New Book Coming on the Card Magic of David Berglas

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Postby DrDanny » 01/05/10 04:41 PM

I freely admit, I've never seen anyone do ACAAN, either poorly or well. I'd love to be proven wrong by seeing a lay audience go bonkers for it. Until then, I'll continue to think of it as an academic exercise.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/05/10 07:54 PM

You do that. The fact that it's been a staple of David Berglas's performances for the public for many decades should have no influence at all on your thinking.
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Postby Mark.Lewis » 01/05/10 08:42 PM

I am quite sure, as I have said, that it is a good trick. I am sure that laymen would quite like it. But yet I also think that Dr Danny is right. I bet they would like the invisible deck just as much, or even better.

Of course I am a notorious non-reactor to magic. Very few magicians impress me and even fewer tricks. I think the reason that magicians like the Card at any Number thing is that they are puzzled by it and don't know how it is done. I also don't know how it is done. The difference is that I don't care how it is done.

I just don't get excited about watching tricks. Quite frankly magic bores the crap out of me unless I am doing it myself.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/06/10 08:48 AM

i'm sure we'll have a chance to see YouTube commentary and performances of both tricks done side by side soon enough.

Imagine a cartoon character doing both tricks. which one impreses the most?
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Postby Ben the Magician » 02/24/10 06:49 PM

Richard,

Any idea how limited the book will be?

How will we get it?


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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/24/10 07:34 PM

You'll probably see advertisements both here and in Genii by the end of the year. Regular edition will not be limited. Deluxe edition will be,
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Postby Joe Mckay » 02/24/10 08:12 PM

By the end of the year? Does that mean a summer release is out of the question? I was hoping to combine the Berglas book with the World Cup!

Can't wait for the book (and the World Cup!)

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Postby Ben the Magician » 02/24/10 08:27 PM

Regular edition will not be limited? Oh my. I'm a little bit worried as to how common knowledge these wonderful secrets will be.



Oh well, I'm still exited.

Sounds like it is coming a bit later than originally expected.


Keep us updated. Thanks.


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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 02/24/10 09:34 PM

...I'm a little bit worried as to how common knowledge these wonderful secrets will be....


And for that reason we should also ask that schools stop teaching folks to read, right?
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Postby Bill Mullins » 02/24/10 10:16 PM

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
...I'm a little bit worried as to how common knowledge these wonderful secrets will be....


And for that reason we should also ask that schools stop teaching folks to read, right?


No, Jon, we shouldn't ask that schools stop teaching folks to read.
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Postby Larry Horowitz » 02/25/10 02:41 AM

History has shown that the safest place for a magic secret is in a book.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 02/25/10 04:52 PM

That is a good point Larry.
People most often look for answers on DVD or videos or online.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 02/25/10 05:08 PM

Larry Horowitz wrote:History has shown that the safest place for a magic secret is in a book.


History as in written in books?

Or history as seen by the consensus as seen on YouTube?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/25/10 06:55 PM

Jonathan, you know exactly what Larry means.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 02/27/10 12:20 AM

Richard,

On a side note,

I recall reading a while back on here an interview you did with Berglas. Is that still available anywhere on here?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/27/10 05:15 AM

Ben,
You can buy the back issue from us for $6.
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Postby magicam » 03/13/10 08:02 PM

Ben the Magician wrote:Regular edition will not be limited? ...

Ben, if it's any consolation, there's never been a physical book published in the history of mankind that wasn't limited in the number of copies printed.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/13/10 11:07 PM

The regular edition will not be limited.
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Postby Manuel García » 05/26/10 09:42 AM

Richard, is your book going to includ the method's used by Berglas to perform his ACAAN effect?

When you say that we (refering to the lectors of the book) are not David Berglas, do you mean that we won't be able to perform this masterpiece as David used to?

One last question, what is your favourite method available to perform the ACAAN effect?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/26/10 10:33 AM

David still does the effect.

Will other people be able to do it? I imagine so, but it's not easy.

As far as I'm concerned, there is only one method for "The Berglas Effect," which is David's method. There are a million ways to do "Any Card at Any Number."
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Postby James Cotton » 05/26/10 12:02 PM

What a wealth of magical riches this year. First Ben Harris has a new release and now this!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/26/10 12:28 PM

Is that supposed to be a joke?
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Postby Joneseymagic » 05/26/10 08:36 PM

David is a brilliant perfomer and (more importantly) a wonderful person. I'm really looking forward to the book. Can you give us an estimated date of publication?

I'm intrigued by your comment "there is only one method for "The Berglas Effect," which is David's method. There are a million ways to do "Any Card at Any Number."

In what way do you think that "The Berglas Effect" is different from "Any Card at Any Number". What makes "The Berglas Effect" unique?

You also say that "there is only one method for the "Berglas Effect", which is David's method". This is really intriguing! I always thought that there were many methods according to the performing conditions. Are you suggesting that there is a definitive "core" method?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 05/26/10 09:13 PM

In my opinion there is only one GOOD method for "The Berglas Effect"--David's method. In a sense, there is no "Berglas Effect" without Berglas himself.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 06/09/10 01:59 PM

I was just thinking about this book again, so I came onto the forum.

Richard, you've made it clear that it will take a while to be ready to properly perform the effect. Will the book provide sufficient detailing on how to do it? Is it something we will need to research a lot for outside of the book, or does the book provide enough that with time and practice, we will be able to pull off the effect?

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/09/10 02:58 PM

The chapter on The Berglas Effect in the new book is 22,000 words ... I think that if you work like hell you'll be able to learn it. It's not easy, to say the least.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 06/14/10 07:50 PM

Now that it is the summer of this year, when might we expect this book to be available?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/14/10 08:10 PM

Working toward a release at the end of this year.
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Postby John M. Dale » 06/15/10 12:54 AM

When does the "Pre-Pub" Sale begin? My Credit Card is ready.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/15/10 10:05 AM

Can't start selling the book until I know exactly how much it's going to cost, and can't figure that out until it's laid out and the DVDs are edited.
October at the earliest.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 06/15/10 12:26 PM

So there really is going to be a DVD?
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Postby Mark Collier » 06/15/10 12:30 PM

Read Richard's first post in this thread.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 06/15/10 12:37 PM

I assumed the first post was being a bit sarcastic. 3D glasses?
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Postby El Mystico » 06/15/10 12:43 PM

There were 3D images of Berglas in Genii a while back. I guess there are probably more.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 06/15/10 02:27 PM

There are going to be TWO DVDs. And there will be 3D glasses. The DVDs are not 3D, but some supplementary material will be.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 06/15/10 08:27 PM

Look what I found on put up recently on YouTube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9u25Cfe ... re=related.
I'm so exited because a while back I was having a great deal of trouble locating footage of him.

Just thought I'd share,


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EDIT: It appears multiple episodes are up.
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Postby hnegash » 08/31/10 02:11 AM

Mr. Kaufman,

Is this book still planning on being released near the end of the year or did it get pushed back to 2011? Thanks.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/31/10 10:27 AM

We are now planning on including three DVDs with the book. Book is currently 275 pages long and I'm not finished yet. Still hoping for the end of the year.
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Postby magicrobharv » 09/02/10 01:44 PM

Ben, thanks for the youtube link. David Berglas' presence on film is something to behold. I can't imagine what it would be like to watch him perform in person. Just amazing.
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Postby Ben the Magician » 09/07/10 03:06 PM

Yes, he is amazing.

Is it really going to come with 3 DVDs?
So you're planning on milking this for all it's worth!
I suppose the price is going to be extremely high, but I guess it will be worth it...

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