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by Max Maven
October 21st, 2018, 5:37 am
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: For The Daredevil in You: The 14th Step
Replies: 2
Views: 3104

Re: For The Daredevil in You: The 14th Step

Some years ago, I met Daniel Kish. He gave me a demonstration of his echolocation skills, and it was beyond extraordinary. I gather he can use his abilities to ride a bicycle on unfamiliar terrain.
by Max Maven
October 19th, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: split manipulation tecnique who created?
Replies: 6
Views: 558

Re: split manipulation tecnique who created?

No, Harmington is credited with having invented the Back Palm, as early as 1895. The origin of the Split Fan (which, of course, makes use of the Back Palm) is subject to multiple claims. Dai Vernon was quite insistent that the Split Fan was invented by a carnival contortionist named Ardo the Frogman.
by Max Maven
September 24th, 2018, 4:48 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column
Replies: 11
Views: 3894

Re: Norman Beck's Oct, 2018 MUM Column

Some years back, Juan Tamariz did a lecture tour and tried a simple experiment. In each lecture, he began by performing five routines. He then taught three of them. Each time, he performed the same five routines. But, he mixed the selection as to which three he’d explain. And, in every city, after t...
by Max Maven
August 18th, 2018, 12:10 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Jim Temple - Color Monte
Replies: 15
Views: 1589

Re: Jim Temple - Color Monte

Even the green color pay-off was mentioned in the original Elliott write-up.
by Max Maven
July 18th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Magician's Local Hangouts
Topic: Irv Weiner's niece at the Castle
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Irv Weiner's niece at the Castle

Tell her to contact me at maxmaven@aol.com
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 1923

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Craig, as I said in our e-mail exchange, I did not take it “far too personally.” Rather, I was insulted on behalf of the twelve performers in the gala, and for that matter on behalf of the performer’s in the Magic Circus gala and beyond. If you had simply posted your opinions, good or bad, I would h...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 1923

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Completely called for. You, and every other audience member, are welcome to criticize that or any show. In fact, I could provide a much more detailed critique of Thursday’s gala. But ending with a “score” as if this were a FIFA match was genuinely insulting — and would have been even if the “scores”...
by Max Maven
July 13th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: FISM 2018 - Day Four
Replies: 9
Views: 1923

Re: FISM 2018 - Day Four

Craig, you misunderstand the idea of gala shows. It wasn’t a contest.

Now go f*ck yourself.

Max
by Max Maven
July 7th, 2018, 12:15 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Different magicians officialy performing the same
Replies: 21
Views: 1118

Re: Different magicians officialy performing the same

There are officially sanctioned “franchise” stage magic acts - a stage act that you can book all over the world but which is physically performed by different people in each country; often using the same performer name so that the audience thinks they are seeing the same act. Of course there are al...
by Max Maven
June 23rd, 2018, 3:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: When Groucho Met Houdini
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Re: When Groucho Met Houdini

I wouldn’t say that it is well known, but it’s certainly been around. Groucho told it during at least one television talk show interview, and it has been written up in several books about him and/or comedy history.
by Max Maven
June 3rd, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick
Replies: 13
Views: 2108

Re: Copperfield Forced To Reveal Secret To Trick

Wayne Rogers did a fabulous version of that bit. It was hysterical. You’re misremembering: that was Wayne Dobson. The bit has been used by many vents. I recall a very good rendition by the excellent French ventriloquist Georges Schlick. Contrary to Mark Lewis’ proclamation, the bit precedes Britain...
by Max Maven
May 19th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 1753

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Brad Jeffers wrote: Elmsley says, “The plot of the diary test seems to have begun with a pseudo-memory feat ‘The Weather Test’ by Roy Walker in the December 1932 issue of The Magic Wand.” No, Alex did not say or write that. The historical note was put in by Stephen Minch, who authored the Elmsley bo...
by Max Maven
May 18th, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 1753

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Arthur F. G. Carter, “The Diary of the Yogi” in the June 1953 Magic Wand.
by Max Maven
May 17th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick
Replies: 18
Views: 1753

Re: The Birthday Book-The Diary Trick

Tom Sellers.

(Check the “Card Diary” entry on conjuringcredits.com for more details.)
by Max Maven
April 15th, 2018, 8:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History
Replies: 12
Views: 4188

Re: The Pallbearer's Review - Best Magazine in History

“Derr vimmen.”
by Max Maven
March 9th, 2018, 3:23 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Magic trivia question
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Re: Magic trivia question

The clue is valid, but likely out of chronological order.

Probable sequence: conjuring > carnival game rigging > gambling and wrestling > general use
by Max Maven
February 25th, 2018, 3:54 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1859

Re: Tracking down the history of a specific card-to-impossible location principle

The Burnaby Kid wrote: ...trying to figure out who was the first person to realize that an Invisible Deck could be used to demonstrate Triumph.


A precursor to the Ultra-Mental (“Invisible”) Deck for a reverse Triumph-like effect was employed by Leslie Guest in the Linking Ring for October, 1928.
by Max Maven
December 25th, 2017, 3:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Kelton Garwood?
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: Kelton Garwood?

He has an entry on IMDB.com
by Max Maven
October 22nd, 2017, 5:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Genii Convention
Replies: 46
Views: 7279

Re: Genii Convention

Steve, thank you for the kind comments.
by Max Maven
October 13th, 2017, 7:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Eyes of Gods by John Hamiltom
Replies: 4
Views: 993

Re: Eyes of Gods by John Hamiltom

I have not seen the Maxwell video, so I can’t comment on the quality of instruction.

While Hamilton’s “Eyes of the Gods” was republished in Pallbearers Review in 1970, it was originally released as a stand-alone manuscript in 1948.
by Max Maven
June 19th, 2017, 8:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jack Yates - An Appreciation
Replies: 2
Views: 863

Re: Jack Yates - An Appreciation

The Fulves citation is misleading. Yates' 1954 "Clip Line" is a prediction using a column of newsprint, but the method is very different from the 1964 Spackman trick that is the basis for the countless variations since. If the attribution is simply for the use of a newspaper column as gris...
by Max Maven
June 8th, 2017, 3:01 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?
Replies: 5
Views: 2061

Re: Hybrid/natural forcing books/book tests?

I recall this as proposed by Arthur C. F. Carter, specific to the Dennis Wheatley novel To The Devil A Daughter. No anagram required, as there are only four names in the entire book. Appeared in Magigram in the 1970s.
by Max Maven
June 5th, 2017, 2:41 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 7155

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

Regarding pince nez, I was referring to this not uncommon American rendering:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvfE8ZmDEE
by Max Maven
June 3rd, 2017, 6:06 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: How to pronounce _____ ?
Replies: 49
Views: 7155

Re: How to pronounce _____ ?

I have said this for years, and without tongue in cheek. When words travel, their pronunciations often mutate. Consider the huge differences between the French and English pronunciations of pince nez . Or, the surprising historical reason that "orange" in Spanish is naranja . I say it's sp...
by Max Maven
May 26th, 2017, 1:04 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!
Replies: 8
Views: 2533

Re: Spot the magic tricks in this MST3K movie!

A few years ago, at the Magic Castle, I did an interview in front of an audience with Ib Melchior, who wrote and directed that movie. We screened clips of the magic segments, and discussed them, along with various anecdotes from his long career. At the time (2014), he was 96 years old, and still ver...
by Max Maven
April 20th, 2017, 3:14 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven - question
Replies: 3
Views: 1228

Re: Max Maven - question

Yes, that was my article in Word Ways.
by Max Maven
April 17th, 2017, 6:30 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Incidents and accidents that created great magic
Replies: 15
Views: 3487

Re: Incidents and accidents that created great magic

Max Auzinger developed the "Black Art" principle when he realized during rehearsal for a play (he was a director) that all he could see from the black face of an actor before a black background were his white eyes and teeth. But the principle had been used by Pinetti almost a century earl...
by Max Maven
March 28th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: an old favourite
Replies: 8
Views: 2052

Re: an old favourite

Oh, thank goodness, it's "The Love-Sick Tennis Ball."

From the billing, I immediately envisioned "A Match For Gravity" involving a leash...
by Max Maven
March 16th, 2017, 8:11 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about marlo routine
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Re: question about marlo routine

If memory serves, "Triple Transposition" was a related plot, but a bit convoluted.
by Max Maven
March 15th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: question about marlo routine
Replies: 5
Views: 1504

Re: question about marlo routine

This was a favorite of Fred's.

It is the Marlo routine cited. It's worth noting that it was also claimed by Irv Weiner, who did it using Braue Additions.
by Max Maven
March 5th, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 1956 Magic Trick Sent BBC Viewers Into a Panic
Replies: 4
Views: 1233

Re: 1956 Magic Trick Sent BBC Viewers Into a Panic

The writer's research was insufficient. He references the news-making fire walk by Ahmed Hussain in 1937, but that was done in the wake of the first modern fire walk done in England two years earlier, by Kuda Bux. He states that in the wake of the sawing on the live broadcast being unresolved, the l...
by Max Maven
February 12th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Vernon, Jennings, and Cervon

On occasion, the Professor would play this on others. I know this from personal experience.

I wouldn't say it was sadistic, Richard, but it was primarily for his own amusement. If and when a good piece of magic came about as a result, that was a fine side product—but not the goal per se.
by Max Maven
February 7th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?
Replies: 27
Views: 4541

Re: What is your Unicorn Magic Book?

Okay, let me try to clean up a claim about me that has appeared in two different threads on this board: For years I have been working, slowly, on a book devoted to the Gilbreath Principle. That project is ongoing. It has not been canceled. At no time have I ever stated, or even suggested, that the b...
by Max Maven
February 6th, 2017, 4:12 pm
Forum: Mentalism & Mental Magic
Topic: Maven & Gilbreath Principle
Replies: 52
Views: 15591

Re: Maven & Gilbreath Principle

Joe McCay writes: "So apparently the Max Maven book is not happening."

On what do you base this statement?
by Max Maven
December 30th, 2016, 4:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Max Maven's new DVDs
Replies: 14
Views: 3795

Re: Max Maven's new DVDs

The shooting is completed, but yet to be done are editing, graphics, and so on. In some ways, this is a more complicated project than the other EMC DVD sets. While Luis had hoped to have everything done by the end of this year, I told him at the time that his was probably unrealistic -- all the more...
by Max Maven
December 5th, 2016, 6:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tezuma, japanese magic
Replies: 6
Views: 1743

Re: Tezuma, japanese magic

There are a number of Japanese terms for performance magic (just as there are in English, &c.). Wazuma is probably the most appealing, as the "wa" in this case means "Japan," hence "Japanese lightning." Other terms include tezuma ("hand lightning"), kijuts...
by Max Maven
November 29th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions
Replies: 6
Views: 1635

Re: Looking For A Slum Magic Trick Instructions

The trick you're looking for was Roydon's "Fantastic."
by Max Maven
October 16th, 2016, 5:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!
Replies: 18
Views: 4668

Re: Perpetual Puzzle - I like this!

The basic puzzle was created by Winston Freer. It requires opaque pieces that are hollow so additional pieces can be hidden inside. Tenyo's new version by Komichi Komiya works very differently: the puzzle pieces are transparent. It's a huge innovation on the original. Sorry, Richard. Your informati...
by Max Maven
September 19th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions
Replies: 25
Views: 5806

Re: William Lindsay Gresham - New Editions

Don't forget Fredric Brown's Madball.
by Max Maven
July 25th, 2016, 9:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: milk pitcher principle
Replies: 9
Views: 3004

Re: milk pitcher principle

I'd be interested in a citation regarding Stanley Collins in this regard.

So far as I know, the precursor to the Milk Pitcher was the DeMuth Milk Bottle, devised in the early 1930s. The pitcher format was claimed by Richard Himber, who marketed it in 1943.

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