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by Philippe Noël
December 19th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question about card magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1138

Re: A question about card magic

Hi Alfred, I use the term findings because I like to compare magic with scientific research. When discoveries are made in science, science evolves. I think that's the same with magic. When Alex Elmsley created the Elmsley count, Dai Vernon created Twisting the aces. When John Bannon created his Disc...
by Philippe Noël
December 18th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: A question about card magic
Replies: 12
Views: 1138

A question about card magic

What do you think are the latest findings in card magic?
by Philippe Noël
November 23rd, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Murphy's Magic Supplies has bought L&L Publishing
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Murphy's Magic Supplies has bought L&L Publishing

I have seen that Murphy's Magic Supplies has bought L&L Publishing.
Does someone have more infos about it?
by Philippe Noël
November 10th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 61
Views: 11746

Re: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming

I think many new techniques will need to be described : Elmsley Count, Jordan Count, Hamman Count, The Braué Addition, A.T.F.U.S, convincing control just to name a few card techniques... and many new classic effects : Jazz Aces, Matrix, Triumph, Twisting the Aces, Travelers, Slow Motion Assembly, Ma...
by Philippe Noël
November 10th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A New Edition of Greater Magic is Coming
Replies: 61
Views: 11746

Greater Magic

What effects do you think the new version of Greater Magic should absolutely contain? Some come directely to my mind as Jazz Aces, Matrix, Triomphe, Twisting the Aces, Travelers, Slow Motion Assembly, Matching the cards, Christ Aces, Chicago opener, Biddle Trick, Between your palms, Cannibal cards, ...
by Philippe Noël
November 2nd, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: NY Times article about magicians in the pandemic
Replies: 2
Views: 729

Re: NY Times article about magicians in the pandemic

Very interesting to read, thank you.
by Philippe Noël
September 24th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Kind of negative, but here it is.
Replies: 17
Views: 2471

Re: Kind of negative, but here it is.

Hi ejay1118,
As you know, in life things don't always turn out the way we'd like them to, but luckily no one needs to be on the cover of Genii to be happy. :-)
Just enjoy life and magic and stop making yourself miserable thinking you should be famous in order to be happy because that is not true.
by Philippe Noël
September 15th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz
Replies: 26
Views: 2306

Re: The Magic Researcher - History on The More Things Change by Jerry Sadowitz

The historical background behind Jerry Sadowitz's motivation for creating this effect is very interesting.
Thank you very much for your article and I hope you will also share the following ones.
by Philippe Noël
August 24th, 2020, 5:34 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks
Replies: 11
Views: 1785

A question about Michael Skinner's Notebooks

In The Skinner Tapes, John Carney generously allowed that Michael Skinner's Notebooks were published. So Michael "Green" Notes volume 1,2,3,4 have been published. When you listen to the tapes Michael reads some effects that he says are described in his Notebooks. For example, for the E.G. ...
by Philippe Noël
August 23rd, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings
Replies: 12
Views: 1709

Re: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings

On the DVD Thoughts on cards made by Earl Nelson, you can watch Jennings performing at the Castle seated.
He was also taped performing at the Caste standing up by the Japanese television.
by Philippe Noël
August 22nd, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings
Replies: 12
Views: 1709

Re: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings

Thank you very much Richard for your answer. I did not imagine that Larry was in a wheelchair when he was in Paris because the DVD he made for the Duviviers is excellent and he stands up to do some tricks. You should write your memories because you met all the legends: Vernon, Marlo, Jennings, Skinn...
by Philippe Noël
August 22nd, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings
Replies: 12
Views: 1709

A question to Richard Kaufman about Larry Jennings

Hi Richard,
Can you tell us how it was to travel to Paris and Japan with Larry Jennings in 1995 ?
by Philippe Noël
August 2nd, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

To perform what appears to be impossibilities at very close range.
by Philippe Noël
July 31st, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: What is the purpose of close-up magic?
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: What is the purpose of close-up magic?

Darwin Ortiz writes in Strong Magic that "you must create an illusion of impossibility." and that is to my mind the main purpose of magic.
Watch Earl Nelson perform, he is not funny but laypeople find him very magical and he really is.
by Philippe Noël
July 19th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1055

Re: Interpretation in magic

Hi Alfred, Nice post, thank you. If I understand you correctly, you use the term interpretation in the sense of interpreting what the effect is and this interpretation determines your presentation. My use of the term interpretation is similar to yours in that the choice of my patter and the way I de...
by Philippe Noël
July 18th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1055

Re: Interpretation in magic

Or rather: "What am I bringing to this effect that makes it different from what others do while keeping the same effect ?"
by Philippe Noël
July 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1055

Re: Interpretation in magic

Very good definition Mr Kumber.
Personally, I would say: "What am I bringing to this effect that makes it different from what others make of it ?"
by Philippe Noël
July 18th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Interpretation in magic
Replies: 11
Views: 1055

Interpretation in magic

In music, it is very common to speak of the term interpretation. It seems to me but I may be wrong that in magic we rather use the term presentation. We will say that someone has a very good presentatation for by example the ambitious card. But for me interpretation is larger than presentation, it c...
by Philippe Noël
April 29th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: COVID-19 Death Harvey Rosenthal
Replies: 9
Views: 1163

Re: COVID-19 Death Harvey Rosenthal

There is a nice photo of Harvey Rosenthal with Larry Jennings on page 10 of Jennings'67. I would have loved to meet both of them.
by Philippe Noël
January 26th, 2020, 3:23 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)
Replies: 52
Views: 5285

Re: Prompted to Do an Impromptu (Card Trick)

Prompted to do an impromptu card trick, I usually do a stand-up in-the-hands Triumph effect with Vernon's patter for the emotional hook. Last Man Standing by John Bannon or Triumph Display by Troy Hooser fall into this category. El Mystico: Can you tell us more about Terry Guyatt's presentation for ...
by Philippe Noël
May 30th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: John Mendoza
Replies: 8
Views: 3808

Re: John Mendoza

Very good effect indeed.
by Philippe Noël
May 30th, 2019, 4:30 am
Forum: Feature Articles
Topic: John Mendoza
Replies: 8
Views: 3808

John Mendoza

Is-there any reason why John Mendoza has never been on the cover of Genii Magazine?
by Philippe Noël
May 28th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 5146

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

By the way, you can find LaFollette's method described page 90 of the book Card to Wallet by Jerry Mentzer.
He does not retrieve the "three" cards put in the inner jacket pocket before showing the card in the enveloppe.
by Philippe Noël
May 28th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John
Replies: 30
Views: 5146

Re: Question about Card in Wallet routine in The Book of John

Hi Erdnasephile,
John Mendoza's method looks good to me even if I have never tried it in front of real people.
This method makes me think of Paul Gordon's method described in Quidnunc under the title Worker Supreme.
Take care,

Philippe Noël
by Philippe Noël
November 30th, 2017, 1:04 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 4038

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Here is a link of Larry Jennings performing his coins and handkerchief:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_conti ... vvE7dZaLuc
by Philippe Noël
November 30th, 2017, 3:06 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 4038

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

I always thought that "Fred Kaps routine" was in fact Larry Jennings's Coins and Handkerchief from the Classic Magic of Larry Jennings.
by Philippe Noël
November 29th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 4038

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Gerrit Brengman told me that Fred Kaps had a routine where 4 coins pass through a transparent silk hold by two spectators.
I don't know if someone else saw that...
by Philippe Noël
May 20th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Mike Skinner's patter for ring flight
Replies: 0
Views: 8665

Mike Skinner's patter for ring flight

In the Skinner tapes, Mike explains that he has the perfect patter for Ring Flight.
Does someone know what kind of patter he used?
by Philippe Noël
May 1st, 2017, 4:03 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 17231

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Thank you Webbmaster.
by Philippe Noël
May 1st, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 17231

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

Hi Webbmaster,
Do you know if such a trick is still sold?
by Philippe Noël
April 30th, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 17231

Re: Michael Skinner's Trick

I found the trick, it's Spirit Cartography by Harry Blackstone
by Philippe Noël
April 30th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Michael Skinner's Trick
Replies: 29
Views: 17231

Michael Skinner's Trick

In the Vernon Touch, page 124, Vernon describes a trick that Skinner performed for a waitress. Mike Skinner handed a piece of photographic paper to the waitress for examination. Then he placed it on a silver dollar and had the girl initial the paper. Next he had her "select" a card. He ask...
by Philippe Noël
June 24th, 2016, 5:32 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The book Sessions by Aronson and Salomon
Replies: 1
Views: 703

The book Sessions by Aronson and Salomon

Does someone know if there are plans to reprint the book Sessions by Aronson and Salomon?
by Philippe Noël
February 20th, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: What are the most common layperson's card tricks?
Replies: 7
Views: 9882

What are the most common layperson's card tricks?

From your experience, what are the most common layperson's card tricks?
I suppose that the 21 card trick is one of those...
by Philippe Noël
February 20th, 2016, 7:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic
Replies: 31
Views: 12397

Re: Credits in Royal Road To Card Magic

The first trick of the book "Topsy-Turvy Cards" is in fact "Tenkai's Reverse Cards Mystery" which can be found in Tarbell Vol 1 page 215.
by Philippe Noël
January 3rd, 2016, 12:13 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 9287

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

I think that if I had to sum up in two words why I think we are living a golden age of magic, those two words would be:
Accessibility
Never before good magic has been so easily accessible thanks to internet.

Popularity
I think that magic has never been as popular as it is now thanks to internet.
by Philippe Noël
January 3rd, 2016, 11:51 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 9287

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

Hi Brad, I was thinking about your comments on Oz Pearlman: You suggest Oz is worth watching. This man has never indicated by his performance choices that he has any understanding at all what the effect is that he is presenting. He seemingly believes enthusiasm is the same as 'character' and I have ...
by Philippe Noël
January 2nd, 2016, 2:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 9287

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

Hi Erdnasephile, You asked "Who are the magic "suns" of today that are drawing people to them?" Any answer to such question is of course subjectif but it's a fact that Jeff Mac Bride and Eugene Burger are drawing people to their Mystery School. I think that many people would love...
by Philippe Noël
January 2nd, 2016, 1:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are we living in a golden age of magic?
Replies: 53
Views: 9287

Re: Are we living in a golden age of magic?

Hi Brad, I am very sorry to hear that you got insulted for what I consider to be a very interesting point of view on the state of our art. It's great that we do not always share the same point of view because it is that that makes for interesting discussions. If I may say it, I do not understand why...

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