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by webbmaster
February 27th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 55
Views: 10142

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: 19689

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: 19689

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: 10287

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: 2982

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: 2571

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: 876

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: 10142

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: 10142

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: 928

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: 10142

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: 1141

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: 30221

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: 4244

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: 5421

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: 2227

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: 2227

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...
by webbmaster
September 18th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: John Bannon's Queenpins
Replies: 12
Views: 2227

John Bannon's Queenpins

I really liked John Bannon's Queenpins in the July issue ! I want to mention that the originator of the handling described at the end under Interlock is Tomas Blomberg who I was lucky to meet at the old Tannen's, who under the name Topas won the manipulation prize at FISM one time for his appearing ...
by webbmaster
September 13th, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?
Replies: 16
Views: 5742

Re: Roth's Stack Rim Steal Tips?

If you are going to palm with your right hand, you can seem to steady the box with your left fingers and your left 1st finger can back up the stack so it doesn't fall into the box. Regards, Gergg
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 13550

Re: On the Pass

Casualness, which takes experience to achieve, does a lot at disarming viewers. Also, figure ways to enlighten your viewers that finding their card is not the be-all-and-end-all of their trick...it is what ELSE happens during the middle and end of the trick that makes it magical instead of just puzz...
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 19
Views: 4099

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

I think you have it backwards. In the arts the ones that keep at it keep getting better and those that thought they mastered something after six months or whatever aren't delving deep enough.
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Carlyle's Law
Replies: 21
Views: 4244

Re: Carlyle's Law

A number of old-timers told me that Francis felt that in copper and silver, that he felt the spectator just FORGOT where each coin was so when he himself did it he would emphasize very strongly where each one was so they wouldn't just conclude that they really didn't remember where they were to begi...
by webbmaster
May 3rd, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces
Replies: 8
Views: 2440

Re: DEREK DINGLE'S Slow Motion McDonald's Aces

For non-gaffs, and even with different color backs, see Ken Krenzel's Blues Progression from Ingenuities from Minch's Hermetic Press. As for people asking about or wanting to touch or examine the cards with McDonald's, it is interesting to note that you are less safe in a true closeup (and impromptu...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 7153

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

I'd say call Tannen's. Ask for Rich or Magick and just ask if they have this (photographic coins) or whatever it may be called now. Describe the effect. If no luck, just ask for a real English penny, a non-expanded (regular) shell English Penny, and a Cut-down English Penny. Also, don't forget to as...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas
Replies: 24
Views: 8627

Re: 20th Century Panties Presentational Ideas

A very similar trick, the one that starts out as a torn and restored tissue trick then turns into a fancy hat for a girl child, and the pieces from the torn tissue, wadded up, make the 'flower' on the hat or bonnet...this trick is very useful for kid shows and family shows. Much better than the othe...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: set the bar too high
Replies: 27
Views: 7510

Re: set the bar too high

Perhaps a Miser's Dream that you can bring yourself to, or Billiard Balls - see Roy Benson. I don't think a particular dealer item (trick) is what you're after. Rising Cards is very strong. Then there's a Transept with an Egg and Rice in the Eggcyclopedia from Hermetic Press. We changed the rice to ...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion
Replies: 4
Views: 3318

Re: world's fair illusions - white owl pavilion

Conus, were you the guy sitting next to us ? And, did you see the Pieta sculpture by Michelangelo which was a textbook example of bad lighting and you went by on a conveyor belt (like in the 'future') ?
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic
Replies: 0
Views: 4103

Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic

Over the weekend I obtained a book that I never had before, but heard of, Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic. It is packed with very old magic from the day when magicians could cut or drill holes in the stage to make tricks work. Many forerunners of tricks we know better now such as 2 Card Monte and ...
by webbmaster
May 1st, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 7153

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

When I worked at Tannen's in the 70's this was sold on a regular basis. You got a english penny shell (not expanded, regular size hollowed out) and a cut-down english penny which would fit in the shell. Also a regular english penny. Also a photographic print of a deck of cards spread out. You'd forc...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Steranko
Replies: 24
Views: 6909

Re: Steranko

In his comic books, he used to hide in the background art (you'd have to hold the book at an angle) the words, elongated to the point that you couldn't tell they were letters when looked at head-on, A Steranko Effect. Anyway, I probably know more about his artwork than his magic which I've only hear...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: types of magic tricks would you
Replies: 3
Views: 5581

Re: types of magic tricks would you

Sponge balls with the baby sponge balls ending.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: illegal to reveal magic tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 5996

Re: illegal to reveal magic tricks

And that's why so many of us keep trying to innovate variations on tricks so IF someone knows the standard way, if they see the new variation on the same trick that it will fool them...not that fooling them is the be-all-and-end-all of this but if someone is yelling out 'I know! I know!' it hurts yo...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 7
Views: 5268

Re: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

With this in mind, I tried to come up with tricks that seemed like the one they might know, but really it had some difference built in. Such as, the 21 cards (three piles) trick. After having a card selected and returned from a 21 card group, I controlled and glimpsed their card, then let them shuff...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Suitable material for deaf / blind audience.
Replies: 6
Views: 2141

Re: Suitable material for deaf / blind audience.

That did happen to me years back and I turned the whole event into letting them hold and pet my doves. I didn't know what else to do, but it worked out. I remember being miffed that I wasn't told about that MINOR hurdle to doing a magic show. That was for the blind. Since I am or was a silent manipu...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine
Replies: 57
Views: 9147

Re: In-the hand cups and balls routine - MAGIC Magazine

Instead of the net in the 3-ball trick, which spectators would hold, Charles Reynolds favored a wooden tray with a rim, and the rim had cutouts at each end for a handhold. With two spectators, one at each end, holding the tray, I don't see why not do cups that way too. I know it doesn't really answe...
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: All Backs Routine
Replies: 41
Views: 7728

Re: All Backs Routine

Same as Kelly Bottom Replacement, yes. I worked with Derek's routine and Darwin's too. Now I'm interested in the Quick 3-Way, which I always heard the guys talking about but never learned.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs
Replies: 13
Views: 2983

Re: Vernon classic photo with Ace of Clubs

I hope it is apropos to mention the grip Ricky Jay uses on the deck for the classic color change. Every time I've seen it I've been struck with the novelty of that handling but have never heard if it is his own handling or if he learned it from someone.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 10:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Replies: 19
Views: 4099

Re: The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something

Yet I know people in a number of fields who have put entire lifetimes into various areas and still consider themselves to be trying to learn something new every day. These people never feel they've mastered anything but see it all as an ongoing process.
by webbmaster
April 26th, 2017, 10:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: On the Pass
Replies: 81
Views: 13550

Re: On the Pass

True for lay audiences. But I remember Geof Latta doing the pass for magicians as a 'card rises bit by bit up through the deck with one magician holding onto the protruding end of the card that rises' and the method was a number of passes of small amounts of cards, and I couldn't see it. So maybe it...
by webbmaster
April 24th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: I'm Reprinting ...
Replies: 15
Views: 10869

Re: I'm Reprinting ...

Great news about the David Williamson book. As crazy funny as he can be on stage...when offstage he is a really great guy and he deserves the best. Plus his 'take' on magic is amazing.

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