Hold outs

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Postby Guest » 06/10/03 09:57 AM

What is the best source(s) for learning about hold outs?


Postby CHRIS » 06/10/03 11:39 AM

I would start with historical information. For example "Sharps and Flats" has some nice info on hold-outs. Available as ebook, reprint or second hand.

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Postby Guest » 06/10/03 12:59 PM

Thank you for the info. I have seen you promote e-books many times. I would like to contact you outside of this forum for more info on the e-books. Would you accept an e-mail from me?


Postby CHRIS » 06/10/03 01:12 PM

Sure I accept your email anytime :-)

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Postby Pete Biro » 06/10/03 01:30 PM

What kind of hold outs? Gambling? Kepplinger style, squeezer, bean shooter?

Or magicians, ala Jack Miller et al?

Ed Mishell published a book "Holdout Miracles."
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Postby Guest » 06/11/03 07:42 AM

First, thank you for the suggestion. I will try and locate it.
Second, wow! What great terms! Since I know so little about hold outs, it makes me that much more interested to learn.
I have two reasons for wanting to learn;
1.) An organization I belong to runs a 'casino' nite fund raiser. I thought it would be neat to do a Riverboat Gambler demonstration for the patrons as they sit around.
2.) I am auditioning for the part of Applegate in Damn Yankees later this year. I was curious to see if I could use a hold out to produce a lit cigarette (as the character must do a few times during the production).

I thank you for taking the time to answer my query. And for the little bump to do more research.


Postby Jim Riser » 06/11/03 11:10 AM

There is some holdout info on my web page at:

Be sure to go down to the bottom of the page to the gambling link.
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Postby Robert Allen » 06/14/03 11:24 AM

This is interesting. The latest Stevens Magic catalog is selling an item for $55 called "Invisible Hand with book". It looks like a Miller-style weight holdout with attachments.
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Postby Guest » 06/14/03 03:18 PM

It is Robert. It is Michel and Greco Vernet's version of the Miller holdout. It is simply a streamlined version of the original Miller. With a couple ends to grasp different objects.


Postby Matthew Field » 06/15/03 07:23 AM

I'll toss into the mix the excellent John Carney book on his work with adapting the Miller holdout. Typical of John's genius.

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