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Woody Aragon Lectures

Spread the word to your friends in Baltimore and New York! Woody Aragon is doing a lecture in New York at Tannens on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm. The cost is $25. He's also doing a lecture in lecture in Baltimore (Denny & Lee) on the Thursday, 3rd of May at 8pm. The cost is only $20. I highly reco...
by cataquet
04/30/12 07:28 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Woody Aragon Lectures
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Hidden Backs Ace Productions

So few nominations... I expected more.
by cataquet
06/02/09 06:12 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hidden Backs Ace Productions
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Hidden Backs Ace Productions

I am looking for four Ace productions that do not flash the back of the Aces. For example, you take a red deck containing 4 blue backed Aces and produce the Aces [preferably one at a time]. References please....

Thanks in advance

Harold
by cataquet
05/27/09 12:39 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Hidden Backs Ace Productions
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Peter Tappan's Family

Thanks, Anthony.
by cataquet
03/02/09 07:04 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter Tappan's Family
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Peter Tappan's Family

Peter Tappan died about 15 months ago. I'm trying to track down his family/heirs. I know he lived in Chicago... Can anyone help?

Bye for now

Harold
by cataquet
03/02/09 12:22 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter Tappan's Family
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Re: Back Issues of Genii

Sorry if this is seen as a bump, but I've had a few inquiries, and some of the issues are on hold. However, Walt is still open to offers. His preference is for a local buyer, but he's willing to drive them to the buyer.
by cataquet
02/01/09 01:30 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Back Issues of Genii
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Back Issues of Genii

I have a friend who has 20 to 25 years of back issues of Genii. They are located in Shaker Heights, Ohio. According to his email, his specific inventory is "Volumes 36 (1972), 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 42, 53, 54 55 and 56 are complete with the exception of Vol 43 ...
by cataquet
01/31/09 08:59 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Back Issues of Genii
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic – A Performance of Contemp

Grant and Justin gave you the summary, here are the details. The show opened on May 3 and will be running every Saturday evening through (at least) the end of June. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend. First, let me get the bad news out of the way. The show starts at midnight, and the show l...
by cataquet
05/05/08 05:05 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps Pure Magic – A Performance of Contemp
Replies: 15
Views: 2168

Re: MAKING SPECIAL DICE

Bob, the Dremmel is pretty easy to use (like a fat pencil). If you can't do it free hand, then proceed as follows - Use the PC to design the pictures or letters in the appropriate size. Create a mirror of the design, and then print the design using a laser jet printer. With a warmish iron, iron the ...
by cataquet
12/04/07 07:23 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: MAKING SPECIAL DICE
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Eric DeCamps co-hosts iTricks Magic Week in Review November 18, 2007 episode

It's a good 28 minutes... A nice conversation between friends with lots of news interspersed.
by cataquet
11/22/07 10:53 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eric DeCamps co-hosts iTricks Magic Week in Review November 18, 2007 episode
Replies: 2
Views: 180

Re: Tenyo items in performance

I guess my favorite Tenyo (which I still occasionally perform!) is "Crystal Cleaver". It's one effect that almost demands explanation. So, I do the effect twice. After performiing it, I reset it, and explain the workings. I then show the inside spring. I then position the whole cover and c...
by cataquet
11/21/07 11:16 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tenyo items in performance
Replies: 34
Views: 838

Re: MAKING SPECIAL DICE

Bob, the easiest way is probably your original method. Also, there is no need to get special rub-ons; traditional letraset should do the job (although these are getting hard to find). Spraying with a polyurethane varnish should seal the job and give you permanence. As Jim points out, blank dice are ...
by cataquet
11/21/07 10:51 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: MAKING SPECIAL DICE
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Howie is 80

Today (21 Nov) is Howard Schwarzman's 80th birthday! So, drop him a line! Skype: Howard Schwarzman Tel: 410 358 7775 Email: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:howard.schwarzman@prodigy.net">howard.schwarzman@prodigy.net</a><!-- e --> If you're too lazy, post something here (he's not on Genii) and I will forw...
by cataquet
11/21/07 02:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Howie is 80
Replies: 12
Views: 247

Re: Ring On String

Ian, I was following up your recommendation of Leveridge's Ring & String routine and stumbled upon the L&L compiliation. So, Bill and Cfrancis, you anticipated my latest acquisition! Thanks also to the other recommendations. Curtis: I think your spelling is correct. Ammar performs his versio...
by cataquet
01/20/07 07:40 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring On String
Replies: 23
Views: 1316

Re: Ring On String

Thanks for the replies. David, the "Fautus Ring" first appears in "Dan Garrett does the UK". It's a 3 phase routine and in the all three phases, the spec places the ring on the rope (albeit just the first inch of it). In the final stage, the magician (apparently) takes the ring o...
by cataquet
01/13/07 02:38 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring On String
Replies: 23
Views: 1316

Re: Racherbaumer in Hospital

Wow, another member of the sans Gall Bladder elite... I had mine removed via keyhole surgery, so I was home the next day. However, if they can't take it out via keyhole, then they have to open you up and it's really serious surgery. He'll have a good scar to show for it. When I had my GB removed, I ...
by cataquet
01/13/07 05:32 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Racherbaumer in Hospital
Replies: 19
Views: 277

Ring On String

Are there any decent finger ring ONTO string moves. That is, all the moves that I have seen for finger ring are ring OFF string. There are many ring ONTO rope moves, but most of these require much a bigger ring. For example, tossing a ring into a (hitch) knot requires the ring to have some weight (a...
by cataquet
01/12/07 12:37 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring On String
Replies: 23
Views: 1316

Re: Dice Magic Anyone?

A mechanical version? Joe Torres (?) used to sell a chop cup that had a loose inner lining on half of the cup. You would pull the lining inwardly, creating a pocket. You could then drop the dice into this pocket and sack the dice. However, there was no noise as the dice didn't have room to move arou...
by cataquet
12/02/06 04:11 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dice Magic Anyone?
Replies: 44
Views: 4590

Re: Dice Magic Anyone?

Many good references here (and there are many more), but one very good effect is missing: "Poker Pot". It's basically a Boston box for dice used primarily in dice through table (and other penetrations, eg thru silk) and dice matrix.
by cataquet
11/18/06 05:34 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dice Magic Anyone?
Replies: 44
Views: 4590

Jonathan Townsend in Genii

Those who get their copies of Genii in the US, and those that get their copies abroad via airmail tell me that the original writeup of Visual Coins Across has finally hit print. So, where's the bustle? I was expecting some fuss, but so far nothing. Comments?
by cataquet
08/21/06 03:44 AM
 
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Jonathan Townsend in Genii
Replies: 13
Views: 4827

Re: Incredible Machines

WKing is correct. These videos are from a program for little kids made by the NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation). The Japanese characters you can see in the videos read as "Pythagora Switch". The designer of these machines is Masahiko Sato. He's a professor at the Tokyo National Unive...
by cataquet
08/19/06 09:38 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Incredible Machines
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Incredible Machines

If you liked the Honda advert, this will appeal to you. It's about 13 minutes long, and there is some incredible card work Incredible Machines
by cataquet
08/16/06 01:07 AM
 
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Incredible Machines
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: What's the name of this trick? Rubik's cube meets stars...

It should be pointed out that this is a puzzle, not a trick. It's not longer made, but if you're up to it, there is a set of instructions out there telling you how to construct an origami version.
by cataquet
07/16/06 01:04 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What's the name of this trick? Rubik's cube meets stars...
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Arie McChesney

I never heard of this magician (a bit before my time), but she recently passed away and they are auctioning off some of her stuff. As far as I can see, she was a Genii cover story, so I thought there might be interest in the forum. You have to go to ebay and do an advanced search for Arie McChesney ...
by cataquet
07/06/06 02:39 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Arie McChesney
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Re: Ring and String

Greg Wilson's video/DVD is an excellent reference if you're looking for moves to put together your own routine. However, if you want something off the shelf, I highly recommend Dan Fleshman's routine. It's on his DVD and in his excellent "The Very Best Yet"
by cataquet
06/20/06 02:10 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ring and String
Replies: 22
Views: 404

Joe Riding

I got the following note from Joe's daughter, and I thought I'd pass it on... From: Pam [ <!-- e --><a href="mailto:pamhoolin@tiscali.co.uk">pamhoolin@tiscali.co.uk</a><!-- e --> ] I`d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Sadly this is my 1st Christmas without my dad JOE RIDI...
by cataquet
12/17/05 07:35 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Joe Riding
Replies: 0
Views: 156

Re: Ed Marlo's Linking Ring routine.

As written up, Bill, you are right. You don't need the ovesized ring. However. I am tempted to believe that there is more to the routine, but it wasn't written up. Speaking of which, has the Buddy Dietrich routine ever been published? I remember (I think in Book of John ) that Mendoza mentioned a re...
by cataquet
11/14/05 03:51 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ed Marlo's Linking Ring routine.
Replies: 3
Views: 127

Re: Dice stacking

Earle, the book is by Treborix and it's called "Diversions with dice". Another classic is Bobby Bernard's "School for Croupiers" routine in Ganson's "Art of Close up Magic", and the Ganson Teach in Series booklet on dice stacking. There are a few more dice stacking refe...
by cataquet
11/11/05 05:22 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dice stacking
Replies: 12
Views: 227

Re: Cutting Revelations - Credits

Thanks, guys. I have all the Ibidems, so I'll check and post a reply with the correct reference.
by cataquet
11/09/05 05:55 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cutting Revelations - Credits
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Cutting Revelations - Credits

What is the "official" name for the following moves, and who gets credit for them:
(1) A charlier cut, which finishes with the bottom card turning face up on top after the completion of the cut.
(2) Similar result, but this time starting from a swing cut.

Thanks in advance
by cataquet
11/07/05 11:48 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cutting Revelations - Credits
Replies: 5
Views: 366

Re: walk around act

Brian Marks asks "What goes into a walk around act?" & "How large should your repitoire be?" Depends who you talk to. I work out of my pockets, but I know guys who carry a briefcase, toilet bag or leather bum bag. I've also heard of guys who carry a table (!) with them to per...
by cataquet
11/02/05 11:37 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: walk around act
Replies: 26
Views: 869

Re: The Boris Wild Marked Deck - Factory Printed by US Playing Card!

Richard, I chose $5 only because I think of that as the Duane Read price level. If we shift the market from the corner drug store to the specialist casino supply stores, then the current $20 is well within that consumer's price range for a marked deck. Inxidentally, the usual charge for good marked ...
by cataquet
09/08/05 05:12 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Boris Wild Marked Deck - Factory Printed by US Playing Card!
Replies: 45
Views: 6933

Re: The essence of *Close up magic*...

I'm totally confused with your terminology, Werner. One minute you're saying that "real" magic should be totally impromptu; the next minute you say that it only needs to feel impromptu! I don't see what it is you are trying to say. If I had to guess, all you are saying is that closeup magi...
by cataquet
09/05/05 05:16 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The essence of *Close up magic*...
Replies: 15
Views: 976

Re: The Boris Wild Marked Deck - Factory Printed by US Playing Card!

If these guys are interested, they just type "marked bicycle deck" into Google, and get: ⋅ Trickshop with a Ted Lesley version ⋅ Farmarx hand marked bicycle deck ⋅ Penguin with the Wild Bicycle deck Marked Bicycle decks have always been around (they were avail...
by cataquet
09/05/05 11:12 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Boris Wild Marked Deck - Factory Printed by US Playing Card!
Replies: 45
Views: 6933

Re: The essence of *Close up magic*...

I wholeheartedly agree with Rafael's superb analysis. Werner is saying that the "essence of closeup magic" (or as he later describes it "real closeup magic") is completely impromptu magic. However, as Rafael points out, "impromptu" is a perception by the spectators. If ...
by cataquet
09/05/05 09:46 AM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The essence of *Close up magic*...
Replies: 15
Views: 976

Re: The Train by Harold Cataquet, August 2005

I repeat my caution, Jake: Don't focus on the events on the train. Bill Wells did an excellent job of summarizing my concerns, so I won't repeat them here. But, just like there is a right time to "impose" your magic on others, there is also a right time to "mentor". From my brief...
by cataquet
09/02/05 12:05 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Train by Harold Cataquet, August 2005
Replies: 23
Views: 4149

Re: Getting the ball rolling

OfWhat, your initial posting made it sound as though you were thinking of giving up the day job. In reality, all you want to do is add more dates to your calendar. Given you have a day job, my best advice is to tackle the entertainment field in that area, as you have an expertise. For example, if yo...
by cataquet
08/31/05 09:58 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Getting the ball rolling
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: Getting the ball rolling

Prof OfWhat says: And unless this thing can very suddenly and consistently jump into an annual gross of about 65K, I cant see quitting the day job. The answer is obvious: Don't quit the day job ! You can spend a huge amount of money getting your name around, but until you start performing, you won't...
by cataquet
08/29/05 09:11 AM
 
Forum: General
Topic: Getting the ball rolling
Replies: 6
Views: 200

Re: The Train by Harold Cataquet, August 2005

Amen, Bill!
by cataquet
08/23/05 06:57 PM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Train by Harold Cataquet, August 2005
Replies: 23
Views: 4149

Re: The Train by Harold Cataquet, August 2005

Well, my ears were burning so I had to make an appearance. ;) Jake, you have to remember that the article is not an accurate description of the events that occurred; quite a bit of detail has been left out. The train ride was just the inspiration for the article; it wasn't intended as the point of f...
by cataquet
08/22/05 06:21 AM
 
Forum: Columns
Topic: The Train by Harold Cataquet, August 2005
Replies: 23
Views: 4149
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