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by Ian Kendall
January 9th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 737

Re: Regarding the Pass

To say the pass is just like cutting the deck is like saying Concorde was just an aircraft; on a very basic level it is correct, but there is so much more to the whole. The pass enables us to cut the deck in such a way that the action is hidden. This can either be when the deck is being scrutinised ...
by Ian Kendall
January 8th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 737

Re: Regarding the Pass

And this is a conversation we've been having for years :) I do believe that the majority of the problems with learning the pass is that most of the resources do not break the move down into its parts and build up piece by piece. If you do that, you can shave months, if not years off the learning pro...
by Ian Kendall
January 8th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 737

Re: Regarding the Pass

The pass is a very useful sleight, but it suffers from the myth that it is hard to do. If taught correctly, it's no harder than many other moves.

Perhaps it's not for the absolute beginner, but I think it would be remiss for card magicians not to have even a basic understanding of the mechanics.
by Ian Kendall
January 6th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1372

Re: The Glasgow Connection

For the record; while those of us north of the border are aware of the name 'Scottish Mafia', I'm not aware of anyone using it to describe the group from within. Roy's influence is undoubtedly the catalyst to the high calibre of card magic that grew from Glasgow in the 70s and 80s. In much the same ...
by Ian Kendall
December 24th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4057

Re: Deaths in Magic

I don't think his mobile is working, and I'm not sure the hospital is too happy with people phoning the ward as the phone is in the next room (if you can get through, and anyone answers).

I know he's had a couple of visitors today, but I'm not sure of his condition now.
by Ian Kendall
December 23rd, 2018, 5:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 4057

Re: Deaths in Magic

I just got off the phone with Mark. He's out of Intensive Care, and in the Emergency ward now. He has no internet access, so he can't see any of the messages here, but he asked me to pass on his thanks for everyone who has responded. He sounded about as cheery as is possible (ie, the usual grumpy ba...
by Ian Kendall
November 27th, 2018, 7:43 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4731

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Do serious card women actually even exist?


Of people I've met, Laura London and Billy Kidd come to mind, as well as Ines and Alba. Of people I've not met, Lauren Cohen.

I'm sure there are more. The question is more whether you have met any.
by Ian Kendall
November 27th, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4731

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

Magic Babe Ning hasn't yet stated publicly what she'd like to be called, so it would be wrong for me (or you) to tell her.


I just asked Ning, and she said lately she is the Mind Magic Mistress. Not much wriggle room with that one.
by Ian Kendall
November 27th, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Please retire the term, "cardman."
Replies: 89
Views: 4731

Re: Please retire the term, "cardman."

I just got round to this thread, and while I have no desire to drop into the linguistic debate that is raging, I'm smiling with the strange notion of Charlie Miller exclaiming 'I'm a dice person' in a room full of gamblers...
by Ian Kendall
November 24th, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?

Whoever wrote the blurb for that clip doesn't understand Newton's Laws...
by Ian Kendall
November 23rd, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?

As far as I know it's as old as sand. It's the final stage of the Mark Leveridge ring and rope routine (so published there at least), but certainly not new.
by Ian Kendall
November 21st, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: L'Homme Masque Load References please?
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: L'Homme Masque Load References please?

I put some basic work on the load in Basic Coin Magic in 2004, but I've tweaked things since then. Happy to answer any questions if needed.
by Ian Kendall
November 5th, 2018, 6:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 2875

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: 982

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: 3390

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: 3390

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: 3390

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: 3390

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: 3390

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: 1172

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: 1955

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: 2533

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: 2290

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: 2290

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: 2290

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: 19346

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: 8562

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: 8562

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: 8562

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: 8562

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: 8562

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: 8562

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: 8562

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...

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