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by Ian Kendall
January 9th, 2021, 6:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 30
Views: 1811

Re: Memorization

Here's a good drill for securing your stack. I tend to do this at night, as a sleep aid, but it also works on long drives. Start with the ace of clubs, and then recall the stack number for all the clubs. Then do the same for the other suits. When you have done that a couple of times, recall all four...
by Ian Kendall
December 31st, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 30
Views: 1811

Re: Memorization

If you have two cards of the same value, you substitute the suit for the repeat of the value.


Was he remembering the cards in order, or just the values?

If he's going for order, the suit replacement wouldn't work if the cards are not next to each other (May have answered my own question there...)
by Ian Kendall
December 30th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 30
Views: 1811

Re: Memorization

Funnily enough, in my stack the Jack of Hearts is 21.

I just remember that the Jack of Hearts is 21. Much less effort...
by Ian Kendall
December 20th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 30
Views: 1811

Re: Memorization

If you ask this questions of three magicians, you'll get four answers.

Everyone is different; best bet would be to use whatever method you did the first time round.
by Ian Kendall
November 30th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

One of the more useful things I learned over the years was the names of the suits in French and Spanish.

Prolly less useful over there, but helpful here :)
by Ian Kendall
November 30th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

A quick Google would have told you it's in the June 1994 Parallax column (albeit in a quote from me), and all MAGICs are available online to subscribers, but I take your point. As to your second section, I mention this in The Lost Luggage Show book (as well as a couple of other places). On stage, I ...
by Ian Kendall
November 30th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

Well, you could read the article, but briefly;

At a distance of more than six to ten feet, people do not read cards by their indices, but by looking at the pattern of pips on the face. On large index cards, this image is smaller than normal, making it harder to read the card.
by Ian Kendall
November 27th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

That makes me feel good, because I've been saying the same thing for a while now :) To delve further; from more than ten feet, picture cards all look basically the same. Also, as I found out the hard way, if you have any red gels in your lights, red spot cards become blank cards in a hurry. I'm fair...
by Ian Kendall
November 27th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

if you’re performing for any more than one single person you should be using large index cards


Unless you are on stage, when they become a hindrance. [cf Maven, MAGIC magazine]
by Ian Kendall
November 26th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Card size survey
Replies: 46
Views: 2221

Re: Card size survey

One night after packing the show and leaving by the stage door he was greeted by his onstage helper that evening who handed him back the deck and said, "I'm a magician myself but I only use Bikes." I think the takeaway from that is all the other times the helpers were real people, and did...
by Ian Kendall
November 19th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Discoverie of Witchcraft
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

Re: The Discoverie of Witchcraft

I think I still have a copy of Bob lying around here somewhere...
by Ian Kendall
November 18th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Discoverie of Witchcraft
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

Re: The Discoverie of Witchcraft

I love how the first edition draws the reader in with a false sense of comprehension with a fairly easy to read typeface and then, after thirty pages or so, slams you with Gothic Black type. I remember the jolt I got when I first saw it, almost twenty years ago :) By the second ed, they had reverted...
by Ian Kendall
October 29th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: R.I.P. Paul Cummins
Replies: 17
Views: 2202

Re: R.I.P. Paul Cummins

"You and the spec both pick cards and replace them in the deck without restriction. Now, you ask the spec to read your mind. "Do you think my card is red or black?" *Whatever the spec says* you say, "That's right!" Now, after the spec takes out what is presumably your card f...
by Ian Kendall
October 28th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: Charlie Miller Book
Replies: 62
Views: 11347

Re: Charlie Miller Book

Mine arrived this morning, in a big blue sack :)
by Ian Kendall
September 22nd, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?
Replies: 89
Views: 4788

Re: Is Persi Diaconis Having Us On?

Are the suits not grouped alphabetically? That wouldn't be hard to implement, given that the spectators have to know each others' cards in order to group.

So you would have Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades.
by Ian Kendall
September 12th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: More on Bob Cassidy
Replies: 17
Views: 9824

Re: More on Bob Cassidy

I think the point was that ESP does not have to mean supernatural, but just 'not of the senses'. However, that does somewhat negate the argument since sight is one of the senses, and powers of observation are just the interpretation of that sense. It's telling that no one has ever conclusively prove...
by Ian Kendall
August 11th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Disney's Magic Camp
Replies: 20
Views: 1719

Re: Disney's Magic Camp

But a very, very bad French drop. I wouldn't fret...
by Ian Kendall
August 5th, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Multum im Parvo
Replies: 45
Views: 5753

Re: Multum im Parvo

I saw Faye Presto perform this at a Magic Circle show in the Player's Theatre years ago. It was fun to see, but I can't help thinking it's a fairly bulky set of props to carry around for a couple of minutes of material...
by Ian Kendall
July 20th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 29
Views: 1727

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

The biggest problem I have with the Spider vanish is it's the embodiment of 'challenge magic' with the added sting to the spectator. Very not the direction I want to follow...
by Ian Kendall
July 20th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin
Replies: 29
Views: 1727

Re: Thoughts on the Vanish of a Coin

WRT to the 'it's in the other hand' phenomenon, I've written about my approach to this a few times (in Basic Training, but also in Basic Coin Magic and, more recently, in One Coin, and the Genii Bash morning lectures). With the correct blocking (at least, correct for me...), I've been able to greatl...
by Ian Kendall
July 18th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Mere Puzzle
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: A Mere Puzzle

Ah, got it.
by Ian Kendall
July 18th, 2020, 5:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: A Mere Puzzle
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: A Mere Puzzle

"Solution:
5 '+ 5 + 5 = 550"

Can you clarify this? I can't see what operator would give 540 from 5.
by Ian Kendall
July 1st, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cirque du Soleil
Replies: 9
Views: 981

Re: Cirque du Soleil

We went to see Crystal when it came to Glasgow in March. It was a spectacular show, which was much enjoyed.

I'd have loved to have seen some of the other shows. Hopefully one day...
by Ian Kendall
June 29th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

"That is why decimate in modern language now means nine tenths not one tenth as in Roman times. The meaning has changed and the new meaning is generally accepted." Decimation was the execution of every tenth legionary as a general punishment. That way, one tenth was killed, and nine tenths...
by Ian Kendall
June 27th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Chris Hannibal
Replies: 14
Views: 1686

Re: Chris Hannibal

I'm fairly certain he prefers to be known by one name. I remember reading that he doesn't like being called Christopher at all.

I was lucky to spend some time with him in Orlando last October.
by Ian Kendall
June 17th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Phil Willmarth Information
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Phil Willmarth Information

Doesn't Meir have the rights to the Impostress Princess?
by Ian Kendall
June 17th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

Ian Kendall wrote: I fear that most of these people wouldn't know who to ask to proof read their work, and others don't like the idea of someone seeing the information for free. Shouldn't that be "... wouldn't know whom to ask..."? Ian Kendall wrote: I had to, given the subject... :) Not ...
by Ian Kendall
June 15th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

"and I noticed far less typographical errors"

*fewer.

I had to, given the subject...
by Ian Kendall
June 15th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?
Replies: 78
Views: 4584

Re: Why is editing so bad in magic publications?

With the proliferation of self publishing (and its ease), more people are writing technical prose with little experience (and it's one of the harder styles in which to write). I fear that most of these people wouldn't know who to ask to proof read their work, and others don't like the idea of someon...
by Ian Kendall
June 8th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 51
Views: 30484

Re: Genii Archive Question

I genuinely didn't know that two button mice were common on Macs. I've only ever seen since button mice on Apple kit.

Live and learn.
by Ian Kendall
June 8th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 51
Views: 30484

Re: Genii Archive Question

"Perhaps you can right click and open in a new window."

First, he's on a Mac, so right clicking isn't really an option. Secondly, it doesn't work on Windows either; the result page gives an error.
by Ian Kendall
June 2nd, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How are Illusion Magic Lounge & the Castle doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: How are Illusion Magic Lounge & the Castle doing?

There were photos showing Magicopolis was trashed by looters. Not heard anything about the Castle.
by Ian Kendall
May 27th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: How's Tricks?
Replies: 23
Views: 2024

Re: How's Tricks?

The Lost Luggage Show is ready for order. Find out more at www.virtualmagicshow.com

Eye thangoo :)
by Ian Kendall
May 24th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Big Announcement from The Jerx
Replies: 55
Views: 5206

Re: Big Announcement from The Jerx

In order for it to be true, you would have to ascribe the original Magic Circle Jerk to Derren as well, and that doesn't fit in quite as well.

Andy clearly wrote both, but Derren makes no mention of it at all. That should be a red flag.
by Ian Kendall
May 24th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 89
Views: 4631

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

I'm pretty sure that the Racherbaumer book has a routine at the end called the 'Dealer's Delight' or somesuch, which has no sleights in it at all.

It's years since I've read the book; can anyone confirm?
by Ian Kendall
May 24th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 89
Views: 4631

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

In addition, an interesting thing would be to use just diferent methods randomly, à la Slydini, to confused more. I mean, a "Wild Cards" using "Hamman Count" and in other ocassion the same routine using other techniques, and so on. Different techniques for a same trick / routine...
by Ian Kendall
May 24th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 89
Views: 4631

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

The problem with a Hamman Count, even if done flawlessly, is it is too "tight,"--some angles for the audience are obscured, especially on the right. Bob, I think I have solved that with my first handling. Although in the video I was working to the camera, in life it's easy to show the car...
by Ian Kendall
May 23rd, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 89
Views: 4631

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

Eye thangoo.

For a slightly more normal, regular count version, try this:

https://youtu.be/nA5JtjMpBzQ
by Ian Kendall
May 23rd, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Opinions on initial Wild Card display
Replies: 89
Views: 4631

Re: Opinions on initial Wild Card display

My solution to the Hamman count's rhythm problem was to break it down, both in terms of the counting and the plane. The cards are held as usual in a right hand Biddle type grip. The left hand peels off the top card, and brings it up so that it is at mid chest level, facing the audience. That's the f...

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