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by Leonard Hevia
September 14th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark and Nani Wilson Kennedy Center Honors
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Mark and Nani Wilson Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors provide recognition to living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions to American culture through the performing arts. The primary criterion is excellence, and artistic achievement in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures, and...
by Leonard Hevia
September 8th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 1583

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

Some great tips on here for resuscitating old cards. Personally, I just use CPR (Card-io Pulmonary Resuscitation). Good one Alfred! I never throw out my worn out dead & advertising playing cards and instead keep them in a shoe box. They go out in a blaze of glory thru Paul Harris' Ultimate Ripo...
by Leonard Hevia
September 7th, 2018, 12:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3621

Re: About doing magic

performer wrote:
Al Schneider wrote:I watched some Tamariz clips on Youtube. I found myself thinking, "No he didn't," several times.


I found myself thinking, "excitable chap. I wish he would calm down a trifle"

:mrgreen:
by Leonard Hevia
September 6th, 2018, 11:48 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: About doing magic
Replies: 113
Views: 3621

Re: About doing magic

I'm with Tom Stone. In his original essay, Rick Johnsson gave an example of a trick that was "too perfect," and which a spectator would know had only one possible solution. He then proposed a couple of things you could do to make it less perfect, and hence more effective. But the trick he...
by Leonard Hevia
September 6th, 2018, 11:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 1583

Re: Resuscitating Old Cards?

I use an old method that has stood me in good stead for almost five decades. I rub each card, both face and back, on the leg of my jeans. Seriously. Go through the entire deck a card at a time, giving each side five or six rubs. Richard, thanks for this tip, which I'm going to try with several of m...
by Leonard Hevia
August 30th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: David Alexander silhouettes book?
Replies: 17
Views: 6028

Re: David Alexander silhouettes book?

Did David Alexander cut silhouettes himself? Yes--David was a cutter, and a good one at that. He was also a professional magician, private detective, who IMO solved the mystery of Erdnase, and an author. He wrote a great biography of Gene Roddenberry, and was kind enough to send me an autographed c...
by Leonard Hevia
August 27th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: When to renew?
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: When to renew?

Your last issue of Genii will come with a printed sheet of paper that says: This is your last issue of Genii! You need to renew again!
by Leonard Hevia
August 26th, 2018, 7:49 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4444

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Yes--the Three Pillars are psychology, mechanics, and sleight of hand. The logic behind Wonder's Three Pillars is to protect the method as much as possible. Audience members well versed in mechanics for example, might get thrown off by an effect that utilizes sleight of hand, and psychology. Those t...
by Leonard Hevia
August 26th, 2018, 1:16 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4444

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

"You should remember that the object of a conjurer is not PRIMARILY to deceive. That is his secondary object--his first being to ENTERTAIN" And above all, the conjuror should not deceive him/herself. Absolutely. The magi must always stay on high alert for this. Ross Bertram pointed out on...
by Leonard Hevia
August 23rd, 2018, 9:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 19
Views: 2749

Re: Wenk's Misled

Richard Kaufman wrote:When dinosaurs ruled the earth.


It was 1990, shortly after Copperfield's 12th Special. No partial credit for that answer.
by Leonard Hevia
August 23rd, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Wenk's Misled
Replies: 19
Views: 2749

Re: Wenk's Misled

Does anyone know when Wenk first released Misled?
by Leonard Hevia
August 21st, 2018, 7:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4444

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Leo, Derek Dingle made up his Stud Double just because he actually used the Stuart Gordon Double Lift and was told to keep it top secret. So his stud double was created and used only when he was performing for magicians. Additionally, the Dingle sleight actually duplicates something Ken Krenzel pub...
by Leonard Hevia
August 20th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4444

Re: -on Natural Double Lifts

Is the intention to mime sliding the top card over using the left thumb? Where's the performer's eye contact/focus during these actions? My focus during these actions is on the cards and my hands, as that is where I want the audience's focus to be. Done correctly, the double lift creates a perfect ...
by Leonard Hevia
August 19th, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4444

Re: -on Natural Double Lifts

Is the intention to mime sliding the top card over using the left thumb? Where's the performer's eye contact/focus during these actions? Jamy Swiss writes about Vernon's Double Lift in his essay "A Dissertation on the Double Lift" from the October 2008 13th issue of Antinomy : "Verno...
by Leonard Hevia
August 18th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts
Replies: 100
Views: 4444

Re: The Jerx on Natural Double Lifts

Frank Garcia noted in Super Subtle Card Miracles : Magicians are collectors. Al Goshman collects playing cards. Lee noble collects "pulls," and I collect Double Lifts. I try keep these ten in rotation: 1. Daley's Strike Double from Stars of Magic and Daryl's Ambitious Card Omnibus . A nice...
by Leonard Hevia
August 18th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031367

Re: ERDNASE

The Erdnase/tobacco cards possible connection begs the question: Were the card tricks on those tobacco trading cards popular effects with card magicians in the late 19th century? Much like the packet trick craze of the 1970s. If yes then it might account for the appearance of those effects in The Ex...
by Leonard Hevia
August 16th, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031367

Re: ERDNASE

An interesting find Bill! This tobacco company must have paid somebody well versed in card magic to write up the tricks on those trading cards. Since most of those card tricks appear in The Expert, you have to wonder if it might have been the author.
by Leonard Hevia
August 7th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031367

Re: ERDNASE

Following on from what Mark says - I think T. Nelson Downs could be a good shout. I wonder if the T. Nelson Downs/Edward Tex McGuire Letters would throw up any light? I remember reading them a few years ago. It was a reprint of a 2 issue article from The Linking Ring magazine. Back from around 1971...
by Leonard Hevia
August 6th, 2018, 10:42 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis
Replies: 6
Views: 885

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

Michael Close wrote:Download only.


Downloads to the left of me, downloads to my right, here I am stuck in the middle with you...

Unless I could at least get a disc to take to Kinkos and print/bind a book--I'm out.
by Leonard Hevia
August 4th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1656

Re: Slydini's material

Richard Kaufman wrote:I think some of that stuff later ended up in Chronicles.


My copy of Chronicles is in storage but I did look up the table of contents in Dennis Behr's Conjuring Archive website. The Slydini entries are mostly ring and rope effects and some work on the Okito box. Nothing from the Fulves list.
by Leonard Hevia
August 4th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1656

Re: Slydini's material

performer wrote:I remember reading a manuscript describing Slydini's Linking Pins. I thought it was bloody awful. You really cannot beat the Andrus Linking Pins.


Gaetan Bloom has a killer linking pins effect.
by Leonard Hevia
August 4th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: THE REAL DEAL - A Magician Prepares by Dennis Loomis
Replies: 6
Views: 885

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

Is this a download only or can you order a real book as well?
by Leonard Hevia
August 4th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1656

Re: Slydini's material

Fulves wrote at the end of The Best of Slydini... By way of ending this book it might be wise to mention that when this book was in progress it became clear after approximately six months that all of the major Slydini routines and concepts could not be contained in a single volume. Accordingly, work...
by Leonard Hevia
July 28th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Slydini's material
Replies: 28
Views: 1656

Re: Slydini's material

At the very end of The Best of Slydini...and More , Fulves announces the imminent arrival of the second set of books, and lists the effects slated for those two volumes. There were silk effects in that list like the appearing and color changing silks, along with Slydini's well known silk knots routi...
by Leonard Hevia
July 28th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031367

Re: ERDNASE

I don't think he ever "made the hazard" whoever the hell he was. He does not sound like any card cheat I ever heard of. He knows too many magic tricks, knows too many sleights and writes in too posh a manner. And if he "needs the money" he may well be a professional magician sin...
by Leonard Hevia
July 27th, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031367

Re: ERDNASE

When you need money, usually that means you need it now--not months from now. There are faster ways to generate needed cash than publishing a book. The author wrote it to show off his skills acquired in the "cold school of experience." As for the author's frugality, the fact that he worked...
by Leonard Hevia
July 26th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: purse frames

I get the clever fun that can be done with them, but really, does anyone under the age of 60 have any idea what they are? And if they do, do they think it is strange for a male magician to be carrying one around with him? Yes--young people today recognize coin purses and possibly the frames as well.
by Leonard Hevia
July 25th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Purse Frames
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: purse frames

I'd love to have a purse frame like the one Roger Klause used to own. It was given to him by Fred Kaps and I believe Klause gave that frame to John Carney. You can see photos of that purse frame in the pages of Roger Klause In Concert.
by Leonard Hevia
July 24th, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6914
Views: 2031367

Re: ERDNASE

To have any credibility, he will have to have done business with McKinney in 1902; he will have to have knowledge of sleight of hand; there will have to be a link with the name Dalrymple and he will have to be in need of money . All except the need of money. That was the author's reason for writing...
by Leonard Hevia
July 17th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards
Replies: 34
Views: 2707

Re: Hidden Leaves Playing Cards

Having purchased one, this deck would be nicer with the air cushion finish we see on Bicycles.
by Leonard Hevia
July 16th, 2018, 12:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?
Replies: 29
Views: 1509

Re: Be Natural. What did Vernon mean?

Sorry for the long post. Just wanted to clear up that my problem with false transfers wasn't specifically aimed a coin magic. Great posts are never too long. I don't have a problem with false transfers as long as they are motivated. It's true that most people don't transfer objects except magicians...
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Richard Kaufman wrote:You don't do a "routine," you do an effect--they change places once.


I thought Presto Chango segueing into the transposition was a routine.
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 16273

Re: Stewart James

Thanks for looking that up Mark. Here is some interesting historical info on Stewart's Face Up Prediction:

http://stewartjames.magicana.com/1939.html
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

I like Excalibur, but where can it fit in a copper silver transposition routine? I like the idea of starting with Presto Chango and then a copper silver transpo with the gaff as in Johnny Thompson's Commercial Classics DVD. The effects are over and the hand with the gaff goes into the pocket to retr...
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 16273

Re: Stewart James

performer wrote:Probably. It looks familiar. I suppose I had better exert myself now to check. Bloody nuisance.


Quit grumbling and check!
by Leonard Hevia
July 15th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 16273

Re: Stewart James

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Mark--was this the book that Ben gave you?
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 7:32 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Stewart James
Replies: 53
Views: 16273

Re: Stewart James

To be honest I can't remember and I haven't the energy to go and search out the book and find the title. It would take me forever and organisation is not one of my fortes. It was some book or other that David Ben in a fit of generosity gave me as a present. It is a damn good idea--I do know that. D...
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

Leonard I am not really going to comment on your opinion of C/S and how wonderful it is. Instead I would like to point out a bit of history. I got my copy of Bobo's book when I was 17. I also got a copy of Kort's book when I was 17. At the time I poured over those books again and again. Also, I per...
by Leonard Hevia
July 14th, 2018, 1:47 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Doing copper silver transpositions
Replies: 57
Views: 2078

Re: Doing copper silver transpositions

And what, Leonard, do you do if you don't have an extra coin or a gaff? Al's routine is perfect. You do Al or Kort's routine if you're only carrying a copper and a silver half. But if you're carrying a copper and silver half, wouldn't you also keep the C/S gaff with them in your coin purse? I would...

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