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by Dave Le Fevre
March 3rd, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 158
Views: 52867

Re: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?

Brad Jeffers wrote:You might want to consider getting one of THESE
Brilliant idea!
by Dave Le Fevre
March 3rd, 2021, 4:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What trick are these cards for...?
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: What trick are these cards for...?

Bob's Box (Bob Swadling and Mark Mason) uses four Kings, one of which is shimmed. In my set it's the King of Clubs, but that may vary. (The last time that I mentioned some effect on this forum, someone asked what the effect was. Before I could reply someone else replied describing the approximate e...
by Dave Le Fevre
February 7th, 2021, 4:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Magic University Journal
Replies: 52
Views: 3241

Re: Day 3 - 10. 6. 2015

Ondrej Psenicka wrote:Lactile, and number 431 is the universal one
I think that that's a typo for Loctite 431. My apologies if I'm wrong.
by Dave Le Fevre
January 22nd, 2021, 4:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: Dr. Jaks “Behind My Blackboard”

Richard has summed it up perfectly. When I read the algorithm, I realised that many people would get discrepancies of 1 or 2. We married in 1976, it's now 2021, hence 45 years. However , our wedding anniversary this year hasn't yet happened, hence 44 years. Hence a discrepancy of 1. And the same dis...
by Dave Le Fevre
January 21st, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP David Roth
Replies: 41
Views: 5207

Re: RIP David Roth

Leonard Hevia wrote:A nice tribute to Roth by Swiss
He refers to David’s Legendary Four-Coin Trick, a delightfully eccentric routine that I have never seen anyone else perform. I love it, and I perform it.
by Dave Le Fevre
January 15th, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Faro trick suggestions?
Replies: 47
Views: 2872

Re: Faro trick suggestions?

I never do tricks using the Faro Shuffle that require perfect shuffles. And so many guys who try to do them miss a shuffle or two and have to pull the halves apart and try again. And again. Bad show. I'm reassured to learn that it's not just me that thinks that way. There's an effect that I perform...
by Dave Le Fevre
December 7th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Giant Cups and Balls - Charlie Frye
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Giant Cups and Balls - Charlie Frye

And the music by the Quintette du Hot Club de France was perfect too
by Dave Le Fevre
December 1st, 2020, 3:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: Satanic Cards Kickstarter Live !

"A friend gave me this deck of cards. He said that they're endorsed by the Church of Santa. Hmm..."
by Dave Le Fevre
November 27th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2345

Re: Card size survey

Being English, I was brought up on the local brew. Waddingtons No1, Alf Cooke ... Likewise. And after decades of applying fanning powder to decks, I discovered Bikes. They were sooo much nicer to handle. (Have never ever needed fanning powder since changing to bikes.) And Bikes were primarily avail...
by Dave Le Fevre
November 7th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How do you use magic to communicate an idea?
Replies: 10
Views: 741

Re: How do you use magic to communicate an idea?

A question I like to ask myself about each trick or routine is: "Why should they be interested in this?" I have to agree. There are one or two effects that I don’t perform because I haven’t found a way to present them other than look-at-me-I-can-do-this-and-you-can’t. But does one always ...
by Dave Le Fevre
October 25th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Steinmeyer in Popular Mechanics
Replies: 10
Views: 1145

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: 10
Views: 1145

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: 1893

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: 2481

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: 1227

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: 1031

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: 2699

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: 2699

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: 2874

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: 22
Views: 2218

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: 10940

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: 10940

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: 1852

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: 1506

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: 1622

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: 1622

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: 1622

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: 4784

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: 554

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: 10869

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: 10869

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: 4784

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: 4784

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: 4784

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: 4784

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: 1460

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: 1784

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: 1329

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: 989

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: 1121

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

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