Collected Almanac

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Postby Ed Oschmann » 01/13/03 05:22 PM

What's your favorite trick(s) from this toe-breaker of a book? Mine (so far...) is the Hotel Mystery and Dingle's handling of Jenning's Visitor. C'mon, I want an extensive list!
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Postby Bill Duncan » 01/13/03 07:39 PM

Hands down: Fisting C/S by Geoff Latta from issue 10.

Geoff... if you're reading this, THANK YOU!

And though I've never done it, Iced is damn clever too.

Jay Sankey's Slick Splits on page 356 is wonderful and overlooked.

Any of the Jennings or Bro. Hamman stuff scattered about the book is worth learning even if you don't ever do it.
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Postby Steve Hook » 01/13/03 08:07 PM

I believe "Airtight" is from CA. What a great trick!

Also, isn't "Digital Copper/Silver" in there? Love that concept. Used it for years. It inspired "Silver Thief" [WONDERFUL ROUTINES OF MAGIC 2ND ADDENDUM].

And one of my all-time favorites: "Bandaid" by Sankey (but look up the 2nd version hidden in, I think, one of the BS sections.)

Great question, Ed! The book is one of the best.

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Postby Leonard Hevia » 01/13/03 08:57 PM

I love this book Ed. When I purchased it at Barry's Magic about 13 years ago, Richard was in the shop and graciously signed my copy. I like the Michael Skinner issue and particularly his "Slow Motion Coin Vanish." :)
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Postby Ed Oschmann » 01/13/03 09:29 PM

Wow, great start guys! I'm already playing around with the Latta effect and reading Sankey's.
Fugitive Coins is also a terrific coin effect. I first read the effect in the pages of the Almanac.
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 01/13/03 11:47 PM

Originally posted by Bill Duncan:

Jay Sankey's Slick Splits on page 356 is wonderful and overlooked.
I was just watching sankey do "slick splits" on his coin tape and it's so impressive and magical looking. Not too hard to do either. Very clever thinker that Jay. Now if only someone would magically give Richard a few more hours a day to get Sankeys new book out! j/k Richard! :)
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Postby Guest » 01/14/03 05:46 PM

Ditto on the Almanac being way cool. I love performing "Paul's Bill Comes Due" page xxviii and "Convincing Technicolor Oil and Water" page 377. Both are excellent!
Now if someone could just show me how to "Firp" I would be grateful. Thanks RK.

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Postby Guest » 01/14/03 05:50 PM

The Stencel aces is just great, so is Diamond Bar and SentiMental aces (sensing a bias?) rubber ringer is also awesome.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/15/03 01:08 AM

I'll mention one of my own favorites since no one else has: Bob Stencel's "Once Torn, Twice Restored." What a great item! Also, that Michael Weber trick with the dice is very very good. Tons of great stuff in there. It was a fertile period in our history.
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Postby Guest » 01/15/03 03:53 PM

I love this book! In fact, its sitting right by the couch so whenever I sit down I take a peak. I have discovered things in that book that I overlooked before. Also there are some great things hidden in the Bull section. I juse recently stumbled across an idea by John Corneilius in which you show your pocket empty then the inside of your pocket crawls back inside your pants. I love it. All the Sankey stuff is great. The coin material is all very good, and I haven't explored the card plots yet.
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Postby Brad A._dup1 » 01/15/03 11:50 PM

My Collected Almanac sits in a special "Richard Kaufman Shrine."
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Postby Chris Bailey » 01/16/03 07:29 AM

There's a nice 4-Ace trick by Peter Kane in there with a wallet finish that I like. Forgery by Jay Sankey is another trick I really like.
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Postby Guest » 01/17/03 05:53 PM

I forgot Green Warp. I love that trick. I perform it all the time.
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Postby Dave Egleston » 01/17/03 07:35 PM

This is one of the few books in my collection that is not in great shape - I carried it around with me for about 4-5 months - Everyone should own a copy of this
I remember I did a trick where a signed one dollar bill changed into a five dollar bill ("George Steps Out" by James Rigali) I did that trick for everyone I knew for months.

I agree also - BULL is a great way to track recent history - I think I'll reread it

I wish Mr Kaufman would put out another magazine - I'd subscribe.
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 01/20/03 12:59 PM

The collected almanac is still available directly from Kaufman & company correct?
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Postby Brad A._dup1 » 01/20/03 01:07 PM

Yes, the Collected Almanac can be purchased from Kaufman and Company. (You can order online)

I've seen it at a number of magic shops too.
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 01/20/03 01:29 PM

Originally posted by Bradmagic:
Yes, the Collected Almanac can be purchased from Kaufman and Company. (You can order online)

I've seen it at a number of magic shops too.
Unfortunately, my local magic shop seems to love to charge over retail price for all their books.

This book seems like an incredible deal when you look at the "bang for the buck" you get when purchasing it...

Since Richard kindly ships postpaid, there's a good chance I'll get it directly from him if I can't find it at a reasonable price locally. :)
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 02/05/03 01:28 AM

Just wanted to say that I finally got my hands on the Almanac and was gob smacked by the sheer amount of incredibly good material it contains.

My hats off to you Richard!
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Postby mike cookman » 02/05/03 06:37 PM

I like Gary Kurtz' Penny Lane in The Collected Almanac. Lots of great stuff in that book.
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Postby Chris Aguilar » 02/05/03 11:29 PM

One of my early favorites is "Technicolor Oil & water".

It's devious and looks so very very clean.

I'm also looking forward to trying out "Rubber Ringer" or some of the Sankey stuff.

Easily one of the best books I've every bought.

No filler at all. Just good solid magic from cover to cover. :)
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Postby Timothy Hyde » 02/06/03 01:03 AM

Allen Okawa's Wishing Shells (pg 275)
is one very sexy routine

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Postby Guest » 02/06/03 08:25 PM

Unforunately I could only buy the volume one hardback book, but still it is great.
I love Michael Webers coin in bottle and Sankey's bandaid. Looking forward to a rainy day.

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Postby Steve Hook » 02/06/03 08:43 PM

Dan:

You may already know this, but make sure to look up the "Bandaid" version hidden in a Bull session.

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Postby Chris Aguilar » 02/07/03 08:30 AM

Originally posted by Steve Hook:
Dan:

You may already know this, but make sure to look up the "Bandaid" version hidden in a Bull session.

Steve
I could be wrong, but I think the version of "bandaid" in "Bull" is Racherbaumers handling.

Either way, it's excellent.
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Postby Guest » 02/13/03 07:36 PM

Thanks, I believe it is Racherbaumer's, along with a hands off Sankey triangle variant. I am going to try Geoff Latta's heartless with a candy give away on Valentines day. I love the Latta issue

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Postby Chris Aguilar » 02/15/03 08:48 AM

For anyone curious as to the exact contents of the "Collected Almanac", check out this great link.

http://magicref.tripod.com/booksjr/kaufmanalmanac.htm

Every effect is described and has a brief summary line or two.

In short order, this book has become one of my top favorites.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/15/03 10:46 AM

Wow, I've never seen that Tripod web site before! I think everyone should bookmark it since it makes a fabulous reference.
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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 02/15/03 11:11 AM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Wow, I've never seen that Tripod web site before! I think everyone should bookmark it since it makes a fabulous reference.
I case you weren't aware, Doug Atkinson (owner of the site) has the contents listing for a whole bunch of books (probably around 300 or so), as well as reference listings for many common effects, such as the sponge balls, ring & string, card to wallet, etc. The link to the main portion of the site is here: http://magicref.tripod.com/magic0.htm

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Postby Max Maven » 02/15/03 02:22 PM

While I applaud the effort behind these listings, I question the approach. There is something inherently wrong about, for example, a lengthy list of Sponge Ball routines with nary a mention of Jesse Lybarger.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/15/03 05:21 PM

Well, Max, that would be your cue to send the guy who runs the site the inventor's name and see it added to the list! It IS possible for those of us who do know these details to pass them on. :)
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Postby Max Maven » 02/15/03 07:08 PM

Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Well, Max, that would be your cue to send the guy who runs the site the inventor's name and see it added to the list! It IS possible for those of us who do know these details to pass them on. :)
Spare me your misguided criticism, Richard. Of course its possible to pass on such information; I answer dozens of such queries every month.

My point was (and is) that the approach of the website seems to indicate a lack of interest in determining sources. Rather, it appears to be aimed at providing lots of references, with little regard for historical provenance.

If that is so, I have little interest. And, if it's not, those connected with that site are free to contact me.

Meanwhile, Richard, you know that Lybarger was to first to publish the idea of Sponge Balls in the October 1926 Linking Ring. As you've noted, "it IS possible for those of us who do know these details to pass them on" -- so what's stopping you from donating your time?

Oh, I almost forgot -- here's a smiley face so that I won't be accused of ill humor: :)
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Postby Guest » 02/15/03 07:19 PM

Originally posted by Max Maven:

While I applaud the effort behind these listings, I question the approach. There is something inherently wrong about, for example, a lengthy list of Sponge Ball routines with nary a mention of Jesse Lybarger.
Max, the compiler did say he was only providing a "partial list of books" and that it is "far from a thorough coverage".

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Postby Guest » 02/15/03 09:24 PM

Originally posted by happytrickster:
Max, the compiler did say he was only providing a "partial list of books" and that it is "far from a thorough coverage".
Yes, and as Max wrote earlier today:
My point was (and is) that the approach of the website seems to indicate a lack of interest in determining sources. Rather, it appears to be aimed at providing lots of references, with little regard for historical provenance.

If that is so, I have little interest. And, if it's not, those connected with that site are free to contact me.
What exactly are you telling us that Max didn't already just acknowlege and say he has no interest in?
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Postby Guest » 02/16/03 03:51 AM

Andy, lighten up. I personally wouldn't be so quick to assume that the web site shows a "lack of interest in determining sources". From what i can see, the compiler isn't claiming to be all-knowing.

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Postby Guest » 02/16/03 05:26 AM

I took its being "partial" and "far from...thorough" to be what Max was referring to when he said that. That's all I was pointing out.

Sorry if I offended. :o1
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Postby benrl » 02/16/03 02:53 PM

Max,

What emoticon do you use for 'arrogance?'

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/16/03 04:49 PM

Max, I wasn't criticising you. Just making a flippant remark.
Ben, we all love Max just the way he is. :)
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Postby Randy Naviaux » 03/07/03 11:15 PM

I hope I am not off the mark on this. But has anyone performed the marked dime penetration to inside of perrier bottle. (No gimmicks.)

I believe I found this in this series - actually vol one of Richards Almanac.

Tough effect but oh so clean when you nail it.

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Postby Beyond Control » 12/12/08 08:16 PM

I'm new here, and I received this this summer, and it is a fantastic book. Some favorites are Choice Flesh, Sentimental Aces, Meta-Assembly, any of the Hamman effects, and pretty much all of the intro and Bull sections, as they are very interesting and educational. Hopefully I can comb through this again during Christmas break!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/12/08 08:29 PM

Welcome, Beyond Control. I'm glad you're enjoying The Collected Almanac, an artifact from when dinosaurs ruled the earth.
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