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by Rick Franceschin
April 30th, 2017, 6:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 21
Views: 2375

Re: Carlyle's Law

Keeping an effect simple certainly helps you maintain clarity and leaves lots of room for theatrical requirements. It's also the safe route to take when your audiences vary in age and taste. The TV show Law and Order (mystery / drama) is still a popular TV show. You can watch it and play games on yo...
by Rick Franceschin
April 18th, 2017, 6:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?
Replies: 28
Views: 4321

Re: Who had first the idea to make a one-at-a-time assembly?

In 1914, Stanley Collins published, "Another Four Ace Trick." The four Aces vanish, one at a time, and assemble in a spectator "selected" pile (magician deals five rounds of cards after the vanishes.) If you will allow that "The Four Ace Trick" was what today we call &q...
by Rick Franceschin
February 6th, 2017, 7:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Charlie Miller
Replies: 57
Views: 5263

Re: Charlie Miller

Setting the everpresent controversies aside, there's plenty of Charlie Miller material in Expert Card Technique. Charie Miller Aces, Predestined Choice (a really great no gaff Brainwave piece,) Mental Selectivity, and Danbury Deviler (fools everybody!) are among other wonderful pieces. Sometimes we ...
by Rick Franceschin
January 17th, 2017, 9:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Marlo's $25.00 / $50.00 Move or Trick
Replies: 0
Views: 975

Marlo's $25.00 / $50.00 Move or Trick

I ran across this in a December 1949 issue of The Phoenix: From The Back Room : “The Marlo – D’Amico material reminds us that Ed’s twenty-five-dollar card routine has been upped to fifty clams. Must be good for an unprecedented move like that. Haven’t seen it ourself, but Bill Simon who has seen bit...
by Rick Franceschin
January 17th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Continuity & Impact
Replies: 25
Views: 2971

Re: Continuity & Impact

TJD: If someone is relating something interesting to me and I am momentarily distracted by my feelings on the matter (I am "freaked out"), then reconnecting with that person after the momentary pause may require processing on my part. Being into what's happening I may return to the convers...
by Rick Franceschin
August 18th, 2016, 5:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 9916

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Charles Jordan, Ted Annemann, Dai Vernon, Al Leech, Ed Marlo, Paul Harris and Arturo Ascanio can each have their own family tree of artist who followed their process. I think that the 20th century was such a trans-formative period in card magic that it's unfair to give most of the credit to one pers...
by Rick Franceschin
January 21st, 2016, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stella of Gloaming (Reset)
Replies: 16
Views: 4193

Re: Stella of Gloaming (Reset)

That was pretty wonderful. I really enjoyed the elegant handling and how much that was accomplished from so little.
by Rick Franceschin
January 21st, 2016, 3:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stella of Gloaming (Reset)
Replies: 16
Views: 4193

Re: Stella of Gloaming (Reset)

That was pretty wonderful. I really enjoyed the elegant handling and how much that was accomplished from so little.
by Rick Franceschin
November 4th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Expert Card Technique
Replies: 13
Views: 3541

Re: Expert Card Technique

I'm not sure that Card College replaces ECT, but rather it eclipses the Royal Road to Card magic. Through ECT you experience Miller, Zingone, Rosini, among many others. It offers a survey of early 20th century Card magic as well as the prevailing mindset at the time. Anyone who has traveled Card Col...
by Rick Franceschin
November 3rd, 2015, 9:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Expert Card Technique
Replies: 13
Views: 3541

Re: Expert Card Technique

The CARD MANIPULATION SERIES, MIRACLE METHODS SERIES, ROYAL ROAD TO MAGIC, EXPERT CARD TECHNIQUE, and SHOW STOPPERS WITH CARDS together offer a dynamic record of the trends and accomplishments of early twentieth century card magic. While some of the work in EXPERT CARD TECHNIQUE has been overshadowe...
by Rick Franceschin
August 11th, 2015, 9:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Assumptions...
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

Re: Assumptions...

Wow! Thanks
by Rick Franceschin
August 11th, 2015, 9:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Assumptions...
Replies: 2
Views: 1265

Assumptions...

I've taken to thinking about effects in the following way and am starting to wonder if this thinking is flawed or narrow: If in the course of an effect a spectator makes all the assumptions we wish them to make, and do not make assumptions that we do not wish them to make, then ultimately they are f...
by Rick Franceschin
August 4th, 2015, 9:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Two card transp thoughts
Replies: 8
Views: 2335

Re: Two card transp thoughts

Perhaps a jog shuffle to centralize, one riffle force for both cards at once, Elias Multiple shift to apparently lose (pause after the insertion) and cut to the top, finish as per your procedure, only you won't need the centralizing cut before the finish as the EMS does that for you.
by Rick Franceschin
July 7th, 2015, 10:41 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: False Dealing/Faro shuffles
Replies: 7
Views: 5315

Re: False Dealing/Faro shuffles

Lovell's second deal is a very good push off method, one of the best in so far as using it for magic goes. I think that the Expert Card Technique Strike second is a very fine approach and very well described. Bill Simon, Erdnase, and the Marlo methods in his Revolutionary Card Series are often cited...
by Rick Franceschin
December 24th, 2014, 1:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 38
Views: 14962

Re: reading vs video

There's no question, in my mind at least, that if you want to pursue a solid foundation in magic your going to have to rely upon print resources. There is a historical progression in magic literature that one must experience in order to truly appreciate our art. Personally, I especially love books l...
by Rick Franceschin
November 6th, 2014, 9:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 20940

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

Select Secrets, by Dai Vernon and John Crimmons Jr.
by Rick Franceschin
November 6th, 2014, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New book: The Vernon Companion
Replies: 96
Views: 20940

Re: New book: The Vernon Companion

I think that Vernon’s greatest attribute, ultimately, was that he was the greatest catalyst in an era where magic was undergoing a crucial evolution. While he eclipsed his mentors and heroes, he always held them in great esteem. Though he was clearly the leader of his peer group, he embraced and pro...
by Rick Franceschin
August 31st, 2014, 6:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Help with The Fine Art of Magic
Replies: 9
Views: 3684

Re: Help with The Fine Art of Magic

I gave it a pretty decent look over and couldn't find the reference you are looking for; I even read over the piece with a woman's panties. No luck.
by Rick Franceschin
April 2nd, 2014, 10:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Slydini's Imp Pass, Slydini Switch, and Guyatt
Replies: 3
Views: 1607

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
January 8th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Am new
Replies: 6
Views: 5682

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
January 8th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Is Bill in Lemon overexposed?
Replies: 29
Views: 5102

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
December 18th, 2013, 11:10 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: MIXING MAGIC AND MENTALISM
Replies: 9
Views: 5738

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
December 17th, 2013, 9:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Braue Ace Control
Replies: 4
Views: 1802

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
December 13th, 2013, 9:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Experience with lessons over the internet
Replies: 5
Views: 1852

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
December 7th, 2013, 9:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on combining two effects into one
Replies: 20
Views: 3044

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
December 7th, 2013, 9:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Oh Reallys...
Replies: 14
Views: 2883

Re: Oh Reallys...

It doesn't matter what tricks you use, it' all about entertaining the audience.
by Rick Franceschin
February 15th, 2009, 7:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings Distributraction
Replies: 14
Views: 4512

Re: Larry Jennings Distributraction

That's terrific, can't wait to read it.
by Rick Franceschin
February 15th, 2009, 1:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings Distributraction
Replies: 14
Views: 4512

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
February 4th, 2009, 12:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Pass / Ultimate Secrets
Replies: 3
Views: 1423

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
February 3rd, 2009, 9:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Pass / Ultimate Secrets
Replies: 3
Views: 1423

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
December 1st, 2003, 6:17 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Hilliard Manuscript on the Chinese Linking Rings
Replies: 1
Views: 370

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
January 26th, 2003, 2:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Curry's Turnover Change
Replies: 19
Views: 2832

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
January 26th, 2003, 8:56 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Curry's Turnover Change
Replies: 19
Views: 2832

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
December 29th, 2002, 4:58 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 25750

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
December 24th, 2002, 9:50 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: Stars of Magic
Replies: 58
Views: 25750

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
February 8th, 2002, 7:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spelling Effect Setup?
Replies: 5
Views: 818

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
February 8th, 2002, 12:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spelling Effect Setup?
Replies: 5
Views: 818

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
January 8th, 2002, 5:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Favorite Discrepancy?
Replies: 23
Views: 3797

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
January 6th, 2002, 12:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Curry Turn Over Change
Replies: 19
Views: 2524

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
December 8th, 2001, 4:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ten list
Replies: 10
Views: 1026

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.

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