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by Ray J
June 26th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqHLl88vJek

Gives away a good trick, Tilt and talks about palming cards off. I guess this is OK?
by Ray J
June 26th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

David Copperfield DID NOT reveal how "13" worked. The secret of 13 is how the people get from a box sitting in the middle of the stage, which you can see under, over, and behind, out of the box. The secret was not revealed. I didn't say that he tipped all of the workings of the effect but...
by Ray J
June 26th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Casual interest will not bring someone here looking for a trick explanation. Most people don't care about magic at all! Regarding your second statement, while true it points out part of the problem. Doug Henning was popular (among other reasons) because he cultivated a "sense of wonder". ...
by Ray J
June 25th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Add the leaders of all of the popular magic forums to the list as well.
by Ray J
June 25th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Mark, perhaps the leaders of all of the major magic associations could band together and write one letter to youtube asking that it do what it can to curb exposure. A letter from the leadership of the IBM, SAM, TAOM, etc. along with representatives of the Magic Castle along with the Magic Circle and...
by Ray J
June 25th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

While we are on the subject and have strayed far from the original discussion about the pass, remember that topic? I think it is important to draw some distinctions about what is going on today versus the past. In the past, as performer pointed out, magicians like Patrick Page got lambasted for publ...
by Ray J
June 25th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Lee has some excellent points to make. I've read his comments before but thanks for sharing because some here might not have. He agrees that we need to do something. He suggests building a bridge and approaching folks kindly. I agree with that approach. Make an attempt to encourage them into our com...
by Ray J
June 25th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine and Corden
Replies: 3
Views: 930

Re: Blaine and Corden

That was fun to watch. I'm amazed that human beings can hold their breath under water for such a long time. I worked at it for an entire summer when I was young sixty some years ago and the best I could ever do was a little over three minutes. How on earth can the trained breath holders manage over...
by Ray J
June 25th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

... If you do the Bill in Lemon in your show the odds are quite high that someone is going to go on the internet to search for it since it is such a baffling trick. And the Brooks exposure would come up fairly conspicuously. .... I sent Steve a private message asking if he would move that item down...
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

From performer's post above... "And magicians don't seem to care a toss about it either. You all need to band together and get ready to either negotiate with You Tube and other places or to get ready to engage in a great fight about it. I would start with the newspapers and other media. Cause a...
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

If the expose' was behind a portion of the forum accessible only to members that had accrued a certain number of posts or something, that might be acceptable. I'm on the fence regarding exposure WITHIN magic forums. Part of me says it is fine because we are all magicians, but care should be taken to...
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Think Magician Foolers re-purposed as internet foolers. Example, any kid trying to figure out Kent's Cups and Balls routine from the internet is going to end up with a very sore brain. Jack, the only problem with that statement is that with the internet, the kids can watch the routine over and over...
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Don't call your trick the name that comes on the packaging. If you do a classic card trick like; The Ambitious Card, Triumph or Card Warp, use enough originality to rename them. Don't fret, the internet isn't going ruin magic. The interactivity between people and the proliferation of new great magi...
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

If you want to know how to do Bill in Lemon , just click the button for an explanation on the side-bar. BTW, I try to reach out to people that do this sort of thing to ask them to stop. I made a comment on youtube last night asking a dude to take down his "explanation" of the Destiny Deck...
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

If you want to know how to do Bill in Lemon, just click the button for an explanation on the side-bar.
by Ray J
June 24th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 229
Views: 21935

Re: The Pass

Yes, but what are you going to do about your beloved sponge rabbits? I confess I haven't looked yet but I bet ten to one there is some horrible teenage "magician" straight from the magic camp exposing it on You Tube somewhere. In fact I am going to have a look now! Performer, here is a de...
by Ray J
June 17th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7174
Views: 2194887

Re: ERDNASE

From the Wiki page... Film adaptation A film based on the life of the mysterious author, adapted by German director Hans-Joachim Brucherseifer, is currently in production. The magicians Yann Yuro (S.W. Erdnase) and Alfonso Rituerto (himself) play the lead roles. It is scheduled to be released in Nov...
by Ray J
June 6th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi
Replies: 17
Views: 2264

Re: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi

In my experience with other companies that have made similar acquisitions there has been change but that change happened over a period of time, not all at once. The parent company generally tells the acquisition that nothing will change and that they should relax and just do what they had been doing...
by Ray J
June 5th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi
Replies: 17
Views: 2264

Re: USPCC Purchased by Cartamundi

USPCC is a small part of a much larger company. The parent company has had a strategic plan to divest itself of certain companies. This is quite common in the industry right now. A former employer of mine is doing the exact same thing right now. They are a global behemoth and acquired a number of co...
by Ray J
June 4th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: John Mendoza
Replies: 8
Views: 1987

Re: John Mendoza

One other thing John is known for is his willingness to discuss (with any purchaser) anything they might be having questions about from his publications. Obviously the contact information in the older works are null and void, but if you can find him on the web, I'm sure he is still happy to help. I ...
by Ray J
May 31st, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: John Mendoza
Replies: 8
Views: 1987

Re: John Mendoza

I haven't seen John in years, but for awhile he lived in St. Louis and at one time ran the Devoe Magic Den after Gene Devoe passed on. John was an incredible technician with cards, coins, etc., but I think his best attribute was his mind. He had the knack for recognizing a good trick and working on ...
by Ray J
May 20th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Marshall Brodien
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Marshall Brodien

Everytime I seen Marshall he would invite me and my daughter to his home. We spent a good portion of the day in his basement which was an actual museum of his career and products. It was fascinating how much he had collected and was very well organized. Marshall was very kind and generous. He loade...
by Ray J
May 7th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7174
Views: 2194887

Re: ERDNASE

by Ray J
May 3rd, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Last magic shop in New England closes
Replies: 7
Views: 1243

Re: Last magic shop in New England closes

It is a world of instant downloads and mail order now. If you want those two shops to survive, visit and more importantly BUY something. If not, they might be following suit. Many magic shops stay afloat because they also sell costumes, gag gifts, etc. If they try to survive only on magic, it is a t...
by Ray J
April 25th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tractor Beam
Replies: 3
Views: 1256

Re: Tractor Beam

Yes, the effect is killer. I like the flexibility of doing a PK-type presentation or the card reveal. I can see it fitting right into a mentalism presentation along with spoon or key bending, etc.

Of course the method is obvious, invisible cats.
by Ray J
April 22nd, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS
Replies: 10
Views: 2171

Re: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS

I should have never responded. Good luck!
by Ray J
April 22nd, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS
Replies: 10
Views: 2171

Re: airshipmagic.com HAVE STOLE A DESSIGN OF CUPS

I was reluctant to jump in here but I wanted to at least point out one thing that doesn't make sense regarding the most recent post. There is no mention whatsoever of the word Foxy in the airship magic ad. None. That name is used on similar designs on the RNT2 website, a separate company. So I don't...
by Ray J
April 21st, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Public apology
Replies: 13
Views: 3548

Re: Public apology

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Never, ever a good idea. Help is always available. Glad to hear you are well!
by Ray J
April 18th, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!
Replies: 6
Views: 1316

Re: Long suspected, the truth is finally out!

From Wikipedia... History The term "magic" etymologically derives from the Greek word mageia (μαγεία). In ancient times, Greeks and Persians had been at war for centuries, and the Persian priests, called magosh in Persian, came to be known as magoi in Greek. Ritual acts of Persian priests ...
by Ray J
March 20th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23836

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Brad, I have read many of your posts on this and other threads. You seem to love stirring things up. I have seen you given a time out and admonished to cool it. I think now is one of those times. I think I made many valid points. Many of which neither you nor Peter chose to address. You both picked ...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23836

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It would be helpful if those determined to hang on to the past had a valid reason - or hell, ANY reason for doing so. As of yet, none have been offered. Not true, you just don't agree. I pointed out "Cardman" refers to a man who uses cards, specializes in card magic, etc. There is value i...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23836

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

So to me, it is not so much that some people support the use of sexist language so much as wanting to preserve the right of an author to use a term that aptly describes his or her subject. How does "cardman" more aptly describe the subject than card magician or card expert? When RK writes...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23836

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

It would be helpful if those determined to hang on to the past had a valid reason - or hell, ANY reason for doing so. As of yet, none have been offered. Not true, you just don't agree. I pointed out "Cardman" refers to a man who uses cards, specializes in card magic, etc. There is value i...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23836

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

the phrase tempest in a teapot comes to mind here.
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés
Replies: 45
Views: 6860

Re: Youtube LINKING Performances & Exposés

We tried having this discussion with the wikipedia folks a while ago - putting method discussion next to effect description. (see ambitious card) Since content gets indexed anyway - just flagging a high value dataset. By contrast: comedians and jokes. Usually folks don't interrupt to tell a story/j...
by Ray J
March 19th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 244
Views: 23836

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Threads of these tend to morph into a bunch of opinions, some straying pretty far from the original poster's question. I have read through many of the responses and there are couple of things that have become clear to me. These days, change is coming at us all at warp speed. That is one thing I thin...
by Ray J
March 18th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7174
Views: 2194887

Re: ERDNASE

far-fetched /ˌfärˈfeCHt/Submit adjective unlikely and unconvincing; implausible. "the theory sounded bizarre and far-fetched" synonyms: improbable, unlikely, implausible, scarcely credible, difficult to believe, dubious, doubtful, unconvincing, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, beyond...

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