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by Q. Kumber
November 14th, 2018, 8:16 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: favourite magic shops
Replies: 9
Views: 805

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
by Q. Kumber
November 1st, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Book of The Month Club
Topic: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon
Replies: 51
Views: 26495

Re: BoM: Milo & Roger by Arthur Brandon

Wilson, Keppel and Betty worked for years in British Variety. Here's a videoclip from 1934. Their famous Sand Dance starts at 2:43. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srLc6dTsewM Funny story: They turned up at their theatrical digs (boarding house) on a Sunday and the landlady said that she would be go...
by Q. Kumber
October 19th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

Max Maven wrote: Dai Vernon was quite insistent that the Split Fan was invented by a carnival contortionist named Ardo the Frogman.


Thank you. That's made my day!
by Q. Kumber
October 1st, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bad habits to avoid as a magician
Replies: 5
Views: 561

Re: Bad habits to avoid as a magician

I agree with everything on your list.

In fact last January, I sent a copy of a booklet I wrote on the subject to Richard for review in GENII. So far it hasn't appeared.

One request. Please change your typeface to black. Dark grey on light grey is not easy to read.
by Q. Kumber
September 26th, 2018, 11:22 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 46
Views: 6995

Re: Geoff Latta book

According to Penguin's latest email, the book is nearly sold out.
by Q. Kumber
September 23rd, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 11
Views: 3868

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

About twelve years ago I was a guest at a magic club meeting in Florida. The previous meeting Alain Nu had lectured. Before the meeting started one of the members stood up, complaining bitterly that Alain had not explained a particular method of spoon bending, even though Alain had said he would not...
by Q. Kumber
September 23rd, 2018, 6:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: How To Become A Magician
Replies: 8
Views: 3136

Re: How To Become A Magician

To assist the reader in avoiding making such blunders, I personally am in the habit of crediting my sources or at least the author when making a direct quote; a time-honoured practice that I respectfully commend. There's a novel idea. Meanwhile I am working diligently on becoming an adept at thauma...
by Q. Kumber
September 15th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 849

Re: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers

Some trivia. My favourite episode (and one detested the most by hardcore Avengers fans) is Look - (stop me if you've heard this one) but there were these Two Fellers… The plot is about variety artistes in a retirement home murdering the board of directors of a company that wants to demolish it. The ...
by Q. Kumber
September 15th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 849

Re: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers

Please don't mention that abortion of a movie.
by Q. Kumber
September 14th, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: A Question About the TV Series, The Avengers
Replies: 12
Views: 849

Re: question about a old tv serie, the avengers

John Wade did the card fans.

They start here at 52 seconds in - the closing credits.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8OyQ3e9SqY
by Q. Kumber
September 14th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger's Hindu Thread.
Replies: 0
Views: 504

Eugene Burger's Hindu Thread.

Basing his presentation on Hindu mythology, perhaps there was more truth than anyone thought.

https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/co ... ncna909646
by Q. Kumber
September 14th, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)
Replies: 26
Views: 1810

Re: Review: Street Hot Rod (Magic Makers)

Since my previous posts, I've bought Hot Rod made by Rich Hill, pricey but fits brilliantly with the Leslie Melville routine I mentioned above, and there's no silly force in sight.
by Q. Kumber
September 13th, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1219

Re: New ACAAN

Paul is Scottish.
He'd never shell out for 52 decks of cards. ;)
My money is on skill and cunning.
by Q. Kumber
September 12th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New ACAAN
Replies: 16
Views: 1219

Re: New ACAAN

I wrote the following in another topic on 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 rece...
by Q. Kumber
September 5th, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4751

Re: About doing magic

Precondition: Ball sitting if front of mouth down cup. Change: Ball rolled under cup. Post condition: Cup raised to show ball gone. Review: Observer mentally reviews the first three steps. Conclusion: Observer concludes magic has happened. The emphasis in bold above was added by me. In conversation...
by Q. Kumber
September 2nd, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: New Video
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: New Video

MagicbyAlfred wrote:But it quite possibly may be the only video in magical history that involves a display of both stacking the deck and stacking the decks.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Q. Kumber
August 31st, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4751

Re: About doing magic

Al Schneider wrote:Q. Kumber: could you reveal what you idea is. Intensely curious.


Al, I've sent you a private message.
by Q. Kumber
August 31st, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4751

Re: About doing magic

I had the same experience doing close up magic back when I lived in Chicago. I did a spectator cuts to the aces routine and she said that the aces got there by accident. So I decided to play another trick on her, I put the aces back in the deck brought them to the top, palmed them using a action pa...
by Q. Kumber
August 31st, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: The 2018 reprint of the iconic ARRCO Playing Cards
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Re: Review: The 2018 reprint of the iconic ARRCO Playing Cards

At least the Joker looks like a joker. The Bicycle one looks nothing like a joker.
by Q. Kumber
August 28th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 116
Views: 4751

Re: About doing magic

During one event an old time performer did a basic cards across routine. It involved counting cards into helper’s hands. His performance style dominated the room. When some table’s show was over, the people would rush over to see the old guy do magic again. The patter was not the issue. The interpl...
by Q. Kumber
August 27th, 2018, 5:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A Secret Has Two Faces
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: A Secret Has Two Faces

Matthew Field wrote:I might suggest, as one who has ample experience in the field of marketing, that tring to influence public opinion by publishing an expensive art book is about the worst stratagem I can think of.


It certainly won't influence public opinion, but it is one heck of a brochure for high-end bookings.
by Q. Kumber
August 15th, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Finding a mentor
Replies: 25
Views: 1440

Re: Finding a mentor

I think people may be confusing mentors with teachers. Two different things, though they may sometimes overlap.
by Q. Kumber
August 13th, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

Re: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis

As I look over my review, I see that I wrote the book comes in ebook and ePub formats. That should read PDF and ePub formats.

I sent the pdf to https://www.doxdirect.com here in the UK to have it printed and paperback bound -as I did with both volumes of The Paradigm Shift.
by Q. Kumber
August 6th, 2018, 5:01 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: domino magic
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: domino magic

Here's a link to Martin's Magic Collection of domino tricks
https://www.martinsmagic.com/?s=domino& ... ct&x=0&y=0
by Q. Kumber
August 5th, 2018, 5:14 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1947

Re: Slydini's material

I don't understant. Slydini and Andrus use the same kind of pin, so why do you judge Andrus superior ? Is it in the routining ? The Slydini pin gimmick is different from the Andrus one.. Garton Bloom made a couple of additions to the Slydini gimmick, but his routine is basically the same as Slydini...
by Q. Kumber
August 4th, 2018, 5:30 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis
Replies: 6
Views: 1053

THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis

THE REAL DEAL A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis Dennis Loomis was one of magic’s general practitioners. Like with Alan Shaxon, Karrell Fox, Billy McComb, and Johnny Thompson, if they phoned and asked, “Can you do X, Y or Z?” the answer was, “Yes!” Then they figured out how to do it. And Dennis d...
by Q. Kumber
August 4th, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1947

Re: Slydini's material

There's another book (about 20 pages) of Slydini material that never seems to get mentioned. It's Slydini's Linking Rubber Band Mystery by Alma Ritchie (Bluestone). Googling has not resulted in any information on Alma Ritchie. The routine is structurally a mirror image of Slydini's Linking Pins, wri...
by Q. Kumber
July 31st, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How To Make Love...
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: How To Make Love...

Jack, Thank you for the review.
Available here: http://magicopolis.com/magicians-only/
by Q. Kumber
July 31st, 2018, 5:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 5145

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

I kind of wish we'd stop talking about the mechanics of the double lift so obsessively, and pay more attention the management of the moment. The best description of which, I think, is in Diverting Card Magic by Andrew Galloway. If memory serves me correctly, this is the double lift he suggests, as ...
by Q. Kumber
July 30th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 5145

The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Gordon Astley put me on to this post by The Jerx blog, dated July 30th 2018, about what is a natural double lift.

The most interesting thing about card handling I've seen in ages.

http://www.thejerx.com
by Q. Kumber
July 30th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: A.Bandit

Now that I have re-read your quote I now understand he is talking about Jeff McBride. . Mr. Charming, it is not my quote but Teller's. Teller: I don’t think that pure theory on magic is all that helpful in the absence of performing experience. Regarding your conclusion, there aren't many who have m...
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: A.Bandit

Assuming that Marco is correct and it is page 79 of the August GENII that is being referred to, here are the first two paragraphs quoting Teller (in red) Teller: Sure. There’s always room for that. There’s room for everything. It’s art, you know? You can have whatever the hell you want. DelGaudio: D...
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: A.Bandit

It does Marco. Thank you. Your help is much appreciated and perhaps in future, people starting topics could make clear just what they are talking about and putting it in context. This not only helps the readers of this forum but future researchers using the search facility.
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: A.Bandit

Marco Pusterla wrote:I think it's this one and this other one.


Thank you Marco. There is also a reference in the OP to a magazine. Do you know what that is?
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: A.Bandit

Q. Kumber wrote:Mr. Charming, What book and what magazine are you referring to, please?


Mr. Charming, What book and what magazine are you referring to, please? If you aren't prepared to answer, perhaps someone else could.
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jonathan Friedman to Take Over "Magicana" in February 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 596

Re: Jonathan Friedman to Take Over "Magicana" in February 2019

Is there a reason Magicana writers don't last very long?
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: A.Bandit
Replies: 23
Views: 2134

Re: A.Bandit

Mr. Charming, What book and what magazine are you referring to, please?
by Q. Kumber
July 29th, 2018, 6:46 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: The $200 million Psychic Scam
Replies: 1
Views: 253

The $200 million Psychic Scam

How Maria Duval, cleverly and meticulously, scammed millions.

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/201 ... index.html
by Q. Kumber
July 26th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: China Doll
Replies: 6
Views: 694

Re: China Doll

China Doll is a clear simple and direct plot. Studying it will teach a lot, not just technique, but misdirection. Not sure about calling the coin a doll, but other than that, it's excellent.
by Q. Kumber
July 26th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: purse frames

Brad Jeffers wrote:I was just recently looking around for a good purse frame and ended up buying 5 of THESE.
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Brad, glad to see that you have the wit to buy extras as spares. Far too many magicians assume that a prop they use regularly will always be available.

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