Clarke found it effective

Discussions of new films, books, television shows, and media indirectly related to magic and magicians. For example, there may be a book on mnemonics or theatrical technique we should know or at least know about.
Jonathan Townsend
Posts: 7427
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Westchester, NY
Contact:

Clarke found it effective

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 3rd, 2013, 11:49 am

Any thoughts on making a version that can easily be loaded with a folded card or key or ring?

http://harpers.org/blog/2008/03/clarkes ... e-machine/

JonT

Pete McCabe
Posts: 2171
Joined: January 18th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Simi Valley, CA

Re: Clarke found it effective

Postby Pete McCabe » January 3rd, 2013, 12:34 pm


Jonathan Townsend
Posts: 7427
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Westchester, NY
Contact:

Re: Clarke found it effective

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 3rd, 2013, 12:41 pm

How does eight switches on a larger box help load an item to be produced?
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

Pete McCabe
Posts: 2171
Joined: January 18th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Simi Valley, CA

Re: Clarke found it effective

Postby Pete McCabe » January 4th, 2013, 4:05 am

It doesn't.

Curtis Kam
Posts: 480
Joined: January 18th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Waikiki
Contact:

Re: Clarke found it effective

Postby Curtis Kam » January 4th, 2013, 6:16 am

Take a concept like that and turn it into a card trick? I suppose that's the one thing you could do to make the Useless Machine even more useless.

Maybe you could talk about the machine that exists just to turn itself off, and then say, "and in keeping with that thought, I'd like you to take a card from this deck, and then put it back."

Okay, I suppose you could show a working model of the machine, then illustrate the premise by showing them a card that keeps returning to the top of the deck (instead of actually doing a trick) and at the end, the card could be in the box.

Sigh.

$300 bucks for the box and a DVD. God help us all....

Jonathan Townsend
Posts: 7427
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Westchester, NY
Contact:

Re: Clarke found it effective

Postby Jonathan Townsend » January 4th, 2013, 8:24 am

I imagined it as a "press the button" instead of waving the wand type running gag where only after a few times does anything animated happen with the box.
Mundus vult decipi -per Caleb Carr's story Killing Time

User avatar
Michael Kamen
Posts: 338
Joined: January 18th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: SF Bay Area

Re: Clarke found it effective

Postby Michael Kamen » January 4th, 2013, 10:42 am

Pete McCabe wrote:Try this one:

Useless Machine -- Advanced Version


That is too funny!
Michael Kamen


Return to “Alternative Media”