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by Thomas Van Aken
August 6th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Floating Aces - Cervon
Replies: 19
Views: 2375

Re: Floating Aces - Cervon

Hi,
Regarding "Jazz Aces": Mike Skinner used two sets of identical cards (jokers and blank cards) allowing to show the first two jokers before and after travelling, increasing conviction IMO.
Br,
Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
February 12th, 2019, 3:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 28
Views: 5246

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

Hi, l think the original question was about the exact technique used to extract the bottom card in "Picking of the Pip" as described in "Dai Vernon's book of Magic" As pointed out in the thread, Ganson describes another version of this effect (with a different technique) in one o...
by Thomas Van Aken
February 8th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan

Hi all, Thanks Denis for clarifying my words. As the Revelation video series predates the Fuentes reference of almost 20 years, one can assume that the idea circulated for some times and/or that multiple individuals came up with it, which is likely. Thanks Joe for the Weiners reference even if it is...
by Thomas Van Aken
February 7th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Re: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan

Brad,
What is described in the first volume of the Vernon Chronicle is the original handling of losing the aces in 4 packets using single cuts instead of double cuts as explained in Stars of Magic, it is not what I am referring to in my initial post.
Br,
Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
February 7th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan
Replies: 12
Views: 1700

Vernon's Cutting the Aces: Set up from a face up fan

Hi all, In the first volume of the Vernon's "Revelations" video serie, Mike Ammar mentions an alternative way to set up the aces in "Cutting the Aces" by inserting them in a face up fan (probably using the well known LePaul's subtlety). Any idea where it has been described ? Than...
by Thomas Van Aken
October 23rd, 2016, 5:39 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Calling all cards; references ?
Replies: 0
Views: 1101

Calling all cards; references ?

Hi all, I am searching references about a routine I saw performed by Fred Kaps where the pack of cards is divided in three packets and handed to as many spectators who fan their packets in front of them then Mr. Kaps calls the cards one after each other but always point out to correct spectator when...
by Thomas Van Aken
October 23rd, 2016, 5:29 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Cervon and Daley's Last Trick
Replies: 1
Views: 1498

Re: Cervon and Daley's Last Trick

Hello, Thanks for sharing this and sorry I cannot help you with your question... The opening aces cutting sequence using variations of the Vernon's cold deck cut from ultimate cards secret remind me the one performed by Steve Freeman on the Revelation Videos. I suppose peoples meeting at the Castle ...
by Thomas Van Aken
February 3rd, 2016, 6:59 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the Ping Pong Pass?
Replies: 18
Views: 4825

Re: What is the Ping Pong Pass?

Hi,
Speaking of "The Interview"; is it still available ?
Thanks and regards

Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
September 25th, 2015, 5:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Two in the hand and one in the pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 4655

Re: Two in the hand and one in the pocket

To Ian, The "other author" I mention is Mr Leirpol and the technique explained come from his book. Having hosted Mr. Leirpol for a few lectures in Belgium many years ago, I can testify of the effectiveness of his techniques. I agree that there are no black and white rules in this domain, t...
by Thomas Van Aken
September 25th, 2015, 4:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Two in the hand and one in the pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 4655

Re: Two in the hand and one in the pocket

Hi mr_goat, If you strive for naturalness then I agree 100%; however it is very difficult to remove the dirty hand naturally from your pocket but this depend also of the type and size of the object you are hiding. On the other hand, keeping the hand in your pocket until revelation of the effect prob...
by Thomas Van Aken
September 25th, 2015, 3:21 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Two in the hand and one in the pocket
Replies: 24
Views: 4655

Two in the hand and one in the pocket

Hello, A question for those performing any version of two in the hand and one in the pocket such as three balls routine or gadabout coins. What is in your opinion the best timing to exit the pocket with your "dirty hand" ? Exiting the pocket at the moment you reveal the magical effect in y...
by Thomas Van Aken
August 6th, 2015, 7:28 am
Forum: General
Topic: Expert Card Technique
Replies: 13
Views: 3938

Re: Expert Card Technique

Hello, There are a lot of peoples on this forum that more qualified than I to contribute to this topic but here is what I understand from my readings: 1. There is more items in ETC credited to Charlie Miller than to anybody else but it is possible that items not credited to anybody also belong to Mi...
by Thomas Van Aken
August 3rd, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: iGenii
Topic: Genii Archive Question
Replies: 43
Views: 23818

Re: Genii Archive Question

Hello,

I have apparently the same problem; I can display search results from 2007 without problem but not from the '70. I use an HP laptop and use google chrome (pop up blocker is disabled).

Regards

Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
July 26th, 2015, 7:32 am
Forum: Magicana
Topic: The Eight in the Side Pocket by Dai Vernon
Replies: 4
Views: 5124

Re: The Eight in the Side Pocket by Dai Vernon

Hello,

Not familiar with the effect in discussion but a transposition that involves a sandwiched card and a pocket, it reminds me "The itinerant pasteboard" in Stars of Magic.

Regards

Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
May 19th, 2015, 8:27 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Video of Dingle and Jennings in their prime?
Replies: 40
Views: 12613

Re: Video of Dingle and Jennings in their prime?

Hello, The link indeed refers to the video's shoot by Dominique Duvivier in 1995. Even if Larry was aging at the time, the trailer gives the impression that his technique was still precise. I came to the same conclusion by watching a Magic Castle performance of Larry that surfaced on YouTube a coupl...
by Thomas Van Aken
February 2nd, 2015, 2:54 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Ascanio
Replies: 0
Views: 1090

Ascanio

Hello, Sorry if it is a re-post but I think it deserve it. For those like me who only saw Ascanio perform past his primes and/or on videos where he does not appear comfortable ; have a look to this video where he is performing about 10 of his most famous routines: http://youtu.be/zMTBNzFO-3E I just ...
by Thomas Van Aken
August 20th, 2014, 2:05 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED!
Replies: 50
Views: 13782

Re: F/S: Tommy Wonder 'Ring, Watch & Wallet...MINT, UNOPENED

Tom, Richard -- are you saying that owning The Books of Wonder gives you the right to make one of TW effects for yourself, but not to hire someone else to do so for you? I'm not arguing against (or for) that proposition, I've just never seen it explicitly stated like that. Rudy -- If this is the lo...
by Thomas Van Aken
March 9th, 2014, 4:39 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Stuff for Sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1822

Re: Stuff for Sale

Principe Nouveau de decouverte d’une carte (my Epitome Location in French, but NOT sure) - $7.00


It is.

French translation by Richard Vollmer.

Regards
Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
January 6th, 2014, 7:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2171746

Re: ERDNASE

Indeed.

Camille Gautier hated Houdini for his attacks on Robert-Houdin but confessed that he never saw such an skillful manipulator.

Regards

Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
December 2nd, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Chris Power Coins Through Silk
Replies: 3
Views: 2937

Re: Chris Power Coins Through Silk

Hi,

Thanks for the video link.

I did not saw the routine either live or video for a while, first time I notice some similarities in handling with another popular routine using three coins and something extra but not a silk.

Regards

Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
January 16th, 2013, 9:48 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about The Dai Vernon Cups and Balls please
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Question about The Dai Vernon Cups and Balls please

Yes.

Roberto Giobbi published an extensive analyse of Vernon's routine in his lecture notes/booklet from his Vernon's seminar. The routine as described comes (I think)from the DVBOM and does not include the multiple Miller move sequence.

Regards

Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
January 9th, 2013, 10:05 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 192
Views: 26617

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

Hello, I also directly thought to Mike Skinner as: one of the most famous close-up magicians in the last quarter of the 20th century. He published some during his lifetime, but nearly enough and he died prematurely. But Skinner was most a performer (performing close up magic professionally for lay p...
by Thomas Van Aken
November 16th, 2012, 3:09 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Magic Items for sale.
Replies: 98
Views: 22017

Re: Magic Items for sale.

Hi Megan,

I send you a couple of mails, can you confirm you get them ?
Thanks and regards

Th.
by Thomas Van Aken
July 22nd, 2012, 4:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Larry Jennings' performance
Replies: 6
Views: 1977

Re: Larry Jennings' performance

Thanks a lot for sharing Philippe ! Maybe was LJ past his prime and not at ease performing sitting down but still incredibily good, best footage of him I have seen to date! Seeing him perform Curry's turnover in spectator hand and his handling of the "Hofzinser" top change are lessons in t...
by Thomas Van Aken
June 21st, 2012, 8:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gaffs, gimmicks, fekes and...?
Replies: 17
Views: 3953

Re: Gaffs, gimmicks, fekes and...?

Hey Dan, Lang geleden.. Hoe is het met u ? If I remember correctly, there are some thoughs of Roger Klause on that topic in "Roger Klause in Concert". Thinking about it and desptite the important legacy of French speaking magic litterature, I don't think there are precise translations of g...
by Thomas Van Aken
June 14th, 2012, 4:01 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Strike Second Deal
Replies: 23
Views: 4509

Re: Strike Second Deal

Harry Riser describes (one of) Charlie Miller second deal in his second book; it is a strike method from a four fingers grip. Harry mentions that Charlie agreed on the fact that a very small brief does not really add to the deceptiveness but that when working for magician's, he choosed for a small b...
by Thomas Van Aken
January 6th, 2012, 9:26 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: Issue : Free EMC DVD inserted in Genii magazine
Replies: 36
Views: 10624

Re: Issue : Free EMC DVD inserted in Genii magazine

This remind me the "insert and give away" topic in "The Collected Almanac"...
by Thomas Van Aken
October 5th, 2011, 3:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces
Replies: 38
Views: 5898

Re: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces

I have no recollection of the routine at all. Is it any good? No idee, I never tried it and never saw anybody perform it. The fact that it required a duplicate set of aces is problably the reason why I never play with it... In fact you wrote that the idee of using the radical change in a collector'...
by Thomas Van Aken
October 4th, 2011, 1:26 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces
Replies: 38
Views: 5898

Re: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces

Richard, wasn't there a version of the collectors where you used a pass to swap ace packets, singles for interleaved? Citataion for that? Richard describes a version of the collectors using duplicate aces in cardmagic but it is the radical change that is used to switch in interlaced aces. Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
October 4th, 2011, 9:24 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces
Replies: 38
Views: 5898

Re: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces

Richard Kaufman wrote:Please post in English!


Did not Max Maven posts a couple of messages in Japanese years ago ?

Just kidding, I just wanted to keep this semi-private in order to avoid further embarrassments to Philippe.
by Thomas Van Aken
October 3rd, 2011, 4:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces
Replies: 38
Views: 5898

Re: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces

Cher Philippe, Je regrette que vous sembliez prendre chacun de mes messages comme une attaque personelle. En ce qui concerne la rfrence relative au saut de coupe Hofzinser/Herrmann, il s'agit probablement de celle que vous mentionnez dans votre dernier message, l'objet de mon intervention tait simpl...
by Thomas Van Aken
October 3rd, 2011, 2:51 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces
Replies: 38
Views: 5898

Re: Derek Dingle's McDonalds Aces

If you want a version of MacDonald's Aces by Derek Dingle in which you don't use gaffed cards but you can show the aces face up at the beginning and a spectator can really choose the leader packet, see DazzleSnap Aces in CardWork (1981), page 143. As this routine does not rely on the same principle...
by Thomas Van Aken
August 22nd, 2011, 5:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name of card move?
Replies: 18
Views: 2898

Re: Name of card move?

So it must be earlier than Roterberg. Sorry I am away from my library. But yes, you can do an Herrmann/Hofzinser type of pass without turning the deck over but you need to cover the former bottom packet falling on the former upper packet. In the Malone shift you sweeps the left fingers on the top ca...
by Thomas Van Aken
August 22nd, 2011, 4:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Name of card move?
Replies: 18
Views: 2898

Re: Name of card move?

Philippe, The term "Herrmann Pass" refer to a general mechanic to transpose the two parts of the deck. It is different of the mechanic used in the classic pass. The turnover action is a standard cover for an Herrmann pass (tot the point that some peoples started to label all form of Herrma...
by Thomas Van Aken
July 8th, 2011, 10:58 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Havana Deal Manuscript
Replies: 17
Views: 2454

Re: The Havana Deal Manuscript

So Marlo describes one version with the Erdnase grip and another version that uses a different grip ?
by Thomas Van Aken
July 8th, 2011, 5:29 am
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: The Havana Deal Manuscript
Replies: 17
Views: 2454

Re: The Havana Deal Manuscript

Hello,

Speaking of the Havana Deal, I read somewhere that this is a stud bottom from Erdnase grip. Can somebody confirms this ?

Thanks and regards.

Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
March 31st, 2011, 3:18 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: What is the proper name of this card technique
Replies: 21
Views: 3856

Re: What is the proper name of this card technique

Hello,

Jonathan is right regarding his reference to Ken Krenzel:
Check the "Top-Card Middle Pass" on page 183 of Close Up Impact by S. Minch.

Best regards

Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
February 9th, 2011, 10:36 am
Forum: General
Topic: Erdnase Two Handed Transformation, Second Method
Replies: 12
Views: 4096

Re: Erdnase Two Handed Transformation, Second Method

Dai Vernon also discuss this colour change in details on one the Revelations tapes (I think volume 6) but even after viewing it, some aspects were still confusing to me also as Vernon decribes how it looked in Malini hands but don't really explain it.

Regards

Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
November 11th, 2010, 3:15 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any idea what Vernon is doing ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1792

Re: Any idea what Vernon is doing ?

Dear both,

Thanks a lot for your responses.

Jim,

I did not remembered that variations of "right there" were published in the Vernon Chronicles but I will have a look.

Regards

Thomas
by Thomas Van Aken
November 8th, 2010, 7:09 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Any idea what Vernon is doing ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1792

Any idea what Vernon is doing ?

Hello, If you check following video between 0:05 and 0:15, you see Vernon does a very short coin sequence. It look like the final step of Leipzig's "right there" but: 1. He does it with opposite hands when compare to the description in "Vernon tributes to Nate Leipzig". 2. Assumi...

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