Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

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Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 18th, 2001, 10:54 am

I'd like to hear from our readers regarding the way we explained the two Earl Nelson effects in the August issue of Genii. Instead of Earle Oakes' drawings, there were so many that I decided to go with a "Stars of Magic" style photographic approach.
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Matthew Field » July 19th, 2001, 9:19 am

I thought the photos illustrating the Earl Nelson tricks were great -- is this a new photographer?

The "transparent hand" in one trick and the photo of the lapping of the cards showing the action were great.

This photographer is real good, and the black background made everything very clear.

Nice job!

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 19th, 2001, 11:34 am

The photographer is Damon Webster, an executive with Saatchi & Saatchi (is that how you spell it?) on the west coast. It took at least two photo shoots to get everything right.
I think the thing with the transparent hand shown during the Vernon Transfer Move is a new innovation with a photo in our field. Has anyone ever seen it before? It was easy for our Art Director to do once I explained what I wanted. Computers are a wonderful thing!
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Brad A._dup1 » July 20th, 2001, 5:44 pm

I've seen that technique done within the camera (double exposure, etc). But I haven't seen it in the context of Magic.

It is nice that computers can aide in our art.

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 20th, 2001, 6:06 pm

One of the arguments in favor of illustrations versus line drawings has always been that you can do things like X-ray and transparent views. As you can see by that photo in the August issue, you can now do it with photos, too. ;)
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Guest » July 22nd, 2001, 8:05 am

I haven't seen the August issue yet, but the application sounds both novel and effective.

In my opinion, however, there's something more timeless about the line drawings done by Oakes, Onosaka, and Kaufman.

Also, I still find line drawings to be better in eliminating needless visual elements(shadows, etc).

A side note: There is a feature on Corel Photo Shop that can change any photograph into an exquisite looking drawing. I don't know what to make of all this!

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 22nd, 2001, 11:52 am

Josh,
Can you send me a jpeg of one of those "exquisite looking drawings" made from a photo?
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Guest » July 22nd, 2001, 11:19 pm

It basically outlines objects in a picture. I'll send one over to you and, if possible, post it on the message board.

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby dwmagic » July 23rd, 2001, 1:17 am

Matthew-
Thanks for the kind words.Always curious to hear reaction on photos.Many times you shoot,it goes out, and you hope it communicates.
Richard-
Yes it is spelled Saatchi & Saatchi.Look forward to seeing the issue.
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Steve Bryant » July 23rd, 2001, 9:17 am

The photos were a nice change from the usual line drawings. They made me nostalgic for the photos of Larry Jennings that accompanied the early Charlie Miller issues of Magicana*. Loved in general seeing an extended piece on Earl Nelson. He's such a classy magician and a living link to the magic of the Castle's golden age. *(I think there is a big market to see Charlie's columns published as a book. We were discussing this on Gemini recently.)

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 23rd, 2001, 11:12 am

The Genii Corporation will publish a book on The Best of Magicana in the future.
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Steve Hook » July 23rd, 2001, 9:28 pm

Richard: Please include "Time Machine" in that book. One of my favorites, with that nifty little spin move.

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 23rd, 2001, 9:41 pm

Hi Steve, Yes, it's quite a famous trick (by Steve Freeman) and we'll probably put it in. I think it was already reprinted in Genii once in the 60th Anniversary issue.
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Brian » July 23rd, 2001, 10:25 pm

Richard,

To let people know, Damon is also a very highly regarded and award-winning photographer as well as being in the ad biz. His very artistic photos have appeared in numerous magazines.

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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby Ryan Matney » July 24th, 2001, 9:19 pm

I like the photos, but the tricks themselves are waaaaaay cool!! "Jumping Jacks Redux" is one of the better things I have read in awhile. I'm gonna work on it.
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Re: Earl Nelson's Tricks in the August Genii

Postby EdAndres » July 25th, 2001, 2:41 am

The Earl Nelson tricks are great. I have read them over the last few days.
I'm going to use the "Jumping Jacks Redux" tonight..... just kidding!

Cool add on and a Maze second deal lap....awsome.
These will take some work to get.
What a great article/tricks! :cool:
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