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by Paco Nagata
July 11th, 2020, 1:07 am
Forum: General
Topic: Alternating Currents
Replies: 1
Views: 80

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: 3
Views: 169

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: 449

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: 1218

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: 13
Views: 1186

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: 1218

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: 1218

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: 1218

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: 1218

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: 27
Views: 1828

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: 27
Views: 1828

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: 27
Views: 1828

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: 27
Views: 1828

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: 27
Views: 1828

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: 770

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...
by Paco Nagata
June 13th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

I've never heard about Derren Brown, but that's perfectly normal taking into account that I've never been very keen on mentalism magic.
I'm glad to get to know about him and his style, so thanks a lot to both of you, Alfred and Tom!
by Paco Nagata
June 13th, 2020, 5:09 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Have a look at iPhone shortcuts and two person mentalist codes. :) Hey Siri, did you see what card he picked/which one he chose/....?

Thank you for the reference!
It is also interesting to explore well the "instant stooge" idea.
by Paco Nagata
June 13th, 2020, 4:31 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

If someone says, "Tell me what I'm thinking right now," here are a few of the lines I have used with success: 1. "I KNEW you were going to ask me that question." 2. (Place hand to forehead, close eyes, and pretending to concentrate) "Woah! I think we'd better keep that our ...
by Paco Nagata
June 12th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

So, as I have thought about your question, it is not so much whether the mind reading or the telepathy or even the prediction effect will impress more, but it is all about how strong the method and presentation is, and how it will impact them psychologically. Let's say for example, I started the ro...
by Paco Nagata
June 12th, 2020, 12:47 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Prediction: you will soon read about some card magic by Hofzinser.

How the hell did you know that?! :shock:
by Paco Nagata
June 12th, 2020, 12:44 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: About the concept of Mentalism...

Here is an example of what I am talking about: The Invisible Deck. Rather than setting up the effect as showcasing my amazing powers of prediction or premonition, I like to present it, as noted above, as a test of their abilities. So I tell them I am act going to send the image of a playing card to...
by Paco Nagata
June 11th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: About the concept of Mentalism...
Replies: 23
Views: 770

About the concept of Mentalism...

It's well known that the general concept of Mentalism in Magic is to guess or just to get to know what a spectator is thinking or have thought. Well, I was wondering if a different concept of Mentalism would be beneficial or detrimental for the general concept of Mentalism in Magic. The concept I'm ...
by Paco Nagata
June 8th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Juan Tamariz's Flamenco by Hermetic Press
Replies: 7
Views: 3043

Re: Juan Tamariz's Flamenco by Hermetic Press

Here in the Old World, specifically in the Flamenco's world where I'm living, it is said among Tamariz fans that the book "Flamenco" was going to be the third part or volume three of "Bewitched Music" to complete a trilogy with musical connotations: "Sonata," "Simp...
by Paco Nagata
June 4th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card stacking
Replies: 3
Views: 590

Re: Card stacking

Ted M wrote:Next time somebody asks what to do with old decks...

This guy needs more than old decks... :o
He needs a "factory" of old decks! :shock:
Maybe old "Trivial Pursuit" games would be a good supply ;)
by Paco Nagata
May 27th, 2020, 4:46 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3167

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

It's a funny thing, but if you act like you have nothing to hide, and act like you don't care if they examine, they don't feel inclined to do so. Human psychology is endlessly fascinating, and continually revealed through magic. I have a perfect clean-up for my Pen Through Anything/Pen Through Doll...
by Paco Nagata
May 24th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: "Let me show you a trick"

"socks off" I didn't know this phrasal verb :lol: I looked it up in the dictionary... I'm not only improving my magic knowledge thanks to you Alfred, but also my English ;) I remember that one of the very generous regulars I performed for at a bar I worked at once said to me: "Sometim...
by Paco Nagata
May 24th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 87
Views: 3167

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

I dislike the technique as for some reason, it has never looked very natural to me even as a kid. (If you want to display that many cards, why don't you just fan them out?) With all my respect and humble opinion, I reckon that you ask yourself that question because you see it as a magician, so then...
by Paco Nagata
May 23rd, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: "Let me show you a trick"
Replies: 13
Views: 1313

Re: "Let me show you a trick"

As Alfred said, if you say "Let me show you a trick", people would think about you as "someone that has leart a trick" or "someone that knows a trick", but never as a Magician. Philosophising about magic I came up once with the premise that "showing magic" is ...
by Paco Nagata
May 22nd, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Orson Welles & Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: Orson Welles & Magic

MagicbyAlfred wrote:Whenever I performed a trick on the radio, I always knew it was a huge success. Thousands of people would call in to the radio station saying they "just couldn't see how it was done."

:lol:

Alfred, this could lead to a new interesting topic:
Magic and Radio :)
by Paco Nagata
May 22nd, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Orson Welles & Magic
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Re: Orson Welles & Magic

Definitely his best magic trick was to made the entire Earth been invaded by aliens!
^_^
by Paco Nagata
May 22nd, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Buster and Magic
Replies: 7
Views: 2511

Re: Buster and Magic

I have seen ALL Buster Keaton's movies that were released in Spain, but this...
If Richard said he had never seen it before, it must be a real seldom gem to watch.
Thank you so much for sharing, Jack!
by Paco Nagata
May 22nd, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Chicago Opener
Replies: 12
Views: 9049

Re: Chicago Opener

I love a Doc Eason interesting routine by linking the colour changing deck effect with the effect of "Chicago Opener." That is, after showing that all the cards have changed from blue back to red back, we have a blue back card to perform the effect of "Chicago Opener" right then....
by Paco Nagata
May 21st, 2020, 2:38 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How will magic change after COVID?
Replies: 33
Views: 1939

Re: How will magic change after COVID?

Tom Gilbert wrote:I rarely have paper money on me anymore, well before the virus.

Dear me! Tom, have you been splitting and restoring credit cards?! Awesome! (^_^)
(Just joking)
by Paco Nagata
May 21st, 2020, 2:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: "Watch" the hell!...
Replies: 15
Views: 1169

Re: "Watch" the hell!...

Our Fellow Jason Ladanye illustrates us how does it "work":
https://www.facebook.com/jladanye/video ... 712257321/
Seriously, I think that this device wasn't created for performing, but more like for helping to memorise the stack anytime and wherever you are/go.
by Paco Nagata
May 19th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 959

Re: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

Alfred, you will not believe it,
but I "googled" "Tang Acapao" as I'm a truly dead loss for anagrams!
I'm much better at numbers than at words.
Thanks for letting me notice it!!
by Paco Nagata
May 19th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7755

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Paco: Using the Optical Revolve really kicks up the ending. Using the Three Musketeers patter, with four Jacks, the deck becomes the Bastille. The three cards placed on a Jack are Cardinal Richelieu's guards, who capture each Musketeer and drag him to the dungeon in the bottom of the Bastille. d'Ar...
by Paco Nagata
May 19th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cardistry: Please Go Away
Replies: 93
Views: 8132

Re: Cardistry: Please Go Away

Hocus1031 wrote:Flourishes have been a part of magic throughout history

The thing is to try to relate or connect as less as possible juggling, flourishes and adornments with the magic effects, so that people don't think easily that all that are the responsible fact of the magical illusions.
by Paco Nagata
May 18th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards
Replies: 15
Views: 959

Re: Revealed: Magic Tricks Displayed on USPC Playing Cards

I perform card magic since I'm a boy up to the point of getting some of my family members angry by saying: - Hey, little boy, a deck of cards were created for games, games like poker or whatever, but not for magic! Well, with this discovery I can rub it in that a deck of cards were created indeed fo...
by Paco Nagata
May 18th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Lookig for David Regal card trick
Replies: 5
Views: 964

Re: Lookig for David Regal card trick

Well, certainly a bell rang in my mind...
It looks like the stage gag in which the magician shows the selected card to the entire audience behind the "victim" so that everybody know it.
The magician ask the "victim" to transmit the identity of the card to everybody with his mind...
by Paco Nagata
May 18th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Best McDonald's Aces Routine
Replies: 160
Views: 7755

Re: Best McDonald's Aces Routine

Jonathan Townsend wrote:
El Mystico wrote:McDonald had two routines with the Aces.
Was the other one a "cut to the aces" routine?

Maybe the Aces disappear again in each pile, and appear again face up inside de deck?

Or, maybe there was a fourth...

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