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by Brad Jeffers
May 20th, 2017, 2:11 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 47
Views: 8068

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Bill, Enjoyed your talk on Deland.
You look different than what I had imagined.
For some reason, when reading your posts, I have always envisioned you as looking like Ed Asner ...
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by Brad Jeffers
May 13th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls
Replies: 21
Views: 4641

Re: Magic catalogs w/ stereotypical Asian images. References pls

It seems that the offensive stereotypical Asian images used in the marketing of magic tricks is a thing of the past.

In these more enlightened times; however, you do seem to see a lot of this ...

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by Brad Jeffers
May 8th, 2017, 12:10 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

Leonard Hevia wrote:Get it while it's still available.

It looks like its already too late :(
by Brad Jeffers
May 2nd, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Photographic Coins is described in Tarbell (Vol 7, I think) You are correct. It is in Volume 7 under the title "The Sensitized Paper". There is also a method by Vernon which uses only one coin. Vernon's method appears to be what was used by Skinner in his impromptu performance for the wai...
by Brad Jeffers
May 1st, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

When I worked at Tannen's in the 70's this was sold on a regular basis. Tannen's 1973 catalog lists this item as "Miracle Coins and Card Trick". It sold for $3 with extra miniature photo cards for 50 cents a package. The 1983 catalog has it priced at $9.50 and $1.25 for the extra photo ca...
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 10:12 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2873

Re: Penny punch

Jim Riser wrote:Results are for internal use only. Yes, I easily won my wager.

Look who's laughing now ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 9:02 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Correction ...
The trick requires two coins, not just one.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 8:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

The trick that Skinner performed for the waitress requires a sliver dollar, a matching expanded shell, two small pieces of "photographic" paper, one blank and one with a photo of a card on it. The paper cannot be larger than the diameter of the coin. There are no Polaroid cameras involved ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 8
Views: 671

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

I believe that the addition of the "slow motion" aspect to an ace assembly does nothing to enhance the effect from a layman's point of view.
It's an unnecessary embellishment.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 26
Views: 1132

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

This very old effect is described by David Roth on his "Expert Coin Magic Made Easy" video series.
He calls it "Photo Coins".
It is on the volume that covers work with the expanded shell.
by Brad Jeffers
April 30th, 2017, 4:17 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2873

Re: Penny punch

So what did you learn?
What did your experiment in "typical magician's behavior" prove?
Did you win your wager?
by Brad Jeffers
April 28th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 3 Riddles
Replies: 17
Views: 904

Re: 3 Riddles

Brian Douglas wrote:
About how long will it be until then?
I believe the answer to that question is 3 months.
by Brad Jeffers
April 27th, 2017, 3:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

I did try to rationalise that this complicated Vernon/Ganson method did at least appear to show the faces of all the indifferent cards (which they actually didn't) but there was no doubt that it was indeed somewhat convoluted. I learned MacDonald's Aces from the "New Stars of Magic" manus...
by Brad Jeffers
April 27th, 2017, 2:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 1077

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

Speaking of photos of Vernon, I think this one has to be my favorite.

Wouldn't it be great to be sitting at that table; drinking a 5 cent cup of coffee; having a conversation with Vernon and Miller.


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by Brad Jeffers
April 27th, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 3929

Re: On the Pass

John M. Dale wrote:
MagicbyAlfred wrote: If using a regular deck, this would necessitate _ a _ m _ n _

Palming is the word your looking for.
I felt sure it was daemons.
by Brad Jeffers
April 26th, 2017, 11:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces
Replies: 26
Views: 1591

Re: Earl Nelson's McDonald's Aces

I found the initial switch and layout to be pivotal and intriguing. That is the foundation for the routine. Does anyone know if the laydown logic is his? I don't believe the switch and laydown sequence used by Earl Nelson in his performance on "The Magic Palace" is original with him. It's...
by Brad Jeffers
April 24th, 2017, 5:43 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2873

Re: Penny punch

Jim Riser wrote: The Penny Punch is a tool for real performers.
As a tool, is there a practical advantage that a punch made from a penny has over a more traditional card punch?
by Brad Jeffers
April 23rd, 2017, 10:55 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 42
Views: 2873

Re: Penny punch

Yeah, it's not easy to modify a penny. It's a wonder that the company that sells pennies modified to this extent , can do so for just 50 cents apiece! But then again, they have found a way to pass the costs of raw materials and labor on to the consumer, as each customer must supply their own penny, ...
by Brad Jeffers
April 21st, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox
Replies: 21
Views: 1710

Re: The May Issue of Genii is Now Live Online and On Its Way to Your Mailbox

HERE is another clip of Dingle doing the Riffle Pass.
by Brad Jeffers
April 20th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Larry Jennings - Card Cheat?

In his article "Should I Learn the Pass", Jim Swain writes ... "Larry was a larger than life character who'd performed close-up magic at the Magic Castle and also beat the casinos in Nevada using sophisticated sleight of hand. There was nothing Larry hadn't done." This is the fir...
by Brad Jeffers
April 10th, 2017, 3:57 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Effects for those who believe in spiritism
Replies: 6
Views: 973

Re: Effects for those who believe in spiritism

degrisy wrote: ... it is unpractical because I can not go around with a tarot deck.
Really?!
by Brad Jeffers
April 10th, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 44
Views: 3733

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

JordanB wrote: I really wish they would reprint The Georgia Wonder book by Barry Wiley.
There is a pristine copy for sale on Ebay right now for $99.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2017, 11:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2654

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

brianarudolph wrote:I generally don't like tricks with cellphones
The ironic thing about tricks with cellphones is that there is not a single cellphone trick that is more amazing than what a cellphone already does in everyday use.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more
Replies: 58
Views: 2654

Re: "Everyday" objects that aren't any more

All of the items you listed can be found at WalMart.
They are still everyday objects.
by Brad Jeffers
April 8th, 2017, 2:50 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An Old Favorite and the March of Time
Replies: 12
Views: 782

Re: An Old Favorite and the March of Time

I've played with similar "full bore" (as in "hole" not "boring"!!!) gimmicks and I do love the fact that you can show the penetration from both sides of the quarter. But in the end I've always liked the flap coin a bit better Derek Dingle used both types of gimmicks in...
by Brad Jeffers
April 6th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 5043

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Jason England wrote: Incidentally, I'd also say the same thing about an Elmsley Count and that's a far easier move!

So you say your offering $1000 to anyone who can do 50 perfect Elmsleys in a row?

Let me know when you get to the glide. ;)
by Brad Jeffers
April 2nd, 2017, 10:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 5043

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

Was it Vernon who said you should never do a trick with more than one (or at most, two) faros? (Obvious exception: "Unshuffled") Another exception would be Mike Skinner's "The Monkey's Paw". Vernon probably said no more than two, as his excellent trick "Vernon's Aces",...
by Brad Jeffers
April 1st, 2017, 10:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine Live Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1607

Re: David Blaine Live Tour

MesPhantasma wrote: I'm afraid if I wait 2 weeks they're just gonna be sold out since he's gotten so big.

Not to worry MesPhantasma.
He did get big at one point, but not so much anymore...

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by Brad Jeffers
April 1st, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights
Replies: 97
Views: 5043

Re: Published Gambling moves Vs Magicians Sleights

My assumption (and I believe it is a reasonable one) is that Christopher1979 was kidding.
I base this assumption on the combination of the word haha and a smiley face being strategically placed at the end of his sentence.



:geek:
by Brad Jeffers
March 30th, 2017, 2:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Dai Vernon: For those of us who never met him

performer wrote:I am very sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting me know.
How quickly you forget.
by Brad Jeffers
March 24th, 2017, 2:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Is The Magic Warehouse out of business?

I purchased something from them just a few weeks ago. They were in business then. I went on their website and acted as if I were going to purchase a book they had for sale, and I placed the item in my cart. I went through the checkout process (except I did not complete the process by actually purcha...
by Brad Jeffers
March 20th, 2017, 2:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4612

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

He does want about $40 for the little hand $20.65 for non EU customers. If I wanted to do a trick with a little hand, I would definitely go with the Ammar version. It's just funnier looking than the other one. In the words of David Letterman ... "That's among the stupidest things I've ever see...
by Brad Jeffers
March 19th, 2017, 3:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Little Hand Ripoff
Replies: 52
Views: 4612

Re: The Little Hand Ripoff

Note that my name appears nowhere The PropDog site does say this ... Due to Bob Farmer in the USA owning the copyrights to any choreography of a small hand making an item vanish in a hand, we can not provide any instructions, videos, photos or any other material showing of the handling of the this ...
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk
Replies: 49
Views: 2352

Re: Philosophical debate for Mark and other pensive folk

What sort of magic is most impressive to an audience? Sleight of hand, clever gimmickry, or stage illusion? The answer is ... Clever gimmickry! Clever gimmicky is akin to cheap novelties, practical jokes. It makes audiences feel more cheated than treated. Au contraire! Clever gimmickry is at the he...
by Brad Jeffers
March 11th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wildcard... plot published precedence
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Wildcard... plot published precedence

Bob Farmer wrote: I should do a video, but I'm hopeless with video production.

Someone was nice enough to do it for you.
However ...
After reading your add copy, I must say, this is a case of the book being better than the movie ;)


by Brad Jeffers
March 7th, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anyone know this cardiste?
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Anyone know this cardiste?

The cardist in the IBM video is Matt Fox.
by Brad Jeffers
February 28th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle
Replies: 180
Views: 25359

Re: Daryl's Death at The Magic Castle

From Daryl's website ... Daryl would have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support for his family and the many fond memories spontaneously shared by friends around the world in response to his sudden and unexpected passing on February 24th 2017. In a magical career that spanned more than 50 ye...
by Brad Jeffers
January 29th, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Houdini became the King of Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 1120

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: 59
Views: 7436

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?

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