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by Stefan Nilsson
July 3rd, 2012, 8:51 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Suggestions for real mentalism
Replies: 12
Views: 2406

Re: Suggestions for real mentalism

You may have to search long and hard to find "real mentalism", whatever that might be. I would suggest taking a look at cognitive science, an interdisciplinary scientific field trying to understand the human mind and its processes. The progress has been enormous in just the last ten years....
by Stefan Nilsson
July 1st, 2012, 11:23 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Games and crooked gambling
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Re: Games and crooked gambling

Hi Geno! That's a pretty broad question. The texts don't pretend to present new research on gambling. My goal is merely to write something though provoking that could be of interest to the general public. That's why the texts leave out some details and only contain a few references, mostly to easily...
by Stefan Nilsson
June 30th, 2012, 11:44 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Games and crooked gambling
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Games and crooked gambling

I've just translated the articles on my Swedish web site about crooked gambling: http://korthaj.se/en/texts/

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
by Stefan Nilsson
June 30th, 2012, 11:38 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism as entertainment and fraud
Replies: 1
Views: 779

Mentalism as entertainment and fraud

A few years ago I wrote a text that tried to draw a boundary between make-believe and deception in mentalism. I've just translated the text to English and is looking forward to hear your opinions on this: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://korthaj.se/en/mentalism/">http://korthaj.se/en/menta...
by Stefan Nilsson
August 25th, 2005, 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ATTENTION FOREIGN SUBSCRIBERS: HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR AUGUST ISSUE YET?
Replies: 39
Views: 2369

Re: ATTENTION FOREIGN SUBSCRIBERS: HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR AUGUST ISSUE YET?

The August issue hasn't shown up in Stockholm either.
by Stefan Nilsson
February 12th, 2005, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In the Hands False Shuffles
Replies: 33
Views: 12088

Re: In the Hands False Shuffles

Erdnase, blind shuffles retaining entire order, fourth method. Tamariz gives additional handling tips on page 342 in Mnemonica.
by Stefan Nilsson
August 29th, 2004, 12:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card to forehead
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Card to forehead

I've seen several performers, even some very experienced ones, alienate one ore more spectators with this trick. That's why I consider this to be advanced material. You need to be really good with people to be able to fool someone badly in front on his friends and have him enjoy it.
by Stefan Nilsson
August 29th, 2004, 9:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card to forehead
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Card to forehead

Card to forehead is very difficult. Putting the card on your forehead without getting caught is the easy part. The hard part is to make sure the audience enjoy the experience - every time. You need to take a close look at yourself and your routine and see if this is something you can get away with. ...
by Stefan Nilsson
July 2nd, 2004, 4:05 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Favorite Dove Acts
Replies: 41
Views: 4813

Re: Favorite Dove Acts

Marko Karvo.

(And yes, I've seen most of the performers mentioned earlier in this thread.)
by Stefan Nilsson
January 10th, 2004, 7:38 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: A cruel twist of irony...
Replies: 2
Views: 283

Re: A cruel twist of irony...

Closing a professional gig with a new untested routine is inviting disaster. Use your best piece. It doesn't matter if it's as old as the hill. It will be new to them.
by Stefan Nilsson
December 14th, 2003, 12:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Persi Diaconis in the news.
Replies: 7
Views: 466

Re: Persi Diaconis in the news.

Originally posted by John Smetana: Wow...isn't that impressive...wonder who funded that study.. Most mathematicians would have serious trouble getting funding if laypeople understood their research. However, mathematicans are much better than magicians at keeping their secrets. I'm able to reveal t...
by Stefan Nilsson
December 9th, 2003, 2:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mark Lewis
Replies: 32
Views: 1396

Re: Mark Lewis

The posts by Mark Lewis are in my opinion among the most informative and valuable ones in this forum. It's too bad if there won't be any more. Also, it's too bad if we cannot accept a person just because he isn't nice to us. For a year and a half I supervised a student diagnosed with Asperger's synd...
by Stefan Nilsson
November 26th, 2003, 3:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine
Replies: 23
Views: 1474

Re: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine

Ren Lavand is famous for his poetic scripts and yet one of his strongest pieces is "...and I still have three little balls", a beautifully simple version of the classic three balls trick: One... two... and this one in my pocket. And I still have three little balls... One... two... and this...
by Stefan Nilsson
November 24th, 2003, 9:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine
Replies: 23
Views: 1474

Re: Need Patter for Ambitious Card Routine

In a good ambitious card routine you repeatedly put the card in the middle of the deck and it travels to top without any suspicious moves. This is a miracle. Miracles and cute patter stories don't go well together. Here is a template for a good basic script: A snap of the fingers and the card goes t...
by Stefan Nilsson
November 14th, 2003, 12:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Standup Card Routines
Replies: 55
Views: 2546

Re: Standup Card Routines

Here's another list of standup card magic. It's from Magic with Faucett Ross by Lewis Ganson, Supreme, year unknown (but I suspect it is after 1954...). By the way, this book is a very good source for standup material. Cards up the sleeve. (Cy Endfield and many others) Rising Cards. (Tarbell and man...
by Stefan Nilsson
November 9th, 2003, 10:37 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Platform Cards Across
Replies: 63
Views: 4458

Re: Platform Cards Across

Thanks to Leipzig! by Victor Farelli, published by George Armstrong, London, 1948, is a 50 page booklet devoted to Leipzig's presentation of The Thirty Card Trick (or Cards Across as we would say today). This is a true classic of magic. Leipzig's staging and blocking of this routine is described in ...
by Stefan Nilsson
November 2nd, 2003, 2:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Siegfried &...Joe!
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Siegfried &...Joe!

This is a translation of an article from "Expressen", a Swedish newspaper. http://www.expressen.se/expressen/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=112&a=75957 I don't know what to say about this. In another forum for magicians one member wrote: "If this is true: Fresh! If this is not true: Fresh!&qu...
by Stefan Nilsson
November 1st, 2003, 1:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?
Replies: 85
Views: 7880

Re: How much do other magicians get paid for giving testimonials for marketed effects?

Let's face it, endorsements for magic products are no different from back cover blurbs on books and videos. They have absolutely no credibility. Fortunately the two main magic magazines both have knowledgeable and honest reviews. We should all be grateful to Michael Close and Jamy Ian Swiss for thei...
by Stefan Nilsson
October 26th, 2003, 1:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Legends weren't flawless...
Replies: 111
Views: 13478

Re: The Legends weren't flawless...

A display similar to the Rhumba count works nicely for supposedly showing two cards while only showing one of them. To wit: The cards are resting face up on the palm of your left hand. Your right hand grasps both cards, fingers on top and thumb underneath, and turns both cards over. Your right thumb...
by Stefan Nilsson
September 22nd, 2003, 1:51 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: How Long Did You Mispronounce Acer?
Replies: 18
Views: 8315

Re: How Long Did You Mispronounce Acer?

And the biggest question of all: How do you pronounce "Genii"? My dictionary (www.webster.com) suggests "geni-eye" but everyone seems to leaving out the "eye"-part. Please enlighten me. ;)
by Stefan Nilsson
September 22nd, 2003, 12:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Greatest Opening Lines in Magic
Replies: 26
Views: 1412

Re: Greatest Opening Lines in Magic

Victor Borge's opening is my favorite. His first line wasn't a line at all; he opened his mouth and out came a cloud of smoke. His second line was "Holy smoke!". I know that Borge didn't do a magic act. But he did a good act. Take a look at <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.ko...

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