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by Jackpot
August 15th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 63
Views: 2658

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: 6
Views: 646

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: 63
Views: 2658

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: 63
Views: 2658

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: 63
Views: 2658

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: 1723

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: 1921

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: 1921

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: 943

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: 770

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: 770

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: 2915

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: 2915

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: 508

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: 2915

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: 2915

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: 59
Views: 6203

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: 59
Views: 6203

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: 59
Views: 6203

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: 59
Views: 6203

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: 2915

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...
by Jackpot
May 6th, 2018, 8:48 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: 26,337 views!
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: 26,337 views!

At this rate you'll soon surpass the number of views that the Erdanse thread has accumulated!
by Jackpot
May 6th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 54
Views: 2915

Re: The Svengali Deck

I've had good reactions using a routine based mostly on "How Right You Are" by Ganson. It works well with the rough-smooth deck version, but you can't show all the cards being the same. With a Svengali deck version I've gotten great reactions showing all the cards being the same as the fin...
by Jackpot
May 6th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Topit Thievery
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: Topit Thievery

Richard Kaufman wrote:I know a magician in New York who used to use the Topit at the grocery store.

What did he do when he got to checkout?
by Jackpot
May 6th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

The authors of the article that Chris refers to would be amongst the first to say that their techniques must be modified according to the quality of the images being examined. I think Chris is right to advise "common sense". It is simply a matter of doing the best we can with what evidenc...
by Jackpot
May 5th, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

I assume that the pictures used in this study were of the modern (digital) kind. Such resolution is impossible to attain in poorly reproduced lithographs or offset prints of photographs taken in 1912 (or whenever it was). You can't blame Chris for that now--can you? Such scrutiny as the cited artic...
by Jackpot
May 4th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~vmp93/Conference_pub/WACV2016_CFP.pdf I'm not sure this article applies to your argument. This is about the comparisons of the front of the face to it's profile, but your examples compare the face to "mostly the back of the head". The article also relied on the...
by Jackpot
May 4th, 2018, 9:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

Or what about two photos where it is for a six year old visible that all the features line up? I hope this is a figure of speech. I have literally -- not figuratively -- worked with over a 1,000 six year olds. Many things which are "visible" to a six year old are not real. Relying on the ...
by Jackpot
May 2nd, 2018, 1:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

Pointless and utterly uninformed drivel? Then why has nobody taken up my challenge, to select a passage from the gambling section of EATCT that we can all agree took more time and more effort to write than a passage from the magic section? That, I firmly believe, is quite pointed and well informed....
by Jackpot
April 24th, 2018, 8:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

I would rather style someone a "zealot" for advocating Sanders because he "could have lied about his height", or "could have fibbed about needing the money" or "could have scrambled his name into "Erdnase" because he had experimented with anagrams",...
by Jackpot
April 24th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

This is quite in line with the modern scientific method, and ought not to be disparaged, as it makes his passionate critics seem like religious folks reviling Evolution. No critic has disparaged the modern scientific method. People who applied tests to a weak hypothesis have been criticized, badger...
by Jackpot
April 23rd, 2018, 10:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

All practitioners of logic will admit that they can be wrong. I have seen Chris concede this many times. I must have missed something.... can you point out a few examples? I am much too lazy to re-read this dreadfully boring thread in order to quote Chris saying that he can be wrong, but I have cer...
by Jackpot
April 21st, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

You would need colored ones, and they were invented quite a bit later. If you are speaking about the wide spread use of flexible colored lenses, yes. Stained glass dates as far back to 675AD. It is possible that crude colored contact lenses existed well before they became a commercial success. Whil...
by Jackpot
April 21st, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

Why would I constantly list all the problems Sanders has for being Erdnase? There are too many to list all the time. You have enough to do to try to explain away height, hair color, eye color. Besides the fact that memories can be faulty: Contact Lenses were invented in 1887. People have been alter...
by Jackpot
April 19th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

And you preach about intellectual honesty. Yeah, right. This is a very telling quote. I don't think I've ever preached about or even mentioned intellectual honesty. One wonders what other misreadings you regularly make. To lybrary: I don't know if anyone else has said it but I have suggested you be...
by Jackpot
April 17th, 2018, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

You can't mix genres. In other words, you can't take a poem, compare it to prose, and conclude it is or isn't from the same author. However, if you take two samples of prose you may be able to do that. But even if you have two samples of prose, if they are about a different subject all known method...
by Jackpot
April 17th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

To lybrary In order to be intellectually honest you need to exclude from your rebuttal to Roger M.'s post any references to poetry. On a number of occasions you have disparaged any and all comparisons of poetry and prose, evening going so far as to state "Also comparing poetry with prose is a j...
by Jackpot
April 15th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

jkeyes1000 wrote:Have I got that straight?

You have gone off on a different a tangent and you do not have that straight.
by Jackpot
April 15th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

...perhaps you can explain why he preferred to boast of his connection to Dalrymple, rather than to his illustrious father? Although your question is not directed at me I find the answer rather obvious. Since it appears that Erdnase wished to maintain some anonymity it seems likely that he would be...
by Jackpot
April 9th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6880
Views: 2024114

Re: ERDNASE

There is zero evidence that Erdnase used anagrams. Erdnase not only used anagrams he was an anagram. And clever he was, too. Erdnase is an anagram for "arse end". I think we must be looking for someone who is British by birth and comes from a very remote location. To be specific [the arse...

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