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by Q. Kumber
January 15th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blackpool Line Up for 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 302

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: 1508

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: 647

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: 647

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: 536

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: 542

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: 542

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: 1310

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: 1326

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: 536

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: 414

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: 990

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: 27521

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: 9
Views: 975

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: 636

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: 48
Views: 8081

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: 14
Views: 4688

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: 3506

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: 982

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: 982

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: 982

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: 555

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: 30
Views: 2778

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: 1359

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: 1359

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: 5112

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: 595

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: 5112

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: 5112

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: 619

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: 5112

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: 649

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: 1558

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: 1153

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: 729

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: 30
Views: 2587

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: 1153

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: 30
Views: 2587

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: 592

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: 5421

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 ...

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