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by Q. Kumber
March 21st, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 17
Views: 1313

Re: Memorized Deck Question

Steve, it could well be The Ceremony of the Immortals. I don't have that book, but may have done in the past. I'm pretty sure Gary Ouellet had something to do with the effect I have in mind. Thank you. I will follow up that lead. Matt, it isn't the Pat Page trick, excellent as that is, and it does s...
by Q. Kumber
March 20th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 17
Views: 1313

Re: Memorized Deck Question

Thank you Brad and Marco for the references.

The deck isn't marked and is face down. The few cards left on the table are all you need and you don't need to see their faces - at least in the version I'm thinking of.
by Q. Kumber
March 19th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Memorized Deck Question
Replies: 17
Views: 1313

Memorized Deck Question

Some years back I came across a trick with a memorised deck and can't recall the source, but Gary Oullet does seem familiar. The deck is on the table, spec 1 takes half the deck and places it in pocket Spec 2 takes half the remainder and does same. Spec 3 takes half what's left and does the same. Th...
by Q. Kumber
March 17th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1309

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

That's very interesting. I look forward to part two.
Thank you.
by Q. Kumber
March 12th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Harry Stanley night at The Magic Circle
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Harry Stanley night at The Magic Circle

Last night, at The Magic Circle, Steve Short (author of the recent biography of Johnny Hart) arranged an evening about Harry Stanley who founded and ran the Unique Magic Studio, London from just after WW2 until 1972. Star of the evening was Harry's son Bill Stanley (professional guitarist and bass g...
by Q. Kumber
March 8th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Anthony Brahams R.I.P.
Replies: 4
Views: 572

Anthony Brahams R.I.P.

Anthony Brahams MIMC, owner of the Cairn Press passed away on Thursday, 7th March aged 86. His cremation will take place at Hoop Lane West, Golders Green, this Monday at 3pm. He either, wrote, edited, collated, and published a number of books including Karl Norman, 40 Years at the Forks Ken Brooke's...
by Q. Kumber
March 4th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8677

Re: The Magic Rainbow

It is a bit weird comparing an overpriced book for the public to an underpriced book for the magic market.
by Q. Kumber
March 1st, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1494

Re: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

I should have mentioned, the ad is for Headhunter, and is in the March edition of GENII
by Q. Kumber
March 1st, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award
Replies: 15
Views: 1494

Bob Farmer Gets BAOTY Award

For a quality advertisement that might actually inspire someone to actually buy the trick, Bob Farmer gets the BAOTY (Best Advertisement Of The Year) award for an ad appearing in GENII magazine. Unlike so many other ads appearing in magic magazines which show an image and a vague statement that conv...
by Q. Kumber
February 28th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WTD: The Book of Thirty-One by Toto
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: WTD: The Book of Thirty-One by Toto

Mr. Mustache, I'm assuming you're aware of The Australian Gambling Game of 31 a booklet written by Ken de Courcy and published by the Supreme Magic Co.
by Q. Kumber
February 26th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Children's Entertainment
Topic: Clown Bertram of Clacton
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Clown Bertram of Clacton

Clown Bertram of Clacton may have been the best children's entertainer ever. His following was unbelievable. I have section about him on my DVD set Bring Back the Schtick. This article will give an idea of his very successful career. https://www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk/content/new-contributio...
by Q. Kumber
February 24th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen
Replies: 120
Views: 12510

Re: The Trick with the Strongest Reaction from Laymen

Any trick that has creatures copulating in a spectator's hand will always get strong reactions.
by Q. Kumber
February 19th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

The best new effect I saw at Blackpool was Christian Grace's disappearing deck LEVEL ONE.

It has many applications and I highly recommend it. It was released for Blackpool and isn't on the Vanishing Inc site yet.
by Q. Kumber
February 19th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2467

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

Freddie lives in York. He's given a few masterclasses on basic stagecraft. I hope the convention will book him to give one. It's blatantly obvious that 99% of magicians don't even know that they don't know the most basics of stagecraft.
by Q. Kumber
February 12th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Sub Rosa: New book by Ariel Frailich
Replies: 4
Views: 983

Re: Sub Rosa: New book by Ariel Frailich

SUB ROSA by Ariel Frailich If you are familiar with any Ariel Frailich’s published work you will know that his main focus is on presentation. His book Card Stories being a perfect example. He sees beyond moves and sleights as he explores the possibilities of the routines that can bring those hidden...
by Q. Kumber
February 12th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8677

Re: The Magic Rainbow

PapaG wrote:Returning to the Magic Rainbow pricing, I can only compare it with the pricing of Mnemonica, a similarly important Tamariz work, when it was released by Stephen Minch.


I refer you back to my post above.

Let me add:
Mnemonica is a book of tricks.
The Magic Rainbow is a book on creating magic.
by Q. Kumber
February 12th, 2019, 3:57 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Magic Rainbow
Replies: 87
Views: 8677

Re: The Magic Rainbow

At least with sleight-of-hand, a move, even a complicated one can be described by a competent writer. It can be demonstrated and taught. Putting onto paper one's thoughts and feelings about the how and why mindset is a different kettle of fish, as more often than not, you are trying to explain what ...
by Q. Kumber
February 6th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards
Replies: 22
Views: 2395

Re: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards

The two people who contributed the most (apart from Jim Hooper and Ken Brooke) to the routining and technical details were Bunny Neil and Roy Johnson. Bunny Neil, originally from Jamaica, worked the UK clubs at the same time as Paul Daniels. Paul put a lot of work into learning the Nemo Jumbo, but w...
by Q. Kumber
February 6th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gypsy Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 6199

Re: Gypsy Thread

In England the best thread that has always been recommended is Chadwick's Mending Cotton. (NOT Chadwick's Mending Yarn). Not made anymore but often found on eBay. If you have a good presentation, nobody is even thinking about little pieces. Lewis Ganson produced a Teach-In booklet which had a number...
by Q. Kumber
February 4th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards
Replies: 22
Views: 2395

Re: Nemo Jumbo Rising Cards

Here is Paul Daniels performing NRC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlAcU56AZnQ Paul did a shortened version here, probably because of time constraints and that he just wanted Shirley Bassey to be the only helper - he was a guest on her show. Normally you have three of the Jumbo cards selected and...
by Q. Kumber
February 3rd, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box
Replies: 16
Views: 1460

Re: Wanted: A Davenport Demon Wonder Box

If you will be at Blackpool, then check with the used magic dealers there. Adrian Harris, Brian Berry and Mel Harvey come to mind.

I was at a Magic Car Boot sale today and someone had for sale in what appeared to be copper. It had the Demon head.
by Q. Kumber
February 1st, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1737

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

The link isn't working for here in the UK. What magician are you referring to, please? Darcy Oake. He did a really impressive suspension, with little to no presentation. Thank you. Darcy came 5th in the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2014, at which time Simon Cowell called Oake "without que...
by Q. Kumber
February 1st, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Has Simon read Vernon?
Replies: 15
Views: 1737

Re: Has Simon read Vernon?

The link isn't working for here in the UK.

What magician are you referring to, please?
by Q. Kumber
January 28th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: monte toss exposed
Replies: 28
Views: 1395

Re: monte toss exposed

I think you are quite right Brad. In this particular case I really wasn't exposure that upset me, an issue that I think is overblown in any case. Rather I was irritated at the fact that the scene gained nothing from it. Had they done the same thing without exposing anything it would have remained a...
by Q. Kumber
January 28th, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: monte toss exposed
Replies: 28
Views: 1395

Re: monte toss exposed

People forget quickly, even magicians. When you go to a three day magic convention, by the time you leave you probably can't even remember who performed on the first day, never mind what they did.
by Q. Kumber
January 23rd, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Obituary for Denny Haney
Replies: 17
Views: 1695

Re: Obituary for Denny Haney

Denny's one hour show is one of the finest of its type I've seen. A masterclass in how to present illusions without posing and make them entertaining. It will give you an idea of how the old-timers toured from town to town with a small/medium sized show where almost everything fitted in the sub trun...
by Q. Kumber
January 22nd, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Waitress
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: Waitress

You might be thinking of the PUNX TEST from Corinda's 13 Steps. Punx's effect is stronger than what you described. In it the waitress writes what the first spectator is thinking and there are no stooges.
by Q. Kumber
January 15th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blackpool Line Up for 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 419

Blackpool Line Up for 2019

From the Convention Facebook page: The convention has expanded and morphed into an event that no-one could have possibly imagined only a few years ago and it's all thanks to you! This year we've booked more acts and shows than ever before, expanding the fringe event with a series of one-man shows, i...
by Q. Kumber
January 12th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Untouched
Replies: 38
Views: 1854

Re: Untouched

Eugene Burger's (three card) presentation was based on Fogel's version.

Paul Green had a nice (two card) presentation in Lee Earle's SYZYGY.
by Q. Kumber
January 11th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Number Dice from National Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: Number Dice from National Magic

Thank you Brian. I knew it was somewhere in my library. It is in "My Best"
and here's a youtube clip with explanation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2EByO5t-es
by Q. Kumber
January 11th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Number Dice from National Magic
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Number Dice from National Magic

Looking for info on NUMBER DICE from National magic, Chicago. There are five dice and each side has a three digit number. I don't have the instructions and not sure what the effect is, though I assume it is some kind of instant math like the Mental Logs. I can't even find a twelve year-old on youtub...
by Q. Kumber
January 9th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: What magical demonstrations have truly impressed you?

Dermot, how wonderful to see you here. I had no idea you were also an artist. There have been a few tricks that shook me badly as to their impossibility. Derek Latham performing Where Do the Ducks Go on the stage of the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, with what appeared to be an enormous goose. (I was sixt...
by Q. Kumber
January 6th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini and the ABC Murders
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Re: Cardini and the ABC Murders

The Poirot in the ABC Murders is nothing like the Poirot from the books.
Having said that, the story is very well told.

Suchet was the only actor who was the Poirot from the books.
by Q. Kumber
January 6th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Cardini and the ABC Murders
Replies: 11
Views: 627

Cardini and the ABC Murders

In the recent 3 part TV adaption of Agatha Christie's novel The ABC Murders , there's a poster at a train station in Doncaster of Cardini topping the bill. It is set in the week of April 15th 1933. Magician Ali Cook also makes a short appearance as an army officer. John Malkovich's Poirot , and inde...
by Q. Kumber
January 5th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Poker Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1456

Re: A Poker Con

Grafters I Have Met by J.P. Johnston was published in 1906 and covers many scams and cons.
by Q. Kumber
December 29th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pete Biro - R.I.P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1458

Re: Pete Biro - R.I.P.

While still at school, I subscribed to a whole bunch of magazines, Abra, Magigram, GENII, New Tops, Magic Info, Crandall's Comments, and Lloyd Jones' S.O.B. jr. The latter was of particular interest because of the inserts. There were always some kind of advertising novelties enclosed and a special s...
by Q. Kumber
November 24th, 2018, 5:03 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: inventor of the trick card with hole finger.
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: inventor of the trick card with hole finger.

marselmarsel wrote:Big Red, is not a Deland creation?


Even older, invented by a Dutch boy in Holland.
by Q. Kumber
November 24th, 2018, 4:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ring & Chain trick - Is this a new principle?
Replies: 7
Views: 443

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

Considering it is Newton's Third Law, I'd say it's been around for a while. :D

Though, like Joe, it was new to me until I first came across it.
by Q. Kumber
November 14th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: favourite magic shops
Replies: 10
Views: 1066

Re: favourite magic shops

International Magic, London is run by Martin McMillan, Ron's son. Marco and Barry are the two main demonstrators. Jerry occasionally helps out.

https://www.internationalmagic.com

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