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by Jackpot
February 15th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Final Curtain - Gary Darwin
Replies: 6
Views: 897

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: 3709

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: 737

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: 2739

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: 2739

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: 659

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: 89
Views: 5016

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: 89
Views: 5016

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: 89
Views: 5016

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: 89
Views: 5016

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: 89
Views: 5016

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: 89
Views: 5016

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: 730

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: 4656

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: 4656

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: 611

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: 5357

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: 5357

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: 3595

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: 5773

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: 1939

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: 5773

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: 5773

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...
by Jackpot
July 31st, 2018, 12:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 5773

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

It's nonsense. We are not laymen, nor are we pretending to be. Sometimes not understanding what Vernon meant by "be natural" leads to essays like that. We are not monkeys. While I think we should consider the "Natural Double Lifts" information in The Jerx, we should keep somethi...
by Jackpot
July 30th, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2345

Re: A.Bandit

Mr. Charming wrote:He and Penn could never become what they wanted to, so they became something else.


This is not unique to Penn and Teller. To varying degrees this is true for all of us.
by Jackpot
July 15th, 2018, 10:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2823

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Jonathan Townsend wrote:How did Kort improve his routine after the item in Bobo's book?


The version in Kort includes more details to the handling and presentation. I don't think the routine has been improved so much as Minch went into greater detail in describing the routine than Bobo did.
by Jackpot
July 14th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2823

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

I don't think Al's routine is a step forward from Kort's, which makes wonderful use of the L' Homme load into the left fist. Lots of great magic in that Kort book that has been overlooked. Fair enough, but if one sees magic taking place in the spectator's hands as a step forward Schneider's handlin...
by Jackpot
July 11th, 2018, 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 1408

Re: Simon Aronson's question

Interesting topic to bring up. Thank you erdnasefile. I realized I may have conflated "magician-fooler" with deceptiveness. One can certainly be one without the other (or not) depending on how you define the terms. You have most likely conflated the two, but usually the reason we sacrifice...
by Jackpot
June 30th, 2018, 12:13 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

Richard Kaufman wrote:Hey Al, it's great! It's time for you to do a new series of columns in Genii. :)

Mr. Schneider this is a great idea. I hope you will consider the head Genie's suggestion. Hopefully your answer will be yes!:)
by Jackpot
June 29th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

No big finish? All three balls vanishing is a big finish. It's just not a big load finish. It also honors you goal of doing stuff with no extras. I've always liked the Ken Brooke routine which uses only three balls and I enjoyed your routine. Your routines are always well thought out and clean. Than...
by Jackpot
June 10th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 4477

Re: The Svengali Deck

To clear up an assumption of Mr. Duncan: I am not carrying the Svengali deck around all day or for that matter on a daily basis. I only carry it when it is going to be used in a performance. (I have a kayak, too. But I don't run around with it on top of my car everyday on the off chance I may go kay...
by Jackpot
June 10th, 2018, 12:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 4477

Re: The Svengali Deck

Oddly enough showing the cards to be all the same and all different is NOT the best trick you can do with the deck. It is merely the second best. I wonder if any of you can guess which bit in the svengali demonstration gets the strongest reaction? It actually is the best thing you can do with a sve...
by Jackpot
June 8th, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Juan Tamariz: Chan-tatachán
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: Juan Tamariz: Chan-tatachán

Thank you for the reminder and update. :)
by Jackpot
June 8th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 4477

Re: The Svengali Deck

My thinking is, that if you can entertain with a Svengali pack,you can probably entertain without one, and carrying one around is a waste of pocket space. I agree with the first part of your sentence, but whether carrying one is a waste of pocket space or not is an individual choice. I have not dou...
by Jackpot
June 6th, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 4477

Re: The Svengali Deck

I suspect if you strung together the same effects with a regular deck you could not get the same impact as doing them with a Svengali deck. The routine would not have the same flow due to some of the compromises made necessary when using the normal deck. I would suggest that Daryl's Ambitious Card ...
by Jackpot
May 13th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 92
Views: 13105

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

While we have differing opinions about this matter it's important to keep track of dates: Oct. 1, 2014: Date of the article that appeared in Money provided by Performer July 22, 2015: Date of Washington State case ruling from the article provided by erdnasephile Feb. 14, 2017: Kickstarter project la...
by Jackpot
May 13th, 2018, 8:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 92
Views: 13105

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

No it isn’t. Kickstarter isn’t a webshop. You are not buying stuff there. It is a crowdfunding site, where you invest in interesting projects and gamble that it comes to fruition. It is far less ”thievery” than most other gambling. Just to add to the discussion--perhaps there is more legal liabilit...
by Jackpot
May 13th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 92
Views: 13105

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

[quote="Richard Kaufman"]I would not say that Dave is acting like a thief ... how do thieves act? That's subjective. I think he's gotten himself into a mess and doesn't know what to do about it. That might be bad judgement or stupidity rather than thievery.[/quite] With all due respect, ye...
by Jackpot
May 13th, 2018, 10:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 92
Views: 13105

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

but at the end of the day, IMHO, if you take money and don't deliver what is promised, it's still thieving. No it isn’t. Kickstarter isn’t a webshop. You are not buying stuff there. It is a crowdfunding site, where you invest in interesting projects and gamble that it comes to fruition. It is far l...
by Jackpot
May 8th, 2018, 1:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 4477

Re: The Svengali Deck

Since it easy enough to duplicate all the standard effects of the Svengali with a normal pack, including the all the same gag, it's always seemed pointless to me to carry a special deck (unless of course you're selling them). To a limited extent, yes. Some things similar to the standard Svengali ef...

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