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by Bill Evans
September 7th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Bill Wisch Tony Slydini Lesson Audio Clip- Basic Timing Technique - January 16, 1974
Replies: 4
Views: 888

Re: Bill Wisch Tony Slydini Lesson Audio Clip- Basic Timing Technique - January 16, 1974

I remember Bill doing a lecture in St. Louis in the late 1970s and it was one of the best. I still do the two “palm changes”. It’s one of the upper tier lectures that taught something I still do.
by Bill Evans
August 27th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks
Replies: 11
Views: 1639

Re: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks

Interesting thinking here on Invisible Palm Aces. I was visiting Michael years ago staying at his condo when he gave me a video tape of this performance which also contained his Tonight Show performance when Tony Curtis was host. Anyway, we watched this together and discussed in detail many aspects ...
by Bill Evans
March 20th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7656
Views: 2386145

Re: ERDNASE

Assuming Forte is correct that Erdnase wasn't a professional gambler but a magician, this to me is the most compelling reason why he didn't use his real name. His peers would have called him out as a fraud.
by Bill Evans
February 12th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 4471

Re: Top Change Effect

Yes of course PressureFan. Thank you so very much!!! I’m on it.
by Bill Evans
February 12th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Top Change Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 4471

Top Change Effect

I would so appreciate some guidance on this. I'm wanting to learn a card routine whereby the spectator, for example, holds two black queens between thumb and forefinger and the magician asks whether, for example, the Queen of clubs or spades is on top, and after byplay and pretending to switch cards...
by Bill Evans
January 30th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Credit
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Help with Credit

FYI all, thanks to Justin, I found the answer in Ortiz At The Card Table. It was Skinner's handling of the Fechter spring card revelation. Apparently, the fan was Mike's idea. I should have known that.
by Bill Evans
January 30th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Credit
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Help with Credit

I know the video you are talking about and I can't find it either. I think it was taken down a few years ago.
by Bill Evans
January 30th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Credit
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Help with Credit

That makes perfect sense as Michael Skinner taught this to me years ago and he used it all the time. He most probably got it from Eddie.
Many thanks.
by Bill Evans
January 30th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Credit
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Help with Credit

Thanks Brad
by Bill Evans
January 30th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Credit
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Re: Help with Credit

Yes, that's it. Who should it be credited to? I'm thinking LePaul but not sure.
by Bill Evans
January 30th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Help with Credit
Replies: 12
Views: 2261

Help with Credit

I'm trying to find the source for the card revelation on fan where you fan half the deck in the right hand and the top card of the left hand packet is propelled by the first finger onto the fan in the right hand so it does a 180 to land face up on the right hand fan. Who is this credited to? Many th...
by Bill Evans
April 10th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 1st TV magic
Replies: 8
Views: 2347

Re: 1st TV magic

Len O. Gunn was the first magician to perform magic on TV. Len was a friend of the Houdini's and was one of two honor guards at the last Houdini seance. I have done a lot of research on Len when I found out by accident last year that he was my grand uncle (my great-grandfather's brother). Also a goo...
by Bill Evans
December 7th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: In memory of President Bush, magic enthusiast
Replies: 5
Views: 1449

Re: In memory of President Bush, magic enthusiast

He also owned one of Ben Stone's [Delben] ink blotters [https://www.vikingmagic.com/product/delben-blotter-delben-blotter/]. I remember Ben showing me a picture of President Bush performing it.
by Bill Evans
October 2nd, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skinner Ultimate 3 Card Monte
Replies: 26
Views: 3738

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. http://magicref.tripod.com/images/books/maxwellskinnermonte_tn.jpg Michael used to joke and say "that's my son". A friend of mine...
by Bill Evans
February 13th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Lawyers specializing in the public domain?
Replies: 4
Views: 3212

Re: Lawyers specializing in the public domain?

Send me an email at wevans@cecb.com and I will point you in the right direction.
by Bill Evans
April 27th, 2015, 2:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal
Replies: 466
Views: 160197

Re: Inventing The Ten Card Poker Deal

I thought maybe I made Farmer mad by stealing Rush as a client, but I guess he forgave me because the book finally arrived in Springfield, MO today. Yea right...like anyone could do the job for this group like Bob. The book looks fantastic! Can't wait to dive in. Wonder if it has the one with the Jo...
by Bill Evans
July 5th, 2014, 1:56 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: IBM SAM Day 4
Replies: 9
Views: 3572

Re: IBM SAM Day 4

Hi Bill Thanks for the feedback ... but if you concur with my thinking then I need to ask - why be forced to wear it ? Who requires it ? And why comply ? What possible benefit does it serve ? I've had the same discussions with Shawn ... and he also references "because it's required" Then ...
by Bill Evans
June 13th, 2014, 4:21 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: More Genii Speaks - June 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 4648

More Genii Speaks - June 2014

Lubor Fiedler sent me a gift.....That was one of the funniest things I have ever seen anyone do. Late night? Thanks for leaving that in for us to enjoy!
by Bill Evans
January 16th, 2014, 1:18 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Rest In Peace Steve Evans
Replies: 5
Views: 1439

Re: Rest In Peace Steve Evans

So sorry to hear about this. I got to meet Steve this year in Buxton when I was a guest of the British Ring Convention and found him to be engaging, charming and very funny. He was an excellent MC on the shows and he really did his homework. I'm glad I had the chance to spend a little time with him....
by Bill Evans
October 4th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Who invented What's Next?
Replies: 33
Views: 13433

Re: Who invented What's Next?

Ben Stone [Delben] made the Delben Domino which was [and is] a great prop I have used in many CLE presentations over the years because of the "loophole" finish. If you have one, you know what I mean. If you don't, one of the dots becomes a hole in the domino at the end. There is always a &...
by Bill Evans
October 8th, 2012, 2:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: We're Back From the Genii Bash!
Replies: 106
Views: 23180

Re: We're Back From the Genii Bash!

Aside from the obvious highlights of Tamariz's and Giobbi's workshops and the great close up shows, a personal favorite for me was not even on the schedule...that is, getting to get inside Bob Farmer's brain for a little while...oh what a scary and brilliant landscape that is. Aside from finding out...
by Bill Evans
August 16th, 2012, 3:43 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Ricky Jay on Youtube
Replies: 3
Views: 1130

Re: Ricky Jay on Youtube

It's rumored that, for some reason, he would only play the game with people named Jonah.
by Bill Evans
July 25th, 2012, 11:46 am
Forum: Other Magic Publications
Topic: Encylopedia of Card Magic? Book
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

Re: Encylopedia of Card Magic? Book

Are you sure you are not thinking of The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic (1969) by Walter Gibson? It's a big book with photos.
by Bill Evans
April 10th, 2012, 3:41 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Motion Induced Blindness
Replies: 2
Views: 786

Motion Induced Blindness

I thought this was interesting:

http://www.msf-usa.org/motion.html
by Bill Evans
March 18th, 2012, 12:09 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gary Plants : Daub
Replies: 1
Views: 933

Re: Gary Plants : Daub

I meant thanks for releasing the silver daub. It's a fantastic product!
by Bill Evans
March 17th, 2012, 12:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gary Plants : Daub
Replies: 1
Views: 933

Gary Plants : Daub

Thank you!
by Bill Evans
December 15th, 2011, 8:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9729

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

No problem Steve...I actually see your point...it's just that the magicians whom I most respect that have seen fit to try to help me understand what the real secret of magic is, have always stressed that, even if you purchase an effect or book, you shouldn't just be a monkey and spit out whatever yo...
by Bill Evans
December 15th, 2011, 4:42 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9729

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

Thanks to a desire by some to "be like Eric," I am reading suggestions that weaken the original. It makes me sad that it was published. Steve, I respectfully disagree with your conclusion if you are referring to me. I have no desire to be like Eric, nor do I have any desire to be like Woo...
by Bill Evans
December 15th, 2011, 12:10 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9729

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

... Although one participant somehow messed up the procedure and her halves didn't match. She still thought the trick was great, because everybody else's matched, but I'm going to have to work on striking a balance between strict direction and an appearance of casual randomness. I'm sure it'll get ...
by Bill Evans
December 14th, 2011, 5:20 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9729

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

I'm pretty sure that if you want to eliminate the "spell the days of the week" bit then you have to also eliminate the "throw away 1, 2, or 3" bit. Also the contrapositive: if you allow the spectator to throw away 1, 2, or 3, then you have to spell the days of the week (or somet...
by Bill Evans
December 14th, 2011, 2:53 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube
Replies: 25
Views: 9729

Re: Eric Jones impromptu moment August 2011 You Tube

I've done it both ways. Last Thursday night, I performed it the way Woody teaches it in his book, and last night, I performed it pretty much the way Eric did in the video. I got a stronger reaction out of the latter. The "love" premise really didn't work for me. I plan to try it again with...
by Bill Evans
November 30th, 2011, 10:58 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need help with gimmick production/design but trust no one.
Replies: 23
Views: 6459

Re: Need help with gimmick production/design but trust no one.

I think it was probably a variation on Invisible Card To Cigarette, Collected Works Of Alex Emsley, Vol. 1, p. 274, L & L Publishing (1991), but it was 30 years ago and I've slept since then.
by Bill Evans
November 30th, 2011, 2:59 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need help with gimmick production/design but trust no one.
Replies: 23
Views: 6459

Re: Need help with gimmick production/design but trust no one.

Scotty York used to do a signed card into a borrowed cigarette but I don't think it was ever published. It was wonderful. was that not a bill to cigarette? wonderful nonetheless Nope...card to cigarette...I saw him perform it many years ago at the bar he worked in Washington DC. Never have seen any...
by Bill Evans
November 30th, 2011, 11:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Need help with gimmick production/design but trust no one.
Replies: 23
Views: 6459

Re: Need help with gimmick production/design but trust no one.

Scotty York used to do a signed card into a borrowed cigarette but I don't think it was ever published. It was wonderful.
by Bill Evans
November 14th, 2011, 1:34 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: The Capitulating Cards, by Jim Swain
Replies: 3
Views: 2242

Re: The Capitulating Cards, by Jim Swain

Even closer to home is Michael Skinner's "All The Nonconformists"
by Bill Evans
November 9th, 2011, 4:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pondering Erdnase
Replies: 20
Views: 4478

Re: Pondering Erdnase

Jason: I have a K.C. CARD CO. BLUE BOOK which appears to be probably from the 1940s and I was looking through it and found what is referred to as a "dice board" roughly 18" x 22" that was described as having a rubber base covered with green baize cloth with a raised wooden rim. T...
by Bill Evans
September 10th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Irv Weiner
Replies: 70
Views: 20453

Re: Irv Weiner

I saw him twice and met him once. My first time was a lot like John's. I was at SMU in Dallas in the early 70's and saw a flyer for Mr. Fingers' show in the student union and went thinking it was going to be a joke with a name like that , but of course it was terrific. Then, about 15 years later he ...
by Bill Evans
August 25th, 2011, 11:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7656
Views: 2386145

Re: ERDNASE

And here is Sanders bio and picture from the Twenty-fifth anniversary reunion, Columbia University, School of Mines. Class of 1885 : http://books.google.com/books?id=pURGAAAAYAAJ&dq=Engineering%20and%20mining%20journal%20sanders&pg=PA84#v=onepage&q=wilbur%20edgerton%20sanders&f=fals...
by Bill Evans
June 7th, 2011, 1:20 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: iOS 5 update
Replies: 0
Views: 482

iOS 5 update

This is really quite entertaining.

http://www.youtube.com/user/iOSmagic
by Bill Evans
March 24th, 2011, 5:33 pm
Forum: iGenii
Topic: April 2011 Genii Speaks
Replies: 6
Views: 2829

April 2011 Genii Speaks

Loved the jokes and novelties. I remember back in the late 1950s when I was about 7 or 8, we used to go to St. Petersburg Florida to visit friends and I found my first magic shop. I bought a little box that said "Hear The Sound of Your Own Voice" on it with two buttons. You would push the ...

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