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Re: Alan Alan R.I.P.

I did not know Alan Alan personally, instead I was one of the countless visitors to his shop on Southapmton Row when I was young - probably about 35 years ago. What an odd experience! Alan - a diminutive figure - was always behind the counter, usually sporting a "knife thru head" gag and c...
by Ross Welford
07/10/14 05:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Alan Alan R.I.P.
Replies: 14
Views: 2360

Re: Do people still wear watches?

Jacques - you are one of an increasingly rare species: someone who can take a joke! All the best, Ross
by Ross Welford
06/27/14 09:34 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 4496

Re: Do people still wear watches?

JacquesleSueur wrote:
it's sat me in front of everyone from Colin Farrell to the Saudi Royal Family.



Sorry, Jacques - I'm sure you're great.

But that made me laugh. Genuinely. I'm not sure which is the funnier boast - him off "Ballykissangel", or the vilest ruling dynasty on the planet.
by Ross Welford
06/26/14 10:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Do people still wear watches?
Replies: 42
Views: 4496

Re: Not the Best Review for Penn & Teller

I saw the show for the second time and the Guardian's reviewer has it spot on. Frankly, I felt rather cheated. For £45 a ticket, and a four year gap, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a largely new show, rather than largely recycled one. (That said, I could watch Teller's coins and goldfish ...
by Ross Welford
06/26/14 09:33 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Not the Best Review for Penn & Teller
Replies: 33
Views: 3059

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

I bought one of the originals from Supreme Magic when I was about 15 in the late 70s. From the written ad, I was utterly baffled and I probably bought it just to find out how it worked. Well, at that age I hardly had any regular gigs apart from once a year at the church pie-and-pea supper. I think i...
by Ross Welford
04/06/14 04:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Best Version of Lubor Fiedler's Gozinta Boxes EVER
Replies: 66
Views: 6584

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

"Routining savant"! Funny - and true. I certainly wouldn't have the spectator/sucker end up with a strong hand. As you say, that would spoil it; on the other hand I'm not sure I could resist having at least a king in there for the times when you show the spec. their choice. Probably, that'...
by Ross Welford
04/02/14 08:20 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 6219

Re: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31

Ricky Jay was on the Tonight Show May 31, 2014, performing a version of the Ten Card Deal. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1l2ip7_ricky-jay-performs-jimmy-fallon-s-tonight-show_fun As Jon notes, if you want to know how he did it, it's in Chapter 2.2 of The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier, soon to be ...
by Ross Welford
04/01/14 04:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay on The Tonight Show March 31
Replies: 52
Views: 6219

Re: You bastards!

I wonder if that ^ would work with my Tenyo Korrnwinder Kar? I have had it for years, but I have never performed it because the mechanism is just too stiff. There's an audible click when I switch it. Never been happy with it :(
by Ross Welford
03/19/14 12:33 PM
 
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: You bastards!
Replies: 32
Views: 4653

Re: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?

Yup, eggs are funnier then lemons. But neither is funnier than a banana. And a sausage is funniest of all. As Terry Herbert knows.
by Ross Welford
02/03/14 01:13 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 3401

Re: The Cups and Balls ca. 1963

I normally hate the Cups and Balls, mainly because a) it's rushed b) it's therefore confusing c) everyone seems to be doing their own lame version of the Vernon routine d) everyone's loads are screamingly obvious e) it's written into magical law that you must do this trick to be any good This was gr...
by Ross Welford
01/31/14 11:01 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Cups and Balls ca. 1963
Replies: 20
Views: 4251

Re: RED by Craig Petty

The Cafe has been shut down all day. Perhaps just a coincidence, but WMS and Brooks are pretty tight, by all accounts. Usually, though, they just delete the relevant thread (relevant=vaguely disobliging to someone).

THis whole thing is fairly hilarious. Popcorn, anyone?
by Ross Welford
01/07/14 09:05 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RED by Craig Petty
Replies: 79
Views: 9600

Re: a brand new idea in magic

You guys are lightweights. I made it to 2'15". Would somebody who watched the whole thing care to post a precis?

(That was a "teaser?" Jeez, I'd hate to watch the whole thing...)
by Ross Welford
03/12/13 08:59 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: a brand new idea in magic
Replies: 15
Views: 976

Re: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention

Assuming this was an audience of magicians, it seems pretty mean of a spectator to pick holes in another performer's presentation, no?
by Ross Welford
11/25/12 11:03 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Full Review of London's International Magic Convention
Replies: 10
Views: 1177

Re: The Twins - Clearly Impossible!

Crikey. It's fooled the pants off me. Must put them back on, there's a draught. Even if she's not a real member of the audience, it's baffling.

To me at any rate.
by Ross Welford
11/12/12 03:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Twins - Clearly Impossible!
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Re: Paper balls over the head

I don't suppose, Damian, that Paul Daniels is much to your taste. However, he has an interesting variation on the trick: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgRCOLwIJAQ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgRCOLwIJAQ</a><!-- m --> I saw him do it live aeons ago, before I k...
by Ross Welford
06/11/12 05:51 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paper balls over the head
Replies: 22
Views: 1415

Re: Ripped & Fryed - source?

I'm not a pro, so perform less than some of you guys, but I have never EVER encountered anyone who has seen Cardwarp before, or looked it up on the internet.
by Ross Welford
04/20/12 06:57 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Re: Ripped & Fryed - source?

In case anyone was wondering ("unhip" me included) this is what Jeff's cover is referencing:

http://vanswarpedtouruk.com/
by Ross Welford
04/18/12 05:59 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Re: Ripped & Fryed - source?

SOunds like a good book. I remember someone years ago on alt.magic (whatever happened to that?!) trying to put together a collection of Card Warp variations. Perhaps it was you? Anyway - good luck with it, I'll buy one!
by Ross Welford
04/17/12 01:08 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Re: Ripped & Fryed - source?

Jeff: do you mean David Britland's version or "Ripped & Fryed"? (Having now played with "Tearing A Lady In Two", I think it's great, and pretty do-able with a little practice. I am, however, only very slightly closer to working out Charlie Frye's version which has ironed out ...
by Ross Welford
04/17/12 10:49 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Re: Ripped & Fryed - source?

Gotta love lybrary.com who have a copy of the Britland MS for a paltry USD6! Man that's clever and Charlie Frye's refinements even more so.
by Ross Welford
04/16/12 06:05 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Re: Ripped & Fryed - source?

Thanks for the tips. I saw it and told myself, "I'm gonna learn that no matter how hard it is."

(I've said that before, though.)

It has the perfect reason to tear and restore a card (mentioned in another thread below, IIRC)
by Ross Welford
04/16/12 04:47 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Ripped & Fryed - source?

I know it's in the TA Box Set, but I don't fancy paying that much. Is it available anywhere else? I find that even my usual fallback in such circumstances - watching 11 year-olds butcher a trick on YouTube - has failed to reveal enough for me to piece it together (as it were). Here is the trick beau...
by Ross Welford
04/16/12 02:14 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ripped & Fryed - source?
Replies: 199
Views: 16786

Re: Has The Net Killed Magic?

When I was a kid in the UK there was no brick-n-mortar magic shops anywhere near me. The first one I went into was Alan Alan's Magic Spot on Southampton Row on a visit to London with my parents and he scared the life out of me. (Still does, actually.) The internet could not even have been imagined i...
by Ross Welford
02/12/12 01:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Has The Net Killed Magic?
Replies: 28
Views: 1499

Re: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?

Well I certainly put in the practice! I wonder what makes the difference between doing it well and poorly (as I am prepared to admit I may well have done!). I too have seen it done very well and when I saw it done, while I knew he wasn't actually shoving it down his throat, the mechanics of it elude...
by Ross Welford
02/11/12 08:39 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?
Replies: 32
Views: 6015

So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?

I did this in a show for a large audience recently. My nine year old son was in the audience. His friends told him that the balloon had deflated as it went into my mouth and I had either swallowed it or spat it out secretly. Guess that one isn't staying in the show. Are people really mystified by th...
by Ross Welford
02/11/12 07:20 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?
Replies: 32
Views: 6015

Re: Sh*t Magicians Say

I suppose I should be flattered that you've seen my act, and studied it so closely...
by Ross Welford
02/08/12 03:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sh*t Magicians Say
Replies: 24
Views: 2325

Re: A statement from Wayne Dobson concerning David Penn's actions.

If you're interested in this sort of thing, get over to the thread linked above - it has all kicked off further today.
by Ross Welford
02/06/12 02:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A statement from Wayne Dobson concerning David Penn's actions.
Replies: 24
Views: 6112

Re: A statement from Wayne Dobson concerning David Penn's actions.

No, it's not just you Ryan. The whole thing is very odd indeed. I've just had a quick skim through the thread linked by Brad (above) and amount of high-horsing and brown-nosing and nit-picking, mainly by people who don't know any of the participants, is hilarious!
by Ross Welford
02/05/12 01:11 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A statement from Wayne Dobson concerning David Penn's actions.
Replies: 24
Views: 6112

So THIS is where everyone is!

I'm an occasional visitor/poster at the Magic Cafe, but for a while now I have been wondering where everyone has gone. It's like being in your usual pub, but one day looking round and seeing that none of the regulars are there; they have been replaced by teenagers getting p*ssed on Diamond White. Th...
by Ross Welford
02/04/12 01:36 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So THIS is where everyone is!
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Re: A statement from Wayne Dobson concerning David Penn's actions.

I've just been over to the Cafe for a quick look round and there's nothing there that I could see. Surely this all can't have been deleted already?!
by Ross Welford
02/04/12 01:24 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A statement from Wayne Dobson concerning David Penn's actions.
Replies: 24
Views: 6112

Wayne Houchin's tricks

According to the article in this month's Genii, there are demos of the tricks on Wayne's website.

Darned if I can find them, though.

Any help?
by Ross Welford
06/17/09 07:52 AM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Wayne Houchin's tricks
Replies: 1
Views: 1022

Matthew J Dowden's Fulcrum Vanish (March)

It's probably just me. It usually is... However, I just don't get this. I'm not sure what is supposed to be happening. At what point is the coin "supposed" to be dropped into the receiving hand? It seems to me like a classic fake transfer, with the addition of a last flash of the coin but,...
by Ross Welford
02/26/09 10:26 AM
 
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Matthew J Dowden's Fulcrum Vanish (March)
Replies: 7
Views: 2367

Re: Card Warp

This is strange. A couple of days ago - or did I imagine it? - there was a heartfelt mea culpa by Paul Green over at the magic cafe, in which he said it wasn't his intention to rip off anyone, that he thought he was ok to release the dvd, and he was mortified that he'd upset anyone, or words to that...
by Ross Welford
06/11/08 11:04 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Card Warp
Replies: 122
Views: 17340

Re: Ten Ichi Thumbtie

The American magician John Lenehan, who performs around London UK, does the version with pipe cleaners. It's very funny and completely baffling. There's something about the pipe cleaners that adds to the effect, I think - we know that becasue they are made of wire they won't stretch AND could hurt.
by Ross Welford
03/06/06 09:29 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Ten Ichi Thumbtie
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: Magic Castle and the White Stripes

Never heard of White Stripes. Are they local to CA.

They are world famous. Huge in the UK. Huge everywhere. Not so keen meself, but each to his own...
by Ross Welford
09/29/05 08:31 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Castle and the White Stripes
Replies: 20
Views: 311

Re: historical figures who are magicians

Personally, I'm suspicious of the claim that the mistress-marrying, crown-awaiter Prince Charles is a magician. The only evidence I've ever seen is a picture of him performing the cups and balls for a Magic Circle audition aeons ago. What are the chances of the membership committee turning him down?...
by Ross Welford
09/24/05 03:38 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: historical figures who are magicians
Replies: 54
Views: 2956

Re: The Piddingtons: Possible Today?

I'm just uncertain it would be believed. It's significant that Derren Brown is getting huge attention for a "mental" type act, and also significant that "mental" has to be put in inverted commas: for Derren states quite openly that he's not reading minds. Of course, on this forum...
by Ross Welford
09/23/05 01:35 PM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: The Piddingtons: Possible Today?
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

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