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Re: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?

Learning consciously is not so quick when context/description are presented as incomplete or in conflict. Probably quicker to let your subconscious manage your adaptation for a sleight. Though some of those adaptations can be unproductive - like holding a pack with both hands as adaptation to a pass...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/22/14 Today 07:45 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is it possible to learn sleights while you sleep?
Replies: 13
Views: 283

Re: Tommy Wonder on Dutch TV

knowing that you did a trick is a different kind of feeling than how it feels to perceive an impossible thing as having happened that leaves an ordinary object in its wake.
by Jonathan Townsend
09/20/14 12:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tommy Wonder on Dutch TV
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: I thought of something funny

Still gotta pick which facts and make the story work for audiences.
by Jonathan Townsend
09/17/14 11:08 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I thought of something funny
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: Magician Performing at Disneyland Now

The magician's name is actually Jeff Parmer. http://www.greatmagic.com/Great_Magic/Welcome.html anyone else get that loud music on the video with lyrics "i'm driving like i'm ????? just got my license back..." - and odd colored triangle icon? in the words of the immortal Bart - "I di...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/15/14 08:40 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magician Performing at Disneyland Now
Replies: 8
Views: 904

Re: Dancing Cane - a new design

Bob Farmer wrote:The cane looks great. If the center of gravity were moved to one end and the entire dancing trick eliminated, you'd have a devastating floating cane (thread at one end). I recall there was a Finn Jon trick that used this principle....


Silver Stick, Ken Brooke used to sell the item.
by Jonathan Townsend
09/13/14 04:37 PM
 
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Dancing Cane - a new design
Replies: 65
Views: 4540

Re: The Cramp Vol. 1, #1 by Dale A. Hildebrandt

two challenges are waiting to ask for clarification as an aside and phrasing that question in a way that's useful.
better to... and all that.
by Jonathan Townsend
09/13/14 03:03 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Cramp Vol. 1, #1 by Dale A. Hildebrandt
Replies: 15
Views: 1316

Re: The Cramp Vol. 1, #1 by Dale A. Hildebrandt

Any else read the books A Perfect Vacuum or Imaginary Magnitude by Stalnslaw Lem? :D
by Jonathan Townsend
09/12/14 12:50 PM
 
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Cramp Vol. 1, #1 by Dale A. Hildebrandt
Replies: 15
Views: 1316

Reverse tablecloth trick

Getting the tablecloth under what's on the table too...
Looks great! :)

http://boingboing.net/2014/09/11/tablecloth-trick.html
by Jonathan Townsend
09/11/14 02:12 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Reverse tablecloth trick
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: AGT......Lessions???

... They have the judges wrapped around their fingers. This is good show biz!... They have figured how and the producers have let them get off the stage , break the fourth wall, go up close. But all the wow and wonder and "best magician I have ever seen" comments over essentially a simple...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/10/14 08:00 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: AGT......Lessions???
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Re: $550 book

Sounds like four yes votes from the judges of America's Got Talent. :)
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 05:48 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2862

Re: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!

http://www.apple.com/live/2014-sept-eve ... 18fa544b5/

it can sense your heartbeat? A watchsteal could have unintended consequences.

Disney fans have likely already noticed the Mickey Mouse watchface :)
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 02:40 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Apple Watch: Magnetic closure!
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: $550 book

@Nathan, folks, Lack of vetting and tolerance for ad copy pretty much keep things at street level in magicdom. For every item that's been refined over decades of performing and improving by real world experience there are likely hundreds proffered with no such track record. Craftsmanship in presenta...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 01:30 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2862

Re: $550 book

There was an item a while ago using a matchbook and angle printing where you get the image of a card to appear in a flame. Has that worked reliably for folks?

May as well also explore using Scot Kim's Ambigrams as methods.
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 12:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2862

Re: $550 book

I wonder why it's going to take them years to create additional hybrid images. ... By way of a parallel argument - Chris, is there a really good reference for learning and then choosing between use of the multiple lift and using card switch sleights? Clearly Hofzinser already did the work for his o...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 10:54 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2862

Re: $550 book

I've got no issue with how Mr. Philpott chooses to try to profit from his work as he has every right to do. That said, I wonder if his stated reason for releasing this book will actually accomplish that goal. If the aim is to establish credit for his ideas, then really only a maximum of 100 people ...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 10:47 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2862

Re: $550 book

A process bringing things laymen already know into the magic may as well be called pre-exposure.

Agreed there's much to explore and enjoy on the making side.

But is it deceptive? Does it really stand up as more than a sight gag on a tv science show?
by Jonathan Townsend
09/09/14 10:21 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: $550 book
Replies: 41
Views: 2862

Re: Lubor Fiedler Has Died

[quote="M.Lee"]...Lubor , Thank you for those Wonderful and Magical Moments ..../quote]

Even better when said to the living. Let folks know while they can appreciate it.
by Jonathan Townsend
09/06/14 06:39 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lubor Fiedler Has Died
Replies: 29
Views: 2377

Re: Extreme Cheating

Somebody there misread a discussion about luminous readers?
by Jonathan Townsend
09/04/14 03:54 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Extreme Cheating
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Re: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"

it was not private earlier today
I was going to ask if Andy Galloway wanted to offer any insights
sigh
by Jonathan Townsend
09/04/14 02:43 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Eric Mead performing Conover's "Cylinder & Coins"
Replies: 14
Views: 1471

Re: Sol Stone MNW338

Magic Newswire wrote:Sol Stone is my guest on the latest episode of the Spirit of Magic podcast.


Great news, thanks!
by Jonathan Townsend
09/04/14 12:19 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sol Stone MNW338
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Three Handlings--Twisting the aces

The basic idea of using an extra card to show that a named card in a packet has magically reversed dates back ... likely all the way to Hofzinser as it's a student level exercise to use the cull. Minor improvements, like using a DB card to clean up the displays or color changes of the packet and how...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/04/14 08:33 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Handlings--Twisting the aces
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: Three Handlings--Twisting the aces

Check the Vernon routine to start - it's not a simple "Elmsley Count" approach. other approaches include the Asher Twist and Waving the Aces. Not sure what to call an advanced handling of Sam Schwartz's "Back Flip" where you use a sleight to get the extras into position while app...
by Jonathan Townsend
09/04/14 08:00 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Three Handlings--Twisting the aces
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In

Houdini as one of characters of a Multiple, another being Franz Kafka... now we're getting somewhere. Did they leave messages to each other via Ouija board?
by Jonathan Townsend
09/01/14 01:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Houdini Bio-Pic Reviews Start Rolling In
Replies: 42
Views: 3317

Re: Almost telepathy

Let us suppose the guy on the sending side sent an instruction to the guy on the receiving side so pick up a camera and take a selfie...

On a more intriguing note, Peter Watts' latest book, Echophraxia, came out earlier this week. B2B becomes more relevant
by Jonathan Townsend
08/30/14 06:59 PM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Almost telepathy
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

The performer in black thing was big in the mid 1990s. Are there technical reasons for choosing a dark production design, especially for costume?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/30/14 12:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 5867

Re: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion

Richard Kaufman wrote:Your thoughts?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRqBhyI3fHo


Thoughts - how to describe a sense of awkward about a place where something seems to be missing?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/30/14 12:17 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charlotte Pendragon's World of Illusion
Replies: 81
Views: 5867

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Bill Marquardt wrote:Hopefully, someone will come along to tell us what is wrong with Derren's video how it could have been made better.


Kinda light out for 3am - day for night

:) liked the bicycle gag.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/28/14 12:46 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 6794

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Sound - fury - signifying?

still, it's an hour strut.

I hope the Hollingworth material gets a good audience.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/25/14 04:16 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 6794

Re: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!

Maybe some folks will want it for the packaging and discover the work behind the tricks later on.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/25/14 12:23 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Get Out Your Money: The Hollingworth Collection is Here!
Replies: 127
Views: 6794

Re: Jerry Andrus - Harvard Lecture Notes - Wanted

Does the recent Tenyo Flying Carpet trick qualify?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/20/14 05:46 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Jerry Andrus - Harvard Lecture Notes - Wanted
Replies: 32
Views: 2878

Re: Your View: ebooks or printed books?

I went to the local Barnes & Noble to look for current fiction - opened a book and saw a little almost transparent critter running around the page. No it was not a floater but a critter. Then recalled stories about items disintegrating inside museum drawers. There's nothing like a book. And if y...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/20/14 02:14 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Your View: ebooks or printed books?
Replies: 113
Views: 14165

Re: magic on npr

that would be tonight(tuesday) on syfy - 10pm EST with a repeat later
by Jonathan Townsend
08/19/14 08:49 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: magic on npr
Replies: 2
Views: 373

Re: Unbelievable Price for a Comic

First, they're sealed up - and some old ones are taken apart and treated to stop the acid ...

anyway it's about that "collector" thing - having it.

impressive artwork in the S&S issues. the Fleischer cartoons tried for something like the original aesthetic.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/18/14 05:34 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Unbelievable Price for a Comic
Replies: 5
Views: 481

street magic for pictures

step on up and get your pic taken with an illusion

http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=14675

:)
by Jonathan Townsend
08/18/14 02:42 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: street magic for pictures
Replies: 0
Views: 125

floating speakers?

looks like magic - no idea about the sound quality

http://www.omone.com/om-one

we're likely to see more such products
by Jonathan Townsend
08/15/14 02:57 PM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: floating speakers?
Replies: 0
Views: 243

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

Richard Kaufman wrote:In the parallel universe where obnoxious jerks are kings.
Oh, wait ... we live in that parallel universe!


More from that parallel universe: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/docu ... perations/

page 50

??
by Jonathan Townsend
08/15/14 01:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 3899

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

I.M. Magician wrote:Well, he has vanished. I suppose he is shocked.


Super Mike is gone from the competition?
by Jonathan Townsend
08/13/14 10:33 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 3899

Re: Shocking magic episode on AGT?

Not sure magic act routines are supposed to stand up to critical scrutiny of that kind. @Diego; reality is catching up with fantasy on this one. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/13/smart-mannequins-hateful-shopping-experience who's selling those magic rings? (enabling) ;) sorry to r...
by Jonathan Townsend
08/13/14 03:29 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shocking magic episode on AGT?
Replies: 54
Views: 3899

Incomplete stories

This is almost magic. The trick has to do with distinguishing condoning a thing and being complicit in the matter.

http://narrative.ly/shark-week/the-secr ... a-con-man/

There will be more. Narrative. A tale told to a fool - who wishes to believe in nothing more than the moment.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/13/14 09:50 AM
 
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Incomplete stories
Replies: 0
Views: 159

Re: B'Wave

Q. Kumber wrote:There is no stronger test of material than performing for teenagers, especially Jewish teenagers, the latter being particularly perceptive for some reason...


agreed that teenagers in their cohort can offer useful feedback.
by Jonathan Townsend
08/12/14 11:36 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: B'Wave
Replies: 19
Views: 1293
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