NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

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NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 2nd, 2004, 4:17 pm

The eighth issue of Penumbra hit my mailbox today.
An excellent issue, even though it contains only four items.
Bill Goodwin's routine "The Queens" is superb and not for girlie men.
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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Terry » August 3rd, 2004, 5:06 am

Guess the issue wasn't sent to those in California..... :eek:

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby thecardman » August 3rd, 2004, 11:32 am

Richard

I'm probably wrong here, but isn't Bill's routine "The Queens" the one-at-a-time vanish and reproduction of the said feminine playing cards?

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Peter
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Postby Richard Kaufman » August 3rd, 2004, 11:39 am

Yes.
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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Dustin Stinett » August 3rd, 2004, 12:20 pm

Originally posted by Terry Terrell:
Guess the issue wasn't sent to those in California..... :eek:
I got mine on Saturday.

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Terry » August 4th, 2004, 4:51 am

Dustin isn't a girlie man then.

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby thecardman » August 4th, 2004, 1:08 pm

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Yes.
Thanks for the info, Richard. Now, I cannot wait to get it!

Peter
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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Danny Archer » August 4th, 2004, 2:14 pm

Arrived in Denver, CO on 8/2 ...
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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Guest » August 4th, 2004, 3:05 pm

great book!

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 4th, 2004, 6:17 pm

Magic Apple, it is NOT necessary for you to add a post to each thread that discusses something people can purchase from you.
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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Guest » August 4th, 2004, 9:07 pm

What's special about the handling in this effect?

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Yves Tourigny » August 5th, 2004, 12:51 pm

Penumbra arrived at my house in the subburb of Quebec City yesterday. It is a great issue. Bill Goodwin 's "The Queens" is superb. I expected the handling to be more difficult though. It is a doable routine which fills me with joy :D

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Matthew Field » August 8th, 2004, 8:55 am

I want to say a few words about Bill Goddwin's write-up of his "The Queens" in the latest issue of "Penumbra," issue 8.

This is the best, most enjoyable description of an effect I have read in a year (or more). Yes, it's almost seven pages long. And it may describe an effect I never perform. So why am I so enthusiastic?

The effect itself is a visual treat -- four Queens vanish one at a time, and reappear the same way. They don't switch places with other cards -- they simply vanish.

But Bill Goodwin has described the effect in great detail, and along the way gives valuable finesses (thanx, Jon) for many sleights we already think we know.

Such as the Houdini/Ednase Change. This common move, a favorite of Jay Sankey's, is the one in which the top card of the deck is usually moved forward a bit so the heal of the right hand can contact the second card, which eventually is moved to the top. But Bill suggests moving the cards under the top card backward, so there is no movement of the top card itself. That's not the entire explanation (see the current "Penumbra" for details) but it is a major improvement of the sleight.

That is simply one of a number of finesses, plus extensive credits, cited by Mr. Goodwin. And that makes the entire description valuable beyond the trick itself (which is, as noted, an excellent one).

Who cares about those credits? Well, me for one. They led me on an enjoyable and productive search to track down, for example, the Rooklyn Top Palm (In "Ultimate Secrets"), "George Pugh's Pass (in "Greater Magic"), some Roy Walton material, and more. I was already more than familiar with Harvey Rosenthal's fabulous and underappreciated "Pop-Up Move" which is credited and referenced in the write-up.

So kudos to Bill Goodwin for showing how much a magic trick description can accomplish. This is a level of achievement I can only hope to emulate in my own writing.

And if you don't have The Penumbra. you can order single copies from H&R Magic Books or get subscription info from Bill Goodwin (wgoodwin42@hotmail.com). It's $50 for a 6 issue subscription.

Magazines like Genii do a great job presenting tricks for the general magic audience, but The Penumbra does an outstanding job serving the more specialized needs of the magical cognoscenti.

Matt Field

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Re: NEW PENUMBRA HITS THE STREETS!

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 8th, 2004, 9:53 am

The idea of shoving back the cards UNDER the top card in the Houdini/Erdnase change is Larry Jennings', and appears in Jennings '67. Goodwin credits this.
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