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by Simone M
July 19th, 2012, 9:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deleted?
Replies: 58
Views: 7985

Re: Deleted?

aye, definitely -- but if you have tricks where you have to do a number of faros to control a known card to a know position, then have a card selected, then another faro, then this then that...it's just silly. Not that it tips off anything about the mathematical nature of the shuffle -- it just slow...
by Simone M
July 19th, 2012, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Deleted?
Replies: 58
Views: 7985

Re: Deleted?

While we are on the subject--which side of the "how many faros are acceptable in a trick" debate are you on? Vernon (no more than two), Marlo (as many as you need to get the job done regardless of the amount), or Miller (hates those "butt shuffles"). For me, I would answer: &quo...
by Simone M
May 24th, 2012, 12:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Piff - the Russian version
Replies: 27
Views: 3862

Re: Piff - the Russian version

John Van Der Put (Piff) was at IMX this week and this was the "hot topic" of the week. He's doing a great job of mocking the other guy with his characteristic dry wit and playing off the whole situation, up to and including having an imposter (Craig Mitchell) in the dragon suit and coming...
by Simone M
May 21st, 2012, 4:31 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Confessions Of Real Mind Readers
Replies: 11
Views: 2674

Re: Confessions Of Real Mind Readers

Quentin, cheers for the reply. However, there's still something I am curious about and it goes beyond the audience's level of culture and sophistication. The question is, do you think there are tricks that would be considered unethical or should be avoided? an example: I remember watching a live tri...
by Simone M
May 17th, 2012, 6:21 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Confessions Of Real Mind Readers
Replies: 11
Views: 2674

Re: Confessions Of Real Mind Readers

I do have a couple of them, I hope they are intelligent enough. Considering the general culture the western generic audience has and the misinformation our society lives in, what is the difference between "stating you are genuine" and "not stating you are not genuine"? How much r...
by Simone M
March 6th, 2012, 4:16 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Method for apparently burning a banknote?
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: Method for apparently burning a banknote?

Joe,
I think one of the canon methods is to print one side of the banknote on (flash)paper, fold it and switch it for the genuine one in itinere.
by Simone M
March 6th, 2012, 2:21 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I KNOW THE SECRET "THE BERGLAS EFFECT"!!!
Replies: 114
Views: 37262

Re: I KNOW THE SECRET "THE BERGLAS EFFECT"!!!

mrgoat wrote:
Jonathan Townsend wrote:Bravo mrgoat

Know the creature on the internet by its droppings - good find.


goats have a keen sense of smell for bullsh*t!


I'm in a good mood so I will spare you a translation of the dealer's ad...
by Simone M
February 27th, 2012, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 79396

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

no matter what the quality of the product is, vague businesses like this shouldn't be supported. I mean, you are dealing with someone who doesn't even want to put his name on his product. I'm not saying it's going to be a scam or what, but obviously they don't seem to have the heart in the right pla...
by Simone M
February 24th, 2012, 5:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The quality of the bicycle standard deck.
Replies: 41
Views: 7466

Re: The quality of the bicycle standard deck.

I like the standard bike deck, I just wish the company who manufacture it took as much pride in their work that I aspire to. Neil, the point is that Bicycle are not produced exclusively for magicians. The big money they make comes from the general audience. USPCC is also a big company, so expecting...
by Simone M
February 21st, 2012, 6:15 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Questions about Berglas Effect
Replies: 21
Views: 4064

Re: Questions about Berglas Effect

Watch Berglas again. He touches the cards, hands them to people, and states things like "I don't want to touch the cards at all. You hold them." And people just remember that they held the cards and Berglas didn't touch them. And since he isn't a Jedi master, regular people can do it too....
by Simone M
February 20th, 2012, 5:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamo, Magician Impossible, To Air in the US
Replies: 92
Views: 10776

Re: Dynamo, Magician Impossible, To Air in the US

Why do you guys act like you expect TV to broadcast good stuff, by the way?! It's pretty clear that it's not a meritocratic system and only what's functional gets on screen. I guess Dynamo is functional. He might be handicapped with a deck of cards (this I don't know...he can't be that bad as you pe...
by Simone M
February 20th, 2012, 7:31 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Questions about Berglas Effect
Replies: 21
Views: 4064

Re: Questions about Berglas Effect

Ilya wrote:14 of 52 =)))))))))))))))))))))


Ilya,
you probably have missed the whole chapter where it is explained what to do the remaining 38 times out of 52 (page 117 to 138).
Read the book then watch the second DVD and it'll make sense.
by Simone M
February 18th, 2012, 10:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Interesting blog
Replies: 20
Views: 2393

Re: Interesting blog

Cynicism, when is not snobbish, is a very legit psychological reaction to something people perceive as unfair, unethical etc. Since our "little world" doesn't exactly seem to resemble Arcadia, it's only natural for people to get pis**d. Plus the guy doesn't seem to complain just for the sa...
by Simone M
February 16th, 2012, 2:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamo, Magician Impossible, To Air in the US
Replies: 92
Views: 10776

Re: Dynamo, Magician Impossible, To Air in the US

I was surprised to have a chat with lay people who have seen the show and discover that their favourite bits were actually the "smaller" stuff (the odd card trick, coin trick etc) instead of the bigger illusions. So, in a sense, I think Dynamo could work live, given the correct setting. Pe...
by Simone M
February 12th, 2012, 2:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dynamo, Magician Impossible, To Air in the US
Replies: 92
Views: 10776

Re: Dynamo, Magician Impossible, To Air in the US

I've known Steve, "Dynamo" for many years. I've watched him take that incredibly shy demeanor and turn it into something that relates to people when he performs magic. I do agree with that. I've already said what I think about Dynamo in the previous thread...I've watched a bit more since ...
by Simone M
February 7th, 2012, 2:35 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism
Replies: 55
Views: 5656

Re: Hypnotism and instant inductions in mentalism

I agree with what the goat and some of what Brad Henderson said. Hypnosis is just another concept that has been studied by western doctors and psychologists for 150 years, found of little to no value and discarded, only to be recycled later by entertainers and pseudo-healers alike. Hypnosis has, how...
by Simone M
January 17th, 2012, 1:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Italian Cruise Runs Aground and Sinks: Magician On Board
Replies: 11
Views: 1577

Re: Italian Cruise Runs Aground and Sinks: Magician On Board

the italian newspaper confirmed that the girl was indeed in the zigzag box (described by the journalist as the "coffin") ready to get cut when the incident happened and she started to scream "Let me out" to the magician. Luckly he was able to get her out of the box and they made ...
by Simone M
January 15th, 2012, 7:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New British Series Dynamo Magician Impossible.
Replies: 30
Views: 3301

Re: New British Series Dynamo Magician Impossible.

I've watched a couple of segments on youtube a while ago, and had the chance of talking about Dynamo with some british friends (laymen) who follow his show, and much to my surprise they loved it. I understand it -- he genuinely seems a shy and nice guy, and even if he tries and sounds Blaine-esque, ...
by Simone M
January 14th, 2012, 3:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Bikes - faro issues
Replies: 22
Views: 4462

Re: New Bikes - faro issues

There are some great advices in The Collected Works of Alex Elmsley Vol.2 about preparing a brand new deck for faro work. Bikes are alright, but beside the cut I still think they are too soft, which makes them loose shape very soon (especially if you cascade them) and makes rocking the cards back in...
by Simone M
January 5th, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is this dangerous ?
Replies: 14
Views: 2818

Re: Is this dangerous ?

I wonder what would happen if you accidentally pick a spectator who has some medical electric device inside his body like a pacemaker or something
by Simone M
October 27th, 2011, 7:08 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Famous mentalists
Replies: 25
Views: 4984

Re: Famous mentalists

I'd say Derren Brown, although the general opinion is that he's a man of science rather than a conjurer. Much to my surprise, I've met countless people over 40 who still talk about Geller and still remember his TV appearances -- everyone has some funny anecdote about them trying to bend spoons or ke...
by Simone M
October 7th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Slomotion
Replies: 22
Views: 2750

Re: Slomotion

My word, I like the idea just seems a little pointless if you ask me? Spinning a polo mint around a pencil...Okay I am sure the gimmick is ingenious but where is the relevance. Not a point for argument and I am sure it comes down to personal preference. A lifeless object that all of a sudden starts...
by Simone M
September 12th, 2011, 9:49 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: a question about Ethics in Mentalism
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

Re: a question about Ethics in Mentalism

Simone, I wonder if you are prepared to concede that clinical psychology is itself partly based on pseudo-scientific principles? For example, classical learning theory, which underpins 'scientific psychology' is somewhat moth-eaten for the modern era. Furthermore, clinical psychology tends to be ha...
by Simone M
August 6th, 2011, 11:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Real Power or a Trick?
Replies: 17
Views: 3127

Re: Real Power or a Trick?

as a magician you have to be a gentleman; gentle with peoples feelings; gentle with peoples beliefs. I think this pretty much answers the initial question. Yes, it's true that some performers could get away with their claims (Geller) and other performers could get away by twisting the line between ...
by Simone M
August 3rd, 2011, 11:26 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?
Replies: 143
Views: 34677

Re: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?

I think all this focus on method and conditions has kept magicians from thinking about the "magic moment" (to put in Berglas' words), hoping that the legendary status of the trick (which exists only in magicians' own head) and the impossible conditions required would make the trick magical...
by Simone M
July 6th, 2011, 2:59 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?
Replies: 143
Views: 34677

Re: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?

thank you for your post. No, this is my first forum where I start writing something. I start on this forum because I purchase a while ago the new book by Richard Kaufman. After this book, I purchased other ACAAN effect until two days ago I have found this pdf. I was impressed: You need to pay 400$ ...
by Simone M
July 6th, 2011, 12:18 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?
Replies: 143
Views: 34677

Re: ...and now what is the best ACAAN ?

Hi Mr. Kaufman, I consider this effect 100 better than The Berglas Effects. The Berglas is an hands off acaan if it appears in your performance. In the other case there is a lot of handling and although the spectators won't remember it. Subtle Scam is ALWAYS hands off before, during and after the p...
by Simone M
June 25th, 2011, 9:02 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas
Replies: 704
Views: 262996

Re: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas

package arrived in Rome, Italy aswell. It actually arrived on Thursday th 23rd but the folks at the office didn't tell me until now. Looks great. Haven't had the time to even riffle thru the pages or check the DVDs out though (I'm still at the office), this is just a quick message to let you know, R...
by Simone M
June 22nd, 2011, 12:52 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas
Replies: 704
Views: 262996

Re: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas

I really don't see why European folks are so worried about their shipping. For experience, it takes approximately 25-30 days for a US package to get delivered to Italy. I don't know how's the standard for Spain, France etc, but I'd be surprised if the book shows up here this week. I don't understand...
by Simone M
May 6th, 2011, 7:59 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas
Replies: 704
Views: 262996

Re: New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas

aye, not to mention postal taxes.
by Simone M
April 20th, 2011, 11:34 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: a question about Ethics in Mentalism
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

Re: a question about Ethics in Mentalism

Well, I think "magic" is self-explanatory enough to not needing any disclaimer. How did things happen? By magic. If you make a bill float, the audience doesn't assume you have power over the rules of gravity and you're a mini-Newton. They don't assume you have a thread either though, they ...
by Simone M
April 19th, 2011, 11:10 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: a question about Ethics in Mentalism
Replies: 35
Views: 6292

a question about Ethics in Mentalism

I apologize in advance if the discussion will sound obvious and old. I imagine seasoned performers have already discussed and solved these topics long before I was born. The other day on youtube, I saw a mentalist from my country performing for a TV show. Beside the mentalist and the TV host, there ...
by Simone M
February 7th, 2011, 2:07 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Paolo Cavalli
Replies: 9
Views: 5842

Re: Paolo Cavalli

I think the Chair Test is one of the most fascinating effects in mentalism. The Berglas version must be the best I've ever heard of so far (I've never seen it though, I've read it on the book by David Britland). The "I guess that's my chair!" bit is beautiful, as it is the moment when the ...

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