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by Q. Kumber
April 14th, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 12
Views: 3328

Re: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History

The Pallbearer's Review is an excellent magazine, but for a vote of the best magazine of a similar type, my vote would be for Hugard's Magic Monthly. However, I enjoy going through them all. I just wish there were fewer card tricks in them. At the Manchester Circle of Magicians' auction last Monday,...
by Q. Kumber
April 11th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Alan Shaxon/ Mr Bean
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: Alan Shaxon/ Mr Bean

observer wrote:Just to mention that Alan Shaxon appears as magician "Eddie Spangle" on Mr Bean season 1 (1995) episode 4.


Indeed he does, along with his daughter as his assistant. This was before anyone realised how popular the series would become and Alan's contract paid residuals.
by Q. Kumber
April 11th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 83
Views: 10131

Re: New John Thompson Book

Arrived in Manchester, England this morning!

One very happy bunny here!
by Q. Kumber
April 10th, 2018, 4:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Identifying Dice Tricks Help Needed!

Jack Avis' Poker Pot was sold by Ken Brooke.
Stevens Magic sell it now, but with a wooden box, instead of the metal one.
You can see Daniel Cros performing the Ken Brooke version on the Stevens' website.
https://www.stevensmagic.com/shop/poker ... en-brooke/
by Q. Kumber
April 9th, 2018, 5:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: DelGaudio's Quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: DelGaudio's Quiz

Mr. Charming wrote:here is the show:

https://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-ano ... ht-of-mind


The DelGaudio interview and quiz start at 14:30 and last for just under fourteen minutes.
by Q. Kumber
April 4th, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 83
Views: 10131

Re: New John Thompson Book

I am perturbed that less important people are receiving their copies before me. :-)
by Q. Kumber
April 1st, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research
Replies: 8
Views: 768

The Trick That Cannot Be Explained - New Research

Some DVDs have hidden Easter Eggs and sometimes the publishers don't let you know they are there. They are even in books. Imagine my surprise to discover one in the second Hofzinser volume by Magic Christian. If you turn it back up and upside down and flick through the now bottom pages you will see ...
by Q. Kumber
March 26th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New Use For Thumb Tip
Replies: 0
Views: 436

New Use For Thumb Tip

Man's BMW chops off his thumb and he replaces it with thumb tip
https://nypost.com/2018/03/25/my-70k-bm ... -my-thumb/
by Q. Kumber
March 25th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: James Dodding R.I.P.
Replies: 1
Views: 327

James Dodding R.I.P.

While his name is not widely known in the magic community, James, who lived in Garstang near Preston, England, became a good friend after I moved over from Dublin to Manchester. I called to see him just a few weeks ago and he was quite chuffed having just received a phone call from Oscar winner Gary...
by Q. Kumber
March 24th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The April Issue of Genii is Out!
Replies: 20
Views: 1498

Re: The April Issue of Genii is Out!

Re: The Bottom Change. I've only ever seen two people use it. Pat Page and Johnny Hoffman (Carnival performer in Ireland who passed away in 1975 - a superb stand-up performer with cards). Unlike what Richard describes in the video, they deposited the right hand's card on the bottom of the deck while...
by Q. Kumber
March 20th, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Gerlitz, Taytelbaum, Blocks of San Yen, Milson, Magiro, Fulves, Bascom and more
Replies: 3
Views: 611

Re: Gerlitz, Taytelbaum, Blocks of San Yen, Milson, Magiro, Fulves, Bascom and more

If I may add a correction to one of your eBay listings. The Blocks of San Yen was invented by Colin Hughes, whose performing name was San Yen. Ian Ogilvy made up and sold a limited number of them in the 1970's.
by Q. Kumber
March 19th, 2018, 8:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1493

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Steve Bryant wrote:The bit with flicking the pip is described in detail in Michael Perovich's The Vernon Companion.


Thank you Steve. I'd forgotten where I read it.
by Q. Kumber
March 19th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1493

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

I've put up a short clip of the trick performed by the Professor, from a non-commercial video. https://youtu.be/19D4Np3Cn4k What is the source of that video? And does it contain him demonstrating/teaching the Berg Knot? I learnt the Berg Knot from the Vernon description in Pallbearer's. However I d...
by Q. Kumber
March 19th, 2018, 4:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 26
Views: 1493

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Ganson mentions that having removed the pip, Vernon made a throwing motion as though throwing the pip away. What he didn't mention was that Vernon's eyes followed the 'pip' as it disappeared into nothingness, thus extending the magical moment.
by Q. Kumber
March 13th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Are you paying attention to premise?
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: Are you paying attention to premise?

Thanks for posting Jason. Useful and thought provoking.
by Q. Kumber
March 13th, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: It appears my ad selling Finley's Thought Veil was taken down
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: It appears my ad selling Finley's Thought Veil was taken down

Most likely you weren't complying with the marketplace rules. Have you read them?
by Q. Kumber
March 12th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real
Replies: 133
Views: 3703

Re: Gimmicked Three Card Monte vs. Real

Does anyone here have performing experience treating the gaffed set (or even the Joe Riding three/four card item) as a Monte in terms of apparent handling but played with a wink? If so- how's that working for you? . Coincidentally, just a week ago, I found my old set of the Joe Riding trick, origin...
by Q. Kumber
March 12th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Another commercials makes us look stupid.
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Another commercials makes us look stupid.

Regardless of magicians looking stupid, I think it's a dreadful ad. The days of good advertising seem to be long gone and ad agencies seem to be taken over by people trying to be clever and arty. Most ads in today's magic magazines give you absolutely no idea of what they are advertising and provide...
by Q. Kumber
March 12th, 2018, 9:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sir Ken Dodd RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: Sir Ken Dodd RIP

"RIP Sir Ken Dodd... The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and most of Saturday."

-Gary Delaney
by Q. Kumber
March 9th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Mike Close's IKEA Card Trick from Paradigm Shift
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Mike Close's IKEA Card Trick from Paradigm Shift

If you're familiar with Mike's IKEA Card Trick, you'll find this of interest.

https://www.independent.ie/style/sex-re ... 87692.html
by Q. Kumber
March 8th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic trivia question
Replies: 8
Views: 668

Re: Magic trivia question

Perhaps Max Maven can fill us in on the wrestling reference but the other clues seem to add up

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/gimmick?s=t
by Q. Kumber
March 6th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: References for Drunken Poker Deals (long!)
Replies: 11
Views: 1812

Re: References for Drunken Poker Deals (long!)

There's also an interesting article reprinted from True Detective in Phoenix #23 about this trick worked as a real world con.
by Q. Kumber
March 5th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1617

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

One of the main reasons (intelligent) magicians change anything in a published trick/routine/sleight is to make it fit with their performing/personality/skill requirements. Whether it is an improvement is subjective, but generally it's fairly obvious to most. While hobbyists pay good money for 'what...
by Q. Kumber
March 5th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Darwin's Rules (?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1617

Re: Darwin's Rules (?)

In my subjective opinion, I think Darwin's rules have great merit. Richard, you must, consciously or otherwise, go through such a (subjective) process every time you publish a trick in GENII, for if you don't think something of use has been added to an effect, routine, or sleight, you wouldn't publi...
by Q. Kumber
March 5th, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for the Johnny Brown Books
Replies: 7
Views: 545

Re: Looking for the Johnny Brown Books

I've always thought the Ball & Cone was a pointless trick.

Following on from Jack's link to the Dog in a Box I found this which totally changed my mind
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh5CzvmOpiQ
by Q. Kumber
March 4th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Magic Magazine
Replies: 18
Views: 3270

Re: Magic Magazine

Mowee wrote:Any further word of Magic Magazine for the web?


Yes. They were up, but some problems still have to be worked out See this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=50452
by Q. Kumber
March 4th, 2018, 4:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: DelGaudio's Quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: DelGaudio's Quiz

Thank you for that Jack, bringing a big smile early on a Sunday morning. Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett (known in the UK as The Two Ronnies ) once did a sketch based on the Mastermind quiz show, where contestants answered questions on their specialised subject. In this sketch, Corbett gives answer...
by Q. Kumber
March 3rd, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1600

Re: Hmmmmm...

Tom, I appreciate your detailed reply. Thank you. I assumed you were a friend as you knew so much about his work. Apologies for being mistaken. Your last paragraph encapsulates everything I detest in 'children's entertainment '. I've always believed that good family entertainment shows the audience ...
by Q. Kumber
March 3rd, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1600

Re: Hmmmmm...

Tom, could you please explain what a poop emoji is please. I ask because it sounds like you mean a two-dimensional drawing. The performer produced a series of items from under a cup, the last being a three dimensional turd, which, I'm 99% sure he referred to as 'poo'. Your friend is very talented a...
by Q. Kumber
March 3rd, 2018, 5:10 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1600

Re: Hmmmmm...

Tom, could you please explain what a poop emoji is please.
by Q. Kumber
March 3rd, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1600

Re: Hmmmmm...

A performer at the recent Family Entertainer of the Year Competition at Blackpool produced a turd as part of his act. In his defence it was an emoji poop, it was presented as mischief/something that shouldn't be done & he did win the competition so clearly he's on to something. Tom, I don't agr...
by Q. Kumber
March 2nd, 2018, 5:19 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Hmmmmm...
Replies: 44
Views: 1600

Re: Hmmmmm...

A performer at the recent Family Entertainer of the Year Competition at Blackpool produced a turd as part of his act.
by Q. Kumber
February 27th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Performing new material for the first time
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: Performing new material for the first time

Two pieces of advice given to me as a teenager by my mentor, Eric Sharp: Don't learn a trick that if you don't do for a month, you have to relearn it. Most magicians when adding a new routine will leave out their weakest one. Instead leave out your best one. Because you know the reactions you are us...
by Q. Kumber
February 27th, 2018, 3:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks
Replies: 4
Views: 580

Re: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks

Thank you Mr. Blackmore for uploading these.
Australia seems to have attracted all the world's top acts - certainly with magicians.

What a debt we owe to Charles Waller (Magical Nights at the Theatre) and Harrie Ensor.
by Q. Kumber
February 26th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 1957

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Harry Lorayne would be an ideal person to write an article on Himber. There aren't many around who knew him well.
by Q. Kumber
February 26th, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Richard Himber - GENII issue?
Replies: 46
Views: 1957

Re: Richard Himber - GENII issue?

Dustin Stinett wrote:I did an article on someone in magic that no one but his family members knew. Isn't part of our job to educate?


Round of applause for Dustin.
by Q. Kumber
February 25th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 83
Views: 10131

Re: New John Thompson Book

As of the end of January, the book, I'm told, was at the printers.
In the meantime Mr. Thompson has had to sign all the pages that are to be tipped in to the book,
which I presume is done by hand, so I'd estimate another four to six weeks at the most.
by Q. Kumber
February 21st, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted - Richard Turner's Bee Playing Cards
Replies: 21
Views: 1376

Re: Wanted - Richard Turner's Bee Playing Cards

Tom Gilbert wrote:Wouldn't those be his Gold Seal Bikes? If so, those are readily available.


Probably. A friend bought three bricks.
Being a simple soul, I only know Bikes from Costco and Phoenix Decks from Card Shark.
by Q. Kumber
February 21st, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"
Replies: 30
Views: 5882

Re: Michael Weber's "Do Your Homework"

I highly recommend Mark Elsdon's (ebook and/or printed booklet) Hidden Gems.
He lists over 100 gems of magic that are largely unknown and where to find them.

http://elsdon.blogspot.co.uk
by Q. Kumber
February 20th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for good lecturers
Replies: 12
Views: 994

Re: Looking for good lecturers

A number of magic clubs I've lectured for in the U.K. have told me their members are sick of card tricks, and it has been proposed at their A.G.M's to stop booking 'card' lecturers. Obviously, there are exceptions, but to aspiring lecturers, please note that you are more likely to get booked with th...

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