Most engaging presentations

Discuss your favorite close-up tricks and methods.

Postby Philippe Noël » 08/03/05 02:08 AM

What are the presentations that you find the most engaging?
As an example I personally find Jay Sankey's presentation of Prediction Impossible( See Very Best of Jay Sankey Volume 1), in fact Sankey's version of the old Anneman's Remote Control trick(See Encyclopedia of card tricks)very engaging.
At the beginning of the trick, he asks a girl: Do you believe you have free will, you have free choice?
The answer is of course generally:yes.
His answer is then: I made you say that.Then he proceeds with the trick.
What are your favourite presentations?
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Postby Adrian Kuiper » 08/03/05 05:50 AM

When talking presentations, the one that immediately pops into my head is Peter Samelson's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" aka Wild Card. It's almost like Peter Kane was watching the movie when he came up with the concept. It's just a perfect match. Now..that's relating the story-line to the effect. What makes this SO perfect, is Peter Samelson's performance!!! I've seen the routine a half-dozen times and will never tire of it.

And then there's Goshman.....'nuff said.

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Postby Bill Duncan » 08/03/05 10:13 PM

Peter's "Smoke" and Gypsy Thread

David Regal's Cups and Balls and Cups and Balls

Curtis Cam's "Praise The Load" single cup routine from Dangerous Notions and "21 Cent Mystery" (I love puns).

Michael Close's "The Big Suprise" and "El Cheapo Magic Club"
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Postby Guest » 08/04/05 04:59 PM

Norm Nielsen's Floating Violin. --Asrah
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Postby Guest » 12/03/05 12:26 PM

Doing a search for wild card routines myself, where can I find the Peter Samelson routine?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/03/05 01:53 PM

It's in Peter Samelson's book, Theatrical Close-Up Magic (I think that's the title), long out of print and published by Mike Caveney.
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Postby Guest » 12/05/05 09:43 PM

I have to agree with David Regal's Cups and Balls and Cups and Balls. I got my very first set from a guy just like the one he describes in his presentation.
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Postby Hannibal » 12/05/05 11:23 PM

Rene Lavand - Three Bread Crumbs
Eric DeCamps - Egg Bag

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Postby Sean Macfarlane » 12/06/05 03:39 AM

Anything by Rene Levand!

Johnny Paul is truly engaging, so fun to watch.

Don Alan

Fred Kaps

Really wish I could see Del Ray perform....I heard he was a real charmer and just a pleasure to watch
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Postby Sean Macfarlane » 12/06/05 03:41 AM

ooops, you asked for presentations not presenters...hmmm

Johnny Pauls cups and balls

Rene Levand's "It can't be any slower"

Fred Kaps "smoking thumb"
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Postby Sean Macfarlane » 12/06/05 03:42 AM

Don Alan's Stabbed Card Routine

Ricky Jay's show " 52 assistants" That whole show is engaging, I love the comedy routine with the toys!!
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Postby Guest » 12/06/05 09:32 AM

One must include Maury Leaf's whole close up act. I have written in another thread about Maury.

Goshman has been mentioned above and to this I add a hearty and resounding "amen".

Not close up but one that is probably the most engaging act I ever saw: Louis McCord's egg bag. Not in his role of Silent Mora but as himself. Made one wish he was your grandfather.

Come to think of it, these three performers had in common a knack of making the audience feel loved.
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Postby Pete Biro » 12/06/05 10:46 AM

Those that NAILED me...

Blackstone's Donkey production and Lady without a middle.

Harbin doing Zig Zag

Phoa's cut/restored handkerchief

Kaps' floating cork

Armando Lucero (all his stuff)

And the winner is.... JAY AND LEFTY
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Postby Kevin Fox » 12/06/05 11:35 AM

Where can we find the Decamp egg bag routine please if published.
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Postby Guest » 12/06/05 12:13 PM

Pat Pages "Three Shell Game" presentation is something to behold. I had the privilege to see him perform live in a magic shop, (Davenports, London). It humbles you.

"Absolutely Nuts" Bob Sheets, a close second.

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Postby Guest » 12/06/05 08:11 PM

Charlie Miller doing the Rice Bowls. Man, could he whistle! And then, he did the "Foriegn Countries' Card Trick", an absolutely hilarious routine, but only if it was Charlie doing it...

Slydini, doing the "Mystery of the Gold Pins" - I love his other stuff, but this was "engaging", as you put it. Tony made this an intimate trick, you felt like he was sharing a special moment with you...

Ron Bauer doing the Ring on Pencil, with The Gypsy's Curse - it's all of a piece, an intimate look (tongue-in-cheek) at one man's "cursed" luck, thru generations of his family. Bauer gets so much milage out of this it is just wondrous to watch...

"Buma" Burger doing, of all things, the "Passe Passe Bottles" for kids! He had a green pickle that lit up, and the kids all had to scream, "Buma, Buma, pickle in your ear!" to which he would respond by doing just that - sticking the damn thing in his ear! It lit up, and the magic happened! The faces of those kids were a joy to watch...

Mike Skinner, doing the "Jumping Gems", better known as "LIberace's Keys". Talk about taking an old turkey and making it turkey soup! Mike could make anything fun to watch, and this became a charming bit of "Vegas History" the way he did it. Also, his presentation of the "Sack's Dice Routine", done with big casino dice in front of his body, so it was visible for a change!

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Postby Bill Duncan » 12/07/05 12:05 AM

Paul Harris, sitting on the lobby floor of the Clairmont Resort Hotel, barefoot, doing Tap Dancing Aces with someone else's deck.

New York Magic Symposium a couple of years back...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/07/05 09:03 AM

A couple of years back? The last Symposium was in New York in 1987: 18 years ago!
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Postby Pete Biro » 12/07/05 09:56 AM

Chosse: What about Jan Ballan doing the Conradi Block trick? (And now Sheets).

PHIL CASS doing 3 shell game. Light years ahead of all.

Ken Brooke doing Nemo Rising Cards.

Paul Daniels doing Chop cup. And his TV bit doing magic for two monkeys.
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Postby Guest » 12/07/05 03:46 PM

Biro: What ABOUT Jan Ballan? As long as we're going THERE, how's about your old pal, Jonesy, and his Boozemobile? You know, The Bottle Act?

Or, if you really wanted to see something amazing and engaging, Professor Tai King Lee! A wizened old chinese fellow, who wieghed in at about 87 pounds, stood about 5'2", and DANCED on broken glass! That was his finale, but before that he did some other, amazing, magic. Pete, do you remember the popcorn? I don't know if anyone, to this day, know how he did that trick! The multipying popcorn - it was great!

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Postby Pete Biro » 12/07/05 10:47 PM

Funny you should ask about Tai King Lee and the Popcorn trick.

That had me baffled for almost 30 years... but then, dating a female chinese magician for a short time... she taught it to me and actually gave me the "G" -- it is a great item and I plan on using it soon.

He used to sit in the audience every show I did at The Carter Magic Cellar and I would make a statement "in chinese" doing the Malini egg bag, and he would jump up and contradict my wording... to which I answered, "But you're from a different province."

He was great. He taught Matt a lot of the stuff about dancing on glass and eating light bulbs... but I wasn't into that stuff.
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Postby Guest » 12/08/05 01:22 PM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
He was great. He taught Matt a lot of the stuff about dancing on glass and eating light bulbs... but I wasn't into that stuff.
Pete, I was hanging out with Matt when he was taking "lessons" from Lee to walk on glass. That was the funniest thing I've ever seen. Matt, trying to "magic" himself into being able to do that trick. Tai King Lee told Matt that it all a matter of "concentration" and was teaching him to "meditate" - who knows, maybe it was? But, watching Matt "getting into it" was hilarious...

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P.S. To the best of my knowledge all Matt ever did was cut his feet!
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Postby Randy » 12/08/05 01:34 PM

A very engaging presentation is the award winning close-up act of Johnny Ace Palmer. I've seen the act many times and now just enjoy the look of wonder on the spectator's faces as Johnny makes them all feel that they are the most special people in the room....which, IMHO, is "real" magic.
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Postby Bill Duncan » 12/08/05 01:58 PM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
A couple of years back? The last Symposium was in New York in 1987: 18 years ago!
Thanks for making me feel old Richard. :)

It was the one in Berkley. You were sick as a dog with a head cold...

I don't know how much fun you had but I had a blast, and I didn't even get to stay for the final full evening show.
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