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by Dave Le Fevre
January 24th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 36
Views: 1369

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

I didn't think that I was being singled out, didn't take it personally, and had by now completely forgotten who'd asked me to elaborate. Honestly. However, I was surprised that, of the numerous effects cited in this thread, that was the only one that required elaboration. That's all that there was t...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 24th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 36
Views: 1369

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

"Do you like card tricks?" "No, I hate card tricks," I answered. "Well, I`ll just show you this one." He showed me three. W. Somerset Maugham About fifty years ago, I acquired the collected short stories of Somerset Maugham. I've read them all many many times. They're ...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 24th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 36
Views: 1369

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

IMHO, so much of what we choose to perform and for how long, depends on the environment we are in at the time Upon reading the initial post of the thread, my assumption was that the would-be spectator wants to see a magic trick, and specifically a card trick. Since he's enthusiastic enough to ask t...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 24th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London
Replies: 27
Views: 1414

Re: Sad News from Davenport's Magic in London

I met Bobby Bernard briefly. In three words - knowledgeable, helpful, irascible.
by Dave Le Fevre
January 23rd, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 36
Views: 1369

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

I agree , in that it's not an opener. It's a one-off. The descriptions here don't do it justice. But that's just my opinion. However, it's an effect that I particularly like to perform with a borrowed deck. The borrowed deck makes it seem more impossible, and the condition of the deck doesn't matter...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 22nd, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 36
Views: 1369

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

That's the same method but there are some small differences. (I'm not saying that in order to cavil, merely to clarify.) I let the spectator decide how many piles to cut the deck into. They pick one, they look at the cards, they think of a card. They turn that pile face down in their hands, and shuf...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 22nd, 2020, 5:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 36
Views: 1369

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

Devastation by Geoff Williams, from “The Lecture Your Mother Never Gave You”
Doesn't depend on precisely 52 cards, the condition of the deck is irrelevant, and it devastates. And even I can do it.
by Dave Le Fevre
January 18th, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

You know, sometimes magicians can be guilty of what I would call "magician-think." I'm always aware of Magician's Guilt. And in this instance, despite that fact that I'm never caught during performance, I still have to observe that the method was obvious to me the first time that I saw th...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 17th, 2020, 5:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

I think one of the most perfect tricks in magic - well, at least close-up magic - is the vanish of a sponge ball from the magician's hand, and its reappearance in the spectator's hand along with the one sponge ball they believed they were holding I'm in two minds about this. I clearly remember the ...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 10th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 219
Views: 20708

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

MagicbyAlfred wrote:This is apparently my day for having people disagree with me. .....

I agree with everything that you said in that post.

(Just realised that, in the current context, that might be taken as a flippant comment. And that's not my intention.)
by Dave Le Fevre
January 9th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks
Replies: 219
Views: 20708

Re: Magic Community in TOTAL SILENCE as Youtube Magician EXPOSES Hundreds of Magic Tricks

Mr. Stone, you have an abrasive, disrespectful, off-putting manner of interacting with people on this Forum I have to disagree. Tom Stone and I had a difference of opinion on another Genii thread a few days ago, and his response simply made me smile. However, it's possible that others would have ta...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 3rd, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
Dave Le Fevre wrote:... some adults were convinced that there was a pocket.
The item where a sponge ball changes into a cube?
No, it was simply two large-ish sponge balls
by Dave Le Fevre
January 2nd, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

More often than not, a kid will put the card back in the deck, cards back in the box and toss it at the freezer, then they look to see if it "worked." Go figure. I often experienced that with sponge balls. One kid would take one ball, the other kid would take the other ball, then they'd o...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 1st, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

performer wrote:Perhaps it should be called the "Too Impossible" theory rather than the "Too Perfect" theory. In fact I think that defines it better.
I agree.
by Dave Le Fevre
January 1st, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

"so far no spectator has got anywhere near the method" Yes, that sounds horrible. I can understand why you want to make it less good. I consider "so far" to be a temporary situation. So I'm wondering how to make it permanent. And thank you for making me smile. I'm still wonderin...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 1st, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Too Perfect Theory
Replies: 171
Views: 5716

Re: The Too Perfect Theory

A year or two ago, someone performed an effect (that he'd created) for a group of us. It was jaw-dropping. Utterly impossible. An hour or two later, I realised what the method was. Because it's what the method had to be. The effect was so seemingly impossible that was the only way that it could have...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 29th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown

An amazing story. Thanks for sharing it, Richard.
by Dave Le Fevre
December 27th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 69
Views: 2546

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

to describe which finger goes where so people can understand is not an easy thing to do I find that one problem that some people have - and they're presumably completely unaware of it - is that while they "know" that what they've written is clear and accurate, it isn't. I'm not thinking o...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 23rd, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 69
Views: 2546

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

I cannot imagine not having taken up conjuring. Sometimes people tell me how much they enjoy it, and then they ask me why I do it. And I tell them that they’ve answered their own question, by telling me how much they enjoy it. I mean, if one could do magic, why on earth wouldn’t one? I want to de-em...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 4th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6253

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

Were I flogging Svengali Decks from a stall, I wouldn't dream of corner rounding. But this was Joe Stuthard's Trilby Deck (the Bi-Co Trilby Deck, in fact), so I'd assumed that it was marketed by Joe Stuthard. No problem with the omission of corner rounding. No spectator ever mentioned anything. I'm ...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 3rd, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6253

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

In those days, you wouldn't have needed to be a salesman for me to buy magic. I'd read the Gamages and Ellisdons catalogues and hand over my money. Bought a Trilby Deck from Gamages. No corner rounding. So I assumed that Svengali Decks were cut equally crudely. It was some decades before I discovere...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 2nd, 2019, 4:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6253

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

performer wrote:Early sixties I would imagine

That sounds like when I'd have been shopping there. You may well have sold me a few items.
by Dave Le Fevre
December 1st, 2019, 4:20 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon Cups: Myth?
Replies: 51
Views: 6253

Re: Vernon Cups: Myth?

performer wrote:I actually worked there!

My earlier magic purchases were mostly in Gamages. When did you work there?
by Dave Le Fevre
November 27th, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 109
Views: 4126

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

They work. A lot of people won't use them because they will feel that it doesn't suit their personality. While I agree, I should add that omitting some gesture/patter/whatever because it doesn't suit one's personality is A Good Thing. Far too often one sees a performer who tries to be a clone of so...
by Dave Le Fevre
November 21st, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Laypeople
Replies: 52
Views: 12787

Re: Laypeople

"Muggles" on the other hand offends me on so many levels... Agreed. That internal "Mug" has connotations of "rube" and "sucker" even if not meant; and the Harry Potter origin implies folks without power--again pretty condescending here in the real world where...
by Dave Le Fevre
September 9th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)
Replies: 11
Views: 6356

Re: Video of Schrodinger's Coin (Pete McCabe)

I really enjoyed reading your description of the spectator's reaction.

A magical moment that neither she nor you will ever forget.
by Dave Le Fevre
July 18th, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Impossible Crime Fiction
Replies: 14
Views: 1995

Re: Impossible Crime Fiction

I love a Hancock reference. Kudos.
by Dave Le Fevre
July 18th, 2019, 3:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 146
Views: 22776

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

I think that that's a normal and reasonable reaction from a spectator who retrospectively considers what is and isn't possible. Some people will have a jaw drop. Other will have a jaw drop followed by well, this can't have happened therefore that must've happened ..... but how? When I saw Shawn Farq...
by Dave Le Fevre
July 12th, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shoving a Straw Through a Potato
Replies: 14
Views: 1591

Re: Shoving a Straw Through a Potato

Richard Kaufman wrote:Why are you saying that?

I'd assumed that it was a pun. One sucks through a straw.
by Dave Le Fevre
June 28th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 28465

Re: The Pass

He responded that it was impossible to think like a layman One could try the following experiment. Perform it twice for about half a dozen laymen, first with the shuffle and then without. Ask them which seemed more magical. Then perform it twice for a further half a dozen laymen, first without the ...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 24th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 28465

Re: The Pass

That's exactly my problem with podcasts, be they conjuring-related or otherwise. I'm told that a certain podcast is really worth listening to, and so I sit through it. And afterwards I reflect that either it wasn't worth my time or only a couple of minutes of it were worth my time. And had it been a...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 22nd, 2019, 3:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 28465

Re: The Pass

performer wrote:Oh God! Who has the time to listen to podcasts? They take far too long!

I'm relieved to learn that I'm not the only person who finds that
by Dave Le Fevre
June 7th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: ****
Replies: 5
Views: 1469

Re: ****

Magic square
by Dave Le Fevre
June 5th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: EGO Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 3868

Re: EGO Magazine

Van - still haven't heard from you?

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
May 31st, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: EGO Magazine
Replies: 17
Views: 3868

Re: EGO Magazine

"If anyone has Issue 11 I would really like to complete my collection"
I have it as a PDF. If you let me have your e-address, I'll e-mail it to you.

Dave
by Dave Le Fevre
May 31st, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magic on TV
Replies: 8
Views: 1828

Re: Magic on TV

In a public square in Perth a few years ago, I happened to find Paul Dabek performing. He held a large crowd entranced for a long time, using a single prop. Hugely entertaining.
by Dave Le Fevre
March 22nd, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is going on here?
Replies: 18
Views: 2098

Re: What is going on here?

You created something magical and beautiful.

Trolls are nasty people. (And they're everywhere.)
by Dave Le Fevre
March 20th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7674

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

By contrast: comedians and jokes. Usually folks don't interrupt to tell a story/joke punchline. So what's missing in our craft? That always intrigues me. Nobody grabs a ball from a juggler. Nobody knocks over a musician's music stand. Why are we treated differently (by some spectators)? Because we'...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 16th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 7674

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

After the first move this kid pointed at cards and described with precision what I was going to do as the trick progressed I'm sure that were I in that situation many years ago, I'd have continued performing. (And in fact, come to think of it, I was once in a vaguely similar situation. And yes, I c...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 9th, 2019, 3:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Steve Dusheck Passes
Replies: 16
Views: 2827

Re: Steve Dusheck Passes

I e-mailed Steve in 2007 with a question. We'd never met, but he sent me a detailed and courteous reply.

I was struck by what a nice guy he was.

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