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by Gary Freed
September 12th, 2012, 11:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Please Post Your Get-Well Wishes for Michael Weber Here
Replies: 55
Views: 7487

Re: Please Post Your Get-Well Wishes for Michael Weber Here

Thoughts and Prayers are with you Michael. Best Regards
by Gary Freed
August 11th, 2008, 12:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Magic: What is your favorite sandwich effect?
Replies: 26
Views: 3678

Re: Card Magic: What is your favorite sandwich effect?

For pure visual magic, it's hard to beat "Monkey in the Middle".
by Gary Freed
July 22nd, 2008, 10:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: If you had to show ONE card trick what would it be???
Replies: 90
Views: 14584

Re: If you had to show ONE card trick what would it be???

If I have 3 minutes,"Unshuffled" personalized with the Client's name on the side of the deck.

If I have 30 seconds, "NFW".

Gary
by Gary Freed
July 1st, 2008, 11:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is your favorite trick by Harry Lorayne?
Replies: 118
Views: 18545

Re: What is your favorite trick by Harry Lorayne?

MY favorite trick by Harry Lorayne that I perform is still the "way too simple to perform" Lorayne Poker Deal.

My favorite to watch Harry perform is The Card Sharp and The Four Gamblers.

Regards,
Gary
by Gary Freed
March 27th, 2008, 10:11 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Fechter's FFF 2008 w/ Guest of Honor Boris Wild
Replies: 8
Views: 2356

Re: Fechter's FFF 2008 w/ Guest of Honor Boris Wild

David,

I look forward to seeing you there.

Gary
by Gary Freed
April 23rd, 2007, 8:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven to Undergo Heart Surgery Monday
Replies: 133
Views: 31882

Re: Max Maven to Undergo Heart Surgery Monday

Max,
Allow me to join the chorus and wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.
by Gary Freed
March 24th, 2007, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jerry Andrus Terminally Ill
Replies: 57
Views: 2581

Re: Jerry Andrus Terminally Ill

I had the honor of meeting Mr. Andrus at a "well past midnight" session at FFFF. He was a truly interested, interesting and giving man. I thank you Jerry, for your gifts to Magic and on a personal level for touching my life.
by Gary Freed
October 4th, 2006, 10:10 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: When magic goes wrong...
Replies: 30
Views: 1442

Re: When magic goes wrong...

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
There are fool proof methods, and they are the fools that prove it. BTW, it did look like SHE caused it by pulling on his hand. Dumb. :whack:
Sorry, the fault is all his! If your nuts enough to perform this, please use your own hand!
by Gary Freed
June 25th, 2006, 10:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Triumph
Replies: 48
Views: 1671

Re: Triumph

Having tried both many times over the last 30 years, I seriously believe that Sankey's "Back in Time" concept(and I will leave it to the research professionals to let me know if it was done before Sankey) is the stronger climax. Even if you use a more traditional handling of triumph, if yo...
by Gary Freed
April 5th, 2006, 11:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: no reset unshuffled
Replies: 8
Views: 3068

Re: no reset unshuffled

Reshuffled is in Doc Dixon's "Everything's Funnier with Monkeys".. It's a terrific book and Reshuffled is excellent. It makes Unshuffled a perfect walk around effect and having used it for over 6 years I can see that the difference in the routine (in the spectators eyes) is negligible.
by Gary Freed
March 22nd, 2006, 1:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Shattering Coins
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Shattering Coins

Wow. I purchased this item in the mid 70's at Tannens and thought I was the only one who had it. What a terrific principal! I doubt I have done it in over 20 years, but now I'll have to work on it again to see if it's as good as I remember it.
by Gary Freed
February 8th, 2006, 11:46 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dynamite Book Test -- Dennis Loomis
Replies: 54
Views: 12618

Re: Dynamite Book Test -- Dennis Loomis

Might it not make more sense to just use a "real stooge" and not worry about spectators reaction or his "going along"?
by Gary Freed
January 9th, 2006, 4:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News: Alex Elmsley Died Yesterday
Replies: 34
Views: 1830

Re: Sad News: Alex Elmsley Died Yesterday

I met him briefly at a FFFF several years back. He was a genius and a gentleman. He will be sorely missed.
by Gary Freed
June 21st, 2005, 4:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dear Mr. Fantasy . . .
Replies: 33
Views: 4494

Re: Dear Mr. Fantasy . . .

Originally posted by john carey:

Would be interested to know which items have grabbed peoples attention.

John Carey :)
Out of Touch and the Power of Poker!
by Gary Freed
April 7th, 2005, 6:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: @#X! patter
Replies: 44
Views: 1667

Re: @#X! patter

I also "hide" the card to begin. It is clipped inside a $20 bill. I explain this is my sterling silver money clip and have them hold the bill. Now when the I pull gently on the clip later the card is revealed. This is the first time they see the card. To me it removes the "too Perfect...
by Gary Freed
February 17th, 2005, 7:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Pinky Count
Replies: 85
Views: 3563

Re: Pinky Count

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I have seen many people master the Pass, Top CHange, and Double Lift.
I have seen very FEW master the Pinky Count.
Though I agree in principal, I have seen many, many people butcher the pass. And unfortunately, that includes many of the so called greats.
by Gary Freed
February 15th, 2005, 4:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Pinky Count
Replies: 85
Views: 3563

Re: Pinky Count

I'm afraid that though I admire Mr. Ortiz and his work very much, I think Richard's description fit him all too well. It is interesting to me, that at a lecture and workshop given over 13 years ago by Coinman David Roth (a close friend of Mr. Ortiz) he told us that he(Roth) "owned" the pin...
by Gary Freed
January 13th, 2005, 9:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perfect World
Replies: 29
Views: 953

Re: Perfect World

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
I think the pickups at the end removing the Kings and re-inserting are confusing and dopey.

Wait 'til you see Michael Weber and Dean Dill's newest "A New World!"

Coming soon!
Pete,
Any idea how soon, "soon" is?
by Gary Freed
January 4th, 2005, 4:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Breather Crimp ?
Replies: 10
Views: 701

Re: Breather Crimp ?

[QUOTE]Originally posted by maxrod88:
[QB] I really like the breather crimp... but,How do you take the crimp out?

You don't.
by Gary Freed
December 1st, 2004, 4:59 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?
Replies: 106
Views: 8948

Re: Sylvia Browne - Real or Fake?

Richard,
Anyone can talk to the dead! It's the dead talking back that's crap
by Gary Freed
November 29th, 2004, 6:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tricks (or presentations) that are "charming"
Replies: 45
Views: 1589

Re: Tricks (or presentations) that are "charming"

"Twins"-brother John Hamman
by Gary Freed
November 17th, 2004, 1:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sig and Roy let cat out of the bag?
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: Sig and Roy let cat out of the bag?

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
[ And, Dale, it's spelled "they're" no "there." [/QB]
and Richard it's "they're" not "there". Not "they're" no "there". :)
by Gary Freed
October 16th, 2004, 11:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Open for discussion, interpretation etc
Replies: 43
Views: 1456

Re: Open for discussion, interpretation etc

Taken in a slightly different direction. Magician A buys a tape from Original Source. Few seem to dispute the fact that he has the right to now sell this tape to someone else. Does this mean he cannot perform what he learned on this tape, since he no longer owns it? If he may retain his knowledge an...
by Gary Freed
October 4th, 2004, 7:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks
Replies: 120
Views: 25017

Re: Now Let's Try: Best GAFFED Packet Tricks

I always carry Monkey in the Middle (simply the best most visual effect I can name), Capitulating Queens and NFW.

My wallet carries a few others which vary, but if you ever catch me and I'm not in the shower, those three are with me!
by Gary Freed
October 1st, 2004, 11:30 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Lou Gallo Died
Replies: 18
Views: 1077

Re: Lou Gallo Died

I met Lou at several FFFF conventions over the years. He was a gracious and thoroughly enjoyable man. I extend my condolences to Mike and his family.
Regards,
Gary
by Gary Freed
August 25th, 2004, 4:08 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: johnnyacepalmer.com - online videos
Replies: 42
Views: 1734

Re: johnnyacepalmer.com - online videos

What's scary is that these are the clips HE chose to show himself off....... But compared to his Videotapes, these are a step up.
by Gary Freed
August 8th, 2004, 12:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: BENDIX BOMBSHELL
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: BENDIX BOMBSHELL

You might want to check out "Phantom of the Wallet" for a more compact wallet design similar to the Bendix. It is a "Z-Himber" style with a zipper compartment similar, but not identical to the Bendix Bombshell
by Gary Freed
August 5th, 2004, 6:58 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Best Pocket Mentalism Tricks
Replies: 18
Views: 2058

Re: Best Pocket Mentalism Tricks

Bill Goldman's "Mental Yarn". Have the lists printed onto the back of your business card and leave them with the second one (only). They will only remember they had a choice of 10 items.
by Gary Freed
July 9th, 2004, 7:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Birthday Tricks
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Best Birthday Tricks

Though not practical for walkaround, I ALWAYS perform "Unshuffled" for the Birthday Person at a paid gig. Happy Birthday Bill on the side of the deck is (IMNSHO) the ultimate Wow.
by Gary Freed
July 9th, 2004, 7:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Friedman's hits HBO,& other goodies
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: Friedman's hits HBO,& other goodies

Not that this has anything to do with anything, but Mr. Friedman was the audio-visual guy (remember those) at Bayside High School when I was there in the early 70s.

I've been upstate for over 25 years and missed the story the first time around.
by Gary Freed
May 27th, 2004, 6:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Needed: Computer advice!
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Needed: Computer advice!

Years ago I bought Mouse Magic. I loved it. Then came windows98 and Mouse Magic was no more. I then bought CyberConjurer. I loved it. Then came Windows NT and then XP. Cyber Conjurer is no more. (I have tried the Compatability Wizard) Is there a computer genius out there that can help me get either ...
by Gary Freed
April 7th, 2004, 9:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card Magic With A Kick
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: Card Magic With A Kick

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Luke Dancy:
[QB] "effects using a secret weapon in card magic, double-stick tape."

Not secret enough, I guess! ;)

Best of luck with the DVD!
Regards,
Gary
by Gary Freed
January 14th, 2004, 3:57 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: NFW
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: NFW

Steve, I believe it was the February 1999 issue. Check it out, it is excellent.
by Gary Freed
January 5th, 2004, 9:24 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MagicTimes Calls it Quits
Replies: 43
Views: 1587

Re: MagicTimes Calls it Quits

I've been checking Magic Times for so long I probably started taking it for granted. I think we tend to forget how much work was involved and that it did not magically produce itself..

Thank You Meir for all the time and energy you put in over the years
by Gary Freed
October 28th, 2003, 6:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Who are YOUR mentors and idols?
Replies: 53
Views: 1765

Re: Who are YOUR mentors and idols?

Those greats I never met are too numerous to mention. Back in 1975-76 I met Steve Dusheck at a local convention on Long Island. He was about 10 years older than me and just starting to make his mark.He was both patient and generous with a teenage nobody. I saw him skyrocket to magical fame and watch...
by Gary Freed
September 7th, 2003, 8:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: My take on the Copperfield Show
Replies: 34
Views: 973

Re: My take on the Copperfield Show

Stooges are just a method, but in general a poor one. Used judiciously, they can help create a miracle, but used as Copperfield does, it becomes the new "it's up his sleeve"! Ie, the answer to "everything" in the spectators mind. But audience members surrounded the plane, but he ...
by Gary Freed
July 31st, 2003, 4:05 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Book of the Month: The Book of Secrets
Replies: 30
Views: 12939

Re: Book of the Month: The Book of Secrets

As a lefty, I have of course gotten used to reversing every direction I've ever seen...The ulitmate "insult" was Darwin Ortiz's first(?) book by Richard. Though Darwin is left-handed, all the instructions and pictures(!) were reversed for the sake of the right handed majority. Okay, Richar...
by Gary Freed
July 30th, 2003, 8:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Card moves you avoid
Replies: 15
Views: 563

Re: Card moves you avoid

The problem with the "Diminishing Lift Sequence" is not the final card, but the awkward display of the 4 cards, period..Even watching Darwin Ortiz show the 4 tens in "Jumping Gemini" is painful to watch. It is just too labored. At that point in the routine, I just go into the &qu...
by Gary Freed
July 22nd, 2003, 7:03 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Strolling ... vs... Stationary
Replies: 26
Views: 1397

Re: Strolling ... vs... Stationary

I love children..I just can't eat a whole one.
by Gary Freed
June 21st, 2003, 12:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: favorite elastic loops tricks
Replies: 10
Views: 384

Re: favorite elastic loops tricks

I believe Sankey had a routine where two borrowed rings move together on a wand held by the spectator using a similar gimmick, but I could be wrong about the source.

Lee,
This routine sounds a lot like a Gary Kurtz routine!
Gary

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