Search found 2267 matches

by performer
November 26th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Grays after spelling trick.
Replies: 12
Views: 795

Re: Grays after spelling trick.

Now I am in a state of paranoia wondering what other mistakes I have made in past chapters! I will worry about it some other time! In any event try this addition. It makes the trick very powerful indeed as a follow up. There is a related variation if you are any good at secretly loading cards into p...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 10:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Grays after spelling trick.
Replies: 12
Views: 795

Re: Grays after spelling trick.

Now you have me worried that I am not explaining it with enough clarity. It is a murderous activity trying to write up sleights and tricks in as clear a manner as possible. Uh oh! I have just realised that you are correct! I am glad I posted it here otherwise I would never have noticed the mistake. ...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 9:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Actually I have just been thinking over my repertoire and the lie content is virtually nil except for a very rare instance or two. I bet that is the same for virtually everyone here. Plenty of deception and implied untruths but hardly anything in the way of downright lies. That proves it can indeed ...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 7:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Grays after spelling trick.
Replies: 12
Views: 795

Grays after spelling trick.

I am quite pleased with the title of this thread which I just made up 10 seconds ago! The reason for it is that it is a follow up to Gray's Spelling Trick. You don't have to alter that trick in any way . Just do it the way you have always done it. I think it might be better to start a separate threa...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Perhaps I should start a separate thread about the spelling trick rather than having to disrupt this entire conversation which although amusing is more of an intellectual exercise than anything particularly important.
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Performer wrote: "I really wish I could see this as an ethical dilemna but alas I can't. I just can't. I want to though. I hate to see everyone ganging up on one person." I agree with what Performer is saying. But I will say that at least the OP has stimulated a lively and intriguing disc...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 5:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5425
Views: 1904685

Re: ERDNASE

Chris claims that Eugene Edwards is another pseudonym of Edward Gallaway. This must have been the bombshell he had alluded to in his newsletter. Beyond an interest in gambling shared by both, is there any scholarly evidence to support this assertion? Does the evidence, if there is any, go beyond li...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

I am annotating the Royal Road to Card Magic at the moment and am in the middle of one particular annotation. To my utter horror the variation I have been describing depends entirely on an outright lie of the sort that would probably make poor jkeyes cringe! I hate to do this to him but alas I have ...
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

The most astonishing thing I find about this discussion is that it has actually pushed the Erdnase topic down to second place! Jkeyes should be proud of himself!
by performer
November 26th, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Aha! I think I have found a point with which to defend JKeyes! Brad mentions mentalists who lie about body language and NLP. I actually detest that! I think it is a dreadful lie because it has wider implications. The fact that it is a lie more readily believed than saying you are a real mindreader s...
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Alas and alack I don't think he would make a very good svengali pitchman where telling lies is part of the job description.
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 10:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

If the audience knows that somewhere in your act you are telling lies but not really sure where does that justify the lies in Mr Keyes's mind or does he feel that it is still verboten? There might possibly be a way out of his ethical dilemna if the former is the case. He could announce at the beginn...
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 9:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

I would have thought that deception is integral to a magic effect and that audiences expect it. I don't really see a problem with miscalling a page number in a book. Miscalling is an old principle in magic after all. What about miscalling cards? There are several tricks that may require this artific...
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

I think Mr Keyes is being a little too strict on himself although he should be respected for it. It must be very self restrictive for him to try to deceive people when performing without having to tell a lie. It must be quite difficult I imagine but of course not impossible. Someone mentioned theolo...
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

I once heard that Jerry Andrus would never tell a lie even when not performing. I am not sure whether this is relevant but it might be.
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 10:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Professor Hoffman was a lawyer. I am therefore not surprised at his statement. If the word lawyer was substituted for "conjurer's performance" it would have exactly the same meaning.
by performer
November 25th, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

I shall let Mr Keyes speak for himself but I suspect what he is getting at is something like someone saying there are no camera tricks when there are. Or perhaps he is referring to the use of stooges or a mentalist pretending he is the real thing. Something like that anyway. I don't think he means y...
by performer
November 24th, 2017, 11:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

'all art is a lie that reveals the truth' - pablo picasso. once again, jkeyes, you're wrong. Dale Carnegie once stated that "you should never tell a man he is wrong". I am afraid Brad has never quite got the hang of that. However, all is not lost. If he requires lessons in tact and diplom...
by performer
November 24th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ennobling Magic
Replies: 505
Views: 12414

Re: Ennobling Magic

Oddly enough when I am pitching magic I often say to the crowd, "It's hard work telling lies all day"! And it bloody well is! I didn't know that Brodien used the magic motor line for the mouse. I do too. It actually came from Joe Stuthard. He would show the piece of wax and tell the crowd ...
by performer
November 24th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: New marked tarot deck
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: New marked tarot deck

Indeed. Of course there is no point a serious tarot reader using marked cards as the cards are laid out in a big spread of face up cards!
by performer
November 24th, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78
Replies: 46
Views: 6602

Re: Eugene Burger Has Died at 78

The last book Eugene Burger worked on is being published: Teaching Magic A Book for Students and Teachers of the Art published by Theory and Art of Magic Press co-written by Larry Hass; hardcover, 6"x9", 182 pages; includes seven previously unpublished routines. Available for pre-order fr...
by performer
November 24th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: New marked tarot deck
Replies: 4
Views: 384

Re: New marked tarot deck

It is a good idea for a magician but in my capacity as a serious tarot reader I shudder over the matter! It feels sacrilegious somehow!
by performer
November 22nd, 2017, 9:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?
Replies: 54
Views: 5644

Re: Tarot cards that feel like playing cards?

I finally found time and inclination to watch a good part of the Tarot video that Daniel left for me. I was pleased to see that he treated the Tarot with the respect it deserves. I was amused to see the segment from the psychic fair since I was present there but not shown in the video. However, ther...
by performer
November 22nd, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 1478

Re: Devilish

This man, Higginson, has (or had) a style much like David Nixon. Very smooth and obviously well rehearsed, Mark. For that reason, I doubt his validity as a genuine psychic. I suspect that his methods were Olde School. Many of his congregation were no doubt invited to attend, giving him plemty of ti...
by performer
November 14th, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

Alfred is very astute in this matter but to be fair to the other psychics, some of the more aggressive ones don't just sit there and not utter a word. On the contrary they are right out there on the front table just like I am hustling their services. And many of them have what we call "front pe...
by performer
November 14th, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

In this day and age, after watching Mark do his Svengali deck routine, I can't imagine why everyone standing there wouldn't toss him a ten spot for a magic deck of cards and instructions for 25 tricks. That's quite a bargain in 2017! It isn't actually! They usually put them in a drawer when they ge...
by performer
November 13th, 2017, 8:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

I have completely lost interest in Greater Magic, Herb Zarrow, Erdnase, and all who sail in here.

Instead you can all amuse yourself looking at this. Who says you can't mix magic with psychic work?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4dFiakyyA4
by performer
November 13th, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

It is OK. A know-all from Edinburgh has been trying elsewhere to correct me in this matter but on the principle that I am never wrong-even if I am -I shall continue to say that black is white. There IS cover though in the method I am talking about. And the release of the interlocking packets is the ...
by performer
November 13th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

Oh, I forgot to mention that it is in Greater Magic on page 170 in all it's glory. The deck is held lengthwise instead of sideways but it is essentially the same thing. That must have been where Herb Zarrow learned it in the first place.
by performer
November 13th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

Incidentally, in regard to my research of Chapter Two I was greatly amused to discover that the Zarrow shuffle isn't really the Zarrow shuffle after all! I do find it incumbent upon me to inform the world of magic that Herb Zarrow was only around 8 years old when it was first published. Or perhaps h...
by performer
November 13th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

At my present pace it will be months before the second chapter is done. Or perhaps 10 minutes or so since I am not sure I have anything at all to say about the second chapter. I am finding it such an excellent book that it is quite often gives you nothing much to say as it has covered everything al...
by performer
November 11th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

Incidentally I did get the above information from David Britland's excellent blog. Interestingly enough I gather that I was the very first magician that David ever set eyes on. I do hope he has recovered from the experience.
by performer
November 11th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

The pace is slow because I have so many distractions. I have no idea how people can write three books at once as I have heard some actually do. Not a talent I possess. Or perhaps it is but I think it must take forever doing it that way. Mind you, it seems that it is taking forever for me too with ju...
by performer
November 11th, 2017, 12:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5425
Views: 1904685

Re: ERDNASE

Because a cardshark is a cheat, a crook, a criminal. It is not in their interest to be found out. It is typical magician's thinking. We love cardsharks, we adore them, we idolize them, we seek them out, we try to learn from them. The rest of the people think they are crooks. To them it is obvious t...
by performer
November 11th, 2017, 9:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5425
Views: 1904685

Re: ERDNASE

I know he was. However, I meant a REAL private investigator! I always found David to be a bit unreal in more ways than one in view of my interactions with him. I have very little interest in the identity of Erdnase and have never studied the matter with the intensity that everyone else is subject to...
by performer
November 10th, 2017, 9:09 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 5425
Views: 1904685

Re: ERDNASE

Sometimes I wonder if all the Erdnase enthusiasts should all chip in and contribute a certain amount of money to a private investigative agency to delve into the matter and figure it all out!
by performer
November 10th, 2017, 8:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 67
Views: 7001

Re: Royal road to card magic

I promised that I would announce when the first chapter is written. Well it has been done. Somewhat later than I expect because of a combination of writer's procrastination and being very busy with other activities. Oh, and one other reason. It is surprisingly difficult to write up technical moves w...
by performer
November 9th, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience
Replies: 3
Views: 632

Re: Martin Lewis - A Study in Experience

I don't know much about Martin but I can certainly tell you something about his father, Eric Lewis. He wrote the most important words ever put on paper regarding children's entertainment in the book he co-authored with Wilfrid Tyler. Not so much the rest of the book which although good is not what I...
by performer
November 8th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Devilish
Replies: 21
Views: 1478

Re: Devilish

informed me that he did not believe in spirit communication which I found rather odd considering the circumstances of the conversation Thanks for making me laugh out loud, Mark I do thank you for thanking me for thankfully making you laugh since this bunch here are sometimes so serious that it is n...
by performer
November 7th, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938

Mickey McDougall was a svengali pitchman. There are not many of us about. I don't suppose there are 25 in the entire world. REAL svengali pitchmen that is. He was one of them. Here is a video of David Walker (that Harry Lorayne used to work with) telling how Mickey McDougall showed him the right way...

Go to advanced search