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by Bob Cunningham
November 21st, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Direct Triple Prediction by Harapan Ong
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Direct Triple Prediction by Harapan Ong

I'm pretty excited about Harapan Ong's Direct Triple Prediction in this months "Magicana"! This is a practical improvement of the old trick based on the one ahead principle with cards (point to the 5 of Spades, now point to the 8 of Diamonds, etc). This was one of the first card tricks I l...
by Bob Cunningham
October 29th, 2016, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: See that New Black Button At the Top of the Page? Click On it!
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Re: See that New Black Button At the Top of the Page? Click On it!

Hi Richard,

I just registered (my first convention since the early 70's).

Now I am planning my transportation and hotel.

It would help me to know what time things kick off on the 4th?

Thanks!
by Bob Cunningham
August 12th, 2016, 9:55 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Tom Stone’s Bluff Finesse
Replies: 2
Views: 1489

Tom Stone’s Bluff Finesse

If you use the bluff pass at all you should check out "Tom Stone’s Bluff Finesse" on page 58 of this months issue. This move effectively combines tilt and the bluff pass and IMO is a real improvement on this move. I use the bluff pass regularly and for me this one page made my annual subsc...
by Bob Cunningham
July 16th, 2016, 2:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gaffed cards
Replies: 13
Views: 3232

Re: Gaffed cards

You might find this instant download from Gary Plants useful. Gary is one of the luminaries in the world of gaffed card creation.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/4416
by Bob Cunningham
July 5th, 2016, 5:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Rosetta Stones : small batch
Replies: 8
Views: 1633

Re: Rosetta Stones : small batch

I just received mine today and these are beautiful props. If you are looking for some magic with an Ancient Egyptian, archeological or mystery feel then I highly recommend Rosetta Stones!
by Bob Cunningham
December 4th, 2015, 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: This cannot be legit, surely?
Replies: 31
Views: 3415

Re: This cannot be legit, surely?

mr_goat wrote:
especially ones that don't offer downloads themselves.

yes, either impressive, or piracy...



The domain owner is an American (NY resident) and the domain is registered via GoDaddy so it should be pretty easy to shut him down (assuming it is piracy).
by Bob Cunningham
November 27th, 2015, 10:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Show: "The Magicians" on SyFy Channel
Replies: 1
Views: 660

Re: New Show: "The Magicians" on SyFy Channel

The books were great! Very dark, but great.
by Bob Cunningham
October 7th, 2015, 3:05 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Students met their demise via hypnosis
Replies: 9
Views: 2492

Re: Students met their demise via hypnosis

"Correlation does not imply causation"
by Bob Cunningham
August 27th, 2015, 12:27 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Speed Loader Plus by Tony Miller
Replies: 2
Views: 4408

Re: Speed Loader Plus by Tony Miller

I have always wanted to perform a card to wallet, but I just never found a wallet worked for me. I purchased Tony Miller's Speed Loader wallet a couple of weeks ago and began using it this week. The reactions from my spectators have been over the top and I feel really comfortable with the load. This...
by Bob Cunningham
August 14th, 2015, 12:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Intellectual Property Question
Replies: 6
Views: 2512

Re: Intellectual Property Question

Hi Jeffrey, Your friend needs to consult an Attorney who specializes in IP. Asking for a legal opinion in a magic forum is a little like asking about cancer treatments at a retirement center. While the residents may have a general interest in the subject, you are unlikely to find any meaningful or a...
by Bob Cunningham
July 24th, 2015, 8:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Handsome Jack Fools 'em
Replies: 14
Views: 5542

Re: Handsome Jack Fools 'em

His web site has a great video of one Jack's performance at the Castle.

Really great stuff!

http://www.handsomejack.com/watch-exp.html
by Bob Cunningham
June 13th, 2015, 11:00 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Card Cheating Sources
Replies: 3
Views: 2142

Re: Card Cheating Sources

The following are available as inexpensive e-books:

James Swain's 3 books and The Vernon Chronicles have some great routines and all are available at L&L's web site.

Harry Lorayne's books also have some great material and they available at his web site.
by Bob Cunningham
June 12th, 2015, 9:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Strange Magic Bubbles Up In New 'Mr Norrell' Adaptation
Replies: 3
Views: 1260

Re: Strange Magic Bubbles Up In New 'Mr Norrell' Adaptation

I loved the book and can't wait for the miniseries!
by Bob Cunningham
April 27th, 2015, 10:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109189

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Bob, I really appreciate your humor! My wife noted that she has never seen me laugh so much reading a magic book :-)
by Bob Cunningham
April 26th, 2015, 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109189

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

My sympathies to those still waiting.

I received mine in Dallas on Tuesday and have worked my way through the first half. It is great! Well worth the wait!!!
by Bob Cunningham
April 10th, 2015, 12:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Good wax for spreading double cards?
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Re: Good wax for spreading double cards?

If you try clear plasti dip I think you will find it has identical properties to Science Friction. $13 will get you a can delivered to your door step. http://www.amazon.com/Performix-11209-Multi-Purpose-Coating-Aerosol/dp/B000LNN11G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428638684&sr=8-1&keywords=Plast...
by Bob Cunningham
February 25th, 2015, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain in the News
Replies: 3
Views: 962

Re: Jim Swain in the News

I read Take Down a few days ago. It was great! Great plot, fast moving with colorful characters. And lots of great scams!

I hope this is the beginning of a new series.
by Bob Cunningham
February 1st, 2015, 8:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jim Swain Every Tuesday
Replies: 2
Views: 1209

Re: Jim Swain Every Tuesday

Those of us not fortunate enough to live in Florida can still enjoy some Mr. Swain's talent. His new novel, "Take Down", will be available on February 9th.

I've pre-ordered my Kindle copy :-)

http://www.amazon.com/Take-Down-James-S ... 147782202X
by Bob Cunningham
January 1st, 2015, 9:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slippery fingers
Replies: 9
Views: 2446

Re: Slippery fingers

I use Eidon Silica & MSM Moisturizing Lotion which also has glycerin as one of it's main ingredients.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00028 ... UTF8&psc=1

I also keep an open container of Sortkwik in my pocket for effects where I deal seconds.
by Bob Cunningham
December 27th, 2014, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?
Replies: 33
Views: 6211

Re: What Magic Item did You Get for the Holidays?

A digital subscription to Genii and the Skinner tapes. I was a little concerned about how interesting & accessible the "tapes" would be, but I just finished the first CD and it is REALLY good. Thanks Richard and the whole Genii team for continuing to produce such high quality and affor...
by Bob Cunningham
October 28th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Marlo variation on the Curry turn over change
Replies: 12
Views: 2572

Marlo variation on the Curry turn over change

I have been learning the Marlo variation on the Curry Turnover Change from "Classical Foursome". I learned the original move 30 years ago, but never got good enough to avoid spectators sensing something was wrong. The Marlo variation seems to me to be easier and more deceptive than the ori...
by Bob Cunningham
October 9th, 2014, 2:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thumb Tip Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 7697

Re: Thumb Tip Magic

This might help .... REAL or NOT REAL I am a magician. We help people to see things that are not real and not see things that are real. This small piece of cloth looks real. When I put it in my hand it is still just as real. (Snap your fingers) But when I open my hand that small piece of cloth, that...
by Bob Cunningham
September 23rd, 2014, 9:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: hank lee out of jail
Replies: 78
Views: 15936

Re: hank lee out of jail

shouldn't he be given a second chance? "The quality of mercy is not strained … " Your inclination to show mercy to Mr. Lee does you credit. But wasn’t his very short prison sentence (for $500,000 in credit card fraud) already a huge display of mercy? More importantly, he has a second chan...
by Bob Cunningham
August 29th, 2014, 3:44 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Almost telepathy
Replies: 1
Views: 1334

Almost telepathy

Scientists appear to be using an EEG to encode words “thought of” by one participant into electrical signals send them into the brain of a second participant. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2737532/Could-soon-send-emails-telepathically-Scientist-transmits-message-mind-colleague-5-000...
by Bob Cunningham
July 31st, 2014, 2:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 18807

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

I am a little surprised by this because Eugene has said in the past that not everyone is called to perform. Was this a requirement or an expectation by those in attendance? Everyone was given the opportunity to perform - but no one was required to perform. I think there were two reasons that everyo...
by Bob Cunningham
July 30th, 2014, 3:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 18807

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Mystery School has a huge advantage over conventions - time. The one I attended was only 3 days and I left wishing I had attended the 7 day version. A convention lecture would obviously not have the luxury of even 3 who days for this type of thing. During the three days of Mystery School everyone pe...
by Bob Cunningham
July 30th, 2014, 2:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders
Replies: 109
Views: 18807

Re: Ricky Jay's Congress of Wonders

Everyone is expected to perform a trick and everyone is going to be critiqued To me, this would be make an event worth attending. Why invest the money (and more importantly the time) to attend a convention in order to hear a series of lectures? A high quality video is typically a better medium for ...
by Bob Cunningham
June 19th, 2014, 8:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic Castle Audition Routine
Replies: 6
Views: 1851

Re: Magic Castle Audition Routine

erdnasephile wrote:
May I please ask: what year did you audition? I'm a little surprised that nearly 50% flamed.


My audition was in 2007. And the geek in me must insist that 7 of 18 is closer to 1/3 than 1/2 :-)
by Bob Cunningham
June 19th, 2014, 7:34 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic Castle Audition Routine
Replies: 6
Views: 1851

Re: Magic Castle Audition Routine

Has anyone ever been denied membership, due to a poor performance at the audition? Most definitely! On the night of my audition there were 18 of us. 7 were denied membership. Since performances are done in private (in front of a panel of members) I can not speak to the exact reasons that most of th...
by Bob Cunningham
June 18th, 2014, 10:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live
Replies: 114
Views: 15637

Re: New Genii Website Up and New Digital July Edition Live

I spent some time today with the new iPad app. For the contemporary issues it seems faster to me. I think the biggest improvement is in reading the older issues. Access to older issues through ASK ALEXANDER was sluggish at best. The new app MUCH faster and easier. Thanks to everyone who has worked (...
by Bob Cunningham
June 18th, 2014, 6:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic Castle Audition Routine
Replies: 6
Views: 1851

Re: Magic Castle Audition Routine

My understanding is that they will be evaluating your ability to perform magic in front of audience for a short period (5 min). Not your sleight of hand skill or your originality. The most important thing is not to "punch above your weight" :-) i.e. Make sure you can comfortably perform th...
by Bob Cunningham
June 17th, 2014, 10:21 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 120 year old mind reading machine
Replies: 1
Views: 1041

Re: 120 year old mind reading machine

And the scientific quest for mind reading continues into the future:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/04/22/mind-reading-brain-scans/7747831/
by Bob Cunningham
June 16th, 2014, 12:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: First video from my one man show - Tony!
Replies: 8
Views: 4528

Re: First video from my one man show - Tony!

Great Job!!!

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by Bob Cunningham
June 12th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109189

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Michael Close wrote:Just to save time after the book is published: What are the good tricks in this book? Also, is this material available on video? I'm a visual learner.


So we have to read the good tricks AND watch a video - that sucks!
by Bob Cunningham
June 4th, 2014, 9:50 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Help in selecting a trick for my class
Replies: 11
Views: 2729

Re: Help in selecting a trick for my class

mrgoat wrote:Some people are so blinkered.


Did you ever hear Doc Eason tell the story of the the time he performed "Kate and Edith" at a corporate event not knowing that they had just settled a gay hostile workplace suit. It's pretty funny - as long as it happened to somebody else :-)
by Bob Cunningham
June 4th, 2014, 8:32 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Help in selecting a trick for my class
Replies: 11
Views: 2729

Re: Help in selecting a trick for my class

Thanks to all for your ideas and suggestions!

I have a couple of months to put this together, so I have some time to process your ideas and continue my research before deciding on the best illustration.
by Bob Cunningham
June 3rd, 2014, 12:15 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Help in selecting a trick for my class
Replies: 11
Views: 2729

Re: Help in selecting a trick for my class

mrgoat wrote:Ding Dong?


Damian, I have no doubt that your idea would garner attention, but I have this vague sense that I would like to keep teaching for this client :-)

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