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by Paco Nagata
February 27th, 2021, 3:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Danger With inpromptu Magic is The Performer Won't Know When To Stop
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: The Danger With inpromptu Magic is The Performer Won't Know When To Stop

I think that a good way to know when to start for sure is by means of being a demanded magician, instead of a demanding magician. So, if some people ask you for some of your card magic, it would be quite ok to start. Just be careful they don't want actually to make fun of you, and the situation is s...
by Paco Nagata
February 27th, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?
Replies: 26
Views: 1189

Re: Gender Neutral Playing Cards, A Controversy?, Or Just A Natural Progression In Today's Political Climate?

Zig Zagger wrote:Wow, quite an idea... Maybe a solution for a problem that does not exist in this very specific context? :roll:

Solutions for problems that does not exist is the way to sell new things the most fashionable, noyadays ;)
by Paco Nagata
February 3rd, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?
Replies: 18
Views: 941

Re: Opinions on most audience hitting Aronson tricks?

I love "This Side Up" (a.k.a. "Side Swiped").
by Paco Nagata
January 25th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: It's Contest time again!
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: It's Contest time again!

Finally I could finish reading that wonderful entry, Alfred, Jack! I read it feeling as if I were you, Alfred! ^_^ Lovely magical memories! I may understand why the "Magic Milk Pitcher" became so important for you: I guess you wished to be able to do that magic when you was a child, so tha...
by Paco Nagata
January 7th, 2021, 9:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Happy Hindu Shuffle!
Replies: 23
Views: 1659

Re: Happy Hindu Shuffle!

(...) (I'm a lonely guy) (...) I used to be... for quite a long time. But it was precisely the most creative moment/tme of my amateur card magic life :-) Nowadays I will not have so much free time until I retire, I guess, but fortunately I can enjoy so many great ideas, notions and subtleties that ...
by Paco Nagata
January 2nd, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Happy Hindu Shuffle!
Replies: 23
Views: 1659

Re: Happy Hindu Shuffle!

There is not a better way for a card magician to start a New Year than by a witty, easy and useful idea, Alfred! Thank you! As you do it you can say: "We have a well mixed up deck of card.... please say stop whenever you want..." So that you give a reason why you show the cards face up; to...
by Paco Nagata
December 26th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from All of Us at Genii
Replies: 3
Views: 862

Re: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from All of Us at Genii

¡Feliz Navidad y Felices Fiestas a cada uno!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

From the Old World.
by Paco Nagata
December 23rd, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".

Thank you very much for your kind words, Jan!

Feliz Navidad to you too!

^_^
by Paco Nagata
December 22nd, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".

Done! I've improved the explanation of the trick. I have added some points that I took for granted that were understood. I hope it is ok for everyone that want to read (and understand) it :-) Thanks a lot for letting me know the points difficult to understand, Joe! I appreciate it! By the way, I hav...
by Paco Nagata
December 21st, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".

Paco, I wanted to do a little follow-up on my earlier comment. I think you've hit upon the essence of commercial card magic with your adaptation. Dickens' story was so popular that the first edition was sold out before Christmas, 1843, the year it was published. It has never been out of print since...
by Paco Nagata
December 21st, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".

Paco Nagata, email me at mystre71@aol.com I tried to reply to your PM, but it seems something it wrong with the PM on this site. I keep getting a msg saying I'm trying to send too many PMs. Ok! I'll do it. Anyway, tomorrow morning (in Spain) I'll try to add pictures to the text of the card trick an...
by Paco Nagata
December 20th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question about card magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: A question about card magic

I think that the "latest finding" is ANY great card routine you create by using a great combination of old ideas and subtleties. Paco, that is an insightful and well-articulated point. Thank you very much, Alfred ^_^ "So what do you think are the new techniques, new methods that coul...
by Paco Nagata
December 19th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question about card magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1146

Re: A question about card magic

Taking into account that Card Magic may be at least 300 or 400 years old, I have thought that (maybe) everything that can be invented about card magic sleights and subtleties, has been already invented as nowadays it is etremely difficult "to get a latest findings." I mean that every NEW t...
by Paco Nagata
December 17th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Free Xmas gift for my fellow magicians
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Free Xmas gift for my fellow magicians

CalvinSze wrote:...Let me know if you like it.

I love it! Thank you very much!
My son has a couple of handicrafts works to do in the school for Christmas, maybe after finishing them we try this one ^_^
by Paco Nagata
December 16th, 2020, 2:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".

Thank you so much for this beautiful post, Alfred! I love this novel. Curiously it was the first novel I tried to read in English when I was teenager. Last Christmas I watched Robert Zemeckis' animation movie about the book, with my family, so my son already knows about the story and enjoyed the car...
by Paco Nagata
December 15th, 2020, 1:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: "A Christmas Carol Card Trick".
Replies: 9
Views: 942

"A Christmas Carol Card Trick".

I only wanted to share a new card magic routine I devised recently. I called it "A Christmas Carol Card Trick." I've performed it twices. The first one on November 8th, in the 7 birthday party of my son, and the second one on this December 6th. for a few friends. Well, my friends liked it,...
by Paco Nagata
November 27th, 2020, 2:33 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: Happy Thanksgiving from Us to You

First Thanksgiving Day during COVID-19 ...

I wish a well and quick recovery in United States from this terrible year, as we are doing here in Europe...
by Paco Nagata
November 23rd, 2020, 11:42 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”
Replies: 36
Views: 2874

Re: Dai Vernon’s “Mental Die”

This wonderful card magic trick reached Spain through Karl Fulves' books translated into Spanish. It was translated as "La única carta roja" (the only one red card), so it has been considered here as Martin Gardner's idea. Lots of information here as I had not idea about Vernon's reference...
by Paco Nagata
November 8th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic -Cards Across – Another Version
Replies: 6
Views: 906

Re: Perverse Magic -Cards Across – Another Version

Thanks, Alfred! Do you know what? Today was the 7th birthday of my son, and I wanted to do some funny card trick I have never done yet... But what?... Yes! I performed Mr. Deutsch's Perverse Card Across! People enjoyed it a lot! It was very funny! Needless to say that I mentioned Mr. Deutsch's name ...
by Paco Nagata
November 5th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Perverse Magic -Cards Across – Another Version
Replies: 6
Views: 906

Re: Perverse Magic -Cards Across – Another Version

...I got the wording messed up ("perverse grammar"?). .. :lol: I love your witty humour, Alfred! This card trick made me recall a little magic gag I have been performing in some of my shows: The magician is blindfolded in front of 20 playing cards from a deck; 10 red and 10 black. Spectat...
by Paco Nagata
November 1st, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Happy Halloween Everyone!
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Happy Halloween Everyone!

In my son's school there was a boy disguised as COVID-19!!
:o

MagicbyAlfred wrote:May all your tricks be a treat.

My son leart yesterday in the English language class the expresion "trick or treat" :D

Happy Halloween to all!
by Paco Nagata
October 25th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Ken Klosterman
Replies: 5
Views: 1073

Re: RIP Ken Klosterman

It is always a specially sad situation to get to hear about someone through his passing. Thank you Mr. Mullins for the info. Thank you Mr. Rhomberg for letting us know about the charisma and greatness of Mr. Klosterman. It's a pleasure to read the "Aladin" article about him and to be less ...
by Paco Nagata
October 24th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2904

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

I’m not saying it’s a good thing - but Geller won. Everybody knows that Geller does NOT have psychic powers (as nobody has). So, he didn't win at all. He can't win, because it's impossible. Do you think he has psychic powers? Did he say in his lecture he has psychic powers? Did he proved it in his ...
by Paco Nagata
October 23rd, 2020, 4:35 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2904

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

"Now he gets to investigate a whole new world." "God bless him!" "Amen to that, and may he rest in peace in magic's biggest wonderland!" "A belief in a god is one of the most damaging things that infests humanity at this particular moment in history." - James...
by Paco Nagata
October 23rd, 2020, 4:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2904

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Brad Henderson wrote:URI geller gave the best magic lecture I’ve ever seen.

Period.

Indeed, a magic lecture about how to fool yourself must be a really good one.
by Paco Nagata
October 22nd, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: RIP Amazing Randi
Replies: 35
Views: 2904

Re: RIP Amazing Randi

Alfred, following Chetday's words, your entire post is very touching and informative! Thank you! I have been a great fan of him since I knew about him around 2001. Not only a great magican, but a really brave one to face magicians who deviated from the true concept of magic as entertainment. I like ...
by Paco Nagata
September 26th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 2480

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: 2480

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: 18
Views: 1299

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: 1563

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: 1563

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: 1563

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: 1395

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: 1730

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: 1730

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: 605

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: 2068

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: 819

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: 681

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...

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