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by Ian Kendall
August 25th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Brad, just stop. You're making yourself look even more of an arse.
by Ian Kendall
August 25th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

That's my point, Brad.

And thank you for making it so succinctly...
by Ian Kendall
August 25th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Richard; I understand that NTs regard anything unlike themselves as 'wrong' and 'to be fixed', but there's a startling arrogance in thinking that I am somehow pained by the way my head works.

TBH, I'm stunned at how they can get through life with atrocious memories and poor maths skills...
by Ian Kendall
August 25th, 2019, 3:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Many years ago I was approached by someone whose son had been recently diagnosed, and was looking for information.

'Ian, I hear you suffer from Asperger's', he began.

'Oh, I don't suffer', I replied.

The sooner NTs realise that it's not a disease to be cured, the better...
by Ian Kendall
August 14th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here
Replies: 4
Views: 705

Re: Genii Convention Final Schedule is Here

Basic Training was my column in MUM. The lectures are early. The title pretty much wrote itself. On a fundamental level, they are three lectures to start the day. I'll be covering a bunch of things, from routines that you can do, sleights, routine design and structure, stagecraft and anything anyone...
by Ian Kendall
August 12th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: For Sale - Gambling - Crooked Dice
Replies: 1
Views: 348

Re: For Sale - Gambling - Crooked Dice

Gosh darn, I wish I had some spending funds :)
by Ian Kendall
August 12th, 2019, 3:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1
Replies: 311
Views: 75005

Re: Bruce Cervon's Castle Notebooks Volume 1

A lot of the good stuff can be traced back to Discoverie, if you want to go down that route...
by Ian Kendall
August 8th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

One common misconception of ASD is that it is a linear spectrum; it's most certainly not. The best way to visualise it is as a circular colour wheel.

Like several other spectrum people I know, I'm particularly good with numbers.
by Ian Kendall
August 7th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

And in conclusion, your Honour, that is how the can of worms was opened... Q: How many Microsoft employees does it take to change a lightbulb? A: None. They just redefine 'dark' as the industry standard. Q: How many efficiency experts does it take to change a lightbulb? A: None. Efficiency experts o...
by Ian Kendall
August 7th, 2019, 3:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Aspergers and Magic?
Replies: 80
Views: 5483

Re: Aspergers and Magic?

Heh. I was discussing this with my old performing partner just yesterday.

I don't have time to comment now, but perhaps later. I'm on record with most of my views on the subject anyway :)
by Ian Kendall
July 29th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What kind of dealing grips are you using?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: What kind of dealing grips are you using?

Jeebers, still going. Since we're all here: Rule 1c. Some writers and editors add only an apostrophe to all nouns ending in s. And some add an apostrophe + s to every proper noun, be it Hastings's or Jones's. One method, common in newspapers and magazines, is to add an apostrophe + s ('s) to common ...
by Ian Kendall
July 28th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Peter Hitchens quote?
Replies: 12
Views: 2144

Re: Peter Hitchens quote?

I'd be interested to hear how anyone could explain that Orwell or his views were right wing...
by Ian Kendall
July 27th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What kind of dealing grips are you using?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: What kind of dealing grips are you using?

Ignoring all the sarky replies, at least Jason did edit the post. :)

#MyWorkIsDone #StampOutLazyWriting
by Ian Kendall
July 26th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What kind of dealing grips are you using?
Replies: 14
Views: 1006

Re: What kind of dealing grips are you using?

Mechanics.

(Also, couple of apostrophe related typos you may wish to address: it's Tiger Woods' rather than Tiger Wood's, and Pros rather than Pro's)
by Ian Kendall
July 25th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: science of coin through rubber sheet
Replies: 16
Views: 1543

Re: science of coin through rubber sheet

I'm curious where Bob got those 700 kilos...
by Ian Kendall
June 11th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18832

Re: The Pass

I've seen that credited to Daryl.

As for Ambitious card routines - show the selection, top change, and place the 'selection' cleanly in the middle of the deck. Repeat as necessary :)
by Ian Kendall
June 5th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18832

Re: The Pass

The idea of the pass is that it is not seen, nor suspected.

Adding a shuffle to the return of the card just adds another moment when the magician could have done 'something'.
by Ian Kendall
May 14th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 5067

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Drunk rugby player. One of the risks of university gigs...
by Ian Kendall
May 9th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 5067

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've never had a spectator cut themselves, hopefully because of the way I hand them the blades. At that particular point in the routine, it would be difficult for them to deviate from what's happening. (I have, however, been punched in the groin at that point, with two sharp blades in my mouth, whic...
by Ian Kendall
May 9th, 2019, 2:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4440

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

"If you pay, then it's not exposure. Paying makes you a student."

I know, that's why I said it was a grey area, because the majority of the viewers will not have paid for the magic lessons specifically.
by Ian Kendall
May 8th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 4440

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Given that the majority of the Masterclass customers will be annual subscribers (pretty much the only level they have been promoting for the last couple of years), I think most of people who watch the lessons will be idly curious. There's no way of knowing, of course, but I don't think this will res...
by Ian Kendall
May 7th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 5067

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've been doing the razor blades since 1992, initially in street shows, and then in comedy clubs and up. I'm just back from the Baltic, and closed my second show with the blades. FWIW, I use unblunted Wilkinson Sword blades (after a conversation with Amazing Jonathan in 93), and I've had a couple of...
by Ian Kendall
April 3rd, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

Yes, obviously :)

The first two actions are McBride's thing. After that, all bets are off :)
by Ian Kendall
April 3rd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 2187

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

"That was fun! The card seeming to jump from under his hand back onto the pack - wow! "

You know that's in Apocalypse, yes?
by Ian Kendall
March 20th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 22
Views: 2698

Re: Memorized Deck Question

There are ways around that :)
by Ian Kendall
March 1st, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 3358

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

Heh. If it helps, I recreated the exact routine in the late 80s :) I still have the cards somewhere. (It used a red/blue double back, so you got three changes. In a Piatnik rainbow deck, the queens all had ladies on the back, so I used them, with some story about asking women out, but they blushed a...
by Ian Kendall
February 18th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

I made it down for Sunday only, which is a nice way to do things. I only saw two events; the talk by Tom Noddy was sublime, and he got a deserved standing ovation at the end. The other was Nick Deffette's late show which was hilarious, but possibly not for the reasons Nick wanted (which sounds bad, ...
by Ian Kendall
February 9th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Bloody heck, I actually agree with Brad :)

In other news, it's a bit chilly in Hades tonight...
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

WRT Retention of vision vanishes: By sheer fluke I stumbled upon a late night rant on the subject that I had made for the Pebble in a discussion last August. In it, I try to explain my issues with the ROV move (and by association, any studied placement). If you have an interest in a stream of consci...
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I think that on its own (that is, without any of the subtleties that enhance the effect), a simple coin vanish is going to elicit thoughts of 'it's in the other hand'. However, with the correct additions, that suspicion can be all but eliminated.

The spider vanish, however, is still bloody horrible.
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I have question: if it is true that spectators do not immediately suspect the other hand after a coin vanish, then wouldn't the spider grip (double feint) vanish be ineffective? You misspelled 'bloody horrible'. A move that _requires_ the spectator not to believe the initial part is just horrible. ...
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The move does not end when the coin is apparently placed in the hand; there are things you can do to amplify the conviction in the mind of the spectator :)
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

What if instead of disappearing, it appears to have changed color? That's another kettle of fish, and requires a slightly different approach. Consider a spellbound change (but not the originals); the coin changes, but it's all about conviction on the part of the spectator. Once you manage that, all...
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Approach a layman, false transfer a small object, and make it vanish. He or she will say: "It's in the other hand."


There are ways around that :)

(For reference, I discussed this in depth, and my solution to it, in the (I think) October 2011 MUM column Basic Training).
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Pete,

Confession time; I've not read Carneycopia, but it warms my heart to read that, because I've been saying the same thing for years :)
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Alfred, Here's what happened; you posted an opinion. I disagreed. You got upset. I'm fairly sure that this is exactly the situation for which the internet was invented. I never called into question your professionalism. The thread started with you asking about the cups. I answered from the scope of ...
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

A typo. Mea culpa.

Alfred, you seem to be taking this a tad personally. Also, I don't drink alcohol.
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Heh. Not at all; however, if I had evidence that white was not white, I might take issue :) As for Githa's Cups; that was part of a show I did in the Fringe in 2008 called The Golden Age of Magic. It was a discussion about the magicians from ~1850 to 1930s, where I gave some background to the routin...
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

But for the vanishes, we clearly don't want them looking elsewhere (whether it is at our face or somewhere other than the hands) because there would be no perception that "magic" has happened. We want to direct attention not away from, but to focus it directly upon the place where the ver...
by Ian Kendall
February 1st, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 17269

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Kent, I think you've misunderstood my point (or, more likely, I've been less than clear in my posts). I am not suggesting that flashes are all fine and dandy because no one is looking. I'm saying that they are not the be all and end all of the routine. The fact is that a minor flash will not be noti...

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