Tension, Focus and Design

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Postby Matthew Field » 01/15/09 07:05 AM

I want to highly recommend to those of you who read Genii the first in a new series of columns by Aaron Fisher.

"Tension, Focus and Design" is the column name, and "Shattered" the trick under consideration. It's a lot more than a trick -- in the column Aaron explains the Art Altman Double Undercut Bottom Palm, a beautiful move which was accessible to few cardmen since it appears in the hard-to-find Marlo's Magazine No.4. Also taught is Aaron's own Gravity Palm Replacement. These moves are carefully explained in 4 1/2 pages of text and 17 photo illustrations.

What Aaron has accomplished is to write a column that will be of interest to card enthusiasts of virtually all levels of expertise. This is a very difficult thing to do.

I can't congratulate Aaron (and Editor Kaufman)enough for having this tremendous resource in an already great magazine.

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Postby Leonard Hevia » 01/20/09 08:59 PM

I second that Matt. I also welcome this column and look forward to studying Aaron's refined approach to card magic. I consider The Paper Engine nothing short of a masterpiece in card handling instruction. His Gavity Half Pass and refined handling of the Slip Force and Diminishing Lift Sequence are superb. I hope Aaron will share his handling of the Top Card Cover Pass in a future issue of "Tension, Focus, and Design."
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Postby Glen Guldbeck » 01/21/09 01:30 PM

Not to mention the fact that Aaron is one of the nicest guys in magic. Congrats on a great new column making the greatest magic magazine even better!!!

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Postby AaronFisher » 03/05/09 09:48 PM

Hey Guys,

I would further like to add that the new issue features one of my actual favorite card tricks. Enjoy this one, because the few that actually run through it will have a MEAN piece of business to deal out!

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Postby Joe Pecore » 03/06/09 07:45 AM

I've really been enjoying your column so far. Great stuff!
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Postby Tom Dobrowolski » 03/06/09 10:29 AM

Hi Aaron:

Bill Goodwin fooled the crap out of me when he showed me this a few years back when he was travelling with Lee Asher on Lee's lecture tour and they stopped at Midwest Magic. I bought a set of Bill's notes from him that day that included this trick. I played with it a bit but could never get it right. I really like your handling and am going to be working on it. Thanks for putting it out.

I look forward to your columns in the future.

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Postby Scott M. » 03/06/09 12:15 PM

AaronFisher wrote:Hey Guys,

I would further like to add that the new issue features one of my actual favorite card tricks. Enjoy this one, because the few that actually run through it will have a MEAN piece of business to deal out!

A


Which issue is this? The Uri Geller (I don't see the trick/column in the TOC) or the following?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/06/09 01:39 PM

It's in the March issue with Geller on the cover: it was accidentally left out of the table of contents.
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Postby Cugel » 03/06/09 09:31 PM

Leonard Hevia wrote:I second that Matt. I also welcome this column and look forward to studying Aaron's refined approach to card magic. I consider The Paper Engine nothing short of a masterpiece in card handling instruction. His Gavity Half Pass and refined handling of the Slip Force and Diminishing Lift Sequence are superb. I hope Aaron will share his handling of the Top Card Cover Pass in a future issue of "Tension, Focus, and Design."


I like the trick with seven half passes (to eliminate an add-on move). I can't remember its name, but I think it might have been called "The Trick with Seven Half-Passes".
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Postby AaronFisher » 03/08/09 07:33 AM

There WERE a lot of half passes in that trick! I'd forgotten that one (I wrote the book about 11 years ago). THANKS!
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Postby Cugel » 03/09/09 03:12 AM

Has it really been that long? It feels like just yesterday.
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