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Re: Poker Pro accused of using edge sorting

Hell, he has been sued before and admitted that he was edge sorting. He then insists that a certain brand of cards be used, and he (surprise) wins over an extended period of time. The casino can't blame anyone but itself at this point.
by Curtis Kam
04/14/14 08:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poker Pro accused of using edge sorting
Replies: 4
Views: 469

Re: cloth cups collapsible

And, there's lots of stuff like this, including buckets.

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by Curtis Kam
03/10/14 04:52 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: cloth cups collapsible
Replies: 8
Views: 426

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

I like what he has done with the prop. The common black cane is nearly the worst color to be seen on stage, although I suppose it does match the "tuxedo and top hat" ensemble. This cane catches the light, and is easier to see. Its color and design suggest a cane that one might see in the s...
by Curtis Kam
02/18/14 05:34 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 43
Views: 2201

Re: Looking for magic quotes

If you take any activity, any art, any discipline, any skill, take it and push it as far as it will go, push it beyond where it has ever been before, push it to the wildest edge of edges, then you force it into the realm of magic. (Tom Robbins) A work of art is one of mystery, the one extreme magic...
by Curtis Kam
02/05/14 04:41 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 5931

Re: Totally and utterly OT.

Happy Day! I think the suggestion about names is a good one, given the names that Mr. Goat is exposed to daily. Maybe it's just the book I'm reading, but I suggest something classic, like Pospischil. Or Ron Jeremy.
by Curtis Kam
01/10/14 05:52 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Totally and utterly OT.
Replies: 26
Views: 2705

Re: The End of Paper Currency in the UK

I've done tricks with Aussie bills, and you can manage them into a thumbtip with not too much evident struggle, but they do resist a fold. That fact is rather well-known to the public, justifying the use of a paperclip, rubber band, or other restraining device. So some of those switching techniques ...
by Curtis Kam
12/19/13 03:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The End of Paper Currency in the UK
Replies: 28
Views: 1852

Re: Citation assistance

Tom, as to the reverse, see the following Denis Behr search: http://archive.denisbehr.de/show.php?se ... ed+reverse

Looks like it might be Marlo, by way of Buckley.
by Curtis Kam
12/09/13 05:47 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Citation assistance
Replies: 15
Views: 1073

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

Bob, for interesting takes on this switch, which seem to be right in between the Jinx Switch and what John Mendoza teaches as the "Louisiana Switch", see The Switch At Draw Poker, Buckley's Card Control, p. 104, and "Eddie's (Fay) Hop", Alton Sharpe's Expert Card Mysteries, p. 26.
by Curtis Kam
10/11/13 05:08 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 92
Views: 16875

Re: Sense and Superstition - NY Times article

I have gained from that article only the confidence that I could hold down a "research" position at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago in my spare time.
by Curtis Kam
10/07/13 08:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sense and Superstition - NY Times article
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Re: Allen Okawa

Just back from the hospital, and the news is better than I had reported. Allen will be going home this afternoon. He will be busy recovering enough to undergo a round of chemo and radiation therapy, after which he is expected to be "all better". He asked me to thank all of you for your tho...
by Curtis Kam
09/30/13 09:07 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allen Okawa
Replies: 14
Views: 1572

Re: Pebbles, magic with stones.

Nice, I like how your script has made something bigger out of this effect. Too many people narrate what they don't have to. And too many people, who are trying to get away from narration then end up narrating their metaphor. I was very happy to hear you not say, "And these stones will represent...
by Curtis Kam
09/30/13 03:04 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Pebbles, magic with stones.
Replies: 6
Views: 887

Re: Allen Okawa

Hi all, Allen got through the surgery on Monday all right, with more of his stomach and sense of humor intact than you might think. I saw him on Tuesday, and he seemed all right, but in pain. That seems to have subsided a bit. Before going in for the operation, he sent around this email that I thoug...
by Curtis Kam
09/26/13 09:42 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allen Okawa
Replies: 14
Views: 1572

Re: Lou Gallo

Mike Gallo put together a DVD featuring his Dad's magic, and it includes video footage of Lou Gallo performing and teaching the pitch, and other things. Well worth tracking down if you're a fan of either, or both Gallos.
by Curtis Kam
09/17/13 12:38 AM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Lou Gallo
Replies: 4
Views: 806

Re: Help Us!

The Keep It In Your Pants Wallet?

The Load On The Fly Wallet?

Maybe something, something, "Zip Lock".

The Jack the Zipper?

Okay, that's all I got, cuz I don't know nothin' 'bout no wild animals.
by Curtis Kam
09/13/13 06:28 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Help Us!
Replies: 66
Views: 6289

Re: Complete Peek Wallet by Tony Miller

I've had this for a little while, and am impressed by the potential. I don't think Tom mentioned it, but the peek is of the entire writing surface. 100%. You don't have to control anything. So much freedom, so few instructions to the participant. It's hard to decide which direction to go in. The wor...
by Curtis Kam
09/10/13 03:33 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Complete Peek Wallet by Tony Miller
Replies: 9
Views: 1704

Re: TAOM Dallas - Aug 30 - Sept 2 News

Seeing Allen perform is the reason I'm coming to Dallas, and I live in Hawaii. I once had the pleasure of seeing Allen lecture for a roomful of talented young magicians, all of whom, despite being up on the latest stuff, and good performers in their own right, had never had the experience of seeing ...
by Curtis Kam
08/27/13 02:06 AM
 
Forum: Convention Reports
Topic: TAOM Dallas - Aug 30 - Sept 2 News
Replies: 16
Views: 2029

Re: Sachs and Sack's

Thanks to everyone for the research, this has been, well, diverting. From work, as usual. But I found the inclusion of the full performance script in The Secret Out to be fascinating. Equally interesting was the fact that the "top and bottom numbers add up to 14" factoid was the basis for ...
by Curtis Kam
08/14/13 03:45 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 14
Views: 1779

Re: Coins Across - Last Coin

The idea of using the "seeing the coin go visibly" gag to load the spectator's hand appears in the 1952 first edition of Bobo's Modern Coin Magic. See chapter XII which also includes Kort's Protean Coin and his Assembly using one off-color coin. I don't have my copy of Kort available, so I...
by Curtis Kam
05/31/13 09:07 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across - Last Coin
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Coins Across - Last Coin

Jonathan, the "nod towards Kort" would be for the last coin in his shelled coins thru table, wouldn't it? That appeared in the 1952 Bobo's, IIRC, and if not, then in the 1964 second Ed. Wouldn't that predate LJ's handling?
by Curtis Kam
05/30/13 03:16 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Coins Across - Last Coin
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

Um, "Scripting Magic"?
by Curtis Kam
05/16/13 03:06 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1416

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

Hi, this is the elephant in the room talking. I'm wondering, after what Mr. Connick Jr. said about the difference between contest performance and quality performance,

American Idol is to singing as F.I.S.M. competition is to magic?
by Curtis Kam
05/14/13 08:26 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1416

Re: What American Idol has to do with magic

Well, sure. Context is always important. Is anyone surprised that a televised singing contest doesn't seem to be designed to produce great singers? Would you really rely on any of the winners of "Survivor" to keep you alive in the wild? Or let the winning "Apprentice" (let alone ...
by Curtis Kam
05/13/13 11:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What American Idol has to do with magic
Replies: 24
Views: 1416

Re: Mr. Goat Got Married

Huzzah and Hooray, Congratulations to you both. Legend has it that whenever someone agrees to marry a magician, an angel gets its wings.

And can (pardon the expression) kids, and kids' shows be far behind? This will be interesting.
by Curtis Kam
05/06/13 03:18 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mr. Goat Got Married
Replies: 22
Views: 1620

Re: Centerfolds of Magic

Thanks for the link, Craig. Buried in the article--yes, I read the article--is the best advert line, or at least the beginning of one--for this show: "Centerfolds of Magic: Where the Magic Comes First!" Supply your own joke line (i.e. "but the customer's never far behind") or not...
by Curtis Kam
05/03/13 06:57 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Centerfolds of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2836

Re: Centerfolds of Magic

But they're doing Houdini's famous "Water Substitution" effect. You don't see anyone doing that one, um, ever. Certainly not Houdini.
by Curtis Kam
04/19/13 09:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Centerfolds of Magic
Replies: 40
Views: 2836

Re: Should you still use material that you've sold?

Don't we need to distinguish,in Andrew's original example, between buying a CD and continuing to sing the song, and buying the sheet music? The only magic products that convey performance rights are those meant and designed to do so, ie they are usually instructional in nature. And, I suppose, along...
by Curtis Kam
04/13/13 01:52 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Should you still use material that you've sold?
Replies: 127
Views: 3886

Re: This American Life reference

Caught that one, and enjoyed it, as well. The host, Ira Glass, also previously commented that he can easily remember every detail of "the magic tricks I learned when I was little." That's a paraphrase, he may have said "card tricks" and he may have actually mentioned a specific a...
by Curtis Kam
04/07/13 07:36 PM
 
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: This American Life reference
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Vanishing Tiles Video

So, putting the frame completely out of, um, frame. Mistake, or red herring explanation for the skeptics?
by Curtis Kam
04/02/13 06:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vanishing Tiles Video
Replies: 23
Views: 848

Re: Never before seen Cardini footage

I wonder if he had any trouble getting a card game together on the ship after this?
by Curtis Kam
03/30/13 05:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Never before seen Cardini footage
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: 7 Kaufman and Company Books Reprinted!

YES!! I know three people who have been looking for a copy of the Kurtz book. Happy day.
by Curtis Kam
03/15/13 03:19 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: 7 Kaufman and Company Books Reprinted!
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?

Back in the 90's, a cruise ship performer described that same routine to me, as something of an "encore" or one-off piece. I'm pretty sure it was Scott Cervine. I do hope we can identify the originator of this routine before it becomes "standard".
by Curtis Kam
02/13/13 04:02 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Effect with socks by Alì Bongo?
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

Re: Rubik's Cube moves...

Thanks--is this how that 3 year old Korean kid did it?
by Curtis Kam
01/09/13 05:37 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rubik's Cube moves...
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: Clarke found it effective

Take a concept like that and turn it into a card trick? I suppose that's the one thing you could do to make the Useless Machine even more useless. Maybe you could talk about the machine that exists just to turn itself off, and then say, "and in keeping with that thought, I'd like you to take a ...
by Curtis Kam
01/04/13 07:16 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Clarke found it effective
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: Piaget's conservation tasks

Very nicely shot and produced, thanks very much for that. The last thing with the Graham Crackers reminds me of Steve Mayhew's "Bugs Bunny Poker Deal". Maybe I should include a 4.5 year old kid as a participant when I do that routine. Now, if only someone would do the same sort of thing sh...
by Curtis Kam
10/24/12 05:58 PM
 
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Piaget's conservation tasks
Replies: 3
Views: 982

Re: Another Embarrassment from Alex Stone

Anyone could expose, that's the point. The vast majority chooses not to harm the thing that sustains us. We have all dealt with this temptation, and found another way; one that does not involve taking from magic before giving back.
by Curtis Kam
10/02/12 05:27 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another Embarrassment from Alex Stone
Replies: 13
Views: 1659

Re: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman

Speaking of unpublished Tenkai material, you may know that Tenkai was a "guest" of the US government during WWII, and he was interned in Hawaii. Local magicians Bill Murata and Jimmy Yoshida visited with him frequently, and Jimmy kept a notebook of the tricks Tenkai taught them. That noteb...
by Curtis Kam
09/06/12 08:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Of Tenkai - Richard Kaufman
Replies: 20
Views: 2001

Re: Thai (Mc)Bride

Especially the ad for Mens' Underwear as he wass strapping on the big red shoulderpads.
by Curtis Kam
09/06/12 08:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Thai (Mc)Bride
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Harry Kellar quoted on This America Life

Two thngs to add to this: the story of Mary Archibold is an effective answer to anyone who wonders if the audience might notice that he's wearing a plastic thumb.

Second, along with Jim Steinmeyer, Glass credited Alex Stone for the magic research. Ugh.
by Curtis Kam
07/21/12 06:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Kellar quoted on This America Life
Replies: 6
Views: 946

Re: Faux Switchblade?

Looks like it to me, and they've still got the instructions. Tom, let me know if you still want me to bring mine. I'm travelling with three other knives already.
by Curtis Kam
07/13/12 05:45 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faux Switchblade?
Replies: 10
Views: 1095

Re: Faux Switchblade?

Done. But you might also want to follow up on the hints in this thread: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=199876">http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubb ... ber=199876</a><!-- m --> Apparently it was called a "Click K...
by Curtis Kam
07/12/12 03:51 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faux Switchblade?
Replies: 10
Views: 1095
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