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by Q. Kumber
June 22nd, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Eddy Taytelbaum Chinese Dominoes
Replies: 0
Views: 94

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: 624

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: 768

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: 339

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: 669

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: 583

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: 768

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: 583

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: 423

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: 236

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: 17
Views: 1066

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: 47
Views: 4259

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: 806

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: 1654

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: 486

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: 841

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: 2413

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: 1769

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: 841

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: 841

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: 1769

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: 1077

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: 319

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: 15267

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: 595

Re: Charles Morrit

by Q. Kumber
April 28th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Charles Morrit
Replies: 7
Views: 595

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: 6902

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: 632

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: 3669

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: 627

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: 118
Views: 15267

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: 750

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: 1000

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: 118
Views: 15267

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: 922

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: 511

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: 403

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: 1742

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: 692

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: 1880

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.

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