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by Ian Kendall
June 11th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 115
Views: 8526

Re: The Pass

I've seen that credited to Daryl.

As for Ambitious card routines - show the selection, top change, and place the 'selection' cleanly in the middle of the deck. Repeat as necessary :)
by Ian Kendall
June 5th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 115
Views: 8526

Re: The Pass

The idea of the pass is that it is not seen, nor suspected.

Adding a shuffle to the return of the card just adds another moment when the magician could have done 'something'.
by Ian Kendall
May 14th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4375

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Drunk rugby player. One of the risks of university gigs...
by Ian Kendall
May 9th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4375

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've never had a spectator cut themselves, hopefully because of the way I hand them the blades. At that particular point in the routine, it would be difficult for them to deviate from what's happening. (I have, however, been punched in the groin at that point, with two sharp blades in my mouth, whic...
by Ian Kendall
May 9th, 2019, 2:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 3882

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

"If you pay, then it's not exposure. Paying makes you a student."

I know, that's why I said it was a grey area, because the majority of the viewers will not have paid for the magic lessons specifically.
by Ian Kendall
May 8th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Master Class with Penn & Teller
Replies: 30
Views: 3882

Re: Master Class with Penn & Teller

Given that the majority of the Masterclass customers will be annual subscribers (pretty much the only level they have been promoting for the last couple of years), I think most of people who watch the lessons will be idly curious. There's no way of knowing, of course, but I don't think this will res...
by Ian Kendall
May 7th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 4375

Re: Razor Blade illusions

I've been doing the razor blades since 1992, initially in street shows, and then in comedy clubs and up. I'm just back from the Baltic, and closed my second show with the blades. FWIW, I use unblunted Wilkinson Sword blades (after a conversation with Amazing Jonathan in 93), and I've had a couple of...
by Ian Kendall
April 3rd, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 1951

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

Yes, obviously :)

The first two actions are McBride's thing. After that, all bets are off :)
by Ian Kendall
April 3rd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Noel Heath's ACE
Replies: 14
Views: 1951

Re: Noel Heath's ACE

"That was fun! The card seeming to jump from under his hand back onto the pack - wow! "

You know that's in Apocalypse, yes?
by Ian Kendall
March 20th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 22
Views: 2390

Re: Memorized Deck Question

There are ways around that :)
by Ian Kendall
March 1st, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Packet trick creator info requested
Replies: 37
Views: 2999

Re: Packet trick creator info requested

Heh. If it helps, I recreated the exact routine in the late 80s :) I still have the cards somewhere. (It used a red/blue double back, so you got three changes. In a Piatnik rainbow deck, the queens all had ladies on the back, so I used them, with some story about asking women out, but they blushed a...
by Ian Kendall
February 18th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2602

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

I made it down for Sunday only, which is a nice way to do things. I only saw two events; the talk by Tom Noddy was sublime, and he got a deserved standing ovation at the end. The other was Nick Deffette's late show which was hilarious, but possibly not for the reasons Nick wanted (which sounds bad, ...
by Ian Kendall
February 9th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Bloody heck, I actually agree with Brad :)

In other news, it's a bit chilly in Hades tonight...
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

WRT Retention of vision vanishes: By sheer fluke I stumbled upon a late night rant on the subject that I had made for the Pebble in a discussion last August. In it, I try to explain my issues with the ROV move (and by association, any studied placement). If you have an interest in a stream of consci...
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I think that on its own (that is, without any of the subtleties that enhance the effect), a simple coin vanish is going to elicit thoughts of 'it's in the other hand'. However, with the correct additions, that suspicion can be all but eliminated.

The spider vanish, however, is still bloody horrible.
by Ian Kendall
February 4th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I have question: if it is true that spectators do not immediately suspect the other hand after a coin vanish, then wouldn't the spider grip (double feint) vanish be ineffective? You misspelled 'bloody horrible'. A move that _requires_ the spectator not to believe the initial part is just horrible. ...
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The move does not end when the coin is apparently placed in the hand; there are things you can do to amplify the conviction in the mind of the spectator :)
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

What if instead of disappearing, it appears to have changed color? That's another kettle of fish, and requires a slightly different approach. Consider a spellbound change (but not the originals); the coin changes, but it's all about conviction on the part of the spectator. Once you manage that, all...
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Approach a layman, false transfer a small object, and make it vanish. He or she will say: "It's in the other hand."


There are ways around that :)

(For reference, I discussed this in depth, and my solution to it, in the (I think) October 2011 MUM column Basic Training).
by Ian Kendall
February 3rd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Pete,

Confession time; I've not read Carneycopia, but it warms my heart to read that, because I've been saying the same thing for years :)
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Alfred, Here's what happened; you posted an opinion. I disagreed. You got upset. I'm fairly sure that this is exactly the situation for which the internet was invented. I never called into question your professionalism. The thread started with you asking about the cups. I answered from the scope of ...
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

A typo. Mea culpa.

Alfred, you seem to be taking this a tad personally. Also, I don't drink alcohol.
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Heh. Not at all; however, if I had evidence that white was not white, I might take issue :) As for Githa's Cups; that was part of a show I did in the Fringe in 2008 called The Golden Age of Magic. It was a discussion about the magicians from ~1850 to 1930s, where I gave some background to the routin...
by Ian Kendall
February 2nd, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

But for the vanishes, we clearly don't want them looking elsewhere (whether it is at our face or somewhere other than the hands) because there would be no perception that "magic" has happened. We want to direct attention not away from, but to focus it directly upon the place where the ver...
by Ian Kendall
February 1st, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Kent, I think you've misunderstood my point (or, more likely, I've been less than clear in my posts). I am not suggesting that flashes are all fine and dandy because no one is looking. I'm saying that they are not the be all and end all of the routine. The fact is that a minor flash will not be noti...
by Ian Kendall
February 1st, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I think my point was that the number of people watching on video is comparatively small compared to those that are not. As for the efficacy of using a gib; as we discussed before, it's not hard to tell the difference between a real and a polite reaction. I do not believe that every reaction I've had...
by Ian Kendall
February 1st, 2019, 3:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I would dispute that most people will be watching on video - unless they have recorded a street show (which happens), or I upload a video that I have recorded myself, and I'm unlikely to do that if there is a _glaring_ load flash. Also, by the time you get to the big loads, the audience should have ...
by Ian Kendall
January 31st, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

If you want to really learn how convincing your vanishes and final loads are in the cups and balls and chop cups, well, as they say, "The camera never lies." While I agree with the use of cameras in rehearsal, there is a fundamental flaw in the quote above. A camera is unblinking, and doe...
by Ian Kendall
January 30th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

WRT gib loads and melons. I don't use a hat load at the moment, but I've seen it done countless times. Watching audiences for not quite thirty years, I know that the loads are effective and deceptive for the large majority of the audience. In the early 90s I was having a chat with my performing part...
by Ian Kendall
January 30th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

how can you tell the difference between actually fooling someone and them just being polite. I'm asking because I've witnessed non-magicians who have reacted rather enthusiastically to a tableside magician, then when the magician leaves, clearly describe everything the magician has done in graphic ...
by Ian Kendall
January 29th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I'm bored, so here's a wee compilation of pocket vs pouch loads. This is just the reactions to the first large load.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH8knZcN3vE

(Embedding seems not to be working on this. Sorry)
by Ian Kendall
January 29th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I know I'm committing heresy here, but Gazzo's seminal routine comes to mind. When that melon comes dropping out of the hat, is it not evident to the crowd where it came from? (or are they too busy laughing to care). I would have dismissed this as a one off, but some other greats also load from pou...
by Ian Kendall
January 29th, 2019, 3:40 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

Final loads serve two purposes; on the first hand, they are a visual shock which is the main part of the magic effect. A secondary effect is that they would not fit into the cups. I'm not a fan of the load being physically larger than the cup (for reasons best not started here), but it's impossible ...
by Ian Kendall
January 27th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 183
Views: 15173

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

For me, it serves as a laugh point, gives a plausible but totally unrealistic possible method (which helps to draw attention away from the actual methods), and reminds people that I'm doing this for money (since my routine evolved on the streets). One thing that I think is quite important - the tech...
by Ian Kendall
January 9th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Regarding the Pass
Replies: 20
Views: 982

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: 982

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: 982

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: 1909

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: 4927

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: 4927

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...

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