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by Joe Mckay
February 24th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to levitate a small object?
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Re: Best way to levitate a small object?

Steve Fearson has some genius ideas for use with invisible thread. I was never keen on using invisible thread until I saw what Steve has done with the principle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5zcVugAJnc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa73IX5_vHc I also have a soft spot for one of Lubor Fiedler's...
by Joe Mckay
February 23rd, 2017, 6:27 pm
Forum: Columns
Topic: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle
Replies: 3
Views: 289

Re: Open Fan Letter to Kainoa Harbottle

Well said!
by Joe Mckay
February 14th, 2017, 1:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Derren Brown announces New York dates - tickets on sale!

You are in for a treat.

His live work is even better than his TV work.
by Joe Mckay
February 12th, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Edward O. Thorp - Autobiography
Replies: 0
Views: 205

Edward O. Thorp - Autobiography

The autobiography of Edward O. Thorp came out recently. I am enjoying it at the moment. It covers his life with a focus on the time he invented card counting. And goes on to discuss his work using hidden computers to cheat at roulette before using his mathematical genius to make billions on Wall Str...
by Joe Mckay
February 8th, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 4775

Re: The svengali pitch

The aura a magician creates around himself is something I have thought about in the past. My three favourite performers in magic are Derren Brown, Ricky Jay and Penn & Teller. I will leave Penn & Teller to one side for now since their work is outside the traditional realm of magic. Their suc...
by Joe Mckay
February 8th, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 4775

Re: The svengali pitch

Interesting stuff.

In my rush to learn magic tricks - I never thought much about these issues growing up.

Thanks for taking the time to give such a thoughtful response.
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 24
Views: 1678

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Great news!
by Joe Mckay
February 7th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 4775

Re: The svengali pitch

Hey Mark, I wanted to ask you a question. So thought I would ask you it here. In another thread you mentioned the importance of entertainment in magic, and how if a magician is not entertaining you lose interest after the first 30 seconds. No matter how great the magic might be. Well - I was wonderi...
by Joe Mckay
February 6th, 2017, 5:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Re: Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'

Thanks for your help.

I owe you fifty bucks!

:-)
by Joe Mckay
February 6th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'
Replies: 2
Views: 309

Trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers'

I am tracking down interesting uses for Bob Swading's classic Blasted trick. Anyway - I found the following reference online to a trick in J.G. Thompson's 'The Miracle Makers': Page 160 - Ultra Blast: a clever routine using Blasted, Jr. (Tannen's); C/S coin with shell, pill bottle, Johnson Mag C/S, ...
by Joe Mckay
February 6th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 6880

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

This is the Omega Bet.

Originally a Karl Fulves idea. But then Bob Wagner varied it and made it popular.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 6880

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Also - it is interesting to note that a precursor to the Gilbreath principle appears in Rusduck's 'The Cardiste' magazine: http://archive.denisbehr.de/show.php?book=631&highlight=35411 Karl Fulves in his booklet called 'Origins' details his early unpublished ideas which were also a precursor to ...
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 6880

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Interesting!

Thanks for that, Jack.
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 40
Views: 6880

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

So apparently the Max Maven book is not happening. Shame. I have spent a lot of time playing with this principle over the years. Here are some nice ideas for those who have an interest in this area. 1) Martin Gardner idea. Have a deck of 52 playing cards. And another deck of 52 playing cards (this d...
by Joe Mckay
February 5th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 24
Views: 1678

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Dr Gene Matsuura's book on Winston Freer.

I am also looking forward to the Angelo Carbone and Lubor Fiedler books. But they are not unicorns since I am confident they will be along soon(ish).

And why did Max quit the idea of doing a Gilbreath book? That is a shame.
by Joe Mckay
February 4th, 2017, 9:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1818

Re: Kaufman and Company Publishing Schedule for 2017

Young people don't care about Jennings.

And card magic (among young people) is about visual effects (and flourishes) which you don't see very often in the work of Larry Jennings.

That is my opinion. I am 34. I have a foot in both camps. :-)
by Joe Mckay
February 2nd, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 48
Views: 4646

Re: The Jerx Year Two

Haven't tried it yet. But did you try blowing on the figure to get it to move? That is a key detail. Also - Andy's description mentions these surfaces: You have a plastic folder or a small mirror or something else you can draw on in front of you. So I wonder if using one of those surfaces might help...
by Joe Mckay
February 1st, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Jerx Year Two
Replies: 48
Views: 4646

Re: The Jerx Year Two

In his latest post - I really like that Houdini Water Escape that he teaches (using a stick man, some water and a marker pen). http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2017/1/31/gardyloo-17 That could have been released as a magic download. I am definitely adding that one to my repertoire. Shame the method behin...
by Joe Mckay
February 1st, 2017, 8:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

One of the biggest secrets in magic are the Karl Fulves Dover Publications that you can find in most bookshops. There is a ton of great material in those books. A lot of magician foolers as well. People complain it is hard to find Karl Fulves's various out of print magazines. But it is worth remembe...
by Joe Mckay
January 31st, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 2820

Re: Charlie Miller

No disrespect intended. I am just being obtuse for the hell of it! This is a good place to learn more about Ricky Jay. And it touches on his relationship with Charlie Miller: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1993/04/05/secrets-of-the-magus And here is a nice article on Charlie Miller: http://chrisd...
by Joe Mckay
January 31st, 2017, 2:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 2820

Re: Charlie Miller

Here is Charlie Miller making a mess of the Erdnase change:

https://youtu.be/rJMhyr5zSTo?t=1m1s
by Joe Mckay
January 31st, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 2820

Re: Charlie Miller

I wonder if Charlie Miller is to blame for Ricky Jay's attempt at the Zarrow shuffle? :-)

https://youtu.be/UWvRorX0KhQ?t=2m20s
by Joe Mckay
January 31st, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 2820

Re: Charlie Miller

Didn't Charlie get burned out by cards towards the end of his life?
by Joe Mckay
January 30th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: The svengali pitch
Replies: 24
Views: 4775

Re: The svengali pitch

Hey Mark, I was just reading an old issue of Apocalypse magazine and Harry Lorayne had a clever tip for helping with the Svengali pitch: A line that took me into the "turn" (getting the money) I always used was, "If you have a thumb you can do these miracles." And I'd say to a bo...
by Joe Mckay
January 30th, 2017, 11:12 am
Forum: General
Topic: LARRY HORAYNE Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

Re: LARRY HORAYNE Blog

I am on a break from cards - but I used to write a lot about cards over here (under the name cardmagic10):

https://doubledeal.wordpress.com/

The blog belongs to a card guy called Kevin Courtney who posts under the name Kevin.
by Joe Mckay
January 29th, 2017, 10:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 4775
Views: 1739491

Re: ERDNASE

Here's a funny palindrome from Max Maven:

S.W. ERDNASE? HE'S ANDREWS!
by Joe Mckay
January 28th, 2017, 8:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Racherbaumer's Slant
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Racherbaumer's Slant

That cardman was actually born in America. But we will class him as one of our own since he is so good. When I was younger - I used to love all these feuds in magic. I guess I found it fascinating that there would be so much argument in a field as seemingly genteel as magic. But these days I find i...
by Joe Mckay
January 28th, 2017, 3:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?
Replies: 22
Views: 1770

Re: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?

Compilations are great fun. That is what makes Semi-Automatic Card Tricks my favourite series of card books.
by Joe Mckay
January 27th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?
Replies: 22
Views: 1770

Re: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?

There seems to be be less magic books for sale now - so I definitely grab whatever catches my eye. Ultimately I don't care about the price. Magic is my main passion - and there is so little that I really want, that price will doesn't put me off. I did have worries for the magic industry a few years ...
by Joe Mckay
January 26th, 2017, 6:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?
Replies: 22
Views: 1770

Re: Did Mr. Minch foresee the future?

Annemann had a cunning way to make extra money from his magic books. He would advertise them in the back pages of adult magazines promising "secrets" and "powerful techniques" to achieve miracles and to impress people. I forget the exact language - but the impression was given th...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

I just stumbled across something else which will fit in nicely with this thread. Back in 2006 - MUM magazine started an interesting column in which a classic magic trick was discussed each month. The column was called 'REMIX - Pages of the Past Plugged into the Present'. Each column starts with a sh...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2017, 3:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 19
Views: 2391

Re: Stewart James

Also - Tabby Crabb (known as Tabman online) was close to completing a book devoted to the Sefalaljia routine when he died.

You can read about it here:

http://questx.com/sefalaljia/book.html

I am not sure what the latest status on it is.
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Garriott
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: Richard Garriott

Looks like a great book. I love reading about people like this.

Thanks for the heads up! I would easily have missed this one if I hadn't seen your post.

Joe
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2017, 3:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 19
Views: 2391

Re: Stewart James

Cheers, Tom! My issue should be here any day now. So I look forward to studying your fix. Also - for those interested in Stewart James's Sefalaljia spirit cabinet routine - Tom Stone has published work in this area. Check out page 29 of his book 'Maelstrom'. As has Gaetan Bloom - see 'Sefalaljian Sm...
by Joe Mckay
January 25th, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 14
Views: 2006

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

Inspired by this thread - I spent some time in the GENII archives reading through David Regal's superb 'Speaking Volumes' article and the follow up columns he did as well. For those who want to dig through them online - here is a guide to who was featured. In each case the magician involved was aske...
by Joe Mckay
January 23rd, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died
Replies: 15
Views: 1409

Re: Julie Eng's Husband Suley Has Died

Very sad news. Just terrible.

At a memorial service in Washington in the days after 9/11, some words from the Queen of England were read out:

'Grief is the price we pay for love'.
by Joe Mckay
January 23rd, 2017, 9:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 19
Views: 2391

Re: Stewart James

The best use for a Svengali deck is to do something like that. Spread the cards face-up to show they are all different. Have a card cut to (eg the 2C). Have the deck dealt into two piles. Force the pile with 26 identical cards. Have the selected card found in that pile any way you want (spin a bottl...
by Joe Mckay
January 23rd, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 19
Views: 2391

Re: Stewart James

Yes - good call! Derren is one smart cookie. Michael used to talk about Harry Riser along similar lines. He would fool you with one card location after another. And then - just as you were leaving - he would destroy you with a super impossible one that would keep you awake that night. The secret? A ...
by Joe Mckay
January 23rd, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 19
Views: 2391

Re: Stewart James

About 10-15 years ago, I spent a lot of time studying these books and I was fascinated by Stewart James obsession with discovering new principles. He said that his goal in magic was to discover a new principle that would be used long after he was gone. Rather than simply inventing a new trick. This ...
by Joe Mckay
January 21st, 2017, 10:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 19
Views: 2391

Re: Stewart James

Here is another Stewart James tidbit for y'all... Devin Knight has a clever trick available from Lybrary.com called Far Sight: http://www.lybrary.com/far-sight-p-139291.html Devin Knight is very creative and was a student of Al Mann (who was also wildly creative). So - it is always worth checking ou...

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