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by Leonard Hevia
November 4th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 54
Views: 2610

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: 13
Views: 2068

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: 13
Views: 2068

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: 13
Views: 2068

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: 6982
Views: 2046051

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: 2728

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: 2728

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 1831

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: 1831

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.



Image
by Leonard Hevia
September 30th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 6982
Views: 2046051

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 1831

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 1831

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: 46
Views: 7030

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: 1831

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?
by Leonard Hevia
September 28th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1831

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Richard Kaufman wrote:[quote=Is the Deland Mystery deck in Bicycle back?


What do you mean by "DeLand Mystery Deck"?

The Deland Madness and Mystery deck. What is the back design? Is it a Bicycle back design?
by Leonard Hevia
September 25th, 2018, 10:10 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1831

Re: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Brad Jeffers wrote:A Google search will lead you to THIS.


Wonderful Brad! Thank you!

Is the Deland Mystery deck in Bicycle back?
by Leonard Hevia
September 24th, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 1831

Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte

Has anyone seen this effect sold in red backed Bicycles? I have two sets and both are blue black. I need a red Bicycle set to use the gaff as one of the cards for the Princess Card Trick that's in red Bicycle. I want to break up the entire group of gaffed court cards with two gaffed spot cards.
by Leonard Hevia
September 23rd, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 11
Views: 3894

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

I've been to lectures given by Bob Sheets, John Bannon, Mike Gallo, John Carney, David Roth, Ray Cosby, and others who explained all of their effects. I think Jeff McBride was the only lecturer who didn't explain every effect. He and his wife did a lot of magic and couldn't possibly explain it all.
by Leonard Hevia
September 23rd, 2018, 3:54 pm
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 11
Views: 3894

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

It makes me think of the opening line of R. Paul Wilson's blog The Real Work: I love secrets. As magicians, perhaps we all do - until we realize that some secrets are kept from us. Paul said a mouthful, didn't he? It's fun keeping secrets--until the secrets are kept from you. Beck's lecture story re...
by Leonard Hevia
September 22nd, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2728

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Indeed it's been my experience that the somewhat new job title that is the "freelance reviewer" is all about getting creators/suppliers/manufacturers to send you free stuff than it is to critically review anything ... that and fulfilling an overly inflated personal ego that presumes folks...
by Leonard Hevia
September 22nd, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2728

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Chris Aguilar wrote:The constructive commentary...


I would categorize your commentaries on EndersGame's reviews as more vicious than "constructive."
by Leonard Hevia
September 22nd, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 2728

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Fair comments Chris, and I can appreciate where you're coming from. Aguilar considers this an "airy dismissal" of his salty opinions? Endersgame was being polite. If Aguilar doesn't like EG's reviews, perhaps he should follow his own mantra of making people on the Genii Forum disappear fr...
by Leonard Hevia
September 14th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark and Nani Wilson Kennedy Center Honors
Replies: 1
Views: 409

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: 1844

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: 116
Views: 4759

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: 116
Views: 4759

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: 1844

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: 9878

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: 608

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: 5152

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: 5152

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...

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