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by Ian Kendall
May 8th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: multiple cards to pocket
Replies: 19
Views: 1282

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: 1302

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: 1302

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: 1302

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: 117
Views: 14006

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 4235

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: 890

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: 2116

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: 1215

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: 541

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: 1880

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: 1553

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: 507

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: 847

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: 962

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: 1718

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: 2552

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: 2552

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: 547

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: 2552

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: 2552

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: 2552

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: 729

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: 729

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: 4881

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: 1931

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: 2489

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.

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