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by Ian Kendall
November 5th, 2018, 6:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

Besides, one can just as easily (arguably more easily) insert a delay prior to a shuffle through various extant jogging techniques and setting the cards down. I would counter that part; if you have to worry about holding a break or leaving a jog, it's considerably more involved than just doing a pa...
by Ian Kendall
November 4th, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

That's a good point, but I fear it might create bad construction. An attempt to explain; if a card is returned to the deck and the deck is immediately shuffled, there is a chance that a spectator might question that chain of events. However, if we can add in some time misdirection, then the two even...
by Ian Kendall
November 4th, 2018, 5:53 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

Yes, but how is that beneficial?

Again, doing something is rarely better than doing nothing (from the perspective of the audience). Especially if the desired effect is magical.
by Ian Kendall
November 4th, 2018, 5:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

I'm struggling to think of a time when it's beneficial during a card control for the spectators to think that something had happened (as opposed to thinking that nothing had happened). The strangest thing about this is that the pass is not that difficult to do properly, given correct instruction and...
by Ian Kendall
November 4th, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

That's the whole point. If you can use a pass correctly, then in the eyes of the spectator, nothing at all has happened; they replaced the card into the deck and that's it. However, if you have to use bizarre covers for the pass, or do something _after_ the pass, then that illusion of 'nothing happe...
by Ian Kendall
November 4th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

The problem with replacing the pass with another control is that the replacement is almost never more efficient than a pass. Also, as Richard mentioned, I've never met anyone proficient with the pass who advises against using it; it's always people who cannot (or think they cannot) use it effectively.
by Ian Kendall
October 29th, 2018, 7:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

If you are doing a pass when the spectators are looking at the deck, or without any form of misdirection, then you have more important issues to look at before you work on the pass... An invisible pass is one that the spectators do not see; if that happens when they are looking elsewhere, then you'r...
by Ian Kendall
October 29th, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2544

Re: The Pass

I wrote this a few years ago in MUM. I still stand by it. Let’s look at the actions from the perspective of the audience. The magician proffers a deck of cards and asks for one to be selected (and more on this in a moment). The spectator takes a card from the deck, looks at it, tries not to forget i...
by Ian Kendall
September 15th, 2018, 10:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 844

Re: question about a old tv serie, the avengers

I've performed for Diana Rigg (tenuous link, no video...)
by Ian Kendall
August 24th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Brad, You are missing my point, yet again (probably deliberately at this point). but conceptually speaking they are the same phenomenon, IE a foreign object is inserted in the nose. And this is where we differ. Now you are talking about phenomena, and before you were talking about effect. I describe...
by Ian Kendall
August 24th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Brad, Again, one is a penetration, the other is just sniffing something up your nose. If you cannot see the difference, there's not much else to be said. I'll assume from your comment that you do not perform the stunts yourself. If it's alright with you, I'm going to give a tad more credence to obse...
by Ian Kendall
August 24th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

You are offering a false equivalency. My reason for not doing both in the same set is (as I mentioned at the time) that the mental floss routine exposes the depth of the nasal cavity, and therefore makes blockhead a lot less impressive. That's the only reason. Your comments that putting something in...
by Ian Kendall
August 24th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Because the presentation is very, very different. In Blockhead, the effect is introduced as 'I will hammer this nail into my head'. Now, although you are using the nasal cavity (and it's amazing how many people don't make that connection), everything is in a straight line. People don't make the conn...
by Ian Kendall
August 24th, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand
Replies: 42
Views: 2975

Re: Now Taking Orders for My New Book on Theodore DeLand

Blockhead doesn't use the sinuses. /pedant I would suggest that it is a different effect to the 'through the nose, out of the mouth' bit, but it uses the same method. To real people, they are very different things. (Not only have I taught this stunt to many people - also on BHMME - I've performed it...
by Ian Kendall
July 6th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1117

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

Doesn't Silly Billy do this with his kids shows in New York? And Ursula sold her stripper act to a bunch of people.
by Ian Kendall
June 30th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gravity Holdout
Replies: 15
Views: 1804

Re: Gravity Holdout

That's not unlike comparing a Model-T to an Aston Martin...
by Ian Kendall
May 8th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: multiple cards to pocket
Replies: 21
Views: 2192

Re: multiple cards to pocket

There have been a few variations on the market since this thread started; I believe that Steve Valentine's C2P has a section on multiple cards, Chris Congreve and Gary Jones put out a DVD a while back called Pocket This, which has a very nice six card routine that is good for strolling, John Carney ...
by Ian Kendall
May 2nd, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1939

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

I snipped my index finger, just inside the first joint. It's astonishing how much a finger cut can bleed...
by Ian Kendall
May 2nd, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1939

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

Joe - I don't think so. I was talking about Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Magic, not the dealer :) If memory serves, the method involved cutting the rope about a foot from the end and switching one end for the short piece as usual. This was tied around the long rope, and then slid to the centre of t...
by Ian Kendall
May 2nd, 2018, 3:13 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot
Replies: 29
Views: 1939

Re: Paul Curry - The Sliding Knot

I'm pretty sure there's a similar routine in Abbott's; I know I did it in my first ever street shows but I don't have the book any more, so I can't check. My recollection is that the rope is cut, the knot slides to the centre of the rope, where it is snipped down until it vanishes and the rope is re...
by Ian Kendall
April 29th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 118
Views: 17356

Re: New John Thompson Book

Given how the price of the Colour Books of Mentalism crashed when Prism was published, I think magic book speculation is a risky business...
by Ian Kendall
March 22nd, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Harry, Those routines didn't really feature in the conversation because we were discussing gimmicked versions against the more traditional thrown routines. However, since you are here and have brought up monte plus and monte plus plus, I'll give them another recommendation. I've used both for many y...
by Ian Kendall
March 22nd, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

The main difference is that the gaffed versions look nothing like the monte as played on the street (at all). So, if you are presenting something as representative of the 'three card monte', and referencing that game, then it would be strange to use a mid-pipped card.
by Ian Kendall
March 14th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

This was one of the goodies in the Genii Bash swag bag in 2012. You got a handful of the cards to go with the routine. Personally, I think it exposes the gimmick - it's flying dangerously close to Too Perfect territory; the Ace pip is undeniably torn off, but in the end, the Ace is whole. The only e...
by Ian Kendall
March 14th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I think the perceived difference in speed has more to do with the limitations of the camera, rather than the speed at which I moved. There is a much larger discrepancy in the two clips than there was in the actual actions :)
by Ian Kendall
March 14th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I fear that the change in speed from last night to this morning had more to do with the quality of my webcam versus my camcorder than any technique; the former is not great at picking up motion at night, it would seem. WRT something that Mark said yesterday about the cards potentially coming from an...
by Ian Kendall
March 14th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

A fair point, and one that is not aided by using a webcam at midnight. So, I recorded it again with my good camera in daylight. This video shows a normal throw, followed by a hype, and then repeated at half speed. The video was recorded at 30fps. I've gone through the clip frame by frame, and in the...
by Ian Kendall
March 13th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

I've saved you the time. My webcam can only record at 30fps, but the move looks like this live. It's easy to follow which are hypes and which are fair shows by checking the cards as they are displayed. There are hypes from left and right hand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTfAhnt_AvU Embedding is...
by Ian Kendall
March 13th, 2018, 7:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Alfred; here's something to try - film yourself doing the hype with bikes, and then with borders. If you use a phone that can record at 60fps, so much the better. See if you can notice the flash. Then add in the misdirection that is built into the throw and try again. I would wager that you won't se...
by Ian Kendall
March 13th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Moreover, the Bee back pattern, which has no borders, and particularly the blue backers, are considerably harder to follow and are thus more deceptive than, say, Bicycle. I would say that this is a myth; done properly, the hype is just as deceptive with bordered cards as borderless. In fact, the bo...
by Ian Kendall
March 13th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Getting identical jokers is not that hard; if you use Bikes, for example, just open two decks. Take the coloured joker from one deck, and swap it for the black and white one for the other. You now have two decks with identical jokers.
by Ian Kendall
March 13th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

He did show me a different way of bending the cards for the three card monte that is usually done. A kind of S shape.


I still have the cards that Tony Giorgio used to demonstrate his hype to me; they were bent in the S shape. It was incredible to see; the top card seemed to melt through :)
by Ian Kendall
March 12th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 7067

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

A few thoughts; Garrett's Stand Up Monte is very similar to Keith Bennet's Kickback Monte which came out in the early 90s (I've spoken with both about it, and it's a case of independent invention). On a personal level; I have (I think) most of the versions published (and mentioned here), but almost ...
by Ian Kendall
March 10th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Showing Cards Not In Deck
Replies: 18
Views: 1595

Re: Showing Cards Not In Deck

There should be a question coming along any minute :)
by Ian Kendall
February 26th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 2740

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

On reading Harry's various stories about him, the image was of an obnoxious man who enjoyed creating hassles for others (cf the butcher's story, where he persuaded a butcher to mince up prime beef, then walked out refusing to pay the high price, leaving the butcher severely out of pocket...)
by Ian Kendall
February 23rd, 2018, 2:43 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rachel Colombini
Replies: 7
Views: 1671

Re: Rachel Colombini

I spent some time with Rachel - it's definitely her (she remembered some details from a conversation we had at one of Aldo's lectures years ago).
by Ian Kendall
February 21st, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade
Replies: 5
Views: 1302

Re: Gordon Bruce item mentioned in Roy Walton's Cascade

I just had a phone call with Gordon about this; the basis is that he had the idea to reverse one card and all the others would follow when he was playing around with the Ghost count. He showed this idea to Roy and then went to London for the weekend. When he returned, Roy had created two routines - ...
by Ian Kendall
February 8th, 2018, 6:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive
Replies: 25
Views: 2313

Re: Most Issues of MAGIC Magazine are Now Live in the Genii Archive

There's an interesting bit of code under the Issues page which might be doing something; if you inspect the link for the Issues tab at the top of the grid page, you get this: Without knowing the database design on the back end, it would be hard to know what to change in the link to see the Magic mag...
by Ian Kendall
January 27th, 2018, 7:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dean's Ring Trick
Replies: 10
Views: 2386

Re: Dean's Ring Trick

That's the second time I've seen the clip. It's interesting how many of the little subtleties of the method layer on top of each other, that I missed the first time. A lovely piece of theatre.
by Ian Kendall
January 5th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking For -- Kainoa Harbottle Books
Replies: 3
Views: 572

Re: Looking For -- Kainoa Harbottle Books

If you cannot find a copy in the US (assuming you are in the US), I have Cointopia and Coins on Edge. I fear the postage form Scotland would be excessive.

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