Manuscripts in the Genii Bash Portfolio

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Postby Matthew Field » 10/22/12 06:50 AM

I've been a bit surprised by the lack of comment on the manuscripts given away in the Genii Bash portfolio. So here's my conversation starter.

There are some extraordinary highlights here, all printed in a limited edition of 775 (I believe that had to be increased at the last moment because of last-minute attendees).

I'll start with the most lavish of the items, "Juan Pair" by Stephen Minch and "Olram Aces" by Jon Racherbaumer.

"Juan Pair" consists of two related tricks by Juan Tamariz in a 15-page photo-illustrated booklet. "Worldly Rise" and "First Class Tourists" rely on the Tamariz Perpendicular Control (TPC) which is here newly and elegantly decribed, an improvement over the description and technique in "Sonata." The multiple card rise in the first item is imprssive (and gaff-less) with techniques that are inventive and well worth studying. Tamariz's variant of the Vernon classic "Travelers" in his second effect also contains techniques previously undescribed and most impressive.

Jon Racherbaumer's Olaram Aces is a revised and expanded handling of his effect which first saw print in 1976. The McDonald Aces variant is of the Slow Motion variety and each vanish is handled differently. It is a classic, and the trick came with the necessary gaffs!

There's lots more in the package, from Scarne to Dingle, but I wanted to get the ball rolling.

If I have one regret, it is that the material here will have such limited circulation.

And I haven't yet had a chance to get into the 8 DVDs in the portfolio, or the other manuscripts I obtained, such as two by Roberto Giobbi, on Vernon material and Deck Switches, and some Jim Steinmeyer notes (and his "Susequent Impuzlebilities," which is a gem.

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Postby Tom Gilbert » 10/22/12 12:25 PM

I'm looking forward to having some time for Olaram Aces and Scarne Aces. I've skimmed though Juan Pair.
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Postby Larry Horowitz » 10/22/12 03:04 PM

The Scarne Aces Pinch works very well. I've had the work in since the Bash and it is still working and undetectable.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 10/22/12 05:31 PM

Matthew "The Button Man" Field wrote:If I have one regret, it is that the material here will have such limited circulation.

I like that part. It ups their value (not necessarily "dollar," but personal value), at least for a while, to those who attended a one-of-a-kind event.
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Postby Pete McCabe » 10/22/12 06:13 PM

I am looking for the Juan Pair and Scarne Aces manuscripts. Please let me know if you have one of either/both you are willing to part with, especially if you are interested in a trade involving any of my commercial items (the PM Card Mark System ebook, Web Test, Scripting Magic).
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Postby Brad Henderson » 10/22/12 06:35 PM

Dustin Stinett wrote:
Matthew "The Button Man" Field wrote:If I have one regret, it is that the material here will have such limited circulation.

I like that part. It ups their value (not necessarily "dollar," but personal value), at least for a while, to those who attended a one-of-a-kind event.


I thought we had established in the l and l threads that exclusivity had no value in magic.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 10/22/12 06:52 PM

"We"? Did I make such an argument, Brad?
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Postby Brad Henderson » 10/22/12 06:54 PM

That seemed to be the position of the forum as a whole. That, and that I was a shallow, selfish out of touch person
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 10/22/12 07:07 PM

I've always considered "value" as a relative thing. I place a higher "value" on my complete file of The Sphinx versus the PDF version I have, even though many might say that since the information is the same, the value is the same. I place a higher value on my complete file of Apocalypse even though reprints are available in book form. But that's just me. "Value" is always relative and can be a very personal, subjective thing. I was recently given a gift that I cannot place a dollar value on; not possible. But one day someone in my family will discover what others "value" it at.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/22/12 07:15 PM

Brad, don't play dumb. It's annoying.
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Postby Brad Henderson » 10/22/12 07:54 PM

Like I said - exclusivity has no value in magic, except when we want it to
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Postby Evan Shuster » 10/22/12 08:03 PM

I havent had a chance to work my way through the DVDs yet, but the printed materials are truly exceptional. I was surprised as much by the jaw-dropping simplicity of the Scarne Aces as I was by the complexity and depth of the Tamariz material.

Racherbaumers Olram Aces was equally satisfying, and what a pleasant surprise to see Jerry Andrus staring up at me from the page once again.

Still more to explore and discover. Looking forward to a little more time in my day to uncover some of the other treasures of the portfolio.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/22/12 11:58 PM

I've been practicing the Derek Dingle CTW ever since. The Ben Harris e-book is also quite a keeper. The dilemma for me is whether to leave the apparatus undisturbed. Regardless, it's a literal treasure chest which will be savored at a most leisurely pace. And then there are the DVD's . . .
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Postby erdnasephile » 10/23/12 03:42 AM

I hate to say it, but I suspect the first person to put some of this stuff on ebay is going to make a mint.
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Postby erdnasephile » 10/23/12 05:26 AM

...of course, if somebody wants to make some money now, I'd love to purchase a copy of the Dingle CTW please! :grin:
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Postby Edward Pungot » 10/23/12 07:50 AM

The interview by Joshua Jay in the Reel Magic DVD is quite good and worth a listen.
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Postby mrgoat » 10/23/12 09:32 AM

Edward Pungot wrote:The interview by Joshua Jay in the Reel Magic DVD is quite good and worth a listen.


Yes, I'd never seen Reel Magic before and found it to be good.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/24/12 08:10 PM

At my request, Ben Harris has extended the expiration date for downloading his book Friendly Fire. Please take advantage of the code found on the special card in your Genii Bash gift bag and download the book now.
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Postby MaxNY » 10/25/12 08:51 PM

Ya'll got too much time on your hands...I haven't even cracked my bag open yet. It would be really nice to take a long Thanksgiving vacation to go through the stuff. So, I guess instead of raking leaves this weekend I will try and convince my wife that I must go through my Goodie bag.

Any tips, or are these all secret eggs I have to find...and BTW can we find a nice list of all those old eggs on past discs?

I don't have the chops or time for card stuff, so how can I sell this stuff on Ebay? Am I allowed to download..then sell? Or do I sell secret code? Too confusing.

I also would like to say that all the vendors who donated stuff for the raffle were appreciated. This was truly one of the coolest parts to the Bash. It seemed like the gifts were endless.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/25/12 09:09 PM

Max, there is only one item to download, but we would think poorly of you if you downloaded and then sold it.

Of course you're free to sell anything you own, but I think you should keep your bag and enjoy the material. Sell the whole thing eventually if you wish, but it will always be worth more in its totality than in pieces.

There is also a letter in the bag (it was the first thing you saw when you unzipped it, sitting on top of the legal pad) that lists every item in detail. I guess you really haven't opened it!
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Postby Pete McCabe » 10/26/12 12:59 AM

Max,

You can have a signed copy of Scripting Magic in exchange for the Scarne Aces and Juan Pair manuscripts. No one will bid that on eBay.
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Postby Matthew Field » 10/26/12 04:22 AM

There's another, excellent, download from Vanishing Inc. in the package.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/26/12 11:34 AM

Bad trade, Max.
Sorry Pete.
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Postby AJM » 10/26/12 06:41 PM

With regard to the Vanishing Inc item I feel that the final phase tips the method of the entire trick, particularly if you leave the 'incriminating evidence' lying around on the table - which the performer on the video almost does before quickly removing it from view.

I would be interested in folks' views.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/26/12 06:51 PM

Andrew, you are thinking like a magician, not like someone who can perform miracles for laymen. If you think it tips the method, it's because you are subconsciously guilty about showing the gimmick, albeit in two parts.

If you want to see a different way to handle the end of the effect, watch Christian Engblom's handling on one of my recent videos embedded in the digital issue of Genii, which I shot at FISM.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 10/26/12 08:44 PM

In that final phase, just after you have dealt the (supposed) ace of hearts onto the table, you can quite cleanly show the other two cards to be the three of clubs either with a standard monte toss or the Vallarino count. Just make it casual, not "proving" anything.

This is a nice gift!
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Postby MaxNY » 10/26/12 09:57 PM

See, now a book on scripting I could use. Please no more calls. My lines couldn't handle the volume of interest.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/27/12 03:28 PM

I couldn't finesse the link just a few moments ago. First, "Genii Bash-ers" are welcomed; you sign in, and no further assistance to access the Moser link. It's nice to be logged-in to buy all the good stuff Josh and Andi have to offer, but could not find the free Moser Monte download. Tips, anyone?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/27/12 03:41 PM

I have contacted those in charge.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/27/12 04:46 PM

The Genii again grants all appropriate requests. Thank you.
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Postby MaxNY » 10/28/12 10:59 PM

I downloaded the PDF today, Thanks for the extension.
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Postby Andi » 10/29/12 05:46 AM

Bill McFadden wrote:I couldn't finesse the link just a few moments ago. First, "Genii Bash-ers" are welcomed; you sign in, and no further assistance to access the Moser link. It's nice to be logged-in to buy all the good stuff Josh and Andi have to offer, but could not find the free Moser Monte download. Tips, anyone?


Hi Bill,

I looked back through the logs and found the issue you were having. It was a small bug affecting a few people. It is now fixed and you'll be able to get to the video without issue.

Let me know how you get on.

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Postby mrgoat » 10/29/12 09:37 AM

Andi wrote:
Bill McFadden wrote:I couldn't finesse the link just a few moments ago. First, "Genii Bash-ers" are welcomed; you sign in, and no further assistance to access the Moser link. It's nice to be logged-in to buy all the good stuff Josh and Andi have to offer, but could not find the free Moser Monte download. Tips, anyone?


Hi Bill,

I looked back through the logs and found the issue you were having. It was a small bug affecting a few people. It is now fixed and you'll be able to get to the video without issue.

Let me know how you get on.

--Andi (aka "those in charge")


It's a GREAT video too!
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Postby Bill McFadden » 10/29/12 02:32 PM

Like I was sayin', Andi and Josh are a couple of stand-up guys (mensches). Thanks for the Moser gift!!
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Postby Bill McFadden » 11/01/12 01:39 PM

Now that the grip of Sandy has loosened, I was able to download effortlessly. Thanks very much to Andi, Josh, and Vanishing, Inc.

I dare anyone reading this to check out their website and NOT find something of interest and desire.
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Postby Don Hendrix » 11/02/12 01:40 AM

For anyone using Phoenix cards, Card Shark has the Moser Monte cards in Phoenix. I ordered a few things from them on Monday and the package arrived today.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 11/03/12 11:50 PM

If you liked the Jerry Andrus illusion (I did), go check out his "Parabox" from the May 1984 issue of Richard's Almanac, which exploits the same principle.

If that's too much trouble, look at this dragon.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/04/12 02:28 AM

I picked "Spook Blocks" because it's a more advanced version of "Parabox" and the dragon. When "Spook Blocks" starts wiggling back and forth on the end of the pencil, reality seems to melt away.

For those who are interested, pop-artist Roy Lichtenstein built almost an exact duplicate of Jerry's "house" version of the "Parabox" as a full-size sculpture which is now on display at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. I contacted the artist's archive and there is no record of him being in contact with Andrus, but Jerry's work precede's Lichtenstein's by years, so it's curious indeed! Look here:

http://www.nga.gov/feature/sculpturegar ... ure15.shtm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqsI09Tx2Sk
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Postby Ian Kendall » 11/04/12 04:53 AM

I have one of the dragons on a shelf in my office. It's a wonderful object. Now I'll have to make the Spook Blocks up...
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Postby Bill Mullins » 11/28/12 01:24 PM

Richard - in the Richard's Almanac article I referred to above, it mentions a proposed book by Andrus of cut-out optical illusions. Did this happen?

And some more good illusions.
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