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by Bob Farmer
January 20th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 17
Views: 1036

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

I worked out the Vernon routine using a Chop Cup and Balls presentation. It makes the whole thing a lot easier. I'll have to dig it out. These are still available: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/props/cups-balls-chop-cup-aluminium-combo/ http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S5482 A key thing in th...
by Bob Farmer
January 20th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 10
Views: 3114

Re: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin' is now available worldwide on Amazon Kindle.
by Bob Farmer
January 19th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Penn & Teller on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Re: Penn & Teller on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight

For a complete and exhaustive explanation, one need only read the Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier, now, unfortunately, completely out of print.
by Bob Farmer
January 19th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines
Replies: 17
Views: 1036

Re: Your Views on Cups & Balls and One Cup Routines

The best one-cup routine there is--even better, I think, than any Chop Cup routine (since there are no gaffs) is Roy Cottee's Dixie Cuppa Magic, in Genii, February 2005. Vol. 68; No. 2. I did this for years. It's got a killer ending. My odd take on all this is here (three cups, one ball): https://ww...
by Bob Farmer
January 18th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Bammo 666

Daniel: A reference even too weird for me!

As to Louis Cypher, see:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092563/
by Bob Farmer
January 18th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Bammo 666

Daniel, I live to serve.
by Bob Farmer
January 17th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Bammo 666

"This is some very powerful stuff."
--Matt Field

You can get the power here:

https://www.lybrary.com/bammo-666-p-922864.html
by Bob Farmer
January 16th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Bammo 666

Evan thank you but I think I can arrange a refund!
by Bob Farmer
January 15th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Re: Bammo 666

I'll have to think about that!
by Bob Farmer
January 14th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Bammo 666
Replies: 10
Views: 1063

Bammo 666

BAMMO 666 A new Lybrary.com release: https://www.lybrary.com/bammo-666-p-922864.html A couple of years ago, at the Genii and 31 Faces North conventions, I was showing some in-the-hands packet effects that used a new technique and getting amazed reactions quite out of proportion with what I expected....
by Bob Farmer
January 14th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'
Replies: 10
Views: 3114

Re: Beat'em, Cheat'em, Leave'em Bleedin'

Some reviews for review: “… straightforward descriptions of some very fine hustles, largely avoiding the more familiar betchas. Instead you’ll discover some novel and seemingly fair games over which you have a mathematical edge that you can transform into a winning scenario.” “ [includes] … a descri...
by Bob Farmer
January 9th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Ed:

Only the police refer to me as, "Mister Farmer," as in, "Mister Farmer, please step out of the car and place your hands on the hood." "Bob" is fine.

I've never been to the 52 Getogether--my non-magic schedule always seems to get in the way.
by Bob Farmer
January 8th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Hi Ed: Yes, my wife and I had a wonderful time with Gordon. He took us to this very cool bar/restaurant. Please convey my best wishes to him (as far as I know, he still doesn't do email). I'll be nowhere near where you'll be in May--I live several thousand miles away in Canada in the Thousand Island...
by Bob Farmer
January 8th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Eddie: Unfortunately your DVD discussion has been hijacked: my apologies for anything I may have done that has encouraged this. I thought perhaps a gentle reminder would have this person stay on topic. No such luck. I've been the subject of personal attacks from him for years and he keeps it up. Let...
by Bob Farmer
January 7th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Larry Jennings "one ahead"
Replies: 27
Views: 1292

Re: Larry Jennings "one ahead"

Perhaps he meant it in a very expansive way--at any point in a routine, the magician always knows more then the spectator at that point.
by Bob Farmer
January 7th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen
Replies: 44
Views: 1442

Re: Most unusual effect you’ve ever seen

This is juggling, not a magic effect, so doesn't qualify as an "effect."
by Bob Farmer
January 6th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: A Poker Con
Replies: 9
Views: 1313

Re: A Poker Con

I don't know whether anyone has mentioned this show before, but Amazon Prime's, "Sneaky Pete" is a delight for fans of cons, card handling and, well, Canada. I believe magician Noah Levine is the consultant to the show and his hands perform some of the moves. The cons are great and in true...
by Bob Farmer
January 6th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The Glasgow Connection
Replies: 28
Views: 1376

Re: The Glasgow Connection

Glasgow rules, O.K.?
by Bob Farmer
January 4th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I don't have the Fulves booklet, but it sounds rather interesting.
by Bob Farmer
January 4th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

Pat Paulsen: "I'm not left wing, or right wing, I'm middle of the bird."

"If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."
by Bob Farmer
January 4th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)
Replies: 10
Views: 882

Re: Bob Einstein's "This is my first magic book so I'm a little nervous" (1970)

A great book by Einstein. I have it next to the MAD book of magic.
by Bob Farmer
January 3rd, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice
Replies: 88
Views: 12170

Re: Worthwhile Kickstarter Campaign for Great Chop Cup Set Done with Dice Cups and Dice

For the budget conscious, you can do the same thing with Kirk's Kup: I performed KIRK'S KUP for years. It's a gaffed cup with a secret trap. Three dice, red , white and blue are shown, two tossed in the cup and one in the pocket. The pocketed dice jumps back to the cup. This happens a couple of time...
by Bob Farmer
January 3rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Thank you, Jonathan!
by Bob Farmer
January 3rd, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Do you have Conradi's email?
by Bob Farmer
January 3rd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I'm looking for references for rising card methods that use any sort of cut-out in the deck. I recall seeing a method where a rectangular section was cut out of half the deck so a forefinger could poke in and push up a card, but anything like that would be of interest. I'm not interested in mechanic...
by Bob Farmer
January 2nd, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Correction: magicians are the world's second oldest profession.
by Bob Farmer
January 2nd, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

"Are those trick cards?"

"No--these are regular cards--but I'm a trick person."
by Bob Farmer
January 2nd, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

I've never worried about the trick cards question. If someone asks if the cards are trick cards, I say, "Of course! These are very special cards made from belly hair plucked from the belly of the Himalayan yak and manufactured in the lower steppes of the Hindu Kush by monks who have been doing ...
by Bob Farmer
January 1st, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Any deck will Faro better if you soap the edges with a cheap soap like Cascade. Run the bar around the edge of each card then shuffle a few times to let the excess soap fall off. This is a tip from Tony Kardyro. I recall he told me this when I was a very young guy at a magic convention. https://geni...
by Bob Farmer
December 31st, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Goo Be gone should not be used--it will make a big mess. Rubber cement thinner is the solution (no pun intended, possible no pun created).
by Bob Farmer
December 30th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Have you tried rubber cement thinner to remove the seal? I find it works with a lot of sticky stuff.
by Bob Farmer
December 30th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Bicycle playing card quality
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Bicycle playing card quality

Jason--what a great post. Thank you.
by Bob Farmer
December 30th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Jonathan, check out the Tarbell references above. They are much simpler and just as impressive, especially the two-glass method.
by Bob Farmer
December 29th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

However, there is one audience that would see the phone trick as magic not technology: the audience of people who designed the phone and its software since they would know what was possible and anything that didn't fit in as possible must be impossible and therefore magic.
by Bob Farmer
December 29th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Magic By Alfred: I have to respectfully disagree. The audience will simply assume this is a feature of a smartphone they were unaware of. It's not impossible if they think it's possible. This is different from simply creating a novel outcome. There is no magic unless the audience knows what is possi...
by Bob Farmer
December 28th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

I agree with Brad on that point, however, when the device is obviously NOT a technological device (in this case, a silk), then the audience knows you're kidding and we're back to Arthur C. Clarke's observation that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" the ...
by Bob Farmer
December 27th, 2018, 2:23 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Thank you, Curtis. The Grismer version uses ordinary cards and looks pretty good.
by Bob Farmer
December 27th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 132
Views: 31820

Re: DeLand

My copy arrived today.

Richard, this is an astounding accomplishment, one of the biggest and greatest magic books ever published. I can't imagine anyone, including you, topping this book. Your line of publications are unmatched in the history of magic.
by Bob Farmer
December 27th, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

In Tarbell, Vol. 2, pp. 265 to 267, there is a fantastic rising card effect by Tommy Dowd. After cards are selected, the deck is placed in a glass and then another glass is inverted and placed on top to completely isolate the cards. The cards rise one by one. The deck is ordinary and there are no th...
by Bob Farmer
December 26th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1893

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

So true--

(sent from my Commodore 64)

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