deals look very smooth and I like the rhythm. Keep it up!
by Tortuga
July 17th, 2014, 8:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Brilliant Chinese Ballet Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 1659

Re: The Brilliant Chinese Ballet Magician

The audience reactions were priceless. Thanks for sharing.
by Tortuga
June 8th, 2014, 9:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tim Star interview
Replies: 4
Views: 2004

Re: Tim Star interview

Bob, on a slightly related note, Tim had experimented once upon a time with making flaming thimbles! I saw some prototypes and used to have 4 aluminum, knurled thimbles that he had developed along the way. I believe he stopped his efforts before he perfected them, but that would have been awesome. I...
by Tortuga
June 6th, 2014, 10:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tim Star interview
Replies: 4
Views: 2004

Re: Tim Star interview

John, thanks so much for posting these interviews. I knew Tim when he first came to St. Louis and I can tell you he was a very nice man. Very generous with his input. He helped me improve my technique on a silk routine I used to do. I was at the Midwest Jubilee that he referenced in the interviews. ...
by Tortuga
May 29th, 2014, 11:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians
Replies: 30
Views: 3395

Re: Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Handler on magicians

I'm sure I'm in the minority in that I had never heard of that show and barely know of Sarah Silverman. Never heard of Chelsea Handler. What I will say is that some people have never been privy to a performance by a seasoned pro. So perhaps they view all magicians in a distorted way. I myself have s...
by Tortuga
May 24th, 2014, 8:02 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 37
Views: 13669

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

Another solution would be to say "An American coin here and two foreign coins over there." No mention of what the coins are made of.
by Tortuga
May 19th, 2014, 8:11 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Professor
Replies: 256
Views: 78949

Re: The Professor

Loved the clip. What year was that Jubilee? I enjoyed seeing a very young Danny Fleshman standing against the wall. Brings back good memories of growing up in St. louis with him, Chris Kenner and others.
by Tortuga
February 27th, 2011, 12:20 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 382

Re: Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale

Looks like I have a taker. Thanks to everyone for looking.

Tortuga
by Tortuga
February 26th, 2011, 5:51 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 382

Miscellaneous Vintage Cards for Sale

I have a group of cards that I'd like to sell. Prefer to sell as group but will consider selling separately. Here's the group: New, unopened Bicycle New Fan Back circa 1979 (3 red/3 Blue) New, unopened Angel Back Squeezers (1 blue) awesome cards New, unopened Blue Ribbons circa 1981 (1 blue) ditto a...
by Tortuga
December 3rd, 2010, 7:50 pm
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: MidWset Magic Jubilee history
Replies: 7
Views: 1443

Re: MidWset Magic Jubilee history

Don, I was at the Jubilee in St. Louis in 1981, I believe. I took second place in the teenage close up competition. I believe that was the year that Slydini performed his close up act as well as his stage act. He was as incredible as everyone says, if not more so. I also attended the one in 1979, I ...
by Tortuga
September 7th, 2009, 10:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: raise rise performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1931

Re: raise rise performance?

Re: Matt Richman's comments above: I much prefer Tony Chang's rendition. The card rises to two positions in the deck before ending up on top. That, to me, is the best approach. The original video that started this thread shows one jump and then directly to the top. That's o.k., I just like it the wa...
by Tortuga
September 7th, 2009, 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: misspotted dice
Replies: 21
Views: 3748

Re: misspotted dice

Found some blank dice at U.S. Toy and Magic in Leawood, KS.

They have a website if you want to try them.
by Tortuga
September 6th, 2009, 8:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: raise rise performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1931

Re: raise rise performance?

The card needs to rise more times. You need to set the stage and make sure that the conditions are understood. You are putting the card down very close to the bottom and if you watch closely you can see it slowly rise a little at a time until it makes its way to the top. If someone watched your perf...
by Tortuga
September 6th, 2009, 8:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: raise rise performance?
Replies: 22
Views: 1931

Re: raise rise performance?

It's. Principle.
by Tortuga
September 5th, 2009, 11:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?
Replies: 22
Views: 4722

Re: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?

Funny, I never get questioned on whether I'm using trick cards. I'm sure it happens to others, perhaps the spectator once owned TV Magic Cards at one time? Regarding old cards that I'd like to see come back, I agree that Aristocrat's were very nice. Especially if you prefer a smooth finish, which I ...
by Tortuga
September 4th, 2009, 9:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?
Replies: 22
Views: 4722

Re: Whats the buzz on the new Bicycle Box design?

I saw the Phoenix design on the Cafe and I thought they looked pretty good. They have a built-in, one-way design that is visible on the edges so that it can be seen in a spread. There is another one-way mark in another area of the card. Very subtle though. The Phoenix box looks great, pretty much li...
by Tortuga
September 3rd, 2009, 9:36 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: U.S. Toy Co. Leawood, KS
Replies: 0
Views: 552

U.S. Toy Co. Leawood, KS

Hey, if you are passing through the Kansas City, MO area, make sure to budget some time in to stop by U.S. Toy Co. The shop is in Leawood, KS which is just over the Mo/Kan state line. In fact, it is just off of Stateline Road and I-435. If you go in the late afternoon, there are several young magici...
by Tortuga
September 3rd, 2009, 8:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best cups
Replies: 8
Views: 898

Re: Best cups

I have several sets of original RNT cups, but my favorite would have to be the chrome-plated steel cups similar to what Dr. Danny described above. They are not stainless, so they actually have a little surface corrosion on the interior. The finish is awesome, however. The chrome plating is superb an...
by Tortuga
August 31st, 2009, 8:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: David Roth Expert Coin Magic / Coin box suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 2920

Re: David Roth Expert Coin Magic / Coin box suggestions?

Seuss, personally, I like the Jim Zachary boxes. Jim Zee as he is referred to, makes a beautiful coin box. He produces a "Roth-style set", including the Boston, slot box, a regular box and lid. I like the oversized lid for certain moves. I also like how the boxes are "rounded". G...
by Tortuga
August 23rd, 2009, 2:39 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Please read
Replies: 33
Views: 2275

Re: Please read

Methinks thou dost protest too much. Rather than take a weak shot at Mr. Kaufman, why not answer some of the questions that have been raised in previous posts. Like, why was Jordini displaying false information in his posts? Is the name really Rosenberg? Which is it? Are you dating Jord Rosenberg? W...
by Tortuga
August 12th, 2009, 9:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 14946

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Curtis, regarding your idea of an "expanding" item to place on top of the coins, perhaps a sponge ball? That would possibly peek out the top of the cylinder and still easily compress into the stack. The idea of no cover over the cork is very bold. Reminds me a little of card under glass an...
by Tortuga
August 11th, 2009, 10:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: Where can I get those half dollars...
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Re: Where can I get those half dollars...

Andrew, Chris appears to be using old Barber halves in that routine. The coins don't matter for that routine, as you probably know. Chris sometimes uses Walking Liberty halves, he just happened to use the Barbers for that trick. The coins for that routine are ungimmicked. It is all sleights. If you ...
by Tortuga
August 11th, 2009, 10:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most common card choice
Replies: 12
Views: 2028

Re: Most common card choice

Jager, there is probably material written up on this question, but I cannot cite any references. I would look at works on mentalism for starters. Probably Max Maven has explored this question. It used to be cliche that the ace of spades was frequently chosen. Don't know how accurate it is. Never has...
by Tortuga
August 8th, 2009, 10:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cylinder & Coins
Replies: 94
Views: 14946

Re: Cylinder & Coins

Koudai, that was very nice. Probably would be even better if you weren't forced to sit in front of a camera and keep your gestures confined to such a small space. Saw a slight flash of the stack in the initial loading sequence, but then again, I was prepared and was looking for it. Certainly no laym...
by Tortuga
August 2nd, 2009, 5:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Diagonal Palm Shift
Replies: 18
Views: 2736

Re: Diagonal Palm Shift

Matt, I think that the action is pretty smooth. Good job. What I think is missing and I'd like to see is, what do you do after the steal? In other words, your clip ends with the card in palm and the hand on the table in a position that frankly screams "it is over here now." Don't take this...
by Tortuga
July 28th, 2009, 6:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4530
Views: 1585483

Re: ERDNASE

One final thing regarding memory. I once attended a large, company-wide sales meeting and the featured speaker put everyone on the spot by asking a question. He said, "I want all of you to write the answer to this question down on paper and don't cheat by looking at your neighbors." "...
by Tortuga
July 28th, 2009, 6:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4530
Views: 1585483

Re: ERDNASE

Bill, I agree. That is why IF he was the "author", it was ghost-written. MFA seemed to be the opposite of suave and refined. Also, as for memories and their reliability, there is no question that time causes one to lose details or "misremember" something. As the police are fond o...
by Tortuga
July 22nd, 2009, 9:50 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar
Replies: 17
Views: 2573

Re: Why I Wanted To Strangle Michael Ammar

As a former "interviewer" on radio in the '80's I can empathise a little with Ammar. He probably had a a set "script" of questions that he wanted to cover and knew that Vernon was verbose, so he was prepared to interrupt and redirect in order to cover everything that he felt need...
by Tortuga
July 22nd, 2009, 9:36 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Info needed on Vernon Lecture Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 497

Re: Info needed on Vernon Lecture Notes

Jeff, you probably already own the booklet put out by Magic, Inc. in 1970, but just in case: Dai Vernon's Expanded Lecture Notes Begins with Cups and Balls then covers The Changing Cards Name a Number Thought Card from Pocket Hints on the Side Steal The Migratory Cards Bluff Card to Pocket The G.W. ...
by Tortuga
July 16th, 2009, 11:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4530
Views: 1585483

Re: ERDNASE

Actually, depending on what type of "machinist" he was, he very well could have had "soft hands". Ed Marlo was a machinist, a tool-and-die man from what I recall. No problem with his tactile abilities! My uncle was a tool-and-die man for Carter Carburetor in St. Louis for many ye...
by Tortuga
July 14th, 2009, 8:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 125
Views: 31018

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Nobody has mentioned the original Rings 'N Things Long John Silver Okito Coin Box. Magnetic box with some really beautiful effects possible. Should have bought one when I had the chance, but that was in the 80s, and as a teenager, was a lot of money. One of the nicest boxes that I saw was made perso...
by Tortuga
July 8th, 2009, 2:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: steve shufton okito coin box
Replies: 13
Views: 1611

Re: steve shufton okito coin box

Just went and looked at Steve's Okito Box on his website. Looks beautiful. Either way you will have a box to last a lifetime.
by Tortuga
July 8th, 2009, 1:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: steve shufton okito coin box
Replies: 13
Views: 1611

Re: steve shufton okito coin box

Not familiar with it. Personally, I use the Jim Zee boxes. You can expect to pay around $20.00 per box. Not sure of the web address, you can search for it. Zee's boxes are superb and have thick sides and also work with shells. He has matching slot boxes and Boston boxes also. He sells a set that inc...
by Tortuga
July 3rd, 2009, 12:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is this the year that "America's Got Magic?"
Replies: 28
Views: 3620

Re: Is this the year that "America's Got Magic?"

I hadn't seen any of the performances before reading this thread tonight. Based upon the youtube clips, I would say that one of the biggest issues had to be personality. Thomas and Mattioli were instantly likeable. Yes, I do believe that there is such a thing. Mr. Brill was not. I'll leave it at tha...

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