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Re: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....

I think Brad is right on the money. The original question relates to multi-phase routines and there tendency to bore. You can get away with very little in the way of motivation for a single phase routine (as Blaine does), but for longer routines and sets of routines more thought is required. Simply ...
by John Wilson
03/17/14 11:35 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Phase 1, Phase 2, ....
Replies: 75
Views: 4477

Re: Paul Wilson's amazing card dealing act.

It is a great routine, I agree. My advice if you want to perform a similar routine is to just keep studying. You shouldn't try to copy a routine like this beat for beat. When you know enough about false deals and cards in general, you'll know what's happening when you watch this.
by John Wilson
06/11/12 01:51 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Paul Wilson's amazing card dealing act.
Replies: 3
Views: 923

Re: Questions for Mentalists

I'd be happy to help out in any way I can. Where is the questionnaire located?
by John Wilson
04/04/12 05:36 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Questions for Mentalists
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: Creamation

Is this different than "cremation" or just a typo?
by John Wilson
08/18/11 08:28 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Creamation
Replies: 3
Views: 659

Re: Erdnase

At least, to me, the difference in the voice from the "card table artifice" and "legerdemain" sections is readily apparent. The voice in the latter section is not the type of voice usually found in the type that might be capable of the voice in the first part. I have no proof of ...
by John Wilson
03/23/11 06:03 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2906
Views: 1356432

Re: Astrology is now an official science in India...

Jonathan, unfortunately all of the studies have just shown that all the predictions of astrology are completely invalid.
by John Wilson
02/06/11 09:06 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Astrology is now an official science in India...
Replies: 2
Views: 705

Astrology is now an official science in India...

by John Wilson
02/06/11 07:37 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Astrology is now an official science in India...
Replies: 2
Views: 705

Re: Called out for flashing!

It should really be routined in such a fashion that you are not really holding out. There should be no period of time when you hold the load and nothing happens. The cup is picked up, the cup is set down, and the load has happened. Check out Bob White's DVD on the cups and balls if you are really in...
by John Wilson
02/05/11 06:55 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Called out for flashing!
Replies: 4
Views: 1306

Re: WTB Unreal works

How much?
by John Wilson
02/05/11 03:13 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTB Unreal works
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Re: Riffle stacking

Excellent work.
by John Wilson
01/31/11 05:48 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Riffle stacking
Replies: 32
Views: 3882

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

In my opinion, in a study using one hundred students and a fifty-fifty choice of computer screens the 3% is well within range for calling it random. Are you telling me that you would be amazed if you flipped a coin one hundred times and heads came up fifty-three times out of a hundred? You could the...
by John Wilson
01/29/11 03:30 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12820

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

Brad, I absolutely believe he got the results as stated. There doesn't seem to be any reason to fake a statistically insignificant amount of the results. The real problem is that these are classified as results at all.
by John Wilson
01/28/11 07:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12820

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

What JT is trying to get at is that a good hypothesis is falsifiable. There is not even the beginning of a notion of a mechanism for the transmission of "esp". This wouldn't be so bad if there were any documented case of it ever, but this seems beyond the reach of the supposed experts of t...
by John Wilson
01/28/11 09:19 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12820

Re: So did anyone actually see 'Triumph' at the Las Vegas Hilton?

Wow, I guess it was better than I thought it would be...
by John Wilson
01/22/11 04:47 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So did anyone actually see 'Triumph' at the Las Vegas Hilton?
Replies: 7
Views: 2374

Re: Variation of Paul Wilson's C3 effect.

So... the video is almost unwatchable and has absolutely nothing to do with Con Cam Coincidencia. I fail to see the point of posting this.
by John Wilson
01/20/11 07:37 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Variation of Paul Wilson's C3 effect.
Replies: 2
Views: 924

Re: So did anyone actually see 'Triumph' at the Las Vegas Hilton?

I saw enough to know not to watch it...
by John Wilson
01/20/11 02:02 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: So did anyone actually see 'Triumph' at the Las Vegas Hilton?
Replies: 7
Views: 2374

Re: Basic Moves

I love that sybil is listed as a basic requirement. Are we talking basic when I started or fundamental to what I do now? Basic to a beginner would be simple card controls like a double undercut, a good force, a good double lift, and maybe a false cut or two. If we are talking fundamentals then THE P...
by John Wilson
01/11/11 07:59 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Basic Moves
Replies: 7
Views: 2001

Re: The Stupidity of Scientists

No evidence, eh? I thought psychics were out helping the police solve crimes everyday... The real problem here is a lack of understanding on the part of the researchers of statistical variation. 3% should be well within one standard deviation, and not categorized as any sort of unexplainable anomaly...
by John Wilson
01/10/11 04:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Stupidity of Scientists
Replies: 91
Views: 12820

Re: Triumph II

Dustin, perhaps you should reread goat's post with the implied sarcasm. He was referring to Glenn's new name for "triumph" i.e. "face up face down trick".
by John Wilson
12/24/10 03:38 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph II
Replies: 29
Views: 4295

Re: Triumph II

I guess we will just take your word for it that it was the same card... I'm sure it was, you just never showed it.
by John Wilson
12/14/10 07:20 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph II
Replies: 29
Views: 4295

Re: Accessing the Genii Forum

It couldn't get much faster for me...
by John Wilson
12/14/10 03:56 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Accessing the Genii Forum
Replies: 25
Views: 3047

Re: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler

John,
I am interested in the RE, but the link to your "riddles" doesn't seem to work any longer. How do I go about proving my worth?
by John Wilson
12/09/10 10:54 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Rauschenberg Effect by John Hostler
Replies: 28
Views: 6114

Re: Belief in magic?

Magick is defined best by Crowley (who added the k) as any act of true will. This definition points to the fact that the will, if it does exist, violates causal determinism.
by John Wilson
12/05/10 08:03 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Belief in magic?
Replies: 19
Views: 2126

Re: For Special Needs Members Only

I mean, who's fault is it if someone can't understand my/someone else's posts? Now for the repetitive posts, I can understand. In fact, Jack Pyle used to tell me all the time not to repeat myself. Him and my dad went way back.
by John Wilson
12/04/10 12:59 AM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: For Special Needs Members Only
Replies: 14
Views: 2928

Re: Erdnase

David, I know that he is not speaking in his own voice. He is taking advice from the speaker. The speaker is telling him not to waste time running up two hands, that the mark will most likely play any hand dealt to him. I don't see anyone who speaks of the "feminine portion of the smart set&quo...
by John Wilson
11/23/10 02:50 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2906
Views: 1356432

Re: Erdnase

I think that there is good reason to suspect at least the influence of a second author for the magic section. Note that in the gambling section he refers to "Charlie's pass". In the magic section the name is corrected. The patter for the "Exclusive Coterie" sounds nothing like th...
by John Wilson
11/23/10 12:41 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2906
Views: 1356432

Re: Erdnase

'If I may add a few more thoughts - Erdnase said in his book or the reason that he wrote the book and self published it was that He needed the money. If he could do the info that he published in 1902 why could he not find a game - and use his system to get the money!'-Glenn Bishop Remember what Erdn...
by John Wilson
11/22/10 04:59 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 2906
Views: 1356432

Re: How many books/DVDs do you own

You could do a good pass when you started card magic? I couldn't. I am going to assume that your pass has improved over the years. If you want to increase the difficulty level of your ambitious card routine, there are thousands of moves to choose from. If your desire is to use more difficult sleight...
by John Wilson
10/28/10 05:43 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How many books/DVDs do you own
Replies: 105
Views: 13900

Re: How many books/DVDs do you own

Six months later is not the end.
by John Wilson
10/28/10 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How many books/DVDs do you own
Replies: 105
Views: 13900

Re: Show Me A Card Trick

Usually, I find anything that I can do with the elements at hand... I always have a deck close at hand if I need or want it, but I would rather make magic with random objects.
by John Wilson
10/22/10 05:10 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Show Me A Card Trick
Replies: 20
Views: 3171

Re: Show Me A Card Trick

Just curious, but if someone just asks you to show them something, do you immediately go to cards? If not, what do you tend to show?
by John Wilson
10/21/10 09:16 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Show Me A Card Trick
Replies: 20
Views: 3171

Re: CNN: Will Physical Books be Gone in Five Years?

Jonathan, your posts are always awesome. All their base are belong to you.
by John Wilson
10/19/10 03:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CNN: Will Physical Books be Gone in Five Years?
Replies: 21
Views: 1845

Re: Tony Corinda

A short list of famous magicians who were also masons can be found here http://mill-valley.freemasonry.biz/maso ... icians.htm
by John Wilson
10/18/10 05:17 PM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tony Corinda
Replies: 16
Views: 3648

Re: Tony Corinda

We're not that secretive. Just ask and I bet any mason you know will talk about it, it's just not the kind of thing that you bring up yourself.
by John Wilson
10/18/10 05:23 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tony Corinda
Replies: 16
Views: 3648

Re: Tony Corinda

I am a freemason, and I don't know if Corinda was one...just thought I'd let you know that someone had read your thread.
by John Wilson
10/17/10 04:31 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tony Corinda
Replies: 16
Views: 3648

Re: How many books/DVDs do you own

I agree Goat. He seems very fidgity. Also, I have never understood the idea of having a spectator shuffle a deck, then the performer openly removes cards from it face up. This he does so he can remove cards openly and cull some. She shuffled for a couple of minutes too.
by John Wilson
10/14/10 03:05 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How many books/DVDs do you own
Replies: 105
Views: 13900

Re: How many books/DVDs do you own

I am not saying that I use no introduction at all, just that mine is minimal. I think in both the Forte and Malone videos the introductions were as minimal as they could be. To me, excessive introduction is boring. You do need more of it in a more formal setting, though. I think there are definitely...
by John Wilson
10/13/10 05:49 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How many books/DVDs do you own
Replies: 105
Views: 13900

Re: How many books/DVDs do you own

Presentation is not all about introduction. I use very little introduction if any when I perform. For me, presentation is really what the whole experience is about. No one would be impressed if I just said what sleights were going to be used and then performed them. Presentation is about making the ...
by John Wilson
10/11/10 02:18 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: How many books/DVDs do you own
Replies: 105
Views: 13900

Re: Magic Technique

I think what Brad is bringing up has little if anything to do with the camera, but rather with the overall presentation of the effect. It is a bit confusing. This has little to do with the camera and more to do with the pseudo explanation in the patter.
by John Wilson
10/11/10 01:59 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Technique
Replies: 16
Views: 1780

Re: Self deception with TED

That was awesome. Thanks for sharing.
by John Wilson
09/30/10 01:01 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Self deception with TED
Replies: 4
Views: 777
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