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by Jackpot
March 30th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 61
Views: 6395

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

If Mr. Lawrence actually worked with the animals, on the show in general, and was present at the performance in which the incident occurred his statements would not be "pure conjecture". While his motivations can be questioned, his statements are an informed opinion.
by Jackpot
March 21st, 2019, 12:18 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

But an important distinction is that there is no award for Best Sound Editing by a Person with Ovaries. Technical awards are genderless. ;) I'm only guessing, but I suspect that has to do with who's seen on the big screen. While you see the actors (both male and female), you don't see the technical...
by Jackpot
March 19th, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

1) if attached to a name, ‘cardman’ offers no additional information not already conveyed by the name - in all but rare situations. This would depend on the name. If we do not limit our selves to traditional male names like Frank, the rare situations you refer to are not as rare as one would think....
by Jackpot
March 6th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

1) no one —- NO ONE —— is or has suggested that someone cannot call themselves whatever they please. In spite of you insisting to assert this straw man, it is not nor has it ever been the issue This is not a straw man. From the beginning Mr. Ross has wanted to eliminate "cardman" from our...
by Jackpot
March 6th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Jackpot - you claim the change in language won’t matter - if so, then why are you so resistant to it? I’m curious your answer to the simple questions: what is gained by keeping the inaccurate and irrelevant term ‘cardmen’ - what is lost by abandoning it? Because the term cardman is not the problem....
by Jackpot
March 6th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Jackpot, I wonder if you have ever taught anything yourself. Have you taught children? Language is extremely important when teaching. Should I continue to use male pronouns when referring to robots during my classes? Or is that something that doesn't merit any attention because there are other sexi...
by Jackpot
March 5th, 2019, 11:08 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I believe you are being intentionally obtuse here, as the point has been made several times that it is not a problem to refer to an individual who identifies as a man as such, but rather it is problematic to refer to the collection of people who performs card tricks as "cardmen," as that ...
by Jackpot
March 5th, 2019, 12:25 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Speaking as you are as an expert on why women make choices they do? Mr. Henderson, while others have, I have not claimed to be a spokesman for women. I have taught magic to young people for over 30 years. I have had several young females tell me they loved magic but never thought they could be a ma...
by Jackpot
March 4th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

There are many reasons women are less attracted to card magic than men are. The term "cardman" when referring to a man who does card tricks is not one of them.
by Jackpot
March 4th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3194

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Nice. So you substitute any necessary lapping with artful ditching on the offbeat, I take it? Thanks for sharing! No lapping is necessary. The invisible coins which were not selected are picked up one at a time and put back in my pocket(s). The first invisible coin I pick up is the finger palmed co...
by Jackpot
March 4th, 2019, 12:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3194

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Yes! Another great one, but only if seated at a table. Or perhaps you've figured ways around that? (If so, I would love to hear.) I like your idea of allowing the spectator to keep the coin they imagined into existence. That makes it magical. In a situation where a table is unavailable I have one o...
by Jackpot
March 3rd, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick
Replies: 36
Views: 3194

Re: What Do You Think Would Do The Trick

Since I usually carry the setup with me, John Bannon's Ion Man - his version of Max Maven's Positive/Negative. (I am not and do not aspire to be a pro, but that would end with them having a business card/souvenir to take along.) Barring that, I think a brief one-coin routine. I like "Fading Co...
by Jackpot
February 22nd, 2019, 11:41 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

RK referred to Hollingworth as "one of the best card men in the world." The plural implies that there is a current category of cardmen, distinct and separate from card magicians. I thought Mr. Kaufman was implying that Mr. Hollingworth's card work was outstanding. I did not realize the tr...
by Jackpot
February 22nd, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Contrary to what others seem to be trying to pigeonhole me into, I am not trying to protect female professional card magicians from being offended by the term. No, mainly I fear it is up and coming female and male card magicians who will see the term used contemporaneously and repeatedly in a serio...
by Jackpot
February 22nd, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

jackpot, this thread was started by pointing out the irony of using an outdated male-specific term to describe card magicians in a Genii issue with a female card magician on the cover. It's great that there are female magicians on the cover of Genii, but it does not obviate the consideration of lan...
by Jackpot
February 22nd, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Clearly, an alien with tentacles could hold many breaks, and much better than a human. But none of them can be called a little finger break. I find the reawakening of this topic after almost three months of dormancy to be ironic. Some how Mr. Kaufman is being insensitive to women and his vocabulary...
by Jackpot
February 20th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

If Mr. Hollingworth is offended by being referred to as a "cardman" Mr. Kaufman should not describe him as such. It is clear that Mr. Ross would be offended so he should not be called a "cardman". The term "spaceman" refers to one who travels outside of the Earth's atmo...
by Jackpot
February 15th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin
Replies: 6
Views: 1052

Re: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin

Years ago, to be honest decades ago, he did a lecture in Santa Rosa focusing mainly on the thumb tip. It was time well spent. But what I found most interesting was how much pride he took in being the Nevada state handball champion.
by Jackpot
December 29th, 2018, 9:11 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: October 2018: Torn Card transposition - Hero
Replies: 3
Views: 3830

Re: October 2018: Torn Card transposition - Hero

I don't know if this is covered in any of the references cited by Messers. Townsend and Billot as I do not have access to all of those references. If it is in their citations I apologize for covering ground which has been already covered. I liked the overall effect presented by Mr. Mansilla except f...
by Jackpot
December 25th, 2018, 11:52 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: David Britland on magic, attention and deception
Replies: 7
Views: 815

Re: David Britland on magic, attention and deception

Without taking anything away from Britland's interesting exploration of attention blindness, the article itself is a prime example of ignoring the gorilla in the room. There are far far more probable and likely reasons that Conley claimed he didn't see the suspect being beat. Reasons beyond the sco...
by Jackpot
December 15th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 2988

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

Mr. Mullins and performer are likely both correct. Like performer I have not seen Jason Alexander's Magic Castle act, but I suspect it was extremely well done. In addition to performing magic Mr. Alexander has extensive acting experience on television, in movies, in plays and musicals. While this do...
by Jackpot
December 15th, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 2988

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

Yes, and when you think about it, many of the staples in the acts of many performing magicians over the years, if not centuries (Sawing Lady in Half, Substitution Trunk, Floating Lady, Zombie, the Bullet Catch, Cups and Balls, Dove Productions, to name a few) were originally created by someone. Agr...
by Jackpot
December 7th, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: In memory of President Bush, magic enthusiast
Replies: 5
Views: 756

Re: In memory of President Bush, magic enthusiast

Although she didn't mention "Tsunami", New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd referred to a trip to a magic shop by President Bush. "Who else would go to the magic shop near the White House and fill his office with items like a red rope that turned white, a calculator that squirted wat...
by Jackpot
November 30th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

How about "Cardigan"? Magician: "Hey, watch this magic trick!" Spectator's inner monologue: "I hope he doesn't ask me to pick a card again." (I use "he" only because all participants in this thread have identified themselves as men. We haven't heard from the l...
by Jackpot
November 28th, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It's amazing how hard some will work not to understand something fairly plain. I believe Peter's point, which he has stated repeatedly, can be succinctly put this way: When writing about a specific person, it's appropriate to use whatever term best describes them . Charlie Miller therefore could ap...
by Jackpot
November 25th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

So if you want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, that's up to you. The list was presented to give other examples of language in transition. I'm having a hard time understanding the resistance to retiring (updating) thi,s antiquated magic term from use in contemporary language other than, pe...
by Jackpot
November 25th, 2018, 7:17 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Brad J, the list only gives fodder if you allow it to distract from the central point. A ten-year-old girl does not want to grow up to be a cardman, or a spaceman for that matter. She wants to be a card magician or an astronaut. Language matters. No one aspires to grow up to be a snowman/snowperson...
by Jackpot
November 25th, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Why precision about gender though? Why not precision about hair color or deodorant used? Since these organizations began presenting awards they have both recognized the performances of actors and actresses. It is reasonable to assume that the organizations and their members do not want to reduce th...
by Jackpot
November 25th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 19685

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Jack Shalom wrote:I have to admit though, I still have a hard time abandoning "actress."


You're in good company. The Academy Awards, Tony Awards and others have not only had a hard time abandoning "actress", but have not abandoned this precise noun which best describes the person being honored.
by Jackpot
November 21st, 2018, 10:09 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The 8 of Diamonds "Secret"
Replies: 4
Views: 787

Re: The 8 of Diamonds "Secret"

Falling on their sides all eights in a deck of cards secretly display the lemniscate curve which only goes to prove what the public finds fascinating is infinite.
by Jackpot
October 23rd, 2018, 10:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 43
Views: 5058

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

Bob Farmer's "Stripped Down High Card" gave me an idea. I used it as a way to separate the deck in half for a quick game of War at the elementary school where I teach. Students got the high cards and I got the low cards. I only played a few cards with one student and then had another stude...
by Jackpot
October 20th, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!
Replies: 43
Views: 5058

Re: Here's one of the strongest effects from GAME CHANGER!

Bob Farmer wrote:Call this "Stripped Down High Card."


Once again Mr. Farmer's free material disproves that old saw "You get what you pay for."
by Jackpot
September 12th, 2018, 11:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic with old casino cards
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Re: Magic with old casino cards

I've made Mene-Tekel decks using old casino cards with the heavily rounded corners. The reactions have been good. I suspect this is because the spectators believe the cards have to be "normal" because of what the casino has done to them to ensure that I can't use them for cheating. I did h...
by Jackpot
September 2nd, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5658

Re: About doing magic

Mr. Schneider thank you for your kind words. (I wish I'd caught "antidotes" instead of "anecdotes" before I'd posted. [Or understood how to correct it after I'd posted.] Oh, well.) The negative comments you've received tell us a lot about the maturity of your under developed crit...
by Jackpot
September 1st, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 5658

Re: About doing magic

Joe Mckay wrote: "Why is it that a lot of dull magicians are actually interesting and entertaining in a non-magic context?" In my opinion dull magicians are interesting and entertaining in non-magic contexts because they have more opportunities and experience in those non-magic contexts. F...
by Jackpot
August 26th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 22
Views: 3903

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

If anyone's still thinking about this.... Last night I had the opportunity to witness John Carney receive a standing ovation at the Sebastiani Theatre. It was a lay audience and had nothing to do with a magic convention. The first element which helped create the atmosphere for the ovation was the se...
by Jackpot
August 15th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 6131

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

This is most amusing! Only magicians would spend ages and ages discussing the best way to do a double lift! I can do all sorts of fancy double lifts, including the two in the Paul Le Paul book, The Vernon Double Lift, The Leipzig Double lift combined with Harry Lorayne's Kick Double lift and many, ...
by Jackpot
August 4th, 2018, 6:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please
Replies: 15
Views: 2050

Re: Request for MAGIC Live 2018 Updates please

Mr. Kaufman is displaying strong psychic abilities. There is no doubt that his prophecies will come to pass.
by Jackpot
August 1st, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 6131

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

I do agree with performer that Andy "may well have a point", and the Harry Lorayne observation "that magicians worry too much about things laymen don't give a darn about". In my opinion the Lorayne statement is closer to the truth. The handling of the double lift proposed by Andy...
by Jackpot
July 31st, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 6131

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

I remember reading somewhere that, as I said earlier, he'd come to the same conclusion about what constitutes a 'natural' double lift. Can't remember where though. PapaG -- You are correct (or our memories are equally faulty). I also recall an anecdote about a magician or group of magicians going o...

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