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by Dave Le Fevre
March 31st, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 139
Views: 17426

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

BarryAllen wrote:If memory serves me right, Piatnik also supplied a Magic Deck version; a normal deck supplied with gimmicks.
They certainly marketed a deck entirely of gaffs, which probably includes the gaffs for this effect.
by Dave Le Fevre
March 26th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Allan Slaight Covid-19 Relief Fund

Wow, what a generous thing to do!
by Dave Le Fevre
March 24th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: For chapped hands.

Fr. Cyp recommended Corn Huskers Lotion, but it didn't work for me and seemed to make the cards dirty more quickly I got some in order to facilitate the palming of coins. It seems to help. But since it leaves my hands slightly sticky, I can see that it might make cards dirty. Annoyingly, it's not a...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 24th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: For chapped hands.

But where would one get rosewater and glycerin too for that matter? I bought mine so long ago that I couldn't remember whether I'd bought glycerin and bought rosewater and mixed them. So I've dug out the bottle, and I find that it's simply called Glycerin and Rosewater . Boots brand. Googling Glyce...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 24th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for "Transmission of Information" by Morgan and West
Replies: 16
Views: 1159

Re: Looking for "Transmission of Information" by Morgan and West

I think that the ethics of trading conjuring secrets is a very grey area. (Probably fifty shades of it, like my hair. :D) Some things are definitely ok, others are definitely not ok, and others (including the instance in this thread) can arouse a variety of opinions. So it's not surprising that it g...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 23rd, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 45
Views: 6282

Re: Untouched

Gosh, that's a name from the past. Tony and I were work colleagues in the 1960s and 1970s.
by Dave Le Fevre
March 23rd, 2020, 5:09 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for "Transmission of Information" by Morgan and West
Replies: 16
Views: 1159

Re: Looking for "Transmission of Information" by Morgan and West

If I buy a physical (conjuring) item, such as a deck of cards or a book, and I later sell it to you, that's fine. But if it's an item that could be copied electronically, and I copy it electronically and sell it to you and retain a copy for myself, then that's piracy/theft. If the creator made 100 o...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 8th, 2020, 4:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 85
Views: 4987

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Richard Kaufman wrote:everyone should know that this is a very US-centric attitude
Living in the UK, I had not been aware of that. Thanks for the information - as always, I live and learn.
by Dave Le Fevre
March 7th, 2020, 4:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 85
Views: 4987

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

I don't think either group should tell the other group what to do Fair point. Not for one moment did I intend to come across as dictating what others should do. I just think that certain combinations don't work. Eating a dessert and accompanying it with a dessert wine, if the wine is as sweet as th...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 6th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 85
Views: 4987

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

If they do Cardistry exclusively I have no problem with it. If they mix it with magic and do so in an intelligent and moderate manner then that is fine too. However, if the cardistry takes precedence over the magic and drowns it ..... You've hit the nail on the head, Mark. (As you usually do.) If t...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 2nd, 2020, 2:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Telling lies as a magician.
Replies: 22
Views: 2225

Re: Telling lies as a magician.

There's also a middle path between teling a lie and saying nothing. One can recap inaccurately - "so you could have chosen any card", when in fact you only offered them a choice of a few cards.
by Dave Le Fevre
February 29th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

Re: Does anyone here speak French?

I should have added that yes, a Trilby Deck does include an End Stripper Deck. But I don't think that it does what's required in this instance. (Though maybe I've not understood correctly.)
by Dave Le Fevre
February 29th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

Re: Does anyone here speak French?

I assume that stripping the deck requires the long edges to be tapered.

The Trilby Deck has no tapering on the long edges. The ends of the deck are bevelled, so it's like a Svengali Deck but instead of cards being long and short they're bevelled left and right.
by Dave Le Fevre
February 29th, 2020, 1:59 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

Re: Does anyone here speak French?

Philippe Billot wrote:jeu biseauté
I assume that that's a Stripper Deck?
by Dave Le Fevre
February 28th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

Re: Does anyone here speak French?

performer wrote:I far prefer the other word you mentioned
I'd thought that that would please you. But do bear in mind that the word was applied to me - so that rather devalues the currency. (smile)
by Dave Le Fevre
February 28th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: Does anyone here speak French?
Replies: 43
Views: 2868

Re: Does anyone here speak French?

C'est un livre vraiment genial This reminds me of visiting friends in France 26 years ago. I performed a few bits of magic, and someone remarked "c'est génial, ça!" I was surprised, since we use genial to mean amiable . I later found that it's one of those faux amis - a word that resemble...
by Dave Le Fevre
February 20th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 109
Views: 7586

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

I didn't have the experience of baffling a parent. (Or if I did, I don't recollect it.)

But I'll never forget the pleasure it gave me when my son, who was then six years old, baffled the heck out of a friend of mine with the Cups & Balls.
by Dave Le Fevre
February 14th, 2020, 4:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 3090

Re: Top Change Effect

Our local club hosted Martin Cox earlier this week, and this is exactly what happened with one of his effects. When I saw this thread, my thoughts turned to Martin, even before I saw your post. His top change is very good indeed. Though having known him for many years, of course I expect him to use...
by Dave Le Fevre
February 12th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 109
Views: 7586

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

When I do three card monte I try to avoid as much as possible the standard procedure of getting the spectator to pick out the card My presentation for it is based around narrating how someone else performed it for me, and I struggled to follow it. I use that approach with some other effects too. Ma...
by Dave Le Fevre
February 12th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What Attracts You to Magic?
Replies: 109
Views: 7586

Re: What Attracts You to Magic?

Thank you, Jonathan. Those three sentences sum up why it's such a great effect, and they do so succinctly. I shall be thinking of those points next time I'm performing a monte effect.
by Dave Le Fevre
February 10th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 40
Views: 3654

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

No excuses, Dave! As Alfred has stated in his scenario, you are invited to bring "one magic book of any kind, on any subject, from any time period." I had understood his criteria. And they specify that I can't have any conjuring-related hardware other than the deck of cards. So reading my...
by Dave Le Fevre
February 10th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND
Replies: 40
Views: 3654

Re: A BOOK, A DECK OF CARDS & A DESERTED ISLAND

which I'd hoped would generate responses and stimulating discussion from magicians talking about their favorite magic books and playing cards My favourite magic book wouldn't be a card book. Which is why I hadn't replied. Not trying to divert this thread. Merely hoping to assuage your disappointment.
by Dave Le Fevre
February 5th, 2020, 3:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Roy Walton has passed away
Replies: 12
Views: 1984

Re: Roy Walton has passed away

So sorry to read this sad news. Many years ago I met him once in his shop in Glasgow. It was an honour to meet him, and I said so. He was modest and courteous. Many decades ago, I came up with a simple effect. Some years ago I mentioned it to a friend and he asked if he could publish it. He asked Pe...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 29th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 52
Views: 3501

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

I have never analysed why but my gut feeling is that it is best to avoid opening with a card trick I have to agree. I think that fort many spectators, the response to seeing a deck of cards is to groan inwardly. (However, in this case, the spectator has handed us a deck of cards, so it would seem s...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 24th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 52
Views: 3501

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: 52
Views: 3501

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: 52
Views: 3501

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: 2125

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: 52
Views: 3501

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: 52
Views: 3501

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: 52
Views: 3501

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: 9679

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: 9679

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: 26766

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: 26766

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: 9679

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: 9679

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: 9679

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: 9679

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: 9679

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...

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