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by Ian Kendall
March 22nd, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 3691

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: 779

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: 1955

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: 1158

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: 422

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: 1799

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: 1382

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: 482

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.
by Ian Kendall
December 29th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven & Donald Trump?
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Max Maven & Donald Trump?

I would be stunned if that were the case.
by Ian Kendall
December 21st, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: Harry Lorayne's 4x4 Magic Square Breakthrough??
Replies: 3
Views: 892

Re: Harry Lorayne's 4x4 Magic Square Breakthrough??

You might enjoy the work of Chuck Hickok and Werner Miller as well, if you like the idea of constructing a magic square from four random numbers (or five by five, in the case of some of Werner's stuff).
by Ian Kendall
December 19th, 2017, 11:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Paul Daniels Magic Show
Replies: 18
Views: 1544

Re: The Paul Daniels Magic Show

For a while Paul was selling DVDs of his shows from his site; I'm not sure if this is still happening, but it might be worth a look. I remember him saying that many of the early episodes were taped over, so the best bet is the private collectors who have transferred VHS copies. Thinking back to the ...
by Ian Kendall
December 7th, 2017, 11:47 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2522

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

The routine is on the video of secrets (can't remember which one off the top of my head). It's a coins to glass thing that ends with a coin star?
by Ian Kendall
December 1st, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2522

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Probably the one in the Book (and Video) of Secrets?
by Ian Kendall
November 30th, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for Robert Neale
Replies: 1
Views: 530

Re: Looking for Robert Neale

Larry Haas is a good way to get in touch with him, I'm told.
by Ian Kendall
November 30th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2522

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

The De Cova routine was also published in Genii, but I can't find the exact reference at the moment (it was in the Larsen era). It's called the Ultimate Coin Penetration, if anyone want to search. Prolly in the mid 90s.
by Ian Kendall
November 29th, 2017, 12:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2522

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

I just checked Encore 3 as well, and he credits Liquid Silver there.

Reading through the Apocalypse write up - it uses a normal handkerchief.
by Ian Kendall
November 29th, 2017, 2:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2522

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

The Apocalypse routine was Liquid Silver by Russ Burns. Vol 4 April 1981 (pg 469)
by Ian Kendall
November 7th, 2017, 10:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938

The story is also in his book 'Gamblers Don't Gamble', but I think that came after this radio show.
by Ian Kendall
November 7th, 2017, 6:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Mickey MacDougall Radio Interview from 1938

Alternatively, use this handy, time saving direct link
by Ian Kendall
October 31st, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ambitious Riser
Replies: 42
Views: 4737

Re: Ambitious Riser

There was a story about a couple of magicians in Scotland who worked at the same restaurant chain (unverified, but knowing the perpetrators, believable). One of them used a Devano deck, and the other used something similar to On the Up and Up. The tale was that the latter would tell customers that i...
by Ian Kendall
October 30th, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series
Replies: 19
Views: 1907

Re: Bruce Cervon’s Castle Notebooks Volume "C" or "Y" of the alphabet series

I traded a set of the Crimp for mine; I swapped one handwritten hard-to-read collection for another :) Sadly, even after a few years, I've not had time to study them. They do not lend themselves to idle browsing... There was a crowd-project to transcribe them at the time; you had to prove you had th...
by Ian Kendall
October 26th, 2017, 2:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Magic on Demand
Replies: 22
Views: 2363

Re: Magic on Demand

The vanish of a small object is one of the purest forms of magic there is (and likely one of the oldest). Go with that.
by Ian Kendall
October 25th, 2017, 4:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Center Dealing - Finding the Center
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: Center Dealing - Finding the Center

You could try the Magic of Fred Robinson for his method, or the large article David Ben wrote on Ross Bertram in Genii a few years back, which had a description of the Kennedy deal. There's also Hollingworth's version which I think is taught in his book (as part of his gambling routine), and the Mar...
by Ian Kendall
June 29th, 2017, 7:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine
Replies: 25
Views: 3833

Re: Mike Close Resigns as Editor of M-U-M magazine

Having seen a couple of magazines from the inside, I would suggest that it is imperative that the editor has a very in depth knowledge of the topic. I had several conversations with Mike about parts of my columns (and to a lesser extent with Richard when I was writing Magicana) - those discussions w...
by Ian Kendall
April 25th, 2017, 6:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Spoiler Alert!
Replies: 4
Views: 1398

Re: Spoiler Alert!

I think people are going to have fun with this one. Looking forward to seeing the finished book :)
by Ian Kendall
April 24th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Penny punch
Replies: 46
Views: 6931

Re: Penny punch

Hidden in plain sight.

I bought three. So far, I'm winning :)
by Ian Kendall
April 19th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Magicana
Topic: 3 Coins and a Shotglass
Replies: 53
Views: 26883

Re: 3 Coins and a Shotglass

This might help

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https://youtu.be/-lqLbQcY9CM

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