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by webbmaster
November 13th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Re: Daley's Delight Switch - invented by Charlie Chaplin?

To Jon; Erdnase translates to Earth Nose in, I guess German.
by webbmaster
November 11th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 5858

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

If you change the patter during the "Tilt" phase, used multiple times to "prove" the deck is supposedly half face up and half face down, and show the card, the (force) selection each time - then it seems to come back up to second from the top, but as you take away the face up car...
by webbmaster
November 6th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Card Ending
Replies: 73
Views: 5858

Re: Ambitious Card Ending

Did anyone say Paul Harris's Color Stunner ?
by webbmaster
October 30th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Developing a Stand-Up Act
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: Developing a Stand-Up Act

I recommend learning a lot of pantomime, even if you are going to do a talking act. In other words, acting like something is in one hand when it is in the other and things like that. Many guys do a move technically right but can't make you believe the coin or whatever is really in the hand the audie...
by webbmaster
October 9th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: question about:The Phantom of the Card Table

Walter Irving Scott was also probably the innovator of roughing fluid (alcohol and rosin).
by webbmaster
October 9th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Who Originated This Card Routine?
Replies: 21
Views: 2421

Re: Who Originated This Card Routine?

I'm thinking Bob Farmer with an added equivoque on the choice of 4 singles.
by webbmaster
October 9th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Origins of Miscalling a card
Replies: 9
Views: 1130

Re: Origins of Miscalling a card

I'm thinking Francis Carlisle (sp). That's where I learned of it as ana actual technique in a trick (I think it is from Stars of Magic).
by webbmaster
October 9th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 186
Views: 18441

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

One thing I always disliked avout Vernon's routine is the part where he exposed the pinkie curlpalm as a way to get into the ending phase. If you can avoid that, good on you ! Thing is, it is hard to make that transition, but work on it.
by webbmaster
October 9th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21551

Re: The Pass

Sideslip Palm or Sideslip Rear-Palm also good ways to avoid cuts or shuffles.
by webbmaster
October 9th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: David Regal Lecture - 10/3 - Chicago
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: David Regal Lecture - 10/3 - Chicago

Nice going David ! You deserve it ! Regards, Gregg Webb
by webbmaster
October 7th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: George Melies' Illusions
Replies: 19
Views: 3294

Re: George Melies' Illusions

As far as good 'black art' goes, and to see what is possible with it, you'll enjoy googling (youtube) Omar Pasha.
by webbmaster
October 7th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Slydini Quote, please
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re:Choosing his battlefield...Help with Slydini Quote, please

Sol Stone told me this great story. Sol used to carry a special tablecloth for Slydini in the trunk of his car. If Slydini met someone new or from out of town who he thught he could convince to either hire him for a show or take lessons from him at his Studio, he would signal to Sol wh would go out ...
by webbmaster
September 23rd, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Derren Brown's new show
Replies: 0
Views: 393

Derren Brown's new show

A free newspaper they hand out when I get on my subway, AM New York, ran an interesting review of Derren Brown's new mentalism show. They mentioned that he asked the reporters not to give away too much from the show so new audiences wouldn't have the mysteries and surprises given away, so you couldn...
by webbmaster
September 11th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript
Replies: 23
Views: 2571

Re: Erdnase and the Voynich Manuscript

The "V", as I like to call it. could be used for a book test with great patter possibilities. Better yet have a card selected and it appears at the page number of the card or something to get cards in there to have some connection to Erdnase.
by webbmaster
September 11th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...
Replies: 30
Views: 4059

Re: Best Quality Gimmicked Coins ?...

Back in the day, Connie (Conrad) Haden coins were considered good to get. They show up in collections sometimes.
by webbmaster
September 11th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?
Replies: 25
Views: 3408

Re: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?

Hello. While not a true memorized deck, I like the Bart Harding Stack, from the Magic Circle in London. I learned it from Charles Reynolds and it makes possible things that would seem lie a memorized deck but isn't. Also, I don't know of The Professor using a mem deck, but Geof Latta fooled me with ...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?
Replies: 17
Views: 5763

Re: Are they actually fooled or just being polite?

I thought I understood the Richard Ross routine and learned how to do it, but then years later I found that my way was completely different from Richard Ross's but I ended up liking my version even better after that. I guess I felt I had created something personal. But, anyway, it has to be very smo...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 65
Views: 24442

Re: reading vs video

You'll know you are getting good at reading magic when you know for sure that you caught a typo when the book says 'right hand' when it should have been 'left hand'. This happens a lot actually. Guilty parties shall remain nameless. They are legion. When you are starting out, you think there is some...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: "Eight kings threatened..." Card Order
Replies: 15
Views: 8373

And don't forget "Nine Jacks hate severe Queens for five threatened to axe sick Kings" . Axe is Ace. This is the poetry used for the randomizing colors thing. It spreads out the colors better. "Eight kings" bunches the colors up in places.
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Removing glue from a card case
Replies: 10
Views: 1144

Re: Removing glue from a card case

I don't think you told us what you were going to do with the flat. No matter. But I thought I might mention that I peel apart a cardbox then fold and glue it back together but inside out for decks I made up for specific mentalism tricks such as invented by Max Maven (symbols on blank or double-blank...
by webbmaster
April 29th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 186
Views: 18441

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

David Roth's Chop Cup routine is my favorite. As far as 3-cup routines, most routines go on too long ! Another thing is that you can skip the wand by reaching for a ball or a cup to keep a hand occupied (using a small ball or a cup AS A WAND...instead of the wand) . Also, most guys don't do the wand...
by webbmaster
April 29th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1744

Re: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?

This is a three deck trick. One is the Brainwave (or Ultramental), the other two are normal. This is based on the idea that if two people, each with a deck, deal cards face up simultaneously, you will virtually always get a match somewhere. Then turn this into a 3-way 'coincidence' by revealing the ...
by webbmaster
April 29th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best Okito Box and Routine...Your opinion?
Replies: 147
Views: 45479

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

Eric Decamps showed me a routine on several occasions with a silver dollar size box and silver dollars. I'm clueless. Very fooled !

Also, check out Gregg Webb's Boston Box routine in Genii, maybe several years ago by now, Tour of Boston.
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 11854

Re: Geoff Latta book

I saw a famous 'name' cardman (mostly) who would openly lick his palm before palming a card. No, I still feel that once you start putting stuff on your hands, it interferes with other things. So, why not use bottle caps for a trick using that kind of work, such as my bottle caps matrix with three bo...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23718

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

If it is Tarot cards they can use 'witch'.
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23718

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I have seen cardist or cardiste I think. But why not learn some coin tricks and maybe a rubber band trick and call yourself a "sleight-of-hand artist" which I like because it has 'artist' in it. You can still include card tricks.
by webbmaster
November 28th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 39
Views: 12090

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

There are some great things hidden in the Scarne book. I also want to mention that Jack Chanin always talked about The Ellis Stanyon book and I don't know much about him (Ellis) or his work. Did they begin as magazines then get compiled into books or what ? Cheers
by webbmaster
November 28th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 30
Views: 3611

Re: Slydini's material

I agree with most of what was said. Sol Stone fooled me also with the Slidini style pins. But I want to throw into the mix that Jack Chanin used to do a routine with a regular (ungifted) large safety pin and he'd pin it to a handkerchief (borrowed) then slide it far to a different spot and not rip t...
by webbmaster
November 26th, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

Re: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight

Jeff McBride and I watched Ballantine live once and we were amazed at his timing and delivery. Larger than life for sure. As for Josh, he knows so much magic that I'm sure he would have gone over well with many of his feats. I will say, from watching the non-magicians in the room where we were watch...
by webbmaster
November 26th, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: L'Homme Masque Load References please?
Replies: 10
Views: 1086

Re: L'Homme Masque Load References please?

Yes it is called The Vernon Load, and there is nothing to see. It is hard to learn to not move the left fingers at all, but from then on it can look like just a small rub, or a tiny waving action, or a small tap of the left fist. There should be no "tell" from the left hand.
by webbmaster
November 26th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 11854

Re: Geoff Latta book

Hey, if that works for you, more power to you. Geoff could just press and up it would come, although he always washed his hands before doing any kind of magic for strangers...maybe that was it. Myself, in a situation like this I'd just do another trick that doesn't need that move...there are so many...
by webbmaster
October 17th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 11854

Re: Geoff Latta book

Yes the tape looks just like Geof did in his prime. By-the-way, notice the use of the "rest position" which by itself helped hide or execute various transfers etc. I asked Steve Minch if he had heard whether David Roth liked the book. He hadn't heard yet at the time I asked. Regards, Gregg...
by webbmaster
October 1st, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: goodby and welcome
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

goodby and welcome

I want to wish Margret Daham, Genii's office manager, best wishes for her retirement, and also to welcome her successor Donna Lucas.

Regards, Gregg Webb
by webbmaster
September 12th, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 11854

Geoff Latta book

I was lucky to receive an early copy of The Long Goodby (Latta on Coins) and have already read it three times ! It is fantastic. The material, writing, photography, printing and binding are all top notch. Although many of Geof's pieces are derivative from David Roth's work, his wrinkles are worth re...
by webbmaster
March 19th, 2018, 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Thanks to...
Replies: 1
Views: 1742

Thanks to...

I want to take this opportunity to thank Jeff McBride, Ed Brown, Doug MacGeorge, and Chris Wasshuber for all their help on my S.O.H.O. Trilogy. Yes it turned into 3 e-books. Also thanks to Richard Kaufman and Margaret Daham for their help with my lovely ad. Regards, Gregg Webb
by webbmaster
October 2nd, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 53
Views: 32460

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

I found the line 'a little silver mixed with a little copper makes brass' to be useful even if it isn't true. Maybe it is. If you can use the line in your patter, feel free.
by webbmaster
September 27th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 21
Views: 4905

Re: Carlyle's Law

Back fresh from summer vacation, I'm reminded that my grandfather used to tell me that when someone forgot someone's name that the truth was that they never got it straight to begin with. To be honest, when a magician shows me a card trick (after card trick...etc.) I have been known to have forgotte...
by webbmaster
September 27th, 2017, 1:34 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin
Replies: 22
Views: 6482

Re: Some thoughts on the Hooked Coin

I remember there was a guy in one of the shops with a stack of coins; silver dollars and a shell AND a hook coin made from the same kind of (Morgan) silver dollars. David Roth was next to me and asked to look at the coins and the guy gave them to David to look at but the pin pricked Roth's finger an...
by webbmaster
September 27th, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Bannon's Queenpins
Replies: 12
Views: 2411

Re: John Bannon's Queenpins

As far as the Tomas thing...I think we did go to a restaurant with Tomas and Franklin and Eberhart Reece (sp) but I suppose somewhere along the line I connected Tomas Blomberg with Tomas as being the same guy. Well, that's embarrassing. Back to Grasshopper, and Alfred, I didn't mean they were the sa...
by webbmaster
September 20th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Bannon's Queenpins
Replies: 12
Views: 2411

Re: John Bannon's Queenpins

Hi Alfred, thanks but as I mentioned I met him at the old Tannen's and he and his teacher/coach Eberhart Reece (sp) and the winner of the next FISM went to dinner with Charles Reynolds so I had a chance to get to know him...enough to hear Franklin, the guy who won the year after Tomas call him Tomas...

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