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by Leonard Hevia
January 12th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Joker Joker
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: Joker Joker

For a while there when Gordon was the librarian at the Magic Castle, he released a number of packet style effects. Most or all were fantastic, and I snatched them up each time he released a new one. Mr. Bean is a devious fellow.
by Leonard Hevia
January 3rd, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

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 mechani...
by Leonard Hevia
December 30th, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Eugene Burger: The Last Lesson
Replies: 6
Views: 952

Re: Eugene Burger: The Last Lesson

Thanks Ted! It appears that B'Wave may have been the last effect Burger performed. Not surprising since he considered it the greatest packet trick of the 20th Century. I always liked his decree that magic is best performed after dark.
by Leonard Hevia
December 30th, 2018, 8:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

You're welcome Alfred! Page's story reminds us that props can quickly take the credit for the magic. A rising card effect with a deck that was not shuffled and handled prior to the reveal will look suspicious. Vernon had a similar experience in his New York nightclub and party gigging experience in ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 30th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards
Replies: 37
Views: 1864

Re: Contemporary Presentation For Rising Cards

Great show Alfred! The late Patrick Page had a column in Pabular called "The Pageboy Speaks..." In the January 1975 issue, he described a gig at a restaurant where midway thru the event he dipped into his case and pulled out his Devano deck. After several performances with it, two people a...
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What did you receive for the holidays?
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: What did you receive for the holidays?

Great story Alfred! You could have also picked The Two Lovers card. When she turns it over as her free? selection, you ask: Us? Thanx Leonard. Yes, what you suggested would have been perfect but for the fact that my girlfriend (who was not the Tarot owner) was present... That does present a problem...
by Leonard Hevia
December 28th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What did you receive for the holidays?
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: What did you receive for the holidays?

Great story Alfred! You could have also picked The Two Lovers card. When she turns it over as her free? selection, you ask: Us?
by Leonard Hevia
December 26th, 2018, 1:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Pete Biro - R.I.P.
Replies: 11
Views: 1313

Re: Pete Biro - R.I.P.

R.I.P. Pete. He was something, always had a story to share, and was a constant fixture in magic forums.
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2018, 10:56 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 22
Views: 3386

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

Thanks Alfred! Stunned silence and some smiles is just another form applause. Hand clapping is a bit formal and usually isn't customary in bars, restaurants, and corporate parties.
by Leonard Hevia
December 23rd, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it
Replies: 22
Views: 3386

Re: Psychology of a Standing Ovation and Little Tricks on it

Or you can beef up the applause by piping in prerecorded applause thru the loudspeakers at the end as some Vegas performer do. The audience can't tell if it's coming from them or the loudspeakers. Humans have terrible directional hearing. You can hear the cop or ambulance siren coming but figuring o...
by Leonard Hevia
December 15th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Johnny Hart has passed away.
Replies: 31
Views: 2629

Re: Johnny Hart has passed away.

Who was the first magician to produce doves? Was it Cantu?

Thurston sent Blackstone a telegram in 1928 asking him to stop performing the Floating Lady. An effect that Kellar ripped off from Maskelyn, and Carter ripped off as well. The blood is already on our hands.
by Leonard Hevia
December 10th, 2018, 10:13 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ascanio Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: Ascanio Video

Hi Jim--you and David Parr wrote great video reviews for Genii back in the 90s. I enjoyed them tremendously! Thanks for chiming in.
by Leonard Hevia
December 10th, 2018, 1:32 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ascanio Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: Ascanio Video

I remember reading Jim Krenz's review of this tape in Genii back in the 90s. He didn't seem to notice anything amiss about Ascanio' s health.
by Leonard Hevia
December 9th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ascanio Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: Ascanio Video

I was under the impression that Ascanio was in apparent good health and was felled by a sudden heart attack. That was what I remember reading when he died. I'm still grateful for those Skinner instructional videos.
by Leonard Hevia
December 9th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ascanio Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: Ascanio Video

That's saddening. It reminds me of Skinner's declining health when he made those 4 instructional videos.
by Leonard Hevia
December 9th, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ascanio Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Re: Ascanio Video

I know it's now Twin Cities, but their website appears to be getting revamped. It's only one page right now and filled with costumes. Magic Inc. sells 57 of the GM DVDs and Stevens sells 48. It appears that at least 57 of the tapes have been transferred to DVD. The Ascanio tape is still not part of ...
by Leonard Hevia
December 9th, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Ascanio Video
Replies: 11
Views: 1238

Ascanio Video

Stevens Magic still hasn't transferred the Greater Magic Ascanio video to DVD. Does anyone have this tape on their sell list?
by Leonard Hevia
November 4th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2866

Re: The Pass

One of the problems with the pass is that there aren't all that many applications for it that can't be replaced by other methods, ... As a control for a selection, there is some truth to that. But the Pass also has wider applications in color changes, and effects where a card(s) travels rapidly thr...
by Leonard Hevia
October 29th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight
Replies: 14
Views: 2388

Re: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight

Steve Bryant wrote:Some of the comments here explain exactly why Josh had a spot on Fallon and forum contributors did not. Josh knew exactly what was needed, and he delivered.


In other words, managing to get on television is all that matters? Even if your magic is not deceptive?
by Leonard Hevia
October 29th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight
Replies: 14
Views: 2388

Re: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight

The method doesn't matter. The effect doesn't matter. What matters is that Josh Jay was on Jimmy Fallon and he did a great job. The effect was obvious, transparent--yet he did a great job? Was it a success in a Carl Ballantine way? Comedy effects that don't fool anyone, yet are supposed to be amusi...
by Leonard Hevia
October 27th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight
Replies: 14
Views: 2388

Re: Josh Jay on Fallon Tonight

If Jay wanted to go the mentalism route, I would have preferred watching a good Confabulation effect, or maybe a book test, or perhaps Kurotsuke. A Harry Anderson giant monte type of effect would have worked. A Multiple Selection routine, or three minutes with a three foot piece of rope and a pair o...
by Leonard Hevia
October 15th, 2018, 1:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2064959

Re: ERDNASE

Chris W. maintained that Erdnase was Edward Gallaway, who at one time was a newspaperman. He put forth the theory that Erdnase ="earth nose," a German nickname. I believe it was Tom Sawyer who first made the Erdnase/earth nose connection. Wasshuber then twisted that to the German nickname...
by Leonard Hevia
October 8th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2899

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

I do not agree with this rather silly and overly rude Aguilar personage who as a magician couldn't make the contents of an empty box disappear. I appreciate these reviews which are very thorough and a hell of a lot shorter than the reviews I used to read by Jamy Ian Swiss in the Genii magazine. If ...
by Leonard Hevia
October 7th, 2018, 4:07 am
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2899

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Chris Aguilar wrote:Hey Chet, I don't care what you think.


Chris Aguilar wrote:I don't value your opinion at all in that regard.


Wow--Nate Leipzig once said that audiences like to be fooled by a gentleman. I wonder how people like this behave when performing in front of audiences.
by Leonard Hevia
October 1st, 2018, 10:59 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

Latta used to say: Every move's a move. which is why I personally think coin magic is a lot tougher than card magic to do deceptively. Coin magic is harder because most of what's not a move is also a move. Doing something complicated, like a shuffle control, while doing something slightly less comp...
by Leonard Hevia
October 1st, 2018, 10:57 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

erdnasephile wrote:
Leonard Hevia wrote:Could be. In my video Conover is wearing a yellow polo shirt--if I remember correctly. Latta hadn't cut his hair in a while, it looks pretty long. Almost a hippie doing coin magic.


Were the Gallo's also on that tape?


Yes--Lou and Mike perform in another segment at their N.Y. home.
by Leonard Hevia
October 1st, 2018, 8:20 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1921

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Leonard: Yes, those are exactly the effects. The key advantage: the audience sees the apparent order of the cards right up to the revelations. I guess I should explain this at some point. The trick is called the Bammo Transpo Pterodactyl or The Last Trick of Dr. Jacob Deland. Ha, ha! Dammit I want ...
by Leonard Hevia
September 30th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1921

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Skinner never looked more dashing and charismatic than in this photo performing those two handed cuts. It's worth buying this trick just for the cover picture.



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by Leonard Hevia
September 30th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7008
Views: 2064959

Re: ERDNASE

The first card in the Smith illustration looks like an Ace, maybe the Ace of Clubs. The next card looks like a three, then another three, and then a five. And then a six, and then another five. Maybe Scott also believes that ancient Aztec carving represents an astronaut? https://images-na.ssl-images...
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 9:00 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

I think that coin magic is tougher than card magic for not just me, but also in general because most people I've seen cannot hold out deceptively, must less constantly as some routines require. You can often tell something fishy is going on. They're not reading Bobo. The foundation of coin magic is...
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

Richard Kaufman wrote:Latta was a hippie doing coin magic.


8-)
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 8:22 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

erdnasephile wrote:which is why I personally think coin magic is a lot tougher than card magic to do deceptively.


And you have to start with Bobo. Roth mentions in a YouTube interview that it contains fantastic coin magic hidden within its pages. I'm just glad I started with this book back in the late 70s.
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

Bill Duncan wrote:I want to meet the person who watches this video and doesn't feel like they need to practice more.


Latta used to say: Every move's a move.
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 6:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1921

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

That sounds interesting Bob! An Oil and Water packet effect followed by Dr. Daley's Last Trick?
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

Could be. In my video Conover is wearing a yellow polo shirt--if I remember correctly. Latta hadn't cut his hair in a while, it looks pretty long. Almost a hippie doing coin magic.
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

In my copy of the Pink Purse tape a young Latta and Conover are sitting at a table taking turns performing. Maybe it's incomplete? Or there's more than one Pink video floating out there?
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

erdnasephile wrote:RK: does the Pink Purse footage fairly represent Geoff at the height of his skills?


Latta and Conover look very young in this video, and their coin magic is beautiful and flawless.
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1921

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Thanks Bob, although a kind and generous Forum member sent me a set of the Bicycle red backed Skinner Monte cards, I will definitely get this and other products from you still on my bucket list. I like the idea of using gaffs and gimmicks in ways they were not initially designed for. Gaetan Bloom is...
by Leonard Hevia
September 29th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Geoff Latta book
Replies: 48
Views: 8047

Re: Geoff Latta book

AND we'll get to see the other half of the Pink Purse tape... So, the DVD with this book is missing footage? The Pink Purse Tape also contains footage of Tim Conover performing several of his coin routines. Don't know if that is also in the disc along with this book, probably not since this is abou...
by Leonard Hevia
September 28th, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1921

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Richard Kaufman wrote:The DeLand Mystery and Madness Deck has red Bicycle Rider backs (chosen because the great majority of people use red-backed cards).


Thank you Chief! And this is the deck that comes with the book, correct?

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