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by Q. Kumber
May 18th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 16
Views: 640

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Let's not forget Simon Aronson's version. Bob Cassidy had a later version superior to Chronologue. He also had a superb version with a remote viewing theme privately published, but I'm not sure if it was ever released to the great unwashed. The trick really needs to divided into two categories, one ...
by Q. Kumber
May 14th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 46
Views: 3442

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

I have only met Stan Allen once, so I can't say I know him. Returning money in such a circumstance is indeed a good business decision, and maybe that is why he did it. But from what I have heard of Stan, he did it because it was the right thing to do. I'd also refer people to Harry Lorayne's book, B...
by Q. Kumber
May 11th, 2018, 4:46 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)
Replies: 11
Views: 563

Re: Review: Naked Strange (Paul Harris)

Thank you for the review. Those interested in this type of effect might also want to check out Gary Jones' version Thought of Cards Across Plus Effect: A spectator shuffles the pack and counts off twenty cards. Ten are turned face up and ten face down. The spectator thinks of ANY of the ten face up ...
by Q. Kumber
May 9th, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: multiple cards to pocket
Replies: 19
Views: 1278

Re: multiple cards to pocket

When I joined the Society of Irish Magicians in the early 70's, I'd say at least a third of the members could perform a Cards To Pocket routine. Two visiting magicians who performed in fairs and carnivals, Johnny Hoffman and Cran King, each performed it. Stanley Collins felt the Cards To Pocket was ...
by Q. Kumber
May 7th, 2018, 5:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bonsalopes?
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Bonsalopes?

I use them all the time and yes they stay sealed. I also supply them with my Confabulation routine and use the largest size for that as it is supposed to be an envelope that came in the post. Don't know about humidity but can't see a problem. Why on earth would the spectator want to keep the envelop...
by Q. Kumber
May 7th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Jaw Droppers! Two (Harry Lorayne)
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: Review: Jaw Droppers! Two (Harry Lorayne)

For those interested here's a link to Mark's page on the Hidden Gems

http://elsdon.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/hidden-gems.html
by Q. Kumber
May 7th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Svengali Deck
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: The Svengali Deck

What do the lay audience think when you do the Hindu Shuffle move where you keep showing the same (bottom) card? Or the Nudist Deck? They don't care. They just want to be surprised and amazed. The Nudist and Svengali decks give those in bucketfuls. PS. They probably think all magicians use trick dec...
by Q. Kumber
May 4th, 2018, 4:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1522

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

I have no problem with making annotations. However one's taste changes over the years and something you thought excellent on first reading may have lost its appeal a few years later, while an overlooked item may on future reading be a gem. Dick Koornwinder told me that Fred Kaps annotated his books,...
by Q. Kumber
May 4th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Jaw Droppers! Two (Harry Lorayne)
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: Review: Jaw Droppers! Two (Harry Lorayne)

Yes, let me add that Mark's book(let) is a reference to 101 published tricks and routines that he thinks are exceptional and not as well known as they deserve. He gives a general outline of the effect, why he thinks it is so good, and where it might be found, no secrets being revealed. Harry, of the...
by Q. Kumber
May 4th, 2018, 6:48 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Jaw Droppers! Two (Harry Lorayne)
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: Review: Jaw Droppers! Two (Harry Lorayne)

Your reviews have great depth and research. Thank you.

Coincidentally Guess Quotient mentioned above is also in Mark Elsdon's book Hidden Gems - 101 exceptionally good tricks hidden in print.
by Q. Kumber
May 3rd, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint
Replies: 29
Views: 1522

Re: EBay item: The Magic of Johnny Thompson/Mint

I believe the first printing was 1,500 - as it was mentioned somewhere that was the amount of fly leaves Mr. Thompson signed.
by Q. Kumber
May 3rd, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Youtube Boobs
Replies: 10
Views: 818

Re: Youtube Boobs

which 90’s? Indeed. The recent thread about Charles Morritt had me following up on the "Oh!" illusion, which was developed in 1891 by Morritt and Nevin Maskelyne. Five years after da Kolta's Vanishing Lady was first performed (1886) it was relatively common knowledge amongst the public th...
by Q. Kumber
May 3rd, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for trick
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: Looking for trick

Sadly I don't have any Tommy's Tie effects. I had about six sets, having been strongly advised by my mentor, Eric Sharp to have spares of every trick I used regularly. I haven't used a rabbit in my shows for about sixteen years, so no longer needed them. The trick is based on Can You Tie I t from Jo...
by Q. Kumber
April 29th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: New John Thompson Book
Replies: 117
Views: 13986

Re: New John Thompson Book

Good to see there will be a second printing but as a purchaser of the first edition (paid for the day it was announced) I'd suggest there be some difference, such as no signed copies, as a gesture to those who put their hands in their pockets first.
by Q. Kumber
April 28th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Morrit
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: Charles Morrit

by Q. Kumber
April 28th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Morrit
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: Charles Morrit

Thank you Joe for your post. I had completely forgotten seeing this routine on the PD show - a very baffling illusion, and it had me reading up on it in the Caveney book, one of the chapters I hadn't read. Coincidentally, last Wednesday, on a visit to Trevor Lewis (he is very well and second dealing...
by Q. Kumber
April 28th, 2018, 7:58 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Magic Books 2017
Replies: 40
Views: 6329

Re: Magic Books 2017

I have a story to tell about this. I once operated a magic studio in Blackpool and of course received mail orders from around the world as all dealers do. One day I got an order from France but alas there was no money enclosed with the order. Since I rather like food with my meals I prefer people t...
by Q. Kumber
April 26th, 2018, 6:53 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: card trick prediction using a newspaper
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: card trick prediction using a newspaper

David Hemmingway has some work on this in some of his publications.

At the recent magic convention in Dublin, George Bleeks from Belfast did a very funny routine that revealed three different cards using a sheet of newspaper.
by Q. Kumber
April 14th, 2018, 4:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 12
Views: 3475

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: 449

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: 117
Views: 13986

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: 582

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: 817

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: 117
Views: 13986

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: 856

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: 478

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: 367

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: 1628

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: 646

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: 1596

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: 1596

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: 1596

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: 411

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: 504

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: 4230

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: 821

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: 250

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: 603

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: 747

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: 2088

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.

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