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by Jonathan Townsend
July 27th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 12891

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

Bob Farmer wrote:The Bloom Monte is a wonderful method. I created a lot of material with it, which, for the most part, remains unpublished.

Maybe someday for the material. Did you find a handling that lets you set/reset the thing in performance?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 27th, 2017, 9:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick
Replies: 77
Views: 12891

Re: Dutch Looper / English Monte / English Three Card Trick

What do you think of the version you tap to protrude the gaff rather than fold over? Anyone finding that easy to manage (to reset) in performance?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 7th, 2017, 7:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer
Replies: 10
Views: 1308

Re: Masters of Illusion - Zen Archer

Two episodes again tonight
by Jonathan Townsend
July 7th, 2017, 1:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

How did this come from Brad's comment that he wished we'd have a craft category for media-based performances? i have long advocated for accepting and promoting a genre of magic which is magic for media. this would solve so many issues among magicians. it would allow those interested in that type of ...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 4th, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

Tom Stone wrote:..."Captain Attention Junkie" is at it again. ...


What don't you like about the guy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT_bTnkwLuE
by Jonathan Townsend
July 3rd, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

...instead of relying on a gaffed table and post-production digital wizardy.... I get you about presentation (dismal you say) - but wait a second - which is it that you're objecting to, the use of black art as method or AGT's production staff fixing up the video after? (or both - let's just get the...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 3rd, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

IF all he did was show Will's clips and demonstrate the use of post realtime digital effects would your reaction to his video be less?

If all he did was show the AGT clip and demonstrate the use of digital cleanup would you be surprised?
by Jonathan Townsend
July 2nd, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

...there are ways to define the use of illusion and deception in order to differentiate between the use of camera tricks and other strategies in magic. From whose perspective? The comment (and not even complaint) was using post production digital cleanup to alter what the realtime audience saw from...
by Jonathan Townsend
July 1st, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

jkeyes1000 wrote:... If you don’t like being lumped in with performers that use video editing etc...


The topic was post real-time digital cleanup. Fine for "storybook" depictions of magic. Not sure it's part of "practical" effects.
by Jonathan Townsend
July 1st, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)
Replies: 73
Views: 5027

Re: Will Tsai - Youtube Responds on ethics of VFX ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izJbgzP1tRA

The question comes down to what you want folks to expect when you are present and doing the entertaining.

If you have the video camera/big screen thing happening as part of your show - seems a shame not to use available technology to maximum effect.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 30th, 2017, 8:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Masters of Illusion on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Masters of Illusion on TV

Looks like the season is starting tonight on the CW
by Jonathan Townsend
June 20th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 22657

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

... do something fun like put an item he used to get pulled off on ebaY.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 17th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 22657

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

erdnasephile wrote:I do not wish to open old wounds, but has Michael Weber ever officially published his Card Warp ending?


:(
by Jonathan Townsend
June 16th, 2017, 4:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jeff Busby Passes Away
Replies: 138
Views: 22657

Re: Jeff Busby Passes Away

Didn't we go through this a few years ago with the Cardwarp Tour book?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 16th, 2017, 8:15 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4623

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Jack Shalom wrote:Uhh.. I think the answer was already given by a certain landmark.


multiple births -

how many do you know about (for sure...) ?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4623

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Jonathan Townsend wrote:...
Quintuplets with early transgender issues handled and one who runs the lighting?


@Tom, we've names for a few more including octuplets, or less including triplets.

Sextuplets taking turns doing the act? :)
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4623

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

... that final reveal would undo all the magic they had created previously and leave an audience bitter and disheartened. There was a contestant with a cat act - and much fuss after when there turned out to be more than one cat in the named role. Whoops - that was a dog. Link: http://www.telegraph....
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4623

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

Tom Moore wrote:... that final reveal would undo all the magic they had created previously and leave an audience bitter and disheartened.


There was a contestant with a cat act - and much fuss after when there turned out to be more than one cat in the named role.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 15th, 2017, 11:49 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?
Replies: 55
Views: 4623

Re: No mention of latest magic act on AGT?

The act was entertaining.
Quintuplets with early transgender issues handled and one who runs the lighting?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 9th, 2017, 6:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Funny how apparently flexing the jumbo coin, which is more a gag than effect, gets a reaction.

When's the next time Will appears on AGT?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 9th, 2017, 10:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Pretty, yes. Magical, yes. Deceptive... not sure.
by Jonathan Townsend
June 8th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

fooling is the lowest of the bars. That bar, basic deception, remains a distinction between our craft and its brethren in the performing arts. At least till jugglers use mini-drones programmed to fly patterns. ;) The word "fool"(ing) labels the writer/speaker more than their craft. The pe...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 7th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

He didn't fool them (in any magic sense) he dazzled them, wowed them, showed them something they'd never seen before but 10 seconds looking at the online public comments shows that he didn't fool them. Were the online comments from other magicians? Depends on what you mean by magician, there were n...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 7th, 2017, 9:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Could it not be simply stated that Will was not performing for magicians? He did not "fool us." He fooled "them." He certainly engaged them. As to deceived... not sure there was any serious attempt to attach the weight of convictions to the items or to claim agency. The act was ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 6th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

If your peripheral vision picks up an abrupt action - you wonder what happened there. Tom, you wrote about that problem in a Genii column (May 2011 page 45) where you suggested using a slower mechanism. The cover is cognitive focus of attention on the performer - or a basketball being passed between...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 6th, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

@Brad there was a Triumph presentation like that.

It's simpler to address confidence and agency. What's on display and what's supposed to be happening? Does the narrative engage or does it seem like "confuse a cat"?
by Jonathan Townsend
June 6th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Watching Tommy Wonder - I wish I did not know about any of the magic methods before seeing him perform. His routines work. I think we're taking the long way around to discussing notions of confidence/conviction and agency as regards deception. A routine may be pretty but is it deceptive? For example...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2017, 10:05 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Got your unicorns... kinda: http://www.tor.com/2013/09/24/equoid/ (not safe for unwary... he writes scary stories) Narrative threads, perceptual and cognitive, being incomplete and having necessary gaps is still a difficult topic. Establishing that narrative thread and keeping your method work to th...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Funny things happen when being coy about methods. The lighting concern is flash photography - a bright light shone at odd angles can show depth, flaps, edges etc which are not always as they should be. There's a nice coin vanish item in the January 2012 issue called Schrodinger's Coin that comes to ...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Jonathan, it was not a camera trick, so what are you referring to? For the camera (with distance and a little lighting) it looks great. Not sure it would work as close as usual for the Roth chink-a-chink. We all saw the silver picture frame around the black velvet tabletop - folks with a background...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Tom Moore wrote:The argument about an effect being "too perfect" or "too proppy" is an incredibly modern one that most magicians don't even begin to understand, much less have a clear reasoned ....


Please, please we all know it was a camera trick... no need to ruffle the feathers. 8-)
by Jonathan Townsend
June 5th, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

It's "Too Perfect" because the performance leads even uneducated viewers directly to the method. Isn't proper term for that: "Flawed"? :-) I wish that were the case. The defect in this case is not on the surface of the action or the method used for the trick but in the particula...
by Jonathan Townsend
June 2nd, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: America's Got Talent performance
Replies: 99
Views: 9000

Re: America's Got Talent performance

Discussion started on the cafe 5/26: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view ... 24&forum=3
The judges and audience liked what they saw.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 27th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

Thanks Bill, figured someone know about he Owen/Abbot's items and had them for a show between tours.
Did you watch the guy on the orange tree move? Take five, remember we're filming in color :)
Also thanks for the Deland lecture. Fine arts.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

Who did the set/design for the movie? The square/circle, rings, milk glass and card frame look like magic shop props. Specially designed tables, the mirror alcove and that revolving person vanish almost look like someone's stage act got a makeover.

Any sources?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 25th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 1709

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

28 mins in for the eyes in the android head 40 mins for the card frame 51:30 for the orange tree action 1:02 for the vanishing person 1:03 for the optical appearance enjoy ? the tricks look awkward - did the guy in silver hair perform onstage? Some of the plotline got recycled into a Doctor Who epis...
by Jonathan Townsend
May 24th, 2017, 2:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Heard some exciting news ...
Replies: 47
Views: 7550

Re: Heard some exciting news ...

Deluxe annotated version of hyperbole with new adcopy illustrations?

An unexpurgated version of the erdnase text discovered that includes card counting, mnemonics and tricks with coins?
by Jonathan Townsend
May 22nd, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?
Replies: 20
Views: 2637

Re: I Just Had a Root Canal: How's YOUR Day Going?

not fun - watch out for infection in the area later on lost two that way. :(
by Jonathan Townsend
May 9th, 2017, 2:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP: Paul Diamond
Replies: 38
Views: 3520

Re: RIP: Paul Diamond

Bill Mullins wrote:Is there a way to set it up in view of the spectator? I've never done it, but it always looked like something that you'd have to bring out with the works all set up.


it's the method reset that's challenging even when you have a bottle nearby.
by Jonathan Townsend
May 9th, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin work in American Gods
Replies: 15
Views: 1948

Re: Coin work in American Gods

Agreed about suggesting/recommending items which are not age appropriate. But traipsing around other folks presumed psychological issues seems limiting. Wilful transgression into known personal issues indirectly by way of entertainment product suggestions is creepy. In the Sixth Sense the question w...

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