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by chetday
August 13th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?
Replies: 25
Views: 3148

Re: Dai Vernon on the "mem deck"?

Paco, I downloaded your English translation of "The Passion of an Amateur Card Magician," and I want to commend you on what appears to be an impressive and highly readable magic book. I read the introduction while the PDF was downloading and was impressed with the flow of your translation ...
by chetday
August 10th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3395

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Alan, I feel your pain.

And I suspect my pain's even worse than yours because I still have cognitive and muscle memories of my Tahoe decks when they were new and quite wonderful to work with.
by chetday
August 10th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3395

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Richard, that's what I was afraid of. I'm sure kicking myself for hoarding them all these years, thinking that I'd get a lot of fun out of those decks once I retired and had some time on my hands again. Living in the heat and humidity of New Orleans, central Florida, and now North Carolina can't hav...
by chetday
August 9th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3395

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

Thanks, Bob. I'll give that powder a try.
by chetday
August 9th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Premium Quality Playing Cards
Replies: 40
Views: 3395

Re: Premium Quality Playing Cards

I still have a half dozen Tahoe decks that I purchased back in the mid-eighties, if I recall the date properly (possibly problematic). I opened one of the decks a couple of years ago but was really disappointed when the cards came out sticky and nothing like I recall the fresh decks being back in th...
by chetday
August 8th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Royal road to card magic
Replies: 150
Views: 23174

Re: Royal road to card magic

Mark, I haven't seen you on the forum for over a month and am wondering if you've completed your annotations of The Royal Road to Card Magic?
by chetday
July 16th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Shoving a Straw Through a Potato
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Re: Shoving a Straw Through a Potato

For those who can't find paper straws at the local supermarket (mine didn't even have decent plastic straws), Amazon has multiple choices: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=paper+straws&crid=24031XW3NQAV1&sprefix=paper+s%2Caps%2C146&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_7 After ordering, let's see some youtube perf...
by chetday
July 3rd, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Theodore DeLand question for RK
Replies: 31
Views: 2653

Re: Theodore DeLand question for RK

I found better prices than those on Amazon for Mark's recommended book at https://www.alibris.com/The-Hard-Sell-The-Art-of-Street-wise-Selling-Colin-Clark/book/14074054?matches=10 . If you save the $30+ by purchasing at the above link, feel free to send me a few BitCoins as compensation for the 30 s...
by chetday
June 22nd, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Blaine and Corden
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: Blaine and Corden

That was fun to watch. I'm amazed that human beings can hold their breath under water for such a long time. I worked at it for an entire summer when I was young sixty some years ago and the best I could ever do was a little over three minutes. How on earth can the trained breath holders manage over ...
by chetday
June 19th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Reviews on books regarding Mnemonics
Replies: 23
Views: 2458

Re: Reviews on books regarding Mnemonics

And also, though not a book, this was just added to Netflix:

MEMORY GAMES
A glimpse into the brain's vast potential for memorization through the eyes of four competitive memory athletes as they share techniques and insights.

https://www.netflix.com/title/81105525
by chetday
May 6th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Razor Blade illusions
Replies: 51
Views: 5054

Re: Razor Blade illusions

Pretty obviously, the idea of pointed needles in your mouth and sliding down your through is pretty horrifying. If I were to present the trick today, I would do it as a piece of Bizarre Magick. I'd like to see what Elizabeth (that magician who did the creepy but excellent piece on the British "...
by chetday
May 5th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Elizabeth!
Replies: 15
Views: 2564

Re: Elizabeth!

Darn, that was great.
by chetday
April 18th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Re: Coins Have Hidden Booby Traps And Secret Levers

Now that's real magic. Thanks for sharing the link.
by chetday
April 13th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4
Replies: 11
Views: 2209

Re: WANTED. MARLOS MAGAZINE VOL. 4

Total of six were published by Marlo with help from David Solomon. I have 2-5 but, alas, Marlo passed before I could buy No. 1 from him. In those days, $50 was hard for me to come by so I bought them one at a time in reverse order over a period of a couple of years as I had the extra moola, if I rec...
by chetday
April 9th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 187
Views: 48431

Re: DeLand

My Dollar Deck arrived in today's mail. Thanks, Richard.
by chetday
March 31st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident
Replies: 68
Views: 9021

Re: THR Story Re: Roy's Accident

"Be that as it may, I try to keep Gustave Flaubert's quote in mind: "There is no truth. There is only perception"

Or, as Hamlet observes to Rosencrantz, "for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
by chetday
March 29th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: David Blaine UK Tour
Replies: 7
Views: 1193

Re: David Blaine UK Tour

Read Jon Racherbaumer's piece about Blaine in a back issue of Genii (I forget the issue date), and I suspect you'll be willing to do just about anything to see his Real or Magic show. If I had the money, I'd fly myself to England to see it because it sounds like a once in a lifetime experience.
by chetday
March 17th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Any Blackpool Highlights ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2730

Re: Any Blackpool Highlights ?

That's remarkable! Best Sunday morning viewing I've had in ages. Thank you, Angelo.
by chetday
March 9th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Re-sale of digital media
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Re: Re-sale of digital media

As a novelist who has always resented the fact that my work can be purchased once and then loaned out forever by libraries or sold repeatedly by used book sellers without me ever seeing another darn dime for all the time, guts, heart, and sweat I pour into my work, I'm 100% with Richard's comments. ...
by chetday
March 9th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: ERDNASE
Replies: 7165
Views: 2170584

Re: ERDNASE

I don't think the links below add much (if anything) to the "palm off" discussion, but I'll post them anyway on the off chance that they might be helpful somehow: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/palm_off https://www.etymonline.com/word/palm I was going to snoop around in the OED to try to h...
by chetday
January 19th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 26
Views: 3449

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Jack and Jerry, my copy of Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years arrived yesterday, and it's a really nice addition to my library. I especially appreciate the way the pages open and lay flat so it's super easy to read and practice the effects without having to constantly move a cast iron bacon pre...
by chetday
January 10th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 26
Views: 3449

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

Thanks so much, chetday and Mark. Chetday and Brian, if you get a chance after reading the book, it would be nice if you could comment on your impressions of the book. Jack, I'll be happy to share my impressions of the book and will do so as soon as possible after it lands in my mailbox or on my fr...
by chetday
January 8th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years
Replies: 26
Views: 3449

Re: Gerald Deutsch's Perverse Magic: The First Sixteen Years

I just ordered my copy of this worthwhile win-win-win project for everyone involved. In this day and age of unrelenting money grabs, it's refreshing to support a worthy cause while also scoring a terrific new book to add to my magic library. (Given the fact that I turn 71 this Sunday, I keep vowing ...
by chetday
December 29th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 5146

Re: Deaths in Magic

performer wrote:I am out of there but still feel pretty rough. I am not out of the woods yet. Just out of the hospital.

Great news. Get plenty of rest, Mark, and here's hoping you're back to feeling great in the near future.
by chetday
December 24th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 5146

Re: Deaths in Magic

I don't think his mobile is working, and I'm not sure the hospital is too happy with people phoning the ward as the phone is in the next room (if you can get through, and anyone answers). I know he's had a couple of visitors today, but I'm not sure of his condition now. Ian, thanks for this informa...
by chetday
December 24th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 5146

Re: Deaths in Magic

Ian, thanks for the update on Mark. I'm very glad to hear he's out of the intensive unit. Hopefully, he's on the royal road to recovery and will soon be back online. I was going to try to give Mark a call from North Carolina, but I don't know his cellphone number (couldn't find any contact info on h...
by chetday
December 22nd, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 5146

Re: Deaths in Magic

Mark, I'm so glad to hear that you've checked back into the hospital. From my own experience with my wife's diabetes, you absolutely did the right thing. I'd come visit you in a heartbeat if I didn't live in North Carolina. Alas, I do live in North Carolina, so I'll have to settle for sending good v...
by chetday
December 21st, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Marketing & Magic Business
Topic: Cheat: The Prelude
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Re: Cheat: The Prelude

CHEAT: THE PRELUDE Simple and practically self-working unlike your lazy brother who hasn’t worked for months. I'll be 71 in three weeks, and I've never read or heard the lazy brother bit before. I actually spit on my monitor with a guffaw that rocked my little home office. Thanks for the chuckle, B...
by chetday
December 21st, 2018, 2:38 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Deaths in Magic
Replies: 71
Views: 5146

Re: Deaths in Magic

Mark, I'm not keen on doctors or hospitals, either, but my wife's been a Type 1 diabetic for fifty years, and if you're having serious blood sugar issues that you've not been able to normalize on your own, it probably is best to get back to the hospital where hopefully you'll receive the care you ne...
by chetday
December 21st, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Kaufman & Company
Topic: DeLand
Replies: 187
Views: 48431

Re: DeLand

Richard, thank you so much for the thoughtful packing of the Deland book. My deluxe edition arrived in NC yesterday afternoon during a pounding rain. Alas, the not-so-thoughtful delivery person put the package between our screen door and front door but didn't ring the darn doorbell, so I almost [cen...
by chetday
December 8th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 77
Views: 13585

Re: Ricky Jay Death

Herb, thanks for posting that link. I really enjoyed reading Roth's memories of Ricky Jay. Richard, here in rural North Carolina, I'm more likely to pluck diamonds off the back of a toad than I am to find a theater to view some of Shakespeare's magic, but, with that said, I continue to dive deep int...
by chetday
November 25th, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ricky Jay Death
Replies: 77
Views: 13585

Re: Ricky Jay Death

This sure is sad news. I've been entertained by Ricky Jay for most of my life. I wish I'd been able to see his shows in person, but that wasn't in the cards (so to speak). But I have repeatedly enjoyed his work in Mamet's films, as well as his much-too-limited role in Deadwood, where, darn it, the d...
by chetday
November 20th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 56
Views: 9667

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

Bill, thanks for posting that extremely informative article written by the British bookseller. Now that I'm stumbling my way into my 70's, though still healthy, I find myself on occasion pondering what to do with not only my personal collection of magic books but also the hundreds of non-magic books...
by chetday
November 12th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The DeLand Book Reviewed by John Lovick
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Re: The DeLand Book Reviewed by John Lovick

Excellent review. I'm sure looking forward to receiving my copy.
by chetday
October 29th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: The Pass
Replies: 207
Views: 18804

Re: The Pass

I can't do a flawless pass to save my life, but I can write, and I'll second Richard's comment about burrowing into a project and then working in a frenzy until it's done. I spent something like five years fiddling around with my first novel back in the early 80's. I'd work on it for an hour a day f...
by chetday
October 20th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Large Collection of Marlo Personal Archives for Sale Ebay Round 2!
Replies: 6
Views: 1009

Re: Large Collection of Marlo Personal Archives for Sale Ebay Round 2!

Here's a direct link to the sale: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Massive-Collection-ED-MARLO-Original-PHOTOGRAPHS-NEGATIVES-ILLUSTRATIONS-MAGIC/263994766166?hash=item3d77507356:g:QIwAAOSwFCpbx2vZ:rk:2:pf:0 I appreciate you putting the link up but the link you put up is just for one listing. I have 32 Mar...
by chetday
October 8th, 2018, 4:34 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Looking for the Johnny Brown Books
Replies: 14
Views: 2290

Re: Looking for the Johnny Brown Books

Dog in a box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwslOZhA9bY Jack, thanks for sharing the link. I usually get bored in a hurry with routines like this one, but, gosh, Johnny Brown hooked me from the start because of his enthusiastic personality, which appeared to be utterly genuine. Seeing a magician ...
by chetday
September 22nd, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Light from the Lamp ONLINE.
Topic: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)
Replies: 28
Views: 3809

Re: Review: Reel Magic Magazine (Kozmo Magic)

Chris, I don't understand why you're jumping on EndersGame's reviews, which I find interesting and useful for the most part. He has his style of reviewing products; I have mine; you have yours (at least I assume that's the case since I've not actually read any reviews written by you). I'm not trying...
by chetday
September 6th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Resuscitating Old Cards?
Replies: 17
Views: 2227

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...

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