Search found 25 matches

Return to advanced search

Re: Slydini's Imp Pass, Slydini Switch, and Guyatt

The Slydini catalog is a very interesting one. The most regarded pieces tend to be highly stylized versions of already established premises or at least concepts. The coins, silks, and the sponge balls being examples. The Helicopter Card, Prediction in Red, and his second deal are notable exceptions....
by Rick Franceschin
04/02/14 10:18 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slydini's Imp Pass, Slydini Switch, and Guyatt
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Re: Am new

Start small. Magicians choice with just a few cards or objects. Self working card tricks of a mentalism nature. Concentrate on presentations where the objective of the piece is clear to the audience and is rendered in a fair and open way. Try to limit your talking to salient points and strive to be ...
by Rick Franceschin
01/08/14 05:30 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Am new
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?

I think you answered your own question. Pick a card is overexposed as is making coins vanish and linking rings together. Ultimately, a lay audience will go for a deceptive and dynamically performed piece. I was once part of a show with several magicians performing. There were three cut and restored ...
by Rick Franceschin
01/08/14 05:20 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 2923

Re: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM

A piece of mentalist may lead a spectator to wonder how the mentalist knew, while a piece of magic tends to leave a spectator guessing how the magician did it. How did he know I'd pick the number 77 versus, he must chuck them up his sleeve. Leaving a spectator wondering is far more desirable than th...
by Rick Franceschin
12/19/13 12:10 AM
 
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 3009

Re: Braue Ace Control

Marlo gives January 1949 as the date for Simple Shift in The Cardician . Given Braue's association with Jack McMillan, he was certainly familiar with the plunger principle. Towards the end run of Hugard's you get the sense that his team had a large file of material on file, making it tough to determ...
by Rick Franceschin
12/17/13 10:56 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Braue Ace Control
Replies: 4
Views: 1086

Re: Experience with lessons over the internet

If you really dig the guy's work and have very specific goals it's likely worth the time and money. I'd go for things that despite 30 years still elude you. I once attended a convention just to learn capping the deck from Howie Schwartzman. I pestered the man for three days. He was really sweet and ...
by Rick Franceschin
12/13/13 10:28 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Experience with lessons over the internet
Replies: 5
Views: 1047

Re: Opinions on combining two effects into one

Sometimes. In some cases the combination is strong because the two pieces work well off of each other. In other cases, the artist is simply seeking a way to build climactic impact because they can't make the first piece stand well on its own. As in the Ambitious Card example that was sited, I've see...
by Rick Franceschin
12/07/13 10:49 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on combining two effects into one
Replies: 20
Views: 1588

Re: Oh Reallys...

It doesn't matter what tricks you use, it' all about entertaining the audience.
by Rick Franceschin
12/07/13 10:21 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oh Reallys...
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

Re: Larry Jennings Distributraction

That's terrific, can't wait to read it.
by Rick Franceschin
02/15/09 08:46 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings Distributraction
Replies: 14
Views: 3404

Re: Larry Jennings Distributraction

I assume your looking for tips or oppinions, so... The wedge cull used in this thing is very good, certainly worth the time it takes to aquire and master. Few would argue the value in that. In so far as the routine goes, it's sure to impress other card magicians (if done well;) I'm not sure that a l...
by Rick Franceschin
02/15/09 02:54 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings Distributraction
Replies: 14
Views: 3404

Re: Vernon's Pass / Ultimate Secrets

That's good! That works quite well. The top packet is snaking just the tinniest bit as it makes it's way back and over. I feel less inclined to dip the hands. Thank you Jim.
by Rick Franceschin
02/04/09 01:09 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Pass / Ultimate Secrets
Replies: 3
Views: 1019

Vernon's Pass / Ultimate Secrets

I'm trying to learn Vernon's handling of the classic pass in Ultimate Secrets of Card Magic. I'm having some trouble interpreting the description which seems terse and perhaps a bit omissive. Here's the problem: "the lower packet is immediately shifted foward by pushing with the right thumb tip...
by Rick Franceschin
02/03/09 10:58 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Pass / Ultimate Secrets
Replies: 3
Views: 1019

Hilliard Manuscript on the Chinese Linking Rings

I've recently come across a booklet (really five or six stapled pages in a purple paper cover) written by Hilliard on the Chinese Linking Rings. Does anyone know what it might be worth? It's a used book store and he's priced it at $50.00.

Thanks.
by Rick Franceschin
12/01/03 07:17 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hilliard Manuscript on the Chinese Linking Rings
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Curry's Turnover Change

Sorry Richard, I meant the plain old garden variety glide. Which I guess I haven't mastered!
by Rick Franceschin
01/26/03 03:26 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Curry's Turnover Change
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: Curry's Turnover Change

It might have been Vernon who said that there were only a small handful of magicians who can flawlessly do a french glide. I think the point is that a great deal of thought and work must go into the mastery of even the simplest sleights. I think that by and large most of us aquire moves, but never q...
by Rick Franceschin
01/26/03 09:56 AM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Curry's Turnover Change
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic

I don't see the Ammar / Stars of Magic marketing connection. Stars of Magic was marketed much the way Henry Hardin, Charles Jordon, and Ted Annemann stuff was. Single treatments that were thoroughly explained. The top of pocket dodge in the "Homing Card" was actually a Henry Hardin manuscr...
by Rick Franceschin
12/29/02 05:58 PM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 55
Views: 12686

Re: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic

The Stars of Magic layed out a foundation of learning for me. It led me to study the works of Vernon, Leipzig, Daley, Carlyle, Slidini, and Horowitz. The best Carlyle material is actually in past Genni Magazines. I sure wish Kaufman would dedicate an issue to Carlyle, it would surely be fascinating....
by Rick Franceschin
12/24/02 10:50 AM
 
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 55
Views: 12686

Re: Spelling Effect Setup?

Dear Gino, I'm glad that it's what you were looking for. I agree with you, that shuffle sequence is quite amazing. There are a great many packet effects that could greatly benefit from that shuffle sequence. The two genuine shuffles are clearly proof enough that the packets themselves must be mixed....
by Rick Franceschin
02/08/02 08:49 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spelling Effect Setup?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Spelling Effect Setup?

I strongly suspect that the reference point for the above information is, "Hull's "Joker" Spelling Trick." It can be found in a booklet compiled by Ruffus Steele entitled, "Card Tricks That are Easy to Learn Easy to Do...", it's on page 5 of the 1946 edition. While the ...
by Rick Franceschin
02/08/02 01:25 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spelling Effect Setup?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Favorite Discrepancy?

"Discrepancy City Prediction" out of "Impossibilia - the close-up magic of John Bannon" is a very satisfying discrepancy. Vernon's Optical Swindle for "Three Card Monte" is also terrific. Dear Crimper, in regards to the Flustration Count, I think it's very easy to disca...
by Rick Franceschin
01/08/02 06:16 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Discrepancy?
Replies: 23
Views: 2638

Re: Curry Turn Over Change

So it seems that the Curry move, along with it variants, is a perfectly workable move. Getting back to the originally posed Larry Jennings routine, "First Impressions", is that routine a viable solution to think-a- card? Is the bluff reason for respreading the deck strong enough to pass? C...
by Rick Franceschin
01/06/02 01:29 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Curry Turn Over Change
Replies: 19
Views: 922

Re: Ten list

The Visiter, Diamond - Cut - Diamond, 3 card Monte, Power of Concentrated Thought, The Signed Card, Between the Palms, The Haunted Pack, and Dr. Daley Cards Up Sleeve along with many of the above listed.
by Rick Franceschin
12/08/01 05:09 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ten list
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: Curry Turn Over Change

I've seen both Harry Lorayne and Gene Maze do the Curry Move. In their hands the move looks really natural. In addition Gene Maze could do it on his or another person's hand, again, really wonderful. I believe that both Maze and Lorayne use the Curry technique, so it can be done well. I am actually ...
by Rick Franceschin
12/07/01 07:43 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Curry Turn Over Change
Replies: 19
Views: 922

Re: Okay! How about....

One move that I still can't do consistently is D'Amico's one handed double lift. I can get maybe two clean ones out of every ten tries. Any suggestions?
by Rick Franceschin
09/07/01 11:31 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Okay! How about....
Replies: 22
Views: 670

Re: Seconds, Bottoms

What an incredible discussion on false dealing. Bravo Carl and Co.!!! The best false deals I have ever seen came when they were cunningly placed into a routine. Take the second deal for instance. It is one of the only sleights which is often repeated continuously until the all important terminal poi...
by Rick Franceschin
08/29/01 01:37 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seconds, Bottoms
Replies: 22
Views: 446

Return to advanced search