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by Dave Le Fevre
October 25th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steinmeyer in Popular Mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 782

Re: Steinmeyer in Popular Mechanics

My apologies, I wasn't aware of that. In that case, I won't be forwarding it.

Thanks for letting me know, Richard.
by Dave Le Fevre
October 25th, 2020, 4:44 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steinmeyer in Popular Mechanics
Replies: 8
Views: 782

Re: Steinmeyer in Popular Mechanics

Since it looks like a fascinating article, I saved it as a Word file to read it later.

So if anybody wishes to read it but cannot access it, let me have your e-mail address and I'll send it to you.
by Dave Le Fevre
October 7th, 2020, 4:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us
Replies: 16
Views: 1492

Re: Boris Wild Kills on Fool Us

What a brilliant presentation. And to a card ignoramus like me, an amazing effect.
by Dave Le Fevre
September 25th, 2020, 4:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 2022

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

Magic is the greatest hobby in the world. I have to agree. Most people go through a variety of hobbies, some of which they drop. But once you can do magic, why on earth would you ever drop such a hobby? Life is not about recognition, praise or awards. It is about happiness. That's true for hobbyist...
by Dave Le Fevre
September 19th, 2020, 3:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Scientists Should Use Magic to Study Animal Intelligence
Replies: 9
Views: 1046

Re: Scientists Should Use Magic to Study Animal Intelligence

I seem to remember Paul Wilson mentioning that when practising his coins across routine, his dog would observe. And when his handling baffled the dog, he knew that he'd got it right. Decades since I've watched it, so my memory may not be quite accurate.
by Dave Le Fevre
September 5th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Credit for Empty Hand Subtlety?
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Re: Credit for Empty Hand Subtlety?

Thank you for that, Tom. It sent me scrambling for my AoA.

Both videos - Efendi Kwok and Steve Blencoe - look quite magical.
by Dave Le Fevre
August 31st, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 2321

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

Thanks Richard.

No idea what happened there. Something to do with the software update, perhaps.
by Dave Le Fevre
August 31st, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews
Replies: 28
Views: 2321

Re: Online reviews PropDog and Wizard Product reviews

I posted in this thread earlier today. I wonder why my post vanished?

Don't think I posted anything contentious. Merely expressed my distaste at the extremely unpleasant review from PropDog (though not by Dave Bonsall himself).
by Dave Le Fevre
August 30th, 2020, 3:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: 3MW
Replies: 36
Views: 2440

Re: 3MW

Having to decode other people's entries is, generally a sign that they are self-involved and don't know how to clearly communicate. They assume old fogies can translate their newspeak. Or they're oblivious or indifferent to a broader audience. Or that they wish specifically to exclude a broader aud...
by Dave Le Fevre
August 21st, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Survey on magic principles
Replies: 20
Views: 838

Re: Survey on magic principles

When I got to the bit about equivoque, I stopped. Because equivoque is all about what is said, precisely which words are used, how it is presented. I can only think of three proprietary effects that I perform that use equivoque, and in each effect the equivoque (as provided by the creators of the ef...
by Dave Le Fevre
August 16th, 2020, 1:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9865

Re: Fool US

I always felt I wasted my time teaching and actually caring this is a great solution with the $10 I'm reassured to learn that I'm not alone in finding that all the enthusiastic would-be students give up so promptly. I should stress that I haven't tried the £10 fee idea. It's merely what I would do ...
by Dave Le Fevre
August 15th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Fool US
Replies: 136
Views: 9865

Re: Fool US

when a layman friend asks me to teach them a trick. I teach the French drop The French Drop was the very first bit of magic that I learned, more than sixty years ago. A schoolfriend showed me how to do it, and while he probably taught it badly and while I no doubt performed it badly, fellow pupils ...
by Dave Le Fevre
August 3rd, 2020, 4:46 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1506

Re: "Primes"

Things one group finds to be important are irrelevant to the other, and when you are told that something important to you is irrelevant, it is difficult not to take offense. That process goes both ways. You make an excellent point. Which is relevant not only here but also in many other situations. ...
by Dave Le Fevre
July 28th, 2020, 3:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?
Replies: 18
Views: 1200

Re: Do magic dealers sell coin slides?

Tom Stone wrote:if you can find an old aluminium tube for fizzy (effervescent) tablets, you can cut off the bottom, and then flatten the tube with a piece of wood inside that's a tad thicker than a coin
That is a brilliant idea
by Dave Le Fevre
July 17th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Crossword
Replies: 24
Views: 1325

Re: The Magic Crossword

I'd assumed that the rayn in Lorayne was a homophone for rain. But the solution is patently Simon Aronson. Nice anagram!

And to answer an earlier question, UK cryptic crosswords have an indication that there's an anagram. At least, the better ones do.
by Dave Le Fevre
July 16th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Crossword
Replies: 24
Views: 1325

Re: The Magic Crossword

Harry Lorayne, though the justification for Harry isn't obvious (to me)
by Dave Le Fevre
July 15th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Crossword
Replies: 24
Views: 1325

Re: The Magic Crossword

Braces minus Br(itish) -> Aces
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: 4094

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: 484

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: 45
Views: 10157

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: 45
Views: 10157

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: 4094

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: 4094

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: 4094

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: 4094

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: 1268

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: 1493

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: 1126

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: 818

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: 895

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: 895

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: 165
Views: 9595

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: 12
Views: 1042

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: 1493

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: 24443

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: 24443

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: 24443

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: 995

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: 2229

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: 2229

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...

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