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by Paco Nagata
September 26th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 1949

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

Joe Mckay wrote:"The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time" - Bertrand Russell

I would like to follow this quote with this one:

"If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong."

Groucho Marx
by Paco Nagata
September 24th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 1949

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

That was a touching and wonderful post, Joe. And the Russell's quote is great! When I took up card magic being a child I used to ask myself if I would become a professional one day or perform on TV like my idol Tamariz. Well, more than 30 years after that I'm still a family amateur. My fault? Not re...
by Paco Nagata
September 16th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: How Do You Organize and Store Your Magic?

After 6 decades of using magic props, Alfred, the only thing one may say is: it was about time! ^_^! Well, I guess you've never deserved something more than that, and you girlfriend hit the nail on the head. Regarding me. It has been very easy for me to keep my magic props as I have been mainly only...
by Paco Nagata
September 7th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 1118

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

Regarding the Walton/Freeman "Time Trick." Check out the Nov. 2000 Michael Skinner issue in Genii Magazine. On page 25 you will find "Skinner's Time Trick Finesse" where the concept of the extended pause is mentioned, along with other presentational considerations such as how Sk...
by Paco Nagata
September 7th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 1118

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

That's a beautiful idea, Joe. I didn't know about it, so thanks a lot for let us know about it.
I would like to perform it sometime along with the name of Peter Duffie.
A very nice use of the Gilbreath principle!
by Paco Nagata
September 6th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic
Replies: 25
Views: 1118

Re: Thoughts On the Concept of Time in Magic

In the summer of 2010 (quite a long time ago), I was living in Osaka, studying Japanese and working half-time in a Spanish bar-restaurant. One night at the end of my dutty, my girlfriend (now my wife) came to pick me up. As I was tidying up we started to talk. She said once in a tone of resignation:...
by Paco Nagata
August 31st, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Ditching whilst pulling pen or lighter from pocket - history?
Replies: 16
Views: 984

Re: Ditching whilst pulling pen or lighter from pocket - history?

Just to add something to this interesting thread. Pockets on clothes, as we know them today, appeared in the 13th century in Europe. So, one century before the deck of cards itself. Alfred, your ideas and thoughts are very interesting! Thanks for sharing them. I usually use this stratageme simply to...
by Paco Nagata
August 30th, 2020, 3:20 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP/QEPD Gabi Pareras
Replies: 9
Views: 1370

Re: RIP/QEPD Gabi Pareras

Thank you very much for the link, Alfred!
I enjoyed it! ^_^
by Paco Nagata
August 29th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP/QEPD Gabi Pareras
Replies: 9
Views: 1370

Re: RIP/QEPD Gabi Pareras

Another premature terrible lost between Spanish magicians, like Jose Carroll and Arturo de Ascanio. Gabi Pareras was a talented magician highly regarded and known in Spain. He left us some immortal legacy: "Ascanio: La depuración constante de lo mismo." A book about Arturo de Ascanio. &quo...
by Paco Nagata
August 20th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dove Pan Card Tricks
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Dove Pan Card Tricks

The Piano Card Trick. You've got to get the scripting right, and if you do, it's very deceptive and impressive to an audience. Everytime I have performed "The Piano Card Trick" people have amazed because of being incapable of figuring out how does it work! However, another good example of...
by Paco Nagata
August 9th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card
Replies: 37
Views: 1554

Re: Best Trick With A Duplicate Card

Definitely, "Red Hot Mama" by Al Leech and "Between Your Palms" by Alex Elmsley are amongst the best "duplicate" card tricks ideas. "The Expert Card Technique" has a lot of interesting ideas like "The Torn and Restored Card" as Jonathan pointed out, ...
by Paco Nagata
August 7th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Ger Copper
Replies: 9
Views: 685

Re: RIP Ger Copper

Grand Prix winner in FISM 1979.
A great Magician.
I got the sad news by e-mail from my friend Danny Crauwels from Belgium.
My condolence to his family and friends and to the Art of Magic.
by Paco Nagata
August 2nd, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon St. Louis Lecture July 1987
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Vernon St. Louis Lecture July 1987

This is pure gold, Bob!
Specially because I'm a great fan of Vernon's works.
A million thanks!
I will copy and paste it on my computer...
by Paco Nagata
August 1st, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spell to ANY named card--Mnemonica edition
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Spell to ANY named card--Mnemonica edition

Jack, darn, now I have yet another reason to see if this soggy old brain still has enough sputtering neurons to memorize Juan's stack. Disastrous for memdeck workers! Watch out! Warning! Do NOT let supermarket staff scan your forehead to take your temperature. It erases your memory. I went in for b...
by Paco Nagata
July 31st, 2020, 1:20 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Primes"
Replies: 29
Views: 1493

Re: "Primes"

My personal most chosen cards: From around 1998 to 2014 I have been writing down the name of the playing cards that any of my personal spectators have been naming along my card tricks performances at any time and any place I have been performing some card magic. 0 times named cards: KC,10S, 6C, 6S, ...
by Paco Nagata
July 30th, 2020, 10:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

Joe, if you mean the purpose of close-up magic in relation to stage magic, I think that the principal purpose is to show magic as close as possible. Not only physically but also psichologically. Close-up magic lets spectators to be IN TOUCH with the magic; they can interact with the magician's stuff...
by Paco Nagata
July 21st, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spell to ANY named card--Mnemonica edition
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Spell to ANY named card--Mnemonica edition

Breathtaking!

A million thanks, Jack!

A real Gem for the "Mnemonicians" in English!
by Paco Nagata
July 20th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: amateurs and professionals
Replies: 14
Views: 2282

Re: amateurs and professionals

In my humble opinion, a professional magician is supposed TO BE a magician, so he or she just do magic. Whereas, an amateur magician is supposed to be a "regular" person that has learnt who to do something that looks like magic. If anyone disagree with that I will absolutly understand the ...
by Paco Nagata
July 19th, 2020, 1:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Origins of the Through the Fist Flourish?
Replies: 15
Views: 1484

Re: Origins of the Through the Fist Flourish?

Great, Jonathan! I wanted to say in this thread that I've heard that Hofzinser already used this movement, but didn't remember where... So I didn't dare to say that, but you hit the nail on the head about that possibility. Regarding the movement, deceptive or not, I have used it from time to time as...
by Paco Nagata
July 18th, 2020, 11:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Interpretation in magic

I use the term interpretation only when I talk to other magicians' friends, whereas I use the term presentation or show when I talk to lay people about a particular magic trick or show that I did.
by Paco Nagata
July 18th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: amateurs and professionals
Replies: 14
Views: 2282

Re: amateurs and professionals

Assuming that it is true that professionals perform less different magic tricks than amateurs, I must be a kind of strange amateur card magician, since I have been like professionals in that sense. Maybe because of lack of books at the beginning, I've been always used to performing by means of a red...
by Paco Nagata
July 18th, 2020, 2:08 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Spell to ANY card named in the Aronson stack
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: Spell to ANY card named in the Aronson stack

Unfortunately I'm not an Aronsonite, but a Mnemonician. Anyway I appreciate a lot you offered for free this great job, Jack!
by Paco Nagata
July 18th, 2020, 1:47 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Story Trick, set in San Francisco
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: Story Trick, set in San Francisco

Kent Gunn wrote:PS. Francisco, I am a huge fan of: La pasion de un cartómago aficionado, your posting it here was very, very generous. Thank you.

Thank you very much Kent!
I appreciate your words very much.
It means a lot to me!
I'm sorry for being so late in reply this; I was very bussy.

My best wishes!
by Paco Nagata
July 18th, 2020, 1:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Mere Puzzle
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: A Mere Puzzle

I think that it also depends a lot on the mentality of the spectators him/herselves; if some people go to a magic show (voluntarily) it is because they like magic shows, whereas people that don't particularly like magic shows and see an amateur magician doing some magic, he or she may ask the magici...
by Paco Nagata
July 13th, 2020, 1:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name This Trick
Replies: 8
Views: 747

Re: Name This Trick

Second Deal Card Trick :?:
If so, I would bet my life that this trick was published by Ed Marlo somewhere... ;)
by Paco Nagata
July 11th, 2020, 1:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Alternating Currents
Replies: 1
Views: 595

Re: Alternating Currents

I may enjoy and I enjoyed that post, Jack.
Thank you very much!
An alternative to the faro shuffle is always a good tool, specially with a deck of cards in bad conditions.
Thanks a lot for sharing this great idea.
by Paco Nagata
July 10th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Story Trick, set in San Francisco
Replies: 5
Views: 647

Re: Story Trick, set in San Francisco

Beautiful, Kent! Great jobs like this one makes me feel specially happy for being keen on card magic! Kent, that's outstanding! Very creative and entertaining. Also struck a sentimental chord with me, as I was fortunate to live and perform in the City by the Bay for many years. Really?! Alfred, my w...
by Paco Nagata
July 7th, 2020, 2:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Conflict in Magic?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Conflict in Magic?

Me too, I love this kind of shows in which the magician is un trouble, but finally overcomes the situation against all odds. Actually that was one of the things that made me to keep my interest in the art of magic. I noticed that the magician sometimes could be seen as a HERO; a true hero that overc...
by Paco Nagata
June 28th, 2020, 2:56 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Balloon Twisting Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Balloon Twisting Magic

As magicians we love methods. To the extent that we sometimes overlook solid effects because the method is "beneath us". Very good reflection, Jack. In this video the response is outstanding. I believe the audience will always remember their reaction even if they later become aware of the...
by Paco Nagata
June 28th, 2020, 2:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Remembering Louis Falanga
Replies: 16
Views: 2241

Re: Remembering Louis Falanga

Thank you very much for the Post, Jim Sisti.
Very emotional tribute telling about his life.
I read it carefully.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Falanga.
by Paco Nagata
June 27th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Balloon Twisting Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Balloon Twisting Magic

You're welcome, Jack!

It's very interesting to see what a wonderful magical effect can be achieve with a simple balloon and a sheet!
(And, of course, a good shomanship).
by Paco Nagata
June 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Balloon Twisting Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Balloon Twisting Magic

Please, try now...
I did "something" in the "Menu" of Google Drive.
Really, I'm not very good at computer handling :roll:
by Paco Nagata
June 27th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Balloon Twisting Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Balloon Twisting Magic

Jackpot wrote:Paco's link requires permission to view so I couldn't see it.

I'm sorry about that! I didn't even know that it was protected! :oops:
There are things I still don't understand about Google Driver. I'll try to fix it...
by Paco Nagata
June 27th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Balloon Twisting Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2616

Re: Balloon Twisting Magic

Have a look to this...
It was sent to me by a friend of mine around a week ago :lol:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZwmH_D ... p=drivesdk
by Paco Nagata
June 27th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10090

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Leo Garet wrote:Don't Hide When Nobody's Looking.

That's another good one not to forget, Leo!
^_^ Thank you.
by Paco Nagata
June 27th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10090

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

Paco, I admire your graciousness and open-mindedness, two valuable traits for a magician. Yes, the admonition, "Don't make unimportant things important" is -- well -- important. Thank you, Alfred. I'm learning so much reading your valuable posts (as well as others', of course). And with l...
by Paco Nagata
June 25th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10090

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

"Don't run when they're not chasing you," and "The proof is in the pudding." I back up this thoughts, Alfred. It is similar to the Professor's "Don't make unimportant things important." I should have used other words; instead of "... to justify the procedure...&qu...
by Paco Nagata
June 24th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10090

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

One of my favorite card tricks has long been "A Poker Player's Picnic." ...I always got very good to excellent reactions with it. But I did not get super phenomenal reactions until the last few years, when I re-oriented the presentation and patter around establishing conditions that cance...
by Paco Nagata
June 24th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben
Replies: 45
Views: 10090

Re: The Tragic Rhythm - David Ben

I would propose a corollary to the "Too Perfect" theory, the "Too Imperfect" theory. In that case, there are too many ways the trick could have been done, and even though the spec guesses the wrong one, it doesn't matter, because in the spec's mind s/he's solved it. For example,...
by Paco Nagata
June 15th, 2020, 2:24 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 1060

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Edward, thanks for the references! This has been a thought-provoking thread for me. (No pun intended). As I think about the various posts and the issue of what my relationship to the spectator will be in mental effects, the distinction between exerting influence and/or control over a spectator's min...

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