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Re: Magiccafe?

Yeah, sorry. It turns out, that my computer was unable to access that site (and only that site!) because of a local DNS misconfiguration. Your comments helped me realize that it was just me and that ultimately solved the problem so thanks!
by Kamus
08/10/08 11:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magiccafe?
Replies: 13
Views: 1540

Re: What about best card magician you have ever seen?

Juan Tamariz and Derren Brown- both these guys made me wonder if they really were magical in the literal sense of the word.
by Kamus
08/10/08 12:40 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What about best card magician you have ever seen?
Replies: 83
Views: 23027

Magiccafe?

Where has it gone to? I haven't been able to access it for several days now.
by Kamus
08/10/08 12:31 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magiccafe?
Replies: 13
Views: 1540

Re: Mnemonica Review

OK Jamy's essays are valuable and educational but they stretch the notion of what traditionally constitues a review. Maybe he needs a new title for his column "valuable education on the subject matter and on conjuring in general"
by Kamus
08/29/04 11:06 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mnemonica Review
Replies: 42
Views: 1736

Re: Mnemonica Review

Richard said: there just aren't many books coming out that deserve to be reviewed. We have piles and piles of DVDs and tricks backed up for our reviews, but we must scratch around for literature. A sad statement of the times. It seems that not long ago we were oversaturated with new books coming out...
by Kamus
08/28/04 07:26 AM
 
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Mnemonica Review
Replies: 42
Views: 1736

Re: A TOTAL FRAUD

The "spontaneous" claim is a bit suspect too as the trick requires a bit of a setup. Am I mistaken in thinking this is similar in methodology to an older trick "Walk away Floating Bill"?
by Kamus
08/24/03 10:13 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A TOTAL FRAUD
Replies: 45
Views: 668

Re: Holy Mackerel!: Derren Brown

Really Steve? well it iis the west coast after all- but my guess is that they're spiking the punch at the pre-taping party.

If those are genuine reactions, they should maybe coach them to be a little less enthusiastic so they seem more real ;)
by Kamus
08/24/03 10:04 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Holy Mackerel!: Derren Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 108

Re: Holy Mackerel!: Derren Brown

Thanks, Matthew- Wow, 17 months- I am behind the times! I read your review and I was amused to realize that I had read it before and somehow it had apparently not registered particularly strongly with me. Although your review was positive, it seemed only mildly enthusiastic at least compared to my o...
by Kamus
08/23/03 08:58 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Holy Mackerel!: Derren Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 108

Holy Mackerel!: Derren Brown

I'm penning this while riding a wave of unbridled enthusiasm for Derren Brown. I just saw the first effect in his "Devil's Picturebook" video (the Three Card Routine") and it would be an understatement to say that I'm impressed. Since I'm relatively new to the forum here, perhaps this...
by Kamus
08/19/03 02:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Holy Mackerel!: Derren Brown
Replies: 9
Views: 108

Re: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac

I liked "Impossibilia" a lot and still do some stuff from it (The two Matrix variations of Bob Kohler are great amongst others!) but overall I enjoyed "Smoke and Mirrors" a bit more, More variety (I too love "trick shot production"- such a simple trick, yet such a stron...
by Kamus
08/17/03 09:43 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac
Replies: 32
Views: 1064

Re: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac

Does anyone know if John is going to release a companion video to his new book as he did with "Impossibilia" and "Smoke and Mirrors"? One thing that was interesting about those tapes was the differences in methodology vis-a-vis thebook explanations.Also, is Kaufman and Company pu...
by Kamus
08/15/03 09:21 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac
Replies: 32
Views: 1064

Re: Which linking rubber band trick?

Chris Kenner's version from "Totally out of Control" is very strong- it's a just little harder to do (but not really that difficult) than "Snap Change" (Flicking Fingers) which is also a terrific trick. Bill Kalush's "Rubber Ringer" from "Almanac" also kicks m...
by Kamus
08/15/03 07:45 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Which linking rubber band trick?
Replies: 23
Views: 596

Re: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac

Gavriel, I agree with you on all points. (send my check too) I'm curious as to what the idea of not starting the trick with an effect synopsis was all about. I presume there must have been some logical idea behind it and it wasn't just to annoy readers such as ourselves. If it wasn't for Richard's &...
by Kamus
08/14/03 11:55 PM
 
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Strong Magic, Smoke and Mirrors, Collected Almanac
Replies: 32
Views: 1064

Re: Cyborg Magicians

I'm not sure about 10 years from now, but today there is no shortage fo robotic performances among magicians :D
by Kamus
08/14/03 12:29 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Cyborg Magicians
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: The Raven's Creator Talks About Scripting Magic

Interesting, though somehow I was expecting a quote from Chuck Leach!
-Dave Kane
by Kamus
08/14/03 12:26 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: The Raven's Creator Talks About Scripting Magic
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: Great math trick

Well Duh! What in $%^& was I thinking?- but of course! Thanks for setting me straight :p
by Kamus
08/13/03 08:37 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Great math trick
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: It may not be Uri Geller you know

I also meant to add, that Uri Geller is a testament to the potential power of the "Bizarre" concept /style of magic.- That is, that if you portray yourself as, and people accept you as a "real" magician, "small" effects such as a key bending can have an electrifying imp...
by Kamus
08/13/03 04:54 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: It may not be Uri Geller you know
Replies: 27
Views: 424

Re: It may not be Uri Geller you know

I'm surprised no-one mentioned Derren Brown as one of the latter day mentalists. I have not seen him myself but judging from the buzz around this guy, he must be doing something right.
by Kamus
08/13/03 04:42 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: It may not be Uri Geller you know
Replies: 27
Views: 424

Re: Great math trick

if the magic number is always one less than the system base, does that work in binary, where the magic number would be zero?
by Kamus
08/13/03 04:34 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Great math trick
Replies: 10
Views: 216

Re: Looking For David Williamson Tapes

I too consider them two of the best tapes I own. Dave has a website where he apparently plans to release many of his products-perhaps he'll re-release those videos. Right now, all that's offered is "Aunt Mary's Terrible Secret"
His website is at: Williamsonmagic.com
by Kamus
08/13/03 12:28 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For David Williamson Tapes
Replies: 5
Views: 132

Re: What is the best way to control a card to the top or bottom?

Of course there are any number of good ways to do this and the "Card College" books and Daryl's sleight video series detail a lot of good ones. Personally, I like Paul Le Paul's fan replacement control which is nice because the spectator replaces the card herself and Tamariz's versatile mo...
by Kamus
08/13/03 09:47 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the best way to control a card to the top or bottom?
Replies: 13
Views: 260

Re: Tricks you've always wanted to know but did not know who to ask..

I don't think real magicians are in danger as a result of the flood of instant magicians. There are no shortcuts to artistry. If only there were! I'm a pianist and I 've worked long and hard to play at a respectable professional level. The other night, I came across a show on PBS: "Learn to Pla...
by Kamus
08/10/03 06:30 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tricks you've always wanted to know but did not know who to ask..
Replies: 27
Views: 454

Re: An impossible Effect

Hey guys-thanks for the reponses. Mike-Great to hear from you- yeah Cats is still one of my most hated musicals to play along with Les Mis. Fortunately, I don't have to do that work - now I'm writing music for TV and Film that I'm sure other musicians probably hate playing- Mwahh-hah -hah! Pete- sou...
by Kamus
08/10/03 01:45 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An impossible Effect
Replies: 30
Views: 399

Re: An impossible Effect

Sorry-my query was a bit vague, wasn't it? I guess I'd like to know if anyone has seen such a trick before and sure, if the guy who did that would come forward that would be cool too. I don't need to know method (though it'd be nice) just to know that what I saw was what I saw. The trick was so stro...
by Kamus
08/10/03 11:54 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An impossible Effect
Replies: 30
Views: 399

Re: centre tear

I have to agree with the Corinda recommendation. Very thorough treatment and the approach I use to this day. Lee Earle's method is also very good but requires a little more work in the hands. Corinda covers the psychology of the presentation in a way that allows the performer to relax in his present...
by Kamus
08/10/03 10:12 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: centre tear
Replies: 42
Views: 1716

An impossible Effect

Years ago at the 1st World Magic Summit in DC, I was sitting in the bar when an attending magician performed the following effect: He removed one card from his wallet,- held it in plain view and asked a spectator to name a card. The spectator named the Jack of Hearts. The cards was turned over to re...
by Kamus
08/10/03 10:02 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: An impossible Effect
Replies: 30
Views: 399

Becker's Psycho II

Anyone know where I can get a copy of this trick? I gave this trick to my cousin in London, a budding magician himself, thinking that I could just re-order it back in the US. Alas, it's been discontinued and I miss performing it. Very baffling effect- this trick never failed to astonish. I believe B...
by Kamus
08/10/03 09:50 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Becker's Psycho II
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: What are the best Tenyo tricks?

No I have not. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available. Another question occurred to me: are any of their tricks actually do-able in the real world?- I mean, that the apparatus doesn't look like a magic toy. One effect I do know of, "Burglar Ball" uses fairly normal looking stuff, b...
by Kamus
08/09/03 09:07 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What are the best Tenyo tricks?
Replies: 8
Views: 471

What are the best Tenyo tricks?

I admit it, although sleight of hand is my main focus, I'm a sucker for Tenyo tricks. I recently found a place online (<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.gatormagic.com">http://www.gatormagic.com</a><!-- m -->) that has a lot of the old ones. What, in your opinion, are the best/most fun ...
by Kamus
08/09/03 01:26 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What are the best Tenyo tricks?
Replies: 8
Views: 471

Re: What's Tony Giorgio's Beef

He scares me
by Kamus
08/09/03 11:08 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What's Tony Giorgio's Beef
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: What's Tony Giorgio's Beef

He scares me
by Kamus
08/09/03 11:05 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What's Tony Giorgio's Beef
Replies: 4
Views: 85

What's Tony Giorgio's Beef

I'm just curious at what makes Tony G. so upset at people who believe that Erdnase was a gambler. I read his lengthy discourses for years in the old Genii and I had thought it had to have run it's course by now, but no, there he goes again, lashing out in the new Genii. No offense to Mr Giorgio- he'...
by Kamus
08/08/03 11:10 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: What's Tony Giorgio's Beef
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Flicking Fingers DVD!

It has been released in the USA now and it is truly great! I have the book though when I got it , I didn't spend too much time with it. As a consequence I ignored "Snapchange" . After seeing it on the DVD it is now one of my favorite effects. I feel rather foolish as a consequence- I just ...
by Kamus
08/08/03 07:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Flicking Fingers DVD!
Replies: 14
Views: 372

Re: Where is Gary Plants?

Thanks Rich. Weird that his site did not show up on a google search of "Gary Plants" +magic!
by Kamus
08/08/03 06:08 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Where is Gary Plants?
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Where is Gary Plants?

I've tried to contact him about his "Ascension" (recommended by Richard) but his posted email address seems to be invalid. Anyone have any idea how to contact him or where to buy this trick?
by Kamus
08/07/03 10:29 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Where is Gary Plants?
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: '5 x 5 Japan' and 'New Magic From Japan'

I love this book! The Stanley Collins/Corinda trick is easy yet extremely mystifying and I agree that the appearing deck is the best version out there. Virtually every effect is terrific although many involve extensive though worthwhile preparation. Some of the coin stuff requires a great deal of pr...
by Kamus
08/07/03 10:21 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: '5 x 5 Japan' and 'New Magic From Japan'
Replies: 15
Views: 1020

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

at the risk of getting semi back on topic, seriously, is that watch gizmo on the show for real? Is anyone aware of any magicians who actually use that monstrosity or anything like it. Since this was ostensibly an "expose" of Blaine, is this perhaps the producers theory of how Blaine pulled...
by Kamus
09/14/02 09:55 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 1052

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

I wasn't trying to suggest that magic has suffered a mortal blow, just another kick in the pants that we don't need. And I also wasn't trying to say that it's OK to expose illusions but not close-up as one poster seemed to imply- just that the last show potentially affects more magicians. I also was...
by Kamus
09/12/02 11:43 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 1052

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

What CNN segments?
by Kamus
09/10/02 09:32 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 1052

Re: secrets of street magicians revealed

Well I agree that a skilled worker will still fool people but it stinks that they aired that show nonetheless. It seemed to be aimed at discediting Blaine and yeah, I thought some of those methods were pretty off the wall- that watch thing-good lord! I got the feeling that whoever the magician respo...
by Kamus
09/10/02 12:09 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: secrets of street magicians revealed
Replies: 43
Views: 1052
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