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by Brad Jeffers
January 29th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Houdini became the King of Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: How Houdini became the King of Cards

Sorry, nope. It was Arno the Frogman. Ar d o the Frog Man invented split fans, not the backpalm ... "The first time I ever saw Split Fans, which was before I ever met Cardini and probably before Channing Pollack was even born, was shown to me by a fellow named Ardo the Frog man. He was an Aust...
by Brad Jeffers
January 16th, 2017, 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 48
Views: 4479

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Is anyone here of the opinion that some of Andy's anecdotes concerning his one-off performances may be apocryphal?
by Brad Jeffers
January 9th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: New Alexa skill "Magic History"
Replies: 24
Views: 2450

Re: New Alexa skill "Magic History"

Joe,
I don't know if it's already been done, but it occurred to me that a possible Alexa skill would be to create a two person code act with Alexa playing the part of the Medium.
Consider this a challenge! :)
by Brad Jeffers
January 4th, 2017, 4:30 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking for Marked Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 2368

Re: Looking for Marked Cards

Ondrej Psenicka's Butterfly Deck looks interesting.
by Brad Jeffers
December 27th, 2016, 10:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days
Replies: 10
Views: 1671

Re: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days

Here is a puzzle ... I am performing Fate's Datebook using my customized Fortune-Telling Birthday Book . Someone tells me they were born on Christmas Day. Her card is the King of Spades. Another is born on Halloween. His card is the the Three of Diamonds. The Ace of Hearts belongs to the fellow born...
by Brad Jeffers
December 27th, 2016, 5:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days
Replies: 10
Views: 1671

Re: The Fortune Teller's Book of Days

An alternative to using the L&L product is to make your own using the Fortune-Telling Birthday Book , which can be purchased at Barnes & Noble, and upon which the Fortuneteller's Book of Day's is based. It will require quite a bit of work to write the name of a playing card 365 times; and al...
by Brad Jeffers
December 11th, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I know all, see all and will tell all!
Replies: 60
Views: 5145

Re: I know all, see all and will tell all!

Mark,
In reference to reading palms, you say ...
performer wrote:One caveat I have is to do it for real. In other words do it properly using standard palmistry divination meanings.
Whereas in reference to reading Tarot cards, you say ...
performer wrote: YOU write the meanings! You will get the best results if the cards mean something to YOU rather than some standard meaning written up in some book.
Why the difference?
by Brad Jeffers
December 1st, 2016, 12:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 925

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

Steve Mills wrote:I'll run down the instructions.
You can get the instructions HERE, for $2.
by Brad Jeffers
November 23rd, 2016, 11:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4
Replies: 8
Views: 1065

Re: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4

Andru,
HERE is a copy for sale ...
Or if you want, I will sell you my copy for $50 plus postage.
by Brad Jeffers
November 21st, 2016, 12:56 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4
Replies: 8
Views: 1065

Re: Want to buy: Card Cavalcade 4

Andru,
I'm not in the habit of selling my books, but if by chance you have a copy of Gambling To Win by Mickey MacDougall, I will offer a trade, for my copy of Card Cavalcade Four.
by Brad Jeffers
November 9th, 2016, 1:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fulves "Aftermath"
Replies: 15
Views: 1756

Re: Fulves "Aftermath"

observer wrote:We are talking about a book being sold by the library of the Magic Circle.

What's your point?
by Brad Jeffers
October 20th, 2016, 12:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 9422

Re: Sachs and Sack's

by Brad Jeffers
October 19th, 2016, 5:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 9422

Re: Sachs and Sack's

performer wrote:Think of a window. A good window does not draw attention to itself. It merely lets the light in.

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by Brad Jeffers
July 14th, 2016, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Criss Angel & Brett Daniels - cage brawl ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1831

Re: Criss Angel & Brett Daniels - cage brawl ?

Perhaps real Criss will fare better than claymation Criss, in this episode of Celebrity Death Match.
by Brad Jeffers
July 12th, 2016, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings
Replies: 30
Views: 4845

Re: New Criss Angel show packed with magic and mood swings

Something can be completely original, revolutionary, and unique - and still not be entertaining.
by Brad Jeffers
July 8th, 2016, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Copperfield Buys Las Vegas Home for a Record $17.55 Million
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Re: David Copperfield Buys Las Vegas Home for a Record $17.55 Million

I think everyone keeps forgetting that this took David over 40 years to accomplish. Remember back in 1974 he was starving in New York and Chicago Yeah, after 40 years this magic thing in finally beginning to pay off. I can remember just ten years ago when he could barely afford to buy those eleven ...
by Brad Jeffers
June 24th, 2016, 3:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1737124

Re: ERDNASE

lybrary wrote:I made a huge find regarding Edward Gallaway. All of this will be revealed in my upcoming newsletter.
How can I get a copy of your newsletter, or better yet, would you post this information regarding Gallaway here?
by Brad Jeffers
June 23rd, 2016, 12:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Joy of Slum Magic
Replies: 56
Views: 8100

Re: The Joy of Slum Magic

I love tricks which with can fool yourself. Are there any others in this price range? Another $2 trick that you can fool yourself with is the Buddha Papers Mystery. The first time I did this for myself, I placed a coin in the papers, folded them up, unfolded them, and the coin had vanished! It was ...
by Brad Jeffers
June 14th, 2016, 4:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marble
Replies: 19
Views: 4248

Re: Marble

When Gregory Wilson saw the original video he asked me, "Can it roll on top of the cards?" By any chance, did he also say that he had been working on one that could roll on top of the cards, but probably used a different method than yours, and that if you would tell him your method he wou...
by Brad Jeffers
June 13th, 2016, 3:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Return of a Controversial Blog
Replies: 255
Views: 41443

Re: Return of a Controversial Blog

Come on Richard ...
Quit being a Bitter Corner-boy Begrudger! ;)
by Brad Jeffers
June 8th, 2016, 6:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New release of Cervon Notebooks
Replies: 85
Views: 12044

Re: New release of Cervon Notebooks

Richard, What is the letter of the set that you have?
by Brad Jeffers
June 2nd, 2016, 6:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Who Made This Imp Bottle?
Replies: 2
Views: 1182

Who Made This Imp Bottle?

Perhaps someone here can tell me who was the manufacturer of this Imp Bottle.
Thanks.
by Brad Jeffers
May 18th, 2016, 6:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dale Harney & The Magic Palace
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Re: Dale Harney & The Magic Palace

That has got to be the oddest variation of the Water Torture Cell that I could imagine.
It sacrifices the more dangerous aspects of the original Houdini version, but does have the advantage of not getting your hair wet. :?
by Brad Jeffers
May 17th, 2016, 5:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig
Replies: 22
Views: 3988

Re: When You Are Asked To "Teach a Trick" At A Gig

Whenever asked to teach a trick, I always oblige.
I teach them Raise Rise.
They never ask again. ;)
by Brad Jeffers
May 5th, 2016, 10:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 25
Views: 5037

Re: Laypeople

brianarudolph wrote:Perhaps we can find a better term than "layperson" and "laypeople" to refer to those not as acquainted with the magic profession as a reasonable magician would be

If you want an alternative term, refer to them as "the public".
by Brad Jeffers
May 5th, 2016, 9:14 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: How much does the average Magician make annually?
Replies: 48
Views: 17921

Re: How much does the average Magician make annually?

performer wrote:I can tell you how to work out what an individual magician makes. Take the fee he claims to make, divide it by two and subtract $50.

Ahhh...
So Criss Angel actually only makes $34,999,950 a year.
by Brad Jeffers
May 2nd, 2016, 6:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Your First " WOW " Factor With Magic ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1409

Re: Your First " WOW " Factor With Magic ?

Thursday, January 13, 1966. The strike by New York City's public transportation workers ends after twelve days of traffic jams caused by the halting of subway and bus service. Police in Beverly Hills foil a plot to kidnap millionaire tire executive Leonard Firestone, but inadvertently kill the infor...
by Brad Jeffers
April 29th, 2016, 4:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?
Replies: 10
Views: 3222

Re: What happened to Black Fox Magic and Trading Company?

The phone number for their brick & mortar site is 909-866-0676. I called and got a recording giving the store hours. They should have been open as it was noon (Big Bear time). All comments on their facebook page , Yelp , and tripadvisor , date back to 2015. It's an interesting looking place, esp...
by Brad Jeffers
April 28th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Arguably the BEST Tenyo Zig Zag performance EVER!
Replies: 3
Views: 1069

Re: Arguably the BEST Tenyo Zig Zag performance EVER!

Are you referring to this "riveting version"?
Do you like it better than the french fry version?
by Brad Jeffers
April 20th, 2016, 5:59 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Passover Friendly Magic tricks?
Replies: 26
Views: 6320

Re: Passover Friendly Magic tricks?

Nothing Created, nothing destroyed. Example no torn and restored newspaper, you can not destroy a paper. I am not conversant with the particular sensitivities of various religions, so I find this fascinating. I am picturing a crowd of people laughing and having a good time watching your performance...
by Brad Jeffers
April 15th, 2016, 2:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Lewis Troll Forum
Replies: 62
Views: 11017

Re: Mark Lewis Troll Forum

Dougini,
You might also like THIS PLACE.
by Brad Jeffers
April 12th, 2016, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner's Utimate Monte?
Replies: 9
Views: 2784

Re: Skinner's Utimate Monte?

by Brad Jeffers
April 6th, 2016, 4:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 4008

Re: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?

erdnasephile, The coin through the hand sequence is what Roth used in the original Out With Five that was written up in his book. As I'm sure you know, that version uses a standard Okito box rather than a slot box. The slot box version is superior. For me, the slot box makes the regular Okito box ob...
by Brad Jeffers
April 4th, 2016, 3:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: JC Wagner's jewish joke with close up pad
Replies: 1
Views: 1643

Re: JC Wagner's jewish joke with close up pad

"You're probably wondering what this might be ... this is called a Jewish pad ... and we wear all over the country like this ... a babushka for your head and so forth. We do have some jewelry up in the room if your interested ... just kidding." At least that's what I think he says ... JC W...
by Brad Jeffers
April 2nd, 2016, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 4008

Re: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?

You can avoid the rim steal by utilizing the alternate ending, where the fourth coin is sent into the box, rather than having the three coins in the box going to join the fourth coin in the hand. This is good, but I prefer the handling that you are working on. Anyway, you will need to be able to do ...
by Brad Jeffers
March 25th, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The evolution of magic in the 20th century
Replies: 9
Views: 2815

Re: The evolution of magic in the 20th century

"Magic, as you may know, is the world's second oldest profession. Both professions are being ruined these days by amateurs."
~ Pop Haydn
by Brad Jeffers
March 25th, 2016, 3:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A novel ring trick from 1893
Replies: 7
Views: 2222

Re: A novel ring trick from 1893

I wonder if this was one of the fifty-two string tricks learned by that clever boy magician, David Verner.
by Brad Jeffers
March 19th, 2016, 11:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Copperfield Backs New Magic Law
Replies: 11
Views: 3076

Re: Copperfield Behind New Magic Law

Whereas 8 of the 33 whereases in H.Res.624 directly referenced David Copperfield, I am somehow not surprised... ... Whereas the American magicians Harry Houdini and David Copperfield have been the most successful magicians of the past two centuries; Whereas David Copperfield, introduced to magic as ...

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