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by Dave Le Fevre
June 29th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3220

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

I cannot remember a single instance where I've encountered 'decimate' to mean reduction by 90% I have to disagree, Ian. While it may not be used to mean reduction by precisely 90%, it's usually used to mean something along those lines. Many such words change. And some of us are irked by some of tho...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 28th, 2020, 3:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magic History with Pride
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Magic History with Pride

That was nice to read. I'm glad that times are changing for the better.
by Dave Le Fevre
June 23rd, 2020, 4:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

although she had no idea of the method I used for the force, people would be likely to deduce the "predicted" card had to have been forced upon them when they saw that all other cards were blank That was precisely the point that I intended to make, and I should have said so explicitly. I ...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 22nd, 2020, 4:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 26
Views: 1725

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Sometimes that extra step can be one step too many. Eight years ago, a conjuror performed on the UK TV programme "This Morning", and I just happened to see it. He got a spec to hold up a newspaper, and then took a Polaroid photo of the guy. He took out the Polaroid print, and the spec pock...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 17th, 2020, 4:11 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3220

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Eliminating all typographical errors in an instructional magic book is NOT easy That's presumably true of any book. I've read so many novels, magic books, etc which have been perfect … and then I happen to notice a typo. And it doesn't worry me in the slightest - why should it? But if a book is rid...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 16th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3220

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

content is far more important to me than a few misused or misspelled words. . . . Is it so much easier to criticise than to be creative. I agree completely. Speaking for myself (and perhaps only for myself), creative and instructive writing is something that I find difficult, while eradicating obvi...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 16th, 2020, 3:16 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3220

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

"and I noticed far less typographical errors" *fewer. I had to, given the subject... I'd noticed that one, but hadn't commented since I don't consider it an error. Because we don't have two words for more depending on whether or not the subject is countable, I never consider that less is ...
by Dave Le Fevre
June 15th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 3220

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

I’m not a professional proof-reader, but I have an eye for catching errors. I've proof-read books, lecture notes, and websites for friends. I bought something from a US conjuror. It had a few minor mistakes, so I told him. He was grateful, and asked me to check something else for him. I did so, and ...
by Dave Le Fevre
May 30th, 2020, 6:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Peter Samelson - Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Peter Samelson - Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Chris Randal2 wrote:But Joe you are a gentleman in this post
Exactly my thoughts
by Dave Le Fevre
May 21st, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

I'd seen that Jason Ladanye video via The Magic Café. Hilarious!
by Dave Le Fevre
May 17th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

That was entertaining - thanks
by Dave Le Fevre
May 17th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Magicians united
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: Magicians united

Thank you, Tom - that was so nice to watch
by Dave Le Fevre
May 17th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ancient Mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 640

Re: Ancient Mouse

Mark has asked me to let you know that the printed version of the Annotated Royal Road to Card Magic is almost ready
by Dave Le Fevre
May 17th, 2020, 2:50 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Ancient Mouse
Replies: 10
Views: 640

Re: Ancient Mouse

Since he hadn't posted here for ages, I'd e-mailed him a few days ago to check that he was ok. And he told me that he'd been banned.
by Dave Le Fevre
May 6th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7740

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

MagicbyAlfred wrote:"HOW TO MAKE A SPECTATOR BECOME A MAGICIAN," by Harold Lloyd, published in Card Manipulations No. 4, Jean Hugard.
So simple, so clever. Thanks for that.
by Dave Le Fevre
May 5th, 2020, 4:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat
Replies: 13
Views: 809

Re: Here's the one time I just had to admit defeat

Reading that was hilarious, and I really felt your frustration. You tackled it wonderfully.

Rule 1 - little kids always, but always, steal the show.
by Dave Le Fevre
April 26th, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 1165

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

What Richard said. It's a clever idea. And Andy is obviously being sarcastic.
by Dave Le Fevre
April 2nd, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 153
Views: 20888

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I agree, I don't like taking a packet trick from a wallet. Obvious exceptions beinh effects where the cards are all blank or are all the same card. However, my presentation for this effect justifies the wallet. Nobody's ever commented on it. Nobody's ever grabbed the cards from the table. And yes, i...
by Dave Le Fevre
April 2nd, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 153
Views: 20888

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I am curious as to whether anyone has encountered a spectator reaching for or asking to examine the cards at the end of the routine? I posted this earlier in this thread, but it was two years ago so I hope that you'll excuse me for repeating it. I gaffed a plastic packet-trick wallet by inserting a...
by Dave Le Fevre
March 31st, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 153
Views: 20888

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: 856

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: 23
Views: 1974

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: 23
Views: 1974

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: 2069

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: 48
Views: 8500

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: 2069

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: 93
Views: 8128

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: 93
Views: 8128

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: 93
Views: 8128

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: 3395

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: 4686

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: 4686

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: 4686

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: 4686

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: 4686

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: 10026

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: 4270

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: 10026

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: 10026

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: 5313

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...

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