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by EndersGame
May 10th, 2019, 12:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

Re: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?

Yes Chris, this isn't the only magic forum I participate in (surprise, surprise!). But I very much respect the knowledgeable and experienced contributors here, many who are only active on the Genii forum. So I look forward to and appreciate input from my fellow magi here. Thanks Ryan and Russell for...
by EndersGame
May 9th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

Re: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?

Chris Aguilar wrote:I prefer the tricks I like. Your mileage may vary.

Well said! :)

So which of the ones listed above do you like?
by EndersGame
May 9th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

Re: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?

In case it helps jog your memory about your favourites, here's a complete list of all the tricks included on the DVDs and the books for Card College 1 & 2: CARD COLLEGE 1 (book): Thought Stealer • The Spectator Cuts to the Aces • Hat Trick • Court Card Conclave • The Shamus Card • The Question I...
by EndersGame
May 9th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?
Replies: 14
Views: 3097

What are your favourite tricks from Roberto Giobbi's Card College 1 & 2?

What do you think are the best card tricks taught in Card College 1 & 2 by Roberto Giobbi? Let's not include tricks from Giobbi's next three books, Card College 3, 4 & 5 , because that covers more advanced material. Card College 1 & 2 is more suited for beginner to intermediate level, an...
by EndersGame
April 26th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1781

Brainwave deck - your favourite presentation?

What is your favourite presentation for the classic Brainwave gaff deck?

(either what you perform yourself, or what you've seen someone else perform)
by EndersGame
February 19th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 33
Views: 3416

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

I often write articles for a playing card blog, and have written several pieces about the quality of Bicycle playing cards. These articles may be of interest to people reading this thread, and in answer to Jason's original question: The Bicycle Brand: Is it Really Worth the Money to Get a Bicycle De...
by EndersGame
February 19th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Restorations of Famous American Decks
Replies: 0
Views: 403

Restorations of Famous American Decks

Restorations of Famous American Decks Most of the history that shaped playing cards as we know them today occurred in Europe between the end of the 14th century and the 15th century. The 52 card deck as we know it in four suits of 13 cards each was largely established by the end of the 16th century...
by EndersGame
December 11th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Richard Kaufman wrote:And your point is?

Your involvement strengthens the credentials of this video set - for me, anyway.
by EndersGame
December 10th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Here's an interesting detail - look who is listed in the credits as Consultant for this video set:

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None other than the esteemed Mr Richard Kaufman! Surely that has to count for something! :)
by EndersGame
December 8th, 2018, 5:35 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Re: RE: Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Chris Aguilar wrote:Did you purchase this product or was it provided to you for free in return for review?

Neither. I received it as a gift from a friend who knows I love card magic.
by EndersGame
December 8th, 2018, 4:36 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Chris Aguilar wrote:You immediately lost me with your recommendation of the Oz Pearlman DVD.

I didn't recommend it. I said that it's popular, and I said that you might consider it. But what I'm recommending is Giobbi.
by EndersGame
December 7th, 2018, 8:02 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Re: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Why are you reviewing a product that is so old? Because Roberto Giobbi only recently made this available for purchase as a digital video download via his website. Until now it has only been available as a DVD product, so it's available for the first time in a new format, making it attractive for pe...
by EndersGame
December 7th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)
Replies: 16
Views: 2625

Review: Card College 1 & 2 - The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi)

Card College 1 & 2 - Personal Instruction: The Complete Course (Roberto Giobbi) The best video course on fundamentals for beginners in card magic Card Magic Fundamentals Where should you begin? Some of the best advice that budding magicians will receive is to start by learning the fundamentals ...
by EndersGame
December 5th, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Roberto Giobbi's new Card Magic Masterclass DVD set (based on Card College 3,4,5)
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Roberto Giobbi's new Card Magic Masterclass DVD set (based on Card College 3,4,5)

So this just came in the mail: Roberto Giobbi's brand new Card Magic Masterclass DVDs ! Has anyone else seen these yet, or have some first impressions to share? It looks amazing! It's a beautifully presented box with five DVDs, each with around 90 minutes of teaching covering the five major areas of...
by EndersGame
October 31st, 2018, 9:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: AND FINALLY!
Replies: 5
Views: 2792

Re: AND FINALLY!

This book is now available, and it's every bit as good as I was hoping and expecting. I've posted my review of "And Finally!" elsewhere on The Genii Forum here:

Review: And Finally! by Harry Lorayne
by EndersGame
October 31st, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: And Finally! by Harry Lorayne
Replies: 6
Views: 3242

Review: And Finally! by Harry Lorayne

Few living magicians are as respected and prolific as Harry Lorayne. Besides the huge influence he's had in another area of his expertise - memory training - he's enjoyed a very successful career as a magician and entertainer. Now aged 92, he's highly regarded in the magic community for his immense ...
by EndersGame
October 6th, 2018, 9:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy
Replies: 12
Views: 3038

Re: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy

David Regal published a really funny routine along these lines (which he performed on Fool Us, I think). Maybe this is something different, but David Regal has just released a new effect called Simpatico Plus , which the ad copy describes as "A reputation-making card miracle 30 years in the ma...
by EndersGame
October 5th, 2018, 11:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy
Replies: 12
Views: 3038

Re: Mastermind by Chris Kemnworthy

I've seen Chris' last name spelled in different ways online. What is his actual name with the correct spelling?

a) Chris Kenworthy
b) Chris Kenworthey
c) Chris Kentworthy
d) Chris Kentworthey
by EndersGame
October 5th, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: looking for a specific card deck...
Replies: 11
Views: 7599

Re: looking for a specific card deck...

So the Mastermind decks do have Bicycle backs?

I've seen some negative press on the card quality, and that they don't spread evenly - anyone have experience with a Mastermind deck and whether this was an issue?
by EndersGame
September 28th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Interview: Thoughts on playing cards from Harry Lorayne
Replies: 1
Views: 914

Interview: Thoughts on playing cards from Harry Lorayne

Harry Lorayne on Playing Cards Harry Lorayne is of course well known to members of this forum, and well respected for his expertise with playing cards and card magic. I have corresponded with Harry Lorayne several times in the past, and he always proved to be a real gentleman in answering my inquir...
by EndersGame
September 22nd, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 4004

Re: How To Become A Magician

I am suitably chastised and duly admonished, and sincerely apologize. Mahdi, please forgive the feeble steps of this well intentioned tyro. With the assistance of Mr Google, I have since discovered that this is actually a direct quote from Edwin Sachs' book " Sleight of Hand " (1885). Had ...
by EndersGame
September 21st, 2018, 11:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 4004

Re: How To Become A Magician

" It is my intention to give such instruction as shall enable the merest tyro to become an adept in the art of Legerdemain. " - Mahdi Gilbert Okay Mahdi, I confess you made me look up the word tyro in the dictionary. To save others looking it up: it turns out that it's an unusual word mean...
by EndersGame
September 21st, 2018, 11:37 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

performer wrote:IBoth are equally boring. I shall stick to the regular version with regular cards, thank you. But at least I now know what Colour Monte is.

Out of curiosity, Mark, when you speak of "the regular version with regular cards", which routine specifically are you referring to?
by EndersGame
September 21st, 2018, 11:35 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 4036

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Fair comments Chris, and I can appreciate where you're coming from. There are different types of approaches to reviews. I'd like to think there's room for these different approaches, and that actually it is in the best interests of consumers that there is this variety. I'm certainly glad that not ev...
by EndersGame
September 21st, 2018, 3:21 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 4036

Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Reel Magic Magazine The Best Deal in Magic? " The best deal in magic. " I remember coming across this remarkable claim in a few places while wandering around magic-related forums on the internet. At first I ignored it - it's just the usual sales pitch from someone hawking some new magic g...
by EndersGame
September 21st, 2018, 1:44 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 2443

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

Come to think of it I have utterly no idea what Colour Monte is even though I have heard about it for years. Many workers consider Color Monte their all time favourite packet trick. If you look at lists of the packet tricks that are the most popular with your typical magician, this one is usually r...
by EndersGame
September 19th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)

The person who made this effect famous is David Berglas. Why do you name Asi Wind and John Born? No one would be discussing this effect without Berglas, who never uses a gimmicked deck. Indeed, it was an oversight that I didn't mention his name in the original post, thanks for pointing that out. Da...
by EndersGame
September 19th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)

There are better methods that do not require a gimmicked deck. Agreed. What this does is simplify aspects of the handling to make it easier to perform. In my estimation, Adrian's contribution is not that he's come up with the best method, but that he's made the effect more accessible to those who m...
by EndersGame
September 19th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)

This sounds a bit like Ken Krenzel's, "Open and Shut Case," pp. 71-73, Ken Krenzel's Close-Up Impact by Stephen Minch, Hermetic Press, 1990. Thanks for the helpful reference Bob. I'm not familiar with Krenzel's work on this, so I can't comment on the similarities. Assuming the info at Con...
by EndersGame
September 18th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Review: You Chose Wisely - The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi)

You Chose Wisely: The ACAAN (Adrian Fowell & Qmagi) The holy grail of card magic - ACAAN - just became easier Overview It's the holy grail of card magic: the ACAAN. Any Card At Any Number . Any card is named, any number from 1-52 is named, and the card at that number turns out to be the named c...
by EndersGame
September 14th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 30
Views: 4632

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

Matthew Field wrote:This thing is eight inches long! Where are you supposed to carry it?

Along with your Street Cups and Balls, Street Linking Rings, and Street Playing Cards, in your over-sized Street Knapsack.
by EndersGame
September 14th, 2018, 1:52 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 30
Views: 4632

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

What is it that makes this a "street" hot rod? How would it be different if it weren't "street"? It think it's just to distinguish it from a standard hot rod. This one is much bigger than normal, since it's more than 8 inches long. Perhaps the idea is that it's more suitable for...
by EndersGame
September 3rd, 2018, 3:27 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The Classic Collection (Harry Lorayne)
Replies: 1
Views: 860

Re: Review: The Classic Collection (Harry Lorayne)

For discussion:

- Do you own any of the volumes of The Classic Collection, and if so, which is your favourite book?

- Do you perform any of Harry Lorayne's routines, and which ones would you especially recommend to other magicians?
by EndersGame
September 3rd, 2018, 2:55 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The Classic Collection (Harry Lorayne)
Replies: 1
Views: 860

Review: The Classic Collection (Harry Lorayne)

The Classic Collection (Harry Lorayne) The definitive collection of card magic from the legendary Harry Lorayne Harry Lorayne's Lengthy Career Legendary magician Harry Lorayne is now in his 90s, and is still producing quality books on card magic. He recently published yet another book filled with w...
by EndersGame
September 3rd, 2018, 2:45 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The 2018 reprint of the iconic ARRCO Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Re: Review: The 2018 reprint of the iconic ARRCO Playing Cards

What made these cards great, in their original form, was the stock and the finish. Those cannot be reproduced. You are referring, presumably, to the plastic coated Duratone finish, and not when these cards first were printed on standard paper by USPCC? Or did USPCC continue to print them with the D...
by EndersGame
August 29th, 2018, 1:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More
Replies: 14
Views: 1739

Re: USPS The Art of Magic Stamps & More

Looks like a fun concept, and some fun routines, even if they are fairly basic. What's all included besides a deck of cards and the stamps?

I liked the presentation idea of Karate Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ibiz_Ws56DQ
by EndersGame
August 28th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The 2018 reprint of the iconic ARRCO Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Review: The 2018 reprint of the iconic ARRCO Playing Cards

The History of ARRCO Playing Cards While customized cards have their appeal, most savvy magicians will recognize that looks can also distract from the effect, and will prefer to use a more standard looking deck, so that all the focus can be on the magic. That's why lately I've been using my two-dec...
by EndersGame
August 28th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The HaLo Project
Replies: 1
Views: 834

Re: The HaLo Project

It's never the same if Harry himself isn't performing and teaching. Even so, this is a great project. I posted a detailed review of the Volume 1 video elsewhere on the Genii forums here: Review: The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne (Vol. 1) https://i.imgur.com/ugexX7c.jpg
by EndersGame
August 8th, 2018, 7:25 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne (Vol. 1)
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Re: Review: The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne (Vol. 1)

Yes, I agree that it's a "second best" to have Harry's work being taught by others. If Harry himself was teaching it, they could be asking double or triple - he has a personality like no other! But it is a lovely tribute to the man and his work, and even though he's not doing the performin...
by EndersGame
August 8th, 2018, 4:17 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne (Vol. 1)
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Review: The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne (Vol. 1)

The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne (Vol. 1) The first of a series of videos teaching hidden gems of Harry Lorayne's card magic Overview Volume 1 of The HaLo Project - The Magic of Harry Lorayne is a new release from Rudy Tinoco and The Magician's Forum, and available from his site for $1...

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