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Re: Magician on Britian's Got Talent

"Rote" this act may be, but the looks of awe on the judges faces just confirm the fact that the average spectator generally responds well to live animal acts. This plays well because the creation of life is the strongest of all magical effects. This is somewhat of a paradox, as all around...
by Brad Jeffers
04/23/14 Yesterday 09:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician on Britian's Got Talent
Replies: 24
Views: 1429

Re: Magician on Britian's Got Talent

Bob Farmer wrote:Alternate ending: five little people appear dressed as doves, jump off the table and scurry around.

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by Brad Jeffers
04/23/14 Yesterday 11:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician on Britian's Got Talent
Replies: 24
Views: 1429

Re: Magician on Britian's Got Talent

Bob Farmer wrote: ... and the girls dress should have been white


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Looks white to me.
by Brad Jeffers
04/23/14 Yesterday 01:50 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician on Britian's Got Talent
Replies: 24
Views: 1429

Re: WANT TO BUY: Barber expanded shell

www.toddlassen.com

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by Brad Jeffers
04/21/14 03:00 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANT TO BUY: Barber expanded shell
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: British Pathe' releases 85,000 films on You-Tube

Leave off the s after http and it works ...


by Brad Jeffers
04/19/14 02:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: British Pathe' releases 85,000 films on You-Tube
Replies: 12
Views: 599

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

Here is a problem ...

What is the number of random deck arrangements needed to reach a point were there is a 50% chance that one of the arrangements will be duplicated.

Sort of a variation of The Birthday Paradox.
by Brad Jeffers
04/14/14 02:42 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 3461

Re: Exposing mediums

Successful modern day mediums have learned a lot from their predecessors. They no longer rely on the techniques of "physical mediumship" espoused by turn of the century mediums such as Mina Crandon, aka "Margery", aka "The Blonde Witch of Lime Street". Modern mediums su...
by Brad Jeffers
04/14/14 02:09 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Exposing mediums
Replies: 8
Views: 1086

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Jon Racherbaumer wrote:...it (and so much more) will be included in Bob Farmer’s gigantic, stupendous magnum opus devoted to the Ten-Card Poker Deal.
JFox wrote:... I eagerly await the up-coming booklet from Bob Farmer.


Okay, which is it?
A gigantic, stupendous, magnum opus ...
or a booklet :?
by Brad Jeffers
04/09/14 12:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4740

Re: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?

Kent Gunn wrote:That's a larger number than the number of atoms in the universe.


In the observable universe, yes.
by Brad Jeffers
04/07/14 06:58 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: How many ways can you arrange a deck of cards?
Replies: 43
Views: 3461

Re: magic cafe closed - all memberships taken

Just checking in, shows they have 57,822 registered members.

14 currently browsing :D
by Brad Jeffers
04/05/14 01:09 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: magic cafe closed - all memberships taken
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER

by Brad Jeffers
04/05/14 12:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER
Replies: 66
Views: 3870

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

The short paragraph in the second edition is located HERE . Thanks Denis. I searched through the book for about an hour without being able to locate that paragraph. Unlike Racherbaumer, I am not surprised that it was overlooked. It's almost impossible to find even when you know it's there! :) And a...
by Brad Jeffers
04/05/14 12:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4740

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

What still amazes me is that the original Jonah Card idea was published in CARD CONTROL and was largely overlooked or ignored...until Martin Gardner, Marlo, and others saw its possibilities.... One reason why it was overlooked or ignored is because Buckley's description of the handling was incorrec...
by Brad Jeffers
04/05/14 01:25 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4740

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

What's curious about Ricky Jay's presentation, is that he has the opportunity, should he wish to, of making the sucker's cards much better, but he doesn't. That is, the cards he shows to the sucker could be kings or aces, allowing the sucker to think he's getting a good hand. Instead he shows relat...
by Brad Jeffers
04/02/14 02:39 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 4740

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

PapaG wrote:Yes, there are lots of mentally ill people in the world.


Do you consider all people who believe in something that you yourself know to be untrue or impossible, to be "mentally ill"?
by Brad Jeffers
03/31/14 05:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

Brad Henderson wrote:especially when one considers our adoration as a profession of the con man/card cheat.


"It talks about debasers of coins, short change artists, dice mechanics, card hustlers.
These people are my friends." --- RICKY JAY

:o
by Brad Jeffers
03/31/14 04:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

With regards to Geller's failures, I will direct you to rule #1 of The Amazing Randi's four "Special Rules for Psychics" ... "No real psychic can produce phenomena upon command or on a regular basis. Thus, the performer who can consistently turn out effects that defy explanation by or...
by Brad Jeffers
03/29/14 06:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: types of magic tricks would you

zakeera wrote: Difficulty is not an issue

Oh really?

Then go with Raise Rise by Ray Kosby ...

and have fun ;)
by Brad Jeffers
03/29/14 06:26 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: types of magic tricks would you
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Egg Bag History

The magician was Issac Fawkes
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Guy Fawkes is this guy
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by Brad Jeffers
03/26/14 03:20 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Egg Bag History
Replies: 39
Views: 5806

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

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BEWARE THAT URI GELLER ...
HE BE AN EVIL EVIL MAN
by Brad Jeffers
03/25/14 01:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

The difference between you and me, Magic Fred, is that you are trying to "win the argument".

I am not.
by Brad Jeffers
03/25/14 12:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

I have a friend who was born with a condition called bladder exstrophy. Since childhood she has gone through an endless number of surgical procedures which continue to this day. She is now 46. When she was 3 years old and facing a protracted hospital stay, she was given a Teddy bear. She named the b...
by Brad Jeffers
03/25/14 12:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Teller Prevails in Lawsuit

A patent as to the mechanics of the method would be circumvented by the use of a different method to accomplish the same effect. But since this is not a patent infringement case the method is of no importance. In fact, part of Dogge's defense was that his presentation did use a different method. The...
by Brad Jeffers
03/24/14 01:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Teller Prevails in Lawsuit
Replies: 21
Views: 1237

Re: D'Amico Change technical question

FWIW, the specific application I'm working on the D'Amico Change for is to put a card underneath a packet of cards that is on the table in front of me. I haven't found the Vernon reference just yet, but I will. In addition to to the references already given, the Vernon Offset Replacement is clearly...
by Brad Jeffers
03/24/14 01:07 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: D'Amico Change technical question
Replies: 17
Views: 1096

Re: Teller Prevails in Lawsuit

"Magic tricks" is not a category covered. But, if the "magic trick" qualifies under any category, it will be subject to copyright. Teller picked pantomime and won. If I were to present a scripted version of Teller's Shadows , would I then be exempt from liability, as I would not...
by Brad Jeffers
03/24/14 10:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Teller Prevails in Lawsuit
Replies: 21
Views: 1237

Re: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....

Brad Henderson wrote:I guess that 18 phase ambitious card routine isn't everything he thought it was cracked up to be.


That's one phase shorter than the 19 phase routine, described by Stephen Minch in Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus.
by Brad Jeffers
03/22/14 04:22 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....
Replies: 75
Views: 3232

Re: Dropped

P.T.Widdle wrote:I am reminded of Vernon, Bobby Fisher...


Interesting article.

I understand Fischer, but what about this reminds you of Vernon?
by Brad Jeffers
03/20/14 02:15 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Dropped
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

It's the same news release reprinted hundreds of times. Nothing much different than the original link.

Before posting I checked Geller's Twitter account and also the interweb, smartass.
by Brad Jeffers
03/19/14 12:06 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Geller stoops to a new low

I cannot find much of anything on this other than the initial link. I see no tweets from Geller. I can't find anywhere where he makes any claims as to knowing where the plane is. The most he has said is the cleverly worded, but innocuous statement "The pilot was either pushed into a situation t...
by Brad Jeffers
03/19/14 08:19 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Geller stoops to a new low
Replies: 266
Views: 9849

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

Tom Stone wrote:I can't really decipher what that is supposed to be. To my eyes it looks horrible.

Dynamike, Maybe you should go with the imaginary bee thing.
by Brad Jeffers
03/12/14 12:42 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 1961

Re: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers

I can not think of anything for improving the looks of the tables. I tried putting vines around the leg as a decoration earlier. But that is a giveaway showing the height of the table at the start and end. Anyone has any recommendations? In the book Wonderful Routines of Magic by Ellison Poland, th...
by Brad Jeffers
03/12/14 10:53 AM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Kids enjoy Feather Flowers
Replies: 18
Views: 1961

Re: Morrisey Chop Cups?

Pretty much (unless they come as part of a cups and balls combo set) all chop cups have a flat bottom. HERE is a large selection from RnT.
by Brad Jeffers
03/10/14 10:10 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Morrisey Chop Cups?
Replies: 10
Views: 402

Re: cloth cups collapsible

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by Brad Jeffers
03/10/14 03:42 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: cloth cups collapsible
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: Wonderball

Were the original metal zombies designed deliberately to split into two halves or was that just the easiest way to manufacture them? The original Zombies did not come apart. You could purchase the Zombie Flower Finale separately. The 1969 Abbott's catalog lists it for $10 - $10.25 delivered. The sp...
by Brad Jeffers
03/09/14 12:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907

Re: Wonderball

Jim,
Are you familiar with THESE?

They would require modification to accommodate the gimmick. The weight is 8 oz.

Of course for you, making one from scratch is the way to go.

You have the ball, now all you need (as apparently everyone on earth knows :( ), is the "stick".
by Brad Jeffers
03/07/14 07:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907

Re: Wonderball

A great performance of Zombie is not a myth. I have seen it with my own two eyes. I only contend that if you don't have prior knowledge of how it works, it will fool you. Something that I don't think holds true with thread based methods, such as Wonderball. Maybe I'm wrong, and it fools no one and n...
by Brad Jeffers
03/07/14 06:46 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907

Re: Wonderball

... "that ball on a stick trick" is as much a magic cliche as "its up his sleeve" to a lay audience Is this true? How have all these lay audience members come to learn of the methodology of this particular trick? The Masked Magician? Youtube tutorials? Melinda Saxe's performance...
by Brad Jeffers
03/06/14 08:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907

Re: Wonderball

What sort of performer would give the audience the impression that what happens in this show is exactly the same as what happens in every other show? The type of performer who wants his audience to feel that they're receiving exactly the same quality show that he always gives. The section in Strong...
by Brad Jeffers
03/06/14 06:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907

Re: Wonderball

Pete McCabe wrote:What sort of performer would give the audience the impression that what happens in this show is exactly the same as what happens in every other show? That person should read the chapter in Strong Magic about the singer in Vegas whose name escapes me.


Wayne Newton
by Brad Jeffers
03/06/14 01:11 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907

Re: Wonderball

There are artists who could make defecating on stage in to a piece of beautiful art that an audience would clamour for No there aren't ... Well maybe Teller - but lets not give him any ideas. Whilst i'm sure their zombie routines were beautiful pieces of performance i'm also quite sure that the maj...
by Brad Jeffers
03/02/14 12:14 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Wonderball
Replies: 123
Views: 8907
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