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by webbmaster
May 1st, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

How this thread started is that Chris Wasshuber posted somewhere that Richard and I both thought the Expert illustrations had been light-boxed. I vaguely remember him asking me this a long time ago. Anyway, Chris made a recent post saying that IF that were true, then he'd be interested in some kind ...
by webbmaster
April 30th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

Mr. Ben mentions in this thread a different topic, that of not thinking it was Sanders who wrote The Expert... From an oldish Genii article on Sanders, which I thought was compelling that it was Sanders...do we now think that article was wrong. Anyway, I'd like to add that they are making camera luc...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

I've worked professionally drawing hands from my imagination, by tracing from photos, by drawing freehand from looking at photos, and from people posing for me to draw "from life". I think it is more like having an educated guess that a non-magician or "cardman" (Smith), or someo...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Re: Erdnase photographer ?

One of the things that makes me think they were traced from photographs is the regularity of size. No offense to anyone who thinks otherwise (that they were really "drawn from life") but I don't know anyone that would sit as long, posing, as it would take to get the fine points of the slei...
by webbmaster
April 24th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase photographer ?
Replies: 43
Views: 2435

Erdnase photographer ?

Or: The Third Man Theory. Chris Wasshuber posted that it would be interesting to know what camera took the reference photos for The Expert... I got thinking about it and realized there must have been a photographer. A third guy. Erdnase was busy posing, and we don't think Smith ever said anything ab...
by webbmaster
April 15th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: For chapped hands.

I kept meaning to get coconut oil, but each time in the store I forgot to get it. Too many distractions in my local Stop and Shop. But, I came up with something to add. Dr. Oz was showing how to wash your hands correctly. When he was showing "don't forget your thumbs" I was reminded of the...
by webbmaster
April 15th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321016

Re: ERDNASE

For some reason I'm thinking about Tony Giorgio, and wondering what he thought of Erdnase. Also, does anyone know how good Micky MacDougall was ?
by webbmaster
April 5th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE
Replies: 50
Views: 6633

Re: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE

Does the book cover other props, such as dice (Steve does some great dice moves) or is it just cards. If this has been covered, I missed it.
by webbmaster
April 3rd, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: For chapped hands.

These last few got my laughing.
by webbmaster
April 3rd, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Nonsense in Mentalisim
Replies: 9
Views: 3221

Re: Nonsense in Mentalisim

Most people believe in the supernatural. I saw a figure in Newsweek magazine that said 86% percent of some poll claimed to have seen an angel in their lifetime. I hope that figure is high. Oscar Weigle, who invented Annemann's favorite trick Alias Divination, which claimed that you were a super expe...
by webbmaster
March 24th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: For chapped hands.

There's a run on Coconut Oil in Aisle 5 ! Thanks, Chet. True about the Corn Husker's Lotion - didn't work for me. Not exactly on the topic but with this Corona Virus thing, I've been wearing Latex Gloves a lot and have found that I can handle cards pretty well. I'm doing backpalming with blank backe...
by webbmaster
March 24th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: For chapped hands.

But where would one get rosewater and glycerin too for that matter?
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Chanin/Stanyon
Replies: 0
Views: 790

Chanin/Stanyon

Justin M asked me to elaborate on Jack Chanin's appreciation for Ellis Stanyon's work. I don't remember if I ever knew if he meant the book or the magazine. (I always thought the book was a compilation of the magazines, but that was just my assumption.) Anyway, when a concept or move came up that he...
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 209
Views: 28910

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

I think there should be other ways to get into the ending phase. Oh, there is ! See my routine in Genii way back when...1999 ? My routine was inspired by a Max Maven statement that I agreed with that too many routines followed the Vernon.
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Effects for those who believe in spiritism
Replies: 20
Views: 6508

Re: Effects for those who believe in spiritism

Yes, Richard pays me a great deal to revive old threads. Seriously, I just sometimes do time-travel. Really, I get so engrossed with reading something that I forget to look at the date on the posts.
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 30
Views: 10309

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

I knew Bobby Baxter very well over a long period of years. I seem to distinctly remember Timmy. Maybe I'm getting pre-Alzheimer's, but Max can look into my brain and let us know.
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321016

Re: ERDNASE

Back in Wilbur Edgerton Sanders's day, I'm thinking the world of gamblers and the world of magicians did not overlap much at all. Back when Vernon was searching for Kennedy seems to be the beginning of any overlap. Lately Ricky Jay did a lot to promote ideas about the world of gamblers but so did Mi...
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: For chapped hands.

Not to answer my own question, but to throw into the mix the fact that I've heard two sources mention that Vernon swore by RoseWater (again, where would one get rosewater?) to ward off the dry hand syndrome (I seem to remember this being in the context of Billiard Ball manipulation). My friend had t...
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 74
Views: 31932

Re: reading vs video

I admire the relationship you have with your son, but have often worried that another kind of relationship with some "magicians" and their sons would allow for their sons and friends of their sons to watch the videos when Dad isn't around. In other words, I write about magic to this day in...
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: reading vs video
Replies: 74
Views: 31932

Re: reading vs video

I think the struggle of reading activates more brain cells than the more passive watching process. But, I do remember making a special little mark next to the title of a trick I DIDN'T like, so the next time through the book, I'd not waste time on a trick I had already decided was not for me.
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented this control?
Replies: 16
Views: 4518

Re: Who invented this control?

Doug Edwards had some work on this in one of his books.
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who made John Ramsay's props such as those for the cylinder and coin?
Replies: 18
Views: 3978

Re: Who made John Ramsay's props such as those for the cylinder and coin?

Thank you Andy. That was a very interesting post.
by webbmaster
March 23rd, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: For chapped hands.

Hi, and where does one get coconut oil ?
by webbmaster
March 22nd, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: For chapped hands.
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

For chapped hands.

Boy are my hands chapped from all the hand washing we have to do now. The best product for this is O'Keeffe's Working Hands, comes in a green round container. I like that there is no odor and also that it works amazingly quickly. You know, for your riffle stacking practice and coin tricks etc.
by webbmaster
March 22nd, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 48
Views: 11913

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

The Mascot Moth is right at the end of the commercial for Merlin. It goes by fast but well worth many views.
by webbmaster
March 5th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 48
Views: 11913

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

Charles Reynolds recreated the Mascot Moth for Doug Henning's Merlin show and you can see the illusion ( originally by David Devant ) if you google Doug Henning's Merlin and find the ad for it or else try Youtube. It is definitely available and is pure magic.
by webbmaster
March 5th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 10566

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

Even when one only or mainly does cards, there are places, like the twisting action in Twisting the Aces, for something that makes the magic happen. Some have switched to a small shake of the packet to get away from the Twisting gesture, but there should be something. Some packet tricks have so much...
by webbmaster
March 5th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8132

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

In one style you claim to have great skill, and in the other you claim it is magic causing stuff to happen. There are guys who won't flourish so as the spectators don't think "skill". Also card sharps. Most of Ricky Jay's persona was about swindlers and pickpockets and cons, yet at other t...
by webbmaster
March 3rd, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Magical Gestures and Flourishes
Replies: 115
Views: 10566

Re: Magical Gestures and Flourishes

If I pass my shadow over this card it will turn into...whatever you want. David Roth used to say "If I touch my thumbs together..." for Coin Across, and in lectures he'd always say, "You have to do something or else it is just a puzzle." Hey, I'd like to see when Mike Skinner was...
by webbmaster
March 3rd, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Who Are Your Major Magical influences?
Replies: 16
Views: 2579

Re: Who Are Your Major Magical influences?

My uncle, an amateur magician, showed me the back palm with one card and the very same night on TV I saw Channing Pollock. Game, set, match.
by webbmaster
March 3rd, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE
Replies: 50
Views: 6633

Re: ERDNASE

Wilbur Edgerton Sanders, rearranged becomes Sanders, Wilbur Edgerton, our SWE that we see so often in THE book. And this backwards is Srednas Rubliw Notregde ! Plus the (!) symbol in some of his other writings (who else did that ?) not to mention being a miner and Erdnase being German for dirt-nose....
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: I Need Tip Over Trunk plans - Assuming Osborne?
Replies: 8
Views: 5241

Re: I Need Tip Over Trunk plans - Assuming Osborne?

The Tip-Over-Trunk is not very angle-proof. There is a trick with large cardboard boxes, ...one fits into the other and they can for flat. I saw this in the Mark Wilson Course. Maybe take a peek.
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 48
Views: 11913

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

Can you describe the effect of Table Top Illusion ?
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321016

Re: Discuss Steve Forte's Book "Gambling Sleight of Hand" HERE

And what is Bob Farmer an anagram of ? Anyway, on to the topic at hand...I was lucky to have been privy to many tapes of Steve Forte's work and was amazed of course...and always thought since then that he must be the best...and he said he was only scratching the surface of what he could show. So, I'...
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini
Replies: 27
Views: 33326

Re: Multiplying Balls - Vernet VS Fakini

I always used the wooden ones for years then switched to Fakir's, but the dark horse is the old Ireland Golfballs with the metal shell (see Ade Duval's routine on tape) but I think Royal is making this type again, and with colors, although the white show up the best, or the yellow.
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Handing the spectator a knife question
Replies: 6
Views: 2928

Re: Handing the spectator a knife question

Same with the scissors for a cut and restored rope trick. I once had a young lady with mental conditions up to help and I said "just stand here over the trapdoor (an old line)" and she started swinging the scissors around yelling "Trapdoor? Trapdoor?". Indeed.
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 53
Views: 9062

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I saw a method to conceal the extra set in a hollowed out section of a big real carrot in the Phoenix. Never tried it but always thought it was a neat way to go. Oh, I forgot that the reason for the carrot was to show how sharp the blade(s) were by slicing off bits of the tip of the carrot.
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Best Illusion ever!!
Replies: 48
Views: 11913

Re: Best Illusion ever!!

I saw Richiardi do the DeKolta Chair after having seen the plans and drawings for years in books and it was still amazing. The Clear Sawing done by the Pendragons I think. I'm still fooled and many people have offered to tip it to me but I've always refused. I still am thinking about how ?
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: General
Topic: Telling lies as a magician.
Replies: 22
Views: 3660

Re: Telling lies as a magician.

Vernon called it creating something that isn't so. Aren't we lying all the time as magicians ? Maybe we shouldn't steal or pick pockets, but I think lying is alright. Or do I ?
by webbmaster
February 27th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7600
Views: 2321016

Re: ERDNASE

A move that is very useful for mentalists and mental-magic practitioners is the Charlier Shuffle. Many magicians don't know the move and think I'm talking about the Charlier Cut. Also, Erdnase himself says it is NOT a good move and every schoolboy knows it, but I think it has gone full circle and no...

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