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by Curtis Kam
January 28th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How Houdini became the King of Cards
Replies: 11
Views: 744

Re: How Houdini became the King of Cards

Sorry, nope. It was Arno the Frogman.


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by Curtis Kam
November 19th, 2016, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Rope With Magnet
Replies: 16
Views: 2145

Re: Rope With Magnet

There are other people making the Swing a Ring props available. Fantasma put one out, and I've seen Andy Comic branded sets. I had no idea it was a UF Grant conception.



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by Curtis Kam
November 10th, 2016, 2:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: It's not magic, but...
Replies: 1
Views: 459

Re: It's not magic, but...

Iguana Jones and the Vipers of Doom. You know, when it got to the top and there was another iguana just standing there watching the whole thing, there was a snappy line.


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by Curtis Kam
October 30th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever
Replies: 39
Views: 3494

Re: Stuff The White Rabbit - best magic series ever

Thank you Joe, but I think you've buried the lead. In the first show of the ones you designated as featuring Jerry Sadowitz, there is the unique and remarkable experience of Rene Lavand, performing partially in English, to the theme from Shaft!


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by Curtis Kam
July 7th, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Is It With Florida?
Replies: 7
Views: 2658

Re: What Is It With Florida?

It truly is odd seeing a case involving magi cited in order to protect someone's intellectual property rights. The local common law rule they describe is something of a Catch 22: one could lose copyright protection through public showings? What good is copyright protection if it's only effective if ...
by Curtis Kam
July 2nd, 2016, 2:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffed Coin Question
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: Gaffed Coin Question

Craig Ousterling ran across a coin like that at the bank once. Maybe he can compare


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by Curtis Kam
June 2nd, 2016, 3:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Notes "all done by coindness..." Now Available
Replies: 9
Views: 1824

Re: New Notes "all done by coindness..." Now Available

Thank you for your faith in my material, Joe, and for your kind review. I should mention that Kainoa Harbottle's column in Genii--I believe it was the most recent one--features a routine by Miguel Angel Gea that will please fans of Inferential Copper/Silver. Also, from my perspective, one of the ins...
by Curtis Kam
May 11th, 2016, 8:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card-wash Control
Replies: 13
Views: 3533

Re: Card-wash Control

Earliest reference I know of is the Schulien force, which necessarily includes a control. I'm not sure the description of the Malini routine in Stars really qualifies. As I recall, it's little more than the statement that you "follow" the card as you move it around. Not that I've checked, ...
by Curtis Kam
April 18th, 2016, 12:04 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?
Replies: 13
Views: 3025

Re: Impression devices for pre-show; do they fool?

Here's an odd and untested idea, at least, I've never tried it, but what about putting on a little show for the ones you're pre-showed? I'm thinking of making use of the same notepad, clipboard, etc. on stage, in a completely normal way? Write your predictions, or doodle impressions on it, or someth...
by Curtis Kam
March 25th, 2016, 8:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 4010

Re: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?

I think a lot depends on placing the lid at exactly the right spot so that your palm is contacting the coins when your fingertip touch the lid. That'll depend on the relative sizes of your coins, box, lid and fingers.
by Curtis Kam
February 22nd, 2016, 12:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thumb Tip Magic
Replies: 13
Views: 7702

Re: Thumb Tip Magic

My favorite example of a story based presentation was the "The Emperor's New Clothes" presentation I saw MarcoM do once. I believe it was his(?) and that the presentation might still be available.


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by Curtis Kam
February 10th, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph
Replies: 7
Views: 1915

Re: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph

Thank you, Joe, sneaky is a good thing. Sorry, though, I haven't gotten my version in print. Still exploring at the moment, and looking for opportunities to present.


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by Curtis Kam
February 9th, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph
Replies: 7
Views: 1915

Re: 'Shattering Coins' by Eddie Joseph

Michael Vincent does a great job with this. I was delighted to see him doing it, since it has been a favorite of mine since I read the marvelous description of the Shattering Coins and Silver Balls. There is no gimmick, just sleight of hand and misdirection that's built into the procedure. Michael's...
by Curtis Kam
February 3rd, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Mentzer passed away
Replies: 9
Views: 2494

Re: Jerry Mentzer passed away

A fond aloha to Jerry. He was responsible for what most people know as my first (and only) book, Deceptions in Paradise. But also many of my real favorites, like The Magic of Paul Harris. (Wasn't this Paul's first book as well?) And the Cavalcade serieses. I'm pleased to know that the shop is in goo...
by Curtis Kam
December 11th, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masuda's Liberty Vanish
Replies: 10
Views: 1593

Re: Masuda's Liberty Vanish

Full props for the vanish, on camera, at least, it looks very good. That's 99% of the effect, you don't really need to pull the little statue out of your pocket.

And as to any issues of cultural insensitivity, meh. I figure it's payback for years of things like the Vanishing Buddha Sword Box.
by Curtis Kam
December 6th, 2015, 4:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origin of the Slot Coin Box?
Replies: 9
Views: 2309

Re: Origin of the Slot Coin Box?

To the reference in Conjuring Credits, I would add that in Wonderful Routines of Magic (1969) Ellison Poland is discussing the magnetic Okito box that he showed to a "well-travelled and knowledgeable" magician who he identifies only as his "informant". Poland then says, "My ...
by Curtis Kam
November 11th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penguin Live Lecture November 8
Replies: 8
Views: 1954

Re: Penguin Live Lecture November 8

Come for the tricks, stay for the stories about Jim Ryan, Jay Marshal and the virtual village of legends, friends, and mentors who got Tom to that moment. Oh, and the moment where Dan Harlan goes "Roooooaaahr".


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by Curtis Kam
October 30th, 2015, 4:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okito boxes
Replies: 19
Views: 2533

Re: Okito boxes

A while back, I showed my working Okito box, which had the pinhole in the lid and bottom, to a machinist. I was about to stumble through an explanation for why I wanted the hole to be there, when he said, "Oh, sure, to prevent suction". (I had already shown him the box with the lid on the ...
by Curtis Kam
September 28th, 2015, 5:36 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism Wallet?
Replies: 3
Views: 1098

Re: Mentalism Wallet?

Might be a Shogun wallet produced and sold by Allen Okawa.


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by Curtis Kam
June 20th, 2015, 1:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 9453

Re: Sachs and Sack's

Yup, Bill, that's the routine. Is it available from Vanishing Inc yet?


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by Curtis Kam
June 9th, 2015, 4:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Who said this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: Who said this?

I don't recall who said--or more likely wrote that. I know I thought and said it at one point, but rarely in public. I'm over it now. The observation ignores the fact that cashiers don't know they're being watched. And, these days especially, cashiers do not seem to feel any obligation to even show ...
by Curtis Kam
June 8th, 2015, 4:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Dannemora Prison Break As A Magic Trick
Replies: 14
Views: 2744

Re: Dannemora Prison Break As A Magic Trick

That was my first reaction--And Nobody heard anything? In the middle of the night, as someone was cutting through a steel wall with power tools? The only explanations that come to mind are 1) The contractors were working at night, so that the noise was explained (hard to imagine a logical reason for...
by Curtis Kam
June 8th, 2015, 4:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Paragon by Jon Allen
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

Re: Paragon by Jon Allen

Saw him do it live at the Castle, in the closeup room. It looked fine under those conditions, and squeaky clean at the end. I thought it was terrific, the box was a good size (small enough to justify folding the card in the first place, but solid and secure looking, and large enough to be visible) a...
by Curtis Kam
May 12th, 2015, 8:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 456
Views: 109309

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

A big, brown, beautiful box bursting with bubble-wrapped Bammo engulfed my inbox today here in Hawaii, causing much celebration and the traditional cessation of all work, at least until the wild boar is removed from the imu, and the eating begins. I am simply in awe of the scope and depth of this co...
by Curtis Kam
May 1st, 2015, 3:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?
Replies: 15
Views: 3112

Re: History of the "pocket dump" strategy?

I, too, seriously doubt that there's any chance of, or much point to, identifying the first person to make use of this strategy. I suppose there is something to be gained from being precise in the description--we're talking about using the overt act of removing something from one's pocket to hide th...
by Curtis Kam
May 1st, 2015, 6:02 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Gonzo "hands empty" move
Replies: 13
Views: 4429

Re: Gonzo "hands empty" move

P.T., perhaps you're thinking about the same thing I thought of when I saw Gonzo--the "Phantom At the Fingertips" gimmick? It's well described here: http://www.martinbreese.com/trickpages/fingertips.htm
by Curtis Kam
April 6th, 2015, 5:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gary Kurtz coins across
Replies: 5
Views: 2257

Re: Gary Kurtz coins across

There are two Kurtz coins acrosses that I'm aware of that use the deep backclip. The first uses three coins, and is part of Full Frontal Assault . The second is the G.K. Coins Across that appears in Continuations...Departures 1 . The latter routine has the spectator standing to the performer's right...
by Curtis Kam
April 6th, 2015, 5:38 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Rune Klan's new project
Replies: 3
Views: 1658

Re: Rune Klan's new project

Thank you for the link, those videos are large helpings of joy. And, as noted, Rune's coin handling is nearly as good as he is entertaining, which is very, very.
by Curtis Kam
October 30th, 2014, 5:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 125
Views: 34911

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Hey, here's a little-known coinbox fact: There's actually a whole darn channel on Youtube that calls itself "Okito Box". Who knew? Have a look, and you'll see bits of odd and sometimes interesting explorations of this prop in this post-Rothian (his book, that is, David's still around) worl...
by Curtis Kam
September 11th, 2014, 11:06 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steve Mayhew DVD
Replies: 29
Views: 9434

Re: Steve Mayhew DVD

I think I get why you like it. That reads like a Siamese cat reviewing a Rubik's Cube.
by Curtis Kam
July 12th, 2014, 4:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dani DaOrtiz on TV
Replies: 14
Views: 4544

Re: Dani DaOrtiz on TV

Not to lead us too far from Dani's terrific performance, but the etiology of the "Chink-a-Chink" name for the trick is puzzling. Sachs called the trick "A Japanese Sugar Trick" and suggests that the performer "Hatch up a long rigamarole about one piece being the Emperor of J...
by Curtis Kam
May 21st, 2014, 7:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Allen Okawa
Replies: 14
Views: 3416

Re: Allen Okawa

Thank you, Howard, will do.
by Curtis Kam
May 16th, 2014, 5:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Finally
Replies: 14
Views: 3689

Re: Finally

This sounds exciting! My kids love magic shows.

-just kidding. Kill the ladies, shave the children. Rock the house, buddy.
by Curtis Kam
April 14th, 2014, 8:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Poker Pro accused of using edge sorting
Replies: 4
Views: 972

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
March 10th, 2014, 4:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: cloth cups collapsible
Replies: 8
Views: 1211

Re: cloth cups collapsible

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

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by Curtis Kam
February 18th, 2014, 4:34 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 89
Views: 19102

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
February 5th, 2014, 3:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for magic quotes
Replies: 46
Views: 9752

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
January 10th, 2014, 4:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Totally and utterly OT.
Replies: 26
Views: 4450

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
December 19th, 2013, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The End of Paper Currency in the UK
Replies: 28
Views: 3653

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
December 9th, 2013, 4:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Citation assistance
Replies: 15
Views: 2084

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.

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