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by Q. Kumber
November 15th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 11988

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

None of the books on the L&L list is suited for beginners. Yes, it is possible that a beginner might find just one of them and study it, and learn from it. There are many books and DVDs suited for the beginner, but not in the list. You don't start piano students with Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto...
by Q. Kumber
November 13th, 2016, 3:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Jeremy Le Poidevin R.I.P.

Jeremy Le Poidevin sadly passed away today after suddenly taking ill on Friday. Jeremy, along with his wife Cheryl built Practical Magic into the largest dealership specialising in children's magic in the U.K. Four years ago Practical started Trix in the Stix, a convention for children's entertainer...
by Q. Kumber
November 13th, 2016, 8:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 11988

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Pray, dear sir, what exactly do you mean by native digital?
by Q. Kumber
November 11th, 2016, 6:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: An L & L Bombshell?
Replies: 100
Views: 11988

Re: An L & L Bombshell?

Something I've noticed over the past four years is that if you show a young magician (under 25) something that isn't a card trick, 4 times out of 5 you will fool them even more thoroughly than you would a lay person with the same trick.
by Q. Kumber
November 1st, 2016, 7:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vic Pinto R.I.P.
Replies: 1
Views: 495

Vic Pinto R.I.P.

Sad to report that Vic Pinto recently passed away. With Lionel Russell be ran the T-A-T (Trick a Tape) company producing videos featuring many British magicians, especially Pat Page. He also produced my own Five Minutes With a Pocket Handkerchief. Many of his early video tapes, including the monthly...
by Q. Kumber
October 31st, 2016, 11:26 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Quality Wood Close Up Wand
Replies: 35
Views: 4091

Re: Quality Wood Close Up Wand

Wouldn't having a wand that unscrews in the middle, weaken its overall strength?
by Q. Kumber
October 31st, 2016, 8:53 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: "Lovey Duck" by Billy Day
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: Lovey Duck by Billy Day

Many people have asked me about the availability of Lovey Duck, one of the routines on my DVD set, "Bring Back The Schtick" recently reviewed in GENII by Joe Turner. It is an ideal routine for the under 5's. It is now available from Practical Magic with updated artwork. The version I use o...
by Q. Kumber
October 23rd, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 10893

Re: Dai Vernon

I've just gone over the EIM instructions and, yes, I could follow them. I'm not sure how easy it would be to follow if I didn't already know how to do it. The get into it is different from Vernon's handling, but may have some of Daley's ideas.
by Q. Kumber
October 23rd, 2016, 5:35 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 10893

Re: Dai Vernon

It can be learnt from the description in Pallbearers because that's where I learnt it. And where Eugene Burger learnt it. Like Ted M, it was Eugene who first showed me the knot and referred me to Pallbearer's, though it was a few years later I bought the L&L set. The description there is very de...
by Q. Kumber
October 21st, 2016, 6:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Dai Vernon
Replies: 50
Views: 10893

Re: Dai Vernon

In 1969, I attended a Mid-West convention with Mike Skinner. Vernon was there and invited me to visit him in his hotel room in the early evening. When I knocked on his door, he opened it and to my surprise, was wearing only an undershirt and boxer shorts and had shaving cream on his face. I excused...
by Q. Kumber
October 21st, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Sachs and Sack's
Replies: 64
Views: 11187

Re: Sachs and Sack's

On the Vernon DVD that came with the Genii convention Goody Bag, Vernon recommends using smaller dice and holding the hand in front of the body.
by Q. Kumber
October 19th, 2016, 12:33 pm
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo 2017 first impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 5278

Re: Tenyo 2017 first impressions

And you can read - and see - all about them in the November GENII, (digital edition for viewing).
by Q. Kumber
October 19th, 2016, 11:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: November Issue of Genii Now Live Online and in the Mail
Replies: 8
Views: 1398

Re: November Issue of Genii Now Live Online and in the Mail

Delighted to read there is a new book on The Magic of Vanni Bossi by Stephen Minch.
Though it's not listed on the publisher's website yet - Penguin Magic.
by Q. Kumber
October 18th, 2016, 6:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mahdi's Book Club
Replies: 28
Views: 5191

Re: Mahdi's Book Club

Very true. However, IMHO, there are certain routines that are more easily adapted to various performers' styles than others. A good example would be Terry Seabrooke's Burnt Bill Routine--I think a large number of magicians could (and have) gotten laughs with a lot of those lines. Not as good as Mr....
by Q. Kumber
October 17th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Mahdi's Book Club
Replies: 28
Views: 5191

Re: Mahdi's Book Club

International Magic of London sell a DVD of Goshman performing his full act, taped at the International Convention in 1985

https://www.internationalmagic.com/prod ... vd-94.html
by Q. Kumber
October 16th, 2016, 8:41 am
Forum: Tenyo
Topic: Tenyo 2017 first impressions
Replies: 17
Views: 5278

Re: Tenyo 2017 first impressions

A little harsh Richard, don't you think? He is entitled to opinions of what he's seen on the demos.

Especially when most magicians have opinions on things they haven't actually handled yet ;)
by Q. Kumber
October 16th, 2016, 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine
Replies: 24
Views: 3162

Re: Fr Cyprian - 'All Backs' Routine

Yes, the third edition.

To me the most important detail of Vernon's routine is about the psychology of the trick.
by Q. Kumber
October 8th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?
Replies: 37
Views: 6216

Re: Norman Beck's Column in Oct MUM: Opinions?

The best way to ask for an autograph is to ask the person to sign their book, which you have bought and paid for. As for celebrities, Billy McComb told me that he was often introduced to celebrities in The Magic Castle, and he wouldn't have a clue who they were. And, of course, Billy treated everyon...
by Q. Kumber
October 4th, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Willing suspension of ... what?
Replies: 20
Views: 3682

Re: Willing suspension of ... what?

People are always going on about the right to free speech.

But I must equally have the right to not listen if I so choose.
by Q. Kumber
September 23rd, 2016, 4:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Lorayne and The Magic Circle Award
Replies: 9
Views: 1599

Harry Lorayne and The Magic Circle Award

The John Nevil Maskelyne Prize winner for 2016 is Harry Lorayne for his literary contributions to magic. Other recipients are The David Devant Award Awarded to those who have made a significant contribution in advancing the art of magic or who have given outstanding service to magic internationally....
by Q. Kumber
September 21st, 2016, 6:48 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Odd One Out Puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 1574

Re: Odd One Out Puzzle

Happy to say, I got the answer right as well.
Now on to the 1111 puzzle!
by Q. Kumber
September 19th, 2016, 12:05 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: STREAMLINED DISCERNMENT-OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
Replies: 15
Views: 5855

Re: STREAMLINED DISCERNMENT-OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND

Chris Wood of London does a wonderful version of Out of Sight, Out of Mind and has added some wonderful presentational touches and misdirection.
by Q. Kumber
September 17th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any Card at Any Number
Replies: 11
Views: 3233

Re: Any Card at Any Number

We are going back forty years, admittedly from a time when I hadn't read the Berglas Effect and knew very little about advanced card magic. First, I don't recall the name of the card nor the number called. Second, I do believe he had returned the cards because in my memory I see the magicians pickin...
by Q. Kumber
September 17th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any Card at Any Number
Replies: 11
Views: 3233

Re: Any Card at Any Number

I believe it was the Brighton IBM convention in 1976. Headquarters Hotel about 3 in the morning. David Berglas is at a billiards table, using it as a close-up mat as he borrows various decks of cards from the watching magicians. He is performing some amazing card magic including his Think Of A Card....
by Q. Kumber
September 11th, 2016, 3:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Barbara McNaughton R.I.P.
Replies: 0
Views: 565

Barbara McNaughton R.I.P.

Steve Cook posted on Facebook: Very sad to report the death of my friend, Barbara McNaughton, who was the partner of my magical hero, the late, great, Ken Brooke. I couldn't have produced the book I compiled about Ken without her tremendous help. I will always remember her self-depracating Irish wi...
by Q. Kumber
September 10th, 2016, 3:55 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Why does this bother me?
Replies: 31
Views: 5808

Re: Why does this bother me?

If every kid learning magic today -- whether they're learning from YouTube or from other sources -- had all of Ganson's classic Vernon books legally available as free PDFs, please describe how magic would be harmed? It won't make the slightest difference because 99% will not read them. To learn pra...
by Q. Kumber
September 9th, 2016, 11:34 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Why does this bother me?
Replies: 31
Views: 5808

Re: Why does this bother me?

[quote="brianarudolph" To quote Alfred speaking to Batman regarding the Joker's motivations "Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn." And when someone has secr...
by Q. Kumber
September 3rd, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Jason Ladanye
Replies: 72
Views: 11341

Re: Jason Ladanye

With age one hopes for at least a little wisdom. I can testify to the gems hidden in old books and magazines. Very few magicians under the age of forty have much interest in them, and even a little digging will reveal nuggets that with even a modicum of polishing will yield great dividends. Put in s...
by Q. Kumber
August 28th, 2016, 5:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stealing other people's effects...
Replies: 11
Views: 2792

Re: Stealing other people's effects...

alexcsurko wrote:Get a layman to compere a performance of me and darwin and they're are completely different.


I can see why that might be.
by Q. Kumber
August 25th, 2016, 4:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Impressive tricks in Impossible, but haven't we seen lots of them before?
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: Impressive tricks in Impossible, but haven't we seen lots of them before?

I made an error with one of the performer's names. It is not Mickey Bones. It is Magical Bones.
by Q. Kumber
August 24th, 2016, 8:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Impressive tricks in Impossible, but haven't we seen lots of them before?
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: Impressive tricks in Impossible, but haven't we seen lots of them before?

Impossible at The Noel Coward Theatre, London Not having seen any of the recent illusion shows in London or on tour, and having heard mixed reviews from people I know, I went to see Impossible which is now in its last days of a seven week run. Being a Tuesday night, I was surprised at the size of t...
by Q. Kumber
August 19th, 2016, 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 10429

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

With Vernon having added the Bra Trick to his act we have the Cleav Age

not to mention the
Aver Age
Garb Age
Pilfer Age


and then the Outr Age when someone doesn't credit a move.

and John Bannon the master of the Pack Age
by Q. Kumber
August 19th, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 10429

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Stephen Burton wrote:There is an argument to be made for Jean Hugard as well.


As Royal Road and ECT were books sold to the public then Hugard and Braue would win by inspiring more people to take up an interest in card magic.
by Q. Kumber
August 18th, 2016, 10:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: 'Our Magic': Normal Art & High Art
Replies: 15
Views: 5093

Re: 'Our Magic': Normal Art & High Art

The Fogel book should have been a lot better.

I'v learnt more about Fogel from people who knew and worked with him than from the book. These are people who were alive and well when the book was being written and all living in the UK.
by Q. Kumber
August 17th, 2016, 6:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 10429

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

It seems that Vernon wasn't the only one promoting the merits of Erdnase. In England Graham Adams was doing it. According to Magipedia: "Adams gave lectures on Erdnase called "S. W. Erdnase—His Book". His lectures on Erdnase would last nearly two hours, providing explanation of the sl...
by Q. Kumber
August 16th, 2016, 6:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Is Your Opener...
Replies: 30
Views: 6486

Re: What Is Your Opener...

Mr. Charming Wrote : "Now overall I have to say that the "best" opener I had ever red about or learned is Jerome Finley's version of the Al Koran opener. IMO is a "one degree" example where a small change can make a whole difference. I always though this can be combined wit...
by Q. Kumber
August 16th, 2016, 5:17 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing
Replies: 24
Views: 5725

Re: Stan Allen's BIG announcement ... MAGIC Mag is closing

I very much looked forward to Stan's 'Inside Magic' newsletter which preceeded MAGIC.
by Q. Kumber
August 16th, 2016, 11:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Is Your Opener...
Replies: 30
Views: 6486

Re: What Is Your Opener...

May I suggest that your opener is not a trick.

Your opener is YOU.
by Q. Kumber
August 16th, 2016, 4:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century
Replies: 50
Views: 10429

Re: Most Influential Card Magician of 20th Century

Let me look at the question objectively, if that is possible with a subjective question. To my mind Vernon can be the Number One answer by a long shot. Firstly, look at those he inspired. Larry Jennings, Bruce Cervon and John Carney spring first to mind and there are many others and each of those ha...

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