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by Q. Kumber
July 15th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 42
Views: 1041

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Another thing that bothers me is the way my name and Matrix are treated. This has nothing to do with you. From my perspective the world out there sees a plot called Matrix and everyone makes it better. I have been ripped, slammed, and torn on how I present it. And everyone seems to have a better ve...
by Q. Kumber
July 15th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 42
Views: 1041

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Magicians who have advanced beyond hobbyist level generally fall into any of three categories: creative technical entertaining Some fall into two and very occasionally into all three. About twenty years ago Al Schneider gave a three day workshop in Ireland. He was far from boring. However Al has nev...
by Q. Kumber
July 14th, 2018, 4:29 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Walter B. Gibson's role as author of Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic?
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Walter B. Gibson's role as author of Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic?

Walter Gibson ghost wrote for many magicians.
I've always assumed he wrote the entire MW course.
by Q. Kumber
July 12th, 2018, 6:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Simon Aronson's question
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Simon Aronson's question

Unfortunately magicians think in terms of tricks instead of structured performance pieces. If you focus on the latter, the question answers itself.
by Q. Kumber
July 4th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: References for Drunken Poker Deals (long!)
Replies: 12
Views: 2813

Re: References for Drunken Poker Deals (long!)

El Mystico wrote:The version in Expert card Conjuring is Marlo's improvement of Guyatt's handling.
I believe Guyatt's original was published in the Magic Circular as I'm Thinker Than you Drunk I Am.


Guyatt's handling appeared in The Magic Circular, October, 1966, page 4.
by Q. Kumber
July 3rd, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: I Know the Secret of the Berglas Effect!
Replies: 122
Views: 39866

Re: I KNOW THE SECRET "THE BERGLAS EFFECT"!!!

I'm not exactly sure when all the interest developed in the Berglas Effect and the popularity of what is now known as ACAAN, new versions going out weekly. I'd say it is within the last twenty years that it has become mainstream. The recent developments leave me somewhat cold because of something I ...
by Q. Kumber
July 1st, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP, CC
Replies: 16
Views: 936

Re: RIP, CC

Wasn't aware of it. Maybe we can start one here and see if it overtakes the Erdnase thread.

I'll start. It was very hot to day in Manchester.
by Q. Kumber
June 29th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Some cup and ball ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 626

Re: Some cup and ball ideas

Al,
Your work, analysis of moves, and depth of thinking is an inspiration.
Lovely to see you back.
Quentin
by Q. Kumber
June 29th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eric Lewis trilogy MIRACLES + illusion tip over trunk + dvds
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Eric Lewis trilogy MIRACLES + illusion tip over trunk + dvds

The Eric Lewis books are worth their weight in gold to a working performer.
Many of the routines in these books made their way onto the Paul Daniels TV shows.
by Q. Kumber
June 28th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2533

Re: Driebeck Die

Hocus Pocus Magic has been operating in England longer than a different Hocus Pocus in the U.S.
It is the UK Hocus Pocus that supplies the Rob Bromley products. I don't see it on their site now
but up until recently they sold a miniature Driebeck Die.

http://www.hocuspocusmagic.com
by Q. Kumber
June 28th, 2018, 4:41 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2533

Re: Driebeck Die

I can't see any problem with you exploring the idea for your own personal use.
by Q. Kumber
June 27th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Driebeck Die
Replies: 26
Views: 2533

Re: Driebeck Die

Jonathan, what you have in the photos appears to be a set of Gozinta Boxes, the original idea of Lubor Fiedler. With the Gozinta Boxes you show (say) a red box, open it and remove a (say) black box. You then open the black box and put the red one inside and put the black lid back on. Bob Driebeck to...
by Q. Kumber
June 22nd, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eddy Taytelbaum Chinese Dominoes
Replies: 0
Views: 139

Eddy Taytelbaum Chinese Dominoes

I have set of Eddy Taytelbaum Chinese Dominoes, two red, two yellow and oneD/S. Unfortunately no instructions.
I believe it is three phase routine and would be grateful for any illumination on the handling.
by Q. Kumber
June 21st, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magazines
Replies: 8
Views: 688

Re: Magazines

Sadly, back issues of magic magazines get very low prices at magic auctions. At the ones I've been to in the UK you can't even give them away and they usually get bundled in with something else.
by Q. Kumber
June 20th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Emerson R.I.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 866

Re: Art Emerson R.I.P.

Message from Arthur's family: To all those who knew Arthur Emerson, my wife and I, would like to invite you for a gathering in celebration of his life. Arthur expressed that when the day did come and he left this earth, he did not want a church service but to have a gathering of friends and family t...
by Q. Kumber
June 20th, 2018, 8:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: July Issue
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: July Issue

And the digital issue isn't even online yet. Top marks to the post office.
by Q. Kumber
June 14th, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Jim Ryan Lecture May 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: The Jim Ryan Lecture May 2018

Hi Tom, I hope you explain Jim's fake knot better than what appeared in his publications by Phil Wilmarth. I couldn't follow it at all.
(Ring, Rope and Wand routine).
by Q. Kumber
June 5th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

Does anyone know a source for having custom Hot Rods made?
by Q. Kumber
June 5th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Art Emerson R.I.P.
Replies: 10
Views: 866

Art Emerson R.I.P.

Just heard via Anthony Darkstone Brook that Arthur Emerson had passed away. In addition to being one half of the Emerson & West magic company he did for many years also organised magic tours from the USA to Europe on a regular basis. One such tour stopped off in Ireland in 1987 to attend and per...
by Q. Kumber
June 4th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

The best routine for Hot Rod, that I have come across, is Leslie Melville's from his book, Magictales 2. He combines it with another, similar trick, making a strong, entertaining, baffling presentation, and there's no force anywhere.
by Q. Kumber
June 1st, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Combined Card Sessions Peter Kane
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: Combined Card Sessions Peter Kane

I only discovered shortly after he died that Peter Kane lived just a few miles from me in Manchester, though it wouldn't have made much difference, for at the time my interest in close-up magic was close to nil. When I did develop an interest (in 2006) I got to know Kevin Fox well, he having been a ...
by Q. Kumber
May 25th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: TRIX IN THE STIX
Replies: 0
Views: 285

TRIX IN THE STIX

Trix in the Stix, an annual convention for children's entertainers finished up on Tuesday evening. I was honoured to be presented with the Jeremy Le Poidevin award for services to children's entertainment. John Kimmons puts in an enormous amount of work before and after the event. The video clip wil...
by Q. Kumber
May 18th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 1285

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: 50
Views: 4662

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: 897

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: 21
Views: 1735

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: 553

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: 944

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: 54
Views: 2546

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: 1906

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: 944

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: 944

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: 1906

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: 21
Views: 1760

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: 349

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: 118
Views: 15637

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: 642

Re: Charles Morrit

by Q. Kumber
April 28th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Morrit
Replies: 7
Views: 642

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: 7038

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: 720

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.

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