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by Steven Keyl
July 22nd, 2013, 2:50 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Cups and Balls ca. 1963
Replies: 20
Views: 5191

Re: The Cups and Balls ca. 1963

Your technique, as per usual, is excellent. Perhaps I'm in the minority here but I rather miss the salty language. That's the Kent we all know and love... well, that's the Kent we all know. Let's just leave it at that.
by Steven Keyl
May 31st, 2013, 12:21 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Kaufman's "Card Magic" Reprint
Replies: 2
Views: 3291

Re: Kaufman's "Card Magic" Reprint

Awesome! Thanks, Richard.
by Steven Keyl
May 30th, 2013, 1:14 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Kaufman's "Card Magic" Reprint
Replies: 2
Views: 3291

Kaufman's "Card Magic" Reprint

Does anyone know if this reprint will contain all of the original material? Just want to be sure before I place an order. Thanks.
by Steven Keyl
May 10th, 2013, 11:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Art of Switching Decks by Roberto Giobbi
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Re: The Art of Switching Decks by Roberto Giobbi

Thanks, gents! Much appreciated.
by Steven Keyl
May 9th, 2013, 9:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Art of Switching Decks by Roberto Giobbi
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

The Art of Switching Decks by Roberto Giobbi

http://www.magicbookreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/the-art-of-switching-decks.jpg Whether you’re ringing in a full deck stack or a gimmicked deck, having numerous methods available to get them into (and out of) play is essential. Roberto Giobbi’s book is a delightful read that will have you ...
by Steven Keyl
May 9th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Seeking advice on card wallets suitable for credit cards
Replies: 9
Views: 1438

Re: Seeking advice on card wallets suitable for credit cards

My wife does a fantastic credit card vanish from husband's wallet. It flies right by me every time. From her point of view, it can be done in any situation at any time for any reason.
by Steven Keyl
April 30th, 2013, 10:16 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Cardwarp Tour
Replies: 14
Views: 2571

Re: The Cardwarp Tour

Steven, Jeff Pierce did not write the book, he compiled it. Absolutely true. If I said otherwise it was a mistake and I thank you for the correction. Richard, I did see the Genii review and while I thought it a bit harsh, I largely agree with the conclusions. Where I disagree is the extent to which...
by Steven Keyl
April 29th, 2013, 7:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Cardwarp Tour
Replies: 14
Views: 2571

The Cardwarp Tour

If you’re a fan of Cardwarp or just birthday shopping for someone who is, then look no further than The Cardwarp Tour by Jeff Pierce. If you've got time for a quick video review head on over to http://www.magicbookreport.com/2013/04/the-cardwarp-tour-by-jeff-pierce/ And by the way, if you’re looking...
by Steven Keyl
April 23rd, 2013, 9:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Switching Decks with Giobbi
Replies: 16
Views: 2460

Re: Switching Decks with Giobbi

Richard, yes I found the DVD to be quite helpful. Funny thing is after watching the lecture I'm more "in sync" with the material so even the switches that weren't featured on the DVD were more crystalized in my mind after watching it.

Great stuff.
by Steven Keyl
April 19th, 2013, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Switching Decks with Giobbi
Replies: 16
Views: 2460

Re: Switching Decks with Giobbi

I was up to 2:30 last night reading my copy. Couldn't put it down. That should tell you:

a) how great the material is... and
b) how sad my life is...
by Steven Keyl
December 27th, 2012, 11:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Want to Buy Your Tenyo!
Replies: 2
Views: 805

Re: I Want to Buy Your Tenyo!

There's a lot for sale on the Cafe. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=492945&forum=76&8">http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... forum=76&8</a><!-- m --> Am not familiar enough with Tenyo to know the difference between the comm...
by Steven Keyl
December 14th, 2012, 5:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Controlling A Card To 26th From The Top
Replies: 6
Views: 1442

Re: Controlling A Card To 26th From The Top

Although it will work for the 26th position as well I've got a technique I call the Delayed Faro Control which allows one to put a selected card in any position with one or two faros. The full explanation is available here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicbookreport.com/2012/09/d...
by Steven Keyl
November 28th, 2012, 6:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Volunteers Needed by Genii! Comp Subscriptions in Exchange for a Little Work
Replies: 18
Views: 1846

Re: Volunteers Needed by Genii! Comp Subscriptions in Exchange for a Little Work

If you need anyone else I can offer assistance as well. We don't really know each other but I've had a number of contributions rejected for inclusion. Does that count? ;)
by Steven Keyl
October 15th, 2012, 3:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What is the best ghost hunting iphone app?
Replies: 14
Views: 7999

Re: What is the best ghost hunting iphone app?

One that I've used is "Ghost Hunter M2". It looks good and has a bunch of different sensors, lights, beeps, etc.
by Steven Keyl
September 24th, 2012, 3:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Interested in books about faro shuffle
Replies: 28
Views: 4314

Re: Interested in books about faro shuffle

Thanks for the update Jon! I'll patiently await the websites triumphant return whereupon after a pregnant pause a sigh of relief ensues and I can purchase these long awaited works... or I'll just watch some TV until your site is back up.
by Steven Keyl
September 20th, 2012, 10:09 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Interested in books about faro shuffle
Replies: 28
Views: 4314

Re: Interested in books about faro shuffle

Yeah, I went to the site and saw that it is "coming soon". Guess I'll check back every so often.
by Steven Keyl
September 19th, 2012, 8:16 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Interested in books about faro shuffle
Replies: 28
Views: 4314

Re: Interested in books about faro shuffle

FARO CONTROLLED MIRACLES is available as a PDF on my Website. There will also be a huge consolidation of Faro material available soon; however, these kinds of books are aimed at a very small niche audience. Marlo published Faro tricks in his SPADE book back in 1946...long before the first flurry of...
by Steven Keyl
June 15th, 2012, 12:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven – Off Broadway
Replies: 26
Views: 4601

Re: Max Maven – Off Broadway

I attended the show two nights ago. It was excellent. Very heady stuff. Makes you think. Sometimes about the nature of reality or the nature of truth, and sometimes he makes you think "what the hell is he talking about!"
by Steven Keyl
June 15th, 2012, 9:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ultimate Book Test
Replies: 74
Views: 8282

Re: Ultimate Book Test

I've been using Email Wizard for about 8 months now and it is an absolute killer of an app. Until this thread it was one of the best unknown magic apps out there. I only use "drawing mode" anymore. I actually use this as the third phase of a three-phase mind control (or suggestion) routine...
by Steven Keyl
June 12th, 2012, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven – Off Broadway
Replies: 26
Views: 4601

Re: Max Maven – Off Broadway

I'll be attending the show tomorrow. Should be good.
by Steven Keyl
June 12th, 2012, 6:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Cutting to 26
Replies: 19
Views: 2261

Re: Cutting to 26

In my experience the reason one packet may look a little larger or smaller is that it is not held exactly square along the performers line of sight. Most faro'ers tilt the deck slightly one way or the other. This is what creates the illusion that one packet is bigger than the other, not the dominant...
by Steven Keyl
June 5th, 2012, 12:52 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: We Need Some Tricks for Magicana!
Replies: 31
Views: 18244

Re: We Need Some Tricks for Magicana!

No problem, Richard! It wasn't a question borne out of impatience. I really just wanted to make sure I wasn't pestering the guy if he wasn't interested.

Thanks for the info.
by Steven Keyl
June 5th, 2012, 12:33 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: We Need Some Tricks for Magicana!
Replies: 31
Views: 18244

Re: We Need Some Tricks for Magicana!

I sent something into David last week but hadn't heard back. I don't know if he hasn't gotten around to replying, decided it wasn't worth putting in Genii or if he didn't get it. I'll wait another week and try again. But if he just doesn't like it then I'd hate to keep bothering him.
by Steven Keyl
June 1st, 2012, 8:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L Publishing eBooks
Replies: 271
Views: 25677

Re: L&L Publishing eBooks

"If One bought a routine from someone for $100 and If the seller turned around and start selling it for $20 just because they obtained cheaper paper, I think most would be pissed. " -Brad Henderson Pissed? No. Upset at the unfortunate timing? Maybe. This happens in the tech industry with s...
by Steven Keyl
June 1st, 2012, 12:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L Publishing eBooks
Replies: 271
Views: 25677

Re: L&L Publishing eBooks

Brad, you seem to be operating under the idea that once you purchase a book from a publisher they maintain some indefinite responsibility to ensure that the value of YOUR book stays the same or increases. That's not a reasonable position as a customer, in publishing or any other goods or services in...
by Steven Keyl
February 15th, 2012, 3:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The quality of the bicycle standard deck.
Replies: 41
Views: 6003

Re: The quality of the bicycle standard deck.

Your results are pretty typical. Frankly, and I know I'm in the minority here, I like the "one-way bikes" because it allows for some effects you couldn't do without them.
by Steven Keyl
February 15th, 2012, 9:21 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?
Replies: 32
Views: 7699

Re: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?

Johnny Fox handles it by swallowing the balloon and then takes a sword and starts to swallow it at which point the balloon pops. Granted, it is an indirect proof that the balloon was legitimately swallowed but it resonates with the spectators. Based on the reactions I doubt even 1 in 100 would say h...
by Steven Keyl
February 11th, 2012, 11:40 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Book Report
Replies: 1
Views: 640

Re: Magic Book Report

Just put up a new book review of Maven's "Focus." It includes 5 effects demos. If you are so inclined feel free to check it out: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicbookreport.com/2012/02/focus-by-phil-goldstein/">http://www.magicbookreport.com/2012/02/ ... goldstein/</a><!...
by Steven Keyl
February 11th, 2012, 11:26 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?
Replies: 32
Views: 7699

Re: So how deceptive is the balloon swallow, really?

I was at a faire that Johnny fox performed it at. It's the only thing people were talking about. I saw bro Paul do it at a mystery school and it looked great. Maybe it's one of those tricks like the zombie or linking ring, Simple to execute in one sense, but hard to make look convincing without a l...
by Steven Keyl
February 10th, 2012, 11:22 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 19251

Re: Science Friction

Far be it from me to get in the way of a good old fashioned pissing contest but the odor of the cards directly after application is of little importance. The real issue is how the cards handle after having been treated. In fact, if PD required twice the amount of spray in order to achieve the same l...
by Steven Keyl
February 8th, 2012, 9:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quiz Question For the Card Guys
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Re: Quiz Question For the Card Guys

I love that trick! You gotta show it to me sometime. As for the original question I was going to guess Rusduck but since the answer is surprising, I'll go with Criss Angel referring to some type of poker-based levitation effect.
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 8:32 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 19251

Re: Science Friction

Fair enough, Bob. If you can acquire an identically performing product at a fraction of the price then I wouldn't deter anyone from going that route. As an owner of SF, I can attest that it performs as advertised. I knew exactly what I was getting when I ordered it and am happy with the purchase. Da...
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 3:59 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 19251

Re: Science Friction

Reminds me of a quote:

One of the problems the internet has introduced is that in this electronic village, all the village idiots have internet access.
--Peter Nelson
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 1:39 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 19251

Re: Science Friction

Brad, I'm not casting a qualitative judgement, rather making an observation. But since you asked... Wanting to have effects that are capable of fooling fellow magicians is not something that I would classify as a "value system." Most magicians I know have a couple of effects reserved for t...
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 12:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Bikes - faro issues
Replies: 22
Views: 3492

Re: New Bikes - faro issues

In my experience the biggest difference in Bikes besides the off-center inking is that the cut is not consistent. Some Costco 12-packs will be standard cut, others traditional cut, so you never really know what you're going to get until you open the box. As I faro top down the Turner Gold Seal decks...
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 12:11 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 19251

Re: Science Friction

Not to you perhaps, but there are plenty of magicians out there that seem to base worth on that sole criteria.
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 12:02 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magic Book Report
Replies: 1
Views: 640

Magic Book Report

This is a site aimed at promoting books as a resource to learn magic as opposed to over-reliance on DVD. The site only has half a dozen books reviewed (with several effects demonstrated from each book) but plenty more are on the way. <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.magicbookreport.com...
by Steven Keyl
February 6th, 2012, 11:21 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Science Friction
Replies: 113
Views: 19251

Re: Science Friction

Call it what you will, but this is a new tool in the toolbox that some magicians may find to be of value. As far as the ECs and DLs, you could probably fool some knowledgable magicians by replacing your standard sleights for this in certain situations. That makes it worth it for some right there. Pe...
by Steven Keyl
January 20th, 2011, 8:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Simon Aronson's Undo Influence
Replies: 4
Views: 2419

Re: Simon Aronson's Undo Influence

This is a principle that has gone largely unused, but not by me. I've used the 'Divide and Conquer' routine often. Since you're not preparing any cards in advance (as in Prior Commitment) it can be done as an impromptu piece and it seems absolutely impossible. In order to get two cards into necessar...

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