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by Andrew
July 31st, 2008, 5:54 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Walkaround Design Duplication
Replies: 15
Views: 4004

Re: Walkaround Design Duplication

Martin Sanderson..I remember his name now. He has it on a corporate magic DVD.
Andrew
by Andrew
July 31st, 2008, 5:53 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Walkaround Design Duplication
Replies: 15
Views: 4004

Re: Walkaround Design Duplication

It's a real culler.
Andrew
by Andrew
July 31st, 2008, 5:52 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Walkaround Design Duplication
Replies: 15
Views: 4004

Walkaround Design Duplication

I carry around laminated cards. Each has a different drawing: a baby, birds, tea, etc. I actually took the cards I bought once for "The Empress" effect, laminated them and now use them this way. Everything is in the hands, showing the spectator each drawing. Square up the 30 or so cards. T...
by Andrew
July 31st, 2008, 12:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For those of you who have the NUN trick...
Replies: 0
Views: 231

For those of you who have the NUN trick...

It's a small, plastic nun that's sold to end a sponge ball, coin -- two in the hand, one in the pocket thing. [So how many would you say I have in my hand now? That's right. None. And you open your hand to show the nun.] It's cute. I found another use. The back of the nun -- a plastic toy, essential...
by Andrew
July 31st, 2008, 12:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Torn and Restored corner of a playing card
Replies: 0
Views: 254

Torn and Restored corner of a playing card

Daniel Garcia recently issued a DVD on this. David Forrest [I believe it's him] had his own version several years ago. It's probably not original, but I've combined elements of the two. For those of you who know both, take flash paper and -- per Forrest's instructions -- glue-stick a jagged, curved,...
by Andrew
November 24th, 2005, 9:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sometimes I love being a magician
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Sometimes I love being a magician

Must have been a small object you made vanish.
by Andrew
November 24th, 2005, 9:21 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: 7-Up is Reading Minds...
Replies: 3
Views: 676

Re: 7-Up is Reading Minds...

Very cool.
First reaction: on a serial number "divination": you can do that with the entire serial number. I think.
andy
by Andrew
November 24th, 2005, 9:02 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Under Impossible Conditions
Replies: 21
Views: 1300

Re: Under Impossible Conditions

David, I recently contributed an effect called "The Mintalist," which comes in handy when some flirty lady pops a billet in her mouth. Ask her to breathe her thought to you. To think of one word... no, one letter of her thought. You take out a breath mint strip dispenser, apply one strip t...
by Andrew
June 25th, 2005, 5:32 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Andy Baroch mentalism
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Andy Baroch mentalism

That said, it was admittedly a brilliant idea, Andy, brought to fruition by the incredible talents of David Acer and Earl Oakes. But I can guarantee they are relieved they only have to deal with you once every two years or so.

Andy
by Andrew
June 25th, 2005, 5:29 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Andy Baroch mentalism
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: Andy Baroch mentalism

Andy,
I think your penchant for self-promotion has reached an all-time high. Just because you get one effect published in a major magic magazine doesn't excuse your lack of productivity in the field. We'd like to see more out of you in the future.
Andy
by Andrew
June 24th, 2005, 6:24 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Andy Baroch mentalism
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Andy Baroch mentalism

There's an effect in the new issue of Genii that's really cool. The mentalist senses a thought of word or number from the breath of a spectator and the image of the thought appears on a breath strip. Isn't this a little over the top?

Andy Baroch
by Andrew
March 23rd, 2005, 4:09 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Magic in DC
Replies: 7
Views: 576

Re: Magic in DC

Andy Baroch [that's me] performs magic and mentalism at Clyde's Restaurant at Mark Center and Shooter McGee's in Alexandria, Virginia. Come on by.
by Andrew
December 19th, 2004, 8:40 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: DESIGN DUPLICATION
Replies: 8
Views: 2623

DESIGN DUPLICATION

Merry Christmas, My Christmas wish is to find a no-frills, real-time, business-card-usen design duplication. I do not want to touch the spectator's drawing. I don't want to use "psychological principles." I have some ideas I've been working on a long time: including billet switches, p****t...
by Andrew
August 30th, 2004, 2:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question for Tom Stone...
Replies: 0
Views: 96

Question for Tom Stone...

Recently bought your quite clever new e-book with the apple on it. Please help with material to put in Sharpie to make it look like a line. If ya know what I mean?

thanks andy
by Andrew
August 19th, 2004, 1:02 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Wizard is Dead
Replies: 28
Views: 1250

Re: The Wizard is Dead

I recently purchased Yaniv Deautsch's manuscript. In part, here's what I think it lacks: he tends to dwell on generalities about human nature. "People do this"..."people do that..." Too many pages are wasted on this general crap. It doesn't make me feel confident about the feasib...
by Andrew
July 24th, 2004, 8:24 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: New ebook by Tom Stone
Replies: 13
Views: 3506

Re: New ebook by Tom Stone

Tom, how would I get a hold of the "At First Sight" lecture notes? I didn't find a way to on your web site.
thx, andy
by Andrew
July 24th, 2004, 8:12 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Wizard is Dead
Replies: 28
Views: 1250

Re: The Wizard is Dead

Hi, Yaniv Deautch is right. I interviewed him for Voice of America. My story on mentalists was broadcast and his voice was heard in many countries. His routine was very direct. I recall him seeming to struggle initially for an image in his mind of what I'd drawn. But then he got it dead on. [Yaniv, ...
by Andrew
May 30th, 2004, 11:01 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: S3EKING a stabler SUPER SHARPIE
Replies: 2
Views: 252

S3EKING a stabler SUPER SHARPIE

Hi, I wonder if somebody has had a similar difficulty with the "Super Sharpie" gimmick: it doesn't feel stable on my t****, no matter how much putty is used. Do I need a stronger adhesive, or what?
thanks, andy
by Andrew
May 26th, 2004, 9:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sankey UNLEASHED
Replies: 25
Views: 1124

Re: Sankey UNLEASHED

I think Chris has it right. Jay's a genius, but in his rush to get stuff out, he duplicates effects or duplicates techniques and uses them in somewhat different effects. All the same, duplication adds up to dilution.
thx, andy
by Andrew
May 19th, 2004, 9:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: CICADA from Impossible Location
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: CICADA from Impossible Location

Cicada-related effects: Cicadas have a habit of latching onto people's clothing -- a natural HOO coin? Example: vanish a cicado, then reach for the duplicate on the spectator's clothing. Or...have the spectator sign the cicada. Using the Williamson Striking vanish, retrieve the cicada from the pen c...
by Andrew
May 18th, 2004, 12:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: CICADA from Impossible Location
Replies: 15
Views: 468

Re: CICADA from Impossible Location

Hey Friday,

Thanks for the note. I love absurdity. I try to put it into my performances whenever possible -- because the world is too absurdly serious.

I do my gigs in the Washington, D.C., area, where people are very serious. Except teens. They're cool.

Thanks, Andy
by Andrew
May 17th, 2004, 12:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: cicada from....
Replies: 0
Views: 96

cicada from....

A cicada is that fat bug that's infesting the eastern U-S. They emerge from the ground every 17 years, they mate, and the offspring go back in the ground. A lot like mentalists.
:)
by Andrew
May 17th, 2004, 11:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: CICADA from Impossible Location
Replies: 15
Views: 468

CICADA from Impossible Location

How about... how about...using your TT to pull a cicada from a woman's purse? Maybe not such a good idea. But from somewhere. The cicadas fit very nicely and they're quite compliant -- tired after all that noisy activity. So pick up one, load it in, and you're ready. It's reminiscent of Blaine's fly...
by Andrew
April 21st, 2004, 9:50 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

I think Jarrett has it right. As for this strange, bitchy discussion about money -- what was that all about? Can we stick to a thread?
by Andrew
April 19th, 2004, 8:49 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

I started this post. Maybe I'll finish it. I started by saying that in my opinion, the best mentalism relies on a sleight, a trick, which is enhanced by presentation. There are some new performers who think the audience will go ga-ga on presentation alone. I think that's a mistake. If we don't watch...
by Andrew
April 8th, 2004, 1:26 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

Okay, let's get down to specifics. Suggest to a spectator that the lines on their hands are moving. But they are not moving. They can't move. Now what?
by Andrew
April 7th, 2004, 9:16 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

Let me state more simply what I've tried to say before: It's my belief that most good mentalist effects are really the result of effective sleights: switching billets, for instance -- or verbal sleights like miscalling the contents of a billet. The mentalist's presentation should help eradicate susp...
by Andrew
April 2nd, 2004, 9:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

I'd rather not name book titles or authors. But it's recently published stuff -- books that stress linguistics and suggestion -- that take that approach to mentalism to an extreme. Often, it's authors who promise their effect is not a pipe dream.
by Andrew
April 2nd, 2004, 2:41 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

I don't think it's sad at all. The challenge is to come up with new subterfuges that simulate mindreading. The best effects are FIRST grounded in hidden moves THEN ENHANCED by presentation. In works released recently, we're reading that we can fool our audiences with presentation alone. Enough is en...
by Andrew
April 2nd, 2004, 7:45 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

My point is there seems to be a trend toward lack of inventiveness on the part of the people who sell their ideas at exorbitant prices -- and if all you get is some claim that mumbo jumbo is going to alter people's consciousness, that doesn't cut it.
by Andrew
April 1st, 2004, 8:24 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Re: Mentalism's new face

I'm not talking about slates or awkward props. I hate that sort of thing, too. I'm happy with pieces of paper or spoons that bend. Let's just not fool ourselves into thinking we can alter a spectator's consciousness with verbal ploys. The art of mentalism, to me, is to invent clever misdirection and...
by Andrew
April 1st, 2004, 7:20 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Mentalism's new face
Replies: 118
Views: 9236

Mentalism's new face

Based on the work of some newly-published authors -- books and dvd's that have been widely praised -- I think I see a new face on mentalism. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with this new look. It's all about using words to suggest, subliminal principles to create illusion -- as opposed to using tricks....
by Andrew
March 30th, 2004, 9:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mentalists on Voice of America radio this week!
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: Mentalists on Voice of America radio this week!

Many thanks to all for your interest. I recently interviewed some prominent mentalists for Voice of America radio, which is where I've been employed for 20 years. I did the mentalism story for a VOA program called "Coast to Coast." The interview can now be heard by going to "voanews.c...
by Andrew
January 21st, 2004, 12:35 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Impossible DEVIN-ation
Replies: 0
Views: 176

Impossible DEVIN-ation

Hi, I've read the blurb on Hank Lee's site, and it sounds -- sounds -- great. I wonder what the consensus is on its workability, say, for restaurant work. Since you presumably need a dish, that would be the perfect venue. Or would it? Thanks, andy
by Andrew
January 14th, 2004, 8:20 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 623

Re: The Hanussen Proof Redux

Loki, I don't understand how you can separate Cassidy's work from his business practices. Integrity is seamless. You said earlier you'd worked out all your troubles with him and now have a good relationship. What about all of us who haven't been so fortunate? How can you look the other way? The only...
by Andrew
January 11th, 2004, 8:49 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: impromptu levitations of stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 246

impromptu levitations of stuff

thumb "t--"...anyone know where to get one witha suction cup?
by Andrew
January 11th, 2004, 11:44 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 623

Re: The Hanussen Proof Redux

Loki, you have a point about the thread. My point is that when a mentalist becomes a businessman, packaging and SELLING his ideas to consumers who respect him, he shouldn't violate basic business ethics.
by Andrew
January 8th, 2004, 8:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: The Hanussen Proof Redux
Replies: 13
Views: 623

Re: The Hanussen Proof Redux

I'm sorry but I'm tired of all this reverence for Bob Cassidy. Paypal has a record of my complaints about stuff purchased from his web site -- downloads that didn't work, shoddy materials sent in the mail, and a c-d that can't be accessed. What does it feel like to be ripped off? He had to close dow...
by Andrew
January 6th, 2004, 3:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Nervousness
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Nervousness

Hey, don't worry about it. It happens -- especially when you're starting out. It's important to know the moves, patter -- everything -- inside out so when something goes wrong, you'll land on your feet. The most important thing is to be relaxed -- or appear so -- because the audience becomes relaxed...

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